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Aug. 13, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former UVa running back Frank Quayle was announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday as one of its Class of 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends.
Quayle (1966-68), one of the top running backs in Virginia history, set more than 20 ACC offensive records in his three seasons in Charlottesville including, at the time, the single-season rushing mark of 1,213 yards in 1968. That year, he was named the ACC Football Player of the Year and, as also a standout in lacrosse, the ACC’s Athlete of the Year and winner of the McKevlin Award. His impressive 6.93 per-carry average in 1968 is still the third-best per-carry mark by an ACC back with over 1,000 or more yards in a single season. Quayle led the nation in 1966 in all-purpose yardage and he still holds the ACC all-purpose career per-game record (166.0).

Quayle still ranks 16th on the ACC’s career rushing yards-per-game list, 10th in ACC career all-purpose yardage (4,981) and is seventh on the Virginia career rushing list with 2,695 yards. A two-time, first-team All-ACC honoree (1967-68), he also earned honorable mention All-America honors in lacrosse (1967). He was selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played one season in the NFL.

He returned to Charlottesville in 1973 and began an ultra-successful career in real estate. His jersey number–24–is one of just six numbers retired at Virginia. He recently retired after 29 years as the radio football analyst on the Virginia Sports Network. Originally a native of Garden City, N.Y., he currently lives in Charlottesville, Va.

The Legends will be honored at this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends event on Friday, Nov. 30, and during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the Eighth Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised by ESPN (7:45 p.m.) or ABC (8 p.m.).

The group of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes three former ACC Football Players of the Year, six consensus first-team All-Americas, seven first-team All-Americas, and 10 players who combined for 84 years in the National Football League. Eleven of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including eight first- or second-round draft choices.

2012 ACC Football Legends Roster

Name School Years Position Hometown (Current Residence)
Bob Hyland Boston College 1964-66 OG White Plains, N.Y. (Same)
Bennie Cunningham Clemson 1973-75 TE Seneca, S.C. (Westminster, S.C.)
Mike McGee Duke 1957-59 OG Elizabeth City, N.C. (Montrose, Col.)
Sam Cowart Florida State 1993-97 LB Jacksonville, Fla. (Same)
Ken Swilling Georgia Tech 1988-91 S Toccoa, Ga. (Atlanta, Ga.)
Chet Hanulak Maryland 1951-53 RB Hackensack, N.J. (Salisbury, Md.)
Ted Hendricks Miami 1966-68 DE Miami Springs, Fla. (Chicago, Ill.)
Dre’ Bly North Carolina 1996-98 CB Chesapeake, Va. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Torry Holt NC State 1995-98 WR Gibsonville, N.C. (Raleigh, N.C.)
Frank Quayle Virginia 1966-68 RB Garden City, N.Y. (Charlottesville, Va.)
Pierson Prioleau Virginia Tech 1995-98 DB Alvin, S.C. (Radford, Va.)
Ed Stetz Wake Forest 1969-71 LB Johnstown, Pa. (Same)

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