No. 6 – Billy Lothridge (1961-63)
Georgia Tech’s final three seasons of football in the Southeastern Conference were all headed up on the field by one of its greatest quarterbacks.
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Bill Lothridge played all 10 games for the Yellow Jackets in each of his three seasons and finished his career in Atlanta as the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Navy’s Roger Staubach in 1963.
Though he didn’t lead Tech to any championships or bowl victories, Billy Lothridge was certainly one of the top field generals during the Bobby Dodd era. He also handled punting duties for the Jackets, a skill that led to a fruitful nine-year NFL career for the Cleveland, Georgia native.
Lothridge finished his college career with 2,394 passing yards, 746 rushing yards in 30 games for Tech. Those numbers might not seem like much by today’s standards, but in the wishbone era, he led the SEC in most notable quarterback stats during both the 1962 and 63 seasons.
A two-time All-SEC pick (1962-63) and an All-American in his senior season (1963), Lothridge ended up a Georgia Tech and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame member after his retirement.