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February 2nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Buddy Gore

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Buddy Gore played for Clemson University from 1965-1967 having come from Conway, South Carolina. During his senior season, the media nicknamed him "Mr. Zip" because of his great speed. Jacky Jackson, Gore's teamate at running back, was nicknamed "Mr. Zap" because of his power running style. Hence the nicknames "Zip and Zap".

Buddy Gore starred for the Tiger football team in the late 1960s. It didn't take him long to establish himself as a man to be dealt with, as he led the ACC in rushing in only his sophomore season. During his junior season, Gore set a then ACC record in rushing with 1,045 yards on 230 carries. He was named to the All-ACC and All-State teams, as well as ACC Player-of-the-Year for 1967, becoming the first Clemson player to win the award. Gore's senior year, he again made the All-ACC team.

Gore was the first player to lead the ACC in rushing in consecutive years. Gore finished with 1,795 yards in his career at Clemson, including 12 touchdowns.

Gore graduated in 1969 with a degree in Biology.

Gore was invited to try out for the Miami Dolphins, but a detached retena caused him to be blind in one eye and ended his NFL dreams.

He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1986 and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1996, he was selected as a member of Clemson's Centennial football team.

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