Coach Len Watters is retiring at the end of the season, and for once he isn't complaining about his material. He has fast halfbacks and strong fullbacks to spare, tackles and guards stacked up three deep, enough promising sophomores to fill out the other spots, and the defense will be almost as sturdy as it was in 1961 when it gave up only 32 points. Center Mike Reily, a vigorous 215-pounder who hits hard enough to be New England's best, and Tackles John Bell (215) and Ben Wagner (220) will hold together a line that is slightly weak only at the ends. Watters' straight and split T won't be overwhelming but, should Quarterback Doug Fearon come through as a passer, the attack should be better than last year's popgun offense. The Ephmen have swift Halfbacks Tom Todd, Tim Goodwin, Chris Hagy and Jim Leitz, a sophomore, to handle the wide stuff, and blocky Fullback Eke Nadel to smash up the middle.
CONCLUSION: Even without passing, an un-giving defense will guarantee Watters one last Little Three title in his 15th year.
At least one Ivy coach claims that Yale's offense is always predictable—belly series right or left, inside or outside, a trap and an occasional pass. Well, this year it may be even more predictable. Coach Jordan Olivar lost the nub of his T attack at graduation—ends, center, quarterback and fullback. Then came the sad news that No. 2 Fullback Rich Niglio was an academic casualty. Luckily, the defensive interior is in good hands: Dave Mawicke and Perry Wickstrom at the tackles, Wolf Dietrich, Stan Riveles and Billy Kay at guard. Olivar's big problem is down the middle. Jim Thompson, a sturdy 200-pounder, may do at center, but Brian Rapp and Tim O'Connell, the quarterbacks, are only fair passers, and Rapp's running may have been slowed by an off-season knee operation. To Halfbacks Henry Higdon, small but peppery, and Randy Egloff, a talented pass receiver, is left the job of stirring up the attack.
CONCLUSION: A tighter defense will help, but the feeble offense will keep the Elis scrambling for their lives against Ivy foes.
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