Athletics News
1991

KEN BAHNSEN A running back at North Texas from 1950-52, he set net school career rushing and scoring records while in the Eagles’ backfield. He played one season for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers before becoming a longtime North Texas assistant football coach. He also coached the Eagles’ tennis team to consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championships in 1966 and 1967.

MAX GOLDSMITH He helped lead North Texas track teams to Lone Star Conference championships in 1941 and 1946. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a high school track coach who was a three-time Coach of the Year in Texas and elected to the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor.

J.D. MOORE A three-sport athlete at North Texas, he played football (1931-32), basketball (1931-33) and track (1930-33). He was named all-conference in football in 1932 and in basketball in 1933. He also won conference titles in the low and high hurdle events in 1932.

L.B. MORRIS Another three-sport star at North Texas in football, basketball and track. He played on three Lone Star Conference championship football teams and was part of the team that was voted to the Best Team In Any Sport by famed Associated Press sportswriter Grantland Rice.

TOMMY RUNNELLS Earned four letters in football and as a senior he was the Eagles’ leading rusher and scorer after averaging 6.9 yards per carry and accounting for 570 yards rushing and scoring seven touchdowns.

ROBERT SHEPARD Played offensive guard for the Eagle football team, earning two letters in 1934-36. North Texas tied for the Lone Star Conference championship in 1935 and won the title outright in 1936, when Shepard was named all-conference and one of the team’s co-captains.

J.T. SMITH He was a defensive back for the Eagles from 1974-77 and tied the school record with a 100-yard interception return. While at North Texas, he gained more than 1,000 yards in punt returns, interceptions and kickoff returns. He went on to enjoy a 13-season career in the NFL and at the time of his retirement he ranked third all-time in punt return yardage.

LEO VINEYARD A three-time letterman in football, he also played basketball at North Texas from 1936-40. He was a member of two Lone Star Conference championship teams in 1936 and 1939 and was named a Little All-American after the 1939 season. A member of the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Fame, Vineyard went on to coach two teams to state championships in 1952 and 1957.

 

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