In watching last weekend's slate of college football games there was one performance that stood out that didn't exactly garner the attention of the masses. While most were huddled in front of their televisions watching the big SEC battles, the ABC game of the week, or following their alma mater, running back Terry Baggett was putting up numbers for Army. That's right, a serviceman was getting it done on the playing field versus his call to duty on the battle field.
Terry Baggett earned his way into the record books becoming the first player in the 123-year history of the Black Knights' program to rush for 300 yards when he went for 304 in a 50-25 win over Eastern Michigan. His total Saturday represented one-third of his 935 career yards.
The accomplishment brought back memories of another serviceman who is without question one of the greatest collegiate tailbacks of all-time. Napoleon McCallum ran over, through and around his opponents during his collegiate career with the United States Naval Academy. As a two-time consensus All-American, McCallum finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1983 and eighth in 1985. He ranks second all-time with 7,172 career all-purpose yards on the Division IA level and is also among the all-time top 20 in all-purpose yards per game in a single season (216.8) and total all-purpose yards (2,385).
McCallum's name is legendary at the Naval Academy, setting 26-school rushing and return records, including single season rushing yards (1,587) and career marks for rushing yards (4,179), kick return yards (2,197) and punt return yards (858). In 1985, he led the team in yards rushing, receiving, all-purpose, punt returning, kick returning, and was the team's leading scorer. #SALUTE