Short takes: 3 thoughts on Georgia’s win over Missouri

This late-game interception by Jarvis Jones led to a Georgia touchdown. (AP photo)

This late-game interception by Jarvis Jones led to a Georgia touchdown. (AP photo)

(Hello. This is a belated blog: Three quick thoughts on Georgia’s win over Missouri. Now, they’re obviously not “quick thoughts” because I’ve been occupied with other things, but, well, never mind . . .)

If you missed it, here is my column off the game. Now, about what stood out Saturday night:

SHORT TAKES: Georgia vs. Missouri

1. Georgia’s defense has best-in-nation potential: If the Bulldogs ever actually get to the point of having everybody off suspension — what a concept — they have the potential to have the best defense in the nation. Think about it. We saw how outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (who had a sack and an interception that led to two touchdowns) can take over a game. What happens when they get back two of their best players, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo (who most likely would’ve prevented Missouri’s 69-yard touchdown pass play to L’Damian Washington)? Rambo and Ogletree likely will miss two more games. Two other starters, cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser, should be back next week.

2. Missouri is going to struggle this season: The Tigers put on a good show for most of their first SEC game. But they seemed to wear down on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, a telltale sign for a program that has been playing in a less physical conference (Big 12). There’s no reason Missouri won’t be able to recruit bigger linemen and eventually compete for the SEC East title, but it won’t be for a while.

3. Todd Gurley is the man: The freshman wasn’t nearly as dominant against Missouri as he was against Buffalo (no surprise), but he clearly has been established as the No. 1 tailback by coach Mark Richt. Gurley, who finished with 10 carries for 65 yards, got the ball on five of the seven rushing plays by Georgia backs in the first quarter. The other freshman back, Keith Marshall, finished with only 32 yards on 12 carries, a 2.7 average. This is Gurley’s job to lose.

– By Jeff Schultz

180 comments Add your comment

heeldawg

September 9th, 2012
7:48 pm

heeldawg

September 9th, 2012
7:49 pm

Yahoo! Now for the commentary–I agree with Jeff. The issue with this defense is all about chemistry. It is not about talent.

buddy

September 9th, 2012
8:07 pm

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Really?

September 9th, 2012
8:08 pm

When this Georgia team finally gels they will be scary good. Many people eagerly pretend to forget we are missing a third of the defensive starters and have several TRUE FRESHMAN in key roles that are still learning.

Marshall both last week and this looked to be a shoestring tackle away from big yardage. Gurley is simply a beast. It seems like it’s been a long time since Georgia had a running back who made defenders pay when they dared tackle him.

Things are looking very awesome. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldawg!!!!

buddy

September 9th, 2012
8:11 pm

Overall, I thought we played well but could someone PLEASE do me a favor and tell Shaun Williams and Malcolm Mitchell to stop acting like idiots every time they make a play by getting in the face of the other player and running their mouths???? Act like you’ve been there before!!!!

TheWad

September 9th, 2012
8:16 pm

The offensive line did a good job from the opening bell of opening holes and protecting the qb. I was apprehensive about that part of the game more than anything. If they can continue to improve each week this Offense may do some very good things this year. It will be good to see Murray play and progress with a top notch, consistent running game, something he has never had since coming to UGA. A point of concern was the average reciever play. Gotta play like you expect the ball to come to you every play. Not be surprised when it arrives! The D will be the signature of this team as it was in the days of Erk Russell and the Junkyard Dawgs!
Also, the SEC looks to be evening out this year. AU will have a hard time winning 9, and MissSt may be the sleeper with Ark taking two steps back. Here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PaulPaul

September 9th, 2012
8:19 pm

Good analysis Jeff. Been a Dawg since 1966 and this may be the best we have ever had. Good teams get down but are able to come back. This team turned the game around on offense and defense by focusing and playing hard in a tough environment. This team has a rare blend of youth and experience which seems to be a good fit. If this O line stays intact we could run the table. SC will be interesting game for the entire nation. Thanks for your insight.

Pope UGA XXIII

September 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

@ Buddy >> THANK YOU !!
Never recall Herschel acting that way and he had quite a few
“good plays” in his career. Here’s where the coaches need to
tell the players “get back in the huddle & do it again”.

Pj

September 9th, 2012
8:31 pm

12 penalties and 2 turnovers and we still won by 3 touchdowns on the road against a conference opponent, while relying on freshmen in key positions and missing a third of our starting D. Yeah – we’re gonna be good.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
8:33 pm

Pretty amazing showing so far by Gurley, but he does need to learn to pass protect a little better. That will come with experience. I am going to the game Saturday and I look forward to seeing a shutout! GO DAWGS! Can’t wait until the resto of the players come off of suspention!

Left Coast Dawg

September 9th, 2012
8:34 pm

Conner Norman to the bench please. We were lucky to not be exposed any more than we already were with him in the game last night.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
8:34 pm

Great pont PJ!

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
8:36 pm

bobbie joe

September 9th, 2012
8:37 pm

ooo-weee. we good.

RonnieDawg

September 9th, 2012
8:37 pm

I can’t wait to see what Ogletree will add to this Georgia defensive unit. As I go through the remaining schedule and watching at least two weeks of play from our upcoming opponents, UGA is better than every other team they will face…and they will continue to improve. As we all know the best team does not always win, but I think CMR will get them prepared and not look ahead of the game in front of them.
Keep it Dawgs!

Delbert D.

September 9th, 2012
8:53 pm

It was a battle of attrition. Mizzou didn’t have the depth that Georgia has. Once the 4 starters get in the games, the Georgia defense should be outstanding. The o-line looks like it will be a work in progress for awhile.

Richts gotta go

September 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

I would not count Marshall out.. Yes Hurley has been outstanding but a couple of his long runs the blocking was on point. Marshall has not had the holes to run like gurley. Now I’m impressed with gurley but let’s get a little blocking going for Marshall..

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

I think the O-line will be fine by the time we reach SC. Trial by fire! As long as no one gets hurt, we should be fine, and the offense will only get better…and as for the defense….man, it could get scary!

Mr. Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:07 pm

David Pollack is one of the greatest players in Georgia Bulldog history. His sophomore year was his best. By his own admission, Jonathan Sullivan attracted enought attention to free him up to do the great things he did that year. Big John Jenkins deserves that king of recognition particularly after Kwame Geathers went down. A big body like that is what makes the 3-4 D work. The fact that he held up like he did in the second half was a big reason Missouri’s offense slowed down

CitizenK9

September 9th, 2012
9:09 pm

Richt put a strong team on the field. Still some wrinkles to iron out but we should only get better as the young players improve and guys return from suspension. I understand the jaw-boning between receivers and dbs since it is face to face and one-upsmanship but be smart shut up and let your game do the talking like J. Jones.

DawgGone

September 9th, 2012
9:12 pm

Ga just needs to continue to hit people hard. Our Defense will lead us to a NC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:12 pm

Gurley’s downhill running style inspires the O Line. Great running backs do that. That said, Malcome and Marshall are great compliments to the game plan. It was exciting to see Marlon Brown step up like he did. He has the potential to be great!

Mr. Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:12 pm

Gurley’s downhill running style inspires the O Line. Great running backs do that. That said, Malcome and Marshall are great compliments to the game plan. It was exciting to see Marlon Brown step up like he did. He has the potential to be great!

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
9:15 pm

Great point Mr. Dawg! I think when they see Gurley slamming into linebackers and running over people and it makes them want to do the same! I think they love to plow the way for him!

Dirty Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:19 pm

I think young Mr Marshall should get the ball in space…quick pitches, swing and screen passes, etc. I think he can almost always make the first man miss then he’s in the open field. At the same time The Gurley Man can do it all…and at the same time I’ll be hollering BOO every time Malcome has the ball. In short, we’ve got us some runnin backs.

Mobile Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:19 pm

Tree and Rambo get one tune up against Tennessee before the SC game. I’m wondering what impact of missing four games will be on them facing a seasoned, improved Tennessee team.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
9:21 pm

Both Ogletree and Rambo have been practicing the entire time. They will get their feet wet against tennessee, and be fine for SC.

Brainiac(Dawg For Life) / (CMR fan for life)

September 9th, 2012
9:22 pm

@ Richt’s gotta go:

You are a confused little boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CMR is not going anywhere so you can forget that but if you want to go then we will all chip in for your ONE-way ticket to ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CMR pays more taxes in a month than your salary amounts to in a year and the reason(s) are quite evident !!!!!!!!!!!! Vince Dooley’s gardner’s charitable contributions also exceed your salary!!!!!!!!!!

Bradley G

September 9th, 2012
9:23 pm

By no means am I an Aaron Murray fan, but he deserves similar accolades as JJ. His ability to read the coverages and blitz packages–especially in the 2nd half–is what kept UGA in the ballgame until JJ really took over. He was making right decisions under great stress. My hat’s off to you, sir!

Dirty Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:24 pm

I don’t think there’s any question that weve got the best set of receivers we’ve ever had…maybe as good as anybody’s ever had. They’ve got speed, hands, body control, size, you name it. And if any one of them were some place else they’d be touted as all-everything. Folks this can be a special year.

Mobile Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:26 pm

My point, as you said, get their feet wet. Even though they have been practicing it’s not game speed. Rambo could be a liability against UT, especially early.

CHDawg

September 9th, 2012
9:28 pm

TN looks like they can play with anybody in the East so far, but this week will tell a lot. We had a great D at the end of last year, and we have a lot of talent that has matured. Hererra is a good example. That guy just has a Butkus look about him–he is a stud. CTG has so many interesting options–slide Ogeltree out opposite Jones and put Hererra and Robinson or Gilliard in the middle. Jeff is right…Uga has a lot of potential on D. We could use Mitchell on O, but let’s just say he developed into an airtight corner…man, could we have nasty D! The offensive line is my biggest concern. We had several situations where we couldn’t have stopped their guys if it was touch football. We have a long way to go on the O line, but they should learn quickly.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
9:29 pm

Early yes, I agree he could be out of position, and Bray is a GREAT qb. Much better than peple give him credit for, and they have a good running game. But depth for them is still an issue. I think it is much like the Mizzou game where its really close at the half, but UGA pulling away in the late 3rd, 4th quarter.

daddydog

September 9th, 2012
9:29 pm

Our offense needs to be more of an attacking unit. Didn’t look like they really tried to score until Mizz
finally got a touchdown. This continually running up the middle every 1rst down is what cost the bowl game(sitting on a lead this time).

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

September 9th, 2012
9:31 pm

Best defense in the nation….give me a break.

For the guy that stated AU would have trouble winning 9!!!!!! Hell AU will not win 7 and Gene is history. More stuff coming from Memphis this week on both Miss State and AU.

Bama lost a good RB Jalston Fowler for the rest of the year due to a knee injury. This is what happens when you play a weak team and don’t take care of business. Slop around and folks get hurt. Damn shame for the kid and this will hurt our offense going forward. I might just drive over to T-town and kick Nick’s azz for having Jalston in the game at that time. Roll Tide

run the damn ball

September 9th, 2012
9:32 pm

Thank you Buddy. Everbody read the above blog from Buddy. WTF?? Don’t celeberate when the other team gets a first down. In fact stop acting like you’ve done something. Win some hardware and you can celebrate. Beating an unranked team and acting like we’ve won the Superbowl is embarrasing.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
9:36 pm

Wet Willie…keep on smiling, sorry about your RB, but you need to troll elsewhere. UGA’s defense can keep up with anyone in the nation, including bama and lsu. Don’t worry, you’ll see in the SECCG

Dawg Bite

September 9th, 2012
9:38 pm

Good to see Marlon Brown have a good game. Also, we need to get the tight ends more involved in the offense as Rome and company can have a great impact in the game plan , if CMB will let them! I agree with some other comments, quit woofing when you make a play, after all that’s why you were given the scholly, but that seems to be the culture of the game….get in their face! Not sure I like that, but, I am “old school”, not present …..class of ‘59.

Dawgboy

September 9th, 2012
9:43 pm

Been waiting for a game changer on defense like David Pollack since David Pollack. Jarvis Jones is it. Been waiting for a game changer at quarterback like Mr. consistent, David Greene. May have to wait a little bit longer on this one. The last running back who could break a game open against any level of competition was Rodney Hampton. We may now have a back with the skill level of Hampton in Todd Gurley. We can go far with these two stars and a good quarterback, but we may need a consistent game changer in all three of these areas before we go all the way to the top.

Dewnsav

September 9th, 2012
9:51 pm

Like, and agree with, the comments about Murray…confounding at times, but he hasn’t had the run game to balance things out since he has been at the helm…if you look at the last few SEC champs, the recipe has been a strong run game, dominant/opportunistic D, and the quarterback MANAGES the game, not carry the team…I like what I saw last night…go dogs

Dawg4Life

September 9th, 2012
9:54 pm

At the game, what a drive. Murray had so many dropped passes where he put the ball on the money; guys catch the ball. John Theus is reminding me of Justin Anderson for false start penalties. Glad to get the W any way we can take it. I thought all long if we could just eak by this game and be full strength for the Vols we would be in good shape. Hey Mizzou, please you need more than one cheer. Great tailgating with Mizzou fans, very nice to us.

Badgerina

September 9th, 2012
9:59 pm

Jarvis Jones is the next Troy Polamalu.

phil

September 9th, 2012
9:59 pm

Fire CMR if we’re ever to win anything that matters!!

Sad Richards

September 9th, 2012
10:00 pm

Our Offense needs to be more fluid. Our receivers seem to rumble bumble and stumble after they caught the ball or dropped it. Gurley is the only bright spot but Dumbo Bobo didnt run him enough. Theus needs a lot of work and so does Dallas Lee.

JRW7

September 9th, 2012
10:03 pm

Go Dawgs, sure is nice to read ajc blog about dawgs without all the negative trolls!

DawgInVA

September 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

There were times when I was wondering if Mitchell was jumping around like an idiot screaming “I just got beat and I barely ran that guy out of bounds after he got a first down”…It’s puzzling. And if CMR can’t calm Theus down for the “amoeba” front of Mizzou, we will be in trouble when we play a real defense.

JRW7

September 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

FIRE PHIL!!!

LHarding Dawg

September 9th, 2012
10:07 pm

Just got in from Mizzou game. Long day for sure. Great win for the Bulldogs and with the win I am personally 2-1 in games west of the Mississippi. Big John Jenkins should get a game ball for his work on the defensive line. Of course, if there is only one game ball, Jarvis would get it. The Missou fans were a nice bunch, but they still don’t understand SEC football yet. They will get there in time.

Good win for Georgia and Florida in the east. Naturally it makes for a good weekend when
Georgia wins and Auburn loses.

Thanks dawgs for the hard work and “Old Man Football” is alive and well.

GoDawgs1983

September 9th, 2012
10:10 pm

phil, please explain to me why you want Richt fired? Is it because you are a closet tech fan and are tired of him beating your butt? IDK, but if I were you, and a Dawg fan (which you are obviously not), I would be ok with 2 SEC championships, 3 Sugar Bowl apearances, a bowl game every year, SEC East champions five times, a 108-38 win loss record….If you ask me, that is a pretty impressive resume’…and possibly another SEC crown this year with a Nat title still out there for our taking…please tell me why you want him gone? Not to mention the recruiting job he has done…Pretty stellar if you ask me. And another thing…its not like we were doing great since Vince Dooley left the head coaching position over to Ray Goff (who is WAY more of a Dawg than you will ever be btw)! Dawg fans need to be happy with what they are seeing! Enjoy it and quit complaining!

Cason

September 9th, 2012
10:13 pm

Gurley has been great! Has had the benefit of better lanes opening from the o-line.