Friday, September 12, 2008

Buster Mott

"The 50 Greatest Plays in Georgia Football History" introduced me to a Bulldog I'd never heard of. Play No. 18, Buster Mott:

Buster Mott was an offensive and defensive back, who still holds the third longest kickoff return for a touchdown in school history at 97 yards. He played for Harry Mehre's Bulldog teams in 1930 and 1931, playing in front of 63,000 in Yankee Stadium in November of 1931. Mott's kick return toughdown was the difference in the Dogs 7-6 victory over New York.

The 5' 8", 193 pound back also played two seasons in the NFL. He was born in 1909.

Remarkably, he scored touchdowns the first two times he touched the football in his college career, against Oglethorpe University in 1930. One as a back on a 60-yard run, and another on an interception and 51-yard return.

Homer Key, Buster Mott, Spurgeon Chandler and Austin Downes. Image: Hargrett Library, UGA, via "The 50 Greatest Plays in Georgia Bulldogs Football History."

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