Georgia Bulldogs: Mohamed Massaquoi

Week 12 helmet stickers

November, 17, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A last-minute touchdown pass ripped out Georgia's heart on Saturday, but here are three players who still earned helmet stickers with their performances in the 43-38 loss to Auburn.

Aaron Murray: We've all seen the unfortunate stats about Murray's record against ranked opponents as Georgia's starting quarterback. Nobody who watched Saturday's game will pin this loss on Murray. The Bulldogs senior led Georgia to three straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including his go-ahead 5-yard run with 1:49 to play, giving Georgia a 38-37 lead. After Auburn reclaimed the lead, he led the Bulldogs deep into Auburn territory in the closing seconds but was unable to muster another touchdown. Murray finished 33-for-49 for 415 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, plus he ran nine times for 37 yards and two scores. He also broke the SEC record for pass completions, now with 903 in his career.

Ramik Wilson: This was certainly not a banner day for Georgia's defense, although the Bulldogs tightened up a bit in the second half -- excluding the final Hail Mary for Auburn, of course. Nonetheless, junior inside linebacker Wilson was a force on Saturday, recording a career-high 18 tackles on Saturday to run his SEC-high tackles total to 110. He also had a sack and two tackles for a loss.

Todd Gurley: Georgia's star tailback is still not the weapon he once was, but the Bulldogs made use of his running ability in a variety of ways against Auburn. He scored Georgia's first touchdown with a 9-yard run in the second quarter to cut Auburn's lead to 13-7. And he led the team with both 10 receptions (for 77 yards) and 15 carries (for 79 yards). He became the first Bulldog to notch double-digit receptions in a game since Mohamed Massaquoi against Georgia Tech in 2008.

DawgNation Mailbag 

March, 8, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Spring practice has started for the Georgia Bulldogs, and all eyes are turning to the defense to see how that unit is going to shape up after losing so many starters from last year. Questions abound on what type of squad Georgia will field this fall and where the Bulldogs stand on the recruiting trail. We have taken some of those questions and added them to the weekly DawgNation Mailbag.

1thatguy: Who will be the surprise player of the season next year? Last year nobody at all talked about Todd Gurley before the season but he ended up being amazing. What players do you think have the potential to impress like that next year and have been under the radar?

Radi Nabulsi: That depends on what you mean by “under the radar.” Can a four-star recruit be considered a sleeper? Last fall we wrote extensively about Gurley and while few, if any, predicted he would lead all running backs in the SEC in total yards, it should not have been surprising that he started, considering how Gurley’s coaches and teammates raved about him. So let’s limit the scope to new signees, not in the ESPN 300, who could start next year. Those signees in the ESPN 300 are expected to contribute early so they would not really be a surprise.

Recruiting flashback: Ben Jones

January, 2, 2013
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Editor’s note: As we approach national signing day and consider the future of Georgia’s football program, we’ll also look backward into the Bulldogs’ recruiting history. Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk with several former Georgia standouts about their experiences as recruits. We begin today with offensive lineman and 2011 team captain Ben Jones.

ATHENS, Ga. -- In the summer of 2007, Ben Jones was one of those prospects who became a rock star on the summer camp circuit.

After dominating some high-profile competition in blocking drills at a prospect camp at Georgia, Jones quickly made himself a household name among recruitniks. But luckily for Mark Richt’s Bulldogs, Jones had a burning desire to play football at his late father’s alma mater -- and he played quickly.

Jones was a starting center for the preseason-No. 1 Bulldogs only a few games into his freshman season in 2008 and essentially held onto the job for the rest of his career. He was an ESPN All-American and All-SEC selection last season as a senior before becoming a fourth-round NFL draft pick by the Houston Texans.

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