Brock Vandagriff: Georgia freshman QB wins Gatorade Player of the Year honor

There’s a curious item in the office of Prince Avenue Christian football coach Greg Vandagriff. It has nothing to do with his son Brock Vandagriff.

It is a definite keepsake for any college football fan.

This sits off to the side. Not quite buried. But definitely not in an A1A spot or anything. That doesn’t make it any less impressive to hold the gameday program from the 1980 Georgia football season opener on the road at Tennessee in Knoxville.

“I was swearing forever that I was at this game,” Vandagriff said. “Which I couldn’t prove until we moved and I found some stuff. That was my first game.”

He hands it off. When he does, the name “Bill Bates” and a lot of red britches flash to mind.

“Just see who the tailback was,” Greg Vandagriff said. “For Georgia.”

It almost has a different weight to it. DawgNation certainly knows why. Especially after scanning the depth chart to see the freshman Vince Dooley wondered might just be a “big stiff back” from Johnson County. Herschel Walker’s name was there. Listed as the third-team tailback.


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