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.

90 comments Add your comment

Ben

June 11th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think Hines would probably take it, although Reggie Brown was pretty awesome when he was “on”.

And whoever was wondering earlier, Michael Greer was a big time pothead. That led to his transfer.

DeltaBlows

June 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

Was it Jermaine Phillips (#12) from Newnan…? Great hands…

Cuz

June 11th, 2009
1:34 pm

Charlie Trippi was also taken number one. Sorry to spoil your fun. Just type 45-42 until you feel better.

Cuz

June 11th, 2009
1:37 pm

A lot of the guys mentioned had some pretty decent QB’s throwing to them. Not to throw Belue, Pyburn or Lastinger under the bus, but they were not the most stellar throwers in UGA history. Lindsay made some amazing catches on balls that most recievers would not have caught. He was something to see and that is why he gets my vote.

ncdawg9295

June 11th, 2009
1:42 pm

Besides Trippi and Stafford, Frank Sinkwich and Harry Babcock also went #1, though Stafford was the first in more than 50 years.

Hines would have been the best, without a doubt, had he not had to play QB and RB at times. Best athlete other than #34, at least in the 30 yrs I have watched GA fb.

DeltaBlows

June 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

No…sorry…Juan Daniels (#12)…from Newnan…great hands.

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

for the fourth time I have tried to put this comment on, Harry Babcock and Frank Sinkwich were also drafted #1 overall.

Buzz

June 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

Calvin Johnson tops them all! Just think if he had a decent quarterback. Oh yeah…to hell with Georgia!

anotherdawg

June 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

This question is so subjective. Ward is probably the best receiver ever if you don’t penalize him for doing whatever UGA needed him to do. But Herschel, is the best college football player I have ever seen. In spite of being somewhat one dimensional, UGA was more dominant during his era than any other time. If he had came back for his senior season, his stats would eclipse any of today. And he, like Hines Ward, was a class act!

anotherdawg

June 11th, 2009
1:55 pm

Oh and Buzz, you could be right about Calvin Johnson. After all, he was the no# 1 pick in the NFL. Just think what he could have done with a quarterback like, hmmm Matthew Stafford. Wait, does this mean Detroit will win the Super Bowl?

gatorman770

June 11th, 2009
2:00 pm

Hines Ward hands down considering his play with for the dawgs and his NFL career with the Steelers.
How many of you can name the pro teams any of the others played for?

Otto

June 11th, 2009
2:11 pm

Wil Walton, The AP had Clemson at #6 and UGA at #25. UGA fans knew Goff had the weapons on offense to do something great but they were young and inexperienced. It was a big game for both sides. I did not remember the ESPN thing. Great times.

MaconKnight

June 11th, 2009
2:12 pm

Of the guys being polled i gotta say Terence Edwards.. Green may surpassed him, Edwards gets alot heat for having key drops but the guy holds an SEC Record for Receiving Yards: 3,093 Second for Most Receptions with: 204,Second for Most Touchdown Reception:31 Men lie, women lie but numbers don’t and this guy in records books. this is for all you dawg fans who seem to be so disappointed with this guy. seems to me like you need to start to appreciate and embrace Mr. Edwards instead of downplaying his contributions..

austindog

June 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

Edwards can talk to Bill Buckner on how one play can brand your entire career. That play could have been Belue to Scott II but now it just sums up the GA/FL game.

Courtney

June 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

Hines Ward. He was on some bad teams and did so much with so little around him. He proved that you don’t have to be on the best team to shine like a star.

Courtney

June 11th, 2009
2:22 pm

Juan Daniels was from Norcross High; I believe.

UGADawg83

June 11th, 2009
2:24 pm

I voted for Ward because he shined on some bad teams. (Only 1 bowl trip in his four years) That said Lindsey Scott was clutch which puts him ahead of T.Edwards. Even so, T. Edwards game in an game out made plays; his stats are awesome. Also, how would this discussion change if Champ Bailey had been a full time WR?

bo

June 11th, 2009
2:35 pm

Champ Bailey

Big Mel

June 11th, 2009
2:36 pm

How bout that wonderful Heman Archie? What great hands….

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
3:21 pm

Harry Babcock and Frank Sinkwich were also number one draft picks.

exNFLplayer

June 11th, 2009
3:29 pm

Greatest receiver? Hard to say. Andre Hastings maybe. But as far as receiver/football player, it’s without a doubt Hines Ward. I remember Hines playing WR, TB, and QB in the same season. I sat in Sanford Stadium and watched in utter amazement as Hines threw for 300+ yards after not having played the QB position for 4 years. Hines Ward was and is a football player. Period.

Columbia Eagle

June 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

Fred Lane is the Dawg’s all-timer

ThaMan

June 11th, 2009
3:46 pm

chuck allison

June 11th, 2009
4:03 pm

Didn’t Lindsey Scott play for the University of Florida?

mr. mang

June 11th, 2009
4:18 pm

What about Chris McCrainie. That guy could fair catch a punt with the best of them.

Devildog

June 11th, 2009
4:19 pm

I had to pick Hines Ward, not only for his UGA game but his pro game, too.
Having said that, I also like Jimmy Orr. Most of the guys voting here didn’t see him play. I did. He was magic. And he proved he was great with the Baltimore Colts. I’m sure some voters think the Colts were always in Indianapolis.

dagrapevine

June 11th, 2009
4:20 pm

how could brice hunter be left off this list.he is my choice hands down.

Barkin Dawg

June 11th, 2009
4:24 pm

Kent Lawrence

Rogeriter

June 11th, 2009
4:27 pm

Most of you are too young to remember Jimmy Orr, but he was great when Ga. wasn’t too great. He and Johnny Carson from the fifties back. Hines Ward and Lindsey Scott forward. But Green may surpass all of them.

[...] I found Bill King! A recent blog that appeared in my Google Reader this morning was a survey about who was the Bulldogs’ all-time best receiver. In my opinion, it is definitely Hines [...]

GT all the way

June 11th, 2009
4:40 pm

That’s like asking who the tallest midget is…..Hines Ward the only UGA receiver worth talking about (maybe Green will be some day). Man, there is nothing to report when the discussion is about UGA receivers. All of them in Calvin Johnson’s shadow….best receiver in state’s history by a mile.

2girlsdaddy

June 11th, 2009
5:47 pm

Anthony(Amp)Arnold always made the BIG CATCH

Marshun

June 11th, 2009
5:48 pm

I think if you go and check the record books for Ga. receivers, Brice Hunters’ name is at the top of a lot of those.

fuga

June 11th, 2009
6:47 pm

Who cares…

DC_Dawg

June 11th, 2009
7:10 pm

Charlie Whittemore has done the most for our University whether if it was as a All-SEC flanker, assistant coach on Dooley’s 1980 championship team, or as he is now, as invaluable assistant AD who overlooks all of the great facilities our teams compete in.

As for receiver, the best Dawg I saw in my day was Hines Ward, the man who did it all.

T-bone

June 11th, 2009
7:15 pm

Michael Johnson is the best ever, based solely on his catch on 4th down against Auburn. MJ all the way.

Oledawg

June 11th, 2009
7:16 pm

Bill- I’m surprised you didn’t pick Arthur James Marshall Jr.. Best hidden asset as a player and person in life. He made a simple catch appear as a mansion. You could always bank on him to confuse the opponent and make an over-the-head catch appear as slight of hand. He later helped many people buy a house. His open field running and slight of hand when he had the ball was legendary from Georgia to Miami.

Seriously, did you write all these article to push your “Richt is a Whiner” article into last weeks blogs? I’ll bet you did and your Editors will never catch on unless they read your blog. After the crude article you wrote about Richt, I’ll bet you are looking for any kind of high ground even if you have to copy the articles of others at the AJC or the Athens Banner Herald. And I’ll bet your Editors don’t even read your articles.

dawggonecrazy

June 11th, 2009
7:43 pm

Good post The Dawg. I was wondering if anyone was going to remember Johnny Carson. I’ve seen him catch passes from Zeke that was putting everyone else on the ground. There are a lot of good ones, and he ranks right up there with the best to me.

nwizzle dawg

June 12th, 2009
9:48 am

T. Edwards is definatley my favorite. I gotta agree with MaconKnight on people downplaying him a liitle more than necessary, sure he wasnt the biggest clutch performer in this group, but he put up numbers year after year, against some GREAT competition.

The best though? Talent wise I’d go with Green(but like Otto mentioned if Brown starts early he’ll be an immediate contender based on talent) Ward was the most competitve, which is a priceless asset for a wideout(wish Fred gibson woulda had more of it.) I think Massoquoi was the most complete, we’ve ever had. I wouldnt call him the fastest, most talented, best route runner, etc. , but he eventually became proficient in ALL facets of the game, and was a big reason(as people have mentioned) Green matured as he did. I still think we have this convo again after Brown’s freshamn year though. I definatley think he’ll give Ward, a run for his money as the most toughest when all is said and done.

NahuntaDawg

June 12th, 2009
10:05 am

Fred Gibson…or Kent Lawrence.
Just kidding about Fred. He had 2 good years but also had to many drops and became scared to take a hit.

Hines Ward is the best Dawg receiver ever…wathed him play QB in Sanford stadium vs. Florida in ‘05. Dawgs got killed but he showed his toughness that day. He was then and still is today a great all around football player.