CollegeFootballNews.com looks at the upcoming season for Mark Richt’s Dogs, noting that “there’s speed and athleticism across the board,” some playmakers in A.J. Green, Ben Jones and Justin Houston, and “the schedule isn’t all that bad, with the toughest road game at Auburn and the second toughest at South Carolina.”
Expectations aren’t all that high, CFN says, so the Dogs will be “flying under the radar” and “the rest of the conference isn’t going to be jaw-dropping good and the East is going to be as light as it’s been in years. If Georgia can take advantage of Florida in its transition period (which might only be one year) and can pull off the Cocktail Party win, it might really be just good enough to play in the SEC title game. … The schedule really is favorable enough to have a monster season, but Georgia has to be ready to rock right away with three road games in four weeks at South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Colorado wrapped around a home date with Arkansas.”
On the other hand, there are a lot of question marks about this team on both sides of the ball, CFN says, and “the number one thing to work on is: turnover margin. … The Dawgs weren’t all that bad when it came to giving the ball away, although 28 turnovers are still too many, but the defense didn’t pick up the slack with a pathetic 12 takeaways and a nation-low two recovered fumbles. This year’s team isn’t going to be good enough to not own the turnover game.”
A pretty fair assessment, I’d say.
A FRESH BREES?
Talking with ESPN.com, QB Aaron Murray seems to have selected Drew Brees as his role model. “A lot of people compare us because of the whole height thing [Murray is generously listed at 6-foot-1], and I like the way he plays the game,” Murray says. “Drew’s a competitor and does whatever it takes to win. He works harder than anyone. He’s in there preparing at 5 and 6 o’clock in the morning watching film. Everyone doubted him because of his size, and he’s going to work as hard as he can. That’s something I try to do, work hard and put that extra preparation in and hope it translates over to the field.”
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Cornerback Branden Smith in Bulldogs Blog on how new defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos differs from Willie Martinez: “Coach Lakatos is real different from Coach Martinez … his teaching style is way different. Coach Lakatos, he sits down and shows us how to do things. He is a teacher, really.”
FLAWED DIAMOND DOGS
It’s early days, but so far it doesn’t look like UGA baseball coach David Perno’s every other year pattern of leading his team to the College World Series is likely to hold this season. The Diamond Dogs have lost five straight by a combined score of 62-11, with Kennesaw State’s Owls being the latest to beat up on the Bulldogs, 11-1 Tuesday at Foley Field.
Perno, known for being pretty blunt about his team, isn’t happy. “We’re not a good baseball team right now,” he said after Tuesday’s game. “We’re not showing a lot of fight and this has been the worst week in my tenure. … We’re struggling, and it’s very contagious. I’m very disappointed in the team right now.”
As he told The Red and Black, “the wins and the losses don’t bother me. It’s the lack of competitiveness, the lack of energy, the lack of confidence, the lack of fight, the lack of pride. You name it and we don’t have it.I thought this was going to be a gritty team and I’m kind of lost. I’ve never been as disappointed in a baseball team as I am of this team right now.”
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