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THE DOPE: The Huskies have it again this year. Returning are 17 of 25 lettermen from a squad that set school marks of 2,341 yards rushing and 281 points in 10 contests. Coach Bob Ingalls, now in his eighth year as head coach, will have his boys moving out of an unbalanced wing T in quest of their fourth straight Yankee Conference crown. Pacing the running will be Halfbacks Bill Minnerly, who is tall and tricky, and Bob Horan, who is small and swift. Minnerly advanced the ball 4.4 yards a clip and Horan led with 6.4 yards a try, caught 12 passes, scored 58 points. Quarterbacking will be handled by Harry Drivas, one of the East's ace passers with 43% completions. Fullback work will be done by Jim Browning and Lou Noferi. Heading the line forces are Ends Barry O'Connell and Tom Conroy and Tackle Joe Llodra. Connecticut has just about everything except official bigtime status—and that's not far off.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 19 Springfield (41-14)
THE DOPE: The Big Red's hopes lean on a trio of Ts—what with Marcello Tino, Phil Taylor and George Telesh leading a balanced attack out of Coach Lefty James's slot-T. Tino, a dandy runner but mediocre passer, has the difficult task of taking over for Quarterback Tom Skypeck, runner-up in Ivy League total offense as he led Cornell to a second-place tie. Unless Tino's passing improves, Sophomore Dave McKelvey will step in. Fullback Taylor is the lone returning starter in the backfield, and Telesh is a fast-moving newcomer. George Ekstrom and Dick Nicoletti are the leading halfbacks. End John' Sadusky and Guard Dave Feeney can go both ways and are the main cogs in an improved line that has speed but a deficiency of beef. James's most worrisome item is a spotty pass defense. The reserve strength is improved, and James, despite the loss of 14 of 28 lettermen, for his 13th year at Cornell feels optimistic.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 26 at Colgate (13-0)
THE DOPE: The Indians got a wigwam-full of mail last summer. On the writing end was Coach Bob Blackman, and his letters contained information on new offensive patterns. He has spiced his V formation with single and double slots, men in motion, balanced and unbalanced lines. Quarterback Bill Gundy works the option beautifully, and his classy runs, passes and fakes keep the V zipping along. Converted End Bill Hibbs will be tried at fullback. Jake Crouthamel, sixth nationally in rushing (722 yards, 5.9 a try) and punt return average (17.1), is set at left half and will team with Len DiSavino or Al Rozycki. The Big Green will use a stunting defense led by Tackle Lee Horschman, a hard-hitting swing man. Ken DeHaven is a fine center and linebacker. With 14 of 29 lettermen missing, winning a second consecutive Ivy League title will not be easy, and Blackman's replacement problem will have to be solved for the stretch run.