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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 17 Georgia Bulldogs(Football) players of all time: Where does Stetson Bennett Rank?

Top 17 Georgia Bulldogs(Football) players of all time: Where does Stetson Bennett Rank?

The top 10 Dawgs!
Publish Date: 05/14/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

The Greatest Dawgs of all time!

The Bulldogs have been a great program since the early 1940s, and today we will take a look at the most incredible Bulldogs ever!

17) David Greene

During his career at Georgia, Greene was a winner as he won 42 games, which was an NCAA record at the time. But he was more than just a winner. Greene could air it out as he finished his career with 11,528 passing yards, which was an SEC record at the time.

Video: David Greene to Terrence Edwards TD

David Greene to Terrence Edwards TD

16) Hines Ward

Ward stands out on our list thanks to his versatility and athletic prowess, earning him recognition primarily as a receiver, ranking among Georgia’s career reception leaders (144) while nearly reaching 2,000 yards receiving. But Ward also earned fame among Georgia’s all-purpose yards leaders with over 3,000 total, throwing one touchdown during his time there and setting himself up for even more success as an NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Video: ESPN showing highlights of Hines Ward playing QB at Georgia vs Georgia Tech 1995

ESPN showing highlights of Hines Ward playing QB at Georgia vs Georgia Tech 1995

15) Fran Tarkenton

Tarkenton was an All-American quarterback who led the Bulldogs to the SEC title and an Orange Bowl victory in 1959. He also earned All-SEC honors in 1958 and Freshman All-SEC honors in 1957.

Video: Fran Tarkenton's First Game at UGA

Fran Tarkenton’s First Game at UGA

14) Matthew Stafford

In three-years at Georgia, Stafford achieved an incredible 30-9 record and won three bowl games: 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl, the 2008 Sugar Bowl and 2009 Capital One Bowl.

Stafford completed 564 of 987 passes for 7,731 yards, 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions to earn a 57% completion rate and garner an overall 133.3 quarterback rating.

Video: Matthew Stafford Mixtape - Georgia

Matthew Stafford Mixtape – Georgia

13) Matt Stinchcomb

Stinchcomb was widely recognized as Georgia’s most outstanding offensive lineman ever, having received two All-American selections (1997 and ’98) and earning the 1998 SEC Draddy Award – bestowed upon its most outstanding blocker. Stinchcomb became part of the University of Georgia Circle of Honor before finally being honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame after seven seasons spent with Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL teams.

Video: Matt Stinchcomb - Class of 2021

Matt Stinchcomb – Class of 2021

12) Stetson Bennett

Sure other Georgia Quarterbacks had better stats, but how many won back-to-back national championships? 66 TD passes is not an astounding career number, but Steston was a winner.

Video: Stetson Bennett IV 🔥 MVP QB Highlights ᴴᴰ

Stetson Bennett IV 🔥 MVP QB Highlights ᴴᴰ

11) Bill Stanfill

Stanfill was a three-time All-SEC player. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1968, winning the Outland Trophy and earning consensus All-American honors. Stanfill was named to the 50th Anniversary All-Time SEC Team, the SEC Quarter Century Team and the 1960s All-SEC Team.

Video: BILL STANFILL TRIBUTE

BILL STANFILL TRIBUTE

10) Jake Scott

Scott only played at Georgia for two seasons, but those seasons were legendary for Scott! Scott started his stint at Georgia in 1967 and led the Bulldogs with six interceptions. He followed that up with ten interceptions in 1968, the second-most in school history. Scott would go on to be a legend in the NFL.

Video: Georgia DB Jake Scott on College Football Hall of Fame Induction

Georgia DB Jake Scott on College Football Hall of Fame Induction

9) Aaron Murray

Murray may not receive as much praise as Stafford, but he certainly left an indelible mark on Georgia and SEC football with his 13,166 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns, both school and SEC records. Murray also holds Georgia single-season passing yards (3,893 in 2012) and touchdowns (36 from 2012), as well as total offensive yards (13,554) records.

Video: Aaron Murray ||

Aaron Murray || “Best QB in SEC History” || Greatest Moments

8) Charley Trippi

Trippi helped Georgia win the national title in 1942 before taking a break from college football to participate in World War II.

He came back in 1945 and picked up where he left off. In fact, he won the Maxwell Award in 1946 and was a consensus All-American after helping the Bulldogs win the Sugar Bowl.

Video: Chapter 10 - The Story of Charley Trippi

Chapter 10 – The Story of Charley Trippi

7) Roquan Smith

Smith became the first Bulldog ever to win the Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s best defensive player at his position. Additionally, Smith earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 137 tackles, 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks – surpassing his previous team-leading 95 tackle total in 2017.

Video: Best LB in College Football || Georgia LB Roquan Smith 2017 Highlights á´´á´°

Best LB in College Football || Georgia LB Roquan Smith 2017 Highlights á´´á´°

6) Champ Bailey

Bailey was a three-way threat at Georgia. He starred on offense, defense, and special teams! Bailey registered 52 tackles, three interceptions, and seven passes defended during his senior year at Georgia. He also caught 47 passes for 744 yards and five touchdowns, ran for 84 yards on 16 carries, and had 261 kickoff return yards and 49 punt return yards. He was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the end of the year and was a consensus All-American.

Video: Champ Bailey | Georgia Highlights

Champ Bailey | Georgia Highlights

5) Terry Hoage

Hoage played for Georgia from 1980 to 1983 and was a two-time consensus All-American. Hoage finished with 14 career interceptions, and 12 came in 1982. Hoage was a big-time player who played his best games on the biggest stage.

Video: Called by the legendary Larry Munson, TERRY HOAGE's 2 blocks vs. '83 Clemson

Called by the legendary Larry Munson, TERRY HOAGE’s 2 blocks vs. ’83 Clemson

4) Jordan Davis

Davis stands out as Georgia’s premier defensive tackle, at 6-foot-6 and more than 330 pounds. Alongside Bill Stanfill as Georgia’s only two Outland Trophy winners (2021), Davis also shared in two Bednarik Awards (2021) alongside David Pollack – all while leading Georgia to its national title victory that same year. Over his college career, he recorded 91 tackles (12.5 for loss, and seven sacks (5.5 during his 2021 senior season alone!) and 26 quarterback hits.

Video: Jordan Davis | 2021 Highlights

Jordan Davis | 2021 Highlights

3) Frank Sinkwich

Sinkwich was the first Bulldog player to win the Heisman Trophy, and he won it in 1942, the same year the Bulldogs won the national championship. He led the NCAA in rushing with 1,103 yards in 1941 and set an NCAA single-season record for total offense with 2,187 yards the following year.

Not only did Sinkwich win the Heisman, but he was also a two-time All-American and won the AP Male Athlete of the Year in 1942. Sinkwich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954

Video: Chapter 8- The Story of Frank Sinkwich

Chapter 8- The Story of Frank Sinkwich

 

2) David Pollack

Why so high? That’s simple Pollack was the greatest defensive player in Bulldog history. I know an injury ended his career, and many people tend to downplay Pollach because of a lack of an NFL career, but Pollack had 36 sacks in his career and was as dominant as they come. From 2001 to 2004, Pollack became one of his generation’s most dominant defensive players. He was a three-time first-team All-American (the second player in Bulldogs history to do such a thing), he won the SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year award in 2004 and the Chuck Bednarik, Ted Hendricks, Lombardi and Lott awards that same year.

Video: David Pollack Georgia Career

David Pollack Georgia Career

1) Herschel Walker

Walker burst onto the college football scene in 1980, rushing for over 1,600 yards and leading the Bulldogs to their second national title. In 1981, he improved his rushing total with 1,891 yards, which is still an SEC record. And in 1982, Walker rushed for 1,752 yards and won a truckload of awards, including the Heisman.

Walker had 49 career rushing touchdowns, which was an SEC record at the time. He also holds several schools and SEC records that have yet to be broken and was a three-time consensus All-American.

Video: Classic Tailback - Herschel Walker Georgia Highlights

Classic Tailback – Herschel Walker Georgia Highlights

Honorable Mention

Nakobe Dean

Jarvis Jones

Terrence Edwards

Garrison Hearst

Kevin Butler

Scott Woerner

Theron Sapp

John Rauch

Bill Hartman

Catfish Smith

Bob McWhorter

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