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To record the broken bones, casualties, academic upsets and pleasant surprises since the Scouting Reports (see page 53) went to press, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED herewith reports last week's major developments around the country.
Syracuse's professionally pessimistic Coach Ben Schwartzwalder turned loose all six of his teams and clucked appreciatively at what he saw. The Orangemen may have some interior line depth problems, as Schwartzwalder insists, but they were hardly noticeable. Halfback Ernie Davis never looked better, and Fullback Art Baker appeared healthy. The only sour note: Halfback Mark Weber banged up his left knee, may be out for the season.
Pitt demonstrated that it will be solid and uncharacteristically imaginative on the ground. Coach John Michelosen augmented his tackle corps by shifting Guard Bob Guzik, but began to worry about the middle when Guard Regis Coustillac broke his thumb. Penn State may have to do without fleet Halfback Roger Kochman (benched by a knee injury) for a spell, but sophomore Alan Gursky, a solid 205-pounder who runs with more power than Kochman but less finesse, was an able replacement as the Nittany Lions beat Quantico 29-21 in a practice game. Army revealed a partial new look in last week's intrasquad game. Lacking a breakaway runner, Coach Dale Hall has added a man in motion to run with the lonely end (who joins the huddle this year) to help spring the backs loose up the middle. Navy, still searching for a quarterback, will add passing to Halfback Joe Bellino's chores. At Boston College, the casualty list was assuming serious proportions. End Lou Kirouac was trundled off to the hospital for a knee operation and No. 2 Quarterback George Van Cott broke a bone in his left ankle.
In the Ivy League Harvard's Charlie Ravenel ran 43 yards for one touchdown, then threw a 10-yard scoring pass as the varsity pummeled the reserves 40-0. Yale shifted All-Ivy Center Mike Pyle to tackle and sent Hardy Will back to center, but rested the varsity while the second-and third-stringers beat Springfield 14-0. Defending champion Penn was busy trying to adjust to the single wing, and Princeton, hurting badly all over, was suddenly desperate for a quarterback to replace Bill Marr, out for the season with a knee injury suffered in a summer basketball game. Cornell, regarded as a major contender, did some wholesale backfield shifting, moved Marcy Tino to left half, George Eckstrom to right and George Telesch to fullback. The Big Red blushed shocking pink after Massachusetts matched it three touchdowns to three and added a 30-yard field goal in a preseason game. Columbia, aching for success, was impressive in a scrimmage.
Georgia Tech staged a full-dress review before 10,000 and confirmed the suspicion that sophomore Stan Gann is the best passer to land in the Yellow Jackets' nest since Darrell Crawford. Gann threw for 127 yards and one touchdown and led the Whites to a 34-7 victory. Even Coach Bobby Dodd was impressed: "He is the kind of a boy who can make a mediocre team a good one."
Georgia, getting ready for Alabama, scored nine touchdowns in a 2�-hour scrimmage, but hardly moved Coach Wally Butts, who groaned: "I have never seen such a poor defense." Meanwhile Alabama, knocking heads in secret, announced that eight players, including End Bill Rice and Linebacker Buddy Wesley, were ailing.
While Mississippi knocked off for a short vacation, Auburn was being turned upside down. Irked by the first team's failures, Coach Shug Jordan angrily demoted seven regulars, watched his "new" varsity lick the old elite as sophomore Halfback Jimmy Burson scored on runs of 70 and 63 yards. LSU, still having trouble trying to mount an offense, displayed a tough defense in a one-touchdown scrimmage.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference Wake Forest was hit hard when Halfback Winston Futch, who averaged 5.9 yards last year, was declared ineligible. His replacement: Alan White.