Perhaps not as terrifying as some of the other outfits that have appeared here this season, Princeton, in pre-game practice yesterday afternoon, did look like the team that has tied Penn and massacred Brown in the past two weeks.
Tad Wieman, out for his first win in the Stadium, was a typical coach, non-committal about his own squad, while complaining that Harvard always starts to play good football in time for his team. He claims to be "prepared for the worst."
The vaunted Crimson passing defense had better prepare for the worst in trying to stop Wieman's ace, Bob Perina. Completing passes in signal drill is comparatively easy, but Perina was floating them in so accurately that the receivers hardly had to look for the ball.
A Triple Threat
His record so far this season is on a plane with his performance yesterday, and is not confined to passing. He is one of the East's top ranking distance punters, as well as a hard and dangerous runner. Now in his Senior year, the Tiger right halfback is finally living up to the promise he showed as a Freshman.
In the tailback slot, on the other side of the Harlow-like modified T, Wieman has Bob Sandbach, a Junior who also doubles at the bucking spot. In addition to being a clever runner, Sandbach is also a definite scoring threat as a place-kicker.
Sandbach's switch to left halfback in place of the injured Warren Vieth leaves Freshman George Franke in the fullback post. The powerful 186-pounder has slammed through for the Nassaumen's only touchdown against both Navy and Penn, while making one of the four scores in the Brown game last week.
Dick West is now the Orange and Black quarterback, meaning that he blocks and calls signals. Backing him up are Jack Van Ness, best punter on the squad, and Sophomore Ford St. John.
Up front, the defense so far this year has been held together by a 210-pound Freshman, Frank Perantoni, who is playing center this year for the first time in his life, and doing a bang-up job of diagnosing and then smashing enemy plays.
The ends have also been a big factor in the Tigers' successes so far. Captain Dick Schmon and Karl Harr form a light but effective first pair, while their substitutes, Bill Gallagher and Ed Harding, provide more beef but less experience.
The center of the line consists of two 185-pound guards, Al Edwards and George Kinniry, with a pair of tackles about 15 pounds heavier, Dave Headley and Bill Morris.
In general, while this team, like so many Nassau outfits in the past is head-lined by one tremendous triple-threat, it differs in being comparatively light