The University of Georgia football program stretches all the way back to 1892. Thousands of players have donned the G, and trying to thin the list to the top 25 of all time was an interesting task. Ignoring NFL success or failure, I tried to stick with what was accomplished at Georgia. I also tried to avoid my own personal biases. (Sorry, Aaron Murray. Maybe next year.)
I do hope you enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed researching it.
Georgia Bulldogs' top 25 players of all time:
1. Herschel Walker, RB '80-'82: Herschel Walker was the most dominant college player I have ever seen. In his three years at Georgia, he racked up a Heisman, three SEC championships, and a national title. Thirty years later, Walker is a legend still held on a pedestal by Georgia fans.
2.Charlie Trippi, QB/RB '41-'43 and '45-'46: Trippi was very versatile and very dominant player. Trippi split his career at Georgia while serving in World War II. In his sophomore year, he became the starting halfback and led Georgia to the SEC championship and was Rose Bowl MVP. In 1946, Trippi finished his career as a starting quarterback. That year, he led the Bulldogs to an undefeated season, another SEC championship, and set the SEC single-game record for passing yards against rival Georgia Tech.
3. Eric Zeier, QB '91-'94: Zeier might be surprising until you look back at his prolific stats. Eric Zeier holds records for passing yards for a sophomore, a senior, and holds the top six spots in single-game total offense.
4.Jake Scott, DB '67-68: College Football Hall of Famer Jake Scott left his impression on the UGA record books in his two years. He still still holds records for career interceptions (16) and interception return yards (315).
5. Bill Stanfill, DT '66-68: This three-time All SEC DT and College Football Hall of Famer earned plenty of accolades during his playing days. Yet, Vince Dooley put it best when he said that Stanfill was "the best defensive lineman I ever had."
6.Champ Bailey, CB/WR '96-'98:Champ Bailey was one of the most versatile players ever. Even in modern college football's days of specialization, Bailey played both ways in his final two seasons. Even though his natural position was cornerback, he still managed to snag five touchdowns as a wide receiver.
11.Matt Stinchcomb, OL '95-'98: Lineman like Stinchcomb do not get the nice stat lines like other positions, but that does not stop him from being an all-time great. Stinchcomb's excellence on and off the field won him the Draddy Trophy in 1998. He is the first and last Bulldog to do so.
14. Hines Ward, WR/RB/QB '94-97: Hines Ward is the hardest player to place on this list. Possibly my all time favorite Bulldog, Ward not only played three positions but hit far harder than almost any wideout I have ever seen.
15. Thomas Davis, FS 2001-'04: Davis is one of the toughest safeties to ever play at Georgia. He led the Bulldogs in tackles during a two-year stretch(2003-04), and USA Today called him "one of the finest athletes ever produced by Georgia."
16. Fran Tarkenton, QB '57-60:Fran Tarkenton was All-SEC, All-American, and still a legend.
17. Lindsay Scott, WR '80-82: Lindsay Scott was a good wideout, but his season saving catch in 1980 earns him a spot.
18. Rodney Hampton, RB '87-89: This versatile runner also shined as a receiver and on kickoff returns. Hampton was so pivotal in three defeats of the Florida Gators that he was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame.
20. Richard Seymour, DT '97-'00: Seymour was a tough, disruptive player along the line. His ability to affect the opposing offense was fun to watch.
21. John Stinchcomb, OL '99-'02: Stinchcomb used his size and intelligence to shine in a position that does not get on the highlight reels. He was an All-American both as a player and academically.
22. Leonard Pope, TE '03-05: Pope served as a consistent blocker and a receiving threat. He was unanimously voted all SEC in 2005.
25. Terry Hoage, DB '80-83:Hoage was a talented and versatile defensive back. This College Football Hall of Famer was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 1982 after snagging 12 interceptions that season.
Christopher Beheler is a Georgia native and life long Bulldogs fan.
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