Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #9 (Terrence Edwards)

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.

9. Terrence Edwards (1999-2002)
  • Leading UGA pass receiver for 4 straight seasons (1999-2002.)
  • Tied 2nd most pass receptions in a single season in UGA history: 2002 (59)
  • Most career pass receptions in UGA history: 204 (2nd most in SEC history)
  • 196 yards receiving vs Utah State in 1999 (3rd most in UGA history for a single game)
  • Most yards receiving in a single season in UGA history: 2002 (1,004)
  • Most career receiving yards in UGA history: 3,093 (still an SEC record)
  • 3 receiving touchdowns vs Kentucky in 2002 (Tied for most in a single game in UGA history)
  • Most touchdown receptions in a single season in UGA history: 2002 (11) - also tied for the 2nd most in UGA history: 1999 (9)
  • Most career touchdown receptions in UGA history: 30
  • 6th most career all-purpose yardage in UGA history: 3,536 (24 rushing, 3,093 receiving, 419 return)
  • All-SEC: 2002 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team)

Edwards is quite simply the most productive wide reciever ever to wear a UGA uniform. While he was often underappreciated because of some key drops and a slump during his junior season, there is no doubt that he was as important to the 2002 SEC Championship as anyone on the roster. He came to UGA from Washington County High School in Tennille, not knowing what position he'd play. After beginning at WR and having one of the best freshman seasons in UGA history in 1999, Jim Donnan would even try him at quarterback on certain plays (he played some QB in high school.) It was under Mark Richt and David Greene that Edwards really began to flourish. It is often forgotten just how great his senior season was. Any conversation of the best WRs ever to play at UGA has to begin and end with Edwards, but that is probably not always the case.

After being signed by the Atlanta Falcons, and actually making the team out of training camp, Edwards signed in the Canadian Football League in 2005. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2007 and has since had 2 breakout seasons.

5 comments:

Otto said...

TE was a dgd. It is hard not to think about 'the drop' against UF but I still get more upset at FG for not playing that game. Anyway, I hope that T. King can have the same type of career tween the hedges.... TE was pretty good on the hardwood as well

JJ said...

Don't forget George Foster dry humping the UF player and getting the untimely personal foul penalty.

Yes, Edwards was a good basketball player too. He played varsity at Washington County HS as an 8th grader. Not quite as good a shot blocker as his brother.

Bop said...

Great person and a helluva player. Was on of the first big recruits in the internet age.

CLT Dawg said...

Couple of things:

Washington County High is in Sandersville. Robert & Terrence grew up in Tennille, a few blocks from me.

Both were nasty ballers on the hardwood.

Terrence did more than play some QB at WACO. He was a 2x State Champ that never lost a game as a starting QB. He just didn't have the size to play QB at UGA, and turned out to be "half decent" at WR.

Great choice putting him in the top 10.

dean said...

Unfortunately for TE he will always be remembered for his drops more so than his catches. I'm guilty of doing it. The one that's burned in my brain was against SC in '01. Greene hit him right in numbers in the endzone but he couldn't hold on to it. We all remember the outcome of that one. Anyway it's a shame that's how most of us remember him because as you stated he's one of, if not the, best UGA receivers of all time.

Since the nighmare that was the '02 UF game has been mentioned; wasn't that also the game where Pollack had the "illegal forward pass" on a lateral after an interception? If I'm not mistaken it was returned either for a touchdown or very close to one but was brought back to about mid-field. Wasn't that also the game with the miraculous field goal. The one that left the kickers foot like it was going to duck-hook and hit the pylon but miraculously straightened up and split the uprights?