Whitey Rawl
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1904-12-09)December 9, 1904
Lexington County, South Carolina
DiedAugust 12, 1980(1980-08-12) (aged 75)
Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
SIAA (as player, 1927)
Awards
Furman Athletics Hall of Fame

Fred Brooker "Whitey" Rawl (December 9, 1904 – August 12, 1980) was a college football player and coach. He also played basketball, baseball and track. He was a prominent quarterback for coach Billy Laval's Furman Purple Hurricane of Furman University,[1] called the "siege gun" of the Furman backfield;[2] leading Furman to a 23–5–1 record over his tenure. The 1927 team won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and was the only team to defeat NC State.[3] In a defeat over The Citadel, Rawl ran 56 yards for the game's only touchdown.[4] He also starred in a victory over Mercer.[5] Rawl was later a backfield coach under Laval for the South Carolina Gamecocks.[6]

Rawl told The Columbia Record in 1961 that opponents thought "Laval was either cheating or crazy... Nobody ever seemed to figure out which, but we beat 'em."[7] Rawl was inducted into the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982.[8]

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