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Mount Rushmore: SEC East teams

February, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

First of all, thanks for your input on the Mount Rushmore selections for all 12 of the SEC football programs.

Whew, what a task.

Narrowing it down to four at each school was impossible to do. You can't without leaving off so many deserving individuals.

But with your input, as well as discussions with several others around the league, here's my best shot. We'll do the Eastern Division first and come back with the Western Division later Wednesday.

The four individuals who make up that school's Mount Rushmore are listed alphabetically, and I'll also include a few people who just missed the cut:

FLORIDA

  • Urban Meyer: A member of the Florida family for only four years, but he already has two BCS national championships.
  • Steve Spurrier: The Head Ball Coach won a Heisman Trophy as a player at Florida and revolutionized the SEC as a coach.
  • Tim Tebow: Meyer has called him the greatest college football player of this era, and he still has another year.
  • Danny Wuerffel: He's known simply as "Danny Wonderful" and is one of most beloved players in school history.

Just missed the cut: Jeremy Foley, Wilbur Marshall, Emmitt Smith, Jack Youngblood.

GEORGIA

  • Vince Dooley: He's the most successful coach in Georgia history and also juggled athletic director duties for much of his career.
  • Larry Munson: His famous calls over the radio airwaves are as much a part of Georgia lore as any coach or player.
  • Uga: He's been dubbed as the nation's most well-known mascot. Uga VII debuted during the 2008 season.
  • Herschel Walker: Many consider him the greatest player in SEC history. He attained near-mythical status as a freshman in 1980.

Just missed the cut: Champ Bailey, David Pollack, Mark Richt, Frank Sinkwich, Fran Tarkenton, Charley Trippi.

KENTUCKY

  • Bear Bryant: The Bear merits Mount Rushmores at two different schools. Can you guess the other?
  • Jerry Claiborne: Played at Kentucky under Bryant and returned to coach his alma mater.
  • Nat Northington: The first black player to sign with an SEC school and go on to play in an SEC game in 1967.
  • Babe Parilli: A two-time All-American who led the Wildcats to their only outright SEC title in 1950.

Just missed the cut: Tim Couch, Fran Curci, Lou Michaels, Derrick Ramsey, Art Still.

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Joe Morrison: The Man in Black took the Gamecocks to unprecedented heights in the 1980s before dying of a heart attack.
  • George Rogers: The 1980 Heisman Trophy winner is the greatest player in South Carolina history.
  • Sterling Sharpe: Rewrote the receiving record books at South Carolina and had his No. 2 jersey retired.
  • Steve Wadiak: The first real sports idol at South Carolina. He was killed in a car crash in 1952.

Just missed the cut: Jim Carlen, Todd Ellis, Jeff Grantz, Bob Fulton, Tommy Suggs.

TENNESSEE

  • John Majors: A legendary single-wing tailback at Tennessee who returned to win three SEC titles as head coach.
  • Peyton Manning: The modern face of Tennessee football and one of the best pure passers in SEC history.
  • Gen. Robert Neyland: The father of Tennessee football who served three different stints as coach wrapped around military duty.
  • Reggie White: The Minister of Defense is one of the greatest defensive ends to ever play the game.

Just missed the cut: Doug Atkins, Doug Dickey, Phillip Fulmer, Bob Suffridge, Al Wilson.

VANDERBILT

  • Jay Cutler: Broke nearly every Vanderbilt passing record during his career (2002-05) and was taken in the first round of the NFL draft.
  • Bobby Johnson: Entering his eighth season as coach, Johnson brought Vanderbilt its first bowl victory in 53 years.
  • Dan McGugin: Coached Vanderbilt for three decades, retiring in 1934 with 197 wins. The current football complex bears his name.
  • Bill Wade: One of the Commodores' most celebrated players, Wade went on to a 14-year professional career.

Just missed the cut: Earl Bennett, Watson Brown, Josh Cody, Jamie Duncan, Carl Hinkle.

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