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THE DOPE: The Miners are traditionally strong on defense and will be again. But Coach Mike Brumbelow also has the stuff of which fine offenses are made. His backfield, with Sprinters Don Maynard and Jim Bevers at half, is probably the fastest in the conference. The line is big and agile for its size, but at quarterback Brumbelow must depend on either a converted fullback (Bob Forrest) or a converted center (Bob Laraba). Forrest was an All-State high school quarterback but doesn't pass as well as Laraba. The team must use sophomores for reserve strength, is especially thin at tackle. Since freshmen play varsity ball in the Border Conference, Brumbelow's sophs are more mature than most after a varsity year.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at Texas Tech, N (27-27)
COLORS: Red and blue.
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T.
1955 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4, tied 1.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 35.
WATCH FOR: Art Luppino, B; Paul Hatcher, C; Ed Brown, G; Don Beasley, B; Jack Davis, T; Pete Arrigoni, B; Ralph Hunsaker, B.
THE DOPE: The Wildcats have one of the greatest running backs in the nation in Art Luppino, who is only a few steps away from Alan Ameche's record of 3,212 yards gained during the span of a collegiate career. To lend variety to the Wildcat ground attack, Luppino has capable running mates in Backs Don Beasley, Pete Arrigoni and Ralph Hunsaker, and the Wildcat line is built around two All-Conference players—Guard Bob Griffs and Center Paul Hatcher. The defense, which sagged occasionally last year, must improve considerably. If it does, and if the returning servicemen Operate at full speed, Coach Warren Woodson's team may have the best year an Arizona eleven has known in two decades.