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Don McCauley

Running Back

Donald Frederick McCauley, Jr.

Inducted 2001

Date of Birth



Worcester, MA


University of North Carolina (1968-1970)


Don McCauley began his career at North Carolina as a part-time tailback, his sophomore year. The next season, he became a starter and a 1,000 yard all-conference player. His quarterback was John Swofford, who became the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. That year, Don had a 97-yard kickoff return against Georgia Tech. As a senior, he led nation in all-purpose running with 183.7 yards per game in rushing, receiving, and kick returns. Led nation in scoring with 126 points. Had 21 touchdowns in 11 games. Had 47 carries against Duke. Don was the team captain and was named consensus All-America. He was Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Heels went to the Peach Bowl where he scored three touchdowns. He had 48 punts in his career with a 38.7 average yardage. North Carolina retired his jersey number 23. McCauley attended Garden City N.Y. High school. He played pro 11 years with the Baltimore Colts.


Height 6'1

Weight 211

Career Highlights

  • 1970 All-Conference
  • 1970 Conference MVP
  • 1970 Consensus All-America
  • 1970 Heisman - Ninth
  • 1970 Led nation in all-purpose yards
  • 1970 Led nation in touchdowns
  • 1969 All-Conference
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