THE DOPE: The Cadets have lost eight of the 11 men who started in the Navy game, including Quarterback Dave Bourland, Fullback Bin Barta and Center Jim Kernan. But Coach Earl Blaik still boasts the best set of halfbacks in the country, All-America Bob Anderson and Captain Pete Dawkins. Anderson topped Glenn Davis' rushing record at the Point, and he ranked second in the nation with his 14 touchdowns. Dawkins trailed closely with 11. Blaik faces the job of manufacturing another quarterback, however. Best bet is Joe Caldwell, sidelined by a broken jaw a year ago but potentially the best passer available. Harry Walters replaces Barta at fullback. Line positions are wide open. Chuck Lytle is a probable running mate for Guard Bob Novogratz, only line survivor of the Navy battle. Ed Bogdonas and Maurice Hilliard will play tackle, and Don Usry and Bill Carpenter may start at ends. Guard Bill Rowe has been converted to center. With quarterback a question mark, the line green and shallow and an over-all lack of depth, Coach Blaik promises "a more open game."
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
COLORS: Maroon and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 21 of 32
WATCH FOR: The aerial antics of Don Allard and John Flanagan
THE DOPE: The Eagles should prove to be one of the strongest teams in Coach Mike Holovak's eight years at University Heights. With 21 lettermen returning, Holovak has experience at every position but fullback, and that will be handled by outstanding Sophomore Frank Robotti, a devastating 200-pound runner. Holovak, who seasoned his troops by alternating two units last year, will have a stronger, faster team than the squad which lost only to Navy and Holy Cross in '57. Don Allard, who passed for 1,039 yards last season, is back to direct Holovak's aerial game. He was Navy's all-opponent quarterback. Alan Miller will be senior ball carrier, and the other halfback post will be taken by Jim Col-clough, who averaged four yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns last season. The line, strong, big and fast, will be anchored by a pair of outstanding ends in John Flanagan and Don Tosi. The Eagles should easily put together a winning season despite a rugged schedule which includes newcomers Syracuse, Miami, Clemson and College of Pacific.
COLORS: Scarlet and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 22 of 32
WATCH FOR: Spectacular running of Halfbacks Paul Cancro and Johnny Maio
THE DOPE: The Terriers will play their toughest schedule since 1947, but they could pull off at least four victories with help from a good sophomore crop. Coach Steve Sinko has lost 10 lettermen but just four were starters, all on the line. Most significant of these was Jack Regan, a mountainous end who was one of the Terriers' leading pass receivers. Jim Kenney and Phil Kearney will fill the gap left by Regan and Sal Schiazza. Sinko's chief asset is a talented backfield composed of rough-riding Backs Paul Cancro and Johnny Maio, Fullback Jimmy Dean and diminutive Emo DiNitto. Cancro set a BU rushing record for sophs last season. Maio, who gained close to five yards per carry and ranked 10th in the country on punt returns, will be sidelined the first two games of the season because of an ankle fracture. DiNitto, a cool little general who stands just 5 feet 8 inches in cleats, completed 41 % of his passes, six of them for touchdowns. This same combination averaged 24.5 points a game last year. If the line is equal to the task, the Terriers should cut quite a path in the East.
COLORS: Brown and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T with flankers
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 26
WATCH FOR: Passing of Frank Finney, strong running by Paul Choquetle
THE DOPE: The Bruins will be hard-pressed to improve on their fourth-place position of last season. Losses in the line are heavy, and Coach Al Kelley has a thin sophomore crop. Still, barring serious injuries, the Bruins could be Ivy League spoilers. Kelley has one of the league's top linemen in his center and captain, Don Warburton, a fine quarterback and passer in Frank Finney and a promising fullback in Paul Choquette. The three lettermen at halfback—George Gor-godian, Jack McTigue and Dick Beland—are seasoned by two years of heavy duty. Finney is regarded as the best defensive back in the league. He is a good running threat and has a two-year record of 99 completions in 208 pass attempts, good for 12.6 yards per completion and eight touchdowns. Warburton, an impressive linebacker, was all-Ivy center last year, while Choquette was the team's leading rusher. Although the line is generally weak, the end squad should be improved with the return of five lettermen, including Bill Traub, out with a leg ailment last season.