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THE DOPE: The Wildcats have plenty of speed and depth in the backfield, but lack of troops to man the line may hobble the backs. Ralph Pfeifer, a bangaway, hard-to-chop-down fullback, provides power up the middle; he is flanked by senior Halfbacks Tony Addeo and Kenny Nesmith, with Dick Corbin, a junior, at quarterback. The team will lean heavily on their running. The inexperienced line is small but may make up for that with extra speed. Coach Bus Mertes says: "Unpredictable, that's us. I'm not sure we can win a ball game. But we could win 'em all—including Oklahoma! That's how unpredictable I think this ball team is. We won't have a lineman who shaves more than once a week, but they don't know they're less than man-sized."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept 22—Oklahoma A&M (0-28)
COLORS: Crimson and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6, tied 1.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 35.
WATCH FOR: Frank Black, C; Dave Preston, B; Wally Strauch, B; Galen Wahlmeier, C.
THE DOPE: The Jayhawks, souped up by a strong infusion of transfers from the Massillon, Ohio home and former stamping ground of Coach Chuck Mather, are just about ready to surprise some folks. Mather has the core of last year's team and the core of last year's team and the 1956 club is improved everywhere except at guard. The transfers furnish the conjectural quality at the Lawrence campus: they could be great or they could prove woefully inadequate. The line wheels around a great center—a T must—in Captain Galen Wahlmeier; the ends, a bit doubtful defensively, are strong on offense, the tackles deep and sturdy. The guards appear to be the soft spot. Wally Strauch, a good passer, gives Mather two legs on the up-the-middle strength needed for T maneuvers; the third leg, fullback, looks better than last year.