Four Walker County men who were part of Samford University's 1971 football team have been inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019.Johnny Grubb, Gary Kinley, Wayne Grubb and …
Four Walker County men who were part of Samford University's 1971 football team have been inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019.
Johnny Grubb, Gary Kinley, Wayne Grubb and Barry Lollar were all honored at the Pete Hanna Center on Samford University's campus on April 13.
Kinley is a former football coach at Dora High School, Cordova High School and T.W. Martin High School. Johnny Grubb and Wayne Grubb are also former coaches at Cordova High.
Lollar is a former football player for Oakman High School.
According to a press release from Samford University, the 1971 Samford football team posted a 9-1 record to tie for the second most wins in school history.
"The team finished the regular season ranked seventh in the national UPI poll. However, the most impressive achievement of the team was to win the NCAA College Division II West Region Championship with a 20-10 victory over Ohio Wesleyan Nov. 25 at Phenix Municipal Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama," the press release states. "The 1971 Bulldogs, playing in the program's first season as an NCAA member, scored an average of 22.3 points per game, and the defense allowed just 9.7 points a contest, posting four shutouts in the season. In the championship game, quarterback Jimmy Nipper led the Bulldogs, completing 21-of-42 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Samford had 294 yards of total offense; Ohio Wesleyan had only 102 total yards."
The team's defense reportedly intercepted 24 passes and allowed 865 total yards of offense in the 1971 season — school records.
Other inductees to the 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame were Cameron Bean, who once played for the university's cross-country and track and field teams; John Brady, the head men's basketball coach from the 1991-92 season through the 1996-97 season at Samford; and Gary Fleming, a four-year letter-winner on Samford's football team in the 1960's.
Jimmy Harrison was also honored for playing basketball at then-Howard College, and Emily London was inducted into the Hall of Fame for playing basketball at Samford from 2007 to 2011.
"We would like to congratulate each of the members of the 2019 Hall of Fame class," Samford Athletics Director Martin Newton said in the press release from October. "It is always exciting to welcome former student athletes and coaches back to campus, but especially for such a special occasion. Just like our first two classes, this class is full of deserving inductees and we look forward to officially inducting them into the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame."
The Samford University Athletics Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the Pete Hanna Center.