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THE DOPE: The Bruins have passed through the cub stage and will be toughest to hold in the Ivy League race. Coach Al Kelley's sophomore-dominated squad closed fast at the end of the 1956 season with convincing victories over Cornell, Harvard and Colgate—the latter the lone spoiler of an otherwise perfect season for Ivy Champion Yale—and will start the 1957 campaign with virtually the same combination. Though Kelley dourly predicts he will be "hard pressed to improve on last year's 5-4 record," he doesn't really sound convincing. The interior line, bolstered by the veteran tackle Gil Robertshaw and Guard Larry Kalesnik, is as solid as any in the Ivy group. Kelley terms his backfield "the best we've had in my seven years at Brown." Biggest single problem will be at end where only one letterman returns, and the 1956 freshman squad produced little in the way of a standout flanker. It was poor receiving more than anything else which relegated Quarterback Finney to runner-up spot behind Columbia's Claude Benham in Ivy League pass offense. If he can find a cooperative target, Brown has an excellent chance for both the Ivy championship and an undefeated season.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
COLORS: Light blue and white
THE DOPE: The Lions have a new coach and a new basic offense, but that is all that is new up on Morningside Heights. As Lou Little's successor, Aldo (Buff) Donelli inherits only nine lettermen (six of them starters) and memories of Claude Benham, the great little passer who was the key to the Columbia attack. Outlook for a winning season is bleak. Donelli must find a replacement for Benham and build a corps of reserves. By coincidence only, top candidate for the quarterback spot is Donelli's son Dick, a 20-year-old junior. Young Donelli was a reserve halfback last year, and while his play was competent, it certainly was not up to the Benham caliber. The rest of the backfield is in fair shape. Halfback Ed Spraker and Fullback Brad Howard are seasoned hands and a sophomore, name of Harvey Brookins, appears a cinch to break into the starting lineup at the other half. The line will be strong in the middle. Three experienced guards return in Gene Appel, George Danner and Captain George Pappas. Bob Satovick is the only returning tackle and Don Manes the one experienced center. Ron Szczypkowski and Bruce Howard are the probable starting ends. Columbia will do well if it equals its 3-6 of 1956.
SEPT. 28 at Brown (0-20)
COLORS: Carnelian and white
THE DOPE: The Big Red suffered the worst season in their history last year, but better times appear to be in store. Coach Lefty James will have the most dangerous back in the league in big Irvin (Bo) Roberson, who was hampered last year with leg injuries. If Roberson is sound this season, Cornell will be one of the toughest teams to stop in the league, since Cornell has a wealth of other fine backs such as Bob McAniff, Terry Wilson, Bob Hazzard and Tom Skypeck. Skypeck will take over at quarterback from graduated Art Boland, the league's offensive leader last season. Though Skypeck saw little action as Boland's understudy, he has great potential. Five starters will return to the line but James may pass some of them over in favor of promising sophomores. The line was Cornell's big weakness last year. It did not jell until the final game with Penn, the only Big Red victory all year. Sure to see action are Ed Savitsky, an outstanding guard, and Gerry Knapp, the fastest end in the Ivy League. The rest of the regulars may have to fight it out for starting berths. If James can patch up his line, Cornell could be a solid dark horse for the Ivy crown, a healthy advance over last year's cellar spot.