Saturday, May 16, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #13 (Andre Hastings)

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.

13. Andre Hastings (1990-1992)
  • Led UGA in receiving yards in 1991 (683) and 1992 (860)
  • Tied for 4th highest single season recieving yardage in UGA history: 1992
  • 3rd most career kickoff returns in UGA history (43)
  • 2nd all-time at UGA in most kickoff return yardage in a single game: 1990 vs Kentucky (159 yards on 3 returns)
  • 3rd all-time in career kickoff return yardage in UGA history (1,096 yards)
  • 4th all-time in UGA history in kickoff return average in a single season: 1990 (28.1)
  • All-time leader at UGA in career kickoff return average: 25.5
  • All-SEC: 1991 (AP 2nd team), 1992 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team)

At the time he came to UGA in Ray Goff's 1st recruiting class, Hastings was probably the most highly touted wide receiver that had ever been recruited to Athens, after being named the USA Today High School Offensive Player of the Year in 1989. He quickly got acclimated to catching passes from Eric Zeier in the most prolific passing attack that a UGA team had ever had in its arsenal. At the same time, Hastings was a great special teams weapon, returning punts and kicks for the Dawgs and doing it well.

Hastings was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but played his most significant time in the NFL as a member of the New Orleans Saints. After a short arena football stint a few years ago, he now is a worldwide competitive dog trainer.

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