HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: The battle for the Bean Pot, symbol of the Yankee Conference championship, should be won again this year by Connecticut. Boasting a veteran squad that could field a letterman at every position, the UConns are the "people's choice" to repeat. Practically this same squad was inexplicably routed last fall by Springfield in the opener and then came back to lose by a hair's breadth to Yale, the champion of the Ivies. From then on they went clean except for a 0-0 tie with New Hampshire. This year should find Connecticut even stronger.
Chief Boston's New Hampshire teams have always been right up at the top in the conference, and this year they have all-conference Bobby Trouville leading an intact veteran back-field. Despite problems in the line, they should be right up to the usual Boston standards. The loss of Quarterbacks Ken Parady and Pete Kosty will be sorely felt by Coach Harold Westerman at Maine. This current crop has four 1956 starters and a below-par freshman group. Still, the Black Bears are always in contention.
Despite the fact that 15 lettermen are missing from his 1956 Massachusetts squad and that he will have to go mostly with sophomores, Coach Charlie O'Rourke of Massachusetts sounds a note of optimism: "If these sophomores don't make the mistakes of sophomores we will surprise many teams. The back-field won't be as good as last year, but the line is deepest from tackle to tackle in history—mostly composed of those same sophomores." 1957 should be a building year for the Redmen but sophomore spirit may surprise.
COLORS: Blue and white
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T, unbalanced line
1956 RECORD: won 6, lost 2, tied 1
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16 of 25
WATCH FOR: The running of Lenny King
THE DOPE: The UConns won the Bean Pot last year, and there is absolutely no reason why Coach Bob Ingalls' 1957 edition shouldn't do the same thing. He has 16 lettermen returning—more than any other squad in the conference—and is speaking confidently of fielding an all-letterman starting team. Among the returnees is Lenny King, the halfback who holds the UConn record for rushing and who was named to the ECAC All-East 11 last season. He is fast, and he can punt and pass as well. King is the key man in a backfield that includes John Livieri, Halfback Larry Day and Fullback Norman Chaban. Besides these, there is an ample supply of veterans waiting in the bullpen, along with a sophomore hot shot named Brad Leach. Ingalls also has a pair of fine ends—Reino Manninen and Ron Vernet—backed up by capable replacements. In the center of the line there is the boulderlike Lou Mooradian, another All-East choice of last year. Ingalls confesses to some concern about men to place around him, but there are a number of lettermen, all of whom have at least some game experience. The UConns play their first 10-game schedule in 56 years, but are certainly the quality folkof their conference.
1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):
SEPT. 21 at Springfield
SEPT. 28 at Yale
OCT. 5 at Rutgers
OCT. 19 at Maine
NOV. 9 at Northeastern (26-0)
NOV. 23 at Boston U. (no game)
COLORS: Pale blue and while
BASIC OFFENSE: Wing T
1956 RECORD: Won 5, lost 2
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 10 of 22
WATCH FOR: A team emphasizing defense, the running of Bobby Bower