The All-Mark Richt Team: Receivers
Fred Gibson
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Posted May 25, 2009


Dean Legge’s look at the top players by position of the Mark Richt Era. Today, the receivers.

Wide Receiver – Terrence Edwards (1999-2002) and A.J. Green (2008-present)

Likely the greatest wide receiver of all time, Terrence Edwards followed his brother, former running back Robert, to Georgia. In the process of his four-year career Edwards rewrote the Georgia record book. Edwards had 204 career receptions for 3,093 yards and 30 touchdowns. The reception yardage is a SEC record. Edwards’ 204 receptions ranks second best all time in the SEC. After winning the SEC in 2002, Edwards was named first team All-SEC. In 1999, Edwards’ first season at Georgia, he was named second team Freshman All-American.

Edwards set the bar for freshman performance by a wide receiver at Georgia, and A.J. Green, who could break every mark Edwards made, did his best to better Edwards’ mark. Green splashed on the scene – starting by the second week of the season. During Georgia’s trip to Arizona State, Green thrashed the Sun Devils with eight receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. The SEC named him the 2008 Freshman of the Year. He was also an All-SEC selection. Green ended his first season at Georgia with 56 receptions for 963 yards and eight touchdowns. His 963 yards ranks third best in Georgia school history.

Wide Receiver – Fred Gibson (2001-04) and Reggie Brown (2001-04)

Fred Gibson’s career year seemed to be his freshman season, but for a receiver with over 2,800 career yards, all seasons were pretty good. Gibson was a star at Georgia – often making acrobatic catches. He had superb catches against Clemson in 2003, Alabama in 2002 and a game-changing kickoff return for a touchdown against Clemson in 2002. Gibson, like Reggie Brown, torched LSU in 2004. The Waycross native scored two touchdowns that day, and ended his Georgia career with 161 catches for 2,884 yards and 20 touchdowns. Gibson was the 131st overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

The expectations were there from the beginning with Reggie Brown, but it took him some time to fulfill them. By the time he did, however, Brown was first team All-SEC. Brown rose to become one of four team captains at Georgia, and when he left, he was one of only five Dawgs in history to reach the 2,000-yard mark during his career. A two-year starter who was forced to fight injuries often in his career, Brown left Georgia with 144 receptions for 2,008 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown was the 35th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.


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