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.


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.

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January 8th, 2010
4:54 pm

Hey, Stegeman stooges—–that wasn’t the rodeo you smelled, that was the Tek basketall team.


January 8th, 2010
4:56 pm

I agree Shockley > Greene. I remember several games Greene was having bad games and Shockley pulled the game out. The Clemson game for one off the top of my head.

santa cruz dawg

January 8th, 2010
5:03 pm

Pollock was great, but my favorite player to watch was Thomas Davis. I loved watching him destroy opposing teams players!!!!!!!!
Hire Kirby, Saban gets all the credit and there at UGA Kirby could put a stamp on his own defense.
I believe Tuberville will get the TT job.
I really did not think Smart would take the UGA job, but after listening to how little credit he gets at Bama, now I believe he will take the UGA job.

Red Elephant

January 8th, 2010
5:03 pm

Thanks for the kind words Bill. UGA has always been my second favorite team, and don’t kid yourself David Pollack is one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen on the D side of the ball.

Roll Tide.


January 8th, 2010
5:30 pm


January 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

Thomas Davis played an extra LB. I think we forget how good Sean Jones was in coverage.

Billy Bennett had the most points but didnt have the leg Coutu did.

I also remember more key Bennett misses than Coutu. So on talent alone, I chose Coutu.


January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Let me see David Greene has 2 of the most memorable come from behind TDs in memory versus DJ almost pulling out the Sugar Bowl. NOT EVEN CLOSE.

Dawg Stephen

January 8th, 2010
6:08 pm

If we are mentioning dawgs of the decade, I have to mention Gordo, Kupets, Yocolan, Chris Hack, there is more to football after all

Buckhead Bulldog

January 8th, 2010
6:11 pm

David Greene for offense with Shock coming right with him.

Pollack for defense with Thomas “BAM” Davis a very, very close second.

I have to go with Greene as the #1 for the decade. I REALLY enjoyed watching that kid play…100% winner!

Bill King

January 8th, 2010
6:25 pm

Dawg Stephen:

Agreed. But I was just talking about football.

Bill King

January 8th, 2010
6:29 pm


I’ve written before about how, against my better instincts, I pulled for the Gators when they played for Urban’s first BCS title and then the Gator fans I know were so obnoxious and arrogant after the win that I swore I’d never pull for Florida again. That doesn’t mean I would automatically root for their opponent, however. I have an ironclad never-for-Notre Dame rule.

Bill King

January 8th, 2010
6:30 pm


Horses and cows have their own arena now. The Steg is just for Dawgs.

Bill King

January 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

Rural dawg:

That “millennium” battle was lost to the prevailing opinion of the media and general public about a decade ago.

santa cruz dawg

January 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

To the Blogger who stated Pollack is now a thug. What makes you say that?
Just curious.

Snellville Jacket

January 8th, 2010
6:53 pm

My favorite UGA player of this or any decade will always be Pulpwood Smith. The name says it all!

That being said, I have to admit that Reggie Ball is a close 2nd!!!

Buckhead Bulldog

January 8th, 2010
7:58 pm

Snellville Jacket: Too bad Andre “Pulpwood” Smith started at UGA in the Fall of 1983, the same year as I did. He was one mean looking dude, too! Whenever he came into cafeteria, people would literally trip trying to get out of his way. Nice gold tooth and built like, well, a pulpwood truck.

Dawg Central

January 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

Knowshon Moreno was the biggest impact player on either side of the ball and it hurt the most when he left….. so he is for sure best player of the decade for UGA……the Pollack argument?? David was real good….but I dont think he seperated himself from the pack like Moreno did….he still was awesome.

Bruce Jones

January 8th, 2010
8:26 pm

Just saw on ESPN.com that The University of Alabama is going to be displaying it’s National Championship trophy at 2 Walmarts in Alabama this weekend. Guess they are waiting on the new double wide they ordered as their new trophy room.


January 8th, 2010
8:56 pm

Musa Smith….helped bring the Dawgs their –FIRST– SEC title this millenium.
Off the top of my head, and the base of my brain.

NOW, i will go back and read the post


January 8th, 2010
9:10 pm

Rennie Curran: ONE MORE YEAR!


January 8th, 2010
9:34 pm

might as well stop with all the “kirby smart” coming to UGA talk. Kirby is interviewing for the Texas Tech job.

Dawg Tired

January 8th, 2010
9:39 pm

This is no contest. It is Pollack. SImply look at the awards he won. No single UGA player this decade had the impact for his team that David had. Plus, he was first and foremost, a Dawg. He did it for one reason and one reason only: he loved the University of Georgia. He did it with heart and guts. He never gave up. He, just like Herschel, never held his hand up to come out of the game. He could actually play at full speed every play.

Greene had many of the same qualities and comes in second. They were, and are, champions.

Dawg Tired

January 8th, 2010
9:53 pm

gacoastalguy – Your source? Plus wouldn’t his interviewing indicate he is willing to leave Alabama? Do you think he’s a better candidate for the TT job than Ruffin or Tuberville?

The Lubbock newspaper says Smart is not a candidate. I don’t know since I have not talked to Smart or anyone at TT.

441 North

January 8th, 2010
10:04 pm

Never want the Tide to win because we recruit against them. Hello,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Not so sure we want Kirby Smart. Think Saban has his stamp on that defense way too much and we may be getting a token DC in Smart. Looks like we are better off with Grantham, but only if CMR gets Tony Dungy’s blessing.

Dawg of the decade should not be a three year guy. That rules out Moreno. Gotta go with David Greene because of his total wins and the Hob Nail Boot in Knoxville, and Pollack’s a jerk.


January 8th, 2010
10:34 pm

Thirteen Chapionships bull sh– the Florence, Alabama Times Daily reported that none of the moron Alabama fans know how many they have they have just been making them up. Also, during the game the ABC folks reported only 8. So, crap on you Bama fans, “YOU LIE and make up championships”. Hell, by your way the DAWGS must have 15 or 20. You people in Alabama are so lame go back to listening to Bemo Bug and Paul Pinebum.


January 8th, 2010
10:42 pm


Lowcountry Dawg

January 8th, 2010
11:16 pm

Dawg of the Decade and Millennium so far…Coach Mark Richt…

He’s put us back on the map…2 SEC Championships…3 SEC Championship Game appearances…3 BCS Bowls…2 BCS Wins…

He’s the longest tenured coach @ UGA since Dooley retired!!

Lowcountry Dawg

January 8th, 2010
11:17 pm

Congrats to ‘Bama on the NC…I grew up watching Coach Bear Bryant in Memphis TN and was always in awe of his coaching abilities!

Roll Tide…but GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

DOG Brad

January 8th, 2010
11:19 pm

Has to be Reggie Ball. 4-0 vs Tech

DOG Brad

January 8th, 2010
11:21 pm

Or Rep. Corinne Brown from Fla. shes given more dawgs laughs and good times than all players combined. 1 2 3 4 5 dem gata dont take no jive!

Dawg in Kentucky

January 8th, 2010
11:54 pm

Remember how those Yankee fans were chainting “Who’s
your Daddy?” at Pedro Martinez. We need to get our own
friendly chant going for our favorite DAWG………

David Pollack!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The man!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 9th, 2010
12:00 am

Would have been Knowshon if he stayed. The David’s should be a tie.


January 9th, 2010
12:02 am

I also like the nod to Musa. Great guy, had the chance to know him while I was in school at Georgia.

Big D Dawg

January 9th, 2010
12:02 am

Ok, enough of the arguing over the decade or the millenium. Both are correct depending on calendar. However, the most used is a millenium ending with the year 00 not 99.
year 1 is = 1 year 1000 = 00 year 1001 to year 2000 is 1000 years/millenium = new millenium.


January 9th, 2010
2:46 am

Seriously Champ Bailey has to be in the conversation…WOW Sombody that must not know football had best CB oliver, wansley, or Asher… Champ is the best corner Georgia has had hands down

Left Coaster

January 9th, 2010
3:17 am

Hey Bill–

An off year for Georgie does not equal an off year for the conference. Go back to Statesboro you hack! You bleed blue and yeller…Go Eagles or whatever that I-AA mascot claims to be.

At least you represent the majority of sidewalk fans…actually I take that back…you went to college.


Left Coaster

January 9th, 2010
3:21 am


8 is still more than 2. And for that matter…that basketball school in your state has 4 which is still more than 2.

Two? Really? That’s all? Two? Good luck with that DC hire.


January 9th, 2010
3:44 am

Knowshon was by FAR the most talented!


January 9th, 2010
6:14 am

Give me a damn break David Greene is 2ND PLAYER OF THE MILLENNIUM for UGA Bulldogs. He was not even All-America once.

Knowshon Moreno is the 2ND PLAYER OF THE MILLENNIUM for UGA Bulldogs and we couldn’t even figure out not to redshirt him, so we only got to see him for only 2 years. Last week he scored 2 TDs in the NFL.

Bill King, how can you tout David Pollack as the only 3-time All-America with Herschel Walker for UGA ever, and then disregard that David Greene NEVER WAS ALL-AMERICA, ever sir ?

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive collegiate football player adjudged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States

3 Polls 3 Final Polls have UGA Bulldogs ranked in the Top 25 at 22, 22, and 24.

UGA Bulldogs are ranked in Several of the Official BCS Polls Final Top 25 :

Number 22 Kenneth Massey Official BCS Poll Final Ranking 22 UGA Bulldogs.

Number 24 Peter Wolfe Official BCS Poll Final Ranking 24 UGA Bulldogs.

Number 24 Jeff Sagarin ELO-CHESS Rankings.

GA tek fans, did you get that ?



Where is the STINKING ACC GA tek fans ? Jeff Sagarin RANKINGS.

Remember ?

3-4 ACC Bowl Record

2-5 PAC-10 Bowl Record

6-4 SEC Bowl Record including UGA Bowl Win number 26 three have more.

Big XII ? Not even a Winning Bowl Record.

ACC and Big XII had a LOSING BOWL RECORD coming into this season.


ACC added to it.

Coach Richt and Rodney Garner have PULLED the scholarship OFFER to B.J. Butler a 3-Star undersized 240 lbs. Defensive End who has 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash. He has committed to Charlie Strong at Louisville.

This opens up a Scholarship Offer.

Give it to Mack Brown.

Starting 1997, Mike Bobo’s brilliant Senior Season, UGA had been ranked every year for 13 Consecutive Years in the Final AP Poll. We had not been ranked every year in the Final Coaches’ Poll. There were other polls we had not made the Top 25 of. Frankly, we have had several seriously flawed, underachieving, and greatly disappointing seasons since the day DJ Shockley graduated with Honors from UGA following the 2005 Season and SEC Championship.

We have messed up in Recruiting.

We have had serious holes, demanding 4 and 5-Star Commitments, and have failed miserably at filling those glaring obvious holes. We have done this while we have instead stockpiled our 85 Scholarships at positions where instead we were already 5 Deep.


Defensive Ends, for example. Signing 5 in 3 weeks now will only make this WORSE.

Safety, for example.

Cornerbacks, for example signing only 1 a year for 5 consecutive years now.

Defensive Tackles now having only gotten 1 year 5 years in a row now.

Fullbacks after this up-coming season.

Also, it appeared obvious that we would have to move stockpiled receivers to defensive backs and failed miserably on that as well.

And, we should have long ago not waited until recently, moved stockpiled linebackers to Defensive Ends.

Of course, Coach Richt has had a real problem in his decisions of coaches’ on his staff, surrounding himself with YES MEN, buddies, college roommates, and out-of-position position coaches with zero experience at the position Coach Richt put them in, and not one coach on his staff with 1 single solitary day of NFL Coaching Experience.

He still doesn’t have 1 single coach with NFL Coaching Experience.

Not 1.

We did not play Knowshon Moreno, instead redshirting him, and therefore only got to see the best running back in UGA history over the last 25 seasons, 2 years. Very sad decisions, all of these.

We did redshirt Washaun Ealey, and then three-quarters through Game 5, ripped the Redshirt OFF Washaun Ealey. Another blunder in personnel for a brain trust that frankly has had way too many of these.

But, we have played a very tough schedule, and as I predicted all along, we have ended up outside the Final AP Poll Top 25, and outside the Final USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

There is nothing that you can do about that.

Playing Texas A&M who ends with a losing record 6-7 on December 28 in the Bowl Number 11 of 35 bowls, is not going to get you ranked no matter the 44-20 obliteration. And frankly the losses to not 1 but 2 unranked 7-6 teams who otherwise would not have had a winning record for 2009-2010, Tennessee vols and Kentucky Wildcats, sealed our fate, despite the win over Number 13 GA tek.

This gave us SEVEN (7) LOSSES to teams NOT RANKED in the Final AP Poll Top 25 in the Coach Richt Era.

We have to cut that crap out.


Frankly, you can add the LOSS to GA tek 2008 to that list of BAD LOSSES too, although they barely did end up in the Final AP Poll Top 25 in 2008. But, they would NOT have, had they not beat UGA in 2008.

But, it is quite clear that Coach Richt has 7 Losses to teams NOT RANKED in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

Kentucky and Tennessee vols both at 7-6 at no point this season were going to end up in the Final AP Poll Top 25. How do you lose to such teams who otherwise would not have even had a winning record. A study of both teams shows that NEITHER KY nor the vols BEAT ANYONE.

And, they beat Coach Richt.



Also :

7 LOSSES to teams NOT RANKED in Final AP Poll Top 25 Coach Richt Era.

18-20 against teams Ranked in the Final AP Poll Top 25 Coach Richt Era.

I don’t have to tell you these are NOT the results of an Elite Program with Top Broyles Award Type Coaching Staff in the Coach Richt Era.

9 years, you don’t have 7 Losses to UNRANKED Final AP Poll Top 25 teams.

9 years, you don’t have LOSING RECORD 18-20 vs Final AP Poll Top 25 teams.

Coach Richt Era.

You don’t have EITHER of these absolute facts, and be Elite.

Your Coaching STAFF in total is to blame.

Coach Richt has done a SORRY JOB of hiring a Coaching Staff for him to be CEO over.

None of his entire coaching staff have ever coached in the NFL 1 day.

We pay him enough money that he should either take back over making play call decisions, which is his only claim to fame and why we hired him, or he has to hire an ENTIRE COACHING STAFF made up of current NFL Coaches.

Do I mind if he hires a Defensive Backs’ Position Coach from the NFL and makes him the Defensive Coordinator ? Oh, I think that is exactly what he must do.

He whiffed on Chavis last season, when I told him he had to go get Chief.

He didn’t listen.

A lot of that is the blame of the other UGA Bulldog posters, who had all these wild nasty statements they wanted to make about Willie Martinez ALL LAST SEASON, when they could have instead, gone past that on to the SOLUTION.

And, you were not unified what you wanted.

Congratulations though.

By doing what you have been doing for several years now, harping on just only Willie Martinez, you got him FIRED.

Coach Richt’s college roommate Willie Martinez FIRED.

It was a tough choice for an SEC Head Football Coach, who has said for years, that he would NOT be making ANY changes on his staff.

I told him he could either make wholesale changes to his coaching staff, or he could leave with the lot of them.

I pointed out our issues on Offense.

I pointed out our issues on Recruiting.

I pointed out our issues on Special Teams.

I pointed out our issues at DE and Safety and Cornerbacks.

I pointed out our issues with well over 120 suspensions by Coach Richt in his 9 years.

You ?

Willie Martinez sucks. Fire Willie Martinez.


You got what you wanted.

Moreover, the real issue remains that Coach Richt has surrounded himself with YES MEN, and has 0 with 1 day NFL Coaching Experience.

Excuse me, Coach Richt SUCKS at HIRING A COACHING STAFF.

He has sucked at it for 9 years and counting.



No Defensive Coordinator.

No Defensive Backs Coach.

No Defensive Ends Coach.

No Linebackers Coach.

No Special Teams Kick-Off Coach.

No Special Teams Kick-Off Return Coach.

No Special Teams Punt Return Coach.

Have you read the quotes of our Commitments ? Have you ?


Coach Richt WHIFFED ON THAT ONE TOO, and Coach Richt SHOULD HAVE HIRED HIM BEFORE Florida even knew they needed 1. Coach Richt fired his Defensive Coordinator A FREAKING MONTH before Charlie Strong LEFT as Florida’s Defensive Coordinator.

We ain’t beating no Florida, us with our staff and them with their staff, by DIRECT CONTRAST. We can’t get THOSE RECRUITS. They want THOSE COACHES, not Coach Richt’s assemblage of nobodies all out of position to teach them what they need to enhance their career. And, they are NOT SURROUNDED by the players Florida has, not here. We have no one in our entire Secondary like we always used to have my whole lifetime.

Stacy Searels better get off his butt and do something with all these Offensive Linemen we already had here when we hired him. He has NOT lived up to his billing. Has he ?

When you open the UGA Media Guide, the 1st thing you see if the COACHING STAFF.

Then, the players.



God Almighty Above.

We have a former UGA wide receiver whose dad was a great tailback for us as Running Back Coach.

We have a former running back at UTC Chattanooga who then became running backs’ coach at several places including South Carolina, who is our Wide Receivers’ Coach.

We have an Offensive Coordinator who has never worked anywhere but at UGA (except 1 year as QB coach at Jacksonville State) who has never held the position of Offensive Coordinator anywhere in his lifetime. His play calls are BOOED LOUDLY by Sanford Stadium fans all the time.

All the time.

He gets in 3rd and long and runs the ball.

We have a Tight Ends Coach who can’t figure out that Orson Charles is our Best Tight End. This Tight Ends Coach is in fact a former Quarterback. God Almighty is all I can say. What the hell does a freaking QB know about Tight Ends ?


Not 1 of them has 1 day experience coaching in the NFL.

That’s it for Coach Richt’s Coaching Staff.

There isn’t anyone else.

THAT STAFF has taken the Number 7 Recruiting Class we, the fans of UGA Bulldogs, have handed them.


And gone :

18-20 vs the Final AP Poll Top 25 for 9 years now.

7 Losses to NOT RANKED teams in the Final AP Poll Top 25 for 9 years now.

Don’t give me this B.S. this CRAP that all we need is a Defensive Freaking Coordinator.

Barbara Smith

January 9th, 2010
6:46 am

Michael Johnson is one of the best bull dogs ever.

smartest bulldog

January 9th, 2010
7:38 am

I don’t know who the greatest dog is, but everyday I know the smartest bulldog: http://smartestbulldog.com


January 9th, 2010
8:03 am

BuLLdawg: Thank you for your input. Always lovely to read your ramblings first thing in the morning.

Buckhead Bulldog

January 9th, 2010
8:19 am

smartest bulldog: too bad it is impossible to register on your site?


January 9th, 2010
8:37 am

Great home schedule next year….thanks Damon for the Idaho State School of Dentistry Bengals! WTH?


January 9th, 2010
8:45 am

BuLLdawg.. Good stuff, but brevity is the soul of wit, and the handmaiden to the truth. GATA!!


January 9th, 2010
8:51 am

munson is my pick…….love his book…..the two davids…………also


January 9th, 2010
9:30 am

Coach Irk Russell would have voted the best UGA player…………David Pollack! Can you imagine how much he would have enjoyed coaching him?


January 9th, 2010
9:39 am

My vote is for Greene. He has won more games than any college QB ever!


January 9th, 2010
9:57 am

I said it then, I’ll say I’ll say it again. The West Virginia debacle defined Richt.

The Truth

January 9th, 2010
10:03 am

Shockley >>>>>>>>>>>> Greene

Shockely took over his senior after losing everybody from a team that didnt win the SEC championship and he won it…

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