Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 97 Days to Go

97: Red Maddox, Guard #8 (1928-1931)

Ralph “Red” Maddox played under Coach Harry Mehre during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. He was the leader amongst a group known as the Flaming Sophs of ’29, a group of sophomore players who were all redheads. Maddox was named to the International News Service All-American team in 1930 and returned to lead a strong Georgia squad in 1931. Against an incredibly tough schedule in 1931, Georgia would finish with an 8-2 overall record, including victories over Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. The Maddox led line was very strong, leaving holes for a backfield that averaged 260 yards per game on the season.

Maddox finished his career at Georgia in 1931. He fought and was killed in the invasion at Normandy in World War II.