Bulldog Bites: Georgia to go deep?

Joe Cox (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Joe Cox (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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?


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.”


Larry Rakestraw, Suzanne Yoculan (Georgiadogs.com)

Larry Rakestraw, Suzanne Yoculan (Georgiadogs.com)

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.

38 comments Add your comment


September 18th, 2009
1:59 pm

How did this happen?


September 18th, 2009
2:10 pm






September 18th, 2009
2:13 pm

It is refreshing to not have the yellow maggots on here with their tired drivel-
as someone said earlier today:

“techies, please bring your seatbacks and tray tables to their upright and locked position, we are coming back to earth now”

Stinger tucked between my legs......

September 18th, 2009
2:18 pm

A GREAT poem about the game last night………..

The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech may be a hell of an Engineer,
but when it comes to football games, you see the choice is clear.
The Wreck could build a town that the entire world may cheer,
but along can come a Hurricane and make it disappear

WELCOME BACK TO EARTH HONEY BEES!!!!! “it’s only the beginning” hahahahaha!


September 18th, 2009
2:25 pm

Just get the ball to AJ.


September 18th, 2009
2:29 pm

Run the Ball and keep Mallett off the field.

Panties in a wad

September 18th, 2009
2:30 pm

Dear UGA,

Please destroy Pigtrino. The Falcons will owe you one.

UGA 42-17


September 18th, 2009
2:34 pm


I’ve heard all this before the season started but it has become painfully clear if you don’t established a good run game then no matter how good Joe throws it and how great A.J. is at getting to the ball they will become one dimensional and predictable. The run game has worked in the past two games and I sure hope CMR and Bobo stays with it more. Control the ball win the game.

Athens Health Department

September 18th, 2009
2:57 pm

The only thing you flea bags will go deep on is when you step in that cesspool left after tailgating in Athens.

Dawg girl

September 18th, 2009
2:59 pm

I just wish the first time we played Arkansas after he threw in the towel on the Falcons was at home! I would love to hear the crowd! I just can’t wait until tomorrow! Go Dawgs!


September 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

Orson Charles


September 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

“Gym Dogs coach Suzanne Yoculan. Yoculan led the gymnastics program to national dominance, winning 10 national championships, including the past five in a row.”

I’m making this suggestion, no criticism of anyone intended, really. It’s only a suggestion that UGA take advantage of a powerful resource.

I think Mark Richt should invite Suzanne Yoculan to speak to the UGA football team. At least once, or more if he likes what he hears/sees.

How this woman got those Gym Dogs to perform at the unprecedented level of excellence, in hostile environments, through injury and all forms of trials, both physical and mental, all while being roundly despised and resented (jealousy, pure and simple) by every other top-tier gymnastics program in the nation, is a miracle in the annals of college athletics. She truly was the Vince Lombardi of college gymnastics (she actually won more championships but still a good comparison, I think).

Everybody at that level has exceptional athletes. It’s about the character of your team. I don’t know what her magic formula is but the lady’s got something.

We should take advantage of it.


September 18th, 2009
3:01 pm



September 18th, 2009
3:04 pm

CaliDogg, Could not agree with you more. She is a great resource that the fb and both bb teams could use as a motivator, I believe. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that CMR would take advantage of this resource as Yoculan is currently living with and engaged to, a married man. If it were me, I would bring her in because she is the most accomplished coach in the history of the University, but I don’t know if Mark would or not.


September 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

The thing I’ve HATED about this Bulldog team and coaches this year is all of the blame they’re tossing Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno’s way for what happened last year.

This year, the TEAM is the star.

It’s better to underthrow the ball than OVERTHROW the ball.

No one wants to blame Willie Martinez for his crap defense and horrible fundamentals.

In those games that Georgia lost, only in ONE game did they lose and deserve to lose. Florida.

Seems to me, I remember that the DEFENSE was the one with the crazy, undisciplined, and most importantly, AVOIDABLE penalties against Alabama.

Seems to me, I remember that the DEFENSE was the ones with the bad fundamentals and couldn’t tackle Tech.

Yet, I remember the coaches blaming the players then.

But WHO coaches discipline?

But WHO is supposed to be coaching fundamentals?

This whole team pisses me off this year. A bunch of ingrates, blaming guys who came to Georgia from out of state to win a title, and who were let down by the COACHES.

First, Martinez, because he’s terrible.

Second, Richt, for not having the guts to do the right thing and firing Martinez.


September 18th, 2009
3:15 pm

Congrats, you damn good dawgs!


September 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

You’ve GOT to stretch the field….to open up the MIDDLE!! Having said that ,I THINK we need to run AJ in a crossing route from time to time…..It’s an easier pass to get in OUR BEST players hands!


September 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

Congrats to our Hall of Famers!

Maybe the Falcons will supply free tickets to the entire Bulldog team for the season if we beat Petrino…… I think the NCAA should make an exception if that’s against the rules.

Go Dawgs!


September 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

Oh, you are so wrong, Bugkiller. The coaches all did so well last season, they all deserved and got huge raises. Please note the sarcasm. Martinez is as clueless as Ray Goff (spelling looks wrong) and will probably get a parachute as golden as Goff’s when Daman Evans finally gives him the boot!

Seent Seemons

September 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

tweet….tweet…….tweet…..that’s the birds you can hear chirping in St. Simon’s silence!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

Carl Spackler

September 18th, 2009
3:47 pm

Well it’s about time, now I don’t really care if he connects or not (it sure would be nice), but this will help open up the run game and things underneath…why does it take this long to put in place something which should have been there since game one…maybe, CMR is calling the plays, or Bobo finally is being permitted to call an offensive scheme paramount to a top level program…”Wobble & Win” w/ Joe

Paul H

September 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

Defense HAS to come to play tomorrow or there will be no more excuses left for Martinez. It’s time to get that swagger back from the Pollack/Davis/Blue days.

Randy Shannon

September 18th, 2009
4:10 pm


September 18th, 2009
4:31 pm

I would like to see Cox throw at least 8 passes to Tavarres King. Throw early while Cox has the energy.


September 18th, 2009
4:47 pm

I do not think that I have witnessed a dog fan attitude that matches the current one concerning our Dawgs defense and their DC. It has gone beyond weariness to downright anger. The main thing all of us will be looking at is when our defensive set is not working will CWM make adjustments(not at halftime when the game is already out of hand) but, during the quarter they are currently playing in. Show us fans you can COACH coach.

Jacob the church mouse

September 18th, 2009
5:52 pm


September 18th, 2009
7:18 pm

i have been watching the bulldogs since the 1950s, and i really thank this is the worst coached bulldog team i have ever seen.
these same coaches have been at uga for a number of years, i have never felt they were this bad before, but this year they are you can’t blame play calling on the players, you can’t blame not making adjustments on the players, you can’t blame not having a game plan and not following it on the players. almost everything you see wrong goes to coaching, and i am not saying get rid of all the coaches, i am just saying there is something wrong with the coaching staff, and they need to realize it and correct it.


September 18th, 2009
8:57 pm

I was on the sidelines with our high school football team when word got down to us that Rakestraw and Georgia beat George Mira and Miami. At the time, they said Rakestraw passed for 406 yards. A heckuva lot more than we did (we ran the option).


September 18th, 2009
9:28 pm

Amazing how that butt whipping culled out the bugs from this blog. Well except for “Athens Health Dept” aka “Ramble On” that is.

I don’t have a lot of faith in JC or the defense. But I’ll take ugly wins any Saturday over a loss.

Denver Dog

September 18th, 2009
9:44 pm

Dogs will win in a close one, but we need better play out of the offense to keep the d rested. They were flat out of steam in the 4th quarter of last week. The D played more plays in the first half than they usually would play in an entire game.

Fools Gold

September 18th, 2009
10:02 pm

Dawgs still a lot of work to do. Stupid penalties, missed tackles and sorry guys but Willie aint got it yet.


September 19th, 2009
12:48 am

McDawg, you are exactly right. Charles is a stud and reminds me of a Jared Cook or Jeremy Shockey(college) in that he is nearly impossible to cover. Feed the ball to Samuel and hit Charles on some more 20+ yarders. Go Dawgs!

St. Simons, where are you?

September 19th, 2009
9:01 am

Do you recall these numbers? (((31-17))), (((15-12))), (((14-7))), (((19-13))), (((34-17))), (((51-7))), (((31-17)))…Are you still laughing???


September 19th, 2009
9:10 am


I said the same all last year: An overthrown ball will NEVER be caught!

Stafford never gave the receivers a chance on the deep balls. He was deadly on the mid-yardage routes, but lacking on the true deep ball. Cox will do a better job here….



September 19th, 2009
9:29 am

Coach Yoculan please unretire and come back to UGA! UGA AD pay this wonderful coach what she is worth!!!! She’s honored UGA w/10 NC’s!!! W/all due respect to CMR, he has no NC’s yet. I’d bet their salaries were miles apart w/CMR making millions more than CSY. Talk about the glass ceiling. Maybe that’s why she really left! UGA is a football school but CSY was the best head coach UGA has ever had in all of its sports programs and had the best talent play at UGA in all of its sports.

Bruce Bruce

September 19th, 2009
12:36 pm

The YESTER-DOGS are GONE! GONE with the Wind.

He Hate Gator

September 19th, 2009
10:09 pm

We’ll see…


September 19th, 2009
11:23 pm

Dawg fans amaze me, they loose a game and its fire CMR, get rid of Coach W.M. We need to learn how to tackle, and on and on. Those guys played as hard as any team I’ve seen.UGA never quits. But be realistic fans they are not gonna win the national championship every season. Nor the SEC every season.I’m 70 years old, been watching football as far back as I can remember. When coach Wally Butts was at UGA he had very lean years, and some great years. But I don’t remember fans calling for his job.Bobby Dodd at Ga, Tech had lean years, same there. I’ve a big family, some attended Ga. Tech, Many attended UGA. So I like to see them both win. The only reason I pull for tech is because they are likely to be the underdog when they play UGA.I like the upset, It makes the games more exciting. So far its been an interesting season.I just hope UGA will beat those GATORS.