Gil "Gil" Bocetti, Jr. '52, '54L
Called by some the greatest college split-T quarterback in history, Gilbert (Gil) Bocetti Jr. stands as one of the most electrifying football quarterbacks Washington and Lee has ever had.
A native of Mckeesport, Pa., Bocetti was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection at quarterback, receiving the honor in both 1950 and 1951. He led the 1950 squad to an 8-2 record, and a spot in the 1951 Gator Bowl, W&L's first and only appearance in a post-season bowl game. During Bocetti's three varsity seasons, W&L compiled a 17-12-1 record and won the Southern Conference Championship in 1950.
Bocetti, who graduated in 1952, was named the best player in the state in his junior year by the Roanoke Touchdown Club in 1950 after leading W&L to a Top 20 national ranking. In 1949 he set a national single-game record for total offense with 340 yards against Davidson. After his senior season, Bocetti played in both the North-South College All-Star Game and the Blue-Gray All-Star game. The General's quarterback is best remembered for his stirring performance in leading W&L to a shocking 42-14 upset of the University of Virginia in 1951.
Bocetti later served as an assistant football coach with the Generals while earning his law degree from W&L in 1954. As an undergraduate, Bocetti was selected for Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership fraternity, and was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities".