The Georgia Bulldogs closed off this past decade as a program on the rise. They are knocking on the door of truly elite status. Over the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs have seen plenty of talent come through campus in Athens. Trying to create a Georgia All-Decade offense creates a logjam at multiple positions considering all the play makers they have had.
Georgia All-Decade Offense
The past decade saw some of the most prolific offensive weapons in school history play between the hedges. The program’s career passing leader, three of the top four career rushers, and multiple receivers on the school’s top ten list. Of course with this much production, it’s clear the offensive line was also filled with talent during that time frame.
Aaron Murray was a four year starter under center for the Bulldogs. He left Athens as the school’s all time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. Murray led Georgia to two SEC East crowns, and a 35-17 record as a starter. In 2012, he set program records with 3,893 yards and 36 touchdowns. His team was stopped six yards short of a SEC title winning touchdown on the game’s final play. A victory would have propelled Georgia into the BCS National Title game. Murray’s accuracy and poise were the keys to his success. He was also a combined 7-0 against rivals Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
Recently departed Jake Fromm would serve as the back-up quarterback on the Georgia All-Decade offense. This past season he finished off a three year career that saw him throw for more than 8000 yards and 78 touchdowns. He won an SEC Championship as a freshman, and was 36-7 as a starter.
Off all the positions on all of the all star teams that can be created, few would be as crowded as the backfield on the Georgia All-Decade team. They aren’t many programs that have had the amount of talent tote the rock as the Bulldogs had in their history. The past ten years may have been the best collection of tailback talent the program has seen.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both surprised the nation by staying all four years in Athens, as they became the most prolific rushing duo in NCAA history. Chubb was a machine carrying the ball. He had the ability to take over games, with 24 career 100-yard games. He even had a stretch of 13 consecutive 100-yard games spanning the end of his freshman year and the start of his sophomore campaign. Had he not gotten hurt that second season, he could have challenged the great Herschel Walker’s career rushing total.
Michel was the Robin to Chubb’s Batman in the Georgia backfield. He had a bit more versatility to his game by being a better pass catcher. He had 222 total yards in the Bulldogs dramatic overtime victory over Oklahoma in the 2018 CFP semifinals. His final carry went for a 27 yard touchdown to win the game. Before Chubb and Michel took the reins in the backfield, it was Todd Gurley making plays. The North Carolina native was close to unstoppable in Athens. If not for multiple injuries, he could have won a Heisman and solidified himself as one of the best players in school and SEC history. Gurley’s combination of size, power, agility, and speed terrorized opposing defenses.
While the Dawgs are notorious for being stacked at the tailback position, they have had plenty of play makers out wide as well. A.J. Green only played on season in the past decade, as a junior in 2010. However, he is arguably the most talented wide-out the program has seen so he would still get a starting spot on the Georgia All-Decade offense. He was a match-up nightmare for defenders. Not many players can boast the hands or catch radius that Green displayed. He made leaping over corners and plucking passes out of the air look routine. Malcolm Mitchell was the Bulldog’s most productive pass catcher over the past ten seasons. He finished his career in Athens 3rd in catches and fifth in yards. He wasn’t the star that Green was, but his consistent production over four solid seasons cannot be overlooked.
Tavarres King’s career didn’t really take off until his fourth year on campus as a redshirt junior. He became Aaron Murray’s favorite target as an upperclassman, and had two excellent seasons. His 950 yards as a senior is the fourth highest single season total by a Bulldog receiver. Chris Conley slides in the rotation as the big play threat. He was never a number one option while in Athens, but was a big play threat when on the field. He averaged 16.6 yards on his 117 career receptions, with 20 touchdowns. Orson Charles gets the nod a tight end. He had 1370 yards and 10 scores over three seasons at Georgia.
David Andrews is the clear choice in the center of the Georgia All-Decade offensive line. However since he also played guard in college, he could slot in there as well. Andrews started his final three years at center helping to protect the aforementioned Murray. He took over at center for Ben Jones, who was an All-American in 2011. They would form a solid tandem on the interior.
Solomon Kindley could slot in as the third interior lineman. He was a mainstay on the offensive line the past three seasons, before declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. His teammate and fellow potential draft pick Andrew Thomas gets the nod at one of the tackle spots. He was a First Team All-American as a sophomore, and first team All-SEC each of his last two seasons. Big man Cordy Glenn is the other tackle. The former Freshman All-American is Georgia’s all time leader with 50 starts as an offensive lineman.