Bulldog Bites: Phantom hamstring injuries

 

Rennie Curran (Georgiadogs.com)

Rennie Curran (Georgiadogs.com)

David Hale of Bulldogs Blog, the UGA beat reporter for the Macon and Columbus papers, noted that in Wednesday’s scrimmage the No. 1 defense was without Rennie Curran, one of several players (four of them linebackers) who were said to have “sore hamstrings” and did not scrimmage. Hale was skeptical that all those hamstrings became sore between Tuesday’s special teams practice and the scrimmage. 

His skepticism was well placed. Linebackers coach John Jancek came clean with Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, saying there were “no injuries, just trying to really evaluate the younger players, who can add depth, who’s good at what positions. We’re just trying to move guys around, seeing what their skill level is at various positions.”

And Curran later confirmed to Hale: “I’m good, I’m good. You want to have that depth going into SEC ball. Anybody can go down. We started off with all our linebackers at the beginning of the year [last season] and you guys saw what happened. So you’ve got to have everybody ready at the beginning of the season.”

Still, all of this makes you wonder whether Caleb King really was slowed by a hamstring problem as Mark Richt said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it appears the hamstring injury to Oklahoma State star QB Zac Robinson is real. The Oklahoman reports Robinson was held out of practice for the fourth straight day Wednesday. 

As others see us …

The Track Em Tigers Auburn fan site takes a look at the 2009 Dogs and, in assessing matchups, gives the edge to Georgia or calls it even in most categories, with Auburn deemed stronger only in punting, kickoffs and placekicking. They expect a win for the Dogs, saying Georgia “is too powerful on both lines of scrimmage, and Auburn falls, 37-27.”

Somebody else likes us

You remember College Football News, which has Georgia No. 5 in its preseason rankings. Now in its ranking of offensive units, CFN has Oklahoma State No. 1 in the nation and Georgia No. 6. 

They say the Cowboys have “possibly the nation’s most balanced and efficient attack” with “four superstars to build around in QB Zac Robinson, WR Dez Bryant, OT Russell Okung, and RB Kendall Hunter, with Bryant and Hunter likely to be among the Top 10 players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft.”

As for Georgia, they see the Dogs as improved despite losing Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno because of the offensive line, which is “deep, experienced, loaded, and stunningly young. It might be the best line in the country, even if the starting five might change on a weekly basis like it did throughout the first half of last year. The running backs are extremely deep, very fast, and very good with several excellent options to play around with. Joe Cox won’t be Stafford, but he’s a long-time veteran who should be serviceable and should keep the chains moving thanks to a line that’ll give him 10 days to throw. A.J. Green is one of the nation’s best receivers, but he needs a No. 2 target to help take the heat off.”

So the edge there goes to OSU, right? Not so fast, my friend. 

In ranking defenses, CFN has Georgia No. 10 and Oklahoma State … No. 56. For the Dogs, they say, “the strengths are tremendous while the potential weaknesses aren’t all that bad.” They note the need for a pass rush and a playmaking cornerback, but say “on the plus side, the tackles are tremendous and the linebackers are fast, athletic, and extremely talented. … While there might be a few meltdown moments, like there were against Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech, this will be one of the nation’s top 20 statistical defenses.”

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Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
2:01 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahaha

BR 2006

August 13th, 2009
2:03 pm

WA WA WA WA WA wellllllllllllll ?

f’n shula man!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
2:04 pm

All Dawg fans… Let’s try something here… Don’t engage the trolls!!! Let’s discuss the team we love and what we think will happen this year, and not respond to anyone like Saint Simons or God and Grayhound. If we ignore them and don’t respond, they will go away.

Rabun Dawg

August 13th, 2009
2:14 pm

JJ, I concur!! However, I seriously doubt that the ones mentioned above will go away? They apparently have nothing else to do except hang out on the UGA blogs and make fools of themselves! What I deem as pathetic is the fact they are here mostly out of jealousy or envy. But, you are correct, ignore them for sure!!

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
2:15 pm

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the stomping of the Dogs
We will teach the poor dumb farmboys
They should stick to sloppin’ hogs
When the Jackets are triumphant
There will be a mighty cheer
We’ll do the same next year!

To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
The cesspool of the South!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
2:15 pm

Bill, I hope that CFN is right. In my heart of hearts, I believe that this TEAM is better off that last years… at least at this point we have not had all the injuries and off-field issues that we did last year. I still think we will miss Stafford and Knowshaun (especially at the beginning of the season), but I feel pretty good about our team prospects. I can’t wait until the season starts!

Go Dawgs!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
2:17 pm

Rabun Dawg, I know… I know… However, if no one engages them then it will at least cut down on their number of posts, right? Yeah… Probably not… Oh well. I can always wish.

Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
2:21 pm

Everybody is worried about the offense but I believe the offense and the defense will be much better. I can seriously see Joe Cox throwing the ball all over the place against Okie State. He is accurate and has tight ends and WR’s to throw to. I really believe he can do it.

Coach Richt does too or he wouldn’t be playing. Do all the haters believe he wants to lose with a senior QB just to prove his loyalty to him?

No. He is playing because he believes he can win with him in there.

Okefenokee Dawg

August 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

I can tell that football season is near. One day,I can convince myself that we should win every game. Next day I can convince myself that we will be terrible. It’s driving me crazy – Let’s just play some football!!

JB

August 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

AJC staff……….Driving blogger numbers for ad revenue of some type. AjC Charges Ad dollar rates for
“LOGGED” on visitors to the AJC site……….They want lot’s of traffic and keeping the dorkie alias posting keeps the real Dawg fans coming back. If you’ll notice, the response to the so called Tech blogging is higher than the topic, thus the Tech agitation.

JaxDawg

August 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

The defense will be much improved.
Jeff Owens & Marcus Washington were two key components to the 07 defense that we really missed last season.

Curran is the real deal and the LB’s as a unit are deep

B.Evans move to saftey is going to pay huge dividends, he’s MUCH more comfortable and better suited for that position vs corner.

Sanders Commings & Brandon Boykin are going to help strengthen the secondary.

Teams/fans expecting to see the same defense as last year are going to be in for a rude awakening.

Go Dawgs!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
2:34 pm

Okefenokee Dawg, I am right there with you! The only thing that I think will cure the pre-season emotional rollercoaster is the start of the season! My wife thinks that I am bi-polar!

Go Dawgs!

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
2:34 pm

Great pic of Curran giving an obscene gesture to the crowd. That seems to go along just fine with what uog is all about… Stay classy Bill King!

Joey

August 13th, 2009
2:35 pm

Only one thing will shut them up. And we UGA fans can only hope it will happen in a big way in November. Do any Dawg fans here or that anyone knows have an urge to get on an opponent’s blog and do that hahahahah thing tow or three times per day?

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
2:37 pm

Interesting information…. I don’t know how reliable College Football News is but they pretty much zeroed in on Georgia’s strengths on the OL, AJ Green, a stable of good running backs and a QB who knows the system. A very good DL with experienced LBs and question marks on the ends and corners. Hope they are right.

CFN rated Tech’s backfield #1 but the overall offense at #23 because the OL was rated #33. No good and no depth. Their defense was rated #29 for basically the same reason; weak DL and no depth.

JaxDawg

August 13th, 2009
2:40 pm

DawginLex- Thank you for making that point about Cox! First it’s crazy to think CMR wouldn’t put the QB that gives the Dawgs the best chance of winning in favor of “rewarding” a player for loyalty.

It would do much more for recruiting if Logan or Aaron beat Cox out, as it would show potential recruits that even if you’re a freshman or sophomore if you’re the best QB you’ll get your shot even a “more deserving” jr or sr QB is there.
Joe Cox has been named the starter because he gives the Dawgs the best shot of winning NOW period.
Cox may not have the arm Stafford did, but he does an excellent job of going through his progressions and hitting receivers in stride with a very catchable pass.
Look for big things from both Cox and the Dawg offense as a whole this fall. Mark it down!
Go Dawgs!

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

god and grehound (aka M) if there is anything obscene on these blogs it is you and your gang of hate mongers and deniers of the truth. Your inferiority complex probably extends outside sports like no women friends, low paying job and other classic attributes of negetive blog stalkers. Nothing else to do, no one to talk to and lot of pent up fustration from being so unlikable.

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

To Reality Check,

Two years ago(2007), CFN had Tech in their preseason top 10 when nobody else had them in their top 25. After Tech beat ND, they climbed into the top 5. CFN raved about Tech’s lines, ranking them both in the top 5 nationally and saying they were the best set of lines in the country.

CFN doesn’t know ****

dawgfanatic24-7

August 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

All summer I’ve heard about how great Okie States offense is yet they lost to Oregon. They may be good in the Big 12 but in the SEC they’d be a Miss.State or Vandy.

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
2:50 pm

To Reality Check,

You’re the one throwing insults around. I’m just trying to talk football.

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
2:55 pm

“Great pic of Curran giving an obscene gesture to the crowd. That seems to go along just fine with what uog is all about… Stay classy Bill King!”

How is that discussing football?

SOUTHGADAWG88

August 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

I’m out front early here saying we have the best lines in the SEC and maybe the nation.Owens and Atkins are two NFL 1st rd picks.Trinton and Boiling will be as well when they finish.If we can run the ball this year we will be tough to beat..I don’t see any team on the schedule who can control either line of scrimmage against us.

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:02 pm

Seems to me that your post was meant as an insult to UGA and Bill King… Let me look again… Any stats? Nope… And constructive discussion of this year’s team vs. last years? Negative… Any knowleged-based insight on what might make the Dogs better or worse? Uh… no, not that I can see. Interesting….

So again, god and greyhound, how was you inital post “discussing football”?

FalconsRule

August 13th, 2009
3:06 pm

Bill,

Maybe you outta worry about the Dawgs and not Oklahoma, are you really that scared of Oklahoma. Do you have nightmares at night about the Dawgs losing to them and take out your fear on this blog?

Trust me, Oklahoma State is going to be fine with or without Zac, and he will likely return.

Oh and please, CFN gave the Dawgs a number 5 rank. Wow! Great! Let’s do a dance. Preseason polls are great right? You as a dawg fan should know a lot about overrated rankings. Football teams who lose their stars on offense just don’t pick up and get better. I know you dawgs fans would like to believe that, but it won’t happen.

Oklahoma State returns most all of their personnel, so regardless of what CFN says I’ll give them the go ahead. Also, UGA has two unproven running backs an unproven QB, and shaky special teams. Oklahoma has one of the best offenses in the nation. If you think for a second that Joe Cox is going to go out there and throw all over Oklahoma State you are sadly mistaken. This will be his first game as a starter and Okla St. will exploit that, you can bet on their fans rattling him a alot too. Okla St. isn’t as stupid as ASU by allowing allowing a lot of UGA fans to travel there.

Take Oklahoma State by 14.

Sure Tackle salesman

August 13th, 2009
3:08 pm

If Tech has the #1 backfield, they might not need the #1 D. Should be a good game. Both teams should score 40+

say what, you OK with that?

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:09 pm

It seems to me that your original post was meant as an insult to UGA and Bill King. Wait a minute, maybe I mis-read it. Let me take a look at it… Any mention of the current topic, “Phantom Hamstring Injuries”? Nope… How about a mature comment or two about possible deficits in the OL or DL? Not that I can see… What about insight into coaching strategies that were used last year and how they could be shored up this year? Um…. Negative. Well, surely there is at least a mention a Georgia player or two? No… WAIT! Yes, he mentioned Rennie Curran… but nothing about his playing abilities…

So again, how is your inital post discussing football?

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

Whoops! Sorry for the double post… Computer went south for a minute…

1-800-TECH-TIX

August 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

Over 30,000 tickets left for the opener! Come see the Jackets get mauled again. LSU style!!

(((((((((((((38-3)))))))))))))))))))))))

Losers!!!!!!

Ed-Covington

August 13th, 2009
3:14 pm

Let’s see: with an inexperienced QB, no established RB, only one star receiver and no all-america linemen the UGA offense is rated #6 in the country? WOW! Doesn’t say much for the other 100 or so!

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:16 pm

Sure Tackle, I agree with you that it should be a good game! We will see when they tee it up. I think the UGA defense will be much better than last year so if both teams score 40+, I will be severly disappointed.

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
3:24 pm

To Say What?

I’m not the one who posted a photograph of a uog star/thug flashing an obscene gesture to the crowd. I find that offensive and unprofessional for someone in Bill King’s anointed position as AJC blogger, and I commented as such. If you want me to stop making comments about uog players throwing obscene gestures, then tell your blogger to stop posting such photographs.

As for football, as I’ve said before: uog: new players at all the skill positions except one WR. Solid if not unspectacular o-line. 6-6 this year, loss to Tulsa in the Independence Bowl.

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
3:29 pm

uog fans are just going so gaga over the o-line because they don’t have anything else to talk about other than aj green, not getting any players arrested, and Joe Cox’s “leadership.”

FalconsRule

August 13th, 2009
3:29 pm

1-800-TECH-TIX,

When asked about numbers of fans in football stadiums CPJ had this to say just the other day, “It’s a good thing you don’t get points for that”.

You SEC fans are so damn proud of your 80,000 fans games. Yet GT was 2-1 against the mighty SEC last year.

CPJ is correct, you don’t get points for fan population. MORON!

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

He is not flashing an obscene gesture, he is pointing to his bicept as a show of strength… you know, like kids sometime do. Is he showboating, yes. Is he being obsene, no.

But that is beside the point. You said, and I quote, “Great pic of Curran giving an obscene gesture to the crowd. That seems to go along just fine with what uog is all about… Stay classy Bill King”. Then you told Reality Check that you were trying to talk foot ball… Its right there in black and white… So again, I am asking you, how is your first quote discussing football?

JaxDawg

August 13th, 2009
3:34 pm

Falconsrule- 1st Zac Robinson’s injury is news not a major concern. I for one hope he’s 100% when we play them, because I don’t want them to have any excuses for losing.

2nd-Stars do not make a complete team. Games are won and lost in the trenches. You should know this better than anyone being a falcon’s fan. Losing Vick and having to turn the offense over to a rookie QB. What’s more likely Matt Ryan was a underrated, under- utilized star in college that finally got a chance to prove what he can do, or he was a decent QB that fell into a good situation with a strong supporting cast?

Also this won’t be Joe’s first game as a starter, and all “unproven” means is unknown in football. I’m quite sure no one outside of UGA and parts of NJ knew who Knowshon Moreno was before he stepped onto the field.

Why don’t you run along to the Falcon’s blog and leave the college football talk to the men.

Oledawg

August 13th, 2009
3:37 pm

god and greyhound- Your 3 postings are wrong,right,wrong. The first one on Curran was humorous, but technically incorrect. The second one I mostly agree with and the third one was refuted by your first one. The trick here is not to read a whole lot into any prognostications(see SI yesterday). I admire CFN for coming up with their own assessments and especially the knowledge they show in researching the Dawgs. Pete Fiutak especially researches the Dawgs and displays an intimate knowledge on occasion. Other writers agree with him after he posts his opinion; i.e., he was the first writer to get away from the “Stafford-and-Moreno-are-gone-so-the-Dawgs-are-crap” syndrome and picked up on the O and D lines as powerful. He knows the players and not just the stars. All in all you are correct when you say that they don’t know squat(you should have had 5 asterisks) because none of the writers on any net prognostications know squat. I do believe that CFN is original and better than most of all of these “Don’t Know Squat” guessers. I have to say that my ‘drothers rest more in the CFN camp, but what-the-hell, I don’t know squat.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

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god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

To Say What?

I’m discussing a picture of a football player giving an obscene gesture which Bill King placed on his blog. Is that not football or blog related?

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

Now that is an intelligent post “talking football”, Oledawg. Thank you!

Say What?

August 13th, 2009
3:41 pm

You said “talking football”. That was not talking football. So you agree with me?

D&D fan

August 13th, 2009
3:54 pm

god and greyhound, how is that obscene, he’s pointing to his bicep, you idiot! You should take a ride yourself… what a moron…

Will

August 13th, 2009
3:54 pm

Jax Dawg you know what your talking about.. The losses of Jeff Owens and Marcus Washington really hurt us last season. Add them plus Sanders Comings, Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, Charles White, Montez Washington,Justin Houston and Branden Smith and damn if you haven’t got yourself a hell of a defense! I am predicting top 5 instead of top 10.

Oledawg

August 13th, 2009
3:55 pm

g&g- Have to agree on “anointing” of Bill King. The Macon Telegraph has the best “Bulldog Blog” by an alumnus. He has an interesting story on Tavarres King and Troupe today. At least it’s more interesting to this alum. Bil King’s sorry article about Coach Richt “whining” in responce to the ooc schedule question is why Richt no longer responds interestingly to questions. That was an atrocious and demeaning remark reserved for our worst enemies and not from an alum. If he really spoke and wrote for the Dawgs, an apology should have been forthcoming.

Oledawg

August 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

Right on!, Will. Your comments are lost in this tete-a-tete between a couple of bloggers taking each other too seriously. CFN agrees with you as well as to injured players responsible for last year’s letdown and ackowledges that they are strong football players. Putting those injured last year into proper perspective(most were players that beat FU year before last) joining those with experience who replaced them should create awesome O and D lines.

Oledawg

August 13th, 2009
4:30 pm

Most writers overlook our receiving corps. I believe that they are in the top 10 in talent. The older and new receivers as individual groups are capable of performing better than several of those ranked and discussed in the top 10. You would expect Big 12 to be ranked up there since all they have are fling-it-out-there-and-let’um-catch-it teams. The older receivers along with Green are capable without the outstanding new recruits, but you had better believe that Richt and Co. will use them all in some perfidious way on our unlucky opponents.

I believe that the “guessers” have overhyped OSU this year as they did with Central Michigan, Hawaii and Boise State in the last several years. I believe they are a good team and it will be a good game

Oledawg

August 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

,but take the Dawgs and the points if you can get’um.

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
4:55 pm

Now this is what I call a discussion forum! Awesome!

Oledawg, I agree with you and Will. That’s what gets me excited about this year! However, its the fact that most of those guys have not seen a down of football in over a year that keeps me awake at night. I guess that’s why my wife thinks I’m bi-polar. Man! The season cannot get here soon enough!!!!!!

Go Dawgs!

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
5:22 pm

God and greyhound… who are you kidding. You are not talking football.. your whole day is spent stalking Ga. Blogs making up stuff and tossing insults. Rennie Curran is not making an obscene gesture in that picture and you know it. Rennie Curran is a first class guy and if you really knew anything about football you’d know that. Most tech fans are like most Ga fans. They want to win the game but they don’t spend their time insulting everything about the other team’s players, coaches, fans and school. You are a gutter rat and you get pleasure wollowing in puke you call talking football. You give all Tech fans a bad name.

The Grinch

August 13th, 2009
5:29 pm

To god and greyhound

tech will go 7-5 and be back to the customary blue-field-bowl game. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

(7-1, and 14-18) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
5:31 pm

I’m a pedophile from Georgia Tech
a terrorist and a queer
a helluva helluva helluva helluva
terrorist and a queer……………. sing along tech fans.