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It looks like there is little hope for improvement at Columbia, with only token aid coming up from a mediocre frosh squad. The Lions have two capable backfield performers in Quarterback Claude Benham and Halfback Ed Spraker. Benham ranked among the nation's leading passers last year. Despite a poor outlook, Lou Little will probably upset one or more of the stronger Ivy teams.
COLORS: Orange and black.
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing.
1955 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 15 of 29.
WATCH FOR: Mike Bowman, G; Earle Harder, T; John Sapoch, B; Fred Tiley, B.
THE DOPE: The Tigers have a serious problem in the backfield where only one 1955 regular, Quarterback John Sapoch, is returning. The Princeton defensive line will be one of the best in the Ivy League, and therein lies the strength of this team. Coach Charlie Caldwell is high on sophomore Tailback Fred Tiley, a 195-pounder from Lansford, Pa., but doesn't expect overnight miracles from his youngsters. Princeton will again move out of Caldwell's streamlined single wing. The Tiger buck-lateral series is considered one of the most spectacular offensive sequences in modern football, so no matter what its fate, the team will always furnish plenty of thrills.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 19—Rutgers (41-7)