One thing we haven’t seen Georgia do much of so far this season is throw the deep ball to A.J. Green, but Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald has up some interesting quotes from Mark Richt and Joe Cox on the subject.
Talking on his Monday radio program, Richt said that Joe Cox “can throw the ball far enough to throw just about anything we want. We’re not going to throw it 65 yards or 75 yards, but there aren’t many Matthew Staffords in the world. I’ll say this — when we do throw the ball deep, I’ll bet you we complete more deep balls this year than we completed last year. Mostly because Joe will put it in play and give a great player like A.J. Green a chance to make the play. If we overthrow him, we get nothing. If we throw it on the money, it’s awesome and if we throw it short, A.J. can either get the ball or usually the defender interferes.”
Cox makes the same point about the importance of not overthrowing the ball. “Of course, you want to hit him in stride when he’s wide open, but if he’s running hip to hip with a guy, give him a chance to catch it,” he said. “He’s either going to catch it or it’s going to be pass interference. If you throw it 15 yards in front of him and he can’t get to it, it’s an incomplete pass and the next down. You’ve got to know who you’re throwing to and know that some guys can make plays — a jump ball. And there’s some guys that can’t adjust as well, and you’ve got to throw it out there and let them run underneath it and catch it in stride. I definitely want to complete some deep balls and really stretch the defense, and luckily we’ve got a guy that’s definitely one of those threats that can do that.”
Maybe this week?
TAKING THEM DOWN
David Hale of Bulldogs Blog asked Rennie Curran about some of the poor tackling by the Dogs in the South Carolina game and what’s been done about that.
“We went back and looked at the film and saw the missed tackles and guys who kind of flinched at certain times in the game,” Curran said. “I feel like we really picked up on that in practice and just tried to improve, and that’s really all we can do. We have to continue to learn from our mistakes and mature as a team, and hopefully that will translate into the game because that’s crucial. In a game like we had against South Carolina, one or two plays made the difference. We’ve just got to continue to stress the importance of that, and I’m sure the guys have learned from that and are ready to improve and have an even better game.”
HALL OF FAME DAWGS
Larry Rakestraw, the last great passing quarterback of the pre-Dooley era and also a baseball star at UGA, is among the new members of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, along with recently retired Gym Dogs coach Suzanne Yoculan.
Rakestraw is best remembered for the 1963 win over Miami in which he threw for 407 yards, then an NCAA record.
Yoculan, of course, led the gymnastics program to national dominance, winning 10 national championships, including the past five in a row.
The induction ceremony will be held in Macon in February.