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THE DOPE: The Cowboys have a brilliant first-string backfield built around Tailback Jim Crawford, experienced ends and guards and strong centers. But behind the starters in the backfield it is a long way to the first-line replacements, and the all-important tackle posts will be manned primarily by sophomores. The team, in general, will be light and lightning fast. Crawford runs well inside the tackles, and he will get able help in that department from Fullback Ova Stapleton. Larry Zowada is a capable passer and Wingback John Watts, the conference 440 champion, has all the necessary speed on reverses in Coach Phil Dickens' version of the Tennessee single wing. Sophomore Tackles Bob Houser and Dale Memmelaar must develop quickly to plug a defensive weakness; the backfield starters must last all season without injury; Dickens must come up with an adequate punter.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 15—Colorado Western (no game)
COLORS: Navy blue and white.
BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 4, lost 6.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 29.
WATCH FOR: Jack Hill, B; Tom Ramage, T; John Whatcott, B; Dick Kimball, G; Joe Librizzi, C; Robert Wilson, E; Bob Winters, B.
THE DOPE: The Aggies may have the best back in the Skyline Conference in versatile Jack Hill, a 185-pounder who got a late start in 1955 and still managed to rate high in all offensive statistics. In fact, the whole Aggie backfield should be strong. Helping Hill at the running positions are Fullback Norm Prince and Halfback John Whatcott, and the trio comprises one of the best sets of runners in State history. The line will be strong at end, with experience on both sides. The biggest tackles in the conference were lost by graduation, but a couple of lettermen return for the starting jobs. The biggest loss from the 1955 squad was at guard, where Coach Everette Faunce has shifted a tackle—Dick Kimball—to help out. At center, Joe Librizzi has experience to offset a lack of size. The key to Aggie success lies in the rebuilding of the inside line.