A Georgia Bulldogs fan’s wish list for 2011

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

With the regular season over and the bowl pairing still to come, a lot of fans are looking ahead to next season and debating what changes, additions and tweaks are needed to pull Mark Richt’s program out of its two-season slump. Here’s my own wish list for the Dawgs, which is topped by:

A big, bad JUCO nose guard to bolster the undersized defensive line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is in dire need of more bulk and aggressive play on the defensive line, and while signing Thomasville defensive end Ray Drew looks like a must, Georgia can’t wait for a true freshman to mature. So let’s hope some of the junior college lineman the Dogs reportedly are looking at wind up in Athens next season.

A more consistent Mike Bobo. Richt has indicated the former Georgia QB will return as his offensive coordinator, and while that decision isn’t popular with some fans, I’m OK with it. (An interesting discussion of Bobo’s pros and cons has been taking place at Get the Picture.) Bobo is a fine developer of quarterbacks and shows flashes of brilliance as a playcaller. The problem is he’s inconsistent, too often going away from what’s working in what appears to be a misguided attempt at balance. He needs to step up his game next season if the Richt era is to continue at UGA.

A new gamebreaker on offense. With the Dogs likely to lose A.J. Green, it becomes more crucial than ever to sign a player who opposing defenses have to account for on every play. Say, a blue-chip back like Isaiah Crowell. Returnees Washaun Ealey and Caleb King are decent running backs but nobody’s going to be talking about them being a first-round NFL draft pick. Just ask Steve Spurrier what adding a top-ranked running threat can do for your program.

A new rising star at wide receiver. If the Dogs do indeed lose Green along with senior Kris Durham, someone besides Tavarres King is going to have to step up in the receiving corps. Can Marlon Brown finally live up to his potential in his third year in Athens? I’d love to see it happen. Or will it have to be a true freshman? With Mitchell County’s Justin Scott-Wesley reportedly now soft on his commitment to UGA, the pressure is on to sign a receiver who can make a difference in a hurry.

Strength. As in the strength for Richt to make the hard decision to replace his best friend, Dave Van Halanger, as director of Georgia’s strength and conditioning program. The Dogs have been getting pushed around on both lines for too long now and the comments from opposing players about our guys being gassed late in the game have been cropping up far too frequently. Those mat drills might have been cutting-edge at FSU in 1990s, but they’re not getting the job done these days in Athens.

Those are the things I think are most needed. What’s on your wish list for the Dogs?

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226 comments Add your comment

CMR

December 1st, 2010
11:18 am

I’d like some spray-on hair to match my spray-on tan. Had to give up the tanning bed after PrezBO started taxing them.

Dallas Dawg

December 1st, 2010
11:23 am

I have all that I wished for…42-34!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul H

December 1st, 2010
11:23 am

Defense defense defense. It’s tough to criticize an offensive coordinator when you average 42 points a game.

allan in texas

December 1st, 2010
11:29 am

Would Jeff Madden be an option for strength and conditioning coach? They are looking at make changes at Texas so maybe a change of scenery will be good for Coach Madden and the S & C Coach at UGA. Thanks!

The Blair Miss Project

December 1st, 2010
11:30 am

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(((((42-34)))))
9-1
61-39-5
We STILL Run This State!!!!!

Moultrie Dawg

December 1st, 2010
11:32 am

Unfortunately Crowell is headed to Tuscaloosa. Saban has him locked. If we don’t sign a big time threat at WR we are in trouble. Our TE will be getting more catches.

The Blair Miss Project

December 1st, 2010
11:33 am

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Two Questions:

1. Roddy Jones, how does it feel to get LIT UP by Akeem Dent??
2. Tevin Washington, how does it feel to be dragged 8 yards into the endzone by Justin Houston?

Here you go Nerds, the clip that should run through your heads for the next year!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

(((((42-34)))))

42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 1st, 2010
11:35 am

Hope that Richard Samuel is as good of an LB as advertised, big shoes to fill taking Gamble and Dent’s role. Dent was one of the unsung leaders of this season’s D.

I agree about Marlon Brown, hope he is as good as advertised after being used sparingly in his first 2 seasons.

CTR

December 1st, 2010
11:38 am

A national title is all I want. 2nd

Dylan

December 1st, 2010
11:38 am

An SEC East title is on my 2011 wish list.

dawgster

December 1st, 2010
11:39 am

lets add a fullback to that mix, probably have some on the roster now that can fill that but they need to be developed…at WR, i think we will be alright, we have some good ones,not elite based on rivals or scout, but pretty good, also, we will get Lonnie O. from juco, i’m assuming he will be able to get in school, also Michael Bennet is going to surprise some people…Of course we don’t have an AJ, but not many do, and its not a forgone conclusion that he won’t be back, alot of things being discussed right now, so don’t automatically assume he will be gone, but i wouldn’t bet either way…Defense, up front is where the most improvement in my opinion is needed, it starts there, Jarvis Jones and Richard S. will definately help us at LB, the secondary has to step it up, and i believe if we get better in a hurry up front, the secondary will look amazilngly better…Of course we all know we need that homerun hitter at RB…we are looking good in that dept but need to close the deal on two of the state’s finest…I would love to see Bobo continue the use of the TE as he did against AU and Tech, we have too much talent there not to exploit the other team with them…go dawgs and lets get after those recruits….

Edmond

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

I wish for a star QB to rise from the ashes like a beautiful phoenix…

Sanford Drive

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

We have already seen how good Tavarres King can be, but as long as we have had AJ Green in there, he never was a primary target. Even when AJ got suspended, Richt and Bobo showed us they were MUCH more affraid than they wanted us to know about breaking in Murray.

Next year, assuming AJ is def gone, since we are all aware of just how good Muray is and will be, we can tweak the playbook to adjust to him. It’s not like you can do this mid-season people. Now we have an entire offseason to start accomodating Murray.

Isaiah Crowell would be huge. But let that play out before we start counting him in or out. Washaun Ealey needs to start taking his role more serious.

(((((42-34)))))

Vance Duly

December 1st, 2010
11:43 am

1. Start with a new strength/conditioning coach. 2 trainers from the Athens area have commented privately how Van Halanger is behind the times & would not attend the educational conferences where new advancements were discussed (and adopted by our rivals). We dominated scoring in the first 3 quarters this season (343-189), but were outscored in the 4th by a significant margin (68 vs. 85).

2. Let Bobo coach quarterbacks but hire an offensive coordinator who will keep his foot on the gas pedal until the game clock shows 0:00. Just for ONE example, we threw for 220 yards and 3 TDs in the first half against Tech, then threw 5 more passes and almost let Tech beat us. UNTIL we have a good defense, we HAVE to emphasis scoring with no let-up due to shifting to our inconsistent running game. Coach Richt said AFTER the game “we probably should have thrown more in the 2nd half”. Too late when spoken AFTER the game is over!!!

3. Give us TWO new big, quick and relentless defensive linemen; seeing Jarvis Jones and Richard Samuel boost our playmaking at LB, and for one of our safeties to become a force like Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, Sean Jones, etc. Add a good right tackle and a star running back, and we will be fine. We might not be that far away — a couple of playmakers on each side of the ball, and better coaching.

4. Tweak our offensive approach to maximize Murray’s abilities. Why put him in the pocket after slowing him down with play action, when it’s obvious from the game situation that it’s a passing down!? It just slows Murray and increases the chance of pressure in his face…..

meh

December 1st, 2010
11:43 am

we need to find us a big ol corn fed son b!tch to play nose on the defensive line.

guy

December 1st, 2010
11:43 am

i love how insecure all the dawg (sic) fans are, acting like any of the last two victories over tech have been beat-downs. (same goes for tech fans and our win in 08). it’s not a beat down when the game is still on the line with 3 minutes to play, it’s a close game. a beat down is like the 49-10 georgia florida fiasco, where the game is over (and you fans have left the stadium) by halftime). or any uga-tennessee game from the last several years, or down 31-0 at the half against bama (plenty of uga beatdowns to list).

even last year, when you ran all over tech’s weak sauce defense, who was powerless to stop what they knew was coming, it wasnt a beat down. dominating on offense doenst mean jack if your own defense cant stop the other team. tech was driving for a winning score in the last minutes of the game and the game was only sealed when a current starting NFL reciever dropped a gimmie pass. winning because of a missed extra point doesnt exactly equate to dominance.

if anything, uga should be embarrassed by how close all these games have been. with the marked advantage in money, facilities, and talent that uga has over tech, you SHOULD be blowing them out year in, year out, and not pulling out wins (or losses) by the skin of your teeth year after year.

Observation

December 1st, 2010
11:44 am

You can wish in one hand and, well you know, in the other and see which fills up faster. Giving Richt another year to turn this around is a mistake as it’s only delaying the inevitable by one more year. Due to the admins and many fans refusal to demand excellence, we will be sentenced to another underachieving year of mediocrity. UGA will be staring at yet another 6 – 6 season a year from now when its all said and done because Richt and this staff have lost their edge and are cooked.

Happy Dicks

December 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Sounds exactly like my list Bill. Good job. But all you Dawg fans need to get with the program. It is only 37 losses to the nerds…not 39. We STILL dodn’t count the two exhibition games during WW II when Tech played Navy non-students against us. As opposed to now when they just play regualar old non-students against us!

Sanford Drive

December 1st, 2010
11:45 am

Also, We already got a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR wish that was on my list.

We are bowl eligible. Bowl practice is just like adding a spring practice to the year’s schedule. Had we lost to the bugs, panic would have set in about how much trouble we are truly in.

The next few weeks of practice are far more valuable than most of us will EVER understand.

Coachdawg 2000

December 1st, 2010
11:47 am

a new Junkyard Blawger for the AJC! Too much soft-minded lazy writing. Are you seriously still banging on Bobo’s playcalling? The team scores a ton of points on a regular basis(the only exception was the Chicken game). I’m also sick of people on here,and elsewhere, dogging the runningbacks. They have put jukes on and breaks tackles just to get out of their own backfield. Our O-line is as soft as they come and there isn’t a back short of Barry Sanders that can be regularly effective with zero blocking.

The Blair Miss Project

December 1st, 2010
11:48 am

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guy……. that is why they call it a rivalry. Throw out the record books. Ignore the box scores and stats. The ONLY thing that matters in a rivalry (especially an in-state rivalry when a state championship is on the line) is the FINAL SCORE!!!

Let me give you a refresher course….. (((((42-34)))))

I like how you try to downplay it when you lose. But had your Nerds won this past Saturday you would have been ALL OVER this blog with the final score.

EAT IT!!!!! ALL. YEAR. LONG!!!!!!

Sanford Drive

December 1st, 2010
11:50 am

guy,

I am glad you can find moral victories in the past 2 defeats of your beloved bugs by our Dawgs.

However, while you build up your self esteem with those, we will enjoy our Governor’s Cup residing in Athens…. AGAIN!!!!!

The Blair Miss Project

December 1st, 2010
11:52 am

What do Scott Blair and a Semi-Truck have in common???

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hahahahahahahahaha!!!!

(((((42-34)))))

Fletch

December 1st, 2010
11:53 am

I think we get Crowell, Bama will have Ingram back after a subpar injury filled year and Richardson back. Crowell can come in and start right away as it’s apparent that Washaun and Caleb don’t want it bad enough. Give me Drew, Rome, Swann, a receiver, and a big Juco to plug the hole and I’ll be excited for next year

Ed (The Original)

December 1st, 2010
11:53 am

How about a top-tier head coach? That wish will have to wait for 2012.

Snoop Dawggie Dawg

December 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Look at Georgia Tech’s Bowl scenarios for a second……

Scenario 1. SHREEPORT baby!!!! Tech will go there, and likely beat Air Force. But who cares if they win. Do we need to pull up countless blogs over the last year where the bugs made fun of us and rubbed it in that we went to Shreveport last year? This will truly be a poetic piece of KARMA!!

Scenario 2. SAN FRANCISCO. This bowl would be hillarious for Tech for a couple reasons. A) The game is played Jan 9th. Nobody is still out of work for the holidays then. If you think Tech travels poorly already, let’s see how they travel cross country on Jan 9th toa less than desirable location. B) They will be playing Boise State out there. Oh my…… can you imagine Boise State SHREDDING the bugs defense??? LOL!!!!!!!!

Either way…. The trash talk from UGA to Tech has only begun!

(((((42-34)))))

Scotty D

December 1st, 2010
11:58 am

Wow 6-6 I didnt see that one coming,But at least we beat those nerds from North Ave.

Techie

December 1st, 2010
11:59 am

But…..but…… I mean…… we uhh………well…….

we beat UGA in 2008!!!!

Ed (The Original)

December 1st, 2010
11:59 am

Happy Dicks, that’s the same argument UF uses against us – they don’t count the 1905 loss because it was supposedly played by a “club” team, whatever that means. But does anyone doubt that UF would count that game if it had won? I have to be consistent on this – if Georgia had won the WWII games, I have no doubt we would count those as wins.

61-39 or 61-37, it’s still a wide margin. If Tech ever catches up, it won’t be in our lifetimes.

austintwo

December 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

JSW ain’t coming, I doubt we’ll even send him the paperwork for him to commit – our choice is what it sounds like as he was quoted saying he hadn’t heard from us for a long time.

CVH issue is strange – I think the players take advantage of his unwillingness to be a hardass and demand hard work – he will praise them no matter what – I know for a fact we’ve had poor offseason attendance of workouts by certain players and he does not call them out. His concepts are still OK, conditioning doesn’t change, but it might be time for someone new. But I don’t expect Coach Richt to make a change.

I think nutrition is the area that desparately needs attention – these kids are eating big volumes, but I do not believe the right mix is being consumed, which is as important as anything they are or are not doing in the weightroom.

chilidawg

December 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

How about a few more wins so we don’t have to listen to Bob Davie (or even worse the lesbians) call the games?

guy

December 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

no moral victories. all that really counts is wins and losses, but i’d rather be in the game then be down by 30+ at the half. as i said, you guys should be blowing tech out. look at the recruiting, the $$ your program has, the facilities etc. obviously i’d rather win, but i thought we were going to get crushed last weekend, so i guess actually having a close game is a plus, though it makes the loss that much harder since we couldve won it with a little different bounce of the ball (say into one of our guys hands instead of yours on that last kickoff return). my point is that none of the games since CPJ arrived have been blowouts, as all have gone down to the wire. makes for great viewing, but i wouldnt be bragging like you’re world beaters because of it. i’ll give tech fans a little more room for bragging since as i said, they should be getting crushed year in and year out by big brother.

i’ll once again point out the tech is to gerogia as georgia is to florida analogy. you guys were all saying it was nice to not get blown out this year, despite the loss. and since i have degrees from UF as well as tech, i guess i can throw out this reminder to you

(((34-31)))
18/21

that you can eat, ALL YEAR LONG. thanks for making our nonfunctional offense look stellar, something only the D2 schools, and vandy managed to do this year.

Strength

December 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

Don’t hire your friends if you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to fire them when they aren’t up to the job.

UGA VII

December 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

guy,

what dawg fan was satisfied with playing uf close? Are you kidding me? we are disgusted that we somehow lost to that team this year. UF is terrible right now

John

December 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

Ealey? Has same ypc as Lattimore, better in 4th quarter than Lattimore, right there with Herscel Walker’s career ypc average, Bobo just doesn’t give him 40 touches like Lattimore gets. Ealey also has a bunch of td’s in the red zone, 1 for every 12 touches. Ealey averaged close to 6 ypc last seaosn, and Bobo still didn’t give him 40 touches. So ain’t no new RB that’s gonna play better than Ealey (which is better than Lattiomre). Even if you get one, Bobo won’t give him 40 carries a game like Lattimore. Ealey/King were in top 5 over last 3 games of 09′ with same O-Line, O-Line is #1 most experienced in NCAA, so Murray couldn’t call run audibles as well as Joe Cox, or stretch the field to get 8 out of the box like Cox could.

Murray? Got to go. 6-6, no victories against any teams with a winning record. ok against bad teams, really horrible against good teams. Really inaccurate in pressure situations (3rd down, 4th quarter, red zone, etc.). Looking forward to Lemay, Mason or Gray leading this team back to winning. Cox could throw for 5 or 6 td’s when he had to and outscored high scoring offenses like Arkansas and Auburn. Murray couldn’t.

D-Line? Morant & Stripling & Smith & Thornton are all tough, also can move Tyson to DE which suits him better. NT is the problem. Geathers should dominate next year, but I’d get a JUCO just in case.

WR? King & Charles both get high ypcatch. Wooten did 20 ypcatch in 09. Gray’s at 15 ypcatch. Brown really improved this year. But you gotta have a QB who can get them the ball, especially when the game’s on the line. Will be fine. Not been a problem.

guy

December 1st, 2010
12:15 pm

it’s true. we are pretty terrible this year. but given the choice, would you rather lose by 3 on OT or by 35?

UGA VII

December 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

John,

Murray? Got to go?

Are you kidding me….. you have to be the dumbest man on earth. Murray has been incredible and is the one piece of this team that has performed above expectations.

Les Miles Clock Management Team

December 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

John, did you forget your meds this morning?

Reality

December 1st, 2010
12:24 pm

The main wish SHOULD be to break the uga cycle….

Step 1: Top 10 recruiting class. Go dawgs!
Step 2: Pre-season top 10. Go dawgs!
Step 3: Off season player arrests.
Step 4: Loss to Florida.
Step 5: Loss to Auburn/Alabama/South Carolina.
Step 6: Drop out of top 25.
Step 7: Beat Tech.
Step 8: Go to pitiful bowl.
Step 9: Claim superiority due to an SEC in NC game.
Step 10: “Wait ’till next year!”

Repeat….

Wooderson

December 1st, 2010
12:26 pm

John, your comparison of Ealey to Lattimore is like saying that because your Smart car gets better mileage than a Lexus, it’s a better car. Guess what my friend, it’s not and it ain’t even close.

UGA Alumnus

December 1st, 2010
12:36 pm

@guy
December 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Yeah, you’re right. We should be embarrassed by the fact that we are 9-1 against your team.

dawgster

December 1st, 2010
12:36 pm

Just for the record everyone…its has been mentioned that Coach VH will retire due to some health issues, i don’t have any first hand knowledge, just what some others with some knowledge in the athletic office have indicated…again, i can’t substantiate it…but i have heard the rumblings, but just don’t know…thought i would pass that along to everyone, if it is true then maybe everyone will tone it down some with Coach VH…but i will agree we need to improve that area of our team also…go dawgs

Vance Duly

December 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

Murray’s not the problem with our offense. He did play poorly during the 1st half against Florida. Otherwise, he had a great freshman season. He had an underachieving offensive line, an offensive coordinator who held him back at times, and an offensive coordinator who would take his foot off of the gas pedal, just to achieve some elusive balance on offense. Bobo did the same thing in the past, not just this year. Tech never stopped our passing game – BOBO did. Ealey and King are decent backs, but neither has the Knowshon ability to make something out of nothing. YET, Bobo would try to force the issue. Anyone who pays attention to our play calling would have noticed, for a long time now, that if Georgia throws incomplete on 1st down, the next play was a run between the tackles at least 80% of the time. Thus, we often had a 3rd and 8, putting our QB under extra pass rush. On radio, Kevin Butler has commented about this trend, but this predictability has been under-reported. Whenever we get a SOLID defense again, we can afford to waste a few drives each game. Not now. Not while our defense fades as the game goes along………

LawDawg

December 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

It is remarkable, the jealousy of one “Reality”. When you quit obsessing over UGA your anger issues might resolve themselves. Until then, SUCK IT!!!! 42-34!

jack bull

December 1st, 2010
12:39 pm

my wish list…
1)a new DC–you can take that 3-4 and shove it up TG’s….
2)if not a new DC, 3 new DL. the ole “we don’t need a big body at nose cuz we run a one gap…” is total BS!! (is Bean Anderson the answer, cuz i don’t think we’re going after any JUCO’s)
3)a more consistent QB in the red zone, in the 4th qtr, and on 3rd down…he ranked 11th in the SEC on those categories, right ahead of Vandy’s..
4)and of course, a replacement to AJ..although, after listening to Dan Reeves on the radio yesterday, I, along with him,feel certain a lockout is going to happen…

there ya have it…oh yeah, a more supportive fan base, less of the lunatic fringe, they potentially hurt recruiting…

Reality

December 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

@LawDawg –

So then, aside from personal insults, r u okay with that cycle? Which step is incorrect? Can we have a rational discussion without personal insults or is that all u r capable of?

ca dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

bill, i think you’re right on with everything. let me add three things:

1) improved play in the secondary, especially at safety. rambo and hamilton disappointed this year; here’s hoping they (with ogletree) can continue to develop and find chemistry.

2) that jarvis jones and richard samuel become the impact ILB’s that we need in the 3-4. their size and speed is going to help at a position where we were undersized last year.

3) that houston and boykin come back. green is gone unless there’s a lockout, but if those two come back we’ve got a fighting chance at having a good defense next year.

LawDawg

December 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

jack bull,

It certainly was not Murray who was the cause of the red zone woes. Check out the play calling. Murray also finished 9th in the country (and #1 by Fr.) in passing efficiency! The D will be fine.

Wish List

December 1st, 2010
12:44 pm

Why don’t you wish for thUGA to clean up its act, stop recruiting stupid thug wannabes, and play genuine student athletes?

And while you’re at it, wish for a new coach, one who doesn’t pretend to be a Christian while committing the most vile acts and overlooking the criminal actions of his players.

robodawg

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Agree with the top 4 for sure. Maybe Rantavious Wooten can be that go-to receiver — great freshman season, inexplicable sophomore slump. Or Marlon Brown. Or Chris Conley.

There’s no reason necessarily to replace Van Halanger. Just hire a few consultants to gather the best models for strength and conditioning, then have Van Halanger implement it. It may be hard for a coach to change his sideline philosophy, but it shouldn’t be hard for a program based on medical science to adapt with the latest research.

Don’t raise an outcry if Van Halanger sticks around. But do raise an outcry if Van Halanger says he’s not changing a thing.