BASIC OFFENSE: T.
1955 RECORD: Won 2, lost 7.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17 of 28.
WATCH FOR: Dick Foster, T; Ron Braden, B; Jerry Kramer, G; Mel Schmidt, B.
THE DOPE: The Vandals, embarked on an ambitious improvement plan, will be better than in recent years, but Coach Skip Stanley still has only one team of veterans. For reserves, he will have to dig down into sophomores and other untried candidates, where the mining, in some spots, is fairly good. Howard Willis and Gary Johnson give the Vandals two able quarterbacks, with Willis the better passer, Johnson the more experienced field general. The line, headed by 220-pound Guard Jerry Kramer, is big, with strong first-team tackles and guards, adequate ends and one experienced center. Mel Schmidt, a 203-pound halfback, was a pleasant surprise in spring training after a junior season plagued by injuries. His running mate is Larry Norby, 190 pounds, a good ball-carrier and a fine receiver. The Vandal fullbacks are small and may lack the power to give Stahley's T enough drive up the middle to prevent opponents from overshifting. Says Stahley: "We will be inexperienced, although we have 17 lettermen returning, but only five of these were regulars last season."
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 22—at Washington (7-14)
Sept. 29—at Oregon (0-25)
Oct. 6—Washington State (0-9)
Oct. 13—Arizona State (no game)
Oct. 27—at Utah (13-20)
Nov. 3—at Fresno State, N (no game)
Nov. 10—Utah State at Boise (no game)
Nov. 17—Oregon State (14-33)
Nov. 22—at Montana (31-0)