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Georgia Football: The 12 Days of Bulldog Christmas

Andrew HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 22, 2013

Georgia Football: The 12 Days of Bulldog Christmas

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    With Christmas approaching and the college football season drawing to a close, it's the perfect time for Georgia fans to take stock in the many gifts the Bulldogs have given in 2013.

    Follow along for a recap of Georgia's best players, greatest plays, meaningful wins and other memorable moments from this season.

A Record-Setting QB

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    On the first day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: a record-setting QB.

     

    Despite missing the final regular season game, Aaron Murray will leave Georgia with the following SEC career records:

    • Completions: 921
    • Passing Yards: 13,166
    • Total Offense: 13,562
    • Touchdown Passes: 121

Two Top 10 Wins

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    On the second day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    After opening the season with a disappointing road loss at Clemson, the Bulldogs hit their stride by defeating two Top 10 opponents during the month of September.

    A 41-30 win over South Carolina gave the Dawgs their first win over the Gamecocks in four years, as Georgia rebounded to a 1-1 overall record.

    A few weeks later, Georgia survived a shootout in a 44-41 win over the LSU Tigers.

     

Three Straight Oars

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    On the third day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    For the third consecutive season, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated their biggest rival, the Florida Gators, and in doing so brought the Okefenokee Oar back to Athens.  

    The three-game winning streak over the Gators is the longest reign of success the Bulldogs have experienced within the rivalry since the late 1980's.

     

Four Running Backs

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    On the fourth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    Heading into the season, everyone in the country knew about Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. However, it was two lesser known quantities, freshmen Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green, and the depth they provided that salvaged the middle portion of Georgia's season.

    With Gurley and Marshall out with injuries, the two young backs carried the load masterfully for the Bulldogs.

    Georgia's four running backs combined for 2,538 yards of offense and 24 touchdowns in 2013.

Five-Star Prospects

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    On the fifth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    As National Signing Day approaches, the Bulldogs have commitments from the following 5-star prospects:

     

Six Dawgs a Stealing

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    On the sixth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    Despite numerous shortcoming against opponents' passing attacks, these six different Bulldogs managed to haul in interceptions:

    • Amarlo Herrera
    • Josh Harvey-Clemons
    • Quincy Mauger
    • Tray Matthews
    • Corey Moore
    • Shaq Wiggins

Seven Real Close Ball Games

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    On the seventh day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    While every game may not have gone Georgia fans' way, it's hard to argue that this season wasn't entertaining. Seven Bulldog games in 2013 were decided by one touchdown or less.

    • Aug. 31: Clemson: 38, Georgia: 35
    • Sept. 28: Georgia: 44, LSU: 41
    • Oct. 5: Georgia: 34, Tennessee: 31 (OT)
    • Oct. 19: Vanderbilt: 31, Georgia: 27
    • Nov. 2: Georgia: 23, Florida: 20
    • Nov. 16: Auburn: 43, Georgia: 38
    • Nov. 30: Georgia 41, Georgia Tech: 34 (2OT)

Eight Dawg Victories

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    On the eighth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: eight Dawg victories, seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    The season may not have gone how Dawg fans wanted, but Georgia managed to defeat two Top 10 teams (South Carolina and LSU), two SEC East rivals (Tennessee and Florida), an in-state foe (Georgia Tech) and three inferior opponents (North Texas, Appalachian State and Kentucky).

     

Nine Murrays Prancing

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    On the ninth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: nine Murrays prancing, eight Dawg victories, seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    Not surprisingly, Todd Gurley led the Bulldogs with 10 rushing touchdowns in 2013. Care to guess who placed second with seven scores on the ground?

    That honor belongs to quarterback Aaron Murray, who provided a few highlights with his legs this year (including this 57-yard run against Tennessee).

Ten Gurleys Leaping

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    On the tenth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: 10 Gurleys leaping, nine Murrays prancing, eight Dawg victories, seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    As exciting as Murray's scrambling may have been, the real highlights of the season came courtesy of Todd Gurley who ran, rumbled, juked and flew into the endzone repeatedly.

Eleven Players Catching

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    On the eleventh day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: 11 players catching, 10 Gurleys leaping, nine Murrays prancing, eight Dawg victories, seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    Eleven different Bulldogs hauled in a touchdown pass in 2013. These 11 players combined for 30 total touchdown catches:

    • Todd Gurley: 5
    • Arthur Lynch: 5
    • Rantavious Wooten: 5
    • Michael Bennett: 4
    • Chris Conley: 4
    • Justin Scott-Wesley: 2
    • Reggie Davis: 1
    • Brendan Douglas: 1
    • Keith Marshall: 1
    • Rhett McGowan: 1
    • Kenneth Townes: 1

Twelve Hurting Starters

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    On the twelfth day of Christmas the Bulldogs gave to me: 12 hurting starters, 11 players catching, 10 Gurleys leaping, nine Murrays prancing, eight Dawg victories, seven real close ball games, six Dawgs a stealing, five-star prospects, four running backs, three straight Oars, two Top 10 wins and a record-setting QB.

     

    Not all gifts were good this year. Sadly, Georgia fans received a collective lump of coal thanks to a plague of injuries to Bulldog starters.  

    In total, twelve Dawgs with multi-game starting experience missed playing time with injuries this season:

    • WR Malcolm Mitchell: Missed 11 games with a knee injury.
    • WR Justin Scott-Wesley: Missed seven games with a knee injury.
    • WR Michael Bennett: Missed two games with a knee injury.
    • WR Chris Conley: Missed two games with an ankle injury.
    • RB Todd Gurley: Missed three games with an ankle injury.
    • RB Keith Marshall: Missed seven games with a knee injury.
    • QB Aaron Murray: Missed one game with a knee injury.
    • TE Arthur Lynch: Missed one game with a rib injury.
    • FS Tray Matthews: Missed four games with a hamstring injury and one game with a shoulder injury.
    • SS Connor Norman: Missed one game with a concussion.
    • SS Corey Moore: Missed one game with a knee injury.
    • CB Shaq Wiggins: Missed one game with a concussion.

     

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