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Despite Pitt's obvious shortcoming, Michelosen remains calm—even in the face of a killer schedule that reads suspiciously like somebody's top 10. Realistically a 5-5 season would be an accomplishment.
One team that could surprise a lot of people is BOSTON COLLEGE. The Eagles have come back a long way under enterprising Coach Jim Miller, and this could be their year. Miller thinks that he now has the size, strength and depth to challenge teams like Army, Penn State, Miami ( Fla.) and Syracuse, all on the BC schedule this year.
"We're not going to be run over by anybody," predicts Miller, whose offensive and defensive lines average a tidy 224 pounds and are not likely to wear thin under heavy pounding. Not with tackles like Dick Powers (240), Jim Chevillot (235), sophomore Ron Persuitte (240) and Tom Sarkisian (240) or ends like Joe Pryor (230) and Dick Capp (245). The center, Bob Hyland, goes 240. The nice thing about them is that they all have good movement and speed.
The Eagles also have something no other major eastern independent has—a seasoned quarterback. Ed Foley, a 6-foot senior, is experienced at running Miller's imaginative offense, a multiple smorgasbord of T and I, and he can throw the ball. He completed 72 of 144 passes for 947 yards last season. Foley will not have Jim Whalen or Bill Cronin, last year's fine ends, to throw to, but Charlie Smith, Gordon Kutz and Pryor, the new offensive wingmen, are cut in the same mold.
The real nugget in BC's offense, however, is Brendan McCarthy, the sophomore fullback who is tough to bring down when he plunges into the line. And for the fancier outside running, the Eagles have Ron Gentili, Hank Blaha, and Tom Carlyon and a whole bevy of sophomores who can fly. It looks like another pleasant year, maybe even an 8-2 one, for BC.
Princeton, undefeated in 1964 and still seething over not getting the Lambert Trophy, remains the team to beat in the Ivy League. But at least three other teams—Darmouth, Harvard and Cornell—have a chance to hold the Tigers this time.
What encourages the challengers is that Princeton has suffered some severe losses, notably All-America Fullback Cosmo Iacavazzi and Tailback Don McKay. But Bert Kerstetter will fill in at fullback and Coach Dick Colman, who collects tailbacks by the brace, has eight on his roster. One, senior Ron Landeck, a defensive safety who also played behind McKay last season, is an excellent runner and passer. If things get sticky for Colman's single wing, there is always Charley Gogolak, the slight, soccer-style kicker, to side-boot a field goal. He kicked nine last year.
The Tigers are equally blessed in the line. They still have Paul Savidge and Stas (pronounced Stash) Maliszewski (pronounced Malishefsky), a pair of quick, muscular, 215-pound offensive guards who may be the best such tandem ever at Princeton. They play both ways, Savidge at defensive tackle and Maliszewski at linebacker, and along with Center Kit Mill and End Lawson Cashdollar, they give the Tigers the nucleus for another stern line.
Dartmouth will go after Princeton's title with one of the flashiest sets of backs that Coach Bob Blackman has ever had. Quarterback Mickey Beard, a 19-year-old junior who can run and throw (he did both for 865 yards last year), is the leader and he will get valuable assistance from Bob O'Brien and Paul Klungness, a pair of scat-backs, and Mike Urbanic, a hammering fullback. When Beard throws—and it will be often—his No. 1 target will be Bob MacLeod Jr., a 6-foot-4 junior who runs pass patterns and catches passes like a pro.
Blackman likes nothing better than to tantalize his Ivy colleagues with a wild variety of formations, and this fall his Indians will display everything from the V to the wing T, slot T, double slot, I and anything else the ingenious Blackman can think of. But whether Dartmouth can win depends largely upon a couple of sore-legged defensive linemen. If End Tom Clarke (broken ankle) and Gerry LaMontagne (broken leg), a 225-pound tackle, have recovered completely from last year's infirmities, the Indians may be able to patch up a leaky defense that gave up 135 points in 1964.