COLORS: Blue and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 9, lost 1, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 13 of 30
WATCH FOR: Bulldozing Reifsnyder; fast, hard-hitting backs led by Joe Tranchini
THE DOPE: This is a rebuilding year for the Middies, but they were in the same straits in 1954 when they ran off an 8-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory over Mississippi. Coach Eddie Erdelatz has only Fullback Ray Wellborn, Center Milan Moncilovich, Guard George Frit-zinger and 234-pound Tackle Bob Reifsnyder back from the team that finished last season with a 9-1-1, smashing Rice in the Cotton Bowl. His losses include All-America Quarterback Tom Forrestal, star Halfbacks Ned Oldham and Harry Hurst, End Pete Jokanovich, Tackle Tony Anthony and Guard Tony Stremic. Although shallow in the line, Erdelatz is not hurting for backs. Junior Joe Tranchini, an excellent passer and defensive player, replaces Forrestal; Captain Dick Dagampat, an outstanding fullback out with injuries most of last season, starts at halfback, and Reserve Dick Zembrzuski replaces Oldham. Also available for backfield duty are Roland Brandquist and Bob Correll. Most promising newcomers are Fullback Joe Matalavage and Halfback Joe Bellino.
Durham, N. H.
COLORS: Blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T, split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 0, lost 7, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 22 of 24
WATCH FOR: Bob Trouville-to-Pete Stewart pass combination
THE DOPE: The Blue Wildcats couldn't even get off the launching platform last season but are expected to go into orbit now with a red-hot passing game reminiscent of the old days. The air at Durham will be as full of footballs as it was during the unbeaten 1947 season and the 7-1 campaign of '54. Coach Clarence (Chief) Boston welcomes back all but three of his 24 lettermen, including veteran Quarterback Bob Trouville. Trouville topped the Yankee Conference in passing two years ago and could do it again. Lanky Halfback Sam Paul is also a passing threat. Pete Stewart returns to left halfback, where he set a school record last year by catching 25 passes. The corps of receivers includes sophomore Halfbacks Dick Eustis and John Robes and Ends Francis Frasier and Pete Paquette. Dan Ruskiewicz and Fullback Ray Donnelly will join Trouville and Stewart in the starting backfield. The interior line looks good with Bob Pascucci at guard and Henry Bigelow at tackle. If the Blue Wildcats' passing game clicks, they should enjoy a winning season.
COLORS: Red and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 6
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 21 of 32
WATCH FOR: More passing by halfbacks to Ends Bill Kesack, Barney Berlinger
THE DOPE: If Coach Steve Sebo's recruits can master his tricky multiple offense, the Quakers will have the most diversified attack in the Ivy League. Penn is deep, but its potential doesn't compare with the league's top teams. The Quakers are solid in all but two positions. Biggest problems are replacements for Quarterback Frank Riepl and Fullback Bill Young. Hal Musick, starter in six games last fall, is available for quarterback duty along with Senior Tom Twitmyer, jayvee star Larry Purdy and George Koval. Musick, a good runner, may be shifted to halfback. Ed Goodwin and Bill Raser are Sebo's main hopes at full. Fred Doelling will probably start at right half and Jack Hanlon at left. Hanlon is the fastest man on the squad and will figure sharply in Penn's success this year. There will be more passing from the single wing by the left halfback playing tailback. Hanlon, fastest man on the squad last year, didn't pass once in '57. Penn will be stronger this year but with similar expectations from the rest of the Ivies, Quakers may find the first division too crowded.
University Park, Pa.
COLORS: Blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T and wing T
1957 RECORD: Won 6, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 17 of 24
WATCH FOR: The brilliant ball carrying of versatile Dave Kasperian