Bowers additionally had TD receptions of 77 and 89 yards, whereas Bell’s longest catch went for 54 yards.
Players like Bowers make the distinction in groups successful championships, as he equaled Bell’s season TD reception whole (7) in Georgia’s remaining 5 video games of the 12 months, with a minimum of one scoring catch in every.
As debatable as Bowers’ absence from the Top 50 all-time freshman list was, not seeing Walker because the No. 1-ranked freshman participant of all time was stunning.
To put it into perspective, Walker performed with a separated shoulder suffered within the first sequence of the primary quarter in opposition to a legendary Notre Dame protection within the nationwide championship sport.
ESPN’s No. 1 Freshman of all time — Hugh Green — was a part of a 9-2-1 Gator Bowl workforce.
Green’s numbers had been spectacular: 92 tackles, 12 sacks, 5 compelled fumbles on a workforce that ranked fifteenth within the nation in factors allowed per sport with losses to Notre Dame (19-9) and Penn State (15-13).
But the place was Green within the fourth quarter of the house loss in opposition to the Irish within the opener, when the Panthers gave up 13 factors?
It’s usually tougher to impression the sport as a defensive participant than as a working again, notably in earlier eras the place coaches actually put groups on their famous person’s again.
That was the case at Georgia in 1980, which handed off to Walker — a real freshman — 310 instances in 12 video games — a mean of greater than 25 per sport.
Walker posted eight 100-yard video games — and, get this — 4 200-yard video games:
• 283 yards vs. Vanderbilt
• 219 yards vs. South Carolina
• 238 yards vs. Florida
• 205 yards vs. Georgia Tech
In in the present day’s school soccer world, Walker would have received the Heisman Trophy.
Fifty years in the past, nonetheless, there was a sentiment to lean in the direction of seniors, so senior South Carolina star George Rogers was the Heisman Trophy winner.
Interestingly sufficient, Walker and Georgia beat Rogers and the then-non-SEC Gamecocks head-to-head within the Bulldogs’ 13-10 victory.
Rogers had 35 carries for 168 yards, however Walker totaled 219 yards on 43 carries within the sport. Two of the most important performs of the sport had been a Rogers’ fumble contained in the UGA 20 and a Walker 76-yard TD run.
Walker completed third within the Heisman voting as a freshman. A real freshman has by no means received the award, whereas solely two redshirt freshmen have achieved the feat (QBs Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston).
Green did not end within the Top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting as a freshman in 1977 (Notre Dame defensive lineman Ross Browner was fifth).
Charles Woodson was the primary defensive participant to win the Heisman Trophy in 1997 as a member of nationwide champion Michigan.
Bowers receiving stats vs. ESPN Top true freshmen
Bowers: 13 TDs, 15.8 ypc, 56 catches, 882 yards
1. Mike Williams 14 TDs, 15.6 ypc, 81 catches, 1,265 yards
2. Rondale Moore 12 TDs, 11.0 ypc, 114 catches, 1,258 yards
3. David Bell 7 TDs, 12.0 ypc, 86 catches, 1,035 yards
4. KD Cannon 8 TDs, 17.8 ypc, 58 catches, 1,030 yards
5. Marqise Lee 11 TDs, 15.7 ypc, 73 catches, 1,143 yards
6. Ronney Daniels 9 TDs, 19.1 ppc, 56 catches, 1,068 yards
7. Larry Fitzgerald 12 TDs, 14.6 ypc, 69 catches, 1,005 yards
8. Sammy Watkins 12 TDs, 14.9 ypc, 82 catches, 1,219 yards
9. Tamarick Vanover 4 TDs, 13.8 ypc 42 catches, 581 yards,
10. Calvin Ridley 5 TDs, 15.3 ypc, 63 catches, 967 yards
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All-time Georgia working again statistics
1. Herschel Walker (36 video games, 1,083 carries, 5,595 yards)
2. Nick Chubb (47 video games, 758 carries, 4,769 yards)
3. Sony Michel (47 video games, 591 carries, 3,638 yards)
4. Todd Gurley (30 video games, 510 carries, 3,285 yards)
5. Garrison Hearst (34 video games, 580 carries, 3,416 yards)
6. Lars Tate (46 video games, 679 carries, 3,374 yards)
7. D’Andre Swift (43 video games, 440 carries, 2,885 yards)
8. Knowshon Moreno (26 video games, 498 carries, 2,734 yards)