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COLORS: Royal blue and white.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 1, lost 9.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 33.
WATCH FOR: Ray Neel, E; Ron Jacobson, B; Weldon Jackson, B; Paul Eckel, G.
THE DOPE: The Cougars, long the football patsy of the conference, are aiming for better things. Harold Kopp, the new coach, was New England's coach of the year at Rhode Island University in 1955, and he is the first non-Mormon ever to head the BYU team. Yet it may be a while before he is named coach of the year in this area. He will depend on a wide-open game, hoping to build up the score by out-maneuvering the opposition with a variety of trick plays. Defensively, his team is weak at center and tackle and should offer little resistance. Kopp faces a special problem at BYU in that each year he can expect to lose a certain amount of talent to the Mormon mission field. Eight of 1955's better prospects, including four promising sophomores, will be away this year on mission activity. From what is left, the top hands should be veteran Quarterback Don Dixon; Ron Jacobson, a 190-pound halfback who transferred from Compton Junior College and a fast sophomore halfback, Weldon Jackson. Ray Neel, a senior end, and Jay Weenig, a senior guard, give the line a little ballast.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 15—at Wichita, N (no game)