Georgia’s Terry Hoage

Lloyd Archie was one of the most highly recruited high school players in his class and from Huntsville, Texas.

Nobody wanted his teammate, Terry Hoage, and the only program to offer him was the Georgia Bulldogs and their legendary coach Vince Dooley.

Lloyd Archie got into some serious trouble and never played a down of college football after all the fuss that was made over him.

But, Quarterback and Defensive Back Terry Hoage went on to become something of a legend.

1980 is considered by some as the greatest recruiting class in the history of the Georgia Bulldogs’ football program for one reason.

That reason was Herschel Walker.

Freddie Gilbert, Warren Gray, Joe Happe, Jimmy Harper, Winford Hood, Clarence Kay, Melvin Simmons, Tommy Thurson, Mike Weaver, Scott Williams and Barry Young were all members of that class which won 3 SEC championships and a national title. From 1980 to 1983, the Bulldogs won 43 games against only 4 losses and a tie.

Hershel Walker was a large part of that record, however, he left before the 1983 season and the Bulldogs still managed a 10-1-1 record. These were the best 4 years in the history of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Terry Hoage was probably the most lightly recruited of all, and he turned out to be one of the best once the list got past Herschel.

Hoage was a 2 time consensus All American at Safety and was a fiery leader of the defense.

Recently, they showed a replay of the 1983 Auburn vs Georgia football game. On the opening kickoff, there was a crazy guy on the field waving his flag all around and going nuts to fire up his

teammates. That crazy nut was Terry Hoage.

As a freshman in 1980, Herschel Walker was the catalyst that made this team click. But, it was Terry Hoage leaping over the top to block a field goal in the 1981 Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame that may have been the play that made Georgia victorious.

He led the nation in Interceptions as a junior in 1982. In the 1983 season, he set the Georgia record for blocked kicks.

To further demonstrate what Hoage meant to the game of college football, he placed 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1983. Not too bad for a Defensive Back that was lightly recruited.

On top of his many accomplishments on the field, Hoage was also an Academic All American. He graduated from Georgia with a degree in Genetics.

Terry Hoage’s success didn’t just materialize on the college football field. He was a 3rd round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints and he played 13 seasons in the NFL.

The professional level was much the same for Hoage while leading his defense from the Safety position.

He was never the biggest, or the strongest, and certainly not the fastest, but Terry Hoage just had that knack to know where the ball was going to be and to make the big play.

After football, Terry Hoage moved to California and bought a piece of land and now owns and operates a winery.

If you are in your local liquor store and see a wine from Terry Hoage Vineyards think about the Georgia Bulldog football legend in the greatest times of their football history.

Who knows where Lloyd Archie is.

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