Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #23 (Mitch 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.

23. Mitch Davis, LB (1990-1993)
  • All-SEC: 2002 (AP 1st team, Coaches 1st team), 2003 (AP 1st team, Coaches 2nd team)
  • 4th all-time sacks at UGA (27.5)
  • 2nd highest sack total in one season in UGA history (13 in 1993.)
  • 3 sacks in one game vs Texas Tech (1993)
  • Most Valuable Defensive Player: 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl

An Alabama native, Davis spurned the home state schools for Athens. At 6-3 and 240 lbs, and one of the best pass-rushers in UGA history, Davis was the key cog in Richard Bell's 3-4 defense as the 4th linebacker/defensive end. He always seemed to be around the ball (14 tackles vs Tennessee in 1992 prove that he wasn't just a sack artist), but his craft was to sack the quarterback. He did it well. Davis isn't one of the first guys you think of when talking about the great UGA defensive players in history, because much of his career was spent playing for mediocre UGA teams. But there was no denying his talent and intensity.

After 9 seasons in the NFL, some of them spent with the hometown Atlanta Falcons, Davis returned to UGA for his collegiate diploma in 2007.


Anonymous said...

Mitch was a beast. Most fans forget about him. Good for him to get some credit for his career.

Scott said...

Isn't Mitch the guy that Goff yanked out of the pile during the Thanksgiving Day brawl with Tech in 1993?

That game is one of the main reasons I will always love Goff, no matter what. Up 30 points in the 4th quarter, 4th down...ah, hell, let's just go for the touchdown!