While the past two seasons of Georgia football have been disappointments to most of Bulldog Nation, there is still a lot to be said for the talent that has graced the field for the red and black.
Players like Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and Rennie Curran have filled many a Dawg fan with excitement. These players sacrifice their bodies, and put on a show for us spectators every single Saturday.
The 2010 edition of Georgia Bulldogs is no different, and the thing that is most exciting is that there is only one senior on this list of top 10 players.
The UGA football roster is full of young potential that, with the right coaching, is capable of bringing home a national championship to Athens. Hope you enjoy the list. Go Dawgs!
Clint Boling’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Freshman All-American First Team by Scout.com
- SEC All-Freshman by SEC Coaches and Sporting News
- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (10/13)
- First Team All-SEC by Associated Press, All-SEC Second Team by Phil Steele
- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/14)
- All-SEC by Sporting News
- All SEC Second Team by Associated Press and Phil Steele
As the only senior on this list, 2010 should be the year that Clint Boling steps us and establishes himself as a leader of both the offensive line and the offense itself.
Boling is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the SEC, and he is expected to be drafted in next year's draft. His versatility as a lineman (having played left tackle, right tackle, and right guard) make him very valuable to Georgia's success on offense.
Bacarri Rambo’s Stats:
20 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 TD
Bacarri Rambo’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Named one of the Newcomers of the Year on Defense
Bacarri Rambo quickly became a fan favorite after his game-saving pass breakup against Auburn last season. The play gave Rambo a concussion, but it's because of that "no holding back" attitude that Rambo is a playmaker.
Although he was stuck behind senior Bryan Evans last season, he still had two interceptions. Look for Rambo to make even more plays in 2010.
Here is Rambo's play that won over the hearts of Bulldog Nation:
Orson Charles’s Stats:
23 receptions, 374 yards, 3 TD
Orson Charles’ Awards and Accomplishments:
- All-SEC Freshman Team by SEC Coaches and Sporting News
- Freshman All-America First Team by Phil Steele, CollegeFootballNews.com, and Sporting News
Orson Charles came onto the scene last year as a true freshman, and quickly became an important part of the Bulldog offense. Charles is considered to be a hybrid tight end. which are becoming much more popular in both college football and the NFL.
Charles is a great blocker and a true threat as a receiver. Look for Orson to have an even bigger role this season as his high school teammate, Aaron Murray, takes over at quarterback.
Horrible game. Great touchdown:
Brandon Boykin’s Stats:
2008 – 6 tackles
2009 – 41 tackles, 3 interceptions, 985 KR yards, 3 TD
Brandon Boykin’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Named to Lott Trophy Watchlist
Not only is Brandon Boykin valuable as a starting corner—snagging three interceptions last season—but as a kick returner. All three of his kickoff returns for touchdowns occurred while the Dawgs were down 7-0. So I guess you can say Boykin is the epitome of clutch.
A possible second or even first round draft pick in next year's draft, Boykin is expected to do big things this year.
A Boykin kick return and interception:
Justin Houston’s Stats:
2008 – 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss
2009 – 39 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss
Justin Houston’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Named Most Improved Defensive End
- SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (9/28)
- Led SEC in TFL per game (1.5) and was second in sacks per game (.75)
- Second Team All-SEC by Associated Press, SEC Coaches, and Phil Steele
Justin Houston brought something to the Georgia defense that was lacking in 2008, a pass rush. Houston blew by linemen time after time, creating pressure that broke down many a play.
Houston made the move to Outside Linebacker this off season. Houston should be even more of a factor in the new 3-4 defense where he can line up as a linebacker or a defensive end. Ten or more sacks in 2010 seems a given after the year he had last season.
Ben Jones’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Most Improved Offensive Lineman
- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (11/10)
- Freshman All-SEC by SEC Coaches
- All-Freshman Second Team by Phil Steele
- All-SEC Second Team by SEC Coaches
As the anchor of the offensive line and a two-time All-SEC selection, there is no way that Ben Jones could left off this list.
As the offensive line goes, the running game and passing game go; and as Ben Jones goes, the offensive line goes. Jones is expected to be a leader on the offense along with Clint Boling.
Washaun Ealey’s Stats:
125 attempts, 717 yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 3 TD
Washaun Ealey’s Awards and Accomplishments:
- Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week after games against Auburn and Tech
- All-SEC Fourth Team by Phil Steele
Washaun Ealey came onto the scene against LSU last season as a true freshman, and almost immediately, the running game found the spark it had been missing.
Ealey was a huge part of the success that the Dawgs had down the stretch in the run game. The coaches have observed that Ealey is in even better shape than he was last season, and that's a scary thought.
Look for Washaun Ealey to run for at least 1,000 yards this season.
Blair Walsh's Stats:
2008 - 50/50 PAT, 15/23 FG
2009 - 42/42 PAT, 20/22 FG
Blair Walsh's Awards and Accomplishments:
- Freshman All-SEC by Coaches
-All-SEC Second Team by SEC Coaches, Associated Press, and Phil Steele
- One of three finalists for Lou Groza Award
- CollegeFootballPerfomance.com Placekicker of the Year
Any Dawg fan will tell you that the Lou Groza Award was stolen from Blair Walsh last season, and for good reason too.
Walsh missed only two field goals last season—one of which was from over 50 yards. Walsh is a clutch kicker, and he doesn't seem to be shaken up after missing a field goal.
With a young quarterback, drives may come to a halt throughout the year, and Blair Walsh will be called upon to put points on the board when they do.
Walsh's game-winner against ASU:
Drew Butler's Stats:
2008 - 3 punts, 107 yards, 35.7 average
2009 - 56 punts, 2,691 yards, 48.1 average, 24 punts of 50+ yards
Drew Butler's Awards and Accomplishments:
-SEC Academic Honor Roll
-Two time Punter Performer of the Week for CollegeFootballPerformance.com
-ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team
-All-SEC First Team by Associated Press, SEC Coaches, and ESPN
-First Team All-American
-Winner of the Ray Guy Award
It's not very often that your second best player is the punter. It's not very often that your punter is one of your top 10 players either, but Drew Butler is a different breed of punter.
With a new defense installed, Drew Butler will provide a type defense with his booming punts. Putting opponents inside the 20 is Butler's forte, and when an offense is inside the twenty, chances are a defense will get a stop before they reach the end zone.
Drew Butler will be the favorite for winning yet another Ray Guy Award, and with the best punter in the country why wouldn't he be a top-10 player on the roster?
AJ Green's Stats:
2008 - 56 receptions, 963 yards, 8 touchdowns
2009 - 53 receptions, 808 yards, 6 touchdowns
AJ Green's Awards and Accomplishments:
- SEC Freshman of the Week (9/22), (11/17)
- UGA Reception Record for a Freshman
- First Team All-SEC by Associated Press
- SEC Freshman of the Year
- Phil Steele's All-Freshman Team
- SEC Offensive Player of the Week (9/28)
- Led team in receptions
- One of Ten finalists for Fred Biletnikoff Award
- All-SEC First Team by Associated Press and SEC Coaches
Does this slide even need explaining?
AJ Green is simply the best receiver in the country. A future top-10 draft pick, and the most valuable player that runs on the field for the Bulldogs every Saturday.
Aaron Murray will have growing pains at quarterback, but if he throws the ball to Green when something breaks down, he will be making a good decision more times than not.
I'll even go as far as to say this: After this season, AJ Green will be known as the best offensive player to wear the red and black since Herschel Walker. That's how good this guy is.
AJ Green: The Perfect Receiver