The years that I attended (1971-1975) were marked by some outstanding teams with some exceptional running backs. Roosevelt Leaks wracked up some impressive numbers from 1972-1974 in UT's famed Wishbone offense, made famous by Coach Darrell K Royal. Leaks was followed by a true legend--the Tyler Rose, a.k.a Earl Campbell. Campbell was simply phenomenal in his ability to elude tacklers, to outrun them with surprising speed for a bigger than average-sized running back, and also for his strength that enabled him to simply run through and over would-be tacklers. He would win the Heisman Trophy in 1977.
What prompts this nostalgic football reminiscing today is the news of the death of the legendary UT football coach, Darrell K Royal yesterday (Nov. 7th) at the age of 88. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's for a number of years. Royal was one of the outstanding men in his profession, respected and admired by his teams and fellow coaches alike. Sports staff writer Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman has penned a wonderful tribute to Coach Royal. Coach Royal was a class act.