Thursday, June 19, 2008

ESPN Faces of College Football


1930s
Sammy Baugh
No one before him combined arm strength and accuracy quite the way that Sammy Baugh did for TCU. "Slingin' Sammy" led the nation in passing in his junior and senior years, 1935 and 1936. As a junior, he threw for 1,241 yards and 18 touchdowns for a team that lost only to national champion SMU. As a senior, Baugh not only threw for 1,196 yards but he achieved the all but unheard of feat of completing more than half his passes (50.5 percent). More importantly, Baugh forced the national press to take football in Texas seriously. In an era when press coverage of the sport still leaned toward the east, Baugh finished fourth in the 1936 Heisman. But his performance set the table for his successor, Davey O'Brien, to win the Heisman two years later.

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