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September 19, 1966
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September 19, 1966

Jitterbugging To A Bowl

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There is also speed in the Eagles' backfield. Halfbacks Terry Erwin and Dick DeLeonardis, a 9.8 sprinter, are breakaway threats, and their backup men are Scatbacks Paul Delia Villa (he does 9.7 for the 100), a starter last season until he tore knee ligaments and underwent an operation, and sophomore Dave Bennett. The best of all, however, is Brendan McCarthy, the 215-pound fullback who runs inside or outside equally well. He ripped enemy lines for 891 yards as a sophomore and looks even better now.

But Miller, who favors a multiple smorgasbord of T and I, is prepared to concede that an offense is only as good as its passing game. "If you can throw the ball," he reasons, "anything ought to work." That is what troubles Miller. Ed Foley, last year's quarterback, is gone, and Dave Thomas, a much-heralded sophomore transfer from Duke who throws like an arrow in practice—they call him Dave the Dart on Chestnut Hill—still has to learn his way around. Experienced receivers are also scarce for the first time since Miller came to BC. The most promising of the newcomers is sophomore John Egan, a 6-foot-4 basketball player with the deftness associated with that sport. Another bother is the defensive secondary, where Tom Carlyon is the only returning starter.

What Miller hopes is that all that size up front will obscure the weaknesses. For sure, no one will stomp these Eagles, not even Syracuse or Penn State. They could turn the East's Big Five independents into the Big Six before the season ends.

Just mention DARTMOUTH around the Ivy League and almost everybody throws up his hands in despair. For good reasons, too. The Big Green, unbeaten last year and winner of the Lambert Trophy as the best in the East, is loaded again. And Coach Bob Blackman is back. There were hopes that he would take the bait Iowa offered last winter. He only nibbled, however, and the rest of the league will just have to put up with the black magic he brews annually. He spent the long hot summer devising new corollaries to the bewildering assortment of offensive and defensive sets he fancies. This fall opponents are likely to see some variations of the V, T and I and maybe even an unexpected defense or two. "You have to keep changing," says Blackman.

Dartmouth does have a few problems, but mounting an attack is not one of them. Any coach, even Bear Bryant, would be happy with the backs. For instance, Quarterback Mickey Beard, a whiplash passer, threw and ran for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1965. Left Half Gene Ryzewicz, little but irrepressible, gained 1,213 yards running, passing, catching and returning kicks. Then there are Right Half Paul Klungness and Pete Walton, a strong 226-pound fullback. Collectively, this bunch accounted for more than 3,200 yards and 38 scores a year ago. Place-kicker Bill Hay, who booted 34 points after touchdown and three field goals, is also back and, for pass catching, the Big Green has Ends Bob MacLeod, son of the Bob MacLeod and well again after knee surgery, and Bill Calhoun.

If Blackman has problems, they are in the line where he has some patching to do. The offensive interior, with All-Ivy Center Chuck Matuszak, Tackle Hank Paulson and Guard Bill Sjogren all returning, is respectable, but the defense, where Tackles Roy Johnson, Jim Eldridge and Bill Eggeling are the only experienced players, needs rebuilding. Fortunately, there are uncompromising types available for replacements. And if anybody has the idea that Dartmouth can be beaten by a passing game, forget it. Linebacker Norm Davis, a good one, and defensive backs Steve Luxford, Gordon Rule and All-League Wynn Mabry are all in their old places. It looks like another Ivy championship for the Big Green.

With everybody shooting at the Dartmouths, there is competition, however, and at least two teams, PRINCETON and Yale, will strike even Dartmouth as dangerous. The Tigers, of course, have an added incentive. They are still smarting over last year's only defeat, a 28-14 thumping by the new champions. Despite the loss of its stars—Tailback Ron Landeck, Kicker Charley Gogolak and Guards Stas Maliszewski and Paul Savidge—Princeton has enough good players left to be a strong contender. As usual, Coach Dick Colman has a spate of slick tailbacks to operate his modernized single wing, the most impressive being Bob Weber, a stylish runner. And the Tigers have a topnotch receiver in End Bill Potter. There is even another soccer-style place-kicker, Eduardo Garcia, who does it lefty. Along with Wingback Johnny Bowers and Fullback Dave Martin, plus solid blockers like Quarterback Chuck Peters and reserve Fullback Bill Berkley, also the league's leading punter, they will put plenty of bite into the Tiger attack.

Stopping people will not be a problem, either. Ends Larry Stupski and Walt Kozumbo, Middle Guard Lee Hitchner and Tackle Bill Gloyd, backed up by two large sophomores, 255-pound Dick Hantz and 240-pound Tim McCann, form the nub of another fine defensive line. The secondary is in good hands, too, with Hayward Gipson, Marty Eichelberger and Doug James back to swat down passes.

Yale Coach Carm Cozza showed the patience of a saint in his baptismal year. About the only thing that kept him going while his punchless Elis bumbled to a drab 3-6 record was the knowledge that help was on the way from an unbeaten freshman team. Happily, it is the kind of help that can make Yale an instant challenger.

Assistance was most needed for the attack, and Cozza can hardly wait to put the best of his new sophomores to work. The one who is counted on most is Brian Dowling (see box page 76), a highly skilled quarterback who can run, throw and kick. Another is Halfback Calvin Hill, a big, hardhitting runner who scored five touchdowns against the Princeton freshmen. They will move right in with Lettermen Court Shevelson, a nervy little darter, and Don Barrows, a tough short-yardage walloper. Cozza's T, so grim and unproductive last season, will be far more dashing.

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