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A YEAR FOR STRATEGIC FINESSE
Mervin Hyman
September 24, 1962
Navy depends on offense, Army on defense, but Penn State has enough of both to be the best in the East
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September 24, 1962

A Year For Strategic Finesse

Navy depends on offense, Army on defense, but Penn State has enough of both to be the best in the East

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CONCLUSION: They say Nelson invented the wing T. If he can invent a substitute for interior power, the Hens will finish a top the MAC.

Gettysburg

After three years of Earl Little's precise passing, the Bullets are in for some dull Saturdays. The new quarterback, Vance Johnston, is only a fair thrower. The runners will have to move the ball, meaning Coach Gene Haas must spread his stylish halfbacks around the backfield. Small but powerful Rick Taylor goes to fullback, leaving Phil Parsons, who caught 22 passes last year, Barry Gruber and sophomore Ken Snyder, a cutback sprinter, to handle the outside running. Except for Ends Barry Shaw and Dave Wehr, there are too many low-powered Bullets in the line. Tackle Tom Schreiner uses his 240 pounds to good advantage on defense, but the guards, Dick Wix and Bob Nelson, require more back-stopping than they are likely to get from sophomores. The one bright spot is at center, where Bob Duncan can play offense and defense, freeing Bob Furney, a durable 205-pounder, to help out at guard or tackle.

CONCLUSION: Without Little's passing, the Bullets' split T will be fair game for stacked defenses.

Harvard

Like most Ivy League coaches, Harvard's John Yovicsin can rarely anticipate what fall will bring. But this year he has a fairly good idea and he isn't altogether happy. Graduation tore apart the fine line that helped the Crimson to a share of the Ivy title in 1961. With Tackle Ed Smith the only regular left, Yovicsin will move Guard Brad Stephens to center and fill in the bare spots with reserves Dave Hudepohl (end), Dick Diehl (tackle) and Bill Southmayd (guard). Happily, there is distinction in the backfield and Harvard will have a good offense. Last year's sophomore quarterbacks, Mike Bassett and Bill Humenuk, are both back, along with all-Ivy Fullback Bill Grana, a substantial blocker and plunger, and Right Half Bill Taylor. Better still, Terry Bartolet, the passing leader in 1960, and Hobie Armstrong, a strong runner who relies on speed rather than finesse for his yardage, are back in academic good graces after a year of penance.

CONCLUSION: There will be Saturdays, perhaps one too many, when Yovicsin will yearn for the linemen of yesteryear.

Holy Cross

Dr. Eddie Anderson is by nature a cautious man. Even with the nation's second most prolific ground-gainer, the fourth best pass receiver and a backfield that would make any coach envious, the good doctor is fretting over what he thinks is a slightly spongy middle line—good starters but no depth. Maybe so, but opponents are going to find it difficult containing the likes of End Barry Tyne, who snared five touchdown tosses in 1961; 226-pound Tackle Dennis Golden; and Jon Morris, a 222-pound center-linebacker. Then there is the backfield. Whatever Crusader weaknesses emerge, they will be hardly noticeable once Quarterback Pat McCarthy, the best in the East, gets his hands on the ball. Last year he threw for 1,081 yards (76 for 165) and 11 touchdowns and ran for 512 more yards and eight scores. There are also speedy Halfbacks Tom Hennessy and Al Snyder, who caught 38 passes, to keep the Crusaders on the move.

CONCLUSION: With McCarthy at the helm, Anderson's exciting multiple T will bother even Syracuse and Penn State.

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