UGA quarterback-turned-broadcaster Buck Belue thinks the Dogs’ best shot at beating Oklahoma State is to come out as the aggressor on offense.
“None of this 3-and-out stuff in the first quarter by being conservative,” he writes. “That spells trouble. It’s one of those ‘Think 30’ situations. The Cowboys offense is loaded and dangerous. Got to expect they will score some points. So, think 30. As in, we need to score 30 points to win.”
Belue suggests Georgia let QB Joe Cox “throw it around” in the first half and “maybe get a big play or two and set the tone. Oklahoma State’s secondary got torched last season. New [defensive coordinator] and some new faces and that’s another reason to test them. … Hit ’em with some big pass plays and get them focused on rushing the passer … then start dialing up a steady dose of running plays.”
Do you really really like me?
Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald has an amusing quote from Geno Atkins about teammate Jeff Owens of blogging and Twittering fame. “He speaks his mind about everything and he always has a comment about everything. Sometimes it can get annoying. `What do you think about this? What you do think about this?’ He asks the same question over and over again.
`Do you like me?’
`Yes, I like you.’
‘Why do you like me?’”
I get the feeling Jeff has sports talk radio in his future after he finishes playing on Sundays. Or maybe he’ll become the male Oprah.
The UGA student paper, The Red and Black, offers up its preseason superlatives, including:
Most Likely to Do an A.J. Green Impression: Orson Charles. As in have a huge impact as a freshman.
Says the R&B: “Charles, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end, looks to have a better shot at replicating Green’s monstrous first-year campaign than [freshman wide receiver Marlon] Brown does (particularly because Green’s still around). Charles will be worked into creative offensive schemes, split out as a receiver and a passing threat on both big plays and in red zone opportunities. Don’t be surprised if Charles is in charge of the Georgia tight end spot real quick, and in a really big fashion.”
Curran on being snubbed
David Hale’s Bulldogs Blog has a bunch of quotes concerning Rennie Curran, including what the conference’s top returning tackler thinks about being left off many preseason All-SEC lists.
Says Curran: “It definitely gives you a little bit of motivation to know that people might not respect you as much as you think they should, but at the end of the day, you’re just trying to win those games. If the offense is doing well, the defense is doing well and we’re winning games, that respect is going to come. … We can’t expect to get respected when my defense isn’t producing and people are getting 40 points on us. That’s how it works.”
Dogs No. 6 in five-year rankings
College Football News has crunched a bunch of stats and compiled a listing of the top football programs over the past five years. It’s topped by USC, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida. Georgia comes in No. 6. Essentially, they say Mark Richt’s program has done “everything but” win a national championship.
Everything but. You know it’s got to rankle Richt to hear his head coaching career summed up that way.
My money still says he changes that.