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June 17, 2010

Player Countdown to Kickoff - No. 79

 

#79 Justin Anderson Position: Nose guard Class: Junior

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Height/Weight: 6-5, 330 High School: Irwin County
Projected Fall Team Depth Chart Position:  TBD

Spring Review: During the spring, head coach Mark Richt announced that the former offensive lineman was being moved over to defense to play nose. However, due t the fact Anderson was recovering from a shoulder injury suffered late last year, he was unable to take part in spring workouts but is expected to be 100 percent come preseason.

Fall Preview: Coaches believe that Anderson has the perfect combination of size and quickness to become an excellent nose in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme. One of the Bulldogs' strongest players, Anderson's playing time will obviously depend on how quickly he picks up the position, although coaches obviously believe that the potential is there.

Justin Anderson is number 79 and like Richard Samuel this season he is switching from the offense to the defense. Bean will be playing the Nose position starting this his junior season. Maybe he will switch numbers down the road because as of right now there is a better list of 79's on offense there is on defense.

Tom Nash, Sr. wore 79 and was an All-American end on the 1927 Southern Conference Champion team. After college he won three more times on the NFL Championship Green Bay Teams of 1929, 1930 and 1931. His son Tom also played an offensive line for the Bulldogs, but as a tackle. More importantly to this article, he also wore 79.

Another number 79 offensive lineman that had another family member play for the Bulldogs is Matt Stinchcomb. Matt was a two-time All-American tackle for the Dawgs in the mid-to-late 90's. He won the prestigious Draddy Award for Academics and graduated with a business degree and a 3.96 grade point average. He was the 18th pick overall in the 1999 NFL draft and selected by the Oakland Raiders and played in a Super Bowl as well. Matt is currently a sports broadcaster and along with his brother Jon has helped raised money for children's charities with his Stinchcomb Family Foundation.

A BIG offensive lineman that wore 79 was Jim Wilson. "Big Jim" was described as one of the strongest players that Coach Vince Dooley has ever seen. He was an All-American tackle back in 1964 and played in the NFL with the 49ers, Falcons and Rams and is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The start of the 1910 season was probably the best start of any season for the Bulldogs… well at least by point differential. The Bulldogs won the first game over Locust Grove by the score of 101-0, but we didn't do 101 Player Countdown to Kickoff for a good reason (not too many players numbered 101). In the second game of the season, Georgia defeated Gordon 79-0 and that's where our number comes in. The Dawgs had a shutout in the third game as well, but this time it was an opponent that you probably heard of… Alabama. The Bulldogs beat the Tide 22-0 in Birmingham.

In 1994, Georgia was facing Auburn and head coach Terry Bowden. Bowden was perfect 20-0 in just under two seasons with the Tigers. Early in the third quarter, Auburn led 23-9 and Georgia then scored two big touchdowns. The major play was a touchdown from Eric Zeier to Juan Daniels pass that totaled 79 yards. Auburn would miss a late field goal and the game would end in a 23-23 tie and it was the first blemish to Terry Bowden's Tiger record.

1979 - Georgia Record: 6-5
Head Coach: Vince Dooley
Captains: Gordon Terry, Ben Zambiasi, George Collins, Ronnie Swoopes, Jeff Lewis, Willie McClendon, Mark Hodge, Mack Guest, Ricky McBride and Steve Dennis

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