Bulldog Bites: Diamond Dogs, Richt roundup, scouting report

Junior outfielder Matt Cerione, one of six more Bulldogs selected in the second day of the MLB draft, was taken by the Mariners in the 13th round. Normally an underclassman drafted that low might be expected to return for his senior year to probably improve his draft status the next year (as did the Dogs’ Trevor Holder, who last year was a 10th round pick by the Marlins but came back and this year was taken in the third round by the Nationals). But most Diamond Dogs observers believe Cerione is outta here. Even before the draft, the scuttlebutt circulating in Athens was that Cerione, who hit .291 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs this season but came in for some pointed and very public criticism from head coach David Perno, would not be returning to Athens. … 

Meanwhile, is there any chance Rich Poythress, drafted in the second round by the Mariners, will return for his senior year in Athens? Talking with Georgiadogs.com, he says: “I feel like I’m ready to go play pro ball. I feel like this is my best opportunity to start my career. If things don’t work out I’m not opposed to it; it’s been the greatest three years of my life. Being around that group of guys is something I will cherish the rest of my life. If things don’t work out and whatever happens, that’s something I’m not opposed to.” 

Georgia football fans keep wondering who’s going to be the Dogs’ next big hitter in the secondary. Well, the Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer says that Mark Richt gave a glowing assessment of Nick Williams at Macon’s Pigskin Preview, noting that the linebacker could be an answer to the depth problem at safety now that John Knox is gone. He compared Williams with a past Dog known for his hard hits. “Nick is a hybrid,” Richt said. “He’s very much like Thomas Davis was, a high energy guy that can really whack. He just loves to play the game.”

David Hale of Bulldogs Blog says Richt has taken note of criticisms that some of his recent comments have sounded a bit whiney. The coach plans to be more circumspect in what he says. “I’m going to give a lot less of my opinion,” Richt said. “A lot of times, I will say things pretty tongue-in-cheek, but it doesn’t read that way. So I’ve just got to guard my words. That’s just the position I’m in, especially this time of year.”

David Ching of the Banner-Herald talked with Richt about how the coach is recharging his battery this summer, cutting back on some of the many commitments that left him drained at the start of the season last year. He’s working out, spending more time with his family on Lake Hartwell, not undertaking any overseas travel. “I was very tired when the season started last year,” Richt said. “I really was. More than I thought I’d be. I want to be fresh.”

Tom Luginbill of Scouts Inc. writes on ESPN.com that Under Armour All-American wide receiver prospect Da’Rick Rogers’ decision to attend the University of Georgia represents a significant pick up for the Bulldogs.

Rogers “is a unique prospect. He possess a rare combination of top-end speed and physical stature (at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds ). It’s easy to find small guys who run well or big, physical guys who don’t. Rogers has both qualities. … Georgia fans have become accustomed to seeing physically, freakish wideouts wearing red and white. With A.J. Green, [Marlon] Brown and Rogers in the program, that won’t change any time soon.”

If you haven’t voted yet or commented on our Question of the Day about Georgia’s all-time best receiver, you can still do so here.

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LSU Baseball SEC Champions

June 11th, 2009
11:27 am

Ceronie is a whiney little b!tch,uga is better off without him. I hope he never makes it out of the minor leagues.

murfdawg

June 11th, 2009
11:30 am

Does anyone know why Joey Lewis wasn’t drafted?

bulldawg 4 life

June 11th, 2009
11:30 am

ha ha alabama got the death penaltey

GoldenDawg 84

June 11th, 2009
12:09 pm

Normally I wouldn’t get any pleasure out of this but after getting splashed with Bama Stan’s sactimonious spittle for the last year, this is pretty damn funny:

The NCAA will not force Alabama to surrender any future football scholarships today, when it is expected that the Crimson Tide will be forced to vacate at least 10 wins from 2005-2007, according to a Birmingham News report.

The NCAA action is to punish the school for players who improperly got free textbooks for other students. Additionally, Alabama is expected to be placed under three years’ probation and will be ordered to pay an undisclosed fine.

The wins to be surrendered came while former coach Mike Shula and current coach Nick Saban were in charge.

The violations, which Alabama self-reported, occurred from the 2005-06 school year through the fall of 2007. Five players were suspended when the school uncovered the misdeeds.

typical pointy headed tech nerd

June 11th, 2009
12:28 pm

45-42!!!!!!!

take that, you dumb georgia people!

alabama wouldn’t last a day playing football in the acc.

Gman

June 11th, 2009
12:31 pm

The ACC is irrelevant

Football Ken

June 11th, 2009
12:37 pm

Hey Bill,

UGA’s wide reciever recruiting is starting to mimick the 90’s FSU glory days of athletic,tall ,fast guys. Back then it seemed like every year FSU had the same person at wideout. With Green, Brown, Charles and Rogers, QB’s Murray and Mett will have some go-getters for the future. Now if we find some D-ends like the ole FSU….

ALBDAWG3000

June 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

Hines Ward is Gerogia best ever reciever

"Alabama wouldn't last a day playing in the ACC"...

June 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

…Yeah, they proved that last year when they played Clemson. Now maybe they wouldn’t last a day playing in the league Utah plays in, but that is another story!

UGASlobberknocker

June 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

I know tech’s campus is surrounded by ghetto, but really, pointy headed tech nerd , you need to get out of that crack house before you completely lose your mind. Alabama’s third string would win the ACC, with or without textbooks.

I dont take any pleasure in Alabama’;s situation because all schools have crap going on..just some get caught. Be careful when criticizing, next week it might be your team. The penalty of vacating wins seems extremely harsh for the infractions..It merits some kind of probation and reimbursement, but vacating wins? thats ridiculous..and thats coming from a Dawg fan who is still blacked out from last yr.

UGASlobberknocker

June 11th, 2009
1:23 pm

Don

June 11th, 2009
1:24 pm

Hines Ward was the best ever Georgia player. He had it all. Work ethic, heart, positive attitude, team player, athletic ability, etc. He started multiple times and QB, WR and RB. He returned punts and kick offs. He played right through most of his injuries that would have sidelined 99% of football players.

Maddog

June 11th, 2009
1:26 pm

So Richt will have to measure his words, huh? Hmm, looks like the politically correct, left leaning liberals have even impacted the college coaching profession.

Voice of Reason

June 11th, 2009
1:28 pm

People please read the names of the posters on here. If you read the name “typical pointy headed tech nerd”, you would realize that the comments were meant as a joke.

MyBigOldHairyButt

June 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

Say what? Dad gum having to be politically correct as a Coach, no matter what School. I do not perceive Richt as being whiney, but you dog fans, on the other hand, set the bar up high on the whine meter.

Cuz

June 11th, 2009
2:01 pm

Voice, sarcasm is lost on this crowd. Just ask Altamaha.

Diamond Dawg

June 11th, 2009
2:05 pm

Come on down!! The Dawgs are loading up once again!! If we get the “D” rollin look out!!

DR

June 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

Tech has only beaten UGA once in the past 8 years. Why are Tech fans talking smack?

Saint Simons

June 11th, 2009
2:09 pm

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahhahahahaahh

Saint Simons

June 11th, 2009
2:12 pm

Gotta go guys. My mom caught me in her panties, AGAIN!!!

James

June 11th, 2009
2:18 pm

From a baseball man… if any of these players would have been good enough to get drafted out of high school they wouldn’t have needed to get a little seasoning in college, therefore, if you are drafted in the top third of the draft why not consider going pro?

Champaign

June 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

tech trains terrorists

Dave

June 11th, 2009
2:26 pm

UGA hires murderers to teach economics

gatorman770

June 11th, 2009
2:27 pm

If we didn’t have fun with the monikers Whinin’Richt (who is just taking up the tradition of the “King of Whine” Vince Dooley), the EvilGenius, and yes even the UrbanCrier….how would we make it to September?

TX DAWG

June 11th, 2009
2:28 pm

I can’t believe it, the media would never take something out of context…… Especially on a blog just to git a few hits…..

45-42

June 11th, 2009
2:30 pm

Yeah we sure terrorised Athens last year, 45-42, 67-62, 11-6, we just like attacking weaker opponents that can’t hold 16 piont leads.

Nice one dude.

Rality Check...

June 11th, 2009
2:32 pm

DR….They hate everything about us…They are so jealous of us…They try to get under our skin because they hate us…We have ruined their lives…just look at Saint Simons, all he wants to do is quote last year’s score…He is like your little brother, once he wins, that’s it, everything else in life means nothing…Little does he realize, but the joke is on him…Poor kid, makes you want to open a shelter and start up therapy for him…he really needs help…

Jim n Buckhead

June 11th, 2009
2:34 pm

based on the draft it would seem that GT over achieved and UGA under achieved……

Rality Check...

June 11th, 2009
2:38 pm

45-42….please stop with the hilarious comments….my side hurts…your hate is showing through and making you look small…weaker opponents…now that’s funny….

Gangsta Dog

June 11th, 2009
2:42 pm

Besides being a phony, Richt is plain stupid. He will pay for his “endzone dance” for the next five years. He should try yelling at his players instead of the referees.

Browncoat

June 11th, 2009
2:44 pm

How about this Richt, actually have well thought out opinions, then you won’t have to worry about what you say.

Rality Check...

June 11th, 2009
2:45 pm

gansta dog….you are the pot calling the kettle black…you will now pay for your comments…you should try posting on your board not ours…your hatred carries no weight here…

Big Mel

June 11th, 2009
2:47 pm

Saint Simons…Hope your moma wears thongs…Then you could hang yourself!

Rality Check...

June 11th, 2009
2:48 pm

Browcoat…you don’t think the media might once and awhile change words around…how about you send your public speaking resume to CMR so he can hire you Mr know it all….you boys are so funny…

Trip

June 11th, 2009
2:55 pm

Georgia SUX!!!

Mikey

June 11th, 2009
2:57 pm

Saint Simons – you are a disgrace to the town

Me

June 11th, 2009
3:04 pm

jH

June 11th, 2009
3:17 pm

Rainy day, dream away, ah, let the sun take a holiday. Flowers bathe and see the children play. Lay back and groove on a rainy day. Well, I can see a bunch of wet preachers, look at them on the run. The carnival traffic noise, it sings the tune splashing up the neon fun. Even the ducks can groove, rain bathing in the park side pool. And I am leaning out my window sill digging everything, and, ah, you can too. Rainy day, rain all day. Ain’t no use in getting uptight. Just let it groove its own way.

Sid

June 11th, 2009
3:19 pm

You idiots(and that’s a kind description)who rail about the end zone celebration in the ‘07 GA-FL game don’t know much about football.Coaches take penalities all the time. They actually instruct their players to take a delay of game for a better angle for a field goal or a penalty to get better yardage for a punt.If two players misunderstand who is to call the timeout, a team may be charged with two timeouts back to back(I’ve seen that happen you _ ss holes!!!)What about “icing” the placekicker? The GA bench did get caught up in the celebration which should not have happened but there are misunderstandings and confusion in just about every game played.So the _ s s hole of the entire world(He is the head As_ and Head Football Coach at “FU Any Way We Can University”)called timeouts to punish GA last year?I think he just showed what a poor dumb ass sport he really is!!Lots of folks, not just UGA will remember that.

Browncoat

June 11th, 2009
3:19 pm

Wow, Rality Check, I see spelling and grammar aren’t your strong suit. I can see why you empathize with Richt….And I am a public speaker, so I do know what I am talking about.

reservoirDAWG

June 11th, 2009
3:27 pm

Browncoat, what do you speak about? How to be a condescending a hole?

Wally Butts

June 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

Idiots like you are the reason we will not be able to get pertinent info from people like CMR…They are tired of the BS Blog’s…How about write about something other than gossip…

AltamahaDawg

June 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

I read that comment from Richt, where he said……..he should guard his words as some folks hang on every one of them, taking them out of context to read all sort of into it…….. and I fully expected as I scanned down at the comment that several people would had already given me credit for saying that exact thing several times now.

I’m going to check back in a few minutes, while ya’ll get that together.

T-DAWG

June 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

June 11th, 2009
3:56 pm

BTW coach, the “some fans ” that said it all sounded whiny ended up being about a half dozen (colors questionable) pulled out from the pages of a couple of blogs. What he should have said is that he is going to watch his words, because the inevitable few idiots will say something and THAT will end up as the topic of an entire blog report in an attemp to give it legs…..and then somebody will report that he said he needed to watch his words, .and then somebody will report that somebody reported that he said he needed to watch his words, so somebody doesnt report that somebody said he sounded whiney.

Shamus

June 11th, 2009
4:00 pm

Browncoat, I really don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Perhaps spelling and grammar aren’t your strong suitS?

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

Did Bill King Eat GT’s Blogger or has this paper decided to not even try and hid it’s bias for UGAg?

T-Bob

June 11th, 2009
4:15 pm

Anybody seen Bama Stan?

shane#1

June 11th, 2009
4:36 pm

Bill {and others} had to open there big mouths and Richt says he has to watch what he says. Well thanks guys, now we will have even less information! David Hale used to write for the Albany Herald and his blog is usually pretty good, at least when he sticks to football and drops the reality show chatter. I can’t believe Hale would ask CMR about something as stupid as a few idiots thinking Richt was whiney. A word of advice for CMR, talk to real reporters that know football and ignore idiots that worry about a coach being whiney! Oh, and coach, remember the old truism that if you listen to the fans you wind up sitting with the fans! Glad to see CMR has taken note of Nick Williams. The thought of UGA’s D in a 3-4 with Jeff, Geno, and Kade up front and Williams, Washington, Gambel, and Curran at LB makes me jones for the season to start. Throw in Rambo as a monster man and you have one intimidating mother of a defense!

PoleDawg

June 11th, 2009
4:48 pm

Dave -

You’re a low life. You have to be the lowest to make a snide comment about a tragedy where people lost their lives. Shame on you! Is that the way you were raised?