2005 Dawg Post Photos of the Year
Thomas Flowers
Thomas Flowers
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Posted Dec 27, 2005


ATHENS - Here are the 52 photos of Georgia's season that tell the story of the 2005 SEC Champs. From Georgia's difficult losses to Florida and Auburn to thier stunning wins over Tennessee and LSU - there are pictures from every game of the season in this collection.

D.J. Shockley exploded for five touchdowns and was named national and SEC Player of the Week for his performance in Georgia's 48-13 win over Boise State.

Steve Spurrier, Blake Mitchell and the rest of the South Carolina Gamecocks gave Georgia a much closer contest than anyone expected. Still, the Bulldogs held on for a 17-15 win in Athens.

Shockley takes off for a touchdown in Georgia's blowout 44-7 win over La-Monroe as mascot UGA VI looks on.

Tight end Leonard Pope drags a Mississippi State player with him into the end zone during Georgia's 23-10 win over State. The game was played only a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

Thomas Flowers breaks the game and season wide open with his punt return for a touchdown in Georgia's 27-14 upset win over Tennessee in Knoxville. The Bulldogs' win puts them up alone in first place in the SEC East, and is the third consecutive win over the Vols in Knoxville.

Greg Blue makes a punishing hit as Georgia beats a surging Vanderbilt 37-17 in Nashville. Georgia appears highly ranked in the first BCS Ranking, which come out the Monday after the win.

This is the moment where Georgia's season took a dip. Shockley suffers a knee injury after scrambling. He is helped off the field by teammates, and will not return to action until the Dawgs face Auburn three weeks later. Georgia held on to beat Arkansas in a very tough 23-20 slugfest.

Joe Tereshinski, the starting quarterback against Florida, catches and evenntually scores a touchdown on a trick play. The play, in which the ball was actually thrown by running back Thomas Brown, seemed to be the momentum changer the Bulldogs needed to beat Florida. But the Bulldogs fell 14-10 and the Gators inched one game closer to catching the Dawgs in the SEC East standings. If you look closely enough you can spot ESPN's Lee Corso in the background taking the play in.

Auburn's John Vaughn, who missed five field goals earlier in the season against LSU, makes a 20-yard field goal with :06 remaining as Georgia falls to the Tigers for the second season in a row. Florida lost earlier that day to South Carolina - eliminating them from the race to Atlanta.

Champions of the SEC East for the thrid time in three seasons, Gerald Anderson, Kedric Golston, D.J. Shockley, DeMario Minter and Mike Gilliam leave the field at Sanford Stadium for the last time after thier 45-13 blowout win over Kentucky. The win sends the Bulldogs back to Atlanta to play for the SEC Championship.

After Bryan McClendon's touchdown catch, Georgia Tech flew down the field to try to tie the ball game. But Georgia's Tim Jennings makes another big interception and returns the ball to near the 50-yard line. The play helped Georgia hold onto a 14-7 win - it also gave Georgia five consecutive wins over the Yellow Jackets.

For the second consecutive week Bryan McClendon makes a game-changing play: This time the senior blocks a LSU punt. The Bulldogs would take the ball in for a touchdown, and go on to blowout LSU 34-14. The win is Georgia's second SEC title in four seasons, and makes the Class of 2005 the winningest since the Class of 1983 left with three SEC titles and a National Title.

Head Coach Mark Richt promised D.J. Shockley that the senior would leave Athens with a smile on his face. This picture was actually taken on the podium in Atlanta after the win over LSU, but the smile is unmistakable.



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