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.
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!
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.
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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