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THE DOPE: The Deacons and freshman Coach Paul Amen are aptly named to call upon the Almighty for help, and they may have to before the season is out. Both Wake Forest and Amen face a rough road at Winston-Salem. Twenty-nine players on the 45-man squad are sophomores and last year's frosh club failed to win in five games. Confronted by this cloudy prospect, Amen is apparently looking for the silver lining. He rates his squad this way: "Our offense should be adequate. The passing game should be our strong point. Over-all the club possesses fair speed in both backfield and line...." But the Deacs will have to work miracles with their defense and running attack before they can pose any threat; and even if this miracle is accomplished, lack of depth and experience will hurt.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at William & Mary (13-7)
COLORS: Blue and white.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 3, lost 7.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Ed Sutton, B; Buddy Payne, E; Giles Gaca, B; Jim Jones, G; Larry McMullen, B.
THE DOPE: The Tar Heels are the biggest question mark in the conference, and, though Coach Jim Tatum isn't predicting a championship, anything could happen here. North Carolina's major strength lies in its speed and offensive backfield running. Its defensive line is weak, and there is no depth at tackle. Tatum has directed all his energies toward molding a leakproof forward wall. He appears content with the backfield except at quarterback where Starter Dave Reed has been sidelined for the season with a torn knee ligament. Tatum's only comment on Tar Heel fortunes so far is: "Our team is totally unpredictable." Rangy Halfback Ed Sutton (6 feet 1, 200 pounds) is a man to watch any time he gets his hands on the ball. Two sophomore tackles, Stuart Pell and Phil Blazer, have already caught Tatum's eye and they should see plenty of action from the start.