Archive for September, 2010

Guess who’s going to win the SEC East!

Will this team make it to Atlanta? (University of Georgia)

Will this team make it to Atlanta? (University of Georgia)

It’s time for the annual venture out on a limb, as I was reminded the other day when my son decided to poll family and friends on the 2010 Dogs’ win-loss record.

What he found was a whole lot of enthusiasm for this team, with predictions of 10 or more wins the norm and several folks (including both my brothers) going all-out with visions of an undefeated season. Even that wasn’t enough for young Bill’s friend Rusty, who predicted the Dogs would go 15-0 by being invited to take on the Super Bowl champ after winning the BCS title. As my son noted, “Rusty may not have taken the exercise seriously.”

My son was actually the most conservative picker in his poll, going with 9-3. His view: “UGA spilts the S.C.-Arkansas games, with the loss not coming in Columbia, but rather to Arkansas, which puts up too many points and has just enough defense to pull it out. I’ve felt like this is a year where we have enough talent to beat …

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Richt on quarterbacks, turnovers, kickoffs and punishing Washaun Ealey

Mark Richt on kickoffs: "What do you want to hear?" (Associated Press)

Mark Richt on kickoffs: "What do you want to hear?" (Associated Press)

An extremely animated Mark Richt charmed the Touchdown Club of Athens Tuesday night with a mixture of humor and humility, even doing a passable Bobby Bowden imitation, but he refused to be put on the spot about his plans for backup quarterback Hutson Mason.

Asked by a member of the audience at the Athens Country Club if Georgia fans will see the No. 2 quarterback play Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette, Richt smiled. “That’s a really good question,” he said. “I wish you didn’t ask me that.”

He did say again that it’s been the subject of discussion by the coaches, but “I’d like to tell Hutson before I tell everyone else.”

Talking about starter Aaron Murray, Richt asked fans to be patient. “Murray’s going to be learning,” he said. “Murray’s going to make mistakes.”

At the same time, Richt said, with a veteran cast around him on offense, “he’s got about as good a situation as you can have coming in as a …

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