Friday, May 22, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #7 (David Greene)

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.

8. David Greene (2001-2004)
  • All-time leader at UGA in career pass completions: 849 (still 4th most in SEC history)
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest passing yardage in a single-season in UGA history: 2003 (3,307); 2002 (2,924); 2001 (2,789)
  • Most career passing yardage in UGA history (SEC record at the time, since broken by Florida's Chris Leak): 11,528
  • 20 for 23 vs Vanderbilt in 2002 (best single-game passing completion % in UGA history)
  • 3rd best career completion % in UGA history: 59%
  • 5 touchdown passes vs LSU in 2003, tied for UGA record in single-game TD passes
  • 3rd and 4th most touchdown passes in a single-season in UGA history: 2002 (22); 2004 (20)
  • Most career touchdown passes in UGA history: 72
  • UGA record holder for most consecutive passes thrown without an interception (SEC record at the time, since broken by Kentucky's Andre Woodson): 2004 (214)
  • 2nd highest career passing efficiency rating in UGA history: 138.8
  • 1st all-time in UGA history in career total offense: 11,528 (SEC record)
  • All-SEC: 2002 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team); 2003 (Coaches' 2nd team); 2004 (Coaches' 2nd team)
  • 2001 SEC Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • 2002 SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Winningest Quarterback in NCAA History: 42 wins

The fact that Greene started as a redshirt freshman under a brand new coach and new offensive system, and was as successful as he was in his first season, is pretty astonishing to me. While UGA has had quarterbacks with better overall skill sets, there has been no UGA player in history that better exemplified leadership and a winning attitude. Accuracy was Greene's calling card, but he had better arm strength than most fans gave him credit for. One could argue that after the 2002 season, the rest of his career was a bit of a letdown, but he still had some tremendous moments, especially in the 2003 season.

After being drafted in the 3rd round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft, Greene was a bit of a journeyman in the league, playing for 3 more teams before retiring a few months ago. He and former UGA offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb now operate an insurance brokerage firm in the Atlanta area.


DRM said...

Going back to discussion yesterday. This is uga history not uga/NFL history but Rb said TD automatic #1 if NFL was used. I think Hines will give that a serious run for your money because after 2 more years Hines will be automatic hall of famer. And TD career cut short. And hines in my opinion is hall of famer now.
Great list so far !

RB Dawg said...

DRM - good call on Hines' NFL career. I should have said that TD would be in the discussion, as Seymour and Champ would be too.

RB Dawg said...

Greene was awesome. Find a way to win - that's what he did while he was in Athens. He never impressed anybody with arm strength or his legs. But, damn - he almost always found a way to win.

And it was always fun to watch him fake the handoff and walk around the backfield with the ball tucked away before he threw it deep.

Bop said...

Knoxville, TN and Auburn, AL are the first thoughts that come to my mind when I think of Greene. Memories that will last a lifetime thanks to him. David Greene is the epitome of a winner.