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THE DOPE: The Panthers are entering the second year of their big-time revival under Coach Johnny Michelosen, whose split-T formations are reminiscent of the late Jock Sutherland's single-wing juggernauts. For instance, there is the rugged Pitt line, anchored at one end by Joe Walton, a somewhat immovable defensive fixture and a most capable pass receiver. The crunching Pitt offense is directed by Quarterback Corny Salvaterra, who should be passing better now that he has been fitted with a more efficient set of contact lenses. Another back to watch is Dick Bowen, who showed a lot as a sophomore. There are still some weak points in the center of the Pitt line where the club is inexperienced, but the real problem of 1956 is the most testing schedule of any major collegiate team. Coach Michelosen is not kidding when he says, "Every team on our schedule is capable of beating us." But the opposite is also true.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at West Virginia (26-7)
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing.
1955 RECORD: Won 3, lost 5.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 29.
WATCH FOR: Jack Laverty, B; Arthur Robinson, T; LeRoy Lusardi, B.
THE DOPE: The Scarlet Knights will be switching from the split-T to the single wing under John Stiegman, their new head coach who comes to them from Charlie Caldwell's staff at Princeton. Experience indicates that Rutgers can expect the usual offensive confusion and maladjustments that accompany the early stages of such sudden, radical changes, so the rooters along the Raritan are pinning their slim hopes on a rugged defense built around a pair of veterans—Tackle Arthur Robinson and End Donald Felber, both mainstays of last year's line. Stiegman, who was chief of Caldwell's defense staff at Princeton, can only hope that this defense can hold down the scores while Tailback Jack Laverty (switched from T fullback) and the other backs learn to run from the single wing. "We hope to become solid by midseason," he says. There is little chance, however, for an improvement on last year's record.