New Brunswick, N.J.
COLORS: Scarlet and black
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 31
WATCH FOR: The running, passing and punting of Tailback Billy Austin
THE DOPE: The Scarlet Knights are hitching their wagon to a star called Billy Austin and expect to ride to their second winning season in nine years. The versatile Austin is one of the best backs in Rutgers' history, was first in the East and second in the nation last year with a total offense of 1,425 yards. He led the Knights in every department but pass receiving and developed sufficiently as a passer to complete just under 50% for 479 yards and three touchdowns. Now in its third season of single-winging, Coach John Stiegman's offense should really click behind a big, seasoned line. The team has 20 lettermen back, a good sophomore crop and, most importantly, seven of the starting team. Bob Nasco, Sam Crosby or John Makarevich will replace Quarterback Bill Whitacre, who graduated. Jay Hunton or Arnie Byrd will operate at right halfback, and Lloyd Seaman heads a team of four fullbacks. Bob Simms, the Knight's top pass receiver, and Dutch Wermuth excel at ends. All in all, old grads should have plenty to cheer about on the banks of the Raritan.
COLORS: Orange and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: T and wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 18 of 30
WATCH FOR: Plenty of power plays; Chuck Zimmerman's passes
THE DOPE: The Orangemen are slow but have enough old-fashioned straight-ahead drive to improve on their 5-3-1 record. Despite the loss of three top ends, including Dick Lasse, plus Center Mike Bill, Coach Ben Sehwarfzwalder has experienced men at most line positions. The front wall, averaging 210 pounds, is a mite faster than last year's, but the Orangemen lack breakaway speed in the backfield. Although no streak of lightning, Tom Stephens is the team's top scorer and best defensive back. Gerhard Schwedes, a reformed fullback, will operate from the other half. Jim Anderson is light but hits hard enough to replace Fullback Ed Coffin. Chuck Zimmerman could be better defensively, but he is a heady quarterback who completed 55% of his passes for 770 yards last year. The top lineman is Guard Al Benecick, a 222-pound weight lifter. There's no bright star like Jim Brown on the horizon but the Orangemen are trying to make up for this lack with solid team balance. They'll have to, with such opponents as Kansas and Navy coming up in '59.
COLORS: Cherry and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T
1957 RECORD: Won 1, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 13 of 22
WATCH FOR: The passing and running of Quarterback Bud Fahey
THE DOPE: The Owls have considerably revised their ambitions since Pop Warner took them to the Sugar Bowl in 1935. When they could no longer keep up with such fast company as Michigan State and Texas, the Owls de-emphasized football. Now they're having difficulty keeping up with Delaware, Bucknell and other Middle Atlantic Conference teams. Coach Pete Stevens expected a great season last fall but injuries wrecked his plans, and the team managed only one victory. That one was sparked by Bud Fahey, Temple's best quarterback in years. Fahey sat out spring practice to rest a knee he injured last year, but if he's ready, the Owls could surprise. Fahey can run and pass, has a fairly experienced and speedy line in front of him and some power and speed behind him. He also has the receivers. Without him, it will be strictly a rebuilding year for Coach Stevens. Temple's running should be improved with the return of injured Halfback Chad O'Shea, and the presence of hard-driving Fullback Marv Slomsky and Halfback Dick Walsh.