1 SEC punter with a better career average than Georgia's Drew Butler, who finished his career with an average of 45.44 yards per punt. Among SEC players with at least 100 punts, only Vanderbilt's Ricky Anderson has a better career average. Anderson averaged 45.65 yards per punt for the Commodores in 1983 and 1984. Butler entered 2011 with a 46.1-yard average, but dropped behind Anderson by averaging 44.24 yards per punt during the season.
4 SEC teams at the top of the national ratings for pass-efficiency defense in the 2011 season, with Alabama at No. 1 with a rating of 83.69, South Carolina second at 94.22, LSU third at 95.58 and Georgia fourth at 98.74.
4 Kickoffs returned for TDs by Georgia CB Brandon Boykin, who ended his career tied with former Tennessee WR Willie Gault and former Arkansas RB Felix Jones for the most in SEC history. Boykin ran for two TDs, caught a scoring pass and returned a punt 92 yards for a TD this season, but did not have a kickoff return for a score during the 2011 season. Boykin wound up 55 yards short of the SEC record for career kickoff-return yards set by Florida WR Brandon James from 2006 through 2009. James had 2,718 yards on an SEC record 112 kickoff returns. Boykin finished with 2,663 yards on 110 returns. James averaged 24.27 yards per return. Boykin averaged 24.21 yards per return.
5 SEC teams with at least 10 victories in the 2011 season, the most in league history. LSU won 13 games, Alabama 12, Arkansas and South Carolina 11 apiece and Georgia 10. The SEC had four teams with at least 10 victories in 2010 and 2006.
412 Points scored by Georgia PK Blair Walsh, the most in SEC history. Walsh broke the mark of 409 set by Georgia PK Billy Bennett from 2000 through 2003 with a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime of the Outback Bowl. He missed his first shot at breaking the record -- a 42-yarder that would have won the game in the first overtime. Georgia lost to Michigan State 33-30 in triple-overtime in the Outback. Walsh missed 14 field-goal attempts during the 2011 season (21 for 35) after missing 13 in his first three seasons (55 for 68). Walsh made at least one field goal in 45 games, an NCAA record.
Let me just say that I like how Coach Richt and his staff can recruit to the finish line this year. In years past, they would have already wrapped up the recruiting class. Probably missed on some good players because of it. Not this year.
Georgia has room to sign 6-8 more players. Richt has a shot this week to go into homes and seal the deal. Sell the 'Dogs program hard. He's "a closer" this week. Again, I like that. A lot of these players have trouble making up their minds. They go back and forth. Lean towards one program, then flip a week later. Sometimes it comes down to the final week. And that's where we stand right now. Priority #1: Josh Harvey-Clemons in Valdosta. I've got the urge to drive back home and sell him on Georgia. That's a NCAA violation, right? Better not. But I feel like it. Maybe former 'Dog LB Randall Godfrey, a former Lowndes High star, got in his ear at some point. Anyway, Georgia has a 50/50 shot of signing the states top-rated player and we can't allow him to slip away to Florida or FSU. Now the Seminoles are making a late run at Harvey-Clemons. That scares me. Lowndes High Head Coach Randy McPherson is "a FSU guy." They've always funneled players to Tallahassee. Suddenly, this smells. John Theus looks to me like he's "college ready," but the 'Dogs could use more of this...Avery Young would be a boost to this class. He's the 2nd ranked OL in the state of Florida, behind Theus. Maybe he didn't like Miami this weekend. WR JaQuay Williams and DT Dalvin Tomlinson appear to be long-shots, but maybe Richt can flip them. Bet Auburn is busy pointing out the young WRs Georgia already has and how much they need him. Dalvin has had the look of a Tech man for months. But go sell Georgia, anyway. Sheldon Dawson, from Memphis, would be a nice addition to this class. We'll take all the playmakers we can get, right? Kenny Crawley, a D.C. DB, has a decision to make, after backing out from a Tennessee VC. Bulldogs have a shot with him. JC WR Cordarrelle Patterson has had the re-carpet treatment all over the SEC and now has a big decision to make...will it be LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas or Georgia? Josh Dawson is another player the 'Dogs need to put the press on. Tech turned back on Lanier County High DE/OLB Junior Gnonkonde, so 'Dogs need to jump him quick.
QB - Murry - Lemay RB - Crowell - Marshall FB - Zander - Hicks WR - MM - Bennett WR - CP - T.King LT - Beard - Theus RT - Watts - A. Long -Hopefully K. Houston G - Gates - H. Long G - Lee - Burnett C - Andrews - Burnett TE - Lynch - Rome
DE - G. Smith- Drew NT - JJ - Geathers DE - A. Jones - Lott OLB - C. Washington- Stripling ILB- C.Rob -Herrera ILB- A.Ogletree -Gilliard OLB - Jones - Jenkins C- B. Smith- C. Sanders C- Commings- Swann- Marshall (if commings is suspended) S- Rambo- C. Moore S- Williams -JHC
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