National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame (1983)
Jack Scarbath is an integral part of Maryland football history. In his first start, the All-America quarterback scored the first touchdown in the new Byrd Stadium, a 21-yard run in the first game of the 1950 season.
Scarbath was the quarterback for head coach Jim Tatum’s new split T offense for three seasons (1950-52). Scarbath led the Terps to a 24-4-1 record, including a perfect 10-0 season and a 28-13 upset of national champion Tennessee in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. Scarbath called the signals during Maryland’s 22-game unbeaten streak over the course of the 1950, ‘51 and ‘52 seasons.
During his stellar career, Scarbath rewrote the Terrapin record book, completing 125 of 260 passes for 2,287 yards, an average of 18.3 yards per completion. In 1951, AP and UPI voters named him honorable mention All-American. In 1952, he was honored with first team All-America citations from AP, UPI, International News Service, Colliers, and Look. He finished runner-up to Oklahoma’s Billy Vessels in the 1952 Heisman Trophy balloting.
A first-round draft choice of the Washington Redskins, Scarbath went on to play with the Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1983.