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THE ELEVEN BEST ELEVENS
Herman Hickman
September 24, 1956
Football's soothsayer, having just finished his annual pilgrimage to the shrines of the sport, here delivers his prognostications on what the 1956 season promises and his scouting reports on the 11 teams most likely to succeed. He follows these with his diagnoses of the 12 major conferences and the principal independents, to which SPORTS ILLUSTRATED appends additional scouting reports assembled by its correspondents across the country on 111 other teams which are most likely to occupy the fans' attention. They are grouped according to their 1955 standings in their 12 separate conferences, with an added section on the 21 independents, listed in alphabetical order.
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September 24, 1956

The Eleven Best Elevens

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HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: The great experiment goes on again this year on the plains above the Hudson. Bob Kyasky, oft-injured halfback, has been switched to quarterback to fill the shoes of departed Don Holleder, the great experiment of 1955. If this move is as successful as last year's—a victory over Navy is the one and only criterion of success to Colonel Blaik—everyone will be happy at West Point. Four veteran backs, tried and true, return in Dick Murtland, Joe Cygler, Vince Barta and Tony Munger. But the big excitement is two sophomore backs, Gene Mikelonis and Harry Walters. Six starters return to the line, second only to Maryland last year in rushing defense and first in the nation in total defense. From all indications—and, of course, always barring key injuries—this may be the best Army team in several years.

1955 SCHEDULE (1955 score):

Sept. 29—VMI (no game)
Oct. 6—Penn State (35-6)
Oct. 13—at Michigan (2-26)
Oct. 20—at Syracuse (0-13)
Oct. 27—at Columbia (45-0)
Nov. 3—Colgate (27-7)
Nov. 10—William & Mary (no game)
Nov. 17—at Pittsburgh (no game)
Dec. 1—Navy at Philadelphia (14-6)

DUKE
DURHAM, N.C.

COLORS: Blue and white.

BASIC OFFENSE: Split T.

1955 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2, tied 1.

LETTERMEN RETURNING: 22 of 35.

WATCH FOR: Sonny Jurgensen, B; Buddy Bass, E; Sidney Deloatch, T; Harold McElhaney, B; Roy Hord, G.

LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Bob Brodhead, B; Wade Byrd, C.

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