Bulldog Bites: Greenie ready to give up record graciously

David Greene on the sideline at last week's Auburn game. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

David Greene on the sideline at last week's Auburn game. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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.

SOME OTHER GOOD READS

Rex Robinson blogs about his game-winning kick against Kentucky in Lexington in 1978 and Larry Munson’s beloved call. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! … Buck Belue reminisces about his official visit to Georgia as a recruit at the Kentucky game in Athens in 1977. Starting QB Jeff Pyburn’s dad, the linebackers coach, apparently saw the young recruit as a threat to his son’s tenure behind center (which proved to be correct) and, incredibly, refused to shake hands with him. It was the Prince Charles game. Georgia lost 33-0, the last time the Dawgs were beaten by the Cats in Athens, but Belue left with the idea that a freshman QB might be able to get some playing time the next season at Georgia. … Bulldawg Illustrated profiles Brook Whitmire, the voice of Sanford Stadium, whose “Betweeeeen the hedges” never fails to get me on my feet and ready to yell for the Dogs.

26 comments Add your comment

awj

November 19th, 2009
2:02 pm

tizzle82286

November 19th, 2009
2:06 pm

No One better as teammate than David Greene just ask D.J. Shockley….Hey if Bobo is fired or gets another job, CMR hired Greeny as QB coach?

Fort Worth Dawg

November 19th, 2009
2:07 pm

For those floating the idea of going after TCU’s defensive coordinator, here is his bio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bumpas_dick00.html

JB

November 19th, 2009
2:12 pm

I also always felt with David Green in there, we had a chance……I haven’t had those thoughts lately in big games, because we are usually 3 or 4 TD’s behind in the second half with an offense that never gives me hope for a rally.

JB

November 19th, 2009
2:14 pm

Fort Worth Dawg……..wouldn’t that be great having that guy lead our Defense next year. we can only dream.

Todd

November 19th, 2009
2:14 pm

Greenie was stones.

If it weren’t for Mark Richt ironically, Greenie may have had at min. one other SEC title and who knows, if we beat Tenn. in 06, rather than the pitiful, pitiful play calling of MR in that game.

Or the choke jobs to Ron Zuke,

Instead, Greenie is a DGD for the victory over on the Plains. Didn’t we need Florida to loose or something like that in order for us to get in the title game, some scenario.

Thanks Greenie for working around MR ironically and bringing us our first trip to Atlanta, I remember it vividly, saying I don’t care if we backed in to it, finally we’re in Atlanta.

Maybe some day we beat Fl and Tenn. in a single season, can never give up day dreaming over it.

Football Ken

November 19th, 2009
2:15 pm

Greenie was the best, put UGA football back in the national spotlight. Too bad Willie, Fabris and Bobo’ s bi-polar offensive play calling is taking us out of it.

SadDawg

November 19th, 2009
2:21 pm

Green gives praise (rightly so), but I’ve wondered since if David Green make Mark Richt a better coach those first 4 years. He was such an astute reader of defenses and seemed like he changed at least half or more of the plays sent in. Also, he was the best collegiate QB ijn the no-huddle offense I’ve ever seen. Ever.

TommyP

November 19th, 2009
2:25 pm

Amazing how people want to remember things. I remember a steady QB in David Greene that benefited from talent around him. Not spectacular, though, in the least.

He probably owes Brian Van Gorder more than anyone for those great defenses that got us W’s.

When DJ got the starting gig, I think we all saw one of the greatest seasons by any Georgia QB.

SadDawg

November 19th, 2009
2:26 pm

Sorry, did that sans reading glasses. Green gives praise (rightly so) to Mark Richt, but I’ve wondered if Greenie made Richt a better coach those first 4 years. He was such an astute reader of defenses and seemed like he changed at least half of the plays sent in. Also, he was the best collegiate QB to run the no-huddle offense I’ve ever seen. Ever.

GeoffDawg

November 19th, 2009
2:27 pm

Just an overall great QB who did everything well. Probably the best QB ever at the play fake. Don’t know why but he was just an absolute magician with the ball.

Preston

November 19th, 2009
2:33 pm

DJ was better than we expected, but he was no Green.

TommyP

November 19th, 2009
2:53 pm

DJ’s senior season was incredible.

Haley Hutchinson

November 19th, 2009
2:56 pm

Am I the only female fan tired of hearing about Rex Robinson? He’s so 1978.

TommyP

November 19th, 2009
3:03 pm

Pretty sure DJ finished 3rd his senior year for AP player of the year behind Vince Young and Reggie Bush.

I also believe he set the TD record for a Georgia QB in a season.

3 losses that year….Florida (he didn’t play due to injury), Auburn (thanks to a botched 4th and 18 at the end, we lose) and W.Virginia (Mountaineers fake a punt at end rather than give DJ the ball again).

I’m always amazed at how often DJ’s senior year is overlooked.

Saint Simons

November 19th, 2009
3:08 pm

63-59 hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Radly Dawg

November 19th, 2009
3:22 pm

Hey Hutchinson….you’re such a young pup….you don’t have a clue about what Rex accomplised in his time at Georgia. He was an All American place kicker, and was as good a kicker as I have ever seen play for Georgia….and that goes back to 1959. What did Abe Lincoln say? “It is better to be thought a fool…than to speak and remove all doubt!” You have a lot to learn pup!!!!

Sautee Dawg

November 19th, 2009
3:30 pm

Got to talk with David Green this year at the Florida game, Very humble person and probably the best QB we’ve had since Fran the Man. He could probably pass for one of Mark Richt’s offspring. Just a few inches taller is all. Still think he could be playing in the NFL, especially after watching the likes of Orton, Brady Quinn, and the list goes on and on of pro QB’s that David could beat out at the QB position.
Same here Bill on the Teeing it up betweeeeeeeeeeen the hedges with Brook Whitmire, section I sit in always gets up for that.

SadDawg

November 19th, 2009
3:37 pm

Todd, Green played from ‘01-’04, won an SEC title and played for another, losing to eventual National Champion LSU. UGA wound up 13-1 in ‘02, winning the East, kicking Arkansas’ butt in the SEC title game, kicking FSU’s butt in Sugar. Final AP ranking #3. When did they “back in” anything?

E

November 19th, 2009
3:52 pm

Willie?????? Do the right thing after the season Willie!!!!!!

Steve

November 19th, 2009
3:57 pm

S.S :
18 Dayton 63

21 Georgia Tech 59 F

Finger N Cider

November 19th, 2009
4:25 pm

Why dont UGA get the real silver britches instead of silver grey ones?

Yellow Fuzz

November 19th, 2009
4:58 pm

New Moon tomorrow–I am going with my Mom and boyfriend. We all love Twilight and are going to dress up as our favorite characters. I can’t wait!!

K-Town Dawg

November 19th, 2009
5:03 pm

Steve,

Tech was 18. Key word being was.

conyers bulldog

November 20th, 2009
11:37 am

great to hear the recap of georgia’s greatest games and be able to place where i was during each one. i doubt it the trigger will be pulled to get TCU def cor.

JEAS3

November 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

As a Tech fan and graduate I must admit that Greene was/is a class act all the way. I got to meet him at a social function once and he was very classy and humble. He was very quick to give credit to his teams at UGA for being responsible for a great deal of his success and was also quick to point out how much Richt had influenced his development. UGA fans should keep that in mind when evaluating the season once it is over.