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Clyde Scott


Clyde Luther Scott

Inducted 1971

Date of Birth



Dixie, LA


University of Arkansas (1946-1948)

United States Naval Academy (1944-1945)


Clyde Scott possessed a rare speed and agility which earned him the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. And never did that blazing swiftness pay a higher dividend than in the 1947 Cotton Bowl game. Scott's Arkansas Razorbacks were locked in a scoreless tie with Louisiana State University when, in the third quarter, LSU quarterback Y.A. Tittle sent receiver Jeff Odom streaking toward the goal with what appeared to be a certain six points. Seemingly coming from nowhere, Scott caught and downed Odom on the Arkansas one-yard line. The Razorback defense made the first of two magnificent goal-line stands and the game ended, 0-0. Scott had lifted his team from the brink of defeat by making what was perhaps the biggest play of his career. A three-time Southwest Conference tailback in coach John Barnhill's single-wing attack, Scott received consensus All-America recognition in 1948. Scott played his first collegiate varsity football in 1944 and 1945 at the United States Naval Academy. Scott received All-America mention in all but one of his five varsity seasons. He was known universally as "Smackover" Scott, a nickname that came from his home town - Smackover, Arkansas.


Height 6'0

Weight 175

Career Highlights

  • 1948 All-Conference
  • 1948 Consensus All-America
  • 1947 All-Conference
  • 1947 Second Team All-America
  • 1946 All-Conference
  • 1946 Second Team All-America
  • 1945 Second Team All-America
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