Damien Gary
Damien  Gary


Athens, Ga.

High School:
Clarke Central

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 178




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High School:
Clarke Central...selected to 1998 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 in Georgia, Super Southern 100 and 1996 and 1997 Class AAAA All-State Team...named to Macon Telegraph Sweet 16...Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual Georgia Top-12 and All-South Third Team...SuperPrep pre-season All-Dixie before senior season...Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State Team in 1996 and 1997...Athens Daily News/ Banner-Herald All-Northeast Georgia...an injury filled high school career prevented the wide receiver from enjoying a solid four year campaign...did not play senior season due to a knee injury...played in five games during junior season before suffering a broken arm......High School Coach: Steve Brooks.

-- Played early but injured thumb resulted in medical redshirt season....

2000 -- Outstanding season finishing as team's second leading receiver with 36 for 552 yards and five TD's which was tops on the team...led team in punt returns with 27 for 226 yards for an average of 8.4 yards per return....finished second on the team in kickoff returns...had career best 11 receptions for 126 yards and one TD in regular season finale vs. Georgia Tech... had two catches for 100 yards and two TD's vs. Kentucky including an 85-yard reception that was a career best and tied the ninth longest TD pass in school history..named to Knoxville News Sentinel All-SEC Freshman Team...

2001 -- Solid spring which included one catch for seven yards in spring G-Day game....listed as number one FLK at conclusion of spring drills....named to Phipps/Regions Bank pre-season All-SEC first team...recipient of David C. Cooper Family Football Scholarship... finished the regular season third on the team in both receptions (25) and yards receiving (352)....as the Bulldogs' primary punt returner averaged 12.5 yards per return, which ranked second in the SEC....led all Bulldog receivers with eight catches for 104 yards and one touchdown in the season?s opening game vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 1)....played a big role in Georgia?s 26-24 upset over Tennessee (Oct. 6) returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, the first by a Bulldog since 1993....led all Georgia receivers with three catches for 93 yards at Ole Miss (Nov. 17).....caught three passes for 30 yards vs. Boston College in Music City Bowl...

2002 -- Recorded one reception for 12 yards in annual spring G-Day game....recipient of spring award as the Most Consistent Receiver....listed as number one SE at conclusion of spring drills....recipient of David C. Cooper Family Endowed Football Scholarship....Returned punt 40 yards vs. Clemson in beginning of 4th quarter to set up Georgia TD that tied game at 28; also caught 4-yard TD pass vs. Clemson; returned punt 71 yards for TD and caught 20-yard TD pass vs. New Mexico St......suffered acute compartment symdrome in his lower left leg following Kentucky game resulting in surgery on Sunday, Oct. 27......missed next four games but returned in SEC Championship game victory over Arkansas to return punts.... member of team that won Georgia's first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated FSU for Nokia Sugar Bowl title, set school record for most victories in a season (13), and finished with a final national ranking of No. 3.......part of offense that finished as the SEC's top scoring offense (32.14) and passing efficiency offense (138.91)........

2003 -- Caught one pass in annual spring G-Day game.....listed as number two FLK at conclusion of spring drills.....the only Bulldog wideout to play in all 14 games during the season....led team with 819 all-purpose yards......ranked second on the team with 43 catches for 494 yards.....served as Georgia's special teams captain against LSU and the offensive captain versus Florida.....grabbed a team-high five receptions for 58 yards versus the Gators.....scooped up and onside kick attempt by South Carolina and raced 44 yards for a TD.....Georgia's leading receiver in back-to-back games against LSU (7-80 yards) and Alabama (6-74 yards).....recorded two catches for 51 yards including a 43-yarder in 34-27 Capital One Bowl overtime victory over Purdue....set school records for Career Punt Returns vs. LSU (first game) and Career Punt Return Yards vs. Tennessee....ended career ranked second in SEC history with 11.0 yard punt return average (Min. 100 PR), 3rd in SEC history with 1,253 career punt return yards, 5th in SEC history with 114 career punt returns....also finished high in several other school record categories: 2nd in total career returns (122, 114, PR, 8 KOR) and 3rd in career return yards (1,396, 1,253 PR, 143 KOR)......as a receiver finished career with 131 receptions for 1,653 yards and 11 TD's in 45 games....his 131 career receptions ranked fourth best in school history......part of Georgia team that won 32 games from 2001-03 and ranked among the top five teams nationally in winning percentage during that time....Major: Housing.

Receiving Statistics

Year G/GS Rec. Yards Per/Rec. Per/Gm TD LG
2000 11/0 36 552 15.3 50.2 5 85 UK
2001 10/8 25 352 14.1 35.2 1 44 OM
2002 10/4 27 254 9.4 25.4 4 25 UK
2003 14/6 43 494 11.5 35.3 1 43 PU
Totals 45/18 131 1652 12.6 36.7 11 85 UK

Punt Returns

Year G Ret. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2000 11 27 226 8.4 0 20 NMS
2001 10 23 288 12.5 1 72 UT
2002 10 34 458 13.5 1 71 NMSU
2003 14 30 281 9.4 0 23 MTSU
Totals 45 114 1253 11.0 2 72 UT

Kickoff Returns

Year G Ret. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2000 11 6 99 16.5 0 27 GT
2001 10 1 0 0.0 0 0
2002 10 0 0 0 0 0
2003 14 1 44 44.0 1 44 SC
Totals 45 8 143 17.9 1 44 SC

Highest Punt Return Average (min. 100 returns)
1. 15.6 Lenn Nailey (1947-49) Vanderbilt (109 for 1695)
2. 11.1 Damien Gary (2000- Georgia (114 for 1253)
3. 11.0 Tony James (1989-92) Miss. St.
(121 for 1332)
? ? Most Career Punt Returns ? ? Most Career Punt Return Yards
1. 110 Damien Gary (2000- 1. 1,219 Damien Gary (2000-
2. 88 Jimmy Harrell (1981-84) (10th in SEC) 2.

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