Big picture needed when it comes to UGA’s recruiting

Richard Samuel's move to linebacker is welcome news. (Georgiadogs.com)

Richard Samuel's move to linebacker is welcome news. (Georgiadogs.com)

Some final thoughts on signing day.

First, you don’t shake up a program by getting rid of nearly half the coaches without expecting some fallout like this. Yes, it would have been great to add some depth at wide receiver and cornerback, but it’s not like the cupboard was exactly bare after those Top 10 recruiting classes Mark Richt has had in recent years. If the Dogs are going to suffer any from this subpar recruiting season, it’ll probably be a year or so down the road. And, who knows, if Richt bounces back in terms of recruiting next year, this hiccup might not matter much at all.

Secondly, this class might not be as impressive on first appearance as Richt’s others, but it’s not too shabby. Had Da’Rick Rogers not bolted, this likely would have been graded a Top 10 class by at least some of the recruiting analysts.

And as has been pointed out by MrSEC and others, if you average those much-hyped star ratings for the players, Georgia’s class actually ranks very nicely. Using Rivals.com’s numbers, with a point assigned for every star, Georgia finishes second in the SEC with an average of 3.68 points per player, behind only Florida’s 3.89.

Does that actually mean anything? Well, probably as much as the star ratings themselves. But those fans looking for a silver lining at least have something to latch onto.

One more point about Da’Rick. You hear a lot of whispers about what really went into his defection and off-field concerns about him, but in the wake of his putting on the orange cap, all that sounds like the same sort of sour grapes that emanated from the other side last year when Marlon Brown pulled a similar 180 and signed with the Dogs. Let’s not stoop to that level. The kid had a change of heart. Leave it at that.

Oh, and the Georgia players promising to make him pay on the playing field ought to have kept such thoughts among themselves. If he burns one of them on a long scoring play, those taunts are going to look pretty silly.

What else can we take from Wednesday? Well, he’s not a signee since he was already on the team, but a lot of fans think the Dogs’ defense got a big addition with the announcement that running back Richard Samuel is switching to linebacker, as had been rumored for months. Samuel, who played LB in high school, will bring a lot of speed to that position, something Georgia needed.

As for Logan Gray deciding to stick at quarterback for spring drills, that’s not really surprising, although I’m in the camp that feels he’s basically delaying the inevitable and probably would be better off if he went ahead and switched positions and got in more work there. Still, there’s something to be said for having at least one quarterback who actually has taken snaps in some games. And there’s always the chance that Gray will rise to the occasion and prove us naysayers wrong.

I wouldn’t lay any money on that, but the competition surely won’t hurt Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger and might prove a plus.

191 comments Add your comment

TommyP

February 4th, 2010
11:03 am

The average points per commitment has always been the best way to rate a class.

H DAWG

February 4th, 2010
11:04 am

FIRST???
The Bulldogs will be just fine boys,wait and see !!!!!!!!

CovingtonDawg

February 4th, 2010
11:05 am

CovingtonDawg

February 4th, 2010
11:08 am

Since, I wasn’t first, I’ll give a comment.
If you rated just the defensive recruites per program, would you say that the Dawgs were in the top 5 or even higher? We need the most help on Defense and we went out and got some serious players.
If you look at pro teams who spend 80% of their draft building one particular side of the ball over the other, do you say they had a bad draft or that they drafted for needs?
I’d say we are fine on Offense with what we have and what we picked up yesterday. The defense however, looks to have loaded up with some players that were much needed to bring our D back to par.
Thoughts?

JPW

February 4th, 2010
11:10 am

I personally feel that we got a great group of players and young men. I’m excited for them, their families, and the University of Georgia. The pressure will be on them in the years to come, but I am confident they will rise to the occasion.

To the new Dawgs, welcome to the Bulldog Nation!

those games meant nothing to tech

February 4th, 2010
11:12 am

Richard Samuel’s move to Linebacker is the same as adding an allstar recruit that has game experience…….very positive

EW

February 4th, 2010
11:14 am

I think that it will be a blessing that the Da’Rick Rogers circus didn’t come to Athens. Excited for 2010 already…

kerryb

February 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Enter your comments here

Ginger

February 4th, 2010
11:15 am

Right….time to move on….I am proud of the players that UGA signed and wish them the very best in their careers at Georgia. These players can do outstanding things at UGA…It is within our team’s grasp to be one of the very best in the SEC and nation. All of our players must become better students of the game…They must know and understand their assignments…They must study film and know their opponents inside and out…They must run 1 more lap, lift 1 more set of weights, run 1 more wind sprint when they are already exhausted…They must be in better shape that anyone. They must be disciplined and not commit the costly penalities….If our new & old players will do this, UGA will win a lot of games…How BAD do you want it ?

lastgrad

February 4th, 2010
11:16 am

Go Dawgs! Great Coaching wins games. Let’s get behind the Georgia football coaching staff and support our team.

kerryb

February 4th, 2010
11:16 am

Adding Samuel as a LB is like getting a 5 star recruit at that position with some experience playing in the SEC. I believe that Samuel out of High School was projected to be a 5 star recruit at LB. Why he ever tried to play RB I’ll never know.

devildawg

February 4th, 2010
11:19 am

Whats the deal? I can’t seem to get a post thru today?

devildawg

February 4th, 2010
11:20 am

If your going to block posts, maybe send a brother an email telling them why. Nice AJC. Just like China.

chazzo

February 4th, 2010
11:21 am

LASTGRAD!!!!!

DITTO!!!!! to that. YES!!!!!

Far too much negative crap in the bulldgog nation.

Minnesota Dawg

February 4th, 2010
11:30 am

I wonder how many other players on this squad should be move to another position that will make us better. I’m glad we are getting more speed on defense with Samuels. Just like we had a few years ago when we were dominating on defense. You need speed to beat Florida!

Georgia will ALWAYS dominate GT!!!

February 4th, 2010
11:31 am

3 stars, 4 stars whatever….

We will still dominate you jealous nerdy fools…

((((((((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))))))))))

Saint Simons Caddy

February 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Kiss mah big ole ball headed pappa tech nerds. Don’t care if you spit!

The Proffessor

February 4th, 2010
11:34 am

Ginger, I want it pretty bad! How bout you shugah!

Without-a-clue

February 4th, 2010
11:34 am

We got what we got, now let’s move on. GO DAWGS!!

GatorNation

February 4th, 2010
11:36 am

I think what is disturbing most to Dawg fans is the subpar season followed by subpar recruiting. They see their rivals flourishing and having success and are wondering what the problem is. That’s understandable.

Bizzaroneck

February 4th, 2010
11:36 am

I’m not as sold on Samuel at LB. Anyone remember Brandon Miller? They are the exact same player. They look great in a t-shirt and gym shorts, but neither one of them has fluid hips. Now I hope Samuel surprises me, but his running style was ate up with no change of direction ability and that does not bode well at LB.

Without-a-clue

February 4th, 2010
11:37 am

That’s what I get for taking too long to type my entry…mixed in with the immature filth. Oh well.

Ed

February 4th, 2010
11:39 am

Texas just played in the Nat’l Championship game with a senior class that rated #20 coming into college. The ship ain’t sinking folks.

BO/CALHOUN

February 4th, 2010
11:39 am

GEORGIA MISSED OUT ON DArICK-OR DID THEY? DURING HIS CAREER HE SEEMED TO GET BETTER AND BETTER-UNTIL HIS LAST 2 GAMES. THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAINST BUFORD HE DID NOTHING-AND THE UNDER-ARMOR ALL-STARS-HE DID THE SAME. ONE PLAYER DOES NOT A YEAR MAKE. GEORGIA RECRUITED BY NEED AND OUR NEED WAS DEFENSE-AND PLAYERS THAT COME TO PLAY DOWN THE STRETCH. I HOPE DArICK HAS A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE AND SHOWS HE CAN PLAY AGAINST THE BEST. IF NOT…CAN ANYONE SAY BRANDON MILLER?

im not worried

February 4th, 2010
11:54 am

im not worried about the state of the bulldog nation. our main problem last year was poor defense. couple that w/stupid special teams turnovers and our record probably increases by 2 wins. i have faith in CTD and CMR. i do kind of wish mike bobo had his own playbook instead of just running richt’s favorite third and long play of a delayed hand-off up the middle. but hey, defense wins championships right?

Bill

February 4th, 2010
11:55 am

Recruiting stars are, at best, merely some scribe’s opinion and bear little weight in playing ability. David Greene and David Pollack were 3 star, and they did reasonably well playing for Georgia

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 4th, 2010
11:57 am

De’relict won’t be missed in Athens….He was twice as big as all the defenders in high school…Wait till one of the big safeties in the SEC tags him….Entire different league of ball….no more 5′9″ Buford cornerback and safety types….and he will certainly, after all the shenanigans and the picture peering over the sunglasses, have his oil checked in the SEC…..Shame on the carpet exec…..De’relict tried to say yesterday that it was Coach Dooley who sold him on Tennessee….I say it was Mr. Carpet man with the new car…..his son will be the loser….And De’relict is already hearing footsteps, and will be soon to display the alligator arms…..

im not worried

February 4th, 2010
11:59 am

does anyone know what knowshon’s recruting stars were? if they were anything less than 5, id say that makes a good case to not pay attention to most recruits ratings.

ringthebell

February 4th, 2010
11:59 am

I’m glad to see most people have climbed back in off ledge. Don’t see why anyone was out there anyway. The rogers(linebacker from FLA.)and robey(USC)bacically told to look elsewhere,grantham didn’t want them.Next year there is more talant in the state. 2010 is an important year on the field. This class isn’t as bad as it looks,football games are won in the trenches and we got som good ones their. Also,give granthamn a year on the feld and a whole year to recruit!

jdawg

February 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Can you imagine the loss of business for a carpet company in Calhoun…wow…the dawgs do stick together….I have always said, that you want a player to want to play for you…if they do not…move on…

Minnesota Dawg

February 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Recruiting is your best guess. Each level of football (high school, college, pro) has it new tests. How a player responds to it means whether he will excel at that level. I played fairly well at the high school level, but couldn’t even begin to make it at the college level. Only a few make it to the next level and still less to the pros. If you start winning, you have a better chance to get the best players because more will be coming to your school. We will continue to get some of the best because we are winners. One day, we will celebrate another National Championship. Flordia will go down and so will Alabama. It’s just how it goes in sports, not because they plan to but because you can’t always get the pieces in place all at once.

Otto

February 4th, 2010
12:03 pm

Samuel will be getting some great coaching at LB.

What I am more concerned about is the RB corp. Caleb underachived until Ealey put the pressure on. Jackson has hardly taken a snap. Bobo can’t figure out how to use Carlton and 1 new recruit is coming in.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

GatorNation:
Worry about the Gators and your Head Coach….He didn’t tell the truth about what happened at 4:30 in the am because he didn’t want his players and coaches worrying about him…..If you buy that, I got ocean front property in Arizona, from the front porch you can see the sea….Something fishy about that whole episode at the bowl game and the circus about being gone, coming back, leave of absence….Instead of worrying about the dawgs, how about coming back and telling us exactly what is going on with ole Urbansky…..

noodle

February 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

Was Marlon Brown ever verbally committed to Tenn?

Dean

February 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

I didn’t hear anything about Georgia players commenting on Da’Rick.

SEC Football

February 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

I think we have some receivers that will step up this year. People forget Marlon Brown was rated just as high as Rogers and he has a year under his belt. King and the tight ends we have along with AJ coming back healthy. If the QB’s can get them the ball we should be OK. If Graham gets the defense playing aggressive with minimal mistakes we could surprise some people. Let’s get behind the guys that wanted to be dawgs.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

I believe moreno was a 4 star.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

and yes dean, linebacker christian robinson tweeted about rogers yesterday.

Dean

February 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Okay, well I wouldn’t have advised it but it’s good to know the players are involved in the program and are fired up about it.

how2fish

February 4th, 2010
12:13 pm

GatorNation define subpar? We signed 19 players only 18 of which will count against this class. UF signed 28 10 more players more points more stars. UGA was ranked 6th in the SEC and had the least number of players signed by a good margin. We got D help and that is what was needed most Da’Rick may he do the Vols proud was a WR we have a few of those..more than D linemen so losing him hurt less that getting Thornton helped us. So not so quick my friend….but being ranked with the No.1 class you now have a lock on the NC correct?

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:16 pm

I thought it was funny what christian said though. this what he said exactly. “So you didn’t wanna have to compete against A.J. Green, fine you gotta deal with our whole defense on October 9th, 2010.”

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:17 pm

would we put samuel at olb or mlb ? He runs a 4.56 forty.

Dean

February 4th, 2010
12:17 pm

The Gators should be somewhat worried. Remember how that 2007 team flopped after the NC year. Well, this class is coming in hearing how great they are. They may not work as hard as they should and then they flater. The best will leave after sophomor and junior years. Granted, you wnat the number 1 class but I’d hate to have the media syaing it’s the greatest class ever signed like they are doing right now. Of course, they say that every year for the number one class. Just saying, these men have to want to work. Will they after hearing how great they are?

tizzle82286

February 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

Richard Samuel move to LB is huge. He was a better propect as an LB than RB coming out of H.S. This is CMR recovering from the Brandon Miller situation. Remember he was the big fish who signed on S.D. 04′, Miller played LB, TE, DE and RB in H.S. He started out as SLB that was in and out of the starting line-up for 3 yrs. Then he was moved to MLB in fall camp to be a Patrick Willis type figure. Brandon was 6-4 230 in H.S. then grew to 6-5 258 before his senior yr. The coaching staff want to play the younger guys at the time(Gamble and Dent) more playing time at SLB as the yr went on. Miller’s 1st game at DE was UF 07′, he played sparingly the rest of the yr, having his biggest game in Sugar Bowl. Definsive Coaching Staff all said that he should have been crossed-trained in spring. So this Samuel decision was thought about greatly with Ealey and King both dominating the latter part of the season. Richard fits right now because now he start at zero all along all the other LBs in Spring. My prediction of this move is He’ll play ILB. Won’t start til next yr along side with Dowtin. Buts needs to gain some weights right now he is about 215-220 so he needs to be 230 plus. What do you think of the future of Samuel at LB next season Mark?

Dean

February 4th, 2010
12:19 pm

I like Christian’s comments but after getting torched by who- Crompton they should just keep quiet and make up for it on the field next year.

Otto

February 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

Dean, Agreed a simple we’ll seem him on the field next year if you’re going to say anything will due. No need to turn this into locker room material. Let your actions due the talking.

tizzle82286

February 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

sorry about that Bill King what do you think of the future of Samuel at ILB?

Cuz

February 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

Minnesota Dawg, good statement on the next levels. I was a backyard football star that never made it to the next level. I changed sports, I took up frisbee.

Logan may change his mind in Spring practice. I guess there is always a chance he will change our minds.

Minnesota Dawg

February 4th, 2010
12:28 pm

Hey Cuz,

Have you seen the movie “The Rookie” He played backyard ball. Maybe you should try out for the Falcons like that guy did for Philadelphia. You might suprise yourself!

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:29 pm

I’ll tell you one thing I think we should look out for mike gilliard, akeem hebron & chase vasser in the spring game.

youwilllikethis

February 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

I just looked back at our recruiting starting in 2002 and made of list of two and three star guys that have played great for UGA. Here it is:
Kelin Johnson, Danny Ware, Tim Jennings, Quinten Moses, Martrez Milner, Odell Thurman, Mikey Henderson, Fernando Velasco, Ken Shackleford, Marcus Howard, Shaun Chapas, Darryl Gamble, Kris Durham, Demarcus Dobbs, Chris Davis, Fred Munzenmaier, Drew Butler, Clint Boling, Ben Jones, Bacarri Rambo, and Blair Walsh.

Not bad

Here are some five stars and high four stars:
BJ Fields, Marcus Jackson, Marquis Elmore (currently the bouncer at 8Es Bar), Michael Cooper, Dale Dixson, Seth Watts, Richard Cook, Dana Graydon, Zeb McKinzey, AJ Bryant, Josh Johnson, Blake Barnes, Darius Dewberry, Brandon Sesey, Akem Hebron, NeDerris Ward.

youwilllikethis

February 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

forgot a few…

Thomas Davis 1 star
David Green 3 star
David Pollack 3 star

NCDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

It was mentioned the need to add depth at receiver…what is the status of Kris Durham coming off injury? Did he get a medical red shirt? Will he be in the mix next year?

To: Gator Nation

February 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

Question for the Gator Nation: Will Urban coach from his bedroom in rehab or sometimes appear at practice?
I think Urban needs peace and solitude so as to renergize his batteries. Poor guy.

Who wil be his repalcement come Fall?

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:38 pm

Ncdawg, yes durham will be back for uga and he’s healthier than ever.

NCDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Awesome!! Another “big” target!

NCDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:44 pm

Did Murray and Mettenberger get a red shirt? They show up on the roster as Sophs.

ToccoaDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Can Da’Rick take a hit from a Dawg safety?

dawgpound

February 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

Yes Durham will be back.

just my two cents

February 4th, 2010
12:51 pm

Bill, I live in Calhoun and saw Da’rick play 4 times this year. And I want stoop to the whole he was paid by the nance family to get their son a scholarship theory, basically because I have no proof. However, the character issue is very legitimate and not sour grapes to the people who live in this small northwest GA town and know his story. Rogers was kicked out of the Darlington school for poor grades and behavioral issues. That is an absolute fact. I saw him live in the first game against Dalton get two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. One for taking his helmet off after scoring a touchdown, and after coaches had already warned him about it. The other penalty was for arguing with ref’s. Those are facts. He missed an entire week of school leading up to signing day. Hell his own coach admitted as much when quizzed by reporters about Rogers college choice. He left his head coach who had mentored him for two years in the dark about his decision. Classy. This guy is trouble and even if he goes to UT, which is questionable at the moment because of grades, I predict that he will have a much higher chance of being a bust than a star. Dooley is getting himself a handful.

how2fish

February 4th, 2010
12:51 pm

ToccoaDawg We will see if 1) UT is not on probation vis a vi the Lammer year..2) he can get into school 3) he can stay in school 4) he is good enough that Coach Dooley will play him. If all those are Yes answers then the answer to your query is also Yes he can take a hit from a UGA saftey…..at least once!

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

Future is very bright dawgfans! This season should be better than last season..theres no doubt in my mind that we will be playing top notch football, we are young on defense with mostly soph’s starting but they are very bright and experienced and im confident that grantham can make them 10x better..Here’s sort of prediction of the starting d. D-line Justin Houston at d-end, “Big 6-6 300 lb.” Kwame Geathers at d-tackle, Montez Robinson d-end. Linebackers- Olb’s(Alec Ogletree & Christian Robinson) Ilb’s( Daryll Gamble & Marcus Dowtin) Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin at each corner spot with Jakar Hamilton & Bacarri Rambo at the safety spots.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:57 pm

They never redshirted..At least I dont think they did. Never heard that.

ToccoaDawg

February 4th, 2010
12:58 pm

Of all the Recruits this year. I am really looking forward to watching zander Ogeltree. A 2 star recruit according to the experts, yet the heart of a beast. Isnt that what they said about Terry Hoage?

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:01 pm

I could see zander playing fullback, and murray throwing some fullback screens to him. Kid is quick. Although his 40 is only 5.27.

WalkerMuhDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bill, Marlon Brown never pulled a 180. He was never town between the 2 nor was he ever a UT lean. He was a Dawg all along. Big difference.

UGADawg83

February 4th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bill, the best way to rate recruits to me is to see who else wanted them. If it was ‘Bama, Florida, FSU, Miami, Auburn, etc. then we landed a good one. If we beat out Vandy, Duke, Kentucky, or Wake Forest than the recruit was less than blue chip. That’s the best star rating I know.

orlandodawg

February 4th, 2010
1:07 pm

I’m not worried about our 2010 WR situation, it’s 2011 when we start to get thin

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

watch lonnie outlaw be a 5 star recruit by next year. stupid recruiting services.

im not worried

February 4th, 2010
1:13 pm

they definitely redshirted. technically they are sophomores. and if they didnt redshirt, cox would never have been in that long..

kauai dawg

February 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

I like our class a lot. When you consider the coaching change and how it effected a few kids we are fine. We didn’t lose anyone recruited by our current staff. The ones we lost were projects of the dismissed. I would trade a top notch DC as we have now for a few drama cases any day!

I like the kids that want to be at UGA. Looking forward to a rebound yeart in 2010. If Metz or Murray can come through at QB we will be fine. The running game should take a little pressure off them. The D line will be a concern but some up and comers will hopefully fill in. Go DAWGS! 30-24

kauai dawg

February 4th, 2010
1:18 pm

“youwilllikethis” great comments. Mahalo for the insight and reminder! Go DAWGS!

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:19 pm

as long as grantham can develop players and turn them into great players and have control of this defense then we’ll be just peachy.

Mike S

February 4th, 2010
1:25 pm

Walkermuhdawg where did you get that info. marlon brown was a last minute switch. he said flat out he was going to tennessee until Ed Orgeron cussed in front of his grandmother, and grandma then told Marlon he would not be attending UT.

I am looking forward to this year, the offense is loaded, and the D is going to be the agressive hard hitting type D that UGA fans love. Can’t wait to see Alec Ogletree, Mike Thornton and TJ Stripling laying some lumber out there. Plus what a safety tandem of the Hitman (Hamilton) and Rambo.

I think the two sleepers of this years class will be Zander Ogletree and Lonnie Outlaw. May be a year for Zander and two for Lonnie, but Zander has the heart of a lion, and Lonnie is a 6-7 football catching machine.

Dean

February 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

The thing about Marlon Brown was that he went public about Marlon’s grandmother wanting him to attend UGA. He was a Dawg committ all along, Kiffin just wanted him and played dirty when he couldn’t get him. It’s not easy to stoke the Vols fans simple minds and have them booing a kid for no good reason. This mess from Calhoun appears a mess on the surface but really, we don’t want guys that don’t want to be Dawgs. We will always be better off for not falling for these so called 5 star recruits with a 5 star attitude.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:29 pm

I hope hamilton & rambo can be just like blue & davis..those were some great years! :D

WonderDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:31 pm

If Samuel doesn’t work at lb, put 20 lbs on him and make him a fullback.

Jethro

February 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Da’Rick flipped because :

1. His best friend signed with Tennessee
2. He has a better shot starting as a Freshman with the Vols then the Dawgs
3. The 2009 UGA season

robodawg

February 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

It would be nice to have a star incoming freshman receiver. Now’s the time to plan for the 2011 and beyond roster, when we won’t have AJ.

But a fresh injection of 3 and 4 star players (and some 2 star guys that the coaches evaluated and liked) is not a bad haul at all. I was worried we would whiff on both Whitaker and Thornton, and getting one of those two addresses an immediate need. Probably could have used some of those linebackers we were so close on getting. The news of Samuel’s switch will help us there.

Worries: 1) The resurgence in talent level at Auburn and Tennessee (helped by some coveted players out of Georgia). 2) Florida raising the bar again with their haul of dominant-looking players (such as the most impressive players of the all-star games), what people are calling one of the best recruiting classes ever.

Bottom line: it looks to me we’ve got the talent, and just as importantly, the coaching, to compete for the SEC in the coming years, if we can just manage to beat Florida.

WonderDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:33 pm

Murray and Mettenberger both redshirted.

new day, same excuses

February 4th, 2010
1:35 pm

Dawg fans always have excuses for why it’s ok to be second rate.

“well well this year was expected to be a down year but…but everything will be ok because we finished ahead of Vanderbilt and South Carolina!”

Mike S

February 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

new day, same obsession with UGA blogs.

ga gator

February 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

robodawg, UGA’s not beating UF for 17 out of the last 20 has had nothing to do with talent on the field. Many of those UF victories came simply because the Gators were in their heads. Fix that and the series could flop back at any time.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

Okay heres the summary of both quarterbacks.

Aaron
Murray-6′1 Mobile quarterback with pinpoint accuracy..played in a spread offense in high school.

Zach Mettenberger-6′5 more of a pocket passer with a cannon arm, played in a pro style offense in high school.

I’ve always liked murray better for some reason but as I evaluate the offense I think mettenberger should be the starter just because of how the offense will be more ground & pound, Then with mettenbergers arm it just seems like the right thing to do.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:46 pm

I wonder if we’ll give urban meyer a heart attack after we beat his gators this year in jacksonville?

ga gator

February 4th, 2010
1:49 pm

CvilleDawg, no someone will wake him up and he will discover that it was a bad dream.

Bremen Dawg

February 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

I’ve seen 2 star recruits be pretty dawg gone good and then a 5 star recruit not be that good. I think we got what we needed besides some more dept at wide receiver. You never know how these kids will play at the college level with talent all around them.

Bremen Dawg

February 4th, 2010
1:54 pm

Murray doesn’t look like he is 6′1, I think you will have to roll him out of the pocket alot. I think he is about 5′11

Will

February 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

UGA nation have been fussing about the D so we got a new staff and recruited some of the best players on that side of the ball. I feel we filled all the holes we needed. I don’t care about the defection of Nickell…He was Sweet Willie’s boy and they say is only about 5′6″. Maybe 5′7″ in cleats. The only one I would have like to have seen sign is Jeff Whitaker. I don’t know how we didn’t get him. To lose him to Auburn really stung.

Saint Simons is my Caddy

February 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

Was some imbecile trying to impersonate me? Go Dawgs!
((((((((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))))))))))HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:57 pm

Haha you heard it here first folks I guarantee a win against florida this year! Thats just my expectations though, we really should win that game this year.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
1:58 pm

& every year at that.

Bremen Dawg

February 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

Da Rick flipped because of his best friends dad. I heard he bought him a car??? Has anybody heard that one., maybe the NCAA should look into it.

ga gator

February 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

CvilleDawg, actually you are the one dreaming!

Dorsey Hill

February 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

Why Will Muschamp isn’t going anywhere:

Mack Brown went 100 percent on official visits (25) and signings (25). Texas offered 30 scholarships, had 25 official visitors and signed all 25.

That is simply amazing. Being the head football coach at Texas has to be the best job in college football right now.

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
2:00 pm

Bremen Dawg, did they investigate when Hershel got one?

Bremen Dawg

February 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

no im not dreaming.. its just the truth, if were not able to beat florida this year then somethings wrong. Get it done dawgs!

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

Let’s see we start a total unknown at QB with Bobo calling the plays, replace 6 starters on Defense while learning a new one, you are on drugs.

Montgomery Burns

February 4th, 2010
2:06 pm

WE DIDN’T WANT ROGERS ANYWAY. HE HAS CHARACTER PROBLEMS. I’LL HAVE SOUR GRAPES FOR DINNER PLEASE.

CvilleDawg

February 4th, 2010
2:10 pm

hey scoundrel, your the one on drugs obviously were gonna be alright at quarterback considering we have running game and a veteran o-line! only reshad jones, atkins, & owens were big losses. Now on the other hand for florida they’ve lost tebow, cooper, pounceys I think ? then haden, dunlap, cunningham, gagator care to add who else florida has lost ?

ga gator

February 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

CvilleDawg, only 1 pouncey, plus they get back the top 08 receiver who was hurt last year, starting left tackle (lost in the first game), plus a starting safety and LB from the 08 team who also were hurt last year. In addition with top 5 recruiting classes the last 4 years they have plenty of depth. Actually I’m not worried at all except for a difficult schedule. I think I would rather replace players from a great defense than replace players from a bad defense. just sayin……….

GMan

February 4th, 2010
2:30 pm

Bill your comment: “First, you don’t shake up a program by getting rid of nearly half the coaches without expecting some fallout like this” is funny considering UF had half of their staff taken away and they secured the #1 recruiting spot. How did they do that and UGA didn’t?

Bob Sacamano

February 4th, 2010
2:39 pm

Anybody who’s ever been in a huddle can see we’re on a downward spiral. Some people just keep drinking the cool-aid.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

February 4th, 2010
2:39 pm

Wow, Lake Oconee Dawg must be like Soloman. You know, from the bible. He appears to have all of the answers! CMR, get this guy down to Butts Hair PDQ! Or maybe you can fax/email said proof of inappropriate recruiting to the NCAA. If it turns out to be true, I bet Damon would give you some upper deck tickets (face value) to see the gym dogs and a free zax snax! Holla! Don’t worry about Urban and the boys, we’ve got the rings to go with the recruting title. NC rings baby!

And ToccoaDawg, I seem to remember another player with the heart of a lion. JoeT3. How’d that work out for you?

DawgBuzz

February 4th, 2010
2:45 pm

youwillliethis – Thanks for the results. Seems the 3 star guys are the ones you still hear about these days. The defensive needs were met and the OL got some bulk. Ogletree, Garrison Smith, T.J. Stripling, Brent Benedict and Thornton will all be impact players.

McDawg

February 4th, 2010
2:56 pm

Samuels has blazing speed-i hope that transition works out-another thing is Stripling is going to fit in great w/ the 3-4

the OL is where i thought we could have added another player and perhaps corner but by and large i think we are in good shape-just hope the injury bug doesn’t hit us again

Billy Jack could fight

February 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

Dorsey Hill ….ummm Saban is getting a statue…

McDawg

February 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

Da’rick just wanted to go to school w/ his girl friend Nancy

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
2:59 pm

McDawg
and penalty bug!

dan

February 4th, 2010
3:07 pm

Bruce Thornton was a running back coming out of LaGrange High School, but he was moved to cornerback and excelled there. I don’t know if I would put Samuel at inside LB, but I can see him doing well as an outside LB. I mean the way I figure is that it can’t get any worse than last year’s production on defense.

UGA Natl Champs 2010 & 2011

February 4th, 2010
3:08 pm

UGA will not lose in 2010 or 2011.

Best Defensive Coordinator, the guy Saban wanted.

Best Offensive Genius, Richt, 28-32 points a game 2007-2009, 10 of 11 starters back, 6 Parade All American starters

Best punter/kicker combo

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

UGA Natl Champs 2010 & 2011 and loser to Zook 2 out of 3 years. Did Richt write that for you?

EisenDawg

February 4th, 2010
3:15 pm

GMan, the difference is perception. Florida won the SEC East, won the NC last year, and their coaches left for other jobs that were promotions. UGA, on the other hand, had a disappointing season for the second year in a row, plus they fired their coaches, many of which were the primary recruiters of the ones that left. That, plus a new defensive scheme, was alot to overcome. If we have a good year this year, and I believe we will, everything will be fine.

Florida Dawg

February 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

After looking over where our recruits rank compared to other recruits, let’s just hope recruiting the top rated players is either not important or over-blown.

Nick Rails

February 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

Coaching changes? Didn’t seem to affect USC,UT,UF,FSU, or ND ALL
of whom were ranked ahead of UGA. Why does CMR get a pass on this?

Bernie Matt

February 4th, 2010
3:40 pm

Switching Samuels to LB is bull. The kid should have been left on Offense. At LB he’s only going to rotate with Williams, who was ready to become a star in his own right. If anything they should have moved him to fullback and given the offense more firepower. Hell if Chapas had not been missing all those blocks early in the year, the kid would have looked a lot better than he did. I remember the year after Auburn showed everybody how to use 2 good backs together (Brown and Cadillac), UGA brought back Thomas Brown, Lumpkin and Moreno and all offseason CMR talked about using them together, but never did.
I’m telling ya’ll UGA’s problem is not the Defense, it’s the Offense, but nobody wants to accept that. Wonder who gets the blame next year after another subpar season.

GT51

February 4th, 2010
3:42 pm

uga fans are first class. talking bad about a kid they know nothing about. darlington is a private school that has academic requirements more stringent than many colleges and puts up with absolutely no behavior issues. none. the kid was good enough for uga before. now that he has changed his mind, he is worthless. he’s no different than many of other uga fans that have applauded cmr for yrs and then all of a sudden after a couple of bad yrs, decided that he needs to be fired.

tim

February 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

here’s a FLash from the Gators…new D coordinator leaves for the NFL Bills after 4 weeks on the job…won’t mean squat because Urban will promote from within this time probably Chuck Heater

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

Bernie Matt, I agree, the wrong coordinator got fired.

rob

February 4th, 2010
3:44 pm

Funny, everything is ALWAYS spun in the best light for the Dawgs. Every single time, bad news is met with ‘well it’s not THAT bad.’ I, for one, would like some honest journalism.

GT51

February 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

GT fired dc and lost recruiting cd. didn’t affect their class. actually picked up a couple of late recruits. uga always has an excuse. uga defense will be horrible next year. lost 6 starters, 3 from d line.

Mikey in the SAV

February 4th, 2010
4:05 pm

Why did Samuels switch to RB anyway?
Why did the Coaching staff allow it if he was a good LB?

AceDawg

February 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Not sure about Gray – I had faith he would be good last year. The question is – did he look bad because he had so few snaps? Or did he look bad because he is? Shockley had a number of bad games, mixed with a few good ones, before he got a real shot as a senior.

Gray would be a great candidate for a slot receiver position though, and missing reps would be unfortunate if he is for sure going to lose out in the QB race. His “game experience” is FAR too minimal to matter.

Brucemac

February 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Scoundrel, Bama started unknown QB, how did that work out? Murray and Mettenburg have been in the program for two years when they start and coaches are very confident. Go spread your pessimism elsewhere please. So you think we will be worse on defense, you are the one on drugs and I don’t want any of them.

scoundrel

February 4th, 2010
4:20 pm

Brucemac, you dont need drugs; you already drink Richts coolaid!

ga gator

February 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

You guys kill me; Richt will be fine and so will UGA.

The Egg Man

February 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

GT51: No, your class wasn’t effected by the loss of a couple of coaches, because it wasn’t that great to start with.

XXXVII

February 4th, 2010
4:40 pm

glad to hear Richard Samual is moving to linebacker. With the 3-4 coming it’ll nice to have some speed out there.

UGAallDway

February 4th, 2010
4:40 pm

‘Stars’ don’t mean everything. Neither do national high school rankings. Granted they give a general view as to what ‘could be’ as far as talent, a player’s collegiate success has TONS to do with their progress and improvement between the high school and collegiate transition. Coaching is also a huge influence to a player’s success. I can’t wait to see what kind of fire Grantham brings to this program.

SOS Dawg

February 4th, 2010
4:45 pm

PLEASE Quit using the excuse of firing coaches hurt UGA in recruiting. What about the musical chairs at Florida and at Tennessee? Boy those two schools didn’t miss a lick now did they. Sugar coat sugar coat sugar coat. The Big picture is a Big Bad perception with relates to fact. Fact is CMR’s record and product on the football field these last few years ain’t too impressive. Yep that includes the 2007 season too because of those two losses which are the blue print of the downward spiral of the football program .CMR was out smarted when it came to the recruitment process by an up and coming new coach and a old hand at….. ahem…. Florida. Wake up people ! The trend has been evident for 4 years now so quit kidding yourself because in two years there will be a lot of fans that are criticizing now will be saying ” I TOLD YA SO “.

John

February 4th, 2010
4:53 pm

Starting Gray? Another one-and-done quarterback that is basically starting because of seniority? How many times do you need to be hit in the head before you move away from the source? Put the BEST quarterback on the field reguardless of class.

Samuel was a RB with a LB mentality, he would run seeking contact. Moreno & Ealey run where the holes are, only seeking contact when needed. A natural RB can sense where the hole will be, before they open. Samuel would simply run up the back of a offensive lineman and fall down.

Bobo is the problem at Georgia, how many 3 and outs (due to bad play-calling)did Bobo have in the big games against Tenn., Ala. and Florida did Georgia have until the defense was too tired to stop anyone? Yes Georgia ran up points against lesser opponents, but how is Bobo playcalling against the Big 3? Georgia has been a field goal kickers
paradise since Bobo has been at Georgia, each year the field goal kicker has lead the team, SEC or the nation in scoring. (Billy Bennett lead nation in scoring, Coutu lead the SEC, now Walsh is on pace to top both) Should’nt we be scoring more touchdowns?

Pass the kool aid

February 4th, 2010
4:58 pm

sos….. you are so right about the excuse about firing the coaches. I mean look what happened at Tennessee and with Urbans flip flop health concerns and losing his defensive coordinator. Those two schools have come out of the gates once again and smell like roses. Plus they have handed UGA’s @ss on a silver platter the last few years

Tom

February 4th, 2010
5:07 pm

Yeah, a big picture is needed (and small words woudn’t hurt).

Funny how Richt and staff were trying all the way up to NSD to sway TECH commits like Morgan Bailey and BJ Bostic.

They tried TWICE to get Bailey before finally giving up and having to settle for Gates on Wednesday.

On the other hand, when TJ Stripling showed up at GT a couple of weeks ago for a visit with his HAND out, he was sent PACKING by CPJ!

Too funny.

jddawg

February 4th, 2010
5:14 pm

Maybe Richt needs to bring these five star prima donna players in by limo greeted by hot looking hostesses. Seems to do the trick at the other schools. Not Richt’s syle. If you don’t bleed red and black then go elsewhere!!

bama

February 4th, 2010
5:26 pm

Georgia is irrelevant in SEC football. get use to it. georgia won’t win until they get rid of richt.

Bama in Atlanta

February 4th, 2010
5:29 pm

As I have mentioned before, don’t get too caught up in the star rating…..two years ago Mark Ingram was a 3-star runningback.

There’s quite a few “5-star” players that think they are better than they actually are. Like my high school football coach used to say “If I could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth I could retire today”!

GTFan1

February 4th, 2010
5:53 pm

tim

February 4th, 2010
6:14 pm

ofcourse national signing day is overrated if your school ended up with a…say UGA or GT class. Hey puppies we’ll see how “ovrtrated” the Gators are the next 4 or 10 years because the irrelevent puppies won’t win in Jax in the next decade

Todd

February 4th, 2010
6:24 pm

Your a complete moron if you deny this fact about the outcome of this recruiting class.

Todd Grantham flat out talked in his first presser about “signing kids within a 5 hr. radius of Athens…”

And looked what the hell happened! Take a look at the Ga’s Top 25 and see how many bolted.

It’s not that Da’Rick pulled a switch, it’s Ga and MR and Bobo and his dip sitting around and getting schooled by Tenn. a huge SEC EAst rival.

How can they sit there knowing that Nash Nance needed to be offered to close the deal. Should Richt and Bobo de-committed to Da’Rick and gone after the kld at G;ville High for example?

They flat out got worked this yr. in recruiting and there not even mentioned at the level of Florida, USC, Texas, Alabama….

Little ole boyish Derick Dooley worked them over.

They do have a window of opportunity on the field this Fall. If Richt and Bobo can’t figure out how to beat Tenn and UF in the same season, when in the hell is it ever going to happen?

Does this not make sense Bill?

As a Ga grad and former letterman, MR is a man of character, he also got worked over by Ron Zook.

Not sure what to support in Athens anymore.

Beat UF and Tenn in the same yr. and just see where that gets you Ga!

.

February 4th, 2010
7:06 pm

UGA fired DC Willie M! Now he’s gone from out-house to Big Time OU. Get fired and move up, way to go Willie.

Whats wrong with this picture….maybe it wasn’t Willie’s fault.

IF A FROG HAD WINGS!

February 4th, 2010
7:24 pm

I personally think this is the best class in a long time.
I wanted defense , defense wins championships!

TNBulldog

February 4th, 2010
7:35 pm

Knowsohn was a 4 Star Recruit, Brandon Miller was a 5 star, Clint Boling was a 3 Star, Washaun Ealey 4 Stars, finally anyone remeber Jasper Sanks… Remember these are 17-19 year old high school kids. 5 Stars does not guarentee a championship

GatorNation

February 4th, 2010
7:47 pm

In response to some of the questions on here about Urban Meyer. Sorry, he is not going anywhere soon and will be coaching spring ball after taking a little time off, which he is taking now. He will probably take some time off during the summer as well rather than doing the rubber chicken circuit and be back for various events like “Saturday Night Lights” and of course fall practice in August. You guys like to perpetuate your silly little rumors just like you did with the Notre Dame stuff because you realize in your hearts that that’s the only way you might turn the table on the Gators. I wouldn’t count on it though, even the Zooker had a winning record against the dawgs.

UGA Realist

February 4th, 2010
7:51 pm

UGA sucks, The End

70 Dawg

February 4th, 2010
7:54 pm

I think I figured out why the GT dog haters spend so much time on our
blog. It’s the only way they can feel like they can beat UGA. They
sure as he– can’t do it on the field. Truth is they can’t do it
here either.They continue to try to convince everyone that we are a
program in decline after one rebuilding year. Do you bumbling bees
realize how many programs would love to have 90 wins in 9 years?
Wher’s the Raid or better yet a fly swatter?

GatorNation

February 4th, 2010
8:00 pm

Also love the rationalization on here about recruiting. I don’t know about any other program, but having top recruiting classes has worked very well in Gainesville. The 1996 NC team was made up primarily of senior players from Spurriers #1 recruiting class of 1992, in fact their motto was “we came in #1 and we’re going out #1″. The 2006 NC team was primarily from Ron Zooks #1 rated class of 2003. And the 2008 NC came out of that #2 rated Meyer class that included Tebow and Harvin. Bodes well for the future I would think…

boog

February 4th, 2010
8:13 pm

comparing Marlon to Rogers is a joke. Marlon never committed to anyone when he chose UGA. There was never a defection…get your facts straight before you make such a bold comparison.

UGA Realist

February 4th, 2010
8:17 pm

look at the poster child of your Dumb Puppy Nation in the picture at the top of this blog….that furbucket is your figurehead….wow…of course you are proud….pigs feet and boiled pee nuts, yee haw…cracker morons….whatever….funny thing is, you show your paranoia towards Tech and insecurity about being so stupid ass by ASSuming I’m a Jacket fan…which I am not. I’m just not a fan of hysterical knee jerk lunatic fringe southern stereotypical tool boxes, cause I’m a native Southerner, and I’m prouder than to be a piece of David Allen Coe’s spent jerky, but UGA people….that’s as good as it gets. Woof…wuff…poof, you are a fart in the wind.

dawgish

February 4th, 2010
8:21 pm

Of course the recruiting rankings are no guarantee, but they are a good guide…a 5-star recruit is ten times more likely to become All-American than the average player, and a 4-star recruit is three times more likely. Florida got over twice as many 4-start+ recruits than we did. But one-year isn’t a deal breaker. We had a really good defensive recruiting class and we’ll have some additional scholarships to use next year. As long as next year is a stellar class all will be fine.

Clarke Barr

February 4th, 2010
9:04 pm

So, Florida’s DC ‘conveniently’ waits until the day AFTER signing day to decide to bolt to the NFL to coach for the ol’ Gator quarterback, Chan Gailey. What a loser. You think Urban paid him some hush money to keep quiet until after signing day?
Bill, keep your notepad at home this year during the TD club meetings in Athens. It causes all of us to feel like we’re not getting the ’skinny’ we would otherwise get from CMR. Surely you can remember the pertinent info until you get home.

Big L

February 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

A.J. Green down the sideline. Orson Charles across the middle. Ealy and King up the gut. One more stud of an offensive line. Arron Murray got a rose of a first season coming. D will get better with new pressure. Marlon Brown will get a chance to ste. up. It’s gonna be fun , trust me.

Termigator

February 4th, 2010
9:36 pm

Clarke Barr, everything is a conspiracy to the Dawgs. Lets see, Herbstreit hates UGA, Holtz hates UGA, Mark May hates UGA (i guess that one is true), the SEC schedulers hate UGA, the Refs hate UGA. Give me a break, I wonder why the Bills didnt go after the great Grantham, maybe Gailey had some sympathy for Richt. You whiners make me sick.

Dunkley

February 4th, 2010
9:40 pm

Mark Richt is 2-7 against Florida………………solid

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GT Money

February 4th, 2010
9:56 pm

You losers are too funny. Youre not relevant anymore. You should be used to it. Your lives already sucked before football. Now, everything in your life is terrible. AHAHHHAHAHHAAHA

Termigator

February 4th, 2010
9:57 pm

GT Money, they still have gymnastics.

no doubt about it,

February 4th, 2010
10:03 pm

daugs had a sub par season with a top class last year. What will you have with a sup par new class?

just like a toyoto, daugs going down hill fast and wide open.

Gen Neyland

February 4th, 2010
10:13 pm

From BK’s blog : “You hear a lot of whispers about what really went into his defection and off-field concerns about him, but in the wake of his putting on the orange cap, all that sounds like the same sort of sour grapes that emanated from the other side last year when Marlon Brown pulled a similar 180 and signed with the Dogs. Let’s not stoop to that level. The kid had a change of heart. Leave it at that.”

Interesting the line “Let’s not stoop to that level.” They already did, BK. Worse than I’ve ever seen. Never have I read so much anger spewed toward a kid a week before signing day until, well, it’ll never end. GBO

Jeff in Calhoun

February 4th, 2010
10:30 pm

Da’rick is the real deal! But on the hand, he can be stopped with great coaching. The Buford coaching staff made him look like a 2 star!

HardTruthSoldier...

February 4th, 2010
11:28 pm

The one Guy everybody is overlooking is Ken Malcolm,” Taiback U” just got better. Hey coach Grantham you might want to look at Zander Ogletree at Strong Safety, you know, like a Bob Sandres type

HardTruthSoldier...

February 4th, 2010
11:35 pm

Peop[le just to show ya’ll how bad these ratings can be, UT tackle Dan Williams was ranked the #97 best DT in the Country coming out of H.S. IN ‘07, he is alikely middle of the first round pick in 2010 NFL Draft. Nuff said!

Cartersville Dawg

February 4th, 2010
11:36 pm

Hate to say it but I agree with GatorNation. We are just intimidated by Florida. We get outcoached and outplayed in that game just about every year, even when we have the better team. We lost to Ron Zook for crying out loud.

As for all of you Georgia fans saying that we didn’t want Da’Rick anyways, that is a bunch of bull and we all know it. If he had committed to UGA, we would all be singing his praises. It is time to just move on from that issue and shut up about it.

People can blame Bobo for sorry play calling and I agree, there were several occasions last year where it looked like my wife was calling plays, but the truth of the matter is, we just didn’t execute. We had a QB that should have been on the bench, but due to Richt’s loyalty he started every game and our offense struggled because of it.

I do believe that moving Samuel to linebacker is going to be a big plus. I saw him chase down and lay the wood to several backs in high school and the backs were supposed to be uncatchable. He will be a stud at the linebacker position.

Now, for all of you Uga fans that want to get on here and bad mouth the program, I will make it plain and simple for you. Either shut up or become a Tech fan. It’s bad enough that I have to read all their crap on here, but it really ticks me off to read the crap I do from someone that is supposed to be a DAWG. I would rather be a DAWG fan in a 0-12 year then a fan of any other program in the world.

HardTruthSoldier...

February 4th, 2010
11:39 pm

Jonathan Crompton, ranked # 3 in Phil Steele’s ‘06 class. We know how that worked out for UT!

crazy dawg

February 5th, 2010
12:02 am

I do not understand all of the hype and hope concerning UT. The big orange did go 7 and 6 last year had players aressted and dismissed from the team for armed robbery and a Coaching staff that has bolted for the left coast and not to mention that they have several ncaa voliations pending during their one year stay in kville that could end up putting the Vols on some type of probation. The 2010 Vols have several question marks and holes to fill after most of their Star( Eric Berry ) and starters are gone. The line on both sides of the ball needs up grading. Who will play QB and will he have time to throw the ball to DaRick Rogers? Young Dooley is from a great gene pool and will do a good job I’am sure ,however it will not be next year and his first visit between the hedges as a head coach will not be one that he will want to remember. The Dawgs are in much better shape on the o-line than most of the teams in the SEC. A return to the junkyard dog style of defense will be the surprise unit in the SEC. Richard Samuel will be a beast as a OLB that will create problems and mis matches all over the field. Huston,Washington can play DE or OLB and dont be fooled the interior d – linemen will be very strong with Tyson , Woods , Jones and company. Look for some of the 2010 recruits to play big roles on the D front Thornton, Smith and the 2 big DE one from SWD and the other From Manning, SC. Will all be play makers. The secondary will be much better than last year and will take advantage of a better pass rush that will lead to more int’s and turn overs.Physical safeties like Rambo,Hamilton and O-tree make receivers think twice about comming across the middle. The only question about CB will be depth Boykin and Smith will be fine back ups must step up maybe Cummings and Pugh can step up. The running game with Washawn and King will be top notch look for Malcom to bring a pounding physical style of running into th mix. The FB’s are as good as any team has. TE’s are all beast O Charles is nothing but a nightmare for Db’s and LB’s Aaron White is comming on and the return of Bruce Figgins will only help the running game that much more with his blocking and look for big A. Lynch to pick his game up. Wide Receivers will be fine with AJ Green and T.King taking the heat off the other young wide outs look for Wooten and Brown to be game breakers the depth will get a boost from the return of a healthy Chris Durham look for Logan Gray to help here also. The big suprise is also the biggest Question Mark going into 2010 The play of Arron Murray and Zack Mettenberger will give the Dawgs much better production than last season. Murray is a winner who will lead the team with his talents and toughness. Mettenberger has the big arm and both should play a good bit much like Green and Shock did not to long ago. The kicking game may be the best in the country with both Walsh and Butler returning. Coverage teams must improve and should with new coaching. Boykin is a threat as a KR. Again I ask what is the hoopla about the Tenn. Vols. Go Dawgs

SamoanDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:14 am

Todd, I think the reason why we didn’t offer Nash is bc we already have Hutson Mason committed. We didn’t need 2 QB in this class. The only other position Nash is prolly suit for is fullback, imo. But, I doubted he’d want move to fullback.

Btw, we got a package deal to land Alec Ogletree and his twin bro Alexander. Alexander projected at FB or LB. He may redshirt to gain mass or play on special teams.

Samuel is best suit at Mike/Moe position, imo. He can add some bulk to his frame at 240 w/out losing speed. He’ll get some PTs behind Daryll Gamble, Akeem Dent Marcus Dowtin and Chase Vasser. Akeem Hebron prolly best suit at MLB.

Nick Williams may move back to safety.

We got several good candidates for the OLB. Cornelius Washington, Justin Houston, Demarcus Dobbs, Kiante Tripp(5th time he has changed positions), Jeremy Longo and new comers Brandon Burrows and TJ Stripling.. to name a few.

gadawg

February 5th, 2010
1:05 am

Ginger, how many wind sprints did you run today?

col fot

February 5th, 2010
2:05 am

UGA will be just fine. They got a great group of kids, Rodney Garner and Mark Richt know exactly what their doing. Next year they will be able to sign 24-28. They have depth up the ying-yang on offense and this guy Granthem or whatever his name is must be quite a coach. Georgia will lose two games next season and they will beat Florida. They will lose South Carolina and Auburn, but will still finish in the top 10.

tennesee tom

February 5th, 2010
5:40 am

tennessee got 4 4star receivers besides rodgers,bur this recruiting thing is just a beauty contest,who knows,some want get in,some want work out and some will leave,i think the 2007 class has 10 guys left on this team,if you get 10 than wind up playing,thats about average,probley the only guy to play a lot in year 1,is a kicker

BuLLdawg

February 5th, 2010
6:49 am

It is not a good recruiting class on Offense, our lone question mark for this season, yet again.

Smittie

February 5th, 2010
6:58 am

Samuels will be a needed addition to the LBs. Recruiting good athletes is not that hard. Getting guys who will produce at SEC standards is something else. Georgia fans saw that even with 3 stars on a team and expected to contend for the National Championship, winning is a team effort with disciplined well coached players. The D has to be rebuilt and it looks like Coach Richt got the right guy to do it.

willie

February 5th, 2010
7:02 am

What is the over/under number for how many of these guys will not qualify, even at Georgia?

How do you like my new job?

Paddy

February 5th, 2010
8:43 am

Bernie Matt……I agree and have said so. It is the offense that needs to be more creative. We are SO predictable!

I know I am in the minority, but I like our class of 2010!

lagadawg

February 5th, 2010
8:48 am

Seems like 90% of football Diva’s are wide receivers.

Dynamicbigboy

February 5th, 2010
9:09 am

What are you talking about concerning Marlon Brown? He NEVER did a 180. He was never committed to anyone. To compare him with Rogerts is idiotic at best. I expected better from you.

Todd

February 5th, 2010
9:50 am

Why are Ga fans going after Da’Rick Rogers now?

I didn’t hear a single bad word about the kid until now.

How foolish you sound, you should be going after Mark Richt and Bobo for not having the sense to understand they needed to offer Nance like Tenn. did.

Instead they swapped out for Hutson Mason.

Not to knock Hutson Mason, I hope he’s lights out for GA by the time his 4 yrs. are up.

Logan Grey appeared to have a great potential coming out of high school.

He has 100 net punt return yrds. to his credit to date.

Will see where this goes in the next 4 yrs. my beat is Da’Rick is the real deal, stop beating up on the kid, he’s 18, Mark Richt is 48 or whatever he is and Bobo is 38 or whatever with 5 kids and a can of dip.

Bob Stoops picked up Willie M. that all you brilliant Dawg fans said couldn’t coach a lick.

Where going to find out where all this ends up real soon.

Logic

February 5th, 2010
10:09 am

Nice rationalization!

Feel better?

It is what it is… a DOWN class that WILL have implications in the FUTURE.

Dawghater

February 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Well Bill, new tune for 2010! It’s always been the pump the chest out and go on and on about GA’s recruiting class rankings. Now it’s about the “Big Picture”. Is that code for we did not have a good recruiting class and need to put a better spin on that. Unbelieveable! And for the idiot “Montgomery Burns”. You don’t know anything aobut Rodgers. It’s ignorant for you and others to say anything about a kid just because he signs with another school! Get over it! Rogers can signe with who he wants and he wanted to go to school with his friend. It’s that simple. But I’m sure you have a degree that qualifies you to analyze a kids “character” when you’ve never met him.

papadawg

February 5th, 2010
10:47 am

Dang it get over it Dawg Fans, you win some you lose some that’s recruiting every year. I hope one of the things Coach Richt has learned is you need a strong running game then a passing game in the SEC so losing a WR shouldn’t be a big deal the way our backs started running at the end of last year. We have some good WR already and we got some needed studs on the defensive side. Gone are the days of the pass happy offense like they ran at FSU.

BigDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

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Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

Is UGa recruiting LeMay out of Charlotte? Is he from the same school from where Cox was from? If so, then do we really want him? I heard we had burned our bridges there since he got so much criticism from his performance at UGa.

BDAWG

February 5th, 2010
7:18 pm

Logan Gray should save us a schlorship and transfer to a JC. He wasn’t prepared last year and won’t be prepared next year, but then that also brings a question about the OC. Why wasn’t the second string QB ready to step in and play?

Neubi

February 6th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bill King

This is not you best reporting, it’s more like putting lip stick
on that pig class. First of all go to MrSEC web site and this is what you will
find:

School Signees 5-stars 4-stars 3-stars 2-stars 1- & 0-stars Total Points

Georgia 19 1 9 9 1 0 70

I get 20 recruits when I add it up, also UGA signed no 5 Star recruits which he shows.
Then you can go to the Rivals.com web site and look at the averages they have the
SEC, the dawgs are the 6th rated class in the SEC, sorry, but facts are facts.
Take a look at these:

Fla 3.89
Ala 3.62
LSU 3.59
Aub. 3.5
Tenn 3.44
UGA 3.42

Bill King

February 6th, 2010
6:05 pm

Neubi:

The star average I quoted came from MrSEC.com.

RED DOG 77

February 7th, 2010
2:27 am

Alabama had great years in 2008 and 2009 with two average, manager type QBs. In 2008 their WR corps consisted of one Julio Jones, with just slightly more depth in 2009. They won on the back of a hard running young man on O and an agressive 3-4 D that believed they not only could, but would win come game day [confidence] . Every coach has his style, his personality,and any coach worth his salt, and is motivated knows that he must continue to learn, grow, and be flexable if he expects to be a winner. That said : I have the greatest respect for CMR. He realizes his style won UGA alot of games, and kept us atop the heap for most of his time at UGA. I sincerily believe he is taking his game to the next level now. I hope he will keep his style, because it wins games. I further hope he will continue to be flexable, and play to his strengths, trying some varyations from time to time……….Me ? I am a 58yr old businessman that has learned if I dont change with the times, my business will fail……I believe CMR has learned this valuable lesson. I hope and pray BULLDOG NATION will support CMR and his GEORGIA BULLDOGS with all they have….GO DOGS !!!! GATA

Carl Spackler

February 7th, 2010
10:11 am

Could someone who knows the defensive players enlighten me who will be part of the 3-4 defensive scheme that I hear will be used…curious as to who will be playing the critical NT position, how about the DE’s (are they big enough), who will be the ILB’s & how fast are they, are the 4 LB’s fast enough to run down running backs & provide pass coverage…does this team have the make-up to run this defense? does it have the depth (injuries, etc.)? Does UGA have the players now, or will this be a wait until next year…did CMR recruit the kind of players, or are they already on the team, needed to run Grantham’s 3-4…I don’t see these kinds of players from this recruiting class, but then again maybe Grantham can coach the existing players up to the job…the present team seems to have been built for a 4-3…Grantham may have been one of the best out there, but was he the best for UGA’s talent…hope this isn’t a wait until next year, if it is CMR needs to have his head examined

Justin Kase

February 7th, 2010
12:38 pm

Bill King – Are you related to Howard Cosell, because you’re the master of the obvious?

RED DOG 77

February 7th, 2010
3:13 pm

Carl S…….IMHO, There is always a pretty significant adjustment period going from the 4-3 to the 3-4.However, given the players we already have on the D side of the ball ,I sincerily believe our adjustment will be but a minor hickup. Many scholarships were used on the D side in the 09 class, the 2010 was almost all D. With that said, one of the challenges will be to bulk up some weight on some, and either remain the same or lose a little weight with others. Because of our lack of a bonified pass rush in recent years, one position that we are now loaded at is D END.Many of the kids coming out of HS are tall and fast ,but not very heavy. The fastest of these may be used as stand up OLBs, with only a minor bulk up to say 220lbs-to 240lbs. The D ends will be the kids who have a frame that can carry 250lbs- to 280lbs, we already have a number of those on our roster. The NT should be the easiest, we have some big strong studs in the 300lb range that should be able to step right in. Bottom line IMO, yes we have the personel, but that doesnt mean we wont be looking for additional LBs in future yrs. Some say the adjustment to the 3-4 is tough because it is a more complicated D.I on the other hand, as a former player believe that given the 3-4 is a much more agressive D it is more fun. Kids seem to learn easier when they are having fun. I dont think these kids are nearly as motivated with a bend dont break D as they are with a blowem up ,blitz, and rip their heads off style D.This D should also help in our recruting in the future, just look at Alabama, those kids were having a ball confusing the other guys O.The 3-4 is only used by a minority of college football teams…..but I believe most will begin to trend that way. It tends to contain the spread O better than any other D, and is flexible enough to handle the toughest downhill running O with run blitzs etc. Me ? even if we screw up a little at first, it will be well worth it in the future to go back to the ‘Junk Yard Dog’ style D. The state of Georgia has some of the best HS talent in the nation, the 3-4 will be how we can begin to keep more of them, and also cherry pick some of the best nationally………Defense wins championships, no ifs ands or buts about it…..CMR made what I believe to be the best move he has made since coming to UGA, with his statement that he was going to go back to a more hands on coach with the QBs and O, like he did when he first got here[get away from the CEO mode] I believe DOG NATION is going to be looking at championship contention on a regular basis very soon………Just my opinion, but I believe it in my heart, and as a former player, I know for a fact the kids love it ! and when they are motivated….watch out ! Regards, RED

Go to Wrightsville Again!

February 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

There is a Walker Kid in Wrightsville that is a heck of a receiver. Zack Walker 6′1″ around 180. Zack was among the state leaders with 72 receptions for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns.

How about another Walker on the roster from Wrightsville.

Carl Spackler

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

RED DOG 77…thanks for the clarification on the team talent…here’s hoping they can reload and come out swinging…

RED DOG 77

February 7th, 2010
11:08 pm

Carl Spackler…..There is usually an icon at the top of the main page that gives the roster, you can scroll through it and pretty much see what we have. One question you asked that I did not answer was the NT position. There has been some talk regarding the stellar play of Kwamee Gathers who red shirted last year. Acording to what I have read, Kwamee had some problems with his studies that aparently have been straightened out. From what I read he was singled out as the MVP for the defense on the scout team. Big Kwamee Gathers is 6ft6in and weighs better than 330lbs, dont know if he will start over the likes of a De Angelo Tyson, also a giant, but the talent we will have at NT should make ‘Mt Cody’ green with envy. Our big ugly guys are not only big ,but we have always recruted atheletic big men in the past……..To me ? wouldnt really matter where on the line these guys played…..they are pretty tough, Again ,just my opinion, but I am sticking to it…..Regards, RED