COLORS: Blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T, unbalanced line
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 4, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 13 of 24
WATCH FOR: Halfback Larry Day, all over the field
THE DOPE: The U Conns had to share the Bean Pot—emblematic of the Yankee Conference Championship—with Rhode Island last year, but they may wind up with all the gravy this time. Coach Bob Ingalls has lost eight starters from last year's Yankee Conference title squad, but he has proven replacements and an outstanding selection from the freshman team. The Huskies' main strength will be in the backfield where Larry Day and five other lettermen return. Halfback Day was the Huskies' top offensive threat, gaining 626 yards and scoring 33 points. Quarterback Gerry D'Avolio and Fullback Norm Chaban also are back. The U Conns are strong in the middle with Co-captain Paul Scagnelli at center and Bill Wallner at guard. Scagnelli is a 60-minute man who ranks with the best in the East. End Barry O'Connell and Tackle Joe Llodra are added seasoning. Connecticut was the toughest defensive team in the conference last year, holding four opponents to a total of one touchdown. They may be a little more porous but should go all the way for the third straight year.
COLORS: Carnelian and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Modified T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 28
WATCH FOR: Improved line play and a better passing game
THE DOPE: The Big Red should be a greatly improved team this season, particularly on defense. Lettermen are back at all line positions and Coach Lefty James's only problem up front is the development of a strong linebacking center. While strong on guards and tackles, James is short on experienced halfbacks. His chief loss here was Bob McAniff, the Ivy League's leading rusher last season. Lettermen Terry Wilson and John Webster will carry the load. Fullback Bob Hazzard, this year's captain, may be moved to halfback because of his great speed. Phil Taylor will likely succeed him at fullback. Tom Skypeck, the team's top scorer last year, should blossom as a T quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior showed great improvement late last season. He's a powerful runner but has not realized his potential as a passer. Most promising sophomore is Marcello Tino, who was impressive as both a runner and passer while quarterbacking the freshman team. The Big Red expects a winning season and could finish a strong second.
Hanover, N. H.
COLORS: Oak green and white
BASIC OFFENSE: V—i.e., T with fullback as blocker between guard and tackle
1957 RECORD: Won 7, lost 1, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 18 of 28
WATCH FOR: The running and passing of Halfback John Crouthamel
THE DOPE: After their most successful season in 20 years, the Indians are faced with a major rebuilding problem. Five of last year's 11 starters are gone and 14 in all have been graduated from the team that lost only the Ivy League title game, to Princeton, on the last day of the season. Coach Bob Blackman will especially miss Captain Joe Palermo, Dartmouth's first All-America in 20 years; pass-catching Dave Moss and Quarterback Dave Bradley. Key holdovers in the line are Captain Al Krutsch at guard, Tackle Dave Bathrick and End Scott Palmer. Other line spots will be manned by either reserves or members of a weak freshman team which won only one game out of a six-game schedule last year. Quarterbacking will be handled by Bill Gundy, the East's leading punter last year, while understudying Bradley. Brian Hepburn will return to fullback and Jim Burke and John Crouthamel will handle the halfback slots. Injured returnees include Center Bob Virostek and Halfback Jim Mueller. The Indians will be strong but not strong enough.
COLORS: Blue and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won-4, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 14 of 28
WATCH FOR: Spirited defensive play of Mark Hurm and Bob Jones