3 Dogs in bracket for South’s football player of the decade

Max Jean-Gilles was a monster on the offensive line. (University of Georgia)

Max Jean-Gilles was a monster on the offensive line. (University of Georgia)

In keeping with the whole March Madness thing, SouthernPigskin.com has created a 64-choice bracket to determine the top Southern college football player of the past 10 years. If I told you that three Georgia Bulldogs were in the running, you’d probably be able to guess two of the names right away: all-everything defensive end David Pollack and record-setting quarterback David Greene.

Their third choice from the Dog ranks might surprise some folks. It’s not tight end Ben Watson or safety Thomas Davis. And, no, they didn’t go for NFL signees Knowshon Moreno or Matthew Stafford. The third Dog is offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles, which actually is a great choice. He was a consensus All-American and was considered by many observers as the most dominant offensive lineman in college ball during his time at UGA.

Overall, the selections are pretty much the usual suspects. The Pigskin folks ranked the top 16 players from this past decade in the ACC Atlantic Division, ACC Coastal Division, SEC East and SEC West and split them into four regions to create their Fan Vote Player of the Decade Tournament. From the SEC East, Florida was tops with five choices (Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Brandon Spikes, Alex Brown and Reggie Nelson), Tennessee had four (Eric Berry, John Henderson, Travis Henry and Albert Haynesworth), Vandy had two (Earl Bennett and Jay Cutler) and Kentucky (Andre Woodson) and South Carolina (Sidney Rice) had one each.

You can check out the complete bracket here.

FINDING A PLACE FOR THOMAS

The Macon Telegraph looks at diminutive running back Carlton Thomas, who continues to wow folks in practice, just as he did last year, but who never found much success on the field last season. It didn’t help that he’s so small and blocking is such a big part of a tailback’s job at Georgia.

Sitting behind Caleb King and Washaun Ealey, Thomas recognizes that he has to be versatile to get the ball. “Going into the spring, I just want to get my hands on the ball any way possible, whether it’s out in the slot, running some screens, returning some balls,” Thomas said. “That was one of my main goals was to not just wait on carries but to get on the field and do anything the coaches need me to do to make a play.”

I like the idea of Thomas as a kick returner, as I’ve said before. And using him as a slot receiver is something I was expecting to see a lot more of last season. With the Dogs as thin as they are at receiver and with Thomas’ speed out in the open, it makes good sense.

I hope he gets his chance.

ONE MAN MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The Red and Black examines the importance of Josh Davis to Georgia’s offensive line.

Davis missed the first six games last season recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and without him the Dogs’ highly touted offensive line wasn’t the unit everyone had expected. Consequently, the running game faltered. But when Davis returned, things got back on track.

Without Davis, the Dogs ran for just 697 yards in six games. With Davis (and the addition of Washaun Ealey), the running game chewed up 1,396 yards in seven games.

“It was big,” Mark Richt said of Davis’ impact. “We looked at the games where he started for us and how we ran the ball. It was an almost 100-yards-a-game difference.”

With all those guys back, plus Trinton Sturdivant, the Dogs should be able to run on just about anybody this year.

43 comments Add your comment

L-Dawg

March 18th, 2010
10:54 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

I THINK REGGIE BALL SHOULD BE IN THERE AS A BULLDAWG.

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8-1
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WE RUN THIS STATE

GO DAWGS!!!!

GeoffDawg

March 18th, 2010
10:55 am

I’d let Sturdivant test out that knee at full game speed before counting on him to be back.

#2 BAMA FAN

March 18th, 2010
10:59 am

Hope the Sturdivent kid stays healthy this season and haves a great season!!

TuckDAWG

March 18th, 2010
11:08 am

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!! Can’t wait baby april 10th lets see what we have Trinton is gonna be ok he will bounce back. Cartlton will be patient and rewarded nicely. GATA!!!!

lastgrad

March 18th, 2010
11:20 am

What makes this list a little harder to swallow is look how many folks are from the State of Georgia

Farking Bastage

March 18th, 2010
11:21 am

I REALLY hope Sturdivant can stay healthy, but the odds are against him. That poor kid’s knees are shot. Makes you wonder if whoever coached him in HS was stuffing him full of cortizone to keep him on the field. Shameful if that’s the case.

Carlton Thomas...

March 18th, 2010
11:37 am

…will never make an impact – I was crucified last spring when I said the same thing – everybody told me how stupid I was since he was all-everything in HS and blah, blah, blah. I hope he can have some value to the team because he is shifty and fast, but until CMR opens up the playbook he will just languish behind #3 and #4, and probably #1.

And, Max Jean – what a freakin’ joke! UGA has not had any dominant linemen since the mid-80’s.

And UGA has not had...

March 18th, 2010
11:41 am

…2 dominant linemen at the same time since “Cowboy” Parrish and “Moonpie” Wilson back in the 70’s……

Ron Mexico

March 18th, 2010
11:52 am

L-DAWG, I remember Reggie’s last game for the dawgs, twas a great night when he thought it was still 3rd down and threw it away on fourth LOL. I went down and sat behind techs band and kept asking if they would play their crappy fight song again. They didn’t look like they were having a good time at all.

Rick

March 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

If you watched the bowl game, you’d know that our problem wasn’t necessarily the loss of Josh Davis, it was having Vince Vance in the RT position. He was getting burned on every play, and thus we struggled in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, they put someone else in there for him (can’t remember who off the top of my head), and we go nuts on them. I’m not trying to call out Vance, who I actually think was quite good in the guard spot. I appreciate his willingness to do whatever the coaches ask of him, even if it meant stepping out of his comfort zone. What that game showed me, was just how critical each individual is on the offensive side of the ball, especially OL.

dubose dog

March 18th, 2010
12:23 pm

Pollack has to #1. 3 time ALL-AMERICAN. No contest.

dubose dog

March 18th, 2010
12:25 pm

Percy Harvin was THE REASON UF won 2 Championships. They got none without him.

O-Line not problem. Bobo:
1) called too many passing plays in 1st 7 games
2) rotated in ineffective rb’s
3) sat Ealey on the bench too much

O-Line had a 4+ ypc rusher in EVERY GAME and gave up only 11 sacks.

dubose dog

March 18th, 2010
12:27 pm

Carlton Thomas needs to find his role for UGA. Might be like a Percy Harvin, as long as he can protect the ball.

Nobody’s going to take the ball out of Ealey’s hand. He’s the best RB in the nation. As he will prove if he gets 2o touches a game.

unweaned lil pup

March 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

Part of the prob with OL in first 6 games was it took them that long to decide to put Boling at LT to replace Sturdivant, who went down first game. Same deal the year before, when Sturdivant was lost in August camp. I posted then on another forum to put Boling at LT immediately and leave him there. But both of the last 2 years they tried to replace LT with various bodies, none of who worked out. Last year, when they finally moved Boling over, he was SEC lineman of the week his first game!
Now, as a senior, please start him there from the get-go… no matter Sturdivant’s situation. Boling is this year’s only 4year starter, and last year he was our only 3year starter. Very underrated what he brings to the offense.

The D

March 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

L-Dawg, you always have great comments! love it, Reggie Ball gave us a lot of great receptions!!!

The D

March 18th, 2010
12:37 pm

I hate to say it, but Thomas is too small. He got leveled last year, and proved that he can’t take hits from 6′5 monsters. He is a stellar athlete, but is not meant to play in the SEC. I only hope he can prove me wrong, cuz I love the DAWGS

frapachino fred

March 18th, 2010
12:39 pm

Dubose dog–wow, great incisive comments. Tremendous insight. Thanks for the post.

L-Dawg- your posts are a waste of time.

frapachino fred

March 18th, 2010
12:47 pm

Duh, Bobo’s play-calling, Cox’s INT’s were what caused the losses.

28 offensive giveaways. 4 against Florida.

Don’t throw the O-Line under the bus. This one’s on Bobo.

wiley

March 18th, 2010
12:58 pm

David Pollack- 0 national titles…..no way he is the top player. Top players win championships….he was a great player though.

redeployed dawg

March 18th, 2010
1:24 pm

Unweaned lil pup, isn’t Chris Davis a three-year starter? I am not saying he is as good as Boling, but I find it funny that every year they have talked about him not being able to play, yet every year he works his way into the starting rotation. I do agree with the assessment that Boling needs to start off as left tackle.

unweaned lil pup

March 18th, 2010
1:35 pm

Redeployed… C. Davis is a 5th year senior, true he was a starter as a Redshirt Fr…. same year Boling started as a true Fresh. Difference is C. Davis has in the last two seasons encountered both physical problems and performance problems. He lost many starts… both becuz he couldn’t go, or just flat lost his spot on depth chart(which I’m sure injury played a part in). So he hasn’t been a consistent #1 all this time. He did seem to rebound well last year and hold down that RG spot, tho.
Boling has started every game since day1.. other than 2 game suspension for a drive/drink violation.

unweaned lil pup

March 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

Of course a lot can change between now and September, but based on what saw as most effective the last part of last season, I think going in the #1 unit on OL gotta be:
LT Boling
LG Cordy Glenn
C Ben Jones
RG C. Davis if healthy.. back up Bean Anderson
RT … the wild card. Could be Sturdivant if knee holds up, J.Davis if he maintains consistency,
or Bean Anderson.
plenty of depth if no injury bug hits us.

Not Dwyer, not Reggie Ball not Josh N.

March 18th, 2010
1:58 pm

If htere were no Yellow Jackets on this so called all south roster, then that substantiates that whatever Tech fans say and whatever conference titles that they have won, means nothing.

Apparently, the person or group that announced this listing, has no respect at all for Tech.

Go Dogs.

PS we knew this anyway w. or w.o that list.

unweaned lil pup

March 18th, 2010
2:07 pm

look again … 3 techies on list. I’m a Dawg… thus not a Tech fan. But I know dang
well that Calvin Johnson certainly deserves it.

baddog

March 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Carlton Thomas may wow them in practice but I seem to remember him fumbling quite a bit in games when he got the chance to play?

Hmmmm

March 18th, 2010
3:32 pm

I guess you would have to do March Madness “Football Style” for UGA, due to the fact that they are not doing March Madness “March Madness Style” right?

Delbert D.

March 18th, 2010
3:34 pm

I think it depends upon how the passing game is going. If their is a threat there, the running game will benefit. The running game, particularly with King in there, was not dominant in the first 8 games in 2009.

Dawghater

March 18th, 2010
4:55 pm

Hey puppy dawgs. Maybe you can actually score two touchdowns for either the red or black side this Spring. The black squad can wear all black because that works so well. The Red side can dance in the end zone and the fans can do a black out. Just keep the kegs away from your QB’s!

Without-a-clue

March 18th, 2010
5:04 pm

I would rather see Thomas make some errors than for the Dawgs to fair catch inside the 30.

11-3 GT

March 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

…………Josh Nesbitt for Heisman………..

cliff

March 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

Josh is a great football player. Tech needs to play him at a position he can play in the big league. Several posibilities. They own it to him.

crazy dawg

March 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

I would like to see C. Thomas used more this season in the slot and maybe in a spread fromation with two Qbs that are mobile this would seem like a new look to give opponets some thing else to plan for. Any word on Dontavis Jackson? How is A.J. Harmon coming along on the ol depth chart?

unweaned lil pup

March 18th, 2010
7:10 pm

Crazy … I think after this spring we have much better idea about Harmon

30-24 Dawgs, We Run This State!

March 18th, 2010
7:41 pm

Looking forward to seeing Aaron Murray under center handing the rock off to CK4 & Ealey as well as passing downfield to AJ, Durham, & Orson Charles.

From the ex-backup quarterback

March 18th, 2010
9:18 pm

Not surprising Carlton Thomas is making plays on the practice field and not on gameday. CMR has never been very good at putting talented athletes in open space on offense. The pro-style offense UGA runs, and Bobo’s play calling pretty much call for post routes up the middle, draws, and failed screens. Georgia needs a new look on offense and possibly a lesson from “Evil Urban” on maximizing the talents and skills of your players

bad apple dawg

March 18th, 2010
9:48 pm

If Sturdivant catches the injury bug again he can always go back and touch bellies of pregnant women.

savannadawg

March 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Who cares about the past? Lets get on with it. UGA better be able to hit somebody in the mouth this coming year. And they better take an extra set of toof plyers down to Jax. The only thing I want to see on the Landing is Gator teeth. Extracted that is!!!!!

NC_Dawg

March 19th, 2010
8:19 am

Sturdivant needs to lose some weight! Everyone reported how he was in such great shape for his return last year, but I thought he looked lethargic and way too heavy. I think his wieght contributed to him re-injuring his knee. I hope he show’s up in better shape than he did last year or he’ll be sidelined again.

DawgsForever

March 19th, 2010
11:06 am

No way anybody but Tebow wins that award. Still can’t believe he beat Hershel’s TD record.

AceDawg

March 19th, 2010
11:17 am

Yeah, the Dawgs have ZERO excuses to not have a prolific running attack – and offense overall. Too much talent and too veteran of a line to not get points on the board and lots of red zone activity.

Reggie Ball

March 19th, 2010
11:46 am

Quit picking on me. Calvin always said he should have went to UGA.

Dave In Tampa

March 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

I think the main issue will be how fast the defense can pick up on a totally new scheme. If they pick up on it quick it could be a great year. If not, I think we are looking at 3 to 4 loses. The QB will benefit from a great O-Line providing they stay healthy. They early test is against South Carolina. If we pull that one out watch out!

fan

March 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

dawgforever, tebow broke that record because he doubled as Fla’s TB when it came to goal line plays. Most of his rushing TD’s were within 10 yrds or less. Hershel carried UGA and had above average Defenses. Tebow was surrounded by great players and had insane defenses. Percy Havin was the real reason Fla was great. To the gaytor fans, how many TD runs did tebow have were he literaly ran over two or more players? Ran over are the key words.