Honorable Mentions: Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi
I know what you’re thinking and you’re right, Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi were running backs.
Well offensive football was totally different back then. In the early 1940’s, Georgia ran a single-wing offense, like most teams in America. In that offense, the snap either went to the halfback or fullback on the fly and the offense revolved around them.
They were the runners, they handed the ball off to one another or to a wingback, they were receivers, and they were passers.
During World War II, Georgia switched to a T-formation offense, but because of Trippi’s skills as a passer, coach Wally Butts still designed plays for Trippi to pass the ball. Meaning the halfback toss-pass wasn’t a gimmick in Georgia’s offense in 1945 and 1946.
Both Sinkwich and Trippi eclipsed 1,000 yards passing in their careers with Sinkwich passing for 1,456 yards in his 1942 Heisman season.
Trippi never had that great of a season passing the ball, but he did throw for 576 yards in 1945, a season in which he only played in Georgia’s last six games.
Because of Sinkwich and Trippi being great passers in their times at Georgia, they deserved to at least be mentioned. But now for the traditional quarterbacks…