Arkansas Boasts Long Tradition Of Producing Quality Running Backs

by Evin Demirel  on Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 12:00 am  

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As a left halfback, Pace scored 17 touchdowns as a sophomore, 20 as a junior and 25 as a senior. Although he wanted to be a Razorback, he knew joining an all-white southern team was out of the question. So he opted for Michigan, where he lived a couple years while in junior high, and Little Rock public schools athletic director Earl Quigley got the Wolverines in touch with him.

Pace was a starter by his junior year and led Michigan in rushing his final two seasons. He won a Big Ten indoor sprint title and was selected as an All-American. Pace became a hero in Little Rock’s black community and in December 1957, was greeted at Little Rock’s Adams Field by 1,500 supporters.

Bruce Fullerton (6-1, 185 pounds)
Little Rock Central, Class of 1958
High school highlights: 1957 — over 1,000 yards, 27 touchdowns.
College choice: Arkansas

Fullerton was the most decorated player during the most dominant stretch of pre-integration prep Arkansas football. His magnum opus of a senior year capped a run of six straight seasons in which the Tigers didn’t lose to an in-state opponent.

As a junior and senior, Fullerton’s Tigers went undefeated, beating top teams from Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. The National Sports News Service voted Central as the nation’s No. 1 team, and The Sporting News named Fullerton its national player of the year.Fullerton’s combination of size, strength and speed was extremely rare, considering he weighed as much as the average starting Central offensive lineman. Many football players from past eras would have had trouble keeping up with today’s faster, bigger athletes, but not Fullerton and Pace.



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