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THE DOPE: The Crusaders are under doctor's care—Dr. Eddie Anderson, that is. As he enters his 34th campaign as a major college coach and his 16th autumn at Worcester, he is prepared to treat his patient with care. He'll have to, for the patient has been hurt. First came the loss of Quarterback Tom Greene and Guard Jim Healy via graduation. Then came the news that John Moynihan, a fine junior fill-in for Greene, was ineligible. However, there is hope, for steel-like Guard Vince Promuto and Captain Charlie Pacunas, a two-way end, are healthy. Running the multiple T attack will be either Ken Komodzinski, Terry Byron or a sophomore flash named Joe Corr. With Greene gone there will be more running, most of it by John Allen, who does everything well at halfback. End Jack Fellin and Halfback Kevin Malone are standout sophomores who are given a chance of cracking the starting lineup.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 26 at Dartmouth (14-8)
THE DOPE: The Leopards are spotty. Up front things are shaky, what with holes to be filled at both tackles. On the other hand, all the backfield posts in this split-T outfit should be well staffed. Cementing the defense will be four staunch linemen—End Dan Wooten, Tackles Joel Gustafson, Dave Bloyse and Guard Gary Schulz. Precocious Sophomore Halfback Walt Doleschal accounts for good yardage on runs and punt returns and is the most encouraging prospect from a freshman crop that won four without a setback. Others who should make the varsity are Fullback John Franco and Tackle Jim Fadule. Captain Don Nikies led the Middle Atlantic Conference university division in rushing and will be at fullback. Dividing the assignment at quarterback will be Merle Bainbridge and Wayne Cipriani. Over-all, Coach Jim McConlogue is in a good position to match or better his first year's results.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 26 at Pennsylvania (no game)
THE DOPE: The Engineers have a lot of retooling to do. Faulty academic equipment claimed Fred Gross, total offense leader as a sophomore, and he'll be hard to replace. Studies and military service took two substitute guards. At the controls of Coach Bill Leckonby's split-T machine will be Bob Scheu and George Theiss. Sharing the halfback duties will be converted Fullback Charlie Lull and Al Richmond, a lithe 160-pounder with a six-yard rushing average. New arrival Boyd Taylor will battle Charlie Wentz for the fullback opening. When not going out for passes, Bill Jones and Jim Needham, a pair of skyscraping ends, will join Center Ed Murphy and Tackle Walt Meincke in forming a tough defense. Lehigh, with a sturdy defense and added experience, will better its treadmill-type 3-3-3 record. But Leckonby is glancing ahead to 1960, when all but one starter (barring another spring disaster) will return.