UGA legends Jake Scott, Bill Stanfill ham it up before Auburn game

Georgia legends Bill Stanfill, Jake Scott and Mike Cavan ham it up in the Dan Magill Pressbox before Saturday's Georgia-Auburn game. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

Georgia legends Bill Stanfill, Jake Scott and Mike Cavan ham it up in the Dan Magill Pressbox before Saturday's Georgia-Auburn game. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

ATHENS – Greetings from Sanford Stadium on yet another beautiful Saturday afternoon. It’s about 65 degrees and sunny here today. Aside from some frigid winds last week early in Georgia’s homecoming game against New Mexico State, I think that’s a perfect 10-for-10 on nice days for football games.

The No. 15-ranked Bulldogs play No. 20 Auburn here today in a game of great significance. With South Carolina apparently taking care of business against Florida in Columbia (Gamecocks lead 17-12 late in the fourth quarter), the scenario as it is shaping up right now is that a Georgia loss here today eliminates it from the SEC East race. Of course, a victory keeps the Dogs in first and will set up a potential next week at home against Kentucky.

But enough of that. We have plenty of time to weigh in on the important matters of the SEC race. In the meantime, I got a chance to talk to a couple of UGA legends in the press box just now. Safety Jake Scott is being recognized today for his upcoming induction into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame (official in December). One of his closest buddies is former Bulldog and Miami Dolphins teammate Bill Stanfill.

The two of them were being ushered around by Mike Cavan, who also starred for the Bulldogs and now is a chief fundraiser for the UGA Athletic Association.

Anyway, anybody who knows this trio knows that the stories start flying whenever they get together. I spent just a few minutes with them and I found myself laughing so hard my face hurt.

I asked Scott, who has been known for being a bit of a hermit in retirement, if he had planned a big speech for his induction ceremony.

“What, you mean like Stanfill?” Scott says with a laugh. Here begins to mock his buddy. “‘I grew up in the dirt on a farm trying to catch chickens.’ Nah, you don’t have to give a speech. I don’t plan to.”

I asked Scott what he might say if he did. “I grew up in pool hall, hustling!” he said with a laugh.

Asked if he got to see Stanfill very often nowadays, Scott quipped, “Don’t want to.”

And so it went.

Stanfill talked about how they get up now about the time the used to come home in the old days. Scott said he still lives in Hialeah, Hawaii, but has a condominium in Atlanta where he stays often and checks in on his mother, who still lives here.

There were legends all over the press box on Saturday. I already ran into Charley Trippi, Vince Dooley and Dan Magill today. They tend to come out of the woodwork for big games like this one.

More on that big game later.

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November 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

Great Scott!

Marvin Mangrum

November 12th, 2011
2:57 pm

Great dawgs, just great!

Boom Boom

November 12th, 2011
2:59 pm

I would love to hang with Jake.

Mad Dog One

November 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

Chip you are a very lucky man. With these UGA legends don’t know if I could have came up with even one good question. Great jod as usual. Go Dawgs & beat the crap out of the barners. As always GO DOGS & GATA

Frank Lane

November 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

Did not UGA win national championship with the 1942 Sinkwich team? Atlanta magazine gives Tech 5 national titles and UGA only one in 1980.


November 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

Part of BullDawg lore and the ‘72 undefeated Dolphins


November 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

Frank, I think u are correct


November 12th, 2011
6:13 pm

Stanfill and Scott were the heart and soul of the great Miami Dolphin’s defense and the only undefeated team in NFL history. Both were All American and NFL All-Pro. Now they are in the NFL Hall of Fame. Dooley said Jake Scott was the greatest athlete and football player he ever coached – Herschel was #2.


November 12th, 2011
6:18 pm

Smack down in Athens. Great game all the way round.


November 12th, 2011
7:11 pm

I called it, when everyone else jumped off the wagon and started yelling FIRE MARK RICHT that the dogs will make to trips top the done! One game away, and i have faith if they go, they will win!

go dawgs!


November 12th, 2011
7:14 pm

Glad to see Jake coming back around. We’ve missed you #13! Congrats on the induction. Well deserved, dawg!


November 12th, 2011
7:36 pm



November 12th, 2011
7:37 pm

I wonder how long it will take MikeP to come up with some excuse, and something he is convinced will show other bloggers that UGA isn’t that good. I hope he could hear that crunching noise, that was Auburn playing a real defense tonight. He was bragging that they beat S.C., and therefore since UGA gave S.C. the game, Auburn would beat us easily. If that was a beat down of UGA, give me about 4 more of those beat downs, counting the SEC championship and a bowl game. It hurts soooooo goooooood.



November 12th, 2011
7:44 pm

wish you could ask if he truly road his motorcycle up on top of the old Stegman


November 12th, 2011
7:57 pm

Georgia 45 Auburn 7 …. How SWEET it is! Go Dawgs…


November 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

GA 21 LSU 14

Are we going to be higher ranked than Boise State ?

November 12th, 2011
8:28 pm

I never saw such a sorry Defense as Auburn. Quintavious Harrow # 43, what a tackle.


November 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

Scott and Stanfill are part of the foundation of UGA football. True DGD’s.


November 12th, 2011
8:32 pm

Scott and Stanfill are cornerstones in the foundation of this program, and DGD’s forever…….

Dawg stranded in Alabama

November 12th, 2011
8:36 pm

I’m living in Montgomery, and the whole town seems to be depressed… I love it!!

Are we going to be higher ranked than Boise State ?

November 12th, 2011
8:40 pm

Nothing I enjoy more than beating Auburn. And, to think of the smack-talking prior to the game. Only 1 game down now after 119 years in the Rivalry.


November 12th, 2011
8:59 pm

make that CAIRO SYRUPMAKER Bill Stanfill!


November 12th, 2011
9:06 pm

Cavan – Yore ol’ friend from Valdosta here. Me and Stukes said you
are still a CSDWMF. Tell Jake that Shula still luvs him. Ax Stanfill
if he remembers Charlie Red (bless his soul), but he and Stanfill tied
it up pretty good on the VSC, now VSU campus. Me, you and Stukes
need to go to his brides’s campus in Palm Springs. Stukes said he
didn’t have to eat cole slaw and crackers any more and didn’t have to’
sleep in his van. I wondered why the Dawgs had so much swagger
today, now I know, you Stanfill and Scott need to be on the sideline for
the SEC and National Championship.


November 12th, 2011
9:07 pm

These old dogs bring back some great memories for us old fans, I can hear Larry Munson now calling their names back in the glory days with Vince and Erk on the sidelines, Those were truly the good old days.


November 12th, 2011
9:10 pm

Cavan, just got a call from Spurrier, He said he vaguely rembembers Stanfill. HA HA HA


November 12th, 2011
9:10 pm

Gee Whiz – Scott & Stanfill (and maybe Cavan) STILL look like freakin’ studs – do they have any RED & BLACK eligibility left?!?!?

Evil Genius

November 12th, 2011
9:17 pm

Ten and One my senior season. Only lost one game,
can’t member our loss, cost us a national championship,
still won the Heisman. Had six concussions in my only
loss, can’t member who hit me, heard later it was a Dawg.
Hated them ever since.
Got even, lost a bet at VCC to Grant and Rodgers, told them
I had to go to my car to get the cash,, they ain’t seen me since.


November 12th, 2011
9:18 pm

Hey BCS CHAMPS 2010, suck on that. To quote Khan “Revenge is a dish, best served cold”


Evil Genius

November 12th, 2011
9:20 pm

I vaguely member know, it was a guy they call the Syrupmaker.


November 12th, 2011
10:01 pm

Where are all the Auburn trolls from yesterday? 42-7. Man what a butt whooping. Couldn’t be sweeter. Now have to take care of Kentucky next week and we are in the dome again. Bring on the real Tigers. Go Dawgs.


November 12th, 2011
10:40 pm

I’m tellin’ ya…..we got a chance in the Dome………

Captain Allen Waters

November 13th, 2011
5:30 am

Fond memories of my first game in Athens in 1968 for band day getting to see these 3 DGDogs! 10 tie with UH and Paul Gipson. Everyone remembers the 51-0 beating of UF the next week in the rain when Mike Cavan passed extremely well.

Larry, I am glad you and all Georgia people had fun watching/listening to us beat AU with a 2am start here in India! Finally our team played with some real emotion like when we beat LSU in the SECCG 2005 and in Athens 2004. Did this game remind anyone of the 2006 team that beat top 5 ranked AU 37-15 and 2007 45-20? I feel much better after our dismantling of a very good AU team…..that beat SC and lost to only top 10 teams! Hold on to the ball IC and play more 2nd team when the game is over at the half! They need to contribute and enjoy by being on the field when it is not required because of situations like last week. Where are all the GT UF UA LSU and SC fans now? It will be interesting to see us play UK and hope we stay focused on that game only? 1030pm start in India since 12 noon there in Athens.
UGA fan in India


November 13th, 2011
7:08 am

Jake how is your sister doing? She and I were in the same class at Athens High school. I was about a year or 2 ahead of you. You were the best ever


November 13th, 2011
8:02 am

The last game I attened that Jake played in had alredy had 2 bench clearing fights was against Auburn at Athens. Jake made sure there was one more bench clearing fight. It was a heck of a game. Bill and Jake are Icons and well deserved.


November 13th, 2011
8:27 am

Frank Lane: YES, Georgia has claimed 5 NATIONAL TITLES: 1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, and 1980….1942 and 1980 were CONSENSUS Titles………..

To Hell with Tech!

Go Dawgs!


November 13th, 2011
8:56 am

Great memories watching #13 Jake Scott intercept #8 Archie Manning in the endzone to preserve a
21 – 14 UGA victory in 1968.

Mr. Dawg

November 13th, 2011
11:18 am

Stanfill and Scott are remembered as great former Bulldogs who had great NFL careers. Among the three Cavan is more deeply woven into the fabric of Georgia lore. He was Georgia’s starting quarterback for the 1968 SEC championship team and was on the sidelines for 3 more championships as the Bulldogs running backs coach from 1977-85. He was highly regarded as a fine recruiter and was the point man in the competive pursuit and eventual signing of Herschel Walker.


November 13th, 2011
11:46 am

I remember a story of a Mr Stanfill quote that went something like”I would compare Spuurier to a pig but I don’t want to insult the pig”

Destin Dawg

November 13th, 2011
11:48 am

Mark Richt for President… Todd Grantham for Sec. of Defense !!!


November 13th, 2011
12:12 pm


November 13th, 2011
12:31 pm

David yes he did –rode his BSA over top of the Colusium–thats why they put those steel forks up so no one else could try

ole yeller

November 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

Bill Stanfill & Jake Scott should be real proud of what defence coach “TG” has brought to the Dawgs
Defence. The Dawgs are now #4 total “D” nation wide. They probably think Erk Russell, Their coach has visited coach “TG”. The way this bunch of Dawgs are playing could easily be considered as one of Erk’s Junkyard Dawgs “D”. Coach Russel & Coach Grantham’s style does look alike.


November 13th, 2011
12:49 pm

Dated Bill 4 awhile…cooked me some good souther food. Great guy! Hi Bill! Jake took my VW one night (without my knowledge) he was fun but a bit on the wild side. Great memories!


November 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Amazing video of a high school player from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 80-85 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team.

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!


November 13th, 2011
3:51 pm

Cubieo, you sound like a good time !

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

November 13th, 2011
5:53 pm

Andrew…just watched it. He’s good, but not that good. He’s kicking off from the 40 and landing it in the back of the end zone. That’s goal line in college…and returnable.


November 13th, 2011
7:26 pm

Bill Stanfill was without a doubt the quickest defensive lineman to the QB that I’ve seen.


November 13th, 2011
8:20 pm

And with the GREAT win against AUB …… oh wait, I think I just saw Stanfill sack Spurrier AGAIN !!


November 13th, 2011
8:35 pm

GREAT article on Jake Scott. Five years old, but it tells you what a big deal it was for him to be in Athens Saturday. Amazing!


November 14th, 2011
8:43 am

Lee Daniel was the best ever.