Bulldog Bites: Recruiting and conditioning

Everything’s a horserace these days, whether it needs to be or not. Despite Mark Richt’s string of highly ranked recruiting classes, there was grumbling on the recruitnik circuit before last week that Georgia had been slow out of the gate this year, with only four verbal commitments for the 2010 class. 

Then Da’Rick Rogers, a highly rated wide receiver announced he plans to be a Bulldog and that seems to have opened the floodgates. The Athens Banner-Herald takes a look at how the Dogs’ verbal commitments have doubled in a week, with the latest being linebacker Demetre Baker from Orange Park, Fla. Baker, who also played running back in high school, made his decision Tuesday during a tour of the campus in Athens.

I generally leave recruiting discussions to the recruiting blog, but if you’ve got any strong feelings on the job Richt is doing in that regard lately, feel free to share them.

Elsewhere, Bleacher Report asks whether some of the Dogs’ recent defensive problems are a result of deficiencies in the strength and conditioning program run by Dave Van Halanger, citing reports that there is no accountability for players working out in the weight room and other coaches have to send assistants to make sure players are working out. 

The general effectiveness of the Dogs’ conditioning was a question I heard raised a couple of times last season during the extended run of injuries. What do you think, is this maybe a problem area or should we chalk up last year to a streak of bad luck?

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Tom

June 17th, 2009
1:11 pm

Robert, Rivals simply hasn’t rated that guy yet. Nobody even had tape on him until a few weeks ago.

As far as bennett is concerned, on what do you base that opinion? How did he perform at your camp?

Maddog

June 17th, 2009
1:14 pm

Carl Marks, Ayers is supposed to pick soon between UGA and Tech. Scout says it’s too close to call.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
1:15 pm

Good damned thing I checked in on you idiots.

RAMBLE ON & ON & ON & ON & ON!!!!! – It’s a f#cking LONG snapper, not a “kick” snapper.

Saint Simons, go take a nap. Please use the nearest rail road track for your pillow.

JayRoot – You’d better take your ass home or call your daddy for back up, you’re in way over your head here boy.

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Robert

June 17th, 2009
1:19 pm

I cannot say that Bennett won’t play for sure or not, just my prediction.He just doesn’t fit the typical UGA receiver mold, except that he’s pretty tall. Wasn’t highly recruited. Hopefully he will be a great receiver, I just don’t know. He seems almost like a Tai’ler Jones afterthought.

jdawg

June 17th, 2009
1:20 pm

Mark Richt, told the group in Rome…you will hear that we are slow, but I promise…just hold on…in other words do not worry about all the press…guess what he said is falling right into place..jdawg

uuugh.

June 17th, 2009
1:22 pm

I don’t think last year’s injuries could be attributed to the S&C Program…But I would like to see some stats on shoulder injuries in the Richt era. Seems like we lost a bunch of O-linemen to them early on. Then Dropsy Chandler had one last year too. I would like to know if the dawgs are suffering an inordinate amount of shoulder problems. Anybody know?

Really?

June 17th, 2009
1:32 pm

Robert- what are the chances that you could help out with recruiting for the Dawgs moving forward? Sounds like you know way more then the 50 universities that recruited Bennett as well as Rivals and Scout. I recommend you get your resume in asap!

Really?

June 17th, 2009
1:36 pm

Sorry Robert thought you were talking about Benedict. I am not sold on this Bennett kid yet either.

Robert

June 17th, 2009
1:40 pm

Really?,
Learn to take and accept some criticism, which, by the way, is a healthy part of football. Why is it such a big deal that I am not totally pleased with the way we are recruiting this year? Why is it such a big deal that I don’t think Bennett will play much? I mean, look at it subjectively. His HS stats are nothing special. He was recruited by middle-tier programs. What are you, his father? Nope? Just crazy then.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
1:41 pm

I saw some stats last year on players max out on various exercises.

Seems like 3 or 4 powercleaned over 400 lbs

A couple dozen benched well in excess of 425 lbs.

A few squated over 600.

I mean, you can’t really say knee injuries are an effect of lack of conditioning.

Hell, Tiger Woods tore his knee up playing golf & I know he’s in top shape.

I’m not sure about shoulders either, Durham looked to be in shape.

Southerland with his foot or whatever it was, you know he’s in shape. Dear god, when the kid came through the dawg walk he was a monster.

You don’t get that big by not lifting…

Robert

June 17th, 2009
1:41 pm

No problem. Disregard previous post. Glad that’s cleared up. Benedict is gonna be great.

Cuz

June 17th, 2009
1:42 pm

Really, read the story on Bennett over on the recruiting blog. Coaches who coached against him gave him some good props.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 17th, 2009
1:48 pm

You see….I wish I had a life and could blog about my favorite team the Yellow Jackets. However, only 10 people would even read the blog and all 10 of us show up regularly at the the tool tickle piles.

Shout out to my Homos….er I mean homies Pi$$onaDAWG and Saint Simons.

Btw….Saint Simons is always the best tickler even though Reggie Ball does give him a run for his money.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
1:51 pm

Just because a kid ain’t all that in highschool doesn’t mean he can’t do great at the next level.

If the kid has the speed & the size, with some coaching he could be great.

There are multiple factors involved (work ethic, heart, competitiveness, etc.)

So don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying this kid is the next big thing for UGA but don’t write him off until he has a chance to show you.

77DAWG

June 17th, 2009
1:55 pm

Mr Saint Simons, Is that only thing you can write? (45 -42 Hahahahahahahahah…) If you have nothing else to do, get out of here and screw yourself.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
1:55 pm

RAMBLE ON!!! – I knew you had it in you! Way to be brave!!!

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
1:56 pm

Saint Simons can’t screw himself, his nut’s ain’t dropped yet.

charleycarter

June 17th, 2009
2:03 pm

First time I have read a blog. Who went to Geogia, and who are you calling loser when you are having an argument online? Sorry I ws part of this meaningless discussion. Go Dawgs. Gary Moss is my hero and Lars Tate, and Tim Worley are my heroes.

Saint Simons

June 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

Nuts? Am i supposed to have those?

JayRoot

June 17th, 2009
2:07 pm

I wish Paul Johnson would pound my butt. Oh well I guess I will settle for RAMBLE ON!!! since Saint Simons doesn’t know if he is supposed to have nuts or not.

Saint Simons

June 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

I’m a tool. Still can’t find those nuts WTF??? was talking about. Hey Root, wanna come to the tool tickle pile party? Reggie Ball is going to be there again.

Chris Hanson

June 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

I have two questions…

Bill King, when did they let you out?

My second question is to the bulldog fans….

Why do I catch so many dog fans in my sting when I am in Georgia? I personally find it deplorable that so many fans from one school would have such deviant personalities.

And all this time I thought that ugay was a gay school. At least that is what my UF friends say.

chomp chomp

Voice of Reason

June 17th, 2009
2:11 pm

I believe i read somewhere that the AJC encourages all of their writers to have at least 3 blogs every weekday. Bill is simply doing his job. Nice job Bill

Chris Hanson

June 17th, 2009
2:12 pm

In reality though, UF is a gay school. I mean our colors are blue and orange and we do this gay chomp chomp thing and Tebow likes to play behind another mans backside all the time for some reason.

Bulldawg fan

June 17th, 2009
2:14 pm

kuddoes to the staff for the recruiting. i am impressed.

i see where we have recruited a player named Da Dick. so when are we going to recruit Da Balls, Da A$$ and Da Taint?

go ugay and to hell with them termites

Me

June 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

yawn…..Thank you, Cox family. More from the jowly nonentity……

techaroo

June 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

Someone said that the kids from Bolles School were supposed to be brighter than the average recruit, but I guess they were wrong!

Jeff

June 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

Tampa Gator….you seem to be on EDGE?????

UGAGRAD

June 17th, 2009
2:31 pm

It’s funny, I love it when Tech grads hold up a sign that says UGA grads will be working for them. Guess what, I have two 35 year old Tech grads working for me. Not the sharpest tools in the shed either!!

pi$$onadawg

June 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

? ! " ' = / { \ } ^ % U

June 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

The flood gates are open. The sky is the limit. We will climb that mountain. We will man up. Git R Done. It is the strength & conditioning coach fault. No, make that Willie’s fault. We like to whine. You are all full of horse **** and I am not a Veterinarian. And why do you pick on Ramble On? Must be wtf’s Daddy. Dream on you SFB.

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

“45-42!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha”-St Simons

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

? ! ” ‘ = / { \ } ^ % U,

Nice screen name!

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
2:42 pm

? ! ” ‘ = / { \ } ^ % U,

Georgia people trying to read that is like Georgia players trying to read our option offense. 45-42.

slimpickens

June 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

Fire Mark Bradley!!

bigdawg

June 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

Tampagator is a moron! UGA beat out Miami, FLORIDA, and South Carolina too.

Do the research before making yourself look like another jort wearing redneck from retireville florida. Even the orange and blue colors suck.

Wow Bill King, Wow

June 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

You include a Bleacher Report written by a 17 year old kid who heard a question on a podcast?

How do you still have a job?

getthepicturenow

June 17th, 2009
2:52 pm

Robert, i think coach Richt likes to evaluate these guys to the fullest before he just tosses out offers. i wonder who the in-state guys are you think were missing on? Ambles? Jones? southern cal just pulled ambles schollie offer, and i still think were in Jones. we’ve made up serious ground with guys like Alec Ogletree, Mack Brown and Telvin Smith. just relax and let CMR work.

shane#1

June 17th, 2009
2:52 pm

WTF, Bill is just trying to stir the pot again. My Gawd, quoting from the Bleacher Report! Don’t bother linking to that one unless you want a laugh. The Senator called BR the “clown car” of College football blogs. Bill, if BR is what you are shooting for why not let Ramble On write your blog?. BTW, will some of you MDs please tell me just what exercises prevent torn ACLs and stress fracture in feet?

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
2:54 pm

I wish GAY ROOT would RAMBLE ON over here to SAINT SIMONS. I think TAMPA GATOR has some nuts somewhere in those jean shorts

Yellowfuzz

June 17th, 2009
2:55 pm

I like to give rusty trombones

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
2:57 pm

shane#1 – Tech didn’t have many of those injuries? Perhaps performing gay acts is a form of condiditoning UGA isn’t aware of?

Ginger

June 17th, 2009
2:57 pm

UGA Players better be held accountable for working out…Know that the Florida Gators hold players accountable…When UGA beat the Gators 2 yrs ago Urban Meyer made all Florida players do 42 extra reps of each excercise as UGA scored 42 points…then the next year Florida killed us…the Gator players remembered and made sure that they played well and had the strength and conditioning to do it.

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
3:02 pm

You’re absolutely right Ginger! Paul Johnson makes us squeal like a pig when we mess up!

45-42?

June 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

Guys, I just got this hip new pocket protector that has individual places for each of my pens, and one of them is even big enough to hold my pen with the 4 colors that you can switch between that I’ve had since 4th grade! It’s wizard! One of my favorite things to do is go online and review sports blogs in between my Calc III homework and spout off about one score from one game because that day was the best in my whole life! Well, maybe not as good as that time I managed to calculate the square root of 3 to 27 decimal places in math club. I saw more beautiful women that day in Athens then I’ll see in all 6 years I’ll spend here at Tech getting my degree, good thing once I get it I will be entitled to call all Georgia grads dumbasses even though I have no people skills from my lack of a social education. Oh man, I have to go, my buddy Napu is challenging me to a Halo 3 tournament on my modified Xbox 360. I spent my whole allowance to get that bad boy modded out and now I can totally kick e-ass. You guys at Georgia may be more aesthetically pleasing, but only I know that I just used a dipthong!

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
3:07 pm

Ginger, I actually heard that they made the defense do a push up for every yard that Moreno gained after each workout.

Perhaps we should try that?

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
3:08 pm

Oh & 45-42?, GREAT POST!!!!

? ! " ' = / { / } ^ % U 2

June 17th, 2009
3:18 pm

$%_$@< {]=-)$^|\*&$#&#: <jjykud tei;nallaw 0098 “”"”’ )(&%@#^%$# U?

shane#1

June 17th, 2009
3:20 pm

WTF, Sorry pal, I am not going there. It just gripes my butt when people cite “sources” and attack someone like CDVH, who is widely known as one of the best S&C coaches in Div 1. Okay Bill, exactly which coaches are not getting those reports and who are they sending to monitor the workouts? If You want to say CDVH isn’t doing his job then name some names! I am not too concerned about recruiting. UGA usually finishes in the top ten and Richt goes after the players he wants at UGA. Rivals had guys like Milner, Boling, Thomas Davis, Kelin Johnson, and Ben Jones rated at three stars and they did pretty well.