2008 Georgia Bulldogs Season
Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno
Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno
Posted Feb 4, 2009

2008 Georgia Bulldogs Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Georgia Bulldogs

Jan. 1
2009 Capital One Bowl
Georgia 24 … Michigan State 12

Georgia and Matthew Stafford sputtered thorough an ugly first half, only managing a 32-yard Blair Walsh field goal while MSU got two Brett Swenson field goals. The third quarter didn't start out much better, but the defense held the MSU running game in check just long enough for Stafford to get hot. He threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Michael Moore and a 21-yarder to Aron White in the final three minutes of the third quarter for a 17-6 lead, but the Spartans were able to get back into the game with a one-yard Javon Ringer run midway through the fourth. And then Georgia put it away going 67 yards on 11 plays in just over five minutes with Stafford and Knowshon Moreno hooking up for a 21-yard touchdown.
Player of the Game: Georgia QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-31 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 18-34, 169 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Javon Ringer, 20-47, 1 TD. Receiving: B.J. Cunningham, 6-52
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 20-31, 250 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 23-62. Receiving: Michael Moore, 6-97, 1 TD
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Outback Bowl …Michigan State LB Greg Jones led the way with 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss … Nine different Bulldogs came up with a tackle for loss, and six came up with sacks … Michigan State's Aaron Bates put four of his five punts inside the 20. … Time of possession: Each team had the ball for 30 minutes. … Average rushing yards per play: Georgia 2.5 – MSU 0.9 … Sacks: Georgia 6 for 40 yards – MSU 2 for 15.

- 2008 Georgia Preview
- 2007 Georgia Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 10-2
2008 Record: 10-3

Aug. 30 Ga Southern W 45-21
Sept. 6 Central Mich W 56-17
Sept. 13 at So Carolina W 14-7
Sept. 20 at Arizona St W 27-10
Sept. 27 Alabama L 41-30
Oct. 11 Tennessee W 26-14
Oct. 18 Vanderbilt W 24-14
Oct. 25 at LSU W 52-38
Nov. 1 Florida (Jack.) L 49-10
Nov. 8 at Kentucky W 42-38
Nov. 15 at Auburn W 17-13
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE 
Nov. 29 Georgia Tech L 45-42
Capital One Bowl
Jan. 1 Michigan State W 24-12

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 8-4
2007 Record: 11-

Sept. 1 Oklahoma St W 35-14
Sept. 8
South Carolina L 16-14
Sept. 15 West Carolina W 45-16
Sept. 22 at Alabama W 26-23 OT
Sept. 29 Ole Miss W 45-17
Oct. 6 at Tennessee L 35-14
Oct. 13
at Vanderbilt W 20-17
Oct. 27 vs. Florida W 42-30
Nov. 3
Troy W 44-34
Nov. 10 Auburn W 48-20
Nov. 17 Kentucky W 24-13
Nov. 24 at Ga Tech W 31-17
Sugar Bowl
Dec. 1 Hawaii W 41-10

Nov. 28
Georgia Tech 45 … Georgia 42
Georgia Tech ran for 409 yards with Roddy Jones tearing off touchdown runs from eight and 54 yards and Jonathan Dwyer taking pitches 60 and 23 yards for touchdowns as part of a 32-point second half. The Jones 54-yard dash gave Tech a 10-point lead late, but Georgia was able to come back on Matthew Stafford's fifth touchdown pass of the game hitting A.J. Green from 12 yards out. Tech was able to run out the clock. The big day from the Yellow Jacket attack overshadowed a huge three-touchdown afternoon from Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi, who scored from 10, 49 and three yards out.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Roddy Jones ran 13 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Jonathan Dwyer ran 20 times for144 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 24-39, 407 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 17-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 11-180, 3 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 1-6, 19 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Roddy Jones, 13-214, 2 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 1-19
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... What happened to the Georgia defense? The speed and athleticism was supposed to counteract the precision of the Georgia Tech running game, but the same could be said for a Miami defense that was also ripped apart. To lose at home to Tech in such a big rivalry game puts a capper on a disappointing season for the preseason No. 1 team in America. However, if this was the last home game for Matthew Stafford, he went out with a beauty playing one of the best games of his career. The same goes for Knowshon Moreno, who ran for 94 yards and a score on 17 carries. These two continue to be truly special.

Nov. 15
Georgia 17 … Auburn 13
Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno hooked up for a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter and A.J. Green caught a 17-yard touchdown pas in the fourth as Georgia struggled to get by the Tigers. Auburn got down to the Bulldog 14 in the final moments, but Kodi Burns missed on a fourth down pass. The Tigers started off the scoring with a 52-yard Mario Fannin touchdown play off a pass from Burns. Fannin also ran for a 35-yard touchdown for a lead in the fourth.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 22 times for 131 yards and caught four passes for 58 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Auburn - Passing: Kodi Burns, 16-30, 179 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Mario Fannin, 8-59, 1 TD. Receiving: Montez Billings, 6-66
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 15-24. 215 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 22-131. Receiving: A.J. Green, 5-81
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Georgia season might not be going as expected, but with the win over Auburn there's a good chance to finish with a 10-win regular season. That's nothing to dismiss, even with the blowout losses on the board against Alabama and Florida. Once again, the stars came through.
Matthew Stafford wasn't great throughout against the Tigers, but he was good when he had to be. Knowshon Moreno is the running game, Stafford was second on the team in rushing, and Rennie Curran had a tremendous game against the Tiger running attack. The SEC season is over, and now the Dawgs have a week off before hosting Georgia Tech.

Nov. 8
Georgia 42 … Kentucky 38
The Georgia defense was ripped apart all fame long, but it came through when it had to as DeMarcus Dobbs picked off Randall Cobb on the Bulldog 13 in the final minute. Georgia rolled for 520 yards with three touchdown runs from Knowshon Moreno, including a brilliant 20-yarder late in the third, and Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes, but it took an 11-yard touchdown catch from A.J. Green with 1:54 to play for the Dawgs to finally go ahead for good. Kentucky took advantage of two Mohamed Massaquoi fumbles and got three rushing touchdowns from QB Randall Cobb to match the Dawgs punch for punch, while Tony Dixon helped the UK O with touchdown runs from three and 14 yards away. Rennie Curran made 15 tackles for the Dawgs.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 22 times for 123 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 40 yards.
Stat Leaders: Kentucky - Passing: Randall Cobb, 12-20, 105 yds
Rushing: Randall Cobb, 18-82, 3 TD. Receiving: Kyrus Lanxter, 4-25
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 17-27, 376 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 22-123, 3 TD. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 8-191, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It's too late in the season to pretend Georgia is going to be anything different than what it is. It's not the No. 1 team in the nation, and it's hardly the best team in the SEC. But it has a tremendous collection of offensive talents and a spotty defense that'll struggle the rest of the way. However, as was the case with Kentucky, the team came up with the plays when it absolutely needed them. The offense was terrific all game long, the banged up offensive line was more than fine, and if there can be the same production next week against Auburn, the 10-win season will be within reach.

Nov. 1
Florida 49 … Georgia 10
Georgia was down 7-3 after a 35-yard Blair Walsh field goal. And then Florida flexed its muscle and showed off its speed going on a 42-point run with three short rushing touchdowns from Tim Tebow to go along with a 25-yard pass to Percy Harvin and a 44-yard strike to Louis Murphy. The Gator defense forced four turnovers with three interceptions highlighted by an 88-yard play by Joe Haden leading to a one-yard Tebow score. Georgia got back on the board late on a garbage time 19-yard Aron White catch.
Player of the game: Florida QB Tim Tebow completed 10-of-13 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 12 times for 39 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 18-33, 265 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 17-65. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 5-112
Florida - Passing: Tim Tebow, 10-13, 154 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Emmanuel Moody, 7-71. Receiving: Percy Harvin, 3-52, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense made way too many mistakes to get by a team like Florida. The offensive line that was so good against LSU had a nightmare of a time against Matt Stafford. No. 7 got smacked around early, he obviously wasn't 100% healthy, and he struggled with three interceptions and no touchdown drives. This all but ends any SEC title hopes, but if the Dawgs can win out impressively, and if they can blow out Kentucky, Auburn, and Georgia Tech, an at-large BCS slot still isn't out of the question.

Oct. 25
Georgia 52 … LSU 38
Georgia started the game with an interception return for a touchdown, with Darryl Gamble taking a Jarrett Lee pass 40 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage, and all but ended the fun with another pick six from Gamble coming from 53 yards away. In between the two offense roared up and down the field with Charles Scott, who ran for 144 yards, scoring twice for LSU and Lee throwing three touchdown passes, but Georgia never trailed as Matt Stafford hit Kenneth Harris for a five-yard touchdown pass, ran for a seven-yard score on a QB draw, and connected with A.J. Green for a 49-yard touchdown. Knowshon Moreno's 68-yard touchdown dash late in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 38-17 lead. LSU wouldn't go away, making things interesting late until the second Gamble pick.
Player of the game: Georgia LB Darryl Gamble made 13 tackles, a tackle for loss and took two interceptions for touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 17-26, 249 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 21-163, 1 TD. Receiving: A.J. Green, 3-89, 1 TD
LSU - Passing: Jarrett Lee, 14-28, 287 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Charles Scott, 21-144, 2 TD. Receiving: Demetrius Byrd, 4-62
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Georgia patchwork offensive line, much-maligned for being young and a potential liability, had a phenomenal game against LSU. It only allowed one sack and opened up the holes needed for Knowshon Moreno. This was the game the Bulldogs needed to show their swagger. This was the team everyone wanted to see starting the season, and it came up with a brilliantly called and executed game plan, a swarming defense, and a near-perfect day from Matt Stafford. The defense wasn't tough enough against the run, allowing 232 yards, but if the offense stays hot, there should be no problems keeping up with Florida next week.

Oct. 18
Georgia 24 … Vanderbilt 14
Georgia got 172 yards and an 11-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno and touchdown catches from A.J. Green and Mohamed Massaquoi on the way to the tough win. Matthew Stafford's two touchdown passes gave the Dawgs a 14-0 lead, but Vanderbilt would stay alive with two touchdown catches from Jamie Graham. The Bulldog defense held in the fourth quarter and only allowed 245 yards.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 23 times for 172 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for 10 yards
Stat Leaders: Vanderbilt - Passing: Mackenzi Adams, 16-32, 131 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Jared Hawkins, 13-63. Receiving: James Graham, 4-36, 2 TD 
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 13-23, 194 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 23-172, 1 TD. Receiving: A.J. Green, 7-132, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Yeah, Georgia got the win over Vanderbilt and yeah, Knowshon Moreno was fantastic, but there were too many problems. The team will have to be much sharper, and much more explosive, to have a shot at beating LSU and Florida over the next few weeks. There were only five penalties, but they all seemed to hurt. The two interceptions kept the score down, while the offense only converted 1-of-8 chances. Even so, it was a good win over a solid, dangerous team.

Oct. 11
Georgia 26 … Tennessee 14
Matthew Stafford threw for a career-high 310 yards with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi, and Blair Walsh hit four field goals as Georgia had to battle its way to the win. Tennessee stuck around on two Nick Stephens touchdown passes, including a 12-yarder to Lucas Taylor to pull within six in the second half, but the Bulldog defense held tough in the fourth quarter. Tennessee finished with just one net yard rushing as Georgia held on to the ball for 42:04..
Player of the game: Georgia QB Matthew Stafford completed 25-of 36 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Stat Leaders: Tennessee - Passing: Nick Stephens, 13-30, 208 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Montario Hardesty, 6-20. Receiving: Gerald Jones, 4-68, 1 TD
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 25-36, 310 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 27-101. Receiving: A.J. Green, 7-53
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Dawgs didn't exactly come out roaring against Tennessee considering what happened last year against the Vols and after the loss to Alabama. The team has to do a better job of putting mediocre teams away. Tennessee was able to hang around way too long; this should've been over at halftime. Even so, the team always seemed to be in control. The offensive line dominated and the defense kept getting the Volunteer offense off the field.

Sept. 27
Alabama 41 ... Georgia 30
Alabama stunned Georgia with a 31-0 lead at halftime on three short touchdown runs and a 22-yard touchdown catch from Julio Jones. Georgia came out of the locker room roaring scoring 17 straight points helped by a two-yard Knowshon Moreno touchdown run and highlighted by a 92-yard Prince Miller punt return for a score. But Alabama had an answer with a solid eight play, 51-yard drive finishing with a 32-yard Leigh Tiffin field goal. Glen Coffee added a 12-yard touchdown run just over five minutes later and it was over. Matthew Stafford threw two late touchdown passes. Alabama outgained Georgia just 334 yards to 324.
Player of the game:  Alabama QB John Parker Wilson completed 13-of-16 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 24-42, 274 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 9-34, 1 TD  Receiving: A.J. Green, 6-88, 1 TD
Alabama - Passing: John Parker Wilson, 13-16, 205 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Glen Coffee, 23-86, 2 TD  Receiving: Julio Jones, 5-94, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Georgia just got flat-out beaten up by Alabama. It wasn't a matter of not playing well, or not being awake from the opening gun, or not executing well. This was Alabama's lines beating up Georgia's lines. It didn't help that Georgia started to get banged up, LB Dannell Ellerbe was knocked out early. Now the Dawgs get two weeks off to rest up for Tennessee and Vanderbilt with two good chances to take control of the East race before the brutal finishing kick. The offense has to be far more effective early on to have a shot at beating LSU at LSU at the end of October.

Sept. 20
Georgia 27 ... Arizona State 10
Georgia's Knoshown Moreno ran for two short scores, including a leaping dive at for one, and A.J. Green caught a 14-yard touchdown pass as part of a 21-point second quarter that Arizona State had no answer for. The Sun Devils only gained four yards on the ground and only managed a six-yard touchdown pass from Rudy Carpenter to Andrew Pettes. The Georgia running game and defense controlled the rest of the game with Rennie Curran leading the way with nine tackles and a sack for the Bulldogs. Georgia held on to the ball for 34:18 including 11:32 in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 23 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Georgia
- Passing: Matt Stafford, 16-28, 285 yds, 1 TD
Knowshon Moreno, 23-149, 2 TD. Receiving: A.J. Green, 8-159, 1 TD
Arizona State
- Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 23-36, 208 yds, 1 TD
Dimitri Nance, 10-12. Receiving: M
ichael Jones, 7-70
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... What do you do on a long road trip against a fired up team like Arizona State? Power the ball. The Georgia offensive line dominated the ASU defensive front, and Knowshon Moreno did his part to power his way to a big game. The defense didn't have to worry about anything by the Sun Devil passing game, and it showed. With no fear of a running attack, the Georgia line pinned its ears back and got after Rudy Carpenter, while the back seven swarmed on the short passes. Now it's back to business with Alabama coming to town.

Sept. 13
Georgia 14 ... South Carolina 7
Georgia got two field goals from Blair Walsh in the second quarter and a four-yard Knowshon Moreno touchdown run in the third, and then held on for deal life. South Carolina had two deep drives late, but Mike Davis lost a fumble in the end zone and Reshad Jones snuffed out the final drive with an interception just outside of the goal line. The Gamecocks only gained 18 rushing yards on 16 carries, but the offense outgained the Bulldogs 289 yards to 252.
Player of the game: Georgia DB Asher Allen made six tackles, broke up two passes, and recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Stat Leaders: Georgia
- Passing: Matt Stafford, 15-25, 146 yds
Knowshon Moreno, 20-79, 1 TD. Receiving: A.J. Green, 3-61
South Carolina
- Passing: Chris Smelley, 23-39, 271 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Mike Davis, 12-22. Receiving: Moe Brown, 7-130, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... This was going to be a tough game against South Carolina, and it was a better win than the final score might appear. The defense did a great job of holding tough late and dominated against the Gamecock running game. The passing game didn't find any consistency, even though Matt Stafford threw a couple of nice passes, and Knowshon Moreno, for the most part, was wrapped up well. Georgia still survived, but now it needs to come up with an impressive performance against Arizona State to get back in the hunt for the No. 1 spot.

Sept. 6
Georgia 56 .. Central Michigan 17
Georgia cranked out 552 yards of total offense, and got a rumbling 78-yard interception return for a touchdown from defensive end Demarcus Dobbs for a 28-0 first half lead. Mohamed Massaquoi scored on touchdown catches from three and 54 yards out, and Knowshon Moreno ran for three scores from one, 21, and a back-breaking 54 yards. Central Michigan worked its way back into the game with two Dan LeFevour touchdown passes, but could only manage a field goal over the final 27:45. Rennie Curran made 11 tackles and two tackles for loss for the Bulldogs.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 18 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 30 yards
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 23-43, 250 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 4-19. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 7-67
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 18-28, 213 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 18-168, 3 TD. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 5-79, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Georgia certainly played like a No. 1 team against Central Michigan. The offense showed what it could do in all phases rushing for 263 yards and throwing for 289, while the defense kept dangerous Chippewa QB Dan LeFevour in check. With road games ahead at South Carolina and Arizona State, this was a good dress rehearsal. The team couldn't be in better form outside of the penalties, committing nine for 70 yards.

Aug. 30
Georgia 45 ... Georgia Southern 21
Georgia had few problems cranking out 535 yards of total offense in the blowout. Knowshon Moreno scored from two, three, and 24 yards out, and Matthew Stafford connected with Kris Durham for a 61-yard score on the way to a 38-0 lead before the Bulldogs took the foot off the gas. GSU managed two short touchdown runs to get it to 38-14, but UGA backup Joe Cox hit A.J. Green for a four-yard score to keep the blowout going. On the down side, Georgia lost start DT Jeff Owns to a knee injury.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran eight times for 59 yards and three touchdowns, and caught two passes for 53 yards.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Southern - Passing: Antonio Henton, 10-18, 102 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darell Norman, 12-60. Receiving: Marcus Russ, 4-59
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 13-21, 275 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Caleb King, 12-95. Receiving: Kris Dunham, 3-74, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Georgia just keeps losing players. If Jeff Owens is out for any significant length of time, that would be a severe blow to the national title chances; the defense needs a rock like him in the middle. Of slight concern against Georgia Southern were the hamstring issues of Knowshon Moreno. It didn't seem like that big a deal, but it wasn't a plus that he was out with hamstring cramps in both legs. It was the easy win it was supposed to be, and Matthew Stafford looked tremendous, as did backup RB Caleb King, but it was still costly with some very big games on the horizon.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Marcus Dowtin LB 6-2 215 Fork Union, Va. Fork Union Military Aca.
Fork Union…..2008 SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic team…. PrepStar All-Atlantic Region…Scout.com four-star prospect, Top 150, #111 player in America, #7 WLB in nation… Scout.com No. 7 weakside linebacker in the nation… Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…as a senior in 2007, registered 76 tackles, nine for loss, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and one interception to go along with 1,202 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on 121 carries (9.9 yards per carry)…as a junior at Georgetown Prep, finished with 92 tackles and rushed for 1,132 yards and as a sophomore Bishop O'Connell, tallied 126 tackles and two interceptions

Potential Instant Impact Players

A.J. Harmon DL 6-5 328 Louisville, Ga. Jefferson County
2007 USA Today All-USA Second Team Offense...2007 Parade All-American.. 2008 SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie teams…PrepStar All-America Team.2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia's Super 11, Super Southern 100 and Class AA All-State…..All-State first team by Georgia Sports Writers Association….2007 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star… Scout.com four-star prospect, Top 150, #112 player in America, #34 prospect in the South, #6 prospect in Georgia... participant in 2008 Army All-American Bowl...2006 and 2007 Augusta Chronicle Dream 16 selection…2007 All-Region and All-Area first team…2007 North-South All-Star game…in his career recorded 200 tackles (161 solo, 39 assist), 39 tackles-for-loss, 24 sacks 32 QB Hurries and on offense over 100 pancake blocks…also forced 21 fumbles and recovered five…As a senior in 2007 recorded 32 tackles, four sacks, four tackles-for-loss, 50 pancake blocks, and forced three fumbles…2006 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AA All-State first team defense...as a junior in ‘06, recorded 70 tackles including 12 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks...

Tavarres King WR 6-1 160 Mount Airy, Ga. Habersham Central
SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams ….PrepStar Top 135 Dream Team…Scout.com four-star prospect, Top 150, #134 player in America, #22 WR in America, #133 player in the South, #8 player in Georgia…2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11and Super Southern 100…2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year…2007 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year… Macon Telegraph Top 50…RISE Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year…finished senior season in 2007 with a state record 1,632 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 99 receptions (16.5 average)…set a then-school record with 42 catches for 700 yards and 10 TDs, and returned a kickoff and a punt for a score as a junior…finished career with 207 catches for 3,726 yards and 37 TDs

Rest of the Class

Xavier Avery ATH 6-0 185 Ellenwood, Ga. Cedar Grove
Brandon Boykin CB 5-10 171 Fayetteville, Ga. Fayette County
Sanders Commings DB 6-2 195 Augusta, Ga. Westside
Cordy Glenn OL 6-5 313 Riverdale, Ga. Riverdale
A.J. Green WR 6-4 190 Summerville, SC Summerville
Akeem Hebron LB 6-1 225 Gaithersburg, Md. Good Counsel
Toby Jackson DE 6-5 260 Griffin, Ga. Griffin
Dontavius Jackson RB 5-10 190 Franklin, Ga. Heard County
Ben Jones OL 6-2 306 Centreville, Ala. Bibb County
Jeremy Longo DE 6-3 255 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cardinal Gibbons
Jonathan Owens OL 6-4 294 Blountsville, Ala. Susan Moore
Bacarri Rambo DB 6-0 195 Donalsonville, Ga. Seminole County
Christian Robinson LB 6-2 205 Norcross, Ga. Greater Atlanta Christian
Bryce Ros TE 6-4 242 Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw Mountain
Richard Samuel RB 6-2 215 Cartersville, Ga. Cass
Carlton Thomas RB 5-7 165 Frostproof, Fla. Frostproof
DeAngelo Tyson DL 6-2 300 Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro
Blair Walsh PK 5-10 175 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cardinal Gibbons
Cornelius Washington DE 6-4 217 Hephzibah, Ga. Burke County
Nick Williams DB 6-2 205 Bainbridge, Ga. Bainbridge

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: Does anyone have a better buzz coming out of the 2007 season? Last year was supposed to be a stepping-stone season to this year, and all the questions were answered with the offensive line turning into a strength, RB Knowshon Moreno emerged as a superstar, and the defense was a killer with a terror of a pass rush and a rock-solid run D. Nine starters are back on defense and eight are back on offense.
Why to be grouchy: The margin between being great and being a national title contender is razor thin in the SEC. The loss of huge-legged PK Brandon Coutu might be enough to cost the Dawgs a game. The schedule isn't conducive to win a national title with road trips to South Carolina, Arizona State, LSU, Kentucky and Auburn, along with the neutral site day against Florida. The SEC West slate doesn't get much worse than at LSU, at Auburn, and Alabama.
The number one thing to work on is: Yeah, this was a nasty team over the second half of the season with almost everything clicking, but the passing game was merely average and might not be all that better. Matthew Stafford has the talent to be a top pro prospect, but he needs targets to work with. Mo Massaquoi is fine, but nothing special, and Sean Bailey is gone.
Biggest offensive loss: C Fernando Velasco
Biggest defensive loss: DE Marcus Howard
Best returning offensive player: RB Knowshon Moreno, Soph.
Best returning defensive player: LB Dannell Ellerbe, Sr.

2007 Recap
Recap: The Bulldogs caught fire following a loss to Tennessee on Oct. 6 and never cooled off, closing the season with seven straight wins and a blowout of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.  Playing with youthful exuberance on both sides of the ball, Georgia got better with each passing game, as did head coach Mark Richt, who reinvented himself en route to his best coaching job in Athens.  Even better than the Dawgs' 11 wins, seven against bowl participants, was that it was achieved with a slew of freshmen and sophomores that entered the season with limited relevant experience.            

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Knowshon Moreno

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Dannell Ellerbe

Biggest Surprise: Moreno.  Yeah, he was one of the stars of spring, but a spot on the All-SEC first team wasn't expected until 2009 or 2010.  After starting the year behind Thomas Brown, he erupted when his opportunity arose, rushing for 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 188 yards and three scores in the Dawgs' upset of Florida on Oct. 27.       

Biggest Disappointment: Although there wasn't much to complain about in 2007, Georgia recognizes its 35-14 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 6 cost it a shot at swapping the Sugar Bowl for the BCS National Championship game.  A couple of weeks before they'd find their rhythm, the Dawgs got blindsided by the Vols, falling behind 28-0, and never making the game interesting in the second half.     

Looking Ahead: Prepare the hype machine in Athens because Georgia is going to be one of the hottest teams between now and the start of the 2008 season.  And why not?  The Bulldogs are loaded, and capable of improving on last year after starting three freshmen on the offensive line and sophomore Matt Stafford behind them.


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