The Indian offense will bank on junior Halfback Rick Klupchak, who averaged six yards a carry and totaled 638, the most for any sophomore in Dartmouth history, including Coach Jake Crouthamel. Quarterback Steve Stetson had a .583 completion rate in the league and if he slips below .500 he might lose his position to Tom Snickenberger, a 6'5" sophomore. Again the Dartmouth defense is loaded with seniors, headed by Fred Radke, an end.
The most likely challengers are Columbia, if Quarterback Don Jackson remains healthy, and Harvard, with a backfield of Eric Crone (having a quarterback who has twice beaten Yale is never having to say you're sorry) and Halfbacks Ted DeMars and Rich Gatto. Jackson, who has had operations on both knees in the last two seasons, has all-Ivy Receiver Jesse Parks as a target and Linebacker Paul Kaliades to harass the opposition. Kaliades attended high school in New Jersey with Rich Glover, the middle guard who matriculated at Nebraska. Both know how to depress a ballcarrier.
Either Penn or Yale could develop in direct relation to the maturity of their sophomores. Adolph Bellizeare was the top rusher and scorer on a 4-1 Penn freshman squad and he could relieve Don Chine, one of the nation's better receivers, of some of the offensive burden. The Yale frosh were unbeaten in six games and could help Coach Carmen Cozza rebuild the offensive line for Halfback Dick Jauron.
Princeton may have defensive troubles and Cornell must revamp its offense now that Marinaro is gone, although Quarterback Mark Allen returns as does its best linebacker, Bob Lally. Brown, which never has much, has even less since Gary Bonner, who needed only 261 yards more to become the leading rusher in the school's history, left school. That's the way the wind blows.
As it turned out, it was an unusually fine spring in Richmond. The dogwoods bloomed as planned and, unexpectedly, so did freshman Billy Mock, who intercepted three passes and returned one 75 yards for a touchdown. That performance cemented the opinion that the Spiders would repeat as Southern Conference champs. Actually, the return of all-conference Fullback Barty Smith, Linebacker Pat Kelly and Defensive End John Nugent was enough to ensure success.
The title probably will not be decided until Nov. 18, however, when in the last game of the season William & Mary travels to Richmond. Last year the Indians were known for their collapsible defense—observable in too many fourth quarters. This year Coach Jim Root thinks he has the best team to come out of Lake Matoaka in many a year, assuming he can settle on a quarterback. John Gargano, Rip Scherer and Bill Deery are the candidates. Also back are Dave Knight, last year's 15th-ranked receiver, plus seven of 11 defensive starters.
The Citadel poses a threat with Quarterback Harry Lynch, the conference leader in total offense last year (2,092 yards), and Jon Hall, ranked 16th in the nation in rushing yardage. But Brian Baima (second in the nation in receptions) is gone and it is doubtful that there is anyone who can follow in his deceptive footsteps.
With 14 starters among 24 returning veterans, Appalachian State should be highly regarded. But it plays only four regular conference games and chose to have the results of the South Carolina game counted in the standings—so bye-bye title dreams. East Carolina has a good backfield in Carl Summerell, Les Strayhorn and Carlester Crumpler. Add Flanker Tim Dameron, but that's all. Furman is moaning the loss of Quarterback John DeLeo and Running Back Steve Crislip and will do more of it before it's all over. Davidson's Scotty Shipp, who passed for 1,135 yards last year, is back, but so are 20 other veterans who led the Wildcats to a 1-9 season. And "Mean" Gene Williams will have to be plenty if VMI is to avoid the cellar.