Wednesday June 11, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. Former University of Georgia All-America quarterback John Rauch, who started every game for the Bulldogs from 1945-48, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at his Oldsmar, Fla., home. He was 80.
Rauch came to Georgia in 1945 after excelling in three sports in high school in Pennsylvania. He didn't arrive with much fanfare, however, and was discovered by then-Coach Wallace Butts while playing in a flag football game.
After accepting an invitation from Butts to come out for football, Rauch
started every game (45 in all) of his college career from 1945-48 and became the first player in NCAA history to start four consecutive bowl games. He passed for 4,044 yards, then the NCAA record for career passing yardage.
Rauch led the Bulldogs to a 36-8-1 record, including the Williamson poll's
national championship in 1946 and two SEC titles. He was an All-American and the SEC Player of the Year his senior season.