Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 45 Days to Go

45: Wilbur Strozier, Offensive Line/Defensive Tackle #79 (1983 – 1986)

Wilbur Strozier played for two season in the NFL as a tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers. But the road to becoming an NFL tight end began as a highly recruited defensive end from La Grange. Following Georgia’s run of three straight SEC Championships, Strozier joined the Georgia signing class of 1983 along with fellow Georgia greats Jeff Sanchez and John Little. After arriving in Athens, it took a few years for the Georgia coaches to finally figure out what position fit Wilbur the best.Wilbur Strozier began his Georgia career on the defensive line, moving from his high school position of defensive end to defensive tackle. During the next season, he would continue to play defense but also began to see time on offense at tight end.

Entering his junior season in 1985, the coaches finally found a permanent home for him at offensive tackle. Recognized as one of the most consistent tackles in Georgia history, Strozier started all but one game at offensive tackle during his final two seasons. In 1986, he played a key role in the 20-16 victory over the Auburn Tigers. He was recognized as a member of the All-SEC First team and was named an All-American by Football News. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1987 NFL Draft and remains one of the most versatile players in Georgia history.

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