Almost any eastern college is likely to be a disarray of old stone buildings looming above the trees of the small, unchanging town that it dominates. One notable exception is Syracuse University, which is sprawled across a hill less than a mile from the downtown business district of a busy city with a population of 225,000. Although Syracuse was founded nearly 100 years ago, which is par for an eastern campus, the demands of its growth have swallowed most of the landmarks of these years and have pockmarked the university with modern structures. The proudest tradition of Syracuse is perpetual forward motion—both physical and academic.
Syracuse today consists of 16 colleges with an enrollment of 13,800, more than half of them undergraduates. The students live in private homes and fraternity and sorority houses that surround the campus, or in dormitories ranged about the Old Oval. The Oval once was, as the name suggests, the heart of campus life, but new buildings have almost smothered it. Other landmarks are really disappearing. The Clover Club, a swinging beer joint that served as a hangout for students (and football players), burned down a couple of years ago and has since been rebuilt in glossier form, more efficient but less personal. Even the Corner Store on South Crouse Avenue and University Place, where generations of students have stopped to buy books or grab a quick sandwich between classes, will soon give way to a shiny building in the multimillion-dollar Newhouse Communications Complex.
One familiar building, 75 years old and still standing proud and stern as a chateau on the western slope of the hill, is Crouse College (above). Originally the home of the nation's first College of Fine Arts, it now houses the School of Music. Crouse is crowned by a lofty spire in which hang the Crouse Chimes, a set of nine sweetly tuned bells that melodically tinkle out the Alma Mater after every football victory. In recent years the chimes have had a lot to play about.
Syracuse students take their football victories much more casually than, say, Auburn. They dutifully pack 40,000-seat Archbold Stadium, the cold, chipped and battered concrete amphitheater that Syracuse claims is the oldest college-owned stadium in the nation (it looks it) for Penn State and Pitt, but they avoid the lesser games.
Life at Syracuse was not always this way. There was a time when the biggest social event of the year was the football game against Colgate. Alumni fondly recall raiding the Colgate campus—39 miles to the southeast—and happily shaving every head in sight. They remember, too, the postgame revelry, if Syracuse won, that often assumed riotous proportions with the sacking of downtown hotel lobbies and the derailing of trolley cars. All that is over now. Weary of successive 61-7, 34-6, 47-0, 71-0, 46-6 and 51-8 drubbings after Syracuse stepped up its football program, Colgate decided in 1961 it had had enough.
Syracuse's emergence as a football eminence was more calculated than accidental. Faced with a decision to go low-pressure or big-time after a particularly distressing season in 1948, the university decided on the latter course and brought in Floyd Burdette (Ben) Schwartzwalder, a former paratroop major who had been a winner at Muhlenberg. The first sweet success came in 1952, when the Orange finished with a 7-2 record but was whomped 61-6 by Alabama in the Orange Bowl—a shame that Syracuse has never quite forgotten or forgiven. Then came the Jim Brown era (1954-56), followed by the Ernie Davis years, and no one beat Syracuse badly, if at all. In 1959 the Orange won all 10 games and the national championship, then defeated Texas in the Cotton Bowl. The chimes in old Crouse College rang all night for that one.
They will be ringing again this year. Just the other day Schwartzwalder and Army's Paul Dietzel were chatting over lunch in a New York hotel. The conversation, naturally, was largely about eastern football. Dietzel thought it was never better and that last year's Pitt team was as good as any he had seen in his days in the Southeastern Conference. Schwartzwalder said he would just as soon play a Big Ten team as any of his neighbors. Then Dietzel spoiled the fun. '"Ben," he said, "I hear you have one of the finest teams in the country."
Schwartzwalder, predictably, blanched. But Dietzel was right. Syracuse, the best of a very fine group of eastern independents, possibly could challenge for the national championship—this even though Schwartzwalder lost almost his entire starting line.
"Oh, we'll have enough of those big boys around to excite the alumni so they can say, 'Look at the material Old Ben has,' " admitted Schwartzwalder. "Those big boys" are his tackles, 235-pound Tony Scibelli, 240-pound Tom Wilhelm and 220-pound Dave Archer; Guard Gary Bugenhagen, a 230-pound sophomore; and Center Pat Killorin, 220. But a smaller man, 205-pound Gerry Everling, is the Orange's best defensive interior lineman. The only concern is the linebackers, mostly sophomores.
There is no concern in the backfields—there are several of them—other than who is getting to get to play. At quarterback, for instance, Schwartzwalder has Wally Mahle, a lanky 6-foot-3 senior "so skinny," says the coach, "that when he walks into a room you want to help him to his seat." Maybe so, but when Mahle runs, the opposition would like to show him a seat in the stands. Last year he led the Orange in rushing with 457 yards. Some critics contend that Mahle would have trouble throwing a football into the ocean, but this is an exaggeration. He completes just enough wobbly passes to make a defense wary when he rolls out. And when passing is really needed. Rich King, more a thrower than a runner, can come in.
Take the halfbacks. They really tickle the fancy, even with Mike Koski, last year's regular right half, still recuperating from a summer knee operation. He is just one of a crowd that includes Billy Hunter, Charlie Brown, Nat Duckett (who can also take a turn at fullback) and sophomores Dan Healy and Terry Roe, all good and all second-best stringers. The best is Floyd Little, Syracuse's exceptional sophomore (see box page 63). The fullback is Jim Nance, a 225-pound senior line bucker who has only one fault: an occasional lapse in concentration. If this happens often, Duckett will steal his job.
With such players, Schwartzwalder reasonably could be expected to go along with the trend toward a wide-open game. Not at all. "Last year," he says, "we used a Hanker most of the time and everybody played us to the sidelines. I don't like much to have other people tell me which way to run. So we'll tighten up, use more straight and split T and be prepared to go either way."
Navy Coach Wayne Hardin, conversely, delights in a ring-a-ding offense and this season, as in the past, his team will attack from all angles. Indeed, to keep up with Roger Staubach, the All-America quarterback and one of the nicest things that ever happened to Hardin, defenses will have to spread almost out of the ball park. Staubach gave Navy a 9-1 season and a No. 2 national ranking last year.
Life in 1964, however, may not be quite so pleasant for Staubach or Hardin. Navy plays as hard a schedule as any in the country: Penn State, Michigan, Georgia Tech, California, Pitt, Notre Dame, Duke and Army, with only William & Mary and Maryland as breathers. Equally depressing, the Middie defense, meager enough last season when it gave up two touchdowns a game, has been badly depleted by graduation.
Hardin has but 13 lettermen to salt his three teams. Jim Freeman, a rangy 215-pound tackle, 225-pound Pat Phil-bin on the other side, and Fred Marlin, the 193-pound guard who kicked 37 of 41 extra points and five field goals in 1963, are all that are left in the line. One sophomore could help: Don Downing, a 215-pound center-linebacker.
But any team with Roger Staubach has to be dangerous. He is an extraordinary passer with a knack of quickly finding, and hitting, the open man. Staubach is even more spectacular when trapped, which might happen a lot this year. Darting, dodging, whirling, he often converts 10-yard losses into 20-yard gains. His antics accounted for 1,892 yards last year: 1,474 on 107 passes (66%) and 418 running, for a total of 15 touchdowns. The Navy offense also has Pat Donnelly, a better than fair fullback who averaged six yards a carry, and Flanker Ed Orr, swift and tricky, who caught 25 passes.
Unfortunately for Navy the teams it plays also have high potentials for touchdown production, PENN STATE, Navy's first opponent, may in fact end Navy's short-lived dominance of the East before Syracuse gets the chance. This is not, of course, admitted by Coach Rip Engle. He sorrows over the loss of 23 lettermen, wonders how in the world he can ever replace Quarterback Pete Liske and warns anyone who will listen that his Lions are simply too young and inexperienced to have real bite. But Engle cannot obscure the fact that his line is stacked and his backfield is competent. They can make trouble for anybody.
The Lions have five big tackles who range from 225 to 260 pounds. The starters, John Simko and Joe Bellas, are 245 and 230. At center there is Glenn Ressler, a 230-pounder who played guard last year and is so good Engle calls him "the finest interior lineman I've coached."
Engle's concern about his quarterbacking is real. Gary Wydman, Liske's successor, is untested as a thrower. But he can run. So can the halfbacks, Gary Klingensmith, Bob Riggle, Don Kunit and sophomore Tim Montgomery. The offense has been revamped somewhat to accommodate their many abilities. Wydman, for instance, will roll out more than any Perm State quarterback since Richie Lucas.
One of the teams that Perm State will have to beat is PITT, but by the time they meet on November 21, Syracuse may have already settled the question of eastern supremacy. Privately, Pitt Coach John Michelosen thinks not. Publicly, he says, "We have problems." A big reason for Michelosen's secret optimism is Quarterback Freddy Mazurek. Whether or not Chancellor Edward H. Litchfield knew of Mazurek when he ordered Michelosen to open up his offense last year, he could not have spoken at a more opportune moment, for if anybody can liberalize an offense, it is this cool, poised little fellow with the quickest feet in the East. Under Mazurek's leadership, the Panthers suddenly split their ends, flanked halfbacks, rolled out, ran wide and far and even engaged in such un-Michelosen activities as passing on first down and gambling for short yardage on fourth. All this paid off handsomely, giving Pitt a 9-1 record and a No. 4 ranking. The pity of it was that the Panthers did not get to a bowl.
Halfback Paul Martha, Fullback Rick Leeson and a flock of good ends and tackles are gone now, but the chancellor will be happy with this team, too—first because of Mazurek, but also because of other backfield members who complement Mazurek nicely. Eric Crabtree, the right half, has the acceleration of a drag racer. Left Half Dale Stewart, a 205-pounder, is Paul Martha plus power, and Barry McKnight, the fullback, hits as hard as Leeson and is faster.
Pitt would be terrifying if it had a line to equal the backfield. The middle is tight, with Guards Ray Popp and Bernie LaQuinta flanking Center Paul Cercel, who gives way to Linebacker Marty Schottenheimer on defense. But the ends and tackles, while decent in size—Tackle Jim Jones weighs 265 pounds—lack speed and know-how and there are not nearly enough of them. Michelosen hopes they can learn against UCLA, Oregon, William & Mary, West Virginia and Miami, who are on the front end of the schedule. If they do, Pitt will be tougher in November, when it bumps heads with its eastern rivals.
Right now, ARMY is not thinking out loud any further ahead than October 3. That is the day it meets the national champion Texas Longhorns in Austin. But always, in the back of Coach Dietzel's stylishly cut, gray-flannel mind, there is Navy, victor in their last five meetings. Especially galling was 1963's game, when time ran out with the Cadets on the two-yard line and Quarterback Rollie Stichweh frantically trying to get a timeout. "As far as we are concerned," Dietzel says, "that game never ended."
After Texas and before Navy, however, Army must face up to its most formidable set of foes in years. Penn State, Duke, Iowa State, Syracuse and Pitt are all waiting. Quite a chore for a squad with only 15 lettermen, but Dietzel cheerily tells everyone, "This is the best team I've had at Army."
It could be, at that—maybe even good enough to settle accounts with Navy. The Cadets have their biggest line ever—averaging 220 pounds—and some wholesome sophomores to add a flourish to the Bandits, the rowdy defensive specialists who return through the courtesy of the NCAA rules committee. Despite the unexpected loss of Tailback John Seymour (shoulder separation) and End Bill Sherrell (mononucleosis), Dietzel is delighted with the look of his Regulars, the two-way team in his three-platoon system. They include Ends Tom Schwartz, a rookie, and Sam Champi, both 220 pounds, and Tackles John Carber and Bill Zadel, 233 and 230 pounds.
Another coach would complain about his passing game if it were like Army's. Not Dietzel. He likes the pass about as much as Bobby Kennedy likes Jimmy Hoffa. "Our best pass play." he says, "is when Stichweh is rushed and has to run the ball." Although just a fair passer, Stichweh is a gifted, strong runner, and Wingback Johnny Johnson and Fullback Don Parcells arc perfectly suited to the Cadets' banging game. For a change Army also has some breakaway speed in the person of Mark Hamilton, a 200-pound sophomore tailback who replaces Seymour in the Regulars' backfield.
"There is nothing like some good football players to make an offense exciting," says Dietzel. "Suddenly those dull plays become spectacular." He thinks Army just might be spectacular.
Boston College's Jim Miller, one of the rising young coaches in the country, does not waste time contemplating his losses. He could, easily, since one of them was Jack Concannon. Miller just counts his blessings—21 lettermen—and hopes for the best, perhaps another 6-3 season.
BC does not have anyone to match Concannon, but Eddie Foley, a junior who throws an acceptable pass, will try. Fortunately, he can aim at Jim Whalen, a rangy 6-foot-2 end who runs deceptive pass routes and takes off like a halfback when he catches the ball. But passing is only part of Boston College's game. The rest is running, and the Eagles, notably Halfbacks Bobby Shann and Ron Gentili and Fullback Don Moran, can almost fly.
Miller's line is stronger, faster and deeper than it was a year ago. Whalen, who also plays commendable defense. Bill Cronin, the other end, and John Frechette, a 230-pound tackle, give it strength and there are some sizeable sophomores. Their learning must come fast, and hard. BC plays Syracuse, Army and Tennessee in its first three games.
Each year the Ivy League schools pool their chauvinism and announce the "expected champion" during the preseason. They are seldom right, but this year they have cut the odds: both YALE and PRINCETON are picked. Actually, any one of four or five teams could win.
What gives Yale a bright chance is Coach Johnny Pont, who was lured away from Miami of Ohio last year, and just in time. The Elis were beginning to suffer depression symptoms over their football. Pont is a devotee of pure defense and he will get it from 237-pound All-Ivy Tackle Ab Lawrence, End Steve Lawrence (no relation) and Guards Chuck Benoit and Ralph Vandersloot.
The Yale halfbacks, Jim Howard and Jim Groninger, are slower than Pont would like, but his offense, a grim, pounding one, is not really geared to speed or passing. Instead, Pont hammers his fullbacks up the middle and halfbacks off the tackles. Not very subtle, to be sure, but extremely effective when one has 200-pound fullbacks like Chuck Mercein, Pete Cummings and Dick Niglio, out of academic drydock for the first time since 1961, to do the thumping. If Tone Grant, a wispy 156-pound lefthander, or Ed McCarthy, up from the jayvees, can handle the quarterbacking, these Yalies will be the best since 1960.
Beating out Princeton, however, will not be easy. Coach Dick Colman's cup always seems to overflow with good single-wing tailbacks. The latest is Don McKay, a stylish runner who also passes well. Double-teaming with Fullback Cosmo Iacavazzi, who splits the line with All-Ivy fury (for 14 touchdowns last year), he will make that Tiger single wing roar.
Princeton also has a supply of staunch linemen, another Colman stock in trade. Guards Paul Savidge and Stas Maliszewski, quick 215-pounders who can get out to lead Princeton's sweeps, are as good as any in the Ivy League, and opponents will think twice before they run at 225-pound Tackle Ernie Pascarella. Colman, as always, frets about his depth but there is enough to make the Tigers more than testy.
Delaware and Massachusetts may be small colleges but everything about their football is big. The Blue Hens, who have been cackling loudly about their prowess for some time now, soundly whipped three major schools, Ohio, Buffalo and Rutgers, on the way to an unbeaten season in 1963. Coach Dave Nelson lost 19 players, but Tom Van Grofski, a neat triple-threat quarterback, and Mike McCrann, a booming fullback, will give his wing T the sparkle it needs. Delaware also has an outstanding end in Ron Bianco and another fast, hard-charging line. Although a second straight undefeated campaign may be too much to hope for, the Hens will again win the Middle Atlantic Conference title.
At Massachusetts Coach Vic Fusia has little to worry about. Last year the Redmen gave up only one touchdown (to Maine) and 12 points and finished 8-0-1. There was no better defense in their class. Fusia has 18 regulars back, among them defenders like 230-pound Tackle Bob Burke, Center Bernie Dallas and two exceptional ends, Bob Meers and Milt Morin. He also has a superior quarterback in Jerry Whelchel who, in two seasons, has completed 55% of his passes for 1,599 yards and 13 touchdowns and has run 510 for 11 touchdowns. More of the same will keep the Yankee Conference Beanpot in Massachusetts' cupboard.
The Ivy League is swarming with contenders. Take, for instance, DARTMOUTH, the defending co-champion, and HARVARD. Dartmouth's Bob Blackman, who likes to tantalize opponents with tricky variations of his V formation and a nervous, jitterbugging line, lost 18 lettermen but he has his usual collection of hard, uncompromising types, among them Center Bob Komives, Guard Ted Bracken and End Tom Clarke. They are the core of an excellent line. If Dartmouth can muster an offense around new Quarterback Bruce Gottschall, the Indians could surprise both Yale and Princeton. Harvard's John Yovicsin, who almost always comes up with a big, strong line and a weak quarterback, has both again. Tackles Neal Curtin and Joe Jurek are 240 and 235 pounds while Guard John Hoffman is 235. They are, however, slow afoot and may have trouble getting out in front of the fastest halfbacks the Crimson has had in years. Wally Grant and Dave Poe can step. But, like most recent Harvard quarterbacks, John McClusky cannot throw.
Perhaps the darkest horse of all is BROWN, long stabled in the second division. Quarterbacks Jim Dunda and Bob Hall completed 94 out of 194 passes for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, sharing almost equally in the production. John Parry, a slim 6-foot-2 end with good hands and the stylish moves of a pro, caught 39. Bob Seiple, the other end, snared 29. Anyone can guess what Coach John McLaughry plans for his wing T. He may move Hall, who is also a good runner, to halfback for a starter, but Brown's game will be strictly a passing one.
Columbia's Buff Donelli also entertains some hope for his young Lions. The reason, of course, is a very special young man named Archie Roberts, who does the quarterbacking and just about everything else. He completed 62% of his passes for 1,184 yards last year, ran for 341 and was responsible for 20 touchdowns. Roberts will get some assistance from his pass-catching ends, Bob Donohue and Jerry Hug, and Linebacker Jack Strauch, who has a rare sense of where the play is going. Not quite enough to win the Ivy title, though.
Perhaps it is only coincidental, but soon after PENN brought in Bob Kiphuth, former Yale athletic director, as a "survey director" to help rebuild its faltering athletic program. Coach John Stiegman, one of the few remaining disciples of single wing football, decided to go to the T formation. To get out of the cellar, however, the Quakers need more than a T and Bruce Molloy, the fine running halfback who underwent an operation to correct a chronic shoulder separation. A good passer would help.
Cornell's defense, led by Guard George Arangio, will be stern but not even Coach Tom Harp's switch from the Lonely End offense to a multiple T can save the Big Red some embarrassing Saturdays. Quarterback Marty Sponaugle is no Gary Wood.
Like all coaches, Eddie Anderson of HOLY CROSS longs for the big season. But he is running out of time. The old doctor, who has been at the job more years (39) than any head coach in the U.S., retires this fall. With a little bit of luck Anderson's 20th and last year on Mt. St. James could be a pleasant one. The Crusaders have the makings of a taut defense with Tackles Jay Dugan and Joe Lilly and Guard Bill Marcellino, and if Fran Coughlin, a scant (5 feet 9, 160 pounds) but fiery quarterback, and Halfback Jim Marcellino can work up some offense Holy Cross will add appreciably to Anderson's shiny 196-123-15 record.
Villanova will be the first to test Holy Cross. Coach Alex Bell can get together a sturdy line, led by End John McDonnell and Tackle Al Atkinson, a 230-pounder who interests the pros, but he worries about his attack. It will be scrimpy unless Quarterback Dave Connell improves his passing.
At RUTGERS Coach John Bateman is convinced that better times are on the way. His double wing T looks racier than it has for some time, thanks to Chet Ward, a swift outside dodger who could be the Scarlet's best runner since Billy Austin. But the line is smallish—only two starters are over 200 pounds.
Size is not COLGATE'S trouble. It has plenty in Tackle John Breiten and two of last year's ineligibles, Tackle Chet Kasprzak and Guard John Paske. What bothers Coach Hal Lahar is his offense. Quarterback Garry Barudin and Halfback Lee Woltman are promising but they stand alone and their play is not the kind that will make the Chenango Valley ring with cheers.
Although he lost his entire backfield, BUFFALO'S Dick Offenhamer is not discontented. He has a whole batch of sophomores who are likely to keep the ambitious Bulls charging upward among the smaller eastern independents. One of them, Jim Robie, a 6-foot-3 quarterback, already is being called "the best prospect in the school's history." A fast, hard runner and good passer, he figures to push senior Don Gilbert out of his job. The Buffalo line also has a healthy look, with Gerry Pawloski at end, 250-pound Leo Ratamess at tackle and Joe Holly, a severe tackier, at linebacker. The Bulls will be respectable.
Faced with an untenable situation—a too-tough schedule and a dwindling supply of players under its no-scholarship policy—BOSTON UNIVERSITY fired Coach Steve Sinko and brought in former Rutgers Assistant Warren Schmakel. He spent a busy spring searching for new faces. Schmakel found two. Dave LaRoche, a sophomore quarterback, will run his double wing T, and Dick Stawitzky, a lean rookie, will back up the line. In fact, things may be improving in general for the Terriers. Sixty players were still around at the end of spring practice.
Bucknell And Temple think they have a chance to catch Delaware in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The departure of Don Rodgers, the league's leading passer, did not, as one might suppose, strand Bucknell. Coach Bob Odell will just run his Bisons more. But the pass has not been discarded entirely. Tom Mitchell, the end who catches like a big-leaguer (43 last year), is back and Bill Lerro, the new quarterback, will look for him when Bucknell gets into trouble, which should not be too often. Temple, after its first winning season in 12 years, has the look of a contender. Not many teams will run through End Steve Speers and the other seasoned Owls up front, and Coach George Makris can balance his pro-style offense rather neatly with the running of Halfback Fred Fuchs and the passing of Quarterback Joe Petro.
The other MAC teams are much less imposing, LAFAYETTE and LEHIGH, who muddled through 1-8 seasons in 1963, cannot do much worse and may improve. Lafayette Quarterback George Hossenlopp is an accomplished passer, but the Leopards' running game is still too spotty for comfort. Lehigh's defense is stronger, and Coach Mike Cooley, who has gone to a Lonely End attack, hopes that Quarterback Les Kish and Mike Noel, switched from fullback to halfback, can get the Engineers back in the open.
Gettysburg, which last year threw almost as often as it ran, expects to be similarly inclined this season again with Quarterback Jim Ward alternating his passes between fast Flankers Dale Boyd and Ken Snyder, HOFSTRA, in the university set for the first time, could not have picked a worse year. The Flying Dutchmen lost just about everybody.
If any team is to wrest the Yankee Conference title from Massachusetts, it will be MAINE. To do so, the Black Bears have to upset the champions this Saturday. Coach Hal Westerman is hopeful, largely because his defense is solid with Ernie Smith, a huge (6 feet 4, 245 pounds) tackle, and he has the backs to launch a strong wing T. What the Bears lack is depth. After the first 11, they are a scrawny outfit.
Connecticut, rebuilding under former Navy Aide Rick Forzano, who has installed Wayne Hardin's zippy offense with its wide flankers and split ends, has problems. The Uconn backs are far from overpowering, and the line, except for Richie Kupec, a foraging linebacker, has more enthusiasm than ability. VERMONT, a pleasant surprise last year, can mass a stubborn middle with Guards George Oelze and Ron Hertel and Center Rusty Brink, but Coach Bob Clifford's backs are average to a fault. Although RHODE ISLAND has 19 lettermen, including All-New England Tackle Joe Buesing and eight halfbacks, Coach Jack Zilly will go with some newcomers. Exciting sophomore John Thompson and junior Bill Bryant will start at halfback. NEW HAMPSHIRE Coach Chief Boston is plain unhappy. He lost all his backs and he badly needs a defense—to hold down the score.
In the Little Three, WESLEYAN and WILLIAMS pick AMHERST to win its third straight title. That is natural, but Amherst Coach Jim Ostendarp, who has only Quarterback Wayne Kniffin and two linemen back from the first unit of last year's 7-1 team, warns "this will be a year to test the loyalties of students and alumni." Williams lost 21 players and has to rebuild everywhere. Wesleyan, however, is so jammed with lettermen (21) and able sophomores that Coach Norm Daniels, after 19 years, took a sabbatical and turned the team over to Line Coach Don Russell. The line is crowded with experienced operators and there are three good quarterbacks—seniors Mark Creed and Fred Nachman and junior Jeff Hopkins. It looks like Wesleyan's year.
COOL QUARTERBACK, Pitt's Fred Mazurek nimbly dodges tackler as he gets set to pass.
A man who goes around to get ahead
Floyd Little is a pleasant young man with a bright personality who, at 22, has been around longer than most sophomores. He will play halfback at Syracuse, and if Coach Ben Schwartzwalder is any judge he will play it very well. "Right now," says Schwartzwalder, "he is as far along as Jim Brown and Ernie Davis were as sophomores." Brown and Davis, of course, were the All-Americas most responsible for making Syracuse the football power it is today.
Little is smaller, at 5 feet 11 and 190 pounds, than either Brown or Davis and cannot overpower defenders as they did. He must rely on his swiftness (9.7 for the 100), excellent balance and remarkable change of pace to go around would-be tacklers. He arrived at Syracuse by a route as circuitous as his running. Discovered at Hill-house High in New Haven, Conn., Little spent the next two years at Bordentown (N.J.) Military Institute, made a feint toward Notre Dame, which thought it had him, entertained thoughts of Army, among many other colleges, and finally landed on Piety Hill. At Bordentown he piled up 1,237 yards rushing in 1962, averaged 11.5 yards a carry, scored 24 touchdowns and broke the state record for the 100-yard dash. As a Syracuse freshman, Little was only slightly less sensational and, as a fillip, developed into a fine blocker and tackler.
Navy's Wayne Hardin is as pleased with one of his sophomores as Schwartzwalder is with Little. Of Don Downing, a 215-pound center, he says, "Downing is the same caliber prospect as Bellino, Staubach and Donnelly." Downing's great knack for diagnosing plays and then knocking down ballcarriers earns him the praise. Army has two rangy ends, Tom Schwartz, a 220-pound former high school All-America at Cretin High in St. Paul, and Dave Rivers, another schoolboy All-America from Kentucky, who will toughen up the Cadet defense. Harvard's Steve Diamond, a tackle, comes by his ability naturally. His brothers, Charlie and Bill, were star linemen at Miami, but Steve, they say, is the shiniest Diamond of all.