Cotton Bowl Inducts 2001 Hall of Fame ClassDALLAS Ð Seven individuals who helped shape the Cotton Bowl and college football history were inducted into the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame on May 15.
Southwestern Bell and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced the Class of 2001 on April 12. The inductees include Texas tackle Scott Appleton, Syracuse halfback Ernie Davis, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland, Clemson and Rice coach Jess Neely, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips, Texas split end Charles “Cotton” Speyrer, and Houston coach Bill Yeoman.
The 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, at Cotton Bowl Plaza in Fair Park. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. Russell Maryland, Loyd Phillips, Cotton Speyrer and Bill Yeoman attended the event. Scott Appleton, Ernie Davis and Jess Neely were inducted posthumously.
Appleton was represented at the induction by his sister, Tresha Steffens. Accepting on behalf of Davis was his mother, Marie Fleming. Neely was represented by his great nephew, Tony Neely. Former SMU tailback, Cotton Bowl Classic participant and current CBS sportscaster Craig James served as the event’s master of ceremonies.
Davis was the first African American to win the famed Heisman Trophy, given each year to college football’s outstanding player by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City. The Syracuse halfback earned the award as a senior in 1961.
Three members of the Class of 2001 won the Outland Trophy, presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to college football’s finest interior lineman. The three Outland winners are Appleton (1963), Phillips (1966) and Maryland (1990).
Each of the four players, along with Speyrer, earned All-America recognition during their collegiate careers. Davis, Neely, Phillips and Yeoman are members of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Neely was inducted in 1971, followed by Davis in 1979 and Phillips in 1992. Yeoman will be inducted on December 11 in New York City.
The Class of 2001
“The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame honors the many extraordinary individuals who have played a role in developing the tradition, pageantry and prestige of one of college football’s most historic post-season bowl games,” said Fred McClure, chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “We believe that the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides future generations with a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of college football on New Year’s Day here in Texas.”
A 35-member judging committee comprised of media representatives and athletic administrators voted from a list of 52 original nominees that included players, coaches, bowl administrators and others who have made special contributions to the Classic.
Selection criteria for the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame include the following:
áVoting is based solely upon an individual’s performance in, or contribution to, the Classic rather than on the person’s college or professional career.
áAn individual is eligible five years after his final Classic appearance.
“The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides the perfect opportunity to properly and permanently recognize these heroes and unique personalities who helped establish the Classic as one of college football’s premier events,” said Stan Sigman, president and CEO of Southwestern Bell. “Over just the past few years, the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame has become home to a virtual who’s who of college football legends.”
The Class of 2001 is the fourth to be inducted into the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. The inaugural Class of 1998 included Syracuse halfback Jim Brown, Texas quarterback Bobby Layne, Rice halfback Dicky Maegle, Texas coach Darrell Royal, Cotton Bowl Founder J. Curtis Sanford, “Mr. Cotton Bowl” Field Scovell and SMU halfback Doak Walker.
The Class of 1999 featured TCU quarterback Sammy Baugh, Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, Kilgore Rangerettes founder Gussie Nell Davis, Houston linebacker David Hodge, Cotton Bowl team selection chairman Felix McKnight, and Texas quarterback James Street.
A year ago, the Class of 2000 honored Alabama and Kentucky coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Texas quarterback Duke Carlisle, Texas A&M linebacker Johnny Holland, Texas A&M fullback John Kimbrough, longtime network announcer Lindsey Nelson, Navy quarterback Roger Staubach and TCU halfback Jim Swink.
The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame is one of several events developed by Southwestern Bell and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association to extend the Classic to the community and to future generations. These activities include the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Football Fest during the State Fair of Texas, the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Art Contest involving 6,500 elementary children from Dallas and Richardson, and the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade and pep rallies in Fair Park.
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Since its first game in 1937, the Classic has hosted:
á17 Pro Football Hall of Famersá11 Heisman Trophy winners
á13 Outland Trophy winnersá 8 Maxwell Award winners
á12 Lombardi Award winnersá 7 Walter Camp Award winners
In September 1996, Southwestern Bell became title sponsor of the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, an agreement that will run through the year 2006.
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association supports higher education through athletic competition. Three quarters of every dollar generated by the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic is returned to higher education. Since 1937, the Classic has contributed more than $120 million to participating institutions. Each year, football fans attending the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl generate more than $25 million in direct spending for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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SOUTHWESTERN BELL COTTON BOWL HALL OF FAME
THE CLASS OF 2001
SCOTT APPLETON, TEXAS
Ht. 6-3 Wt. 239 Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior
Hometown: Brady, Texas
1962 Classic: Texas 12, Mississippi 7
1963 Classic: LSU 13, Texas 0
1964 Classic: Texas 28, Navy 6
1962 Defensive Statistics: 4 tackles, 2 unassisted, 2 QB sacks for Ð8 yards
1963 Defensive Statistics: 9 tackles, 4 unassisted
1964 Defensive Statistics: 12 tackles, 3 unassisted, 2 QB sacks for Ð13 yards
Without Scott Appleton, Texas may never have won its first national championship. A fiery competitor and the winner of the Outland Trophy during his senior season, Appleton surprised everyone, including his coaches, in the way he manhandled Navy in the 1964 Classic. Appleton collected 12 tackles and sacked Navy quarterback Roger Staubach twice for 13 yards in losses. Appleton left the game to a thunderous ovation with eight minutes to play after snuffing a Navy scoring threat on fourth down at the Texas 16. The Horns set two defensive records in the Classic by holding the Midshipmen without a rushing first down and limited Navy to minus-14 yards rushing. With Appleton leading the charge, the Texas defense never looked better.
ERNIE DAVIS, SYRACUSE
Ht. 6-2 Wt. 205 Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Elmira, New York
1960 Classic: Syracuse 23, Texas 14
Rushing: 8 attempts, 57 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: 1 reception, 87 yards, 1 TD
Two-Point Conversions: 2 receptions
Kickoff Return: 1 return, 19 yards
Interceptions: 1 interception, 11-yard return
Defensive Statistics: 4 tackles, 1 unassisted
Ernie Davis' sophomore performance in the 1960 Cotton Bowl gave college football fans a glimpse of great things to come for the future Heisman Trophy winner. On the game's second play from scrimmage, the “Elmira Express” hauled in a halfback pass and outran Texas defenders for an 87-yard scoring play. It was the longest touchdown pass in Classic history and set the stage for a tremendous battle between unbeaten and top-ranked Syracuse and No. 4 Texas. Soon, Davis scored again on a one-yard run, and followed with a two-point conversion play. In the second half, he set up the Orangemen’s final touchdown with a pass interception and then scored on another two-point conversion play. With Syracuse and Davis, college football had a new national champion and a new superstar to admire.
Biographical Profiles of The Class of 2001
RUSSELL MARYLAND, MIAMI
Ht. 6-2 Wt. 273 Class: Senior
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
1991 Classic: Miami 46, Texas 3
Defensive Statistics: 9 tackles, 4 unassisted
Quarterback Sacks: 3 sacks, minus-28 yards
Fumbles: 1 caused
Few defensive players in Cotton Bowl history have dominated a game the way Miami's Russell Maryland ran through and over Texas in the 1991 Classic. The lightning quick Outland Trophy winner made a living out of terrorizing quarterbacks and Maryland wasted little time in adding Peter Gardere of Texas to his list of conquests with three sacks for 28 yards in losses. His intimidating presence up front helped the Canes force five Texas turnovers with each leading to Miami touchdowns. The suspense was over by the end of the first quarter. Aided by his nine-tackle performance, Maryland and the Hurricanes recorded an enormous 43-point victory over the Longhorns, the largest point differential ever at the Cotton Bowl.
COACH JESS NEELY, CLEMSON/RICE
Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee
1940 Classic: Clemson 6, Boston College 3
1950 Classic: Rice 27, North Carolina 13
1954 Classic: Rice 28, Alabama 6
1958 Classic: Navy 20, Rice 7
Classic Coaching Record: 3-1-0
For those who knew him or simply admired his remarkable ability to motivate players, Jess Neely was a true coaching legend. Neely prowled the Rice sideline for 27 seasons where he put together an unparalleled record of achievement. He guided the Owls to three Cotton Bowl appearances in the 1950s and is remembered most for the Owls 28-6 thrashing of Alabama in the 1954 Classic. Neely paid his initial coaching visit to the Cotton Bowl in 1940 when his Clemson Tigers defeated Boston College, 6-3, and was the first coach to guide more than one university to the Cotton Bowl. It’s well documented that some of the Classic’s greatest moments came under Neely’s watch. In four New Year’s Day appearances, he built a solid 3-1-0 winning record.
LOYD PHILLIPS, ARKANSAS
Ht. 6-3 Wt. 225 Class: Sophomore/Junior
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Longview, Texas
1965 Classic: Arkansas 10, Nebraska 7
1966 Classic: LSU 14, Arkansas 7
1965 Defensive Statistics: 9 tackles
1966 Defensive Statistics: 17 tackles
One of the most intense competitors ever to set foot inside the Cotton Bowl was Arkansas tackle Loyd Phillips. Even as an underclassman, Phillips was the undisputed leader of the Razorback defense. He was absolutely sensational in the Classic, racking up 26 tackles in two appearances. As a sophomore, his nine stops against Nebraska helped the Hogs clinch the national championship in the 1965 Cotton Bowl. The following year, Phillips was even more intimidating. Against LSU he turned in an amazing 17-tackle effort. From the start, it was obvious that Arkansas had found something special. As a senior, Phillips put the finishing touches on a stellar Razorback career by winning the Outland Trophy, presented annually to college football’s finest interior lineman.
CHARLES “COTTON” SPEYRER, TEXAS
Ht. 5-11 Wt. 169 Class: Sophomore/Junior
Position: Split End
Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas
1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13
1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1969 Rushing: 1 attempt, 2 yards
1969 Receiving: 5 receptions, 161 yards, 2 TDs
1969 Two-Point Conversions: 1 reception
1970 Rushing: 1 attempt, 13 yards
1970 Receiving: 4 receptions, 70 yards
1970 Punt Returns: 1 return, 19 yards
One of the greatest clutch performers ever to play in the Cotton Bowl was Texas receiver Charles Cotton Speyrer. The elusive Speyrer burned Tennessee with two long scoring catches in the 1969 Classic. But, it was his celebrated fourth-down reception against Notre Dame in 1970 that is remembered above all others. With 2:26 left to play and the national championship at stake, the Longhorns trailed the Irish, 17-14. Texas had driven 66 yards to the Irish 10, and on fourth and two the Horns gambled with a pass. The call went to Speyrer, but the ball was thrown low and behind him. Speyrer was forced to stop, turn and lunge for the ball at the two. Somehow, he made the catch, scooping up the football just before it hit the ground. Seconds later the Horns scored, and thanks to quick thinking by Cotton Speyrer, the national title went home with Texas.
COACH BILL YEOMAN, HOUSTON
Hometown: Glendale, Arizona
1977 Classic: Houston 30, Maryland 21
1979 Classic: Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
1980 Classic: Houston 17, Nebraska 14
1985 Classic: Boston College 45, Houston 28
Classic Coaching Record: 2-2-0
Bill Yeoman couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to Southwest Conference football. After a 2-8-0 finish in Houston's final year as an independent, few expected the Cougars to do much in their first SWC season. So, all Yeoman did was lead Houston to a share of the conference title and thump undefeated Maryland in the 1977 Classic. Two years later, the Cougars were back in Dallas for the infamous “Ice Bowl” showdown with Notre Dame and one of college football’s greatest thrillers. The following season, Houston won the SWC title again and landed in the Cotton Bowl for a third time. Now it was Houston’s turn to deliver a knockout blow in the final minute, clipping Nebraska on a touchdown pass in the final 12 seconds. Three Cotton Bowl trips in four years proved to the rest of the SWC that Yeoman's Cougars had come to play.