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Georgia Football: The All-Time Dream Team

Brian JonesContributor IAugust 14, 2012

Georgia Football: The All-Time Dream Team

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    When a person thinks of a dream team, the first thing that comes to mind is the 1992 Olympics and the USA Basketball team—which featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley. Those players, along with eight others, were the best in the NBA at that time and will go down as some of the greatest players in NBA history.

    College football is not an Olympic event, but would it not be interesting to have a dream team for each college football program?

    The Georgia Bulldogs have had their share of talented players over the years, so it would be interesting to find out who would make their cut. Some players are obvious choices, others are up for debate. But nonetheless, a Bulldogs dream team would be fun to watch.

    Here’s a look at the Bulldogs All-Time Dream Team.

Quarterback: David Greene

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    David Greene did not have the strongest arm and he was not the most talented of quarterbacks. But he knew how to play the position and more importantly, he knew how to win.

    He is the all-time SEC passing leader, and when he left Athens he was the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history.

    Greene just has everything a coach wants in a college quarterback. He makes good decisions, can bounce back from mistakes and he’s a natural-born leader.

    Backup: Eric Zeier

Running Back: Herschel Walker

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    This one was a no-brainer.

    Herschel Walker is still the best running back to ever grace the red and black, and he looks like a guy that could play right now.

    Walker was a rare combination of size, speed and agility. He’s the last Heisman winner for the Bulldogs and is considered by many as one of the greatest players in college football history.

    Oh, and not to mention he carried the Bulldogs to a national title as a freshman in 1980.

    Backup: Garrison Hearst

Fullback: Bill Hartman

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    When old school fans think of Georgia Football, Bill Hartman is one name that comes to mind. People that watched Hartman in the late 1930s said that he was a hard-nosed player that brought a true toughness to that program.

    Hartman was an All-American who went on to play for the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and is considered a true Bulldogs legend.

    Backup: Brannan Southerland

Wide Receiver: Terrence Edwards

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    Georgia has had some talented receivers come through the program. But none has been more productive than Terrence Edwards. With his 204 career receptions, Edwards ranks No. 1 in UGA history and No. 2 in SEC history.

    Edwards also has 3,093 yards which makes him still the SEC's all-time leading receiver.

    Having a productive and reliable wide receiver is key when forming a dream team and Edwards was both of those things and more.

    Backup: Lindsay Scott

Wide Receiver: A.J. Green

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    A.J. Green was not an All-American and he did not have the same production as Edwards. But he was the most dynamic receiver to ever wear the Bulldogs uniform.

    Green was a true deep threat that could make acrobatic catches with ease. He was the only good thing going for the Bulldogs when they were struggling in 2009 and 2010.

    Green finished his career with 166 receptions, 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was the 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year and was named first-team All-SEC that same year as well as 2009.

    Backup: Brice Hunter

Offensive Tackle: Matt Stinchcomb

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    Matt Stinchcomb embodied what an offensive lineman should be on and off the field. He was a two-time All-American, his academic grades were through the roof and he has a great personality.

    When the Bulldogs were struggling in the late 90s, Stinchcomb was a shining light, as he just dominated defensive linemen. Because of his work on and off the field, Stinchcomb won a handful of awards and will go down as one of the best offensive lineman in UGA history.

    Backup: Craig Hertwig

Offensive Guard: Pat Dye

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    Many college football fans know him as the former Auburn coach. But Bulldogs fans know Pat Dye for his constant work on the offensive line for the Bulldogs back in the late 50s and early 60s. Dye helped the Bulldogs win the SEC in 1959 and the Orange Bowl in 1960.

    He’s a two-time All-American that has been inducted into the Alabama and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

    Backup: Royce Smith

Center: Ben Jones

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    Centers in college football don’t get the attention that they deserve from time to time. Ben Jones was not one of them as he was one of the best centers to ever play for the Bulldogs.

    This 2011 All-American started 49 games and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice during the 2011 season.

    Jones was a leader for the offensive linemen as well as a leader for the Bulldogs—traits that make a center great, and Jones was certainly that.

    Backup: Peter Anderson

Offensive Guard: Max Jean-Gilles

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    Max Jean-Gilles had to be one of the most intimidating offensive linemen in Bulldogs history. Standing at 6’3’’, 358 pounds, Jean-Gilles helped the Bulldogs win two SEC titles and was an All-American in 2005.

    Jean-Gilles started 40 games in his career and was named as a permanent captain for the Bulldogs in 2005. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Backup: Edgar Chandler

Offensive Lineman: Jon Stinchcomb

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    Like his brother Matt, Jon Stinchcomb was an excellent tackle, but a very smart individual. He was an All-American in 2002 for leading an offense that scored 32 points per game.

    Stinchcomb was also a two-time Academic All-American for posting a 3.75 GPA.

    That 2002 Bulldogs team won an SEC title and Stinchcomb was named offensive team captain. He went on to play for the New Orleans Saints where he helped them win a Super Bowl in 2009.

    Backup: Mike  Wilson

Tight End: Randy McMichael

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    This was a very tough choice because there have been a lot of talented tight ends to play in Athens. But Randy McMichael was a guy that just knew how to play the position.

    He was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America team for catching 34 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns. He was named to the All-SEC team in 2001 when he caught 24 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown.

    Those numbers aren’t impressive, but McMichael could do a lot more at the tight end position. He’s a very good blocker that gave opposing defenses nightmares. His blocking ability is the reason he is still playing in the NFL as we speak.

    Backup: Leonard Pope

Defensive End: David Pollack

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    When a player is a three-time All-American and has won virtually every individual defensive award there is to win, that player qualifies for the Georgia dream team. David Pollack is the most celebrated defensive player in UGA history because he made plays constantly.

    He was a huge reason the Bulldogs won the SEC in 2002 and reached the SEC title game back in 2003. There are very few players in college history that can match his intensity and work-ethic and there will never be another player like him.

    Backup: Freddie Gilbert

Defensive Tackle: Richard Seymour

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    Many football fans know Richard Seymour as a dominating defensive lineman for the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders. But before he was disrupting NFL offensive linemen, he was manning the Georgia defensive line during the late 90s.

    Seymour made 25 starts for Georgia and was an All-American in 2000. He finished his career with 223 tackles, 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He was a semifinalist for the National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News.

    Backup: Bill Goldberg

Defensive Tackle: Bill Stanfill

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    Bill Stanfill was a guy that just knew how to play the game of football. Because of his work at defensive tackle, the Bulldogs won two SEC titles in ’66 and ’68.

    Stanfill won the Outland Trophy in ’68 and was a consensus All-American. Stanfill went on to play for the Miami Dolphins and was a member of the 1972 team that went 14-0. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

    Backup: Marcus Stroud

Defensive End: Richard Tardits

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    Richard Tardits did not grow up playing football. He was a rugby player that decided to try out for the football team. Because of his rugby background, Tardits became a dominating defensive end.

    Tardits finished his career with 29 sacks, which was a school record until Pollack came along.

    His best year was in 1981 when he finished with 12 sacks including four against TCU

    That is not bad for a walk-on from France.

    Backup: Charles Grant

Linebacker: Boss Bailey

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    Boss Bailey finished with 266 tackles which puts him 20th on the all-time list. But the reason he is on the dream team is the fact he does not miss tackles, can get after the quarterback and can block kicks.

    Bailey was another member of the 2002 team that was dominant and was a semifinalist for the Butkus and Lombardi Awards. Because of his play that year and the previous years, his teammates named him the overall captain for the season.

    Backup: Jarvis Jones

Linebacker: Knox Culpepper

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    If a Bulldog fan were to look up the name Knox Culpepper, they would see two words right next to his name: Tackling Machine.

    Culpepper notched 166 tackles in 1983 which was a school record. Well, he thought that wasn’t good enough so he broke his own record in 1984 with 170 tackles.

    He finished his career with 383 tackles which puts him sixth on the UGA all-time list. He was also voted team captain in 1984.

    Backup: Randall Godfrey

Linebacker: Rennie Curran

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    The phrase big things come in small packages is appropriate for dream team member Rennie Curran.

    Standing at 5’11, 230 pounds Curran was a Freshman All-American, Sophomore All-American and a CBS First-Team All-American. Curran had  a knack for making plays, whether it was getting a tackle for a loss, making a sack or forcing a fumble.

    Curran was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2009. He led the SEC in tackles that year with 116.

    Backup: Mo Lewis.

Cornerback: Champ Bailey

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    There’s has to be a future Pro Football Hall-of-Famer on the dream team and Champ Bailey would be that guy.

    But that’s not the real reason he’s on the list. Bailey was one of the most versatile players to ever play in Athens because he could play receiver, return punts and play cornerback. But cornerback was his strength as he won the Nagurski award in 1998.

    He did not have a lot of interceptions, but when nobody is throwing the ball in your area, it’s kind of hard to get any picks.

    Backup: Tim Jennings

Cornerback: Scott Woerner

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    Bailey may not have had a lot of interceptions, but Scott Woerner is a different story. During his career, Woerner tallied 13 picks which is tied for second on the all-time list.

    Woerner was also a solid punt returner as he led the nation in punt return average in 1980.

    Woerner was a smart player and rarely got beat in coverage; he and Bailey would make a dangerous combination.

    Backup: Gary Moss

Strong Safety: Terry Hoage

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    Here’s another two-time All-American that has to be on the team. Terry Hoage was a key player in the 1980 national championship team and even placed fifth in the Heisman voting in 1983, which was the highest finish for a defensive back at that time.

    Hoage was aggressive when he needed to be and could make plays on the ball when he was near it. That’s why he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the UGA Circle of Honor in 2001.

    Backup: Jake Scott

Free Safey: Thomas Davis

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    2002 was really a good year because here’s another member of that team who was a major player in their SEC Championship run. Thomas Davis was not the best cover free safety, but he could lay a lick on anybody that was in his way.

    During his career, Davis tallied 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles-for-loss. He was an All-SEC and All-American in 2003. He is now playing with the Carolina Panthers as a linebacker.

    Backup: Greg Blue

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