Dogs play the numbers game

Rennie Curran celebrates with fans after the win over Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Rennie Curran celebrates with fans after the win over Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Through the 12-game regular season, the Dogs did manage to have two players who topped individual statistics categories in the SEC: Drew Butler and Rennie Curran.

Butler’s 50 punts for a 48.8-yard average was tops for the conference (and so far nationally) while Curran had 64 solo tackles and 58 assists, with an average of 10.2 tackles per game.

Despite missing several games, A.J. Green, who led the conference in receiving much of the season, still managed to place second to Shay Hodge of Ole Miss. Hodge had 63 catches for 1,023 yards to Green’s 47 for 751. Green was also second to Hodge in average receiving yards (85.2 to 83.4)

Although he only played in nine games, Georgia’s Justin Houston was No. 2 in sacks, with six solo and three assists. Tops was Auburn’s Antonio Coleman, with seven solo and four assists. Houston also was second in tackles for loss, with 11 solo and eight assists to Coleman’s 11 solo and nine assists. Coleman played in 12 games.

And Blair Walsh tied with Florida’s Caleb Sturgis for second in field goals made, with 19. Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin was No. 1 with 27. Walsh also kicked the second most PATs (37), behind Auburn’s Wes Byrum (49).

Elsewhere, in case you missed it, the AJC’s Rodney Ho reports that nearly a million metro area viewers tuned in to the showdown between Georgia and Georgia Tech last Saturday night, and the game topped the week’s prime-time ratings in the Atlanta market.

122 comments Add your comment

UGAFan

December 4th, 2009
7:12 am

Congrats to those damn good Dawgs!

Top Dawg

December 4th, 2009
7:12 am

And Top Dawg was first twice, a personal best for him.

Top Dawg

December 4th, 2009
7:13 am

Eh, never mind.

falcon71

December 4th, 2009
7:31 am

Matt

December 4th, 2009
7:41 am

What happened to Marlon Brown this year?

jimmy

December 4th, 2009
7:50 am

can we still make fun of saint simons? oh yea, we have a whole year of that!!! ((((((((((30-24))))))))))))) hahahahahahahaahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

hammerhead

December 4th, 2009
7:56 am

Matt – M. Brown is a raw (undercoached at the HS level) talent… It’ll take time, but he should develop into a solid receiver. He ain’t AJ or even Rantavious for that matter. hh

martin

December 4th, 2009
7:57 am

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog! Tech=overated!

kydawg

December 4th, 2009
7:58 am

All underclassmen…that looks good for next year! I saw some cameo appearances by Marlon Brown this year, it seems we lost a year of productive eligibility on him.

Bremen Dawg

December 4th, 2009
7:59 am

AJ would have been # 1 in the SEC if he hadn’t missed all of those games. Bulter has a heck of a leg.

Dennis

December 4th, 2009
7:59 am

Wait, don’t fire anybody, we are great again.

Coaches Wanted, Apply Within

December 4th, 2009
8:02 am

Bill,

Any word on a specific list of who’s who Mark is pursueing?

clemkudtlhopr

December 4th, 2009
8:04 am

Jimmy, go on the tech blog, please, and make fun of that clown all you want! Here, blog about Bulldog football! I really didn’t think Rennie Curran was having that good of year. Maybe because the whole defense was so pathetic, but okay the stats do not lie. Drew Butler, was outstanding, but needs work on his tackling, or whatever, that was during the Kentucky game.Blair Walsh was very good.I’m looking forward to the bowl game and the hunt for our new DC, defensive line coach and special teams. There is a whole lot going on around here!

donster dawg

December 4th, 2009
8:08 am

With all due disrespect for S’aint Simons…30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

kydawg

December 4th, 2009
8:08 am

I think Butler was actually trying to “block”. He obviously watched film of our line blocking early in the season as his inspiration.

Stats Are Skewed

December 4th, 2009
8:12 am

Curran made so many tackles due to the rest of the defense being so out of position! I am so glad that our defensive coaching staff will be changed. We need a STRONG defensive schemer who will GATA to teach the 4 and 5 star atheletes that we have how to truly play their position and scheme.

Paddy

December 4th, 2009
8:20 am

If M. Brown is so raw and underdeveloped as a player, could he not be re-shirted in his soph season? Don’t believe we have lost a year just becaused he was used in some games in ‘09.

MiltonDawg

December 4th, 2009
8:21 am

what is going on with montez robinson?? i hope this crap doesn’t continue with him, seemed like a great athlete. lets hope for a quiet offseason with the police blotters. good to see our select players put on some impressive stats.

Billy

December 4th, 2009
8:26 am

I hate to ask because I don’t want to spread false rumors and I hope this is NOT true. I live in N.Ga about 20 miles from the Tennessee line and I am hearing a lot of talk about Rodney Garner going to Memphis as the new D.C. and that Marlon Brown is not happy at UGA and he is leaving to go to Memphis also. Does anyone have any info?? Losing Garner would be tough..

Seriously??

December 4th, 2009
8:27 am

Richt needs to get a handle on his players. This is starting to get out of hand.

Seriously??

December 4th, 2009
8:28 am

Robinson should be gone TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

The Other St. Simons

December 4th, 2009
8:31 am

What was the score of that game last Saturday?

Anyone?

((((((((((((((30-24))))))))))))) Robinson needs help.

dawgster

December 4th, 2009
8:32 am

unfortunately i believe Coach Richt will probably suspend Montez Robinson indefinately and possibly for good and based on him thinking about going home earlier in the season this may just push him that way…What would the Vol Coach do?…I do agree with you MiltonDawg, i hope this crap doesn’t continue and we can a very quite offseason…

NCDAWG

December 4th, 2009
8:35 am

Congratulations to both. I hope Curran comes back next year. He seems like a smart player that has been undercoached. Curran would be a great leader and help the other player make the transition to a new scheme. Butler helped the dawgs a lot this year in changing field position. I hope Richt will anounce soon who the new DC is

jason

December 4th, 2009
8:36 am

I know this is off subject, but I just got through reading the article on Robinson’s second arrest. While the second arrest is in connection with the first, the susposedly new and improved CMR needs to take this incident by the horns abd release Robinson from all responsibilities of the UGA football team. That’s right, CMR needs to kick his sorry arse off the team. Send his his but back to Indiana. There is no need for this type of player on UGA’s team. This is the type of thing UGA is trying to get away from.

GeoffDawg

December 4th, 2009
8:37 am

Anyone know who lead the SEC in FG percentage? Missing only two for the year, Walsh has got to be at or near the top.

Re: Robinson, he better get his act together. After serving a lengthy suspension, he’s probably only got one more chance. Being only a freshman, my guess is that he’s too immature to capitilize on his opportunity.

Phoneguy71

December 4th, 2009
8:39 am

WHERE IS SAINT SIMONS???
(((((30-24))))
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

GeoffDawg

December 4th, 2009
8:41 am

NCDAWG – based on Curran’s comments that one more season can’t coach him to be taller leads me to believe that he’s leaning towards leaving. Hope I’m wrong.

Phoneguy71

December 4th, 2009
8:42 am

Saint Simons?…….I knew his idiotic arse would go hide away under the bridge like a typical troll.

jason

December 4th, 2009
8:44 am

For Curran, another outstanding year at LB. THe reason everyone was thinking he was having a subpar year has alot to do with his pass coverage. THat is a big problem with all the LBs in general Thay don’t drop deep enough into their zones and QBs just lob the ball over their heads. THat is the main problem with the UGA defense. The safeties are playing 30 yrads off the ball with the LBs playing 10. This is giving a 15-20 gap in the middle of the field for completions. The lbs need to get deeper in their zones.

Butler and Walsh have both had incredible years. Hope they bith continue to develope. Makes our STs better.

NCDAWG

December 4th, 2009
8:45 am

GeoffDawg-I agree with you comment about Curran’s height being an issue. Part of me is just being selfish wanting Curran to come back. I think he is a great player with a nose for finding the ball and the leader of the D. UGA’s Def will be very young next year exspecially up front.

jason

December 4th, 2009
8:49 am

I haven’t commented on the coaches that were fired. I have not been the biggest of CMR’s suppoeters because of the decisions to keep inept coaches. But I have to say that that was about as BOLD a statement CMR could have made in regards to where he thinks the program is headed. He had to make a change and stop the tail spin.

To all who say Bobo needs to go, drop it. Bobo is not going anywhere. He has done a good job with what he has had to work with. Big, no HUGE difference in playing with Cox at QB vs. Staff. The bigger question is Searles. UGA has gone through the OL shuffle 2 years in a row. There has to be a formuls for next year if we go through the OL injuries again. Another subpar performance by the OL should put Searles on the hot seat.

jason

December 4th, 2009
8:52 am

I just don’t see Curran opting to go pro after this year. I am not worried about the height., Heck, he isn’t. What I am worried about and he should be is the fact that 1) his pass coversge has alot to be desired. 2) not his hwight, buit he is just not all that big. He gets ate up on every blitz he runs. He would be taken out consistently by a RB blitz pick up. He would be a career ST player at the next level because of his ability to make the tackle once he latches on. He needs to come back one more year to work on the pass coverage.

NCDAWG

December 4th, 2009
8:56 am

Jason- The injuries are not Searls fault. That goes to the Strength and Conditioning coach Van Halenger and the fact that football is a contact sport and injuries are going to happen. I understand what you are saying, but finding an OL that works well together is hard when 1-2 guys are injured.

SEC

December 4th, 2009
8:56 am

During his punt against Kentucky he knew if he got a penalty he could rekick the ball instead of failing to advance and they get the ball deep in out territory. smart play.

Mike S

December 4th, 2009
9:01 am

Congrats to Drew Butler on being named All- American, Congrats to Rennie Curran, Justin Houston, and Blair Walsh for great seasons, and congrats to Washaun Ealey for a fantastic Freshman season.

As for Montez Robinson, I don’t care how great a player he is, behavior like that and violence toward women has no place on the Georgia Football Team. Richt needs to suspend him indefinately, and if these charges turn out to be true, which it looks pretty certain they are, he needs to be dismissed from the team. Period!

GeoffDawg

December 4th, 2009
9:03 am

With a few exceptions (i.e. Quincy Carter), I always selfishly want our players to stay all four years. In Curran’s situation, I think he has the opportunity to be a pretty good outside LB in the NFL but with his size, that’s no guarantee. In my opinion, he’d be better served by finishing his degree and eligibility first. He also has a daughter so who knows how that influences his decision?

jason

December 4th, 2009
9:06 am

NCDAWG, What I am saying is that UGA went through the injuries last year and we susposedly developed depth and had a rotation in place byt the end of the season to better handle the problem this year. It didn’t quite work out that way. Searles is smart in that he cross trains his guys at other positions. Prblem is that he consistently moves guys all around. The rotation should have set from the beginning of the season that if Player X goes down, Player Y will step in and play that spot. UGA was susposed to 8-10 deep on the OL. That obviously was not the case.

One more thing, Boloing has to be about worthless. People bash on Evans for his Safety play, and Boling is no worse. Can’t even remember the snap count half the time. I would say he has the majority of the false start penalties.

Jacketman

December 4th, 2009
9:06 am

OK…did someone get Montez Robinson out this morning?

Simon Ain't No Saint

December 4th, 2009
9:07 am

With the DE Robinson kid shoving some gal around ( allegedly ) we ( CMR ) need to hear the facts first and if true, DUMP him. Bad enough if these kids are brawling in bars, they did that when I was a UGA student in late 60s and early 70s and they do that everywhere and in every race. Not unique to urban kids or red necks. Jocks get in fist fights because folks are gunning for them. Key is to AVOID spots that trouble can be found in. Shoving a gal? Gone. Done Toast he should be IF true.

UGA, class of 71 & 73

Billy

December 4th, 2009
9:08 am

I hate to ask because I don’t want to spread false rumors and I hope this is NOT true. I live in N.Ga about 20 miles from the Tennessee line and I am hearing a lot of talk about Rodney Garner going to Memphis as the new D.C. and that Marlon Brown is not happy at UGA and he is leaving to go to Memphis also. Does anyone have any info?? Losing Garner would be tough. Am I the only one that has heard this???

Mike S

December 4th, 2009
9:08 am

Billy, I can see Rodney Garner leaving if he is offered a DC job somewhere. He is happy at Georgia with his current roll, but he would be crazy not to take a step up the coaching ladder. If he is offered a Coordinator position he should take it, because I doubt he is in line for Georgia’s DC position.

As for Marlon Brown, he is a very raw talent that needs to buckle down and learn the playbook. If his ego is getting in the way right now, that is sad. Hopefully he will suck it up, learn his plays, and be ready to step on the field and perform next year. But, if his ego and need to be ‘the man’ is that great, then I say let him transfer. We do not need prima-donnas, we need players that are going to bleed Red&Black and leave it all on the field every down of every game.

The real St Simons

December 4th, 2009
9:08 am

Yes, I am as irrelavant as the bowl game we are playing in this weekend. I have actually been engaged in riviting matches of World of Warcraft trying to obtain the F9 mohawk grenade. I plan to participate in a tickle pile later if anyone is interested.

30-24! Paint it.

UGA82

December 4th, 2009
9:09 am

Since Montez’s arrest is in connection with the first, I assume he’ll be suspended for the bowl game and probably first two games of next season. We have to remember that we all weren’t perfect at 18 or 19 (I’m sure most of us a drink by that age), so he better walk a tight-rope the remainder of his time in Athens or he may become another “what could have been.” Hope this is a wake-up call to this youngman and he’s able to straighten up. Good luck and GO DAWGS!

kydawg

December 4th, 2009
9:09 am

Even ST players make good money at the next level. With a child to support…that’s going to be hard to pass up. The new DC will have to sell his philosophy and show how it will help Rennie for him to stay.

Billy

December 4th, 2009
9:09 am

I totally agree Mike S. But it would be HUGE to lose Garner and his recruiting.

U-no

December 4th, 2009
9:10 am

Once again, congrats to the Pups for the victory over my Jackets last week. Great game.

I find it interesting though that one of the factors that I thought would be a weapon for the Dogs in that game would be the cannon-legged Butler. But if I remember correctly, there were no punts the entire game!

GeoffDawg

December 4th, 2009
9:11 am

Re: Garner – All I’ve ever heard about him is that he wants to make a direct jump to HC job somewhere and doesn’t want to go the coordinator route first. If he can’t be a HC, then he’s happy in his current, highly paid, role.

dx107

December 4th, 2009
9:11 am

If Walsh would put the ball out of the end zone on kick offs we would improve our special teams by 40%. What happen to the JUCO kicker from California?

UGA82

December 4th, 2009
9:11 am

However if Montez did shove the girl or anything to that extent, he should be packing his bags. That behavior will not be condoned by Richt or anyone who supports this program.