Cortland's Red Dragons will fill the air with footballs, with Quarterback Dick Speckmann doing the filling and Ron Verkey doing the catching. The defensive end of the game will be Cortland's strongest suit, with Jim Okesson and Dick Rowceroft leading the way.
C. W. Post needs only to refurbish an offensive line to spring loose Bob Archer, who ran for 922 yards last year, Saul Sindell and Chuck Spear. Jim Stewart, who started five games at quarterback, should enjoy throwing to Split End Tom Cassese and John Rustmann, an exceptional sophomore flanker.
Up in Boston, NORTHEASTERN's Bob Cappadona, All- New England fullback, is around no more, and that means the Huskies are minus at least 500 yards rushing and an armful of touchdowns that Cappadona supplied gratis each of the past three years. Joe DeBella, a sturdy senior who ran for 327 yards, moves from halfback to Cappadona's old slot, leaving the sprinting to Jack Martinelli, Don Mills, Bill McCarthy and Paul McAullife. The Huskies will throw more, too, the combinations being Quarterbacks Lou Tomasello and Mike Rodgers to Ends Dick Wilcox, Fran Haugh. Paul Donnelly and Craig MacDonald.
RPI beat Middlebury 28-14 to snap its losing streak at 43 last year, and now the Engineers are greedily looking forward to more successes. Twenty lettermen have returned, including Quarterback Bob Nicotera (17 for 33 against Middlebury) and Halfback Roger Sundin, the team's best runner.
East Stroudsburg, out for its third straight Pennsylvania State College Conference championship, will have to work for it. Gone is the whole Warrior backfield, including all-conference Quarterback Glen Ray.
Upsala is not as deep as was hoped, but Halfback Richie Davis and Guard Sibby Sica are capable of leading the Vikings to the Middle Atlantic Conference northern division title.
Drexel was stripped of some key performers in its offensive line, but Quarterback John Kuzan is back along with End Tony Godonis and stalwarts like Larry Colbert and Tony Stonis. Seiko Murono is no longer quarterback at FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL, and that is too much of a loss for the Diplomats to overcome.
Southern Connecticut's new coach, Harry Shay, has 24 lettermen in camp from last year's Eastern Conference champs, and the best of them all, Dick Nocera, was fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,166 yards. Shay will enjoy his new association. MONTCLAIR STATE was hit hard at halfback, so Tony Caiazzo, Bill Neal and John Harrington will have to pick up the slack in front of Quarterback Jim Carovillano.
Albright could return to its former heights on the arm of Quarterback Roy Shallhammer and the hands of End Carmon Comunale. WILKES won the northern division MAC title last year and is again a threat. JUNIATA may have the MAC's best quarterback in Don Weiss, but MORAVIAN will be hurt with so many of its players going both ways. It really doesn't matter that SUSQUEHANNA is not eligible for the conference title again (not enough league games)—the Crusaders are rebuilding after 1965's 0-9 performance.
Otto Graham left the COAST GUARD ACADEMY football team to Line Coach Frank Kapral and enough lettermen are around (31) to hope for something better than last year's 4-4. Quarterback Ron Sharp can pass, and Halfback Steve Schemder heads up a fine running attack.