Time to revise your vote for UGA’s greatest receiver?

A.J. Green makes a leaping catch for a first down in the 2009 game against South Carolina in Athens. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A.J. Green makes a leaping catch for a first down in the 2009 game against South Carolina in Athens. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Amid speculation A.J. Green might be the top pick in this year’s NFL draft, our enterprising Web folks put up a photo gallery looking at candidates for the honor of best receiver in UGA history.

That’s a subject we’ve dealt with here before. Just before Christmas, I wrote that A.J. is, hands down, the best receiver I’ve ever seen play for Georgia, thanks to those circus catches, his running after the catch and, most importantly, his ability to go up high in double or triple coverage and still snag the ball in a clutch situation.

A couple of years ago, I raised the question of who was the Dogs’ all-time best receiver and threw out quite a few names, including Jimmy Orr from the Wally Butts era, Pat Hodgson, Charlie Whittemore and Lindsay Scott from the Vince Dooley years, Andre Hastings and Brice Hunter from Ray Goff’s tenure, Hines Ward from the Jim Donnan years, Terrence Edwards under Donnan and Mark Richt, and Reggie Brown, Mohamed Massaquoi and Green from the Richt era.

Do Blawg readers still think Hines Ward is UGA's all-time best? (Associated Press)

Do Blawg readers still think Hines Ward is UGA's all-time best? (Associated Press)

At the time, I said if I had to narrow that list down, I’d have Orr, Hastings, Ward, Edwards (even with that infamous drop against Florida), Scott (for the most important reception in Bulldog history) and Massaquoi, and based on just his freshman year at the time I said I thought Green probably would top the list before his career was done.

In a poll at that time, 46 percent of Junkyard Blawg readers voted Ward the all-time best receiver, followed by Scott (13 percent), Edwards (11 percent), Hastings (10 percent), young A.J. (10 percent), Orr (7 percent) and Massaquoi (3 percent).

Who was Georgia's all-time greatest receiver?

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I’m willing to bet A.J. gives Hines a run for the honor if we take that vote again now, so … let’s do it.

Vote in the poll and also feel free to sound off in the comments on Green’s place among the Dogs’ all-time greats.

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192 comments Add your comment

SuperB

February 19th, 2011
11:21 am

A. J. Green is not only Georgia’s best receiver, he is the best ever in the SEC. I’ve seen them all, covering CFB for the past 43 years, and he is the most talented I’ve seen.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 19th, 2011
11:24 am

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Georgia Tech only graduates 43% of their football players.

10 to 6

February 19th, 2011
11:25 am

While we are revising lets revise our baseball expectations. Looks like another bust losing to a mickey mouse Stetson. Pathetic……..

10 to 6

February 19th, 2011
11:27 am

Too bad AJ doesnt have a championship to show for it while at UGA. Another waste of talent along with Hines Ward.

Spike

February 19th, 2011
11:30 am

After AJ.. Mo Mass had the best hands!

Dawg Tired

February 19th, 2011
11:31 am

AJ is the most talented receiver in Georgia football history. Is he the best? Different question in my book. Who performed the best in clutch situations when the game was on the line seems more indicative of greatness in my opinion. However, with today’s athletes its more about me, me, me. “Dude, I’m better than you!!” “Hey man, I’m faster, I can jump higher, I’ve got better hands, etc.” Happily, I have seen that in AJ. Sadly, the fans seem to buy that stuff.

My vote: Lindsey Scott.

Dawg Tired

February 19th, 2011
11:32 am

Meant to say I have not seen that in AJ.

Lilly Munster and Edith Bunker

February 19th, 2011
11:34 am

My vote goes to Herman Archieeeeeeeeeee……

Dawg Tired

February 19th, 2011
11:34 am

My math must be a whole lot worse than I thought. I see that 0 votes = 1%. I would have thought 0 votes = 0%. New math I guess.

Dave Porno

February 19th, 2011
11:39 am

yeah… UGA baseball team sux too.

DaculaDawg

February 19th, 2011
11:42 am

I’d like to see AJ Green play QB for a season… ;)

john mceachern

February 19th, 2011
11:52 am

you’re leaving out a lot of proven historic talent.. Catfish Smith, Bobby Towns led the SEC in receiving on ‘59 SEC Champs and played in the NFL. My vote is Jimmy Orr

YardDawg

February 19th, 2011
11:58 am

When I start to vote for AJ, I remember the perfect pass from Stafford in ‘08 that went through his hands and into a Bama linebacker’s, who then ran about 10 yards for a TD that helped propel Bama to that big halftime lead.

Seems that I remember a couple of drops vs UF in crucial times also.

I just wonder if he can stay healthy for a 16 game NFL schedule. He seemed a little gimpy in his years here.

HDB

February 19th, 2011
12:01 pm

I know he had some off games, especially against Florida, but Fred Gibson didn’t even get mentioned?

What??

February 19th, 2011
12:07 pm

Fred Gibson doesn’t get mentioned because his best year was his Freshman year. That doesn’t cut it.

dr

February 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

AJ gets the vote since he didnt have the same QB at all, he had Stafford, Cox and Murray. and he still did what he did. next would be Edwards then Massaquoi. really gonna miss #8.

Cuz

February 19th, 2011
12:08 pm

AJ for best reciever. Hines for best all around athelete.

DAWGS forever

February 19th, 2011
12:11 pm

Lindsay Scott for what he accomplished at Georgia and the magnitute of his catch and Hines Ward for all he has accomplished afterwards. AJ hasn’t delievered a championship and we don’t know what kind of NFL career he will have yet….. Go DAWGS!

DAWGS forever

February 19th, 2011
12:14 pm

I should have also mentioned how AJ has played on three of the most underachieving teams in Georgia history or at least dissappointing…. Couldn’t that be said????

Frank Lane

February 19th, 2011
12:17 pm

Green was so good that he made the quarterback lazy. He was the best catcher by far, but not the best receiver or the best receiver for the team. He just never seemed to be part of the team.

coloradobulldog

February 19th, 2011
12:19 pm

Hard to lift AJ to #1 since he missed a good portion of JR year and left before SR year. He sure is the most talented. Ward was good but he played QB a good bit too. Lindsay Scott was great in a offense that hardly ever threw the ball. And of course no one play meant more than his. So I’d give it to Lindsey.

dogdawg

February 19th, 2011
12:20 pm

The miracle catch from Lindsay Scott is to this day still Bulldawg lore.How many of AJ’s do you think will do the same?

collegeballfan

February 19th, 2011
12:21 pm

If it is OK, I will stick with John Carson as the best UGA receiver.

ugab

February 19th, 2011
12:22 pm

AJ made the best catches. MoMas had great hands and terrific route runner too. AJ did get suspended! AJ did leave early! AJ did drop some important balls in important games. AJ MADE SOME OF THE BEST CATCHES.

Dawg 39

February 19th, 2011
12:26 pm

I also go with Lindsey Scott because of the difference he made during those championship years. A clutch / crunch time player.

ReddDawg

February 19th, 2011
12:28 pm

Green only played a part of one season. Ward says that he is an alumni of a high school; thereby, dissing UGA to the max. Jimmy Orr was a great receiver and a great person, he has my vote.

Dawg

February 19th, 2011
12:30 pm

Lindsey Scott & Hines Ward

Lindsey’s catch and run to the end zone……the BEST ever. He will always be remembered.

Chickenman

February 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

aj is the best wideout I have ever seen play… He dominated every.db he faced.. Some of which are 1st rounders

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

I’d like to see AJ come in and play RB as a freshman too.

Ceasar

February 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

You forgot about Dennis Hughes from the 60s

Dawg

February 19th, 2011
12:35 pm

Is Hines just being honest? Didn’t he leave UGA early for the NFL. Don’t you need a diploma to be considered an alumni of UGA?

Jim

February 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Hines Ward is the best. AJ will never complete an NFL season much less play after 3 or 4 years. He can leap but he can not take the punishment.

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2011
12:50 pm

Actually, Fred Gibson had more receptions, yards, and TD, in his senior season than his freshman.

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2011
12:51 pm

and arguably a more productive UGA career than AJ Green.

Dixie Redcoat Band

February 19th, 2011
1:08 pm

And we still didn’t win the SEC! Sad…

cmdawg99

February 19th, 2011
1:11 pm

Run Lindsay Run!!!! Go Dawgs

Dawg89

February 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

I think it’s between Ward and Scott. I picked Scott because he was able to help the team win the NC. Green may be the most talented, but in my opinion he accomplished the least. Out of three seasons he totaled two years of playing time (counting injury and suspension). He didn’t help the team win any kind of championship. In fact, during his tenure, UGA lost a lot of football games.

When you call a person the best ever, they need to be a difference maker for the team – not just talented individuals. Say what you want about coverages when AJ was in the game, he still wasn’t able to turn that into anything more than individual stats.

Dawg89

February 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

ReddDawg, you make a good point about Ward. I’m sure that doesn’t go unnoticed.

AthensDawg

February 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

AJ is one of the best receivers at Georgia but he is obviously not the best team player. He knew at the beginning of last year that he was leaving for the NFL Draft and when he sold that Jersey and got suspended he clearly wasn’t thinking about the team.

D A DoubleU G

February 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

Would have loved to see AJ have the same QB for 3 years.

The “me, me , me” Stafford year and the “interceptions while throwing it away” Cox year could have been SO much more if an Aaron Murray would have been his rock tosser all 3 years.

Dumb dawgs

February 19th, 2011
1:41 pm

Hines Ward. Period. No other former dawg is anywhere near that guy.

Dawg

February 19th, 2011
1:51 pm

Dawg89 Reddawg don’t you need a UGA diploma to be an alum??

Dawg89

February 19th, 2011
1:56 pm

When NFL players are introduced on TV, most say where they played college football. I don’t think there is any implied notion that they actually graduated from college. If that were the case, 90 percent of the players would say their high school. To me, it seems like a diss to UGA that Ward doesn’t credit the dawgs.

RxDawg

February 19th, 2011
1:57 pm

Oh it’s AJ Green easily. After that, you have to go with Terrance Edwards just based on pure production.

TROJAN

February 19th, 2011
2:00 pm

Terrance had amazing production, but he had horrible hands compared to AJ. Not even close. Actually, UGA has had great receivers but none had hands not even close to AJ’s.

Beast from the East

February 19th, 2011
2:21 pm

This Gator votes for Hines Ward. He has become one the the all-time greats in the NFL. While at UGA he could line up anywhere and hurt you. Bruising blocker!!!
AJ is the most talented I’ve seen, but he doesn’t have 1/10 the heart that Hines does. AJ got shut down by Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins.

5150 UOAD

February 19th, 2011
2:24 pm

Lindsay Scott made the catch on a 10 yard catch that MADE UGA think they really mattered in the football world. It has to be Lindsay. UGA would be USC east without that 1 play. AJ Green is Fatt Matt Stiford all over again. How many games has Fatt Matt played? AJ will be Broke and a nobody within 3 years. Calvin Johnson made it to the Pro Bowl while Fatt Matt was in a hospital bed working on his hair. AHHAHAH. Lindsay SCOTT, Buck Blows, and AUBURN MAN Vince made UGA. well, add some Irk dirt on the Uga cemetery to make UGA think the DAWGS matter. GATA is now Go After Those Assets to quote Mrs. Damon Evans.

5150 UOAD

February 19th, 2011
2:27 pm

The Vols are now Tied with the Dawgs in the 2nd half. How ling to the Dawgs fold?

Dennis

February 19th, 2011
2:42 pm

The kid that caught that ball at Auburn to put you in the SEC Championship. Johnson? Great catches need to mean something. Green did zip. Barely a winning record.

Andy O'Plasty

February 19th, 2011
2:43 pm

Dawg fans remind me of the guy who poisoned the trees at Auburn…