OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former Oklahoma fullback Buck McPhail, who helped clear the way for Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels, has died in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 75.
McPhail died Friday from a hardening of the arteries, said Mark Rice, a spokesman for Wiefels and Son Mortuary in Palm Springs, Calif., which is handling the funeral arrangements.
In 1952, McPhail teamed with Vessels to become college football's first pair of same-season 1,000-yard rushers. That year, McPhail gained 1,018 yards and averaged 6.3 yards a carry, and Vessels won the Heisman.
McPhail rushed for 1,985 yards and 12 touchdowns in three years at Oklahoma.
He played two years with the NFL's Baltimore Colts, served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and coached at California and Illinois.