Mayer c. 1915
|Date of birth||February 14, 1892|
|Place of birth||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Date of death||October 21, 1918(aged 26)|
|Place of death||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eugene Noble "Buck" Mayer (February 14, 1892 - October 21, 1918) was a college football player for the University of Virginia. He was the first football player from a Southern school to be recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. Mayer was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
University of Virginia
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Mayer played halfback for the Virginia Cavaliers from 1912 to 1915. During Mayer's four years at the University of Virginia, the football team compiled a record of 39-6. He set school records for most points scored in a game (36), most touchdowns in a season (21 in 1914), most career touchdowns (48), and career points scored (312). Mayer also competed for Virginia in track and field. In addition to athletics, Mayer was an excellent student who earned a Rhodes scholarship. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1916 with a law degree.
Track and field
He threw the 16-pound shot put 42 feet, 3 inches, ran the 100-yard dash in 10.1 seconds, and had a career best of 22 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump.
In 1915, Mayer was selected as a first-team All-American by International News Service sports editor Frank G. Menke and Eastern football expert Parke H. Davis. He was the first player from a Southern school to be a consensus first-team All-American. He led Virginia to an 8-1 record in 1915, scoring five touchdowns in a 74-0 win over Richmond. Mayer's 36 points against Richmond was the most by a UVA player in one game.
WW1 and death
In 1918, during World War I, Mayer enlisted in a machine gun company. He died of pneumonia at Camp Johnston in Jacksonville, Florida, in October 1918. He was 26 years old at the time of his death, and was survived by his wife and one child.
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