COLORS: Green and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 2, lost 5
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 21
WATCH FOR: A fleet of good running backs led by Roy Greene
THE DOPE: This is the year that the Catamounts were one away from. Coach Ed Donnelly has greater speed, depth and strength than he has enjoyed for some time and appears destined for a winning season. Vermont, which plays only one Yankee Conference opponent (Maine), will be strong up the middle with Captain Philip Chalifoux at guard and 6-foot-5, 215-pound Fred Branch at center. Quarterback Bob Flance saw only limited service behind "Whizzer" White last year but is a good enough passer and runner to get first call at that position. Vermont's halfbacks are fast both inside and out, with Roy Greene the real standout. He is the team's leading pass receiver and ground-gainer as well as a great pass defender and tackier. Louis Petronaci, an All-State end last year, provides added backfield speed. Bill Simonds tends to fumble but is a strong, seasoned fullback. Defense should mark this Vermont team. Pass receiving may be something of a worry; but even so the green hills of Vermont should be bright with victory this fall.
COLORS: Blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T with flankers
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 38
WATCH FOR: Daring running and passing by Quarterback Jim Grazione
THE DOPE: The Wildcats will try to chew up the Army, the Marines and eight other good opponents with a rebuilt team that is minus Billy Magee, last year's outstanding performer. Coach Frank Reagan hesitates to guess how he'll fare without his star quarterback and most of the cast that supported him. But Mainliners are not too worried. Jim Grazione, Magee's understudy, is the only experienced signal caller Reagan has, but he can do everything. Returning halfbacks are Dave Intrabartolo, a 175-pound scat-back capable of scoring from any distance, and the elusive Jim Ward. Leon Horin, a junior, may have to make room for Sophomore Billy Paczkoskie at fullback. The latter, a 225-pound schoolboy star, loves to run, is a proficient blocker and pass receiver and could be one of the best backs in the school's history. Reagan must rebuild the line around End Gene O'Pella, a huge, 6-foot-5, 235-pound passing target, and Bill Craig and Mike DeLucia at tackle and guard, respectively. The outlook for Villanova is for a very iffy season.
COLORS: Cardinal and black
BASIC OFFENSE: T and wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 4
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 24
WATCH FOR: The inspiring line play of Captain Dave Mitchell
THE DOPE: The Cardinals are not only loaded with lettermen and reserves but have excellent material available from an undefeated freshman squad. All of this points to a winning season for Coach Norm Daniels, although he needs to fill a gap at center and strengthen the end positions. George Komaridis and Harry Millis will alternate as replacements for Co-captain Jack Sickler in the middle of the line. Ends Gordon Biddle and Steve Pyle should help bolster the Cardinals' passing attack, which was weak last year. Bulwark of the strong defensive line is veteran Guard Dave Mitchell. Wesleyan's running game will be improved by a wealth of good backs, including Dick Wenner, Dave Eklund, Terry Smith and Dick Huddleston. With Rick Francis' playing eligibility consumed, Jim Sams appears as his likely quarterback successor. Also available is Senior Bing Leverich, although Sams has the edge in both passing and running. Dom Squatrito, a huge, jarring fullback, is one of the most promising sophomores. No Little Three title here, but a good record.
COLOR: Royal purple
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 0, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 38 of 51
WATCH FOR: Fast-breaking Halfback Chip Ide