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Tim Couch - Kentucky - QB

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The best quarterback in Kentucky football history is again honored for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tim Couch played in Kentucky from 1996-98 and broke a ton of records. In two seasons playing for Hal Mummes Air Raid offense, Couch threw 73 touchdowns en route to the 1998 All-SEC and All-American first-team honors. The star quarterback later became a Heisman Trophy finalist before becoming the No. 1 overall selection of the Cleveland Browns extension in the 1999 NFL Draft.

The former USA Today High School All-American won the Kentucky Mr. Football Award in 1995 as a senior in Hyden, Ky. Leslie County. Couch had a savage recruitment that ended with the elite blue-chip contender choosing the Wildcats over the Tennessee powerhouse. After a turbulent year under Bill Curry, Couch played for Mumme and offensive coordinator Mike Leach in Lexington.

. @ UKFootball legend @TimCouchQB under impressive names on 2022 @cfbhall Ballot!

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On Wednesday, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Football Hall of Fame released the ballot for the 2022 class featuring a host of former players and a handful of former coaches. This year’s loot was led by USC running back Reggie Bush and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

This will be the ninth straight season that the couch appears on the ballot. The 6-foot-4 quarterback has been on the list every year since 2014. However, Couch was not yet able to break the door down. Over 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers are involved in the voting process. All votes must be received by the summer before the rate is announced once the calendar changes to 2022.

Couch certainly has the résumé to get in. The star quarterback threw 8,435 yards in three seasons while leading the SEC in all major statistical passing categories in his last two years at Lexington. The gunslinger was the first true star of the Air Raid offensive. The once taboo attack now has its core principles used by most criminal offenses in high school, college, and the NFL.

It’s only a matter of time before the College Football Hall of Fame decides to let The Deuce through the door. In 2022, Couch could finally break through and join seven former Wildcats like Bob Gain, Steve Meilinger, Lou Michaels, Babe Parilli and Art Still in the Hall of Fame.

[National Football Foundation]

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