July 6, 2010

Player Countdown to Kickoff - No. 60

 

#60 Clint Boling Position: Offensive Line Class: Senior

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Height/Weight: 6-5, 310 High School: Chattahoochee
Projected Fall Team Depth Chart Position: First Team

Spring Review: Boling's final spring as a member of the Georgia Bulldogs might have been his best. Call him the rock, call him the glue, Boling is the most versatile member of Georgia's offensive line.

But that's not all. Not only does Boling play every position except center (he could if he had to), but he plays each extremely well, arguably as good as anybody else in the league.

Fall Preview: As we sit here today, Boling will be the starter at left tackle, but that depends partly on how quickly Trinton Sturdivant returns from his second torn ACL.

If Sturdivant can make it back, expect Boling to slide over to right guard. A second-team All-SEC pick last year, Boling is a definite candidate to earn first-team honors this fall. His future could not be more bright.

Clint Boling wears 60 right now and that's the Clint Boling that plays guard, that's the Clint Boling that plays tackle and that's the Clint Boling that can probably play center if he had to. Boling has 36 starts under his belt and is or is close to being one of the most valuable Bulldogs on the roster.

A very valuable Bulldog fifty years ago for the Dawgs was number 60, Pat Dye. Pat was the 3rd Dye brother to play for Georgia after Wayne and Nat. Pat was the best of the three brothers winning two All-American honors.

He later moved on and played in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos. After his playing days he became an assistant at Alabama before becoming the head guy at Auburn where he won four SEC titles. He is in the Georgia and Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Another 60 that became an assistant coach was Steve Greer. As a player Greer was named All-American in 1969 at nose guard. He was listed at 6'0" and weighed in at 205 pounds (current players at the position DeAngelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers are a little bigger). After college he played with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

Coach Greer came back to Georgia and became an assistant coach and athletic department employee for the red and black from 1979 to 2009.

Tommy Thurson wore 60 in the 1980's. Unlike Boling, Dye and Greer it was on the defensive side of the ball where he made his mark. Thurson played on the 1980 National Championship team and was named All-SEC three times. He led the Dawgs in tackles twice and his total of 448 total tackles is the 3rd most by a Georgia Bulldog. By looking at the numbers his sophomore through senior seasons were pretty identical (132 tackles as sophomore, 134 as a junior and 135 as a senior).

There has been a lot of great players wearing 60 throughout the years, but the number 60 for Dawg fans is not necessarily a player but a distance as in 60 yards. That was the distance Kevin Butler kicked the football against Clemson in 1984 (although Larry Munson might have said 100,000 miles). The score was tied at 23 with 11 seconds to go and the greatest kicker ever connected and the stadium was worse than bonkers… Oh my God!

1960 - Georgia Record: 6-4
Head Coach: Wallace Butts
Captain: Fran Tarkenton


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