The guys over at ESPN.com have been having some midsummer fun this week drafting all-time rosters for various SEC teams, with Mark Schlabach, David Ching and Josh Kendall doing the honors for the Georgia Bulldogs. You can even vote on which of them you think came up with the best team.
Using their basic template, I’ve come up with my own all-time UGA football team, with a few asterisks that I’ll explain below. I should note that at some positions there’s an embarrassment of riches to choose from, and on another day a few of these spots might be filled differently by me. But for today, here goes …
QB: David Greene / Fran Tarkenton *
RB: Herschel Walker / Charley Trippi *
RB: Frank Sinkwich / Mack Strong *
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Hines Ward
TE: Randy McMichael
C: Ray Donaldson
OL: Matt Stinchcomb
OL: Royce Smith
OL: Eddie Weaver *
OL: Mike Wilson / Joel Parrish *
K: Kevin Butler
DL: David Pollack
DL: Jimmy Payne / Freddie Gilbert *
DL: Bill Stanfill
DL: Bill Goldberg
LB: Jarvis Jones
LB: Randall Godfrey
LB: Mo Lewis
CB: Champ Bailey
S: Jake Scott
S: Terry Hoage
CB: Scott Woerner
P: Drew Butler
Now, to the asterisks. While I went with the winningest Georgia signal caller, Greenie, a classic drop-back pocket passer, as my starting quarterback, there’s a long history of QB tandems at UGA and in the SEC, so my alternate quarterback would be the ultimate scrambler, Fran the Man.
No. 34 was a lock at the one running back spot, but no one goes with just one back, so another UGA legend, Trippi, would trade carries with Herschel. And, really, nowadays a third tailback frequently shares the load, and so I’d have Garrison Hearst in the mix as well. I’m using the other RB spot for my fullback, and that’s what Sinkwich played most of his time in Athens, though he was also a tailback and the equivalent of a quarterback, passing frequently. If I wanted a true blocking fullback, I’d go with Strong.
Likewise, depth is the mantra on both the offensive and defensive lines, so I’d have both “Moonpie” and “Cowboy” in my OL rotation. And Payne and Gilbert on the DL. I have Gooooooooooldberg in mind mainly as a nose guard. (I know Eddie Weaver was primarily a defensive lineman, but I believe he played some OL as well and since Schlabach used him as an OL, I went ahead and did the same with the Meat Cleaver.)
And how about my secondary? I don’t think many teams would want to try and throw against that bunch.
Mixing and matching UGA greats like this is fun, so feel free to offer your own versions of the all-time team. As for the ESPN guys, I voted for Schlabach’s team,
BEST GAME OF LAST SEASON?
ESPNU is celebrating the 25 best college football games of the 2012 season and wants your help picking the best game among the top five — all of which will air in their entirety on ESPNU July 27-28. The five games in the running are: Georgia vs. Alabama, Texas A&M at Alabama, Michigan vs. South Carolina, Stanford at Oregon and Alabama at LSU.
I think I know which game most of you will pick — the de facto national championship game, in which our favorite team came up five yards short.
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