Release the WildDawg!

This could get interesting.

When asked Thursday at SEC Media Days about the prospect of using one of his two true freshman quarterbacks, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, this season, Mark Richt first noted that redshirt-freshman Logan Gray, currently Joe Cox’s backup at QB, is in the mix, too. “When it comes to the true freshmen,” Richt said, “if I feel one is the true second team quarterback, we will play him, get him as much experience as we can. If Logan Gray is our number two guy, we may choose to redshirt both of those true freshmen.”

Then came the intriguing part. “If Logan Gray is not the number two quarterback, we may still have a package for him separate from our overall package just because he is athletic enough to do those kind of things that people do in the ‘wildcat,’ whatever you want to call it. So you got a wildcat who can actually throw and understand the entire system. That’s not a bad thing. We’ll just see how these guys develop.”

Already last spring, Richt had said, “We also think Logan is athlete enough to play a little bit of receiver, too, so that’s a possibility.” And offensive coordinator Mike Bobo also said the Dogs were putting together a package of plays utilizing Gray, who is more of a running threat than Joe Cox,  at something other than quarterback.

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So it looks like whether Gray is the backup QB or not, we may well see him in the game at the same time as Cox in some version of the “wildcat” offense — based on the old single wing — that Houston Nutt has used effectively at Arkansas (as the “WildHog”) and Old Miss (”WildRebel”) and which the Dolphins made into the latest offensive fad in the NFL last season. One of the Rebels’ touchdowns in their win over the mighty Gators last year came in the WildRebel formation.

Essentially, it’s a package of plays using an unbalanced line in which the quarterback lines up as a flanker or receiver (or can even sit out the play) and a halfback/tailback takes the direct snap and then can either hand off to another back in motion, run it himself or throw it. There’s a lot of fakery involved and it can be tough to defend if it’s executed properly. It’s so old — this is what Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi ran under Wally Butts in the 1940s — that it’s new again.

Nutt has generally used a tailback to receive the snap (Darren McFadden had great success with the WildHog formation), but think of the possibilities of having two quarterbacks in the game at the same time!

What do you think, should the WildDawg be a regular part of Georgia’s offense this year or should it be reserved for special occasions as a bit of trickery? Feel free to comment, vote in the poll or do both.

64 comments Add your comment

saint simons

July 24th, 2009
7:30 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) Hahahahahahaha

JB

July 24th, 2009
7:31 am

I would like to see our offense be less predictable…………for the life of me, I don’t understand why on 3 rd and 10 we do the ole delay tailback draw for a 2-3 yard gain and punt. I know we run a pro set, but we ought to get defenses on their heels by some spread and mis-direction with some speed. Teams box it up on us pretty good to slow down traditional running plays.

JB

July 24th, 2009
7:33 am

Nov. 27 th,2009…….35-10……. DAWGS…………………glad it will hurt…………..GATA THWT

god and greyhound

July 24th, 2009
7:36 am

more like the mildmutt once bobo gets his hands on it

god and greyhound

July 24th, 2009
7:40 am

dont miss the bus rickt!

CARTERSVILLE DAWG

July 24th, 2009
7:51 am

Always can count on dumb Tech fans posting dumb things on a UGA blogs. Once again, if you guys hate UGA as much as you want us to think you do, why are you always on their blogs?

Now, on to more serious matters. I agree with JB. Mix it up. If we have the talent, then utilize it.
If Gray is as talented as he seems to be, get him on the field.

dee

July 24th, 2009
7:59 am

Maybe if the tech blog was updated more than once a month they would stay over there

Top Dawg

July 24th, 2009
8:11 am

Top Dawg

July 24th, 2009
8:18 am

By the way, I think this Techmite that keeps flashing his score from last year’s fluke of a game, which was the first Tech victory against UGA this century, knows the time for continuing to flash the score is quickly drawing to a close. Those guys have to be dreading that November date when the Dawgs come calling.

athensdawg

July 24th, 2009
8:30 am

houston nutt used the wildcat b/c he had the players to do so….and is a brillian tactician when it comes to figuring out how to win as an underdog.

now……EVERYBODY wants to use the wildcat. Once tech wins the ACC and pummels someone in a BCS game, everybody will want to use their offense.

just like how EVERYBODY will want to switch to Tech’s offense once the win the ACC and pummel someone in a BCS game.

just like how EVERYBODY wants to run the spread since FLA has won 2 MNC with it….

when its all said and done, it’s about coaching players to do what they are supposed to do. You get players into your “system” and make them into the best players you can.

Every once in a while you get a player that is a perfect fit, and it makes you as a coach look like a genius. (Tebow=Meyer.)

Or, you get a player and change the way your “system” works in order to accomidate that one person….an 18-22 year old kid. Sometimes that don’t work (Staph=Richt)

So, what I am hearing now is UGA fans basically saying that CMR needs to change things up every season based upon the “abilities” of his players. Create a situation where the kid can do what he does and succeed…build some confidence and make him think he is unstoppable.

One problem with that – Richt and Bobo aren’t those kind of coaches. We have seen a perfect example of this with the Staph. Staph came here and was supposed to be the savior of the world. Richt has a quarterback that doesn’t exactly fit his “system” (Joe T.) So, he plays quarterback roulette and finally throws staph to the wolves. Staph has a couple of good games, but never really sets the world on fire…and never really develops into that savior. Staph infects the team with his lousy attitude and leaves for the NFL.

Urban Meyer had a similar situation with Tebow. He had a quarterback that didnt fit his system (Chris Leak.) Did he play quarterback roulette? NO. He created opportunities for Tebow within his system…places where he could easily succeed…allowed him to build his confidence…and believe that he was unstoppable. Because of that, Tebow has become superman.

If we are going to use Logan Grey or any of these other kids, lets do it in a situation where they can succeed. Not just to “try some new gimmick.”

I don’t think that the UGA coaching staff has the creativity and insight to successfully pull that off. They are mired down by their gameplans and they might think that a play will work, but, more often than not, their play calling is like a person banging their heads against the brick wall hoping the wall will break….all they are left with is a headache and a bloody skull.

In his post game press conference, CMR wipes the blood from his head and says, well if we would have just executed our head butts a bit harder, the wall would have broken.

Erk and Vince used to make their kids believe that they could run through brick walls. CMR brainwashes them with gameplans. He will eventually win a MNC via attrition. But he needs to either stick with his gameplan mentality, and wait for the right players to come along, or fire Bobo and leave the offense to someone else…and stay out of it.

Going with the “play of the month” ain’t gonna get it done. He turns into a Jim (let me hire a new defensive coordinator every year) Donnan copycat.

Saint Simons Trust Fund Baby Daddy

July 24th, 2009
8:35 am

You are my hero Saint Simons especially in the bedroom! You are the best wide receiver I have ever known.

dawgfanatic24-7

July 24th, 2009
8:38 am

I say use it in the opening drive. Keep the opposing teams DC scratching his head the whole game. Logan sounds like a Hines Ward type player.

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
8:44 am

I’ll update the tek blog for you.tek sucks.

TommyP

July 24th, 2009
8:46 am

athensdawg: Anything positive to say? You absolutely criticized every Bulldog mentioned.

Pathetic. You deserve the Goff years.

mr bodine

July 24th, 2009
8:46 am

Wow…..some of you tech people (i.e. saint simons)are truly pathetic. You have such a pathetic life that the high point of your day is to come on the UGA blog and repeat the same thing you have said about 1000 times before. I actually understand that as a tech fan you have to look really hard to find something to crow about, but at least say something intelligent for once. I know it’s more fun for you people to come criticize on the UGA bolg than to hang around the boring (yawn) tech blog (yawn)….in fact I’m getting sleepy just talking about you nerds. I gotta go now.

dawgfanatic24-7

July 24th, 2009
8:52 am

Don’t be so negative athensdawg. Be a supporter.

Saint Simons & Ramble On = Ace and Gary

July 24th, 2009
8:57 am

Friday night: Saint Simons, what are you going to do while everyone goes out with their friends and girlfriends and you are all alone watching Lord of the Rings in your mothers basement.

I know think about how big of a nerd you are, how you got beat up in highschool and the only way to feel better about yourself is to brag about a fluke victory by GT last year. what about the years prior….Anything. It’s a sad and lonely life you live. Look in the mirror, past the pimples and the greasy hair there is a lonely boy in there. Saint Simons I feel bad for you. Let me give you a little piece of advice, never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.

godawg

July 24th, 2009
9:00 am

Fellow Dawg Needs A Little Help

A fellow Dawg fan and blogger needs our help. His 13-year-old daughter, Baylie, suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS), a congenital vascular disorder of unknown cause. The long and the short of it is she needs surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, the Mayo Charitable Foundation has arranged to pay all of Baylie’s doctor visits, therapy sessions and hopefully the surgeries as well. She is scheduled for two surgeries beginning August 3rd but could need a third.

Many of you know Mark as “Cuz” as he has posted here frequently. Cuz needs our help with travel expenses for him and his family from Augusta to Minnesota. General Neyland, a fellow blogger of the UT persuasion, is working to get Baylie and her mother on an Angel Flight. But Cuz will need to fly commercial and they will have to stay in a motel in Minnesota while Baylie is in the hospital. Cuz , unfortunately, is currently unemployed and not financially able to underwrite any of the trip.

Can you help this fellow Dawg and his family during this difficult time? Even just a little? I mean a $100 or more would be great, but if we all just did $25 or even 10 bucks we could give them enough to get there, eat and sleep and be by their little girl’s side.

If you can help, drop a check in the mail today to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30904. Be sure to write Baylie Fund on the memo line of your check. If you want to learn more about KTS go to http://www.KTFoundation.org Your gift for Baylie is tax-deductible and they will pass it on to the family for travel expenses. God Bless You for helping.

If you can’t help, that’s okay, times are tough all over. I just ask that you please keep Cuz and his family in your prayers. We all need to remember, “There, but for the Grace of God, go I.”

GO DAWGS!!

Too Easy

July 24th, 2009
9:16 am

Done, godawg. Thanks for the info, and our best to Baylie and the family from the Nation.

dawgjammin

July 24th, 2009
9:16 am

I think a “wild dawg” fromation would be a better fit if someone like carlton thomas, braden smith, tavares king or rontavious wooten was back in the shotgun. These guys are natural gifted runners that would probably have better vision and be a bit more shifty. If Logan Gray is lined up at QB, I sure as hell think its a waste of time and space to have Joe Cox lined up at WR. Logan’s package will be designed for him to run the ball or pass it to one of our playmakers, which is not Joe Cox in the open field.

As far as the tech fans go, they must have some kind of notification on their computer/blackberry that when the dawg blogs are updated it goes “ding act like a complete A$$”…kind of like the AOL “you’ve got mail.” Pathetic.

godawg

July 24th, 2009
9:27 am

Thanks Easy!

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
9:28 am

Cuz our prayers are with you.I hope every thing goes well for baylie and the rest of your family.GOD BLESS!

MoDawg

July 24th, 2009
9:36 am

Whatever it takes! I’d love to see the “WildDawg” in the redzone with Logan Gray.

Otto

July 24th, 2009
9:41 am

I like the idea of Logan Grey on the fild in a Wild Hog or Tebow Fr. year situation. He is a very good QB who we could use this year and next.

I also like the idea of moving Carlton Thomas around like UF used Percy Harvin. Bobo it is time to earn your pay. UGA has plenty of weapon and an OL if they can figure out how to use them.

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
9:52 am

Well, I did not see that one coming. Thanks godawg. And yes what he said is true. Except I found out the Mayo Clinic will cover 80%. Hopefully Georgia Medicaid will pick up the rest since she cannot get help here in Georgia. Baylie only made school, twenty days last year. She had a teacher come by once a week for three hours. She blew away the CRCT standardized tests and passed to the eighth grade. On a scale of one to ten with her condition she is a nine. We would not be going if she did not need to be seen. She has severe complications that will probably require major surgery. She has the most winning, beautiful personality. She never complains, she always has a smile on her face. I am proud to be her Dad. My hero is a thirteen year old girl. Please everyone keep Baylie in your prayers. We leave for the Mayo Clinic on August 2nd. I will send blog comments from there. Thanks godawg and all who post on this blog.

dbc

July 24th, 2009
10:02 am

Cuz, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There are more important things in life than football and this is one of them. You can count on my support. Despite all the backbiting, my hope is that anyone and everyone who follows these blogs will man-up and help. All the best…

South Georgia Dawg

July 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Georgia has tremendous talent on offense and this should be part of their package and use it often to become better at running it. Can’t we call it the Mad Dawg? The offensive line will enable Georgia to do many more things this year. Cox will be fine maybe a better team player.

Ben

July 24th, 2009
10:10 am

Praying for your family, Cuz!

mr bodine

July 24th, 2009
10:12 am

Cuz, God bless Baylie and your entire family as you go through this tough time. I’ll be praying for you all.

alabamadawg

July 24th, 2009
10:26 am

I think its great to have some plays designed to take advantage of Logan Gray’s skills…but I want to see him get some serious time behind center being a QB. He’s earned it and deserves it !!! I’m not sure spending too much time at reciever will only hurt his development at QB. Didn’t we read that his time on special teams slowed his progress at QB last year ?? Because it took away valuable reps behind center. Redshirt the two freshmen QB’s and honor the commitment we made to Logan and he made to Georgia when he first came here.I still believe he’ll be a solid QB for us…

Otto

July 24th, 2009
10:29 am

Cuz my prayers are with you.

AlabamaDawg I agree however Gray is used it should be a chance to improve at QB. Hopefully he will be the QB next year.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 24th, 2009
10:31 am

Hey Cuz, good luck and you can count on a contribution from me…dropping it in the mail today.

I saw the headline and I figured Odell was in jail again.

godawg

July 24th, 2009
10:36 am

“I saw the headline and I figured Odell was in jail again.”

RAMBLE ON!!!! I don’t care who you are, THAT’S FUNNY! :-)

alabamadawg

July 24th, 2009
10:36 am

Cuz, sorry I don’t always read all the blogs before I write. I’m so sorry to hear about Baylie. Let me assure you, you and your family will be in my prayers. Please stay strong and try to stay positive, I know it can be hard at times, but it is important. Sometimes we get caught up in sports or politics and we forget how many really good people are fighting fights we can’t even imagine. I pray everything works out for Baylie and your family, and I’ll get a check in the mail today.May God Bless You and Your Family

Long Dawg

July 24th, 2009
10:43 am

I’d love to see something like a wilddawg package. Logan Grey has a lot of talent and it should be utilized. We need to come out this year with some new looks and a new attitude. SOS won’t get it done.

chipperdawg

July 24th, 2009
10:56 am

Cuz, your daughter and family are in my prayers. Remember friend, when all comes crashing down around you and those you love… look up…He’s always watching and listening. God bless you, brother. Phill. 4:6-7 “Do not worry about anything, but in all things, through prayer and petition, and with a heart of thanksgiving, let your request be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2009
10:58 am

I can honestly say that Cuz is one of the better fathers in this room, and would sell his soul to take care of that brave little gal. He would lend a helping hand to anyone in this room if he could, as well.

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
10:59 am

Thanks all. It means a lot. Ramble On you are my favorite Led Zeppelin fan on this blog. And I agree with godawg, that was funny.

I would like to apologise for losing my cool on some of these blogs in the last few days. I try to maintain a civil discussion. Football for me is a diversion, a distraction from life’s slings and arrows. And I am a fan of the Dawgs, SEC. and College football. But it is not the end all of my life. The last few days the stress has gotten to me and I have been less than civil, I apologise.

Please keep Baylie in your prayers. I will post from the Mayo Clinic the first week in August. You know, those people talk funny up there. And forget about finding sweet tea.

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2009
11:24 am

Now about the topic. I don’t care if it were only good for 2 yards, its cool just to say. The WildDawg!

BeauDawg

July 24th, 2009
11:29 am

I thought Logan Grey showed the best passing skills in the G-Day game. He couldn’t really show off his running skills because of being down by tag. I hope he gets lots of playing time as his talent needs to be on the field.

SEC1

July 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

Cuz:

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has a house in Rochester. Please call them to inquire about your eligibility. It is a wonderful resource for children and families in time of need.

(a google search will point you in the right direction)

I will say a prayer for you all…

Lastly, and least importantly, I have been pulling for a new offensive look this year in specific situations. We have the tools in place and a potential means to keep the “D” off-balance. Let’s do it!

SEC1

July 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

Cuz:

I wanted to mention another resource, Carepages. It is a free online service that will allow you to share information quickly and efficiently to those who want to follow Baylie’s progress.

Check it out…

Cuz

July 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

Thanks SEC1. The last time we tried the Ronald McDonald house we were number 18 on the list for a spot. After two weeks at the time we left, we had made it to number 15. The Mayo Clinic sees a lot of kids this time of year. Not many people want to go in Winter. We went in October one year. We got on the plane in Augusta it was 90 degrees. We landed in Minneappolis and it was 38 degrees. It was colder than a Georgia winter the entire stay. They called it lovely Fall weather. I called it cold.

JaxDawg

July 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

Cuz, I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort Baylie, you and your family.

chazzo

July 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

I am not a huge fan of multiple QB schemes. Donnan’s use of Hines Ward in the UF game warmed me up to it a bit. Green / Shockley worked overall because a of great deal of maturity and teamsmanship (should be a word) on their behalf. Of course, we are not privy to any locker room rough spots that may have occured.One thing I like about that combo was that Shockley would come in and sprint laterally, rolling out left and right, making those big D-lineman sprint also. A little change up can be interesting. A two (or three) QB system can cause dissension, as well as being distracting and disruptive. I trust that the coaches and players will work it out, and good for Richt being nebulous in the off season.

southgadawg88

July 24th, 2009
1:30 pm

My prayers go to you and your family CUZ.

SSI gator

July 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

athensdawg -

It is funny when someone is realistic about the UGA situation, coaching (or lack of), top ten classes, player performance, that they are criticized by all of the other Kool-Aid drinkers. I guess when you are so passionate about something it is hard to be objective at the same time. Easier to shoot the messenger. Every school has the same problem though if things are not going well.

RxDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

Best of luck Cuz..

I want to see Logan on the field, period. I feel like he could really help us. I really think he’s going to hold the #2 QB spot and will take over next year.

Denver Dog

July 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

Gators, Techies, just be realistic, this is a UGA blog; hence Junkyard blog. You shouldn’t expect us to come on here with out high hopes. Techies go build some more parking garages, Gators, go slither around with your cousins the snakes. Right now, we can’t beat either team, because we are not playing. Tim Tebow is a great example, I’m read for him to graduate, but he is still a fine example for all young people, and older ones too! I’ll take him as an example over Pac Man, Tank, Odell anyday.
Go Dogs though

I-DOG

July 24th, 2009
4:04 pm

I’m in favor of seeing it some. If I were a d coordinator playing UGA this year… I would load 8 in the box to try to stop tbe run most of the time and play the shorter and middle length passes pretty tight. I would be less concerned about getting beat deep (not that Joe Cox can’t throw deep to a wide open deep receiver, but arm strength isn’t his best feature).

Because most D Coordinators are going to play us like that… it would be nice to throw some wrinkles in there to make defenses back off that strategy a bit. Goal line and 3rd and medium situations seem to be good spots for Logan to run a wild dawg package of plays.