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Coach Lefty James, the dean of Ivy League coaches, begins his 14th year with 18 lettermen, a group of big, competent sophomores and a real chance for the title. Hoping to make his slot T more productive, Lefty will employ the slotback, formerly a blocker, as a runner and pass receiver. To take better advantage of the beefed-up offense. Quarterback Marcy Tino, a darting open-field runner, has been moved to fullback, and Junior Tony Pascal, a superior runner, takes over for John Beggs (switched to end) in the slot. Southpaw Passer Dave McKelvey will be the quarterback, and George Talesch, a quick junior, the left half. Interior line strength is good, with Bernie Iliff and John Hanley at tackle, Captain Warren Sundstrom and Dave Thomas at guard and Dick Lipinski at center. And behind them are some of the best-looking sophs the Big Red has had in years. Most promising and of greatest immediate assistance: Tackle Jim Fusco (210), Guard Ed Slisky (210), Center Jerry Stremick (215).
After four years of prosperity the Indians have fallen on lean times. Halfback Jake Crouthamel, Quarterback Bill Gundy, Tackle Sam Bowlby and six other starters have departed, and the only familiar names remaining are Center Ken De Haven; a fierce linebacker, and Halfback Al Rozycki, who led the Ivy League in pass catching last year. The returning reserves and incoming sophomores are not likely to make the Big Green an Ivy contender. Coach Bob Blackman , one of football's most astute strategists, will have to resort to unusual trickery (such as split lines and spreads) in order to move the ball out of his tight V formation, and he will have his green defenders jitterbugging out of a five-man line in an effort to hold the foe. DeHaven, Rozycki and Linebacker Henry Gerfen, a rough, tough 190-pounder, brighten the picture somewhat, but Jack Kinderdine, who did most of the punting in '59, and little else, is no Gundy at quarterback, and Bob Johnson, starter at left halfback, is no Crouthamel.
The Blue Hens have lost a lot—nine starters—but they still have plenty to cackle about. Specifically, a pro-size line which will average 220 pounds, and some fast, pony-sized backs. However, Delaware may find its bid to repeat as champion of the Middle Atlantic Conference's university division blocked by tough Lehigh, its first opponent. Coach Dave Nelson , developer of the wing T, specializes in ball control and stubborn defense, and this squad, even with a new backfield, will be patterned after the old ones. Gary Hebert, a smart little junior who runs well on options, moves up to quarterback and will do his handing off to Halfbacks Dave Beinner and Ken Schroeck and Fullback Travis Cosaboom, at 182 pounds the team's heaviest back. Ahead of them Tackles Mike Boyd and Joe Jerkovich both top 240 pounds, while the ends, Captain Mickey Heinecken and Dick Broadbent, and the guards, Earl Ritchie and Dick Peloquin, all weigh in at 210. Center Dick Hammer is the little man at 205.
Even with 15 lettermen back, the Bullets will have to do some fancy shooting to repeat last year's second-place finish in a hardened Middle Atlantic Conference. Gettysburg has one advantage—it won't have to play champion Delaware; but Lehigh and Bucknell, the ranking challengers, are trouble enough. Most of the Bullets' firepower will generate from Quarterback Earl Little, a fair passer (37 for 90 passes last season) and canny play caller, and Senior Halfbacks Horace Goodman and Eddie Lucas. Both are runners with good breakaway speed. A paucity of seasoned reserves will put the line on double duty, but there is still hope, especially at end, where slim Junior Harry Richter and Lance Butler are outstanding receivers and able defenders. At guard, small but strong Frank Temme and Wayne Yohe excel. The big weakness is at the tackles, and Coach Gene Haas will have to find some good sophomore strength to backstop Starters John Rose and Bill Sarvis.
Quarterback Charlie Ravenel can't pass (he completed only 34 of 87 last season), he isn't fast and he is small. But something remarkable always seems to happen when this transplanted South Carolinian gets his hands on the ball—and Harvard is hoping he will get it often this year. Justly admired as a gambler, Ravenel probably will have to take more chances in the forthcoming season. Halfbacks Chet Boulris and Albie Cullen and Fullback Sam Halaby are gone, and their successors, Bruce MacIntyre, Larry Repsher and Glenn Haughie, could hardly be called devastating. But Ravenel will have an experienced two-deep interior line ahead of him as he displays his favorite rollouts from the flanker T. The best of the linemen are 210-pound Tackles Eric Nelson and Bob Pillsbury and Guards Terry Lenzer and Bill Swinford. And if these aren't enough there is Sophomore Halfback Hobie Armstrong, a swift, deceptive 195-pounder, who could take some of the creases out of Coach John Yovicsin's brow.