Former Georgia QB David Greene is one of the classiest folks associated with UGA football that I’ve had the pleasure to meet. And the grace that has always characterized No. 14 is coming into play again as he prepares for Texas’ Colt McCoy to take away his NCAA record for the most wins as a starting quarterback.
Both Tony Barnhart on CBSsports.com and our sister paper, the Austin American-Statesman, have talked to Greene about the impending ascension of McCoy, likely to happen this Saturday when the Longhorns are expected to get McCoy’s 43rd victory. He tied Greene’s record of 42 wins last week.
Greene says he plans on making a congratulatory call to McCoy, just as the record holder he displaced, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning, did when Greene took the record away from him.
“I’m like anybody else. You really don’t want to see your records broken,” Greenie told Barnhart. “But if somebody is going to break the record, I would want it to be somebody like Colt. I don’t know him personally, but you can tell by listening to him that he is a team guy and a very humble guy. I like that.”
Greene recognizes that “when you get right down to it, this record is a team record. I don’t care how good a quarterback you are, if you don’t play on great teams, you will never have a chance to win 40 games. You have to be in the right place at the right time. You have to prove that you can play the position as a freshman. And you have to be a little bit lucky.”
And Greene considers himself lucky to have played under Mark Richt. “If there was ever a perfect fit, it was me with Coach Richt,” he said. “He taught me how to play the position and how to manage a game. That’s what a quarterback has to do when he is surrounded by good players. You just get the ball into the hands of guys who can make plays. Don’t try to do too much.”
I don’t know about you, but when Greene was playing at UGA, he was one one of the players in whose hands I wanted the ball in a crucial situation, whether it was in Knoxville or at Auburn or at home in Athens in his final game against Georgia Tech, when the injured QB came off the bench to seal a win over the Jackets.
They don’t come any better than David Greene.
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