Who was the Bulldogs’ all-time best receiver?

Although primarily known for its running attack during the Vince Dooley era and now considered more of a balanced offense under Mark Richt, there have been times over the years when UGA has been known for putting the ball up in the air much of the time. 

Who was the Dogs' all-time best receiver?

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Wally Butts was considered a prime mover in the modern passing attack. Under Johnny Griffith, Larry Rakestraw set an NCAA single-game passing record against Miami in 1963. Eric Zeier threw the ball 65 times against Florida in 1993, and Shannon Mitchell caught 15 of them, setting a Georgia record.

A lot of talented receivers were on the other end of all those passes thrown over the years by Bulldog quarterbacks. Names like Jimmy Orr from the Butts era, Pat Hodgson, Charlie Whittemore and Lindsay Scott from the Dooley years, Andre Hastings and Brice Hunter from Ray Goff’s tenure, Hines Ward from the Jim Donnan years, Terrence Edwards under Donnan and Mark Richt, and Reggie Brown, Mohamed Massaquoi and current star A.J. Green from the Richt era.

If I had to narrow that list down, I’d have Orr, Hastings, Ward, Edwards (even with that infamous drop against Florida) and Massaquoi, and I think Green probably will top the list before his career is done. And I’d throw in Lindsay Scott for unquestionably the most important reception in Bulldogs history.

Which brings me to our Question of the Day: Who was UGA’s all-time best receiver of all time? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both. 

Oh, and after a day under the weather, it’s good to be back discussing the Dawgs.

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Denver Dog

June 11th, 2009
7:17 am

Jimmy Orr, was one of the greats Lindsay Scott, Reggie Brown,,Gene Washington, Edwards, Ward, Green may be the greatest, but he is not past tense yet. The best of all time at UGA, right now, I’d say Scott and Washington, for they both beat the Gators on great recieving plays

John Marshall

June 11th, 2009
7:47 am

I couldn’t vote. Brice Hunter was better than everyone you have listed (Green is still active and has only played one season. He will probably be the best…..probably, but to me it was R.I.P…..Brice Hunter)

J.H. Marshall, IV

Ned Beatty

June 11th, 2009
7:51 am

Aint you heard Cap’n, this here river only runs one way.

Cuz

June 11th, 2009
8:05 am

LINDSAY SCOTT, LINDSAY SCOTT, LINDSAY SCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Red Balls

June 11th, 2009
8:12 am

I couldn’t vote either. It was Hason Graham, hands down.

BugKiller

June 11th, 2009
8:14 am

It begins and ends with Hines Ward.

Hines Ward, when everything is said and done, will be a 2-time Hall of Fame Player.

He will make it to the College Hall of Fame in South Bend and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Can ANYONE on that list say that?

And Edwards dropped more than just that one pass… he dropped A LOT of passes. So did MoMass his sophomore and junior years, wrapped by great freshman and senior years.

Hines Ward is the greatest Georgia receiver ever.

How is this even up for debate?

St. Bernard

June 11th, 2009
8:15 am

Terrence Edwards was never anything but a disappointment. Whatever he did, could have been doubled if he could catch.

godawg

June 11th, 2009
8:16 am

Clarence Kay was pretty good too…

tim

June 11th, 2009
8:19 am

I’m a gator…..so it’s got to be Scott

DeltaBlows

June 11th, 2009
8:26 am

Ray Hockaday and Brice Hunter…

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 11th, 2009
8:26 am

Dink

June 11th, 2009
8:48 am

Tough one Bill, either Lindsay or Hines Ward with probably a slight edge to Hines.

Run Lindsay, Run! Go Dawgs!

Lindsey

June 11th, 2009
8:50 am

He’s my namesake so I vote for LINDSAY SCOTT!!! LINDSAY SCOTT!!

Bill King

June 11th, 2009
8:52 am

Click through to the entire article on the “continue reading” link and you should be able to vote in the poll. If not, it must be an issue with your browser. The poll is active; so far Hines Ward has a big lead.

Crank Dat Soulja Boy Noshow Moreno

June 11th, 2009
9:06 am

that white guy

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
9:12 am

Although I think Hines Ward is now and AJ Green will be, I think we need to pay our respects to the DGD that is and was MoMass. If it weren’t for his team first attitude by teaching AJ Green how to be a better reciever even though it could have seriously affected his playing time, I don’t think we would have been as successful in the passing game and AJ would not have had the year he did. MoMass was not only a great reciever (yeah he had a bad sophomore year) but ultimately he was a great team player. That’s what I would like to see more of on the team.

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
9:12 am

UGA89

June 11th, 2009
9:21 am

Cedric Henderson received a lot back in the day. …oh, you meant wide receivers on the football team, I was thinking about which athlete received the most in illegal cash flow, cars, gifts, etc. from boosters.

Otto

June 11th, 2009
9:23 am

Edward and Gibson always had problems dropping passes, hopefully the new receivers coach can fix that. I loved watching Hastings, Hearst, and Eric if the only had a defense.

Scott has the most memorable catch but as a career Ward is tough to argue with. The one question is Ward mot memorable for his work at WR?

Kendawg

June 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Perhaps my memory is flagging, but I don’t remember Hines Ward being all that great a receiver at UGA. If you include his pro career, undoubtedly he is the best, for he will probably go into the Pro Hall of Fame. But for college, I would simply have to say Lindsay Scott, cause he caught the greatest pass in UGA history.

BugKiller

June 11th, 2009
9:30 am

Voice… you ever notice how the moniker “Damn Good Dawg” is usually given to the guys who aren’t supremely talented, but are great for the team? Think of guys like Tyson Browning, who was five-foot nothing, 100-pounds-nothing, our very own Rudy-esque character who played with more heart than talent. That’s usually the guys we give the moniker DGD to.

Don’t forget, MoMass had a pretty bad Junior year, too. I seem to remember him making just as many bad, ill-timed drops that year as he did his sophomore year. Yeah, he had the Florida game, but that was about it.

I mean, he’s not Tripp Chandler (who is more evidence that Mark Richt would rather be loyal than hold players / coaches accountable for poor play / coaching), but he had two great seasons that bookended two pretty darn bad ones.

Hines Ward not only was a great receiver, he did everything and anything Goff and Donnan asked of him.

If you want to talk about DGDs, and DGDs with actual HOF Talent… than Hines Ward is by definition, the Damn Best Dawg that ever was.

In fact, in the long history of our program, including guys like Herschel, Trippi, Scott and the rest… I would stick Ward in their number easily.

Think of how many Dawgs are two-time HOFers. Tarkenton. Scott. Trippi. I’m sure there are one or two I’m leaving out, but the list is small.

Hines Ward will be on that list. Herschel isn’t on that list. Think about that.

Hines Ward, with his sacrifice for team, with his willingness to do anything and everything ever asked of him, with his great heart, with his supreme talent… with everything he is, he’s not only the greatest Bulldog receiver ever.

He’s among the few Damn BEST Dawgs ever.

reservoirDAWG

June 11th, 2009
9:30 am

I never saw Michael Greer drop a ball.

Big Al

June 11th, 2009
9:31 am

On the list of quarterbacks that threw to bulldogs, you forgot the great Reggie Ball.

The Dawg

June 11th, 2009
9:35 am

As an old timer, I got to see who I consider the best – Johnny Carson. He will not even come close to getting the attention he deserves, because he played with Zeke Bratkowski in the early fifties. He had the ability to go up and come down with the ball if it was anywhere close to him.
I think A.J. Green will be the best by the time he is through, if he can get some help in order to alleviate a double team on every play. Everyone mentioned brings many memories to mind, and of course Lindsay Scott has probably had the most publicity so far, and saved us more than just the ‘80 Jax game. Jimmy Orr had a terrific pro career and Hines Ward is probably the most talented or everyone mentioned. Lots of great names here!
Good article, Bill.

Georgia Boy

June 11th, 2009
9:38 am

The most complete reciever in UGA history, I would have to say is Hason Graham.

Georgia Boy

June 11th, 2009
9:39 am

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Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
9:40 am

BugKiller- touche’, I agree that Hines was/is one the best dawgs ever. I just like the attitude MoMass had on and off the field. But don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t saying he should be in the running for greatest reciever of all time, but he should still get some respect for the good things he did at UGA.

TommyP

June 11th, 2009
9:42 am

Please, stop with Michael Greer. You DON’T want to know the reason he transferred. (easy to figure out if you remember which high school he went to and under what coach he played at Georgia)

Hines Ward’s most memorable moments for me were at QB. I’ve never seen a player move from another position to QB and do what he did. What a gamer. (Did he also play TB, WR, and return punts/kicks?)

Champ Bailey did good things for us when he was put at WR.

If you’re going to list guys like Terrence Edwards, you might also want to throw out Fred Gibson. Both dropped passes and both made big plays.

My vote? AJ Green. Yep…after one season. He could leave now and be considered the best for me. And it’s not even remotely close.

reservoirDAWG

June 11th, 2009
9:52 am

TommyP, what’s your problem with Greer? That was just a statement, not an endorsement as the best receiver in UGA history.

Ty

June 11th, 2009
9:57 am

My screen name is “Brickhands8.” Anyone but Terrence.

Otto

June 11th, 2009
9:59 am

Herschel deserves to be a 2 time HOFer based on stats. He was cursed with never being on a good team and always carrying a bad to mediocre team.

If AJ is in the running for best after one year MoMass had a great freshman year.

A pure WR Scott or Hastings but I do not know much about Orr as he was before my time. Hastings is the best I ever watched with my own eyes. Hunter is up there too. Gibson, Edwards and MoMass dropped plenty of big catches.

Ward is the best all around player I have watched. He could do it all well. He could play anything but lineman and that was only due to size. If you lined up for a play a man short, grab Ward by the shirt and toss him on the field.

I am hoping AJ and Marlon will be the 2 greatest WRs to ever play for UGA. AJ has shown he can be the greatest and lets hope he doesn’t have that Soph. slump.

Frozen_Gator

June 11th, 2009
10:04 am

I would have say Jimmy Orr, just for his extended pro career, then Hines Ward. Gene Washington was a good one and BTW I grew up with the starter on the other side, Mark Wilson. He made a big catch to help beat us one year. His son is now on the roster with the Gators.

uuugh.

June 11th, 2009
10:06 am

Ward, while a sure NFL HOFer, played way too many positions at UGA to be considered the best WR ever to play.

After T. Edwards and F. Gibson’s freshman seasons, we were all saying similar things as I read here about A.J. Let’s give him another season or two before passing judgement. It seems like Edwards and Gibson’s soph and junior campaigns brought them down to earth a little bit. I look for Marlon Brown to have the best season this year if he starts early.

I like Hastings as the best all time…so far.

Chris

June 11th, 2009
10:09 am

People discount Terrance Edwards because of the dropped pass versus UF in 2002, but if you actually look at what he accomplished at UGA it is pretty spectacular. Most of you probably don’t realize that he is the leading receiver in SEC history as far as yards. He was an impact player while at UGA. I think people forget that as his playing days mover farther and farther into history.

JaxDawg

June 11th, 2009
10:13 am

Bug Killer- great point about Hines, and you’re right he’s defintely among the greatest UGA players of all time. If memory serves me correct he only needed a little under 200yds passing to become the the first player in NCAA history to have over 1000 career yds in all three major offensive categories (pass,rush, rec), and what’s even more amazing is he has played his entire career without an ACL on his left knee that he lost in childhood accident and wasn’t discovered until his NFL physical prior to the draft.

DR

June 11th, 2009
10:15 am

Clint

June 11th, 2009
10:30 am

Champ Bailey was the best WR we had during Donnon’s stint. Guys like Corey Allen and Michael Johnson were very clutch and made huge catches. Overall, I’d say Lindsay Scott is the all time best for now. It’ll be AJ Green when all is said and done.

Robert

June 11th, 2009
10:31 am

Probably Hines Ward.
I also agree about MoMass. He will forever be a DGD in my book and was without a doubt a very important part of the teams he was a part of. While he had his ups and downs, he was a solid player and even better teammate and leader. He had an incredible senior season. He was AJ’s mentor, who will probably end up being the best receiver ever at UGA. Further, I had a class with him and he was a really nice and humble guy. I hope he plays in the league for a long time and makes a bunch of money, he deserves it.

Sharkman

June 11th, 2009
10:39 am

Bill and company, this is a very good question and an even better debate among the faithful. We should keep in mind the slight effect of choosing the most recent players over players from the past simply because we remember them better (not an overt criticism, we all do it). As far as players I’ve seen live, Andre Hastings is in the argument as one of the best 2 or 3 UGA receivers all-time. And I am not piling on with Edwards, he did contribute a great deal, but he was very inconsistent and dropped the ball in vital situations.

PMC

June 11th, 2009
10:39 am

Hines Ward may well be the best overall football player that ever went to school at Georgia.

Sharkman

June 11th, 2009
10:40 am

And if there is any doubt about Hastings, just look at footage from the 1991 Clemson night game in Athens.

Otto

June 11th, 2009
10:43 am

I have been harsh on Edwards, Gibson, and MoMass but all 3 were DGDs. MoMass always carried himself well and I applaud him for working with AJ. IMO UGA could have used some better coaching at WR. UGA seemed to drop more passes than other top teams like UF, OU etc. Hopefully Marlon, Moore or someone has a great year with AJ getting the most coverage. Durham is another DGD. He may not be AJ or Hastings with the speed but he is reliable.

Sm@rt@ss

June 11th, 2009
10:44 am

Arthur Marshall!

Otto

June 11th, 2009
10:50 am

The ‘91 Clemson game is one of my most memorable days in Athens. UGA won and the stadium was pumped before the game with the Braves winning in their last to first season. The radio broadcast of the Braves game was on in every tail gating party around the town. The Clemson fans were just as excited for the Braves as us UGA fans. I wish CSS or ESPN classic would replay that game.

CKDawg65

June 11th, 2009
11:13 am

Hines and Edwards are the best two for sure. Hines was the better football player due to his versatility and blocking. Edwards was the better receiver. You don’t become and stay the leading receiver in SEC history by accident.

Wil Walton

June 11th, 2009
11:18 am

Sharkman & Otto, I agree that was a GREAT game. Clemson’s #1 defense filmed that ESPN promo before the game, and I think Clemson was ranked 3rd in the nation at the time. I grew up in Greenville, SC, so I always had to deal with Tiger fans and that game shut them up for a long time. Didn’t stop me from getting my degree in Tigertown (out of state tuition was too much), but I definitely will always remember that game because of the local magnitude and the Braves influence.

TenSpeed

June 11th, 2009
11:49 am

Bobby Towns……He told me so himself!!!

Herschel Talker

June 11th, 2009
12:03 pm

Terrence Edwards. That drop against Florida in 2002 sealed his fate as the UGA all-timer.

kool aid drinker

June 11th, 2009
12:22 pm

how come we can’t vote for matthew stafford in this?
I think you have something against stafford. He was with out a doubt the greatest player whom ever played at UGA. the recievers wouldn’t be great without him. if he was a reciever, he would have been the greatest. he is the greatest, period…i mean, after all, he is the only uga player taken #1 in the NFL draft.

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
12:59 pm

it’s funny that people like kool aid drinker seem to think we UGA fans think Stafford was the greatest, yet I have not heard anyone except morons like him actually say that. Nobody drank any of this “kool aid” that you seem to think we have. I’m pretty sure last time the poll was done he didn’t even rank as the best UGA QB in recent memory. Congrats to him for being the #1 player drafted, besides that, who cares?