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?

130 comments Add your comment

45-42?

June 17th, 2009
3:32 pm

? ! ” ‘ = / { / } ^ % U 2: Napu, what are you doing? Stop typing on this blog. We’re supposed to be thwarting the alien hostiles!

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
3:35 pm

I wish Paul Johsnon would make me squeal like a pig

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
3:37 pm

Football is a collision sport, injuries are going to happen. There is no amount of exercise or wieght training that would have prevented Owens or Sturdivant’s torn ligaments last year. And as far as I’m concerned, I’m fairly certain that the majority of these kids understand that playing football is their job, their compensation is an education.

That being said, I am also fairly certain that there are kids that are more self motivated than others. But wouldn’t you think from just looking at these kids they work out?

I know that they hold them out of full contact practice a lot when they are banged up, but overall as a team I’m not going to blame injuries on conditioning. It’s just part of the game.

However, have you ever noticed that Spurrier has every single one of his offensive linemen outfitted with rugged hinged knee braces?

Makes you wonder huh?

Napu

June 17th, 2009
3:38 pm

Adi Ghadi Bha!!!! DON’T F#CK WITH ME RIGHT NOW, I’LL BLOW YOU SH!T UP!

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 17th, 2009
3:38 pm

They call me POAD and I like choade.

yellow fuzz

June 17th, 2009
3:39 pm

Cool POAD…..I like choade too.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
3:41 pm

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 17th, 2009
3:44 pm

Did I ever tell you guys about that time after the 2001 game in which Goose Godsey, Kelly Washington, and I hung out after the Seattle Bowl. Now talk about the choade and making someone squeal like a pig.

Ask Saint Simons, he was there on that trip. His mom wouldn’t let him go, but he snuck out with us anyway. He always did admire Goose until that Reggie Ball kid showed up.

Saint Simons

June 17th, 2009
3:46 pm

Oh yeah RAMBLE ON!!! I ain’t the one with the Reggie Ball poster hung on the ceiling in my bedroom now am I? Reggie is just a friend and I love the way he cooks the sausages down at the Waffle House on Piedmont. But Goose will always be my little Goosey. ;)

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June 17th, 2009
3:49 pm

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Charles Hill

June 17th, 2009
3:56 pm

Guess there is nothing good on fl and tech site, if they have one, so they come to live with the BEST.

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
4:01 pm

“Reggie is just a friend and I love the way he cooks the sausages down at the Waffle House on Piedmont.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

ROFLMFAO!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Was anyone at the last Tech/UGA game that Reggie played in?

When they had timeouts instead of everyone chanting GEORGIA – BULLDAWGS, they chanted REGGGGGIIEEE, REGGGGGIIEEE!!!

That f#cker was so torn up he just stood on the sideline with his helmet on looking all psycho…

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June 17th, 2009
4:08 pm

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DawgGirl32

June 17th, 2009
4:10 pm

Does anyone monitor these sites?

WTF???

June 17th, 2009
4:13 pm

I am the moderator, what’s your complaint?

Voice of Reason

June 17th, 2009
4:17 pm

i believe his name is Da’Rick, not Da Dick

Wes Stansbury

June 17th, 2009
4:22 pm

If Mark were any better, he would not be human!

Reggie Ball

June 17th, 2009
4:22 pm

I cook the best sausages in the world. Btw….did someone said choade? mmmmm!

Ron D.

June 17th, 2009
4:41 pm

Naw, the strength and conditioning program is one of the best in the nation. The kids have to exercise self-discipline in all their activities. The top players bounce back pretty quickly after minor injuries because they are following the prescribed procedures. Others don’t follow instructions and end up staying out too long. Kids are kids and people are people.

Cowboy

June 17th, 2009
5:21 pm

Why are Ga Tech fans posting on a UGA story.1 win out of 8
Over the years i would pull for Tech other than when they played UGA,but what a bunch of -icks you suck and always will.Ga Tech 1 for 8
UGA 7 and 1.

FL DAWG

June 17th, 2009
5:30 pm

Can over lifting at the age of these kids and young adults lead to ligament damage? These kids and young men are lifting a lot of weight. Any thoughts from the kinesiology majors out there or anyone else?

FL DAWG

June 17th, 2009
7:16 pm

I guess everyone went out to study for the kinesiology test. I would think that ligaments would be considerably stressed while these kids are growing and that possibly the muscle are over developed beyond the limits of the ligaments. I would think that this would be a problem for every team, if it is actually an issue. I don’t know, just speculating about the rash of ligament damage last year.

snot bubble

June 17th, 2009
10:40 pm

PLEASE LEAVE COUSIN BILL ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean it! I don’t want to hurt somebody..Did I do good cousin? Pass the Redman and the spit cup…..GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kendawg

June 18th, 2009
8:47 am

It seems that CMR has proven over the years that he can evaluate talent. We’ve had plenty of three-star recruits who went on to become very good players, even stars. Anybody remember David Pollack? Rennie Curran has shown that you don’t have to be 6ft3 to be a great linebacker. If CMR wants Baker to be a Dawg, that’s good enough for me.

pup

June 18th, 2009
11:25 am

Strength and Conditioning. The Goff years had no Strength and Conditioning is a fact. I talked to many of them back then also talked to board members and associate athletic director who became aware of this. We all know how this turned out. I live in Fl. and know for a fact how excellent their program is. Tuten was a strength coach with Fl. in the Goff years and we all remember what SOS had to say.Sos— Ga. has all these top recuiting classes and what happens to them? SOS was right and I found out for a fact.PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. PS there is one guy still on staff at UGA that was there in the Goff years.

UGADAWG

June 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

TampaGator: your UF gayturds did offer him a “scholie”!! Yet; he chose UGA, get over it!

charles holston

October 5th, 2009
2:31 pm

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charles holston

October 5th, 2009
2:38 pm

georgia is bring in 4 and 5 star talent that can`t play or is it time for new coordinators and offensive scheme.the line can`t block and we can`t stop da pass. time for a change