Bulldog Bites: Florida game key to Dogs’ season?

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.”

georgia helmetExpectations 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?

Aaron Murray has a role model in Drew Brees. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray has a role model in Drew Brees. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

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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169 comments Add your comment

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
11:08 am

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
11:11 am

FIRE WILLIE MARTINEZ!!!!!!

Gosh I miss the old days.

AlphG8r

March 10th, 2010
11:15 am

Better get us while you can puppies…oh wait, we fired Zook 6 years ago…Nevermind!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 10th, 2010
11:16 am

Really? The Fla game could be key to Ga’s season? Wow, it’s only been that way since the beginning of time. Folks, Ga will be fine this year, the conference sched is tough but it always is and always will be. But I like the coaching changes and whoever the QB is will be driving a Ferrari this year, the offense is LOADED. Do not underestimate the impact Kris Durhams return will make

OrlG8r

March 10th, 2010
11:17 am

Another beginning to an undefeated,consecutive, National Championship Football Season. It’s great to be a delusional dog…

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
11:18 am

Kam, you were not supposed to mention the Ferrari. Here comes the NCAA Inquisition.

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
11:19 am

OrlG8R, Florida got that title last year.

Gator Eater

March 10th, 2010
11:20 am

If you gator fans aren’t nervous about the up coming season, why do you keep checking Georgia’s news?

Football Ken

March 10th, 2010
11:23 am

Hey BiLL,
Shhhhhhhhhh…..quiet! Watch out! SEC Champs, this year!!! The thing that scares me, is if UGA does run table, do we “hosed” like Auburn becuz of non-conference scheldule and “supposed” down year in SEC.

GeoffDawg

March 10th, 2010
11:35 am

Ben Jones is a heck of a center but I don’t tend to think of offensive linemen as playmakers. Are we putting the fumblerewski back in the playbook?

AlphG8r

March 10th, 2010
11:44 am

Gator Eater… being from ATL I respect all SEC coverage…and when a Gator sees a headline that reads “Florida game key to the Dogs’s season?” you just have to check it out.

also we looove seeing you guys squirm

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
11:50 am

I would have to agree with your first paragraph Alph. Can you imagine a Florida newspaper printing “Georgia game key to the Gators season”. I might buy ten copies.

bigdawg01

March 10th, 2010
11:51 am

Dogs will be ok, still have some issues like most teams.

TO ALL GATOR FANS:
Your team is in transition, totally new coaching staff, new defense, career backup QB coming in (we had that too). Get over yourselves…you wonder why you are sooo hated.

“University of Florida: Football Tradition since 1991″

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 10th, 2010
11:54 am

Bulldog Bites: Florida game key to Dogs’ season?

This just in.. If we score more points than our opponent then we win the game !!

JB

March 10th, 2010
11:55 am

I think Florida can be had this year, even with an above average Georgia team. Hopefully, Murray will have grown up by then and Grantham has the D playing much better than our last two trips to the Gator bowl. Florida is loaded with players AS USUAL, but will they be as good as a team?
Lot’s and lot’s of if’s on that team this year, and any honest gator fan will tell you, it’s going to be interesting post Tebow, Coach Strong, and an unproven guy to tote the ball in the SEC. We have tons of questions ourselves. New QB, whole new D, thin at receiver, although we have one of the best in AJ. Can’t wait.

Roll Tide

March 10th, 2010
12:00 pm

“University of Florida: Football Tradition since 1991″

They have won more titles during that time then the Dawgies have won since their “tradition” started.

A. Murray

March 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

Better focus on South Carolina and Arkansas before we get ahead of ourselves along with the rest of the schedule. Going into Jacksonville with two losses and winning wouldl be a moral victory only.

OrlG8r

March 10th, 2010
12:04 pm

If we are the key to your successful season…. you’re in trouble…..We changed the lock….

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Dawg 3/20

March 10th, 2010
12:08 pm

AlphG8r
“also we looove seeing you guys squirm”

I think it is the other way around, the Dawgs seem worried in March while overlooking teams that are going to be very good.

45-19

March 10th, 2010
12:14 pm

!!! The thing that scares me, is if UGA does run table, do we “hosed” like Auburn?”

Nope, if you run the table you will be in. However that is not going to happen. IF is the favorite word of a UGA fan.

Dawg 3/20

March 10th, 2010
12:17 pm

Zooker

March 10th, 2010
12:23 pm

It gave Florida a 20-13 advantage. There would be no more scoring on the day, as the Georgia offense finished 0-13 in 3rd down conversions and Florida held on for the upset victory.

The loss proved to be the only blemish on Georgia’s record that season. Although they finished 13-1 and went on to win the SEC championship, the defeat at the hands of their hated rival almost certainly cost the Bulldogs a shot to play for a national title. – WikiPedia

Dawg 39

March 10th, 2010
12:40 pm

As a lifelong Gator Hater, The Ga./Fla. game has always been the most important game for me. However, winning the SEC East is the first goal, not beating the Gators. If we have to beat them to win the East, then It Is time to step up and do It. Watch out for USC this tear too.

dan

March 10th, 2010
12:44 pm

Blah Blah Blah…obviously a slow news day.

It’s times like this where I wish we had the Vince Dooley ” I really don’t think we’re going to be very good this year” mentality. I always felt that kept the players grounded left them with something to prove. This “It’s Gonna be our year this year” or “next year is gonna be our year” or the ever so popular ” we have so much talent returning” is getting old.

bigguy

March 10th, 2010
12:49 pm

“Might” and “if” remind me of an old quote: If the dog hadn’t stopped to crap he might have caught the rabbit.

Otto

March 10th, 2010
12:56 pm

Dawg 39 must me younger than 39. Loath the Gators too but in the early 80s and before it was Auburn that would kill UGA’s season. UGA just about always managed to some how win in Jax even when they shouldn’t back then.

just sayin

March 10th, 2010
1:00 pm

bigdawg01, rather be a tradition since 91 than was a tradition before 91.

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
1:03 pm

Until UF is unseated as the top team in the East, everyone else in the East must point to that game as the key game. Don’t you think the Dawgs need to be concerned about road trips to Ky and SC just as well?

Keys to 14-0 in 2010

March 10th, 2010
1:07 pm

1. I don’t Florida will be the toughest game this year, they’re not good in 2010 with 13 starters and 5 coaches all gone and Charlie Strong and Tebow. Meyer will quit either before Sept or in 2010, he always does over his 24 years within 5 years. Meyer is a gypsy. Florida has never beat Richt, Richt beats Richt with 4-6 turnovers a game 3 out of 4 years. That will change. When UGA wins the TO battle, nobody beats Richt. I think he’s finally realizing that with his new staff.
2. Murray will be great. Colt McCoy said Murray was one of the best players “he’d ever seen”. Murray had over 55 scholarship offers. 5000 yards of offense and 63 td’s in one season, and 2 state championships in toughest division.
3. Good to hear we have some great teachers FINALLY on the coaching staff. Bobo appears to be incapable of transferring his knowledge to his QB’s, especially the int problem. Lakatos and Grantham and Belin are known as great teachers.

2 Keys to 14-0 for UGA in 2010:
1) defensive takeaways–must do what the SAINTS DID–GO FROM WORST TO 1ST IN 1 SEASONS
2) RUN FOR 225 A GAME (UGA is averaging 247 over lst 5 games)

Richt’s record is almost perfect when he does those 2 things.

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 10th, 2010
1:10 pm

I think the Tenn and Aub games are going to be the most intense games we play this year.The Fla game is always big but this year I feel like we have the better team.

Keys to 14-0 in 2010 by Dr. Phil

March 10th, 2010
1:12 pm

Everyone in the Natl media agree, UF still the team to beat in the East, Murray will be great only if he is healthy. He missed part of 2 years in High School, and injured last year while not even playing. Lakatos, Belin probably good, Grantham fired as only stint as DC. Lastly, nothing indicates Richt can change, as he has gone 4-4 two out of the last 4 years in the SEC. Richt is coaching last year in SEC.

Ron Zook

March 10th, 2010
1:15 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 you were better when I was there and look what happened. UF will be more explosive this year. Last year returned the complete 2 deep on Defense and lost 6 players. UGA lost 5 players on a crappy Defense.

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 10th, 2010
1:19 pm

Zooker this is now and I don’t care who Fla returns there are no Tebow’s Harvin’s or Spikes among them.

Typical Gator Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:25 pm

Look at me! Listen to me! Read my comments! I can make any article about the Florida Gators! Work ‘em, Silly Gators!

DawginLex

March 10th, 2010
1:26 pm

South Carolina game is the key to the season. The winner of that game plays florida for the East.

Ron Zook

March 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

Wake up Southie, the offense will be like when Leak was there except Brantley will be better. Early enrollee Trey Burton will be used like Tebow as a freshman. This is silly, shouldn’t try to convince you, I’ll just be watchin as the Jawja side leaves early again in Jax.

PJ

March 10th, 2010
1:31 pm

I don’t care about transition period or whatever…. I just want to beat them regardless of their ranking or record at the time. It is nothing new that they’ve been raping us over the last 15 years.

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
1:32 pm

Absolutely DawginLex.

Typical Dawg Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:34 pm

Look at me! Listen to me! Read my comments! I can make any article about the Dawgs! Go dawgs woof, woof…..Dumb ass the article is about Florida.

Patrick

March 10th, 2010
1:36 pm

Dawgs are #1, have been #1 and will always be #1!!!

RxDawg

March 10th, 2010
1:41 pm

Murray certainly does talk the talk. I’m really hoping he can walk too.

Calhoun Vol

March 10th, 2010
1:42 pm

And Da’rick says……….
No you’ll already have 3 losses before florida beats your brains out.
AGAIN.

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
1:50 pm

Rx, convinced Murray will be great if he stays healthy.

Typical Gator Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:53 pm

Bulldog Bites is my favorite article to read! I never read the Gainesville Sun and comment on those articles! The Gators are the best! And I don’t berate myself like Typical Dawg Fan! Orange! Blue! Work ‘em, Silly Gators!

Typical Gator Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:55 pm

Dogs are great, just like me, always champs, too stupid to realize article is about Gators….War Damn Eagle.

McDawg

March 10th, 2010
1:56 pm

the 1st game is the most important, then the 2nd game then the third-then party time in Boulder and so on and so on

Typical Gator Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:56 pm

Who am I a plainsmen, Tiger or War Damn Eagle!!

Patrick

March 10th, 2010
1:58 pm

I am the smartest Dawg Fan of all!!

Typical Gator Fan

March 10th, 2010
1:59 pm

All articles and blogs on the AJC are about the Florida Gators! The greatest team in the SEC the last 20 years!Real men love Jorts! Tim Tebow for President! Work ‘em, Silly Gators!