CONCLUSION: Arlanson has not had a losing season in 27 years. The Jumbos will trample enough teams to keep his record intact.
Ready or not, the Catamounts are in the Yankee Conference up to their ears. They play every league rival but Connecticut. For the occasion, they lured Coach Bob Clifford down from Colby to replace Ed Donnelly and handed him 16 lettermen and an unbeaten freshman team. It sounds like a lot, but Clifford, who likes to spice his tricked-up T with outside swiftness, will need time to find the right combination. Quarterbacks Paul Harris and John Greer, if they can avoid injuries, are adept, and junior Halfback Ken Burton is quick enough to turn an end, but the rest of the spark will have to come from sophomores. The best are Halfback Deane Kent, who scored six touchdowns for the freshmen, and Fullback Dick Reynolds, a good plunger. Up front, End Frank Bolden and Tackle John Fyfe provide sound protection, but experienced Guard Dave Sequist, as good as he is, needs help in the middle. Hopefully it will come from sophomores.
CONCLUSION: If nothing else, Clifford will have the Catamounts attacking voraciously. But their young claws need more sharpening.
After years of depression, happy days came at last to the oppressed Wildcats, who enjoyed every minute of them—all the way to the Sun Bowl. The schedule is a mite tougher this time, but only two starters are missing from Coach Alex Bell's harassing, stunting defense that was third in the nation. Tackle Jack Helm has been switched to center, where he will be backed up by blocky sophomore Chappy Moore, and Harry Walter, another precocious sophomore, will fill in at tackle. Otherwise the cast is the same: Joe Cutroneo and Jack Clifford at end; 240-pound Charlie Johnson at tackle; Bob Kowalski and Al Calligaris at guard. In the backfield Bell has Quarterbacks Ted Aceto, an accurate passer, and Rich Rich-man, a daring option runner; Halfback Larry Glueck (400 yards rushing in 1961 and 19 pass receptions); and 245-pound Fullback Billy Joe, who hits with the finesse of a steamroller.
CONCLUSION: Not as deep as last year, the Wildcats have a forbidding line and new offensive quirks which should win for them.
Last year's Cardinals were a disorganized flock who had to fly for their lives. Now, a year older and a year wiser, 19 of them are back and determined to make their New England neighbors pay for their 1961 indiscretions. Coach Norm Daniels also has the best group of sophomores he has welcomed in five years and a few of them will be pushing lettermen for starting jobs. One upper-classman who won't be moved is Jim Dooney, a crisp-blocking guard who leads the wing T sweeps. Nor will Dave Ransom, a rough and ready junior who goes back to tackle after a year at end, and Center Dick Crockett. They form the nucleus of a potentially fine line. However, Daniels needs more rip in his backfield. Dave Snyder, a straightaway runner, will do at fullback, but senior Quarterback Steve Humphrey and Halfbacks Gerry Miller and Alan Weiner may have to give way to such sophomores as Sandy Creed and Ted Dreyfus.
CONCLUSION: Improved in pass defense and attack, Wesleyan is not good enough to challenge for the Little Three title.