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At first glance it would appear that the general exodus that swept away 26 lettermen, including All-America Ernie Davis, the entire backfield and most of the interior line, left the Orangemen short of able bodies. Not so. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder has two good ends, a green but eager 218-pound line and a splendid crop of swift sophomore backs. With 225-pound Walt Sweeney and 215-pound John Mackey, a superb blocker, defender and pass catcher, at the ends, John Paglio, a rough 230-pounder, at outside tackle, and steady Dave Meggyesy at guard, the tender spots in the line may not be too noticeable. The attack, though, could be sputtery at first. Bob Lelli, a quick thrower, has the edge over 6-foot-3 Walt Sofsian at quarterback. Chunky Bill Schoonover and Don King will be the halfbacks and Bill Meyers the fullback. But before long the best sophomores-Fullback Jim Nance and Half back Billy Hunter, a 9.8 sprinter—take over.
CONCLUSION: With newcomers all around, the Orangemen will be learning in October, teaching in November.
The Owls aren't quite up to challenging for the Mid-Atlantic title, but neither are they prepared to submit passively. Coach George Makris has succeeded in arousing them from their long sleep, their losses were negligible and 23 lettermen are back. The line doesn't pack too much bulk but it has handy ends in John McGinley and John McNeill to protect the flanks, and a limber, hard-hitting tackle in Bill Lites. The middle could stand some stiffening on defense, and here sophomores like 200-pound Bill Juzwiak and 220-pound Ron Koehler will help. Dave Fecak, Don Council and sophomore Fred Fuchs are feathery runners, while Tom Stricker and strong Ernie Wayland, who hits like a fullback should, will keep the defenses busy between the tackles. The only flaw in the unbalanced T is Quarterback Bill Grubb's passing. If it doesn't improve, he may have to give way to Joe Morelli or sophomore Mark Lichtenfeld.
CONCLUSION: Better all around, with more reserves, the Owls will surprise a few people and almost surely better last year's record.
Coach Dan Jessee starts his 31st year at Trinity with enough seasoned Bantams to make rivals quaver. For example, his back-field is loaded with experience everywhere but at fullback. Halfback John Szumczyk, a sturdy 200-pounder who bashes away inside the tackles or scoots to the outside (he gained 630 yards last year) with equal facility, is the workhorse of the slot T attack. Scatback Tom Calabrese is small (5 feet 8, 160 pounds) but swift on the sweeps, and Quarterback Don Taylor will give the Bantams just enough passing to keep the defenses spread. And, if senior Carl Lundborg can't make it at fullback, Jessee can always shift Szumczyk there and let Bill Campbell take over at half. Ahead of them will be a reasonably solid front with enough depth, at least by Trinity standards, to look good. End Sam Winner, Tackle Bill Howland, Guard Mike Schulenberg and Center Bill Fox, the best of the lot, will operate two ways.
CONCLUSION: New Englanders take note: the Bantams won't be big but they will be obstreperous, especially on attack.
While most college coaches strive mightily for new offensive tricks, Coach Harry Arlanson remains singularly successful with an old formula. He simply finds himself a couple of big, smashing tackles and a quick, hard-hitting full back and turns them loose in his version of the Chicago Bear T. Arlanson has the ingredients again this year: Tackles Carmine Parisi (260 pounds) and Don Curtis (240) and Fullback Ron Deveaux, whose bursts through quick-opening gaps have piled up 1,376 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons. The Jumbos' talent doesn't end there. Halfbacks Ralph Doran and sophomore Steve Karp are excellent runners, while Quarterback Dennis Hickey, a reluctant but accurate southpaw passer, is well equipped to disperse any defense that concentrates on Tufts' ground game. In the line, the guard spots may be a problem until converted End John Morine and sophomore Bob Long get their bearings.