Even without Tebow, Gators will win the SEC East again

 Spring practice is over. We’ve learned a lot in the past month but there is still a lot that we won’t know until the teams return in August to begin drills for the 2010 season. This week we are going to break down every team in the SEC and ACC. We’ll talk about what we learned and what we still don’t know. What we do know is that every team, even the defending national champion (Alabama), has issues. How they deal with those issues, and what kind of summer the team has in avoiding off the field problems, will determine what happens come September.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Today: SEC East

Tuesday: SEC West

Wednesday: ACC Atlantic

Thursday: ACC Coastal

Friday: Tony’s Spring Top 25

Feel free to add your own comments to what we learned and what we still don’t know about each team. This exercise is meant to be fun and to give you a football fix that will (hopefully) last until two-a-days.

Enjoy.

SEC EAST SPRING REVIEW

PROJECTED FINISH

1. FLORIDA

**–Last season: 13-1, 8-0 SEC; lost to Alabama 32-13 in SEC championship game; defeated Cincinnati 51-24 in Sugar Bowl.

**–Coach: Urban Meyer, 96-18 in nine years, 57-10 in five seasons at Florida.

**–Key losses: QB Tim Tebow, LB Brandon Spikes, DE Carlos Dunlap, C Maurkice Pouncey.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 5, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: QB John Brantley, OL Mike Pouncey, S Ahmad Black, RB Jeff Demps.

**–What we learned:  Florida’s offense will be very good again. Yes Tim Tebow and four other starters are gone from a unit that was seventh nationally in total offense (457.86 ypg). But don’t expect a significant drop off from the 2010 Gators. New quarterback John Brantley has an NFL arm and four of five starters return from a very good offensive line. The Gators are loaded at receiver as Andre Debose and Carl Moore return from injuries. Chris Rainey, who played running back last season, moved to the hybrid “Percy Harvin” position and should have a big year. Florida has a couple of young players, Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed, who can run the ball from the quarterback position.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can the defense overcome the losses?  Five starters from the 2009 defense, which finished fourth nationally (252.57 ypg), were taken in the NFL draft. The other lost starter, linebacker Ryan Stamper, led the team in tackles last season with 78. Also gone is defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now the head coach at Louisville. That’s a lot of talent to replace, but there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings. Look for safety Ahmad Black to have a huge season.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Miami of Ohio.

 

2. GEORGIA

**–Last season:  8-5, 4-4 SEC; beat Texas A&M 44-20 in Independence Bowl.

**–Coach: Mark Richt, 90-27 in nine seasons at Georgia.

**–Key losses: LB Rennie Curran, DT Jeff Owens, S Reshad Jones, DT Geno Atkins.

**–Returning starters: Offense 10; defense 5; specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR A.J. Green, RB Caleb King, RB Washaun Ealey, OT Clint Boling, C Ben Jones.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line has to be good from day one. After OT Trinton Sturdivant was lost after the first game of 2009, a veteran Georgia offensive line struggled to find the right five guys who could work together.  With players like tackle Josh Davis (6-6, 305) back in the lineup,  the Bulldogs finally found that chemistry in the second half of the season and ran the ball significantly better. Georgia and O-line coach Stacy Searels do not have that luxury in 2010. Georgia has to be able to run the ball and take the pressure off Aaron Murray, the redshirt freshman quarterback. Sturdivant is back at 100 percent. If he can stay healthy, there are a couple of bell cows in this group (Clint Boling, Ben Jones) who give Georgia a chance to be good up front.

**–What we still don’t know: Is the new 3-4 defense going to create more turnovers? Last season Georgia played 13 football games and somehow recovered only two fumbles, which was 120th (dead last) nationally. The Bulldogs were 76th nationally with only 10 interceptions. Todd Grantham was hired as defensive coordinator to install the 3-4 and (hopefully) make Georgia a more opportunistic team. Georgia was 118th nationally in turnover margin (minus-16) last season.  By contrast, Alabama was plus-19 in turnovers (31 takeaways, 12 giveaways). That has to change if Georgia wants to compete again for the SEC East championship. We also don’t know, for all the work that was done in the spring, if Georgia can get a handle on its penalty problem. Georgia committed 105 penalties in 13 games. Only five teams in college football (Troy, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas Tech, Arizona State) had more.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

3. SOUTH CAROLINA

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Connecticut 20-7 in Papajohns.com Bowl.

**–Coach:  Steve Spurrier, 177-68-2 in 20 years; 35-28 in five seasons at South Carolina.

**–Key losses: LB Eric Norwood, DE Clifton Geathers, WR Moe Brown.

**–Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 7, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR Alshon Jeffrey, QB Stephen Garcia, S Chris Culliver, DE Cliff Matthews.

**–What we learned:   Quarterback Stephen Garcia is going to be on a very short leash in 2010. Last season South Carolina “pretty much had to live with what Stephen gave us,” coach Steve Spurrier said. That will not be the case in 2010 as Spurrier spent the spring taking a hard look at early-enrollee Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Spurrier threw down the gauntlet to Garcia to work harder and spend more time in the film room this summer. “We’re going to have two quarterbacks ready to go this year,” said Spurrier. Understand that Garcia’s numbers (55.3 percent, 2,862 yards, 17 touchdowns) are not terrible. But there is a certain way that Spurrier wants the position played and Garcia needs to make the reads that Spurrier gives him. Under pressure (and he was under a lot of pressure as South Carolina allowed 37 sacks last season), Garcia starts to free-lance. The Head Ball Coach doesn’t like that.

**–What we still don’t know: What will be the impact of freshman Marcus Lattimore? The incoming freshman from Duncan, S.C., was rated the No. 1 running back in the nation by some recruiting services. Lattimore, 5-11, 215, is a special talent who will be thrown into a mix of running backs that includes sophomores Kenny Miles (626 yards) and Jarvis Giles (5.3 ypg). But Lattimore can’t make a significant contribution if the offensive line doesn’t get better. Spurrier hired his third offensive line coach (Shawn Elliott from Appalachian State) in three years.  South Carolina was dead last in the SEC in rushing (121.23 ypg.) That has to improve.

**–Opening game: Sept. 2 vs. Southern Miss.

 

4. TENNESSEE

**–Last season: 7-6, 4-4 SEC; lost to Virginia Tech 37-14 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

**–Coach: Derek Dooley, 17-20 in three years, first season at Tennessee.

**–Key losses: S Eric Berry, RB Montario Hardesty, DT Dan Williams. .

**–Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 6, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch:  TE Luke Stocker, WR Gerald Jones, DE Chris Walker, LB Nick Reviez.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line is a mess. The Volunteers had only one starter coming back up front, sophomore tackle Aaron Douglas. But Douglas, a freshman All-America last season, suddenly left the program in March and now the Vols are confronted with starting as many as three freshmen on the offensive line. Not good.  Tackle Ju’Wuan James looks like he can play but there are still a lot of questions at the guard and center sports. Tennessee has to be able to run the ball and shorten the game to have any shot at a winning record. Tauren Poole is finally ready to step up as a running back but he has to have someplace to run.

**–What we still don’t know:  Who will be the starting quarterback? Nick Stephens, the only quarterback in camp who had taken a snap for Tennessee, decided to transfer to Tarleton State, a Division II school, in April. That leaves the Volunteers with Matt Simms, a junior college transfer who started his career at Louisville, and true freshman Tyler Bray, who enrolled in January. Bray performed  a little better in the spring game but Simms gained experience last season in junior college. We also don’t know how this group of players is going to respond when times get tough. And times are going to get tough. In a six-week period Tennessee will play Oregon, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. Dooley is the third head coach at Tennessee in three years. The players, who are rightfully a little shell-shocked, have bought into Dooley’s way of doing things. What happens if the losses start to pile up?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. UT-Martin.

 

5. KENTUCKY

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Clemson 21-13 in Music City Bowl.                                 

**–Coach: Joker Phillips, first season at Kentucky.

**–Key losses:  CB Trevard Lindley, DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, PK Lones Seiber.

**–Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 7, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch: WR/QB Randall Cobb, TB/RS Derrick Locke, LB Danny Trevathan, QB Mike Hartline, QB Morgan Newton.

**–What we know:  Kentucky has some good options at quarterback. A year ago the Wildcats had to take the redshirt off of Morgan Newton, the 2008 Indiana high school player of the year, when starter Mike Hartline went down with an injury. Newton completed 55.6 percent of his passes in six games. Now Hartline has returned and joining the mix is Ryan Mossakowski, a strong-armed redshirt freshman. Hartline had an edge coming out of spring practice but expect two quarterbacks to play. Kentucky has two great offensive weapons in running back Derrick Locke (907 yards rushing) and wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb (447 receiving, 573 rushing). The quarterback has to get the ball to them.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can new coach Joker Phillips keep things rolling at UK? Rich Brooks decided to retire after taking Kentucky to a school-record fourth straight bowl game last season.  Phillips, a former Kentucky player under Jerry Claiborne, takes over. The former OC has to replace the entire offensive line and the defense is missing three big-time players in DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, and CB Trevard Lindley. Can Phillips rebuild this team and get Kentucky to a fifth straight bowl game?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 at Louisville.

 

6. VANDERBILT

**–Last season: 2-10, 0-8 SEC.

**–Coach: Bobby Johnson, 89-102 in 16 years, 29-66 in eight years at Vanderbilt.

**–Key losses:  CB Myron Lewis, C Bradley Vierling,  LB Patrick Benoist.

**–Returning starters:  Offense 6, defense 4, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch:  LB Chris Marve, TB Warren Norman, TB Zac Stacy, S Sean Richardson.

**–What we know: It was a costly spring for Vanderbilt. Starting DT Adam Smotherman suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage and may miss the first half of the 2010 season.  OT Ryan Seymour dislocated a shoulder which required surgery. Seymour should make it back for the first game. A total of six players scheduled to be starters missed all or part of spring with injuries.

**–What we still don’t know: Can the Vanderbilt offense get better? The numbers in SEC play last season were just staggering. In eight conference game the Commodores scored only 71 points (8.875 ppg). In three games Vanderbilt scored in single digits and only once (a 31-16 loss to Tennessee) did Vanderbilt score more than 13 points in a game. Johnson shuffled his offensive staff, moving offensive coordinator Ted Cain to tight ends and replacing him with Jimmy Kiser. Quarterback Larry Smith, who completed only 46.7 percent of his passes last season, held off a challenge by Jared Funk and JUCO transfer Jordan Rogers. Vanderbilt has to get better on offense if it wants to improve on last season’s 2-10 record.

**–Opening game:  Sept. 4 vs. Northwestern.

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765 comments Add your comment

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
2:55 pm

bamaguy,

Watching the dog and gator fans go back and forth. Dogs could be good and make a serious run if there qb can somehow play like a veteran which is a lot to ask of a freshman qb. If they put it together and reverse the turnover margin and penalty numbers we could see a 10 or 11 win UGA team.

But I think the dog fans tend to seriously underestimate just how much talent is on the Florida squad. Dogs got some talent too but it just isn’t on par with what the gators have. Especially in the freshman classes coming in this fall where there is a huge separation between what Florida landed and what the dogs landed.

Both have excellent O-lines and both have superb kickers. This year our kicking game is the one area where we are currently way behind UGA and UF.

Jim

May 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Can someone tell me the difference between Brantley and Joe Cox? Both great in high school, both back-up for 3 years–sat the bench (there was a reason), both great in Spring, both great in mop up stats, so why do people think Brantley will be great when Cox wasn’t?

gdawginkalamazoo

May 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Can we play the games already? Keep predicting the outcomes before the summer is over. Can we get off the bus when we play UT this year? That’s all I am asking. Then if possible make it a game against Florida. Beat Tech and keep the universe in order. That’s all I am asking. Have the D play hard and not let teams move the ball up and down the field all day long. Get a turnover here and there. Not fumble the rock on your own 10 yard line.

Realistic Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
2:57 pm

With the current 20 year record of 17-3 the East absolutely belongs to UF indefinitely (I was at the WLOCP in ’07 and after the last 2 beatings, it seems like a generation ago). It would also be helpful if we were not routinely destroyed by mediocre (or worse) UT teams 3 out of every 4 years.

There is something systematically wrong with a team that annually has one of the lowest turnover margins and is simultaneously one of the heaviest penalized. Hopefully we can fix both but that was the off-season mantra last year and the problems got worse. Throw in another 1st year starter at QB and the dawgs will be fortunate to win 9 (assuming they can avoid a KY or Vandy disaster).

Bottom line is that there has not been much good news out of Athens since finishing ’07 with a #2 ranking (a very long time ago). CMR has let the program devolve into mediocrity (see misplaced loyalty to Cox and Martinez) and it is difficult to see how he turns this around. I like Richt as much as anybody but I no longer realistically expect the dawgs to compete for titles (not the SEC and certianly not the MNC).

Jack in Jax

May 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

Be interesting to see if Meyer will coach in the Fall.

Dazzling Danny

May 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Florida is weaker than Georgia in rushing. Much weaker. See SEC Champ for details.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

Yeah and when I was a youngster in the late 70’s into the 80’s we owned FLA.This year is this year and this year UGA has a better team.The series is not going to stay one sided for ever.if it was we would still be winning most of the games.

Dave In Tampa

May 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

I have to agree. Until someone knocks off Florida they are the favorites. I think that UGA will score plenty of points. Most of the talk is about the offense. We will be fine there. My worry is with the defense. If we can escape SC and ARK with W’s, then we stand a good chance to build up the momentum for the UF game.
Personally I think SC will be the sleeper in the East this year. It all depends if they can finally put it together. Well, at saying that I guess the same stands for UGA.
Florida is loaded. They have had several very good recruiting classes. They will not fall off. Let’s face it, Meyer can coach and will be there for some time.
After saying all of that the SEC East is wide open. The power has turned over to the SEC West this year. That will be one tough conference. As always GO DAWGS!

Meyer 0-2 Against Auburn

May 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

If Meyer is so good, why is he 0-2 against Auburn? Richt is 4-0 against Auburn. Meyer is winless against #1 rival? Richt isn’t winless against any team he’s played more than once.

Lord of The Lizards

May 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

bamaguy and Tide Rising, must be fun just watching the rhetoric fly between UF and UGA. But we all know who is gonna be in Atlanta in early December for the next few years, don’t we?

5IML

May 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Enough of this silly talk. The Gators own the Dawgs by any meaning other than the literal one.

On to some logical, sensible news: Gary Stoken is trying to schedule BAMA v. Miami in the 2012 Kickoff Classic. If Shannon could survive, that would be a great game. BAMA is trying to line up an opponent for the new Cowboys stadium to open 2011.

Beast from the East

May 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88, I remember those days, as well. We were owned by UGA even when we had the superior team. But those days are over. The tables were turned 20 years agao. Until UGA can find a way to do the same then we will continue to represent the East 75% of the time in Atlanta. Would be nice to see UT get back on track. That was a great rivalry in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Lord of The Lizards

May 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Will be intersting to see if Richt will be coach NEXT fall.

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Realistic Dawg,

I didn’t want to be too critical of the dogs l but I think you hit the nail on the head with this statement:

“There is something systematically wrong with a team that annually has one of the lowest turnover margins and is simultaneously one of the heaviest penalized.” That goes straight to coaching and it can’t all be blamed on last year’s defensive coordinator.

I know Richt enjoys tremendous support from dawg fans but the reality is that there is no excuse for fielding teams that are that sloppy and undisciplined in terms of turnovers and penalties year after year. Unless he does something drastic to enforce discipline both on and off the field the dogs are doomed if they continue to be among the nation’s worst in turnover margin and penalties. There is no way of beating Urban Meyers program much less winning national or even SEC championships if you consistently field teams that are among the worst in the nation in turnover margin and penalties. Winning and mistake prone football do not go together.

crack for lindsey

May 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

Hope springs eternal for the lowly dogs. Then the ball gets snapped… why don’t you losers avoid the rush and start lobbying to move the WLOCP from Jacksonville NOW?

We own you and you know it.

Gatorhater

May 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Nice points Tony, and exactly how many games has Debose even played in?

Beast from the East

May 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Since when is Auburn our #1 rival? I’ve been a season ticket holder for 30 years and that’s news to me!

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Brantley is from a B2 high school. My 63 year old mother could get good stats against that level of talent. What did he do in spring? 6 or 7 fumbles….6 sacks…5 INTs 2 TDs. Until the spring game where Meyers called off the dogs to give him false confidence. He is not very good and Meyers even said he was considering using a two QB rotation. If he was good why would he consider that?

gadawgs

May 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

KGator79,

Since you want to go back in time, let’s do so……

Per Wikepedia:

Following the 2009 contest, Georgia held a 46-39-2 advantage in the all-time series. However, Florida has gone 17-3 in the game since 1990 (Georgia winning in 1997, 2004 and 2007) to follow a 15-5 domination by Georgia through the 70s and 80s. There is a disagreement in regard to the overall series record. University of Florida records indicate the series record with Georgia stands at 46-39-2 in UGA’s favor. Georgia’s records indicate a 47-39-2 lead, which includes a 52-0 Bulldog win in a game played in Macon, Ga., in 1904. However, Florida did not field an official team until 1906.

This goes back to an earlier point that I made that all good things come to an end.. as it did for us starting in 1990 and as will for you HOPEFULLY starting this year. The last 20 years FL has owned us. The twenty years prior to that we owned FL. The last forty years means nothing going into this year. Right now FL owns bragging rights because they are the 2009 SEC East Champions and until someone beats them they have every right to brag. But this year the gap is not as great as Gator Nation would like to believe and deep down they know it but will not admit it. On paper you guys have more talent and have achieved more recently but games are played on the field not on paper. I look forward to seeing where we stand this year and I believe it will be pretty tall.

Me

May 3rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Who is this clown who keeps bring up Auburn? Guarantee it ain’t anyone from Auburn. Hasn’t it been a couple of years since they even played. Who the hell even cares besides Tuberville? Seems someone’s trying to hide behind someone’s skirt. Come out, come out, wherever you are!

too funny

May 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Jenkins and Will Hill are projected 1st round picks right now by Mel Kiper and they’ll both only be Juniors this year.

South Ga. Dog, get a clue.

Florida’s returning RB’s ran for 1965 yards last year while UGA’s returning RB’s ran for under 1500 (Samuel is no longer a RB by the way)

Florida’s defense still returns a good bit of players who have gone 26-2 in the last 2 years.

Some of you have NO CLUE what you’re talking about and truly are talking out of your collective rear ends with hope and wishing.

NoDogInThisFight

May 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Yeah, Meyer is 0-2 vs Auburn. That’s a true fact.

He is also 2-1 in SECCG’s, 2-0 in BCS title games, 4-0 in BCS games overall (3 at Florida, 1 at Utah), 14-1 vs traditional rivals (Ga, UT and FSU) and 23-2 vs the SEC east.

What’s CMR’s comparable record over the 5 years that Meyer has been at Florida? I think the only thing he may lead in is arrests, and we’re tough to beat on the score………

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
3:14 pm

Lord of the Lizards,

Yeah. It is kinda fun to watch it fly between the gators and the dawgs. Personally I will be pulling for the dawgs to win the east because its a lot to have to beat the gators once in a season let alone twice if we win the regular season game. Both team’s respective fans have some good points. But I think there is a disconnect between dog’s fans perception of the returning talent on Florida’s team and everyone else’s perception of just how much talent and depth Florida really does have.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

Hey Fla went 26-2 over last two seasons….I respect that but This year’s FLA team is not going to be that good.Maybe next year but it wont be 2010.I will be surprised if Meyer makes it a full season.

laughin larry

May 3rd, 2010
3:15 pm

Richt heard it all before back in 2001 & 2006, turnovers, penalities, interceptions, too nice, too spiritual, too good-looking, too many “systems” problems that can’t be fixed.

He finished #2 in 2002, and #3 in 2007, in the nation, both times.

So much for the critics.

Whatever.

RT

May 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

Mark this one down over-confident Gators. SC will beat you at the swamp this year. I even hate SC, but know they will beat you. Your team will lose 3 games this year min. SC, FSU, Bama(SEC CG if your there) and your Bowl game because let’s face it, your past 10 bowl game you have a losing record. Yes, that is 4 loses instead of the three, but I’m not so sure you will be playing in ATL this Fall.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

I wonder why Gaytor fans only go back 20 years? History is history.
.
UGA 12 SEC titles…Fla 8

UGA 6th highest winning percentage in bowls…Fla losing record in bowls

UGA 11th all time in wins…Fla not in top 25

UGA has won 11 of last 13 bowls.

UGA has been ranked top ten 6 of last 9 years…Fla 3.

UGA has more bowls…more bowl wins…. hell more of everything.

Shreveport Waffle House Cook

May 3rd, 2010
3:18 pm

It will be interesting to see if Richt is around for the 2011 season……

The cries for Bobo’s head will come first. Only when Bobo’s gone will the Reverend be placed on the firing line.

Let’s hope it’s the potatoes that are smothered in December, fans, not the team. And keep that mangy substitute mascot out of our town. We got standards, you know. Nobody wants to hear a dog described as sick and old, especially on national TV. It makes us look bad.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:18 pm

and why is ALA fans on here talking? Richt is 3-1 against them…4-0 against Auburn….making it 7-1 against the state of ALA. Even with the mythical NC thats down right embarrassing.

Gatorhater

May 3rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Hey too funny, why don’t you check and see just how many games Ealey played in, and do the same for King….. good luck with your scat backs and without 60% of offense (Tebow)

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Did I mention UGA leads in head to head by almost a decade of games?

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Fla runs a spread option offense…I would assume they would have more rushing attempts.You declined to mention Tebow was their leading rusher and Ealey and King out rushed Demps and Rainey.

Can You Dig It

May 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Pleaase Florida fans keep talking trash….believe me your Gators are in for a considerable fall this year. I don’t care what you say…you don’t lose six coaches and ten starters and not show it on the field. Meyer is not that good of a coach to pull it off. Tebow and Charlie Strong held your team together the past four years and since they’ve gone Meyer’s lack of coaching ability will show up big. Charlie Strong was the coach the majority of the players listened to. He held the team together…because NOBODY…not the players or coaches liked Meyer. Neither Saban, Richt, Spurrier,Myles or any of the other SEC coaches have any respect for him…NONE….and its not due to wins and loses..its because he’s an a–hole.Pure and simple.I can’t wait for the season to begin and the “mighty gators” lose their first of at least three or four games….Its going to be fun to watch the excuses start to pour in to this blog and especially watch Meyer start to point fingers at everyone but himself……Can You Dig It!

Gatorhater

May 3rd, 2010
3:20 pm

too funny is too dumb to check returning rushers and number of games played

NoDogInThisFight

May 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

We are 5-5 over the last 10 bowl games (including Zooks 0-3), if I recall correctly, but 4-1 the past 5 under Urban. Other than Pete Carroll during his heyday at SC, no one is better than Urban with a month to prepare.

Richt finishing 2 and 3 is misleading since he never once has gotten his team to the final game, so those numbers are illusory. They look better on paper than in the real world. And when he was ranked pre-season #1 he pooped his pants 4 times while we won a title.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

He was born the same year as Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).\\yeah he is pretty damn good

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.

Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

Ere anyone attempts to argue that Coach Richt’s superb out-of-conference ledger is the product of schedules stacked with the likes of

Northwestern State,

Western Kentucky,

Tennessee Tech, and

Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl,

I should hasten to point out that he is 21-4 against

Arizona State,

Boise State,

Boston College,

Clemson,

Colorado,

Florida State,

Georgia Tech,

Michigan State,

Oklahoma State,

Purdue,

Texas A&M,

Virginia Tech,

West Virginia, and

Wisconsin.

Even if we factor out Division I-AA teams, Sun Belt squads, and similar schedule fodder, Coach Richt is .840 against teams from automatic BCS-qualifying conferences other than the SEC. (Yes, I’m going ahead and counting the Broncos in that category because the Mountain West will get a guaranteed bid as soon as Boise State is invited to join.)

There are those in Bulldog Nation who would like to see Mark Richt run out of town on a rail. Such people should be turned over to the custody of Mike Leach, in the hope that he will treat their obvious head trauma the way he treated Adam James’s

Me

May 3rd, 2010
3:22 pm

no sulley, actually Brantley just got “lucky” that he was named Gator-Ade player of the year in high school. That particular year the “dawg” just happened to eat the voter committee info-sheet about all that weak competition he played so thus they voted. Damn those “lucky lizards”!

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:22 pm

when you say “we” it kinda proves you do have a doginthisfight.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

My grandmother could be named “gaytoraide player of the year” playing against B2 talent. How has he done in college? Oh yeah …. nothing

Can You Dig It

May 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Hey Sulley…… UGA definitely has more better looking women than Florida.”..Florida,where men are men and so are the women”….Can You Dig It!

Sherlock Homes

May 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

In 2001, a one Coach Richt had a poor record in the SEC.
In 2002, he finished #3 in the country

In 2006, a one Coach Mark richt had a poor record in the SEC.
In 2007, he finished #2 in the country

In 2009, a one Coach Mark Richt had a poor record in the SEC.
In 2010, he finished #___ in the country?

Further, after starting 2009 4-4, Richt made mid-season adaptations and finished out 4-1, defying predictions by many sports experts.

Further, Richt is the most Senior and tenured at 1 school than any sec coach.

Therefor, it is simply common sense to say Coach Mark Richt is excellent at adjustments.

Further, he went out and got a coach Grantham who helped the Colts go from 3-13 to 13-3 in one year, and the Browns go from 4-10 to 10-4 in one year. Grantham is also good at adjustments.

Coach Richt & Coahc Grantham are excellent at 1 year turnarounds.

It’s one thing to have an opinion, it’s another to be reckless and go against common sense.

Here we go again...Watch out...

May 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

PMS (patrick martin sulley) is on the loose again. He loves his stats. Boy, between “tricky Dick” and sulley, San Clemente sure knows how to pick ‘em.

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Pat Sulley,

How is Richt 4-0 against AU if they’ve played Auburn every one of Richt’s 9 years. Wouldn’t he be something like 5-4, 7-2 or whatever? I do seem to remember AU beating Richt at least twice in a row so he is not undefeated against AU.

Also, Richt is 3-1 against Bama but 2 of those 3 wins were against Mike Shula and probation era football teams when even the Mississippi schools were beating us. One win was against Saban’s inaugural Bama team in 07 that went 7-6. No big feat beating probation decimated Bama teams of the early 2000s. Heck even La-Monroe was beating us as people like you would surely like to point out.

Dawg Straight

May 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

Florida’s going to be way down without Tebow and all those studs on offense. Brantley’s a finesse player and can’t run the ball to make the spread work. UGA’s new D coordinator’s only mission is to stop florida’s spread, which will be a lot easier this year. With GA’s oline and RBs–best in the SEC, UGA wins the East this year—you can bank on it.

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:27 pm

not gotten his team to the final game? How did Fla get to the final game?

Both UGA and Fla had equal 12-1 SEC title records but something happened to allow one and not the other in.

I wonder what that was?

Oh I know…OSU didnt lose in 2002 but USC did on its final game in 2006 allowing Fla to back into the BCSNC.

I wonder if you understand that counting on someone else to lose to get in is not exactly being more deserving than UGA with an identical record…

hmmmmm Unless you are a moron or something.

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pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

I believe I meant last 4 in a row…but thats cool…he is still 7 of his last 8 against ALA teams and thats still embarrassing

Tide Rising

May 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

Everyone hold on for the ride. It was only a matter of time before Patrick Sulley arrived on the scene and started whipping out his statistics.

Beast from the East

May 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

It appears Patrick has adopted several other handles. Can’t debate an idiot. I’m out!

pat sulley

May 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

excuses excuses….Richt is 3-1 against ALA. You dont have to like it. Hell he is 3-3 against Saban.