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by Ivan Maisel

UGA Sports Communications


Knoxville, Tenn. | Sept. 6, 1980

Conservative Georgia coach Vince Dooley would dance naked at midfield before he would start a freshman. But with Tennessee leading Georgia 15-2 in the 1980 opener, Dooley placated the fans clamoring for rookie tailback Herschel Walker. From the Tennessee 16, Walker collided with Vols safety Bill Bates at the 5 -- and ran over him, dragging Bates into the end zone. Georgia won 16-15. A career -- and a legend -- came to life.

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