Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 98 Days to Go

98:Greg Blue, Safety #17 (2002 – 2005)

Blue doing his best WWF impression on a Commodore.

Greg Blue was a 6’2’’, 215 pound, killing machine. The safety from Atlanta’s Banneker High School came to Athens as a member of Mark Richt’s first recruiting class. He was red-shirted in the fall of 2001 and saw his first game action during the 2002 SEC Championship season. Playing behind Thomas Davis and Sean Jones, Blue made 42 total tackles for the Georgia defense that finished fourth in the nation. He continued his back-up role in 2003, registering another 42 tackles, along with two QB pressures and three pass deflections.

In 2004, Blue earned a starting role at rover. Working along-side All-American Thomas Davis, the duo was one of the hardest-hitting pairs in all of college football. Blue totaled 80 tackles, a sack, three tackles for a loss, and caused three fumbles. During his senior season, Blue was named a permanent defensive caption for a team that would win the second SEC title of his career. Blue led Georgia with 96 total tackles and hauled in two interceptions. The secondary finished seventh in the nation in pass defense and Blue received a wide variety of accolades, including being a member of the All-SEC team and a consensus All-American (AP, AFCA, Walter Camp). Here is a look at some of the highlights from Blue’s career:

For his career, Blue totaled 176 tackles and was a member of two SEC Championship teams. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After a successful rookie season, he was cut during training camp in 2007. He has continued his football career in Canada, playing with the Toronto Argonauts.

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