"It's real nice when you beat Notre Dame and tie Army as we did last year, but it's hell to lose to Nebraska and Penn State. The importance of depth was never better illustrated than in our game with Penn State. We lost three quarterbacks: Kaliden just before the game started with a freak attack of pleurisy, Toncic with a rib injury in the first few minutes of the second quarter, and Sharockman got his nose busted after only two minutes of the third quarter. We completely outplayed Penn State in the first half and wound up with a fourth-string quarterback, Peter Prince, in the second half. When you are an eastern independent playing major teams from all sections of the country week after week, a fourth-string quarterback suddenly becomes very important. For the fans it's great to play outstanding teams, and it fills the stadium. So long as you lose a few games you have no trouble getting top teams to play you.
"This year the offense is definitely opening up, trying to blow the lid off the defenses with flankers, open ends, things like that. You have to—to cope with the changing or so-called loaded defenses such as the 5-4 or nine-man line, or stunting from the 5-4. Most offenses are trying to stabilize the defense—trying to get the defense to stay in one alignment. You may not be able to stabilize a complete line, but you can stabilize a part of it by flankers and open ends. We used a so-called sentinel end who stood straight up about 10 yards out on the weak side last year. Army had Lonesome George, a similar maneuver."
Indeed, Army did. Ready, Lonesome? Ready, Charlie the Gambler? Let's play ball.
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Colors: Purple and white
THE DOPE: The Lord Jeffs are in for endless trouble. It's not that the team will suffer a losing season but rather that the Jeffs do not have reliable replacements for two starting ends lost through graduation. Bob Leach, a 5-foot-8 quarterback, can raise himself up high enough to fire some fine passes. Catching the ball will be up to sophomores and last year's substitutes. There are other problems for new Coach Jim Ostendarp. He has no dependable fullback, little depth and a starting team that averages a pint-sized 180 pounds. However, with Veteran Terry Farina and Junior Bruce Willard at the halfback slots, and with Skip Innskeep or 1958 freshman star Steve Van Nort at fullback, the running should be good. And with line returnees like Tackle Al Wentzel, Center Tom Thompson and 165-pound dynamo Guard Ken DiNisco it should be an endurable year. In fact, this could be the year to dethrone Williams for the Little Three title.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 6, lost 2, tied 0
SEPT. 26 at Springfield (12-0)
OCT. 3 Union (58-0)
OCT. 10 Bowdoin (34-0)
OCT. 17 at Coast Guard (50-6)
OCT. 24 Wesleyan (19-0)
OCT. 31 at Tufts (7-42)
NOV. 7 Trinity (22-12)
NOV. 14 at Williams (7-12)
West Point, N. Y.
Colors: Black, gold and gray
THE DOPE: The Cadets lost quite a bit during the off season—Coach Earl Blaik and Captain Pete Dawkins—and there has been talk that Army will lose a few games on this fall's schedule, which has been called the Cadets' toughest ever. This year's foes won 58, lost 28 last season. To help him face these teams, rookie Coach Dale Hall can count on some of the finest players in the nation. Don Usry and Lonely End Bill Carpenter form one of college football's best pass-catching duos. In the backfield are two-time All-America Halfback Bob Anderson, plus a slim slingshot passer named Joe Caldwell at quarterback. Steve Waldrop should do an adequate job replacing Dawkins. A potentially sensational prospect to watch is Halfback Roger Zailskas. The first unit is strong but the line lacks dependable substitutes. One of the top junior linemen anywhere is Guard Al Vanderbush, the key man in a line that will be rebuilt from tackle to tackle.