The Georgia Bulldogs' Offensive All-Star Team
There have been so many Georgia Bulldog players who have made it happen over the years that it can be impossible to make a list without fearing you are missing someone very important.
From Charley Trippi (pictured above) to Knowshon Moreno, Georgia has had a number of guys who have made the red, black, and sometimes silver britches things of pride amongst fans and admirers alike.
With that in mind, I decided to create a team. This All-Star Team is built without respect to the era that a particular player may have played in. This is my idea of the perfect team, with a depth chart and all.
Even as I am writing this, I can anticipate those who may ask why I left off this one or that one and I can say right now without any doubt that when it comes to remembering the great ones, Dawg fans are spoiled, there are just too many to not miss one.
In advance, I say, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.
Quarterback: David Greene (2001-04, 42-10)
This was a tough one but David Greene, the winningest quarterback in the SEC, had to be QB1 as far as I am concerned. He had all the intangibles that made him a great leader on the field.
His arm wasn't dynamic and he wasn't the most mobile guy in the world, but his leadership and poise cannot be denied, and I feel like of all the quarterbacks, he was the best man for the job here.
2. Johnny Rauch (1945-49, 36-8-1)
This All-American led Georgia to two SEC Championships (1946 and 1948) and passed for 4,044 yards (an NCAA record at the time).
He started every game of his collegiate career and led the Dawgs to four straight New Years Day bowl appearances. Cool side note: He is credited by Bill Walsh as being the inventor of the West Coast Offense.
3. Fran Tarkenton (1958-60, 20-11)
He led the Dawgs to an SEC Championship in 1959 and won the Orange Bowl against Missouri as a junior.
Honorable Mention: Mike Bobo
Running Back: Herschel Walker (1980-1982, 33-3)
This was such a hard one for me because Georgia has had a ton of great backs grace the red, black, and sometimes silver, britches. In truth, any one of the guys mentioned could have taken the top spot here.
Herschel helped lead Georgia to a National Championship and three straight SEC Championships. His three year record was a ridiculous 33-3 and the cherry on top was his 1982 Heisman Trophy win.
He had seven games of 200+ yards rushing and owned 41 rushing records by the end of his junior season.
2. Charley Trippi (1942,1945-1946, 19-3)
His career was shortened by World War II, but he made the most of his opportunities at Georgia. He was the captain of Georgia's 1946 undefeated team and won the Maxwell Award that same year. He is often considered to be one of the greatest college football players of all-time.
3. Frank Sinkwich (1940-1942,
He played during a time when running backs were expected to throw the ball and became one of the most prolific passers of his era.
Sinkwich, in three-years at Georgia, rushed for 2,271 yards, passed for 2,331 yards, and accounted for sixty touchdowns. He was awarded the Heisman in 1942.
Both he and Trippi were the top draft picks in their respective classes.
Honorable Mentions: Garrison Hearst, Lars Tate, Robert Edwards, and Rodney Hampton
Fullback: Brannan Southerland (2005-07)
Southerland made the lanes easier for the little guys like Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin. He also provided a reliable goal-line threat for the Dawgs when needed. He was never cocky or over-the-top, just steady.
His pass-catching ability, I think was underrated and it is a pity he never had more of an opportunity to showcase his bevy of skills.
2. Theron Sapp
Given kudos for helping the Dawgs end a seven year losing streak against the Yellow Jackets in 1957, Sapp had his jersey retired by the Dawgs in 1985.
Honorable Mention: Des Williams
Left Tackle: Matt Stinchcomb (1995-1998, 24-11)
Matt Stinchcomb was a three-year starter and a two-time All-American. He was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award (the award for the nation's top lineman) in 1998.
He began his career at right tackle and was moved to left tackle permanently after his sophomore season.
2. Joe Bennett (1922-25, 25-9-4)
A two-time All-American, he started all four years he was at Georgia and was named captain in his sophomore season. He played during the Stegeman coaching era and was a big reason why those teams played so well.
He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
3. Mike Wilson (1973-1976, 25-11)
A three-year starter and letterman, Wilson's play helped lead the Dawgs to three straight Bowl Games (Tangerine, Cotton, and Sugar) and an SEC Championship in 1976. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Honorable Mention: Bernard Williams (1991-1993). He was the dominating force behind the play of record-setting quarterback Eric Zeier and phenom running back Garrison Hearst. He was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994.
Right Tackle: Jon Stinchcomb (1999-2002, 37-13)
Much like his older brother, Matt, Jon Stinchcomb was a two-time All-American at Georgia. He helped the Dawgs offense to a 32.6 ppg average on their way to a 13-1 record, an SEC Championship and a Nokia Sugar Bowl win.
2. Craig Hertwig (1970-1973, 20-14-1)
A late-bloomer to the Georgia offensive line, Hertwig didn't make a start until his junior year but once there, he didn't miss a beat.
He would help Georgia to appearances in both a Peach and Tangerine bowl and was honored with the William Jenkins Award (most outstanding lineman) and the J.B. Whitworth Award (lineman of the year).
3. Edgar Chandler (1964-67, 23-9)
He would be converted to linebacker as a pro because he had such great speed, but while starting for Georgia as a right tackle, Chandler was key in leading the Dawgs to 10-1 SEC Championship season as well as a Cotton Bowl win.
He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Honorable Mention: Curt Mull (1986-1989)
Three-time letterman and solid offensive lineman for the Dawgs, Mull was a three-year starter for the Bulldog O-Line. He appeared in three straight bowl games, winning two, and finished his career with a 24-12 record as a Bulldog starter.
Left Guard: Mack Burroughs (1984-87, 24-10-2)
Burroughs was a tough nosed left guard for the Dawgs in the mid-'80s. So often, the lineman get glossed over but they are the bread and butter of the run and pass game and Mack was no slouch.
A three-year starter for the Dawgs, he appeared in three bowl games, aiding in winning two of them and amassed an 11-6-1 record in the SEC during his time on the line.
2. Pat Dye (1957-1960, 23-18)
A two-time All-American, Pat Dye was a member of both the 1959 SEC Championship and the 1960 Orange Bowl squads at Georgia. He later went on to become a successful coach at Auburn.
3. Steve Herndon (1997-2000, 25-11)
Herndon was a part of three straight bowl games (Peach, Outback, and Oahu), all of which were won by Georgia.
Right Guard: Max Jean Gilles (2002-05, 44-9)
Max Jean-Gilles was a member of the 2002 freshman class at Georgia, the winningest class in school history.
Versatile, massive, and hugely talented, Gilles was the anchor of an incredible offensive line which saw itself earn two SEC Championships and appear in four straight bowl games.
Jean-Gilles also amassed numerous honors, including being named All-SEC and being chosen as a Walter Camp All-American.
2. Royce Smith (1969-71)
A three-year starter, Smith helped the Dawgs to a 10-1 record in his senior season (1971) and a Gator Bowl Championship.
He earned All-SEC Honors as a sophomore and junior prior to his All-American status as a senior. He was also named the best blocker in the SEC in 1971 and would later be drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons.
3. Kevin Breedlove (1999-2002, 37-13)
Breedlove was a four year starter at Georgia where the teams he anchored had a 3-1 bowl record. They also had a 23-10 record in the SEC during his four years as starter.
Center: Tommy Lyons (1968-70, 18-12)
Lyons was a three-year starter at the center position. He helped the team win an SEC Championship in 1968 and was twice named to the Academic All-SEC team.
He was inducted into the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor in 1999.
2. Nick Jones (2002-2006)
Jones was a part of that winning class that boasted Max Jean-Gilles. He was a staple at center and All-SEC.
3. Miles Luckie (1995-1998)
A two-year starter, Luckie was party to three championship bowl teams and a 32-15 record, 17-7 with him as a starter.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Tereshinski
Tight End: Randy McMichael (1998-2001)
McMichael was a three-year letterman with the Dawgs, playing in all but one game from 1999-2001 (he missed the one game with a thumb injury). While there, he caught 90 passes for 1,213 yards, good enough for ninth in school history.
McMichael also earned first-team All-SEC honors and was a Freshman All-American.
2. Ben Watson (2001-04)
Watson was big, fast and had a great set of hands.
3. Leonard Pope
One of the tallest tight-ends I've ever seen at Georgia. He supplied a very big target for David Greene during his time there.
Honorable Mention: Jermaine Wiggins
Wide Receiver: Terrence Edwards (1999-2002)
Edwards was the most sure-handed wide receiver that I had ever seen. As mentioned in one of my previous lists, he spoiled me when it came to that position because he rarely missed a catch.
Since there are at least three wide receivers on the field at any given time, I will list a depth chart that includes five additional guys that I would love to have on my All-Star squad.
2. Harry Babcock (1950-1952)
He was the first overall pick of the 1953 NFL Draft. Babcock was an All-American and All-SEC wide receiver (referred to as an end at that time) for the Dawgs, catching eighty passes for 1,199 yards.
He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
3. Herb Maffett (1927-1931)
Much like future Dawg Champ Bailey, Maffett played on both sides of the ball. He was a four-year starter for the Dawgs and Coach Butts was noted to have said Maffett was one of the best he'd ever coached.
That's high praise coming from Wally. He is a member of the Georgia Bulldog Hall of Heroes and played in the Sanford Stadium dedication game in 1929. The Dawgs won 15-0.
4. Lindsay Scott (1978-1981)
He was a member of that storied 1980 Championship team and sealed his spot in Georgia lore with his catch and run against Florida. At career's end, even with Herschel stealing most of the spotlight, Scott had 2,098 yards and a 16.0 yards per catch average.
5. Andre Hastings (1990-1992)
32 starts, 124 receptions for 1,873 yards and 13 touchdowns. Appeared on two bowl champion teams (1991-92) and helped win an SEC Eastern Division Co-Championship.
6. Brice Hunter (1992-1995)
Tallied 2,373 total receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in his career.
Honorable Mention: Hines Ward and Charley Whittemore