Richt: Ealey even better, but QB may not surface until bullets are real

Washaun Ealey is only going to get better, Mark Richt says. (Georgiadogs.com)

Washaun Ealey is only going to get better, Mark Richt says. (Georgiadogs.com)

As spring practice gets under way, Chris Low of ESPN.com has been visiting Athens and posted some interesting quotes from Mark Richt in which the coach touched on a number of topics, including his “gut-wrenching” decision to fire most of his defensive staff after last season.

But the two comments that jumped out at me were dealing with subjects near and dear to Dogs fans’ hearts: the quarterback battle and tailback Washaun Ealey.

Richt again said that he’d love to have the starting QB settled after spring practice but “chances of that are going to be fairly slim.” The main problem, he said, is that the quarterbacks aren’t hit in practice, so you don’t know how they’ll do in a real game. “Now, if we decided to make every quarterback live, we’d probably know a lot more about him at the end of the spring. But it’s not worth taking that risk.”

And the matter won’t necessarily be closed when a starter is picked, Richt acknowledged. “You may think you’ve got your No. 1 and then you start playing the games and you’re on national TV and the bullets are flying. Sometimes, you’re three, four or five games into it before you get a gut feeling of who it should be or you’re really certain who it should be.”

OK, that’s not exactly a scenario Dogs fans want to envision.

But we can take comfort in the fact that Richt said Ealey has shown up big in the offseason mat drills, is even faster than originally thought and looks to be a much improved tailback in 2010.

“Washaun will only be better next season,” Richt said. “He will be in much better condition, will understand much better what we’re trying to do, and he’ll understand what it means to play in the league.”

Again, you get the definite impression that Richt and Mike Bobo are thinking they’re going to be leaning heavily on their running game, at least to start with, until they feel comfortable with whoever winds up at QB.

DOGS IN SEC ELITE FOR THE DECADE
Mark Inabinett of the Mobile Press-Register broke down the SEC records for the past decade (2000-2009), and the Dogs generally rank in the top three no matter how you look at it.

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). If you go by conference record, Georgia (55-25) was tied with LSU behind Florida (61-19). For nonconference record, the Dogs (43-6) were second behind LSU (44-6) and ahead of the mighty Gators (39-11). Going by record against other BCS conferences, Georgia (21-5) was on top, followed by LSU (13-4), Kentucky (9-5), Florida (13-10) and Auburn (10-10) and Alabama (7-7).

Finally, he notes that Florida, Georgia and LSU were the only SEC teams that went to bowls after every season of the decade.

A pretty impressive record.

148 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

March 4th, 2010
10:51 am

The QB situation will be fine. The opener will get things in motion. I predict that Murray and Mett will play in columbia by the 2nd game.

Defense is going to be better. Running game needs to keep them off the field.

Logan Gray needs to go play WR.

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

DawgGirl32

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

Impressive indeed. Mark Richt has certainly elevated this program to new heights. We are very lucky to have him

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

GeoffDawg

March 4th, 2010
10:58 am

More compelling evidence that CMR hot seat enthusiasts are mostly ignorant.

Exley DAWG

March 4th, 2010
11:00 am

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL

dylandawg

March 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Another thing of note is how many games UGA played vs. BSC conference schools compared to the others. Not even close.

atl-xmen

March 4th, 2010
11:03 am

just incase bulldawg the auburn fan didnt read this..here is a stat you always seem to avoid putting out there on your useless posts.

DOGS IN SEC ELITE FOR THE DECADE
Mark Inabinett of the Mobile Press-Register broke down the SEC records for the past decade (2000-2009), and the Dogs generally rank in the top three no matter how you look at it.

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). If you go by conference record, Georgia (55-25) was tied with LSU behind Florida (61-19). For nonconference record, the Dogs (43-6) were second behind LSU (44-6) and ahead of the mighty Gators (39-11). Going by record against other BCS conferences, Georgia (21-5) was on top, followed by LSU (13-4), Kentucky (9-5), Florida (13-10) and Auburn (10-10) and Alabama (7-7).

Finally, he notes that Florida, Georgia and LSU were the only SEC teams that went to bowls after every season of the decade.

A pretty impressive record.

lazydawg

March 4th, 2010
11:05 am

There are only two seasons Football season and waiting on Football season.

SEC FANATIC

March 4th, 2010
11:06 am

GATORS=TEAM OF THE DECADE.

Delbert D.

March 4th, 2010
11:10 am

Can’t the guy just make a decision??? The man’s office should be nicknamed “Waffle House”.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:13 am

Any quarterback will do better than Joe Cox. The running game will be awesome. The defense, that was much better under CRG and grad assistants, will be dominating again under real defensive (versus the fired defenseless) coaches. GO DAWGS.

devildawg

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Wow, the mighty Bama only played 14 games against non-conference BCS teams and went 7-7. Two years does not a team make. You guys are pitiful.

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

R U Sure I was not first???

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Coach Urban Cryer no longer has Tim Crybow, lost his OC last year and his DC this year. He will wish he took the permanent leave of absence once the Dawgs reclaim Jax!

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:15 am

And with Bama going 7-7, with many of their non-conference games against powder puffs, what does that say about Dick Satan?

McDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:16 am

i love DawgGirl’s positive attitude

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:17 am

Of course, let’s not forget to give credit to Wuss Piles who lobbied his way into the BCS Champ game when UGA clearly had the better team, ranked #4 when top 2 teams lost. Smashed UF, Auburn and others!

bruce mac

March 4th, 2010
11:20 am

I am sure Bulldawg is cutting and pasting his ignorance right now. Everyone else is wrong and he is right. Poor Bulldawg is just plain pitiful.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:24 am

Absolutely impressive stats for Richt. But no doubt most of those big wins occurred thru ‘05. With the exception of ‘07, we haven’t even been in the running for the division since ‘05. Coaching changes to date will help, but Richt may still have to bring in a big-time OC to challenge for the SEC title again.

How2fish

March 4th, 2010
11:30 am

Alright let get this started !

cream puff

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Yes FLA has owned Ga over the decade for sure but they have 2 more wins than Ga with the 3 cream puffs they played last year vs our 1. We would be even if we would have had their schedule. Amazing

andy

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

dawgfacedboy

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Too bad he didn’t get anybody any experience at QB last season. Fans would’ve been much more forgiving with even a 5 or 6 win season if we were breaking in a freshman or 2 at QB. NOw the “transition” excuse is going to take 2 years intstead of 1. Hope it was worth playing Cox.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:33 am

bruce mac, you are truly the ignorant one, you can’t even read “BigDawg” and certainly cannot write. I pity you and any one who knows you. Please tell me you are not procreating (that means having children).

Tailback U

March 4th, 2010
11:33 am

Bill
Another fine example of the reason most Georgia fans have
confidence in CMR to bring us back up again.
I suppose you have to give the nod to Alabama as the team
with the best running back situation given that they have
the HT winner coming back. But is there any
other team SEC team that you would rate as the running back
sitauation being better than Georgia’s going into next season ?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 4th, 2010
11:39 am

All of that success and yet DuLLdawg (a Tech poser) continues to bash Ga’s coaching staff and players. It has and will continue to be a great run for this program. Ga is lucky to have the coaching staff it has. I, for one, think Murray will be the QB next year and beyond

Ryan

March 4th, 2010
11:46 am

So am I adding incorrectly or did Georgia have the most wins against BCS schools of all SEC teams last decade?

Gratefuldawghead

March 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Get ready to buy some # 3 Jersey’s! Ealey is switching it from # 24!

Preston

March 4th, 2010
11:55 am

The numbers don’t lie. We have a fine coach in Mark Richt and I applaud him for making the tough but wise decision to make changes on the defensive staff. If we can get our D back in the same neighborhood as what we had during the BVG era, we’ll be playing for championships. No doubt in my mind.

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Just FYI, we do need 3 QB’s on the depth chart. Not sure the coaches want true freshman Hutson Mason #3 just yet.

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

“GATORS=TEAM OF THE DECADE”
Yeh, that 5-5 bowl record rocks baby!

JB

March 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think we need to get off this idea that we can’t win the SEC without an experienced QB. Alabama just did it. Heck, they went 12-0 with John Parker Wilson! What Bulldog fan really has a problem with saying we’re going to focus on the run, protecting the ball & playing good defense?

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:03 pm

“Get ready to buy some # 3 Jersey’s! Ealey is switching it from # 24!”

I really wish he wouldn’t. I abolutely hate it when players do this. Kregg Lumpkin never looked the same to me wearing #6 (i think).
When I see #24, I think Ealy. I don’t even remember who wore it last ;)

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

“Heck, they went 12-0 with John Parker Wilson!”
You mean Gregg McElroy JB

Silencio

March 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

So Apothecary Dawg, you wouldn’t trade our vaunted bowl record for 2 NC’s from the Gators?

Gimme a break

bruce mac

March 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

Bigdawg, I am on your team brother. I am referring to another poster. But I am probably ignorant and no I am not “whatever you said”.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

I’d trade our bowl record for ONE of the Gators’ NC’s.

I sure hope Richt and Bobo don’t get wishy-washy with the QB deal like they did in ‘06…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

UGA had 28 turnovers last year on offense (only 10 teams in the nation were worse out of a hundred and 40 something) and they were near the bottom defensively getting turnovers. That and poor kick off coverage are the main reasons they lost 5 games last year. If the new QB can cut the turnovers in half (14) UGA will be 75% better on offense. Just hand the ball off and throw the ball about 30 % of the time – primarily on patterns of 15 yards or less – with maybe 3 long balls a game and they will have a good offense. The defense had problems last year for sure but a lot of it was mistakes by the offense putting the defense back on the field in bad situations.

UGA's Bowl Record

March 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

Yeh, ZERO titles since 1880 er um 1980 are pretty staggering…..let it sink in Puppy fans. Yeah, thought so, I’ll take UF’s 5-5 bowl record and two of the last four Title’s thank you very much. Remember, next year it’s one for the thumb and toes X 2 in Jax. For you UGA grads that’s 18 out of 20 because we know your missing digits and teeth.

1eyedJack

March 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

Don’t you just hate it when nerds pose as gators?

1eyedJack

March 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

If you got no ammo of your own just shoot somebody else’s gun.

BadDog

March 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

“Sometimes, you’re three, four or five games into it before you get a gut feeling of who it should be or you’re really certain who it should be.” Logan, Murray and Mett must have been pretty bad last year if their gut feeling didn’t tell them Cox wasn’t the guy after the pitiful UT massacre.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

BigDawg, I don’t know if the running game will be so “awesome.” It worked the last two games, against pretty pitiful defenses, but was non-existant in SEC games. This season, conference DCs will play the run, forcing our baby-faced QB to win the game with his arm. And does anyone trust Bobo to out-adjust those DCs during a game? I say we will run good (and win) against the inferior teams, run so-so and go 50/50 against the evenly matched teams (SC, UT, AU, Tech, UK, CO) and get stopped cold and lose to the superior one (guess who). I just don’t think we can expect a QB with no experience to be consistant enough to win 9 or 10 games, when even Greene and Stafford couldn’t do it.

Spin it anyway you like but Dawgs are 3rd.

March 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). And that includes 3 years of Ron Zook.

GT

March 4th, 2010
12:50 pm

If Georgia starts running they will be a top 10 team next year. It is when they try to gun it out that they get beat, no matter who the quarterback. It is clock control. Watch Alabama from last year.

The Real Question

March 4th, 2010
12:51 pm

Only true Dawgs can answer this: What would we rather have, a shot at the NC or a nice program going to a good bowl (except for 2009) every year?

No Les Miles Fan here

March 4th, 2010
1:02 pm

Once again BigDawg shows his ignorance. No matter if Miles cried and begged or not. In 2007 IF UGA would have won the SEC EAST they would have played for the SEC title. How can you have a team that came in 3rd in the SEC(behind UT and LSU) play for the title. If UGA had not of choked agains UT and taken care of business they would have had a chance.

Washaun Ealey Rocks The House!

March 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

UGA has learned the hard way that success in the SEC means this:

RUN OR DIE!

Period.

Richt is 40-3 when Richt get A 100 YARD RUSHER!!!!

Ealey’s ONLY weakness last season was his conditioning. In the Tech game, his ypc went down each quarter, while King’s got better each quarter. Pass-blocking? Come on now.

If Ealey works hard in the off-season, gets faster, stronger, more endurance, knows the play-book better, he should win the Heisman.

Here’s why I say that.

He should get 25 touches a game, with King/Smith/Wooten splitting up the other 15 carries.

25 x 6 yards = 180 a game x 14 games = 2500 yards, about 15-20 td’s

Ealey ran well against great defenses like LSU and Florida, while King struggled against the better defenses, for example, King got 1 yard per carry against LSU.

Ealey is SPECIAL folks, time for the rest of the world to see why this guy got 8100 yards and 133 td’s in High School and is BEATING Herschel Walker’s 5.29 ypc average at UGA.

Ealey’s at 5.7 ypc, I believe he’ll be over 7 ypc in 2010 if he gets more reps in practice and games. Ealey has earned the right to be the #1 go-to back.

Give Ealey the Ball.

Washaun Ealey Rocks The House!

March 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

Oops, that’s 150 a game x 14 games, still over 2000 yards.

Dem4Dawgs

March 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

Would love to see Mett and Murray share some time in the first few games. Sorry Logan – just not feeling it.

answer

March 4th, 2010
1:09 pm

i think i would rather have a great season in and out every year but what do i know i wasnt even born last time uga won it all :(

Whopper Dawg

March 4th, 2010
1:10 pm

I hope to goodness they settle on one QB. For a lot of reasons, but also the effect it has on Bobo. When Mett goes in, here come the pass, when Murray goes in, here comes the roll out option, I can see it now. If I can figure it out, do you think opposing DCs can’t?

Fair and Balanced

March 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

I say let ‘em hit the QB some! It is time to separate the men from the boys. Why practice if you are not going to …..well practice? Is Spring practice about trying to find out who can play or not? Other schools have abandoned this sissy thing about QB’s so they can find out what they have. If he can’t take it in practice he can’t take it in a game. Find out now!

Gator here

March 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

Ealey is special and reminds me of UGA backs when I was younger. Not a slasher like Mareno, but a pounder who gets stronger as game goes on. Dont understand why they dont run him 22-25 times a game.

Washaun Ealey Rocks The House!

March 4th, 2010
1:14 pm

2.32 40 speed, Ealey can FLY!

atl-xmen

March 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

you arm chair qb/coaches make me laugh..cox was the best qb uga had last year and uga just didnt stop running the ball, they couldnt run the ball with the two young backs and playing a different line until the last 4 games of the year. uga will be fine..now worries with the new qb or new def..richt knows what he is doing.

UGA Dog TD Tom

March 4th, 2010
1:18 pm

We could either:
1) Give Murray a shot in the 1st 2 games, if he flops, give it to #2 guy
2) Narrow to to #1/#2, give #1 most reps in practice, let both have real-time competition in first few games of season against “real bullets”.

I don’t think Murray needs any more bullets, 2 state championships in highest Div, 5000 yards, 63 td’s?????

Dog in Bama

March 4th, 2010
1:22 pm

Did David Greene have any experience before he became tie winnist QB in colledge footbal? no, i don’t think so.

Dog in Bama

March 4th, 2010
1:23 pm

Wish i could spell.

Gator here

March 4th, 2010
1:29 pm

UGA Dog TD Tom, everything you say about Murray is correct except he won 1 title and it was 5A, not 6A. Coaches there say he had Tebow like leadership and is a great kid.

Midland Dog

March 4th, 2010
1:30 pm

I still have faith in Mark Richt. Would you rather have your son playing for a coach like Saban that is seen weekly on the sidelines dropping f-bombs every time a play blows up? I know I wouldn”t.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Wow. 2.32 speed in 40. He CAN fly. Haha.

Gator here

March 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Corrected, it was 4A not 5A

Read Lips

March 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

Midland Dog, even the saintly Bowden threw Fbombs on occasion. Read the book St. Bobby and the Barbarians written by a former player. No one ever Richt is perfect.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
1:35 pm

No, but Greene only won 8 of those games his first year. My point was about their first year …

TXDawg

March 4th, 2010
1:36 pm

No Les Miles Fan here

March 4th, 2010
1:02 pm
Once again BigDawg shows his ignorance. No matter if Miles cried and begged or not. In 2007 IF UGA would have won the SEC EAST they would have played for the SEC title. How can you have a team that came in 3rd in the SEC(behind UT and LSU) play for the title. If UGA had not of choked agains UT and taken care of business they would have had a chance.

BCS Standings determine the NC game participants, not where you finish in a conference. The Big12 had a non-conference championship game participant play a couple of years ago, when OU went ahead of Texas. The real gripe is that the media and presumably coaches (whoever altered the polls) dropped UGA down to keep them from posting a BCS score in that would keep them in the top 2, thus bumping LSU into one of those slots. I could go on and talk about how the BCS is crock because UGA should have played USC, as opposed to Hawaii, but that’s another can of worms to open later (or not).

Fl Dawg

March 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

Before we get too excited about Murray, his former team won again this year with a junior QB who filled in for him as a soph while Murray was injured for 4 games. It might be he had a lot of talent around him. Just sayin….. Give ol Mett a chance, he might just be what we need.

Gratefuldawghead

March 4th, 2010
1:38 pm

Great point RxDawg on the Jersey numbers! Ready for the Spring Game!
GO DAWGS!

tired of whining

March 4th, 2010
1:39 pm

TXDawg, I know everyone hates on UGA, the refs, BCS, ESPN, everyone.

No Les Miles Fan here

March 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

TXDawg, you are right, but the coaches make up a significant part of the BCS model and they would not vote a team who was 3rd in their conference into the title game. Quit whining and have your team take care of business; like beating UT and UF in the same year.

JB

March 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

If Grantham is successful, you’re looking at 10-11 wins…..If we struggle on D, it’s 8 again. I think we shine. I think our jaw will drop this year in the difference in the defense. Just being prepared and making adjustments. Anybody remember the Carolina game over there 2-3 years ago when the tight end caught like 12 balls in the first half and kept their drives alive ? Remember what Willie did in the second half? Left him uncovered for about 10 more catch’s. Hopefully that type play is gone.

Wait an see on Grantham

March 4th, 2010
1:53 pm

Grantham still has to prove himself as a coordinator since he was fired in his only assignment. Lakatos will be the better of the 2 coaches.

Debose

March 4th, 2010
2:06 pm

“For nonconference record, the Dogs (43-6) were second behind LSU (44-6) and ahead of the mighty Gators (39-11).”

Hold on tight to that one, we will keep our 2 National Titles and you can have that record…………..no trophies for that one………….no national attention

Johnny DangerDawg

March 4th, 2010
2:08 pm

Every year that UGA has a new starting QB, all the “experts” say, “Well, Georgia’s going to let the running backs do all the work and just pound the ball until the QB gets comfortable.” But that never actually happens. The only time we leaned on the running game for a significant chunk of a season was when we had a freshman RB (Moreno) playing with a second-year 5-star QB (Stafford).
Even in the 2007 Florida game, in which Moreno was the offensive centerpiece and gave one of the greatest individual performances of the Mark Richt era, the Dawgs still had as many passing TDs as rushing TDs.

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
2:12 pm

Ealey is special, but remember before you bash King and exhalt Ealey, they worked best TOGETHER. King got into the endzone many times when Ealey couldn’t. The LSU game stifled everyone’s run – Ealey didn’t put up greast stats from that game either and King had a BROKEN jaw.

I really, really don’t get the fans who can look at the work the two did together and say that Ealey should get it more. There were several games when King had a higher ypc and King scored more, period. The run game took off when both of them were working. If it found its groove, why do you think it should always be one back?

And before you cite the logic that “everytime one back gets 100 yds or more Richt wins blah blah”, the real logic is that a team that allows a back to get that many yards is probably allowing a lot of other stuff from the offense. That’s like saying “when we get 5 or more TD’s we win ___ % of the time, so we should try to score 5 or more TD’s.” … You think???

If you have to go back to LSU to find a game to criticize King, you really are reaching for something and not just good football.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 4th, 2010
2:12 pm

Before last season, everybody said, “Joe Cox isn’t gonna be asked to do much other than hand off to the tailbacks.” WRONG! Richard Samuel was a bust and the O-line couldn’t run block until the coaches shuffled the lineup halfway through the season. The running backs just kept getting stuffed, and Joe Cox was asked to do most of the work until the running game made progress late in the season.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 4th, 2010
2:15 pm

dawgfan,
The O-line was still a work-in-progress during the LSU game. I don’t think any back could have played to his full potential behind that line.

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

JDD you’re right! Spring news = fall nots.

I hope for Ealey’s sake they start touting someone else this spring. Remember last spring it was all about Carlton Thomas and Logan Gray. And Spring ‘08 was all about Caleb…

Let’s talk about someone else and keep the jinx off the RBs.

This is what I have been saying for the

March 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

The article from the Register is what I have been trying to say for about two years. IF “UGA is second to a Florida”, then that is not like being second to a Notre Dame or a Stanford or a Texas, or Oklahoma or a Va Tech or a FSU or even Ohio State. For goodness sakes, we are tied with LSU in the SEC in wins and we have pretty much split with them in about 6 or 7 games now. LSU has blown out UGA and UGA has blown them out and we have defeated Florida about twice in 5 or 6 years. Oh well. No one else holds that distinction.

IF UGA is second tier ( yes, I am a UGA grad ) I for one am not ashamed. The point is our major bowls and all in the last 9-10 years, not to mention very decent bowls under Donnan project a winning program. SUPERIOR by the way to a Wisconsin, who is far superior to UT and to Tech. Commpare the UT, Tech and Wisconsin records over the last 10 years.

Don’t compare with Tech, on second thought, as they are pathtic and my granddad was a Tech grad and I feel sorry for them over the last 4 or 5 years, not the last 10-15 or 45 years. Sad that record is.

The Alabamas and the UTs and the sad, wanna be twirps from Tech all claim to be Urange Bowl this and NC that ( BAMA IS THE NC …congrats ) but a p-r-o-g-r-a-m is determined IF and ONLY IF, the school wins over a long time. The Mobile register says it all.

I rest my case. 2010 and 2011 will be a fun ride.

Gooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs !!! Sic em.

Go Dogs.

Scout Dawg

March 4th, 2010
2:30 pm

You know we must be a terrible program because all of the arrests just like the nerds always say. I mean D*mn us all to hell for all of those terrible SCOOTER infractions! Maybe we can get a sterling character like REUBEN HOUSTON to come and mentor our out of control players. It must be a he11 of a fall off of that so called moral high ground for the intellectually and moraly superior nerds.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
2:54 pm

mea culpa, bruce mac. To No Wus Piles Fan here, er, No Les Miles Fan here, isn’t the BCS Champ game supposed to be played by the two best teams at the end of the season? Duh… How can you or anyone else argue that beating the crap out of UF and Auburn in November didn’t atone for earlier season letdowns? Good points TXDawg!

Jason

March 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

“Ealey has had a positive off season”?? Didn’t the season just end 10 weeks ago??

bull hog

March 4th, 2010
2:59 pm

Who called the offensive plays last year?
Who will call the offensive plays this year?

Snoop Dawg

March 4th, 2010
3:08 pm

There must be hallucinogens in the Jawja drinking water. Y’all, I’m a UGA expat living in Virginia so I’m thinking with a clear head. HOPE IS NOT A METHOD. The defense should improve, but the offense stinks and neither Richt nor BooBoo have a clue. Until we “finish the drill” and get rid of these imposters, the UGA Bulldogs will continue to disappoint and the highly regarded recruiting talent will underperform.

Dawg 39

March 4th, 2010
3:09 pm

As good as I believe Caleb King will be, I think Ealey will be even better. Not as good as # 34, but right up there with Moreno & Garrison Hearst. The next 3/4 years will be good ones for the Dawgs.

North Ave. Trade School fan

March 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

Big Dawg, Bad dog, Fire Hydrant Dawg,…! Why don’t you folks get a bleeping life. It’s football for god’s sake. I know all of you likely beat yo women when the dogs have a bad game. Below the nat line in this state, hospitals know when the dogs loose, a lot of females end up in the emergency room. A few six packs and thats all it takes.

SickandTired

March 4th, 2010
3:22 pm

Here’s what is going to happen. Mark Richt will screw around making a decision on QB because he want’s Murray to separate and he probably won’t. He’s made the promise to Murray that he’ll play….just as he did with DJ and Stafford…..there’s a track record here folks……and this third time, it may be what gets him fired….he cost UGA a national championship in 2002 because he kept force feed Shockly…..he screwed the pooch Staffords first year…then he doesn’t play Cox a meaningful snap for three years and last sesason was a direct result of that……Now we’ve got Murray…..first road game in SC…..we’ll see….Hey Mark, might wanna keep a bag packed.

Hutton

March 4th, 2010
3:32 pm

Did you see the reference made to “deer-in-the-headlights” Cox and “I-play-special-teams” Joe T? He knew, as everyone else including their parents, that he had the wrong guy at QB. The problem is, he took the red-shirt off the future star the first time, but screwed up the second time when he had TWO LEGIT QB’s sitting on the bench!

jason

March 4th, 2010
3:34 pm

Quick question here. I have been out of the loop lately. haven’t had comp access. Who did UGA hire as DC?

C from Marietta

March 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

SickandTired

You must be a freakin pleasure to be around. Go root for Flordia. We DON’T want you in the Dawg Nation. Coach Richt is great and I hope he is around for a long time.

Lee

March 4th, 2010
3:38 pm

Bottom line: yet another sub-par year because we will take 5 games to figure out who the QB is. Funny….UF and Bama never seem to have that problem…hence- we are where we are.

Jeff

March 4th, 2010
3:41 pm

Hmmmm…seems like I have heard this before. Guess we never learn. And we wonder why…………………..

big south mike

March 4th, 2010
3:43 pm

I don’t think I’ve heard UGA talking about defense and the running game so muhc in the off-season before.

if you’ve heard that every year, please reference ALL the links for all to see, otherwise, we know you’re a Florida homer.

big south mike

March 4th, 2010
3:45 pm

Good sign we have a lot of Florida AntiUGA folks here saying “same ole same old”.

good sign, would they be here if they wern’t AFRAID of getting their tails kicked?

Don’t think so.

big south mike

March 4th, 2010
3:46 pm

Ain’t gonna rotate King with Ealey, King fumbles too much, he’s like the Florida RB’s.

We just need a guy that’s productive AND doesn’t fumble.

That’s Ealey.

Florida has NO ONE that has done that.

big south mike

March 4th, 2010
3:48 pm

If Florida can find their running game and a tested QB, they might not go 5-3 in the SEC like they do 40% of the time with Meyer.

Don’t think so.

FLORIDA WILL BE A GREAT YEAR IF THEY GO 6-2 IN THE sec AND FINISH 2ND TO rICHT.

big south mike

March 4th, 2010
3:49 pm

Florida’s problem is, the 3-4 that Grantham taught Bama, killed the spread offense.

So what will they do?

North Ave. Trade School fan

March 4th, 2010
3:52 pm

Dawg 39, Caleb King is a punk. I will never forget the way he did his old high school team. He will NEVER be more than just another back at UGA.

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

North Avenue Trade School fan,

What you don’t know is how Caleb King was treated by those coaches. Caleb was classy enough to keep the reasons private; he could have easily ruined a few coaching careers but he moved on. It’s amazing to me that he is willing to put up with jacka**es like you and your uneducated opinion for the sake of staying above the mud pit with those coaches.

jeffrey d

March 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

Caleb King is a punk. I will never forget the way he did his old high school team

What??? A high schooler acting immaturely?? Get out!

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

bigsouthmike,

You dont’ remember Ealey’s fumble? I’m not saying King is perfect, but I really don’t get the way everything he overcame and did last season is just cast aside. Ealey’s fumble lost that game against Kentucky. They both fumbled this season.

Saint Clarkston

March 4th, 2010
4:20 pm

Ealy, King, Greene, three top notch tight ends and Brown with
star potential. Thats an offense that will be hard to stop. This
is the perfect set up for an inexperienced qb.

Joe Terrorshenski

March 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

I think I still have sum L gibility left so I may try out for QB at GA again.

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

Saint Clarkston — Thank you!!!

I don’t understand Georgia fans who will seize the opportunity to pick apart individual players – I swear there are agents on here or family members trying to set up some $$$ to cash in on or something. There is a LOT about a LOT of the kids on offense to get excited about. There’s just no need to pick on individuals, especially when they worked, performed and scored last year.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

Hey North Ave Trade School Fa$

Sounds like you’re more than a bit jealous, UGA fans have girls, GT fans don’t, just maybe a lot more like girls. BTW, what is a nat you ignorant tickler in the dog pile? And when the dogs loose? Perhaps you mean gnat and lose, so much for a good education at GT, can’t even spell a first grade word, hmm… Go see Saint Simons
Quote from Yellow Bellied Jacket
“Big Dawg, Bad dog, Fire Hydrant Dawg,…! Why don’t you folks get a bleeping life. It’s football for god’s sake. I know all of you likely beat yo women when the dogs have a bad game. Below the nat line in this state, hospitals know when the dogs loose, a lot of females end up in the emergency room. A few six packs and thats all it takes.”

mike-dawg

March 4th, 2010
4:32 pm

Ealey = I RUN…………THIS STATE. He is definitely the better back. He reminds of one who wore the #7 back in Dooley’s last years. That’s right, Rodney Hampton. Tired of watching King run up lineman’s backs. He is a good alternative, but Ealey should be the starter.

Hickson in Moultrie

March 4th, 2010
4:42 pm

dylandawg

Those are games against BCS CONFERENCES–not teams. If you look up Ga’s opponenent’s very few of them were in the BCS the yr Georgia played them. Look at Richt’s last 4 years–a program that’s falling fast.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 4th, 2010
4:48 pm

Judging on how long it took Ealey and King admitted, I’d like to know if they can read yet. They’ve both always been able to run…

And Dawg Fan, I think you’re spot on. I think recent events have shown that UGA’s coaches look out for themselves first and foremost.

DaddyDawg

March 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

The photo hear yesterday seemed to confirm the Aaron Murray weight rumors making the rounds. He looked more like 240 than 210. What is it with the workout program over there? Can’t we get these guys in shape and keep them game ready. Hide the cookies, late night pizza, and beers. Please

Steve

March 4th, 2010
5:15 pm

Randy

March 4th, 2010
5:17 pm

“Easley can run” Here we go!!!!!!!!!!! I guess last year he had a broken leg? maybe a pulled hamstring? or they weren’t aware he was even on the team? Go ahead Georgia get those national championship hopes sky high so they can be brought down to earth and your bubble burst. Georgi finishes third in the east again.

You must be Kidding !

March 4th, 2010
5:35 pm

We pay CMR millions and he and Boo Boo still doesnt have a clue on who will be our QB this fall? Just goes to show UGA will still have problems. UGA football is still a Circus and Mark Richt is a real Bozo!

Mark

March 4th, 2010
6:16 pm

It doesn’t matter who is at QB or how well Ealey can run if our beloved Dawgs can’t cut down on the number of penalties and penalty yards each game.

We are proud of you

March 4th, 2010
6:31 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com We just sent our first UGA calssic tin lunchbox to a army hero working in Iraq. We love you and are proud, may God Bless you and keep you safe until your return home. Go Dawgs!!

ThreeSheets

March 4th, 2010
6:38 pm

Year end and out, all of you dogs fans begin the same old chant of how great a recruiting class you have, how great everybody is, how you will finish the drill, climb the mountain, cowboy up, but yet the dogs have nothing to show for it. Yep, you own the Jackets as far as overall wins, but the dogs are 1-1 against Johnson. Until you beat the Gators, Tigers, Vols et al, the chant means nothing. Even the Braves stopped the what iffing some years back. As a wise old woman stated, kiss old rusty. What if my butt.

RUN EALEY RUN

March 4th, 2010
6:47 pm

I have heard this before, Mark better know who is quarterback after spring. If not, it will be a long season-Joe T.& Joe Cox all over again!

ElDiabloFightinChicken

March 4th, 2010
7:05 pm

If you are reading this you really need to examine the priorities in your life. If UGA sports, and UGA football in particular, are the passion of your life I feel sorry for those who love and care for you.

3 QBs walk into a bar

March 4th, 2010
7:08 pm

. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. Richt is setting himself and the program up for another distracting and disruptive season. Amazing there are no brothers among the quarterback corps…

Bill King

March 4th, 2010
7:11 pm

ElDiablo:

So why are you reading a UGA blog?

JunkYardDawg

March 4th, 2010
7:20 pm

Very good article, Bill. Nice reply to the USCe yard bird fan as well! I think UGA will be fine this year regardless of the starting QB. The defense will be MUCH more aggressive and disciplined under the new coach. I’d say at least 9 wins with their schedule but we’ll see. GATA!!

heeldawg

March 4th, 2010
7:26 pm

Wonderdawg, you say, “with the exception of 2007, Georgia hasn’t vene been in the running for the Division title since 2005.” Which means that we had subpar seasons in 2006, 2008 and 2009. This is the very definition of stating the obvious.

I think the roots of the problem have been solved–intensity and focus on defense will be back. The offense will be fine. Here’s to another 10-win season (and 100 wins by Richt in 10 seasons!).

Oh Oh

March 4th, 2010
7:50 pm

What’s with these coaches and their inability to evaluate talent? How can’t you know which QB has the right stuff. Last year there were at least 5 times that Cox went thru with plays that he would have had his clocked cleaned during G-day. Mr. Happy Feet Gray would have wound up in the first row because he thinks he is faster than everyone (note to Logan; it ain’t H.S. anymore). How much could Met have improved, and how? Does he look good dropping back AT PRACTICES? Maybe Murray isn’t as mobile as he once was, and never recovered from the broken leg? Is his arm still suspect? No is the answer to both questions, he is, and has been fine. Is CMR trying the ol’ Rope-a-Dope”. There is no way that Met is as far along as Murray, now I’m not saying that he won’t get to that point some day, but just watching him is painful. Gray, could have been the guy, if only the coaches would have worked with him at keeping his eyes down field and his feet under control.
So, what’s up? Is this CMR preparing UGA fans for a wait till next year already, or what could have been if only. Will he blow the season and have to play catch-up once again this year. If “going live” is the only way that these guys can tell who should be the starter “then have at it”. How can you go into a season with questions that can be answered this spring. Not a coach, nor a fan, but I follow a few of your players.

HardTruthSoldier...

March 4th, 2010
7:52 pm

Folks, Time for some hard truth! Florida, and Bama, and LSU (Not by much) have played much weaker non-conference games, Florida was exposed in the SEC CG, and this is really the year the DAWGS suppose to turn the corner. DAWG NATION you have a beast named Ken Malcolm coming in at tailback that will get reps right away, Jakar(Hitman) Hamilton and Shaun Williams (as good as Ogletree) might be your two safeties and Ogletree used as a nickel/ Linebacker type in the 3-4. This, DAWG NATION is going to be an exciting year, and I’m guaranteeing a TOP 10 Finish with Auburn being UGA’s biggest threat this year Bama Fans will sleep on Auburn till they see that there legit to the core, and naturally the folks down in the Bayou feel this is there year for the talent to grow up.Alabama your good, but no team losses Cody, McClain, A.Williams off there Defense and has at best a “serviceable QB and wins Back to Back Titles. UT fans I know you want to be included in this discussion, and I’ll say this, New Head Coach(That isn’t proven) and no QB. You are the weakest link.(Better hope Nance works out with his boy Da’Creep Rodgers) and the bottom of all the premier SEC schools in 2010!….Finally Ealey and Caleb both go over a 1,000 a piece, because UGA’s down field targets are gonna be big, fast, and better. Remember SEC Fans Brown, Wooten, and Charles were just freshmen, Aron White is a junior, and T. k ing is a redshirt sophomore. The QB ,whoever it will be will have targets as big as the TOYOTA RECALL. This is the year of the Dawg, and North Avenue Trade School/ Varsity workers we will Maul ya’ll this year.BTW tell Reggie Ball I said the ice cream goe’s on top, and not the bottom of the fried Peach Pie next time I order.

Football Fan

March 4th, 2010
7:59 pm

For the love of all that is holy and in the name of baby Jesus, please stop posting “First” as soon as an article pops up. It is puerile at a minimum and makes people who post on AJC seem like guys who have no life. How about instead of posting “First” you make it a point to contribute in a meaningful way by commenting on the article.

Since Vince

March 4th, 2010
8:11 pm

hard truth soldier….. cut the crap excuses about teams weaker schedule. Fact is Florida has bashed UGA’s brains out the last two years. Tenn. has done so 3 times out of the last 4 . Fans like myself want to see results on the field by these million dollar coaches. We can sit here and speculate on who is gonna be great and who is gonna do this and that for for UGA all we want if we want to kid ourselves . Bottom line is at the end of the day the coaches need to produce some results. UGA has had a Moreno , a Stafford and others but hasnt sniffed a SEC championship with these good players. So what makes all of us think that next year or really 2011 is gonna be great for UGA. Its time for CMR to put some proof in the pudding!

CitizenK9

March 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Georgia’s ” sports car offense” (either racing down the field or in the shop) requires balance between run and pass to be consistently effective. Balance sounds good but we see what happens when one phase is not effective -three and out (into the shop). We don’t have “bread and butter” plays to fall back on. I think we’ll finally reap the benefits of all the O-line experience and have the machine fine- tuned this year.

Dawg 39

March 4th, 2010
8:46 pm

Sorry Folks,But the Dawgs are “Just Fine”.. The offense will be Awesome, period. The defense will get better as the season pogresses & will give SEC Offenses fits from game 1 on. Even our Kick Off
coverage team will be much improved. Ealey will be the Man and the next 3 years will be Great. CMR is not going anywhere and I am extremely greatful for that. GO DAWGS.

Dawg Craze

March 4th, 2010
9:10 pm

Ealey will be first team all SEC in 2010 along with ingram—mark it down! The dawgs will have a dominating Oline and ealey will be putting up huge numbers. Look for the dawgs to beat uf and ut and win the SEC east, and play bama for the title! The Dawg machine is back!

I-DOG

March 4th, 2010
11:21 pm

El Diablo,

I think my loved ones are more concerned about my terrible crack habit than they are with my enjoying UGA football, but to each their own.

Somebody was calling for Brandon Smith to return punts. Yikes! Last year he didn’t just carry the ball like a loaf of bread he carried it like it had poison spikes on it. EVERY opposing teams will watch film on that and coach their players to strip the ball from him as it is easy pickin’s.

He should not be allowed the privilige of handling the football for UGA until he has gained adequate upper body strength and learned proper technique for securing the football. Blazing speed is great, but does it really matter how fast a guy can run over to the bench after he fumbles? I love his potential, but every time he touches the ball it is an adventure and you can’t win like that.

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2010
1:32 am

I just hope the brilliant “BuLLdawg” will show up soon……….I’m begining to feel optomistic about 2010, Oh, heavens ! What am I to do ?

BuLLdawg

March 5th, 2010
6:27 am

REUBEN HOUSTON was NEVER ordered by the Court to have to play against The Georgia Bulldogs in 2005. But, on the 1st opportunity to put Reuben Houston into the game, Georgia tek certainly ceased the moment and played him against UGA. Played and played and played Reuben Houston the whole entire game.

georgiadawg70

March 5th, 2010
7:20 am

I CMR is still having trouble deciding if Logan Grey is going to be the starting QB we are in more trouble than I thought.

jerry

March 5th, 2010
7:25 am

bigdawg: Aren’t you the clever one, with your little made up names?

Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
8:50 am

What is more impressive about UGA’s non-conference schedule is that it was loaded up with a bunch of non-BCS schools. Along with the annual GT game you had Colorado, Boise State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State with only a couple of the former 1-AA’s. And not only this but going 8-2 in bowl victories over other non-conference BCS competition.

If you want to see a bunch of patsy non-conference play take a look at ALA, LSU and UF.

Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
8:57 am

What I meant to say is that the schedule “was not loaded up with a bunch of non-BCS schools.”.

Spin it anyway you want Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
9:27 am

Talk about the schedule all you want, I believe you have Charleston Southern coming in 2011, but you cant escape the fact that Suntan boy is 2-7 against the gators, 4-4 in the SEC for 2 out of the last 4 years with home losses to KY and Vandy; and that is pitiful.

BITTER tennersea fan

March 5th, 2010
11:23 am

washan and aron murrry going bee next package deal, going steal them there goega boy’s, vols rule, we owner goega, lane kiffin best couch haha da rick and his sissy friend nash rule

BITTER reggie ball

March 5th, 2010
11:39 am

hard truth i will put that ice cream on bottom if i wont too. tek rules, i never throw a interception recievers screwed up. im coimg back for a six year medical, watch

Dawgs Maximus

March 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

The UGA running game—best in the SEC in 2010—bet the house! With that top oline and primo backs—Dawgs win the SEC east!

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2010
11:52 pm

I am begining to like this “Dawg39″ guy….Seems to have an optomistic yet realistic view of the 2010 GEORGIA BULLDOGS. The only exception I would have with his last post is, although I would agree Washaun Ealey will have a “breakout” year in 2010, look for the oft criticized Caleb King to finally reach his long anticapated potential, and ‘run wild” himself. UGA will make every other SEC team look silly compared to the way the DOGS will run the football. The BULLDOG offense will go into most games looking their opponent square in the eyes and say ” We are about to run the dadguum ball straight down your throat ” and then, do just that ! …………I firmly believe that if we can get to game 4 or 5 with all wins, we will have , by then a QB that will be capable of taking us to the SEC championahip game !!………….You like play-action ? by the 4th or 5th game, our running game will be so dominant, any QB we have, will be able to float a “bomb” to a wide open Green, Charles, Wootin, Brown, King, or mabe even Branden Smith. Our offense is the key to our defense, keep em off the field, give em time to gel, and by game 5 or 6, I don’t think many points will be scored on us ! The sky is the limit for the 2010 University Of Georgia BULLDOG football team !!!

dawgboy

March 6th, 2010
12:42 am

dawgfan ur an idiot! That fumble against UK was cox’s fault! That pitch is a one-step soft pitch not a two step hard pitch! Dont call anybody like that when he cant defend himself!!! washaun is the feature back this year!

Harmon Wages

March 6th, 2010
1:56 pm

What is the status of RB Dontavious Jackson? Is he in the dog house for something? He looks very quick with some speed to get to the corner.I know he was highly recruited coming out of high school!

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

I think its been very well established that Ealey lined up too shallow and ran straight ahead on what was a called sweep. Now Joe might have done more to make sure everybody was on the same page in the huddle, but according to coaches and players, it WAS Ealey’s mistake.

RED DOG 77

March 8th, 2010
2:00 am

AltamahaDawg, you are absolutely right! it was Ealey’s bad, but 2010 is a new year, and I don’t think that will happen as much this year with any of our backs. CMR has said a number of times, the #1 priority is going to be to protect the ball, and I believe him.

dawgboy

March 9th, 2010
12:09 am

well that is yalls opinions. but washaun is the best back we have.

RED DOG 77

March 9th, 2010
1:14 am

dawgboy……….Please, don’t be mistaken, I love Washaun Ealey ! And I would agree he is the best we have. In fact, I was saying he would be when he was still in HighSchool. Would you agree though, Caleb King will probubly break-out, and run “wild” this year as well? Regards, RED

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