Hall of Famers
Football Players and Football Related Persons
Derek Beres ’96 (2010) – The consummate scholar-athletic who excelled equally in the classroom and on the field of play, was an offensive tackle that started all 44 games from 1992-95 and earned a NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship in 1997. A first team All-Southern Conference pick in ’95 after twice earning second team recognition. Beres was of 16 recipients of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Achievement, Leadership and Citizenship Award, and was one of three from the I-AA (now FCS) level.
Charles A. Brendle ’63 (2007) - An honorable mention All-America end in 1962 ... earned first-team All-Southern Conference recognition that season and All-State honors the previous season ... he was the team’s top receiver on the best back-to-back teams in Citadel history, playing on the 1960 Tangerine Bowl squad and the 1961 Southern Conference Championship team ... was the ’62 team co-captain and most valuable player ... established a Southern Conference record for 170 receiving yards (on four catches) in a single game (vs. Furman in ’62).
Leonard H. "Budgie" Broome ’57 (1995) – A football team member who held The Citadel's single-season record for punt return average (17.6 in 1955) ... an All-Southern Conference selection, he led the ‘55 team in total offense, rushing, kickoff returns, interceptions and scoring
John E. “Jake” Burrows ’40 (1980) – The only member of the Hall of Fame who was both Regimental Commander and First Honor Graduate of his class ...lettered in football three years.
Kenneth M. Caldwell ’79 (1986) - Magnified the true meaning of "student-athlete" ... was named first team academic All-American during the 1976, 1977 and 1978 seasons ... collected 412 tackles during his career as a linebacker ... lettered all four seasons ... also a standout punter ... was an All-Southern Conference selection twice ... had a four-year punting average of 40.75 yards (235 career punts) ... played for both Coach Bobby Ross and Coach Art Baker.
John P. Carlisle, II ’31 (1981) - Was an end on the football team and lettered three years. The season of 1929, averaged blocking one punt per game. ... recipient of the Willson Ring. Was an assistant football coach for one year, in 1931, at The Citadel following graduation.
Robert “Bob” Carson ’73 (2002) - Began his football career as a walk-on and was awarded a full scholarship after his freshman year ... was the 1972 team captain who was also voted the team’s most valuable player ... for 24 years, he held the school record for the longest run from scrimmage (95 yards) ... accumulated six games in which he rushed for more than 100 yards ... his personal high was 205 yards that came in a 52-35 home win over Chattanooga ... The Associated Press recognized Carson as a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and as an honorable mention All-American ... the S.C. Coaches Association pointed to Carson as the runner-up for the Jacobs Blocking Award.
Carey Cash ’92 (2005) - A key member of The Citadel’s offensive line that captured the 1992 Southern Conference football championship, Cash was the right tackle and was considered the most dominating lineman of the Coach Charlie Taaffe era ... a member of the all-time winningest class with 30 victories, he earned four football letters and six in track and field (three indoor and three outdoor) ... after the ’92 season, Cash was recognized as an Associated Press First Team All-American, Walter Camp First Team All-American, The Sports Network First Team All-American, twice First Team All-Southern Conference and twice First Team All-State.
Paul A. Chapman ’53 (1989) - Former two-sport athlete, lettering in football and baseball ... was all-state in baseball and football ... was the nation’s second leading punter in 1952 averaging
Joseph “Joe” Chefalo ’59 (1999) – Lettered in both football and baseball ... served as co-captain in both sports as a senior ... honored as The Citadel’s top senior athlete in ‘59 ... named All-Southern Conference in football in 1958.
Gregory B. “Greg” Davis ’88 (1985) - The Citadel's all-time kick-scoring leader after posting 181 total points on 76 PATs and a school-record 35 field goals ... holds the school mark for longest field goal (53 yards) as well as records for punting average in a game (51.3 vs. Clemson in 1986), season (44.6 in 1986) and career (42.1) ... was a ninth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders.
Michael (Mike) T. Davitt '71 (2014) - a four position performer for Coach Red Parker, playing guard, center, tackle and end. Earned first-team All-Southern Conference and All-State Team for South Carolina and was named second team All-American by the Associated Press and Honorable mention All-American United Press International in 1971. A three year letterman who served as Team Captain his senior year. Davitt earned a spot on the Citadel Btigadier Club's All-Decade Team for the 1970s. Against rival VMI in 1969 caught 12 passes for three touchdowns and was runner-up for National Player of the Week. With Davitt leading the way the '71 offensive line was nicknamed the "Seven Cylinders."
Donald F. Dease ’71 (1997) - Was a three-year letterman as an offensive lineman on the football team ... in 1970, he was an honorable mention All-American and earned All-Southern Conference and all-state honors ... served as a team co-captain.
Ken Diaz ’69 (2003) - Was a hard-nosed defensive end who earned three letters playing football ... named to the all-state team and All-Southern Conference team during his senior year in 1968 ... also earned honorable mention All-American citation that season ... somewhat overshadowed by playing on the same defense as first-team All-American John Small.
J. Eugene "Gene" Dotson ’76 (1989) - A two-sport standout who lettered four years (1972-75) in football and baseball ... became the first four-year letterman in 17 years when he received his fourth football letter ... was among the top-10 all-time in total offense (2,256) and in rushing (1,185). Dotson received the Sportsmanship Award as the best all-around senior athlete.
Jack Douglas ’92 (2000) – A local product who quarterbacked one of The Citadel’s most successful teams ever, as the Bulldogs were ranked tied for No. 1 in the final NCAA I-AA poll in 1992 ... was the all-time leading rushing quarterback in I-AA football with 3,674 career yards ... led The Citadel to memorable upsets over South Carolina (1990), Arkansas (1992), Army (1991 & ’92), and to the school’s second-ever Southern Conference championship in 1992 ... was selected the South Carolina Male Amateur Athlete of the Year and South Carolina Offensive Player of the Year ... served as co-captain for the 1991 and 1992 seasons ... his jersey No. 14 was retired ... continues to hold many of The Citadel’s career offensive records ... inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
John “Johnny” William Douglas ’27 (1979) - Lettered in basketball, baseball and football ... was an all-state and all-conference basketball selection for three years ... team won state title in 1927 ... played for coach Benny Blatt ... started on the ’27 team that won the school’s lone basketball championship, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, by defeating Kentucky, Chattanooga and Mercer in succession.
Early Eastburn ’62 (2006) - The left halfback on offense and defense for The Citadel’s best back-to-back football teams of all time ... a three-time letter winner who once held the college’s career rushing record ... his play led the Bulldogs to a 27-0 victory over Tennessee Tech in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl and the college’s first Southern Conference football crown in 1961 ... a lieutenant colonel in the Corps of Cadets, Eastburn was a first-team All-Southern Conference and All-State selection, and earned an Honorable Mention All-America citation ... Eastburn starred on teams that won 23 of 31 games, including a 0-0 tie with Florida State at Johnson Hagood Stadium ... a tri-captain his senior season, he was The Citadel’s first player ever to participate in the annual Senior Bowl Game.
C. Graham Edwards ’39 (1989) - A football and baseball standout for the Light Brigade ... was killed in an Army Corps plane crash in 1945 ... helped pace the football team to the South Carolina Championship in 1938 with a perfect 4-0 record ... was an All-South Carolina and All-Southern Conference performer ... captained the baseball team, earning three letters ... earned two letters in football and served as acting captain for the first five games of the 1938 season.
James "Jim" D. Ettari ’83 (1994) - Earned nine varsity letters in three sports (wrestling, track and football) ... was an all-Southern Conference performer in each sport ... received Kodak I-AA All-America honors in 1982 as a defensive lineman ... recognized with all-state and all-conference honors twice (as a nose guard in ’81 and in 1982 as a defensive tackle).
Charles T. Fabian ’51 (1979) - Earned four letters apiece in football, basketball and baseball ... captain of 1951 basketball team ... selected as the school’s Best All-Around Athlete.
Richard Farrier ’81 (2010) – An offensive tackle that was recruited by and played for Bobby Ross and later Art Baker. Richard teamed with Hall of Famer David Kreber to open holes for All-American and The Citadel’s all-time leading rushing leader, Stump Mitchell. A team captain who earned first team all-conference honors as a senior. Farrier captured the Joe Missar Trophy that signifies the team’s best lineman. Behind Farrier, the Bulldogs rushed for 3,066 yards, the most ever by a Citadel team to that point in addition to 4,138 passing yards and 269 total points, the second most by a Citadel team at the time.
Philip Florence ’90 (2011) - A Dean’s List student, Florence was a three-year member of the football team as a wide receiver where he twice led the team in receptions and once in kick returns. At one point, he held the single-game school mark for 160 kickoff return yards and two of the college’s 21 times that a receiver caught 100+ yards in a game. Coached by Charlie Taaffe, Florence was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1990. Also an outstanding track member that set several records.
Hank Foster ’41 (1992) - Lettered in football four times from 1937-40 ... alternate captain of the football team in 1940 ... lettered in basketball three times (1939-41) ... also lettered in track three times (1939-41) ... selected as the school’s Outstanding Athlete in 1941 ... earned 10 total letters.
John D. Frost ’22 (1979) - Earned four letters apiece in football, basketball and baseball ... was twice all-state in football.
Jim Gabrish ’85 (2006) - A right tackle, Gabrish was a four-year letter-winner (1982-85) who played for coaches Art Barker and Tom Moore ... a two-time team captain, he earned Associated Press and United Press International First-Team All-America honors his senior year in addition to being named a Kodak First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Southern Conference, First-Team All-State and All-America by The Football News ... as a junior, he garnered first-team honors from UPI, Kodak, the Southern Conference and earned All-State honors, and was a second-team AP All-American .... he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers and eventually spent time with the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns.
William T. (Bill) Gilgo ’62 (2007) - An offensive and defensive end on The Citadel’s best back-to-back teams ever – the 1960 Tangerine Bowl team and the 1961 Southern Conference Championship team – Bill “The Toe” Gilgo earned honorable mention All-America honors, as well as first-team All-Southern Conference and first-team All-State honors his senior year. Establishing a league-record 43-yard field goal in ’61, Gilgo, in ’60, tied a league mark having converted 17 of 18 PATs in SoCon games (20 of 21 overall), including three in the Tangerine Bowl (he scored 9 of the Bulldogs’ 27 points that game). He was second in scoring on the ’60 team with 35 points, 23 of which came from kicks.
Paul J. Gillis ’80 (1986) - A four-year football letterman ... collected 441 total tackles during his career ... was recognized three times as an All-South Carolina and All-Southern Conference performer ... ended his career with 33 consecutive starts in the secondary ... was the only Bulldog to earn all-state honors in 1978 and 1979 ... won the "Savage Bulldog Award," which recognized the most aggressive player of spring practice ... led the team in tackles in 1977 with 165.
Lee M. Glaze ’86 (1996) - Standout on the football and baseball teams ... named Southern Conference Athlete of the Year in 1986 ... first-team all-conference selection in football in 1985.
T. Lance Hansen '92 (2013) - A four-year letterman and a three-year starter at guard...earned first-team All-American from the Walter Camp Foundation and the Sports Network and garnered third-team acolades from the Associated Press in 1992.
Alvin F. Heinsohn ’21 (1982) - An outstanding football lineman for four years ... selected All-South Carolina three times.
H. L. "Rusty" Holt ’73 (1988) - A two-sport standout performer for the Bulldogs from 1969-73 ... played four football seasons and lettered three times ... was an honorable mention All-Southern Conference safety in 1972 and ’73 ... named to the all-state team in 1973.
Jack P. Huddle ’51 (1997) - Was a four-year letterman in football and three-year letterman in wrestling ... served as captain of both the football and wrestling teams while serving as Block "C" Club president during his senior year ... advanced to the finals of the 175-pound weight class at the Eastern Regional as a junior ... was an all-state honoree on the gridiron ... was a member of the 1948 Bulldog football team that opened Johnson Hagood Stadium ... in 1950, he helped The Citadel to one of its seven wins over South Carolina — a 19-7 decision in Charleston.
Joe Isaac ‘69 (2001) – Lettered in football from 1966-68 and was a member of the baseball teams from 1967-69 ... was a defensive back who was named All-Southern Conference his junior and senior seasons in addition to earning all-State and honorable mention All-America recognition ... after the Arkansas State game in 1967, he was named Southern Conference and South Carolina Defensive Play-of-the-Week ... continues to hold the school record for most punts returned (8) in a single game, a 10-6 victory over Furman in 1966.
Anthony L. Jenkins ’90 (1999) – Lettered in baseball and football ...Southern Conference Male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1990.
Larkin H. Jennings Jr. ’33 (1978) - Starting quarterback and defensive back on the 1930 through 1932 football teams ... was twice named all-state and was a two-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection.
Travis R. Jervey '95 (2012) - A local product from Wando High School, Travis Jervey waited his turn to play after backing up All-American Everette Sands for three seasons, but when his time came he had six 100-yard rushing games in 1994 and his 224 yards against VMI is the fourth-best effort in school history. His 96-yard run on the opening play in the 1994 Oyster Bowl against VMI in Norfolk, Va., remains the longest running play in school history. In 1994, he gained 1,171 yards, good for fifth in school history, and no one has rushed for more yards since. Jervey averaged 7.7 yards per carry that season – tops in school history – and had 12 touchdowns. He ranked third in the SoCon in rushing and sixth in scoring in 1994 and was named second team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media. For his career, Jervey rushed for 1,490 yards. He played professionally for nine years with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons and is the first Citadel player ever to win a Super Bowl ring (1996). He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1997.
Andrew J. Johnson ’76 (1982) – An all-state and All-Southern Conference selection in football in 1974 and 1976 ... upon his graduation, he was the leading rusher in Citadel football history ... was named the state’s Player of the Year and Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1974 ... All-Southern Conference and all-state his senior year ... had a school record 47 rushes in a game against William & Mary in 1974 ... had 241 yards in that game, the school’s second best single game record ... also had 240 yards against Davidson his junior year ... rushed for 2,792 career yards, the school’s fourth-best effort ... had 1,373 yards rushing during his senior season ...is eighth on the school’s charts in scoring with 132 points on 22 touchdowns.
Cecil Johnson ’11 (1977) - A tackle-guard on the 1907 through 1910 football teams ... played both ways ... was a standout in 5-0 win over South Carolina in 1910 - the Bulldogs’ first win over the Gamecocks ... a member of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
Henry A. "Stump" Kennedy ’41 (1998) - A four-year letter-winner on the football line and served as team captain his senior season ... was a finalist for the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1940.
Jimmy King ’71 (2006) - A member of the football team who played from 1968-70, King was a defensive back on Red Parker-coached teams ... an all-Southern Conference first-team member who also earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1970, King called the defensive coverage for the backfield ... the native of Raleigh, NC led the 1969 team with six interceptions that tied a then-school record, and continues to be in a five-way tie for the school mark with three picks in a single game (vs. VMI in 1970).
Richard T. “Dick” King ’29 (1977) – Offensive and defensive end on the 1926-28 football teams ... earned All-SIAC honors as a senior on a squad which defeated Clemson 12-7 ... captained team in 1928 ... a member of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
David J. Kreber ’80 (2007) – An offensive guard who lettered four times (1976-79) ... opened holes for Hall of Famer Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell, who became the college’s all-time leading rusher ... twice named the team captain (’78 and ’79) ... was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 1979 as well as a first-team All-Southern Conference selection, and a second-team all-league pick in ’78 ... a two-time recipient of the college’s Joe Missar Memorial Trophy for the top offensive lineman ... was a Dean’s List student who graduated with Gold Stars for academic excellence within the Corps of Cadets.
Paul L. Maguire ’60 (1977) - Offensive and defensive end on the 1956-59 football teams ... chosen Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1956 and Player of the Year in 1959 ... named third team Associated Press All-American his senior year ... was also the punter who continues to hold the school record with an 83-yard punt against West Virginia in 1959 ... a member of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
John C. Mamajeck ’53 (1985) - Lettered in football and track ... twice named all-state in football and was co-captain of both the track and football teams ... was the state broad jump champion and led the state in touchdowns scored.
G. Dale Matthews ’50 (1985) – Was a standout in football and boxing.
William Calvin "Cal" McCombs II ‘67 (1988) - A longtime assistant football coach who earned five letters playing football and track ... was an All-Southern Conference and all-state selection in football in 1966 ... former head football coach at VMI and was the defensive coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy ... earned a United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for saving the lives of two people in January, 1981.
Jim V. McMillan '69 (2013) - accumulating a career all-purpose yards of 2,277 plus becoming the first Citadel player to surpass the 1,000 yard plateau with 1,413 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns...was a Captain of the 1968 team plus earning All-Southern Conference and All-State honors and Honorable Mention All-Americam folowing his senior year.
Frank T. McNeill ’38 (1979) - Earned 11 letters in football, basketball and baseball ... one of the founders of the Brigadier Club ... twice earned all-state accolades in basketball ... was second team all-conference.
Joe Missar ’65 (2004) - The last Citadel football player to earn first-team All-Southern Conference recognition for offense and defense ... was a standout on both sides of the ball, playing guard on offense and linebacker on defense ... a three-year letter winner who served as co-captain his senior season ... earned first-team all-state and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors ... twice named the Southern Conference Lineman of the Week (for his play against Army, despite losing 34-0) ... received several league Player of the Week awards ... shortly after graduation, he joined the Marines as a 2nd Lieutenant and was killed in action on May 6, 1966, at Quang Nam Province in Vietnam.
Lyvonia "Stump" Mitchell ’81 (1987) - A third team football Associated Press All-American his senior year ... holds the bulk of the school’s rushing records ... is the all-time leading rusher with 4,062 yards ... was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1980 ... was the all-time leading rusher in the Southern Conference until the 1986 season ... rushed for 1,647 yards in a single season ... was the 1980 State Amateur Player of the Year ... had his jersey No. 35 retired ... played in the Senior Bowl in 1980 and the Blue-Gray Classic that same year ... was a star running back with the NFL’s St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals ... continues to coach on the college level.
Jerry A. Nettles ’61 (1980) - Lettered four years in football at quarterback and safety ... led team to school’s then-best record in football history, 8-2, in 1959 ... served as co-captain of that team which was coached by Eddie Teague ... was named Most Valuable Player in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl in which Bulldogs shutout Tennessee Tech, 27-0 ... paced the team in total offense and passing three consecutive years ... ranks eighth on the school’s all-time passing list with 1,900 yards (122 completions and 264 attempts).
Frederick William “Gunner” Ohlandt ’51 (1977) - Was a football and boxing star ... started both ways at end on the Bulldogs’ 1947-50 teams ... was the Bulldogs’ No. 1 light-heavyweight four years ... was two-time Southern Conference champion ... considered to be among the best-ever athletes to attend The Citadel and was a member of the Hall of
Anthony "Tony" J. Passander ’70 (1984) - Set a number of football school records as a quarterback from 1967-69 ... held the school mark for most touchdowns responsible in a season (22) ... team’s top passer three straight years ... ranks among the top-10 on the college’s career passing charts (3,109 yards) and in total offense (3,552 yards) ... had four games in which he passed for more than 200 yards ... played professional football for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
E. Bush Peebles Jr. ’39 (1984) - All-state quarterback in 1938 ... also an all-conference football choice ... runner-up in the voting for the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy ... also a member of the Bulldog wrestling squad as a senior ... served as president of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL from 1985-2001.
Vince Petno ’64 (2010) – An end on Eddie Teague coached teams, the prototypical scholar-athletic, earned Third Team Associated Press All-America honors his senior year while also attaining First Team Academic All-American recognition. The First Team All-Southern Conference selection also attained All-SoCon Academic honors as well as being named to the All-State team. Voted the 1963 team’s most valuable player, Petno played on the 1961-63 teams where he caught 67 passes for 905 yards and six touchdowns. A rank holder in the Corps of Cadets.
Paul J. Petrich Jr. ’53 (1987) – Played four years of varsity football ... made the All-State team in 1951 and 1952 ... earned a spot as a member of the Collier’s Little All-American team.
Joseph “Joe” Pipczynski ’83 (2002) - Played offensive tackle and served as team captain in 1982 ... earned All-Southern Conference honors in 1982 and was honorable mention all-conference the previous year ... a Dean’s List student, he was recognized as an all-state performer his senior year and was listed as an honorable mention All-American in 1982 ... that same season, he was a member of the “Leonard’s Losers All-American Team” and captured the Joe Missar Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award ... at one time, his bench press of 550 pounds was a state and school record.
Herman C. "Kooksie" Robinson ’38 (1981) – An all-state performer in football who was a triple threat ... nicknamed "Mighty Mite" ... company commander and honor ROTC graduate.
George C. Rogers ’10 (1979) - Earned 12 letters in football, baseball and track ... captained each team ... coached Citadel football for 20 years, including four seasons as head coach (1913-15, ’19), and had an overall won-loss record of 14-16-3 (.470).
John "Jack" E. Rogers ’22 (1984) - Earned 10 letters in baseball, football and track from 1918-22 ... served as captain of the baseball team for two seasons ... was all-state his freshman season ... was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for six years.
Orville L. Rogers ’38 (1982) – A three-sport athlete who was The Citadel’s first Southern Conference heavyweight champion ... also an honorable mention All-America choice as a football tackle ... selected to Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities of America in 1938.
Brian J. Ruff ’77 (1983) – An aptly named linebacker who was the Southern Conference Player of the Year and South Carolina Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976 in football ... named First Team Associated Press as a senior, the school’s first to make the first team ... three-time All-Southern Conference selection ... was the first player to have his jersey (No. 51) retired ... was drafted in the 11th round by the Baltimore Colts ... played in the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl ... inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
Andrew "Andy" Sabados ’39 (1983) – An all-state guard on the football team and recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a sophomore ... selected the best lineman in the state following his junior season ... served as captain of both the football and track teams while holding rank in the Corps of Cadets ... played pro football with the Chicago Cardinals in 1939 and 1940.
Everette Sands ’93 (2004) - A second-team All-American fullback in 1992 who was twice named first-team All-Southern Conference ... is the school’s second most-prolific rusher (3,926 yards) and scorer (204 points) ... surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark 16 times during his career and was a major force running between the tackles when The Citadel captured the Southern Conference championship in ’92 ... started 47 consecutive games, averaged 5.29 yards per carry for his career that included 34 touchdowns ... a four-time letter winner, he teamed with quarterback Jack Douglas to form only the second duo in school history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a single season ... during his career, he was never tackled for a loss while never missing a game or practice.
Robert C. "Bobby" Schwarze ’59 (1990) - Started at quarterback and defensive back his first three years ... all-Southern Conference quarterback in 1957 ... first player to gain over 1,000 yards total offense in one season in modern day SoCon history ... honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 1957 ... first recipient of the Brigadier Club Athlete of the Year Award ... drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but opted for marriage and the Marine Corps.
Ephriam C. “Ephie” Seabrook ’27 (1979) - Was a four-year starter at guard on the 1923-26 football teams and assistant coach on the 1927-35 and 1949-53 football teams ... was two-time all-state and two-time All-SIAC choice.
Norman Seabrooks ’73 (1994) - A three-year starter on the football team ... earned first-team All-Southern Conference recognition in 1972 ... served as team co-captain while playing for coach Red Parker ... a Dean’s List history major who obtained the rank of first lieutenant ... was the first African-American to play football at The Citadel.
Jack W. Simmons ’22 (1980) - Earned 13 letters in football, baseball, track and tennis ... coached the freshmen and varsity backfield ... served on school’s athletic council.
Edwin Polk Skelton ’30 (1985) - A four-year football letterman who played basketball one season ... voted “Best Athlete” by his classmates.
Tony Skole ‘91 (2011) - One of the most popular athletes on campus, Skole, who was considered the “ultimate teammate,” was a baseball player who also played defensive back on the football field. On the gridiron, he started 35 consecutive games and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1988 and ’90 I-AA playoffs. A football team captain, he led the league in interceptions his senior season.
John K. Small ’70 (1977) - Linebacker on the 1967-69 football teams ... earned All-Southern Conference honors as a sophomore and a senior ... was second team Associated Press All-American ... captained the ’69 team ... also earned all-state honors his sophomore and senior seasons ... Named to The Sporting News’ All-America Team ... named to United Press International’s All-America Third Team ... participated in the 1969 East – West Shrine Bowl Game, the 1970 College All-Star Game and the 1970 Senior Bowl ... a first-round draft pick of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and later played for the Detroit Lions ... a member of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
Lester Smith ’92 (2000) - Led an effective defense that helped the Bulldogs earn a No. 1 final ranking in I-AA in 1992 ... three times in 1992, the Smith-led defense recorded shutouts, and the defense allowed 14 points or less in 10 of 13 games that season ... was a consensus I-AA first-team All-American ... also named South Carolina Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 ... earned first-team Associated Press All-American, first team Kodak All-American, first-team Walter Camp All-American, twice first-team Sports Network All-American, and became only the seventh player in Citadel history to play in the Senior Bowl ... served as co-captain for the 1991 and 1992 seasons ... his jersey No. 15 was retired ... played on the professional level, starting for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Raymond L. Swetenburg ’27 (1993) - Lettered in football and baseball and was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection in 1926 ... was voted the best athlete in his senior class of 1927.
Frederick W. "Billy" Symmes ’35 (1983) – A four-sport athlete in football, boxing, track and baseball ... was selected all-state in football both his junior and senior years ... served as captain of the football team ... served as the regimental executive officer his senior year.
Scott Thompson ‘87 (2009) - A first-team Associated Press All-America defensive lineman in 1986 and a third team member in 1987, Thompson was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in ’86. Considered one of the best defensive linemen in Citadel history, Thompson, who played in the ’87 Senior Bowl, was a three-time All-SoCon selection who led the league with an astonishing 183 tackles in ’86, a school record for down linemen. An All-State pick who served as team captain in ’86, he received the ’87 President’s Award from The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. Thompson was named to Sports Illustrated’s “Best and Brightest” team and Southern Living Magazine’s All-South Team, and while participating in the Senior Bowl, he was named the South Team’s top academic player which yielded a $1,500 donation to The Citadel. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Conrad Tuza ’58 (2005) - Nicknamed “Ol’ Reliable” by then coach John Sauer, Tuza was an offensive guard, linebacker and kicker for Citadel football teams from 1954-57 ... he started in the fourth game of his freshman year and ran a string of 35 consecutive starts afterwards ... as the kicker, he recorded 42 extra points and 12 field goals – including a then-school record 44-yarder against Wofford in 1956 ... a four-year letterman, Tuza served as team co-captain in 1957 and was the first president of the school’s Block C Club ... twice a member of the All-Southern Conference first team and once as a second-team member, Tuza earned Honorable Mention All-America honors his junior year ... he was also named to the All-State squad after his senior campaign.
Craig Tyler '70 (2016) - Beauford, SC native who was a walk-on in 1966 and started ever game as a guard for the next three years under Coach Red Parker. Selected as co-captain for the 1969 season along with All-American John Small and also earned All Southern Conference and Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Andrew A. Victor ’44 (1984) - Participated in both football and boxing ... played three offensive backfield positions while also starring on the defensive unit ... team co-captain and honorable mention Associated Press All-American as a junior in 1942 ... All-South Carolina choice both his sophomore and junior seasons ... record of 232 yards rushing in a single game stood for 32 years.
W. Burke Watson ’48 (1980) - Lettered in football, track and boxing his final two years ... won the Southern Conference’s light heavyweight title his senior season ... was 3-0 against Clemson and the same against South Carolina ... has served as athletic director, vice-president of the Brigadier Club and on the Athletic Advisory Committee.
John L. Weeks ’17 (1978) – Was a three-sport star, starting four years in football (1913-16) and three in basketball and baseball ... was two-time all-state quarterback ... served as captain for both the football and basketball teams.
Teddy L. Weeks, Sr. ‘27 (1982) – Was a top quarterback and outstanding basketball player ... All-South Carolina in both sports for three straight years ... was an outstanding high school coach in Charleston following his graduation.
Billy W. Whaley ’62 (1983) - Earned six letters in football and baseball ... a quarterback on the 1959-61 teams, he directed The Citadel to its first Southern Conference football championship in 1961 ... was tri-captain of that team ... led the ’61 team in total offense with 1,030 yards and passing with 1,083 yards.
Charles R. Williard, Jr. ’32 (1991) - Lettered all four years in football, basketball and track ... captained the basketball team his senior year ... earned all-state accolades on the gridiron as a senior ... only track athlete to enter state meets and win a place in all events he entered ... cadet captain and commanded "D" company ... was the varsity track and basketball coach (14-16 record) and assistant football coach at The Citadel from 1934-36.
Paul Wolf ’43 (1988) - A four-year letterman on the gridiron ... started three seasons and was named to the Carolina Bowl (a game pitting all-stars from North and South Carolina) ... played both offense and defense at guard and tackle.
Charlie Baker ’71 (2004) - An honorary inductee primarily for his work with the Alumni Football Association (CFA) ... was instrumental in the formation of the organization and served as president from 1984-2002 ... was a fierce competitor on the gridiron from 1968-70, and teamed with All-American John Small to give the Bulldogs a tremendous line backing corps.
William M. “Billy” Boswick (1979) – An honorary inductee ... was the first athletic trainer at The Citadel and set the standard ... cared for literally thousands of cadet-student-athletes.
John P. Carlisle, III '64 (2016) - An Honorary inductee - The president of Citadel Football Association, has led this organization since retiring form a forty-one year coaching career in South Carolina that included the last thirty-two years as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Eastside High School in Greenville, SC. From 2008 to present, the CFA, under his leadership has raised more than 1.3 million dollars which has gone directly in support of the football program and facilities. He is a member of the following Hall of Fames: Eastside High School, SC Athletic Coaches Assoc., SC Athletic Admin. Assoc., National Interscholastic Athletic Admin. Assoc. Also recipient of the Order of the Palmetto of South Carolina in 2016.
Harvey M. Dick ’53 (2005) - Col. Dick enters the Hall of Fame as an honorary inductee primarily for his work with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation ... serving as the long-time treasurer of the Brigadier Foundation and the college’s former Assistant Commandant of Cadets, Dick was the first recipient of a Citadel football scholarship from the Brigadier Club ... he has spent a majority of his life helping to raise funds for athletic scholarships, endeavoring to repay what he received as a student-athlete.
Tatum W. Gressette (1981) – An honorary inductee who was the head football coach and athletic director from 1932-39 ... coached for eight seasons ... had an overall record of 34-41-3 (.442) ... his 1937 team went 7-4 and 1938 team was South Carolina State Champions with a 4-0 record with the state teams. Also officiated in several major bowl games.
Jack Hall (2007) – An assistant football coach (1960-65) who guided The Citadel’s track and field team to the 1961 and ‘62 Southern Conference championships. His ’61 team finished first in seven of 16 events, and six members of that ’61 team are in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame – Bill Elliott, Will Dowden, Jim Pugh, John Rivers, Bill Sickles and Wayne Timmerman. As a football coach, he led the freshman team three years and his ’63 defensive backfield helped the Bulldogs to a No. 10 national ranking in pass defense.
Carl Kilpatrick (2008) - “Iron Man,” a native Charlestonian, has literally “seen it all” as he filmed Citadel football for a half-century (1957-2006) ... tenure covered a span of 10 head coaches and he missed only five games during those 50 consecutive years ... an Air Force veteran, he served as a photographer at Shaw and Eglin Air Force bases ... returned to Charleston and served as a filmer for WUSN-TV (forerunner to WCBD) for two years before spending the next 20 years at WCSC-TV ... working along side of “Voice of the Bulldogs” George Norwig at WCSC, it was Norwig who told then-Director of Athletics Eddie Teague about Kilpatrick, and filming Citadel Football for the next 50 years was on Kilpatrick’s fall schedule.
John "Turkey" Moore '71 (2015) - A former President and Lifetime Member of The Citadel Football Association. Dr. Moore, a native of Kentucky, came to The Citadel to play football for Coach Red Parker and throw the discuss on the Track Team. A Lifetime Member of The Citadel Alumni Association and a lifelong supportor of The Citadel Btigadier Foundation, which he continues to help raise money for athletic scholarships. Dr. Moore was included in the "Top 1% of physicians in his profession" by the Castle Connelly Committee in the US News & World Report for 2013. Currently the Chief Thoracic Surgeon at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA, while also serving as the Director of Cancer Center at the same hospital.
Jimmy “Red” Parker (2007) - Credited with transforming the face of Citadel Football ... coached the Bulldogs from 1966-72 and compiled a 39-34-0 (.534) overall record and 25-20-0 (.555) mark in the Southern Conference ... on two occasions (1968 and ’70), his teams finished second in the league and twice (’69 and ’71) finished third ... his squads were known for their hard-hitting and stingy defenses, and a high-powered option offense with his signature “Citadel Veer” ... coached 26 All-Southern Conference performers, 25 who attained All-State honors and 11 who are in The Citadel Hall of Fame ... left The Citadel after the ’72 season to become Head Coach at Clemson.
Carl T. Prause (1997) - An honorary inductee ... served as head football coach and director of athletics from 1922-29 ... compiled an eight-season overall record of 41-32-4 (.558) ... guided the Bulldogs to winning records in six of eight years ... went 7-3 in 1926 as the Cadets defeated both Clemson and South Carolina ... the seven victories in 1926 marked the most wins in a season for a Bulldog team until 1959 when The Citadel posted an 8-2 ledger ... a decorated combat soldier in World War I, Prause was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the British Military Cross and the French Croix de Guerre.
Charlie Taaffe (2011) - The Citadel’s winningest football coach in terms of victories (55), Taaffe is credited with resurrecting the football program as he served as head coach from 1987-95. Twice named the “Southern Conference Coach of the Year” (1988 & 1992), the Taaffe-led Bulldogs captured the 1992 SoCon Championship’, only the second in school history. That ’92 team finished with an 11-2 record and tied for “No. 1” (with Northeast Louisiana) in the final ‘I-AA national poll’. He was named “1992 I-AA National Coach of the Year” by “The Sports Network”, and by the “American Football Coaches Association” while receiving the “Eddie Robinson Award” (as the “I-AA National Coach of the Year”). His teams defeated I-A programs a total of six times and include memorable victories over Army (twice), Navy (twice), Arkansas and South Carolina.
Edward “Eddie” L. Teague (1988) - Longtime athletic director and head football coach ... served as head football coach from 1957-65 and had a record of 45-44-2 (.505) ... was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1961 and South Carolina Coach of the Year ... led the Bulldogs to their first Southern Conference football title in 1961 and also coached The Citadel to a victory over Tennessee Tech in the Tangerine Bowl in 1960 ... ... inaugurated and coached the school’s first soccer team from 1972-76 compiling a 30-24-4 overall record ... under his leadership of 28 years as athletic director, The Citadel won 23 Southern Conference championships and nearly 60 percent of all contests ... inducted as an honorary member.
Joe Turbeville '63 (2013) - One of the all-time great high school football coaches in South Carolina, Turbeville was a four-year letter-winner at guard on the 1960, ’61 and ’62 teams that won the Tangerine Bowl and the team’s first Southern Conference Championship. As a highly-respected high school coach, Turbeville’s teams captured five state championships and 12 conference titles during his 31-year career while sending countless players to his alma mater. He served as the head coach and an assistant at the SC-NC Shrine Bowl and the SC All-Star Game. Active in The Citadel Football Association, the Mullins native is a past president of the SC Coaches Association and the SC Athletic Administrators Association. He was inducted in the SCAAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2011.
Col. Thomas C. "Nap" Vandiver ’29 (1995) – An honorary inductee, he served on the Board of Visitors from 1953 until 1977 ... became the only person in Citadel history to be designated as "Vice-Chairman Emeritus" ... was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree for his dedication to The Citadel in 1979 ... as a cadet, he was a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball and football ... Vandiver Hall is named in his honor.
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