With football season right around the corner, fan’s minds turn to the triumphs and failures of last season hoping to repeat the former and forget the latter.
It’s a bit over a month until Georgia kicks off its season against Clemson in Death Valley.
Cue preseason countdown lists, endless highlights from last season and predications on the 2013 season.
We’re not above doing that.
So to begin preparing mentally for seeing football on your television after such a lengthy hiatus, here are the top five plays from Georgia’s 2012 season.
5) Jarvis Jones intercepts Missouri’s James Franklin
Georgia was the first team to welcome the Missouri Tigers to the SEC and Jarvis Jones made sure quarterback James Franklin had a baptism by fire. In the wake of the now infamous “old-man football” comments by Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, Jones had nine tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and this key interception in the fourth quarter which wrapped up the game for the Bulldogs.
4) Alec Ogletree scores on a blocked field goal in the SEC Championship
This play would be higher had Georgia defeated Alabama in the SEC Championship. Though the game may still be a sore spot for many Georgia fans, this play lives on as the moment when Georgia’s hopes looked brightest. While up 14-10 midway through the third-quarter, Alec Ogletree snagged a blocked field goal and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. (The fake punt at the start of the second quarter is worth an honorable mention for this list. On fourth and 10, Tight end Arthur Lynch completed a pass to cornerback Snaders Commings for the first down.)
3) Gurley takes his first touch to the house
This is the play that introduced Georgia fans to Todd Gurley. The freshman began what would become a sensational rookie season with this 100-yard kickoff return on his first collegiate touch. After weaving through a gaggle of Buffalo defenders, Gurley made for the sideline, where he walked a tightrope all the way to end-zone and into Bulldogs fan’s hearts.
2) Aaron Murray does his best David Greene impression against Ole Miss
Aaron Murray has spent the last three seasons breaking passing records held by David Greene and on this play he did his best impression of the former Georgia signal-caller. After executing a perfect play fake, Murray coolly kept the ball hidden until Marlon Brown was well past the secondary and open for one of the easiest touchdowns you’ll ever see.
1) Jarvis Jones forces a fumble in the waning moments of the Florida game
This play has all the ingredients for the best play of the season. It sealed a victory in the final moments of a close game against Florida. It was caused by Georgia’s best player last year, Jarvis Jones. It gave Georgia its first back-to-back wins against Florida for the first time since 1989. It kept the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat for the SEC East title. Did I mention it helped beat Florida?