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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January 11th, 2010
2:54 pm

#1 Dawg of THIS Millenium, will be the same as the #1 Dawg of the Last Millenium:

UGA Alum: Hue Henry.

Not only did Hue Henry help his former client, Ms. Jan Kemp, receive a $1,000,000+ settlement by the UGA for falsely firing her after she SHOWED THE WORLD the DEPTH and EXTENT of the UNPRECEDENTED academic fraud and corruption that had been going on FOR YEARS at UGA.
It also exposed just how complicit the fraud was all the way up the food chain and right into former UGA President Fred Davidson’s office. Good old boy Vince got a bronze statue for his efforts.

Now, Hue Henry has a new client: Decory Bryant.

And, when the Bryant case reaches a jury in the Federal Appeals Court,
the UGA-AA will end up paying $5,000,000+ to Decory Bryant.

Funny, I dont seem to recall Bill King even mentioning the Decory Bryant case.

Wonder why that is??

Greg

January 11th, 2010
3:02 pm

The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register just reported that Nick Saban announced that Kirby Smart will be staying at Alabama at a press conference.

http://blog.al.com/bamabeat/2010/01/nick_saban_says_kirby_smart_ha.html

Biil, where are you????

January 11th, 2010
4:29 pm

Who does UGA go after now? Grantham? We are becoming a joke.

Porty

January 11th, 2010
6:00 pm

Becoming a joke? Becoming? That’s a been there done that at Georgia.

dawg81

January 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

we need BV as dc

Coastal Dog

January 14th, 2010
6:12 pm

Not only Coach of the Millenium, but best coach ever at UGA — Mark Richt. Give him a Herschel and nobody comes close. How numb would we be tomorrow if we found out that another top program was talking with Mark about a job elsewhere? Sober up boys and girls. It’s been pretty good so far, and the Georgia Bulldogs’ best days are this man’s next 10 years here. I predict 2 natnl championships. Coastal Dog