UGA legend and current MMA fighter Herschel Walker talked with the press while in Chattanooga for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. While his comments dissing Lane Kiffin and praising Derek Dooley have drawn most of the attention, the quote from No. 34 that caught my eye was this one in the Times-Free Press in which he explained why he thinks the SEC is the ultimate college football conference:
“You can’t do the Run and Shoot or California offense in the SEC,” Walker said. “The SEC is about blocking and tackling and running the football. Line it up and go get it.”
And, you know, despite all the variations on the spread and some pretty gaudy passing numbers that have been showing up in recent seasons, I think Herschel is right on the money. As Bama showed last season with Mark Ingram, there’s nothing like a terrific tailback to elevate what otherwise would be just a good offense.
The Dogs certainly will be counting big-time on their running game this coming season, especially until Aaron Murray gets some games under his belt.
What do you think, is the running game still the key to winning in the SEC?
BRUTAL BUT HONEST … THE BEST APPROACH?
Here’s another quote that jumped out at me. After his Diamond Dogs flat-lined in a 25-5 loss to the Vols at Foley Field, UGA baseball coach David Perno pegged his team’s problem this season as a lack of pride.
“It obviously doesn’t affect our pride enough. Because we keep putting ourselves in these situations and that’s what’s frustrating. At some point, they’ve got to have a look at [the College World Series plaques] on this wall out here and realize what the standard is and what the expectations are. We’re not doing our part. Even if you can’t get some wins down the stretch here, at least you’ve got to learn how to play competitively and try to get some momentum for next year. We took a huge, huge step back today and it’s the first time I’ve been this disappointed and down on them.”
What do you think of a head coach talking about his team that way? Perno, who has a history of being a bit blunt, probably sees that approach as the only way to get his team fired up enough to at least compete. Even with all the talent the Dogs lost to MLB last year, the Dogs were expected to make a better showing than they have this year.
Still, if your own head coach has given up on you, are you likely to play harder? Tough situation.
CHALLENGING THE GATORS IN THE EAST
One last quote I liked. Asked in an ESPN.com chat who he believes will give Florida a run for the East this season, SEC blogger Chris Low picked Mark Richt’s Dogs.
“As we get closer to the season, I’m leaning more toward Georgia,” Low said. “I would have told you South Carolina a couple of months ago, but I’m not sure how the whole Spurrier/Garcia deal will play out. And with 10 offensive starters back, Georgia has a chance to be one of the most improved offensive teams in the league if redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray can just be steady. I also think the defense will take on more of an attacking approach under Todd Grantham.”
I don’t see anything to argue with there, do you?