Who’s top Dog all-time in games played? Tavarres King, UGA says

Wide receiver Tavarres King has played in more football games for Georgia than anyone else in school history. The Capital One Bowl will be his 56th — and his last.

“The time flew by,” King said recently. “It feels like just yesterday I was getting dropped off by my parents over there at ECV (East Campus Village).”

King has squeezed about as much into his college career as possible. He graduated early from Habersham Central High School and enrolled at UGA in January 2008. He played in the first four games of the ’08 season before a season-ending ankle injury resulted in a medical redshirt. He played in 12 games in 2009, 12 in 2010 and 14 in 2011, and the Jan. 1 bowl game against Nebraska will be his 14th this season.

UGA confirmed it all adds up to a school career record for games played, and it will be a tough number to top because King played the maximum games allowed in a medical redshirt season.

Tavarres King had 205 receiving yards in last season's Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State. (AP photo)

Tavarres King had 205 receiving yards in last season's Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State, including 80 on this play. (AP photo)

King has been productive, too. With 2,498 career receiving yards, he is No. 4 in UGA history, behind Terrrence Edwards (3,093), Fred Gibson (2,884) and A.J. Green (2,619). With 20 career touchdown catches, he is tied with Gibson for third in school history, behind Edwards (30) and Green (23).

After all his games, including 40 starts, King feels there is unfinished business to take care of in his last one. Although he was held out of several practices last week with a strained hamstring, Georgia expects him back for the bowl.

“We’ve lost our last two bowl games,” King said. “This senior class wants to win its last bowl game. We don’t want to go out with a bad taste in our mouth.”

King came in with Georgia No. 1 in the 2008 preseason polls. He goes out with the Bulldogs as high as No. 5 in the polls (pending the bowl). In between, he experienced the ups and downs of a tumultuous period for Georgia football.

“You can’t get any lower than the season we went 6-7,” he said, referring to the 2010 season that ended with a loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl. “Knowing the tradition around here, the way things used to be, it was just a very low point at that time.”

But since starting the 2011 season with back-to-back losses, Georgia has won 21 of 25 games and two SEC East championships.

“I think my class and the class before mine changed the culture around here, got Georgia back to its winning ways,” King said. “It’s very satisfying. I think the way Georgia used to be, the way Georgia used to be thought of, is back. … During that 6-7 year, we didn’t have a swagger, an edge, about us. I feel like we’ve gotten that back.

“I think this thing is just going to continue to progress and flourish; I really do. I think we’re leaving behind a program that is headed in the right direction.”

The Bulldogs would be headed to the BCS national title game, of course, if they had beaten Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. But they fell four points and five yards short, and King described himself immediately afterward as “crushed, to be honest.”

“It was the toughest loss I’ve ever been a part of,” he said weeks later. “We expected to win. We expected to win the whole time. We felt in that one-minute drive (at the end) we were going to win the thing.

“I’m not fully over it. But you’ve got to keep moving.”

King, who graduated last spring with a degree in social studies education, will begin training for the NFL draft after the bowl game.

“I think I’m ready,” the 6-foot-1, 200-pound flanker said. “I’m looking forward to embracing it and enjoying the ride.”

“We think the world of TK, and I’m very confident he’ll end up getting drafted and have a good pro career,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He’s been very crucial, and we’ve counted on him. … We expect him to be able to get deep. We expect him to be able to stretch the defense. And he’s done a very good job of that.”

King has an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., next month. “It’s going to be a great time to showcase my talents and make a name for myself,” he said.

But first, there’s one more game for UGA. In last season’s bowl — an Outback Bowl loss to Michigan State — King set the UGA single-game record for receiving yards with 205 on six catches.

“It’d be fun to go out with a big bang like that,” he said, adding that he’d script it in a winning cause this time. “I want to leave these guys with a little present of (a bowl win).”

79 comments Add your comment

Big Enos Burdette

December 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

Show up and play

Don'tsufferfools

December 24th, 2012
3:42 pm

Big Enos Burdette

December 24th, 2012
3:42 pm

That’s for the entire team

Alphare

December 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

Sorry, Mr King, played so long with no ring to show for it.

BIG DAWG

December 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

Thanks for all your time. Once a DAWG always a DAWG. Good luck in the bowl game and your nfl career

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
4:43 pm

King has been productive, too. With 2,498 career receiving yards, he is No. 4 in UGA history…………………………..Calvin Johnson is going to miss that total in 1 year by maybe 400 yards.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

He has a lot of great memories in that many games.

If the NFL doesn’t happen or doesn’t last long what do you do with a “social studies education”?
Do you watch TMZ and blog on the AJC BUZZ about the doings of “Stars”?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
4:56 pm

The Truth…I know that…..Stafford and King just didn’t get enough games together to hook-up.

Moist Dawg

December 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

So the guy graduates early and you want to bang on him for his major? Some of you people make me want to vomit.

Uncle Kirk

December 24th, 2012
5:44 pm

He teaches high school social studies and coaches. That’s what he does

Bushwhacker

December 24th, 2012
5:58 pm

One of my all time favorites & DGD.

Good Luck TK!

Timeout = 5150 UOAD Troll

December 24th, 2012
5:58 pm

Timeout,

His career will be far better than your own. You dig ditches, plant trees and lay sod all day. TK will play in the League. When his playing days are over, he will teach and coach. You will still be trolling on UGA blogs wishing Tech could beat UGA. You never attended Georgia Tech like your Dad. You were/are too stupid. You are such a loser.

Put in Time Out's mammy

December 24th, 2012
6:01 pm

Good Luck TK! You sir are a DGD and the Georgia Nation wishes you well.

Never mind the Techie trolls

GT = 11 time loser to Mark Richt

December 24th, 2012
6:32 pm

Same old Tech trolls day in and day out

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
6:45 pm

Moist Dawg
December 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

So the guy graduates early
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HUH? can you do MATH? He graduated last Spring that is not EARLY.
Jan 08
Jan 09
Jan 10
Jan 11
Jan 12
That is 4 years that is What college is supposed to be.

I never said he didn’t have a great time and career at UGa. He got screwed out of at minimum 20 games with STAFFORD throwing him passes. he could have maybe missed 24 more Games with Stafford. I think he could have been higher on the records list with more games with Stafford.

I was honest. I don’t know what a Social Studies Degree can do for you. It is in High Demand in this economy like Art History or Sports & Recreation Degrees.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
6:48 pm

Those games with Stafford would have happened without his injury and Stafford not leaving early plus if UGa made it SEC CG both of those years. Helping you Non-Math Majors out.

Fidlin1

December 24th, 2012
6:51 pm

Thanks for the memories Tavarres and best of luck in your future endeavors.

Moist Dawg

December 24th, 2012
7:03 pm

Timeout, do you really think Tavarres King is going to have a hard time finding a job in Georgia, regardless of his degree? Maybe in Gainesville.
And yes I can do math:
1 comment from put in timeout + 2 people reading it = Barf-o-rama.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
7:17 pm

Moist….finding a JOB in any state is not easy right now. If you don’t have experience it becomes more difficult if you want a job you are not over qualified for. TEACHING jobs? You really are CRAZY if you think he throws his name out and the Board of Education just says Oh My God we have to hire him. Do you know how many teachers are out of work in Georgia? Oh but wait he can be a football coach too. LMMFAO. There are teachers with Masters, PhD and years of classroom experience that are not getting jobs.
I think he could get a job but it is not like there are not hundreds of teachers graduating every year in Georgia that are not getting jobs. The NFL career is still averaging less than 3 years so don’t buy mom a mansion and go crazy if the NFL does get you a first contract.

I wish him no ill will. I am glad he stayed and got his degree 1st and foremost. Now he just has to be smart how he transitions into the next part of his life.

Moist Dawg

December 24th, 2012
7:22 pm

I’m sure Mr. King is thankful for the career advice. And what school in Georgia would ever want a beloved former UGA player to be on their staff? LMAO!!

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
7:35 pm

MOIST….I’ll give you of the Greatest Stories. You should know it.
David Pollack
Over Achiever on the Sanford Stadium Field
Drafted in the NFL
Career over before it started
Worked through the heartache and pain to get healthy again
Woke-up and the NFL was the past in the blink of an eye
Partnered with Greene in a bar & restaurant
Got a Shot on the radio talking his passion of sports
Made a great splash and ESPN has him on the Up and comer list on TV
Changed his habits and lost weight and eats right
Studies a lot. I mean studies a lot and doesn’t play the Homer
I hated POLLACK as a player because how good he was against TECH when he was at UGa
I Love him as a MAN and a person dedicated to his NEW CRAFT.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
7:42 pm

MOIST……I’m sure Mr. King is thankful for the career advice. And what school in Georgia would ever want a beloved former UGA player to be on their staff?
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Wanting a former player on a staff is great but finding a spot on the TEACHING STAFF of the school is a different story. There can’t be 12 ex-football players in a high school as P.E. Teachers or Social Study Teachers. It is not the Head Coach that makes and approves all these decisions by himself. the Principle and the need of teachers have influence too. Do you not hear all the issues School Boards across Georgia are having with SACS?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
7:43 pm

Anybody going to watch the Bowl game tonight?

Put in Time Out's mammy

December 24th, 2012
7:50 pm

Put in Time Out
It’s time for your Ritlan and other bi-polar meds. Change those stinking skivvies and get ready for your teat boy

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 24th, 2012
7:51 pm

@-timeout—————————uh——————??????????????????????????

——————–A$$ kisser——————hahahahahah—–st nick will brink you a

————YELLOW————————BUG————————–HAHAHAHAHAHA

ramguy68

December 24th, 2012
7:53 pm

Timeout is just a miserable jealous man who hates to see someone do something successful…..you’re just dumb timeout…you’re just dumb.

BellDog

December 24th, 2012
8:05 pm

Tavarres finished up only 500 yards & 8 td’s less than Calvin Johnson’s college numbers.

Great career.

Moist Dawg

December 24th, 2012
8:06 pm

Timeout loves Pollack as a MAN. Now that’s something I never thought he would admit.
Maybe if you’re good Santa will bring you a Pollack poster to go over your bed. On second thought, he’ll probably bring you a poster of O’leary in a string bikini.

Put in Time Out's mammy

December 24th, 2012
8:13 pm

I’ve always known of Put in Time out’s Bromances. He has dozens of them. Pollacks poster is on my basement wall

THE UGA formerly known as RUSS

December 24th, 2012
8:17 pm

Who would take any serious advice from a person that’s only personal satisfaction is getting banned off blogs.

THE UGA formerly known as RUSS

December 24th, 2012
8:20 pm

TK’s made a plan for his life with multiple options available to him. His whole life is ahead of him and he’s shown the ability to look ahead and plan for the future. This is admirable and uncommon in people his age. I’d hire him.

tenn.DAWG

December 24th, 2012
8:33 pm

DGD,Never saw him without a smile,reminds me of Hines Ward in that respect

Z Dawg

December 24th, 2012
8:39 pm

TK thanks for these years at Georgia. We are sure youwilldo well at the next level.
You played a big in beating nerds of GT for last several years. thanks agsin.

davidinloganville

December 24th, 2012
9:49 pm

of course Megatron has a future after the NFL also.

“During the 2006 summer, Johnson, who majored in management with a background in building construction, was given the option of working on either constructing environmentally friendly luxury condos, or a project building solar latrines to improve sanitation in Bolivia. Johnson chose the latter, as he wanted to help the less fortunate. The “solar latrines” use the sun’s rays to safely transform bacteria-laden waste into fertilizer.”

Delbert D.

December 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

Well, heck, my line coach in high school was a social studies and civics teacher. Back then, almost nobody had even a chance at making the pros.

Now, Calvin Johnson is set up for a major PR/consulting job if the NFL gig ends due to injury. For every guy like him, there is another guy who owns a car wash.

Calvin’s WR teammate with the Lions got a degree in education from Georgia, and he actually did his practice teaching assignment with a middle school in Oconee county prior to graduation.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
10:11 pm

BellDog
December 24th, 2012
8:05 pm

Tavarres finished up only 500 yards & 8 td’s less than Calvin Johnson’s college numbers.
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It did take KING 5 years and 57 games. Calvin did more in less time with Reggie Ball(UGa fans favorite QB) and Josh “run the ball” Nesbitt.

vampire bill

December 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

Merry Christmas to all the Bulldawgs. Thanks for a great year. Oh and Merry Christmas to everyone else. Now back to the crown royal.

Delbert D.

December 24th, 2012
10:15 pm

I’ll say this for King. As an interviewee, he comes across as being a lot sharper than the average tack. You can’t underestimate how much that counts with the NFL scouts.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
10:16 pm

Sorry Reggie Ball and 1 game with Taylor Bennett never never with Nesbitt

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
10:24 pm

Delbert D. are you talking Chris Durham is the other WR on the Lions with a teaching background?
I never said I hate KING I poked fun at SOCIAL STUDIES. Don’t tell me most of you KNEW in school that was a class you could sleep through and still get a B. It is like the kids that took Physical Sciences. If you were a smart student and had higher goals you didn’t take Social Studies you took American History to be ahead and instead of Physical Science you were taking Biology.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
10:29 pm

Got to Work My Meat some more.

Dog is wanting a BONE already. He is looking through the porch door just waiting for his scraps from tomorrows dinner.

Prepping a 13lb Rib Roast. Cutting it down and get it Standing so I can load the center with the Dressing. Love a Crown Rib Roast for Christmas Dinner.

Sausage is browning & Oysters are steaming for the dressing I like water chestnuts over celery for the veggie in the dressing.

Delbert D.

December 24th, 2012
10:43 pm

Yeah, that is Kris Durham. I couldn’t come up with the name at the time. CRS (Can’t Remember S…) syndrome, my sister says. I for one breezed through social studies, but my line coach was a hardass in civics. Good man; I was proud to play for him. After I graduated, that is. Most of our teachers were unimpressive. Typical small-town in Georgia, I guess. We did get a replacement teacher in chemistry from NASA, and a another guy my senior year in math who was an engineer from Tech. Kicked my butt real hard. It took me years to recover.

Delbert D.

December 24th, 2012
11:05 pm

“Prepping a 13lb Rib Roast.” “Sausage is browning & Oysters are steaming for the dressing”

I sure hope you host a tailgate next season.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Delbert D …..Major Toomey(Riverside Military Academy) was our Physics and Chemistry teacher. He had at that time 66 patients(we knew of) in his name. Man he was an Azz but he made you learn, study and understand.

bubba4dawgs

December 24th, 2012
11:13 pm

Let’s not take anything away from Calvin Johnson!! As a DAWG fan true to the end, I have nothing but praise for Calvin! But the idiot bloggers who choose to put TK down are simply that…..real idiots! Is that what they teach at the North Avenue Trade School? I choose to believe that it isn’t, so idiots, have the balls to praise someone like TK who deserves every bit of it just as Calvin Johnson! Both are super football players and from what I’ve seen of them, also super gentlemen! That said, not go crawl back under your rocks!!

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 24th, 2012
11:14 pm

Bama fans will love this….Sports South is about to show the 2010 Auburn @ Bama game. I guess Sports South thinks the Auburn fans need a Merry Christmas present cause Bama is playing for a 2nd straight BCS CG.

Shadow of T Brown and Put In

December 25th, 2012
12:51 am

Surprised by this stat buy not naysayer comments…Tavarres has been a decent WR and very clutch at times…Will be NFL prepared due to Bobo and Murray working him hard!

HabCentralRaider4Life

December 25th, 2012
1:00 am

@Timeout Played ball with him in Mt. Airy and ill be the first to tell you, if he needed a job back home taching socail studies this school district would easily make it happen. he is a legend around here. Secondly, considering all of the running/other passing option UGA has had during his time there, its not fair to compare him to calvin johnson, who is a freak athlete and the only recieving option ever. Should have a productive NFL career and am glad to have met the guy.

No reason to attack the guy personally. Douche it down a notch

Dawglasville

December 25th, 2012
1:03 am

Great career TK. Thanks for all your hard work and good luck.

Alphare, how many championships does any South Carolina player, in the history of the school, have? How many bowl wins? You really do act like new money at times.

HabCentralRaider4Life

December 25th, 2012
1:06 am

Correction

*Calvin Johnson was the only receiver option ever at GT while he was there