On the BCS, SEC and Dawg of the Millennium (so far)

First off, congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide for a terrific BCS national championship win over a resilient Texas team. Since it wasn’t Florida, I was actually rooting for the SEC team this time around. It says a lot that it was an off year for the conference, and yet the coaches’ trophy still remains in the SEC.

Amid all the conflicting rumors involving the UGA defensive coordinator position, Kirby Smart and the Texas Tech head coaching job, I’ll just say this: If Mark Richt somehow does manage to land Smart and he brings that aggressive, attacking Saban brand of defense to the Dogs, there’ll be a lot of happy fans in the Bulldog Nation.

Oh, and one more thought: It looked like it actually physically pained Nick Saban to try and smile as he hoisted that crystal football after the game. Mr. Charisma, he’s not. But you can’t argue with the results.

Now, back to the business at hand. After all the best-of-the-decade lists that have been trotted out over the past week, it seems a good time to assess which Georgia Bulldog stands above all others from the past 10 years.

David Pollack is one of UGA's most decorated players ever. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

David Pollack is one of UGA's most decorated players ever. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The first name that comes to mind, of course, is fan favorite David Pollack, who joined Herschel Walker as UGA’s only three-time All-America first-team selections. After seemingly coming out of nowhere with that great takeaway at South Carolina in 2002, the irrepressible player often compared to the Energizer Bunny went on to win the Ted Hendricks Award twice as the nation’s top defensive end, the Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman), Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) and the Lott Trophy (nation’s top impact defensive player), and was voted the SEC Defensive Player of the Year a couple of times. And he holds the UGA record for quarterback sacks with 36.

David Greene won 42 games in four years. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

David Greene won 42 games in four years. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

You can’t have this discussion, however, without mentioning the other half of the Two Davids combo, quarterback David Greene, who first grabbed fans’ attention as a redshirt freshman with his cool on-field leadership culminating with the famed “hobnail boot” play in the 2001 win at Knoxville. Greene led the Dogs to their first SEC championship in 20 years and back to the conference title game another time, and was named SEC Offensive Rookie of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, SEC Championship Game MVP, was an All-SEC first-teamer once and second-teamer twice, set an SEC record with 214 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, and until this year held the NCAA record as the winningest QB of all time with 42 victories. He holds a number of team records, including most career pass completions and most career passing yardage.

Knowshon Moreno had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Knowshon Moreno had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Then there’s the only Georgia running back who’s drawn serious comparisons with the legendary No. 34, Knowshon Moreno. The spin-move specialist known for bouncing up and running back to the huddle racked up 188 yards and three touchdowns against Florida in 2007. In his two brief seasons playing for the Bulldogs, Moreno ran for 2,734 yards in just 26 career games, scored 30 rushing touchdowns and two more receiving and was named a Freshman All-America player his first year and first-team All-America after the 2008 season. If he hadn’t left early for the pros, he probably would have given Herschel a run for a number of the school rushing records.

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Who else might merit consideration? Hard-hitting safety Thomas Davis earned All-America honors his junior year before leaving for the NFL. Strong-armed quarterback Matthew Stafford had quite a few memorable games before leaving early as the No. 1 NFL draft pick. And in just two years, acrobatic receiver A.J. Green has been simply amazing. He was a Freshman All-America and if he hadn’t gotten hurt this year probably would have been a first-teamer.

So who’s the best Georgia player of the past 10 years? Vote among the three nominees in the poll and share any other names you think deserve consideration in the comments.

LADY DOGS’ STREAK CONTINUES

Congratulations to Andy Landers’ Lady Bulldogs, who now own the best start in school history at 15-0 after their come-from-behind overtime win over Kentucky, breaking a record set by the 1998-99 team that went on to the Final Four. The Lady Dogs are just five wins away from tying the school record for 20 consecutive victories set by the 1985-86 team. Georgia hosts Florida at 6 p.m. Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.

256 comments Add your comment

59bulldawg

January 8th, 2010
1:20 pm

I love ‘em all . . . but I pick David Greene . . . way over Stafford!

The Watergirl has it correct...

January 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Kirby will only come if he gets a Muschamp/Jimbo Fisher-like guarantee that he is “head coach in-waiting” – and that might not be a bad promise since she is also probably correct that CMR may only be around for another 4-5 years IF he is successful and doesn’t get run from the program for too many more seasons like this last one!

Weird Sal

January 8th, 2010
1:28 pm

if aaron murray doesn’t start next year, richt should be excommunicated, and sent to a extremist muslim desert civilization, where he can be a used car salesman

Dale

January 8th, 2010
1:31 pm

Bama Stan, ABC graphic after the game said that it was Alabama’s 8th NC. Was that a typo or are some of the titles disputed?

Good win for the SEC. Although I enjoyed your Florida game more.

Atwood

January 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

Welcome to the BCS Title Club Alabama, membership is now closed to SEC schools.

Waterboy

January 8th, 2010
1:35 pm

Watergirl – Kirbster is interviewing for the Texas Tech head coach job in a couple of days, I don’t think he will be coming to UGA as an assistant now that other schools want him as a head coach.

McDawg

January 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

gotta go w/ Pollack

where oh where is Odell Thurman was going to be the next Ray Lewis

this guy

January 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

pollack for D Line coordinator richt better get smart and that lb coach from penn st and we will be raw

Papadawg

January 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

What a boring BCS Championship game. After Mccoy left it seems Alabama knew they would win and lost interest until Texas closed to within 3 then flexed and took off. I enjoyed watching the young freshman grow throughout the game and found myself pulling for him. What a QB he’s going to make.

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 8th, 2010
1:45 pm

Pollack followed by Greene.Curran is good not great.Kirby… Kirby where forth art thou Kirby?

Will

January 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

Jon Stinchcomb

Weird Sal

January 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

shockley > Greene

Ed

January 8th, 2010
2:10 pm

There’s no question that he’s the best defender Georgia has had since Terry Hoage, and a few oldtimers have told me that he was more dominant than Bill Stanfill.

Forget just the guys who played at UGA, Pollack is arguably one of the greatest defensive ends of all time at the college level.

Lindsey

January 8th, 2010
2:10 pm

It was so much fun to cheer on all three of those guys, but for me Knowshon had a special spark about him, GO DAWGS!!

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

January 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

SABAN KNOWS THAT IF MCCOY HAD STAYED IN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER UTAH LIKE GAME FOR BAMA

coachgb

January 8th, 2010
2:20 pm

I didn’t say Bobo would be a good HC for UGA now! I meant down the road. He is a CMR clone, which despite all the naysayers on here, is not a bad thing to be! But everyone wanting to offer Kirby “coach in waiting” status needs to realize that Bobo is very well respected around the country. A little raw still, but on his way up. Smart is in the same boat.

SuperB

January 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

Any insight on why Alabama ran up the score last night? They had a 31-21 lead, but went for the end zone one more time. Why?

What difference does it make

January 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

3 newer coaches than Richt have 4 national championships, and Tuberville went 13-0. Richt is insignificant as are/were his players.

what a joke of a NC for Saban

January 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

SuperB,

Of course, Saban wanted to try and minimize that fact that Texas pulled within 3 when Bama should have won by 35.

dawgrific

January 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Don’t forget Greg Blue, but Pollack is No. 1
Saban was pained, no doubt, when he tried to smile. That was SO awkward, and clearly shows that, while a really good coach, he seems to be a pretty miserable human being.

dawgrific

January 8th, 2010
2:30 pm

Come on home Kirby!!!

dawgrific

January 8th, 2010
2:33 pm

Bama Stan, Congrats, and good insight and fair assessments, but one thing you said was DEAD WRONG. We were certainly relevant in 2007, as most observers thought we were as good, if not better, than any other team in the country at the end of that season, but weren’t fortunate enought to be the 2 loss SEC team that got chosen for the big game. I only wish that we could have at least played Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl to prove how good we really were, but I did enjoy New Orleans and my first Sugar Bowl that year, even though playing Hawaii was a joke.

Mantanzas Gator

January 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

Bawling Bill,
You wouldn’t have cheered for the Gators had they been in the Rose bowl last night!?! When the Dawgs actually played games of signigance back for that briefest of stretches in the very late ’70’s and the earliest of the ’80s, I always pulled for Herschel and Co.
I guess that is what twenty years of Dawg Pounding does. Maybe in the next decade you can keep the majority of your losses to Florida in the single digits and not let the Gator Nation ROUTINELY hang “half a hundred” on your Dawgs. In the mean time, keep sucking on lemons everytime you hear the National media mention Florida as THE power in the SEC and Georgia in the same breath as Vandy and Kentucky!!!

Dumb animals

January 8th, 2010
2:37 pm

Joe Cox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why

January 8th, 2010
2:40 pm

Do the idiot decision makers at Oklahoma and Georgia hold on to Stoops and Richt when they have ample time to show they clearly are second tier coaches. Stoops beat Bowden at the point FSU became and stayed irrelevant and that is all he has done. And that was what 9 years ago.

rural dawg

January 8th, 2010
2:49 pm

Didn’t we learn anything at the end of the last millennium? The first year of the current western calender that we all use was Year 1, not Year 0, making the last year of any decade year 10, Not year 09 or 99, etc. The first decade of the 21st Century won’t end until Dec. 31, 2010. And no, I’m not a techie, proud UGA economics grad……..Just saying…..Keep your lists for another year….and somebody slap Berman….that would be fun anyway….

ChuckWDawg

January 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

I wonder if Aaron Murray would have done a better job than Garrett Gilbert did last night.

What

January 8th, 2010
2:57 pm

Rural Dog

What are you talking about. The first day of the decade began 01/01/00. Idiot.

2000 – 1
2001 – 2
2002 – 3
2003 – 4
2004 – 5
2005 – 6
2006 – 7
2007 – 8
2008 – 9
2009 – 10

DFWTX Dawg

January 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

David Pollack is without a doubt the best defensive lineman to play at UGA in any decade (better than Stanfill, Freddie Gilbert, and Jimmy Payne). He is the equivalent to Walker on the defensive side of the ball. We probably won’t see another like him in our lifetime. Without a doubt the Best Dawg of the Decade.

What

January 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

You need to ask UGA for your money back. Can’t believe an econ major would be so stupid. Oh, that;s right. You’re a UGA grad.

uga_b

January 8th, 2010
3:02 pm

Best S: Sean Jones
Best DL: David Pollack
Best LB: Rennie Curran (Maybe)
Best CB: Paul Oliver (Maybe) I liked Wansley and Asher.
Best QB: David Greene (not even close)
Best RB: Knowshon Moreno
Best FB: Brandon Southerland
Best OL: Jon Stinchcomb? (This one is hard. I really think it is Strickland before the injuries)
Best WR: AJ Green (Honorable mention to MoMass and Tedwards)
Best TE: Randy McMichael

Best P: Drew Butler
Best K: Brandon Coutu
Best PR: Damien Gary
Best KR: Thomas Brown (maybe)

Best Overall: David Pollack
Most Valuable: David Greene

alphadawg

January 8th, 2010
3:06 pm

Still waiting on THE announcement today. Hoping to hear something positive about the DC now that the title game is done….

JB

January 8th, 2010
3:06 pm

Kirby ain’t coming……Bigger fish to fry other than Georgia or Bama…….Bama wins the SEC next year, maybe title # 2 For the Tide in two years and Kirby will be named head coach at LSU after Miles is fired after next year. Kirby gets a 5 year/ 12-15 mil contract. He’s not studying Athens.

uga_b

January 8th, 2010
3:07 pm

Actually What you are the idiot

Step up or Sit Down

January 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

I like the vote for Reggie Ball. Classic!

rural dawg

January 8th, 2010
3:27 pm

WHAT????……The year 2000 was the last year of the 20th Century, not the first year of the 21st. It was also the last year of that decade, not the first of the next. Do some research MORON, or if you have any friends that can count..ask them.

Mike (original formula)

January 8th, 2010
3:30 pm

Really uga_b… No mention of the lead guitarist from Whole Lotta Angus? Billy “bang bang” Bennett. I thought he kind of had the edge on Coutu since he still leads all SEC kickers. Also, I’ll take Thomas Davis and Greg Blue over Sean Jones any day, but otherwise I like where your head is at.

What

January 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

Rural, Not in our culture idiot. For example, the 60’s are not referred to 61-70 which is what you are claiming in your first post.

Said another way, two months after you are born, are you 2 months (2/12ths) of a new year or 1 year and 2 months? Your original post claims you would be 1 year and 2 months. At Bama, we didn’t count like that. The new millineum (sp) began 01/01/00 in our culture.

2007 was an illusion (Football & Basketball)

January 8th, 2010
3:44 pm

Any word on a possible hire for the DC position at UGA? Why is CMR and Damon Evans having a hard time in naming or hiring a coach ?

hedgepruner

January 8th, 2010
3:47 pm

Regginald Ball
Chan Gailey
Paul Hewitt
Tech # 13
uga not ranked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#1DawginMississippi

January 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

D. Thomas the only defensive player tech had is going pro LOL

Bama on Probaation again

January 8th, 2010
3:50 pm

2007, probabally becuase the standards are pretty high. WHAT apparently at Bama you count like this. 8 =13. It is new math apparently coming from years of propagation of farm animals and humans.

Hawkeye Hank

January 8th, 2010
3:51 pm

I didn’t know that Tech had any defensive players.

Dont play dodgeball anymore

January 8th, 2010
4:02 pm

Its sad now when political correctness has now crept into college football because a coach chews out a numskull player. These players now must be coddled which kids these days are mere sissies. Now even our President of our country Mr. Obama coddles terrorist. Why has our once strong and proud country become a bunch of patsies. Its really sad

stegman stooges

January 8th, 2010
4:05 pm

When is the next rodeo at Stegman along with the Diving Mules act ?

What

January 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

Those that smell bad are Offensive
Those with psychological problems are Defensive

are something like the joke goes

Precious Hedge

January 8th, 2010
4:19 pm

GaGator

January 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

Look King, if you are serious about not pulling for Florida or some other SEC team against Texas, then you are a bigger jerk than some of the high schools drop outs on this blog that bought a UGA T-shirt and call themselves dawgs.

NYC Dawg

January 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

Hey precious hedge,

Beat Georgia yet?

darriel

January 8th, 2010
4:43 pm

thomas davis was a warrior