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Sept. 22—at North Carolina (18-25)
COLORS: Orange and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 1, lost 9.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Henry Jordan, T; Ronald Melnik, T; Harold Outten, G; James Keyser, C; Jim Bakhtiar, B; Reece Whitley, B.
THE DOPE: The Cavaliers suffer a scarcity of good ends and lack superior ball-carrying speed, but a tough defensive line and the passing of Reece Whitley, a highly touted sophomore, may make Virginia a hard team to knock down on any Saturday. Coach Ben s. Martin, fresh from Navy where he was an assistant to Eddie Erdelatz, will run an open game this year, featuring Jim Bakhtiar's ball carrying. Bakhtiar, a 200-pound junior halfback, is one of the powerhouse runners in the conference and most certainly will be Virginia's big offensive weapon. Whitley, untested in varsity play, appears to have nailed down the starting spot at quarterback through outstanding performance in spring drills. Martin is pleased with his material and says, "If all hands make as much progress during preseason practice as they did in spring, we'll make a good showing."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—VMI (20-13)