Notre Dame's predominantly junior squad should show definite improvement over last season's sophomores, who suffered one of the worst records in the football history of the Irish. Opening games with Purdue and Indiana will make or break their season, but if Bob Williams can even partially fill the great Paul Hornung's shoes the Irish might make some interesting news.
Out in the Far West, the College of the Pacific should be an exciting team what with the sensational breakaways of Halfback Dick Bass, one of the nation's better running backs, and Quarterback Dick Flores' throwing to some excellent ends. The interior line is weak and inexperienced, however, so look for COP to score and be scored on.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY
COLORS: Silver and blue
BASIC OFFENSE: T
1956 RECORD: Won 6, lost 2, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 20 of 20
WATCH FOR: Hard-running Fullback Larry Thomson
THE DOPE: The Falcons did extremely well in 1956, their first season of varsity competition, considering that the team was made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores. This year everyone is a year older, and all the lettermen, perforce, are returning since the academy does not graduate its first class until 1959. In addition, Coach
can make use of whatever talent there is among the incoming freshmen. However, the Falcons will be flying a little higher this year, meeting several members of the Skyline Conference, whereas most of last year's opponents came mainly from the somewhat weaker Rocky Mountain Conference. In this faster company Coach Shaw will suffer from a lack of outside speed and a barely adequate passing attack. The Falcons, however, are well manned in the center of the line, and in Fullback Larry Thomson they have an outstanding power runner. Operating the Shavian T will be Quarterback Eddie Rosane, who showed great improvement last year. The chief target of the Rosane passes will be the best of the ends, Tom Jozwiak, but lacking other good receivers Shaw will use backfield flankers. The Falcons ought to win a fair share of their 1957 games.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
Occidental (no game)
at George Washington, N (no game)
OCT. 26 at Tulsa, N (no game)
NOV. 2 at Wyoming
NOV. 9 at Denver
NOV. 16 at Utah
NOV. 30 Colorado Stale (21-0)
COLORS: Purple and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1956 RECORD: Won 5, lost 3
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 18 of 25
WATCH FOR: Good passing by Tom Gorman and outstanding play at the ends
THE DOPE: The Lord Jeffs look as if they may give Williams a stiff fight for the Little Three championship. Graduation cost Coach John McLaughry his starting center and guards, but he has first stringers returning at the ends and tackles as well as in the backfield. Co-Captain Tom Gorman will be back at quarterback and might even exceed his passing performance of last year (901 yards, nine touchdowns). Catching for him will be a trio of fine ends—Jim Sabin, Pete Jenkins and Dave Stephens. They represent perhaps the best collection of wingmen the Jeffs have ever had. In addition, Stephens is the squad's leading punter and point-after-touchdown man. Marsh McLean, ranked by McLaughry as "the best all-round back on the squad" will do his share of the receiving, and is always a threat to break loose for the long gain. A pair of four-yard-per-try fullbacks, Jim Krumsiek and John Deligeorges, will go through when McLean and Gorman can't go around or over. If Guards Lou Greer and George Lear (a converted tackle) and Center Charles Rideout can fill that hole in the center of the line McLaughry expects his 1957 edition to about equal the record of last year's team.