All-time Dogs offense?

OK, I admit it. I didn’t vote for Tim Tebow.

Of course, I’m not an SEC coach and I didn’t have a chance to vote for him on the preseason All-SEC team, but the media focus on the compelling question of who dared not to vote for Saint Timothy has been so great (might we even say obsessive?) that I just felt compelled to confess anyway. I feel better.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, how about one more all-timers list? 

I know, I know, we’ve been hip deep in such lists this offseason, but a lot of folks enjoy them and, besides, the Georgia Sports Dawg blog, whose Greatest “Junkyard Dawg” Defense of All Time we discussed here a couple of weeks ago, has come up with a companion list for the other side of the line of scrimmage.  

Blogger Wes Holtzclaw calls this one Georgia’s Offense for the Ages. Here it is:

Center: Tommy Lyons (1967 to 1970)

Left guard: Pat Dye (1957 to 1960)

Right guard: Joel Parrish (1973 to 1976)

Left tackle: Matt Stinchcomb (1995 to 1998)

Right tackle: Jon Stinchcomb (1999 to 2002)

Tight end: Randy McMichael (1998 to 2001)

Split end: Brice Hunter (1991 to 1994)

Flanker: Terrence Edwards (1999 to 2002)

Fullback: Frank Sinkwich (1939 to 1942)

Tailback: Herschel Walker (1980 to 1982)

Quarterback: David Greene (2001 to 2004)

Besides Hines Ward, who is a must for Georgia's all-time offense?

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Now there are two ways to approach a list like this. If you try to pick players for each position who were among the best of their time, you can load up your line with some names from the 1950s-1970s like Holtzclaw did here. On the other hand, if the conceit is that you’re plucking players from various eras to assemble a team that would actually play together, you might want to consider how small some of those linemen were compared with latter day players.

The main problem I have with this all-time offense is the absence at split end of Hines Ward, who made Holtzclaw’s “honorable mention” team. Brice Hunter, who also played flanker, caught a lot of passes during the Eric Zeier era, but he was no Hines Ward.   

Also on Holtzclaw’s honorable mention team were center Peter Anderson, guards Max Jean-Gilles and Royce Smith, tackles Bernard Williams and Edgar Chandler, tight end Ben Watson, flanker Andre Hastings, fullback Brannan Southerland, tailback Charley Trippi and quarterback Eric Zeier.

Other names that probably ought to be thrown into the discussion include guard Randy Johnson, tackle Mike “Moonpie” Wilson, receiver Jimmy Orr, tailbacks Garrison Hearst and Tim Worley, fullback Mack Strong and quarterback Fran Tarkenton. 

I think it’s a given that most folks would vote to put Ward on the all-time Georgia offense, so let’s make our question today who would be the first player after Ward that you’d add to the all-time offense? Feel free to comment, pick one of the selections offered in the poll or do both.

24 comments Add your comment

god and greyhound

July 23rd, 2009
7:06 am

Rickts ticket will be punched after TIAR to tech in 2010. dont miss the bus rickt

dawgfanatic24-7

July 23rd, 2009
8:23 am

I’m so tired of hearing about Tim Teabag. Maybe next year when he’s a third string QB in the NFL it will give some people perspective.

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
8:30 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Oh great...

July 23rd, 2009
8:34 am

…another topic that has been discussed ad nauseum – and you still cannot find a place for Hines Ward.

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
8:46 am

I have no life. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Dave

July 23rd, 2009
8:48 am

Does Reggie Ball belong on the list?

Bill King

July 23rd, 2009
9:04 am

Oh Great:

Read again. It’s not my list. I would include Hines Ward.

Long Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:12 am

These types of discussions are silly. Pat Dye could not play guard in the SEC today. He is not big enough. To suggest that he is better than Max Jean Gilles is asinine. The players today are bigger and faster than they were in the 50’s and 60’s. Next subject please.

ccdawg

July 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

How about Lindsay Scott. If he had played in the Zeier era he would have had HUGE numbers and he was obviously the 2nd best athlete on the field against FLA in 1980. Ray Donaldson as center. At Fullback Alphonso Ellis and Ronnie Stewart who blocked for Herschel were very underrated. Think Royce Smith should be on there before Joel Parrish at guard. How can the list not include Hines Ward? I loved Brice but Hines was a better all around player.

Steve

July 23rd, 2009
9:55 am

Royce Smith was a special athlete. He was an AA but also a 1st round pick. He was 6′3.5″ and at 265-270 ran a 4.65 40. He benched over 485 and would still compete today. He definitely should be a starter on this team over Dye or Parrish. By the way Edgar Chandler was a guard at UGA not tackle. (by a former player)

braveswin

July 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

awww everyone look, widdle st simons has posted again. him is so funny. him thought that post up all by his widdle self. now will someone give him a pacifier and put him back in his crib

tommy

July 23rd, 2009
10:02 am

To bad Ga Tech doesn’t have their own blog then their fans could go there. Wait they do. I guess it is more fun to belittle other people than brag your team. One game does not make a ledgend.. Jimmy Womack was Hershel’s fullback on the NC team and he needs to be mentioned.

Okefenokee. Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

What about Pulpwood on that list?

Cuz

July 23rd, 2009
10:34 am

Cousin Pat was an All-American but he was kinda small. He was a gamer that is for sure. Him and his brother used to hitchhike home from Richmond Academy after football practice. Of course back in the fifties you could do that and who was going to bother the Dye boys.

George

July 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

Centers don’t get a lot of ink, but Ray Donaldson was the best interior lineman I have seen at Georgia. Not a bad pro either– multi-time all pro with the Colts and Cowboys.

Bill King

July 23rd, 2009
10:56 am

Edgar Chandler may have played some guard but Georgia’s media guide lists him as the starting right tackle 1965-67.

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

Huh?

July 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Those linemen from the 50’s and 60’s would get maimed or killed if they played today.

Wil Walton

July 23rd, 2009
11:42 am

WOW! It would seem as though every fan would have completely different 1st teams. Here would be mine:
QB – Zeke Bratkowski, FB – Bill Hartman, HB – Herschel Walker, WR – Johnny Carson, WR – Harry Babcock, TE – Troy Sadowski, OT – Matt Stinchcomb & Joe Bennett, OG – Pat Dye & Herb St. John, C – Ray Donaldson, AP – Hines Ward, PK – Kevin Butler
Any thoughs/comments encouraged!

Harry Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:06 pm

Whoa, we are leaving out Mike Wilson the great tackle from the 70s and the NFL? How about Royce Smith ( passed away now RIP ) at guard? He was great.

Andy Johnson needs to be in the line up somewhere.

SuperB

July 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

No offense to Brice Hunter, but he is no….Lindsay Scott….Lindsay Scott…. Lindsay Scott! Same for Ben Watson at TE. If we had two RB’s, Trippi would have to be the other one. If we had an all-purpose player, Hines would have that position.

Rogeriter

July 26th, 2009
12:39 am

How about a pretty good QB named Fran Tarkington? He also did pretty well in the pros. Still second on all-time passing yardage I believe.

Rogeriter

July 26th, 2009
12:41 am

And another pretty good receiver–Jimmy Orr. Ask the ghost of Johnny Unitas how good he was!

Rabun Dawg

July 26th, 2009
9:21 pm

On the line, Mike “Moonpie” Wilson, “Cowboy” Parrish, Royce Smith, Edgar Chandler, these guys blew every opponent they faced back about 5 yards. Herschel would have run for 2k per year behind those guys.JMHO.