Richt zeros in on secondary, tight ends

Thanks to a link via Get the Picture, I checked out a report in the Union-Recorder in Milledgevile on Mark Richt’s appearance last week at the Lake Country Bulldog Club meeting at Rock Eagle, and a couple of his comments provide a clearer focus on where the Dogs stand with a couple of positions.

Talking about the secondary, Richt said, “Prince Miller will start at the wide corner. Usually, he’ll get matched up with the better receivers because teams usually put their best receivers on the wide side of the field. Brandon Boykin is slated to start at the boundary position. And we’ll also have Makiri Pugh, Vance Cuff and Sanders Commings. I’ll bet we’ll have three cornerbacks in a game over 50 percent of our season — because how teams spread things out.” 

In other words, don’t look for true freshman Branden Smith to be starting any time soon. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get in for a few plays at receiver long before he’s a regular in the secondary.

Richt also talked about the tight end position, where junior Bruce Figgins is suspended for the first six games and it appears much more likely we’ll see a true freshman playing early on. The coach said Orson Charles “will certainly play tight end — there’s no doubt about that. … I’d have to say that [redshirt sophomore] Aron White is our leading candidate to start right now, and [redshirt freshman] Bryce Ross and the two true freshmen [Charles and Arthur Lynch] will battle it out. I can say that, from the reports I’m getting from some of our veteran players, they really like Orson and Arthur Lynch. They think they both have a chance to play right away. We’re looking forward to the tight ends playing like Georgia tight ends again.”

That would certainly be great news for the Dogs’ offensive chances. There were quite a few times last season when having a healthy, productive tight end would have made a big difference in both blocking and receiving.

Speaking of Figgins, Richt also addressed the Dogs’ relatively quiet offseason this year in terms of disciplinary problems, giving credit to the team’s seniors who “decided that they wanted to have a disciplinary board. So if any guy got out of line in any way then those guys would get a chance to speak to them and apply some peer pressure. We want to have peer pressure to do things right as opposed to having peer pressure to do things wrong or silly.” 

So far, so good.

41 comments Add your comment

Cincinatti Bowtie

July 27th, 2009
10:39 am

FIRST…IN TIGHT ENDS.

TommyP

July 27th, 2009
10:39 am

Another Dawg

July 27th, 2009
10:51 am

Words that should never leave a college football coach’s mouth with regards to his players: “Silly”

Cincinatti Bowtie

July 27th, 2009
11:09 am

No one is biting Bill; next topic.

Tech fans

July 27th, 2009
11:15 am

…. will be all over this one with all this talk about tight ends …

saint simons

July 27th, 2009
11:19 am

did you say tight ends.oh my!

chazzo

July 27th, 2009
11:30 am

Something I experienced being at UGA right after the Walker years, being in Tallahassee through the Rise and Fall, and growing up around a local college that one the basketball Div II NC, once a team wins a national title, that all most fans will think about. The enjoyment of watching a team build toward that, finding the right chemistry, schedule, and a little luck is lost. We so quickly forget that it took Vince twenty years and an other-worldly tailback to finally get the NC. We just wanted one every year after that. High expectations is not a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong. That is actually something Richt brought to UGA. Before Richt, 8 wins had become okay. My point is that if a fan wagers all of a team’s success on whether or not they win a national championship, that fan is missing out on a lot of great games and a lot of great people. In every case, that my team has won an NC, the fan base part of the equation has been full support and enjoyment of the game and the people involved. Bragging rights, personal opinions, and expectations came second in every case (that is until after the taste of the NC). The players have obviously made some solid, mature choices about their dedication, commitment and personal conduct. I highly recommend that we do the same.

athensdawg

July 27th, 2009
11:52 am

great post chazzo.

JaxDawg

July 27th, 2009
12:07 pm

Chazzo- great points. Realistically in any given year there are only a handful of programs that even come into the NC discussion. Being in the SEC is a definite advantage, in that if a team runs the table in the SEC or even with 1 loss, the chances of getting left out of the game are rare. The focus for the Dawgs (any other SEC team for that matter) should be win the east/west, win the SEC period. Everything else is out of the players and coaches hands. If the mindset becomes those two goals, eventually everything else will fall into place. Focus on what we can control and leave the rest to wherever the chips fall. There is a great deal of luck/timing that go into winning a NC. Auburn goes undefeated and doesn’t get a shot, UGA goes 12-1 and doesn’t get a shot in 02 both because their were 2 undefeated teams ranked higher, however LSU gets in with 2 losses because of luck in other teams losing to get them in. Not taking anything away from the gators, but they needed 3-4 teams to lose over the last two weeks to get their shot in 06. Until there is a playoff system in place, the only thing any program can control is winning their conference.
Win the division, THEN focus on winning the conference title, and hope the body of work is then good enough to make it to the big dance. To focus soley on winning a mythical national championship places too much pressure on coaches, players and fans alike, because there are too many uncontrolable varibles/luck involved. Let’s focus on what can be controled and decided on the field.
GO DAWGS!

Paddy

July 27th, 2009
12:13 pm

Chazzo good post. But is not 8 wins in a 10 games season back then the same as a 10 win season in a 12 game schedule now? Having followd Vince for a long time I don’t believe he settled for anything but the best his teams could give him. I for one think we are going to have an outstanding season.

Paddy

July 27th, 2009
12:15 pm

Jax dawg… another good post. Worry about OK St then worry about who you play the next Sat. I see us with 11 wins.

JDawg

July 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

We will know the first 2-3 weeks of the season what kind of team we have. I would be ecstatic if we won 11 games, especially if it got us to ATL!

BobDog

July 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

Chazzo, you are so right. I lived near Tallahassee during the early Bowden years through the 90’s. We had season tickets because of being so close and my wife being an FSU alum. It was interesting seeing the attitude of the fans change as the program excelled. They were a bunch of spoiled brats. I got tired of going.

I wish we had a veteran tight end with the strength and maturity of having been in our program a couple of years. These young guys have great potential, but it’s going to be tough for them to jump out there this soon.

pj

July 27th, 2009
12:42 pm

I was one of the media at that Bulldog club meeting and was the one who asked about the secondary. Coach seemed really condifent that Pugh, Boykin and Commings would surprise alot of people this season.
Also, one of the slightly intoxicated older gentleman stood up and yelled very loudly “I don’t like losing to Georgia Tech!!” Coach just smiled and said “Neither do I.”

Another question that was asked…. “Coach, do you think having this tough of a non conference schedule makes it too difficult to compete for a national title, when other teams have softer schedules?”

His response, again with a smirk… “Only if we lose.”

His sumpremely confident attitude got me a little fired up for this season. I think it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing situation guys. Look out.

Dawgs

July 27th, 2009
1:03 pm

Great post Chazzo

MiltonDawg

July 27th, 2009
1:08 pm

I think Lynch’s size would be a better fit at TE. Charles is a hybrid..is he big enough at that role? Maybe a Tony Gonzalez type breed.

Ron Mexico

July 27th, 2009
1:12 pm

pj:

A wolf in sheep’s clothing….does that mean pulling the wool over your eyes?

jay

July 27th, 2009
1:55 pm

Time for a new picture Bill.

pj

July 27th, 2009
1:55 pm

No, but very clever of you. I think there will be only one game that we will be a real underdog. OK State might be favored by 2 or 3 but we won’t be a major dog in that one. As long as we’re as good as we are at the line of scrimmage, big things could happen.

handshandy man

July 27th, 2009
1:57 pm

Dude does kinda look like a goob.

Kevin

July 27th, 2009
1:58 pm

The bad thing about this year is hypothetically if we lost to florida and won the rest of our games there is a good chance we would not even win the sec east going 11-1… how bad would that suck

Will

July 27th, 2009
2:00 pm

Our secondary will be much improved this season. Sanders Commings will turn out having the best season and will shock all of UGA nation with his play-making ability. Overall, the UGA D will be stout and we will have the only unit in the nation that has the ability to stop the dreaded lizards.

Cuz

July 27th, 2009
2:08 pm

Paddy, I think chazzo was inferring on the 11 game season minus the bowls where the best it seems we could do was 8-3 and lose to the big three. We now consistently beat two out of the big three, sure they win sometimes. If we can get back to beating UF on a consistent basis, then CMR will have achieved everything but the Crystal, and that does take a little bit of luck. We needed that luck the last time we won the MNC.

Blindside

July 27th, 2009
2:09 pm

Funny how we hear so often that games are won on the line of scrimmage. Now that Stafford and Moreno are gone, but our O and D lines should be outstanding, everyone has counted us out. I think Richt seams confident about this team because he knows how good they will be.

Cuz

July 27th, 2009
2:10 pm

Will, I agree. Sanders went to my old high school and made a name for himself. He is going to lay some hits on some recievers.

Sanford Drive

July 27th, 2009
2:22 pm

OK State makes me nervous. They have a very talented QB and receiver. People seem to forget that for some reason.

Lance

July 27th, 2009
3:11 pm

I will bet you Saint Simons really likes Tight Ends ie just like all the rest of the nerds on Bobby Dodd Way.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

July 27th, 2009
3:11 pm

I second that Sanford Drive. Who is going to cover the 6′5″ Dez Bryant? Certainly not our 5′8″ Prince Miller. We will have to double team that guy which spreads the field even more out for someone else.

The good news is that the Pokes will have to double team AJ Green as well. So there in lies a wash.

Defensively, I think we are better but maybe not that much better. People are mistaken if they think that defense is completely garbage. They have the edge on us at QB and RB. Both Offensive lines are good. Georgia will need to control the ball and the clock to keep that QB, WR, and RB off the field. Which means going for it on some 4th downs. If we can’t run the ball that game, it could get ugly.

Pretty evenly matched squads so it should be a good game. I think Georgia will need to catch some breaks to win. We are due for some good breaks this year!

Rob

July 27th, 2009
3:31 pm

We can just play zone and use our front four to demolish the Pokes. It’ss be just like Jan 1. 2008. The Defense will be in the backfield all game without blitzing.

JT

July 27th, 2009
3:37 pm

I’ve heard Charles is a force to rekon with at tight end. The good thing is that he can also play WR.

Fan

July 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

That whole first paragraph was one sentence? Wow, nice…

TCM

July 27th, 2009
3:50 pm

GA will beat OKL ST and I’m not even concerned about it. OKL ST is still just as overrated as they were whey GA played them before, and they’ve also lost their TE to the pros. If GA is healthy and stays that way ALL season long, they are going to surprise a lot of people as long as one of those RBs steps up. Caleb King has got to stop running like he’s scared and Richard Samuel has got to stay healthy. The incoming freshman we don’t know what we’re getting in him but if the running game and oline are on point along with an injury free season teamwide, GA WILL win the SEC this year. Bar none!!

follow the money trail

July 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

Every year we lose great players and we still do very well. AS LONG AS RICHT IS COACH, we’ll be ok. Can’t wait to see Orson!

TMC DAWG

July 27th, 2009
4:50 pm

All that happens this year lies in how good our defense is. Get back to Georgia Football=Tough defense ,Run the ball Great special teams play. I think 8-4 BUT if the ball bounces right in a couple of games 10-2 is very possible.

uuugh.

July 27th, 2009
4:50 pm

I agree with TCM. I remember everyone talking about how OSU’s offense was the best in the country last time we played them too. Seems like we spanked them pretty good that game. I am worried more about USC, Arkansas, Kiffen Sr’s D and the Vols, Florida, then Tech.

uuugh.

July 27th, 2009
4:52 pm

Scratch that…Tech already got their win this decade.

georgiagirl

July 27th, 2009
5:04 pm

Saint Simons
Please go get a life. You must sit by the computer 24/7 just for smart a@@ remarks, who cares what you think, nobody. Its like a Dawgs fans should type LSU 38-3 hahahaha, but most have more class and there are a lot of Tech fans that are sick of you making them look bad. We will see in Nov who wins when the clock runs out.
GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Long Dawg

July 27th, 2009
5:09 pm

I saw all the coaches interviewed last night on CSS and CMRs interview was the most subdued of the bunch. I know that is partly just his personality but he really did not tip his hand even a little on what he was expecting this year. I believe the Georgia coaching staff did some soul searching after last year and the positive outcomes so far have been the staff staying together, the outstanding recruiting class they are putting together, the improved leadership of the older players as evidenced by change in off-season behavior. I’d like to see some real changes on the field as well.

G-Man

July 27th, 2009
5:50 pm

Good job Chazzo. I am now evaluating my own attitude… I know that CMR brings a new perspective to Georgia that we don’t see everyday. Dare I say this but, Tech in 1990, came out of nowhere, convincingly won the NC and have not been the same sense. Great post, Chazzo. We are missing a great football program in the making even if we have fallen short of our ultimate goal. Ironically, the talent that’s coming to Georgia from other states speaks for itself. These kids can go anywhere else to win and they’re coming here. It says alot about our program in GA.

saint simons

July 27th, 2009
5:51 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahahaha

GoldenDawg 84

July 27th, 2009
8:04 pm

G-Man – Tech split the MNC with Colorado in 1990 so they were not entirely convincing.