COLORS: Red, white and yellow.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 1, lost 9.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Sam Woolwine, B; Joe Moody, B; Carl LeBourdais, G.
THE DOPE: The Keydets are building under Coach Johnny McKenna, but with 28 sophomores on the roster the team is a couple of years away from maturity. The VMI running attack is strong, and watch for Fullback Sam Woolwine to provide an occasional thrill with his kickoff return specialty. Nonetheless, Coach McKenna assumes an attitude of restrained pessimism as he advises that "inexperience of this sophomore-dominated squad will cause headaches along the way." With a schedule that includes Army, West Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Keydets may have considerable difficulty improving on the 1-9 record in 1955. In fact, their only breather is the opener with Stetson. Rather than worrying about setting the world on fire this fall, McKenna simply hopes his squad will gain the kind of experience it will need to be a serious conference contender in 1957 or 1958.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 15—Stetson at St. Pete, N (no game)
Sept. 22—at Virginia (13-20)
Sept. 29—Army (no game)
Oct. 6—at Richmond, N (0-21)
Oct. 13—Lehigh (0-39)
Oct. 19—at George Washington, N (6-25)
Oct. 27—at Davidson (7-21)
Nov. 3—W. & M. at Lynchburg (13-20)
Nov. 10—at West Virginia (12-47)
Nov. 22—Va. Tech at Roanoke (13-39)