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Give or take a few players, Coach Jim McConlogue is in pretty much the same fix that he was a year ago. There are enough lettermen (18) to fill the voids, but his Leopards are spotty at the tackles and halfbacks and inoffensive at fullback. Still, not all is gloom and despair for McConlogue. He isn't worried about his ends, and the center of the line, where Marty Shane and his sure-tackling linebacking understudy, Harvey Shapiro, are flanked by low-slung Guards Jim Giudice and Jay LaSalle. Jerry Foley, a 210-pound former guard, will reinforce the tackles. However, Quarterback Dom Viscomi isn't likely to scare anyone with his fluttery passes and George Hossenlopp, a gifted sophomore, may have to move in quickly to bring some flair to the flanker T. An exciting passer, he also can run the ball when he has to. That may be often. Halfbacks Dave Ahouse and John Brown are just average and Fullback Jack Stutz's line-bucking is suspect.
CONCLUSION: Unless George can do it, the Leopards' landlocked attack is likely to get swallowed up in its own mediocrity.
Bill Leckonby, who led the Engineers to the Lambert Cup last year, is now relaxing in the athletic director's chair, leaving the field chores to his line coach, Mike Cooley. He also left behind a couple of rather large holes at tackle, formerly filled by 260-pound Reed Bohovich and Mike Semcheski. Fortunately, the rest of the line is secure. Harold Milton heads up a competent group of ends, and there is sufficient talent to staff a tight middle, but it will be up to Charlie Gibson and transfer Don Marshall, who are neither as big nor as forbidding as the departed stars, to plug the gaps at tackle. With somewhat less substance at these key posts, Cooley may have to resort to more split T daring to move the ball. And here the Engineers are well fixed. They have two fine quarterbacks in John DeNoia, who throws for distance, and Walt King, deadly on short passes, and a skittish halfback in Pat Clark, who ran for nine touchdowns last year.
CONCLUSION: The quality is here for the Engineers to make a real run at the Mid-Atlantic title—if Delaware doesn't beat them to it.
The Black Bears were a tenacious lot last year. A blocked punt here, an extra point there, and suddenly they had their first Yankee Conference title in nine years. However, the entire backfield and four starting linemen are gone, and now Coach Harold Westerman is faced with repairs. He has enough strapping linemen—like Tackles John Roberts (230 pounds) and Dan Severson (225) and Center Phil Soule (225)—to stiffen his multiple defenses, and the ends, 6-foot-6 Bob Robertson and Don Streeter, back in school after a year's sabbatical, can grab passes. But, alas, there just isn't anyone to throw to them. Senior Quarterback Tom Austin is an ordinary passer and his sophomore brother Ray is untested. The Bears will have to run. That leaves it up to Halfbacks Dave Brown, Earle Cooper and sophomore Mike Haley, all with good getaway speed, and Fullback Bill Chard. The four will wish that defense had never been invented.
CONCLUSION: Without a thrower, Westerman's wing T often will settle for three runs and a punt. Another title? Not likely.