I go through an annual ritual each August – one last viewing of the prior year’s Georgia games I’ve saved on DVR, before I clear the decks for the new season. Having just finished that, I thought I’d share a few final observations about 2013:
- Highest of the highs. Plenty to choose from here, but it’s hard to beat the last five minutes of the LSU game. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Sanford Stadium rock louder.
- Lowest of the lows. Auburn’s the easy call, but I’d pick the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt. I know Georgia was beat up and I know the officiating sucked to high heaven, but no Georgia team should blow a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to Vanderbilt. Ever. Sheer torture watching that unravel.
- Most valuable player. Aaron Murray, and it ain’t close.
- Least valuable player. You could name anyone in the secondary and you could find a 2013 moment to prove your choice.
- Most pleasant surprise. Marshall Morgan turned out to be a rock on special teams. After his freshman year, who’da thunk it?
- Least pleasant surprise. John Theus. After starting as a freshman, how many five-star recruits lose their starting job midway through their sophomore season?
- Best drive of the season. The last drive against South Carolina was enjoyable, especially when the OBC took off the headset, but the drive to end the Florida game was more crucial, given the score. As a bonus, it took a dumb Florida penalty to close it out.
- Worst drive of the season. Pick any one that ended in a blocked punt for an opponent’s score.
- Best coordinator. He wasn’t perfect, but Mike Bobo certainly had his share of moments, particularly given the personnel losses.
- Worst coordinator. He wasn’t perfect, but Todd Grantham… ah, the hell with that.
- Most impressive part of the season. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it as much when I saw it live, but the offense put on a friggin’ show in the first half against Florida – over 200 yards in the first quarter alone. And that was with key receivers out, Marshall out and Gurley clearly struggling with his conditioning. If Murray and Wooten had been a little more on the same page, it would have been 31-3 at halftime. It was the offensive line’s shining moment, for sure. (Don’t ask me what happened in the second half, though.)
Anything you guys want to add, do so in the comments.