Monday, May 4, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #25 (Randy McMichael)

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.

25. Randy McMichael, TE (1997-2001)

  • Associated Press and Coaches' All-SEC 1st Team: 2001
  • Associated Press All-SEC Honorable Mention: 2000
  • 12 receptions vs Georgia Tech (156 yards): 2000 - 3rd All-Time UGA history
  • 34 receptions in 1999: 6th all-time for UGA freshmen (Also named Freshman All-American)
  • Career stats: 90 receptions, 1,113 yards, 5 touchdowns
  • Drafted by Miami Dolphins in 4th round in 2002 (currently with St Louis Rams)
Arguably the best pass catching tight end in UGA history, McMichael was a fan favorite during his time in Athens. After an injury-filled first couple of seasons in Athens, he came on strong as perhaps Quincy Carter's favorite target during the Dawgs' 8-4 season in 1999. While more focus from opposing defenses led to weaker numbers in 2001, McMichael was dominant that year during the game-winning drive in Knoxville, catching 2 clutch passes from David Greene and leading UGA to its first win there in 21 years.

McMichael had a fantastic NFL rookie season in Miami, and has since settled in for his 2nd pro contract, in St Louis.


Scott said...

Great choice. The catches he made in the Hobnail Boot drive were LITERALLY in I actually could not BELIEVE that he made those catches, even after seeing the slo-mo replays.

Looking forward to the rest of the list!

Bop said...

That diving catch in Knoxville will always be part of the greatest memory I have pertaining to Georgia football. The run after the catch that Gary had on that drive and the clutch catch by McMichael are extremely underrated plays in the CMR era.

He also had arguably the greatest catch I've witnessed live for a touchdown against Drew Brees and Purdue in the comeback Outback Bowl.

What a gamer.

RB Dawg said...

Great start, JJ. Just think how good McMichael could have been if Quincy wasn't his QB. I guess I just stuck my foot in my mouth if QC makes the Top 25 list...

Bernie said...

What a leadoff to a countdown I'm really looking forward to. McMichael was ( a beast of an athlete.

Otto said...

Nice #25 JJ. As stated the diving catches in the UT game and the tiped ball TD against Purdue stick with me. McMichael was the first of a string of NFL TE's this decade to wear the G. I hope we get his kind of production from the position this yr