Which Bulldog belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame?

Jake Scott is again on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. (University of Georgia)

Jake Scott is again on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. (University of Georgia)

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 gadawgs@sports.uga.edu 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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112 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:02 am

Slider

March 8th, 2011
11:05 am

bardawg

March 8th, 2011
11:12 am

All three deserve to be admitted to the CFHOF.GO DAWGS

lazydawg

March 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Jake should be in the Hall!

RxDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Scott easily. Stitchcomb also certainly belongs, but Scott gets the nod over him due to seniority. I can’t comment on Scott Worener.

RxDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:15 am

clarification: Jake Scott easily

UGASlobberknocker

March 8th, 2011
11:22 am

Was Champ Bailey 1st team A A? I know he is still playing but just wondering for the future. Also, did Garrison Hearst make 1st team AA? I believe he did at least make 1st team SEC that yr he scored 20 plus TDs. 199 something

The Tick

March 8th, 2011
11:24 am

Jake Scott, Jake Scott, Jake Scott!

One of the baddest Bulldawgs ever to buckle a chin strap

Slider

March 8th, 2011
11:27 am

Herschel Walker, definately. Duh!

Samuel

March 8th, 2011
11:28 am

Matt wins easily, no one else was 2 time 1st team All American.

Jerry Grillo

March 8th, 2011
11:30 am

Jake should’ve been elected a long time ago. Plus, he’s the coolest of the three.

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Cunk Rogers

March 8th, 2011
11:39 am

RXDawg, Why can you not comment on Woerner? Did he kick your arse or something?

DawginLex

March 8th, 2011
11:47 am

David Greene and David Pollock both should be in.

All time leader in wins until Colt Mccoy came along and all American DE.

Both class acts and should be in.

YardDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:56 am

Jake Scott. Fabulous athlete.

I remember when he won Super Bowl MVP for the Dolphins, and the prize was a new Corvette, he traded it for a 4×4 pickup.

supsalemgr

March 8th, 2011
12:12 pm

Jake Scott was exciting to watch. I am not sure he would have made it four years in Athens if we had all the scrutiny when he played as there is now. He is real free spirit.

Sam

March 8th, 2011
12:13 pm

You people are pretty funny. David Greene never was a 1st team all-american. Pollock has not been out of college long enough. How about reading the criteria?

I would go with Scott over Woerner or Stinchcomb.

swimdawg68

March 8th, 2011
12:15 pm

Jake Scott, I was in school with Jake and saw him play many times, he is one of the best to play saftey I have ever seen. He had incredible quickness to the ball and he was a tremendous tackler. Not a real big guy, but a great athlete. Don Schula of the Dolphins loved his game but was not fond of his personality, Jake was a “free spirit”. To this day, I have yet to see a safety at UGA as good as Jake. We have had some real good ones (Thomas Davis) but I’ll take Jake every time as far as just being “gifted”.

how2fish

March 8th, 2011
12:20 pm

Jake Scott…..great college player, great pro player…now lives in Hawaii and in his own words “just does a lot of fishing and beer drinking” how can you not love a guy like that?

74 Dawg

March 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

I think Jake Scott”s personality and early exit circumstances have hurt him. I am quite sure there are Michigan and Ohio State defensive secondary players already in there who couldn’t carry his strap. All three are deserving, but J. Scott should go first because of the time element, and because he was the kind of player who could and would turn the whole game around when all looked lost. Dawgs behind by 7 or less late, we were all praying, just stop’em guys, make’m punt to Jake. One of my favorite players of all time.

Bo

March 8th, 2011
12:49 pm

Richard

March 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

Chris

March 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

Quincy

March 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

Stinchcomb, without a doubt.

Dudley

March 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

I like Matt.

Ted

March 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

Stinchcomb’s the man!

Al

March 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

Consensus seems to be Matt Stinchcomb

DawginLex

March 8th, 2011
12:58 pm

Sam,

I read the criteria and voiced my opinion. I understand it may never happen but the all time leader in wins(2nd now) and an all american DE like Pollock should be in the College Football HOF IMO.

EE

March 8th, 2011
1:02 pm

Jules

March 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

Stinchcomb is best.

1eyedJack

March 8th, 2011
1:21 pm

Should Jake Scott be voted in would he show up to accept the honor?

AJ

March 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

Stinchcomb–Not even close.

Galen Hall

March 8th, 2011
1:31 pm

Jake Scott … any of you Dogs voting for Stinkcomb are too young to remember Jake.

oledawg

March 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

supsalemgr got it right. Great player and free spirit. He was older than most after having been in the Army so it was no wonder that he didn’t like the curfew rules.

Funny story. After a Sat win at Sanford, Sun morn had Vince downtown at 4:30 AM to get his AJC fresh off the truck when Jake strolled by headed for the dorm. Vince benched him for the next game. He was exciting on and off the field.

Another. A Lawschool friend and I were visiting a place on the outskirts of Athens with our wives.Called the Goat Club, this place was known to service vets. It had illegal mixed drinks and a one-arm bandit and it rocked. It really wasn’t talked around the University because they didn’t want younger underage students there who could get them in a bind, but Jake was there. Since he was a fellow vet we pledged to each other that we wouldn’t mention that night as long as Jake was doing his athletic thang on the field. We didn’t and enjoyed watching him play every Sat (except one)for several years. When an opponent threw the ball near him you held your breath to see if Jake would make it his. They don’t make them that way any longer.

Thanks for not mentioning his career move at the Cowboy’s enemy’s encampment.

Big Dawg

March 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

All three should be in the College Football Hall of Fame, each was an outstanding college player in their own right. As for Scott Woerner a true leader on and off the field, Jake Scott was simply a great talent and yes a free spirit, we got a lecture from Coach Dooley on how great a player Jake was but a warning against his off field antics. The name missing off that list and is a totally travesty is big Mike (Moonpie) Wilson one of the best o-lineman that ever played the game at any level.

Go Dawgs

Kevin

March 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

how2fish

March 8th, 2011
1:57 pm

Big Dawg agree about Moonpie heck of a ball player!

RS Dawg

March 8th, 2011
2:04 pm

Cuz

March 8th, 2011
2:11 pm

I was looking to see and Kevin beat me to it.

Erk Russell.

Athens= God's Country

March 8th, 2011
2:31 pm

Greene and Pollack have not been out of college the required 10 years.

Loopey

March 8th, 2011
3:00 pm

Stinchomb. Heavy favorite.

Jim

March 8th, 2011
3:00 pm

I’d go with Stinchomb

Troy

March 8th, 2011
3:01 pm

Matt S., by a mile.

Rollie

March 8th, 2011
3:01 pm

Stinchomb, 2x All American

Buckhalter

March 8th, 2011
3:02 pm

I’d say by a margin of 100 to 1, Stinchomb

Joseph

March 8th, 2011
3:02 pm

Stinchcomb, big fan.

Thunder

March 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

Stinchcomb, me too.

'65dawg

March 8th, 2011
3:17 pm

Jake Scott is without question the best safety in UGA history and deserves to be in the CFHF, but he most likely will not make it becuase…he couldn’t care less about it, and it is very doubtful that he would even show up for the induction ceremonies.

Go Jake! Keep drinking beer and hanging with the Wahines

Fire Mark Richt

March 8th, 2011
3:22 pm

Woerner came as close as anyone not named Herschel to leading Georgia to a national championship in ‘80. He was the difference against Clemson that year and he snagged the clinching interception against Notre Dame. He was a big-time threat as a defensive back and as a punt returner. I may be biased towards players of that era, but I think he is the no-brainer of the group.

Skitty Fritty

March 8th, 2011
3:36 pm

Jake Scott & Scott Woerner!