GREGORY “Greg” BLUE
Free Safety/Outside Linebacker
University of Georgia Bulldogs
Banneker High School
Greg is another in a line of standout safeties produced by head coach Mark Richt in recent years, following All-American Sean Jones and Thomas Davis. Blue has excellent range and is a physically strong tackler who, like Davis, can also line up as a linebacker in the nickel package. Blue was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, Class AAA All-State first-team, and Marvelous Metro 11 squad as a defensive back during his senior year at Banneker High School. He received Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State and Super Prep All-Dixie Team accolades. He was named one of the top 25 safeties in the country by Student Sports Magazine.
Greg recorded 89 tackles, six forced fumbles, four interceptions, and 14 pass break-ups as a senior. He also had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 65-yard punt return for a score that year. He helped his team to the 2000 Class AAA state playoffs with a 9-2 record. Blue was also a member of the basketball team and was invited to play in the 2001 Georgia North-South All-Star Game.
Blue redshirted in 2001 at Georgia. He was a reserve at the Rover position in 2002, playing in fourteen games. He finished that season with 42 tackles (24 solos). He managed to make 42 tackles (30 solos) and deflected three passes while starting three late season contests.
Greg took over Rover duties full-time in 2004 with the departure of Sean Jones. He ranked second on the team with 80 tackles (64 solos), including one sack and three stops for losses. He caused three fumbles, recovered another and batted away three passes.
Blue earned national honors as a consensus first-team All-American selection after his senior year. The Thorpe Award semi-finalist led the team with a career-high 96 tackles (70 solos) and made 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted away five passes and picked off two others while serving as team co-captain. In 49 games at Georgia, Blue started 28 times. The Rover registered 260 tackles (189 solos) with a 10-yard sack, 7.5 stops for losses of 26 yards and thirteen quarterback pressures. He recovered two fumbles and caused two others. He also had twelve pass deflections and a pair of interceptions.
Registered 176 of his 260 career tackles, eleven of his thirteen quarterback pressures and all 7.5 of his stops behind the line of scrimmage during his last two seasons…Part of a graduating class that earned 44 victories--most by any senior class in Georgia history.
All-American first-team selection by Walter Camp, Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report… All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice…Started all year at Rover, leading the team with a career-high 96 tackles (70 solos)…Added 4.5 stops for losses of 14 yards and had six quarterback pressures…Recovered and caused a fumble…Intercepted two passes and deflected five others…Led a secondary that ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense (169.62 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (105.88 rating)…Named team co-captain.
Recipient of the Teka and John Adams Football Scholarship...Started all year at Rover, finishing second on the team with 80 tackles (64 solos)…Credited with a 10-yard sack, three stops for losses of 12 yards and five quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and recovered another…Also deflected three passes…Part of a team that has posted 42-10 record from 2001-04 (sixth best in the country), three straight seasons of 10 or more wins, three straight bowl victories, and three consecutive national top six finishes.
Recorded 42 tackles (30 solos) with two quarterback pressures and three pass deflections…Part of a Georgia defense that ranked second nationally in scoring defense (14.5 ppg), fourth in total defense (276.86 ypg), sixth in passing defense (174.50 ypg), 14th nationally in turnover margin (+.79), and fourth in number of scoreless quarters (25) among the Associated Press final Top Ten teams.
Reserve safety, appearing in every game…Finished with 42 tackles (24 solos) and a pass
deflection…Part of a defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally in scoring defense (15.1 ppg), first in the SEC in red zone defense (58.8%), second in the SEC and 19th nationally in rushing defense (114.0 ypg), fourth in the SEC and 15th nationally in total defense (303.5 ypg), and allowed only 30 total second half points in the final seven games of the season.
Redshirted as a freshman.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
4.62 in the 40-yard dash…2.7 20-yard dash…1.6 10-yard dash…37.5-inch vertical jump… 10’0” broad jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 18 times…33-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands.
Attended Banneker (Atlanta, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach James
Fletcher…Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, Class AAA All-State first-team, and Marvelous Metro 11 squad as a defensive back during his senior year…Received Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State and Super Prep All-Dixie Team accolades. He was named one of the top 25 safeties in the country by Student Sports Magazine…Recorded 89 tackles, six forced fumbles, four interceptions, and 14 pass break-ups as a senior…Also had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 65-yard punt return for a score that year…Helped his team to the 2000 Class AAA state playoffs with a 9-2 record…Member of the basketball team and was invited to play in the 2001 Georgia North-South All-Star Game.
Child and Family Development major…Born Gregory R. Blue on 3/12/82…Resides in Atlanta, Georgia.