Saturday, May 9, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #20 (Lars Tate)

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.

20. Lars Tate (1984-1987)

  • 2nd most career rushing TDs in UGA history (36)
  • 2nd all-time in UGA history in career rushing attempts (615)
  • 3rd all-time in career rushing yards at UGA (3,017)
  • 16 rushing TDs in 1986 (tied 4th all-time for a single season at UGA)
  • 5th all-time for most TDs scored in a single season: 1986 (17)
  • UGA's leading receiver in 1986 (22 receptions for 214 yards)
  • 8th all-time at UGA in career all purpose yards (3,393)
  • 7th all-time at UGA for career points scored (222)
  • 218 yards rushing vs Virginia in 1987
  • 4 TDs vs Richmond in 1986, and again vs Oregon State in 1987
  • All-SEC: 1986 (AP 2nd team, UPI); 1987 (AP 2nd team, UPI)

Tate was one of the great workhorse tailbacks in UGA history, during a decade when UGA would trot out great running backs every year. He is often overshadowed by more decorated UGA running backs of his time, like Rodney Hampton or Tim Worley, but Tate was right there with both of those guys. He parlayed a 1,000 yard season in 1987 into becoming a high-draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he led the franchise in rushing for a couple of seasons in the late 1980's.

3 comments:

Bop said...

His son Donovan Tate, who plays qb and baseball up at Cartersville HS, is going to be a top 10 pick in the next MLB draft. Good chance he'll go #1 overall.

Otto said...

One of my favorite Dawgs of all time. I was LT many times in the back yard growing up.......nice job JJ

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