On the debit side, Dartmouth has lost its three top rushers and a dozen starters in all. Most missed will be Rick Klupchak, who broke the school rushing record set by Crouthamel in 1959. On the credit side, Quarterback Tom Snickenberger, a rangy 6'5" option passer, Split End Tom Fleming, the league's leading punt returner, and All-Ivy Linebacker Reggie Williams are back in uniform.
The team most likely to depose Dartmouth is Penn, largely because of a pair of players who shattered no fewer than 20 Quaker offensive records last fall. Marty Vaughn, passing for 17 TDs and 1,926 yards, led the league and ranked fifth nationally in total offense. Adolph (Beep Beep) Bellizeare, the most productive runner in Penn history, was the Ivy League's top scorer and the NCAA's third-leading all-purpose rusher.
Yale finished strong last year with five wins in its final six games and should continue its momentum with 14 regulars returning. Among them is Rudy Green, the Ivy's top rusher. Defensively, the Elis must rebuild their front four.
Harvard will be satisfied with more of the same from Neal Miller, the compact fullback who rocked Dartmouth for 114 yards and Penn for 130, and Pat McInally, the 6'6" split end who gathered in 56 passes to finish second nationally.
Brown, down for so long, came scrambling back under rookie Coach John Anderson last year to equal its best Ivy record (4-3). With 12 starters returning and a bumper crop of sophomores, the Bruins look first-division bound. Cornell, hobbled by injuries last fall, will be happy if it can keep runners Dan Malone and Don Fanelli out of traction long enough for them to do their very formidable thing. Columbia figures to better Princeton in the Battle for the Bottom.