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THE DOPE: The Indians have the second most serious replacement problem in the league—next to Yale. Coach Bob Blackman loses seven first-string linemen and three starting backs including End Monte Pascoe, one of the league's leading receivers last year. Lack of experience will hurt Dartmouth in the early games, two of which are against top contenders Brown and Pennsylvania. By midseason, however, Blackman expects to make trouble for all comers. Captain Joe Palermo will return to guard along with Al Krutsch, who also saw considerable action last year. These two should make the middle line the strong point of the Dartmouth forward wall. Dave Bradley, who saw limited service last year, will probably get the nod at quarterback if only for his seniority. The rest of the starting backfield is doubtful. Injuries plagued Don Klages, Jim Burke and Jim Henander last season and Dartmouth's chances of moving the ball on the ground depend on whether these men recover sufficiently to play full time in 1957. Dartmouth will come up with some surprises, but a lack of depth and the probability of ailing backs point to just a so-so season.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
THE DOPE: The Crimson has a new coach, John Yovicsin , and a new system (balanced T), but it is questionable whether either the coach or the system will work any miracles at The Yard. Though Yovicsin inherits a couple of gilt-edge backs in Senior Walt Stahura and Sophomore Chet "The Jet" Boulris, he also has to cope with the most ragged line in the Ivy League without the services of 1956's star Guard Ted Metropoulos. The change-over from Lloyd Jordan's single wing to a balanced T must be accomplished in a brief three weeks since the Ivy League frowns on spring practice. Of the 14 lettermen returning, six were starters last year. Dick McLaughlin and Sandy Dodge have backfield experience, and McLaughlin is the best bet to take over as T quarterback, unless Yovicsin decides to switch Stahura, the team's best passer, punter and runner, from halfback. Though Yovicsin left Gettysburg with fine references as a teacher of football, his abilities will have to be stretched to almost superhuman proportions if Harvard is to come up with a winner this season. Truth is, the Cantabs will be lucky if they manage to avoid the Ivy League cellar.
OCT. 5 Cornell (32-7)
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