Scrimmage results mixed for Dogs

Wednesday’s first scrimmage was a mixed bag that provided encouragement in some areas and left questions hanging in others. Some observations: 

1. The tailback battle is far from over. Richard Samuel had a fine day, but he wasn’t running against the team’s top defenders. He fumbled again (he had this problem last year), which is the quickest way to the bench for a tailback under Mark Richt. And we still don’t know much about where the backs stand in the important pass protection area because as the Bulldogs Blog noted, Richt said “the defense didn’t bring a lot of pressure. You usually have to bring a linebacker or a safety in order for the backs to get involved in the blocking schemes. … We didn’t [bring] much pressure at all.” The bet here is that won’t be the case in Saturday’s scrimmage.

2. The battle of the flags is far from over. Richt has cracked down on penalties during the preseason, pulling players out of drills to do push-ups for infractions. But in the heat of battle Wednesday, the results weren’t all that impressive. “It’s not horrific, but we’re still jumping offsides a bit too often on offense,” Richt said, adding that the offsides calls are “a little bit of a bother right now.”   

3. The tight end position will once again be an offensive weapon for the Dogs. Projected starter Aron White didn’t scrimmage but the two true freshmen behind him impressed, with Orson Charles snagging two touchdown catches and Arthur Lynch getting another. “We do have some good-looking receiving tight ends right now,” Richt said.

4. While Georgia has a lot of depth in its offensive line, Richt noted an alarming dropoff from the first unit to the second, which allowed a bunch of sacks and passes batted down. Good thing OL coach Stacy Searels substitutes on a rotating individual basis rather than platooning.

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Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
7:01 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahaha

L-Dawg

August 13th, 2009
7:03 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

SO FORTUNATE TO LOVE MY TEAM AND NOT ENVY ANOTHER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

23 DAYS!!!!!!!!

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
7:26 am

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!

So far...

August 13th, 2009
7:28 am

… the reports from this scrimmage are far from encouraging – sounds like more of the same from last year. I quote Bill, quoting CMR “Richard Samuel… wasn’t running against the team’s top defenders. He fumbled again (he had this problem last year); And we still don’t know much about where the backs stand in the important pass protection area because as the Bulldogs Blog noted, Richt said “the defense didn’t bring a lot of pressure. You usually have to bring a linebacker or a safety in order for the backs to get involved in the blocking schemes. … We didn’t [bring] much pressure at all; The battle of the flags is far from over; we’re still jumping offsides a bit too often on offense; Richt noted an alarming dropoff from the first unit to the second, which allowed a bunch of sacks and passes batted down”

This is awful, ESPECIALLY when you hear about the freakin’ defense not being able bring any pressure – which, again, sounds like scheme rather than ability. I keep reading other blogs where the coaches sound encouraging – there was NOTHING encouraging about this!

And, if the coach mentions it in a public forum, then it must REALLY be a problem for which he is concerned, and one which we, as fans, should be concerned, too! Maybe that hot seat really is warming up…..

Big time?? Not

August 13th, 2009
7:30 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes, four beanies

JB

August 13th, 2009
7:30 am

Hey Tech, do you think anybody cares about your program…….look in the stands on Saturday and the lack of TV coverage…………………….shuuuuuuuuuuu……….’nobody’s watching

SomewhereinGA

August 13th, 2009
8:02 am

I am sooo glad that the season doesn’t hinge upon some nerd’s songwriting ability….although that was funny as hell…I will give you credit for that. Know what else is funny as hell? Seven in a row! Nobody giving a damn about GT football. Ugly as a trainwreck ladies. Flag boys. Studying while at the game. Bowl games on blue turf. Ugly ladies.

mdc

August 13th, 2009
8:08 am

hey so far

If you had played you would know what a 1st scrimmage is about. Several starters in fact the starting linebacking core didn’t play. It’s about getting the new guys some life action to determine if they can play. the defense didn’t bring pressure not that they failed..they jsut dind’t need to…the ends were getting prressure…and it was not a true test as offesne #1 vs defense#2 wenet at it and vice versa….don’t read too much into this one….the next few will tell

chazzo

August 13th, 2009
8:19 am

Sounds like there is still a lot of work to be done. I guess that’s about par for the first scrimmage of the first week after the acclimation period.

RAB1482

August 13th, 2009
8:22 am

To “So far…”, don’t get so worked up! I think coach Richt was indicating that the defense “didn’t bring a lot of pressure” as in they were doing it on purpose. Not that they were unable to do so. They were probably giving the QB’s a little room to work since this was the first scrimmage so far. They’re not going to “bring the house” on the first day and risk getting one of the QB’s hurt. If you would read the whole thing he said the #1 defense (against the #2 offense) had “a bunch of sacks and passes batted down”.

Too Easy

August 13th, 2009
8:32 am

I think I’ll let someone else bring up the N. Ave. child-molesting professors, but the comeback will be “at least they don’t kill people”, as if that is some comfort to the children and parents.

The Grinch

August 13th, 2009
8:33 am

To (45-42) wORLD TOUr

Wow, I’m impressed! The way many tech fans talk, you have to spend so much time doing calculus I’m surprised you actually found time to pen such a cute little ditty. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How lame. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

dawgfanatic24-7

August 13th, 2009
8:34 am

Our dawgs will be ready to play Sept. 5th.By the time Nov.28th gets here we will be an a$$ kicking machine.

UGAGRAD05

August 13th, 2009
8:34 am

Hey So far,

“Our No. 1 offense did extremely well, and our No. 1 defense did extremely well.”

I guess you missed that quote from Coach Richt.

The Grinch

August 13th, 2009
8:37 am

To So far…

No way you’re a UGA fan. Trying to sound sooooo concerned about one practice and mentioning the coaching “hot seat”. Nothing you techies would like more than for Mark Richt to leave UGA. Ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. Nice try, though. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

By the way, Pete Carroll hasn’t played for a NC in years. Guess that “hot seat” is warming up, right? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Joey

August 13th, 2009
8:47 am

Yeah, Grinch, but Pete Carroll’’s defense didn’t give up over 40 points 3 times last season either. I know Richt is not on a hot seat this year or next, but Willie Martinez at DC makes me nervous about any game (remember Vandy & Kentucky last year?) Maybe having the Co-DC will help, because the defense better get up to speed in a hurry, like before the season opener.

Hungry Dawg

August 13th, 2009
8:49 am

“So Far” must be a Tech Fan. To read so much negativity into what was basically a very promising first scrimmage. None of our first string line backers were playing in order to give new players more experience. We had two backs with an average of over 12 yards per carry and 5 touchdowns were scored with no interceptions. The freshman tight ends accounted for 3 touchdowns and significant passing yardage something the UGA did not see last year. Great offensive line play and a ton of play makers, whats not to like.

Go Dawgs, Sic Em woof Woof Woof!!!!

UGA

August 13th, 2009
8:49 am

Doesn’t sound like a problem to me, since the “One” Defense is going against the “Two” offense and vice versa. If the “ones” are doing well that’s what matters. Penalties and special teams (kickoffs especially) would be my concern. Can’t wait for the season to start. GO DAWGS!

atl-xmen

August 13th, 2009
8:52 am

well if uga played the weak teams usc and carroll plays uga wouldnt give up 40 points either. think about that for a while. coach WM is doing great with what he has. uga was just too young last year on both sides of the line and didnt match up well at all with the teams that had older and more expierenced lines. uga will be back to normal this year, no worries here.

The Alpha Male

August 13th, 2009
8:52 am

Hey Tech boy! Good to see you logged off your kiddie porn site long enough to impress us with your rhyming skills, I bet it helps you get those five year olds to pull the candy from your pocket.

Hey, mdc...

August 13th, 2009
8:54 am

…I did play, and you are full of it if you think the first scrimmage is as you described. And, since the scrimmage was closed, how do you know the first linebacking corp was not used? But we can at least hope that it is true. And you are correct that the scrimmage Saturday will be alot different as they should be getting more involved with everyone playing at game speed so as to separate the players from the pretenders as they need to know who to concentrate on in practice for the next three weeks.

RAB1482 – “he said the #1 defense (against the #2 offense) had “a bunch of sacks and passes batted down”. No he didn’t – he said there was an “alarming drop off” between #1 and #2 offensive lines that resulted in a lot sacks and passes being batted down. But I will give your thought re: not bringing the house on the first day some credence. At the same time, that just leads to more questions regarding the ability of the running backs to have room to run – only Samuels did anything good, based on the numbers published yesterday in Tim Tucker’s story on the scrimmage. But, they do have the aforementioned 3 weeks to get this all squared away – but it sounds like they have a lot of question marks right now!

GT = Greater Taliban Institute

August 13th, 2009
8:57 am

Too Easy here you go….

Terrorists, child molesters, male flag corp members, car jackings, muggings, ugly women…What a great place to get the full college experience!

Flag Corps tryouts will be held next tuesday…male students are STRONGLY encouraged to come.

The experience at GT is SOOOOOOOO much better than UGA!!! LOL!!!

Dooley's Cardiologist

August 13th, 2009
9:06 am

Just to let you all know, I am sure Saint Simons is saving all the comments that say how UGA will roll over people and how the will be a machine, etc…. and will compile one massive post with all those quotes attached to his usual((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahaha when it comes November and the Dawgs are a 4 loss team going into the 28th. Just be ready for that. I am not saying they will have 4 losses, but if they do you might want to have some good nerd jokes to fall back on. P.S. Saint Simons is Bill King.

atl-xmen

August 13th, 2009
9:06 am

guys..its UGA and mark richt the team will be fine this year again. uga should pretty much handle the cowboys much like they did two years ago. im thinking 35-13 something like that. the big slow off. line wont stand a chace against our faster stronger def line. we shouldnt have to blitz too many line backers with the pressure our ends and tackles will put on the qb. thus making or secondary alot better. wont have to cover as long. i really like how the SEC matches up against the big-12. look what ole miss did to that texas tech team and it should have been worse if not for some turnovers…i really like uga team this year..i loved it last year until all those injuries on both sides of the line hit us. uga was forced to play freshman and as great as those freshamn are they were just not strong enough to hold off the bigger and stronger lines of fla and ala..now tech was just a fluke and bad tackling..which will happen from time time.

again no worries with richt and company at uga,

JDB

August 13th, 2009
9:07 am

Mine eyes have read the shame
That is the news from GA Tech
With all the kiddie rapers and terrrorists
Their school is quite a mess
But since there are no women there
Oh what did you expect?
Bug shame keeps marching on….

Glory Glory Georgia
Glory Glory Georgia
Glory Glory Georgia
And to hell with Terrorist Tech!!

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
9:07 am

All these 4 and 5 star superstars on the field and uog gives up 38 points or more in 5 games last year. A poor reflection upon a coach you would think. I’ll bet there’s only a handful of teams in the country that gave up 38 or more so many times. It’s like Spurrier said: All this great talent goes to uog, but once it gets there it seems to disappear…

No team in the nation does less with more than uog. Rickt isn’t on the hot seat yet, but he will be by the end of this season. Rickt will catch the bus within the next three years, after several more losses to UF and GT. Don’t miss the bus Rickt.

G

August 13th, 2009
9:07 am

Thought St Simons was the Tech prof/child molester. Damn Tech is in the hood students getting robbed at gunpoint, terrorist suspects, child molesters all in mid town. Thought these nerds were smart. Tech sucks all around.

Hungry Dawg

August 13th, 2009
9:07 am

Hey “Hey MDC” get a life and learn how to read. The comments by MDC and RAB1482 were right on target and are backed up by the write ups covering the scrimmage yesterday written by the AJC staff, if you bother to read all the articles, which a true Dawg fan would have done. Your efforts at poking holes in what was a good scrimmage are pathetic.

Saint Simons Lover

August 13th, 2009
9:10 am

Saint Simons I wish you the same fate as Leonard Smalls.

G

August 13th, 2009
9:11 am

Samuel would be the clear cut starter if he hadn’t had wrist surgery. He is a beast

atl-xmen

August 13th, 2009
9:15 am

mark richt will never be on the hot seat just too good of a coach. now PJ on the other hand when his gimmick offense is shut down this year and next year much like LSU did in that bowl game..and pretty much UGA did the first half of the game last year. PJ will be long gone from tech reall soon. 3 years maybe he will be back at GA southern..he will not have the players chan gaily has had for him to run that gimmick offense.

Hungry Dawg

August 13th, 2009
9:17 am

“God and Greyhound” any coach who has better than 10 wins a season 6 out of 8 years and has the third best winning record of any coach in the country over the last 8 years is obviously doing something with all the 4 and 5 star talent. Three trips to the SEC Championship game and two SEC Championships in the last 8 years is a great record. An NC would be nice and eventually he will get one or more, but UGA would not trade MCR for any other coach in the country.

Hey Hungry Dawg.....

August 13th, 2009
9:20 am

…as I stated in my first blog response, I just quoted Bill quoting CMR – see if YOU can read.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 13th, 2009
9:20 am

Bill do you think Cox will do as good as expected? I think they will struggle against the cowboys and lose. Then the Gamegocks make cox look bad and UGA uses Grey some. I hear all the love for Joe C, but I just don’t think he will be there after game 3.

gdavis

August 13th, 2009
9:20 am

Hey So Far… Richt was talking about the number 2 defense not bringing much pressure against the number 1 offense. The number 1 defense brought plenty of pressure. Rod Battle had 3.5 sacks by himself. So stop crying. The sky is falling! Chill out.

Hey Hungry Dawg.....

August 13th, 2009
9:21 am

…and who is “MCR”?

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
9:24 am

uog: The Wisconsin of the SEC

Dooley's Cardiologist

August 13th, 2009
9:27 am

L-Dawg, did you really sing the YANKEE war ballad and then say you do not envy another team??? If you can look at me with a straight face and say you don’t envy UF, I will give you a hundred dollar bill. Give me a break. Speaking of break, your break is over. Now finish my oil change.

Also, Hungry Dawg.....

August 13th, 2009
9:30 am

I went back, at your suggestion, and re-read Tim Tucker’s evaluation of the scrimmage, as reported to him by CMR – I still have not found anything to support the first linebacking corp not playing – granted I am limited to the AJC coverage, so if the ABH or some other site had this info then that is why I have not seen it.

Denver Dog

August 13th, 2009
9:31 am

It appears that the dogs are doing just fine, and we don’t need to be all up in arms about a scrimmage good or bad. Here is the deal, they settle it on the field, and right now, it is just practice. We don’t know who was in at line against whom and who was running the ball against which defense. Whichever line is # 1 and whichever line is # 2, they all have played alot, and will do a great job.

As far as the D goes, he talked about batting down a lot of passes. One of the DE had 3 sacks.

As far as techies go

ISN”T IT A SHAME ABOUT TECH??????????????? 502nd school in the country by Forbes Magazine, Techies, terrorist, perverts all the same. Isn’t it a shame?

atl-xmen

August 13th, 2009
9:32 am

cox and sompany will not struggle against okl st and their weak defence. it is a great first game for cox to get his timing down since he will not have too much pressure from the de line who only had 13 or so sacks last year total. trust me this game is a perfect match up for cox and the dogs/plus when uga beats them pretty bad it should jump us up to the top 10 in the polls. that qb wont have time time to throw to dez bryant when he is laying on his back or running for his life. now the real test will be against south carolina..but cox is a 5th year senior and knows the offense up and down and that should help him counter any thing south carolina thrown at him. cox is ready to start in the sec and i have faith in him leading this team to a sec championship and with a little luck a NC…we have the players and coaching to win it all this year but looking to contend for a NC the next 3 or so years..

Joey

August 13th, 2009
9:32 am

JDB, I think I see a recording contract in your future!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
9:33 am

Ga Tech: The Indiana of the ACC

GT=Irrelevant since 1952

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
9:34 am

Tucker’s column listed the first team LB’s that didn’t play because of hamstring strains. It even mentioned a true freshman from Valdosta getting a lot of time.

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
9:35 am

GT: last national title 1990, 4 total
uog: last national title 1980, 2 total

who is uog?

Chuck

August 13th, 2009
9:36 am

Saint Simons is back? I thought the grage schools have all reopened.

Teacher planning day?

ben hood

August 13th, 2009
9:37 am

i can help to put ga upcoming season in perspective i have seen predictions that go from 6-6 to 12-0 first this is not the opener we ideally need breaking in a new qb osu has 8seniors on d they have all stars at qb rb wr ot cb k we will have pre-season injuries like everyone else hopefully no season-ending ones sc has a tough opener and coaches have figured out how spurrier was constantly getting wr wide open to the post and sc cant get deep easy tds arkansas has the easy opener we could use and 2 weeks to prepare for us if we are to have a great season we must play with our hair on fire 4qtrs always play much smarter and cut down momentum killing mistakes and improve in kicking game which always is huge in first games particularly osu will show cox a ton of looks on d to determine if he can audible ga will probably use all 1st half to in 1st qtr so dont get to upset it will save delay of game penalties if we win the 1st 3 the sky is the limit

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
9:40 am

uog: 6-6 this year, loss to tulsa in the independence bowl

Thanks DawginLex.....

August 13th, 2009
9:42 am

…and my apologies to Hungry Dawg, mdc and RAB1482 – I was depending upon Bill’s quotes and Tim’s article from yesterday – I had not seen his article today that continued his report from yesterday. I stand corrected on many points – and, yes, I really can read! Thanks for pointing out the error of my way!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
9:42 am

GT-1990 a joke. tied a 0-10 UNC team. National title teams don’t do that. BCS in place in 1990-no title for Tech. Next year, back to normal losing to UGA with a freshman QB.

1980-Undefeated national title team
1981-1983, only lost 4 games in 3 years. Clearly a dominant program.

UGA averages beating Tech 7 out of 10 games each 10 years since 1980.

GT=Irrelevant since 1952