All-Decade: Ranking Georgia's Top 25 players from the 2010s
Going through a decade of Georgia players and whittling it down to a Top 25 was difficult.
The Dawgs had 47 players drafted this decade, and that obviously doesn’t include those from the 2019 team. Nine of those players were selected in the 1st round.
There’s always the risk of leaving someone off who others think genuinely belongs. Others might disagree with the order. Both schools of thought are understandable, and debate is definitely encouraged.
As we did with the All-Decade offensive and defensive teams, anyone who played between 2010-2019 is eligible, with a lean toward those who had their most production this decade. That’s the biggest reason A.J. Green, for instance, didn’t make the cut.
25. Rodrigo Blankenship, K
The fan-favorite, a walk-on who was placed on scholarship in 2017, will depart Georgia as the program’s most accurate kicker and one of its highest-scoring players, recording 432 points through field goals and extra points combined.
24. Cordy Glenn, OL
Glenn was known for his versatility and adaptability, whether at left or right guard or left tackle. He was a Freshman All-American pick in 2008 and was an All-SEC selection in 2011 as a left tackle.
23. John Jenkins, NT
The big nose tackle, who played in 2011 and 2012, recorded 78 tackles and 8 stops for a loss during his time in Athens. He was a central figure in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defensive formation that registered over 30 sacks in each of Jenkins’ seasons with the program.
22. Dominick Sanders, S
Sanders’ 16 interceptions are tied with Jake Scott and Bacarri Rambo for the program lead. His final pick, thrown by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield in the January 2018 Rose Bowl, set up Sony Michel’s game-winning overtime touchdown to send the Dawgs to the CFP National Championship Game.
21. Ramik Wilson, LB
A tackling machine at linebacker along with classmate Amarlo Herrera, Wilson recorded 133 stops in 2013 and 110 in 2014. He also totaled 19.0 tackles for a loss.
20. Alec Ogletree, LB
After 86 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss in his first 2 seasons, Ogletree made 111 tackles and 11.5 TFLs as a junior in 2012. His most notable play came in that year’s SEC Championship Game, where he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
19. Orson Charles, TE
A key receiving option for Joe Cox and high school friend and teammate Aaron Murray, Charles registered 94 catches for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns during a 3-season career at Athens.
18. Ben Jones, OC
A dynamic presence in the middle of Georgia’s offensive line spanning an era from Matthew Stafford to Aaron Murray, Jones played in 53 games, starting 49, and landed on ESPN’s All-American team as a senior.
17. Amarlo Herrera, LB
Herrera completed his 4 years at Georgia at No. 10 on the program’s all-time tackling list with 334. He totaled 227 tackles through his final 2 seasons in Athens while recording 21.0 tackles for a loss in his career (2011-14).
16. Brandon Boykin, CB
Boykin registered 3 interceptions in each of his final 3 seasons and was one of the top return men in the country. He ran back4 kickoffs in 2009 and 2010 and added a punt return for a touchdown in 2011.
15. Bacarri Rambo, S
Rambo, who tied Jake Scott’s 44-year-old school record of 16 interceptions, recorded 8 picks in 2012 — the highest total for a Bulldog since Ben Smith’s 10 in 1989.
14. Leonard Floyd, LB
Floyd was yet another name on a list of stellar linebackers that came through Athens in the 2010s. In 3 seasons, he finished with 182 tackles, 17.0 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss.
13. Malcolm Mitchell, WR
As Tavarres King’s successor in the wide receiver corps, Mitchell carved out his own legacy as a Bulldog. His 2,350 receiving yards is 6th all-time, while his 174 catches place him at 3rd on the school’s record books.
12. Tavarres King, WR
One of Aaron Murray’s favorite targets, King finished 4th all-time in Georgia history in receiving yards (2,602) and 3rd in receiving touchdowns (21). His 950 yards in 2012 is the 4th-highest single-season total in program history, while his 205 yards against Michigan State in the 2012 Outback Bowl is a school record.
11. Jordan Jenkins, LB
Jenkins was a steady producer from his outside linebacker spot, recording at least 8 TFLs and 4 sacks in each of his 4 years with the Dawgs. His career total stands at 204 tackles, 39.0 tackles for a loss and 19.0 sacks.
10. D’Andre Swift, RB
Swift has continued Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel’s legacy of great Georgia running backs: He’ll leave as the No. 7 rusher in school history with 2,885 yards.
9. Jake Fromm, QB
Known for his steady demeanor and mistake-free football, Fromm sits in the top 5 among Georgia quarterbacks in career passing yards. His 30 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018 are 3rd in program history.
8. Andrew Thomas, OT
One of the best offensive linemen in the country, Thomas was a Day 1 starter at right tackle as a freshman and switched to left tackle in 2018. An All-American, he is projected as a top 10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
7. Deandre Baker, CB
The leader of the secondary in a career spanning from 2015-2018, Baker recorded 7 interceptions and 23 passes defended, earning All-America honors and being named the Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2018 as the country’s top defensive back.
6. Roquan Smith, LB
He had already made his talent known in his first 2 years, but Smith blew up as a junior in 2017, when he made 137 tackles, 14.0 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. For efforts, he won the Butkus Award, given to the country’s best linebacker. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
5. Jarvis Jones, LB
One of the best defensive players in Georgia history didn’t even start his career in Athens. After 8 games at Southern Cal in 2009, Jones transferred closer to his Columbus, Ga., home and found a place with the Dawgs.
It worked out. Jones registered 28 total sacks in 2011 and 2012, 3rd in program history, with his 14.5 sacks in 2012 standing as a Georgia record. Only David Pollack, Richard Tardits and Jimmy Payne, who played 4 or more seasons, accumulated more sacks in their careers.
4. Sony Michel, RB
Michel started the 2014 season as the 3rd running back on the depth chart behind Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. Following Chubb’s ascent to starter, Michel’s carries increased, and in 2015 when Chubb sustained a nasty knee injury, Michel proved that he was worthy of leading the running attack. By the time Chubb returned in 2016, the groundwork was laid for a 1-2 punch that put the Dawgs a win away from a national championship in both men’s senior seasons in 2017.
Michel sits 3rd in school history with 3,638 yards, with his 33 touchdowns putting him in a tie for 5th all-time with Garrison Hearst, 3 behind both Gurley and Lars Tate. He also scored one of the program’s most iconic touchdowns, a 27-yarder in overtime of the January 2018 Rose Bowl Game to give Georgia a trip to the national championship.
3. Aaron Murray, QB
Murray’s numbers will be tough to reach for future Georgia quarterbacks. Sure, his 2010 and 2013 teams weren’t quite the best of the best, but it’s his 2012 campaign, the best ever for a Dawgs QB, that saw them come close to playing for a national championship.
Murray set SEC records for career yards (13,166) and TDs (121). He threw for at least 3,000 yards in all 4 of his seasons.
He never won a national title, but he’ll be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in both Georgia and SEC history.
2. Nick Chubb, RB
The year 2014 was supposed to be the year that Nick Chubb sat behind Todd Gurley, the Dawgs’ dynamic 3rd-year running back. But thanks to an autograph scandal and, later, an ACL tear, that sidelined Gurley, Chubb got his chance.
He finished that season with 1,547 yards, becoming the 3rd Georgia freshman to exceed the 1,000-yard mark. Gurley did it in 2012. The other player? Herschel Walker, in 1980.
While Chubb’s own knee injury in 2015 derailed his sophomore season, he returned to combine for 2,475 yards and 23 touchdowns over his final 2 seasons. His most famous touchdown was his 2-yard run that tied the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.
Chubb finished with 4,769 yards and 44 touchdowns, 2nd to Walker in both categories in Georgia’s record books. His freshman total of 1,547 ranks 5th in program history.
1. Todd Gurley, RB
While Gurley’s career is full of “what could have been”, the impact he made on the program in his relatively brief career is undeniable.
He’s 4th on Georgia’s all-time rushing list with 3,285, rushed for 17 touchdowns as a freshman in 2012 (the 4th highest total in school history), and finished with a total of 36 touchdowns overall. As a receiver, he caught 65 passes for 615 yards and 6 scores.
What’s amazing about Gurley is that he did this in just 30 games. While Chubb, his successor, is 2nd in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, he needed 47 games to get there. If not for Gurley’s autograph scandal and that ACL tear in 2014, plus an ankle injury in 2013, we’re looking at a potential Heisman Trophy winner and someone who could have made a decent push for Walker’s record.