Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 86 Days to Go

86: Tim Worley, Tailback #38 (1985 – 1988)

A Parade All-American from Lumberton, North Carolina, Tim Worley came to The University of Georgia in 1985. During his freshman season, Worley was a member of a five headed monster in the Georgia backfield that included Keith Henderson, Lars Tate, David McCluskey, and James Jackson. Worley would finish second on the team in rushing that season with 627 yards and led the team with 10 touchdowns. 104 of those yards on the ground came during a breakout performance against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville. Florida came into the game on an 18-game winning streak and carried with them a #1 ranking in the country. Georgia built a 17-3 lead but the Gators drove the ball inside the Georgia ten with a chance to cut the game to one score. A Florida fumbled ended the drive and Georgia took over inside its own ten. On second down from the 11, Worley ran a toss sweep to the right of the Georgia line. 89 yards later, it was a 21 point lead for the Dawgs and the game ended in a three touchdown upset of #1 Florida.

Worley missed most of the 1986 and all of the 1987 season due to injury. In 1988, he returned for his final season and rushed for 1,216 yards and scored a total of 20 touchdowns. Worley was a Heisman contender until the final weeks of the season and was named a first team All-American. #38 is tied for 15th all time in scoring at Georgia with 30 career touchdowns and is 12th all time in rushing yardage, with 2,038 yards. He was selected seventh overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1989 NFL Draft. He played for 5 seasons with Steelers and Bears and retired in 1994.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I used to party with Timmy and his buddy Greg 'Muddy' Waters at the Odyssey every Wednesday....good guys! Timmy could flat out flyyyyyy. He was faster than Herschel...had to be 4.3 in 40. Plus he was built like a tank!

Sic''em Dogs...woof woof