Newcomers also give the front lines a more substantial look. Bruce Weinstein, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end who can block and catch passes, will team up with Split End Bob Kenney, an excellent receiver. Pat Madden, another sophomore end, is good enough to play somewhere, probably on defense, where Middle Guard Rick Williams lends substance to an already strong interior. It has 245-pound Bob Greenlee, who should make All-Ivy, and 220-pound Glenn Greenberg, son of old-time baseball slugger Hank, at the tackles.
Massachusetts, not so little anymore, is striking out for bigger game. The Redmen have added Dartmouth and Boston College to their diet. But Coach Vic Fusia, a well-ordered football man, is not about to tremble—not with Greg Landry in the lineup. A junior quarterback, Landry last year rolled up 2,037 yards in total offense, completing 62% of his passes (96 for 154) for 1,423 yards and eight touchdowns and running 614 more for nine scores.
Landry is not all U Mass has, either. Ends Bob Meers and Milt Morin, both high pro draft choices, are gone but their successors, Bill Carty and sophomore Bill Warnock, can catch the ball. And Don Durkin and Bob Detore, the halfbacks, have the outside speed to make Fusia's ball-control T devastating. Furthermore, the defensive line is big and mobile. Tackle Dick Qualey weighs a tidy 250 pounds while Ed Toner, the other tackle, End Paul Mlinar and sophomore Middle Guard Mickey Bailey are each 230. That kind of muscle can win the Yankee Conference title.
But first Massachusetts will have to get past defending champion MAINE, a team that ambushed the Redmen in the opener last year and went on to win the Lambert Cup. The Black Bears have lost their arm (Quarterback Dick DeVarney, who passed for 17 touchdowns) and their best receiver (Halfback Frank Harney) but Coach Hal Westerman has 25 lettermen and high hopes.
George Platter, although a good long thrower, is no DeVarney, so Maine probably will run more than pass. But the Bears will have to do it with an offensive line that averages a mere 186 pounds (Tackle Gerald Perkins is the biggest at 202, Guard Michael Hodges the smallest at 160) and a halfback, Paul Keany, who has a bad knee. What could save the season for Maine is a stout defense, led by Little All-America Linebacker John Huard, a sturdy 215-pounder.
The grumbling at PITT became a roar last fall when the Panthers stumbled through one of their worst seasons ever. They were bombed unmercifully by West Virginia 63-48, Syracuse 51-13 and Notre Dame 69-13, gave up 311 points and won only three games. So Pitt did the natural thing. It fired longtime (11 years) Coach John Michelosen and replaced him with Dave Hart, a personable young Navy assistant. Hart has no illusions about his task. "We have a long way to go," he admits, "but the situation is not exactly hopeless."
Maybe not, but it is close to it, at least for this year. Fortunately for Hart, seven of last year's "defensive" regulars are gone. But, unfortunately, so are Quarterback Ken Lucas, Halfback Eric Crabtree and Fullback Barry McKnight, who kept the season from being a total disaster. Hart has only a few first-rate players—Tailback Bob Dyer, Linebacker Jim Flanigan and Ends Mickey Rosborough, Bob Longo and Greg Keller—a handful of promising sophomores and an inexhaustible capacity for hard work. Ed James, with only 10 minutes playing time, is the quarterback in Hart's I and five starters will be sophomores.
Pitt's schedule, as usual, is murderous, and the Panthers will be lucky to win three games again. But the picture is brightening. Hart and his eager young staff recruited 33 freshmen. Too bad they cannot play now.
Not all the eastern independents are as badly off as Pitt. COLGATE, for one, is looking to a better year despite some unexpected summer losses. Coach Hal Lahar, who likes his defense firm and fully packed, is delighted with the look of Tackle Jim Schneider and Guards Marty Tripp and Peter Nagle, all around 230 pounds. Behind them is tenacious Linebacker Ray Ilg, who is 210 and almost as quick as his name. There is also plenty of motion for Lahar's wing-T. Sophomore Ron Burton is a splendid roll-out passer and runner, while Marv Hubbard, a muscled 220-pounder who slashed for 621 yards a year ago, is back to lead the running game. And if he shows signs of faltering, Ilg can help out at fullback.