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SEPT. 18 at Detroit, N (6-21)
THE DOPE: The Bulldogs, after losing several games in which they had the better statistics, firmly believe that this year Coach Wally Butts will be able to make the statistics and the scores more compatible. Charlie Britt, Francis Tarkenton and Tommy Lewis form possibly the best triumvirate of quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, but Lewis, a 195-pound, strong-running back must shift to fullback to fill in for Dave Lloyd who defected to the pros. Stationed at the backfield corners will be Captain Don Soberdash, a smart, effective inside runner, and Fred Brown, who led the SEC with a 6.6-yard rushing mark. Brown missed spring practice due to a knee operation, but backing him up is Bobby Walden, whose 45.3-yard punting average was the nation's best. Guards Billy Roland and Pat Dye plus End Jimmy Vickers are the main bricks in the front wall. This team could pull some mighty upsets.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
THE DOPE: The Yellow Jackets' defense and offense, built around Center Maxie Baughan and Halfback Floyd Faucette respectively, should both be improved. Coach Bobby Dodd will still use his belly series but will vary it with more wide-open tactics. Baughan will call the defensive signals as he closes out a brilliant collegiate career. Other distinguished linemen are Gerald Burch, Jim Powell and Fred Murphy, all sure-handed ends. Quarterbacking through a stiff schedule will be Fred Braselton, Marv Tibbetts and Walt Howard. Faucette tops the list of ball carriers with a 5.7-yard average. Frank Nix is his most likely halfback partner, and they should get help from Sophomores Chick Graning, Kenny Thompson, Johnny Tomlinson and Billy Williamson. Supplying the fullback punch will be Lee Reid and Taz Anderson. The Engineers hope to improve even though they face a strong schedule with strong intersectional foes.
SCHEDULE (1958 scores)
SEPT. 19 at Kentucky, N (0-13)