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Susquehanna, owner of the nation's longest undefeated streak (22 games), will not win the Middle Atlantic northern division championship. The Crusaders are not playing enough conference games. This will save weaker league members untold blood-and-tearshed, since Susquehanna boasts such goodies as a fullback who rampaged 583 yards for 74 points (Larry Kerstetter), a halfback who gained 757 while scoring 46 (Larry Erdman) and a quarterback who averaged 7.4 while running 527 yards (Don Green). Not bad for a school which has lost 70% of its games since 1892 and which abbreviates spring practice because its coach is busy with baseball.
Though in the same league, HOFSTRA never meets Susquehanna, more's the pity. Consistent winners, the Dutchmen blushingly admit, "Frankly, it looks like a seventh straight winning season." Returning lettermen like Tackle Don Cummings and Guard Ray DiScala in the interior line, Hofstra also has deep back-field strength in men such as Quarterback Len Garille, Doug Sickul, Jim Stamos and sophomore Dave Smith.
Among those eligible in the northern division, MORAVIAN is the team. Quarterback Andy Semmel unreels yardage running (332 last year) and passing (406), Halfback Frank Grablachoff catches and runs creditably, JUNIATA has a new coach and hopes for new success, resting largely on a formidable line. But either Larry Landini or Malcolm Wakefield must settle in comfortably at quarterback. ALBRIGHT recently had a 21-game undefeated streak, but it was broken during a sad 3-5 1962 season. Now Coach John Potsklan's students again have a strong line and Running Backs Robert Kopp, Gerald Smith and Doug Deicke. The problem is quarterback.
In the southern division, defending champion DREXEL, equipped with Tackle Joel Gotchel and Fullback Bruno Ceccarelli, expects to repulse defense-minded PENN MILITARY and LEBANON VALLEY.
Little All-America Fullback Joe (98 Points) Iacone and End Max Micsion (54) have bidden farewell to WEST CHESTER, but sensational passer Terry Eberly and 28 lettermen like Tackle Tony DiMidio, End Dick Mazza and Center Ken Johns are back with bad news for opponents. Unless Toby Barkman and a superb defense accelerate EAST STROUDSBURG, West Chester should take the Pennsylvania Conference eastern title, while SLIPPERY ROCK fights off insurgent, intact INDIANA in the western division.
Powerful again among independents Will be SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT.
Five of ARLINGTON'S 10 opponents for 1962 were major teams. After a poor 4-6 season, the Rebels are strengthening their conditioning program and weakening their schedule. Quarterback Doug Wilson may gain even more than his 1962 totals of 555 yards rushing and 501 passing. Tackles Jack Hall and Jim Ferguson typify a nasty stretch of line, but Arlington has just enough inexperience in the backfield to keep the schedule change from being unsporting.
We offer here excerpts from TEXAS A&I'S self-assessment: End Ted Unbehagen, "strong offensive player"; End Gerald Pargamann, "strong"; Tackle Johnny Herrera, "very strong arms"; Tackle Jesse Villesca, "strong"; Guard Armando Nino, "strong"; Guard Vic Swedlund, "strong"; Center Frank Kelly, "strong linebacker"; Quarterback Randy Johnson, "tremendous passer"; Halfback Sid Blanks, "top pro prospect"; Halfback Wes Robinson, "good speed and moves"; Fullback Louis Landry, "strong." A&I's conclusion: "A & I can't help but be weaker." Our conclusion: A & I is strong.
Its defensive line, TEXAS SOUTHERN modestly admits, is "very capable of overpowering blockers." This is just a corollary of the fact that the whole Southern team is quite capable of overwhelming most opponents. Although their specialty is defense, Center Carl Woodard, Guards Herbert Broussard and John Thompson and Tackle Leon Hardy are glaringly offensive, too. Receivers Herman Driver (646 yards last year) and Warren Wells (547), Quarterback Carl Zenn (42 of 84 passes complete for 11 touchdowns and 826 yards) and Halfbacks B. . Cheeks and Robert Batts overpower defenses, PRAIRIE VIEW, the other Texas contender, may give Southern its major competition in the Southwestern Conference.