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THE DOPE: The UConns are the preseason dark horse in the Yankee Conference on the basis of a powerful running attack, led by Halfback Lenny King, a strong defensive line and an outstanding group of sophomores coming from what has been termed "the East's strongest freshman team." Coach Bob Ingalls is a little worried about his linebacking but is otherwise looking forward to a good year if the sophomores come through as expected. The most likely to succeed are Paul Scagnelli, a center, Bill Walner, a guard, and Fullback Moe Coury. But the man Coach Ingalls likes to talk about the most is King. Last year he was the team's leading scorer, a breakaway threat at all times, and it was he who racked up the only touchdown in the UConns' 6-0 upset of Holy Cross. Best of all, from Ingalls' point of view, King is just a junior. Connecticut will be in the thick of the fight for the conference crown this season and probably for some years to come.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—Springfield (no game)
COLORS: Blue and white.
BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 2, lost 4, tied 2.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 11 of 21.
WATCH FOR: Ted Wright, B; Bill Gregorios, G; Alton Amidon, T; Norm Leclerc, C; Bob Trouville, B.
THE DOPE: The Blue Wildcats will have about the best first string in the Yankee Conference; however, with almost no reserves, Coach Clarence (Chief) Boston keeps wondering: "Is this enough?" The answer, of course, lies in the breaks—whether the team can survive without serious injury. On the cheerful side is Ted Wright, a shifty halfback who was All-Conference and will be bidding for Little All-America this season, and sophomore Quarterback Bob Trouville, "the answer to our passing problems." But here, too, luck is critical. "To pass we've got to get better weather breaks than last year," Boston explains. "Then we planned an attack based on a bunch of scatbacks. It came up mud seven Saturdays in a row!" All in all, Chief Boston tends toward the gloomy outlook: "On some campuses there's an air of optimism and on others an air of pessimism. Here we've got an air of confusion."