1941 VPI Gobblers football team

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1941 VPI Gobblers football
Conference Southern Conference
1941 record 6–4 (4–2 SoCon)
Head coach James Kitts (1st season)
Captain William Lee Tate
William Daniel Zydiak
Home stadium Miles Stadium
Seasons
← 1940
1942 →
1941 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Duke $ 5 0 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 4 0 1     4 4 1
Clemson 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     8 2 0
VMI 4 2 0     4 6 0
VPI 4 2 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 4 2 1     5 5 1
NC State 3 4 2     4 5 2
Furman 2 3 2     3 4 2
Washington and Lee 1 2 2     1 6 2
North Carolina 2 4 0     3 7 0
Maryland 1 2 0     3 5 1
Davidson 1 5 2     1 6 3
The Citadel 0 2 1     4 3 1
George Washington 0 4 1     1 7 1
Richmond 0 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1941 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1941 college football season. The team was led by their head coach James Kitts and finished with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 20, 1941 Catawba* Miles StadiumBlacksburg, VA W 22–2  
September 27, 1941 vs. Kentucky* duPont Manual Memorial Stadium[1]Louisville, KY L 14–37   8,000[1]
October 4, 1941 Georgetown*dagger Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, VA W 3–0  
October 11, 1941 vs. William & Mary City StadiumRichmond, VA L 7–16   12,000[2]
October 18, 1941 2:30pm[3] at Davidson Richardson StadiumDavidson, NC W 16–0   5,000[4]
October 25, 1941 vs. Washington and Lee Municipal Stadium[5]Lynchburg, VA W 13–3   6,000[5]
November 1, 1941 vs. Virginia* Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA (Rivalry) L 0–34  
November 8, 1941 2:30pm[6] vs. NC State Winston-Salem, NC W 14–13   10,000[7]
November 20, 1941 vs. VMI Lynchburg, VA (Rivalry) L 10–15   19,000[8]
November 29, 1941 2:30pm[9] Richmond Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, VA W 13–0   4,000[10]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1941 Virginia Tech football schedule[11]

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
NFL Draft Selections 
Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1944 14 11 142 John Maskas Boston Yanks Guard/Tackle

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1941 football team according to the roster published in the 1942 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[12]

VPI 1941 roster
  • Van Anderson
  • Bailey
  • Alton Harwood Belcher
  • Henry Peter Bisschop
  • Mason Harper Blandford
  • Irvin Jean Chasen
  • Gerald Harley Clark
  • William Earnest Davis
  • Diggs
  • Nelson Fuller
  • John E. Gallagher
  • William Anderson Garth
  • William Wilson James
  • Johnson
  • William B. Johnson
  • Samuel Benjamin Judy
  • Richard Davis Kern
  • Anthony Thomas Kujawa
  • Robert Lawson
  • Lively
  • John James Maskas
  • Charles Allen McClaugherty
  • Roger Nelson McClure
  • John William Rucker
  • Jay Simpson Rupert
  • J. Sharpe
  • William Alexandra Shelton
  • Bobby Smith
  • Benjamin Tate
  • William Lee Tate (Capt.)
  • Ralph Travis Unterzuber
  • Charles Edward Varn
  • Paul A. Warner
  • Eugene Hagy Wheeler
  • William Elmer Wilson
  • Wright
  • William Daniel Zydiak (Capt.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "8000 See Wildcats Trounce VPI, 37–14, In Season Opener At Manual Stadium". The Kentucky Kernel. University of Kentucky. September 30, 1941. p. 4. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "William and Mary Downs Fighting Tech Team By 16–7 Count" (PDF). The Flat Hat. College of William & Mary. October 14, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Tech Brings Strong Team To Richardson Stadium Saturday" (PDF). The Davidsonian. Davidson College. October 16, 1941. p. 1. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tech Power Bests 'Cats" (PDF). The Davidsonian. Davidson College. October 23, 1941. p. 4. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Inspired Gobblers Smash Blue Hopes For Big Six Title" (PDF). The Ring-tum Phi. Washington and Lee University. October 28, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pack Proves Punch; Wants V.P.I. Win". The Technician. North Carolina State University. November 7, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Agromeck 1942". Agromeck. 1942. p. 326. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Squadron Rolls Over VPI Gobblers, 15–10". The V.M.I. Cadet. Virginia Military Institute. November 27, 1941. p. 1. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Spiders Close Season Against Virginia Tech Tomorrow". The Richmond Collegian. University of Richmond. November 28, 1941. p. 5. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gridders Drop Season Finale To Tech, 0–13". The Richmond Collegian. University of Richmond. December 5, 1941. p. 4. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1941–1942". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed January 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Bugle 1942" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1942. Retrieved 2016-01-22.