What was your favorite Bulldogs play of the season?

Brandon Boykin goes 80 yards against Boise State. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Brandon Boykin goes 80 yards against Boise State. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

If you haven’t been over to Georgiadogs.com lately, they’ve got a vote going to pick fans’ favorite plays from UGA’s 2011 football season.

They’ve compiled 25 plays (or performances), which are represented by video clips complete with Scott Howard’s play-by-play description — which makes for some very enjoyable viewing. They’re all individual plays except for Jarvis Jones’ four sacks against the Gators, which are clustered together as one entry.

Many of the nominees are, naturally, touchdowns, but you’ve also got key plays like Isaiah Crowell’s 29-yard third–and-9 run against Ole Miss, Sanders Commings’ interception against Mississippi State, Shawn Williams’ diving interception against Tech and Drew Butler’s game-saving tackle on a blocked punt against Vandy.

And there are other fan favorites like Aron White getting trapped in the hedges, John Jenkins body-slamming a Mississippi State player like a pro wrestler and Quintavius Harrow delivering a big hit on an Auburn kick returner.

Michael Bennett's touchdown catch against Auburn (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Michael Bennett's touchdown catch against Auburn (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

You can vote for your favorite and the Top 10 plays will be counted down on the Christmas Day edition of “Inside Georgia Football With Mark Richt” and then posted on the website on Dec. 27.

Just for the sake of discussion, here in reverse order, Letterman-style, are my choices for the Top 10 plays from the list:

10. The daring and perfectly executed onside kick against LSU, complete with a decoy kicker, Brandon Bogotay popping the ball up just right and Alec Ogletree recovering it. Too bad more of the SEC championship game wasn’t like that.

9. Orson Charles going up high to haul in a touchdown pass on a fade pattern against Ole Miss. A really nice catch just as he was about to go out of the end zone.

8. White vaulting one of the Redcoat Band’s marimbas for a touchdown catch against New Mexico State and then getting stuck in the famed hedges. You had to smile when his teammates excitedly jumped up and down after finally freeing him!

Orson Charles with an impressive catch against Ole Miss. (Associated Press)

Orson Charles with an impressive catch against Ole Miss. (Associated Press)

7. Chris Conley leaping high to make the first-down reception that iced the game against Florida. As Howard put it, the freshman looked like a senior on that play.

6. Brandon Boykin taking the handoff on his first offensive play of the season against Boise State at the Georgia Dome and breaking it all the way for an 80-yard score, thanks to a key block thrown by Bruce Figgins. Unfortunately, the success against the Broncos didn’t last.

5. Tavarres King going up over a defender to snatch the ball away and score against Florida. A great catch but, incredibly, only the second best of the day for a Georgia receiver (see No. 1).

4. Bacarri Rambo’s pick 6 against Auburn. Rambo weaving his way through Tigers defenders all the way to the end zone produced the loudest ovation heard in Sanford Stadium in years.

Jarvis Jones with one of his four sacks against the Gators. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Jarvis Jones with one of his four sacks against the Gators. (Jason Getz / AJC)

3. Michael Bennett’s diving, over-the-shoulder touchdown catch against Auburn. And it wasn’t even the right shoulder!

2. Jones’ four sacks against the Gators. He basically made Florida QB John Brantley a nonfactor in the game, and he also forced a key fumble in one of the best defensive performances by any player nationally this year.

And my favorite Bulldogs football play of the season …

1. Bennett scoring against Florida. On fourth-and-5 with Georgia trailing 17-3 against the Gators, Aaron Murray pump-faked and threw to Bennett in the corner of the end zone. The redshirt freshman made a spectacular touchdown catch falling backwards with a Florida defender all over him. A.J. Green couldn’t have done it any better.

Feel free to share your own favorites, and don’t forget to go vote in the poll.

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173 comments Add your comment

panhandle dawg

December 21st, 2011
10:30 pm

Free A.J.

December 21st, 2011
10:34 pm

Bacarri Pick 6 vs. Auburn. ALL IN your end zone…..its 6:15 in Auburn all year long…Go Dawgs! Nice article Bill…..

fan

December 21st, 2011
10:35 pm

all of them was big

Frank Lane

December 21st, 2011
10:39 pm

the one that sticks in my mind is Richard Samuel plowing right through the middle of Florida for the last touchdown, showing us what he was capable of doing and finally running like he really wanted it. So sad he broke his foot on the play.

Trevinb

December 21st, 2011
10:45 pm

My favorite play was Drew Butler’s tackle against Vandy.

classic

December 21st, 2011
10:49 pm

Washington man handling that guy as he gets the sack…Didn’t he submit for the draft??

DCJohn

December 21st, 2011
10:53 pm

Michael Bennett over the shoulder catch against Auburn. That is the kind of grab receivers dream of. With these young receivers, our offense can be unstoppable in 2012 and 2013. Go Dawgs!

Tech Guy

December 21st, 2011
10:53 pm

LSU’s go ahead score and all the other ones.

Athens Dawg

December 21st, 2011
10:55 pm

I agree with Frank lane, Richard Samuel running all over Florida was the play of the year.

Hairy Dawg

December 21st, 2011
10:56 pm

I didn’t read this column before voting, but I also went with Michael Bennett’s TD grab against the Gators. How many times have we failed to make plays against the Gators? That was a great catch at the perfect time against a team we’ve been alternately terrible or unlucky against for twenty years.

Vance Duly

December 21st, 2011
11:06 pm

I’d vote for the few times that Coach Bobo went against his template and did NOT do one of these:

1. 2nd down run up the middle following a 1st down incomplete pass, or….
2. Run up the middle on 1st & 20 following a 1st-down holding penalty.

The exceptions did not happen very often……….. GO DAWGS!!!

Barnee Baxter

December 21st, 2011
11:08 pm

How about Jadaveon Clowney’s sack of Murray?

Mountain Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:22 pm

Samuel gashing the Gators’ gut was the best. Not a spectacular play, but one that made a hugh statement.

Mountain Dawg

December 21st, 2011
11:22 pm

“HUGE”, that is!

sldasdf

December 22nd, 2011
12:23 am

Malcome Mitchell’s hamstring pulling bomb vs. Tennessee. It helped put us up in that game and forced our other receivers to step up the during the stretch run without #26.

UGA fan...not fanatic

December 22nd, 2011
5:55 am

finally beating Florida….

Destin Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
6:09 am

yes beating Fla.. it will continue.. game should be played home/home or better Atl./Jax…. its always a road game for the dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
6:13 am

Go Dawgs.. beat Michigan State… extend Richt and Grantham.. with all the coaching turmoil at Awlbarn and Fla. Tenn. now S.C… sign the 2nd Dream team… great times coming next couple years at UGA !!!

Destin Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
6:17 am

best half was Grantham’s defense holding LSU to 0 1st downs in 1st half.. look for the Junyard Dawg defense to continue to improve !!

Dawg Goneit

December 22nd, 2011
7:17 am

The Shawn Williams crotch grab(s) in the Vandy game. We pwned the Dores almost as badly as the Vols did!

Joey

December 22nd, 2011
7:19 am

4th down right before halftime in Jax. Murray to Bennett for TD.

It was my favorite play, and maybe the most important play of the Bulldogs’ season.

Spike

December 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

Coach Paul Johnson calling a time out just as Blair Walsh badly misses a field goal to ice him. Then Walsh gets another chance and drills it! The look on “The Genius” after that happened was priceless!!

CPJ

December 22nd, 2011
7:53 am

The Tech Guy and Barnee Baxter both must be retarded. The topic is UGA highlights and you have my permission to punch them right in the nose.

BTW: Does anyone know where I can get that Lifestyle facelift and a chin augmentation in time for my bowl game.

Pago Pago Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

Well let’s see…”special team” play….NAW! UGA will work on so-called “special team” play After Sparty, maybe! Sad..

AtlamahaDawg

December 22nd, 2011
8:03 am

Joey, that is the correct answer. You get a dawgbone.

AtlamahaDawg

December 22nd, 2011
8:07 am

Come on now Paulie. LSU going ahead of Georgia probably was the highlight of the year for your tech fans.

jb

December 22nd, 2011
8:16 am

It wasn’t a big play but I loved it when Branden Smith drilled DaRick Rogers late in the Tenn game

dolla dolla bill

December 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

any score against the ugatards was great for me…go honey badger…go melvin ingram…go boise…go to he!! georgia…not a tech fan…i’m an sec fan who is tired of uga riding the coat tails of our conference powers…no football championships since 1980…baseball, 1 title in early 90’s…basketball, 1 final 4…thank god you have the gymdawgs…pathetic losers…

Dawg_Mike

December 22nd, 2011
8:38 am

One of my favorites was the handoff to Zander Ogletree. First carry of the year for a fullback and it came in either the AU or the GT game- cant remember which one.
He ran with authority and it validated my call all year long to use them for more than blocking dummies.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

Either one of those Bennett catches were my favorite

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

My vote goes to Rambo’s pick 6 against Auburn. We’ve seen a lot of great catches in the past few years on offense, but not much dominating defense. It was good to see the D utterly destroy and humiliate an opponent for once. Even better that it was against Auburn.

Tech fans, note how not one single play against your joke team made the list. Aaron Murray had tougher days at the office in high school than he did in that game. Quite frankly, it was boring. Keep your big traps shut.

CTG Punches Himself in the Face

December 22nd, 2011
9:00 am

My favorite play was when CTG punched himself in the face during the second half of the LSU game. He was able to show off his bloody lip on national TV. My second favorite play was when CTG almost wrote a check he couldn’t cash with the Vandy head coach. That would have been hilarious to see someone else punch CTG in the face.

DCJohn

December 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

Uhm, not sure which Vandy coach you’re talking about CTG Punches Himself in the Face. Was that the Vandy coach that wanted to go to war with a player, cower like a girl in front of Grantham, play the victim in front of Richt, or tough talk a microphone all in the span of about 45 minutes? Please clear up which one would’ve punched Grantham in the face.

BobDawg

December 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

Bennett’s catches but the On-Side Kick was executed perfectly… Very too Cool!

Groundhogday

December 22nd, 2011
9:12 am

Ditto on the Bennett catches……..that kid made some big-time plays this year. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him move into a starting role at some point.

HA HA HA

December 22nd, 2011
9:12 am

I like the one where Isaiah Crow-Well tapped his helment to come out of the game and then took a huge bong hit on the sidelines. Rev Richt was just standing their smiling because he has no spine.

Groundhogday

December 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

I got 5 bucks on Grantham in that one….

"The Golden Rule"

December 22nd, 2011
9:17 am

There were so many great plays this year, Boise State’s QB going ham on the dogs, The wonderful turnovers in the USC game, Yellow Badger’s touchdown in the Sec championship game…. oh, the wonderful memories!!! Hopefully we we will see more “great plays” in the outback bowl.

GT is 4th rate high school team

December 22nd, 2011
9:22 am

The best is HINES WARD awesome run with the field exploding behind him. LOL

Lindsey

December 22nd, 2011
9:23 am

So many great plays this season!! My 2 favorite were White in the hedges and the onside kick against LSU. Great season for the Bulldogs, GO DAWGS!!!

Smartest Georgia Fan

December 22nd, 2011
9:33 am

What was the first conference UGA was ever in? http://www.smartestgeorgiafan.com/

Why, Nerds?

December 22nd, 2011
9:33 am

@”The Golden Rule” = NERD

Just keep living vicariously through other teams because your sorry excuse for a team could not beat its way out of a wet paper bag.
Must suck to be a tekie and have to live through other programs. Utah is ging to kick you around like a rented mule.

Boykins 80 yard run was most impressive. Too bad Bobo can’t figure out that he had a serious play maker for the rest of the season. He just chose to ignore Boykin.
CMR I want you stay, but I wish that either you would take over play calling OR hire a real OC and move Bobo to QB coach.
Bobo is a DGD, but a lousy OC!
Go Dawgs, crush MSU!

DIT

December 22nd, 2011
9:35 am

I could go with either Jenkins domination during the Florida game or Boykin’s run.
Go Dawgs!

Parkland Dawg

December 22nd, 2011
9:39 am

When Aaron Murray kneeled down at the end of the Florida Game!

Jadaveon Clowney

December 22nd, 2011
9:39 am

Stripping the ball from Aaron Murray so my boy Melvin Ingram could score his second touchdown.

Cufflinks Carl

December 22nd, 2011
9:40 am

Evansdawg

December 22nd, 2011
9:45 am

The entire Auburn game. That was my favorite play.

sogadog

December 22nd, 2011
9:47 am

The number one best most important play of the season was Drew Butler keeping his feet, spinning around and trippping up the Vandy player after the blocked punt who was about to take the scoop into the endzone. If Vandy scores we lose the SEC East, CMR remains on the “hot seat”, recruiting slides and the program stumbles. That was a hugely important play and heads up play by Butler. Who would ever think that a punter whose punt was blocked would have the best play of the season and propel his coaches career forward?

Two plays are tied for second, Tavarres King and Michael Bennett’s clutch catches for TDs against Florida on fourth down.

dawgfan

December 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

I don’t know about everyone else but you had to love Paul Johnson going on a radio show and displaying what a low class punk he is by having fun at the expense of the disabled and disadvantaged. All it takes is a little tough talk on a radio show and Tech fans think you’re a hero. Coaching football at Georgia Tech is the easiest job in the world. You play a joke schedule, win 8 games, and talk tough about UGA and you’re a legend. You don’t actually have to beat UGA, just go on radio shows and run your mouth about their fans like a 10 year old child. Tech fans can’t get enough of it. If Chan Gailey had Paul Johnson’s big mouth he’d probably still be their coach.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

BigDawg

December 22nd, 2011
9:53 am

Butler’s play was def the most important, loved Murray kneeling down in Jax, loved the hit on the kickoff by Quantavious (sp?) too. Bennett is our new Kris Durham, what hands!!