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The History of Integration of Sports at West Virginia University

Ron Lee
Fullback/ Running Back, (Years played-1972, 1974-1975), Bellaire, Ohio

Ron was a standout at Bellaire High in football and basketball, lettering three times in both sports. He was named all state in football and basketball and was also MVP his senior year at high school. Ron was the leading ground gainer for the highly touted freshman team in 1971. He carried the ball 97 times for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He was also outstanding the following spring in two Blue-Gold games as he ran 40 times for 173 yards and two TDs. As a sophomore he rushed for 304 yards on 76 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 74 yards and had his best game against Tulane when he rushed for 62 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 13 yards in that contest. Ron missed what would have been his junior year with injuries (1973 season). Thus, entering the 1974 season he was switched to tailback and was listed behind Dwayne Woods. That season he was the team's second leading rusher with 543 yards. He was also third in scoring with five TDs and 30 points. His senior year he was slated to play mostly at the fullback position after playing both fullback and tailback the previous season. He led the Mountaineers with 10 touchdowns in his senior season. In addition, he carried the ball 15 times for 76 yards in the 1975 Peach Bowl Game. Ron is ranked fourth on the WVU all-time fullback list with 1,470 yards rushing. Lee was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1976 in the third round (90th overall). Lee played three years for the Colts from 1976 through 1978. He averaged 4.6 ypc and had 1100 total yards along with 6 touchdowns during his time with the Colts. In 1976, he had a 69 yard touchdown run, which at the time, was the eighth longest in team history.

Football Facilities at WVU (1960s)