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Dennis W. Wilds ‘49
Dennis W. Wilds ‘49

Football 1945-49

Two words sum up Dennis Wilds' performance on the gridiron at Benedict College: Scholar/Athlete.

From 1945 to 49, Dennis excelled in doing class assignments and in carrying out blocking assignments on the football field. He played under Coach Reuben Turner and was a two-way starter for four seasons – performing at left end as a freshman and sophomore, and right guard his junior and senior years. He was a pillar in BC lines that included Hall of Famers Willis “Hoss” Bracy, Douglas Sweeper, Joseph Ritchie, and Leslye Stallworth.

Wilds established a reputation as in athletic with great talent and dignity, and as one more interested in team success than reaping individual honors. At left end, he was strong against the run on defense and an effective blocker on offense. At right guard, he used excellent agility to dominate at the point of attack, helping to open holes legendary Benedict halfbacks Evans Gilmore and Henry Isaac.

A highlight of Dennis' football career was his selection to the All - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) team.

After graduating, Wilds entered the teaching profession and became an elementary and high school principal in Augusta. Georgia. Ho has received many honors and awards for his contributions to education.