Bulldog Bites: Dogs third-best in SEC?

The Quad, The New York Times’ college sports blog, has been profiling all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and its countdown has reached No. 11 … Georgia. 


Herschel missed the cut? (University of Georgia)

Herschel missed the cut? (University of Georgia)

Last season, the Quad had picked the Dogs at No. 2 preseason but the blog notes the 2008 Georgia team “was not ready for prime time: the defense, especially, was not up to par. So enormous hopes ended in — the horror — a 10-win finish. Welcome to Georgia in the Mark Richt era, when excellence is assumed and a 10-3 record falls short of potential.” 

As for this season, after a lengthy rundown of Georgia’s personnel, Quad blogger Paul Myerberg writes: “I think this team can and will challenge Florida for the SEC East crown. Are the Bulldogs good enough to beat the Gators? No, I’m not sure if anyone is good enough to beat the Gators in 2009. But I think Georgia will be good, very good, perhaps the third-best team in the entire SEC. Even in what some are viewing as a rebuilding year for Richt and the Bulldogs, sleep on this team at your own risk. My prediction: 10-2, 6-2 in the SEC, second behind Florida in the East division.” 

Interestingly, in ranking UGA’s top five NFL players of all time, the Quad said Herschel Walker, Terrell Davis and Hines Ward were among those who just missed the cut. The Times’ picks: 1. Fran Tarkenton 2. Champ Bailey 3. Charley Trippi 4. Jake Scott 5. Richard Seymour.

Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

Wrangling those Cowboys

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, whose relationship with the media is a bit prickly, has closed off reporters’ access to his team until Aug. 31. The reason, Gundy told the Oklahoman: “The most difficult thing we’re doing right now, or trying to do, is keep them focused and concentrated on preparing to play the game. You’ve got 19,000 students here. You’ve got a lot of cute girls out there. There’s a lot of things going on. Guys have to focus. We’re trying to reel them in.”

OK, let me get this straight. Oklahoma State has what many view as the biggest season opener in its history coming up, against a historically strong SEC program, and is on the verge of what its boosters hope will be its best season ever. And the Cowboys are having trouble focusing because of cute girls on campus?

Meanwhile, Buck Belue talks in his blog about what the Dogs will have to do to keep Okie State’s high-powered offense in check, particularly QB Zac Robinson, who Belue says is “a rock star in Stillwater and he’s a dual threat on Saturday. Not the type of QB you want to blitz, or play a lot of man coverage against. Example: Georgia blitzes and plays man, but does not get the sack … Zac pulls it down and gallops for 25 yards. Another example: Dogs play Cover 1 or Cover 2, which means they are playing underneath man, and Zac scrambles for 30 yards. When you play man coverage, typically there is no one on the QB. A QB that can scoot can hurt you. He recognizes man at the snap — when he see’s DBs chasing WRs & LBs running to chase RBs — and he knows at that instant that he can run for a big-play if say Dez Bryant is tightly covered by Prince Miller. Expect to see a heavy dose of zone against Oklahoma State.”

Not exactly typecasting

The Dogs moved into preparation for the Cowboys on Monday, and one practice note caught my eye: true freshman Zach Mettenberger was wearing Zac Robinson’s number (11) while working as scout team quarterback. Seeing Mettenberger on the scout team and looking likely to be redshirted doesn’t surprise me at all. But I’m kind of puzzled why the Dogs’ coaches would take their least mobile quarterback and have him play Robinson, always a threat to take off running, in practice. 

As for Mettenberger, he told the Athens Banner-Herald he’s fine with how he’s being used. “I don’t have a problem running scout this year and being redshirted. I’m still young and still have a lot to work on.”

49 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2009
10:49 am






August 25th, 2009
10:49 am

Well lets play some football.


August 25th, 2009
10:52 am

Herschel missed the cut? Arguably the greatest college football player to ever play anywhere doesn’t make the cut list for the top 5 at his own school?

Anything else written by that guy loses all credibility.


August 25th, 2009
10:55 am

We will need to score 35-42 points to win this game, which we can against their D, but it might be a who gets the ball last. i’m worried most about the play of our D backs and our ability to pressure the QB. If he sits in the pocket and not rushed, we might be in trouble. If he’s running for his life, we win by 14.

Bill King

August 25th, 2009
10:57 am

In all fairness to the Quad, he’s judging them on the basis of their NFL careers, not their college careers. Still, not including Hines Ward does seem particularly questionable.


August 25th, 2009
11:01 am

I would still argue for Herschel. His NFL career has still got great stats. His career is clouded by the “trade” but that doesn’t mean he was a bust by any means.


August 25th, 2009
11:01 am

Still think the off week before Jax will be a big help.

Johnny Test

August 25th, 2009
11:05 am

Can we get pressure without blitzing? If we don’t get pressue he will pick us apart. The front four have to collaspe the pocket and let Rennie take his head off if he decides to run. We have to play ball control offense and keep them off the field.


August 25th, 2009
11:05 am

One thing I am sure of: Every UGA player plans on being the best. They aren’t setting goals for #2, striving to be better than #3. #1 is always the goal. It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or writes about. I would say the same for GT players or anyone else.

Sammy Kershaw

August 25th, 2009
11:12 am

Hey L-Dog, you realize your fight song is the battle hymn of the republic right… You know same song Sherman played as he destroyed your state.

When’s the next blackout?


August 25th, 2009
11:17 am



August 25th, 2009
11:30 am

If Herschel Walker had stayed at UGA, got his second Heisman, graduated and went number one in the NFL draft he would be number one on the list and possibly the all time leading rusher instead of Gator Emmett Smith.


August 25th, 2009
11:38 am

Where the heck is Quincy Carter?


August 25th, 2009
11:53 am


August 25th, 2009
12:01 pm

You mean Glory, Glory to Old Georgia is a Yankee song, oh the inhumanity of it all.

ptc, how did that week off work out

August 25th, 2009
12:04 pm


August 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Look this up on YouTube: “ZAC ROBINSON GETS JACKED UP” – I don’t see him being a dual threat against UGA


August 25th, 2009
12:10 pm

smashmouth: I looked it up. It was a dirty helmut to helmut hit. Should have been flagged. I did notice, too, that though he was obviously dazed, he did spring right up. I am with you, though, UGA will take these guys, but they better take them seriously.


August 25th, 2009
12:11 pm

Can we PLEASE just start the season !!!


August 25th, 2009
12:19 pm

I don’t blame Gundy for not allowing his players to talk to the media…certainly The Oklahomian doesn’t deserve anyone from OSU to talk to them about their football program.
That newspaper should have fired that sorry arse reporter that attacked the football player.


August 25th, 2009
12:27 pm

Pups won’t even sniff 4th or 5th this season.


August 25th, 2009
12:32 pm

Courtesy of you South Carolina friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI9i4IqeOcY

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

August 25th, 2009
12:38 pm

I LOVE that G Tech is advertising ticket sales on the UGA blogs!!! Hurry Techies!! Only 30,000 seats left for home opener against Div II rival Jacksonville State!!!

hahahahaha!!! *****Free Tech football ticket with test drive!!! *****

Florida Fan

August 25th, 2009
12:48 pm

Enter your comments here


August 25th, 2009
1:01 pm

…colt brennan was an unstoppable force to be reckoned with…..how is georgia’s scout team going to emulate the ‘high flying’ hawaii offense……

….hawaii was playing in its first BCS bowl and had something to prove….

deja vu anyone?


August 25th, 2009
1:16 pm

I like what I’m hearing about Ok St it reminds me of the hype we had going into last season. However it really resembles Clemson going into the AL season opener last year! Maybe Gundy is sandbagging to hopefully get UGA to think they’ll be easy pickins. Our O I think will be fine. Now let’s see Willie ADJUST on D to his personnel available, the opponent & the game situation! Against Ok St we should mix in some 3-4 & 3-3-5 with zone blitz’s while having someone spy on Robinson. Give Bryant the middle of the field underneath a few times early & POUND him! GO DAWGS!


August 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

I thought it was “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

South FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

August 25th, 2009
1:48 pm

the ranking is on the player’s NFL career not their UGA career…For me it would be hard to leave Terrell Davis or Hines Ward off and Garrison Hurst definitely gets an honorable mention bc of his longevity. What about Kevin Butler? He gets a nod from me as well. Rodney Hampton…the list needs to be at least the Top 10!

As for OK St…I believe we will be able to get pressure without having to blitz and even if we do stay in a Zone D for the majority of the game we can and will pressure the QB…I don’t think they have seen a D like the Dawgs D that will be tearing up their back yard on Sept 5th! You have to be a little nervous bc of the question marks on both sides of the ball as a result of players moving on, but with the intensity of the team and the talent of the players we have this year….we should definitely come back to Athens with a W!



August 25th, 2009
1:49 pm

“a historically strong SEC program”? What is that historically strong program? you don’t mean a historically 2-nd tier SEC program, do you?


August 25th, 2009
2:04 pm

athensdawg, a most excellent post!


August 25th, 2009
2:10 pm

Let’s be honest – the anticipation is tough, and OK State is scary. I think UGA is better, but only four quarters of football will prove it.


August 25th, 2009
2:28 pm

That New York times write up is the best I’ve seen on the web.


August 25th, 2009
2:44 pm


Anybody that thinks sex is over rated ain’t doing it right.


August 25th, 2009
2:48 pm

Alphare best winning percentage in the last decade in the SEC so..yes historically that is strong..by the way that is the SEC…not the little 10 or 12…ACC or even the Pac-10..the SEC the BEST conference in college football….remember that, there will be a quiz..

Denver Dog

August 25th, 2009
3:05 pm

Billy Jack, good point, how about, Rodney Hampton, Ray Donaldson, Jimmy Orr

one tin soldier walked away

snot bubble

August 25th, 2009
3:23 pm

Jake Scott and Bill Stanfill………Two of the Best !!!


August 25th, 2009
3:35 pm

I don’t see how you can leave Hines Ward off the list. He was the MVP of a Super Bowl and he has been the leading receiver on two Super Bowl champs. He would be NO. 1 on my list.


August 25th, 2009
3:36 pm

last year every qb looked like joe montana and every running back like emmitt smith…better do something fast as oklahoma state is no charleston southern[does urban know how to schedule or what?]

bulldog in carolina

August 25th, 2009
3:39 pm

bowldawg i think urban is smartest coach in sec…he got up real earlier in the morning to schedule charleston southern as opener!!!…gators know they could not have had quality schedule and withstood pressure!!


August 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

When he retired wasn’t Herschel among the all-time NFL leaders in total yards gained? (Rushing, receiving, returns.) Can someone clarify this?

I’ts not his fault he played on a Cowboys’ team that sucked. That would be like NOT electing Ernie Banks to the Baseball Hall of Fame because he played for the Cubs.


August 25th, 2009
3:45 pm

Against OSU, we need to use lots of clock. Keep ‘em off the field. Hope the running game comes through for us.

Blackberry Cobbler

August 25th, 2009
3:48 pm

Do we really expect a writer for the NY Times to know much about SEC football? I would think not! So, secondly, do we really care what he thinks? Again, I think not!

Who the hell cares what someone in NY City thinks!


August 25th, 2009
4:16 pm

Third best? It’s nice to know the game is not played on paper or in the minds of the journalist and pundits – its played on the field. If Georgia can start healthy this year, they may surprise you!


August 25th, 2009
5:13 pm

Unfortunately, Herschel’s best years were spent in the USFL. Who writes about the greatest USFL players?


August 25th, 2009
10:16 pm

herschel was a great college player but a very average pro who will never be elected to the pro football hall of fame!

Denver Dog

August 26th, 2009
12:46 am

How about Zeke bratkowski, Johnny Raush, Bobby Walden, Cowboy and Moonpie, Marion Campbell. Those guys were some real great players too!


August 26th, 2009
9:11 am

I’m not sure why you wouldnt use Logan Gray as the scout quarterback. He seems to be the perfect guy for Zac Robinson


August 26th, 2009
11:08 am

The wasted years in the USFL and with the Vikings cost Hershel a great NFL career, but I don’t think there has ever been as versatile a back as Hershel. He is the only NFL player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns. He is 8th in career all-purpose yards. Hard to think of 5 more successful NFL players from Georgia, except perhaps Tarkenton.

Life coach

August 27th, 2009
1:28 am

Yes, yes, UGA you win 10 games. But lose all of the big games. No Nat Champ in 30 years. All that talent but no Nat Champ. What is your problem UGA? Anybody could take UGA’s talent and win 10 of 13 but still no big game wins and no Nat Champ. That is the real story.