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Ben Fendley
Position: Other
Other Position: Player: Football

Inducted 1979

Still holds the Austin Peay records for highest average per rush in a season and career (6.8 yards and 5.7) and the highest career average in total offense (6.6). A native of Dora, Ala., who did a little of everything on Coach Dave Aaron’s best football teams form 1947-50. Led the Governors to 8-2, 8-2, and 5-2-1 records his last three years as hard running 182-pound halfback. Govs won Volunteer State Athletic Conference title in 1948. Held most APSU rushing records before John Ogles arrived on scene in mid 1960’s. Gained 1,856 yards on 326 carries and totaled 2,548 yards in total offense. Also kicked extra points, punted, kicked off and was kickoff return man. Totaled 666 yards in kickoff returns and 186 points on 25 touchdowns and 36 points after. Gained 201 yards in punt returns and scored 67 points in one season. Offered football grant at University of Mississippi before staying at Austin Peay. Also captained baseball team. Served in Marine Corps and Korean War after Graduation. First coaching job  was at Stewart County high in Dover, where he produce 6-3 football team and directed basketball team to two straight region tourney berths, their first ever. Moved back to Clarksville in 1957 as assistant football and basketball coach at CHS. Took over head Basketball job in 1959 and has held it ever since, including eight 20-win seasons, a 29-2 record and No. 1 state ranking in 1963 and a state runnerup in 1964.

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