COLORS: Brown and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 8, lost 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 10 of 22
WATCH FOR: Leaping, diving pass-catching of End Joe Wenzel
THE DOPE: With Dan Nolan gone to the Washington Redskins, the Engineers may have to crate and ship back the Lambert Cup, symbol of eastern small-college football supremacy. Five other starters from the 1957 squad, including Fullback Walt Pijawka, have graduated with the man who directed Lehigh's split-T attack for a 22-5 record for the past three seasons. Coach Bill Leckonby is pinning his hopes on Sophomore Quarterback Bob Scheu, a left-handed slinger who has the same relaxed manner of play and raw-boned frame of Nolan. Scheu's chief targets will be Joe Wenzel, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound standout, and Dave Nevil, who between them brought down 41 passes last season for 582 yards. The only other line starters back are Center Tom DeFlavis and Tackle John Stanley. Charles Burger, who carried for an average 4.5 yards, is the only backfield returnee. John O'Ryan will play opposite Burger, and Ron Lauretti will play fullback. Without Nolan's run-pass ability and daring, Engineers will rely more on basic drive plays and pitchouts.
COLORS: Pale blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 4, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 12 of 26
WATCH FOR: An emphasis on defense, ball handling of Bob Pickett
THE DOPE: The Black Bears may lack enough depth and experience to seriously threaten Connecticut and Rhode Island this year, especially since they will be the only team in the conference fighting everybody on the block. Coach Harold Westerman has lost his first five guards, three hard-running backs and his most valuable player, Tackle Will Tarazewich. He gets no help either from a poor freshman squad. The return of veteran Ends Ed Manson and Niles Nelson will give Maine a better defense than offense. Jack Welch will be among the replacements for departed Backs Dave Rand, Captain Vernon Moulton and Charles Thibodeau. Bob Pickett, a fine ball handler but only an average passer, will do the quarterbacking, and light but speedy John Theriault will operate at fullback. Westerman is concentrating on the development of place-kickers, a department he feels has taken on new significance under the present rules. On the whole it appears that Maine would be content to fare as well during the coming season as it did in '57.
COLORS: Maroon and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 1, lost 5, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 12 of 20
WATCH FOR: The bull rushes of Fullback Ed Richardson
THE DOPE: This could be Coach Charlie O'Rourke's best season since he took over the Redmen in 1952. O'Rourke retains most of his linemen and three starting backs, has the cream of a very successful freshman crop. Billy Maxwell or Sophomores Jack Conway and Jim Hickman will try to fill the cleats of Quarterback Ronnie Blume. Maxwell was the team's leading passer and kicker. Halfbacks Gerry Walls, Armand Sabourin and Billy Reynolds give the Redmen needed speed, and Fullback Ed Richardson, high scorer last year, provides the power. Sabourin is a good breakaway runner and, teamed with Reynolds, gives O'Rourke the fastest halfback combination in the Yankee Conference. Massachusetts is deep from tackle to tackle, with Guard Lou Varichione the outstanding lineman. While the running is good, the passing needs improvement. The Redmen could win five or six games and jell into a conference champion. One thing sure around Amherst: the Redmen will be much better than last season's once-triumphant team.