Former Ole Miss QB Elmore dies at 63Posted: Saturday June 29, 2002 5:19 PM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former All-Southeastern Conference and University of Mississippi quarterback Doug Elmore died Friday at Hospice Ministries in Jackson. He was 63.
Elmore played on three of Johnny Vaught's greatest teams at Ole Miss. The Rebels were 29-3-1 during Elmore's career. He played in two Sugar Bowls and one Cotton Bowl.
He also was an all-SEC centerfielder on the baseball team.
Elmore was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1962 in the 13th round and played one season in the NFL. He played in the Canadian Football League in 1963 for Calgary.
He coached one year as an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana College before entering the insurance business in Jackson in 1965.
The Reform, Ala., native was vice president of Boyles Moak Brickell Marchetti Insurance Inc. at the time of his death.
Elmore was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Elmore was quarterbacking the Rebels in 1959 in one of the most memorable games in SEC history, a 7-3 loss to LSU marked by Billy Cannon's electrifying 89-yard punt return on Halloween night.
The loss cost Ole Miss an undefeated season and probably the national championship.
In 1989 Cannon recalled 'the feeling of sitting on the bench after making one of the best plays you've ever made (the 89-yard punt return with 10 minutes left), and Doug Elmore sticking the ball right back down your throat.'
Behind the sophomore Elmore, Ole Miss drove from its 32 to the LSU 2. It came down to fourth-and-goal with 18 seconds left.
Elmore tried to score off left tackle, but was stopped at the 1.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson Parkway followed by a memorial service at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Ritter Elmore; a son, Jimmy Elmore; a daughter, Sharon Duncan; and three grandchildren.