Friday, June 25, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 71 Days to Go

71: Bill Krug, Safety #42 (1975 -1977)

During Bill Krug’s sophomore season in 1975, Georgia would finish with a 9-2 record on the strength of Erk Russel’s defense. The group earned the name the Junkyard Dawgs and Krug was named to the All-SEC team for the first time.

In 1976, Krug and linebacker Ben Zambiasi returned to lead another strong Georgia defense as the Bulldogs would win the SEC Championship. In Georgia’s 21-0 victory over Alabama, Krug was named the Sports Illustrated defensive player of the week. For the season, Krug totaled 75 tackles (4th on the team) and had 2 interceptions. From his rover position, he was a surprise team leader in sacks (with 9)as well. He was named to the All-SEC for the second straight season.

Krug would enjoy a successful senior season in 1977, earning All-American honors in addition to his third straight year on the All-SEC team. He would total 73 primary tackles (second on the team to Zambiasi) and made a huge play during his final regular season game for Georgia. With the Dawgs tied at 10 against Georgia Tech, Krug recovered a fumble in Yellow Jacket territory that would eventually lead to a game winning field goal.

Bill Krug made the All-SEC squad each of his three years he suited up for the Red and Black. He was named to the AJC’s Deep South Best 11 and was a key member of some of the 1976 SEC Championship team that led the nation in scoring defense.

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