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Tim Couch elected to College Football Hall of Fame

The UK legend is now going into the Hall of Fame!

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Kentucky Wildcats legend Tim Couch has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame on ESPN.

Couch will be inducted at the annual NFF Awards Dinner, which will be held December 10th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I’m honored and humbled,” Couch said of the election. “This is an unbelievable honor, I’m blown away by it. I’m really excited for the celebration this year, representing Kentucky and doing my best to do that.”

Couch played at UK from 1996-98, though he didn’t earn the full-time starting job until 1997. His career totals include 795 completions on 1,184 attempts (67.1%) for 8,435 yards and 74 touchdowns, most of which came in that two-year span.

During his career, Couch broke seven NCAA records, 14 SEC records, and 26 school records.

Following his junior year, Couch declared for the 1999 NFL Draft and was the overall No. 1 selection by the expansion team Cleveland Browns. He played five years for Cleveland, eventually leading the team to the 2002 NFL Playoffs, before injuries ended his career following the 2003 season.

Couch will join several other Wildcats in the College Football Hall of Fame, including Paul “Bear” Bryant (UK coach 1946-53), tackle Bob Gain (1947-50), quarterback Vito “Babe” Parilli (1949-51), end Steve Meilinger (1951-53), tackle Lou Michaels (1955-57) defensive end Art Still (1974-77) and Jerry Claiborne, who played at UK in 1946, ’48-49 and was head coach of the Cats from 1982-89. Bernie Shively, who was athletics director at UK from 1938-67 and was head coach of the football team in 1945, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his playing days at Illinois.

Couch joins Claiborne as native Kentuckians who played at UK and were elected to the Hall of Fame. A native of Hyden, Ky., Couch was the 1995 National Player of the Year at Leslie County High School, setting then-national records for pass completions (872), passing yards (12,104), and touchdown passes (133). He led Leslie County to berths in the Class AAA playoff semifinals in his junior and senior years.

Go here for the full press release on Coach’s election.