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.

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Buckhead Bulldog

January 9th, 2010
10:19 am

RxDawg: I do agree, Erskine “Erk” Russell and DPollack would have fed off each other’s energy.

Troof

January 9th, 2010
10:37 am

gadawg, the only number you should be concerned with is 29. That’s how many years since UGA’s last NC. And it isn’t going to improve anytime soon. Face facts, even with a good DC like Van Gorder you won 0 NCs. Why is that? Because the problem isn’t in the coordinators. It’s your head coach. He will never take you to the next level. Great guy but only a good coach, not an elite coach.

Richt will be gone in 2 years. His time to bring home the crystal is running out.

And yes, the Wal Mart thing is dumb but it was part of a sponsorship program with the school. Wouldn’t UGA like to have the problem of figuring out where to display their crystal football?

Too Easy

January 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Greene is number one with no contest. Easily the best QB UGA has ever had. Pollack a lock for second and I’d go as far as saying Terrance Edwards at 3. Knowshon was the man, but we only got a year and a half out of him. But what a year and a half it was!!!

hahaha!!!

January 9th, 2010
10:41 am

Anyone ever notice how it’s only Yech fans predicting Richt will be gone in “one, two, three, four” years? Vol, Auburn, UF, Clemson, SC and Bama fans never say this. Hmmm…..I wonder why that is?

Troof

January 9th, 2010
10:43 am

Just to clarify, I am a Bama fan. I just have to live around a bunch of delusional Dawg fans.

THE REAL TRUTH

January 9th, 2010
10:46 am

Shockley better than Greene? BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

I put the Shockley worshipers in the same category as the Global Warming nuts. Shockley couldn’t even carry Greene’s jock. When the opponent’s fans cheered when Shockley came into games, and booed when he came out, said it all!! Tubberville was even on record as saying they would much rather see DJ than David. And please, his Colt McCoy “booboo” that kept him out of the UF game told me everything I needed to know about his character and leadership. Greene would have had to have been missing limbs to have not played against UF, and even then he would have insisted on going out there.

Greene is King!!!

Troof

January 9th, 2010
10:50 am

Here’s the bottom line: Coaches are brought in to win NCs. Do so and the coach can usually write his own ticket on how long he wants to stay. Fail to do so and he will eventually be fired. So answer me this Dawg fans, how much longer do you allow Richt to remain in charge before making him accountable? Sure, the 90 wins in 9 years is nice and a couple of SEC titles is great but don’t you pay him to win NCs?

Is your fanbase content to get close? To win 9-10 games a year with not much hardware to show for it?

dan

January 9th, 2010
10:54 am

Rod,

The only reason that’s the only game you can think of is because its the only time it happened with Greene there. DJ moved the O backwards more times than not.

Troof = Jealous Yech fan

January 9th, 2010
10:55 am

Tell that to Lloyd Carr and Phillip Fulmer

Wallbing

January 9th, 2010
10:58 am

Frank Beamer has been at Va. Tech for the past 25 years with zero titles to show for it, yet all the talking heads consider him one of the best coaches in the game, and they annually put his teams in the preseason top 10 or 5. Why is he never on the hotseat?

Troof

January 9th, 2010
10:58 am

If you could actually read AND comprehend you will notice I said “usually.” It doesn’t give the coach carte blanche. He still has to produce.

What is there to be jealous of in the UGA program? Bama is celebrating their 8th(or 13th) title while UGA is celebrating an all decade team with 0 NCs, mostly under Richt? Worry about winning the SEC East first.

ROLL TIDE ROLL!!

Troof

January 9th, 2010
11:00 am

Wall, because it’s the ACC and no one cares about football. Guarantee you if he coached BB he would have been gone a long time ago.

This is the SEC!

zing

January 9th, 2010
11:00 am

Bulldawg,

Are you the same lonely nut that used to troll on the Athens Banner Herald forums?

Steven A.

January 9th, 2010
11:31 am

NOT EVEN CLOSE….KNOWSHOWN MORENO, He would dominate in any decade or any system.
And, he will be the GREATER PRO of the group. Dude has major football heart.

Fed DAWG

January 9th, 2010
11:35 am

BuLLDAWG…needs to write a book but not on the blog page..Love the passion though…David Pollock and Thomas Davis would be my vote and who ever the new DC is (just for getting him)..

cursive

January 9th, 2010
11:57 am

Pollak, Greene and Knowshon are definitely up there, but don’t forget Rennie Curran, Leonard Pope, Thomas Davis, Greg Blue, DJ Shockley and Thomas Brown.

Beat your chest on this Troof

January 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Troof-

You are 1-3 vs UGA in the 2000’s.

2000 3-8 5th/West
2001 7-5 3rd/West
2002 10-3 Ineligible
2003 4-6 5th/West
2004 6-6 3rd/West
2005 10-2 3rd/West
2006 6-7 4th/West
2007 7-6 3rd/West
2008 12-2 1st/West
2009 14-0 1st/SEC/National

Go to a UA blog and have a circle with your “bama buds”

Beat your chest on this Troof

January 9th, 2010
12:07 pm

UGA has been SEC East Champs three times and SEC Champs twice in the 2000’s. How many SEC West and SEC Champ games does Bama have in the 2000’s?

Yeah! That is what I thought…

abby

January 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

Troof = Ted Roof which equals a sad Yech fan hiding behind a fake Bama fan disguise. Not even a wise moniker to boot.

JarJar

January 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

dude, anybody saying Shockley is better than Greene needs to have their head examined. That, or they’re racist PC police hypocrites. Either way, not a good thing

not so fast

January 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

Any rational Bama fan would have to admit they lucked out in the Championship game. Texas had all the momentum until McCoy got “hurt.” I question the seriousness of his injury since x-rays came back negative and he wasn’t even in a sling. Regardless, he didn’t play anymore. Saban had some of the most bonehead calls I’ve ever witnessed in a championship game. Luckily for him Brown was even more stupid. Bama backed into the title, plain and simple. Saban clearly did nothing to support his “genius” myth.

Stinger

January 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

Suck it up, puppies!!! The community of Blueberry Mountain, N.C. declared GT their national champion!!!! Our 12th crown to add to the collection!!! Enjoy being unranked!! hahahahahaaha!!!!!!!

BuLLdawg

January 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

QUOTE :

by Matt January 9th, 2010 9:39 am

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

END QUOTE

Uh, no sir. That would be Colt McCoy.

ned

January 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

BuLLdawg (aka Online Athens troll)

As I explained to you on there years ago, Shockley sucked. Greene was the man, Shockley was the Tee Martin of UGA, minus any big wins ;)

HardTruthSoldier...

January 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

So much for Loyalty Right? D.J. Shockley has to go on to this list, this young man halted what could have been a stellar 3 year career as a starter up at North Ave High(who would’ve then beaten us with him and Calvin people) to stay Loyal to UGA. That my friends is what legends are made of. Oh and it didn’t hurt that he was only one game away from playing in the nat’l title. A loss to FLA that he was HURT. Other than that, Pollack hands down the man with Odell Thurman!

HardTruthSoldier...

January 9th, 2010
1:12 pm

JarJar, Shockley was better period. Green was there one year ahead of him, if they get there at the same time, Mark Richt is dealing with the same Dilemma he’ll deal with in 2010 with Mattenberger and Murray! “Shock had a better arm, more mobile and command of an offense with less talented receivers than Greene! Greene, like JPW with the Falcons got NFL time because of there school afilliations, and not because of talent! Compare “Shocks” numbers to Jay Cutler his and Jays Senior years, and the fact that he started only one year, but is still in the NFL with one year as a starter in college is hands downs proof. David is where? Oh out the League!

HardTruthSoldier...

January 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

Ned, You can stop smoking bad Marijuana too! Look at facts people. This was hands down the best # 2 Q.B. in the nation, and what does he do his only year as a starter? Leads a team to the SEC Championship. If he is hurt the Fla game, UGA playing for a BCS Natinal Title!

HardTruthSoldier...

January 9th, 2010
1:20 pm

Excuse the last line of the above paragraph, these Damn computers sometimes!

HardTruthSoldier...

January 9th, 2010
1:25 pm

Stinger, Please don’t include yourself in Football conversations. When was the last time N.C. or N.C.S.U. won a title! Not Basketball, but Football! You might have gotton your seasons mixed up. You are forgiven as long as you get off the blog now!

Auburn4Life

January 9th, 2010
1:55 pm

David Pollack. He was my neighbor as a kid and went to my current high school Shiloh High School.

Troof

January 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

Yeah, UT pretty much had the game wrapped up in the first 3 minutes McCoy was in there, huh? So playing the “what if” game what happens if Bradford doesn’t get hurt in the OU-UT game? Everyone can play the hypothetical game.

1-3 vs. UGA is true but I prefer this number: Saban 2 NCs vs. Richt’s 0.

That number matters more.

And yeah, Bama lucked out with 2 100 yd rushers against that #1 ranked rush defense. Just like we lucked out on the destruction of a Florida team that handed the Dawgs their lunch this year.

Enjoy mediocrity Dawg lovers. I’m out.

air force dawg

January 9th, 2010
2:16 pm

Thomas Brown wasnt the best dawg of the decade, that goes to one of the two David’s, but was a great all round player for the dawgs.(KR’s and at RB) If not for injuries Knowshon would have never eclipsed him as the starter. Not the best but i just wanted to throw his name out there because he was a great team player and deserves the respect.

Beat your chest on this Troof

January 9th, 2010
2:36 pm

Troof: Yeah! I bet you’re “out” because your argument was CRUSHED!

Mr Me

January 9th, 2010
2:52 pm

It’s amazing how many UGA haters are on a UGA blog. Do i sense envy or devil’s advocate. Or it could be like that theory on homophobes and how they actually are closet gays- maybe all these UGA haters are actually closet fans but just dont know how to express their love for the dawgs.

Mr Me

January 9th, 2010
2:57 pm

I’d have to give my vote to the Davids but i still think Shock would have been the guy had he played more. You have to give DJ props for staying around and giving us an undefeated season (he never lost a game he started)

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

I think of the class act that was Thomas Brown. Gave the dawgs 4 years. Intelligent considerate young man that worked very hard and made the most of his abilities. None of that shuck and jive attitude that currently plagues the dawgs. All around gentlemen and DGD

DawgVoiceofReason

January 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

You “people” (and I use that term loosely) who have to tear down DJ Shockley to promote David Greene are the scum of the earth (to use a figure of speech). Both were outstanding QBs for UGA and both deserve all Dawg fans respect. They were also both tremendous for UGA for different and similar reasons. David Greene brought us back to be SEC Champions after a long drought. DJ brought us back after a brief lapse. David was a starter for 4 years. DJ waited patiently and loyally for his one year turn to start. Both did the most with their opportunities and both are heroes to true Georgia fans.

On a personal note, I sat in front of a complete moron, who used to boo and berate DJ and Coach Richt every time he came into the game, when Greene was still the starter. It was with great satisfaction that I was there to witness DJ’s coming out party when he threw for 5 touchdowns in his debut. We (the people in my section) never heard from that moron again, but I wonder if he’s not trolling here these days, still bitter and miserable that DJ had success and how wrong he was.

We have been fortunate to have some truly great players during the decade (however you define it) and all provided special memories for each of us, depending on our own perspectives.

I personally like David Pollack as the player of the decade. If Knowshon had stayed a year or two more, he would have been likely right up there with Pollack.

Jeff

January 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

You GA fans stink. I mean you smell really bad. The worst are the ones that never went to school there. What a roller coaster, high on life after every win, end of the world after every loss. Everyone talks National Championship every year until 1st loss, then the season is over. Oh yeah, and remember how great Hershell was.

HUNKER DOWN

January 9th, 2010
3:08 pm

I am a huge David Pollack fan. He is quality both on and off the field. I know he was not highly recruited coming out of HS and yet became a 3 time All American for the Dawgs. Soneone set the record straight please. I have heard he was a walk on and I also heard he was a 3 star recruit. Which is correct?

Reasonable Dawg Fan

January 9th, 2010
3:25 pm

Jeff, you just described every college football fan base that has ever had any level of success. EVERY school has supporters who didn’t attend the school. If not, college sports would be starving to death. Also, if you don’t get high after wins and low after losses, you aren’t a fan. Lastly, if you don’t hold out hope for a great season (before the season), then why even watch. As for me and my buddies, I can name 1 year in my adult life (graduated from UGA in ‘98)that we thought UGA had a legitimate NC chance and that was last year (pre-season #1). Stop quoting from the GT anti-UGA manual. It gets old.

HUNKER DOWN

January 9th, 2010
3:29 pm

To troof,

I have a hard time understanding your thought process. When you elude to CMR not a quality coach since he has not won a NC game is something I totally disagree. I do agree in part, with your intial comment that schools hire in hope and partial expectation to win a NC. Given time I feel CMR will provide. However, where our program was before CMR and where it is now is a huge difference. To finish 8-5 before he arrived would of been a good season. Today due to CMR it is sub par. Considering only 7 men have ever accomplished the 90 wins in first 9 seasons speaks volumes aobut CMR. A lot of teams would love to be where this program is today. CMR adds stability to our program that a recruit can feel confident that their HC will be their throughout their college career. How many other Sec provide the same? Three years ago when the vastly superior Dawgs dismantled a HI team and finished 2nd in the nation many feel we were the best team in the Nation but the BCS jilted us from having a chance to play for the title. Keep giving us (our program and CMR) no respect and watch and see what happens. I feel the SEC is the strongest program in the nation and I feel UGA is certainly a intergral part of the success of the league. Go Dawgs! Good luck in 2010.

Reasonable Dawg Fan

January 9th, 2010
3:32 pm

By the way, my Tech buddies, and they are many, thought they could win it all this year, and still think they are going to “compete for NCs year-in and year-out” under CPJ. That is a direct quote. UGA has been one of the top 10 programs (probably top 7) in the 2000s. I’ll take that all day. This would be my list: USC, Florida, TX, LSU, OH St, Okla, Va Tech, UGA (Bama doesn’t make it for the decade – probably will for the next one though).

Barkin'Dog

January 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

Tuberville will eat up the Big 12 at Texas Tech. Hate to see him face SEC teams in future bowls. He’ll really want to win those.

FartsALotDawg

January 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

I’m the top Dawg in any millennium.

FartsALotDawg

January 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

Tech just lost to my second favorite team..the Dookies. They always give em a run for their money.

Augusta Dawg

January 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

Reasonable Dawg Fan

January 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

Good call on Hines Ward. He did everything

Call It Like It Is

January 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

I just find it funny that is all you GA fans have to talk about is the good ole days and the players that went with them.

Bank on it as you don’t win the East in 2010!

Enough Said!!!

Buckhead Bulldog

January 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

Ummm Hines Ward played in the 90’s for UGA.(95-98)

FLA DAWG

January 9th, 2010
4:57 pm

My sources tell me UGA is offering Smart big money and head – coach in waiting position to come back to Athens.

Probably a good deal for Smart – especially if next season is a bomb.