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Geneva ( Beaver Falls, Pa.): Coach By Morgan's quarterback has to call the plays from the line without benefit of a huddle. That requires a cool operator, and that is just what Joe (The Iceman) DeNone is. As a sophomore last season he connected on 80 of 130 passes for 15 touchdowns and led the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with a 61.5% completion mark. Two other fine holdovers—Fullback Stan Nosking and Halfback Paul Pupi—will further strengthen the offense.
Standout linemen are Center Ray Ghion, Tackles Ralph Serrapero and Jim Agich, End Mike Raich and Tom Flowers, a superb guard.
Heidelberg (Tiffin, Ohio): They are called the Student Princes or the Tricolors, but to the townsfolk these students are just "real nice kids." There are some 800 real nice kids at Heidelberg this semester: 450 student princes, 350 student princesses. New Coach Bob Winterburn will face a real challenge living up to Paul Hoerneman, his predecessor, who in 14 years won 102, lost 18, tied 4. Only once did he lose as many as three games in a season.
Standing out on defense like a sequoia in a pine forest is Middle Guard Joe Mangano. End Fred Fabrizio is competent, and he will be aided by a trio of good guards—Bill Lynch, Ed Klein and Tom Newell.
Quarterbacking will be shared by Dick Gross, a clever ball handler and runner, and Gene Williamson, a long-distance punter and passer. Most heavy-duty running will be done by Fullback Steve Scott, with Halfback Bob Reid going out on most sweeps.
Heidelberg is affiliated with United Church of Christ, but Winterburn says, "About 40% or 50% of our players are Catholics. We accept members of any denomination."
Hofstra ( Hempstead, N.Y.): College is supposed to prepare today's youth for tomorrow's woes. Hofstra, which is located on Long Island, does this and more, for this is a "commuter" college. There are no dormitories, but there is great pride in the fact that the football talent is almost entirely home-grown.
Coach Howdy Myers and his Flying Dutchmen failed to get a bowl bid after winning nine straight in 1959. This time there are 14 front-line performers to try again.
Conductor of the No. 1 backfield in Myers' two-unit system will be Lou Bauer, who completed 46 of 92 passes last fall. He can throw long or short and can run as well as bring down enemy runners.