|No. 40, 22|
|Date of birth:||February 8, 1938|
|Place of birth:||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Date of death:||March 17, 2005(aged 67)|
|Place of death:||Lawrence, Kansas|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Oklahoma City (OK) Douglass|
|NFL draft:||1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Prentice Gautt (February 8, 1938 – March 17, 2005) was an American football running back for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1956 to 1959. Gautt was the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma where he wore #38.
When former Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship, a group of black doctors and pharmacists gave him money to attend the school. Within a year, Gautt had a scholarship and the donated money was given to another black student. Gautt then became a two-time All-Big Eight player and the 1959 Orange Bowl MVP. His senior year, he was named to the Academic All-American team.
After the NFL, Gautt coached football at Missouri while earning his Ph.D. in psychology. He then started a career in athletics administration, first as an assistant commissioner for the Big Eight Conference and as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
Gautt died on March 17, 2005 from flu-like symptoms.