This year the Princeton woods are full of Tigers. Four deep in precious tailbacks and secure everywhere else, Coach Dick Colman's only real concern is how to make the most judicious use of his riches. For a starter at tailback he can tap Greg Riley, a surefooted sprinter and competent short passer who rushed 724 yards last season. Behind Riley are Pete Porietis, who ran for 389 yards and passed for 304 more, Hugh McMillan and Dave Ibbeken. The wingbacks aren't quite so plentiful, but Dan Terpack and exciting Jim Rockenbach can run the deep reverses that are the heart of Colman's powerful single wing and they have Quarterback John Henrich, a crunching 205-pound blocker, and Fullback Bill Merlini to spring them loose. The line is peopled with devastating blockers and sure defenders. The best are End Barry Schuman, Tackles Ed Costello and Arlyn Lichthardt, and Guard Tim Callard, who leads the sweeps.
CONCLUSION: Princeton has all the hungry Tigers it needs to climb back up to the Ivy League championship.
Perhaps the best thing that Coach John Chironna can do this year is sit back, relax and wait for better times. Although 16 lettermen return, the talent is sparse at Little Rhody and there is scant sophomore help in sight. For example, Chironna will have two backs covering the ends, his line is filled with mediocrity and there is not enough speed in the backfield to stir up even a faint Newport breeze. Except for Tackles Alan Arbuse, a fleshy 248-pounder, and Marvin Glaubach, an earnest but limited 214-pound laborer, there are few Ram linemen big enough to butt heads with Yankee Conference rivals. Quarterback Mike Pariseau is only a fair runner and passer, and the others—Halfbacks Paul Faulkner and Frank Kapusinsky and Fullback Frank Finizio—have more diligence than ability. The one hope is Quarterback Greg Gutter. He has shown some aptitude as a passer and may keep the Rams from slipping into oblivion.
CONCLUSION: Last year's losers are rarely this year's winners. It looks like a long hard season for the hurting Rams.
Last season the Scarlet Knights charged to their first unbeaten season. Graduation ate deeply into Rutgers' two-team ranks, but there are still enough able hands around to guarantee more than ordinary success. Interior linemen like Tackles Tony Simonelli and Tom Tappen, Guard Tony Hoeflinger and Center Jon Paulson, although not overly large, are combative enough to make the front wall mobile on offense and strong defensively. The wings, too, will be adequately protected by Bob Flower and Bill Craft, who now becomes the flanker end and chief pass catcher. But Coach John Bateman, for all his adroit maneuvering with his flashy double wing T, will have some trouble. Bob Yaksick, the defensive specialist who replaces Quarterbacks Sam Mudie and Bill Speranza, has yet to prove himself as a passer or runner, and Drew Carollo is no Steve Simms at fullback. Halfback Bill Thompson will have to carry the attack.
CONCLUSION: Independent Rutgers, out of the Mid-Atlantic Conference and in search of bigger game, may be thwarted this year.