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    Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Just as I did yesterday with building an all-time Tech basketball roster, I spent today building a 53-man football roster. I elected against an 85-man roster because of redshirts and transfers, etc. While I think the NFL's roster sizes are a little restrictive, they have a standard and I'm rolling with it.

    I elected to utilize a spread offense (duh, it's Tech) and a 3-4 defense to take advantage of the great tacklers we've had in Tech history. Without further ado, here's my squad.

    Offense
    QB: Tim Rattay, Terry Bradshaw, Luke McCown
    Rattay gets the nod as the starter over Bradshaw and McCown, who both had better pro careers. But from an efficiency and production standpoint, Rattay is the best QB in Tech history.

    RB: Ryan Moats, Kenneth Dixon, Joe Smith, Daniel Porter
    Moats and Dixon are the top two backs in school history and would split carries with the first team. Smith would be the short-yardage back and play some fullback. Porter, with two 1,000-yard seasons, gets the nod over Boston Scott.

    WR: Troy Edwards, Quinton Patton, Trent Taylor, Roger Carr, Pat Tilley, Chad Mackey
    Edwards and Patton would start on the outside with Taylor in the slot. Thereís a lot of depth here, and a lot of guys being left out. Carr provides some much-needed size on the outside, while Tilley and Mackey can provide depth in the slot. Itís really hard to leave Bobby Slaughter and Carlos Henderson off this list, but hard cuts have to be made.

    TE: Josh Bradley, Mike Barber, Dennis Morris
    Bradley is the most productive TE in school history, but Barber was an All-American in both Division II and Division I and had a strong NFL career. Morris was underutilized for three years, but his senior season was outstanding.

    OL: Willie Roaf, Tom Hinton, Aaron Lips, OíShea Dugas, Grant Williams, Jordan Mills, Joey Chustz, Pat Hinton, Joe Hinton
    I have an NFL Hall of Famer protecting my QBís blind side in Roaf and a 9-year NFL vet at RT. Hinton was an All-American, while Lips and Dugas were four-year starters. Iím a little tackle-heavy on the bench, but Mills is an NFL starter and the Hinton brothers are legends.

    Defense
    DL: Jaylon Ferguson, Fred Dean, Vernon Butler, DíAnthony Smith, Justin Ellis, Matt Broha, IK Enemkpali
    My starting front would be Ferguson, Dean and Butler. Dean is a Hall of Famer, Ferguson owns the schoolís sack record and Butler is a 330-pound anchor in the middle. Broha, Enemkpali, Smith and Jelly provide great depth. I love this group!

    LB: Walter Johnson, Glenell Sanders, Joe McNeely, Tank Landry, Eldonta Osborne, Myron Baker, Ronnie Alexander, Adrien Cole, Damon Harrington
    Johnson and Landry would start on the outside with Sanders and McNeely manning the middle. We wouldnít be missing many tackles. I have plenty of depth here, and the bulk of my special teams units would be made up of these guys.

    DB: Amik Robertson, Doug Evans, Xavier Woods, Bobby Gray, Tramon Williams, Antonio Baker, Doyle Adams, John Causey
    For my money, Amik is the best DB in Tech history. He just has to go prove it. Doug Evans and Tramon Williams picked off a combined 62 passes in the NFL. Amik can slide into the nickel corner spot and allow them to play outside. Woods and Gray are both versatile safeties, and Baker was a tackling machine. Adams and Causey have the most INTs in school history.

    Specialists
    K: Matt Stover
    There are some great choices here with Stover, Josh Scobee, Chris Boniol and Jonathan Barnes, but Stoverís 57-yard FG is the school record and his 19-year NFL career win him the job. (Itís really hard not to argue Jonathan Barnes is the best kicker in school history.)

    P: Ryan Allen
    This one is a no-brainer. Allen, a transfer from Oregon State, won the Ray Guy Award twice. He averaged 45 yards per punt, including 48 as a senior. He went on to win three Super Bowls with the Patriots and currently plays for the Falcons. He has averaged 45.1 yards per punt in the seven NFL seasons.

    DS: Trey Junkin
    Junkin played tight end and linebacker at Tech and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He went on to play 19 years in the NFL as a deep snapper.

    KR: Phillip Livas
    Six was just electric with the ball in his hands. He had eight career return TDs, which is a school record and at the time was tied for the most in NCAA history. Livas also can play some slot receiver.
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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    You need to find a place for Byron Santiago . He was a special player. Thanks for doing this.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Like your hoops' all-time team, this roster is LOADED!! If this was an NFL team, all in their prime, they would be Super Bowl Champs!

    I would have a few different players, but again, no need to split hairs.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    One glaring oversight at DB.

    Willie Smith - 13 interceptions in 2 years. Lock down corner.

    Played 94 and 95 and was killed in the offseason. The best I ever saw at Tech at that position.

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    I would have Johnny Robinson in the DL. He had a great career at Tech and played for the Oakland Raiders. I would have him replacing Smith or Ellis.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    One glaring oversight at DB.

    Willie Smith - 13 interceptions in 2 years. Lock down corner.

    Played 94 and 95 and was killed in the offseason. The best I ever saw at Tech at that position.
    Smith was my last cut at DB. I didn't know his back story as he was before my time, but I certainly think he could replace either Causey or Doyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    I would have Johnny Robinson in the DL. He had a great career at Tech and played for the Oakland Raiders. I would have him replacing Smith or Ellis.
    I considered Robinson. It's hard when comparing eras. He was a 260-pound nose tackle. Smith and Jelly were absolute forces. Jelly is my backup at nose, and in a 3-4 I needed someone with his size. D'Anthony gives me versatility because even at 300 pounds, he was quick and agile enough to play any of the three spots along the front line.
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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Fixed it for some of the Rock Star fans.

    Offense
    QB: Tim Rattay, Terry Bradshaw, Luke McCown
    Rattay gets the nod as the starter over Bradshaw and McCown, who both had better pro careers. But from an efficiency and production standpoint, Rattay is the best QB in Tech history considering he knew nothing about how to actually play or teach the position.
    HCSH cumulative point differential by quarter:

    231 522 654 -54

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    One glaring oversight at DB.Willie Smith - 13 interceptions in 2 years. Lock down corner.Played 94 and 95 and was killed in the offseason. The best I ever saw at Tech at that position.
    Correct. Arguably the best DB in Tech history! His 95 film is incredible.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    One glaring oversight at DB.

    Willie Smith - 13 interceptions in 2 years. Lock down corner.

    Played 94 and 95 and was killed in the offseason. The best I ever saw at Tech at that position.
    He was awesome. When he committed suicide during the summer after my Freshman year, it was gutwrenching.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    "Porter, with two 1,000-yard seasons, gets the nod over Boston Scott."

    Imagine if Holtz would have used Scott more.

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    I will throw out some Honorable Mentions...

    Matt Dunigan QB
    Jason Davis RB
    Bobby "good hands" Slaughter WR
    Larry Anderson DB/KR
    "Touchdown" Eddie Brown WR/KR

    guys with nicknames had to be pretty good

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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    I will throw out some Honorable Mentions...

    Matt Dunigan QB
    Jason Davis RB
    Bobby "good hands" Slaughter WR
    Larry Anderson DB/KR
    "Touchdown" Eddie Brown WR/KR

    guys with nicknames had to be pretty good
    Great minds think alike. I looked up the stats on those very same individuals because I thought they warranted consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    Great minds think alike. I looked up the stats on those very same individuals because I thought they warranted consideration.
    I spent about six hours in the media guide researching and writing. I considered a whole bunch of guys, but when whittling it down to 53, some difficult decisions have to be made. I think everybody on my list was a great player at Tech, but there surely are plenty of other ones!
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    Re: Prof's 53-man All-Time Bulldogs

    Quote Originally Posted by theprofessor View Post
    I spent about six hours in the media guide researching and writing. I considered a whole bunch of guys, but when whittling it down to 53, some difficult decisions have to be made. I think everybody on my list was a great player at Tech, but there surely are plenty of other ones!
    We don’t always agree, but you did a great job on this list.

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