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Pat Hodgson, tight end/wide receiver, Georgia (1963-65)

The buzz: Long before the days of “SEC speed,” Hodgson led the SEC with 24 receptions as a sophomore in 1963 — playing tight end. Yep, you read that right: He led the league with 24 catches. As a senior wide receiver in ’65, he had 26 receptions for 312 yards and three touchdowns. But ask any long-time Bulldogs fan about Hodgson, and they won’t mention his 1963 season. Instead, they likely will bring up two plays from the 1965 season-opening upset of Alabama. On the first one, Hodgson gathered in a poorly thrown pass from quarterback Kirby Moore and lateraled it to running back Bob Taylor, who would score to finish off a 73-yard touchdown pass. Then, coach Vince Dooley — after discussing things with offensive coordinator Bill Dooley, his brother — called for a two-point conversion pass, and Hodgson hauled in a toss from Moore for an 18-17 lead that stood up and led to an upset of the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide. It was the Tide’s only loss of the season; Georgia finished 6-4. Hodgson later was an assistant in the college ranks and in the NFL.

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