Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 95 Days to Go

95: George Collins, Offensive Guard #66 (1974 – 1977)

From Warner Robbins, George Collins was a key member of the strong Georgia lines that helped win the SEC Championship during the 1976 season. Everyone knew about Mike “Moonpie” Wilson, but Collins played an integral role in opening holes for Kevin McLee. Georgia would finish with a 10-2 overall record, and Collins’ contributions on the line would help Georgia rack up nearly 280 yards per game on the ground. When he returned for his senior season in 1977, Collins was a top many pre-season All-SEC lists.

Here is a play from the 1975 squad that Collins was a member of:

George Collins continued to have success in 1977, earning the declaration of All-American by the Sprting News. He played in both the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine games and was drafted in the 4th round (12th pick) of the 1978 NFL by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent 5 seasons in the NFL and later played in the USFL.

1 comment:

AthensHomerDawg said...

Play with George in HS ...he was a fellow "Demon". Then he was that lanky freckled face red headed kid. He really grew up once he got to UGa. Frank Orgel was the DC at the same time and Conrad Nix (HC now for the Northside Eagles/Warner Robins) was there along with ex GT qb Stan"the man" Ghan. Lot of great coaches for a HS football team. If we could have suited up 200 kids like Valdosta did ....well who knows.