2011 Photos of the Year

2011 Photos of the Year

The best and most telling photographs from the cameras of Dawg Post for 2011.

Story behind the shot: Travis Leslie is easily the most photogenic basketball player to have played at Georgia in a decade. Leaping and jumping with few rivals, Leslie was likely to get one amazing dunk every game or so. In this photo he takes off and hammers home a dunk in Georgia's 2010 NCAA Tournament Basketball Game against Washington.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2010-11_MBB_NCAAs129
Lens (mm): 85
ISO: 2500
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/640

Story behind the shot: Michael Bennett put on a show in a camp a couple of summers ago. He was making pretty good cornerbacks look bad. He did much of the same in 2010, and this was one of those times. Bennett made what was likely the most acrobatic catches of the year with his over the shoulder grab over Auburn's Niko Thorpe for a touchdown.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011AU120
Lens (mm): 70
ISO: 2000
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1600

Story behind the shot: A playmaker, Bacarri Rambo stretches for a touchdown while returning an interception during the second quarter of the Bulldogs' game with Auburn. Rambo's play put the Bulldogs ahead 28-7 and virtually ended the contest, which became a blowout by halftime.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011AU129
Lens (mm): 70
ISO: 3200
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1250

Story behind the shot: Isaiah Crowell was the story of 2010 - in season and while he was still a recruit. The reserved and even reclusive Columbus native walks to the locker room before Georgia's game with Auburn in which he ran the ball 24 times for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Shot By: Wes Muilenburg
Frame #: 2011AU182
Lens (mm): 300
ISO: 1600
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/2000

Story behind the shot: Being a I-AA football player has its drawbacks at times - like playing against Georgia. Here a Coastal Carolina defender takes a face dive into the turf as he runs to get an errant snap.

Shot By: Wes Muilenburg
Frame #: 2011CCU178
Lens (mm): 300
ISO: 1600
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/2000

Story behind the shot: No one knows how to celebrate quite like Aron White. The Columbia, MO native jumps into the Redcoat Band and give mascot Hairy Dawg a love pat after the Bulldogs' win over Georgia Tech in November.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011GT049
Lens (mm): 18
ISO: 1600
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/2500

Story behind the shot: A Georgia manager opens the door to the locker room hours before the 2011 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. It is the Bulldogs' first appearance in the game since 2005.

Shot By: Wes Muilenburg
Frame #: 2011LSU293
Lens (mm): 50
ISO: 2500
Aperture: 1.8
Shutter: 1/125

Story behind the shot: Branden Smith takes a punt back for a touchdown with New Mexico State defenders and the Sanford Stadium crowd in the background. Smith is one of the fastest players in the SEC and was forced to start at running back a few weeks later against Georgia Tech after injuries kept mounting up for Bulldog ball carriers.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011NMSU203
Lens (mm): 24
ISO: 800
Aperture: 7.1
Shutter: 1/2000

Story behind the shot: Orson Charles stands over the top of a Florida player just as the Bulldogs start to gain momentum in the game. The Florida defender didn't let go of Charles as the Georgia tight end was trying to get up from the ground and this image was snapped just as Charles gained his footing.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UF122
Lens (mm): 500
ISO: 2500
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/800

Story behind the shot: Amarlo Herrera and company think the Bulldogs have scored on a safety, but they've come up just shy. Still, The expression on Herrea's face, Shawn Williams jumping into the shot and Sanders Commings asking for the safety made for an interesting picture. It also shows just how dominant the Bulldogs were on defense that day.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UF203
Lens (mm): 78
ISO: 800
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/500

Story behind the shot: Wes likes to take shots of fans in the stands. Here the Georgia students celebrate by tormenting Florida students... only a section over... after a Georgia score. The Bulldogs had won rarely in the contest, but the student extending his finger seems to be letting out two decades worth of frustration at one moment.

Shot By: Wes Muilenburg
Frame #: 2011UF330
Lens (mm): 400
ISO: 5000
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1600

Story behind the shot: Richard Samuel barrels towards the end zone on the second-to-last play of the game - leaving a Florida player on the ground. Samuel's running was invaluable against the Gators.

Shot By: Wes Muilenburg
Frame #: 2011UF332
Lens (mm): 400
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1600

Story behind the shot: Mark Richt, moments after winning the SEC East, shakes hands with his son Jon as his daughter-in-law looks on. Richt is surprised to see how grown in his son's beard is and the three laugh about the beard as the celebrate the championship.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UK042
Lens (mm): 18
ISO: 1600
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1600

Story behind the shot: In early September the light from the sun coming from the open end of Sanford Stadium is perfect. This shot, of Brandon Boykin jumping while on offense, not only shows the Fayetteville native's athleticism, but also shows the great light during early September afternoons.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011USC039
Lens (mm): 500
ISO: 400
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/3200

Story behind the shot: Aaron Murray isn't a celebrator... not most of the time, but after he hit Malcom Mitchell for a long, and game-changing pass in the third quarter of the game Murray was excited.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UT037
Lens (mm): 500
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1000

Story behind the shot: Sidelines can't be ignored during football games. Here Tennessee's drum major looks backwards towards the field at Neyland Stadium. Its been a brutal decade for the once-powerful Vols. Instead of directing the band to play "Rocky Top" the drum major instead looks backwards onto the field were the Vols are struggling to move the ball.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UT074
Lens (mm): 70
ISO: 3200
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/800

Story behind the shot: In today's college football landscape getting to 100 career wins is a big deal. It was appropriate that Mark Richt got his 100th career win in Knoxville... the site of so many highs and lows for him. Here he tries to avoid getting more water dumped on him as his quarterback, Aaron Murray, jumps up and down with excitement just after the win over Tennessee.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UT104
Lens (mm): 18
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/1000

Story behind the shot: Neyland Stadium is a large, intimidating place to play. Here I've placed a camera on the ground with a platform at my feet. The shot is fired remotely from another camera I am firing with in my hands. In this frame Aaron Murray, from neat the checkerboard end zone at Tennessee, lets go of what will become a 70-yard, backbreaking pass to Malcom Mitchell late in the third quarter. Soon after this play the Bulldogs would go up 20-6 and cruise to Mark Richt's 100th career win.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011UT135
Lens (mm): 31
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/500

Story behind the shot: This could be the moment of the year for the Bulldogs. If punter Drew Butler does not have the presence of mind and the power in his body to prevent Vanderbilt special teams players from returning a blocked punt for a touchdown. I didn't even have the correct lens on the camera for the shot because I was getting ready for the end of the game. What everyone thought was a formality, a punt to win the game, became a very scary moment for the Bulldogs.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011VANDY105
Lens (mm): 135
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/500

Story behind the shot: I'd trotted out to the middle of the field to take post-game pictures - which is common. What happened next was not common. A confrontation between Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham started what became a shoving match after the game. Georgia head coach Mark Richt forced his way in the middle of the scrum and pushed his players backwards.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: 2011VANDY111
Lens (mm): 18
ISO: 6400
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter: 1/500

Story behind the shot: Recruiting camps are hectic... every one of them is hectic because players emerge and it is difficult, at times, to know just who everyone is. There is little doubt, however, who John Theus and Brice Ramsey are - those two are impossible to miss thanks to their size and hair color. But little did everyone know that Ramsey and Theus would commit that night - along with also-pictured Derrick Henry and Tramel Terry.

Shot By: Dean Legge
Frame #: WEM_8551
Lens (mm): 500
ISO: 800
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/640

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