THE DOPE: If. the Blue Hens improve on their 4-3 record, it will be due in part to the heavy losses of their opponents. Though Coach Dave Nelson has lost Quarterback Larry Catuzzi and 13 other lettermen, these losses will not hurt overall team strength as much as might be imagined. Nelson will rely on Gampy Pellegrini, his best passer, and former End Karl Frantz to direct the offense. Pellegrini's arm will give the Blue Hens a more potent aerial attack than last year. Veteran Fullback John Bowman may become Jack Turner's running mate at halfback, while Tony Suravitch, a fine breakaway runner, takes over Bowman's old job. Captain Bob Jones will be back as guard with Urban Bowman, and Mark Hurm, a defensive standout, will return to center. John Mordas and Ray Klapinsky will operate at tackle and the ends will be manned by Bob Reeder and Al Huey. Sophomores Mike Heinecken and Dick Broadbent provide strength at the end positions, but the rest of the line is shallow. Blue Hens' running game should be more consistent and passing improved.
BASIC OFFENSE: Balanced T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 5
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 25 of 29
WATCH FOR: Slashing tackles of Captain Bob Shaunessy
THE DOPE: The Crimson had several key men out of action during the two horrendous defeats it suffered at the end of last season. But with these men back in action and the entire team acclimated to Coach John Yovicsin's balanced T formation, Harvard should spell trouble for some of the Ivies. The opposition is rating the Crimson the most improved team in the league and a dark horse contender. The line will feature two outstanding tackles in Captain Bob Shaunessy and Pete Briggs, and Center Bob Foster. Foster and Quarterback Ron Johanson made the surprise jump from junior varsity to starring roles last fall. Dick McLaughlin, who completed over 50% of his passes, is also available for signal calling. Chet (The Jet) Boulris, after an excellent sophomore start—he led the Crimson in total offense with 402 yards—will be one of the league's best backs. Harvard lacks depth, but with only four lettermen lost and help from a freshman team that lost only to Princeton last year, the Crimson may surprise. The opposition is tabbing Harvard as the team to watch.
COLOR: Royal purple
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple T
1957 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 23 of 30
WATCH FOR: The passing wizardry of Tom Greene
THE DOPE: Coach Eddie Anderson not only has 23 lettermen returning but can expect help from the Crusaders' third consecutive unbeaten freshman team. His brightest hopes for a winning season are Quarterback Tom Greene and Guard Jim Healy. Greene, a 6-foot-l, 190-pounder from Maryland, missed the national total offense crown by 63 yards last fall, settling for 1,381 yards. He passed for 11 touchdowns, led the team with 45 points and was responsible for 16 of 28 touchdowns scored in 1957. Captain Healy is billed as the best Holy Cross lineman of all time, was picked on five all-opponent teams last year. Anderson rates Healy and Vince Promuto the best guard combo in the country. Anderson may have trouble replacing Center Al Turrin, and reserves will have to move into tackle, but the Crusaders are knee deep in experienced ends. The return of veterans like Charlie Pacunas and Dave Stecchi gives HC a solid passing attack, and Anderson hopes the running of backs like Ed Hayes, Johnny Freitas and Joe Stagnone will provide better balance.
COLORS: Maroon and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 4
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 28
WATCH FOR: A light but speedy team, lacking topnotch reserves
THE DOPE: Jim McConlogue, the first "local" man to coach the Leopards in their 77-year grid history, inherits a small but fast team completely lacking depth. Lafayette has lost its leading passer and scorer, Quarterback Joe Bozik, and a couple of 19-year-old juniors, Merle Bain-bridge and Wayne Cipriani, will get the chance to fill in. With them in the back-field will be Don Nikles, one of the East's better fullbacks, and Halfbacks Don Westmass and Marion Vujevich. The linemen will average 189 pounds and will be held together by Captain Don Dilley, who was switched from end to tackle, and his running mate, Gordon (Hoot) Gibson, another converted end. The ends will be Lafayette's strongest position. Tom Fisher, Joel Gustafson and Don Wooten are all fast and good blockers. The halfback posts will be manned by a veteran force which includes Don Westmass, Marion Vujevich, George Bendere and Tom Moyer, all of whom are juniors. The Leopards are shallow and trying to rebuild, but they may ring up a winning season in the process.