Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Signing Day - A Look Back at 2009

On the eve of the 2010 National Signing Day, I thought I would take a look back at the class of 2009 for Georgia. Overall, Georgia brought in 20 recruits in 2009 (including Orson Charles who committed after Signing Day). While some of those players red shirted, here are a look at the players who cracked the Georgia lineup in '09.

- Washaun Ealey, RB - Ealey did not play until the second half of the LSU game, but once he started playing, he made a major impact. Ealey ran for 717 yards on only 125 attempts (5.7 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Ealey and Caleb King look to be one of the strongest 1-2 combinations in the SEC next season.

- Branden Smith, CB/KR - Everyone knew that the 5 star recruit from Atlanta was fast. But when he broke off a 61 yard touchdown run against South Carolina, the Bulldog Nation knew it had an amazing young player. Smith contributed in all three phases of the game in 2009 and he can only improve as he will most likely be a starter in 2009.

- Rontavious Wooten, WR - "Wooooooooten" became a common phrase from Georgia fans in 2009. The dynamic receiver from Florida saw his fair share of action in '09, both catching passes and running the ball. Wooten's breakout game came against Kentucky when he caught two touchdown passes of 21 and 43 yards. For the year, Wooten caught 10 passes for 197 yards.

- Abry Jones, DT - Jones played in all 12 games during the 2009 season, registering 8 tackles and 4 QB pressures. He got his first career sack in the narrow loss to LSU. With the graduation of Weston, Atkins, and Owens, Jones will be counted on to make plays for an inexperienced DT unit.

- Montez Robinson, DE - Played in 11 games for the Bulldogs last year before being suspended late in the season. His breakout game came against Tennessee Tech when he recorded two sacks and five total tackles. He was named SEC defensive lineman of the week for the effort.

- Marlon Brown, WR - When Brown switched his commitment to Georgia on Signing Day last year, many thought he would be the next AJ Green. However, Brown appeared in only 8 games and did not record any receptions except for the Tennessee game. Playing before a chorus of boos from Volunteer fans, Brown caught 2 passes for 15 yards. And while he may have not put up big numbers, I began to notice Brown on the field more late in the season. In the bowl game, he played a lot and looked great in run block situations. Look for Brown to have a breakout season this fall.

- Orson Charles, TE - Charles met expectations during his first season in Athens as he was named to the All-SEC and All-American Freshman teams. He appeared in every game for the Dawgs in '09, making three starts. His first career TD reception came on a 44 yard pass from Joe Cox in the victory at Arkansas. For the season, he caught 23 passes for 374 yards and 3 scores.

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