Two-minute drill: Tackling a priority

The Athens Banner-Herald raises the question of whether missed practices due to hamstring injuries is likely to affect the tackling of Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans in the Georgia secondary. A lack of tackling in practice last year was cited in the failure of the Dogs’ fundamentals during the season.

“Yeah, it can affect you if you’re not going out there right now, trying to get it done,” Evans told the ABH. “We’ve still got a week and a half, close to two weeks. I think all that will be polished by the time the game comes around. I really don’t have any doubts about us having problems with tackling.”

And wide receiver Michael Moore told Bulldogs Blog that tackling has been emphasized more this year. “There’s a lot more hitting, a lot more tackling. As receivers, we have these drills where we go one-on-one with the DBs that are tackle drills, tackle to the ground. We never really did that before. Even today, we had a couple periods where we were going full speed, tackle to the ground. Last year, we really tried to stay up most of the time, just try to do full-speed thud. That didn’t help us, so [coach Mark Richt] definitely changed that up.”

Father and son affair

Marc Weiszer of the Banner-Herald talked to punter Drew Butler about how it will be having his father Kevin as part of the UGA radio broadcasts if he kicks poorly. 

“He’ll be honest with the fans,” Drew Butler said. “He’s always been honest with me. Hopefully that doesn’t have to happen, but if it does, I’m sure he’ll set it straight.”

“He’s heard me complain and demand things from him before so it won’t phase him,” Kevin Butler said. “He’ll have heard it before he hears it on the radio.”

Meanwhile, Dan Magill points out that the Butlers are following a long tradition of Bulldog fathers and sons.

Preparing for the spotlight

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press talked to Joe Cox about what’s on his mind as he prepares to debut as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback.

“The biggest thing I want to see is what it’s going to be like when it gets really loud, right in those first couple of drives of a game,” Cox said. “I played in that situation at Ole Miss as a freshman, and Ole Miss was loud, but when we go down to Florida or when we go to Tennessee, that’s a different animal. I want to see what it’s going to be like just trying to communicate. That’s going to be the one thing that I’m — well, I’m not worried about, but I’m kind of excited to see what it’s going to be like.”

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August 26th, 2009
3:56 pm


Saint Simons

August 26th, 2009
4:00 pm

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha


August 26th, 2009
4:08 pm





big dawg 89

August 26th, 2009
4:09 pm

we’ll be fine, noise or no noise…dawgs by 10…


August 26th, 2009
4:29 pm

GT-Lives to Beat UGA
UGA-Lives to Win Championships

That is why you can’t sell out your 50,000 seat stadium. You have no modern-day winning tradition.


August 26th, 2009
4:48 pm

I think part of the problem with Reshad Jones’ tackling last year was at least in part due to a lack of pass rush. Having to play on your heels in coverage most of the game doesn’t give you many opportunities to square up and unload.

Scout Dawg

August 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

He is excited about going into Florida and Tennessee. Yeah, sounds like someone we have to be worried about. Welcome back to the Junkyard Dawgs by the way, healthy and with an attitude. I pity the nerds.


August 26th, 2009
5:05 pm

Jones knows he has to tackle better to be the first or second round pick he wants to be. Evans is more a cover guy anyway, but he will do fine with a little gang tackling. If we don’t let them move the ball past the line of scrimmage regularly it shouldn’t be a problem.

uga guy

August 26th, 2009
5:18 pm

GeoffDawg, Come on now. I can think of 2 key tackles he could have easliy “unloaded” on in the GT game. There were many other times in the season I saw the same thing. He was not back on his heels, he was just not putting forth the effort. There was actually almost an entire blog dedicated to his poor tackling last year. It amazes me that he thinks he is NFL material, and might leave early.


August 26th, 2009
5:18 pm

Dez is going to burn the puppies secondary


August 26th, 2009
5:20 pm

You know, at some point you guys have to stop your whining and complaining. You got your rears whipped by Ga. Tech not because you were lousy tacklers — goodness, you had won nine and lost only three to that point, right? So you must have been doing something right. You got whipped because the option did what it was supposed to do: create misdirection and confusion, so that by the time your defense found the ball it was too late to get into the hole and square up for the tackle. The lousy tackling was a direct result of a clever offense. For god’s sake, stop your whimpering. It is getting embarrassing.

Class of '98

August 26th, 2009
5:25 pm

Dez and the rest are going to get shut down by a REAL defense, something they don’t see in the Big 12.

Okie State’s a second-tier program. Sorry.

Mitch Cumstein

August 26th, 2009
5:26 pm

Sharecrapper, you are a boob. You obviously didn’t watch the game did you? Look at youtube and see the half hearted “attempts” at tackles that the whole defensive unit made. It would make a DC sick!

Class of '98

August 26th, 2009
5:27 pm

No, sharecropper, tackling was a major issue all of last season, but especially in the Tech game. So were injuries. If those two things go our way this season, we’ll have a great season.

Scout Dawg

August 26th, 2009
5:32 pm

Sharecropper get back to the field. Nobody is whining, did you not watch the game? You make it seem like UGA was outschemed when we all saw that Georgia was in position to make the tackles and just didn’t. Be proud of your 1 in 8 year win and don’t delude yourself of the facts.


August 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

This just in….

I’m pretty sure Saint Simons is that guy who does the Bulldawg Illustrated…
You know…the one whose parents own half of Brunswick, GA.

Him and Bill are buds.


August 26th, 2009
5:40 pm

second tier huh, guess u guys think your playing a high school team. Man ur in for a rude awakening, and yes i know u guys won it all like 29 years ago, such a powerhouse program. Oh before you guys start talking about OSU past, we have sucked it up for awhile i know, but i live in the present not the past


August 26th, 2009
5:48 pm

where is the interception idiot???

Can’t wait to read his next venom filled, vomit inducing post. Still won’t tell us who his team is. Because he didn’t go to college and he just sits at home behind his computer eating donuts all day long wishing he could get a date, even with a blow up doll.


August 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

Enter your comments here


August 26th, 2009
6:06 pm

Hey UGA- Can you give us a game this year?


August 26th, 2009
6:24 pm

Sure they can. Did you forget 2007? Knowshon Moreno ran for 188 yards and Georgia’s defense sacked Florida quarterback Tim Tebow six times in a 42-30 victory.
Game on.


August 26th, 2009
6:58 pm

Listen, I know that Jones has a lot of work to do personally to improve his tackling but bear in mind that when you’re running all over the field play after play because the QB has enough time to make a sandwich in the pocket, then you may not be as fresh for making hard tackles as you’d like to be. It’s not an excuse but just cause to think that a healthier and deeper defense this year will pay off dividends across the board.

Saint John

August 26th, 2009
7:37 pm

Pokesfan, I beheld a pale Dawg, and hell followed him.


August 26th, 2009
7:38 pm

Who is scared of a team whose band plays the Hokie Pokie song at halftime. C’mon.


August 26th, 2009
8:04 pm

Hey Pokesfan , Your QB is gonna be looking out of his ear hole and he’s gonna have to change uniforms at halftime because he’s gonna be green and brown.

Jonothan Dwyer

August 26th, 2009
8:11 pm

Ya’ll better practice at your tackling. You don’t want to be staring at the back of my jersey to the tune of 200 plus yards all over again. Oops.I think I just scored again.

can't tackle, huh?

August 26th, 2009
8:21 pm

What did you guys change to improve your lack of basic football?


August 26th, 2009
9:05 pm

Dwyer just scored? Ha, in his dreams…

Put your cow poke in,
Take your cow poke out,
Do the Hokie Pokie and shake him all about,
Geno and Kade just knocked him out,
That’s what it’s all about!


August 26th, 2009
9:18 pm

“When they snap the ball, the ball is the issue. If you’ve got that we will come and get you, and if your mama got the ball we will come and get her too.” – Marvin Austin, UNC

Reshad Jones

August 26th, 2009
9:52 pm


August 26th, 2009
10:01 pm

45ACP now don’t go talking smack about our second win in the last 18. Tech fans have more legitimacy in doing it to us than we do to UF. At least Tech beat us last year, while we got molested by the gators.

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 26th, 2009
10:03 pm

Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the stomping of the dawgs.
We will make those poor, dumb farm boys
Wish they’d stuck to slopping hogs.
When our team is victorious
We will sing 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 cess pool of the South!


August 26th, 2009
10:05 pm

Saint John ………….you said it best


August 26th, 2009
10:07 pm

(45-42) wORLD TOUr …………hell’s a coming


August 26th, 2009
10:34 pm

Cuz, yes I know. I hate being molested by gators.
We went on a canoe trip in the Okefenokee swamp.
A gator tried to get in the tent with us. No respect.
Our turn to molest this year.
You from around Johnson County?
I have done a lot of deer hunting between Wrightsville and Bartow.

D & D

August 27th, 2009
12:42 pm

world tour:

no one outside of Atlanta has even heard of you. Locusts do not garner much attention, being that they only come out once every 8 years or so!!!

P.S. Star Trek is on channel 46 at 1:00

Hey Billtard

August 27th, 2009
3:14 pm

There were no consensus champions before 1950. Even if there were, Ohio State would be the 1942 Consensus champion because the only then-existing consensus poll (the AP) voted for them. In fact, in 1942 NO human poll voted for the puppies as national champs.

Hey Billtard

August 27th, 2009
3:22 pm

“You make it seem like UGA was outschemed when we all saw that Georgia was in position to make the tackles and just didn’t.”

You need to go to the navy blog – link below – for a breakdown of the game (yes, there really is a navy blog). Change the dot to a period below. It will actually educate some of you genius puppies on the complexities and nuances of PJs offense so you can sound reasonably intelligent when you talk about it (I know yall know a lot about football and respect that as a whole among your fan base, but PJs scheme is one area where you are lacking). As shown by the video on that write up, GT probably should have put up 60 points on you guys. There were at least three plays that should have gone for TDs but didn’t do to missed blocking assignments (as opposed to missed blocks) or poor reads. uga’s positioning was pretty awful the entire game.

thebirddog.wordpress dot com/2009/06/28/other-peoples-rivalries-and-the-futility-of-defending-against-the-wishbone/

“GT-Lives to Beat UGA
UGA-Lives to Win Championships”

Maybe you guys should just stick to beating GT. If you were a freshman in 1980, you would have been born around 1960 making you almost FIFTY now. Even if you were 10 in 1980 you are closing on FORTY. If you live to win championships, that’s a whole lotta living for not a lotta championship.


August 28th, 2009
12:25 am

I am 39 and dhave experienced 6 SEC Championships in my lifetime and 7 visits to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl>>>life has been good for this DAWG Fan/Alum.