Mark May at Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 1

Reggie Herring is featured in this video above about the 1980 Florida St victory over Pitt.

Mark May did a great job at the first Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting of the year. Jim Harris of Arkansas Sports 360 did a good article on it and I agree with what Wally Hall wrote on his blog about the meeting:

Mark May, college football studio analyst for ESPN, spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon today and was very direct in his remarks, including the BCS National Championship game.

He said Southern Cal will play it, not because they are that good — he even said they are over-rated and don’t have enough depth, especially on defense — but because of their schedule.

He predicted they would play the winner of the SEC West for the championship and that Alabama will school them.

He said the Razorbacks have a chance to have a special team but they won’t be favored against Alabama or LSU at home, and not on the road at South Carolina.

In my opinion, going into the ninth year of the LRTC, Mark May was one of the best speakers ever.

I got to see Mark May play in 1980 against Tennessee in Knoxville and they had their way with the Vols that day 30-6.

I went with my Vol relatives uncle Blythe and Mack Hatcher. We sat in the season ticket seats that they had over 40 years. It was funny that so many people around them were so used to who sat where that many of them would come up and introduce themselves to me since they knew I was a vistor to this game. Another thing I noticed was that the fans got their earlier than any other fans I had noticed before. Many had traveled from all over the state to get there and it as an all day event.

After losing just by 1 to eventual national champion Georgia Bulldogs and by 3 in a miracle comeback to top ten USC, I thought that Tennessee would come back and play well against Pitt but it did not work out that way.

Probably it something to do with Pitt having Dan Marino, Russ Grimm, Tim Lewis, Hugh Green, Rickey Jackson, John Hendrick, Jimbo Covert, Mark May, Jim Sweeney, and Carlton Williamson on the roster.

Jackie Sherrill was the coach of the Pitt Panthers and Johnny Majors was Tennessee’s coach. Both Majors and Sherrill had coached together under Frank Broyles at Arkansas and Majors had taken Sherrill with him to Iowa State when he got that job and then on to Pitt where they won a national championship in 1976.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 1:30 PM Boston College #3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ABC W 14–6   44,820
September 20 2:30 PM at Kansas #5 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS   W 18–3   41,300
September 27 1:30 PM Temple #6 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 36–2   47,071
October 4 1:30 PM Maryland #6 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 38–9   47,409
October 11 7:00 PM at #11 Florida State #4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL   L 22–36   52,894
October 18 1:30 PM West Virginia #11 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl)   W 42–14   55,130
October 25 2:00 PM at Tennessee #12 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN   W 30–6   94,008
November 1 3:30 PM at Syracuse #11 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ABC W 43–6   50,243
November 8 1:30 PM Louisville #9 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 41–23   47,280
November 15 1:30 PM at Army #8 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY   W 45–7   31,150
November 22 1:00 PM at #5 Penn State #4 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 14–9   82,459
December 29 9:00 PM vs. #18 South Carolina #3 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC W 37–9   72,297
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.


[edit] Team Players drafted into in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Hugh Green Defensive End 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Randy McMillan Running Back 1 12 Baltimore Colts
Mark May Tackle 1 20 Washington Redskins
Rickey Jackson Linebacker 2 51 New Orleans Saints
Greg Meisner Defensive Tackle 3 63 Los Angeles Rams
Carlton Williamson Defensive Back 3 65 San Francisco 49ers
Russ Grimm Center 3 69 Washington Redskins
Bill Neill Defensive Tackle 5 115 New York Giants
Benjie Pryor Tight End 5 120 Cincinnati Bengals
Lynn Thomas Defensive Back 5 121 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Boyarsky Defensive Tackle 5 128 New Orleans Saints
Rick Trocano Quarterback 11 292 Pittsburgh Steelers


[edit] Awards and honors

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