WR/PR Mikey Henderson

2006 Statistics

Coach: Mark Richt
61-17, 6 years
2006 Record: 9-4
at South Carolina WON 18-0
UAB WON 34-0
at Mississippi WON 14-9
vs. Florida LOST 14-21
at Kentucky LOST 20-24
at Auburn WON 37-15
Virginia Tech WON 31-24

2006 Final Rankings
AP-23, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

Last year’s rollercoaster ride will be avoided this time around after sophomore QB Matthew Stafford proved he is ready by leading Georgia to three big wins over major, ranked programs to end 2006. Crucial in all of this was the promotion of Mike Bobo to OC for ’07. Bobo, the quarterbacks coach, too, was immediately put in place for the last two wins. This smart move (enabling Bobo and Stafford to work together in real game reps) will create momentum for the upcoming campaign, for UGA had struggled most of last year offensively and head coach Mark Richt had few answers prior to that move. The offense showed consistency against Virginia Tech’s No.1 defense, so expect the Dawgs to be back in ball moving form. The defense has to contend with some big losses in every major unit, especially DEs Moses and Johnson. But Georgia has had such great recruiting under Richt that they will not skip a beat after finishing No.18 and 8 the last two years for total defense, respectively. Georgia’s biggest away games are against Tennessee and Alabama (playing rivals Tech in Atlanta is still in-state, and Florida is neutral in Jax, so neither counts), so they again have one of the easier roads to the BCS. Like the Vols last year after they tanked 2005, this Dawg squad will have to prove they have truly rebounded before voters put them back into the top 15. Don’t be surprised to see them there by the end of a busy September and again challenging Florida and UT for the East’s top spot.

Projected 2007 record: 9-3
QB - 3 DL - 3.5
RB - 4 LB - 3
WR - 3.5 DB - 4.5
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Matthew Stafford, 135-256-13, 1749 yds., 7 TD

Rushing: Kregg Lumpkin, 162 att., 798 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 30 rec., 366 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Brannan Southerland, 10 TD, 60 pts.

Punting: None

Kicking: Brandon Coutu, 10-11 FG, 17-17 PAT, 47 pts.

Tackles: Kelin Johnson, 60 tot., 48 solo

Sacks: Kelin Johnson, 2.5 sacks

Interceptions: Paul Oliver, 3 for 44 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Asher Allen, 19 ret., 22.1 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Mikey Henderson, 25 ret., 14.7 avg., 2 TD


OFFENSE: Joe Tereshinski-QB, Mario Raley-WR, Martrez Milner-TE, Ken Shackleford-OT, Nick Jones-C, Michael Turner-OG, Daniel Inman-OT, Danny Ware-RB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Ray Gant-DT, Quentin Moses-DE, Danny Verdun Wheeler-SLB, Jarvis Jackson-MLB, Tony Taylor-WLB, Tra Battle-ROV, Gordon Ely-Kelso-P, Charles Johnson-DE (NFL), Paul Oliver-CB (NFL)

The offense, regardless of last year’s “musical chairs” rotation, is sophomore Matthew Stafford’s to start 2007. The 6’3”, 237-lb. Dallas-native was last year’s top pro-style QB (rivals.com), though he proved his 4.7 second speed in the 40 means he is worthy of earning big yards and making defenders miss in the process. He proved he needs work with some struggles in ’06. But new coordinator Mike Bobo - the former and current QB coach, too - was given the offensive reigns for UGA’s last two games, both wins over ranked foes (posted 31-24 against Virginia Tech’s top defense). In beating Georgia Tech, the Hokies and Auburn to close, the Dawgs offense signaled that it is out of the struggling stage with its new QB. Expect a big year from Stafford. Joe Cox, proven in the comeback win against Colorado, also quells fears as his backup. But even with two of their three leading TBs (both seniors) and their starting fullback returning, there are no guarantees for the ground production on a team losing both tackles, its center and its top reserve. Both backs pack a wallop for foes wishing to tackle them, as does bulldozer Brannan Southerland, who gets lots of touches, especially near the endzone. On the line, JUCO-transfers have been tapped, and four-star recruits abound for a new line coach (Stacy Searals from LSU). The ability to run should improve as a better passing game makes foes crowd the box less (a real problem last year with inconsistency at QB). Also important is the new starter(s) at tight end, which has produced the team’s leading receiver the last two years. Tripp Chandler has the size to help the new tackles and the hands needed for snarling. With the top TE pick of this year’s recruiting class and the No.2 from last year’s, Chandler & Co. can continue the tradition of soft-handed bigmen coach Richt has established here. Sprinkle in Mohamed Massaquoi and A.J. Bryant leading an experienced, well-sized receiving corps and you get a team that only has to answer its pending questions up front before it can again boast a dangerous offense.


RB Kregg Lumpkin


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Matthew Stafford-So (6-3, 237) Joe Cox-So (6-1, 210)
FB Brannan Southerland-Jr (6-0, 240) Jason Johnson-Sr (5-9, 203)
RB Kregg Lumpkin-Sr (6-1, 229) Thomas Brown-Sr (5-8, 200)
Knowshon Moreno-Fr (5-11, 207)
WR Mikey Henderson-Sr (5-10, 150) A.J Bryant-Sr (6-2, 200)
Demiko Goodman-Jr (6-2, 190)
WR Sean Bailey-Sr (6-1, 174) Mohamed Massaquoi-Jr (6-2, 198)
Kenneth Harris-Jr (6-3, 205)
TE Tripp Chandler-Jr (6-6, 259) Coleman Watson-Sr (6-6, 253)
OT Trinton Sturdivant-Fr (6-5, 286) Vince Vance-So (6-8, 330)
OG Chris Davis-Fr (6-4, 292) Tanner Strickland-Fr (6-5, 318)
C Fernando Velasco-Sr (6-4, 328) Kevin Perez-Fr (6-3, 274)
OG Scott Haverkamp-Jr (6-4, 310) Ian Smith-So (6-3, 295)
OT Chester Adams-Sr (6-4, 330) Justin Anderson-Fr (6-5, 335)
K Brandon Coutu-Sr (6-0, 200) Andy Bailey-Sr (6-2, 223)



Rebuilding the front seven is paramount, and replacing ends Moses and Johnson is priority one. Senior Marcus Howard and super soph Roderick Battle are the lone Dawg DEs with experience at this level, while JUCO-transfer Jarius Wynn, a second-team NJCAA All-American, looks very ready to succeed at the I-A level. Jeff Owens and Kade Weston are solid in the middle as returning starters, so there seems to be enough structure so that the line will only take a small step back (depth is there amongst the unknowns). Senior Brandon Miller is the only LB with starting experience, and he is a great building block with so much speed for his ample size. No less than six top linebacker recruits have been procured in the last two recruiting classes, and with the track record here for producing dominant corps, expect a few LBs you’ve yet to hear of to soon become new household names in Athens. Senior and top CB Paul Oliver has been declared academically ineligible and has entered his name into the NFL supplemental draft. Junior Ramarcus Brown can be left one-on-one with opposing receivers as he helped to produce UGA’s No.5 pass defense last year. Five-star prospect Reshad Jones will help senior Kelin Johnson fill the safety slots after losing Tra Battle; how the “rover” position plays out will not be known until summer. The great tradition of Georgia defensive backs will continue, but the loss of Oliver certainly raises a few concerns - even so, this entire defense is reloading more than rebuilding, so expect the Dawg D to be strong even with the depletions along the line.


DB Kelin Johnson


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Roderick Battle-So (6-4, 256) Kiante Tripp-Fr (6-6, 263)
DT Jeff Owens-Jr (6-3, 292) Corvey Irvin-Jr (6-4, 286)
DT Geno Atkins-So (6-1, 275) Kade Weston-So (6-5, 315)
DE Marcus Howard-Sr (6-2, 220) Michael Lemon-Fr (6-4, 260)
SLB Brandon Miller-Sr (6-4, 257) Marcus Washington-Jr (6-0, 245)
MLB Darius Dewberry-So (6-3, 230) Akeem Dent-Fr (6-2, 218)
WLB Dannell Ellerbe-Jr (6-1, 232) Darryl Gamble-Fr (6-2, 240)
CB Asher Allen-So (5-10, 192) Thomas Flowers-Sr (5-10, 186)
CB Bryan Evans-So (5-11, 179) Ramarcus Brown-Jr (5-11, 165)
ROV Kelin Johnson-Sr (6-1, 194) Quintin Banks-Fr (6-2, 197)
FS C.J. Byrd-Jr (6-2, 190) Reshad Jones-Fr (6-2, 194)
P Brian Mimbs-Jr (5-11, 205) ..




Senior kicker Brandon Coutu is sure to make the Groza watch list after going 10-for-11 last year. Brian Mimbs looks ready to take over after waiting at punter. Punt return guy Mikey Henderson was tops in the SEC, and Asher Allen showed enough promise in both return slots as just a frosh so that all areas are amply covered.