Saturday, December 03, 2016

Remember Him?

ESPN's 30 for 30 series will release a short documentary Monday on a player Dartmouth knew all too well. "The Throwback" tells the story of Holy Cross standout Gordie Lockbaum, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior in 1987 after placing fifth the year before. (LINK)

What put Lockbaum in the spotlight was the fact that he was the first two-way player in college football in two decades, starring at running back, cornerback and on special teams.

Lockbaum helped the Crusaders go 21-1 in his final two seasons, including wins of 48-7 and 62-23 over Dartmouth. As a junior he ran for 827 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 860 yards and seven touchdowns and had 452 return yards. A year later he moved to flanker and still ran for 403 yards, caught 78 passes for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns, and had 486 return yards while adding 19 tackles and two sacks.

As a junior he scored six touchdowns against Dartmouth one week and had 19 unassisted tackles against Army the next.

THE THROWBACK - Trailer from ESPN Films Shorts on Vimeo.