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Palmeu Fletcher MussER Watts RiCHKUS Saunders Goodtimn carries the ball. runner and great defensive star, averaged 43.3 yards per boot. Although he was strictly a line-smasher and punter during his freshman year at State, Palmer developed into a triple-threat back in 1947. Captain Al Phillips, end from Raleigh, closed out his career at State with a brilliant season. Al was the most spirited man on the squad and never stopped fighting. Many regarded him as the strongest defensive end in the South, and a majority of the opposing runners who tried to gain around his end agreed. Another senior who closed out his career in sensational style was Charlie Richkus, 165-pound tail back from Hillside, N. J. Charlie sparked the Wolfpack to a surprising victory over Wake Forest on Homecoming Day and despite several injuries played stellar football throughout the season. Assisting Feathers with the coaching duties were Lyle Rich, end coach; Bob Suffridge, line coach; Babe Wood, backfield coach, Carl (Butter) Anderson, assistant coach, and Bobby Courts, assistant junior varsity coach. Stalwarts on the line included guards Bernie Watts, Charlie Musser, and |ohn Wagoner, tackles Jim Rees, Ted Dostanko, Fred Wagoner, and I
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ilussa, iku i ' apei, Hto kJ, Iliiril 13 Strobel, Bozeman. J. Johnson. Pickett, Upchurch. Fourth roiv: Homewood, Romanowskv, Miller, Stanton, Simon, Lasko, Grosser, Carlson, Stein, Malk, Svkes, Peacock, Saunders, Arv. Fifth row. Moore, Gragg, Baggett, Martin, Youngblood, Eveland, Hildebrand, Kirmyer, J. Smith, Angell, Turner, Trogdon, Mustapha. iO North Carolina State College ' s 1947 football team, playing hardest when the odds were against it, com- piled a record of fi e wins, three losses, and one tie. The W ' olfpack had a potent line, but Coach Beattie Feathers ' eleven was ne ' er able to muster a strong offense. State ' s ranking was high among the outstanding defensive teams of the nation, a nd the Captain Al Phillips forward wall pro ' ed dexastating to opposing runners throughout the season. Leslie (Footsie) Palmer, sophomore full back from Cedar Grove, VV. Va., played the starring role. He alternated between two positions— tail back and full back— and attained national prominence by setting a new collegiate punting record. Leslie, a Beet-footed Left to right: Richkus, Bowlby, Bozeman, Palmer.
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1 Tom Gould, cvmrr I larokl Sauiulcis, ami ciuls Phillips, George pjloimiuisl, and Graham Spencer. The W ' oUpack was upset, 7-0, in the opening Ixilile with Duke on a freak play in the last quarter. The iMue I)e il line charged a State passer, hatting the hall into the waiting aims ol tackle Louis Allen, who dashed into pavdirt with the lone touchdown ot the game. Coach Feathers " ele en had outplaved the Blue De ils all during the Ixittle hut hatl hccn unahlc to reach scoring territory. State ' s line pla ed a great game against the Blue l)e ils, hut the W ' oUpack backs could not Hnd an opening near the Duke goals. The W ' oUpack broke into the win column, triumphing over Davidson ' s Wildcats, 14-0, in Charlotte Memorial Stadium. State ' s forward wall de- serves a large portion of the credit for the victory. Paced by the rugged playing of Watts and Musser, the big line held Davidson ' s runners to a net vards rushing total of minus one. Footiie ojf as.ain. In the first quarter Palmer shoved Davidson into a hole with a 64-vard kick that rolled dead on the 2, a few minutes later the W ' olfpack failed to score on a dri e to the 5, but it was from there that it struck for its first score. Bert Anderton, Da idson back, attempted to punt from his own end zone, but got a bad pass from center and fumbled. In a scramble Tom Jovce, guard from W ' inston-Salem, fell on the ball for a touchdown and Jim Byler added the point. In the closing minutes of the game John Huzvar, 210- pound freshman full back, crashed over from the 10. Of all State performers, Goodman Stanton Blomquist McLeou dostanko Smith. O.
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