John A. “Junie” Hovious


College Career

Ole Miss (1939-1941)

• All-SEC halfback (’39, ‘40, ‘41)

• Led nation with punt return average of 15.1 yards (’40)

• Blue-Gray Game (’41)

• Selected for College All-Star Game, but military service intervened (’42)

 

Pro Football Career

• New York Giants (1945)

 

Coaching Career

• Ole Miss, assistant coach (1946-1974)

 

Did You Know?

Junie Hovious was a part of two great backfield tandems. At Vicksburg’s Carr Central High School, he and fellow halfback Billy Sam — another Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame member — were known as the “Vicksburg Twins.” Sam and Hovious both went to Ole Miss, where Hovious and another great runner, Merle Hapes, were popularly known as the “H Boys.”