Han Vance on Georgia football: Quick peak at the (modern) passing legends at running back u. UGA is RBU. Herschel Walker. The last Super Bowl, in Atlanta, featured two NFL teams with former Georgia runners as the starting running backs. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, one of those Super Bowlers, with Todd Gurley the other, paired to become the top rushing duo in long NCAA history. Then the next season, last year, UGA set another milestone by being the first FBS school to have back-to-back dual thousand-yard rushers, with it being four different players: Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift added just over 1,000 apiece to the 2,5000+ Chubb/Sony put up as SEC champion seniors who narrowly lost a national championship game in overtime.
Yet, passing quarterbacks are the key to success in college football in Athens and across the national landscape. Tua, Jalen, Trevor at Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson represent three of the favorites to win the Heisman and reach the CFP. Fromminator for Governor, right here in Ol’ Georgia.
Greyson Lambert – 11-2 as a starter, NCAA single game completions percentage record
DJ Shockley – 10-2 as a starter, 2005 SEC champion
Eric Zeier – left school with the big SEC offensive records
Matthew Stafford – #1 overall NFL draft pick, highest-paid pro
David Greene – left school as NCAA’s winningest QB, 2002 SEC champion
Aaron Murray – currently holds the big SEC offensive records
Jake Fromm – 23-5 as a starter, 2017 SEC champion
Jake Fromm can distinguish himself as the greatest ever, at Georgia. Winning it all would make a huge statement in this debate, as Buck Belue (1980) was primarily a handoff-to-Herschel specialist and game manager, while the 1942 (split) national champions had four primary runners (“The Dream Backfield”), including at quarterback. Athens boy Fran Tarkenton had a one-loss campaign but better statistical success as a professional player. Fromm is also currently on pace to be the winningest QB in NCAA history, although his super strong showing in a close loss to Bama in the SEC championship game raised his NFL draft status to the point that it is now fairly widely-speculated that he may go pro after his junior year, as did only Matthew Stafford on the above list. No other Georgia passer went pro early.
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