Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wisdom of the Blog------ Greatest UMass RB

The results of the RB poll went as follows:
  1. Marcel Shipp 56 votes
  2. Steve Baylark 26 votes
  3. Rene Ingoglia 7 votes
  4. Lou Bush 6 votes
  5. Gary Pearson 4 votes
  6. Frank Alessio 1 vote
  7. Jerome Bledsoe 1 vote
Marcel Shipp finished his UMass career with 6,250 yards, 5.2 yards/carry and 58 TDs. His career total yards record will stand for some time.

Steve Baylark ended with 5,332 yards, 4.8 yards/carry and 42 TD's.

Rene Ingoglia is third in UMass career yards with 3,624, 5.1 yards/carry and 54 TD's. He had the best run I've ever seen at McGuirk against Delaware.

Lou Bush was an All-American at UMass when there was only one division. He scored a phenomenal 39 TD's in 1931 and 1932.

Garry Pearson was a two-time first team All-American. He's fourth in career rushing with 3,859 yards 4.8 yards/carry and 35 TDs. He was especially great against UConn. Pearson averaged over 200 yards/game against the Huskies.

Jerome Bledsoe is sixth in UMass career yards with 2,216, 6.0 yards/carry and 20 TD's. How tough was Jerome? He broke his leg playing against Holy Cross and lied to the coaches and told them it was OK so he could stay on the sidelines and see the rest of the game.

Frank Alessio is fifth in UMass career rushing with 2,887 yards, 5.6 yards/carry and 20 TD's. He holds the UMass single game record of 337 yards against BU. In 1995 he averaged 7.9 yards every time he carried the ball. Two of the top ten longest runs in UMass history belong to Alessio.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned Rene Ingoglia was one of two RB's included in the Yankee Conference's 50th Anniversary Team. Being rated as one of the top two running backs in 50 years covers a lot of territory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

side bar: Don't forget, Bledsoe was a starting DB for 2 years before switching to tailback.

UMass74 said...

I had forgotten that! Thanks for pointing out Bledsoe's career as a DB.

Anonymous said...

Baylark posted these two youtube videos of himself at Cardinals training camp on his facebook profile. The links are below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRWk4hpChig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z11aLM613kM

Topsfieldfan said...

Gary Pearson is my all-time favorite because he was the first great back I saw. Anytime he touched the ball you knew there was a chance for him to score. I think his moves may have been a bit better than Shipp and Baylark, not to take away from their accomplishments.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Pearson was dynamite, darting, and dangerous, a bit different in style and size from our other great backs. But Shipp and Baylark (and the rest) are exceptional in their own right.

UMass74 said...

The two Baylark youtube videos mentioned above are here:

Baylark 1


Baylark 2

BMiner said...

Hands down....LOU BUSH.

Ask George Richason, Jr. (BS'37, MS'39, UMass Athletic Hall of Fame '82 and still committee member for UMHOF), and he will tell you LOU BUSH was the BEST ATHLETE ever to come out of UMass/Mass State/Mass Aggie, let alone football player. I'll go with Mr. Richason on this one.