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CONCLUSION: The Eagles are hungry for success but slowness in the line and a hard schedule may postpone the feast.
With 19 lettermen gone and with rumors of de-emphasis flying, Coach Steve Sinko spent a thoughtful winter scouting BU's (and his own) football future. The result: a springtime switch from the wing T to the lonely end and wholesale position shifts. This year the Terriers should be more exciting. Long on halfbacks, Sinko moved Dickie Farland to quarterback, Paul Johnson to fullback and Albie Stonkus and Tom Prebola to lonely end, where they will back up Bob Horton, a fast, sure-handed 210-pounder. Halfbacks Hugh O'Flynn, Joe Di Pietro and George Byrd have good outside speed; Fullback Charlie Meadows can carry the inside load; and Quarterback Tom Daubney, a hard passer, will lead the attack. But there are too few linemen. After the first line—Nick Marchese, the tight end, Tackles Paul Kolman and Ned Handy, Guards Bill Lesinski and Bill Budness and Center Don LaTona—there is only mediocrity.
CONCLUSION: BU's de-emphasis hasn't yet reached the schedule-makers. Kansas and West Virginia will be sheer murder.
Coach John McLaughry has a happy facility for understatement. "We found ourselves at a decided disadvantage last season," he says with barely a wince. The Bruins were mauled fearfully by their Ivy League foes. Eighteen lettermen survived, but they are the same ones who scored only three touchdowns and gave up 245 points last fall. Obviously, the Bruins will have to tidy matters up. The interior line is big enough, although the linebackers are questionable. While Halfbacks Jan Moyer and Bill Lemire and Fullback Jon Meeker make the running game more proficient than it was in 1961, McLaughry must find a quarter back who can throw well enough to stir up his wing T. His choices are somewhat limited: sophomores Don Carcieri, who passes better than he runs, and Jim Dunda, who runs better than he passes, and senior Dennis Hauflaire, who does neither particularly well but is the best signal-caller.
CONCLUSION: A leaky line will keep the fast backs penned up and the Bruins entangled in the lower depths for another year.
An arsenal of long-range aerial bombs and a sticky defense that has led the Mid-Atlantic for two seasons in a row will keep the Bisons near the top of the conference. Coach Bob Odell has three quarterbacks, led by strong-armed southpaw Ron Giordano, who will be aiming his favorite deep passes at four experienced ends. Best of the wingmen is Dick Tyrrell, twice an all-conference selection and now bidding to become the school's alltime receiver. Rene Clements balances the other end nicely, while Center George Rieu and two sizable guards, Tom Boyd and Dick Orlowski, form a stubborn middle. With nearly 100% losses at tackle and halfback, Odell has his problems, but good sophomores are pressing last year's reserves. One of them is Halfback Hal Riley, a breakaway threat, who, along with returning Fullbacks John Barron and Joe Elliott, could provide the running balance so necessary for Bucknell's multiple T.
CONCLUSION: A proven passing attack will keep Bison foes off balance while the running matures. Bucknell should win often.