Top 5 players in GT History (in your opinion)

JJacket

Not beta, THWG
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
63,968
Here's mine
1) Joe Hamilton - just in command at QB.
2) John Dewberry - the QB who turned it around
3) Justin Thomas - next level player. There was no such thing as a broken play once he took over the team.
4) Eddie Lee Ivery - UGAg felt it necessary to hurt him at all costs
5) Calvin Johnson - I love RB, but had we gotten a prototypical QB, he becomes the greatest WR in CFB history.

Fight me, it is the off-season. Or change my mind, I'm game

And no, I didn't put defensive players on there so bonus is

6) Keith Brooking - all time leading tackler in GT History. Back to back seasons of 147 & 146 tackles.
 
Last edited:

coit

Smarter than Diseqc
Joined
Nov 29, 2007
Messages
73,430
In no particular order:

  • Joe Hamilton
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Jon Dwyer
  • John Davis
  • Pat Swilling
 

CornerBlitz

To be the man you have to beat the man
Joined
Mar 6, 2016
Messages
703
Quick response off the top of my head.

1. Calvin Johnson
2. Joe Hamilton
3. Kim King
4. Pat Swilling
5. Sean Jones
 

georgytech

Varsity Lurker
Joined
Aug 29, 2006
Messages
255
In no particular order
Wade Mitchell
Rufus Guthrie
Billy Lothridge
Pepper Rodgers
Eddie Lee Ivery
but hard to leave out Rock Perdoni, Luscious Sanford, Keith Brooking ,Randy Rhino, Clint Castleberry, Gary Lee, Calvin Johnson, Joe Hamilton & a slew of other players from each decade of football. Been a lot of good ones & methinks list like this are a disservice to a lot of great players that get overlooked.
To prove my point I came back to edit ...I meant Billy Shaw to be on that list.
 

JJacket

Not beta, THWG
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
63,968
In no particular order
Wade Mitchell
Rufus Guthrie
Billy Lothridge
Pepper Rodgers
Eddie Lee Ivery
but hard to leave out Rock Perdoni, Luscious Sanford, Keith Brooking ,Randy Rhino, Clint Castleberry, Gary Lee, Calvin Johnson, Joe Hamilton & a slew of other players from each decade of football. Been a lot of good ones & methinks list like this are a disservice to a lot of great players that get overlooked.
To prove my point I came back to edit ...I meant Billy Shaw to be on that list.
It is why I made it 5. Make it tough.

Hamilton was clearly the best player in CFB his senior season and should have won the Heisman. I just don't know if I can say that about any other GT player, although Calvin Johnson is close. Calvin should have had 150-200+ yards in every single game he played.
 

atlanta jacket

Dodd-Like
Joined
Jan 23, 2007
Messages
7,401
Here's mine
1) Joe Hamilton - just in command at QB.
2) John Dewberry - the QB who turned it around
3) Justin Thomas - next level player. There was no such thing as a broken play once he took over the team.
4) Eddie Lee Ivery - UGAg felt it necessary to hurt him at all costs
5) Calvin Johnson - I love RB, but had we gotten a prototypical QB, he becomes the greatest WR in CFB history.

Fight me, it is the off-season. Or change my mind, I'm game

And no, I didn't put defensive players on there so bonus is

6) Keith Brookings - all time leading tackler in GT History. Back to back seasons of 147 & 146 tackles.
Billy Lothridge, Calvin Johnson,Joe Hamilton are the 3 best. The remaining 2 could be any number of 20 or so players
 

The Champ

Dodd-Like
Joined
Sep 28, 2008
Messages
6,100
Since I’ve been a fan (mid 90s)

1. C. Johnson
2. J. Hamilton
3. D. Morgan
4. S. Mason
5. D. Smith
 

Jo_Vision

Varsity Lurker
Joined
Nov 26, 2014
Messages
185
Top 5 of the guys I’ve watched
1. Justin Thomas
2. Jonathan Dwyer
3. Bay Bay
4. Shaq Mason
5. Derrick Morgan

Definitely doesn’t qualify as a top 5 in any measurable way but Marcus Marshall is probably the single player I’ve had the most fun watching.
 

jts1207

Memes posted are not fact checked for accuracy
Joined
Oct 21, 2009
Messages
27,042
What? No Keith Brooking love?


Calvin
JoeHam
DSmith
DMorgan

Any number of others….
 

gtchief

D I C K S
Joined
Jul 4, 2015
Messages
4,180
I've seen a couple mentions on here but if Shaq Mason was the reason we went from OB winners to fluke-win-at-home-to-get-only-P5-win-en-route-to-a-3-win-bowl-streak-ending season, he should be on the list somewhere.
 

Wrecked

Varsity Lurker
Joined
Oct 18, 2002
Messages
418
Billy Lotheridge, Randy Rhino, Joe Hamilton, Eddie Lee Ivery, Robert Lavette
 

JJacket

Not beta, THWG
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
63,968
I've seen a couple mentions on here but if Shaq Mason was the reason we went from OB winners to fluke-win-at-home-to-get-only-P5-win-en-route-to-a-3-win-bowl-streak-ending season, he should be on the list somewhere.
I would say big Nat Dorsey is up there too.
 

The Champ

Dodd-Like
Joined
Sep 28, 2008
Messages
6,100
I've seen a couple mentions on here but if Shaq Mason was the reason we went from OB winners to fluke-win-at-home-to-get-only-P5-win-en-route-to-a-3-win-bowl-streak-ending season, he should be on the list somewhere.
Shaq was the primary reason the 14 offense was so good. Our success was built on the fact that we could run that zone run up his backside and he bulldozed every team downfield. Didn’t matter who the BB was. Everything else flowed off that one play.
 

JJacket

Not beta, THWG
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
63,968
Shaq was the primary reason the 14 offense was so good. Our success was built on the fact that we could run that zone run up his backside and he bulldozed every team downfield. Didn’t matter who the BB was. Everything else flowed off that one play.
Kind of true, but notice this play was all JT5. JT5 made a lot of ööööty plays look good. Tackle absolutely whiffs on this block. The edge is unblocked, 72 does the Sewak fish flop, and JT5 has nowhere to go. Almost any other QB in CFB takes a loss here.

lEvaiVM.gif
 

THWUGA

Dodd-Like except wouldn't have left the SEC
Joined
Jan 26, 2003
Messages
2,867
I'll interpret the question as the *best college football players* to play at GT *since 1970* since that's 50 years ago and even if you're old enough to remember further back than that, it's a different game

1. Calvin Johnson - unquestionably, IMO. He was a WR, so his touches depend on the QB, OC, OL, etc. But the best CFB to play for us. Unanimous AA and the only player in the modern era to earn first team AA awards in multiple seasons.
2. Joe Hamilton - objectively the best college football player in 1999 and was robbed of the Heisman thanks to a lifetime achievement award given to Dayne in his worst college season.
3. Ken Swilling - one of 3 unanimous AAs in GT history, captain of national title team
4. Pressley Harvin - objectively the best in his position in college football, unanimous AA (Swilling and CJ only other 2 in GT history)
5. Shaq Mason - I'll take heat over this pick and that's fine, but I don't think there's been a bigger stalwart on our OL in the modern era. When we needed 1, 3 or hell 6-7 yards, we run it up his ass and he'd blow the DT off the line then go hunt for 2-3 more downfield. He could cut, sure, but he was just as productive putting you on your back. Great feet, hands, smarts, everything. I saw Nat Dorsey shut down Julius Peppers at the peak of his powers and that's the closest I've seen a GT OL come to how good Shaq was on a routine basis.

A few left out

DT - on the edge, just wasn't in the scheme to be all he could have been at the college level

Harrison Butker, all time leading scorer at GT. Tough to objectively call him top 5 in GT history. We've been blessed with a handful of strong players at that position that have been both consistent and clutch, and that muddies the waters a bit. I'm ignoring NFL success completely, though right now he's the best kicker in history except for Justin Tucker tha god

Michael Johnson, AA and tha freak - an absurd talent who as a youngster earned the knock that he took too many plays off, but god love him, so much fun to watch.

Tony Hollings, who barring a knee blowout 1/3 thru the season (vs Vandy, Clemson, UConn and BYU) was on track to match Barry Sanders' college football rushing TD pace (11 TDs in 3.5 games).

Gibbs, though barring injury I think it will become clear over the next 7 years what we had here.

Kelly Campbell - my lord, was he an incredible college WR.... Everything he did - route running, hands, speed (though I've read he's 40 was slow, his on-field speed and quickness in routes were absurd). With little Joe, probably the best weed smoker as well.

George Godsey - spectacular until that knee gave out, still holds so many records. 3IAR,B

Morgan Burnett, Derrick Morgan, Jon Dwyer - what a recruiting class, holy öööö
 
Top