June 16, 2012
Great players who missed the North-South game
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Steve Morrison - A prolific, pro-style passer at Huntington East, Morrison would have played in the 1971 game. He went on to play for Woody Hayes at Ohio State on the same teams that featured two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
Oscar Patrick - A former star at the old Excelsior and Big Creek high schools in McDowell County, Patrick went on to be one of the more prolific wide receivers in WVU history. He would have played in the 1965 game. His high school teammate, Bob Gresham, a great running back at WVU, would have played the following year.
Tom Pridemore - A great athlete from Ansted High School, Pridemore was a four-year starter at WVU from 1974-78. He then had an eight-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. He would have played in the 1974 game.
Quarterbacks from 1974 - If a game had been played that summer, the South could have had three highly touted quarterbacks: Don Robinson from Ceredo-Kenova, Billy Williams from George Washington, and Danny Williams from DuPont. Robinson was a high draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and would probably have missed the game. Billy Williams went to Kentucky and Danny Williams went to WVU.
Melvin Riggins - An explosive running back at Charleston High in the mid-60s, Riggins played collegiately at Cincinnati, where he led the nation in kickoff returns.
Heywood Smith - The Dunbar running back had size and speed for Delmer Good's Bulldogs. He went on to play at WVU and would have played in the 1972 game.
Welch linemen - The Maroon Wave had several linemen that would have played in the North-South game. Center Don Roberts would have played in the early 60s before heading off to West Point to anchor the offensive line for Army. His brother, Dick, went on to play at WVU. Another lineman, C. D. Oliver, would have played in the 1971 game and also signed with WVU.
Pete Wood - A running back from Bluefield, Wood went on to be a fullback at WVU. He would have played in the 1968 game.