Legends

Whoa.  Chip Towers dishes up the rat poison for Georgia’s receiving corps.

… Of the group remaining, any who earn their place in the rotation will have to be truly exceptional to do so. The returning starters each are all-SEC caliber – at least. And if Pickens can stay out of trouble and off the injury list, he should be in position to become Georgia’s first consensus All-American receiver in school history.

All that at Manball U?  Color me a wee bit skeptical… not to say I’d be unhappy if turns out he’s right.

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  1. AJ would have been a consensus All-American if not for Greg McGarity.

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    • I always wonder if McGarity would have been so interested in Green and Gurley if Kirby were the coach.

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    • Down Island Way

      ee…#8 in Red & Black is an All-American in the book of Red & Black Greatness and associated stories of UGA student athletes past, present and future…

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Harry Babcock not only was an All American wide receiver at UGA, he was also the first pick overall pick in the NFL draft in the 1950s.
        Towers’s article talked about Pickens being UGA’S first CONSENSUS All American.

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        • Ozam

          Crazy that I have never heard this guy’s name and I’ve been a serious fan since 1979. Obviously not!

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          • Gaskilldawg

            The Wally Butts era (1939-1960) produced some moments that UGA ought to publicize. You know Sinkwich was the first Heisman winner from a Southern team and the first pick in the NFL draft, and Trippi is in the college football Hall of Fame and NFL hall of fame, but UGA doesn’t publicize that John Rauch finished his UGA career as the NCAA’s all-time passing yards leader. UGA doesn’t publicize the fact that the person who broke Rauch’s record was another UGA quarterback from the 1950’s Zeke Bratkowski. Butts also produced the QB who retired from the NFL being the NFL’s all time leader in passing yards, passing completions and passing touchdowns.
            UGA was a power in 1941 and 1942, then its talent went off to war and Army and Navy and those colleges that were part of the Army program for which players from colleges from all over the country could suit up and play, such as Georgia Tech. After the war Butts got us SEC championships in 1946 and 1948.
            The decade beginning with the year 1950 was the down part of Butt’s career but there were still some fine players and fine moments.

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            • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

              I don’t understand why UGA doesn’t claim a natty for the 1946 team. Some polls named Georgia the national champion that year. Trippi should have won the Heisman. He was the best player in the nation that year.

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Well, although this past year’s recruiting class at WR wasn’t anything to write home about, the previous two recruiting classes were the best in program history with last year being among the best all-time for any program. That means we have juniors and sophomores with a year in this offense ready to break open on the field.

    I can only hope Monken draws up an offense as effective as what Kiffin and Sark put on the field for Bama that takes advantage of this receiver talent.

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  3. practicaldawg

    Pickens has a lot in common with AJ in terms of ability and build. Although it’s hard to fully compare since we never saw AJ’s right hook against Yech or his accuracy with a water bottle.

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  4. Michael Flinn

    When I think about the receiver from UGA that accomplished the most I see Hines Ward. As a wide receiver for the University of Georgia Bulldogs (1994–1997), Ward’s 149 career receptions for 1,965 yards placed him second in team history. He also played tailback and totaled 3,870 all-purpose yards, second only to Herschel Walker in Bulldogs history. In 1996, Ward had 52 receptions for 900 yards, and also ran 26 times for 170 yards. In 1997, he hauled in 55 passes for 715 yards and scored six touchdowns while, and also ran 30 times for 223 yards, getting All-SEC honors in the process. Ward played some quarterback his sophomore year, and holds Georgia bowl game records for pass attempts, pass completions, and passing yards in the 1995 Peach Bowl in which he completed 31 of 59 passes for 413 yards. Despite his performance at the quarterback position as a Sophomore, Ward primarily played receiver his final two years of college play only attempting a handful of passes during those seasons.

    When he came out of college, it was discovered that Ward was missing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, which he lost during a bicycle accident during childhood.[4][5] According to a Yahoo! Sports article, Ward broke his kneecap in the fourth grade and the doctors never accounted for the ligament.[6]

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  5. I saw another pundit predict not one, but two 1,000 yard WRs this season which…Terrance Edwards in 2002 is the only time UGA has had a 1,000 yard WR.
    So it’d be great if he’s right, but damn the odds are against it.

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    • RangerRuss

      If the boss doesn’t take his foot off the gas then it’s entirely possible. The O needs to light ’em up as if every game is the NC.

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  6. ASEF

    All the ingredients are there.

    Clemson surrendered 385 yards passing in their last game, 6 TDs through the air, at a clip of 13.8 per attempt. And a starting corner is leaving.

    They have an opportunity to open with a huge splash.

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  7. I’d love to see a consensus All-American receiver at UGA…talk about Dawg porn, yowzer

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  8. rigger92

    Dang y’all, this is getting to “next year” territory, lol. There’s always something. Love it.

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  9. Russ

    We have a history of some pretty good receivers. Jimmy Orr made Johnny U a lot of money. And Harry Babcock was our first overall #1 NFL draft pick.

    But I agree with Chip. Our WR room is crazy good this year, to the point that I don’t think we’ll have any stand out because they are all good. Plus throw in the Big O and Cook out of the backfield and there’s only so many passes to be thrown. Monken should be licking his chops at what he’s got to work with this season.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Sinkwich was the first Bulldog to be the first overall pick in the NFL draft and Trippi was the second Bulldog to be the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Babcock was the third.

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      • Russ

        My bad. I guess what I had in my mind was the Babcock was the last overall #1 pick before Stafford. Hard to miss Sinkwich and Trippi.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          No problem. Jimmy Orr is another UGA WR who deserves to be remembered with honor. As would be John Carson, who was a UGA All-American in two sports.

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  10. Explosive plays aside, don’t forget Monken’s capacity to play the short field with backfield throws and hitches to control the clock and take pressure off the young defensive secondary.

    Frankly though, I see Kirby playing coy about offense leading up to Clemson and then just playing to outscore that game. We will have to show our hands early but we have too high octane on offense to not score at will. My worry is we become some facsimile of 2020 Florida, but I trust that Lanning and Co will have an answer.

    I’ve long posited that Sagan’s defenses hinged on having a Mount Cody at DT, and we have one in Jordan Davis. Forcing bad throws starts with pressure up front and we will have that in spades. I don’t see anyone having a formidable enough ground game to test and stretch our front seven outside of some RPO from either the Gayturds or Clemson.

    I’ve said it once…I’ll say it again…2021 could be 2017 all over again…Redemption Tour 2.0

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  11. bcdawg97

    All I know is if I’m lucky enough to see us win a natty, I’m gonna cry like a baby. It’s still too soon for 2017 for me.

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    • RangerRuss

      You go on and cry when the Dawgs win it all, bcdawg97. You most certainly won’t be alone. Hell, I’ll probably join y’all. Over forty years of pent up frustration released in a moment and it will be hard to maintain composure.
      But I’ll tell you who needs to be crying. All those pudknockers South of Waycross, hillbillies gathered around the dumpster fire, taters cross the Savannah River and the villains from Atl on west. The Dawgs have recruited championship caliber talent without winning much of anything. Wait until they start bringing home the gold oil funnel. With Kirby getting his act together too? O h yeeeeah.
      Now where’d I put my Costas?

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        I always thought it looked like a giant Fleshlight. They should’ve kept the crystal football. That was a classy trophy. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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