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Bill Dudley (1939-1941)
Walter Smith (1937-1938)
Howell Robinson (1935)
"Bullet" Bill Dudley was arguably the greatest player in the history of
UVa football. A prolific runner, passer, kicker, and defensive player,
Dudley led the Hoos in passing, rushing, total offense, scoring,
punting, kick returns and interceptions during his junior season in
1940. He was even better his senior season, leading the nation in
scoring (a school record 134 points), touchdowns (a school record
18), and all-purpose yards (1,674). In addition, he finished second
nationally in rushing (968 yards) and total offense (1,824 yards), and
fourth in punt returns (481 yards). Dudley led the Hoos to a 8-1 record
in 1941, and he had a hand in 206 of the 279 points scored by the
Cavaliers. Dudley's signature game came in a 28-7 victory over UNC
on Thanksgiving Day, when he had a hand or a foot in every UVa point.
Dudley scored three touchdowns, passed for the fourth, and kicked all
four extra points. He carried the ball 17 times for 215 yards, which at
the time was the highest single-game total in school history. Dudley
also completed 6 of 11 passes for 118 yards and punted eight times
for a 39.3 average. Dudley won the Maxwell Award in 1941 as the
country's most outstanding player. He also earned All-America honors
at halfback in and finished fifth in the Heisman balloting. A member of
the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame and
the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dudley was the first Cavalier to have his
number retired. He was selected first overall in the 1942 NFL draft by
the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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