Green tops midterm Bulldogs honor roll

In the midst of a below par first half of the season (more on that below), there still have been a few standouts for the Dogs, players whose performance on the field deserves special mention.

So here are the members of the Junkyard Blawg’s midterm honor roll:

A.J. Green. Perhaps the best receiver in the country, the sophomore leads the SEC in receptions and receiving yards and is Georgia’s go-to guy on offense. He’s made spectacular catches and has even blocked a field goal on special teams. Imagine what he could do if he were on a really good offense!

Rennie Curran. The junior linebacker leads the SEC with 63 tackles and is the only player in the league averaging 10-plus tackles per game at 10.5. He set a career high with 16 tackles in the LSU game and has led the Dogs in tackles every game this season. Without him, the won-loss record would be much worse.

Brandon Boykin. The sophomore defensive back is the first player in SEC history with two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns. He also has two of Georgia’s four interceptions so far this season.

Bacarri Rambo. The redshirt-freshman safety has the other two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He’s been earmarked by Mark Richt as someone Georgia needs to play more. No arguments here.

Drew Butler. The redshirt-sophomore punter’s kicks may not always be pretty, but they’ve been devastatingly effective. His 49.8 yards per game average leads the SEC and puts him among the NCAA leaders. He’s delivered clutch kicks when Georgia has needed them, too. If he ever gets the kind of hang time his coaches want, look out!

Blair Walsh. The sophomore placekicker has made nine of 10 field goal attempts, including a long of 53 yards, all of his PATs, and has led the conference in touchbacks despite all the messing around Georgia has done with those silly directional kicks.

As for the team grades, well, those aren’t so good. Here’s how I rate the season so far:

Rushing: D+. Georgia’s running game has unfortunately gotten worse as the season progresses, which has made the offense one-dimensional. Richard Samuel has been unproductive the past three games, Caleb King has shown flashes but can’t stay healthy, Washaun Ealey shows promise but has only played sparingly in two games so far and Carlton Thomas has been misused much of the season. The offensive line’s run-blocking has been poor.

Passing: C. Joe Cox got off to a slow start in the opener, looked fantastic in the next two games and has been up and down since, mostly down. It would help if teams defending him had to account for a Dogs rushing attack and if he wouldn’t lock in on his intended receiver.

Rushing defense: C+. Georgia looked pretty stout against the run early in the season but has slipped in the past couple of games as missed tackles have started showing up more often. A failing grade in the Tennessee game pulled their average down.

Passing defense: D+. They started out the season looking OK but then fell off the cliff. Any defense that can make Jonathan Crompton look like a Manning is definitely in need of remedial work.

Special teams: C-. The kickers have excelled, as have the kickoff returners at times. Our punt return game disappeared for much of the season as fair catches became the norm, even at midfield. Kickoff coverage generally has been abysmal.

Coaching: D. Willie Martinez doesn’t look destined for long-term job security at UGA and Mike Bobo’s play-calling has been all over the place. Clock management problems have continued, and Mark Richt got flatly outcoached by Lane Kiffin. Enough said.

Overall, that averages out to a C-. About what you’d expect with a 3-3 record.

How would you grade the first half of the season?

39 comments Add your comment

Lester M

October 15th, 2009
2:28 pm

The only way to improve Georgia prisons is to get a better class of prisoner. …

Perhaps that applies to dog ball

SC Dawg

October 15th, 2009
2:29 pm

C- seems kind of generous. The Dawgs are lucky to be even 3-3. I’d give them a D.

gte268p

October 15th, 2009
2:30 pm

Wow, I guess Green actually knew how many points a 3 pointer is worth. I am impressed!

gte268p

October 15th, 2009
2:31 pm

oh, my apologies, you guys grade midterms based on athletic performance. Now things are making more sense!

Lance

October 15th, 2009
2:34 pm

C-. Watch the games next time. Should have lost to SC and could have lost to Ark. That would make the puppies 1-5. Mid Season report is — F.

Actually, Bill...

October 15th, 2009
2:36 pm

The won-loss record could not be “much worse” – there is not much difference between 3-3 and 0-6 based on the way we have played!

RG

October 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

Lance, why should they have lost to SC? They blocked the PAT and made the defensive play at the end of the game to win.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

F
did you see the Tenn game ? C before that game

Saint Simons

October 15th, 2009
2:43 pm

i give UGA A Keep up the good work hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Herschel Talker

October 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

My honor roll:

Brian Evans
Richard Samuel
Joe Cox
Willie Martinez
Mark Richt

FIRE ‘EM ALL!!!! TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE!!!

Out of Town

October 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

…there’s also not a whole lot of difference between 3-3 and 5-1 if you look close.

Herschel Talker

October 15th, 2009
2:58 pm

There’s also not a whole lot of difference between 3-3 and 0-6 if you look close, you clown.

74 Dawg

October 15th, 2009
2:59 pm

Bill, thanks for pointing out the guys who have done an outstanding job so far this year. in all of the negativity it is easy to overlook these players . They are doing their best to help UGA win. When people talk about this or that unit playing lousy, they need to remember there are some guys doing everything you could ask of them. The outcome is not their fault and certainly not their wish. I just hope A.J. Green’s career doesn’t end up like Calvin Johnson’s, basically wasted on bad teams.

Saint Simons

October 15th, 2009
2:59 pm

Duke 3-3 UGA 3-3 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

GeoffDawg

October 15th, 2009
3:05 pm

D+ is pretty generous for our pass coverage. Turning the incompetent Jonathan Crompton into an All-SEC quarterback in addition to letting receivers roam free unchallenged against USC, Arkansas, and Okie State definitely deserves an F grade. We gave up over 400 yards to a guy that hadn’t seen game action in two years! This is absurd!

Jake7

October 15th, 2009
3:10 pm

I grade a C….It’s sad that we DID’T take ADVANTAGE last year with STAFFORD and MORENO……NOW we have a PRO like AJ and we can’t get it down field against TENN….We are an above average team with LITTLE LEAGUE ASSISTANT coaches !

Blindog

October 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

Paul Johnson looks funny in a gay sort of way, I mean look at the guy !

DBalcer

October 15th, 2009
3:15 pm

I am glad to see you focus on who is doing well. In all the screaming about what is going we what is going right is being lost. I hope to read more blogs about these individuals and others on the team who perform. I have stopped reading negative stories. I am a fan not a spectator I support my team win or lose.

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Bill,

Please don’t forget Branden Smith.
He has touched the ball exactly ONE time since the SC game where he took a reverse and ran UNTOUCHED 61 yards.
That was some good play calling but we seem to have forgotten anything except the following:
First down- incomplete pass
Second down: sprint draw or dive play for 2 yards
Third down and 8- a 5 yard pass completion with a huge hit and that brings up 4th and 2.

Jake7

October 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

Tell me WHAT qualifies these COACHES to HAVE the position they have : WILLIE DC was DEFENSIVE BACK coach….BOBO OC was QB coach…BRYAN MCCLENDAN RB coach was X player….DO YOU GET THE PICTURE ?? We have PUT people IN positions that AREN’T ready for the BIG TIME!! That is way we are underachieving…GRADE C !

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

Blindog- I agree.
“The little guy is kinda funny looking”
“in what way”?
“just in a general sorta way”.

My apologies to the movie “Fargo”….

SimpleDawg

October 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

Mid Term Grade – D

3 – 3 Record at midpoint looks to end up at 5-7. Could be 6 – 6 if we can beat Kentucky; 7 – 5 if we can beat Awbarn, also. I don’t see much hope in beating UF or GIT.

We seem to have some good players, but not a very good team….oh well, they’re still our team.

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
3:27 pm

You’re a funny guy…
what do you mean funny?
You know…just funny…
No, I dont know..how am I funny?
Just the way you tell stories..they’re funny…
What am i… a f- inkg clown? I’m here to amuse you?

jason

October 15th, 2009
3:33 pm

there’s also not a whole lot of difference between 3-3 and 5-1 if you look close.

And 1-5 if you look closer.

Will

October 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Mikey, that is a great post about Smith not getting another hand-off. Bobo is as big an idiot as Martinez and Fabris.

My feelings are that none of the aforementioned will survive as UGA coaches this off-season. I have already heard of a few big-time donors who are putting some heat on Damon Evans. It would not surprise me if we had 5 or 6 new assistants this time next year. Which would be fine with me.

As far as grades I would give the defense an F along with the running game and the play-calling. I would also give our kick-off and punt return team an F as well. The only A goes to AJ Green and some of the true freshman who have saved this team from 0-6. All coaches get an F as well, including CMR.

Dale

October 15th, 2009
3:52 pm

“Sometimes I can hardly take it. Whoever becomes the president should just…really clean it up, know what I mean? Sometimes I go out and I smell it. I get headaches, it’s so bad. It’s like… It’s like the president should clean up this whole mess here. He should flush it down the [effing] toilet.”

-Travis Bickle. Commenting on Georgia football.

Paul H

October 15th, 2009
3:56 pm

We deserve every bit of our 3-3 record. We deserve the 3 wins and deserve the 3 losses. No more of this “could be” 5-1 or 1-5 talk. It’s just silly.

Paul H

October 15th, 2009
3:57 pm

Does anyone else see the World of Warcraft ad at the top of this page? No wonder these blogs get so many Tech fans.

jason

October 15th, 2009
3:58 pm

5 or 6 new asst coaches. Really? And CMR gets to keep his job? What a crock.

jason

October 15th, 2009
4:10 pm

Paul H, I agree. What we are is a 3-3 team Because we are consistently inconsistent. I was mearly pointing out that you can use all the excuses, ifs, ands,and buts as to why we are not 5-1, you can do the same as to whay we are 1-5. 3-3 is what we are. We are a .500 team this year.

Carlton Powell

October 15th, 2009
4:15 pm

As I posted earlier on another blog, everyone needs to calm down. As others have blogged, I too have heard that D.Evans is getting an earfull from the big money boys. And keep in mind if Evans states in the media that he is “concerned” about the team, in reality, he’s damned concerned. It would not surprise me if a good many of the assistants have already been told they will not be offered contracts for the ‘10 season, and that the UGA AA will assist them in finding new, suitable positons. For a program that has the assets, fan base facilities, etc. to be playing this poorly can only lead to a failing grade for the year, thus far.

Hushull

October 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

I think it was # 6 for Tenn last week that Curran let break a tackle and score by diving around the pylon at the goal line. Wasn’t what you expect from your leading tackler to be beat by an also-ran receiver from UT of all places.

Out of Town

October 15th, 2009
4:35 pm

HT, did you pay for that wal-mart jersey or was it a gift?

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
5:02 pm

I’m gonna rip your eyeballs out and p___ down your dead skull!!! You f___d with the wrong Marine!! You f___ing people, you have no idea how to defend a nation. All you did was weaken a country today Caffey. Sweet dreams son!!

Mikey

October 15th, 2009
5:04 pm

My last post was an homage to Colonel Nathan Jessup- we need a fighting marine like him coaching our beloved dawgs!
too bad he was just acting.

joey

October 15th, 2009
5:40 pm

So Carlton, we should calm down until …… when we are 4-6 or 5-7? That’s okay, you be the calm one. Me, I’m pissed about our head coach letting blind loyalty (to assistants and senior players) lead our proud program into such a decline as this.

jason

October 15th, 2009
6:27 pm

Carlton Powell, If we are going to replace the multitude of asst. coaches, then why are we not going to replace the HC? That is all I want to know. HC CMR built this emaculate staff and HC CMR promoted to both Bobo and CWM to offensive and defensive coordinator. How can everyone ignore this?

zino

October 15th, 2009
9:13 pm

Play the young guys!

Saint Simons – tickets are STILL available for the Tech game. How pathetic is that???

EveryDawgHasHisDay

October 16th, 2009
7:17 am

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO START A WEBSITE FOR OUR HOPEFULL NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR http://WWW.HIRETOMMYTUBBERVILLE.COM!!!!!