Who are your all-time favorite defensive Dawgs?

Jake Scott was a legend in Athens. (UGA)

Jake Scott was a legend in Athens. (UGA)

The news this week that Jake Scott and Bill Stanfill will be inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll is a welcome return to the spotlight for two players who not only rank among UGA’s storied All-Americans, but are two of my all-time favorite Bulldogs defenders.

Leading the SEC in interceptions and punt returns in his two years playing for the Dogs in the late ’60s before going pro, the tremendously exciting Scott was a legend in Athens as well for his off-field exploits, which included riding a motorcycle over the Coliseum roof. And on a personal note, the product of the Athens YMCA’s football program was one of the guys running the movie projector when they showed us the infamous “Signal 30″ film in the driver’s ed class I took at UGA in the summer of 1968.

And teammate Stanfill, of course, is UGA’s only winner of the Outland Trophy, signifying the nation’s most outstanding lineman. More importantly, he terrorized Gators quarterback Steve Spurrier in the Dogs’ 1966 victory in Jacksonville.

Steve Spurrier probably still has nightmares about Bill Stanfill. (UGA)

Steve Spurrier probably still has nightmares about Bill Stanfill. (UGA)

Thinking about Scott and Stanfill reminded me of other favorite defensive players over the years, starting with Lynn Hughes, the quarterback who became an All-American at safety in the early Vince Dooley years (and whose Atlanta Journal subscription I delivered when he lived at the Town House apartments on Lumpkin Street in Athens).

Other favorites include cornerback Scott Woerner, who set the school record for punt return yards and is second to only Scott for interception return yards; rover Terry Hoage, who placed fifth in the Heisman voting (at the time the highest finish ever for a defensive back); Richard Tardits, the French rugby player who held UGA’s career sack record for years with 29; iron-man two-way player Champ Bailey, who was in for more than 1,000 plays in the 1998 season, including more than 100 in seven different games, and won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s best defender; and everyone’s favorite human version of the Energizer Bunny, David Pollack, whose 36 quarterback sacks broke Tardits’ record.

There’ve been many other great defensive players at Georgia, of course, but these are the ones that I think of most fondly.

Who are your favorite Dawg defenders?

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cantondawg

June 5th, 2010
11:55 am

cantondawg

June 5th, 2010
11:57 am

You have to throw Eddie “Meat Cleaver” Weaver, Freddie Gilbert, and Scott Woerner in there as all-time favorite. They were the crucial parts of our NC team on defense,

RxDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

I’m sorta limited to knowing about only the more recent dawgs but here they are
1. David Polock (obviously)
2. Champ Bailey
3. Boss Bailey
4. Rennie Curran
5. Thomas Davis (put him at #3 actually)
6. Charles Grant (put him after Thomas Davis)

Sorry about the screwy order, but that’s my list off the top of my head.

RxDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

Oh, and Will Witherspoon

RxDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

And that little bitty CB we had that chased down Cadillac Williams on a long run all the way from the other side of the field. His name escapes me…Tim something.

RxDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Paul Oliver might of made this list if he stuck around for his senior year and played more.

godawgs678

June 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

David pollack, thomas davis, greg blue, boss and champ hands down. I liked tra battle as well bc he wasn’t the biggest or most talented player but he played with no fear and with a big heart

k

June 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

Terry Hoage #14 is one of the most under-rated Dawgs!

dawgfan

June 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Reggie Ball.

Frank Lane

June 5th, 2010
12:22 pm

Charley Trippi

minnesota dawg

June 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

Terry Hoague saved our necks a lot of times! That was during the day of big time defense that would always pull it out for you! Miss those days! Jimmy Payne was great. Freddie Gilbert with his little dance was fun to watch.

ncdawg1992

June 5th, 2010
12:30 pm

Hoage, Pollack, Champ Bailey, Thomas Davis, Sean Jones. Hoage made me a Dawgs fan. He had an amazing knack for finding the ball. No one played with the passion of Pollack, who also had some serious skills. Bailey and Thomas Davis are freaks of nature. Davis still runs a sub 4.5 forty, even after a knee injury! Jones is underrated. His last year, he was a force. And all of them could save, and even dominate games.

Spike

June 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

Scott Woerner, Terry Hoage, Jimmy Payne, Meat Cleaver Weaver, Thomas Davis, Champ Bailey, David Pollack, Tony Gilbert, Rennie Curran, Knox Cullpepper, to name a few. Just my two cents worth.

Gunny

June 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

you can talk players ,but the defensive coach has to be ERK RUSSELL. I remember him head butting players after a great defensive play , they had helmits ERK didnt

bigdawg

June 5th, 2010
12:39 pm

I think its safe to say that Curran has earned himself as one of the great junkyard dawgs. but my favorite all time was probably Pollack. we don’t like to give recent players the honor of greatest of all time unless its like a Tebow or a Bush (not for long with him though after the investigation reports are released) but he was just as good as any UGA defensive player I can ever think of. right up there with Hoage and Stanfill he was every bit the player they were

bigdawg

June 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

@dawgfan

he was the UGA MVP while he was playing. He won us a lot of football games

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

1eyedJack

June 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

Frank Ros, Ben Zambiasi (sic), Jeff Hipp, Jeff Sanchez, … Junkyard Dawgs all!!!

bigdawg

June 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

@AltamahaDawg

yeah I love guys like Hoage, Curran, and others who are undersized yet still dominate. that’s what DEFENSE is all about

feverdawg

June 5th, 2010
12:48 pm

David Pollack, Champ Bailey, Terry Hoage, Nate “The Tifton Termite” taylor, Randall Godfrey, Scott Woerner, Thomas Davis, Richard Seymour, Marcus Stroud, Jonathan Sullivan, Knox Culpepper, Tony Gilbert, Freddy Gilbert, Eddie “Meat Cleaver” weaver, Greg Bright, Boss Bailey, Will Witherspoon, Sean Jones, Rennie Curran and with out a doubt David Jacobs.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

Denver Dog

June 5th, 2010
12:51 pm

Ben Zambiasi, Meat Cleaver Weaver, Scott and Stanfil are givens, Hoage, Fred Gilbert, George Patton, Randall Godfrey, the Strouds, the Baileys,Buzzy Rosneberg,Jimmy Payne, One guy that doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he was an all american, was Steve Greer. He was a little guy who dominated the interior of lines. Phillip Daniels comes to mind as a great one that didn’t get his due credit. And who can forget Happy Dicks

1eyedJack

June 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

Erk had a knack for turning QBs into DEs.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

I don’t believe I would categorize Terry Hoage as undersized.

polskidawg

June 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

Top 10 that I’ve actually seen:

1. David Pollack
2. Terry Hoage
3. Champ Bailey
4. Richard Seymour
5. Scott Woerner
6. Randall Godrey
7. Richard Tardits
8. Sean Jones
9. Thomas Davis
10. Jimmy Payne

Really, 4 – 10 are interchangeable for me, and there are about 10 more that could be added.

1eyedJack

June 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

What we’re missing now days are great nicknames, like Meat Cleaver, Pulpwood, The Goal Line Stalker and Boss. A good nickname makes you play better ….or does playing better get you a good nickname?

Dawg 39

June 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

Liked what you said about Stanfill & Scott. Spurrier’s genuine hatred for the Dawgs started with/ after that game in 1966. Pollack, Stanfill, & Scott are my top 3 but all of the “Junkyard Dogs” qualify.

Dorsey Hill

June 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Players who should be getting some love on this list:

Richard Seymour

Odell Thurman

Mo Lewis

Ben Smith

Tommy Thurson

Greg “Muddy” Waters

MItch Davis

Kentrell Curry

Sean Jones

Nate Taylor

John Brantley

chazzo

June 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

Boss Bailey, Terry Hoage, David Pollock… Champ… Sanchez vs. Notre Dame. Whichever Weaver played D. Stroud….

RinggoldDawg

June 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

RxDawg- that would be tim jennings… now with the colts

chazzo

June 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

Tardits… definitely. I don’t know about the stats, but what a character…. fun to watch.

chazzo

June 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

YES! tim Jennings. Outstanding. Thanks, Ringgold.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Tardits was known to toss back a Le’PBR pitcher or two, back in the days when adult men could go to a downtown bar and relax with freinds, without having folks calling them thugs.

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cindy Hendrix

June 5th, 2010
1:50 pm

Hines Ward he played almost every position greay player! Favorite QB Eric Zeier air Zier baby! & Kannon Parkmon great field goal kicker big heart & guts!
Drew Butler our kicker now great leg just like his daddy Kevin Butler! as always GATA GO DAWGS SIC EM WOOF WOOF!!!!!!!!! Cindy

DawginOH

June 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

From the past decade, David Pollack is the obvious consensus pick, but I also loved watching Greg Blue and Thomas Davis.

oledawg

June 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

Both Scott and Stanfil. Watched them both for their college careers. They contributed mightily to Spurrier’s hatred of the Dawgs. The year that Spurrier got the Heisman, Stanfil sacked him 3 times. It was uncertain whether Stanfil would play, but received a shot for his neck before the game and played like a tiger. He is an insurance broker in Albany last I heard.

Scott was legendary on and off the field. He served in the Army before attending UGA if my old fart memory is correct (I’m battin about .750). My friends and I (fellow vets) saw him in places off limits to football players, but who the hell would ever think of looking for him at the Army/Navy Union also known as the Goat Club?

Saint Clarkston

June 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

Terry Hoage, Champ Bailey, Scott Woerner,
David Pollack, and Eddie Weaver.

The Dogfather

June 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

Frank Ros Tommy Thurston Erk Jimmy Payne Dale Carver Meat Clever and….John Kasy -That year he made that Tackle on the Kickoff

georgia87

June 5th, 2010
2:44 pm

Dicky Clark…First defensive player that really stood out to me listening to Munson on Saturday afternoons in the fall. Zambiasi was next, followed by Hoage.

Buckhead Bulldog

June 5th, 2010
2:50 pm

As far as a player making an entire opposing offense change their game plan, I would have to go with Thomas Davis and Champ Bailey. Even though they came after Erk’s Junkyard Dog Ds (God bless all of them), TDavis and Champ were most def members of the Junkyard Dog Club. Lots of great memorys of a lot of VERY good Dogs on D, but for some reason those two were just plain azz fun for me to watch. BOOM!!!!!

Sic’ ‘em Dogs!

lastgrad

June 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

I wonder if Jake will show up in Miami for his award? Scott Woerner, Jake Scott, Terry Hoage, and David Pollack. Top Dawgs of all time on defense. And they all did a good job of scoring a lot of points too.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

Good point B’h. We havent had anybody make the opposing offense give pause before calling a play in a long time. Pollack certainly blew it up a few times, but I don’t know if they ever really believed he could till he did.

BullyMack

June 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

Mo Lewis, Greg Bright, Randall Godfrey, Mitch Davis, Ben Smith, Kendrell Bell, Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, Champ, Boss, Stroud, Seymour, Pollack, Sean Jones, Terry Hoage…

shane#1

June 5th, 2010
3:36 pm

Stanfill to Spurrier who had just shown his frustration after yet another sack,”what’s the matter Stevie, did I step on your dress?” That alone puts ol’ Bill in the Junkyard Dawg Hall of Fame. The defender that took over games the most, IMO, Champ Bailey.

cattle dawg

June 5th, 2010
3:40 pm

When I was in high school I was a big fan of Whit Marshal. I think that is his name, lb. I know he wasnt the best to ever play, but I was a fan.

74Dawg

June 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

Denverdawg and Polskidawg, what you said. My top 4 would be Scott,Stanfill,Champ Bailey and Pollack. After that the others mentioned in interchangeable order. Jake Scott , more than any defensive player I ever saw, could dominate a game. When I was in Athens in the early seventies,some of uswent to an after hours bar one nite.I think it was a Saturday. The beer arrived right behind us. Jake Scott was carrying 2 cases up the outside stairs. He said the Dolphins weren’t playing till Monday Night:)

THEMOB

June 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Bill Krug John Btrantley two the best linebackers I remember

THEMOB

June 5th, 2010
3:58 pm

don’t forget “GOLDBERG”

70 Dawg

June 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

All of the above. Thanks everyone for the great memories. I could have never have recalled all of these, but I do now. Great Georgia Bulldogs–every one of them.