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LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 21.
WATCH FOR: Claude Benham, B; Joe Hervatic, E; Art Wilson, B.
THE DOPE: The Lions' passing will be their bread and butter. Quarterback Claude Benham was the second best passer in the nation in 1955, and he has fine receivers in Halfbacks Ed Spraker and Art Wilson and End Joe Hervatic. Not only that, but canny old Coach Lou Little has devised an aerial offense as effective as any anywhere. Spraker, who is a fine breakaway runner, can be expected to combine with Benham on some long and exciting pitch-and-run plays that will bring cheer to Lion hearts in an otherwise gloomy season. The line is small and lacks experience everywhere but at guard. Little says the team will be "slightly improved" over last year's 1-8 eleven, but adds: "We are very thin, and all our hopes and plans depend on staying free of crippling injuries. We won't have the depth of most of our opponents."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 29—Brown (14-12)
COLORS: Red and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: Bobtailed combination offense (watered-down version of Michigan State multiple offense).
1955 RECORD: Won 0, lost 9.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 25.