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Mervin Hyman
September 24, 1962
Bear Bryant's rugged, winning ways at Alabama have the South looking to its defenses. But a mild dissenter, Georgia Tech, should edge the Tide
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September 24, 1962

A Turn To Toughness

Bear Bryant's rugged, winning ways at Alabama have the South looking to its defenses. But a mild dissenter, Georgia Tech, should edge the Tide

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CONCLUSION: Prospects are good for at least a break-even season, if the sophomores mature nicely before Thanksgiving.

Wake Forest

The line at Wake Forest is as green as early fall apples, grumbles Coach Billy Hilde-brand, who is in a quandary of sorts. His unseasoned Demon Deacons are once again forced to a running game. But there is good strength at center in 200-pound Farrell Egge, a junior, and hefty Guards Bob Irwin and Bill Shendow. With the line still wobbly about the edges, Coach Hildebrand has his fingers crossed that his many sophomores will ripen fast, before they are altogether squashed by Army and Maryland in their first two games. Sophomore Ralph Brandewiede could fill the gap at quarterback, where regular Wally Bridwell is experienced in defense only. End Steve Warren, another sophomore, is counted on to punt, and Halfback Donnie Frederick is dependable in an otherwise questionable backfield. Wake Forest won two games in '61 on field goals, and, happily, Mickey Walker, who kicked both, is back.

CONCLUSION: Faced with a hard schedule, a slow backfield and few replacements, WF will have a mediocre time of it.

West Virginia

In the mountain fastness of Morgantown, where it has been easier, these past five years, to forget the fall and look ahead to winter and basketball, there is strong talk of a return to winning football. Painstakingly, Coach Gene Corum has pieced together the kind of complete squad that could once again fill Mountaineer Field. There have been setbacks, however. One of them could disrupt the careful timetable: the loss of regular Quarterback Fred Colvard, who left school. Hopefully, Jerry Yost and sophomore Ed Pastilong will do as fill-ins. At the least, they shouldn't cripple the wing T offense. A fast fleet of 200-pound backs—Jim Moss, Tom Woodeshick and Glenn Holton—who can move through a mob of tacklers with the purposefulness of shoppers at a bargain basement will give Southern Conference defenses fits. The line is undistinguished but improved by the addition of powerful sophomore End Milt Clegg.

CONCLUSION: There's bad news for conference foes, but not enough balance to menace Penn State, Pitt or Syracuse.

William & Mary

Offensively, the Indians are bigger, faster and, after last season's 1-9 record, sadly wiser. Guard Eric Erdossy was the biggest loss to the team but he is ably replaced by seasoned Bob Soleau. This means an improvement finally on an old problem, lack of depth. But the defense, which has been shaky, is still weak. Although Coach Milt Drewer worked his men hard on loose six and five-four systems this spring, the results won't show up until the season begins. He is counting most on Soleau and Halfback John Slifka, now out of the Army. Elsewhere, exulting in deep strength, the Indians have: at fullback, Stan Penkunas, who is small but threatening, and Doug Weis, a pushy sophomore; at center, John Gravely and Dick Korns, who are equal in all but experience, where Gravely has the edge; at quarterback, Dan Henning, an accurate passer but slow runner, with Dan Driscoll making up the speed and Dan Armour filling in all-round.

CONCLUSION: The tribe has expanded, and the Indians confidently look forward to a 5-5 season, their best in nine years.

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