When ace Dartmouth passer Bill Beagle graduated last June many Crimson fans breathed sighs of relief. With Beagle and Captain Leo McKenna gone, and with a freshman quarterback who had completed only three passes during the entire season, the Big Green seemed one team that definitely wouldn't harass the weak Crimson pass defense.
But that was before senior Mike Brown, the son of Paul Brown, coach of the professional Cleveland team, took over at quarterback. Although no Beagle, Brown completed over 50 per cent of his passes as an understudy, and he has not slacked off much in his first year of full-time duty. In his first four games, Brown has completed 20 out of 40 pass attempts for a total of 278 yards. Four of his passes have been intercepted and one went for a touchdown.
For the remainder of the Indian backfield has been weakened by recent injuries. Both left halfback Lou Rovero and right halfback Don Klages will be sitting on the bench indefinitely. Replacing them will be two sophomore backs, Dave Bell and Jim Burke.
These sophomores are not to be lightly regarded, however. In his first college game against Holy Cross last week, the 155-lb. Bell returned two kickoffs for 78 yards, intercepted a Holy Cross pass on his own two yard line, and averaged 5.8 yards on five carries from scrimmage.
Clearing the way for these sophomores will be the fullback and captain, Bob Rex. Thus far he has carried the ball only four times, his chief duty under Coach Bob Blackman's V-system being that of blocking.
Rex has averaged minus one yards per carry. He also does the punting for the Indians, and has averaged 41.5 yards on his 16 attempts. Coach Lloyd Jordan rates him as Dartmouth's chief offensive threat.
The Indian line will be bolstered by the return to action of center Bob Adelizzi and tackle Allen Gazzaniga, but star end Monte Paccoe is still out.
Adelizzi is a tough, aggressive 200-pounder, who was named to the A.P. All-Ivy team last year, and received honorable mention for the All-East team. Gazzaniga, another 200-pounder, is a junior who rates high among Ivy League linemen.
Between them at left guard is a 186-lb. junior, Joe Palermo. A sharp tackler and blocker, teamed with Gazzaniga and a healthy Pascoe he gives the Indians great strength on the left side of the line.
But unfortunately for the Big Green, Pascoe, who ranked sixth in the nation in receptions last year, will be sitting out tomorrow's contest. His replacement will be Dave Moss, a 198-lb. junior, who stands 6-4.