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THE INDEPENDENTS
September 23, 1957
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: As so many of us have said so often, a league composed of the leading eastern independents could be on a par with any conference in the country. Technically, the eastern teams belong to the rather loose-knit ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference), but there is no championship competition. In fact, all the Ivy League teams are also members of ECAC, but they, of course, fight it out among themselves for their own title. Since most of the major independents are located in the East, let's take a look at them first.
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September 23, 1957

The Independents

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THE DOPE: The Warriors, when they hired Johnny Druze as head coach, let it be known they were committed to going genuinely big time in football. Druze's first squad promptly lost all nine of its games. Druze was extremely audible in his un-happiness over this; in fact, he didn't even invite five of his lettermen back for spring practice. This year the Warriors' customarily eclectic schedule is indeed big league, but it is doubtful that the team is up to it. Among the sunbeams penetrating the dark clouds over Milwaukee, however, are an uncommonly speedy halfback, Clarence Bruton; a bullish fullback, Frank Mestnik; and, best of all, Halfback Jim Webster, brother of the New York Giants' Alex. All are sophomores. Tom Sunderbruch, also a sophomore, will probably beat out converted Halfback Ernie Safran because he has the all-around ability a split-T quarterback needs. This adds up to an inexperienced but potentially good backfield. The strength of the line is in the center where sturdy Dick Campbell will be flanked by veteran Guards Mike Kirby and Bill O'Connell. Over-all, Druze looks for improvement. Considering last year's record, that should be easy.

SEPT. 21 at Detroit (7-20)
SEPT. 28 at Wisconsin (0-41)
OCT. 5 Tulane (no game)
OCT. 12 Holy Cross (0-41)
OCT. 19 at Cincinnati, N (13-33)
OCT. 26 Texas Christian (no game)
NOV. 2 College of the Pacific (6-28)
NOV. 9 Penn State (no game)
NOV. 16 at Boston College (19-26)
NOV. 23 at Arizona, N (no game)

MIAMI
Coral Gables, Fla .

COLORS: Orange, green and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Miami drive series with flanker
1956 RECORD: Won 8, lost 1, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 13 of 30
WATCH FOR: More wide-open offense than last year, line backing of Newcomb

THE DOPE: The Hurricanes lost last year's first unit but retained most of the second and have on hand some unusually good sophomores. Coach Andy Gustafson employs alternate teams, and the returning unit is experienced and every bit as strong as the one that left. The Hurricanes were the nation's top defensive team last year, but Gustafson proposes this year to swing into higher scoring gear with a powerful offensive line and a well-rounded backfield. Pivot of the line is Vester Newcomb, one of Miami's alltime centers. The attack, now that All-America Fullback Don Bosseler is gone, will be less powerful but more varied than last year. Bonnie Yarbrough, who guides the team with acumen and throws a nice left-handed running pass, returns to quarterback, Joe Plevel to left half and New Yorker Bill Sandie steps into the big shoes vacated by Bosseler. Chief gun is Captain Joe Varone, right halfback. Varone, a Boston boy, is a superb runner, pass receiver and defensive player. Twenty-seven sophomores are members of the 51-man squad. Count among these blessings: Fullback Harry Deiderich, Tackle Frank Nodoline and the ambidextrous Quarterback Maury Guttman.

SEPT. 21 at Houston, N (no game)
OCT. 5 Baylor, N (no game)
OCT. 11 North Carolina, N (no name)
OCT. 18 Worth Carolina St., N (no game)
OCT. 25 Kansas, N (no game)
NOV. 1 Villanova, N (no game)
NOV. 8 at Florida St., N (20-7)
NOV. 15 Maryland, N (13-6)
NOV. 30 Florida, N (20-7)
DEC. 7 Pittsburgh (7-14)

MIAMI ( OHIO)
Oxford, Ohio

COLORS: Red and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T, spin T
1956 RECORD: Won 7, lost 1, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 19 of 32
WATCH FOR: The powerful running of Dave Thelan; an experienced, heavy line

THE DOPE: The Redskins were highly successful last year in their first season under Coach Johnny Pont, and there seems no reason why 1957 should not be as pleasant. Pont has one major problem—replacing Quarterback Tom Dimitroff. Four men are contending for the job. All are fine performers but none is as brilliant as Dimitroff. The rest of the starting backfield, however, should take up whatever slack is left by Dimitroff's graduation. Dave Thelan, the team's leading ground-gainer last year at halfback, has been shifted to fullback. Two lively halfbacks are also returning—Hal Williams and George Scott. If they can avoid injuries they will round out an enviable backfield. If not, there is Miami's usual abundant quota of eager sophomores and juniors ready to step into the breach. The Redskin line will average 200 pounds, and although it lacks depth here and there it offers pleasant prospects. Among them are Mack Yoho, who is returning to end after a season at tackle; John Baker, another end who looked good last year; Pat Orloff, a senior guard; Center Jim Wahlke, a 200-pounder; Tackles Ron Kacic and Eddie Hill, both 1956 regulars; and Guard Selma Gamble, a letterman.

1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):

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