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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saban

December 2nd, 2010
6:39 am

Fresh red panties.

New ward at Clark County Correctional for incoming freshman.

400 yard Grantham a new choak sign for field goal kickers.

Richt a new hair do.

20 more years of average at 2.5 million a year.

Only 5 star recruits to waste.

Bulldog59

December 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

BK’s top 5 is pretty much everyone’s top 5, good list.

While landing Crowell would be HUGE, fixing the strength and conditioning program is probably the top priority (see Kwame Geathers – good for one play, then has to rest for 3.) The average fan can see UGA getting manhandled every Saturday.

Don’t think our S&C program is not used against us with potential recruits! Imagine if we brought in a top NFL strength and conditioning coach, and expanded the S&C staff. Watch recruiting results improve.

Dogdawg

December 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

Dougdawg you are sooooo rite. Why waste it on a guy that mite turn his back on us?

John

December 2nd, 2010
8:10 am

Ealey is better than Herschel Walker. Walker averaged 4.9 ypc his Soph year, Ealey’s at 5.33 ypc. Walker got 40 carries a game, Ealey gets 13 carries a game. Walker got 18 td’s his Soph year, Ealey has 11 td’s, on 60% less carries.

Ealey is better than Lattimore. Latt gets 4.8 ypc, Ealey gets 5.33 ypc.

DawginLex

December 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

Stay focused during the summer and stay out of trouble.

Win the first game.

The schedule is favorable.

The seat is flaming.

All the other things you listed I agree with. I’d get more than 1 JUCO lineman though.

Dawg 88

December 2nd, 2010
8:29 am

Funny how no one is saying anything about the o-line coach – I guess it’s too popular to blame strength and conditioning. Can’t look at the d-line this year and blame it on anything but putting players in a bad situation – we didn’t and still don’t have a nose tackle. But the o-line – is your theory holds and it’s strength and conditioning, why aren’t we opening holes early in the game (or early in the season). Seems to me the o-line coach needs to go. One other thing – the toughest team in the SEC (Alabama) also “collapsed” to AU. Does their strength program need to go too? Just curious -

Coach Paul Johnson

December 2nd, 2010
8:33 am

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Coach Paul Johnson

December 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

I’d like a collection of extra sturdy starched pee-pee yellow turtleneck sweaters that can support my 6 chins. I’d also like a gift membership to the Stuart Smalley fan club because “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

jackyldo

December 2nd, 2010
8:43 am

I’d like Richt and bobo as you mention to realize that football and the teams that are winning big time have 5 star qb’s like we do, but the attack every play.
Oregon does not take an offensive down – off. Neither does Stanford, Boise, Auburn they are in your face. They don’t take their foot off the gas when ahead by 14 or 21 points like we did at Auburn and against Tech.

big mule

December 2nd, 2010
8:45 am

Lets give Malcome chance kid lit it up at Southwest Dekalb

edumacated

December 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

After what we saw on Saturday night, I don’t see how anybody can be optimistic about Grantham’s defense. Somebody at this paper wrote that it had been years since Grantham had coached against an option team, and he had to get familiar with it again. Great. $750,000 for on-the-job training.
The defense is still making fundamental errors. Brandon Smith needs to be taught to go through a block instead of trying to go around it when you are in open space. I’m pretty sure that skill is taught at the middle school level.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

I have been talking about how we need a new version of a Mount Cody to plug in at noseguard, and the JUCO route is an excellent idea for that. Again, let’s give Grantham and the kids a second year to learn and tweak the 3-4, plus a chance to get in some of his own players. I posted before that Tom Jackson said this past weekend, when discussing an NFL defense, that it takes 2 years to fully implement and grasp the 3-4, and that is with pro athletes. I think some learning and adjusting on both Grantham’s and the players’ parts is to be expected. I say this having been quite disappointed with our defense this year, so TJ’s take did give me some hope for vast improvement next year.
GO DAWGS!

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

By the way, AJ is awesome, but perhaps some of these other talents at WR need him gone to truly step-up and be counted. Let’s hope so, that is, if AJ decides to leave. Durham will be truly missed, both as a talented player and a DGD.

Geodawg

December 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

Beat Florida for the next twenty years.

dovebirddog

December 2nd, 2010
9:07 am

vince duly is da man

takedowndawg

December 2nd, 2010
9:16 am

Wanted, one 230+ pd Georgia linebacker that has a “nose” for the ball. We miss you Rennie! Currently, whether it is because the 3-4 scheme is new, let’s face it Dawgs, OUR linebackers appear to be confused as where the ball is most of the time, as, do our corners and safeties. With a few exceptions this year, our linebackers rarely appear to be in position to make a good open field tackle. The case is still out on Coach Grantham”s 3-4.scheme. Too little pure stunting by LBs and Corners for my taste. GT exposed this to the max. and well as Fl.s running QB reed did as well. Any dominating LB with a “nose” for the football in the great state of Georgia, please step forward!!!!! Would be greatly appreciated! Go DAWGS!!!!!

Dennis

December 2nd, 2010
9:38 am

Best bet for success is to keep smearing the opposing teams best players while acting like idiots and getting arrested with no penalty. Then whine like babies win you lose without a single bit of acknowledgement for the team that made plays to BEAT YOU! You will feel better on the way to another 7-6 season in 2011.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
10:06 am

Loser, I mean Dennis, but I repeat myself, go to your own team’s blog and spout your envious Tech garbage! If you represent a team that had a good year, why then you are an extra sad loser who has nothing better to do than to come to our blog and “stir things up.” I am constantly amazed at how many losers there are, as I can honestly say that I have NEVER gone to an article blog about another team and commented. Get A Life You Clueless and Sad Haters. WE ARE UGA!

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
10:09 am

By the way, Auburn’s team this year is still a bunch of classless and “pay-for-play” DB’s who will pay the price soon. Who really believes that Scam’s Daddy sought 200,000 from a team coached by a guy who his son loved, but then decided to go to another team, coached by a no-name clown, to play for free?! Honestly, WHO BELIEVES THAT!!??

Just askin'

December 2nd, 2010
10:14 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

BG

December 2nd, 2010
10:16 am

I wish for Isaiah Crowell! GO DAWGS!!!

BG

December 2nd, 2010
10:18 am

Just askin, You must be stupid! Mark Richt has 2 SEC championships and has won over 90 games. Oh and Mark Richt owns Georgia Tech.

Dennis

December 2nd, 2010
10:28 am

Dawgrific, I just hope your widdle QB is okay. Those mean nasty Eagles tackled him really hard. YOU ARE UGA, WHINER, not WINNER! Sad to say.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

December 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

BILL KING IS A LIBERAL. IF YOU AGREE WITH HIM YOU GET POSTED.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

December 2nd, 2010
10:35 am

Come on “just asking”. I’ve met and talked to Vince Dooly, he is very approachable and freindly. I don’t know all about the Jan Kemp thing but how can you blame CMR for what happened over 10 years ago? I’m no Ga. fan but you need to get over it. If you look hard enough at us all you will find in some way we are all hipocrites.

JaxDawg

December 2nd, 2010
10:36 am

Hey Bill, there is a strong rumor down here in Jacksonville that the Gator Bowl will not select Florida and they would like to invite an out of state team, so I’d say either Tennessee or Georgia would be the strongest candidates, do you know anything about this. it will be great if Georgia get the invitation!

mcdaviddawg

December 2nd, 2010
10:47 am

Won’t get my wish, a new head coach,.

w robinsion

December 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

PaulH is correct-how do u critisize an OC when his team is averaging 40 a game and the defense is letting quality opponents score 55 or 70??

shankit

December 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

Just a thought, read an article about Jimbo Fisher,
Turned FSU around, don’t believe it, ask Urban.
Implemented
1.) Strict nutrition program.
2.) Brought in sports psychologists to work with players.
3.) Reassigned locker room assignments.
4.) Practice consisted of 3rd down efficiency and
5.) Red Zone performance.
3rd down efficienty and red zone performance was
the key to our ol’ coach Bazemore’s practice. Back
when we had a grass field, there absolutely was no
grass growing in red zone area, due to rigid practice.
Might want to look at what Jimbo is doing.

edumacated

December 2nd, 2010
10:58 am

Just Askin’ has more user names than Bobo has kids. It’s been the same post for months from that psycho.

shankit

December 2nd, 2010
11:04 am

Just Askin’, probably the same guy that brings up
monthly the Jan Kemp and Hale Almand comment
about Dawg football players.

waynester

December 2nd, 2010
11:16 am

If a gamebreaker on Offense is your wish, don’t overlook(get it–he’s short) Kevin King from Colquitt Co. The kid is a sparkplug in the mold of Warrick Dunn or Darren Sproles. All he does is score touchdowns….

Lake Dawg

December 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

Someone said we need a fullback for next season, but I think we have the best FB possible already on the team — Orson Charles. Of course you wouldn’t use him the same way we’ve used traditional FBs. Line him up at FB, put him motion, move him in the slot, even give him some carries. We could effectively have 2 TEs and 2 WRs in the game all the time. We’d never have to send an extra reciever in for the FB on passing downs. Could greatly increase OCs touches and give defenses a big adjustment problem.

Dport

December 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

If any one on here actually wants to open their mouths and say UGA needs a new coach … please … oh please … list the “top-tier” coaches we can get right now …. come on … im waiting??? ohhhh and put their resume up next to CMR’s and post that just to show how stupid you really are …

Northern Sympathizer

December 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Good wish list.

azdawg

December 2nd, 2010
11:34 am

BK’s list of needs on this years team arguably would have put us in the SEC championship game. Would add to the list (as noted in the blog) a pair of big FB’s to replace the 2 we will lose this year. Two dominating OL to open holes for the RB we sorely need or the ones we’re left with. While we’re dreaming, why not a few cover corners that can tackle and take on the big receivers that have become the norm in college FB.

Lastly, I don’t think GA can take the big prize w/the current DC. He reminds me too much of CWM. Would be a shame to lose the best D players in the state and country to other colleges because of what they see and hear about Grantham. He saved the worst display of coaching for the last reg season game vs Tech. It was a shame to watch. yes, the S&C program at GA needs improvement but after 12 weeks of practicing and playing Saturdays in the SEC, etc, you’re going to get in shape. The reason players were gassed was (with few exceptions) grantham couldn’t figure out how to position his players and instead had them running all over the place. Whereas a guy like DC Diaz at Miss ST stopped them dead most of the time at the line of scrimmage. GA needs a new DC and someone to assist old coach Van. I doubt CMR will permanently relieve him.

We can hope for a dream team because if GA doesn’t get the right players to fill the gaps its going to be a very long season in muddville come 2011.

Surprised

December 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

My wish is that the scandals and arrests cease.
I travel much of the time. If one considers how the rest of the country views our program, players, and fan-base, one would be embarrassed.
UGA has become the laughing stock of college football.
It’s not just the fact that the program fails to perform year after year. It’s also the drama of ‘who got arrested this week’ and the Beverly Hillbillies are cheering in the stands.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

Great Point Dport!

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

By the way, while no arrest is an acceptable one, let’s calm down about us being a “thug” program. What is worse, stalking someone and texting them “it’s time to die b….” or not paying a traffic ticket on time, or even underage drinking. Good Lord, and our serious violations led to getting kicked out of UGA, so enough with the grand-standing.

Jerry

December 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

UGA really needs a good QB. #1 problem. Bobo has offered 3 QB’s scholly’s, and has a good guy in Lemay, hopefully one of those can get UGA to better than 6-6 next year. Aaron Murray was a disaster. Colorado? Embarrassing seaosn.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

BK, I love the concept for this article, as a wish-list is fun, and perhaps some wishes will come true aye?

azdawg

December 2nd, 2010
11:53 am

Surprised. Amen brother.

Caleb King is a senior ........ right???

December 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

King was a senior this year, correct? Man, was he ever over rated ……………. like Ealey was. Both are small too and both are slow. These two badly hurt UGA early in the season. They are to blame for at least three of our early 4 losses.

Waushuan Ealey very likely will get in more trouble or simply flunk out. It I am correct, we have Boo Kenny Malcomb in the wings and some no name kids. We should have that iddy bitty Carlton Thomas back. He is small but he is slow. We will have FB Freddy Muzenmeir back ……… correct?

If I am right ………………..then UGA needs to sign two big time running backs. Seriously, we need two, like Alabama and AU and all of the other GOOD schools have. This area is UGA’s biggest concern and it is partially why we cannot attract great backs ………….. they are used only to block for the QB.

Go Dogs. 2011 is Richt’s year to win or be gone and now ……………..he KNOWS it.

suwanee dawg

December 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

Wish list,
I would not assess CMRs beliefs. That is dangerous and inappropriate. Besides, i am not sure overlooking traffic tickets is a major sin.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
12:25 pm

And no other schools have their embarrassing fans, right? That would include each southern teams’ set of fans that could be deemed “hillbillies” or “rednecks.” Again, stay on point you overly-dramatic whiners.

dawgrific

December 2nd, 2010
12:28 pm

nice suwanee

Coastal Dog (SSI)

December 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

1) I still wish for Washaun to get 25+ carries / game so we could have a back run for about 1500 yards next season, which would insure a “balanced” attack, which would give us a chance to play for a conference championship, which would give us a chance to play for a national championship (I string this out for the NATS boys aka Techsters who like to get from A to B via points along the line). 2) I also wish for a stout defense of chaotic madmen playing under just enough control to keep the personal foul penalties to a minimum. 3) I also wish for UGA to have one more scoring possession than our opponents in each game next year since I most likely won’t get my wish #2. 4) I wish for an announcement that the last open end zone will be closed in to increase beautiful Sanford’s capacity to make it the largest football stadium in the country. 5) I wish for the best in the state to come build Mark’s “dream team”. Why wouldn’t a guy with steel marbles be bold enough to say, “We can be ‘the man’ in college football for my years at college and my friends and i are coming to Athens to play.” Mostly, I wish for all who are sick and suffering with the more important issues of life to have peace this Christmas season.

JayD

December 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Muzenmeir is gone – Ogletree will be the FB next year.

JayD

December 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

C. King is a jr – he will be back. Getting a Blue Chip RB would be outstanding, but not a must. Better blocking up front – That is a must!!

takedowndawg

December 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Jerry, either you are an idiot, or someone with an opinion under the age of 22. Murray, did a great job as a freshman in the SEC. He did not lose 6 games, he kept us in six games other than the first half of the Florida game. You, obviously never played a down or do not know what it takes to win. If you want to point a finger, point it at our defensive coordinator and most of the defensive players for the big plays given up in the six losses. They appeared to be confused on most downs with the exception of Justin Houston.