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Jack McDowall


John Witherspoon McDowall

Inducted 1975

Date of Birth



Micanopy, FL


North Carolina State University (1925-1927)


Southern football was still in its pioneer stages when young Jack McDowall entered North Carolina State in 1925. The sport was greatly improving throughout Dixie, as each school was struggling to be as good as Eastern powerhouse teams. The Southern Conference was just three years old and North Carolina State fans were simply hoping for respectability within the new league. But the Wolfpack had a player who would become the one of the greatest athlete in school history. McDowall had great speed, could pass with precision, kick with accuracy and was destructive on defense. He was Mr. Everything to the Wolfpack football program, but it took McDowall and his teammates some time before they could put North Carolina State in the Southern football limelight. In 1925, McDowall's sophomore season, the Pack posted a 3-5-1 mark. The next year, it was 4-6-0. Then, in 1927, McDowall led the Wolfpack to its finest record since the school began playing football in 1894, as NC State ran off a 9-1-0 record. Following college, McDowall became the head coach and athletic director at Rollins College, a post he held for 29 years.


Height 6'1

Weight 175

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