Scott Studwell

Scott Studwell (born August 27, 1954 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former professional American football player.He was nicknamed “Stud”.


Studwell graduated from the University of Illinois, where he starred as a linebacker. He left Illinois ranked second behind Dick Butkus in career tackles in 1977, and was drafted in the ninth round by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played fourteen seasons from 1977 to 1990.During that time, he was selected to two Pro Bowls.

Minnesota Vikings

He retired as the Vikings all-time leading tackler with 1,981 in his career and holds team records for single-season tackles with 230 in 1981 and 24 in a game against Detroit in 1985. He was a member of the Vikings 25th and 40th Anniversary season teams and was named one of the 50 greatest Vikings in 2010.).

Although Scott Studwell may have been the only defensive player to play with Marshall and Randle, Dave Huffman, selected in the second round (forty-third pick overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, and played for the Vikings from 1979 to 1990. This would’ve put him on teams with both Jim Marshall and John Randle.


After a successful career with the Vikings, he moved into their front office and since 2002 he has been the Director of College Scouting which is responsible for all the preparations of the NFL Draft. Studwell personally scouts the majority of the players the Vikings pursue and spends nearly half of each year on the road.

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