Athletes, Others Honored By Football Foundation

Auburn, Ala.--Four current Auburn University football players, a former Auburn three-sport star and a current AU administrator were honored Wednesday night by the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Mal C. Morgan, the last Auburn athlete to letter in football, basketball and baseball in the same season, received the group's Distinguished American Award.

Associate athletic director Buddy Davidson won the organization's Contributor To Amateur Football Award for his work with Auburn football going back five decades. Davidson has worked at 502 consecutive Auburn football games in variety of a capacities.

Quarterback Jason Campbell, center Danny Lindsey, kicker Philip Yost and defensive end Reggie Torbor received Auburn University Outstanding Student Athlete Awards. Yost was previously honored by the group as a senior at Auburn High.

The Auburn chapter of the National Football Foundation also honored 2002 National Hall of Fame inductee Terry Beasley with a reception at the Auburn Hotel And Dixon Conference Center prior to the awards ceremony on Wednesday night. Beasley is considered the greatest wide receiver in AU history.

The 2003 high school award winners included Danny Perry from Auburn High, Dumakas Snipes and Matthew T. Motley from Opelika High and Henry Jackson and Christopher Selman from Lee-Scott. Snipes, who has signed a football scholarship to play at Tennessee-Chattanooga, won the Valley Scholarship that goes annually to the area's top football scholar/athlete, a $1,500 grant that will be presented to Opelika High in his name.

Reggie Torbor (left to right), Danny Lindsey, Jason Campbell and Philp Yost picked up awards on Wednesday night for their academic performance and off the field community service.

Morgan is considered one of the top high school and college athletes of the pre-World War II Era in the state of Alabama. A three-sport star at Lanett High School and Auburn University, Morgan also became an outstanding high school coach after distinguishing himself in the military in the European theater during WWII.

A retired banker, Morgan excelled in football, basketball and baseball in his younger years and became one of the top high school coaches in the state of Alabama. After retiring as a coach, he was active in civic affairs in his hometown of Lanett where he served as a member of the City Council and Board of Education.

A nine-time letterman at Auburn, he was considered by many as the top football center in the SEC as a senior in 1939 and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic that year. In baseball, he was captain of the SEC champions as a senior and nearly a .400 hitter. In basketball, he was co-captain and the leading scorer. He was named the top all-around athlete at Auburn as a senior and was a respected student on the Auburn campus.

Morgan was a star minor league baseball player following graduation, but that was interrupted by the war. He rose the rank of Major and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945 after being injured at the Battle of the Bulge. He then became a very successful high school coach. He posted a 94-42-3 record in football and 262-109 in basketball. Four of his star football players were standouts at Auburn--David Hill, Bobby Hunt, Mailon Kent and Richard Wood. All four were successful pro players with Hunt and Hill becoming starters in the first Super Bowl.

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