All-time favorite Dawgs

I was particularly interested to see current Bulldog Jeff Owens writing on his blog last week about his top five all-time favorite UGA football players, as I’d recently gone through a similar exercise while putting together my bio for the “new look” Blawg. (Just click on “About Bill King” over on the right-hand side of the page to check it out.)

It’s not as easy as it sounds, particularly if you’ve been following the Dawgs as long as I have. Jeff’s five favorites were Herschel Walker, Knowshon Moreno, David Pollack, Champ Bailey and Greg Blue, two of whom he played with.  

Now I don’t know Jeff’s criteria, but for my favorites list I didn’t necessarily think about who were the greatest, best or most valuable players, though those adjectives certainly apply to most of the folks I ended up picking. Instead, I went with those players that I felt a special affinity for during their Georgia playing days and continued to follow in years after. I ended up with seven favorites for my list: Fran Tarkenton, Lynn Hughes, Andy Johnson, Herschel Walker, Hines Ward, David Greene and Mohamed Massaquoi.

Tarkenton I picked because he’s the first Georgia Bulldog I really knew anything about when I was a kid and I followed him during his many years as a record-setting QB in the NFL. Plus he was from Athens, my hometown. 

Lynn Hughes became a favorite of mine during Vince Dooley’s first season in Athens when he shared the quarterbacking duties with Preston Ridlehuber. Later, he switched over to defense, where he starred at safety. He played hard and was willing to do whatever the coaches asked of him. Another connection: I was his paperboy, delivering The Atlanta Journal to him when he lived in the Town House apartments on Lumpkin Street near Five Points. (I remember I didn’t want to cash the first check he wrote for me because it had his “autograph” on it, but my banker Dad told me that didn’t make any business sense.)

Andy Johnson was another Athens boy and one I went to school with from seventh grade on. We played touch football together in junior high and he went on to be the star QB for the Athens High Trojans, leading our team to a state co-championship with Valdosta in 1969. Andy also was an extremely talented baseball player (he played for the Dawgs and could have signed with MLB) and played basketball and ran track in high school, too. He was one of the most talented athletes I ever saw and he’s also a really nice guy. 

Herschel, well, he’s everybody’s favorite. No need to spell out why he made my list, except to say what a sheer pleasure it was to watch him run during his days at Sanford Stadium. The greatest.

Hines Ward was another versatile player who did whatever was asked of him, including playing hurt, while at tailback, quarterback and wide receiver during his time in Athens. A classy guy who’s gone on to NFL success with a Super Bowl MVP award. 

David Greene was the coolest quarterback I’ve ever seen, maintaining his composure even when he didn’t have much of an offensive line in front of him. He also was the most adept at faking the handoff I’ve ever seen and could make some of the prettiest, most precise passes imaginable. Another classy guy and the winningest QB in NCAA history. I really enjoyed talking with him last summer in advance of the Countdown to Kickoff event.

Mohamed Massaquoi turned heads as a freshman with his acrobatic, nearly impossible catches. I not only appreciated his talent, I liked his attitude, especially when he went through a rough patch with drops and some elements of fandom started booing him. He bounced back with many more game-changing catches and also served as a mentor to A.J. Green during his senior year. Another classy guy.

If I’d had to pad my favorites list out to a Top 10, it would have been tough narrowing it down from so many over the years, but I’d have to go with Jake Scott, everybody’s favorite bad boy during his years at UGA; Kevin Butler, our greatest placekicker and a funny guy on the radio; and Champ Bailey, an incredible two-way star in an era of specialization. But there are lots of others whose names come to mind, including Pat Hodgson, Buzy Rosenberg, Richard Appleby, Scott Woerner, Terry Hoage, Buck Belue, Bill Goldberg, Richard Tardits, Garrison Hearst and David Pollack.

Feel free to share your all-time Bulldog favorites …

BULLDOG BITES: My brother Jon and my son both were at Saturday’s meet at a packed Stegeman Coliseum where the Gym Dogs mopped up the floor with the Florida Gators. (Parking was nearly impossible to find, they said.) Just as my brother, a longtime Gym Dogs fan, told me earlier this season, Suzanne Yoculan’s last team seems to rise to the occasion when they face top competition. Which is what top teams in any sport must do. … Speaking of top teams, the Diamond Dogs are off to a blazing start, having swept a three-game series out at Arizona this weekend, outscoring the Wildcats an aggregate 33-14. The Dogs, with their best start since 2000 at 8-0, return to Foley Field at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Wofford.

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Daniel #12

March 2nd, 2009
12:08 pm

1. Preston Ridlehuber – the reason my son wears #12 to this day. A great DAWG on Dooley’s early teams
2. Ronnie Jenkins – just a South Georgia boy who loved football and the University and did not take himself too seriously
3. Andy Johnson – same reason as Bill.
4. Larry Rakestraw – 1st great DAWG QB I can remember. Listened to him and Georgia beat Miami and George Mira one Friday night on the radio.
5. David Greene – the drought breaker. Paas to Johnson on 4th down to win the 1st SEC Championshio in too long.
These and others are why i as a semi mature mid 50’s male with grown children still let a bunch o 18-21 year olds determine my mood and feelings every fall.

Jerry Bowman

March 2nd, 2009
12:09 pm

It’s hard to leave out D.J. Shockley in any list of favorite dawgs. He waited 4 years to have a shot at a job he could have had at 98% of the Division I schools all along. All he did was be a team guy and keep his head up. The fact he was able to win an SEC championship as the starting quarterback in his only starting season was especially sweet. He will always be in my list of top dawgs for his unselfish attitude.

Justin

March 2nd, 2009
12:15 pm

There are alot so I will go with a Richt era top 5:
(This Was tough enough)
5: D.J. Shockley
4: Billy Bennett
3: Thomas Davis
2: David Greene
1: David Pollack

Just Missed: Greg Blue, Thomas Brown, Boss Bailey, Tony Gilbert, MJG, L. Pope, Reggie Brown and Verron.

Rick

March 2nd, 2009
12:37 pm

Drew Brees, Bob Greise, Otis Armstrong, Lenny Dawson, Ron Woodson opps those were Boilermakers

sswinfordawg

March 2nd, 2009
12:40 pm

3. Herschel: might be the all time greatest college football player and is hard to leave out of your top UGA players.
2. Knowshon Moreno: Not because he was such a talented back. Not because he could do the superman. It is because this kid as so much drive in him. He has one of the strongest competitive streaks i have ever seen. Truly a damn good dawg.
1. David Pollack: Any UGA fans ever wonder what it would be like to have tebow on your team? Well you did a few years ago except he didn’t play QB. He was as much of a leader on and off the field as you could ask for. He had a motor that never stopped. He had just as much or more heart than tebow (minus all the crying). This guy is what the game is all about. He is a textbook example of what we want our athletes to look and act like and it makes you proud to be a dawg fan. In my mind nobody can touch Pollack.

Big-Man

March 2nd, 2009
12:43 pm

1. Hines Ward- Forest Park High. I’ve grew up in Forest Park.
2. DJ Shockley- Stayed loyal in an age where people want instant gratification. A model of perseverence. Great character.
3. Robert Edwards – would have won the Heisman if not for breaking his foot.
4. David Pollack- Simply put he made plays.
5. Torin Kirtsey- Lol, skinny dude. I always liked his running style.

timthebrave

March 2nd, 2009
12:45 pm

1. HERCSHEL WALKER-NO REASON NEEDED
2. DAVID POLLOCK-HAD A NON STOP ENGINE ON HIM
3. HINES WARD-I CHEER ON THE STEELERS BECAUSE OF HIM(EXCEPT WHEN THEY PLAY THE FALCONS)
4. DAVID GREEN-WINNINGEST QB AND BROUGHT US AN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
5. CHAMP BAILEY-SHUT DOWN CORNER
PLAYERS I CONSIDERED KNOWSHON/THOMAS BROWN/GREG BLUE/BILLY BENNETT/BOSS/STAFFORD/REGGIE BROWN/HEARST/MUSSA SMITH/KEVIN BUTLER/BUCK BELUE/THOMAS DAVIS/POPE/ZEIER/MATT & JOHN STINCHCOMB/SEYMOUR/AJ GREEN/CURRAN

Temp

March 2nd, 2009
12:47 pm

Isn’t the Boilermakers that school from Indiana that fields a womens football team. Have they even cracked the top 25 this decade. Boilermakers, That’s a good.

1. Walker
2. Sinkwich(sp, sorry)
3. Trippi
4. Greene
5. UGA

timthebrave

March 2nd, 2009
12:48 pm

DJ SHOCKLEY….I’m sure I left off a few of my favorites

scottinjaxbeach

March 2nd, 2009
12:48 pm

Hey ole Buzy lives about two miles from me on the beaches here in Jacksonville! He is the most unassuming guy you would ever meet. Most of these UF clowns hardly know who he is. But would you expect any less from a school that likes to claim they invented football going back to the 1980’s. That being said here are my top 5

5. Scott Worner

4. Richard Tardits

3. Boss Bailey

2. Hines Ward

1. Herschal Walker

Susan

March 2nd, 2009
12:52 pm

I would have to add…
Jeff Sanchez
Thomas Davis
Matt Stinchcomb
Rex Robinson
Greg Bright
Kirby Smart
Knox Culpepper

DawgFan

March 2nd, 2009
12:57 pm

My type five in no particular order: Terry Hoage, Herschel, Tommy Thurson, A.J. Green(if he stays at least three years)if not Scott Woerner, and Garrison Hearst. Man this was hard. So many great Dawgs out there.

hem o'roid

March 2nd, 2009
12:58 pm

I’d haff to go wif Stinkum Hiney. He never got to play cause the refs. wouldn’t let him on the field, he stunk so bad. He’d of been good if dey let him play, cause the opposition wouldn’t have touched him.

Ogeechee Dawg

March 2nd, 2009
1:02 pm

Really hard to pick five!!!

Have to give some respect to some legends before my time:

Frank Sinkwich, Charlie Trippi, Bill Stanfill, Jim Wilson

How about Ben Zambaisi!!, Eddie Meat Clever Weaver, Jimmy Payne, Willie McClendon, Jimmy Poulas or Gliding Glenn Harrison, and of course Andy Johnson. Jake Scott – what a badass!!!

How about Washington to Appleby??? or was it Appleby to Washington!!!??

Speaking of favorites – how about overachievers like Verron Haynes!!!

Loved Hines Ward – playing QB with broken wrist in the Peach Bowl – in pain the entire game just holidng onto his wrist. Tough as nails – ultimate team player – outstanding blocker as a WR.

Mr Cool himself – David Green. Best QB I have witnessed in Athens.

Pollack, Walker, Belue, Lindsy Scott, Lindsey Scott, Lindsy Scott!!!

Hope this jars your memory of some dame good dawgs!!

Go Jackets

March 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm

Jasper Sanks is the all time greatest Georgia Bulldog. He could hold onto the ball better than anyone.

BR

March 2nd, 2009
1:11 pm

Thomas Davis and Thomas Brown

Mike Lum

March 2nd, 2009
1:16 pm

No mention of the technical/mechanical Zier, but Belue’s name came up plenty. So why is Zier on the radio, and not Buck? I’d rather listen to the Valdosta boy!

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 2nd, 2009
1:19 pm

I agree with SSWINFORDAWG, on David Pollack without any hesitations!
Also I would like to add Herschel Walker, David Green, Moreno, and for some reason AJ Green.
There is just too many great ones in UGA’s history. GO DAWGS!

Money

March 2nd, 2009
1:20 pm

Chris

March 2nd, 2009
1:23 pm

1)Steve Herndon
2)Thomas Brown
3)Knowshon
4)Greene
5)Terrence Edwards

Defense:
1)Thomas Davis
2)Pollack
3)Blue
4)Champ Bailey
5)

JDA

March 2nd, 2009
1:26 pm

Lamar ” Racehorse ” Davis, Sinkwich, Trippi. UGA’s greatest backfield ever.

kclubmember

March 2nd, 2009
1:31 pm

My Fab Five Are:1.Herschel Walker,2.Hines Ward,3.Garrison Hearst,4.Richard Seymour,and 5.Champ Bailey.Also Ben Watson is the strongest guy to play for the Dawgs.

YM

March 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

McMichael Best TE

jeffrey

March 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

Brannan Southerland. Dude is money. . .

MA Merrill

March 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

1. Herschel Walker….greatest football player ever, and a true class act
2. Eric Zeier….best QB Georgia ever had
3. Knowshon Moreno…just a blast to watch…total excitement
4. David Pollack…got everyone excited and was a heck of a player
5. Buck Belue…who cannot love him?
and one more
6. Hines Ward…he sacrificed a lot of himself for this team and did whatever was asked of him..a true team player!

GO DAWGS!! What phenominal tradition and talent we have had!

Keith

March 2nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Limiting it to those I have seen personally over the years.
1. Herschel Walker
2. Richard Tardits
3. Terry Hoage
4. Hines Ward
5. Champ Bailey

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2009
2:02 pm

Only 5?

Herschel
Buck
Lindsay
Greene
Shockley

just missed

Hoage
Woerner
Butler
Zambiasi

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2009
2:03 pm

Add pollack to the top of my just missed list

Jeff

March 2nd, 2009
2:05 pm

do some research on Andrew Williams, what a class guy #47

Willie

March 2nd, 2009
2:12 pm

Jake Scott and Andy Johnson!

GW

March 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

In no particular order: Hines Ward, Herschel Walker, JT Wall, Jeff Hipp, Scott Woerner, David Pollack, Terry Hoage, Garrison Hearst, Dwayne Simmons, Keith Henderson.

long time dog

March 2nd, 2009
2:19 pm

I am glad someone remembered Ronnie Jenkins, but we can’t leave out George Patton and Bill Standfield.

MountainDawg

March 2nd, 2009
2:20 pm

Wow! There’s been so many great Dawgs over the years, so it’s hard to narrow it down to just 5. I’ll take a swing at my personal favorites…

1) David Pollack – THE best defensive player in UGA history & 1 of the best in SEC history.
2) Terry Hoage – One of the best all-around football players in UGA history.
3) Knox Culpepper – Underrated workhorse. I’ll never forget the game he racked up a slew of tackled (18?) against Tech @ Grant Field.
4) Brannan Southerland – Talented yet grossly underused (the last 2 season)
5) Bill Goldberg – An animal in the trenches & (eventual) WCW & WWE Heavyweight “Wrasslin” champ. Very good athlete with unmatched intensity.

Christy

March 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

1. Josh Mallard- Great guy, great talent
2. DJ Shockley- CLASS ACT.
3. Hines Ward- VERSATILE
4. Champ Bailey- GIFTED
5. Herschel Walker- LEGEND

I listed them in no particular order….

reservoirDAWG

March 2nd, 2009
2:33 pm

Walker, Tardits, Lars Tate, Green and Momass.

Hayes

March 2nd, 2009
2:33 pm

Joe Creamons – old school baby.

Nick

March 2nd, 2009
2:36 pm

I’m 30 so I missed out on the early 80’s teams, but my list would go as follows:
Garrison Hearst
David Pollock
Hines Ward
Champ Bailey
DJ Shockley
David Greene
Knowshon
Boss Bailey
Greg Blue
Eric Zeier

I could keep going, but I’ll stop here.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2009
2:42 pm

Hey Go Jackets,

Reggie Ball is in the UGA HOF.

NEXT………………………..

Mark

March 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

Glad Terry Hoage made some lists. He was a smart guy who had a knack for always being around the ball.

MV7 FO'EVER

March 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

MIKE VICK is the #1 DAWG, Dawg!

Kingfish

March 2nd, 2009
2:46 pm

Fran Tarkenton
Jake Scott
Herschel Walker
Scott Woerner
Hines Ward

dawgfan

March 2nd, 2009
2:46 pm

1) Hoage
2) Walker
3) Greg Tremble
4) Woerner
5) Tardits
6) Hearst
7) Champ Bailey
8) Boswell
9) Culpepper
10) Harper
11) Kay
12) Zeier

Deidra

March 2nd, 2009
2:53 pm

Herchel Walker

Big Earl

March 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

I agree with all of you for once. Too many great dawgs to pick 5. I didn’t see anybody pick Ray Goff. If he didn’t coach UGA for a while, would you have picked him? Like him or not now, when he played he was one tough QB….and NOBODY is more loyal or loves UGA more than Goff.

keith l

March 2nd, 2009
2:56 pm

1.Jake Scott
2.Glynn Harrison
3.Scott Woerner
4.Buck Belue
5.Bruce Pollock

Buzzfan

March 2nd, 2009
3:02 pm

George

March 2nd, 2009
3:05 pm

3. Verron Haynes– walk on who rushed for 200 yds. against Tech.
2. Ray Donaldson– made watching the O-line fun
1. Herschel– who else

Sautee Dawg

March 2nd, 2009
3:06 pm

Hershel Walker
Guy Mcintyre
Freddie Gilber
Fran Tarkenton
Greg Blue
Rex Robinson
David Greene
David Pollak
Rennie Curran
Ben watson
Stinchcomb brothers
Willie McClendon
Richard Tardits
Bill Goldberg
Bill Stanfill
John Kasay
Too many great players to choose from.
UGA is the only school to have 3 Superbowl MVP’s Too
Have to add them to the list.
Jake Scott
Rodney Hampton
Hines Ward

clwood

March 2nd, 2009
3:07 pm

Took a long time for anyone to remember Lindsay Scott – was that fantastic run in the last second against Clemson, Auburn or Fla? Of course Herschel is the greatest ever. Too many others that would all be tied for spots 3-5.

The Voice

March 2nd, 2009
3:22 pm

1. Herschel
2. Greene
3. Pollack
4. Belue
5. Bailey, Champ
6. Bailey, Boss
7. Butler
8. Lindsey Scott!! Lindsey Scott!! Lindsey Scott!!
9. Hoage
10. Woerner
Honorable Mention:
Zeir, Hearst, Hampton, Worley, Henderson, Tate, Godfrey, Meat Cleaver Weaver, Tardits