Dirt on His Britches


Aug. 21, 2009

New York, NY - In April, the National Football Foundation announced Ed Dyas' induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, which will take place Dec. 8 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City during the 52nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

By NFF Correspondent Steve Richardson.

Dr. Ed Dyas made his mark on both sides of the ball at Auburn during a time when the kicking game and defense were winning games in the Southeastern Conference. A hard-nosed runner who finished as Auburn's sixth leading career rusher at the time, Dyas had added responsibilities as a straight-ahead kicking specialist who also played linebacker.

"I played both ways," said Dyas. "When I kicked, I didn't get off the bench with a clean uniform. I was in the flow of game, and I think that helped me because there was not as much pressure on me. When I kicked before 85,000 fans, I wasn't kicking without any dirt on my britches.

"The first team would usually stay in the game first nine minutes," he added. "And the second team would be in the next six minutes. The coach would leave the first team in the whole game if it was tight. But it worked out better if he played two teams."

Dyas, who learned to kick extra points in high school, was Auburn's kicker all four seasons and was a member of the Tigers' 1958 undefeated team as a sophomore. But he began to blossom as a kicker his final two seasons when the NCAA widened the goal posts by a foot and a half. By the time he was a senior, he kicked a then NCAA record 13 field goals and won four games for Auburn: 10-7 (Kentucky), 9-7 (Georgia Tech), 10-7 (Florida) and 9-6 (Georgia).

"The Georgia game was a grudge game," Dyas remembers. "We had lost by one point the year before when Fran Tarkenton threw a pass to beat us. I had kicked two field goals in that game. My senior year when we won, I had three field goals. That shows you how we played _ defense and the kicking game. I was a straight-ahead kicker. The soccer style came in a couple of years later and they broke all the records."



Dyas finished fourth in the 1960 Heisman Trophy voting as a senior behind Navy halfback Joe Bellino, Minnesota guard Tom Brown and Mississippi quarterback Jake Gibbs. Auburn finished ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll, but had lost to Alabama, 3-0, in the final game of the season and did not go to a bowl.

Dyas could have played professional football. He played in the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game after his senior season. And he was drafted by Baltimore in the NFL and San Diego in the AFL. But he had always wanted to be a doctor.

"I was going to get a $5,000 signing bonus and $10,000 a year to play or go to med school," Dyas said. "I wasn't going to get my head beat in for that kind of money. My entire life would have been different. I wouldn't have had my wife and four children. I might have been as successful, but I like where I am."

After medical school Dyas became an orthopedic surgeon and opened his own sports medicine practice in Mobile. He recently retired. In 1994, he received the Walter Gilbert Award, which recognizes achievements of Tiger student-athletes after graduation.

The 52nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 8, 2009. Please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or 972-556-1000 to purchase tickets or for more details.


* First Team All-America Selection at fullback in 1960.

* Led the Tigers in rushing and scoring and named the SEC's Most Outstanding Back by the Birmingham Quarterback Club.

* Claimed an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award and was a three-time Academic All-Conference pick.

* Inducted into the state of Alabama and Mobile Sports halls of fame.