COLORS: Orange and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 25
WATCH FOR: Jim Brady, best of the Bison linemen
THE DOPE: The Bisons have been branded with a new system by a new coach and are hopeful of improving on their mediocre record of last season. Former Penn All-America Bob Odell, who has been backfield coach at Wisconsin the past nine years, takes over the herd from Harry Lawrence and must count heavily upon juniors and sophomores. Only two seniors, in fact, Tackles Dick Hunn and Lewis Hart, are on the entire first unit, although four of the juniors were regular starters last year. The holdovers are Halfback Charles Apgar, Quarterback Dennis Cox, Center Larry Mathias and End Jim Brady. Sophomores make up the rest of the backfield, with Martin Pope at halfback, Mickey Melberger replacing Bob Fitzsimmons at full and Paul Terhes alternating with Cox at quarterback. End Doug Forsyth and Guards Charles Negron and George Salinger complete the starting forward wall. Odell is green in the backfield and lacks over-all depth, but folks out Lewisburg way figure the Bisons can trample just about everybody but Colgate, Rutgers and Delaware.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17 of 25
WATCH FOR: The aerial teamwork of Ray Harding and Al Jamison
THE DOPE: The Red Raiders will lean heavily on sophomores to bolster an offense which netted only three victories and 13 touchdowns last season. Coach Fred Rice is hurting particularly at center, tackle and right halfback. His returnees are headed by End Al Jamison, the East's leading pass receiver with 33 catches for 420 yards and six touchdowns. With him is Quarterback Ray Harding, a ranking passer who connected for 762 yards and seven touchdowns. The Red Raiders have pretty good size up front (213-pound average), speed and passing ability in the backfield. They hope to run more with Halfbacks Doug Ammon and Dick Randall (a converted end) and Fullback Don Zimmerman, who is light but speedy. Sophomore Hal Jackson is being touted as a real find. Another sophomore, Jacque MacKinnon, is one of the tallest halfbacks (6 feet 4 inches) in the game. Colgate has good potential and, barring another plague of ailments that all but ruined it last season, should give a very good account of itself despite a rather tough schedule.
New York City
COLORS: Light blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 1, lost 8
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 12 of 22
WATCH FOR: The running pass by Quarterback Dick Donelli
THE DOPE: Columbia will be a better team this year, according to Coach Buff Donelli, "because we can't be any worse." The Lions lack experience in the backfield with only two lettermen returning, Donelli's quarterback son Dick and Halfback Harvey Brookins. But the Lions have a talented sophomore crop, a good line and a quarterback who not only now ranks as the top passer in the Ivy League but who can run and is a defensive standout. The 21-year-old senior ranked second only to Yale's now departed Dick Winterbauer as a passer last year, with 52 completions in 96 attempts good for 589 yards and five touchdowns. Young Donelli, 20 pounds heavier at 195, will run more this year and use the running pass. His favorite targets will be End Ted Graske and Brookins. Don Savini will be Coach Donelli's replacement for the Lions' leading runner last year, Halfback Brad Howard, while Henry Norment or Bruce Johnson will draw the fullback job. Donelli and Brookins, behind Tackles Ed Eschenbaum and Brian Dennehy, should spell trouble for some of the Ivy favorites.