Two-minute drill: Cowboys’ Bryant ‘most dangerous’ player

Matt Hayes of Sporting News says Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is the most dangerous player in the game today.

 

Dez Bryant (Associated Press)

Dez Bryant (Associated Press)

Hayes notes that Bryant says opponents last year were triple-teaming him. “Remember how Larry Fitzgerald dominated at Pitt earlier this decade? Bryant is the same type of player,” Hayes says. “He has terrific speed with long strides, great vision and balance with the ball in the air, and he’s nearly impossible to cover without help. Bryant also is dangerous on punt returns (17.9 yards per return, two TDs last fall).”

Curran is SEC’s ‘hardest hitter’

Sporting News Today is running down each conference’s top player by category (click on Page 17 after you go to the front page). As “hardest hitter” for the SEC they pick the Dogs’ Rennie Curran. They also include a couple of nice YouTube links to Curran’s highlights.

Dogs’ other receivers

The Macon Telegraph looks at relatively unheralded Georgia receivers Tavares King and Israel Troupe. 

“They’re underneath the radar because we have a lot of guys everybody wants to talk about,” quarterback Joe Cox says. “But those two guys have been working hard for the past year or two years, and I expect them to play a lot and make plays for us.”

“Troupe has caught more deep balls than I’ve seen him catch in a while,” head coach Mark Richt says. “He seems to be running precise routes, catching the ball. He’s doing a good job.”

As for King, cornerback Brandon Boykin says, “A.J. [Green is] a great receiver, but T.K.’s just as good. He has the smoothest routes I have ever seen. It’s tough guarding him, and I do it every day.”

Another bowl prediction

Sports Illustrated, which has Georgia ranked No. 15 in the preseason, predicts the Dogs will wind up in the Outback Bowl against Illinois this season. 

Shockley high on Joe Cox

Bulldogs Blog catches up with D.J. Shockley, whose time at UGA overlapped a year with 2009 starting QB Joe Cox. Shockley says he was impressed with Cox from the start. “When he first got there, you could definitely see it just pouring out of him that he was a born leader. He had it in him to lead the offense, lead the team and lead at a place like University of Georgia. It’s nothing new. I knew he had it in him way back when.”

79 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
4:01 pm

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

mebertmoover

August 13th, 2009
4:16 pm

man i cant wait til them dawgs put a whoopin on osu! we gonna eat dez like pez, you know what im sayin? zac robinson? more like wac robinson, you know what im sayin? gundy? more like al bundy, you know what im sayin….go dawgs, sic em! meow……

now that's funny

August 13th, 2009
4:25 pm

Mebertmoover I do know what you are saying. OSU? More like OSWho, you know what im sayin? Stillwater? More like sleeping Pillwater, you know what im saying?

OrangeCowboy

August 13th, 2009
4:32 pm

“In 108 touches last season (receptions, punt and kick returns), Bryant had 1,885 yards and 21 touchdowns. He averaged 17.5 yards per touch and a touchdown every 5.1 touches.” And, UGA has 5′-9″ cornerbacks that are gonna have a loooooong day, know what I’m saying?

Otto

August 13th, 2009
4:34 pm

My OU friend calls still water Stoolwater and OSU is Ohio St. OSU is Okie Lite.

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
4:34 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!

reebok

August 13th, 2009
4:44 pm

Tech fan here. Where did SI rank the Jackets, just out of curiosity? Good luck against Okie State, see you on the Flats in November.

L-Dawg

August 13th, 2009
4:50 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

SO BLESSED TO BE A TRUE FAN AND NOT A TRUE HATER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

23 DAYS!!!!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
5:05 pm

I tell you what… Last year a receiver like Dez Bryant, coupled with a quarterback like Zac Robinson, would have been a nightmare for our secondary. This first question will answer a lot of questions about our defense.

By the way, did you see that Oklahoma State is one of the teams featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated???? Thanks, SI! Our cover last year worked really well for us… LOL!

Go Dawgs!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
5:06 pm

Sorry! I meant the first GAME will answer a lot of questions about our defense.

45ACP

August 13th, 2009
5:09 pm

56-20 Orange Cowboy. Guns Up!

marcellus

August 13th, 2009
5:21 pm

So we’ll find out what we’re all about on 9/5-I gotta say that even to this point, I do not know what to expect from the Dawgs this year-Lot’s of “If’s”-
Regardless, I will be there every weekend w/ 92,746 of my friends-I can’t wait much longer!

45ACP

August 13th, 2009
5:22 pm

I thought I was on a Georgia Bulldog blog. About Georgia Bulldog players. Their scrimmage, practice, Georgia Bulldog coaches and player comments. Are you haters really that jealous. You go out of your way to post on a Georgia Bulldog blog? Didn’t your Mama tell you that if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all? How about it’s better to be thought of as stupid than to open your mouth and/or type it and prove it.
That’s all I got to say about that.

AltamahaDawg

August 13th, 2009
5:27 pm

I never really thought about Curran as a hard hitter, although I’m sure he does. My word for him would be something more like relentless.

marcellus

August 13th, 2009
5:28 pm

45ACP-
You’re right. But look at it this way: If you had such an inferiority complex as most Tech fans, you too would have a ring made for beating your in-state rivals-hell, it happens so very infrequently. I mean, do you really think LSU had a ring made after they mopped the superdome floor with them? To that end, did UGA have a ring made for the victory over FLA a couple years back? It’s quite simple, UGA has been there, & they act like it – GT has not in a long while..

marcellus

August 13th, 2009
5:31 pm

Hard to believe that Curran won that over B Spikes-just a thought…

Rennie Curran

August 13th, 2009
5:32 pm

“Coach Gundy, please! Please, I beg of you! Send Dez over the middle just one time!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX1a77UhMzY

45ACP

August 13th, 2009
5:38 pm

OH HELL YEAH!!!
Rip their head off Rennie. Are we ready for some football.
Let’s get it on……………

Einstein

August 13th, 2009
5:43 pm

How many out there vote for the AJC to ban “Saint Simons”, aka an AJC lackey, from all these boards? He/she/it has nothing constructive to contribute and I, for one, thinks it’s getting redundant and boring. If he/she/it wants to post, have at it on the GA TECH blog. Good riddance! Peace

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 13th, 2009
5:50 pm

I’m in agreement with Shockley that Joe Cox will be a leader and an exceptional one at that. The Dogs don’t miss a beat with Stafford gone. Goodbye Stafford…hello Joe!

Question: Was A.J. Green’s first career touchdown pass was thrown by Stafford or Cox?

Answer: You guessed it, Joe Cox!

This will be a lethal combination in ‘09!

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
5:55 pm

45ACP, welcome to our world! Hopefully we will beat them this November and they will decide to go away…

I do have a question for you about your prediction. The last time someone put over 50 points on us was back in 1999. Last year, Florida hung 49 on us and they were the National Champs last year AND had the 2 time Heisman trophy winner leading their offense. So you see the Cowboys putting 56 up on us Sept. 5th? What is your thoughts behind that number? I agree your offense put up some sick numbers last year (including against Texas A&M), but do you attribute your prediction to a continued offensive assault or do you think that this is the worst UGA defense that we have put on the field in a decade? In my opinion, I don’t see the score going that high… However, I do think it will be a close game.

And thank you for being civil on this board! Its great to have an adult conversation with a fan of one of our opponents. I am interested in what you have to say.

Go Dawgs!

Denver Dog

August 13th, 2009
6:16 pm

Here is what I see, UGA running the ball at will, or passing at will. Whichever OSU, or anyone gives us, we can do it. The difference is that we have an O line this year and most importantly, we have a d line too! OSU is a good team, and whether we can move the ball, or stop the ball, that will determine the outcome. There will be a big emotional push from OSU to start with, and I would not be surprised if they put up 2 or 3 scores real fast, but I don’t know how long they can stop the dogs, and if they do it could be a long day for the dogs. Make no mistake, one team will dominate early, and will will out in the long run.

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
6:19 pm

When did Tim Tebow win the Heisman the second time. I must have snoozed through that one.

superDawg

August 13th, 2009
6:21 pm

Orange cowgirl what did you say last time.

Denver Dog

August 13th, 2009
6:21 pm

Cuz, You did, it was another miracle he performed

superDawg

August 13th, 2009
6:26 pm

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
6:40 pm

To marcellus,

The ring was part of the gift package from the Chick-Fil-A bowl. The Tech seniors voted to have the uog score engraved on it.

Small peanuts compared to when uog broke Tech’s 8-game streak and retired the guy’s jersey who scored the winning touchdown.

Act like you’ve been there before? Is that how uog was acting when it beat Vandy in 2007 on a lucky fumble, and the uog players were so giddy they danced on the Vandy logo at midfield? Then they follow it up the next week by having a team end zone celebration after scoring a TD against Florida? Was that uog acting like it’s been there before?

uog: The Wisconsin of the SEC

AltamahaDawg

August 13th, 2009
6:40 pm

He meant to say Two Timin Tim Tebow.

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
6:43 pm

I agree g and g. I mean no team annihilating the Bulldawgs in Sanford Stadium would touch the sacred hedges. The Tech players and fans have more class than that.

pj

August 13th, 2009
6:48 pm

UGA 31 OK ST 21

chazzo

August 13th, 2009
6:52 pm

I agree with DJ. As far as SI, though, pre-season bowl predictions are about the only thing more worthless than pre-season polls. Just another thing to bet on and bring the sport down.

marcellus

August 13th, 2009
6:55 pm

G of G
Don’t hate us cause you aint us-I can see that you have documented well-
the envy is seething out of you-
simply join a tech blog & type til your heart’s content

marcellus

August 13th, 2009
6:56 pm

G of G
Struck a sore nerve, didn’t it-
That’s what the truth usually does-

ouch

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
7:10 pm

g and g, did you see that obscene gesture by Dez Bryant to the fans. I am going to report Bill King to Mama Cox. I cannot believe he would have the gall to put players making obscene gestures on two blogs in a row. What about the chlidren? Oh the inhumanity.

AltamahaDawg

August 13th, 2009
7:15 pm

They weren’t stomping on Vandys logo so much as it was symbolic of thier entire year of hard work.

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
7:32 pm

Dez Bryant the most dangerous player, is he packing heat or something?

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!!

August 13th, 2009
7:37 pm

Bryant is a very good receiver but fragile,,a strong hit or 2 very early in the game from Jones, Banks and Evans will all but put him out,,and oh yea, Geno,Jeff and Tyson in Robinson face all day wont hurt either…..

Paddy

August 13th, 2009
7:40 pm

Cowboy folks…CMR wins on the road and he will make you scratch your head at the end of the game. I know you have great players. He will find a way to beat you, he always does.

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!!

August 13th, 2009
8:00 pm

Oh well take Banks off I see he will be out a few weeks…DARN…

Kiffin's A Bozo

August 13th, 2009
8:08 pm

YIKES SPIKES!!! Just ask “No-gain” Moreno who hits hardest!!!

OrangeCowboy

August 13th, 2009
8:45 pm

“Coach Gundy, please! Please, I beg of you! Send Dez over the middle just one time!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX1a77UhMzY

Looks like a nice player…but I didn’t see him tackle a single WR going across the middle. Didn’t even see him trying to cover one. Just sayin…

OrangeCowboy

August 13th, 2009
8:50 pm

“Orange cowgirl what did you say last time.” Didn’t say anything about Bryant last time, didn’t make a prediction on final score then, and I’m not making one now. Just saying, last time was Bryant’s first game ever for OSU and you will not stop him this year. You might win the game, but you won’t stop Bryant.

GradyGrad96

August 13th, 2009
8:50 pm

People have short memories. When UGA players started stomping on the V at midfield after winning the game the UGA coaches were all over their butts instantly. Does anyone remember the prior year, when the game was in Athens? I was there. Vandy won the game. Their team, the entire team went nuts on the G at midfield. Vandy coaches did nothing about it, nor did the UGA players attempt to do anything about it. Some UGA players remembered and wanted to exact a little revenge. Unlike Vandy, the UGA seniors and coaches quelled in quickly. Richt apologized to Vandy coaches and scolded the team. The same actions were not taken by Vandy coaches and team leaders when they stomped on the G. Those in glass houses should not throw stones.

OrangeCowboy

August 13th, 2009
9:08 pm

“Bryant is a very good receiver but fragile,,a strong hit or 2 very early in the game from Jones, Banks and Evans will all but put him out” Where do you get that Bryant is “fragile”? He hurt his knee in the Holiday Bowl because he slipped on the wet turf and came down awkwardly, not because he was hit by anybody. Other than that, he missed a few plays in the Mizzou game because they were cheap-shotting him to the head, something they finally got called for. That’s it. He never got hurt at all his Freshman year. This guy look “fragile” to you?

http://www.newsok.com/catching-up-with-osu-wide-receiver-dez-bryant/article/3391920?custom_click=lead_story_photo

J J Gunns

August 13th, 2009
9:16 pm

“Two Time Heisman Trophy winner”???? Where the heck did I get that??? Sorry… I don’t know what I was thinking…

Say what?

August 13th, 2009
9:17 pm

g and g, really? Marcellus points out that your team had rings made to celebrate their 1st victory over the Dawgs in 8 years and your come back is “the team voted on it”??? How the heck does that counter his argument? Seems to me that it backs it up.

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
9:30 pm

UGA will run the ball on OK St. to keep DEZ off the field. Then they will put loads of pressure on the QB to make it difficult for him to get Dez the ball. They won’t punt to him or kick off to him. He will be double teamed in passing situations. Nullify Dez and we win.

Robert Blake as Baretta

August 13th, 2009
9:39 pm

And dat is the name of dat tune.

OrangeCowboy

August 13th, 2009
9:57 pm

“He will be double teamed in passing situations.” You think nobody ever thought of that one before, Lombardi? Bryant was double-teamed virtually every play last year. 87 catches, 17 YPC, 19 TDs. Texas probably did the best job of double-teaming him last year, holding him to only 74 yards, no TDs. Problem was, that left things open for Kendall Hunter. All he did was shred them for 161 yards rushing.

Robert Blake as Baretta

August 13th, 2009
10:19 pm

I’m just a washed up TV has been actor. Who won that game, Texas or Oklahoma State?