Some Notable UGA Football Walk-ons that Earned Scholarships

Taking a moment to reflect, UGA has had some really outstanding walk-ons come through the football program. Many of these walk-ons eventually earned a scholarship, started games, made big plays, and earned SEC honors. Some notable (50+) walk-ons through the years:

Coach Butts:

Jimmy Orr (slotback) – led UGA in receiving in 1955 & 1957; 2-time NFL Pro Bowler caught 400 passes for 7,914 yds & 66 TDs during his professional career

Coach Dooley (4 former walk-ons started for his 1980 National Championship Team):

Spike “Sputnik” Jones (punter) – 3-year starter [1967-1969]; avg. 41.5 yds per punt [x194] during his career; went on to play 8 years in the NFL

Jim McCullough (placekicker) – 3-year starter [1967-1969]; led UGA in scoring 3 consecutive years totaling 150 pts by converting 84 PATs & 22 FGs

Hilton Young, Jr. (running back) – played on the 1975-1976 teams; 1999 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award (recognizes former UGA student-athletes who have distinguished themselves as alumni)

Jim Griffith (middle linebacker) – 3-year starter [1975-1977]; 325 career tackles

Keith Hall – led JV team in sacks in 1978; awarded a scholarship prior to the 6th game (Virginia) of 1979 after blocking a punt in practice

Mike Fisher (cornerback) – started for UGA’s 1980 National Championship team; intercepted 3 passes that season

Robert Miles (defensive end) – started 3 games as a tight end in 1979, then changed positions and started for UGA’s 1980 National Championship team as a defensive end

Nate “Tifton Termite” Taylor (5’10”, 195-lb. middle linebacker that ran a 5.2 second 40-yd dash) – 4-year starter [1979-1982] that led UGA w/ 390 tackles during his career; Vince Dooley called Taylor “the biggest surprise of my career”

Dale Williams (cornerback) – 2-year starter [1979 & 1981]; intercepted 2 passes for UGA’s 1980 National Championship team

Richard “Le Sack” Tardits (outside linebacker) – earned a scholarship in 1988 and started 9 games that season; finished career [1985-1986] w/ 29 sacks (a UGA record until David Pollack broke it in 2004)

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