THE DOPE: The Ephmen are blessed with 38 lettermen, including all but three starters from an undefeated 1957 team which averaged 387 yards per game. Coach Len Watters' athletes should easily retain the Little Three championship and are likely to celebrate another unbeaten season come November. They have depth at every position but center, a good running game, an above-average offensive line and a passing attack that speaks for itself (58% completions). Dan Fanning, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, and Rich Kagan head the fine corps of ends. The Ephmen are strong at tackle with 225-pound Bill Hedeman and 220-pound Bob Lowden, and the best defensive lineman is Guard Jim Richardson. Garry Higgins, a slow runner but smart operator, will call signals for an experienced backfield that includes Halfbacks Chip Ide and Bob Rorke. Ide is fast and averaged 9.8 yards per carry in '57. Bob Hatcher shifts from right half to share fullback duties with Bob Stegeman. There will be plenty of victory parties at Williamstown these autumn Saturdays.
New Haven, Conn.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 2, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 30
WATCH FOR: The running of Halfbacks Herb Hallos and Rich Winkler
THE DOPE: The Elis have plenty of strength at tackle, guard and halfback but not much elsewhere. Coach Jordan Olivar has lost all three of his varsity centers and lacks experience at end. His worst losses are Quarterback Dick Winterbauer, the Ivy League's top passer (14 TD passes), Fullback Gene Coker, the Elis' top rusher, and End Mike Cavallon. After highly successful years with such standouts as Dean Loucks and Winterbauer, Olivar will have to experiment with untried sophomores at quarterback. This year Yale must lean heavily on Halfbacks Herb Hallas and Rich Winkler, Tackles Harry Olivar (son of the coach) and Al Puryear and Guards Paul Lynch and Bill West. Hence, Yale's running game should be strong, but the passing, heretofore Olivar's strong suit, will be weak in comparison to previous years. Yale is always dangerous for its traditional rivals, Princeton and Harvard, but unless Olivar can come up with a quarterback, the Elis will have trouble matching their third-place Ivy League finish of last season.