LSU's Stovall named to College Football Hall of Fame

BATON ROUGE - Former LSU standout Jerry Stovall is one of 12 players and two coaches who have been named to the National Football Foundation's 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, the organization announced on Thursday.

Stovall becomes the seventh LSU former Tiger enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Gaynell Tinsley (1956), Ken Kavanaugh, Sr. (1963), Abe Mickal (1967), Doc Fenton (1971), Tommy Casanova (1995), and Billy Cannon (2008).

LSU also has five former head coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame - Dana Bible (1951), Mike Donahue (1951), Biff Jones (1954), Bernie Moore (1954), and Charlie McClendon (1986).

A unanimous All-America selection in 1962, Jerry Stovall was a literal "Mr. Everything" for LSU, playing halfback, defensive back, kick returner while and also handling punting duties during his three years in Baton Rouge.

A two-time All-SEC First Team selection, Stovall was named the conference's Most Valuable Player in 1962 en route to finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Oregon State's Terry Baker. A member of the 1961 SEC Championship team, he finished at LSU with 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, adding 462 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also held the LSU record for highest punting average (42.1) in a season, amassing 165 attempts for 6,477 yards by career's end. Stovall gained nearly 700 return yards on special teams and recorded seven interceptions as a defensive standout.

Selected in the first round of the1963 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Stovall played nine years in the NFL and was twice named to the All-Pro team. He was also selected to three Pro Bowls. Stovall later entered coaching and returned to LSU as head coach from 1980-83. In 1982, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to an 8-3-1 record and an Orange Bowl appearance.

Stovall currently serves as the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation and has served on the board of directors for the Louisiana Senior Games. He and his wife Judy have two children, and they reside in Baton Rouge, La.

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