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Coach John Michelosen got a "deepest sympathy" card from Clemson's Frank Howard not long ago. Wrote Howard: "Just saw your schedule. Who did this to you?" Indeed, who did? The Panthers this year play probably the hardest schedule in the country. Fortunately, they have enough big players to face up to it. There are the C boys, Bob Clemens, Fred Cox and Jim Cunningham, who last year splattered the enemy for 911 yards. There are also three large and authentic All-America contenders—End Mike Ditka (215 pounds), Tackle Dick Mills (226) and Guard Larry Vignali (218). They will give Pittsburgh as good a first line as there is in the East. It is at quarterback, however, that Pitt will suffer. Dave Kraus has improved. So has Ed Sharockman, who has returned to school after missing last season and will battle Kraus for the job of directing the wing-T offense. But neither is in a class with the departed Ivan Toncic, and even he had his troubles against Pitt's rugged foes last year.
The wonderful and seemingly Inexhaustible well the Tigers drank from for years dried up two seasons ago. A trickle of freshmen came through last year, but it won't be until 1961 that Coach Dick Colman will have the players for a winning team. The Tigers are especially lean at one end, center and quarterback. Tailback Hugh Scott, slow afoot but a clever runner and moderately effective short passer, will give Princeton a respectable attack if he gets expected help from Fullback Don Kornrumpf and Wingback Mike Iseman. Senior Bill Marr will get a shot at quarterback. Lean and lanky Jim Blair, who caught 22 passes last season, provides more than adequate protection at one end. and Jerry Sullivan may do all right at center. The nicest spots in the line are at tackle and guard. Tackles John Craig and Clark Woolley are experienced and have size; long-side Guard Stan Shaughnessy has speed and can lead sweeps, while Stan Baldwin and Matt Tobriner shore up the short side.
The Rams may lack quality this year, but they certainly won't lack for size. Coach Herb Maack can (and probably will) pack his interior line with Tackles Rollie Bettez (229 pounds) and Alan Arbuse (240), Guard Marvin Glaubach (235) and Center Dick Swift (225), and dare the opposition to move them. What's more, Arbuse and Glaubach are only sophomores and still growing. But not even this considerable girth will help Rhody climb out of the Yankee Conference ruck. Like many another team, the Rams are looking for a quarterback to pull together a fair offense. Lettermen Bill Baxter and Charlie Vento are the best bets to replace Roger Pearson at quarter, but Mike Pariseau, a budding sophomore passer, may overhaul them both. Another promising sophomore, Frank Kapusinsky, is slated to share the halfback posts with Senior John Rollins. Capable Junior Nick Grosz, drafted for a wing post a year ago, will return to fullback, a spot left bare by the graduation of Bill Poland.
A coaching shift swept out the single wing and brought in Coach Johnny Bateman with a double wing T. Rutgers had no spring practice. Nevertheless, the situation looks promising. Twenty lettermen, plus a starting line which averages 220 pounds from tackle to tackle and 213 over-all, should help make Bateman's first fall on the banks of the Raritan a pleasant one. Paul Benke and Sophomore Tom Tappen, good defenders and excellent receivers, will man the flanks, leaving the interior to Tackles Jud Pahls (225 pounds) and Bob Blanchfield (235), Guards Jim Horner (225) and John Pregnolato (210) and aggressive Center Les Senft (205). The backfield is still jumbled, but the Scarlet Knights are likely to line up with Sam Mudie at quarterback, handing off to slick-running Halfbacks Amy Byrd and Dick Webb and Fullback Billy Tully, who starts fast and hits hard. A tailback last year, Mudie is a fair passer with an unfortunate tendency to miss on the short shots.
First in just about everything and No. 1 in the nation—that was the story on Piety Hill last year, and not even Ben Schwartzwalder , exercising true coachly caution, can dispel the notion that Syracuse is loaded again. The backfield is secure with Halfback Ernie Davis, a quick 205-pounder who hits and runs like Jim Brown; Fullback Art Baker, a bullish 215-pounder who spreads a line like a bulldozer; loose-running Halfbacks Mark Weber, Dick Reimer, Peter Brokaw and John Mackey, a swift, elusive 205-pound sophomore; and Quarterback Dave Sarette, an amazingly accurate passer who heaved for 10 touchdowns last year. Behind him are Dick Easterly and Bob Thomas, who would be first-stringers on almost any other team. The line I is led by Ends Fred Mautino and Dave Baker (unless his knee buckles) and includes Tackle John Brown, Center Al Bemiller and a host of equally efficient forwards, among them Walt Sweeney, a 220-pound sophomore end who may turn out to be the best of the lot.