LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Don Divers, B; Grover Jones, E; Jim Burks, G.
THE DOPE: The Gobblers have speed, depth and a hard-hitting running attack, but lack of experience at the tackles may mean trouble. The loss of ace Quarterback Billy Cranwell due to a knee operation gave Coach Frank Moseley his biggest headache, but he has reshaped his offense to fit the pile-driving tactics of Fullback Don Divers. Jim Burks, a 6 foot 3, 220-pound guard, is the defensive standout in the Tech line. With only three conference games scheduled, Virginia Tech is not a serious challenge to West Virginia for the title, but Moseley is optimistic about his season as a whole. "If speed can make up for lack of experience at the tackles, our line may be able to do the job that will be required to improve our 6-3-1 record of last year," he said. The games that will make or break the Gobblers are North Carolina State, Clemson and Wake Forest.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 15—E. Car. at Bluefield, N (no game)
Sept. 22—at Tulane (no game)
Sept. 29—N. C. State at Norfolk (34-26)
Oct. 6—Fla. State at Norfolk, N (24-20)
Oct. 13—William & Mary (14-7)
Oct. 20—at Richmond, N (7-7)
Oct. 27—Virginia at Roanoke (17-13)
Nov. 3—at Clemson (16-21)
Nov. 10—Wake Forest (0-13)
Nov. 22—VMI at Roanoke (39-13)
COLORS: Black and red.
BASIC OFFENSE: T with split ends and flankers.
1955 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 25.