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Miller's offense, a straight T with a multitude of variations, is based on movement, speed, passing and, above all, surprise. "The sooner you attack," Miller reasons, "the quicker you score." Last year BC scored on the first play in three of its games. It won all three.
Miller's backfield talent is well suited to his free and easy style. Quarterback Concannon is a superb passer who can throw long floaters or fire quick and hard over the middle and into the flat. He is also an exciting runner, and excellent on the option play. In 1962 Con-cannon passed for 15 touchdowns, ran for five more and ranked fifth in the nation in total offense. Most of his passes will be aimed at Jim Whalen, a 6-foot-2 end who has a knack of slipping by careless defenders.
BC's game won't be all passing. Halfbacks Bob Shann, Pete Shaughnessy and John Barrett are quick and Fullbacks Don Moran and Walt Dubzinski (son of the onetime Boston College All-America) are strong. BC is less imposing in the line. Except for the good ends, Whalen and Joe Lukis, and John Frechette, an agile 222-pound tackle, it is made up of last year's reserves, backed up by promising but unproven sophomores. Miller is hopeful that his good passing and fast backs will get more scores than the defense gives away. He will know soon enough. The Eagles open against Syracuse.
The Ivy League, operating in a lower-pressure area than the big independents, will have at least two fine teams. Defending champion DARTMOUTH, one of the nation's few unbeaten major-college teams last year, lost Bill King, a very talented quarterback, and Don McKinnon, its All-America center, but it still has enough capable players to win again. Coach Bob Blackman, who dotes on outwitting Ivy rivals with his ingenious V formation and stunting defenses, has 24 lettermen, some lively sophomores and a new quarterback, Dana Kelly, considered by many a better passer than King. Kelly does not run as fast nor as well as King, but he will have Tom Spangenberg, the versatile halfback, and Fullback Tom Parkinson for that chore.
Even with McKinnon gone, the Dartmouth line has a forbidding look. It is big and, like most Blackman-coached lines, it will be quick and stingy on defense. Few opposing backs will get away from Bill Curran, the 223-pound middle guard, and the two sturdy tackles, 255-pound Dave Stenger and 222-pound Dale Runge.
Harvard may be able to match Dartmouth's defense, but the Crimson will have to find a way to speed up its flanker T. Coach John Yovicsin, a stickler for pure defense, will get it from Tom Stephenson, a solid all-purpose end, Tackles Neal Curtin, a 235-pounder, and Jeff Pochop, an aggressive 200-pounder, and Center Brad Stephens, who may be the best linebacker in the Ivy League.
Harvard, however, lacks speed in the backfield. Fullback Bill Grana is an exemplary inside runner but Halfbacks Scott Harshbarger and Tom Bilodeau are slow-footed. Too, Quarterback Mike Bassett does not pass often enough to stir up a breeze. Perhaps Wally Grant and Dave Poe, up from an unbeaten freshman team, will help. If they do, the Harvards might just be good enough to worry the life out of the Dartmouths when they meet in Cambridge on October 26.
Delaware, last year's Lambert Cup winner, is sure to repeat as champion in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Coach Dave Nelson, who likes his linemen big but mobile and his backs fast and frisky for his intricate counters and crisscrosses off the wing T, has an abundance of both. Halfbacks Mike Brown, who does the 100 in 9.7, and Joe Slobojan and Johnny Wallace, a pair of nimble little (they both stand 5 feet 7) scramblers, will run behind a seasoned line, led by 225-pound Tackle Paul Chesmore and 215-pound Guards Don James and Don Burawski.
Massachusetts is the choice to win in the Yankee Conference, but not without a fight from Defending Champions NEW HAMPSHIRE and CONNECTICUT. Coach Vic Fusia's young Redmen came within three points of winning the title a year ago and now 20 of his regulars are back, a season older and wiser. The interior line has good size—Tackles Paul Graham and Bob Burke weigh 235 and 225 pounds. Quarterback Jerry Whelchel, who ran and passed for 957 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, will give verve to Fusia's straight T.
New Hampshire, unbeaten last year, again has a tight, unyielding defense, the same kind that held its foes to a mere 46 points in eight games. But the Wildcats scored only 100 themselves and that will not be nearly enough to win this time. Coach Chief Boston will have to find a small explosion for his Lonely End attack. It could come from Quarterback Lloyd Wells, up until now an accurate but much too frugal passer. Connecticut, restless after two lean years, will go after Massachusetts with a typically big line and backs like Dave Korponai and Brian Smith, who fit perfectly into Coach Bob Ingalls' ground game. What is needed is a good passer and runner. Sophomore Jack Redmond is expected to fill in that lack, and if he does, look out Massachusetts and New Hampshire.