Zambiasi was a tackling machine at Georgia, leading the team in stops for three consecutive years from 1975-77. He finished with a UGA record 467 career tackles and posted the single-season record with 165 tackles in 1977 (since broken). The three-time All-SEC performer helped lead the Bulldogs to an SEC title in 1976. Zambiasi was drafted in the 10th round of the 1978 NFL Draft, but instead opted for the Canadian Football League. He earned CFL Defensive Player of the Year honors with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2004.
One of the leaders of the 1967 Liberty Bowl team, Scott also helped the Dawgs to the 1968 SEC Championship with a 8-0-2 regular season and subsequent Sugar Bowl bid. Scott led the SEC in interceptions both years he lettered and also led the league in punt and kick return yardage in ’68. He is the UGA record holder for career INTs and INT return yards with 16 picks for 315 yards. Scott was drafted in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He went to five straight Pro Bowls and played in three Super Bowls, earning MVP honors in the VII edition of the big game.
This run-stuffer helped lead the Dawgs to a 25-6-2 record in his three years in Athens, including two SEC championships in ’66 and ’68. His time in college included trips to the Sugar, Cotton and Liberty Bowls. As a consensus All-American and team Captain in 1968, Stanfill earned the prestigious Outland Trophy – given to the best lineman in the nation each year. The three-time All-SEC tackle’s most memorable game might have been a 51-0 drubbing of the Gators in a driving rainstorm in which Vince Dooley allowed Stanfill to play quarterback. Many UGA fans believe that 1968 8-1-2 team should have won the National Championship instead of Ohio State. He was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Greene ended his college career as the winningest quarterback in college football history with 42 victories. A model of efficiency, Greene holds the SEC record for consecutive pass attempts without an interceptions with 214. Only one year after earning SEC Freshman of the Year honors, the burly passer broke a 20-year drought in Athens by leading his team to the 2002 SEC Championship – earning the SEC Championship Game MVP as well. His 11,528 passing yards not only set a Georgia school record but also still stand as the SEC’s all-time record. His 72 touchdowns passes are a UGA career record. Greene was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
By the time Murray finishes his final season in Athens, he will own every major SEC passing record in history. He will have thrown for more yards and more touchdowns than anyone in SEC history by the halfway mark of 2013 barring any unforseen incidents. He already owns most single-school records for Georgia and has led the Dawgs to back-to-back SEC East championships — coming within five yards of what would have likely been a national championship. With a win in Atlanta at the end of the season, Murray could become arguably the greatest player in school history (yes, possibly including the great running back from Wrightsville).
Stinchcomb was a three-year starter at Georgia and a two-time All-American. At one point, the big ugly started 32 consecutive games, earning Lombardi Award finalist status in 1998. He was awarded the Draddy Trophy that year, given by the National Football Foundation to the player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. The talented hog molly was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
The versatile defensive back/rover was a two-time consensus All-American who finished fifth in the Heisman balloting in 1983 – the highest finish by a defensive back in history at the time. The two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year posted 14 career interceptions at UGA and was inducted into the NCAA Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Legendary head coach Vince Dooley called him “the best defensive player I’ve ever coached.” His run in Athens included the 1980 National Championship, three SEC crowns and a 43-4-1 overall record. He was selected in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Hoage played 13 seasons in the league for six different teams.
The most versatile player in Georgia history excelled in all three facets of the game – offense, defense and special teams. The consensus All-American’s astounding career culminated with the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 1998 as the nation’s top defender. Bailey, who played in all 33 possible games, starting 24, played over 1,000 plays in ’98. He posted 52 tackles, three INTs, 10 passes broken up and four tackles for a loss on defense, while catching 47 passes for 744 yards and five scores as a receiver. For good measure, he added 84 yards rushing (16 att.), 261 kick return yards and 49 punt return yards. He finished his stellar career with 147 career tackles, eight career INTs, 59 career receptions, 978 career yards and five offensive TDs. The extraordinary coverman was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Redskins. As one of the best cornerbacks of this generation, Bailey was a Pro Bowler in 10 of his 12 NFL seasons – an NFL record for anyone at his position.
Pollack is the most decorated defensive player to ever put on the Red and Black. His 14-sack 2002 season set a school record for sacks in a single-season; he is also No. 3 with his 12.5-sack 2004 campaign. His 36.0 career sacks are the career benchmark for any Bulldog. He is one of only two three-time All-Americans in school history. On his mantle sits two Ted Hendricks Awards for the nation’s top defensive end (2002, 2004), the Lombardi Award given to the nation’s top lineman (2004), the Bednarik Award given to the nation’s top defensive player (2004) and the Lott Trophy given to the nation’s top impact defensive player (2004). The 2004 SEC Player of the Year started 44 of his 50 career games, finishing with 283 tackles, 58 tackles for a loss, four INTs and 18 passes broken up. Pollack was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The first ever three-time All-American in UGA history, Walker redefined the way running backs played the game. His physically abusive style of play made him arguably the most talented runner to ever carry the ball on a college gridiron. He is the only player to finish in the top three in the Heisman voting in every season he played football. During his freshman season, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,616 yards (and 15 TDs). He helped the Dawgs to the 1980 National Championship. As a sophomore, Walker topped his own marks with 1,891 yards and 18 TDs. In 1982, Walker earned the most coveted trophy in all of sports when his 1,752 yards and 16 scores earned him the Heisman Trophy (as well as the Maxwell Award). Georgia finished with a sterling 33-3-1 record, three SEC titles and three Sugar Bowl appearances during Walker’s time in Athens. When he left for the USFL/NFL, he owned 10 NCAA records, 15 SEC benchmarks and 30 UGA school records. His 5,259 yards are still an SEC rushing record. Walker was inducted into the NCAA Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
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