Monday, May 18, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #11 (Thomas Davis)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

11. Thomas Davis, S (2002-2004)
  • 10th in UGA history in solo tackles (185)
  • 4th in UGA history in single-season solo tackles: 2003 (89)
  • Leading UGA tackler: 2003 and 2004
  • All-SEC: 2003 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 2nd team); 2004 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team)
  • All-American: 2004 (AFCA, Walter Camp, The Sporting News)

Davis and David Pollack were the straws that stirred the drink of Brian Van Gorder's famous UGA defenses in the early part of this decade. Van Gorder and Mark Richt offered him a scholarship (the only D1 offer he received) from tiny Randolph-Clay High School after watching him play basketball. He was a ferocious tackler, and may have had more "football speed" than anyone that ever played defense at Georgia. His ideal blend of size and speed made him an ideal "hybrid" LB/S combination, which was proven after he was converted to linebacker following his selection by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He has since started 31 games in his NFL career, and has been a durable and solid defensive player for the Panthers.

Here are some of Davis' best moments in Athens (thanks to kcmci1 via You Tube):

5 comments:

Mike said...

Man that's beautiful. Fun to watch. 2:16 & 2:36 bring one Nikita Koloff to mind.

BayouDawg said...

Sure do miss having someone back there that could hit like TD. He was one of my all time favorites.

Otto said...

How I miss TD on the field.
well done jj

Bop said...

I doubt there will ever be a player I will like more than Thomas. From the day he showed up in Athens, it was obvious we had an unknown steal in the recruiting wars. He could do it all better than everyone else.

He is also one of the best people to play between the hedges. Just a great person. He and Boss are the two of the most unassuming star athletes to ever play at Georgia.

You've heard me say it before, but as much as I love the best players on defense, I think Thomas would have won a Heisman at TB. He would have been unstoppable if he was taking toss sweeps.

Best tackler at Georgia since Godfrey and could have broken records returning kickoffs if given the chance.

Amanda said...

I remember those days. That was back when UGA was a contender. Now....Amanda Vanderpool