Best of the best

Bill Connelly ($$) ranked what he considers to be the 80 best defenders in college football so far this century.  Three Dawgs made the list.  Care to guess whom and where they rank?

Answers in the comments.

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  1. Roquan Smith (36th)
    Jarvis Jones (27th)
    David Pollack (6th)

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  2. armydawg

    Jones and Smith should be in the same zip code as Pollack. I might have to rank Roquan slightly ahead of Pollack just based on what he did in 2017. As far as UGA greats are concerned I would go 1,2,3.

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    • MGW

      Roquan and Pollack were both the absolute prototype for their positions in their era, but Pollack had three first team All American seasons. Roquan’s one big year was astonishing, but… three straight years at that level is a near Herschel Walker type achievement.

      In fact you could say Roquan is to Pollack as Gurley is to Herschel. Near peers at their peak (maybe less so with Herschel/Gurley but we’ll never really know), but that quality right out of the gate combined with that longevity set Herschel/Pollack waaaay apart from the other two. They were peaking the whole time.

      I think Jones was kind of in between; had two all American years, but Roquan’s 2017 was better than either of Jones’.

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  3. dawgman3000

    No way Roquan should be ranked that low.

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    • MGW

      I think he gets overlooked a little because it was just that one season where he was so amazing. Took him a couple years to put it together.

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  4. R’s 2017 ranks up there as a single great season, but Pollack had 3 of those kind of years. I would probably put R above Jarvis Jones because of how excellent R’s 2017 season truly was.

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

    Jordan Davis – somewhere in the top-10.

    Adam Anderson – somewhere in the 50’s.

    Lewis Cine – somewhere in the 60’s.

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

    Roquan ended a Notre Dame drive, all three downs, entirely by himself.

    In a just world, he would’ve been a Heisman finalist in 2017.

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  7. Ro covered a wheel route against OU. That alone puts him in another category.

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  8. Russ

    Lining up Roquan and another LB in the I formation against the Maggots was a brilliant move by Kirby and one of my favorite Roquan moments as he just dismantled the triple option.

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  9. bucketheridge

    Those three were all incredible. Pollack has to be the highest of the group because he was at an incredible level for three years. Jarvis was one of my favorite Dawgs to watch play of all time, And what can you say about Roquan’s impact on the ’17 team?

    BTW, UGA has only had 29 consensus all Americans in our history. Figured there would be more, and that really shows how impressive it was for Jarvis and Pollack to have multiple years in that category.

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  10. R made a tackle late in the Rose Bowl right at the 1st down line, stopping them just short. It was an almost-superhuman effort, and we don’t win that game without it. JJ made a hit that caused a game-saving fumble in the ’12 (I think) Cocktail party. DP… that interception at Williams-Brice (which he did again years later against the Jackets), the Clemson game up there in the hottest game ever)…just, wow.

    All three were fantastic players with many memorable plays.

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  11. Jake Richardson

    I guessed David Pollack, Thomas Davis, and Roquan Smith. I’m honestly surprised at some of the safeties that made the list that I wouldn’t consider in the same ballpark as Thomas Davis. Wonder if Bill forgot about him because he moved to LB for a stellar NLF career.

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    • miltondawg

      I also had TD in my list when I was thinking about it before finding out. Extraordinarily versatile. Went to become a fantastic NFL player as well. You don’t see a lot of 37/38 year old linebackers in the NFL and in his first game in 2019 with the Chargers had something like 14 or 15 solo tackles.

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  12. MagnusDawgus

    I guessed Champ Bailey, Richard Seymour and Jarvis Jones.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      My knee-jerk response included Champ Bailey until I realized it was a list of 21st century UGA players.

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      • Russ

        Well if we’re going all time, Stanfill and Scott have to be considered. Along with Hoage.

        Wow, we could have some serious discussions on this.

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        • poetdawg

          Another name that seems to get overlooked on the all time UGA lists is Ben Zambiasi. He had a great three years and was all over the field in 1977, 173 tackles. It seemed like Munson called his name on every play that year. He was too small for the NFL but he had a heck of a career in the CFL. You younger Dawgs should look him up.

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          • miltondawg

            I didn’t get to see him much as a teenager as we didn’t have money for season tickets, but one of my colleagues says that Richard “Le Sack” Tardits is pretty underrated.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Ben Zam-bee-zee was a great one at UGA. Ben Zam-be-ah-zee had a very good Canadian Football League career, too.

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  13. mg4life0331

    Paul Oliver would have been up there had he stayed another year. Man he locked down that nerd Calvin Johnson.

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    • RangerRuss

      Yeah he did. And that “snot-dripping asshole” Megatron was a sure enough NFL receiver. Never understood why he wasted his college career at that mung infested shithole.
      RIP Paul Oliver.

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  14. Hobnail_Boot

    I guessed Pollack (8), Roquan (21), and Baker (60).

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