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Sept. 15—Arizona at Phoenix (0-29)
COLORS: Cherry and silver.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 2, lost 8.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Jerry Apodaca, B; Jerry Nesbitt, G; Glen Hakes, T; Jamie Koch, G.
THE DOPE: The Lobos lack size, depth and experience—in other words, about everything a contender needs. Coach Dick Clausen, in his first year at New Mexico, will install an Oklahoma-style split-T but with none of the ingredients which make it effective. This attack places a premium on continuous all-out effort and needs two essentially equal teams to make it go. Clausen has enough running backs, but he is very thin at tackle and center. At quarterback, the crux of the split-T, he has no one who has proved himself capable of handling the job. For line depth, Clausen must depend on sophomores, the best of whom is Jamie Koch, a 204-pound guard. The most dangerous running backs on the team are small—Jerry Apodaca (167 pounds) and Tony Gray (170 pounds). Says Clausen: "We are a ball club of question marks. It would be foolish to say we have a chance to take conference honors. And depth—well, it's too shallow to wade. We've been picked to finish in the cellar. I'll say we have at least enough bright spots to show us the steps leading out of the cellar."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at New Mexico A&M, N (14-7)