THE DOPE: The Colonials, with a little bit of luck, could surprise against West Virginia for the conference crown. George Washington's running attack is better than average, spearheaded by speedy Mike Sommer, who last year led the nation in punt returns. The Colonial defensive line is practically unchanged from last year and needs only a little more depth at the center and guard positions. Coach Gene Sherman sums up the situation this way: "We have the nucleus of another good club and, barring injuries, we should improve on last year's 5-4 record." Since six of the nine games on the Colonials' schedule are with Southern Conference opponents, the prospects are excellent that Coach Sherman will finish close to the top in final standings. If, with a little guidance, Ray Looney should develop into a great passer, then George Washington would have the balanced offense it needs to graduate from a contender to a champion.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at Miami (Ohio) (no game)
Sept. 29—at Furman, N (no game)
Oct. 5—Hardin-Simmons, N (no game)
Oct. 13—at Boston U., N (no game)
Oct. 19—VMI, N (25-6)
Oct. 26—William and Mary, N (16-0)
Nov. 3—at West Virginia (7-13)
Nov. 9—Richmond, N (0-7)
Nov. 17—at The Citadel (no game)
COLORS: Red and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 4, lost 3, tied 2.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 30.
WATCH FOR: Dave May, G; George Riggs, B; Dick Eaton, C.
THE DOPE: The Spiders will be a young, fast club but lacking in depth at tackle and quarterback. Coach Eddie Merrick plans to have five sophomores in his starting lineup and is seriously considering Freshmen Clarence Fox and Tommy Sterns, now eligible for varsity play under conference rules. The Spiders are usually among the best defensive clubs in the nation, and this year should be no exception, especially in aerial defense. Keep your eye on speed merchants George Riggs and Dave Ames, who will be providing most of Richmond's offensive thrills. Merrick doesn't expect a championship club but predicts: "We should have our fourth consecutive winning season."