Eleven former SEC players voted to promote the College Football Hall of Fame in 2021, which was published on Tuesday by the National Football Foundation.
This year’s candidates to the SEC College Football Hall of Fame are Alabama cornerback Antonio Langham and attacking forward Chris Samuels, Arkansas goalkeeper Brandon Burlsworth, linebacker Auburn Gregg Carr, the Florida defensive forward Brad Culpepper, Georgia corner Bailey, Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch, LSU forward Kevin Faulk, Tennessee wide receiver Willie Gault, defensive back Bobby Majors and linebacker Al Wilson.
They were among 208 former SEC players eligible to be on the ballot and 427 who met the first eligibility standard for the College Football Hall of Fame but are not registered.
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But even with hundreds of conference candidates, some of the biggest names in SEC history will never be considered for the College Football Hall of Fame.
To be considered for the University Football Hall of Fame, a player must have received recognition as the first All-American team from one of the organizations used by the NCAA to select the All-American team for annual consensus.
Here are 10 former SEC stars who, despite their success, have not checked this requirement during their university career:
Nick Chubb, ball carrier, Georgia
Chubb is the only one of the top five rushers in SEC history to be ineligible for the College Football Hall of Fame. Chubb is # 2 on the list with 4,769 yards rushing. Number one is Herschel Walker of Georgia with 5,259. Walker is in the University Football Hall of Fame, as are No. 3 Darren McFadden of Arkansas and No. 5 Bo Jackson of Auburn – and no. ° 4 Kevin Faulk of LSU is on class report 2021. Chubb made All-SEC as a rookie in 2014 and senior in 2017, but he was never an All-American, although two other offensive semi the SEC were during the time of Chubb in Georgia – Derrick Henry of Alabama and Leonard Fournette of the LSU.
Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State
The 12th player chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft, Cox has been invited to the Pro Bowl in the past five seasons and has earned recognition as the first All-Pro team in 2018. In his last season at Mississippi State, Cox received All-SEC recognition and was an All-American choice for Pro Football Weekly, but it was not one of the five selectors used to compile the All-American consensus team in 2011.
Joe Cribbs, ball carrier, Auburn
The former Sulligent High School standout player was the SEC Player of the Year in 1979. The next three runners to win the SEC Player of the Year after Cribbs – Georgia Herschel Walker, Auburn Georgia Boers and Emmitt Smith of Florida – are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1978, Cribbs won the SEC rush title, but LSU half Charles Alexander was an American consensus this season and is now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1979, Cribbs made the third All-American team for The Associated Press. But even as the SEC player of the year, he was not the best conference defender in the United States. Teammate James Brooks was a second AP team pick.
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Jay Cutler, quarterback, Vanderbilt
Cutler was the SEC’s offensive player of the year in 2005, but the first team’s All-American quarterback caps went to Vince Young of Texas and Matt Leinart of Southern Cal this year. Since the conference began presenting separate player of the year awards for offense and defense in 2002, each defensive award winner has qualified to be considered for the University Football Hall of Fame, and three are already in contention – LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, Georgia defensive end David Pollack and linebacker Ole Miss Patrick Willis. In contrast, six of the offensive player of the year award winners are ineligible. In addition to Cutler, they include Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell and halfback Kerryon Johnson, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, quarterback Ole Miss Eli Manning and halfback Kentucky Artose Pinner.
UN J. Vert, wide receiver, Georgia
Green received an invitation to the Pro Bowl in each of the first seven seasons of the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. In college, he caught 166 passes for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns in three seasons for Georgia. Green was the first All-SEC team in 2008 and 2009 and the second All-SEC team in 2010. Pro Football Weekly made Green an All-American first team choice in 2009 and 2010, but it was not the one of the selectors used to build the consensus list.
Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama
Jones has been an All-Pro in the NFL twice and invited to the Pro Bowl in seven of his nine years with the Atlanta Falcons. It gives all indications that it is headed for the Hall of Fame – the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not the College Football Hall of Fame. In three seasons in Alabama, Jones was on the first All-SEC team once and the second team twice, and left college as the Crimson Tide match and season leader in receptions and receiving yards. In Jones’ three seasons in Alabama, a wide SEC receiver received the first All-American team recognition from a consensus picker – Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina in 2010.
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Eli Manning, quarterback, Ole Miss
Eli Manning’s father, Ole Miss QB Archie Manning, is at the College Football Hall of Fame. Eli Manning’s brother, Tennessee QB Peyton Manning, is at the College Football Hall of Fame. But Eli Manning will not be in the University Football Hall of Fame, even though he won the 2003 Maxwell Prize, which is awarded to the university football player of the year. But in 2003, each of the five organizations used to determine consensus The All-American Team chose Jason White of Oklahoma as their first team’s quarterback. White was not drafted and did not play in the NFL. Manning was the first player selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and retired after the 2019 season. He is one of six SEC # 1 picks who is not eligible for the Hall of Fame college football, with Harry Georgia Babcock, Tulane, ball carrier Tommy Mason, LSU QB JaMarcus Russell, Georgia QB Matt Stafford and Vanderbilt QB Bill Wade.
Shane Matthews, quarterback, Florida
Matthews has been good enough to be the SEC player of the year twice for the teams that finished with the best conference record. Florida was not eligible to win the championship title in 1990, but in 1991 the Gators were SEC champions for the first time. He has also been the All-SEC quarterback three times. Matthews finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1991, but his best performance in the United States this season was the third AP team, behind Ty Detmer of BYU and Casey Weldon of Florida State. Matthews was one of six winners of at least two SEC player of the year awards before the conference began awarding offensive and defensive awards in 2002. Johnny Majors, Billy Cannon, Herschel Walker and Danny Wuerffel are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Matthews and Mississippi State QB Jackie Parker are not, although Parker is eligible.
Dwight Stephenson, center, Alabama
Stephenson was the All-SEC center for the 1977, 1978 and 1979 seasons. Alabama has not lost a conference game in those years. Stephenson won the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the senior, while he was the center of the second team on the AP and UPI All-American caps – behind Jim Ritcher of North Carolina State in the two cases. Ritcher is in the University Football Hall of Fame, but Stephenson can’t be. However, Stephenson is in the Professional Football Hall of Fame for his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins.
Jason Witten, tight end, Tennessee
Witten played his last season for the Volunteers in 2002, and he still plays in the NFL (although he retired from the 2018 season to work in the broadcast booth on “Monday Night Football.”) Witten was the tight end All -SEC in its senior season. That year, Dallas Clark of Iowa was a unanimous selection as a tight American winger. Clark retired from the NFL after the 2013 season.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.