These are a few of my favorite plays (of 2013), a series.

There were so many great plays in the Georgia-South Carolina game, but the one you see when you dial this clip up to the 2:10:12 mark – the pass to Quayvon Hicks to get the offense out of the shadow of the end zone on the game ending drive – was my favorite.

It starts with a fabulous playcall by Bobo.  The ‘Cock defense was selling out to stop Todd Gurley and Murray sold the play fake well enough to cause the defensive line to hesitate and draw the linebackers in, creating space.  Hicks does a great job gathering in the throw and doesn’t try to do anything fancy.

The end result was 23 yards of pleasure.  Me likey!

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37 responses to “These are a few of my favorite plays (of 2013), a series.

  1. The other Doug

    “Hicks does a great job gathering in the throw and doesn’t try to do anything fancy.”

    This a great point. Hicks knew what his job was and did it perfectly. He had no thoughts about breaking it for a career long run. First down=win.

  2. Macallanlover

    That whole entire will always be a “favorite memory of mine”. The frustration of Spurrier on the sideline, swallowing two timeouts at the end, and being consumed with not being able to stop the Dawgs’ offense in his postgame press conference made it even better. But you are right, that was a fabulous play call with great execution.

    • It’s very telling when the camera shows Spurrier on the sidelines early in our drive. Still plenty of time left in the game, and he just has that sarcastic, head-shaking “everything is against me” look that all the world’s blowhard get when they can’t back up their talk. He basically gives up with eight minutes left in the game, it’s in his body language, and there’s your “Hall of Fame coach.”

      • Dog in Fla

        Yes but was that the exact moment of his surrender? I always thought that sarcastic head-shake look was the look he gave each and every time a play does not go his way

        • All kinds of good things could have happened for them with the ball all but touching the goal line. They were by no means out of it. But he just looked like he had packed it in, and if you and me see it, his players see it. People get on Richt for not showing enough passion, but I’m not crazy about coaches who can’t control their emotions in the clutch. My top priorities for this season are getting SCU in Columbia and punishing Auburn.

          • Macallanlover

            I agree that a leader should be able to mask his emotions, sometime the news is bad and it is the wrong time to tell the troops just how bad. This isn’t to say a coach/leader cannot ever celebrate the highs or express anger but the guy in charge needs to be a stable guy in the midst of bedlam. I never wanted an employee to not feel they couldn’t come in to talk with me because the rest of the office had read my body language to be “do not approach, take shelter”. The ability to be that stable force when things are flying in every direction is a great talent to have in a leader, imo. In close situations, CMR looks like the coolest guy in the stadium, and our QBs seem to emulate him. I always draw confidence from that at the end of the half, or game.

            • The ability to be that stable force when things are flying in every direction is a great talent to have in a leader, imo. In close situations, CMR looks like the coolest guy in the stadium, and our QBs seem to emulate him. I always draw confidence from that at the end of the half, or game.

              Me too. Agree.
              ~~~

            • Dog in Fla

              I’m getting all Disney inside so it must be time for an al.com survey says:

              When the shit’s really going bad, who do you want as a leader:

              (a.) Someone who is calm, cool and collected (CMR);
              (b.) Someone who has an intermittent explosive disorder (IED); or
              (c.) Someone who is a combo of (a.) and (b.) (nice guy in a hurt locker)?

              • Macallanlover

                So our choice is: a. (CMR), b. (Boom), or c. (a + b’s offspring…(Kirby cause he has been locked up for some time now)? You folks in Disney’s adopted state sure see things differently. Little Nicky is gonna let him out soon, or he may escape to SC cause Stevie might have the “big one” if he beats UGA again and doesn’t make it to Atlanta again.

                • Dog in Fla

                  I always forget to get Smart. I predict that when Steve throws his visor for the last time Ray Tanner will be on Pruitt quicker than Delany on Bonnie and we’ll be searching for a new replacement DC and this time we’ll get him from the Alabama high school rank and file.

      • TomReagan

        Spurrier has always reacted like that when you keep the ball away from him, no matter what time of game. It’s like he’s still a quarterback who needs to get into rhythm with his playcalling.

      • Dog in Fla

        Steve The Brat, Parts Un et Deux

        http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/62295900/the-brat-part-i-chronicling-the-rise-of-steve-spurrier-from-florida-to-nfl-to-usfl-to-duke#!7pBUL

        http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/62340648/the-brat-part-ii-the-triumphs-and-defeats-of-steve-spurrier-as-head-coach-of-florida-washington-redskins-south-carolina#!7pF2r

        But I digress because that’s a known known with which everyone is familiar.

        Beating not USC and punishing Auburn are worthwhile and admirable goals but from a Bob Davies geographic rivalry point of view to me they’re at best #’s 2 and 3, respectively, while the thumping of The Driskeling (or whoever Mr. Roper has inserted in his place) is clearly #1

  3. Macallanlover

    Crap, “entire drive”.

  4. Moe Pritchett

    I was rather fond of seeing #22’s little jaunt at the 2:13:20 mark….

  5. TomReagan

    Great start to the best drive of the season

  6. I Wanna Red Cup

    Hope we see more of Mr. Hicks this fall. He is fun to watch

  7. CannonDawg

    One other highlight of the SC game was the sight of the two ‘Cock defensive coaches ready to start swinging at each other. A rather encouraging sign, that.

  8. HVL Dawg

    Best 8 minutes of the season.

  9. Irwin R Fletcher

    My favorite was the JSW pass …3rd and 13 after a false start and Bobo goes basically 4 wide with Artie in the slot…here comes the heavy rush and you start thinking…sack…then Murray scrambles around Clowney and hits JSW down the sideline. Risky call, but the kind you can make when you have a great player under center like Murray and you give him targets to throw to.

    But the real thrill and why I’ll always love that play….hearing my 7 year old son yell ‘There he goes!’ from our seats in the NW corner..before I even realize he’s broken loose. That kid didn’t want to leave Athens that night…and neither did I. Just great memories. (sorry to get sappy…I blame Bobo).

    • Moe Pritchett

      your first sentence is in itself….art.

    • OhioDawg

      That’s an awesome memory. I’m certainly looking forward to many years of sharing fall Saturdays with my boy. We’re in Ohio and I’m thinking about taking him to his first game when we play Kentucky this year. He’s only 4 so he doesn’t understand the game enough to react like that yet, but I’m proud to say that he already knows that he loves the Dawgs. Cherish that memory, man.

  10. Spike

    I’m with Irwin.. That pass to JSW was golden! He was running like he stole something..

  11. Dog in Fla

    8 minutes of greatness.starting with Fourth and One when “Todd Grantham’s defense comes up with a big stop” and Brendan Douglas “in for a play or two” @ 2:13

  12. Sanford222view

    No to be a Debbie Downer but I sure hope Hicks has been working on his blocking consistency. On the 4th and short sweep to Gurley with about 2 1/2 minutes left to go he completely whiffs on his block. Thankfully Artie Lynch and one other did get blocks to allow Gurley to get the 1st down.

  13. That goal line stand was the highlight of the season for the defense.

    The ensuing drive and the fact that SOS had no answer to stop it were priceless. This drive and the drive to end the Florida game were textbook Georgia football. We didn’t score on either one, but it sure felt like it. I remember thinking, “Oh, no” when Douglas came in the game. He runs over the two Gamecocks, and I start thinking, “Man, I’m glad he’s in red & black rather than playing the B-back in Fish Fry’s offense.”

  14. Chuck

    Pure Dawg pron, thanks for the memories, Senator.

  15. Gumby

    Let’s not forget that punishing run Brandon Douglas had a little later in the drive!

  16. I like how Spurrier doesn’t even try to stop the clock the last 2 minutes. He knows its over, so why waste everyone’s time. Not many coaches can get away with that.