GENE WILSON
Halfback
1951-1953
Fayetteville, NC
Biography
After winning a state championship at Fayetteville High as a senior Wilson backed up Steve Wadiak and Bobby Drawdy at halfback his sophomore season and had a two-touchdown game against Virginia that year. He took over as a starter in 52 and had one of the highlights of the season when he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Gramling for the only score. Wilson set up the score by recovering a Tiger fumble. He earned all-state honors for his performance that year. In 1953 he again struck against Virginia, as he rushed 69 yards for a touchdown in a 31-0 win. Wilson was named 2nd team all-state in 1953; among his other exploits that year were a 37-yard scoring reception against Wofford; he had a 32-yard run on the scoring drive that beat Clemson 14-7 and a 17-yard touchdown run in a win over North Carolina. He was a captain in 1953. Wilson was drafted in the 11th round by the Washington Redskins but released in training camp. He was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and rushed for 708 yards and seven scores as a rookie. A CFL All-Star that season, he served in the military in 1955 and 56 before playing briefly for both the Argos and the Montreal Alouettes in 1957. He lived in Fort Mill later in life, operating his own packaging and fastener system business before passing away in April of 2010.
Prior Schools
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Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
1951 Game Program vs. The Citadel 29 HB 6-0 175 So 3 0
1952 Game Program vs. Army 29 B 6-0 175 Jr 8 8
1953 Game Program vs. Duke 29 HB 7 7
1974 Fall 1974 FL 6-1 156 Fr 0 0
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
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Passing
YearAttComPctYdsYPATDIntI%3D Att3D Conv%NEWSRtg
1952 5 4 80.0 32 6.40
Tot
Rushing
YearAttYdsAvgTD
1951 240 3
1952 129 403 3.1
1953 77 502 6.5
Tot 206 1145 5.6 3
Receiving
YearRecYdsAvgTD
1952 16 135 8.4 2
1953 9 89 9.9 2
Tot 25 224 9.0 4
Kickoff Returns
YearRetYdsAvgTD
1953 1 60 60.0
Tot 1 60 60.0
Punt Returns
YearRetYdsAvgTD
1952 2 18 9.0
1953 3 29 9.7
Tot 5 47 9.4
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
1952-09-27 Army Left Halfback
1952-10-11 Duke Left Halfback
1952-10-23 Clemson Left Halfback
1952-11-01 Virginia Left Halfback
1952-11-08 Citadel Left Halfback
1952-11-15 North Carolina Left Halfback
1952-11-22 West Virginia Left Halfback
1952-11-29 Wake Forest Left Halfback
1953-09-19 Duke Left Halfback
1953-10-10 Furman Left Halfback
1953-10-22 Clemson Left Halfback
1953-10-31 Maryland Left Halfback
1953-11-14 West Virginia Left Halfback
1953-11-21 Wofford Left Halfback
1953-11-26 Wake Forest Left Halfback
Single Game Rushing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttYdsTD
1952 1952-10-04 Furman 11 30 0
1952-10-11 Duke 12 39 1
1952-10-23 Clemson 10 7 0
1952-11-01 Virginia 11 15 0
1952-11-29 Wake Forest 26 0
1953 1953-10-03 Virginia 7 82 1
1953-10-22 Clemson 5 50 0
1953-11-21 Wofford 9 75
1953-11-26 Wake Forest 11 98 1
Single Game Passing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttComYdsTDInt
1952 1952-10-04 Furman 1 1 11 0 0
1952-10-11 Duke 1 1 -4 0 0
Single Game Receiving Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentRecYdsTD
1952 1952-10-23 Clemson 3 59 1
1952-11-01 Virginia 1 -13 0
1953 1953-11-21 Wofford 1 37 1
1953-11-26 Wake Forest 2 13 0
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
1951-11-10 West Virginia 4 34 13 Gene Wilson, 4-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-11-17 Virginia 2 14 0 Gene Wilson, 8-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-11-17 Virginia 2 21 0 Gene Wilson, 9-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1952-10-11 Duke 3 7 20 Gene Wilson, 4-yd run (Jim Jarrett kick)
1952-10-23 Clemson 1 6 0 Gene Wilson, 19-yd pass from Johnny Gramling
1952-11-08 Citadel 1 7 0 Gene Wilson, 8-yd pass from Johnny Gramling (Jim Jarrett kick)
1952-11-08 Citadel 2 14 0 Gene Wilson, 3-yd run
1952-11-15 North Carolina 1 6 0 Gene Wilson run (kick blocked)
1953-10-10 Furman 1 14 0 Gene Wilson, 1-yd run (Carl Brazell kick)
1953-11-21 Wofford 0 Gene Wilson, 37-yd pass from Johnny Gramling
1953-11-26 Wake Forest 1 7 0 Gene Wilson, 1-yd run (Blackie Kincaid kick)