Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Clyde "Smackover" Scott

Clyde "Smackover" Scott


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Navy, Arkansas
  • High School: Smackover, AR (Smackover HS) Potomac, MD (The Bullis School)
  • Years: 1944-1948
  • Inducted: 1971
  • Place of Birth: Dixie, LA
  • Date of Birth: Aug 29, 1924
  • Jersey Number: 12
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 175

Member Biography

Clyde Scott possessed a rare speed and agility which earned him the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. And never did that blazing swiftness pay a higher dividend than in the 1947 Cotton Bowl game. Scott's Arkansas Razorbacks were locked in a scoreless tie with Louisiana State University when, in the third quarter, LSU quarterback Y.A. Tittle sent receiver Jeff Odom streaking toward the goal with what appeared to be a certain six points. Seemingly coming from nowhere, Scott caught and downed Odom on the Arkansas one-yard line. The Razorback defense made the first of two magnificent goal-line stands and the game ended, 0-0. Scott had lifted his team from the brink of bitter defeat by making what was perhaps the biggest play of his career. A three-time Southwest Conference tailback in coach John Barnhill's single-wing attack, Scott received All-America recognition in 1948. Scott played his first collegiate varsity football in 1944 at the United States Naval Academy. He was known universally as "Smackover" Scott, a nickname that came from his home town - Smackover, Arkansas.
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