Once the scourge of Yankee rivals, the Huskies were forced to beat a disorderly retreat last year. Connecticut's cloud-of-dust split T disintegrated for lack of a passer, and the team lost seven games. Now, with shiny new sophomore quarterbacks who can throw the ball, Coach Bob Ingalls has gone to a balanced T with multiple flankers. Lou Aceto, who passes well long or short, and Jack Redmond, a long thrower, will lend more variety to the attack, making it easier for a flock of limber-legged halfbacks, led by Tony Magaletta and Dave Korponai, to break away. Another sophomore, Dave Roberts, will be at fullback. Despite some softness at end, where sophomore Joe Hassett should star, the line is big enough to pack a two-way wallop and fast enough to keep up with the new offense. Men like Tackle John Contoulis, a remarkably agile 263-pounder, and bruising Linebacker Tom Doty won't be easily moved.
CONCLUSION: A more airy attack will help the UConns battle Massachusetts for the title. All depends on the sophomores.
Coach Tom Harp's first year at Cornell was hardly a joyous one. His best backs turned up sore-legged and his lonely end attack was so lonely it often seemed desolate. Only Quarterback Gary Wood looked good. A slick option runner, he is back to lead the offense. He ran for 449 yards last year and, although he completed only 28 of his 75 passes, they were good for 456 yards and six touchdowns. Unfortunately, the ends, Ed Burnap and John McCarthy (the new lonely one), are merely adequate, and the other backs—Bob Milne, Jim Lampkins and Paul Shank—have more spirit than speed. A solid interior line, headed by Tackles Ed Slisky (225) and Jerry Stremick (215), will need every bit of its heft to hold the holes open long enough for the backs to get through. Of course, there is always Pete Gogolak, the unorthodox place-kicker from Hungary, to boot one off the side of his foot when the situation calls for it.
CONCLUSION: A determined defense and Wood's brilliance will hold off some teams, but not Princeton or Dartmouth.
In this era of football trickery there are few who possess more ingenuity than Dartmouth Coach Bob Blackman. He delights in jabbing his foes off balance with a seemingly endless variety of stunting defenses and hornswoggles them with the V formation, a multiplicity of split ends, slot and wingbacks and men in motion. His one shortcoming, generally, is material. This year he may have it. The ends, Mike Nyquist and Charlie Greer, are alert defenders, while Center Don McKinnon, a bruising 215-pound line backer, and Tackles Bill Blumenschein and Dale Runge, just as big, lend tautness to the interior line. The hub of the attack is Quarterback Bill King, last year's Ivy League total offense leader, who is equally proficient at throwing the ball or running the roll-out. King will get plenty of help from junior Halfbacks Tom Spangenberg and Dave Lawson, who are hardy enough to slam the line and swift enough to run for long gains.
CONCLUSION: Despite some ifs—at guard and fullback—the Indians will carve enough Ivy scalps to fight Princeton for the title.
After two years of enforced servitude in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, things are looking up for the Blue Hens. Coach Dave Nelson, whose imaginative wing T thrives on quick, pony-sized backs and mobile linemen, has gathered together enough of both to make Delaware a favorite for the title. Halfbacks Mike Brown, an elusive 9.7 sprinter, and Joe Slobojan, who dodges and darts like a harried mosquito, will lead opponents a merry outside chase while Quarterback Ted Kempski throws short passes. However, Fullback Tom Michaels is too small for the inside pounding, and that is Nelson's biggest worry. There is some weakness at defensive end, too, but such unrelenting interior linemen as 240-pound Tackle Dick Evers and 230-pound John Scholato, the middle guard, will snuff out attacks in the center. The flanks, once sophomores Ron Bianco and Jack Messina, back after a year's layoff, get the hang of things, will be better.