Top 10 players of the Mark Richt era

semerson@macon.comJanuary 6, 2013 

We're doing a new thing at The Telegraph, where each Monday one of the staff writers will do a top 10 list on a topic of their choosing. This week was my turn, and I decided to expand on a question I got a little while ago from a reader in the mailbag: The top players of the Mark Richt era at Georgia.

1. DE David Pollack (2001-04) Only two Georgia players have been a three-time consensus All-American: Pollack and Herschel Walker. Enough said.

2. OLB Jarvis Jones (2011-12) Jones is the only other two-time consensus all-American of the Richt era, doing so in his only two seasons, and he’s the only player Richt has had to finish in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting.

3. QB David Greene (2001-04) Georgia’s all-time winningest quarterback, Greene is also the SEC’s career leader in passing yards, and held a bunch of other records until this season.

4. WR A.J. Green (2008-10) Perhaps the most skilled receiver ever to play at Georgia, he still ranks third in program history in receiving yards, despite skipping his senior year and missing the first four games for the jersey-selling snafu.

5. TB Knowshon Moreno (2007-08) The highlight-making runner, who once leapt a defender, rushed for 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns in his two seasons at Georgia.

6. QB Aaron Murray (2010-present) A three-year starter who has rewritten the program’s record books for passing and led the team to 28 victories. All that separates him from Greene is an SEC championship.

7. QB Matt Stafford (2006-08) He took over as the starter early in his freshman season, going on to pass for 7,731 yards and 51 touchdowns before turning pro, and becoming the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

8. S Thomas Davis (2002-04) Twice a first-team all-SEC pick, the hard-hitting product of south Georgia led the team in tackles in 2003 and 2004 before turning pro.

9. G Max Jean-Gilles (2002-05) A consensus All-American in 2005, and a two-time first-team all-SEC pick, and a four-year starter.

10. WR Fred Gibson (2001-04) A freshman in Richt’s first season, Gibson ranks second in program history in receiving yards and third in touchdown catches.

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