Navy. Coach Eddie Erdelatz's Middies got off to a flying start by shutting out strong William and Mary 27-0 and with a mighty fourth-period surge defeated Dartmouth 42-7. Erdelatz has his 1953 starting backfield intact but the line has only two regular holdovers in Ron Beagle, end, and Guard Hugh Webster. Speedy Bob Craig at halfback has shown remarkable improvement. The Midshipmen meet surprising Stanford at Palo Alto this Saturday in a stern intersectional test.
Colgate. The Red Raiders from the Chenango Valley looked like a mediocre football team when their captain and all-East quarterback, Dick Lalla, came up with a leg ailment. Then what happened? A sophomore by the name of Guy Martin came on and pitched them to a 19-14 upset win over Cornell. Last Saturday, with Lalla back in the fold, they dumped Holy Cross 18-0. Frank Nardulli is a fine back. The line is powered by Milt Graham, end, Tackle Tom Powell and Guard Don Tomanek. Colgate could go a long way.
. After throttling Villanova in the opener, the Orange lost 0-13 to Penn State last Saturday. Syracuse will not be as strong as last year's team which Coach Ben Schwartzwalder dubbed "the best team I've ever coached." Outstanding men are Ray Perkins, speedy and elusive 190-pound halfback; Bill Wetzel, returning fullback after two years in Korea; Paul Slick at center and End Pete Schwert.
. The Terriers should have their best team in several years. They are off to a running start with victories over Brandeis (33-0) and Connecticut (41-13). Coach Buff Donelli said his line would be thin, but Oh! Those Backs! Joe Terrasi, halfback; Sam Pino, fullback; and Tom Gastall, quarterback, are good.
Holy Cross. Dr. Eddie Anderson doesn't often have losing seasons but this could be it for the Crusaders. Beaten by Dartmouth in the last seconds and conquered by Colgate last week the Crusaders have more tough ones coming. Quarterback Jack Stephans and Captain Lou Hettinger at halfback have shown early season class.
. B.C. opened by beating Detroit 12-7 and last week took Temple 12-9. Their record should be improved with an easier schedule. The backs are working behind a strong line. Temple has its strongest backfield in years with Halfbacks Tex Robinson and Ken Stout outstanding. Fordham beat Rutgers last Saturday 13-7 with Halfbacks Joe Palmieri and Andy Romeo showing the way. For
Halfback Steve Johnson carried the ball 16 times for 128 yards in the losing cause. The week before Rutgers was edged by Princeton 8-10.
is undermanned, overscheduled and has a complete new coaching staff. Their trail is a rough one. Little Trinity in Hartford, Conn, may not be classed as a major independent but should be. Implemented by 200-pound Fullback Charlie Sticka, who may be the best in the East, Trinity opened by crushing Williams 38-0 and last Saturday took Bowdoin 28-14. One game away from a perfect season last year, the
Blue Hens could go unbeaten. They're off and running with strong wins over West Chester (40-6) and Lehigh (21-0). Little All-America Quarterback Don Miller is outstanding on a team which has ten of its starters returning. Steve Hokuf at
has cut down on his schedule and may improve on the 5-4 record of last year. A good line is led by Russ Hedden at center. Bill Leckonby at Lehigh is in a rebuilding year. Only eight lettermen returned and the squad includes 26 sophomores. John Muhlfeld at tackle played on Lehigh's unbeaten 1950 team and is a welcome returnee from the Marines. There is improvement at Bucknell under Coach Harry Lawrence after last year's unexpectedly poor 1-8 record. John Chironna at guard heads a group of 10 lettermen on the line.