Talking the talk: Bulldog week in quotes

Mark Richt on A.J. Green: "He's as good as I've seen." (Associated Press)

Mark Richt on A.J. Green: "He's as good as I've seen." (Associated Press)

Thanks to a newsy week in the Bulldog Nation, including SEC Media Days, there were quite a few quotes that caught my eye or that I particularly enjoyed this week. Check them out, and if any of them inspire you, have at it in the comments section. …

“Never.”

A.J. Green when asked if he’s ever been to Miami

“Hahaha. This talk about A.J. is hilarious. That country boy ain’t never been to Miami!!! You can put those rumors to rest.”

— Former teammate Michael Moore on Twitter after reports Green is the subject of an NCAA inquiry about the infamous “Agentgate” party in South Beach

“You know, with me being a veteran and helping Aaron out, I believe I can instill that confidence level that he needs to throw the ball and just to know that he has that primary receiver out there. Whenever he’s in trouble, he can just throw it. It don’t have to be a great ball, it can be whatever, and I can make a play on it.”

—A confident A.J. Green on playing this season with an inexperienced quarterback in Aaron Murray

“We’re going to play with a lot of energy. If we can do that and find a way to keep from beating ourselves, which I think we did to a certain extent last season with our turnover ratio and our penalty count, if we could find a way to keep from beating ourselves, I think we’ll be a pretty good football team.”

Mark Richt summing up the Dogs’ 2010 prospects

“I think there’s a chance to have a great complement of run and pass and keep people very honest with it.”

Mark Richt on how double-coverage of Green can help Georgia’s running game

“I think he’s been a good blocker, not a great blocker. I think he needs to get better at really becoming a factor as a blocker. I can’t hardly say much about his ability to run routes and go after a ball and get it. He’s as good as I’ve seen. He’s special in that way.”

Mark Richt on how star player Green can get even better

“When the protection is there, the route is open, put it on ’em. If the protection is not there, let’s throw the ball away, let’s hit a check down, let’s take a sack if you have to. Let’s make sure at the end of every drive we kick the ball, an extra point, field goal, or punt.”

Mark Richt on his advice to his young quarterback

Speaking of punting …

“Quite frankly, we struggled offensively.  When he was punting there was a lot of grass in front of him.  Too much grass.  But he changed field position for us in a big way last year.  This year, my guess is, he won’t have quite that average because I think — I hope — he’ll be punting with less grass in front of him.  Hopefully he punts a lot less.”

Mark Richt on having the nation’s top punter last season in Drew Butler

“Opening question is about my mother. Doesn’t matter where I go, that’s the question I get. … So she’s certainly a great personality. Everybody loves her because she subscribes to the theory speak first, think second, the exact opposite of my dad. So hopefully I try to take that little portion of my dad — think first, speak second. But I do have a lot of her in me, too.”

— Former Georgia coaching assistant Derek Dooley, son of Vince and Barbara, in his first SEC Media Days appearance as Tennessee’s head coach

“I wouldn’t trade my four years at Georgia for anything.”

— Wimbledon legend John Isner on ESPN2 after moving on to the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships

“Fred Munzenmaier”

Mark Richt showing his quick wit when asked on camera at SEC Media Days by the Dogs’ Shaun Chapas who is his favorite fullback

BULLDOG BITES
UGA legend Dan Magill practically helped raise Greg McGarity, so it’s not surprising he’s backing the Athens native to be Georgia’s new athletics director. If you want to know more about McGarity’s Bulldog bona fides, check out Magill’s latest column in the Athens Banner-Herald. …And happy birthday wishes go out today to two great Dawgs: Jonathan King, my brother, a UGA grad and loyal fan who’s never predicted anything but a Georgia win, and Kevin Butler, father of Drew, an entertaining broadcaster and one of the most beloved Bulldog heroes for many reasons, including that unforgettable kick against Clemson. Many happy returns, guys!

134 comments Add your comment

CSA

July 24th, 2010
12:02 pm

Can’t wait until this season starts!

AccountantDAWG

July 24th, 2010
12:17 pm

It’s gonna be a good year DAWG fans! Aaron will surprise many with his early maturity, the line will be exceptional if we stay healthy, defense may have early struggles with new system but will be clicking by the time it matters (anything will be an upgrade from last year). Can’t wait until September 3!

Bryan G.

July 24th, 2010
12:23 pm

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Iceman

July 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

Woof Woof Woof!!!!!!!!

ugag is irrelevant

July 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

SSIgator

July 24th, 2010
1:08 pm

Bill KIng -

Your headline says it all – Now it is time to start walking the walk puppies. 1980 – so long ago.

SSIgator

July 24th, 2010
1:19 pm

Man I wish I had a life, and could stop trolling every since UGA article :(

Damon Evans

July 24th, 2010
1:20 pm

Too hot to fish, too hot for golf and too cold at home………

SSI the Saint Simons Techster

July 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

We dont have to beat Ga.. We are still the best team….We are great !!!! Go bees..

Dawgs Run This State!

July 24th, 2010
1:40 pm

I hope we read as much about AJ being completely innocent (nationally and locally) when the NCAA completes its investigation as we did about him being accused.

Go Dawgs

July 24th, 2010
1:49 pm

“I can out throw any of those young punks!” – Cochran from Morgan County

76-Dawg

July 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

Bill , so much has been made about the NCAA investigation I would like to know from what source did the NCAA think that UGA was even involved in the agent misconduct in Miami. I think that with Southern Cal in all kind of trouble that Kiffin probably is involved in this “WITCH HUNT” against the SEC. Sounds like something he would do. Also when someone brings a complaint to the NCAA if they research it and kind out that the allegation is complete BS then what does the NCAA do to the accuser?

UGA Professor

July 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

“It don’t have to be a great ball” – A.J. Green ???

shane#1

July 24th, 2010
2:04 pm

76Dawg, the answer is, nuthin’. I am ready to help T.Kyle and that group sacrifice that goat at the arch to excise the Hale demon. Maybe a virgin? We could find a pretty co-ed at UGA and, oh, never mind. A Tech girl might work, I know no man would go near some of them, never mind again, the gods are angry enough. I have a 30 pack of Miller Light and my Lady Friend is off playing golf. I am fixin’ to put in a Doors box set and drink beer by the pool. Stay tuned because I may be posting some weird crap by 5pm. Strange days have found us.

SatillaDawg

July 24th, 2010
2:08 pm

Go Dawgs!

Sic ‘em!

Woof, Woof, Woof!

Hey Dogtards

July 24th, 2010
2:45 pm

AJ Green can definitely improve on his grammar.

Dostoyevskiy

July 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

Check out this video of a QB UGa has offered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fs_-y6_kyg

Spike

July 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

I’m taping my ankles and putting on eye black.

Destin Dawg

July 24th, 2010
2:51 pm

super year coming !! we’ll surprise ‘em this year.. it”ll be nice to be an Underdawg… close wins at SC. and Ark.. run the ball….Ealey has a big year.. Play Big DDDEEEE… kicking game… field position… control the clock.. throw about 20/game to AJ., Durham, Brown, and the TE’s….

Gtax

July 24th, 2010
2:58 pm

Talking, it’s what cowards do.

Patsy

July 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

BryanG…add seven days to your quantity…the first is just a scrimmage to a paid loser.

74 Dawg

July 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

Shane, my sentiments exactly. The Doors and beer by the pool. Bill, that was one of if not the most memorable kick in Georgia history. Kevin Butler had ice water in his veins. The Dawgs greatest kicks would make a nice blog topic. I was just a kid, but another memorable (non)kick was Etter picking up a bad snap and running it in for a touchdown against the Gators to win the game in 1964.

Burroughston Broch

July 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

All you supporters of Coach Richt harp about what a fine Christian person he is. Yet, you turn a blind eye to the thuggery that he brings to Athens as fodder for the football program. I understand that there have been 42 arrests of UGA football players and staff in the last three years; I haven’t verified the number but every month or so I read of yet another arrest. Is this the sort of climate you want in Athens when your kids attend UGA? Or are you oblivious to everything other than football success?
Don’t bother replying that thuggery is OK because every other school does it. It’s not true.
When you say ThUGA, you’ve said it all.

boots

July 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

Anyone have an idea of how long the inquiry will last? Can’t wait for actual football to begin. This has been a long summer….

Daria

July 24th, 2010
3:43 pm

Oh my goodness, red panties are falling from the sky!

DIT

July 24th, 2010
3:43 pm

Burroughston Broch
Do you know anything on a personal level about Mark Richt? He is a quality Christian man. How is your walk with the Lord? How many people have you brought to Christ. How many children have you adopted? How many mission trips to 3rd world countries have you gone to in order to spread the gospel? I can go on and on.
Don’t insult his intelligence and act that you are better than Mark Richt as a Christian. What is happening with the players is an embarrassment for us. I don’t hold Richt accountable for the players behaviors in the offseason. He can’t control how these 18-22 year olds respond to in particular situations 24 hours a day.
If you know who the person is of Mark Richt you would not be spouting off on his character like you did. I’ll take him as a coach any day of the year. Would I like to win a NC? absolutley, who wouldn’t. Has he, no obviously. There is a lot more to life than football and Mark Richt knows that. Have you ever just sat and thought maybe Christ brought some of the players to UGA not so much for football, but for CMR to lead them to Christ? The Lord works in ways that we can not comprehend. I’m waiting for your respnse on your walk with Christ and how many you have introduced to Jesus? Adoption & mission trips. This ought to be good……….

Walter Reeves

July 24th, 2010
3:45 pm

Who planted invasive Chinese privet hedge at Sanford Stadium? Should’ve planted poison ivy instead; at least it’s a native species.

run the ball

July 24th, 2010
3:53 pm

If we run the ball 30-40 times a game then we will win. Period. Let our 2 all american fullbacks get 5-10 touches a game. The only way UGA will win the BCS is to be a power running team. We have the line and backs to get it done. Just do it!! Literally CMB should not even worry about the score and simply see if he can get 45 running plays in a game. WE would win!!

DIT

July 24th, 2010
3:58 pm

It’s all about DEFENSE! If they catch on quickly it will be a great season. If not, it could be tough. After the 2nd & 3rd game we will have an idea of what kind of team we will have.
I’m not worried about the offense.

Fandom

July 24th, 2010
4:05 pm

AJ Green can definitely improve on his grammar.

What do you expect? This is UGA, home of illiteracy, thuggery, and The Cesspool of the South.

Roy D. Mercer

July 24th, 2010
4:14 pm

Fandom – I am sorry UGA didn’t offer you a scholarship.

Truth

July 24th, 2010
4:14 pm

@All UGA fans…..

Please let your team at least win your own little division FIRST before you start “woofing”!!!!!!!

don't you just hate it

July 24th, 2010
4:28 pm

when you actually have a chance to tell the world that you will not recruit young guys with “boo boos” on their record. You presently have an open scholarship to a QB that is presently suspended.

The beat goes on…

lane kiffin

July 24th, 2010
4:30 pm

dat boy Pollock is one dumb jock outta uga. it cracks me up to hear Mike Bell make him look like a nieve donkey on their radio show cracking on him and he to dumb to realize it.

Barkin'Dog

July 24th, 2010
4:35 pm

@ Truth – That “little division” is the toughest division in the toughest conference in the toughest sport @ the collegiate level. Woof on this…

lane kiffin

July 24th, 2010
4:46 pm

you go Burroughston Broch. i kinda get tire of all this ” i am a christian ” bull. saying one is christian and walking with god. the KKK say the same thing. why do they have to go to a third world country when people are suffering here in the good old usa. DIT you sound like a religious dip stick. uga like other schools recruit those kids for what they can earn off of them. they go into their homes lie to their families about the education they can get and so on and on.

Tim Tebow is a great American

July 24th, 2010
4:47 pm

don’t you just hate it: you are aware of what the recruit is accused of, correct? With society the way it is, that sort of thing goes on all over, and has been for ages. If you really believe ANY school is not recruiting players that are guilty of the same thing, let me turn you over to the gentlemen selling beach front property in Phoenix. He can get you a great deal.

Terrell

July 24th, 2010
4:47 pm

“Anyone have an idea of how long the inquiry will last?”

It will last until A.J. Green admits that he was in Miami.

UGA Student

July 24th, 2010
4:52 pm

@Truth – we will woof and bark at all times, its tradition. I guess you can cover your ears on every kickoff, tool.

DIT

July 24th, 2010
4:54 pm

I feel sorry for you lane kiffin.
Tell me, what is a Religious dipstick? And, what would you call yourself?

DIT

July 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

lane kiffin – what have you done for”the good old usa”? Jesus said to go out into all nations and deliver the gospel. I just don’t recall it saying just the United States. The US only makes up 5% of the world. 4.5 Billion have not even heard of Him.
OK, I guess I understand your “religious dip stick” comment. If your version of it is one who follows Jesus Christ, loves and believes in His salvation and that he is the Son of God.. Then yes, I’m guilty, I’m a religious dip stick

you do not have to be religious

July 24th, 2010
5:06 pm

to enjoy football.

DIT

July 24th, 2010
5:07 pm

Dr.Phil

July 24th, 2010
5:25 pm

Yellow panties are in the bushes in Piedmont Park! The Bees always gather around stank!

Hayseed Dixie

July 24th, 2010
5:46 pm

@DIT “I’m waiting for your respnse on your walk with Christ and how many you have introduced to Jesus? Adoption & mission trips. This ought to be good…”

Yes because, we all know that Jesus keeps score. Are you actually paying attention or is church just a place for puppies to go have a hangover?

Richt *is* like a pastor, however: he’s solid, but his “kids” are out of control.

Any of you guys know a pastor’s kids who were complete, whiskey swilling, philandering hellions?

That’s kinda fits Richt to a tee.

Burroughston Broch

July 24th, 2010
6:27 pm

DIT, I don’t agree with you at all. Hayseed Dixie, we might find some common ground.

A football coach is not a Christian pastor; he’s a football coach and is paid to win big and to keep the faithful (alumni or not) happy and giving sizable sums of money to the athletic association. As long as he wins big, it doesn’t matter to the faithful whether he’s a Christian, an atheist, an agnostic, a jew ,or a muslim.

The UGA football coach personally selects all of his recruits and should consider their personal habits before making his selection. He is not a pastor who must take whatever walks in the front door. He is not like a father dealing with his own children. He is responsible for all of his recruits and players; if they don’t meet minimum standards of acceptable behavior then he should send them on their way.

So, DIT and Hayseed Dixie, are you comfortable with the current situation in Athens? I for one am glad that my children graduated from UGA before the current situation developed, and I hope that the current situation will be corrected before my grandchildren reach college age.

AltamahaDawg

July 24th, 2010
8:51 pm

Thank goodness your kids graduated long before and hopefully your grandkids will never have to associate with any college kids that don’t have pristine driving record or tasted a beer before thier 21st birthday.

BTW, why does it matter? are you afraid that some football player’s antics is going to “rub” off on them? Are your grandkids prone to copycat behavior?

And I can promise you whatever years your kids graduated, this and plenty worse was going on, probably a few feet away.

Sven Ottke

July 24th, 2010
8:52 pm

DIT, I appreciate your relationship with Christ, as long as it isn’t hypocritical. RIcht turns his head as The Bagman Garner hands our his candy, the school allows the athletes to cheat their way through school and the Athletic Department greases the skids by giving the players girlfriends the credit cards. Stop pretending he’s a saint, when he knows all this goes on.

bugsquacher

July 24th, 2010
10:19 pm

heck tech…….get ready for your beatings…….lol