The National Football Foundation has released the names of the 79 former players and nine coaches on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and three Georgia Bulldogs are included: Jake Scott and Scott Woerner, both defensive backs, and offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb. All have been nominated before.
The ballots will be distributed to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. Their votes will be tabulated and submitted to the organization’s Honors Court — made up of athletic directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media — which will make the final selections for induction, to be announced in May. Usually a dozen or more players are named each year to the Hall of Fame, which is moving from South Bend to Atlanta in 2013.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named to one of the First Team All-America listings recognized by the NCAA, have played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the past 50 years, and cannot be currently playing professional football.
UGA players already in the hall are Bob McWhorter, Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi, Vernon “Catfish” Smith, Bill Hartman, Fran Tarkenton, Herschel Walker, Bill Stanfill, Terry Hoage, Kevin Butler and John Rauch. Coaches Vince Dooley and Wally Butts also are in the hall, as is Jim Donnan (primarily for his work at Marshall).
The hall summed up the accomplishments of the three UGA candidates like this:
Jake Scott: Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968. 1968 SEC Most Valuable Player. Twice led the SEC in interceptions and still holds the SEC record with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
Matt Stinchcomb: Two-time First Team All-America selection (consensus ’98). Two-time First Team All-SEC and 1998 recipient of Jacobs Blocking Trophy. 1998 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient and NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Scott Woerner: Named First Team All-America, All-Conference and team Most Valuable Back in 1980. Twice named Georgia’s Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Year (1977, 1980). Led team to the 1980 National Championship.
So which one of the three do you think most deserves to be inducted? Or do you think any of them is Hall of Fame material? Are there any other Bulldogs you think merit consideration?
Scott obviously had the most illustrious post-college career, but that really shouldn’t enter into it since this is the college Hall of Fame. He does still hold the UGA record for career interceptions and return yards and remains one of the most exciting college players I ever saw. Woerner may not have actually “led” Georgia to a national championship as the hall says, but he was a key player on the team and another player who was a big game-changer. And Stinchcomb not only was as dominating an offensive tackle as you’ll ever see, but was a true scholar athlete, with a 3.96 GPA.
Pete Fiutak of College Football News ranked this year’s nominees and includes Scott in his second tier (those who should probably make it into the hall at some point) while Stinchcomb and Woerner are on his Hall of Maybe list of those who deserve to be part of the debate but probably won’t make it.
What do you think?
SEASON TICKET UPDATE
The Georgia Bulldog Club says season ticket order forms have gone out to Hartman Fund donors a bit later than usual this year but should be hitting mailboxes this week. In the meantime, you can order online. An interesting Facebook post from UGA says: “Hartman Fund donors, if you are not renewing all of your season tickets, please notify the Georgia Bulldog Club which seats you want to drop. Reach us at email@example.com or 877-423-2947. If you have not met your base but want to retain your season tickets, please contact us immediately.” In other words, that donation deadline that passed last month appears to remain extremely flexible.
KEEPING UP WITH JT
The family of Johnathan Taylor, the UGA baseball player whose neck was injured in a game this past weekend, has put up a website to provide updates on his condition. You can check it out here. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, JT!
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