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LETTERMEN RETURNING: 10 of 21.
WATCH FOR: Wilson Whitmire, C; Ned Oldham, B; Chet Burchett, B.
THE DOPE: The Midshipmen lost the bulk of last year's nearly great team—particularly George Welsh, the explosive little quarterback, and Ron Beagle, their All-America end. The passing attack must certainly be weaker, but Halfbacks Ned Oldham and Chet Burchett, with a year's starting experience under their belts, will partly compensate by giving the Middies added strength on the ground. The same is true of Vic Monto, who moves up from second-string fullback, following his outstanding performance against Army. Graduation took all the starting linemen except Center Wilson Whitmire and Guard Vernon Dander, but these two will give Navy plenty of strength up the middle. Coach Eddie Erdelatz can plug the holes with some of last year's reserves plus one of the Academy's better sophomore crops. The material is on hand at Annapolis, so it is a matter of how much seasoning it needs before it is ready and properly charged with that old Erdelatz "desire."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 29—William & Mary (7-0)
COLORS: Blue and white.
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T.
1955 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 28.