Bob played at Big Creek High School in War, W. Va., under WVU graduate Joel Hicks. He he scored 130 points and rushed for 1500 yards on a team that won 9/10 games his senior year. He was nickednamed "Punch." As a freshman Bob led the Little Mountaineers with 6 touchdowns, gained 429 yards on 63 carries for 6.8 average. He was the second fast back in the mile with a 5:12 showing. As a sophomore he rushed 71 times for 160 yards with a 2.3 average. He also caught 7 passes for 99 yards. He scored three touchdowns in 1968. In his junior year he led the Mountaineers in rushing with 1,155 yards in 206 attempts (new season record). He scored a total of ten touchdowns, nine of which were rushing, and rushed for 109 yards on 16 carries in the Peach Bowl.He was the 11 th leading rusher in the nation in 1969 and also caught 15 passes for 147 yards and returned 6 kickoffs for 188 yards. His best game was against Tulane when he rushed for 169 yards and William and Mary when he rushed for 159 yards. He ran a 9.9 100 dash and also ran the 440 yard relay for the Mountaineer trackmen. He was named Associated Press honorable mention, All America in 1969. Overall for his career as a Mountaineer he rushed for 2,181 yards with a 6.2 ypc average his senior year and ranked 11th nationally in rushing. He was drafted in the 8th round by the New Orleans Saints. He was named Rookie of the Year by Saints and Sinner Club. In his six years of the services with three NFL teams including New Orleans, Houston, and the New York Jets he totaled 1360 rushing yards for a 3.3 ypc average and 12 touchdowns. Also, he had 90 receptions for 728 yards for a 8.1 ypc average and 1 touchdown. Bob had 46 kickoff returns for 1116 yards with a 24.3 average per return. His best year was 1973 when he had the NFLís longest return of the year, a 103 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Cincinnati, and was sixth in the AFC in kickoff returns. He was the 2nd leading rusher behind Fred Willis with 400 yards on 104 carries for a 3.8 average and two TDís. He was 2nd team All-State and earned 10 letters in high school (4 in football and 3 each in basketball and track).
Football Facilities at WVU (1960s)
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