10 SEC stars who will not be members of the College Football Hall of Fame


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.


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:

Georgia running back Nick Chubb wears football against Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California.Photo AP / Doug Benc

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.

Mississippi State tackle defense Fletcher Cox bags Wack Forest quarterback Tanner Price during the Music City Bowl December 30, 2011, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.Photo AP / Wade Payne

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.

Auburn ball carrier Joe Cribbs

Auburn midfielder Joe Cribbs was the SEC player of the year for the 1979 season.AL.com file

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.


Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler

Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler jostles in an SEC game against Florida on November 5, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida.AP

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.

Georgian receiver A.J. green

Georgian receiver A.J. Green reaches the end zone during an SEC game against Tennessee on October 9, 2010 at the Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.Photo AP / John Amis

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.

Wide receiver Alabama Julio Jones

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass during an SEC game against Auburn on November 26, 2010, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.AP Photo / Aneth Butch

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.


Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning

Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning passes during an SEC match against Auburn on September 8, 2001, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.AP Photo / Dave Martin

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.

Florida quarterback Shane Matthews

Florida quarterback Shane Matthews passes in an SEC game against Alabama on September 15, 1990, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.Rick Stewart / Getty Images

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

The Dwight Stephenson center has been selected three times by the first All-SEC team for Alabama.AL.com file

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.

Tennessee narrow winger Jason Witten

Tennessee tight end Jason Witten performs after hosting a reception against Maryland in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on December 31, 2002, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.Jamie Squire / Getty Images

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.


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.


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