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WATCH FOR: Gene Gatewood, B; Ernie Pitts, E; Dick Gupton, B; Ed Stuart, T.
THE DOPE: The Pioneers lack well-tested strength at two of the really essential positions in any T attack—center and quarterback. First, there is quarterback, where Coach John Roning has given top priority to finding an adequate passer to replace the graduated Jim Bowen. Senior Bob Wegelin knows how to handle the mechanics of the chore well, but his throwing leaves something to be desired. What looked like a difficult replacement task at tackle may be solved with the shift of Senior Ed Stuart from guard, since he was a starter there on the 1954 championship team. Sophomore Sal Cesario is regarded as mature beyond his years in the other tackle position, but the line is by no means as secure as in 1955. All things considered, Denver should mount a more effective running attack this year, with Drake transfer Gene Gatewood and ex-Fullback John Wilson adding speed at halfback and quick Dick Gupton backed by Bill Korn at fullback.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 15—Iowa State, N (19-7)
COLORS: Brown and yellow.
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing, balanced line.
1955 RECORD: Won 7, lost 3.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 23 of 38.
WATCH FOR: Jim Crawford, B; Ova Stapleton, B; Larry Zowada, B; John Higgins, T; Buster Elder, E.