WATCH FOR: John Witte, T; Joe Francis, B; Sam Wesley, B; Bob DeGrant, E; Ted Bates, T; Jim Brackins, G.
THE DOPE: The Beavers startled the conference last season by winning six of nine in Tommy Prothro's first year as head coach, and may even do better this year. But two factors militate against Oregon State this season: the element of surprise is gone, and the schedule is much tougher, with USC and Missouri replacing COP and Brigham Young. Prothro met his first problem when Center Bob Hadraba was lost to the Army; Buzz Randall, a sophomore, will replace him. Joe Francis, tailback in Prothro's single wing, is "as good a passer as I've ever been associated with," according to Prothro. John Witte, an agile, powerful, 200-pound tackle, should make the Oregon State defense a sticky one. Witte is OSC's All-America candidate: he made one of the All-Americas last season.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at Missouri (no game)
COLORS: Cardinal and white.
BAISC OFFENSE: Spread T.
1955 RECORD: Won 6, lost3, tied 1.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 23 OF 41
WATCH FOR: Paul Wiggin, T; John Brodie, B; Gary Van Galder, E; Paul Camera, B; Donn Carswell, G.