Albright and UPSALA will contest for second place, unless Albright's new quarterback, Roy Shellhammer, does even better than expected. In that case Wagner will be contesting for second place. Albright won eight of nine games in 1964, and the only one they lost was to the Seahawks 27-8. The interior line is as strong as before, with All-League Center George Gamber returning, along with Guards Bill Kopp, Dick Hoist and Paul Chaiet. The Lions are thin at tackle and end, but Coach John Potsklan is hoping for help from some fine newcomers. The problem: the help has to arrive in time to upset Wagner in the homecoming game October 23.
"Our chances are good for a good season," says UPSALA's John Hooper. What the Vikings need is a power runner, and Hooper is hoping 190-pound Jim Konzelman, a freshman fullback, is his man. Otherwise, the backfield is in able, experienced hands with Joe Valenzano at quarterback and Richie Davis and Tom Papa at the halves. The offensive line is also experienced, but some Vikings may have to go both ways. If so, the lack of reserves would hurt.
Junita has a good quarterback in Gary Sheppard and a good end in Bob Pascale and will make a fourth-place finish exciting. Just about all MORAVIAN has is Halfback Bill Dry and Fullback Hank Nehilla. The season may seem awfully long for the Greyhounds by the time they reach mid-October.
Franklin and Marshal, unbeaten in eight starts last year, will be MAC Southern Division favorites again. The reason? Quarterback Seiki Murono, described by his coach, George Storck, as "the offense." He led the division in passing, punting and total offense last year.
Drexel's backs are small and quick, so the Dragons will put the ball in the air to keep them from getting racked up. Both lines should be strong—stronger than last year's if Drexel can replace All-League Guard Chuck Niessner. Don Harmatuck started three games at quarterback in 1964 and completed 46% of his passes. End Chuck Farrell has led the team in receiving for two years now and expects to do it again—maybe enough for Little All-America consideration. Fullback Skip Lombardi is the best of the backs, but not good enough to pull the Dragons to a Southern Division championship.
It matters little that SUSQUEHANNA is not eligible for an MAC title (not enough league games), because the Crusaders are not about to win it. Susquehanna lost everyone in its starting backfield and that includes 1,600 yards' worth of rushing provided by Halfbacks Larry Erdman and John Vignone. Sophomore Quarterback Nick Lopardo has a fine arm and chances are the Crusaders will throw a lot more in 1965.
Independent NORTHEASTERN, 5-3 last year, is due for improvement. Fullback Bob Cappadona, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and Boston Patriots, carried for 842 yards and eight touchdowns in 1964. "He is the most powerful runner I have ever coached," says Northeastern's Joe Zabilski. The Huskies' big problem is finding a quarterback; he will come from three candidates—Mike Rogers, John Pedroli and Joe Zapustas. The line is as good as it was last year—when it was not bad.
East Stroudsburg STATE, noted for its fine defensive teams, is no different this year. The Warriors won the Pennsylvania State College Conference title last year, but to repeat again they will be dependent on sophomores. Glen Ray, at 5 feet 5 perhaps the smallest quarterback in the country, was All-League last year and might be all-something-bigger this season. Halfback Barry Roach is the Warriors' best runner and pass receiver, and he, too, was All-League. With 17 lettermen around, the nucleus is there for another championship team this season.
If East Stroudsburg does not repeat in the PSCC, then look for WEST CHESTER STATE to take over first place. The Rams are green—they lost 26 players and play East Stroudsburg on the road in their second game—but their sophomores are enormously talented. CORTLAND STATE lost five starting linemen and will be lacking on defense this year. The passing and running might be enough, however, if the sophomores come through. TRINITY will have to outrun its opponents to win consistently. ITHACA has power, speed and savvy in the backfield, but a green line. The rookies must develop. If Quarterback Ed Barrett can carry the COAST GUARD ACADEMY, the season will be a pleasant one for Otto Graham. C. W. POST, 4-5 last year, is taking on a tougher schedule yet.
At TUFTS, Harry Arlanson has installed the wing T. It will be built around a 6-foot-4 quarterback, Ed Sevetz; a tiny halfback, Billy Alston; and a powerful halfback, John Cluney; but it will take Arlanson at least a year to get the wing T winging. SLIPPERY ROCK has 19 lettermen back, among them Halfback Tom Wilt, Guard Frank Lucido and Tackle Bob Wingenroth. As usual, however, the schedule is difficult.