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Fred Durig Print E-mail
Few Falcons have had as successful of a career running the football as Fred Durig, and none have had a year like he had in 1951. Coming into his junior year, Durig had played sparingly in the 1950 season, biding his time as team MVP Richard Pont saw most of the carries on the field. He gained 262 yards that season, hardly a sign of what was to come.

In nine games in the 1951 season, Durig ran for over 100 yards in eight of them, including five straight, which remains a BG record. In fact, his lowest total in those eight games was 128 yards, and he just missed the century mark in the ninth game, running for 96 yards in a 28-7 loss to Ohio on October 13. In the final game of the year at Bradley, Durig rushed for 206 yards, the first Falcon to surpass 200 yards in a game. That game, along with passing the 1,000 yard mark with 1,444 rushing yards for the season made him the first Falcon to reach those marks, and he remained the only one until Paul Miles in the early 1970s. The season total, along with his 160.4 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry average that season are still Falcon records. Even more amazing, his single season total was just 308 yards behind Jack Woodland's career record, and the total from Durig's first two seasons put him just 46 yards behind that mark.

A 113-yard effort in the 1952 season opener against Central Michigan gave him the school career record, and he would soon after become the first Falcon to reach 2,000 yard plateau. Again, it wasn't until Miles came along that any Falcon had matched that feat. He would finish his career with 13 100-yard games and 2,564 rushing yards, currently fourth on the all-time list. His average of 5.7 yards per carry over his career is the best in school history.

He was named All-Ohio first team in 1951 and 1952, in addition to being voted team MVP each year. In his senior season, he became the first Falcon to be named to the All-American team, as well as being named All-MAC in BG's first season in the league, along with end Jim Ladd. He was drafted in the 16th round of the 1953 NFL Draft by San Francisco.

Fred Durig was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.
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