Thank goodness for A.J. Green and Orson Charles

The return of Kris Durham will bolster Georgia's receiving corps. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

The return of Kris Durham will bolster Georgia's receiving corps. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Coming out of signing day this week, Mark Richt admitted that Georgia’s lack of depth at wide receiver concerns him, especially after the loss of Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee left the Dogs with only one incoming freshman receiver this year, Michael Bennett of Alpharetta.

Speaking of his receiving corps, Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald, “We don’t have, at this moment, the number that we would feel comfortable having — and that’s always give or take one or two.” Which pretty much echoes a quote from Mike Bobo last April when it was announced that rising senior receiver Kris Durham would have to take a medical redshirt year because of shoulder surgery.

Despite being thin at receiver last year, Georgia wound up with a pretty decent passing attack, mainly because of A.J. Green. Junior star Green is back this season, of course, for what many think will be his final season playing in Athens, but the Dogs’ second-leading receiver last year, Michael Moore, is gone.

Returning behind Green are what so far has proved to be a middling bunch of wide receivers, with Tavares King the most productive. There’s also Rantavious Wooten, who showed flashes last year but wasn’t consistent; Israel Troupe, who didn’t do much; and the  heavily hyped Marlon Brown, who barely registered on the field in what probably should have been a redshirt season for him but ended up being wasted. It would certainly help if Brown finally started to live up to his potential this year.

On the plus side, the Dogs do get back fifth-year senior Durham, who if he is able to shake off the rust could provide a set of sure hands in possession situations. And, who knows, Logan Gray could even wind up at receiver after the spring quarterback battle shakes out.

Looking ahead a year at Georgia’s receiving corps in 2011, when Green likely will have moved on to the NFL, isn’t a very pleasant prospect right now. But despite the lack of depth I’m not really that worried about the receiving end of the passing attack this season, barring a rash of injuries.

And that’s mainly because the Dogs are well-stocked at tight end, including hybrid Orson Charles, Georgia’s third-leading receiver last year, and Aron White, who was fifth for the year in catches.

“The one thing that I’m excited about and confident about is our tight end position,” Richt told the Banner-Herald. “We’re blessed with four outstanding tight ends; tight ends that certainly are playmakers and we’ve got good solid depth with guys that can really play that position. I think that’s going to a little bit of the burden off the wide receiver corps.”

Like many, I still expect the running game to be the primary focus of Georgia’s attack in 2010, especially early in the year, to take the pressure off whichever inexperienced quarterback ends up starting. But with targets like Green and Charles out there, Bobo and Richt are going to put it in the air a fair amount of the time and should be able to maintain some of the balance that their offense is based on.

I believe the Dogs will be just fine at receiver this year. Beyond that, I’m not so sure. What do you think?

259 comments Add your comment

Theophilus

February 5th, 2010
11:39 am

First? Looking forward to big things from Brown.

otis

February 5th, 2010
11:41 am

first–go dawgs

Gobigdogsgo

February 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Don’t sleep on the dogs, i think this year was a blessing, they will be hungry, the d will not fold up and give up 40+ and the state will still belong to the red and black!

and oh yeah….1ST!

Gobigdogsgo

February 5th, 2010
11:42 am

Without-a-clue

February 5th, 2010
11:47 am

Let’s quit lamenting what we don’t have and and exult in what we do have. If they are conditioned and coached well they will do well. Go Dawgs!

nola dawg

February 5th, 2010
11:48 am

why are you so darn negative Bill… Wooten was a true Fr man, and played really well given it was his first year in the SEC. And maybe its more that M Brown couldn’t get on the field b/c better players where ahead of him, not that he was “disappointing”.

Every article Bill writes is laced with negative comments, it is getting old fast. AJC – do something fast…

Leedawg

February 5th, 2010
11:50 am

Two primary needs for next years class: WR and LB.

arrh

February 5th, 2010
11:52 am

I thought Wooten, Troupe in King played great at teh end of the yr. It’s normally towards the end of the yr. that young players like that start to play better, once they get some experience. When we got hot at the end of the yr. w/ some good quality wins…AJ was on the sideline, & UGA won w/ those other guys without him.

arrh

February 5th, 2010
11:53 am

Sorry, I meant Troupe & T. King…

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

February 5th, 2010
11:56 am

I am afraid that when Green leaves next year it will be hard to find a go to guy , it might have to be a true freshman that no one has heard of yet
GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!

Georgia

February 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

King is a true deep threat. The tightends are going to be a much larger part of the offense. Orsen Charles is the real deal and A.White showed great improvement. Behind an experience O-line and 2 experienced backs I expect Murray who will have 2 springs and 2 summer practice years to win the job and be very productive to start the season

Toole

February 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

If we are so thin at receiver then why do we have the following receivers on the roster? Taylor Bradberry, Marquise Brown, Blake Sailors, Craig Sager, Greg Lanier, Rhett McGowan, and Zach Renner. What are they there for? Tackling dummies?

Won't Get Fooled Again.

February 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

Hey nola dawg, the reason Marlon Brown did not play last season was because he could not grasp the playbook or read the defense. He may be gifted physically but this is not high school where you can get by just being stronger and faster.

Looking forward to the halftime as much as the game.

toga

February 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

How can you not have a back up plan???? Another hole shot in the sinking ship that is GA Football.

Words from the master, Saban:

I’m old-fashioned,” Saban said. “I think a commitment is a commitment.

“We tell guys when they commit that we want the recruiting to be over or we really don’t want them to commit. If you’re not really ready to stop recruiting, then you aren’t really ready to commit because committing means you are coming to that school.

“I would rather you go visit other schools until you’re sure that this is what you want to do rather than making a commitment and then not feeling comfortable and wanting to go explore other opportunities.

“There is an old saying, ‘If you’re shopping, then we should shop.’ It shouldn’t be that way, but when guys make commitments and then don’t stick up for them, then you kind of get stuck a little bit because there may be other guys that you didn’t recruit, that you could have recruited, that could have actually taken their place.

“I wish there was a better way, but there is not. We’ll just have to manage it and keep recruiting guys and do the best we can with them.”

Roll Tide

More recruits next year I guess

February 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

We will definitely need some Frost to step up next year, but we will have a solid core of seasoned juniors. If anything, I think our Wideout recruits will be loaded next year with such a good opportunity to contribute early. After all, getting Thornton (DT is thin and young) was more important than getting another wideout.

C-Dawg

February 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

Marlon Brown and Troupe will explode onto the scene this year!

McDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:08 pm

what about those TBs in the slot Dontavious and C. Thomas -i thought our WRs were pretty good last year. T. King really came on and Troupe is a good blcoker

PMC

February 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

It should help that the running game is coming around and the line should be solid.

This is the most talent on the whole that they have had at receiver for as long as I can remember. Everyone of those guys is remarkably capable of contributing.

Georgia’s offense simply wasn’t consistant at all last year. You can’t blame that on receivers.

PMC

February 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

They keep poormouthing receiver depth. Ok. So take care of them in practice. Play the TE’s more. My gosh there are 3 capable TE’s on this team all of which can catch. Stop poormouthing your receivers.

The rest of the SEC East

February 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

toga, yea Saban is so moral and upright: “I am not interested in leaving Miami for Alabama or any other coaching job”. I am laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair!

dawgfan

February 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

I wish Richt would get that concerned about the offensive and defensive lines. That’s where championships are won coach.

robodawg

February 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Looking to 2011 and beyond, it would’ve been nice to get Da’Rick or Christian Green. But I expect Marlon Brown to step up. And we should be solid at tight end so that definitely helps the passing game. I think we’ll be alright with having people to catch the ball.

How’s our depth on the OL? Seems the last few years we’ve been just one or two injuries away from really struggling when it comes to running the ball and giving the QB time to throw.

BabsTolstoy

February 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

toga, how do Saban’s comments square with his recruitment of Shon Coleman, who had verbally committed to Auburn months ago and reaffirmed that commitment about two weeks before signing day? They don’t. He wants it both ways. Coleman or any recruit can do anything he wants, and no amount of hypocritical brow beating on the part of Saban will ever change that. Saban says “don’t shop,” but his actions say “don’t shop unless it’s with us and then that’s different.” Is he trying to make us think he is some how honorable, or does he believe people are too stupid to catch him in his bs? This is the kind of crap that gets politicians in trouble but usually not deified football coaches, especially ones soon to have their own statue.

Tim

February 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

Barring Injuries, OL should be pretty good the next few years, depth-wise. That is probably the hardest position to project though.

WR is a concern after next year. Someone will HAVE to step up and help AJ out. I’m hoping it’s Marlon. Next year, when AJ is gone, might be rough. We need to pick up some big time prospects in the next recruiting class. Even then, I don’t like having a freshman be our main go to guy. AJ’s only come around every so often, and even he admitted as a freshman he didnt know what was going on….

Mike S

February 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

The Dawgs will be fine. WR is loaded this season. Next season will be easy to recruit top flight WR as they will see the chance for immediate playing time at a top notch program. Bennett might see the field this year, or he might red shirt. Lonnie Outlaw will be coming 2 yrs down the road, and 2 star rating not withstanding the kid is a stud. We lose Durham, and maybe green this season.

I do expect to see Logan Gray at WR by the summer.

BigDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

Georgia will be fine.

Orson will be the best TE in the SEC before he graduates and Green is easily the best reciever in college football (yes Techies including little Bebe)

Georgia has one of the best two back tandems in the conference of Ealy and King

An awesome Offensive Line (Even Cox was barely sacked)

all Georgia needs is for one of the QBs to step up and they could have one of the best offenses in the SEC.

Tim

February 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

Defensive line and secondary will also be critical for us next year too, as far as recruiting goes. We are dangerously thin there and we need the players that fit the 3-4 scheme

ga gator

February 5th, 2010
12:35 pm

AJ is the best college receiver I have seen in my years of watching college football and seems to be every bit as good a young man.

Michael Scharff

February 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

I am hoping that we can get a QB installed who can finally master the art of progression of reads. Stafford was fair at it, but Joe Cox was TERRIBLE at going through his progressions. I can’t tell you how many times we sat in the stands (every home game except Kentucky) this past fall and saw him fail to recognize wide open WR’s or TE’s as he “locked-in” on his primary receiver. It doesn’t matter how talented your receiving corps is if YOU CAN’T GET THEM THE BALL!

run the ball

February 5th, 2010
12:45 pm

The only way we will ever win a NC is to be able to consistantly run the ball. Bobo does not establish a POWER RUNNING GAME and tries too many “gimmick” running plays. Line up in the power eye and establish yourself as a grind it out running team. We get killed in “time of possesion” because we are not a smash mouth running team. Also our offense seems to “go to sleep” at times, again because of a inconsistant running attack. Perhaps our o-line underachieves? Run the ball. Find our fullbacks and utilize them.

UGA(g)

February 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

Wow, a “thin” receiving corp of at least 6 guys? Almost all of whom were highly-touted pick-ups out of high school? This is what you complain about? Either shut up or get a real coach to turn these boys to men.

Tim

February 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Our offense tends to stall out in large part to Bobo’s play calling. He insists too often on being “balanced”, and needs to stay with what’s working. If we’re hot throwing the ball, stay with it. If they can’t stop the run, stay with it. Instead, he tries to hard to get to that 50/50 mark. He also has a tendency to call “trick” plays in bad situations. And for goodness sake, dont give the ball to Branden Smith every single time he’s on the field. Everybody in the stadium knows if he’s in there, he’s getting it. Use him as a decoy from time to time…

TXDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Lee Dawg, you are some kind of expert…I think my 6 year old niece could have figured that out!

merbertmoover

February 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Marlon Brown will contribute big time next season….guaranteed….he just needed a little time to adjust to the puddin, know what im sayin?

Tim

February 5th, 2010
12:56 pm

UGA(g) – Cool story bro. Unfortunately, this is a UGA blog, find somewhere else to troll.

20 yards and a cloud of whiff

February 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

There have been lots of very strong Georgia teams when the top receiver was not nearly as good as A.J. Green. No need to panic there. And, next year, Georgia needs to run the ball – a lot.

Mark

February 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Branden Smith can catch some plays at wideout or in the slot to cover up some of those depth issues, but we can’t have anyone go down with injury for any significant time. Charles and White can also play the slot with Figgins and/or Lynch at TE. Not sure who out there in the signing class of 2011, but not many freshmen receivers make a huge impact. I think better recruiting and coaching up front and at linebacker will be the key to competing for championships.

Habersham Dawg

February 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

Tavarres King will be great next year. He is a speed demon and has great hands. He is also a great blocker – that will be key next year. Goooooooo Dawgs!

TXDawg

February 5th, 2010
12:59 pm

Seems like CMR is laying the ground work for next years recruits by saying that he’s not happy with the depth at WR. Once next year’s High School Seniors have a chance to check out what the Dawgs new QB can do, I suspect we’ll bring in several top notch WRs. Also, next year we need to add some OL’s. It wasn’t too long ago that our cupboard was bare in this area.

run the ball

February 5th, 2010
1:01 pm

20 yards: not just next year every year. Become known as smashmouth U and the wins and recruits will follow.

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!!!

February 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

It doesnt matter, Bobo cant get them the ball even if we did have more WR’S.

CHDawg

February 5th, 2010
1:11 pm

I think Coach and Bill have this one completely wrong: this looks like the best receiving corps UGA has ever had to me. Most 18 year olds don’t make the transition immediately from HS. Wooten and Brown were getting up to speed and have great potential. Troupe looks a lot better than he is given credit for, and King dropped a few he should have caught, but showed flashes of brilliance. The overall picture is strong. Assuming we have a good QB step up, we should have a great passing year. Finally, remember how young these guys are, and remember how much Mo Mass improved in his career. Most players don’t start out like Green did. I just hope the Coaching staff sees the potential.

rob

February 5th, 2010
1:12 pm

I guess the glass is always half full.

Some honest journalism would be appreciated.

Thin at receiver?

February 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

I believe you are all missing the proverbial “forest because of the trees” – none of this really matters if we do not have a QB who can play……..

Saint Simons is my Caddy

February 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

Da’Rick Rodgers can’t pass high school.Would I say that if he were coming to UGA???? Nope but I would sure as hell be concerned!

jaxdawg

February 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Don’t forget Branden Smith will play wide recever as well! Kid’s gonna be a stud…

Joe

February 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

How about a two tight end set as Georgia’s primary formation? It boils down to who is more productive receiving and blocking: Aron White or Tavarres King. Orson Charles would have a HUGE year. And the Dawgs would run this state! I would love to cram it down the other guy’s throat. And with a freshman QB, they may need to. Richt and Bobo have 6 months to scheme it.

Fair and Balanced

February 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

If the OL is any good at all, the running game will open up passing and with good TE’s we should be fine. Might take a few minutes to get down the field, but that is good too. It won’t be bad to have a little of the old V Dooley type football at UGA next year. Lets run the ball some, wear out some defenses and with an improved defense of our own plus a MUCH weaker schedule than this year – we should be in the hunt for the East. THEN the recruiting opens up better for 2011. GA has good players – they just need to be coached up and when they are we will get a lot of W’s. BUT any less than 10 total wins next year will be more than disappointing. If Murray is good (and coached up) – we are in good shape for 2011. The conference will boil back down to Bama and GA like the 60’s – 80’s. But if the offense flounders and has all those turnovers again – GA is shopping for an OC. I think however, that this next season holds much promise in every area and should be an exciting season.

ugaaccountant

February 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

We do need to recruit WR hard next year losing AJ and Durham, but our 2010 set of receivers is quite good. T. King and R. Wooten are both ready to replace the kind of production we got out of M. Moore. I think Durham can resume the slot receiver role he did so well a few years back. So I’m not even counting on M. Brown at all, and he could easily wind up being a #2 receiver.

Scrub

February 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Gosh-a-Moses, what a bunch of Chicken Littles! The sky is falling, we have no receivers. Georgia has a fine young stable of talent to catch the ball next year. We are better off than many teams in the SEC. We are better off than many past Bulldog squads. Who were the receivers who bracketed Hines Ward, or Fred Gibson, or Freddy Lane? A bunch of scrubs, that’s who, and we won plenty. The only real “stud corps” we ever had was the Garrison Hearst/Eric Zeier crew with Hastings and Hunter and that bunch. Right now, we’re thin at coach. We’re thin at discipline, that’s where we’re thin at! Sheesh!

PHIL

February 5th, 2010
1:26 pm

I’m no D-1 Coach and I know injuries can happen and seem to happen to us alot, but I couldn’t believe the CMR said we were low at WR.

Chris Durham is as good as any possession receiver anywhere. The reason our other receivers like T. King and Wooten are “middling” is that Cox is fixated on AJ and that’s fine, but don’t expect big numbers out of anyone else while he is on the team if we run the ball at all. T. Kings high school highlights were at least as exciting as AJ’s. Then we have Wooten who again, with all the throwing to AJ did about as well as any Freshman could have possibly done. Marlon Brown will live up to his potential, it just takes some longer to get used to college. The other three tight ends will make Orson Charles a WR for all practical purposes. If we run the ball AT ALL, there aren’t going to be enough balls to go around to the WR we have as it is. Why would we need anymore? Da’RIck wouldn’t have played in 2 years here.

Jerry Royster Fan

February 5th, 2010
1:28 pm

Wow, WR is one position I am NOT concerned about… and I doubt CMR is either.

My guess is his comments are bit of misdirection with the goal of taking (some) of the heat of the green QBs, as well as to fire up the young WRs like Wooten and Brown.

But with Orson and AJ, I’m not at all worried about players catching the ball… who is going to be throwing it to them is obviously the real question….

toga

February 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

BabsTolstoy – you missed the point. Saban’s desire is that in the recruiting world, your commitment, even if it’s verbal, should end your recruitment. You don’t continue to pursue other schools, and they don’t continue to pursue you. I think this would be a good written rule and would not be surprised if Alabama does not start practicing it next year. Say what you want about Saban, but you can not argue with the results.

Roll Tide!!!

JB

February 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I think the offense will be fine next year. Hopefully we can control the clock to mitigate our young defense. We’ll have more experience than FL, even if their recruits are rated higher. 10 wins is very possible.

JB

February 5th, 2010
1:31 pm

Next year we need 4-5 WR’s 4-5 LB’s and 4-5 OL……….All these lineman will be gone in 2 years.
At least 2 RB’s 1 FB 3 DB’s and 3-4 down lineman.

DunwoodyDawg

February 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

I believe it is going to come down to how CTG does at DC. If he can get the Dawgs defense back into the top 20 in scoring D, then 10 wins is not a stretch. That would mean a top 15 or even top 10 finish. That is one big IF, but that happens and the D will carry the team early while whom ever comes to speed a QB.
I hope it works out.

Reality

February 5th, 2010
1:35 pm

From all this talk, it looks like UGA has the NC wrapped up….no need for the rest of the SEC to show up next year.

Dr M

February 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

I don’t find Bill to be excessively negative. For that, read the comments… Inexperience at QB is my primary concern. And he’s right, success in the running game would allow the new QB to break in without having to carry the offense single-handedly. Opponents will try to stuff the run, of course, and make the new guy throw; so, the play-calling by the OC needs to be very sharp. Another concern is reduction in penalties by the offense, especially movement by the line.

jack bull

February 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

obviously Marlon Brown will need to make an impact this year, but, i think there’s one more guy who really needs to step up and that’s Israel Troupe. He’s got the frame to be one of those guys who can go across the middle and make a play and live to play the next down, whereas, T.King and R. Wooten would get killed. Seems to me like those two are good going down the sideline, but not so great in the middle of the field, and we can’t expect AJ Green, along with the TE’s be the only ones to go there.

one other thing i hope this “problem” leads too, is more of that play we used to see alot when the RB comes out of the backfield to make a catch going down the seam. I liked that play. We’ll be just fine..GO DAWGS!!!

ugaaccountant

February 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Thin at receiver?

February 5th, 2010
1:13 pm
I believe you are all missing the proverbial “forest because of the trees” – none of this really matters if we do not have a QB who can play……..

First off, the forest is that we have enough quality at every position that we will be in contention for the SEC title every year for the next 4. We’re good and we’re balanced.

This kind of statement is one only a truly blessed team can make. We’ve got 6 WR’s coming back that range form All American level to SEC capable level. Mark has always said he wants 8. He’s not complaining about the 6 he has, he just wants 2 more suited up. Really it will be filled once Bennett is in and Gray or Thomas switches positions. All Richt’s really doing is starting the recruiting process for 2011.

As to your main statement, seriously wth? We have QB covered for the next 4 years. Let’s not be chicken little here. We’ve got 2 stud redshirt freshmen and a parade all-american recruit. There are schools in the SEC that would love to have our “problem”. Sorry, you just gave me a major chuckle thinking of you all stressed out about the position we have well in hand for a long time.

Vol

February 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

UGA fans here me out…You need to lower your expectations…it will only lead to disappointment…take it from someone who knows…both UT and UGA are not great teams right now, and need to get a lot of things fixed…setting your sights too high is what leads to wringing your hands later…Florida and Alabama are the cream right now…you’ve got a good solid coach in Richt who should be commended for the job he has done instead of blasted for what he hasn’t. UGA will be fine…it may take a bit longer than you think, but over-hyping what you don’t have right now isn’t going to help anything.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
1:41 pm

Top SC QB to sign w/UNC today. Golson, out of Myrtle Beach: “There have also been numerous comments on my blog questioning Golson’s viability as a recruit. First, I’ll say this: Golson is the most talented prep quarterback I’ve ever seen. As a recruiting junkie, I’ve seen some pretty good ones in person and many others on film. I saw Independence’s (N.C.) Chris Leak, who set nearly every national passing record, several times in high school and he doesn’t even compare to the raw talent of Golson. Leak was more polished but had a much lower ceiling than Golson. Coach Beamer at VaTech said Golson was better at his age than was M. VIck at the same age. Look at Tech!

Sanford Drive

February 5th, 2010
1:44 pm

Will Samuel be playing LB this year?

ugaaccountant

February 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

Toga – It’s impossible for Saban to do that today, but it would be nice if there was either an early signing day or if recruits were allowed to sign binding letters of intent on their official visit.

Chicken Littledawg

February 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

The Sky is falling The Sky is falling. One bad recruiting year and all of a sudden we are no better than Vandy. It looks like 0-12 next year judging by the comments on this board.

GT

February 5th, 2010
1:48 pm

I would rather see them pass, the running was killing us last year.

BabsTolstoy

February 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

toga, the results cannot be argued, the way they are achieved can.

Delbert D.

February 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

How do you “lose” some guy you never had? Does Rogers have to sit out a year because he “transferred”? There’s an old saying about counting chickens…

Preston

February 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

Sanford, yes. CMR made that announcement a couple of days ago.

ghost dawg

February 5th, 2010
1:50 pm

I predicted D. Jackson would be a superstar at tailback. Any guess on how he is doing?

poopdawg

February 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

No doubt the best group of receivers UGA has ever had . Da’Rick looked good on paper but i was surprised and disappointed UGA ever offered him. Not the UGA type . Da’Rick could possibly mature and having Nash Nance will certainly help him. Richt said he was concerned about our wr depth in 2010 , i just don’t understand it. In 2011 we will lose Durham and probably AJ Green, does anybody else understand Richt’s concern?

38 Yardline Dawg

February 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

Samuel will play LB this year, Gray will still be backup QB, we have talented receivers so long as they do one basic thing that eluded most of them last year…CATCH THE BALL. I’m more concerned with who will get the receiver the ball at this point. And let’s at least give a nod to the fine number of defensive recruits we got. If coaching changes foul things up, then why did offensive players go somewhere else????

DawginLex

February 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

i’d say our 2010 receiving corp is better than any other group in the SEC

You can only play 3 or 4 of them plus a TE so having Green, Durham, Troup, Wooten, King and Brown should be just fine thank you.

Mix in an experienced OL and 2 stud RB’s and I’m ready for fall already.

I hope Grantham can coach. If he can, the east is there for the taking regardless of what the haters say.

Halsey

February 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

Tight End should not be a problem at all: Charles, White, Lynch, Figgins

Maybe they will line up in 2 TE sets a lot. Heck, maybe 3 TE’s with Charles being split out like a WR. Running the ball should be the strength with so many lineman and RB’s returning, so the passing game might not have to be stellar.

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
1:56 pm

Does anyone out there know if UGa is/was interested in Golson out of MB? Sounds like he might be best QB in country for 2011.

Preston

February 5th, 2010
1:57 pm

Next years class will be MUCH better tan this years so we’ll have several extra scholarships to offer to better players. And no, the sky isn’t falling. When people are saying that their is a serious problem at UGA because of a 16th ranked recruiting class, it only stands to reason that things are going well between the hedges. UGA can compete with anyone this year and I look for them to be competitive.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

I agree wholeheartedly ugaaccountant. Also there’s no doubt in my mind that Logan Gray goes to WR. On another note, the move of Richard Samuel to LB will be hailed as brilliant.

Observe & Report

February 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

Not sure why the article says UGA only signed 1 WR this year. What about Outlaw? That makes 2 if I’m doing my math right!

SOGADOG

February 5th, 2010
2:07 pm

The wide receiver position is over rated, the running game and a stout defense wins championships.

Dawg Colonel

February 5th, 2010
2:08 pm

All the championship programs can do two things well…..PLAY DEFENSE & RUN THE BALL.

We we pay attention to those two, the passing game will take care of itself.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
2:08 pm

Outlaw’s going JUCO or a prep school this year I think. I think Richt is trying to get a leg up on the chase for Nick Marshall next year with that move as someone pointed out on another blog. If I’m not mistaken Outlaw is a big target and possession type receiver.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
2:09 pm

Amen Dawg Colonel.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

February 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

If memory serves Outlaw will not qualify. That is why he sates 1 signed.

BTW with having Redshirt Frosh at QB, Charles will have a beast of a year. I would say 55-65 catches and about 750-800 yards receiving and 8-10 touchdowns.

Delbert D.

February 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

Bill King is negative? Wrong…he’s directly quoting Richt, who is apparently displeased with the other 6 guys he has recruited who “apparently” haven’t worked out a well as expected.

bo Williams

February 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

I read where Golson signed with SCar yesterday. What’s up?

Jim

February 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

On the plus side, if we are thin going into 2011, we will probably be able to attract some blue chip recruits because apparently depth chart is a major consideration by kids these days.

Ivan Vasilii Vladivostok, aka "Pasha dat a$$"

February 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

Speaking of the running game, who is the RB we signed? Don’t hear much about him even though he is a “CPJ mystical” 3 star.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

How does the Jr. QB, LeMay, out of Charlotte, compare with Golson. I read somewhere that he could be top QB in 2011 class.

ugakev

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

Make no mistake about it . . . Aaron murray is our quarterback next year and he will be the best quarterback georgia has had since CMR has been here and that is saying alot since we have had greene shockley and Stafford. Murray not only is an outstanding talent but he is extremely smart and has a work ethic second to none. He is the next great quarterback in the sec. With that said this is the best offense i have seen CMR have at georgia and possibly ever had as long as key players stay healthy. Anything less than a trip to the dome this next season is a disappointment. Also on a side note you can always put Orson Charles at WR and then put Aron white or another one of our TE studs at TE. GO DAWGS!!!

DAWG FAN IN MICHIGAN

February 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

Observe, Outlaw is going to Georgia Military for the first two years

PUP FAN

February 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

I agree with nola dawg. Please get rid of Bill if he can’t be a bit more positive. I thought you were a DAWG fan! Some of your comments are inappropriate, especially when you “call out” these kids for “doing nothing” or being “disappointing” production wise. Get a grip and give us something better in the future. We can hear that crap the other blog geeks!

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:20 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.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

You’re probably right Jim. Every top recruit thinks the league is waiting for him and he wants to come in, play, make his bones, and 3 years down the road get paid.

SOGADOG

February 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

Maybe the position coaches arent coaching up the receivers to their full potential. Israel Troupe is a great athlete, strong, runs a 4.4 forty. One of the few times Troupe went into a game, (when Green was hurt against Auburn, Troupe went in for Green) he caught a TD pass. Joe Cox didnt know Troupe was in and thought he was throwing to Green. Troupe and some of the other receivers should have blossomed by now. We have a former receiver coaching running backs and a former running back coaching receivers. I wonder about the coaching at the WR position.

Ginger

February 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

Agree….DAWGS are ok with the current group and barring injury…..Need good strength and conditioning to minimize injury….thinking that if Logan ends up at receiver..that will help.

Gotta bring in a good receiver group for 2011 from HS and JC…..The DAWGS had issues this yr with recruiting because of subpar 8-5 yr, and Devin Burns fiasco…..the Burns thing wound up hurting us because we probably lost Burns, Beasley and Crawford because of it…..Burns would have been a good athlete period for QB or Receiver…Crawford would have thrived in the 3-4….and another OL would have been good too….I like Gates just would have liked to have had Gates and Beasley.

Georgia needs to work hard for 2011 recruiting now….we must sign the best players in Ga for 2011. We need to build that Bulldog brand in the state. I think we can…Grantham will do a great job with the defense and we should be winning a good bit next yr…No losing to Tenn or Auburn or Kentucky.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:31 pm

If we put murray at quarterback, were gonna run the spread offense.. not saying thats a bad idea since we have great receivers and ends but it would mess the running game up. Start mettenberger please!

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:32 pm

& yes were recruiting christian lemay, were very high on his list.

Steve

February 5th, 2010
2:33 pm

To ALL Those Critical of Bobo’s playcalling:

For the record, CMR said in an interview with Buck Belue on 680 the fan earlier this week that he was planning to be much more involved in the offense next year. He tried to avoid being critical of Bobo by saying that he just missed that part of coaching since taking on more of the CEO role. But he clearly stated that he planned to be in the offensive meetings as well as involved in coaching the quarterbacks. This tells me that he clearly wants to see some changes in the offensive production, and he plans to be directly involved in guiding those changes. He didn’t come right out and say it but I expect that playcalling will be more of a team approach next year between CMR and Bobo.

Ivan Vasilii Vladivostok, aka "Pasha dat a$$"

February 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

Da CvilleDawg, please richt start Mettenburger.

ButlerDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

BigDawg,
After watching every game this past season, I would never go as far as describing our O-line as “awesome” — as a group they were some of the biggest underachievers of the season.

PJ.

February 5th, 2010
2:36 pm

It would be interesting to find out how many snaps each of the receivers had each of the last two seasons. Had AJ Green not gotten
hurt some of those guys would hardly see the field. CMR must develop the receivers and all the players he has and stop worrying about what could have been had we signed the defectors. Marlon Brown should be ready to roll this year and so too Tavares King and Wooten, Durham will also be a key if healthy, so why paint that gloom and doom. I hope we can find two solid corners for those games when we go up against the Vols and D. Rogers.

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:36 pm

C’villeDawg, thanks. Did we recruit Golson from SC, and how does he compare to LeMay?

KeithB

February 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

I think they’ll be fine. I think they can put Orson and White on the field at the same time. Use Orson in the slot, he is a mismatch. Like UF used Hernandez. That WR they got late, Lonnie Outlaw, should be ok next season. I am sure he’ll redshirt, but he is a long kid at 6′5″. Like I’ve said before, UGA should take a page out of Bama’s book and run that thing like they did late in the season. Run some play action pass and some 3 step stuff.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

Nope, main quarterbacks uga wants is uzomah, lemay, & marshall.

Blunder Dawg

February 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

This off season has to be one of the biggest blunders of the CMR era. There really hasn’t been that many positives for this program in a while now. Spin it all you want but on the national and local scene the perception doesnt bode well at all for UGA.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

CvilleDawg it’s probably safe to say that you won’t see UGA running a spread offense. Richt is totally committed to the pro style attack and I don’t blame him.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

plus he’s too small to play for uga..kids only 5′11!

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

yeah after seeing munzenmaier run through a&m’s defense I would hesitate to put him in! he’s similar to jacob hester but bigger.

seabass

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

We will be fine. Orson Charles or Aaron White could play wide receiver if need be. Plus we could pick someone who didn’t commit.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:44 pm

I heard Golson out of SC wants to play BB as well. Here’s a case where Cox and Richt ought to get together. Unless he is a BB phenom, looks like he’d have a better chance of playing bb at UGa than at UNC. The word is that Golson is another Ronald Curry athlete, but better. Curry had long NFL career, although Darian Durant was a better QB at UNC. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Durant in NFL soon. I believe he led Candadian team to championship.

123456789

February 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

An yet another day passes…and the Junkyard Blawg hasn’t
even mentioned a single word about Decory Bryant.

Dawg fans remember him…dont you?

You know…the former UGA player that the UGA-AA has kicked to the curb after
he spent 2 years learning to walk again after an on-the-field, career-ending injury?

I wonder if the Apostle Mark has done anything to help Bryant and his family?

Has the Apostle Mark petitioned the in-breds running the UGA-AA Corporation about paying Bryant the $500,000 it should pay him because idiot former Asst Athletic Director Hoke Wilder dropped the ball on Bryant causing Bryant to fail to be enrolled in an insurance policy that would have paid hm the $500,000 ??

Didnt Dam-on Evans just sign-off on a $21 Million renovation of Stegman?

Didnt Dam-on Evans just get a huge pay raise ?

Can ANYONE working for the UGA-AA Corporation…see their reflection in a mirror ?

Dawg1

February 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

I have a feeling the Dawgs will land plenty of good receivers next year since the job will be fairly wide open after Green and Durham leave.

Rembrandt

February 5th, 2010
2:49 pm

Golson is committing to UNC today. Worley, also a big Tar Heel fan isn’t in the same league so he should probably drop UNC. Clemson and SCar have both offered Golson (as a freshman) and still have yet to offer Worley. Worley is a good player, but Golson is incredible. If he wasn’t so focused on playing basketball, and wanted to give interviews every week like a certain NC QB, he would have a lot more hype.

timthebrave

February 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

I think we are going to be loaded at wr this year. I think we can move Charles over to wr if there are injuries. Just need to recruit some big ones next year and all the freshman from last year need to step up…It’s a position I feel really confident about this next year

BP

February 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

Prediction — Michael Bennett will never play a down for any Division I team. This time next year he’ll be attending Kennesaw State. Saw him play in high school twice — base on his performance in those games, I have no idea what in the world the Georgia Bulldogs saw in him. In 2009, I bet there were 50 HS WRs in the state of GA that were better than Bennett.

Rembrandt

February 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

Lemay out of NC already has 15 offers, including Fl, Bama, UGa, UNC and the rest of the big boys. He’s a Big fish.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

a receiver thats an automatic commit next year is DaVaris Daniels. Kids 6′2 180 lb and runs a 4.4 forty, he’s phillip daniels(former uga d-lineman) son..scout has him as a 4 star receiver.

jzdawg

February 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

Yeah timthebrave I like the way you think. Move Charles and White to WR when needed so they can be lined up against some small 5′9 or 5-10 DB. They both have decent speed and great hands so why not!

doghousedaddy

February 5th, 2010
3:00 pm

There are very good prospects coming out of the 2011 class. Look at gwinnett county. Brookwoods Andre Sims is an explosive talent. We need to keep these kids in state.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:01 pm

Arthur lynch will have a big year for the dawgs. At least I think he will. You know with all these great running backs we have it would be cool to see uga to do some little speed options with murray in there.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

I heard that LeMay’s eyes light up when he hear’s Fl and Bama mentioned. He’s around 6′2, slightly built. But I also ready that both Fl and UGa had offered Golson as well.

BadDog

February 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

I think our receiving core will depend on how our QB’s do this year and next. I see Murray and Mettenberger kind of like a Green and Shockley rotation except Murray as the starter and Mettenberger as the reliever – but all depends on how they look in practice and spring ball as to who is the starter. I hate a QB rotation but if it keeps them sharp and competitive then why not? Unless Gray comes out and just surprises the heck out of everyone.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

Georgia has not offered everett golson, they’re not even recruiting him.

rockc82

February 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

you people are crazy. already talking about 2011. Lets look forward to 2010 season and worry about our receivers this time next year

AtlDawgfan

February 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

Watch out for Lonnie Outlaw in a couple of years. I watched his State Championship Game and he can go up and catch a ball.

Hickson in Moultrie

February 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

I have to laugh when they say Rodney Garner was kept because of his recruiting skills. It looks like he was schooled this year. Nola Dog if your so thin skinned don’t read these blogs. Geez. Richt needs to follow how Saban is recruiting at Alabama. He has a proven system in place that works no matter where he coaches. Are you listening Mark Richt???

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

Kids go to bama because of dreamland barbeque & sabans resume. Not because he can recruit really good.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

CvilleDawg: Understand, but do you know why they didn’t (recruit Golson). I heard he had early interest in them?

GATORSTUD

February 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

Gators have plenty of receivers!! woohoo!! However, if Brantley goes down, we could be in big trouble.

shane#1

February 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

According to some of the coaching staff Brown is poised to break out of his shell. Cox said that Brown seemed to lack confidence last year. A kid from a small private school has not seen CBs with Div 1 speed or Div 1 safetys. I think Brown could be the second option along with King and Wooten. Wooten was another true freshman and a freshman that isn’t inconsistant is the exception, not the rule. That can’t all be Greens. I’ll say this about Wooten, his double move is as pretty as any I have seen, he just has to remember to catch the ball! I would be tempted to play three wide outs because Wooten runs routes so well he WILL be open in single coverage. If Durham is back to full speed, well full speed for him, playing three wides and Charles at TE will create all kinds of match up problems for the D.

CDAWG

February 5th, 2010
3:27 pm

Ivan the running back we signed is Malcome out of SW Dekalb. I heard he broke his collar bone at the end of last season.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

Well, the fact that he’s only 5′11 and weighs 160 pounds is a pretty good reason..plus, we already have offers for the qb’s we want( Cj Uzomah, Christian Lemay, Braxton Miller, & Nick Marshall). Golson is just too small to run uga’s offense.

Da'Freak

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

I will sign with UGA next year cause I’m not gonna get in to UT this year. I’m looking for a new Sugar Daddy since I told Mike Nance to *%&$ off.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

CvilleDawg, don’t want to be argumentitive, but is he too small for Fl, Clemson, SC, UNC, etc? They all offered him.

Bulldog Mom

February 5th, 2010
3:32 pm

I know the recruits read these blogs and supporters from other schools really blasted the Dawgs. We need to pay attention and don’t complain just to hear ourselves talk. I went through a blog sight before the recruits signed letters of intent and I was amazed at the number of blogs claiming to be Dawg fans,
but it was so easy to pick out the ones that were not. I guess we could play the same game on their sights. Go Dawgs

BadDog

February 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

Looks out DB’s!! 6-4 Green, 6-5 Durham, 6-5 Brown, 6-3 Charles, 6-4 White, 6-5 Lynch. I bet they could also lineup against Tech’s BB team and beat them.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:35 pm

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm
CvilleDawg, don’t want to be argumentitive, but is he too small for Fl, Clemson, SC, UNC, etc? They all offered him.

Well, think of it this way almost every school that offered him run spread offenses besides north carolina.

papadawg

February 5th, 2010
3:37 pm

One thing I got from this article is we have what was highly touted recruits who haven’t come thru which is why I don’t get upset if a 4-5 star recruit goes elsewhere. Who knows what these kids will do in a year or two. Remember Joe Cox was a big time recruit.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

CvilleDawg, you ought to change your name to smartdawg, because you make good points. Thank you. And maybe UNC is going to change as well, they already have a spread-option qb in wings, one Renner (highly toughted) out of Northern Va. You’ll probably see him dividing time with TJ Yates this year. I also heard that UNC coaches were at Appalachian St. learning the offense that Armanti Edwards so aptly ran. Things getting interesting at UNC.

Saint Richt

February 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Uncle Jessie, are you serious? You guys are delusional. You’ve got one of the deepest WR lineups in all of college football. But you just can’t seem to do anything with them… This article is a joke. Are you really that dumb??

joe

February 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Orson Charles seems skilled enough to be able to play WR too. That would open up the TE for one of the other solid guys at that spot. Thoughts?

Maxx

February 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

First of all, I expect big things out of the Marlon Brown/AJ Green combination. I think this year will be Brown’s coming out party. Second of all, Mettenberger is not going to see the field until Aaron Murray enters the NFL draft. Murray was one of the best HS prospects in the nation, and he will be a monster the next two years at UGA with his running game, O-line and receivers, so don’t hold your breath for
Mettenberger.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:46 pm

CatsFly, your welcome I think im doing pretty good for a 17 year old.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

CvilleDawg, that gives me something to look forward to. I’m 10.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

I think mettenberger should start considering he’s fit to run uga’s prostyle offense, he also was a elite 11 quarterback just like aaron murray, & he has a huge arm. Just imagine that play action fake to ealey and long pass to green/king.

jzDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:51 pm

Maxx – I bet Mettenberger sees the ball faster than you think. From what I saw in spring and from what I have heard Murray is great but he seems a little fragile. If Murray is going to be a dual threat QB in the SEC he will need to stay injury free.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

CatsFly, I have no idea what to say to that remark ahaha.

Kendawg

February 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

Hopefully this year Marlon Brown will contribute. I don’t know when I’ve anticipated an arrival more, unless it was A J Green. But A J lived up to his billing. So now maybe Marlon will.

Dawg8589

February 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

I wonder why Georgia has had problems recruiting kids for a certain postion, example O line or WR, when that particular position is showing lack of depth. We had this problem before. You would think if a position is going to thin, that kids would want to come fill the void because of immediate playing time. Unfortunately, I think it is coaching. I don’t know if it is the actual coach who is reponsible for recruiting that player, or it is the position coach.

Bryan

February 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

I am anxious to see what Arthur Lynch bring to the table!. Charles and Lynch were #1 and #2 TE…or 2 and 3 depending on the which site you look at….. coming out of high school. If he contributes Charles can slide into the slot. add any production by the TENN kid Brown….We will be just fine. I think Logan Gray makes the transition to WR..QB is either Murray or Mettenburger. Dawgs are gonna shock a lot of people!

how2fish

February 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

Dawg8589 most of our problems with stocking players at postions is not coaching its injuries you can only carry so many OL men and if they get really hard hit with injuries there is no quick fix this has happened in the past and will happen again..if you knew that a postion would lose 2-3 guys in a year to injury you could plan for it alas you can’t.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
4:07 pm

Has anyone heard about this eddie printz kid out of lassiter high school? we’re already recruiting him and he’s suppose to be the next great quarterback and he’s only a freshman I think.

ugaaccountant

February 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

Dawg8589

February 5th, 2010
3:57 pm
I wonder why Georgia has had problems recruiting kids for a certain postion, example O line or WR, when that particular position is showing lack of depth. We had this problem before. You would think if a position is going to thin, that kids would want to come fill the void because of immediate playing time. Unfortunately, I think it is coaching. I don’t know if it is the actual coach who is reponsible for recruiting that player, or it is the position coach.

We’re not actually thin at WR now, not even average. We’re loaded for 2010. We’re going to be a little thin in 2011, pending next years signees. Really more what i’d call average for a top 25 program. Not too bad of a group, but not great. Being average in 2011 won’t help when a 5 star recruit looked at the 2010 depth chart.

But next signing day, when a 5 star recruit sees AJ Greene leaving and projected to go high in the NFL draft, that recruit will see an “open spot” he can come take and he’ll see his path to the NFL.

NCDawg

February 5th, 2010
4:19 pm

Sorry if this is a duplicate, but I really think that Gray could be a ligit receiver. If he were to put on about 10lbs (core and upper body strength) he could become a Wes Welker type of slashing, possession receiver. With AJ drawing double teams he could really open up the short to middle passing game!

1eyedJack

February 5th, 2010
4:20 pm

The officials won’t let you play with but one football anyway.

Todd

February 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

Bill, off the subject, go get the facial, trim the “koon Dawg” beard look.

You do a great job, but everytime I look at your pic, you remind me of one of those 50-60’s guy at a UGA game that yells “Run the damn ball” or talks non stop around the house about how you hate the Gators

Nor do you dare write that Mark Richt has backed in to the 3 SEC title games, lost to UF in all 3 of those yrs. and needed help.

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, Run the damn ball…..

Reality

February 5th, 2010
4:28 pm

My boyfriend is here gotta go guys, can’t run my mouth on the AJC anymore today.

A move in store for Orson? Hmmmm

February 5th, 2010
4:30 pm

Aron White and Figgins AND the Mass kid Lynch? are going to be very excellent as UGA TEs. We are fine there. Now, if we needed to ………we could MOVE Orson Charles over to wide out and that would PUT get MORE top notch receivers ( w/ proven hands ) on the field and then let Aaron White, Figgins or Lynch play TE. This MA kid is the real deal. he very easily will play on Sundays, as he has the body at around 6′5″ and will weigh around 265 annd he can B-L-O-C-K and C-A-T-C-H the ball. As good or even great as O Charles is ……………Lynch is Bigger. Orson Charles might want to be in the wide out spots more often.

Food for thought, as it does put the best atheletes on the field at the same time in certain formations.

Chris

February 5th, 2010
4:31 pm

Bill, I personally think you and Mark Richt are putting way too much emphasis on recievers. So, we have what, 6 recievers, and 7 if Grey flips over to reciever? Then you have 4 Tight Ends. Granted some guys are destined to get hurt but seriously? Championships are not won by having 10 or more wide recievers. Championships are one in the trenches. Having a great defense, a big strong o-line that knocks the other defense off the ball. Having great running backs, and a QB that can manage the game and not make stupid idiotic mistakes.

What scares me is one of your first statements that Georgia will probably come out of the gates running the ball more until our new QB developes. What makes you think that Bill? Because of what happened in 09 when we desperately needed to establish the run because of the fact that we had an unproven QB that made a ton of mistakes??? We went away from the run way to soon as we have EVERY year under Mark Richt. I don’t see that changing, eventhough anyone that can see the light knows that Georgia should run the ball ATLEAST 65% of the time or more.

Recievers! Geez. Quit worrying about something that doesn’t have that big of an affect and start worrying about what really matters. I guess the Ga. Tech game was a fluke. I guess Richt thinks we can’t run the ball like that against other teams. No, we have to have BALANCE! The heck with balance. How much balance did Alabama have? EXACTLY! Shut up an run the ball!!!

WestOfAthens

February 5th, 2010
4:39 pm

In my opinion, the Dawgs will be A OK at receiver. It’s the incoming starter at QB that concerns me. Will he get the ball to the the right person? Or will he throw to the defense…..
The jury is out

HBTD!

fayncdawg

February 5th, 2010
4:42 pm

I actually think even Green underahieved, mainly because the O-line’s performance was very substandard. Green would have had 70 catches and about 13 touchdowns if the O-line had performed up to snuff (and Georgia would have won 10 games). And if this trend continues into the 2010 season and we’re looking at win number eight at somre December Toilet Bowl, Richt, Bobo, and Searels need to be gone!

Dawgs 2010

February 5th, 2010
4:44 pm

T.King, Wooten, and Brown were all freshman last year give them a break. They should be better next year. I see T. King emerging as a really good receiver. I really like our tight ends too. It will also help having a better qb to throw to these receivers.

Old Dawg

February 5th, 2010
4:52 pm

Some of you guys make the running game sound too easy. You can’t
“just knock the other defense off the line” The other teams give scholarships too and they play in the SEC. To win you have to have a balanced run/pass offense. BTW, Alabama had a pretty good QB and a
Heisman running back. Unless Herschel can come back, we need to pass
the ball and run the ball. The good news is we have some really good receivers.

Bremen Dawg

February 5th, 2010
4:58 pm

I think we will be fine too, need to stock up on 3-4 next year.

Einsteindawg

February 5th, 2010
5:06 pm

Don’t judge any of our receivers on last year’s results. How many S.E.C. teams would Joe Cox have started? Even played? For that matter, how many A.C.C. teams? We’ll be fine at receiver with any of our redshirt freshmen QBs passing. I’m thinking Troupe and Brown may have breakout seasons because A.J. will be double and triple teamed. Just my opinion.

Dawg Tired

February 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

Just exactly what is the deal with Brown? I thought he was a really big time recruit (5 stars?). wife receiver is a position where true freshman often step right in and contribute. Needless to say that didn’t happen. Was he, like many of our so-called big time recruits, overrated? On the bright side, he is another example of how the so-called “experts” rating these 18 year olds often don’t have a clue about how good they really are. On the not so bright side, apparently our coaches don’t either. Give me the 3-star kid who wants to work hard and play for the Dawgs over these so-called big-time kids who think all they need to do is show up and they’ll be all-Americans.

JRW7

February 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

UGA just hired Vandy linbacker coach

Old Dawg

February 5th, 2010
5:13 pm

What’s the deal on Lonnie Outlaw? I read a statement by one recruiting
service raving about how he dominated in the N/S All-Star game. I know
he’s going to GA Military next yr to get his grades up (I guess). But
is he obligated to us in 2011 since he signed a NOL with us? He could
become a real factor at 6′6″ if he bulks up next year.

Why no JC transfer WR?

February 5th, 2010
5:14 pm

Kenbrell Thompkins has not signed with anyone…why not try?

Tailback U

February 5th, 2010
5:17 pm

Marlon Brown had better step up or in the 2011 season we could
end up depending on too many freshmen getting playing time.
Nothing to base this prediction but a gut feel per se but
got a strong feeling the Bennett kid will develop into a reliable
weapon at some point down the line. Based strictly on talent
the Outlaw kid would seem to be someone to watch for.
But I’m onboard with those who say let’s run the ball like
a Georgia team should run the ball and we wiil be fine.

Afternoon Grab Bag « MrSEC.com

February 5th, 2010
5:21 pm

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Dawg Tired

February 5th, 2010
5:23 pm

I am amused at all this talk about Grey being a great wide receiver. Has he caught one pass? If he is as good as some on this blog think he is, wouldn’t the coaching staff simply move him to wide-out? Why would you let him sit on the bench if he was a great wide-out on a team admittedly thin at that position? Exactly what has he done to make anyone think he would make a great wide-out? Surely it’s not fair-catching punts. Ever notice that he is not the punt returner when we have the return on? He’s only in when we want to fair-catch the punt? Obviously I could be wrong, but I have seen nothing so far to indicate he would even know how to line up at wide-up, much less get open.

Lastly, surely if he is a great athlete, we would have used him more last season at QB. Sorry, I just don’t see him being the answer at receiver. Again, I would love to be wrong, but doubt that I am.

j.cassell

February 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

DuhRick’s pal started at the Darlington school,ended up at Calhoun Hi., went from Vandy to Hillybilly U.Nest move, from Beyonce to Whoopie.

Neubi

February 5th, 2010
5:48 pm

It’s going to take more than A.J. Green and Orson Charles, along with new defensive coaches to save Richt’s job. It’s going to take wins over South Carolina, Tenn, Florida, and Auburn. Actually he better not over look Arkansas or Miss State. Vandy and UK should be wins (but UK should have been 1 last year)

All you have to do is look at Richt’s record to see the decline. His 1st 4 years he was 42-10 or 80.8% and 24-8 in the SEC 75%. His last 5 years 2005-09 he has gone 48-17 73.8% and 26-14 in the SEC 65%.
He can’t afford to go 4-4 or even 5-3 in he SEC next year or he will be in big trouble. Sorry, but the numbers just don’t lie.

Jeff

February 5th, 2010
5:50 pm

I believe Rogers took a hard look at UT due to the lack of depth there. I think that speaks to the depth at UGA currently. So, I would say that losing him was not much of a problem in the long run. Also, deep down after watching him on TV I really don’t see him being as big of a recruit as others do. If AJ gets hurt we are in a hole whether we signed C Green or Rogers. I don’t think this years WR class will hurt us this year. Next year….Who knows it depends on how well we coach and develop our current crop of receivers.

NASH

February 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

I have seen and heard a lot of people saying that this is a down year for the dawgs as far as recuiting goes but I you look at what happen in the Lsu game and the Kentucky game the offense was great but the defense is what let the Dawgs down ( Charles Scotts big Td with 1 min left on the clock and I don’t know where to start with the second half of the Ken game) but but up grading the d line and filling holes and the Lb shot the dawg may not have the sexy class we all wanted but this class could turn out to be just what they really needed a defence heavy class that can turn a lot of thing around really fast and maybe one of the running back could switch over to rec

North Georgia Dawg

February 5th, 2010
5:56 pm

The only questions marks we have for next year will be at QB and the new defensive scheme. Other than that, we have a lot of talented players on both sides of the ball from previous top 10 recruiting years. I personally think that Murray will play like Stafford in his sophomore year. He will start out a little slow but gain momentum toward the end of the year. Murray’s not all that tall but has some wheels and an arm to match. That’s pretty dangerous in College ball when you have two good RB’s and too many to count WR & TE’s. That’s way to many people to cover on a football. We will see a lot of mismatches and Aj won’t be double teamed like many belived. Again, Murray will really need to step up in his first year debut. I am looking forward to the Spring Game and to see how everything comes together!!!

Old Dawg

February 5th, 2010
5:58 pm

Neubi, Unless your name is Damon Evans, I don’t think you need
to worry too much about CMR’s job. I seriously doubt you will
make that decision. Some of you doubters need to get behind the
program or go on over and support the Gators or Bama (if you’re
not already there)

Neubi

February 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

Old Dawg

Don’t be so sensitive, just reporting the facts, I hope you can see the decline.

Old Dawg

February 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

Jeff,
Good comment about old “David Ricky” Rogers. I watched Buford shut him down and he didn’t impress at all in the All-Star game. He got frustrated way too easily.

North Georgia Dawg

February 5th, 2010
6:07 pm

Old Dawg. I totally agree! I’ll admit I was pretty PO’d that Richt waited as long as he did to make the D-staff changes I was even talking like most about the proverbial “hot seat” position that Richt was in. However, after thinking about the ramification and the long term effects of the program it’s just plain stupid/ignorant to even consider firing Richt. He’s the best we can get and I would say any program in D-1 ball would love to have him. I think the new staff will bring some new resolve and fire back to the program. After all, isn’t that what we have been lacking most. Good teams can win most of the time but a bad team with a lot of heart and emotion can beat a good team every time!

Denver Dog

February 5th, 2010
6:14 pm

I hear that the Alabama library burned down, no one was hurt,or there, or cared. The books self extinquished with the dust that had accumulated. Meanwhile they errect a statue to a coach!!!!!! Hmmmm?

Jborodawg

February 5th, 2010
6:45 pm

WR is not the weak link this year. It’s QB. As for linemen, we picked up a good bunch this year on both sides of the ball. Coach Searels did a credible job the last couple years…having to juggle due to injuries. In games where there was no offense, it was the line that let down, not Bobo.

#2 BAMA FAN

February 5th, 2010
7:03 pm

Denver Dog, I bet if Mark Richt won a NC the dawgs would give him anything he wanted!! RTR

Spanky

February 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

UgaKev, Man- you are right on the money! Great Post!

BDAWG

February 5th, 2010
7:14 pm

So, if we are lacking depth, lets go out and offer about 20 of the top receivers and see how many we can sign. In order to sign people, you have to offer more than 5 or 6 at each position. When the best players come forward bring your A game to sign them. That also goes for every other position.

Justin

February 5th, 2010
7:20 pm

AJ Green can’t go pro in 2011 if there’s a lockout so here’s to the NFL screwing this up, so AJ stays around another year.

Bill King

February 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

Observe & Report:

Outlaw won’t be playing for the Dogs next year. He has to go to junior college.

N GA DAWG

February 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

M. Brown shows up big in 2010… We also focus on the running game and play action passes to our excellent tight end corp.-everything will be predicated upon a successful running game and an aggressive D. WELCOME BACK BULLDOGS! WE MISSED YOU!

Tim Tebow

February 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

Chilli Dawg

February 5th, 2010
8:02 pm

Maybe…just maybe CMR is planting seeds for the 2011 recruiting class with his comments. 2011 is supposed to be a great year in the state with a lot of talent. Get their attention now for next year.

Clevon Little

February 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

We’ll be fine. The lack of depth at the WR position –especially as much as Richt & Bobo like to throw the ball — will be a catch-all for the 4-5 star WR recruits coming out of high school next year. Last I remember AJ was pretty good his freshman year.

Clevon Little

February 5th, 2010
8:22 pm

123456789: Valid point. It is a shame, and I couldn’t sleep at night if I were in ANY way involved. Judge threw his case out…because he is paid by the same state (GA) that owns the University of Georgia. BIG Government at it’s best. SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT & UGA-AA, which is why the less control we give the Government the better.

Just remember that the next time you go vote.

PeachJam

February 5th, 2010
8:23 pm

we’ll be fine.

GT Dog

February 5th, 2010
8:31 pm

Einstein, are you serious? Which other teams in the SEC would have even let Cox on the field? I know it’s real popular to blast Cox’s performance this past year, but think about this: There were eight QBs who played significant snaps in the SEC East this past season. Only one of those had a QB rating higher than Cox. That would be Tebow. Only Crompton at UT was even close to Cox in QB rating. Cox had too many interceptions, but only Tebow and Crompton had a better TD-Interception differential last year.

Looking at the stats, I think SC, Vandy and KY would have loved to have had Cox on the field last year. UT was fine with Crompton.

I’m not a great Cox Worshiper by any means, but there were times last season that the young man carried the Bulldogs on his shoulders. He deserves a bit more credit than he’s getting.

GT Dog

February 5th, 2010
8:33 pm

Flair! I remember you from Art’s back in the ’80s. I see that you’re obviously still fixated by men’s rectums. I guess you can’t teach and old Yella Jacket new tricks, eh?

mike nance

February 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

if UGA would have gave my son (the greatest QB of all time) a scholarship then ya’ll would have gotten my other son, da’rick rogers to sign. but nooo, i had to pull some strings and buy da’rick a new car. i had to lay off 20 employees just to afford da’rick a new escalade. AJ green can’t outplay da’rick because he isn’t rich now like da’rick. Its all about money baby

NFL scout

February 5th, 2010
9:06 pm

AJ Green is the next Terence Edwards = NFL practice squad

GAJetFan

February 5th, 2010
9:51 pm

Mark my words and you will hear this alot throughout the season….

Murray to Charles,Murray to Charles,Murray to Charles,Murray to Charles, BullDogs Score woof woof!!!

georgiabuckmaster

February 5th, 2010
10:36 pm

Maybe Bobo will realize to keep two of his best athletes on the field together and run more double tight end formations. White and charles are both good football players who need more touches. Also bang teams around with that potent rushing attack.

Carl Spackler

February 5th, 2010
11:36 pm

Guess we’ll see if the coaches can coach to their team make-up…hopefully, they’ll tailor their schemes and add some wrinkles, adjust their offense, and run some sort of spread to take advantage of the TE’s…run the ball? jam it down their throats, can anyone say Big Ten Football? News flash, Herschel Walker is gone and as good as Washaun Ealey, he’s still one play from going out w/ an injury, so let’s not put all your eggs in one basket…good play is infectious, and if Murray can make plays, like he’s capable and the coaching doesn’t get in the way, then the receivers should have a heyday and the running game should benefit greatly…you could have a thoroughbred at QB and all the coaches have to do turn him loose…the wide-outs will have a field day, he’ll find the open man, the one on one situations, or check down to the TE or RB…Murray is a smart, heady player…move the ball, eliminate turnovers, keep the other teams D on the field and UGA’s on the sideline…I just have a bad feeling that the coaches are going to mess this up…BTW, what’s up w/ Gray? sit him down, tell him he’s not going to play QB, and he can best help the team by learning the WR position…who’s the coach here, what’s best for the team, why waste snaps in the Spring…Gray has a good arm, but he gives up way too fast looking down field and relies on his quickness, instead of making a play with his arm and not his feet…this should have been coached out of him long ago…if by chance they go with Met, then you have him turning around and handing off the ball, while taking a shot down field every now and then (his learning curve is behind Murray in reading defenses, but by next fall he could be OK) …this style of QBing is what UGA is used to, relying on the running game more than passing to move the ball…yea, yea, when you pass the ball 3 things can happen and 2 of them aren’t good, but CMR recruited for speed and let’s have him turn Green, Wooten, Charles, Brown, King, et al loose and play SEC football…

Dennis G. Berdanis

February 5th, 2010
11:51 pm

I thought I remembered Troup making some big catches in the second half of the season. He and King have the potential to be good to great receivers.

Buddy El

February 5th, 2010
11:51 pm

If Aaron Murray is any where near as good as David Greene was our worries are over. Greene had only 2-3 bad outings in 4 years while becoming the winningest QB in history until Colt McCoy came along. Greene was the best college QB I ever saw and I am 71 years old.

FL Dawg

February 6th, 2010
12:07 am

The O line is the key to the offense period and end of story. If the line blocks well we will run the ball well, like we did the second half of the season and provide protection for the QB, regardless of who it is.

Napoleon

February 6th, 2010
2:00 am

Mark Richt stop worrying about Da’Rick Rogers. You will just have to develop the guys that we have.

BuLLdawg

February 6th, 2010
4:54 am

Fumbles, Interceptions and Penalties.

That is what I expect on Offense this season, and why not ?

Billy Jack could fight

February 6th, 2010
5:57 am

Buddy El ….watch he replay of the 1982 Sugar Bowl…..Dan Marino threw the best pass I’ve ever seen……I bleed red@ black…bit Pitt stole that game……

ckgator

February 6th, 2010
6:35 am

What do I think? I think the Gators win the East each of the next three years. And another 3 easy wins over the dogs in that same time. That’s what I think.

Spike

February 6th, 2010
7:08 am

Durham may not be as gifted athletically like Green(who is?), but he has just as good or better hands thatn Green. The dude can catch!!

BuLLdawg

February 6th, 2010
7:09 am

I am with you on that ckgator

We also cannot beat LSU

We also cannot beat Alabama

And, we always lose 1 game a year against a team who ends up NOT RANKED at all in the Final AP Poll Top 25 with 8 of those losses the 1st 9 years of the Coach Richt Era of dimwits on his coaching staff.

ed

February 6th, 2010
7:12 am

Green is not going anywhere. Remember lock out 2011. He will say because he has nowhere to go.

BuLLdawg

February 6th, 2010
7:17 am

Kris Durham is a redshirt senior. He has been here now this year, 5 years.

He has played in 36 games and has LESS THAN 1 catch per game for 1 Touchdown grand total all 32 games.

POINT 8 of a catch per game in his entire career.

How in the Hell can you tell he can catch ?

BuLLdawg

February 6th, 2010
7:23 am

AJ Green would have gone to the NFL last year, if he could have challenged it like Herschel did.

The world’s greatest sport gives the football players themselves about HALF the total revenue.

The player’s association wants more.

They will NOT stop the game.

There will be 3 billion viewers of the NFL Football Game this Sunday.

BuLLdawg

February 6th, 2010
7:31 am

There could be 4 billion watching the football game on Sunday

And, you think that the sport will end ?

Reality

February 6th, 2010
7:45 am

Prediction: UGA loses to SC, UT, KY, FL, AU and GT. Back to Shreveport…..

The HBC

February 6th, 2010
8:40 am

LOL. UGA’s second game will be against USC and what wil be one of the nation’s best pass defenses. QB in his first SEC game in a hostile environment. Meanwhile, Garcia (#2 passer in SEC last year) will be airing it out Alshon Jeffrey (6′3″), Jason Barnes (6′4″), Tori Gurley (6′5″ burner), DL Moore (6′4″), and Demario Bennet 6′3″. Plus whoever is the RB out of the backfield (Lattimore or Ga. kid Kenny Miles). Your new coordiator will be tested right off he bat., Oh, and don’t worry the line ill be very good this year. UGA loss that will turn up the heat on Richt.

Mike Bobo Offense

February 6th, 2010
8:41 am

Im worried about CB depth. otherwise we could use Branden smith as a percy type. Orson should line up wide like Kellen Winslow JR did.

JD

February 6th, 2010
8:51 am

The issue is not the players. It’s Mark Richt. All the excuses we have been given have been taken care of we hope. This guy needs to start coaching with discipline and structure. This team has underachieved for the last two years with high expectations. Although the other coaches around the SEC would never speak out publicly, they have to be wondering why the Dawgs have not been better and challenged for the SEC the last two years. You can’t recruit in the top ten every year and shoot the blame on everything and everyone else and not look at yourself. This time Mark Richt is under the microscope BIG TIME. He should’ve played Murray last year as a two quarterback system so he could have some game experience. Even if it was only to throw screens and short passes. At least he would’ve been able to see what the defenses were doing across the line. Now he is a little wet behind the ears still. I’m not annointing Aaron Murray but as far as talent and whayt this team needs he is the best we have right now and can get the job done with discipline teammates around him.

What??

February 6th, 2010
8:54 am

The truth is going to hurt some of you, but UGA needs to fire Richt.

Richt did not close the deal to get a receiver, did not make good decisions the past two seasons, made a circus act trying to hire a DC, and seems to have lost the drive and interest in advancing the UGA football program.

I say hire the Utah coach to take Richt’s place!

ES

February 6th, 2010
9:02 am

I ‘m glad to hear CMR is going to get back in offensive game planning cause Bobo hasn’t been getting it done. 15 screen’s in one game (SC game a couple of years ago)when they were not working.The commentators asked how many screens were we going to continue to throw.Middle screen for 4 yard loss first play of game against Fl 2 years ago,had no chance of working Fl’s line was small and had been packing 8 men in the box every first down because of their smaller DL that year.Your first play needs to be one of your best plays to grab momentum and you have 6 or 7 games to watch them pack the box and you call a middle screen?Welcome back coach Richt!!!!!!!!!!!

What??

February 6th, 2010
9:13 am

ES

I missed it. Where did you hear/ read that Richt will be calling the offense?

ES

February 6th, 2010
9:15 am

On signing day he said in a interview he was going to be in the film room more and help with offensive gameplanning.

BigNewt

February 6th, 2010
9:21 am

225…….The big question will be who will be the QB? The dogs will be more of a running team this year which could be a plus.

What??

February 6th, 2010
9:21 am

You have to wonder why he ever decreased time in the film room and stepped away from game planning.

Bobo should have been on a short leash the hole time considerring he had very little experience.

Hopefully Richt will get his act together. He can not afford to screw up this season.

Carl Spackler

February 6th, 2010
9:27 am

Concerning Gray and his moving to WR…read where Florida/Meyer “told” a bk-up QB that he’s moving to TE for the good of the team…interesting that UGA has a soap opera w/ a QB that couldn’t beat out Cox, nor relieve Cox no matter how poorly the play at QB, the coaches still wouldn’t put him into the game…playing wide-out isn’t all about lining up and just being fast, it’s when to know to be fast, how to run the routes in a controlled manner, when to accelerate and out of a route, building chemistry with the QB(s)… if Gray decides to move, it’ll take every bit of the off-season to get comfortable and learn the position…a football team is not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship, coaches coach and players are expected to do what is best for the team…I’d still like him as a 6′2″ 200 lbs DB w/ a QB’s knowledge…maybe he already “told” the coaches that he didn’t want to play defense…heck, PSU takes QB’s and RB’s and turn them into some of the best LB’s (Linebacker U)…I doubt that Meyer, Saban, Miles, Spurrier, etc. would allow a player to dictate to them…CMR needs to take control back from the team…

Pago Flyer

February 6th, 2010
9:29 am

Wait’ll next year (agin!)

GaDawg

February 6th, 2010
9:29 am

I too reiterate:RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUN THE DAMN’ BALL!!!!!!!!!!

ugafan

February 6th, 2010
9:34 am

so what if we have a 0-12 season atlest we know we tried our best everybodys a winner (except alabama). that really all we can ask for aint it

What??

February 6th, 2010
9:43 am

I agree Spackler.

The players should not have the “say” in postion assignement. Do what is best for the team.

Again, I just do not get Richt’s logic.

gomdawg

February 6th, 2010
9:47 am

I wonder why we anf hires Coaches when got so many right in our back yard if all of you know so much about coaching then why in the hell haven’t you appilled for the JOB. Please let the coaches do their job .This coming year we will see what the changes have done.

What??

February 6th, 2010
10:06 am

gomdawg

Do you know how to build a car?

Can you drive one?

The same can be said about coaching. The coaches job is one that will always be critiqued and scend guessed. You do not have to be a coach to recognize when the acting coach has screwed up.

Richt has screwed up big time the last 2 years.

Why are you so willing to follow Richt so blindly??

Do you understand the game??

JFKDawg

February 6th, 2010
10:14 am

GA will be a run offense primarily next year as the QB’s get their feet underneath them.
Richt’s comments were made to get Logan Gray to move over from QB.

ozzfest

February 6th, 2010
10:27 am

HOW CAN WE BEING RUNNING A MAJOR PROGRAM WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR WE HAVE OUR OWN COACH POINTING AT A DEFICIENCY….IN 2003 IT WAS THE OFFENSIVE LINE, THEN AGAIN IN 2008…I NEVER HEARD PETE CARROLL COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS LACK OF STOCKING A POSITION.

Carl Spackler

February 6th, 2010
10:50 am

gomdawg…you are probably of the same crowd that defended CMR’s playing of Cox at the beginning of the season and then turned on the coaches at the end…you’re probably one of the guys who spout off about CMR averaging 10 wins a season, yet hung Willie M. out to dry because the O couldn’t move the ball, or keep the ball via turnovers by the O…2 seasons ago UGA had 19 injuries and the defense was disseminated, yet the TEAM pulled it together for a good season (except the loss to Tech) and Willie was on the coaching staff…last year you have a banner year recruiting on the offensive side of the ball, yet the needs at LB, DE, and a pass rushing specialist were not filled…UGA was so loaded on the O side of the ball that it was felt that they would score more than the other guys…I was OK w/ playing a 5th yr senior who knew the team and plays, however CMR being a former QB coach and OC should be able to judge talent to the point that Cox just wasn’t the man for the job…the BS being that Murray’s arm was hurt must be a ploy to apply for an 6th yr injury RS some where down the road like they tried at Ark w/ Mallett in case he gets hurt…so, the O tanked w/ the QB not taking care of the ball, the QB hung receivers out like a piece of meat and cost you your play maker, yet CMR stayed the course, until the heat was on, this after he perceived himself to be untouchable and cost his ex-roommate and best friend his job…well, how did that work out for ya SUPER FAN…take the blinders off…course if anybody on the football staff reads these blogs, UGA is in more trouble than I thought

What??

February 6th, 2010
11:10 am

As soon as Richt started talking the CEO crap the program sufford.

He was trying to be more like Bowden. Problem is, he didn’t have the same level of experience or as good of staff to support Richt getting lazy.

More time in the film room and game planning should have ALWAYS been top priority.

Richt gets paid one heck of a salary to sit back and get lazy!

hope

February 6th, 2010
11:37 am

the recievers we got need to learn how to catch the ball.

shane#1

February 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

Murray had tendonitis in his throwing arm and didn’t even throw in practice for five weeks. I have suffered from tendonitis in my right elbow since 1987 because I never gave the tendons time to heal. Taking a true freshman that has missed that many practices and throwing him to the wolves during the meat of the SEC schedule would have been the height of stupidity. Playing Murray too early could have ruined that kid. As for Murray’s injury being a “ploy”, Richt may not be the world’s best coach, but he is certainly no liar! He is also not stupid, if playing Murray at the end of the season could have salvaged the season and eased the pressure on Richt, Murray would certainly have played.

chazzo

February 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

Receiving or running… It will all come down to the O-line. I think it will be solid, but they didn’t quite live up to the hype last year. Given a solid and consistent O-line and a productive running game, I honestly think that any of the three QBs are capable of doing just fine.

chazzo

February 6th, 2010
2:23 pm

Spackler,

In regards to those of us who hung Willie out to dry: I defended Willie for a couple of seasons. I definitely thought it would have been stupid to fire him mid-season. I still blame turnovers and not Willie in the Kentucky debacle. But, UT was all Willie. Tech last season sits squarely on his shoulders. The killer for me was that when UGA was throwing up 30 and 40 points, the D couldn’t keep the other team out of the end zone. Special teams were terribly inconsistent (take whats-his-name out too). Thirdly the linebackers coach was co-d-coordinator. That solution didn’t work. Willie may be a great guy and a good coach, but it wasn’t working. In my opinion Richt just ridded himself of a lot of disfunction.

As for others, who make statements about the man being lazy, I only have one question, how much time have you spent in the locker room or film room or on the recruiting trail with him??? How can you make any reasonable judgement. It is all speculation, and thin speculation at that. Get some facts (and not BS gossip), and then talk.

shane#1

February 6th, 2010
3:01 pm

Chazzo, I hope the O line can stay healthy next season. I also hope that Sturdivant can contribute. IMO, Vance was never the same after his knee injury. Can Sturdivant return to pre-injury form? I was not one of those screaming for CWM’s scalp, I think as long as Richt is HC he needs to choose his own staff. UT suprised me as much as Willie in that game. Who knew that “Incrompetent” would suddenly look like the next Fran Tarkenton? What I do blame Willie for was not making adjustments when it became obvious that UT was throwing the ball and doing a good job of it. Richt may have thought the problem on D was as much the fault of the scheme as the coaching. Hence going to the 3-4. It is intresting that the only DC’s actually offered contracts were from 3-4 defenses.

chazzo

February 6th, 2010
3:25 pm

Shane,
Absolutely about the adjustments… Excellent point regarding the 3-4.

PS I said it before. Richt did the right thing to get the big three out of the way before getting Grantham. Let there be no speculation about should would could have hired Smart. If I knew Smart wasn’t coming to UGA mid-season last year, I am fairly certain Richt and Company had at least an inkling.

Jackson

February 6th, 2010
5:46 pm

Wow, how about this thought. What if Richt is a challenging his receiver corps to improve or b, plaing the old chess match. If teams think UGA is focusing a lot more of their practices on the passing game, the may assume they are not focusng as much on the run. The thinking would be to shut down UGA’s passing attack. Indeed we spent too much time pracicing passing and not enough on running scheme. Run game puts you in better position to pass. I don’t believe you can be successful in the SEC without running the ball…. insert Bama fan comment here or UF lament here.

Water Hill

February 6th, 2010
6:59 pm

What?? you don’t get a lot of things. You’re dumber than a box of rocks.

browndog

February 6th, 2010
7:54 pm

I have never heard so many experts in my life talk about everything wrong with UGA. Who would you want as head coach that would be such an improvement over CMR? I believe that CMR has made the changes required and the experts should give him time to see how it works out. UGA could easily lose five games in 2010, so if that were to happen is it fire CMR time? He is a good head coach and will bring UGA back.

What??

February 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

Water Hill

I may be dumber than a box of rocks, but I am smarter than your average Dawg.

All of this talk about Richt being the second coming of a great football coach is a load of crap!

Discipline, film study, game planning, understanding the staff you hired and their limitations, and on and on and on!

Richt is in over his head if he thinks being a CEO means less work on his part. Sadly, that is exactly what he thought!

browndog

Utah’s head coach!

Dawg fans had better wake up or we will be so far behind we will not be able to see the light for years to come!

What??

February 6th, 2010
8:15 pm

All of you Richt lovers need to get your head out of your A$$ and start thinking about what is best for the overall good of the program!

That my ffriends is not Mark Richt!

UGA loves a Mark Richt!

Dawgs 2010

February 7th, 2010
12:25 am

T. King was really good at times last year. He’s goign to be a sophomore, so I think he’s going to break out with everyone focusing on AJ.

Good play by him here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BQANvZZ6FY&feature=related

Dawgs 2010

February 7th, 2010
12:46 am

kb

February 7th, 2010
6:13 pm

NFL scout= Very jealous blogger

down1plus2

February 7th, 2010
11:21 pm

Charles is quick enough to play some wideout at times too.. It would be a smart move I think to mix him in at both positions. To have him and white out on the field at the same time could give some defenses fits.

Dawg Forever

February 8th, 2010
10:14 am

Just Curious – What happened to Bruce Figgins?

BIGJAY

February 8th, 2010
6:18 pm

I’M A BIG DAWG FAN,BUT I HAVE TO SAY DA’RICK LETTING US DOWN IS MOSTLY OUR FAULT. WE ONLY GO AFTER 1 BIG TIME WR, THAT HARD, IN THE 2010 CLASS. WE PUT ALL OUR EGGS IN ONE (DA’RICK) BASKET. WE HAVE TO RECRUIT LIKE 4 OR 5 BIG TIME RECIEVERS IN ONE CLASS. THATS WHY THE GATORS AND THE TIDE ARE KICKING OUR BUTTS RIGHT NOW….HAVE YOU SEEN HOW MANY 4 AND 5 STAR CORNERBACKS AND RECIEVERS THE GATORS AND TIDE HAVE IN JUST THIS ONE CLASS…..AND THATS WHAT WE NEED THE MOST. A MILLION 4 AND 5 STAR WR’S AND A MILLION 4 AND 5 STAR CORNERBACKS…HERES A SECRET.THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BEAT THE GATORS, WITH A GREAT SECONDARY, WITH PLAYMAKERS AT EVERY POSITION, WHO CAN ALL RUN WELL…AND DON’T FORGET THE NAME OF THE GAME……DEPTH, DEPTH, DEPTH 4 AND 5 STAR DEPTH..

BG

February 9th, 2010
10:38 am

Dawgs will sign at least 3 receivers in 2011.

Bill King

February 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

Dawg Forever:

Figgins took a redshirt year and will be back for this coming season.

Relax Dawg Fans

February 9th, 2010
5:21 pm

Richt is a offensive coach, and a darn good one. Bobo is being taught by Richt his system but you don’t do that in two years. As our defense weakened, it makes perfect sense Richt left Bobo to practice his lesson’s while he spent some time addressing defensive problems. With our headcoach being an offensive side of the ball coach, we need a strong DC if we expect to be successful. Hopefully, now we do. Richt should have more time to get back to teaching his OC which should be good for dawg fans.

RED DOG 77

February 9th, 2010
11:45 pm

Relax Dawg Fans…….You are dead on the money my friend. CMR said clearly in an interview on 680 on signing day he intended to return to ‘hands on ‘ coaching, especially the O and QBs . While I am a huge CMR supporter, I think he learned his lesson with the ‘CEO’ thing the last couple years. There is no doubt in my mind that Todd Grantham is a top notch D man, and will have his troups ready come September. CMR won us a boat load of games when he was game planning and working with the QBs when he first got to UGA, so expect him to do the same in 2010. And to those who worry about the transition to the 3-4, remember it is an agressive, blitz, stunt, rip their heads off style D . That is exactly what young college kids love to do, blowem up on D . The D should be much more fun to play, and when it is fun ….watch out ! Just look at Alabama the last couple years, the kids on D were having a ball….thus motivated….UGA will have the swagger back game one….GO DOGS !!!! GATA

longtimedawgfan

February 10th, 2010
1:41 am

one thing we can appreciate about our highest profile receiver, A.J. Green,….rather than being a talker, he is a performer…hard to argue with that….

Jeffro Bodeen

February 12th, 2010
9:52 am

One name…..Rhett Mcgowan. Best hands on the team AHEAD of Kris Durham. Durham is bigger and faster, but in a must have, clutch situation, Mcgowan will be the best target. Mark it down where you heard it first!