Minnesota, under the helm of the transplanted Tennessean, Murray Warmath, may burst into full bloom this fall. Purdue's new coach, Jack Mollenkopf, inherits one of the nation's leading passers in Len Dawson; the inside word from Iowa is that they are doing a lot of experimenting and may come up with something new to go with their already unique style of offense.
Northwestern is especially ready to enter a new era of football under young, enthusiastic Coach Ara Parseghian, fresh from an undefeated season at Miami, Ohio.
COLORS: Old gold and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3, tied 1.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 31.
WATCH FOR: Len Dawson, B; Lamar Lundy, E; Bob Khoenle, E; Bob Clasey, G.
THE DOPE: The Boilermakers have the makings of the most exciting aerial act in the country. New Coach Jack Mollenkopf inherited Len Dawson, rated one of the Big Ten's alltime great passers, and a pair of ends who must be among the best targets in college football in towering Lamar Lundy and Bob Khoenle. Should Purdue get adequate protection for the passer, which has been lacking, it can peg its whole attack on the air game. The loss of the entire tackle contingent makes defense a problem. The return of All-Conference Fred Prezioso from service could help there, assuming he becomes civilianized in a hurry, but his last college season was 1952. The Purdue running game depends largely upon how Tom Barnett, the sophomore left halfback, works out and whether Fullbacks Bill Jenning and Tom Crowl recover from between-season knee operations. As insurance there is George Hahn, another service returnee who made All-Air Force in Japan last year. A definite Big Ten contender.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):