Five burning questions about the SEC East

Yesterday we looked at the SEC West and identified five burning questions that need to be answered heading into the start of practice this week. Today let’s look at the SEC East.

 

1. Is Georgia REALLY going to get after it in the preseason? Here is what I mean by that. A year ago when the injuries started piling up the Georgia coaches had to back off contact work in practice. They really had no choice. But the downside to that is that players lose their edge, particularly the when it comes to tackling on defense. Coach Mark Richt has stated on more than one occasion that he won’t make that mistake again. Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is candid that his group must practice at a high level, and that means hitting, in order to play like an SEC defense. But what happens if Georgia suffers a couple of significant injuries early like it did with DT Jeff Owens and LT Trinton Sturdivant? Will Georgia be able to stick to its guns and keep getting after it in practice?

 

2. Is Florida REALLY serious about this I-formation thing? Urban Meyer tweaked his offense in the spring to add some I-formation.  He did it for several reasons: He wants to put Tim Tebow under center to prove to the NFL boys that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner can do it. He wants a power running game for goal line and short yardage where somebody other than No. 15 carries the ball. And he wants to get backup quarterback John Brantley ready to take over in 2010. With Brantley’s arm, which is big-time, the play-action passing game out of the I-formation will be a difficult change of pace for Florida’s opponents. But that was in the spring. Now it’s time to get ready to play the games. This spring I sat in the office of new OC Steve Addazio and he was adamant: This was not an experiment. This would become part of the offense. Meyer told me the same. We’ll see.

 

3. Is Tennessee REALLY going to throw these rookie running backs into the fire right away? This much we know about Tennessee’s first team under Lane Kiffin: All season it is going to be a struggle between getting the team ready to play the next game and preparing for the long haul. That will again be the case when Kiffin and OC Jim Chaney decide how to use the highly-recruited running backs, Bryce Brown and David Oku. How much these guys actually get on the field, I believe, is up to the offensive line. If Tennessee had to play tomorrow, instead of Sept. 5 against Western Kentucky, it’s a pretty good bet the Vols would have five seniors starting up front. This is significant. If this group really jells, then Kiffin and Chaney can be a little bolder. If not, you stick with the proven players in Montario Hardesty and Tauren Poole and you spot play the freshmen. The toughest things for young running backs to learn are how to block (because the game is much faster) and picking up pass protection schemes. You wonder how much a highly-recruited kid like Brown was asked to block in high school.

 

4. Is Stephen Garcia FINALLY ready to become the leader at South Carolina? Steve Spurrier has been giving Garcia his props for behaving himself and getting through a spring and a summer without incident. Now it’s show time and the Gamecocks have a pretty tough opening opponent in N.C. State (in Raleigh on Sept. 3).  Garcia is going to have to overcome some things. South Carolina looks to be pretty average at wide receiver. The offensive line, which has been a weak point since Spurrier got to Columbia, is still underwhelming. If there is no running game then there is no play-action passing game and Garcia is going to spend a lot of time just running around for his life. I would like to see some of their early scrimmages, especially with Eric Norwood applying pressure from the other side. And how does Garcia react if things don’t go well?

 

5. Vanderbilt is going to use a no huddle. Seriously? The Commodores, who went 7-6 and won their first bowl game since 1955 last season, must do something about their offense, which was last in the SEC and 117th (out of 119) nationally last season with only 256.23 yards per game. Vanderbilt has two proven quarterbacks (Mackenzi Adams and Larry Smith) and a veteran offensive line. So coach Bobby Johnson wants to shake things up. They played with the idea of a no-huddle offense in the spring. Do they continue to use it this summer and into the season? Smith, the MVP of Music City Bowl, is perfect for that kind of offense. And if the Commodores use it in the opening game against Western Carolina, will it still be in place when they go to LSU on Sept. 12?

 

Bonus question:

Does Kentucky freshman Morgan Newton insert himself into the quarterback competition early? Since their record-breaking offense of 2007, Kentucky fans have waited for the second coming of quarterback Andre Woodson. It looks like he has arrived in the person of Morgan Newton (6-4, 217) of Carmel, Ind. As a senior Newton threw for 1,938 yards and ran for 1,664 more. He scored 48 touchdowns. He led his high school team to three straight state championship games and was 38-7 as a starting quarterback. Mike Hartline is the starting quarterback at Kentucky and Randall Cobb, a full-time wide receiver, will get some snaps out of the Wildcat formation. How quickly can Newton pick up the offense of Joker Phillips and will he be a factor early in this season?

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231 comments Add your comment

rocksteadyfreddie

August 4th, 2009
8:45 am

I think UF using the I all depends on Emmanuel Moody. UF used some I form. stuff in 05 and 06 when D. Wynn was healthy. For Meyer it is all about having the players. If he doesn’t have a big back to run I, he won’t do it. It’s put up or shut up time for the Southern Cal transfer.

Jimmy Barron

August 4th, 2009
8:50 am

Never count the Vowels out.

brad

August 4th, 2009
8:53 am

Tony, Lennon Creer left the Vols in the Spring and is not part of the 2009 squad.

Gen Neyland

August 4th, 2009
8:56 am

brad : He probably meant Poole… I think Bryce Brown plays, Oku redshirts (bar’n injuries).

Dink

August 4th, 2009
8:56 am

UT has to run the ball. They don’t have anyone who can throw it.

Bama Aaron

August 4th, 2009
8:58 am

I agree with Freddy… the I at UF depends on a back stepping up. Until that happens #15 will be carrying the ball.
Not that it will matter either way.. UF will still be playing in the Dome come December…

mark

August 4th, 2009
8:59 am

Meyer is a very conservative coach and even more so when it comes to calling plays. The dynamic of a new OC in Addazio will play a big part here as well. If he Gators ae sputtering at all on offense, Meyer has in the past thrown everything out the window but what he knows will work an stuck with that.

The challenge sometimes seems to be with all the various formations and sets that Florida can run from the spread, there are only so many offensive plays per game so you have to focus on what is working.

Should be fun to watch.

Miles

August 4th, 2009
9:05 am

Bonus question: After the Vols lose to Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Kentucky, will Mike Hamilton ask Kiffin and his father to leave Knoxville?

PT

August 4th, 2009
9:05 am

As any year, any of the Big 6 in the SEC , and no Ole Miss is not in that group, can make a serious push for the title or drop to a 500.00 type team. That is FACT. That is how well they recruit. The cylcles depend on many things, such as O LINE, Injuries, and QB .

Gatorzone

August 4th, 2009
9:09 am

All of you guys who are convinced that Urban is headed to Notre Dame…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Tide Rising

August 4th, 2009
9:12 am

1) Dogs have enough depth on both sides of the line of scrimmage that they can afford to practice hard and withstand some injuries. Its just hard to have something like 20 injuries that they had last year and sustain success but they still put up 10 wins. The east comes down to UGA-UF game of course.

2) Doesn’t matter if Florida ran the I, the veer, hambone, wishbone, etc. They would still win.

3) UT- Freshman backs can play in the sec and these guys will get their shot. Having an all senior offensive line is a huge plus for the vols.

4) Stephen Garcia? Who knows? Hard to say if he will meet the expectations.

5) Vandy had a really good D last year with that anemic offense. They could really turn some heads if they can throw some people off balance with a hurry up offense and actually score some points for a change. It would be great to see the dores go bowling 2 years in a row.

6) Cameron Newton- Hard to succeed as a freshman qb in the sec. They will probably work him in gradually. Kentucky keeps getting progressively better and better. They just seem to get overshadowed by the big boys in the east.

Tide Rising

August 4th, 2009
9:17 am

Gatorzone,

I think most of us knew and hoped he would stay. The rumor mongering of him leaving was just off season banter by columnists with nothing to write about so of course they got to stir things up. Its just the nature of the beast when you’re talking about the media.

Congrats to Meyer for being the new 4 million dollar man. He deserves it with 2 ncs in 3 years. Somebody pay that man his money.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 4th, 2009
9:19 am

What Tony is trying to say in paragraph 1 is…what will UGAg’s excuse be this year?

SimpleDawg

August 4th, 2009
9:20 am

Whatever the Dawgs did last year to prepare for the season, they had better not do it again.

Dawgs should be better defensively with better chemistry and decent talent. The offense could be pretty good IF we find a workhorse running back….I don’t like running back by committee. If you have 3-4 running backs, then you don’t really have a good one.

The Gators will need to establish a running game from a conventional formation….Tebow will be a marked man this year – even more so than in the past….and TB, you’re right – next year they will have to alter their style anyway.

The Vowels will be a train wreck, and everyone will be watching to see it…can’t help it, but gotta see it.

The Warrior Chickens will struggle to win games, although Garcia will be much better. They don’t have a “big time” running back, nor wide receiver, and the offensive line is not as talented as last year. The defense can’t play all game and still be effective in the 4th qtr.

Vandy will continue to improve, but you may not be able to see it.

I don’t have any idea how Rich Brooks is going to produce consistently performing teams at Kentucky…he’s always going to be building for that one good year every 3-4 years.

It’s that time of year, again…..Thank God, it’s finally here.

Gator Mike

August 4th, 2009
9:20 am

Tony, thank you this is very good article with some super questions to ponder. All of us will se how it all plays out once the teams embark on their SEC Games. By 04 October, we should have a feel on where each team stands. One thing is consistent in the SEC and ACC is that there will be some surprises again tis year.
Go Gators!

knoxdawg

August 4th, 2009
9:22 am

1. UGA needs to run full contact full speed practices or they will suffer in games defensively as they did last year. In juries are just part of the game. Time has come to suck it up and go get ready for the season.

2. With length of games having been shortened and fewer offensive plays available Meyer may not have the opportunity to run the I formation. However, if his defense is as stout as believed to be he may get more offensive plays than anticipated. It would be a good thing to get the running burden off Tebow. He needs to stay healthy.

3. If Brown is as good as advertised he will see playing time. How much will depend on how the line does. My bet is he will see spot playing time and Oku redshirts.

4. Garcia may blossom into the QB Spurrier is looking for but if they have no offensive line to produce a running game then it will be a long year for Garcia and Spurrier. My thinking is this is Spurriers last year.

5. If the no huddle will improve your offensive output then it is a no brainer, you use it and do it often. However, what they need is more top flight atheletes to make the offense better.

As for the bonus, Brooks is crazy not to line Cobb up as the starting QB and run a spread option offense. If he did that he could win 8 games this year and wouldn’t be picked to finish last in the East.

JaxDawg

August 4th, 2009
9:29 am

1. Last year’s curse is this year’s blessing. We are very deep in most positions, especially the high contact positions OL,DL, LB, RB, so I think there would have to be a LOT of injuries for that to happen.

2. Meyer wants to help Tebow improve his draft status, and the “knock” on him has been him not taking snaps under center. As long as it works and the production is there, I think they will stick with it. Regardless, I think Tebow will be a better NFL prospect than most think. More teams are experimenting with some form of the “wildcat” formation and Tebow would fit that kind of system perfectly. The Dolphins had some good success with it, and I suspect they will take a long hard look at Tebow in next year’s draft.

3. While Hardesty and Creer are solid backs neither is what you’d call a game breaker. With the injuries to the wr’s Tenn will likely have to be more focused on the running game anyway. If the freshmen live up to the hype, it will be hard to keep them off the field.

4. Now that Garcia doesn’t have to look over his shoulder, I think he will prove to be a solid qb. Last year SOS was so quick to yank whoever was the qb at the first sign of trouble that I think it messed with all of them in the head a bit, and probably the main reason Beecher and Smelley transfered. His game will be different this year, he won’t have to try and force things to stay on the field, or worry about going to the bench if he has a bad series. I think he will play more relaxed and poised.

5. B.Johnson is a great coach when it comes to adjusting his strategy to fit the players he’s got, he has to be to make up for the difference in talent he has to work with vs other SEC programs. If the no huddle proves to work during practice and the opener against west carolina then I think he’ll stick with it. It’s a great way to keep teams off balance, by making it harder for the defense to sub personnel.

Saint Simons Lover

August 4th, 2009
9:29 am

Why would Meyer ever go to Notre Dame? He has it made down at UF and going to South Bend wouldn’t be in my plans either. He is at a place that he can win consistently and keep the talent coming in. Hell, I’m UGA all the way but like him or not he is a great coach and his teams win big games. Maybe one day we’ll do that at UGA again. With Slick Willie around who knows just WTH will happen?

When???

August 4th, 2009
9:33 am

What kind of journalism is this? Tony, the ajc is talking uga football? When are we going to get those important stories like Mark Richt telling everyone he went on a mission trip? Or when is the Saint going to do a backflip of a diving board and the paper put it on the front page? We know his wife is going back to school, doesn’t he at least have some kind of distant cousin we can read about. That would be typical ajc wouldn’t it?

Gatorzone

August 4th, 2009
9:33 am

Tide, glad to hear you agree. However, many UGA fans took great delight in saying Meyer was leaving after this year when Tebow is gone.

Onto the article,
Dawgs will be tougher on D this year especially if Richt truly upholds this plan
Gators will be more rounded with the diversity in formations thusly improving their offense all around.
Garcia??? who knows
the rest, who cares.

m

August 4th, 2009
9:34 am

Tony…the real question.

If ugag couldn’t beat Tech with a #1 ranked team, two first round NFL draft picks, at home in sanford and son stadium, with Tech having a new coach and running a high school offense and playing mainly freshmen and sophomores….then how in the helle are they going to beat them this year?????

Answer…..they are not!!

45-42…only the beginning.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever…you dawgs are really going to miss him.

[...] Five burning questions about the SEC East “Is Tennessee REALLY going to throw these rookie running backs into the fire right away? This much we know about Tennessee

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2009
9:37 am

I think every person in here would have done exactly what Richt did last year with the practices. I think no person in here would do it again.

G8R GRAD

August 4th, 2009
9:39 am

Coach Meyer showed the ability to accomodate a QB like Brantley and alternate different QB styles in 2006 with Chris Leak (a “tradtional” drop-and-pass QB)and Tebow.

As I recall, they did okay with that.

PMC

August 4th, 2009
9:42 am

It’s smart of Urban to make that change really a year ahead of when they need it. It will help them in running plays when they don’t have Tebow. I’m impressed with how willingly flexible Coach Meyer is. He brought in the Fullback and TE several years ago when Chris Leak was the QB and it helped… I can imagine Tebow will only be a better passer this year.

I also think Joe Cox might be a better fit for the overall UGA offensive system than Matt Stafford. I think he’ll develop a comfort level with Mike Bobo quickly. Hitting will do them good you can’t play scared. You can’t learn to wrap up by pretending. I also think Caleb King will benifit from having more reps. He’s always had the talent he just needs to be consistant.

[...] Five burning questions about the SEC East “Is Tennessee REALLY going to throw these rookie running backs into the fire right away? This much we know about Tennessee

PMC

August 4th, 2009
9:48 am

The thing about Freshmen playing…. if they are good enough and can pickup the blocking assignments it’s silly to redshirt them because they could have one good year and leave so you might as well get that year out of them if you can. High Schools do so much of the running and passing now I think the best backs out of HS can handle the physical aspect of the game it’s the mental stuff the blocking mostly where they just don’t pick it up quickly enough to get on the field.

[...] Five burning questions about the SEC East “Is Tennessee REALLY going to throw these rookie running backs into the fire right away? This much we know about Tennessee

Matt

August 4th, 2009
9:49 am

Tony:

It’s now evident you phoned in your blog yesterday. These questions are much better than the ones raised yesterday for the West.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 4th, 2009
9:57 am

Good morning fellow SEC Fans! Nice to start the morning off with a great SEC article. I agree with most of the serious comments. Tide Rising hit it on the money. I think UGA, UF , will be fine this South Carolina i have to say i’ve been waiting to see if they will ever put it together, but with the SEC growing stronger everyyear. Plus these media deal will make for one happy SEC fan lots of games.
I have to say vandy, kentucky will win some big ones and lose some! Tenn i will follow especially the game with UF. Have a good one guys can’t wait to get it started good luck to you all. GO DAWGS

poopdawg

August 4th, 2009
9:59 am

tony, i thought creer is gone at ut , but they will also have poole from toccoa

Gen Neyland

August 4th, 2009
10:01 am

Miles, Miles, Miles : There you go again, injecting stupidity into a structured blog topic. I’ll try to get you pointed in the right direction. UT will split those 4 losses referenced above and yes, CLK and CMK will be around for more than a year.

It’ll be interesting watching Florida mix in the I-formation. Ought to open up an already potent offense. My only concern if’n I were a Gator is, why fix something that ain’t broken..? I guess the future of the Florida program will feature more an I-formation with Brantley so there’s no time like the 2009 season to break it in. Geez, if anybody keeps them under 30 scored, consider it a moral victory.

Brooks Ray

August 4th, 2009
10:09 am

Something has to be done about the Dawgs practices. Part of football is getting hit on daily basis. You don’t put your players in situations that are very dangerous but you have to let them “get after it” and set the tone everyday. You truly do take practice intensity to the game field. I don’t care how the good the player is and how many stars they were as a recruit if they don’t leave it all on the field then you and the team as a whole are going to suffer. Coach Martinez is a very capable coach in my opinion. Problems develop over time and spread. Georgia is a team to watch for sure. This team is capable of big things. Everybody has to look in the mirror this year and not look around and expect somebody else to get the job done. Not that kind of team anymore. GO DAWGS!!

Gatorzone

August 4th, 2009
10:12 am

PMC, good point. Meyer will constantly adapt offense and defense to their strengths. I look for Brantley to have many packages in games this year like Tebow had in 06.
Meyer, started getting him pt last year to be prepared, and that time should increase this year. By next fall, he will be totally prepared and ready to take over.

Trade School Junkie

August 4th, 2009
10:13 am

There are really only 2 burning questions for the SEC East.

1. How many SEC teams will Tenn upset? Probaly two: UF & UGA.

No SEC team or coach has ever played against Monte Kiffin’s SUPER BOWL WINNING DEFENSE. Tenn has a chance to shock the world and beat UF in the Swamp in Game 3. UF will be the first SEC team to face Tenn.

Dont think it cant happen? Nobody thought Ole Miss could beat UF in the Swamp either. It’ll be a low scoring affair: Tenn:20 UF:16

2. How much will UGA underperform expectations? Answer: A lot. 8-4 or possibly 7-5 this year. Cox aint Stafford. UGA will find out how much Stafford & Moreno meant to that offense.

2008 was the Year of DELUSION (Pre-Season #1: what, yeah right)
2009 will be the Year of DISILLUSION
(Bad Bad loss to OKST will shatter any ILLUSION)

When even UGA-homer Barnhart has to come out with an artcle about how NOT to judge a HC, we know what he’s REALY doing: LOWERING EXPECTATIONS.

SEC East Finish:
1. Florida
2. Tennessee
3. UGA
4. Kentucky
5. USC
6. Vandy

JB

August 4th, 2009
10:15 am

Dawgs will win one they shouldn’t…….but lose one they shouldn’t……….We have a tough schedule…..would love to see Bama or Tech play it. 9-3 would be expected this year. We will beat Tech….lesson’s learned…….Check Gardner Webb tape……They lose QB, they will struggle, as we will if we lose Cox….not a QB on roster who has played SEC football. Unless Florida stumps a toe….and 11 on D coming back, I just don’t see it, they go to Atlanta to play LSU or Bama….and that is a toss up. But, As Ole Miss said before kick off last year against Gators, let’s tee it up and see what happens !!!!!!!!

CharlotteGator

August 4th, 2009
10:15 am

Gen Neyland,

I definitely thought the same thing whenever this I-formation was brought up a few months ago, but when I take a hard look at that Florida offense, it’s probably the best thing for them to do personnel wise. Last year’s offense might be broken with the current players we have on the squad.

The spread as it was run last year worked for one simple reason: Percy Harvin. Tebow is obviously the engine to the offense, but it goes nowhere if Harvin isn’t there doing what he does. The hope is that Demps or the freshman Dubose can somehow replace a portion of that production, but that’s a very tall order.

If they can’t, my thought is they need to go back to what worked in 2006 and incorporate some more FB and TE sets. Meyer/Mullen’s spread has been about creating matchup nightmare’s WR’s/LB’s, TE’s/S’s, etc. With this year’s team (similar to 06) the current TE is a matchup nightmare. AH has to be on the field and two tight end sets would exploit his skill even more. Last year we had WR’s that could produce all over the field and that’s what wreaked havoc for opposing defenses. This year’s team has unproven potential at the WR position, so going to sets that emphasize Hernandez and put Moody in a position where he can succeed is a solid way to counter that potential problem.

Of course, none of this matters if we can’t replace our LT and RT so that may the key above all.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 4th, 2009
10:16 am

m, Ga will beat Tech the same way it has for the last 40 or so years………….with ease. Now on to the important stuff…… ? # 1 Yes Ga will hit hard in practice, even w/ injuries. #2. Yes Meyer proved to me w/ Leak that he is capable of adapting his offense and Tebow will do fine under center. He’s a football player, period. #3 With Kiffen, who knows, but young RB’s can do just fine so let the best players play. #4 Probably not, to be a leader you must first be an adult, not sure Garcia fits that description. And Spurrier is getting ready to leave.#5 Bobby Johnson is THE most under rated coach in America, so if he thinks it’ll help then who am I to disagree. Bonus, I don’t think early, if it is early KY is back to being KY. And one more time without the net……… Ga beats Ga Tech with ease

Atanta Gator

August 4th, 2009
10:17 am

Comments in response to Tony —-

(1) Conditioning, position drills, then game conditions practice. You’re not ready to play without all three in proper proportion. If you have walking wounded (and even if you don’t), it’s always a question of how hard you practice and when; that is, it’s entirely within the coach’s good judgment. That’s why the coach makes the big bucks.

(2) It’s not like Meyer’s Gators have not run their offense out of the I-formation in the past. They have. They know how to do this. It’s a question of emphasis and frequency—-that, and what does it take away from the current offensive production, if anything.

(3) If Tennessee’s freshman running backs are even remotely ready, does Kiffin have a choice not to play them? In 2008, the Volunteers became the SEC East poster child for “Auburn’s syndrome”—-plenty of talent, good defense, no offense. Kiffin needs to show offensive signs of life to keep his players and fans engaged this year.

(4) I’ll believe it when I see it, but all signs so far point to Stephen Garcia being a bit of head trip. The Evil Genius does not deal well with head trips at quarterback, but what choice does he have? Without a better than competent QB, Spurrier’s offense does not go. (If SOS had a Jesse Palmer, Noah Brindise or Doug Johnson on the bench, Garcia would already be riding the pine for the rest of his eligibility.)

(5) If Vanderbilt has the quarterback to run a no-huddle offense, all the more power to them. A well-executed no-huddle offense against middling defenses is the sort of thing that might get the Commodores to 8 wins in a season. I wish them well . . . it could be the difference in games against Mississippi State, Army, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and even Tennessee in its present condition (I am assuming their games against Western Carolina and Rice are givens). An 8-win season for Vandy would be a huge break-through for Bobby Johnson and his program.

(6) Newton sounds like he should be playing for the Gators. LOL

The smart coaching move is always to bring young talent along slowly, especially quarterbacks. It’s a big jump from high school to college in terms of offensive execution and reading defenses. Don’t destroy a kid’s confidence before he’s learned enough to compete against the opponents’ first-string defenses.

JB

August 4th, 2009
10:19 am

Trade school junkie…….get off the crack………..

ReptilesRule

August 4th, 2009
10:22 am

I expect Florida will use the I formation selectively this year, still 90% shotgun spread. Unlike how many UGA fans seem to think of their team, UF is NOT a farm team for the NFL. UF is about winning championships, not winning the NFL draft. With that being said however, expect Tebow and Johnny Brantley to run some I formation as this will be used much more extensively in 2010 when Brantley takes over. The I fits the skill set of JB and will allow for play action passing in the overall scheme plus put more emphasis on the tailbacks in the ground game because when it comes to running the ball, Brantley is definitely not the force that Tebow is…

Tide Rising

August 4th, 2009
10:22 am

Did someone just say Bobby Johnson at Vandy must be the most underrated coach in America? Probably right. He would probably kick tail at a bigger time program. Going bowling at Vandy and winning your bowl is no small feat.

co dawg

August 4th, 2009
10:24 am

meyer to notre dame? maybe. maybe not. it’s interesting to note that his contract ends at the same time as weiss’ contract. what does that mean?

maybe nothing. maybe it’s a shrewd move to squeeze uf for some more cash down the road. why do i think meyer makes that move?

he’s never stayed in one place for too long. he has the relationships at notre dame. his kids will be out of the house. most importantly, meyer would have the opportunity to right the ship at one of the most storied football programs in history.

if meyer spends a decade at uf, he’s going to be ready for a new challenge. i bleed red and black so naturally meyer drives me crazy. that said, he’s good for the sec. good for the rivalry. i don’t want to see him leave. i want to see him lose.

go dawgs!

co dawg

August 4th, 2009
10:24 am

meyer to notre dame? maybe. maybe not. it’s interesting to note that his contract ends at the same time as weiss’ contract. what does that mean?

maybe nothing. maybe it’s a shrewd move to squeeze uf for some more cash down the road. why do i think meyer makes that move?

he’s never stayed in one place for too long. he has the relationships at notre dame. his kids will be out of the house. most importantly, meyer would have the opportunity to right the ship at one of the most storied football programs in history.

if meyer spends a decade at uf, he’s going to be ready for a new challenge. i bleed red and black so naturally meyer drives me crazy. that said, he’s good for the sec. good for the rivalry. i don’t want to see him leave. i want to see him lose.

go dawgs!

CharlotteGator

August 4th, 2009
10:24 am

As far as the UGA defense, obviously full out is the way to go and get this team prepared. However, let’s not blame everything last year on poor tackling and the lack of practice contact.

I think it’s often overlooked, but in my opinion, missing out on Jeff Owens and other key spots due to injury had more to do with it than anything else. Defenses MUST be strong up the middle and if they are can compensate for weaknesses elsewhere. My main point of reference is the 06 Gator D. They had a dominate D-line, stud MLB (and solid WLB) and superstar FS (with a solid CB and a serviceable CB and SS). The D-line, Siler, and Nelson covered up a lot of holes and errors made by the weaker members of the D. This year UGA has a chance to have a great D-line with Owens back as long as the DE’s can start producing. If the D-line is there, then you have a star MLB with solid OLB’s and then need R. Jones to step-up. He’s the one in my opinion that needs to make the biggest leap. Last year there was 1 good DT, a great CB, great LB, and average S’s and in my opinion that’s why the defense struggled with consistency.

This year I fully expect the UGA D to be one of the better in the SEC right up there with UF and Bama’s. LSU’s will have talent, but I’m not sure that it’s proven and they certainly lost a lot on the line. Chavis should help, but at the end of the day it’s all about players. If there replacements step up then watch out for them as well.

Atanta Gator

August 4th, 2009
10:26 am

Tide Rising—-Florida’s UAA is so flush with cash that it can easily afford the $4 million for Meyer without blinking (it is, after all, only $1 million more than they were paying him already). UAA just plunked $15 million for a new WOMEN’S LACROSSE stadium for Pete’s sake, and made a $6 million contribution to the general fund of the university.

Atlanta Gator

August 4th, 2009
10:27 am

Good grief. I can’t spell my own name right. Not a good sign.

harry

August 4th, 2009
10:29 am

I see the Dawgs going to a quasi spread o. They can use their great fullbacks, as they have TWO really great ones. They can roll off of a block, the catch a flat pass from Cox and ramble for maybe 30 yards. FIRST DOWN !! or maybe TD !!

They can use that look to pull the LBs in and then just loft one to the then wide open tight ends or fake that pass and hit either AJ or Marlon or Tavarres King or M Moore deep. Cox can well manage that type of game and this will inflate his numbers. MS was too impatient to run this precision scheme anyway.

This plan allows us to move the chains and score. Tailbacks? Yes, we have them and they will be very effective, given the fact the the defenders will not KEY on them, due to the full backs activities.

I see a Caleb King churning out maybe 575 yds on the season and Wuahuan Ealey another 500+ and Richard Samuels for 350 and Carlton Thomas on several LONG SPRINTS getting another 350 on the year.

I don’t know the total tailback postion yards from last season but I know that Moreno churned up around 1300. So, if these men can do what I describe here, where is the concern??? We will be more than fine here.

Remember, the UGA predicate will be the full backs catching one or running the ball HARD or taking a fake from Cox. There is also the factor of Logan Grey and his athletisim. I see him being in all of the games and being a major factor. He could HUGLEY increase the offensive production with his arm and by rolling out and giving the D a run look, then pull up and go deep or to the tight ends. Nice scheme. Cox cannot run this particular thing because he is not a run threat.

Having two QBs that are entirely different styles has ALWAYS been CMR’s desired QB set up whether at FSU or UGA.

It will be fun folks.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 4th, 2009
10:30 am

Gator Zone your right UF has used the I-formation befoer with Chris Leak, It worked well, I don’t see why people think this is a big topic. Yes Tebow is a spread QB but he has alot of talent. Tenn using Freshman runningback can work only if they have solid blocking from the o-line, and if they pick up on pass protecting. Bama won’t skip abeat this year i think they have the west locked up, that strong aggresive D will return. Look for UGA to be more aggresive this year in play. More team play always equals good perfomance i don’t care how bad a team you are as long as you play as a team.

Trade School Junkie

August 4th, 2009
10:31 am

The BUlldawg nation believing 2008 Pre-Season #1 hype ??
Paying $10,000 to buy the option for season tix ??
Thinking UGA was gonna beat Bama(Blackout)…OR…Florida last year ??
Thinking CPJ and his new “high-school” offense was gonna be a layup ??
Believing Cox is as good as Stafford ??
Believing UGA will go 10-2 or 9-3 in 2009 ??

And you’re telling…others…to stay off the crack ??

ROTFLMAO