Friday October 31, 2008Willie Jackson, Jr. and Fred Taylor Inducted Into FL-GA Hall of Fame
Former University of Florida wide receiver Willie Jackson, Jr. and tailback Fred Taylor were part of the 13th Anniversary class inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Friday in Jacksonville. They were honored along with Gene Washington and Eric Zeier of Georgia.
In recognition of the nation's premier collegiate rivalry, the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Board created the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame to acknowledge the many great records, performances, career highlights and outstanding memories that have made the Florida-Georgia game one of college football's great traditions.
Jackson was 4-0 versus the Bulldogs in his career, with his biggest game occurring in 1991 when he tied the single-game school record with three touchdown receptions in the Gators’ 45-13 victory. The four-, nine- and 24-yard touchdown catches versus UGA were three of the 10 he collected in his sophomore campaign. Jackson always brought his A-game when facing the Bulldogs, leading or tying for the lead in receptions during each game he played against Georgia over the four years.
Jackson led the SEC in touchdown catches in 1991 (10) and 1992 (8) and his 24 career TDs places him in sixth in Florida’s record book. He accumulated 162 receptions (third all-time for Florida receivers) for 2,172 yards (13.4 average). After a successful career at Florida, he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the National Football League Draft and spent eight seasons in the NFL.
Taylor owns a 3-1 record against Georgia as a collegian. He led the Gators in rushing in both his freshman and senior campaigns. In 1997 as a senior, Jackson collected 85 yards on 18 carries. He scored his first touchdown against the Bulldogs a freshman in 1994 and amassed 78 yards on 17 carries in UF’s 52-14 win. In four seasons, Jackson rushed for 218 yards on 49 carries with two touchdowns versus the Bulldogs.
In his career at Florida, Taylor accumulated 3,075 rushing yards, fourth-best in school history, on 537 carries (5.7 average) with 31 touchdowns, as well as 67 career receptions for 717 yards (10.7 average). The Miami-native tied a school record in 1997, when he joined Emmitt Smith as the only backs in UF history to open a season with five-straight 100-yard rushing games. Taylor was a first-round selection in the 1998 NFL Draft by Jacksonville and has been a valuable member of the Jaguars ever since.
Current Hall of Fame Members
Florida: Reidel Anthony (2004),Carlos Alvarez (1999), Kerwin Bell (1996), Howell Boney (2000), Joe Brodsky (2000), Norm Carlson (2002), Rick Casares (1998), Wes Chandler (2004), Chris Doering (2001), Jimmy Dunn (1999), Larry Dupree (1998), Jeremy Foley (2005), Don Gaffney (2005), Ray Graves (1996), Galen Hall (2007), Ike Hilliard(2006), Charles Hunsinger (1998), Willie Jackson, Jr. (2008), Doug Johnson (2007), Charles LaPradd (1998), Buford Long (2003), Shane Matthews (1996), Lee McGriff (2006), Ricky Nattiel (2002), John Reaves (2001), Errict Rhett (2003), Steve Spurrier (1996), Fred Taylor (2008), Richard Trapp (1998), Danny Wuerffel (1997), Jack Youngblood (1997)
Georgia: Richard Appleby (1999), Buck Belue (1996), Charley Britt (2001), Kevin Butler (2003), Wally Butts (1998), Mike Cavan (2000), Vince Dooley (1996), Robert Edwards (2001), Bob Etter (2002), Ray Goff (2002), Cy Grant (2005), Rodney Hampton (2006), Terry Hoage (1997), Dan Magill (2007), Kevin McLee (2005), Larry Munson (2004), George Patton (2003), John Raunch (2000), Matt Robinson (1999), Erk Russell (2004), Jake Scott (1998), Lindsay Scott (1997), Frank Sinkwich (1996), Bill Stanfill (1998), Tommy Thurson (1998), Charlie Trippi (1998), Hershel Walker (1996), Gene Washington (2008), Tim Worley (2007), Eric Zeier (2008)