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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sexy j

December 1st, 2010
4:15 pm

I want Mark Richt

Bo

December 1st, 2010
4:17 pm

I agree Bill. I’d also like to see a defensive line coach who describes himself as a line coach first come in. I appreciate Garner’s work but I think Grantham and Belin will be able to recruit just as well moving forward.

Send us a new O-line coach as well. Unless Richt can positively put his finger on lack of strength being the problem with the offensive line, Searels has to go.

collegeballfan

December 1st, 2010
4:23 pm

Georgia has two 5 Star running backs on the team today, King and Samuel.

Georgia has two 4 Star running backs on the team today, Ealey and Malone.

Why do you need to sign another 4 or 5 Star running back?

Q Dog

December 1st, 2010
4:23 pm

UGA’s defense was better than SEC’s #1 team this year Auburn’s–
UGA’s was ranked #49 in def scoring, Auburn #59

UGA’s offense was worse than SEC’s #1 team this year Auburn’s–
UGA’s was ranked #23 in off scoring, Auburn #5

Used to be, defense won SEC. Not anymore.

Now, as long as your defense in #60 or better in defensive scoring

As long as your offense is in the top 5 in offensive scoring

You can go 11-0 like Auburn did.

Georgia needs to fix that offense to win the SEC.

DawgByte

December 1st, 2010
4:48 pm

I agree with the astute observer who basically said he’s looking forward to Summer when everyone starts saying we have X players returning on defense, so we should be great. Horse hockey!!! We have two good returning defenders coming back next year (Boykin & Ogletree). If Jarvis plays for UGA like he did for USC, then we’ll have a good one. The rest you can send the packing. We don’t have a decent DL coming back next year. Tyson, Jones et. al. – none of them are dominating players, yet most of the guys were ranked very highly. That tells me it’s Garner’s lack of coaching ability and Van H.’s poor strength & conditioning program.

I also agree that “Hitman” Hamilton has been a JUCO bust for us. Hitman… he couldn’t hit a tissue paper.

I’m disappointed that Richt has come out so soon and stated he will not make any coaching changes. The only possible explanation is that he doesn’t want to disrupt recruiting.

Tide roll

December 1st, 2010
4:50 pm

Bill, How about the recruitment of the equivalent of James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, A.J.Hawkins, Rokevious Watkins, and Jujuan James. All Georgia kids who are starting for Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tenneesee, and all likely headed for the NFL. Why don’t you and Uga end the charade Bill. It’s obvious what’s going on. This is 2010 for gosh sakes! Richt, his staff, and everyone associated with Uga should be ashamed.

Whiny Dan Magill

December 1st, 2010
4:53 pm

I need ideas for reasons why I can stop counting a few of the losses to UF. Otherwise, they’re probably going to have the series lead before I croak.

Hobnail Boot

December 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

Hobnail Boot

December 1st, 2010
5:24 pm

Bill, I have never liked the mat drills. We need to focus on making them boys strong and mean.

Hobnail Boot

December 1st, 2010
5:27 pm

I would like to add to the list a fullback and two tall corners to cover the 6′4 WR’s.

Hobnail Boot

December 1st, 2010
5:30 pm

Dawgbyte, you have to give it to coach TG for pulling Hitman and going with Ogletree/Williams quick. Coach WM stuck with Evans for 4 years.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 1st, 2010
5:32 pm

All I want for 2011 is a 16 game win streak. That ain’t too much to ask. Is it?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 1st, 2010
5:35 pm

Tide Roll, how about a new mantra, your old one is boring (as well as irrelevant).

Averyboy

December 1st, 2010
5:39 pm

In other words, your wish is to be more like Auburn.

75-76DAWG

December 1st, 2010
5:39 pm

When CMR said no changes needed to be made that just said 100% of UGA’s problem was because of the defense and that it will take another year for Grantham and his coaches to turn things around
Here we go again , everybody in DAWG land knew that Martinez needed to go three years before he was fired and most of us know that after 10 years with Richt and 4 years as offensive coordinator Bobo isn’t the answer but CMR will not look at thing objectively and evaluate Bobo on his merits and not because of friendship. With five young children there was no way CMR was going to do the right thing and demote Bobo or fire him
My only question that I would like anyone to answer is how many big name college or even any colleges have ask permission from UGA to interview Bobo for ANY position.

frank

December 1st, 2010
5:42 pm

a new coaach one with some cajones.

sorry it was too easy

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 1st, 2010
5:48 pm

Bigger Trash cans EVERY WHERE on Gamedays.

independent

December 1st, 2010
5:49 pm

The dogs can wish for whatever they like but the reality is another 6-6 or possibly a 5-7 season. You are a second tier team. Accept it

independent

December 1st, 2010
5:51 pm

What the dogs really wish for is to be a real SEC power like Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU. It will never happen. Accept it

75-76DAWG

December 1st, 2010
5:52 pm

Does anyone think that UGA’s record would be different if Dan Mullens was our offensive coordinator? If your answer is yes then why are we settling for someone as limited as Mike Bobo? If CMR took back over the play calling does anyone think that he could do a better job than Bobo?
Please McGarity get involved and do your job even if CMR give you an either or.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 1st, 2010
5:53 pm

A sober Red-n-Black editor-in-chief. That must have been LEEBURN’s Fault for sure.
Adams head on a platter?
For the GAA to payoff ACCPD more money to leave the student/Athletes alone.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 1st, 2010
5:57 pm

Maybe 1/2 price tickets to all home games against all the week OOC games McGarity wants to schedule. Well except for the in-state rival Ga. TECH game.

Ceasar

December 1st, 2010
6:04 pm

Let’s change our red panties to black!!!!

UGADawg83

December 1st, 2010
6:11 pm

I would like for Bill to actually go to a game and quit writing columns based on what he hears Gary Danielson say on television.

Dawg Pound

December 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

We wish UGA will win it’s bowl game to avoid a pitiful 6-7 losing record.

col fot

December 1st, 2010
6:24 pm

where is that squawking rat…saint simons? HAHAHAHA

Destin Dawg

December 1st, 2010
6:38 pm

Strength and conditioning = diet and exercise… I went to Indiana U. of course a Bball school.. but if we had the talent in Fball…like UGA.. I’ll be damed if we get beat because of CONDITIONING… by the way in business we don’t hire our friends… GO DAWGS !!! my kids and grandkids love the Dawgs !!!

mountaindawg

December 1st, 2010
6:44 pm

“you sure as hell didnt run this state this year. 411 >>> 154.”

but we sure as hell won! 9/10! go back to studying for your trig test you lazy nerd

Let's Talk About UGA!

December 1st, 2010
6:57 pm

DawgNation,

Mama wishes some of the Dawgs would come over for a slumber party.

I don’t think that’s a very good idea — unless, in addition to arrests, they want to add various STDs to their resumes.

I wish I could get a larger Fathead of Coach Richt to hang on the wall next to my REM poster.

My sister wishes she could be a Gym Dawg. Currently, she’s Jim’s bi#ch.

Anybody want a beer?

Go Dawgs!
Sic ‘em!
Woof! Woof! Woof!

mountainman

December 1st, 2010
7:04 pm

mountaindawg,

Do you like ‘mountain oysters’ or do you prefer to be ‘tea-bagged’?

Macclenny_man

December 1st, 2010
7:12 pm

Bill
Some shut down corners!!!

2 big nose tackles cause sooner or later our nose tackle will get banged up!!!

Bobo to go back to coaching all the qb’s where he has no excuse well he isn’t ready for all the plays!!!

Richt to go back to calling plays!!! We have not won a championship since Bobo took over!!! Everybody knows if we throw on 1st down and its incomplete the next play is a run!!! We kept Murray in 3rd and long all season!!!

Richt to go back to full pads at least twice a week during the season!!!

Special teams coach whoever it is needs to be more aggressive and quit trying to return every punt and try to block some punts!!! We used to block punts!!!

Richt to coach like his job is on the line and to quit playing percentages and get aggressive in every aspect of the game!!!

KimZ'spackage

December 1st, 2010
7:14 pm

I wish UGA could hurry up and get an Aerospace Engineer in NASA and to outerspace. That would be one trashed shuttle if the dawgs play a game during a Dawgs flight. I hope the Dawg can sneek liqour on the shuttle like into Sanford Stadium.

Reggie Ball for Heisman

December 1st, 2010
7:20 pm

42-34 (not 35) Suck it nerds

hal combo

December 1st, 2010
7:27 pm

Why any decent football player would want to play with this bunch of cry babies is beyond me.

bwell

December 1st, 2010
7:34 pm

Bill, I’m glad someone is listening, my wish list consist of : Coach Bobo being consistent, being more aggressive on play calling, more quick slants, wildcats or fake it at least. Dream Team 2011: Crowell, Drew, Swain, Rome and three more guys PLEASE! Third wish: AJ Green RETURNS FOR SR YR!!!! Fourth wish: A new strength and condition coach too many times our players were lacking endurance to finish the games off., and def. fifth wish: National Championship! Go Dawgs.

Dream Team

December 1st, 2010
7:49 pm

Crowell, Drew, Swann, Rome, and Mitchell…that’s my christmas list.

Delbert D.

December 1st, 2010
8:26 pm

Eddie Van Halen for S&C coach.

Sammy Hagar

December 1st, 2010
8:36 pm

I took over Van Halen and I’ll take over the S&C program, too.

Derek

December 1st, 2010
9:35 pm

Stability returns for UGA. Richt is long-term HC. Bobo is long-term OC. Recruits like that information. Rumor is out tonight that Richt will indeed sign a long-term contract. So all of you Richt haters go get a life. Richt is our coach like it or not and all of your complaining ain’t gonna change that fact. Adams, AD and anyone who knows anything about football knows that Richt is not simply a good coach, he is a great coach–best UGA has ever had.

Jeremy

December 1st, 2010
9:46 pm

I do not agree with a lot of bobo’s play calling either but we averaged 34.2 points per game. The problem is defense. We actually got the special teams fixed. We covered a kickoff for the first time in years and we averaged 34.2 points per game. Any team that averages that many points per game should win them all or at the very least only lose 1 or 2. We lost 6. We can’t cover the flat, the outside, or the middle of the field. Not to mention we can’t contain the corner I am not sure if our defensive coordinator even knows what the edge is. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. Fix that and our strength and conditioning problem and we can turn it around. The problem is richt has one more year to fix this or he is fired period. Doesn’t matter if you agree he should be or not he will be. I am afraid he can’t turn it around because he will give the defensive coordinator one more year and he has not shown he has any idea how to slow anyone down much less stop anyone.

UGAKEV

December 1st, 2010
10:02 pm

Dawg fans do not worry about Crowell he is a 100 percent Georgia committment. I know more about that situation than any writer on AJC. My father works with some of his family and friends at St, Francis Hospital here in columbus and they said they are 100 percent sure crowell is coming to Georgia. He is just building it up so he can put three or four hats on the table and then get all the georgia faithful excited when he committs to us. Crowells family is diehard Georgia fans including him.

WarEagleRut

December 1st, 2010
10:15 pm

As an Auburn Man and alumnus, the biggest problem I see with the UGA football program/problem is essentially the AJC Sports Department machine. The UGA Sports Information Office should just admit that its main office is in the AJC. Let’s admit it. The AJC is the biggest newspaper in the South. Year after year they continue to tell the UGA faithful that the Dawgs have the following:

1) The Best Recruiting
2) The Best Coaching
3 The Best Facilities (although still the only SEC school along with Vandy without an indoor practice facility). Auburn has had one since 1977 and is about to build their 3rd rendition.
4) The best shot at “winning it all” year after year.

It has become a joke, really. If I were a UGA alum or fan, I would also be extremely disappointed year to year. UGA folks are “built up” so often that failure is bound to occur. Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and the rest DO NOT have to succumb to a major newspapers pronouncements yearly about “what is about to come”……..

My advice?? Take a pill. Do not allow the bloated information from the AJC to blur what happens to be reality. UGA is a fine institution with a solid football program. However, when the Auburn’s and Alabama’s and Florida’s are below the radar and seem to “come from nowhere” (oh, yeah. Let’s blame Cam Newton) then maybe UGA folks should begin to question where their “positive info” is generated.

phildawg

December 1st, 2010
10:20 pm

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
12 ‘Dawgs a playing – time out, we broke the huddled with too many men!
11 ‘Dawgs a playing – WOW! that’s what it looks like – just right, good, WOW! Ooops, admired that
too long, play clock running out, time out!
10 “Dawgs a playing – Darn it Grantham! It takes ELEVEN even to play a 3/4, time out!
Crap, out of time outs ……… with 9 rounds to go!

Q Dog

December 1st, 2010
11:16 pm

Defense? Sure, Auburn’s was what, ranked #59 in defensive scoring? What a joke.

In the SEC, OFFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Auburn’s offense was ranked top 5 in scoring offense, defense was average in defensive scoring, that’s what Georgia needs, move up 18 spots there on scoring offense to crack the top 5, and you got yourself a 12-0 team.

Need to go from scoring 33 a game to 42 a game on offense.

Summit Dawg

December 1st, 2010
11:42 pm

Ealey isn’t a Lattimore…..but Boboo does’t give him the ball enought times….
The kid can carry the ball if it’s given to him…….Boboo should not be the OC!!!!

bigdsel

December 2nd, 2010
1:10 am

we need to hire Herschel Walker as a conditioning coach. Hes 40 something years old and hes still in better shape than our running backs. Herschel, Herschel,. If we keep chanting his name maybe it will happen. Herschel, Herschel.

bigdsel

December 2nd, 2010
1:12 am

bigdsel

December 2nd, 2010
1:14 am

Ealey isn’t fast enough, He needs to work on his speed. He is always getting takled from behind. Herschel Never got tackled from behind. He dragged people from behind. He had break away speed too.

75-76 DAWG

December 2nd, 2010
3:05 am

WarEagleRut
Don’t get too carried away because if Auburn wasn’t lucky enough to bring in Newton for one year they would have lost 5 or 6 games.

Time for AJC Writers To Find Another Job

December 2nd, 2010
5:45 am

Bill…really? Do you think you have a right to write and talk about the dawgs? My wish is that you, bradly and shultz would be banned from the UGA stadium, team and all fan activities.