2007: The Dawg Post Photo Story
Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
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Posted Dec 24, 2007


ATHENS - Dean Legge takes a look back at the images that made up Georgia's year.

Stacy Searles, a former assistant at LSU, is named the new offensive line coach at Georgia. Searles’ job is to mold a new offensive line plush with freshmen.

B.J. Brand, a powerful offensive lineman from Coffee County, commits to the Dawgs on January 9th, but decides to look around on May 6th. Brand never commits to the Dawgs again.

Richard Samuel, one of the top players in the state, ends his recruiting very early, picking the Bulldogs on January 24th.

After missing a combine in Atlanta on February 19th, Baccari Rambo swings by Athens to take a hard look at Georgia, and he decides to commit. While there was some confusion about Rambo’s commitment to Georgia, he’s never been publicly interested in any other school.

Blair Walsh, one of the most talented kickers in the history of football in Florida, commits to Georgia on March 3rd after a visit to Athens.

In a commitment that many saw as the biggest in Georgia’s recruiting class, DeAngelo Tyson commits to the Bulldogs after taking in an afternoon practice on March 7th.

From lowly Fayette County, Brandon Boykin knew for a long time that he wanted to go to Georgia. He visited the Bulldogs two days before committing to them on another visit on March 25th. Boykin led the once-pitiful Tigers a region title in the fall – its first in this millennium.

Georgia concludes spring football with its annual G-Day game as the offense has its way with the defense.

Talented cornerback Paul Oliver turns pro on May 17th after he did not meet NCAA qualifying standards when spring semester grades were finalized. The loss left a void in the Dawgs’ secondary.

Wide receiver Tavarres King picks Georgia over Florida and Clemson on May 18th. The press conference crowd nearly fills the entire cafeteria in which it is held. King’s commitment kicks off a firestorm of Bulldog commitments which ends just before the 4th of July weekend.

GAC’s Christian Robinson, a talented two-way player, commits to the Dawgs on May 29th. Robinson guided the young Spartans deep in the State AA playoffs.

A few days later, Makiri Pugh, one of the top players on Independence’s (NC) team, commits to the Dawgs in another press conference ceremony on June 1st.

Georgia must have seen something they really liked when scouting Blair Walsh in south Florida. They also discovered defensive end Jeremy Longo who committed to Georgia on June 6th.

Alabama offensive lineman Jonathan Owens picks Georgia over a host of other schools on June 8th. He has to sit out much of his high school season after a cheap shot on his knee leaves him on the sideline.

The recruiting story of the summer was Ben Jones. After slaying opponents at the Scout.com Atlanta Combine, Jones makes a name for himself at the Mark Richt Camp in Athens. Days later Jones commits to the Dawgs on June 20th.

Marcus Dowtin picks Georgia on a Friday afternoon before the 4th of July break. The Bulldogs are a little surprised Dowtin picked them so soon, but on June 29th.

Mohammed Massaquoi wrecks a punt attempt in Georgia’s 35-14 win over Oklahoma State on September 1st.

Oft-criticized Brandon Miller gets it going against the Cowboys. By the end of the season Miller had moved from starting linebacker to defensive end – leaving many observers starching their heads as to why that didn’t happen before the end of Miller’s career.

Matthew Stafford prepares to take the field in the first game of his sophomore season. The Texas native wasn't the star this season, but made the plays (vs. Alabama and vs. Vandy) that helped Georgia to another 10-win season.

Two of the top coaches in SEC East history, Steve Spurrier and Mark Richt meet before the South Carolina-Georgia game in September.

Knowshon Moreno takes a long run down the left side in the first half.

Without stellar numbers, Blake Mitchell guides South Carolina down the field and to a win late in the game. Looking back, the game was a strange one for both programs as it was not indicative of the season to come for either.

Bainbridge's Nick Williams commits to the Bulldogs on September 10th.

Offensive lineman, and true freshman Clint Boling gets his first career start in the third game of the season. He would start the rest of the season.

Thomas Brown goes over 2,000 yards for his career against Western Carolina.

With the season on the line in early September, Georgia goes into the Alabama game with serious attitude.

Thomas Brown scores a touchdown on the first drive of the game against the Tide.

Who is missing in this picture? Legendary play-by-play man Larry Munson is replaced on road games by former quarterback Eric Zeier and Scott Howard.

Mikey Henderson is lifted up after his game-winning catch in Tuscaloosa. The win kept Georgia in the SEC East race, and sent Alabama on a downward spiral they did not recover from.

Thomas Brown goes for one of his three long runs against the Ole Miss Rebels. Brown ended the day with a career high in rushing for a game.

Easy Ed Orgeron jumps in the air after Ole Miss' first touchdown of the day. However, the Rebels couldn't stop a fourth-quarter on-slought from the Dawgs. Orgeron lost his job at the end of the season.

Safety CJ Byrd recovers a fumble near the goal line. A Rebel touchdown would have given Ole Miss a commanding lead.

Thomas Brown runs fors a long touchdown in the second half of the Ole Miss game.

Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno take a rest on the bench near the end of the Ole Miss game. In 2007, the duo brought one of the top running attacks in recent Georgia history, and introduced many in the crowd to "Crank Dat" - the Bulldog theme for the year.

Outstanding running back/safety Xavier Avery picks the Bulldogs. He may end up being drafted so high in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft that he might not play college football. His father, however, would rather he go to college and play football and baseball.

Eric Ainge completes a pass during Tennessee's 35-14 blowout win over Georgia in early October.

The Vols roll Georgia in every aspect of the game.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt looks on the field as his team suffers one of the worst losses of his tenure. Richt later said the game changed him. After surviving in Nashville a week later, Richt turns the Dawgs loose with celebrations, a blackout and an overall attititude change which propelled the Dawgs into the Sugar Bowl - just missing a shot at the National Title Game.

Now the only running back not injured, Knowshon Moreno takes off during the first half of the Vanderbilt game. Moreno takes the Bulldogs on his shoulders for much of the rest of the season.

Prince Miller celebrates a recovered fumble late in the game. The fumble recovery was probably the play of the season. Vandy was setting up a game-winning field goal attempt, but the Dawgs made the play setting up the offense to drive the field.

Placekicker Brandon Coutu makes the game-winning kick against Vandy - setting off a celebration at mid-field.

Florida native Kelin Johnson, flanked by fellow Floridian Jeff Owens and senior Fernando Velasco, storm onto the field before the game with Florida. The Bulldogs start the game by punching the Gators in the face with an all-run scoring drive.

Dannell Ellerbe makes a tackle against the Gators.

A few plays later Asher Allen picks up a fumble and scampers scores of yards to set up a Georgia score.

Knowshon Moreno dives into the end zone to score the Dawgs' first touchdown of the game. The SEC Freshman of the year punished the Gators like no Georgia running back had since Robert Edwards' four-touchdown performance in 1997.

Moreno's score sets off a celebration in the end zone, which had nearly the entire Georgia sideline emptied into it.

Moreno busts another long run, thanks, at least in part, to his offensive line, which had its way nearly the entire afternoon against the Gators.

Mikey Henderson makes another huge play, beating the Gators for a touchdown late in the game to make the score 42-30

Andrew Williams and Chris Gaunder celebrate with the fans after Georgia's big win over the Gators.

Days later Dontavius Jackson, considered a four-star running back, commits to the Bulldogs.

That same day talented Sanders Commings picks the Bulldogs, too.

Knowshon Moreno, fresh off a hugh game in Florida, runs for almost 200 yards against Troy.

CJ Byrd and Brandon Miller upend a Trojan in Georgia's 44-34 win.

The Bulldogs get ready to take the field just before the Troy game.

Georgia's jerseys looks slightly different for the next game - black. The Bulldogs had not worn anything other than red and white tops in its modern era. Even most of the players were unaware that they would be wearing black jerseys for the big game with Auburn.

Part of the Blackout, Georgia's student section gets into the act - asking the rest of the stadium to "Bring the Noise - which Sanford Stadium did.

The New Mark Richt - dressed in all black and openly passionate on the sideline.

Fernando Velasco smiles just before snapping the ball against the Tigers.

Boo! Brandon Cox is happy to never see Asher Allen and the rest of the Bulldogs again. The Auburn quarterback struggled with interception problems against the Dawgs.

With the Blackout over, Mikey Henderson proposes to his girlfreind on senior day in Athens. She said yes.

The rest of the afternoon was a difficult one. Kentucky picks off a pass just before Sean Bailey takes it in.

Kelin Johnson makes the play of the day, blocking a punt, and changing the momentum of the day.

Knowshon Moreno is back at it again - punishing SEC foes on the ground.

A vital recruiting pick up - Georgia gets a commitment from Cordy Glenn, an offensive tackle from Riverdale.

Matthew Stafford gets a way from Georgia Tech defenders... barely. Stafford and company struggled, but eventually pulled away from the Jackets.

Stafford hits Sean Bailey on a long strike to jumpstart the Bulldogs' offense.

Georgia Tech's immature mascot Buzz can't take it as Thomas Brown slices through the Jackets for a game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Thomas Brown is lifted on his teammates shoulders after the game. Brown had other 100 yards against the Jackets, as he never lost to his in-state rivals.



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