With 1,414 career rushing yards, Gafford averaged 6.4 yards per carry and was named SEC Player of the Year by the Birmingham Quarterback Club in 1942. Coach Bernie Moore of LSU called Gafford "the best back the SEC had seen in the last 10 years." A great punter and fine defensive player, he will be best remembered for his performance in the 1942 Georgia game. Gafford had 119 yards on 21 carries and returned three punts for a total of 92 yards leading the Tigers to defeat the No. 1 Bulldogs, 27-13.