Dogs fans able to ‘Dream’ again

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation, Isaiah! (Associated Press)

Welcome to the Bulldog Nation, Isaiah! (Associated Press)

Will Isaiah Crowell start as a freshman and do for the Georgia Bulldogs what Marcus Lattimore did for South Carolina last year?

Or could he wind up as one of those highly touted recruits who never live up to their potential like Jasper Sanks, an earlier five-star running back UGA signed out of Columbus’ Carver High School?

There’s a third scenario, of course. Crowell could wind up as another in a long line of great running backs on mediocre teams. After all, as great as Crowell looks, he still has to run behind mostly the same underperforming offensive line that Washaun Ealey and Caleb King have played with the past couple of seasons. Who knows, maybe the new OL coach or the beefed up conditioning program will make a difference this year.

We have no way of knowing which way Crowell’s career at Georgia  will go, but for today it’s time for big smiles across the Bulldog Nation.

And not just because of the signing of Crowell, of course. He’s part of a recruiting class that Mark Richt says could be his best, with another couple of five-star signees in Ray Drew and Jay Rome and a lot of other exciting talent.

The Dream Team isn’t yet complete, though. Georgia still badly needs big John Jenkins to anchor its defensive line. We won’t find out about that until Saturday.

But let’s be like Scarlett and worry about that tomorrow.

Today, we celebrate!

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

162 comments Add your comment

eltrompoDAWGSfan

February 2nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Great post Bill! Today is a time to celebrate. I didn’t see a recruiting class near this talented a day after the Liberty Bowl. What Richt and this coaching staff has done is impressive. Let’s hope for the best on Saturday with Jenkins, and that our coaching staff can turn those stars to wins!

bendawgs

February 2nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Now we need to turn the Dream Team into reality on the field. I just want to see them win! GO DAWGS!

74 Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Thanks for the extra blog, Bill, and the realistic perspective.

UGA Alumnus

February 2nd, 2011
2:40 pm

NC Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
2:44 pm

Does anyone know who of these commits is enrolling early?

Dawg_Mike

February 2nd, 2011
2:44 pm

NO REDSHIRTS please CMR. WIN NOW !!!!

the real Kirby Smart

February 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

I don’t see what this is going to do except give the NEXT HC something to work with. Richt has always had talent, and as good as this so-called Dream Team is, Bama and Auburn’s classes are still ranked ahead. saban gets a dream team every year. The difference is he knows what to do with it.

ugadawg30

February 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

I’m hoping we have a really BIG name coming to help Coach the OL…..one that could maybe help Bobo at the OC position….

John McDuffie

February 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

… just as I predicted of course

the real Kirby Smart

February 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Now if we got “the Fridge” as OL/ co-OC then I might have some hope…..otherwise I think we all might as well dream of winning the lottery

St. Bernard

February 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Here’s hoping we sign Jenkins and he turns out to be as good as we think he is. Bobo has alot of weapons…..

BigDawg

February 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

Remember the 1979 season and the turnaround in 1980? Maybe not this year, but this is some of Mark Richt’s best work ever! I too thought the class would be lackluster after the bowl game, but the coaches “finished the drill” GO DAWGS!

D A DoubleU G

February 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

TRUE Dawg fans are well aware this ship will not be completely righted this coming season. We are still going to have some hiccups.

Unfortunately the countless haters, and negative media we get on the ajc, will point to this recruiting class the first time something bad happens this fall.

But people who understand it, know that Mark Richt is doing everything he can. I am much more excited to see the 2012 and 2013 Dawgs than the 2011 Dawgs.

GATA!!!!!

Mike

February 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

This is a about as good as you could imagine for UGA. If Jenkins signs, this could be a incredible class. Richt has had some really good classes, so for him to say this is his best is a huge compliment. His 2004 and 2006 classes were very good as well.

damngooddawg!

February 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

I’d rather we have him than Alabama. We’ll see how it plays out. But for now, damn good dawg!

JB

February 2nd, 2011
3:01 pm

The Next big news is that Ralph Frigen ( sp?) is coming in as OC/OL coach and Bobo back to QB coach. Ralph would keep DC’s up at night for a change preparing to play us. I’m dreaming I know.

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:01 pm

WOOOOHOOOO! Ray Drew’s speech still has me fired up…cant wait to see the new look Dawgs next season! and after Big JJ signs, the Dawg Nation has no other excuses. Time to Execute and make this dream a REALITY. Goooo Ga Bulldogs!!! BTW-Mark Richt is the man for this job, PERIOD….

JB

February 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Couldn’t you see the faces on Techies faces with Fridge running out offense and lightning it up.

LakeDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Count me as one who never saw this coming after the bowl loss. After Dickson committed to UA, I thought, “uh oh, first domino to fall, UA is getting ready to steal our ‘dream team.’” Congrats to CMR and staff for getting in there and scraping against the likes of Saban, Chizik, etc. Maybe CMR has turned the corner and will show the same spunk this upcoming season.

JB

February 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

that s/b our offense

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:04 pm

And to Coach Fiedgen, come be a part of the dream baby!

JB

February 2nd, 2011
3:04 pm

Lake Dawg….I’m tickled also, but most services have Bama/AU 1&2. ….BUT………..you can’t play but 11 at a time.

Vance Duly

February 2nd, 2011
3:04 pm

Great recruiting job!!! Now, it’s time to “coach them up”. Hopefully, Coach Bobo will upgrade his play-calling and in-game adjustments.

* Incomplete pass on 1st down does NOT mandate a run between the tackles on 2nd down.
* Throwing for 220 yards in the 1st half vs. Tech does not explain throwing 5 passes in the 2nd half. Even Coach Richt said we “probably should have thrown more in the 2nd half.”
* Carlton Thomas should never be asked to pound the ball up the middle………puh-LEEEZE!
* Orson Charles should have far more than 2 touches per game.

Yes, we put a lot of points on the board last year. But, we were inept in several games, and almost blew the Tech game by shutting down our offense in the 2nd half. Until our defense becomes strong again, we have to have an explosive offense. This starts with our offensive line, but it also requires an aggressive approach to game plans and play-calling. We should keep our foot on the gas until the game is over. We’ve lacked a killer instinct now for several years. Go DAWGS!! Sign John Jenkins on Saturday!!

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:06 pm

Athens will def be the #1 party school in playboy the next few years, especially on Sat Nites!!

monty

February 2nd, 2011
3:07 pm

We got the one everyone wanted, so that’ s a good thing, but in watching his highlight reels on youtube maybe we should have signed his O-line as it seems every run up the middle he went untouched. Hard to say exactly from highlights what kind of runner he is. He has speed, although he was chased down by some d-backs who had the angle on him a couple of times. But definitely looks quicker than anyone we currently have. Not Percy Harvin or Demps speed. Can’t say he’s a bruiser either as I didn’t see him knock anyone backwards or drag anyone with him for extra yardage(larrimore). Looks like more of a slicing type runner, not a stop and go change of direction guy. A guy who hits the hole at maximum speed and if there is daylight he can take it all the way. Good day for the Bulldog nation.

dawg66

February 2nd, 2011
3:10 pm

Get real Caleb was a bust from the word go!! Did’nt matter what kind of line he ran behind. Washaun is good but he is neither real quick or real fast!! Crowell will be a complete back and will add some pop to the running game!!

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:11 pm

@ the real Kirby Smart
you obviously only know football from the playstation/video game point of view….GET A CLUE and get off this post….you’ll soon find yourself under a pile of DAWG POO, just wait Bammers…………Plus if yall got Crowell, you would prob have him fake an injuy like you do with half your other recruits who never make it, Bammers = OVERSIGNERS…..Plus Saban is gonna leave yall high and dry once someone gives him the right price!!

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:12 pm

and Caleb King is only good for the scout team…..whatta bust but maybe Crowell will light a fire under him….

DAWGS forever

February 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

Jenkins, Jenkins, Jenkins….. will the dream be complete? Go DAWGS!

Next year is looking much better already!

BraveFalconDawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:13 pm

or maybe Ray Drew will just lay him out for good….

UGA Insider

February 2nd, 2011
3:17 pm

I have been tipping my hat to CMR and CMB all week. Good job guys, I really didn’t think we would recover after the UCF debacle. That game could not have impressed recruits and personally I thought it would destroy us. However you got tough, sucked up the criticism and did a wonderful job. now go out and get The Fridge and try and keep CMB happy. He is already recruiting his ass off for 2012 I understand.

Murphy

February 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

One more recruit to get today? Friedgen! Sign him today!

the real Kirby Smart

February 2nd, 2011
3:19 pm

not so brave falcondawg……….

Not sure why you think I am a Bama fan. I am a UGA grad, season ticket holder for a decade, went to my 1st game at Sanford in 83. So I think I have a right to post……..not as if I would stop just b/c some moron like you told me to anyway. I stand by my accessment: It’s a good day for UGA and all Dawg fans b/c the NEXT HC will have talent to work with starting in 2012. I want UGA to win as much as anyone, but I have zero confidence in CMR and his staff, and frankly, am not going to set myeslf up to just to be let down when we are 0-2, which is likely. But as i said, get Fridgen…..and then there is hope. And I agree w you on Saban, but would say you probably only know football from playing in the band at halftime in h.s. b/c it is results that matter, nothing else.

joe

February 2nd, 2011
3:22 pm

Yes, the OLine needs to bear some of the blame…but lets be very clear…calab and Ealey BOTH have attitudes and BOTH lack anything that even resembles TEAM concept. That Caleb cut classes and missed the bowl game after everything this year AND is still on this team is a slap in every players and fans face. Hopefully the moron leaves now. As for Ealey….get rid of your sick attitude or leave too!

G'Vegas Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:23 pm

Rumor in Athens is that Clowney is delaying and changing signing times because the dawgs are in the mix. Don’t know what’s happening but it seems to have legs.

mcdaviddawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:23 pm

All athis excitment about Top Richt signing class. going from 2010 backwards, he has had classes ranked 21,4,5,17,4,4,6,11, and 9. This will not make of big time or save Richt his job. Read the article by the coach of Wisconsin where he talks about coaching and making players better for a program never near the top in recruiting. As Spurrier once commented that he didn’t know what happened to all the top (Georgia) recruits. FUnny how everyone else recruits are as good as avertised and ours don’t pan out. Look it up, we have a stable full of top rb recruits and yet we don’t have a running game. But, all said, we’ll have some great athletes for the new coach in 2012.

Gordon

February 2nd, 2011
3:25 pm

I didn’t think recruiting was the problem at UGA. It is a given that every year they will have a great recruiting class. Everybody has been complaining about coaching, especially Richt and Bobo. What has been done about that? Reality hits in 7 months.

Jim

February 2nd, 2011
3:25 pm

I know I am over reacting but, come on, let’s dream a little!!!!!.

UGA does not have to play either of the top 2 teams in the SEC next year (bamer & LSU) and both Auburn and Florida are going to be beatable. LISTEN TO THIS – the two best teams on the schedule next year will be Missy State and Carolina – let me repeat that – Missy State and Carolina!!!!!!! UT, Vandy, UK, tech and Ole Miss are after thoughts and Boise State will be much like the Boise State that came to Athens a few years back touting their quarterback as Heisman material and playing a UGA team that could have easily hung 100 on them if Coach Richt had not been a gentleman.

We will have an All American candidate leading the offense, a boat load of premier red shirts and returning starters galore.

Now we have one of the greatest recruiting classes ever signed at UGA with five star recruits everywhere. I would guess several will be instant starters. Although I feel bad for King and Ealey, I believe they should both continue to get a few carries each game in order to spell “THE BIG BOY”!!!!!!

Assuming we win the SEC, who do you think we will play in Atlanta – bamer or LSU? Both will be tough but we can hang with either. A win there and UGA will almost certainly play for the national championship.

This time next year, when – at the very least – UGA is a 11 game winner and more likely a champion, let’s all meet here again and see who still thinks Coach Richt cannot get the job done!!!!

Cuz

February 2nd, 2011
3:27 pm

I watched Crowell on ESPN when his High School played a rival. He looks more like Knowshon than Herschel. He would get hit and spin and pick up more yards. Sure this was high school and not the SEC but he looked like he had something. The desire to get that extra yard or more. We need that.

I don’t expect Crowell to be Herschel and take a ‘79 team and turn it into a ‘80 team. But I think he can help improve our chances at winning the close games.

edumacated

February 2nd, 2011
3:28 pm

This Crowell kid had better be good, because Richt has burned not one, but two scholarships on him. Anybody who believes that they were gonna offer his best friend either way is on crack.

Destin Dawg

February 2nd, 2011
3:31 pm

This will help encourage a top O line coach to sign on…. No More seniority system… play “em all.. play ‘em early…. let Murray, Mason, and Lemay all have a shot… Run Ken Malcome… win the 1st 2.. and it could be a special season !!!

The Really Ignorant Kirby Smartt

February 2nd, 2011
3:36 pm

Hey, I won the lottery last year, clown. You got a problem with that?

Matriculamatated

February 2nd, 2011
3:37 pm

Hey edumacated, I’m on crack, fool. You got a problem with that?

WIN WITH RICHT

February 2nd, 2011
3:37 pm

edumacated

Cootie will be a big surprise. Better than everybody expects. Just look at how the recruiting dominoes starting falling once we got Cootie on board.

Just Keep On

February 2nd, 2011
3:38 pm

I hope they don’t serve the same punch that was toasted when Caleb King signed with UGA. A little early to celebrate!

El Centro

February 2nd, 2011
3:41 pm

Kirby:

If you are a dawg, then why can’t you support this team? It’s called loyalty.

Changing coaches doesn’t make the competition go away. Give the coach credit. They did an amazing job. Maybe they have turned the corner?

Go Dawgs!

the real Kirby Smart

February 2nd, 2011
3:47 pm

I wasn’t speaking of a $5 scratch off ticket you idiot.
And El Centro: I do support the team just not the coaching staff. Unlike some on here you want see me trashing 19- yr. old kids. I think it is perfectly fine to trash a man who makes $2.9 mil. and is the worst GAME DAY coach in the SEC. Turned the corner……the man has been HC since 2001. If we are just now turning the corner…..wow.

Common Sense

February 2nd, 2011
3:50 pm

Here’s to Caleb King forgetting about another traffic ticket or going to class.

Could not care to see him get another carry.

Let’s also hope that Richt and Bozo will have enough sense to give the ball early and often.

PLEASE DON’T WAIT TO TRY THIS KID OUT LIKE YOU DID ON MORENO.

King DAWG

February 2nd, 2011
3:51 pm

Bama and Awebarn were shut out from the top recruits in Georgia this year as the DAWGS put a fence around the State of Georgia and keep all the good ones at home. Let this be a lesson to you Alabamians to keep out and look elsewhere for your recruits. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Demetrio

February 2nd, 2011
3:51 pm

Some people, and this goes for every tam, every school, every situation on life: some people just can’t bring themselves to see the possibilities. They see themselves as the heroic figure, the lone prognosticator who held the line and knew defeat was inevitable when all the rest were enjoying a taste of victory.

You know who you are. It’s not pretty, it’s pathetic. It’s not heroic, it’s negative and that’s self-fulfilling. Take your half empty glass off the table and go back to your corner of the bar room.