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

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112 comments Add your comment

Whiskeydawg

March 8th, 2011
3:45 pm

I think all three of Georgia’s nominees should be inducted in the college Football Hall of Fame. I might be bias though.

Rooster

March 8th, 2011
4:04 pm

Not Buck Belue!!!!!

keith

March 8th, 2011
4:44 pm

jake…whether m/c story across stegman is true or not

Frankly

March 8th, 2011
4:51 pm

I saw them all, and all are deserving.

ronald

March 8th, 2011
4:53 pm

I find it interesting that Jim Donnan was elected, even after considering what he did at Marshall. If Donnan is in, then Richt will make it as well. Richt had a much bigger impact at the D1 level than did Donnan (3 SEC titles with UGA). An even bigger feather in Richt’s cap will be that he was the orchestrator of all the great FSU offenses. If you doubt that, go look what happened to FSU’s offense after Richt left…

USMC DAWG

March 8th, 2011
5:08 pm

Jake Scott should get seroius consideration, but I doubt he will get it. Same for Woerner, next to Herschel, he was the most important player on the 1980 team. He singlehandedly won the Clemson game, and saved us in the Sugar Bowl with 2 INT’s.

Brucerugby79

March 8th, 2011
5:11 pm

We do not win nat championship in 1980 without Scott Woerner we do not even get to the game without Woerner! He singlehandedly beat Clemson and with the score 17-10 went up and got interception in endzone to beat Notre Dame in 4th Qtr I love the other 2 but WOERNER won us a national title-ask the guys on that team what they think

Brucerugby79

March 8th, 2011
5:14 pm

USMC I did not see your post before I wrote mine -great minds think alike

JAKE

March 8th, 2011
5:22 pm

the best ever :
1 hershel
2 charlie trippi
3.david pollick
4. franki sinkwich
5.jake scott

josh pace

March 8th, 2011
5:38 pm

Walker 34 and Champ Baily 4… And give champ the heismen he got jipped out of to.

Pulpwood Smith

March 8th, 2011
6:30 pm

LakeDawg

March 8th, 2011
7:02 pm

Jake Scott! Woerner was almost as good as Scott. Stinchcomb also deserves to be in.

CH

March 8th, 2011
7:02 pm

Stinch no doubt. Great man, incredible athlete and very intelligent. I should know – I work with him and Greenie. Greenie’s day will come too.

Dawg Tired

March 8th, 2011
7:15 pm

Jake Scott should be in. A good case can be made for Stinchcomb as well.

Delbert D.

March 8th, 2011
7:26 pm

Everyone who made All-America does not get into the CFHOF.

DFO

March 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

Come on Legindawg…admit it…you are David Pollock. David Greene held some records but really is only remembered by dawg fans. Even my teenage son, who is an avid college football fan, doesn’t know who he is.

DFO

March 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

Sorry, that should have been DawginLex

Delbert D.

March 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

A sample of first-time candidates for 2011:

Tommie Frazier
Deion Sanders
Eric Dickerson
Eddie George
Derrick Thomas
Brian Bosworth
Sterling Sharpe

Buckeyedawg

March 8th, 2011
7:47 pm

chamge of subject. just saw report from cbs, sports illustrated. TOP 25 SCHOOLS with the most, worst crimes reported. 1 pitt-2 iowa-3 arkamsas-4 penn st.-5 BOISE ST-12 florida-15 ala-19 ga tech-22 lsu-25 tcu. NO UGA!!!!!! interestingly a couple of coaches in here that some people wanted to replace CMR,

Delbert D.

March 8th, 2011
7:48 pm

Correction: Most of those guys are *not* first-time candidates. Tommie Frazier and Derrick Thomas are.

War Eagle

March 8th, 2011
8:02 pm

Scott Woerner was the greatest all around football player of his era…maybe one of the best in UGA history

Win

March 8th, 2011
8:08 pm

Stinchcomb is my #1 pick.

Sanders

March 8th, 2011
8:09 pm

This one easy, Stinchcomb

TWQ

March 8th, 2011
8:09 pm

Stinchcomb is the most talented of the three.

Keetle

March 8th, 2011
8:10 pm

Stinchcomb was a tremndous athlete, my fav.

Nottingham

March 8th, 2011
8:10 pm

Consensus seems to be Stinchcomb if you ask me.

tom trojan

March 8th, 2011
8:22 pm

Jake Scott was very special!

tom trojan

March 8th, 2011
8:22 pm

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cantondawg

March 8th, 2011
8:28 pm

Scott Woerner is one of my all-time favorite dawgs. He made so many clutch interceptions and big plays on special teams. I never saw Jake Scott play at UGA. He was a little ahead of my time so i really don’t know what to say about him. Stinchcomb was good also but because of the big plays i would put Scott Woerner first on this list.

Ludatripp

March 8th, 2011
8:33 pm

I think there is a rule that says you have to be a head coach for 10 in order to be considered for induction to the HOF. Can somebody confirm that? Even still, ERK RUSSEL SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME. The single greatest coach the state has ever had. No arguments against him will be heard. If you have one then you are stupid.

wesley

March 8th, 2011
8:35 pm

Mike “Moonpie” Wilson and Garrison Hearst should be on this list!!

YellowJacket

March 8th, 2011
8:49 pm

King’s slong sucking skills belong in the hall.

ted

March 8th, 2011
8:56 pm

not only was Jake Scott an incredible safety, how about his punt returns? And he was a head case to boot, but a hell of a football player. Named a dog after him. Jake was a damn good dog, albeit a standard poodle, not a bulldog.

HOUDAWG

March 8th, 2011
9:35 pm

Jake Scott …… with Woerner a close 2nd ….

Chuck Uga

March 8th, 2011
10:08 pm

Jake Scott not in the College HOF? Isn’t he in the NFL HOF already? What a travesty either way. He is the greatest defensive back in SEC football history. Coach Dooley always said he was the best defensive talent to ever play for him. Too bad Dooley didn’t give the Dawgs a chance to play in the Orange Bowl in 1969 for the national title instead of opting for the darn Sugar Bowl. Go read up on that mistake if you aren’t already familiar.

Chuck Uga

March 8th, 2011
10:13 pm

The player for UGA who got screwed out of the Heisman was Garrison Hearst. Too many forget what a terror he was when given the ball. Only Spurrier was able to slow him down with a “spy.” Dawgs should not have blown that season in 1992. Would have been a game for the ages had UGA played Bama for the SEC Title. Those two teams in 1992 were by far the best in the SEC, not Florida. But credit Spurrier with that fun ‘n gun for screwing up Ray Goff’s best team. Also would have been different if UGA had returned all those D-Linemen from the 1991 season. How soon people forget…that would have been the best all-around team ever at UGA. Hearst deserved the Heisman, not that joke Gino Torretta.

dawg48

March 8th, 2011
10:51 pm

to young to ever see scott or woerner play. remember stinch very good dawg! but you got to give some love to hines ward i remember the 97 fla game he took out 4 gaytors at 1 time with a killer block to send edwards down the sideline for a td run. he may be the best all around dawg of all time

dcdawg45

March 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

Definitely Scott. He’ll be in the Pro Football HOF too pretty soon. Great return man, even better as a safety. Glad to see Stinchcomb and Woerner on there as well, but not sure if it’s their time yet. I’ve always felt Woerner has been extremely overlooked. Led the nation in punt returns yard that year (I’m pretty sure but don’t quote me), and his the best in the school’s history. Also a great corner. Had a good career in the USFL too and saw some time with the Falcons. His day will come. Go Dawgs!

TomDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:23 pm

Garrison Hearst in the CFHOF? You’ve got to be joking. He was as overrated as his high school coach, Larry The Whiner.

TomDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:28 pm

Scott Woerner definately deserves to be inducted this year. He should have been already.

RED DOG 77

March 9th, 2011
1:24 am

I grew up listening to Georgia Bulldog football on the radio while helping my dad with the chores on Saturdays. The 1968 Georgia v Florida game was one I’ll always remember. All I can remember other than touchdown after touchdown was the name Jake Scott……..I’m not sure, but this may have been the game Jake ran two interceptions back for touchdowns………I’ll never forget that game, it rained all day long, and this DOG became a DOG for life………Jake Scott is in “my” hall of fame, and always will……….Regards to all in BULLDOG NATION, RED

woebegong

March 9th, 2011
5:43 am

Unfortunately, I think a lot of the people who vote on these things, tend to combine the college game and NFL game into the same formula when electing these players. The NFL play should not be considered but I believe a lot of emphasis is put on it. Also, I unfortunately, am old enough to remeber all three of the players from Georgia eligable this year, LOL.
My vote would be for jake Scott, with Matt Stinchcomb a close second. For sure, all three contributed mightily to the success of UGA football in thier time, and all three deserve to be in the CFHOF. Just have to wait until the people whose votes count decide either way.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

MichaelP

March 9th, 2011
5:55 am

Erk Russell.

Hobnail Boot

March 9th, 2011
7:04 am

Woerner was a Great DB and return guy. He could do it all. I am surprised that Jake Scott is not already in.

bbcsickdawg

March 9th, 2011
7:08 am

all three as good as you”ll ever see!

UGADawg83

March 9th, 2011
7:52 am

Woerner! Woerner!

legionaire

March 9th, 2011
8:04 am

Jake Scott was probably the best athlete to ever play at UGA. I think he could have played any sport and made All-American. He needs to go in.

radly dawg

March 9th, 2011
10:24 am

They should be inducting Erk Russell….the mastermind behind two of these guys (Jake and Scott) coming to Georgia in the first place!! Erk is not eligible because of some petty technicality regarding # of years as head coach…*&#! If you ask me….and no one did…. he packed more in the 17 years at Georgia as Defensive Coordinator and 9 years at Georgia Southern as Head Coach than most coaches do in a life time of coaching…4 National championships (1 UGA/3GSU). Erk was the man….just ask Vince!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!
Radly Dawg

schmeckdawg

March 9th, 2011
10:41 am

Jake Scott, not even close!!!! He didn’t have the luxury of playing with Herschel Walker like Woerner did. Not taking anything away from SW, but, without Herschel, UGA doesn’t even sniff a National Championship.

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!

dawg39

March 9th, 2011
10:59 am

Jake Scott & his buddy, Bill Stanfill?, should both be in the CF HOF.