A return to old-school mentality with latest ‘Dream Team’ member

Nick Marshall (left) decided he'd rather play defense at UGA than quarterback at Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Nick Marshall (left) decided he'd rather play defense at UGA than quarterback at Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

After Christian LeMay committed to Georgia, many recruitnik types were writing off Mark Richt’s chances to sign Nick Marshall of Wilcox County, the state’s top-rated quarterback prospect.

So it was certainly a pleasant surprise to see that Marshall not only had committed to the Dogs, but as a defensive back, with plans to walk on with Mark Fox’s roundball Dogs as well.

And on top of that ESPN says he previously was a “silent” commitment at QB to Georgia Tech but decided he’d rather play defense at Georgia!

Pretty sweet, assuming all goes according to plan and he winds up enrolling in Athens.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the opportunity to play basketball for what looks to be an up and coming program that’s starting to generate some excitement might have played a bigger part in Marshall’s decision than a lot of folks think. But I’m sure Richt pitching this year’s UGA recruiting class as a “Dream Team” of the top in-state players also was a factor.

If Marshall does stick to defense, he’ll be part of a grand tradition. A lot of fine defensive backs at Georgia have been former quarterbacks over the years. Back in the Vince Dooley days, the thinking was that the QB was usually the best athlete on a team, so you’d sign up a bunch of them and then figure out where you wanted them to play.

Nowadays, there seems to be less of that as kids grow up watching “SportsCenter” and planning their careers as NFL quarterbacks and don’t want to let anything slow them down, including spending time backing up another QB. Thus the start-me-or-I-might-transfer mentality.

The idea of a top-rated high school quarterback being willing to play defense in order to sign with his state school is refreshing.

And, of course, if something down the road happens that gives Richt the need of another quarterback, well, he’ll have a prospect already on the roster.

I’m really liking the direction Richt is going with his recruiting this year. Now, if he can just land another couple of top receivers. …

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FLA DAWG= GATORBAIT

June 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

10 Years with cmr and still no BCS Title. 2 years from now with CMR= NO BCS TITLE .Keep barking like always mutts.

Truthurts

June 9th, 2010
5:49 pm

Truth – I’ll answer. You won’t like it and/or won’t believe it, but here goes….

First, look at the responses to my first post here. We have one idiot ugag person pretend to be me using my name, and posting crap. We have one person listing irrelavent stats that totally has nothing to do with my post and yet somehow they think it makes ugag look good. We have another person stating the NCAA rules that a player must be listed as an athlete in one sport and walk on in another – duh! Not one of the posts have anything real to do with what I wrote.

Most of all, look at this blog that was written by Bill King. It is nothing more than over bloated trumpet blowing to include his phrase ‘dream team.’ What other school in the COUNTRY would have fans buy into such crap when there team didn’t even win their own little division. Dog fans live with blinders on and refuse to see the reality of their team or their conference.

It is fine to be a realistic fan with realistic expectations. But, I HATE ugag because:
1. the fans are total blinder wearing idiots
2. the players are always gettting into trouble to show their low class
3. the football coaches have never been ‘great’ but rather the school gets a great player once in a while (a la Herschel).
4. the fans are rude and obnoxious to other fans regardless

I went to the Orange Bowl and the Iowa fans were super great – before, during, and after the game. There was no taunting. There was no name calling. There was nothing but respect and fun. Why is it that ugag fans refuse to have a thimbleful of class?

It is the OFF SEASON and yet even on this blog, there are idiot blinder wearing ugag fans writing crap even though you guys DIDN’T EVEN WIN YOUR OWN DIVISION! Try winning your division at least, first, okay?

Waaaaah, Waaaaah, Waaaaah, “Iowa was nice to us and talked to us nicely” you sound like a little girl Truth…This is why we call you guys names… because you deserve it! That’s it… you deserve it! NOW, GO AND GET ME A BEER!!

Dooley family says

June 9th, 2010
5:59 pm

Go BIG ORANGE!

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 9th, 2010
6:18 pm

Looks like the Dawgs are putting together a pretty good recruiting class. Now comes the task of keeping from defecting. Those kids will still continue to be recruited heavily by other programs. You just never know until they sign on the dotted line. Da’rick is a perfect example.
Anyway, congrats Dawgs and we’ll see ya in Jax!

urbaneinfarction

June 9th, 2010
6:27 pm

Hey your Gaytors better win or ol’ Urban will be clutching that chest while he jacks off remembering the good old Teblow days.

FLA DAWG

June 9th, 2010
6:44 pm

The Dawgs helped every team that beat them – and even a few that didn’t. UF continues to get the better of The Dawgs. I hope that changes soon. But Gator Fans posting on Dawg sites shows zero class. I’ve never done it and never will on theirs or anyone else’s.

Many Dawg Fans don’t want to admit The Gators have beaten us soundly time and again. I do.
Now own up to your whipping by Bama.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

I haven’t seen any Gators that won’t admit that we got beaten soundly by Bama last year. What does that prove, FLA DAWG?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 9th, 2010
6:52 pm

FLA DAWG,
Are you now going to start crowing about Bama beating UF like GT does about UF beating UGA? Having to live vicariously through someone elses accomplishments isn’t soemthing to be admired.

HOTDAWG

June 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

Great report! Bill King and the AJC finally say something positive about the state’s flagship university, UGA. Not only is Nick Marshall’s pledge encouraging, so is the news of UGA’s No. 2 SEC rank on the NCAA’s Annual Report of Academic Progress in football.

Speaking of academic quality, too little is said of UGA’s respected rank among the nation’s leading academic insititutions. According to the latest rankings of America’s national universities, only Vandy and Florida rank higher than UGA among SEC schools. Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, etc. are far behind, it appears, in academic quality. UGA’s proud Honors Program has produced recent Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, etc. and students in the HP have test scores (SAT) and high school grades that compare favorably (and exceed in many instances) with Ivy League Schools. Georgians should be proud to have an institution like UGA; and, to be fair, they should also be proud of Ga. Tech, another high-ranking national university.

nub

June 9th, 2010
7:20 pm

gaytors we still own you! over all win….loss record we still are up by 10 games …… hahahaaaaaaaahhaa…. WooF!

we had you by 30 games 20 yrs ago more less…… so go climb back in the swamp!

ryan

June 9th, 2010
7:29 pm

Breaking News Big 12 is done Neb is heading to to the Big 10 plus Texas A&M may be heading to the SEC that means Texas will fallow.

FLA DAWG

June 9th, 2010
7:40 pm

It proves you are one of the classless gator fans who post on Dawg Sites.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

June 9th, 2010
8:40 pm

FLA DAWG,
Check out the comments of Gator sites and Tech sites. You’ll find that almost half of the ones on Tech sites are from Dawgs. Not as many on Gator sites because really, what can they say? Not much other than the occasional Dawg that wants to bring up the overall series record, even though Florida has the overall since WWII. I mean bragging about wins from before you were even born is funny.
Anyway, stay classy your self with the infintile name-calling.

Chazzo

June 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

Hey Gators,

You’re right. The past is the past. you have owned the dawgs for the last 20 years. Plain and simple. The past is the past.

Urban Meyer

June 9th, 2010
10:04 pm

Hey Chazzo, “You have to know the past to understand the future.” Which is just a nice way of saying the GATORS are going to kick your #@% again this year in Jacksonville.

Walter Crankcase

June 9th, 2010
10:28 pm

Dream Team? Based on what??

Mr. Georgia Fan

June 9th, 2010
10:31 pm

As a whole, it wouldn’t hurt us UGA fans to thicken our skin. This is a blog and there will always be folks that want to stir the pot. Who cares? What do their opinions truely matter in the grand scheme of things? Ignore the antagonists and their motives will become greatly diminished.

Back to football…The 2010 season will hinge upon many variables that must become constants, if UGA is going to be a contender in the East. Can Aaron Murray avoid the typical mistakes a first year starter (costly ints, when taking a sack or throwing the ball away is a better option) often makes? And, will he be able to read opposing defenses and audibilize his offense into successful plays? We’ll have to wait awhile for the answer. Sorry for the “coach speak” but Murray must provide ball security, leadership, and instill confidence inside the huddle. That’s a lot to ask from a RS Freshman. Doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

For the obvious, but necessary question of the day: How will the Georgia Defense execute Todd Grantham’s philosophy on this side of the ball? Can the Dawgs put more pressure on opposing QBs?

Back to the offensive side of things. Look for Rantavious Wooten to make a huge impact in 2010. This kid knows how to make plays. He just needs to do it on a more consistent basis. With defenses rolling their coverages toward AJ Green and Orson Charles, #17 will have many opportunities to showcase his talents. I don’t know what to expect from guys, such as Marlon Brown and Carlton Thomas, but they are capable of making an impact as well. The 6-5 sophomore from Memphis should be a serious threat inside the redzone. As for #30…Dude was named the most improved offensive player during the spring. Most notably, Carlton has vastly improved his pass protection skills and blitz recognition. This will give CMR the flexibility of using him more often and adding another dimension to the UGA offense. Defenses will expect to see CT in the flats on toss sweeps or flare passes because of his game changing speed. But, Thomas will be used as a blocker in play action pass situations as well. This aspect of his game should be enough for a decent (CMB) offensive coordinator to keep the D guessing.

How ’bout the O-Line? The return of Trinton Sturdivant could be huge, but can he regain the form that made him a freshman All SEC caliber blocker? And, how will the return of blocking TE Bruce Figgins impact the rushing attack? These 2 Dawgs should add a boost to the offense, if they can become the players they were before suffering setbacks due to injury.

WR Kris Durham will keep the chains moving as a posession receiver. He was sorely missed in 2009. Georgia’s offense should be explosive, but defense wins in the SEC. The Dawgs must show tremendous improvement in their pass defense and points allowed statistics from ‘09. That will be a tall task for these young Dawgs. But, they do have the talent to hunker down.

Go DAWGS!!!

FLA DAWG

June 9th, 2010
11:15 pm

One, two, free……………,
So now you are bragging that your posts are as absurd as those of other morons like yourself who post on other sites. Congrats, you’ve just admitted you have no class. Please post again to convince more readers how classless you are.

UGAgrad71

June 10th, 2010
5:53 am

Bug fans are like in-laws. You have to put up with them, but you don’t like them. Kind of like gnats in the summer, the more you “swat” the worse it gets, lol!

Bulldog59

June 10th, 2010
6:48 am

What UGA Really Means….. Check out the recently published APRs, Academic Progress Rate. This is the NCAA standard for measuring athletic programs eligibility, retention, and graduation of athletes.

UGA football was second in the SEC with a score of 975 (second to Vandy with a score of 978.) And GT’s score…….963.

As for basketball, UGA was 5th with a score of 944. And GT’s score…….908, dead last in the ACC and below the NCAA required 925.

That is what UGA really means, quality athletics and a quality education.

Gatorbait 17-3

June 10th, 2010
6:56 am

82Dawg
June 9th, 2010
3:03 pm
Gatorbait 17-3 ….you are another uninformed gator!! Please show me where is says UGA is lowering their ticket prices. They are lowering the donation amount to become a season ticket holder. Read the story before you run your mouth. It makes you look like a fool even more. Being a Gator fan and posting a UGA blog already does that.
Dusty Rhodes
June 9th, 2010
3:05 pm
Gatorbait 17-3:
They didn’t lower ticket prices. They lowered the donation threshold to get on the list of season tickets. Reading is good
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Sorry to p$ss you boys off, but we do math a little different in Florida. I did
read the article and I know the price of the ticket is the same, but the required donation
is less. Let me give you a simple example, you have 7 games, 6 home games and the annual loser in Jacksonville. Let’s just say the 7 tickets cost $700.00 last year and this year-no increase, but the donation required this year is $1400.00 whereas last year it was $2100.00 (these dollar amounts are examples only for you boys). Now pay real close attention boys in 2009, 7 games cost you $400 per game (2800 / 7), now in 2010 the cost of each game is just $300.00 per game (2100 / 7)

I hate burst you bubble brains, but each game you attend will cost less than last year.
In most of the literate world, “ticket price” is defined as the price to attend an event.

Now I maybe wrong about one thing, if you haven’t sold out your stadium with season
ticket holders and sell single game tickets then you boys would be correct. It would be sad to admit that the mighty dogs can’t sell out their stadium.

Bulldog59

June 10th, 2010
7:16 am

Why the surprise concerning the lowering of the “total” donation minimum for season ticket holders? We are in a prolonged economic slump in this country with 11 out of every 100 people out of work and the average homeowner has seen his home suddenly become worth 20% less. Times are tough.

I have no idea if UF or any other school is lowering their minimum totals, and face it, you don’t either. Unless they make a point to make it public as UGA did, you’d never know.

Gatorbait 17-3

June 10th, 2010
7:21 am

Bulldog59

No arguement with that, but an 8-5 record didn’t exactly help either.

Bulldog59

June 10th, 2010
7:25 am

GB 17-3, no doubt about it, that caused a lot of people to slow the donation flow!

Gatorbait 17-3

June 10th, 2010
7:39 am

Isn’t nice the Gators and Bulldogs can be civil and discuss topics rationally—–too bad about the jerks on both sides.

Bulldog59

June 10th, 2010
8:05 am

Amen to that! Drives me nuts.

hatfieldgeoff

June 10th, 2010
8:18 am

Hey Wait and See Dawg, Don’t get caught up in the # of stars. With these recruiting services they are only interested in the kids that haven’t committed yet because it draws more interest. Once a kid commits somewhere he isn’t as interesting and he get dropped a star and they move up the guy who was second or third on the list. The same thing happened with Stafford. He was called the best QB in the nation but after he committed to UGA early several other QBs suddenly moved ahead of him. There is no way to really tell how good a player is until he’s on the field and these recruiting services are just trying to sell magazines and website subscriptions.

Free Country

June 10th, 2010
8:42 am

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that D. Evans fire Richt. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same question this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Meyer represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship go up to at least 20:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

As they say in poker, “Read ‘em and weep.”

Gator Pride

June 10th, 2010
8:45 am

This year:

Gators – 45
Dawgs – 17

Another serious beating!

barrow dog

June 10th, 2010
9:04 am

I can’t remember the name of that quarterback that was so good on defense…. he played for tech, but excelled as a defensive player for UGA… Reggie somebody I think

LSUYall

June 10th, 2010
10:39 am

Congrats on finishing second in academics in the SEC to Vanderbilt. I wish there was a trophy for that. Unfortunately, UGA’s on the field accomplishments are starting to mirror Vandy also.

The Real World

June 10th, 2010
11:02 am

Looking at the headlines of this article, I notice that this “Dream Team” concept is not only being marketed by the UGA coaches but being propagated and propogandized by the AJC and some members of the Georgia press. Well, here in The Real World, I can assure you that neither Nick Saban or Mack Brown or Urban Meyer is going over the list of Georgua “commits” and saying “Wow, now that’s a dream team in recruiting!” OK, now……….that may change if UGA gets signitures on signing day from Georgia’s top prospects and then goes and secures top rated five star players on the national scale from various other states much like Florida did this past year. But until then, let’s lay off of this “Dream Team” label until it actually really happens.

Dawg H8ter

June 10th, 2010
11:24 am

Who annointed Jawja as the “dream team”? It must have Nostradamus, or
Sarah “They love me,they really love me” Palin!!!!

Advantagious

June 10th, 2010
12:43 pm

With USC’s probation imminent, is there any chance of 5-star WR Markeith Ambles of McDonough making his way back east to the SEC? Any chance he ends up a Dawg?

bitter LSU FAN

June 10th, 2010
1:57 pm

crawl dads taste bad hear now!!too oily, need help

BIGJAY

June 10th, 2010
2:25 pm

KEEP UP THE GOOD RECRUITING CMR AND STAFF.

STILL I SAY THE KEY TO BEATING THE GATORS CONSISTENTLY IS TO ALWAYS BE RECRUITING 4 AND 5 STARS DB’S AND SAFETYS (LIKE 4 AND 5 OF THEM PER RECRUITING CLASS) WHO CAN RUN LIKE THE WIND. THATS HOW THE GATORS BEAT US EVERY YEAR.

THEY ALWAYS STOCK PILE GREAT SECONDARY GUYS WITH TRACK SPEED. IT FORCES OTHER TEAMS TO ABANDON THE PASS AND TO RELY SOLEY ON THE RUN. OTHER TEAMS AND ESPECIALLY US (THE DAWGS) ARE AFRAID TO PASS TOO MUCH AGAINST THEM FOR FEAR OF A TURN OVER………THOSE GREAT SECONDARIES ARE ALWAYS CREATING TURNOVERS FOR YOUR TEAM……..JUST A LITTLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT….GO DAWGS!

LCDawg

June 10th, 2010
3:02 pm

He’s an absolute stud QB. Best player on the filed for all the State Playoff games at the Dome. Think Charlie Ward with a better arm….seriously. Don’t be surprised if he gets a look at QB

heeldawg

June 10th, 2010
5:58 pm

Hey, “Truth,” get your numbers straight. U.Ga has 32,000 students and a stadium that seats nearly 100,000–and they could sell out a 120,000 seat stadium if they could find a way to sell it that big.

Tech has ~20,000 students and has a stadium that seats about 55,000 which almost never sells out. The actual attendence for an average Tech home game last season was about 50,000, with the highest attendence (naturally) at the U.Ga. game, where many seats were sold to Georgia fans. So if every single Tech student went to every game (which doesn’t happen), the Jackets would sell an average of 30,000 seats per game to non-students. Throw in about 5000 faculty attendees and that number is even smaller–more like 25,000 per game. If the same situation were present in Athens, U.Ga. would sell about 65,000 seats per game to non-student/non-faculty ticketholders. That’s an excess of 40,000 tickets sold EVERY WEEK to people who pay thousands of dollars just for the right to be able to purchase tickets (not including the ticket prices themselves).

It’s no wonder that the U.Ga. athletic program is among the most successful in the country–and, similarly, no wonder that Tech’s is not.

Paula

June 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

At UGA, “old-school mentality” means the kind of stuff that Jan Kemp exposed years ago.

The only thing that’s changed since then is that bail bondsmen in Athens are making a lot more money these days.

Emily in Crabapple Corners

June 10th, 2010
7:58 pm

NOTE TO HEELDAWG: The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.  

AltamahaDawg

June 10th, 2010
8:01 pm

The “dream team” was coined about the potential collections of top notch recruits out of the State of Georgia this year particularly. Nobody called Uga that, or the partial class of the verbally committed a half year before signing day. Does that make you feel any better?

However, given that most Dawg fans have always looked favorably at getting most of the class from in-state every year, it could be called OUR dream team to sign a big group of them. Oddly we don’t really care what the Nexium poster boy would say about it.

Truth

June 10th, 2010
8:24 pm

Truth says: the crunchier the booger, the longer it lasts during my speech writing class. Gotta go, there’s a mugging going on at Techwood and I got five bucks on the mugger

athdog

June 10th, 2010
8:30 pm

Emily,
Be nice, young lady. We’re in here for the fun of poking each other over our allegiances to our respective schools, not pontificating on the relative merits of one school who has produced more Rhodes, Fulbright and Truman scholars in the last three years (UGA) than the other has in its history (GT). I am sure you will look these facts up to verify their accuracy. While you are at it, consult your ‘grammar program’ on your laptop. It’s ‘what a bunch of kids DO on Saturday..’ not ‘what a bunch of kids DOES on Saturday..’
Oh, and incidentally. 30-24, 8 of 9, 15 of 20 AND the various scholarships that are referenced above.

AltamahaDawg

June 10th, 2010
9:38 pm

Emily, you will never believe this but you are the 5th female posting that verbatim this month. What are the chances?

Sneaky Castro

June 10th, 2010
10:00 pm

Congrats UGA on a great commit. By the way, Nick Marshall was recently suspended from school for fighting and has yet to pass the high school graduation test. Way to keep with tradition Dawgs.

NSeagle78

June 10th, 2010
11:33 pm

Please do not sign with a school that wants you to play defensive back.

Bulldog59

June 11th, 2010
4:40 am

Sneaky Castro, he’s a 2011 signee which means he’s not even a senior yet. Give the kid a break before you start bashing him, his grades, etc. The jealousy of some of you guys is amazing.

BuLLdawg

June 11th, 2010
4:53 am

“I take full responsibility because at the end of the day the buck stops with me,” Damon Evans said. “I’m not the guy doing the Xs and Os and recruiting and all of that, but I do believe that as the leader of an organization that I’ve got to provide them with the necessary resources to be successful – whether that’s from money to facilities or what have you – and at the same time, am I providing the leadership that’s going to allow us to rise and be where we should be. That’s why I have to take a look at myself as well. You can’t run away from things.”

Bulldog59

June 11th, 2010
7:17 am

Emily,
Please see the recently released APR (Academic Progress Rating) that is used as the national standard for rating the progress of athletics throughout the NCAA.

In football, UGA finished second in the SEC behind Vandy. Our score was a very respectable 975. This was ahead of the 968 scored by GT football. Our basketball program finished at 944 I believe, while GT finished at 908, well below the mandated NCAA minimum of 925.

Our academic standards for athletes and non-athletes at UGA are just fine, thank you very much.

If GTers are so smart, why are the mouths frequently ahead of their brains, and in left field in terms of facts?

virginia dog

June 11th, 2010
8:37 am

follow the dollars… in new NFL lock down corners earn big bucks. also what does being an option qb do for your earning potential for the next level… it does zero.
this kid is young, not stupid.
ps: long term it will be hard for GT and Paul Johnson to recruit qb’s and wide recievers. he was very lucky that he had some puzzle pieces on hand for the last 2 years. he will not get any better.