Can you think of 10 really great plays by UGA’s football Bulldogs this year?
In a 6-6 regular season, the honest answer is probably not. But that hasn’t stopped the official UGA Web site, Georgiadogs.com, from letting fans vote in a countdown to select their 10 favorite plays of this season, which will be shown on the Dec. 26 edition of “Inside Georgia Football With Mark Richt” and posted online Dec. 28. You can see the 25 nominated plays (yes, they actually came up with that many!) and vote by going here.
The first play listed is pretty much a lock to finish No. 1 and that, of course, is A.J. Green’s amazingly acrobatic one-handed circus catch for a touchdown in the otherwise eminently forgettable game against Colorado. That one will be on UGA highlight reels for decades to come.
The other nominated plays are:
Justin Houston recovering a fumble forced by Akeem Dent and then returning it for a touchdown against Georgia Tech. Most of the time, players are better off just covering a fumble with their body instead of trying to scoop it up and advance it, but this was a definite exception and provided one of the biggest plays in Mark Richt’s ninth win over the Jackets.
Aaron Murray’s near-textbook 63-yard touchdown pass down the middle to Tavarres King against Florida. A great play call by Mike Bobo, too.
Kris Durham’s 66-yard catch and run to score against Tech. The senior wide receiver definitely is going to be missed next year.
Murray running for a touchdown just before halftime against Louisiana-Lafayette. Georgia’s redshirt-freshman quarterback let us know early on that he was going to develop into a dual scoring threat.
Murray’s 35-yard scramble for a touchdown against Tennessee. A heads-up play by the young QB.
Brandon Boykin’s 100-yard kickoff return for a score against Kentucky. And that was the third such run of his career!
A.J. Green making a touchdown catch against Florida as three Gators converge on him at the same time. A big-time play by Georgia’s most gifted receiver. Man, that four-game suspension really hurt this year.
Murray’s touchdown throw to Green against Auburn with the Dogs facing fourth-and-1. Another good call by Bobo.
The interception against Tennessee where Vance Cuff deflected the ball and Bacarri Rambo, racing across the field, snagged it and then hurdled the hedge after running out of bounds. Take-aways was the one area where the defense improved this year.
Sanders Commings’ fine interception against Louisiana-Lafayette where he managed to reverse course and get a decent return, too. (I’d nominate a different interception by Commings, though. See below.)
Justin Houston beating a block and sacking South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia. One of the reason’s he’s a finalist for this year’s Butkus Award.
Backup QB Hutson Mason throwing a 26-yard scoring strike to former QB Logan Gray on the first pass of his career, making him only the eighth quarterback to ever do that in FBS history.
Murray spinning away from a sack on third-and-goal at the 7 and just hitting the pylon to score against Tennessee.
Washaun Ealey cutting back with some nifty moves in a 55-yard touchdown run against Vanderbilt. You’ll notice this is the only play on the list featuring one of Georgia’s tailbacks, which says something unfortunate about the Dogs’ running attack this year.
Bacarri Rambo’s interception and return for a touchdown against Idaho State. Rambo showed some nice moves on that return.
Tavarres King breaking two tackles and diving for the goal line on a touchdown pass from Murray against Arkansas. The Dogs are going to need King to step up big-time next season if Green leaves as expected.
Murray faking to Ealey on fourth-and-goal from the 1 and then bootlegging left to run for a touchdown against Arkansas.
Darryl Gamble intercepting a throwback on a gimmick play against Mississippi State.
Walk-on special teams player Blake Sailors recovering a fumbled punt against Tennessee.
Drew Butler’s 58-yard coffin-corner punt to the 2-yard line against Kentucky.
Murray throwing to tight end Orson Charles for a score and then running it up the middle himself on the 2-point conversion to tie the game against Florida.
Ace receiver Green stiff-arming one defender and outrunning the rest for a score against Idaho State. Terrific open-field running.
Murray buying time with his feet until finding Bruce Figgins open in the back of the end zone for a score against Tech.
Houston intercepting a pass and wisely downing the ball to end Georgia Tech’s chances of a comeback.
Most of those selections are worthy nominees, but there are a few on that list that I’d subsitute with some plays that got ignored. Such as the third-and-10 catch by A.J. against Florida when he held on despite taking an immediate big hit. (That one made ESPN’s Top 10 plays of the day.)
And what about Sanders Commings’ interception in the end zone against Kentucky, with a catch worthy of A.J. Green? (Using Commings as a receiver some next year wouldn’t be a bad idea.)
Another memorable catch was Kris Durham going up high and still coming down with the ball despite triple coverage against Vandy. And Green made some great moves on another touchdown catch against the Commodores.
So what were your favorite plays of this season? And are there any others that weren’t mentioned that deserve recognition?
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