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1955 RECORD: Won 8, lost 2.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 24.
WATCH FOR: Chuck Howley, C; Larry Krutko, B; Jack Rabbitts, B.
THE DOPE: The Mountaineers bullied the Southern Conference last year and undoubtedly will play the tough guy again this year within the confines of their own backyard. But an unusual number of non-conference games with topflight competition may make it tough for the West Virginians to match their 8-2 record of 1955. Pitt, Texas and Syracuse are among the first four games on the Mountaineer schedule, and a poor start could demoralize the team. Coach Art Lewis is pinning his hopes for the season on the results of the first game. "If we beat Pitt in the opener," he says, "I believe we will go on to a very good season." The loss through graduation of All-America Guard Bruce Bosley and Back Freddy Wyant will reduce some of the power in the West Virginia attack, though Coach Lewis claims the Mountaineers are still mighty tough through the middle. If sophomore End Bruce McClung develops as a pass receiver, the West Virginia aerial attack, with Quarterback Mickey Trimarki tossing, ought to be one of the most vicious in the South. On the ground, the man to keep an eye on is burly Fullback Larry Krutko (6 feet 1, 195 pounds), who will carry on the Mountaineer power tradition, while Halfbacks Jack Rabbitts and Sammy Sizemore will lend more scatbacking than before. All in all, West Virginia's offense appears to be as well rounded as any in the conference.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—Pittsburgh (7-26)
COLORS: Orange and maroon.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3, tied 1.