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Fans may not like it, but rugged defenses rule down in Dixie
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September 21, 1959

The South

Fans may not like it, but rugged defenses rule down in Dixie

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THE DOPE: The Wildcats are none too optimistic, for they realize it's what's up front that counts. Up front they are barely adequate at the ends and have a lack of depth at the tackles and guards. Coach Blanton Collier is meeting the problem by setting up a three-unit system. Line standouts are Guard Bob Talamini and Dickie Mueller, a staunch defensive end. A pair of very fine passers—Jerry Eisaman and Lowell Hughes—will divide the work at quarterback in an offense that will be short of reserve strength. Hughes, though, will have to be fully recovered from a knee operation. Halfbacks Calvin Bird, Charlie Sturgeon and Rich Wright can pick up a lot of yardage. Bird was named the Southeastern Conference's top sophomore last year. He caught 21 passes and was ninth nationally in scoring with 65 points. Glenn Shaw moves from halfback to fullback and takes with him an impressive 5.3-yard rushing average.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 5, lost 4, tied 1

SEPT. 19 Georgia Tech, N (13-0)
SEPT. 26 Mississippi, N (6-27)
OCT. 2 at Detroit, N (no game)
OCT. 10 at Auburn (0-8)
OCT. 17 LSU, N (7-32)
OCT. 24 Georgia, N (0-28)
OCT. 30 at Miami, N (no game)
NOV. 7 at Vanderbilt (0-0)
NOV. 14 Xavier ( Ohio ) (20-6)
NOV. 21 Tennessee (6-2)

Baton Rouge
Colors: Purple and gold

THE DOPE: The Tigers are rich and seem to be getting richer. Billy Cannon, who combines blazing speed and awesome power running from his halfback post, returns. So, too, does his dangerous running mate, Johnny Robinson. Adding to this superabundance at halfback is Sophomore Wendell Harris, who is already likened to Cannon. Coach Paul Dietzel has all but four of 35 lettermen returning, including the famed Chinese Bandits. Center and Linebacker Max Fugler and Tackles Bo Strange, Mel Branch and Lynn LeBlanc are the most distinguished linemen. Despite all this, Dietzel has to be careful. He lost his two top fullbacks, including Tommy Davis, whose toe won two games. His quarterback, Warren Rabb, sustained a broken hand in the Sugar Bowl game, missed spring drills, and could be a bit of a question mark. Mainly, however, Dietzel has the tremendous psychological task of helping his boys fight complacency.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 10, lost 0, tied 0

SEPT. 19 Rice (26-6)
SEPT. 26 TCU, N (no game)
OCT. 3 Baylor at Shreveport (no game)
OCT. 10 Miami, N (41-0)
OCT. 17 at Kentucky, N (32-7)
OCT. 24 at Florida (10-7)
OCT. 31 Mississippi, N (14-0)
NOV. 7 at Tennessee (no game)
NOV. 14 Mississippi State, N (7-6)
NOV. 21 Tulane (62-0)

Colors: Red and black

THE DOPE: The Cardinals and their schedule are both getting tougher at the same time, making it hard to improve on the 1958 record. Beefy linemen, led by stout (6 feet 6 inches, 255 pounds) John Finn, will be hard to bowl over. Finn's support depends on the success of surgery on his knee. Howard Turley is a handy end who can pull down passes on offense and ball carriers on defense. Senior Dale Orem and Sophomore John Giles, who has promise but little experience, will be after the quarterback assignment. At the halves in Coach Frank Camp's T will be Ernie Green, a sophomore with a good blend of speed and size, and John Hunt, a junior with a talent for blocking. Pride of the backfield is Ken Porco, a thumping 5-foot-9, 215-pound fullback with a 5.5-yard rushing average. With two added games and with stronger opposition, the need for depth will show. Only a livelier passing attack can Stave off a losing season.

SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 4, lost 4, tied 0

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