Georgia Football updated its roster on Wednesday to include three of its new players; transfers Arik Gilbert, Derion Kendrick and Tykee Smith. The updated list also includes the number each player will wear on their jerseys.
Georgia has had a football team since 1892. Each jersey number carries the legacy of former players who donned those numbers while playing “between the hurdles”. Here are the legacies that three transfers will inherit this season.
# 11 – Derion Kendrick
The No.11 didn’t have much of a legacy until Aaron Murray claimed the number in 2010, but it’s one of the school’s most important numbers thanks to him. Murray’s name is attached to many academic achievement records, including season and career records for yardage and touchdowns.
Jake Fromm also wore No.11 during his UGA career and although he never posted the numbers that Fromm did, he led the Bulldogs to three consecutive SEC East Championship titles. Fromm’s first year has been the most memorable. In 2017, Georgia won the SEC Championship and the Rose Bowl to win the National Championship.
No defensive player has put his stamp on the No.11, but that could change this year as Kendrick is an elite covering corner.
# 14 – Arik Gilbert
Of the three transfers, Gilbert has the biggest legacy to respect with his numbers. Some of Georgia’s biggest offensive players wore the No.14, including quarterbacks Kirby Moore, Andy Johnson, James Jackson and David Greene.
Each of them added to the legacy of No.14. In 1965, Moore launched the infamous “flea flicker” pass to upset Alabama. He got the full-time starting job in 1966 and helped lead Georgia to their first of six SEC championships during the Vince Dooley era.
Johnson piloted a much-vaunted optional offense in the early 1970s and nearly led the Bulldogs to an unbeaten season in 1971. Georgia has scored at least 21 points nine times this season, which was a lot in an era of offenses. slow and methodical were the norm.
Jackson was the first African-American to debut as Georgia quarterback in 1985. He never let go of the stats sheet in the passing game, but he was a true double-threat passer for over. 3,400 yards and rushed for over 1,300 in his career. He bolstered his stats with 34 total touchdowns.
Without a doubt, the best quarterback to wear No.14 was Greene. He was the most successful quarterback in NCAA history when he graduated and is the quarterback credited with breaking Georgia’s 20-year SEC Championship drought in 2002. Au In his four seasons, Greene has had over 11,000 yards with 72 touchdowns.
The legacy of No. 14 also extends to defense, especially with the rear of the rover Terry Hoage. His CV as a Bulldog is mind blowing. Not only is Hoage a two-time Consensus All-American and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, but in 1983 he finished No.5 in the Heisman Trophy vote. At the time, it was the highest a defensive back had ever reached. Hoage’s 12 interceptions in 1982 are an academic record that still stands today.
# 23 – Tykee Smith
Kendrick and Gilbert will wear numbers with a rich heritage, but these numbers are closely associated with players of different positions. This is not the case for Tykee Smith. Wearing the No. 23, Smith will carry the legacy of one of the greatest defensive backs in UGA history; Tim Jennings.
Jennings was one of Georgia’s first true cornerbacks. He stuck to opposing receivers and made the quarterbacks pay when they launched. Jennings has had 10 interceptions in his career. He saved his top two picks for last. Jennings had the life-saving interception to beat Georgia Tech in 2005 and he had a six pick to freeze the SEC Championship game against LSU.