Friday, May 8, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #21 (John Little)

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.

21. John Little, ROV (1983-1986)
  • Two-time All-American: 1985 (Football News); 1986 (Walter Camp, Football News)
  • 1st team All-SEC: 1985 (AP, UPI, Coaches); 1986 (AP, UPI)
  • 8th All-Time in total tackles at UGA (381), and all-time leader at UGA for total tackles by a defensive back.
  • 4th All-Time in solo tackles (216), all-time leader at UGA for solo tackles by a DB.
  • 25 total tackles in 1985 vs Georgia Tech (tied for 2nd all-time in a single game at UGA.)
  • Two-time Academic All-SEC performer

Little never gets as much recognition as he probably should, given that he filled the shoes at rover of the legendary Terry Hoage beginning in 1984. A 3-year starter, a 6-2 and barely 200 pounds (which I suppose was "big" for a safety back then - although the "rover" in Bill Lewis' defense was essentially a glorified LB), Little was not only a great tackler, but also had a nose for the football. Two big interceptions against Clemson in 1985, both in the 4th quarter, were perhaps what fans would remember most from Little's career.

Little was also a tremendous student, and a great representative of UGA.


JJ said...

As an aside to this entry, Little was my personal favorite UGA defensive player of the '80s. He may be a little higher than most of you would expect or want, so I thought I'd throw that out there. I'm partial on this one.

Bop said...

Wow those are some serious numbers. You are right that he gets overlooked because of Hoage (I'm guilty). Imagine the press and love affair that would happen today if someone got 25 tackles against tech.