sogadog, your memory is accurate. A recent ABH piece has all the details.posted @ Monday, January 2, 2012 - 20:48
@mcdawg: Well said, Mac.
While I have been and probably will be at some point in the future a harsh critic of Bobo's play calling, just how many games did he have this season with his full depth of players at all positions? Not many I would think.
The blog linked below shores up some points on the position Bobo found himself in. It points out a perhaps forgotten fact that McGarity freed Richt of some of the administrative duties that Damon Evans had him tasked with, thus allowing Richt (in his words) to "study the game of football" more. I'm not sure if I got the exact quote correct, but the message is the same.
Although not stated by Richt or Bobo, I tend to believe the basic offensive game plans and some play selections may have had Richt's finger prints all over them. Richt is an offensive guy and as long as he has Grantham, he need not waste his thought processes on the defense.posted @ Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 20:19
sogadog, good to hear from you.
I too miss the discussions, ideas, and opinions that were respectfully and intelligently expressed on the old forum. Some of the old faithful occasionally appear here.
WOW!!!!!! what a ride this football season has been. Pass the Grantham kool-aid please. You just can't ask much more out of a remanufactured defense in its second year. Tech put up a lot of yards with Paul Johnson's Firedrill Offense, but our defense got the stops and kept them out of the end zone. Two BIG bright spots in our D have been Kwame and Big John. I enjoyed watching Tech struggling with trying to double team them
today. Tech's double team got overpowered on several plays.
I'm wondering if Crowell is durable enough to play Big Boy Football. He is a highly talented RB, but he can't continue to tag out after every carry. I'm optomistic that a year of consistant strength and conditioning will help with his durability issues. I hope a year of maturity and real world experience will help Crowell also. He's got to learn that he is not entitled to anything, all the rules do apply to him, he is accountable for his actions , those actions are generaly publicized, and he is only one of about 75 big men on campus now.
Our running game did not have a lot of success against GT today. Boo did get the bulk of the carries. Tech's jump ball passing attack allowed B. Smith to help out at RB on several plays. We once again tried to run Thomas inside and had no success with that.
As for Figgins, his move to FB was a good thing. He's a devistating blocker, but hasn't gotten any carries that I can remember. I don't understand that when we need a couple of yards and he can fall down for 2 yards. He's been thrown to in the flats on a limited basis. I think defenses get caught sleeping because UGA "never throws to the FB" and then Bobo burns them. Figgins does have one catch for TD.posted @ Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 21:50
@wfmcgee: That would be "Big Hairy, Foaming at the Mouth, Junkyard Dawgs".
I'm still in a daze over what I've seen from this defense.posted @ Monday, November 14, 2011 - 20:49
Who suffers from the identity confusion?
At the start of the Gainsville Lizards @ Columbia Chickens game, thousands of Chicken fans were waving white towels. Is that a tribute to Trooper Taylor or is Trooper's towel waving a sign that he is offering his miriad talents to the Chickens?
I hope Taylor's towel waving is symbol of surrender today!!!!!posted @ Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:54
I too have been long puzzled by Awbarn's two mascots.
The War Tiggles have suffered this identity crisis for at least 46 years. I grew up in Georgia, 70 miles from Auburn and they were the closest big time college to LaGrange,GA . I attended my first college football game there at about age 10 and was confused at that time by all the Tiger symbols/logos while a live and greatly revered eagle was on display.
It was only by the grace of God that my family moved to withing 60 miles of that hallowed ground known as Athens and I became a Dawg and obtained my degree from UGA.
Our athletic programs my have suffered form various malodies over the years, but mascot identity has never been one of them.posted @ Friday, November 11, 2011 - 21:28
@mcdawg: Read where Ben Jones was named SEC OL of the week. He graded out at 85 percent (don't ask me how that's arrived at) and had 5 intimidation blocks in 2 quarters. What is an intimidation block?
Did Ben scare a Defensive Tackle so bad he wet his britches?????
Mac, I saw an article recently on Chester Brown an OL recruit from Hinesville,GA who has committed to UGA. He was at a camp at UGA and impressed the coaches with his quickness, technique and use of hands. He was offered at the end of the camp. Brown looks great on paper, but we know that doesn't mean anything until he has to perform against an SEC defense.posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 15:04
[quote][b]sogadog[/b] - DD77, agree with you runnig back was not my thinking more as you state but he is 5/10 at about 190 just get the ball in his hands.
I gotta agree with you. Just get the ball in his hands. Bobo loves screens and bubble screens. Those might be a good way to get Boykin the ball on the wide side of the field and give him some open space to work in. As McDawg points out, Murray's accuracy problems with these types of plays could be a big issue with this plan of attack.
Another thought is that NM is suppossed to be a homecoming cupcake for UGA, so maybe we don't need to reinvent the wheel for one game. Next week Isiah and Thomas should be back and Boo would be available if needed. At the same time, we have to win one game at a time and can't afford to let this cupcake turn into a large multilayer cake at our expense.
I may be unjustly concerned. Richt indicated earlier in the week that anybody and everybody that resembles a RB may get a shot. That has the potential to make for some interesting football and provide some positive excitement.
Richt says it won't happen, but I'd love to see Little Jonny Jenkins get a carry or two. Love to see a 250 pound linebacker trying to stop a 335 pound RB headon!!!! Maybe Kwame could block for him. Talk about a Jumbo Set.......posted @ Friday, November 4, 2011 - 18:34
@sogadog: At 183 lbs., Boykin is a tad light for an every down RB, but his speed, moves and natural ability gives him all the tools to be a good change of pace back. Look at how Carlton Thomas seems to have matured into his role at 5-7, 175. Isn't Thomas at about 3.5 yards per carry?
I guess I matured into my role too.......I stopped throwing things at the TV when Bobo runs Thomas between the tackles.posted @ Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 18:49
Atlanta radio reports that ESPN reports our three RBs were suspended as a result of failing a drug test.
Sad and troubling. I guess it's the caugth and the uncaught and they are the caught.posted @ Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 16:28
Sogadog, you were 100% correct on what the Tide would do in the second half. The first half looked like Alabama was all out of sinc and just dragging around. McCarron's interception on his first attempt set the tone for the 1st half. Richardson had 36 (?) yards in the first half!
Did the Tide come to the game with a sense of entitlement of just didn't take the Vols seriously? What ever it was TN let them know they weren't having it.
I'd love to have video of Saban in the locker room at half time. I bet he let then know not "giving a #@%t" was not an option.posted @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:51
After reading this, a female friend of mine said she would pay to see
"Little Johnny Jenkins" and "Cutie Kwame" go head to head.
In the OL, size does matter to a certain extent. Our problems look to me to be speed and maybe strength. From TV it looks like our Guards lack the speed to pull and set up blocks for the RB. You may notice that sometimes Isiah looks like he is waiting for something to happen and it never does or is too slow developing and he is forced outside on his own.
Our OL gets "out techniqued" and "out finessed" by smaller Defensive LInemen and maybe those smaller guys are actually stronger.
As one sports writer or a maybe a blogger described Cordy Glenn, he really does look like a Guard trying to play Right Tackle. That's not so much a harsh criticizm of Glenn as it is a comment on the position adjustments we are forced to make as a result of a prolonged period of poor recruit evaluation and developement resulting in a lack of depth.posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 15:16
I wonder if Houston Nutt has called Garcia yet and contacted the NCAA about a mid-season transfer waver?
WarDog, ESPN reports that he also tested positive for pot during that test.
Serously, it's sad, but Garcia is his own worst enemy. What is he going to do for a living? His off field escapades have received so much attention that I have a difficult time seeing him as anything but a liability to most employers.
Maybe he has a future at the Tote-Your-Note Car Lot in Columbia. That wouldn't work out either. He might have to drive a car as part of his job.posted @ Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 18:40
Quite often I would find myself watching the UGA games on TV with the volume off and listening to Larry on the radio.
There should be a statue of him erected in the new court outside Sanford.
His voice is greatly missed.posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 13:13
"Richt discussed with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith this spring his ideas on the right amount to practice third-and-short, third-and-medium and third-and-long.
“I found out we were probably a little bit short on the time spent in some third down situations and some red zone situations,” Richt said. “We ramped that up a little bit more, and I just think we’re better at playing it, too.”"
That sorta sounds like Richt is getting second hand input from Van Gorder who is the DC with the Falcons.posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 14:40
Speaking of the Offensive Line, The Senator has a post today in which he quotes Buck Belue's blog with a former SEC OL coach.
There is a very fitting statement in there about Ben Jones being "OK" and Cordy Glenn being "a guard playing tackle".
It also says that the issue with Bobo's game planning is having to work around the limitations of our O Line.posted @ Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 13:22
The lack of that Justin Houston/David Pollack type pass rusher is a concern of mine as well. I was glad to see Ray Drew get some reps in the Coastal Carolina game. Why aren't we seeing more of him?
I realize that Ole Miss looks like a disorganized train wreck in a football uniform a great deal of the time, but it may a good opportunity for Grantham to put Drew in and get some time against a team with arguable SEC speed.
IMO, we are doing a much improved job of consistantly putting pressure on the QB (mostly thanks to Geathers and Jenkins) but we still need that OLB/DE to make it effective.posted @ Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 09:30
@RightWingExtremist: I wasn't intending to make it sound like I thought Walsh was the key issue, just that the FG would have had us tied.
As "theold33" points out, momentary breakdowns are what cost us this game.posted @ Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 20:09
Gotta look at my game video, but accepting the call was bad, if Walsh makes the 35 yard missed FG, we woud've had a tie game and headed for OT. I for one, probably take Walsh for granted, he's been an automatic 3 points in those situations.posted @ Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 19:39
@mcdawg: Mac, like you I'm sick of talking about it, There's just not much left to say. All the things you and some others have pointed out about our OL the last couple of years have proven to be correct and well illustrated.
I just don't understand how for the last 6 or 7 years we can generally recruit the OL Beasts out of highschool and with only a few exceptions they are either natural busts on the major college level or we are inept at developing O linemen. I would have thought in 2010 Murray would have 10 seconds to stand in the pocket with all the pre-season hype our OL received and he spent a lot of time on his back or running for his life.
BTW, why was Aaron rooted in cement Saturday night and never used his wheels?
Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn are supposed to have pretty high NFL draft stock? Gotta show me something else besides the Boise performance.
It goes without saying, Crowell will have a very long season without some help upfront. RB takes enough physical punishment without having to start contact 2 yards deep in your own backfield.
On a POSITIVE note: Clint Boling (who was not an OL bust) is starting for the Bengals this week due to a 4 game suspension of the #1 OG.posted @ Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:13
Apparently it is no longer a rumor.
Weiszer at ABH has info up on his blog:posted @ Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 16:36
ESPN answered my question:
The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League have acquired the negotiating rights to Pryor.
If he moves to Canada, does he escape the IRS woes?posted @ Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 18:47
Mac, "hipocrisy" seems like too mild of a descriptor for the boondoggle the NCAAA has become. The NCAA rule book has risen to such a level that it makes the IRS Tax Code look like a Reader's Digest publication. Even with that, there is no excuse for the total disregard of NCAA rules that OSU has engaged in.
I just wonder how many OSU players will eventually be found to be mixed up in these shananigans.
As much as 18 to 22 year old young men love to brag about things they "get away with", I find it hard to believe the AD and OSU President didn't hear some rumors and at least start to ask some questions. If they did, we may never know.
The NCAA has outlived its usefullness and needs to be replaced. No, I don't have a better idea, but something has to change.
Anybody heard if Pryor has now decided to enter the NFL supplemental draft? Why would a team want him with the NCAA investigation looming and his IRS troubles?posted @ Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 15:52
It was announced earlier in several outlets that CSS was to carry the G-Day game and then just this week some outlets published that ESPN was to carry the game.posted @ Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 19:50
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