Mark Richt’s Dream Team a major victory for UGA

John Jenkins will be a Dog! (File)

John Jenkins will be a Dog! (File)

It’s been a roller-coaster week in the Bulldog Nation.

From the still exhilarating high of Isaiah Crowell topping off a terrific National Signing Day for the Dogs (good work, Mike Bobo!), we dipped down with the unexpected departure of inside linebackers coach Warren Belin (apparently prompting a reshuffling of the defensive staff), plunged a bit with the quick death of another young mascot (R.I.P, Bruce) and then soared again today with the announcement from badly needed nose guard John Jenkins that he’s signing with UGA.

Jenkins may not be as highly rated in terms of stars by his name as some of his brethren in this Bulldogs recruiting class, but at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds he looks to be one of the key pieces as the lack of a big nose guard who can command two blockers was the central weakness of Todd Grantham’s debut UGA defense.

Yes, it remains to be seen whether all these guys who signed on with the Dogs will pan out, but there’s no way to overemphasize how important this recruiting class was to the psyche of the Bulldog Nation.

It won’t count in the record book, but Wednesday saw the first victory of the season for UGA, and a mighty big one at that. Just a month ago things were looking pretty bleak, as the Dogs had turned in an excruciatingly bad bowl performance, whiffed on a couple of all star recruits and been dumped on verbally by a big-name football alum.

Then the Dream Team thing got back on track with Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell and picked up momentum with Ray Drew, and before you knew it the Dogs were a preseason ESPN Top 20 team and fans had something good to hold them over until the revamped team takes the field.

The offseason turnaround is a biggie for Mark Richt because after a losing season that ended in dismal fashion he was starting to lose even his dwindling hard-core supporters in the fan base. Richt and his staff still have to coach ’em up and somehow put an end to the off-field discipline troubles that have plagued the program, and his job likely still will be on the line this fall. But at least the fan base won’t have been damaged by eight months of nonstop moaning.

As the Sporting News’ Dave Curtis put it after Crowell’s signing, “Georgia enjoyed its best football day since its 2008 Sugar Bowl blitzing of Hawaii.”

The glass-half-empty crowd can note such a statement actually is a backhanded indictment of how bad things have been since that Sugar Bowl team finished No. 2 in the country and Georgia entered the next season atop the rankings, only to disappoint.

The rest of us will enjoy the good feeling engendered by the Dream Team and hope that Richt really does prove to be the next Comeback Kid.

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171 comments Add your comment

George

February 5th, 2011
1:31 pm

Jenkins is as big as Shaun Rogers or almost as big as Ted Washington, 6′ 4”, 340, this guy is athletic as Mt. Cody.

Exactly what Coach Grantham needed to improve the run defense. It’s year 2, and like Alabama did by getting Cody, expect Georgia’s run defense to really improve, we’re talking top 10 in the country as a genuine possibility.

With Crowell improving the run offense, 2011 is looking like it just might be the kind of year Richt’s been dreaming about for a long time.

UGA Alumnus

February 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

JDAWG

February 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

FIRST!!! GO DAWGS THEY WILL BE A BEAST HOPEFULLY IN THE EAST NEXT YEAR!!

L-Dawg

February 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK RICHT AND HIS STAFF FOR THE HARD WORK THIS RECRUITING SEASON.

WELCOME TO DAWG NATION ALL YOU YOUNG PUPS!!!

210 DAYS TIL KICKOFF!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

SouthSide Dawg

February 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

Congratulations to the UGA Coaching Staff for a job well done. Go Dawgs!

CSA

February 5th, 2011
1:34 pm

This guy is probably the most important recruit for immediately improving our defense in 2011. Great job to the coaches and school.

JDAWG

February 5th, 2011
1:35 pm

Okay Third! Still not bad

The Hedge

February 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

Love it – Jenkins will contribute immediatly, not so sure with Crowell…hope so…

tuck fech

February 5th, 2011
1:39 pm

Nice to have something positive happening in the football program for a change. Now if we can just get a mascot to live longer than two years…

Coaches gotta coach.

February 5th, 2011
1:40 pm

This is the first time I can recall anything about UGA’s football program exceeding expectations since Richt won his first SEC championship nearly a decade ago. Finally, something good is going on in Athens.

St. Bernard

February 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

glass half full: I hope he doesn’t get chop blocked versus Boise.

Michael

February 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

This may sound crazy, but

with this recruiting class, everyone doubting us, having Aaron Murray in year two, and a home opener coming in the Georgia Dome against Boise State, I dont think ive been more excited about georgia football…

who was that guy who wore #8 for us last year? no…not the dog…the receiver

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

So is this class signed/sealed/delivered, or are there any other players out there we are waiting to possible hear from??

OoltewahDawg

February 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

Great pickup for the Dawgs. Might move them up a spot in the recruiting rankings. As for the discipline problem, anyone breaking the law should be forced to go one-on-one against Jenkins! That would put a stop to a lot of the shenanigans!

Dumb dawgs

February 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

“Mark Richt’s Dream Team a major victory for UGA”

Nothing like UGA claiming a “moral” victory OFF the field.

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
1:44 pm

Michael….. your sentiments are shared with me.

I cannot wait for the beautiful Spring day in April, to attend G-Day and have a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale in downtown Athens after the game.

Optimism is high in Dawg Nation. The best thing you can do is ignore the haters (pure jealousy right now) this offseason. They cannot stand the fact that even in our down times, we find ways to LOVE our program.

GO DAWGS!!!!

TampaDawg

February 5th, 2011
1:46 pm

Gotta say I’m extremely excited about Jenkins, Crowell, Drew, Mitchell, Swann, Rome, etc but now that we have them all, time to see what happens on the field. If the DAWGS can go 2-0 beating Boise and USC then they have an excellent chance to have a special season.

Kdawg

February 5th, 2011
1:47 pm

I think we should have faith in our coach just like these young men showed.

GO DAWGS!

Yamadawg

February 5th, 2011
1:52 pm

Ditto L-Dawg and South Side Dawg! Thank you players for choosing to become the future of the Red and Black!

GO DAWGS!!!! GATA!!!

Palm City Dawg

February 5th, 2011
1:58 pm

This is BIG for Grantham and the DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
2:01 pm

But….. but…… um…… I mean…… um……… but…….

Paul Johnson beat you in 2008!!!!!!!

Brucerugby79

February 5th, 2011
2:02 pm

stay positive and get behind em-the Georgia dome will be rocking-like I said before it is all about momentum rip UGA8 GO DAWGS!!!!

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
2:03 pm

We got Vad Lee!!!!!! He once threw a complete pass in a Middle School scrimmage!!!!!!

tony

February 5th, 2011
2:04 pm

The West(Ala,LSU,AU and Miss St) is getting stronger every year so maybe the Dawgs will be the team to save the East.

Cuz

February 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

Now that we have the Serial Killer Nose Tackle, let’s see what this 3-4 can really do.

Macclenny_man

February 5th, 2011
2:09 pm

This is the best signing of the group. This group is a great class. Richt and company I really didn’t think you had it in you. But now no more excuses!! Got to GATA on the field and that means coaching also. No more Mr. Conservative. Go all out on every play!!! But this could mean a 7 new starters on defense!!! We really could have used another big DT in this class in case of injuries.Richt now we have the ammo lets us the gun!!! New slogan for this year PTA!!! Pound Their A__!!!!!!!

ColoradoDawg

February 5th, 2011
2:09 pm

No prima dona’s here. All these kids know they have to perform on the field. One thing I have noticed from watching these kids interview is character and respect. I’m glad Dickson and Bray went elsewhere cuz I saw none of that with them. We need leaders on the field in the huddle something we havent seen or had since the Davids. Great day and week for the Dawgnation even all the way out west.

Go Dawgs!!!!

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Snotbubble

February 5th, 2011
2:13 pm

Another great sign……..don’t forget about Jarvis Jones. Go Dawgs !!!!!!!!

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
2:14 pm

When will Jenkins enroll?? Will he be available for Spring practice. We need to get him as many reps and practice time as possible before the Dome.

Seabass

February 5th, 2011
2:14 pm

Guys I love it….what a class. Down here in Gulf Shores all we’ve heard is War Eagle and Roll Tide. Well now we’ve got a lot to yell about. And you can bet we will. Cam, pay me now, and Nick the penalty freak are gone. It’s our time. So let’s really stand tall for Georgia and help the team knock those chin straps off. Glory – Glory – Glory………..GEORGIA

Gravy Train

February 5th, 2011
2:17 pm

Bill,
You are the biggest of the drama queen flip-flopper contingency of so-called Bulldog fans. Get on board and support the current players and coaches or get gone. You also would really be better suited by getting a hair cut and a shave. Based on your current picture, you fit the bill to a tee for the description of the negative stereotype Bulldog fan.
Maybe this year you can refrain from embarrassing yourself and the Bulldog Nation by picking personal vendettas with college aged athletes and coaches for a sport that has passed you by. This is not 1980.

Sam

February 5th, 2011
2:17 pm

Before everyone gets too excited, UGA still needs an OL coach that can get those guys ready to play. If Crowell is that good, he will make an avg line look good, but if the line is bad, Crowell is not going to be able to save the day.

ColoradoDawg

February 5th, 2011
2:18 pm

Only Lemay and Connely can participate in Spring D a dub u g

Enasty357

February 5th, 2011
2:20 pm

Seems like everybody hates to see the the DAWG fans happy! Florida fans always talkingt on OUR blawg talkin, about our team. If you are a true fan ( GA or FLA fan), you would know that as dominant as the gators have been the the last twenty years, GEORGIA still leads the series!! This is why i’m so puzzled. I’m a Athens, Ga born and breed fan and I can’t understand what other SEC teams get out of posting negative hate on the AJC. Most live in Georgia anyway (All of the ALA/AUB fans lining in GA). DAWG fans we do know we have the best state in the SOUTH period. We’ll get our time when the good lord gives it to us!! We all bleed RED. WELCOME Big John Jenkins!

GO DAWGS and thanks again Mr. Bill King!

ColoradoDawg

February 5th, 2011
2:22 pm

i hear you d a dub u g about reps for Jenkins but he already has a leg up because he’s been in the 3-4 d for 2 years. He knows his gap assignments already. I have a good feeling about him.

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
2:24 pm

We beat Duke last year!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

February 5th, 2011
2:24 pm

Get behind MARK RICHT !!!! these kids have…. Bear Bryant had a couple down years when he delegated too much to his asst’s.. win the 1st 2….. it’ll be a special season… Go Dawgs !!!

Gravy Train

February 5th, 2011
2:25 pm

And if the support for coach Richt is so diminshed then why isn’t it showing up on the ledger books? I’m just happy that the people in charge pay little regard to your rants and moans. Furthermore, I’m certainly glad that the best high school talent in Georgia doesn’t listen either.
There is a word for your type Bill: troglodyte. There’s time to change, but after 40+ years of clinging to the past, I doubt it will happen.

ARdawg

February 5th, 2011
2:40 pm

As glad as I am with this class I still can’t go “all in” because I have never thought talent was the problem. It’s still coaching in my mind but, I’m glad Jenkins is aboard. Hopefully, at least at Nose we’ll see some immediate impact. Richt has a tendacy to withhold and attempt to save freshman talent.

Welcome aboard John. I look forward to seeing you make a difference.

GO DAWGS!!

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
2:40 pm

Gravy Train,

Get over yourself, scout. Bill is the FAN-blog writer, where he is required to write from the perspective of the fan, not the unbiased writer.

If you do not want to hear what he has to say, then you shouldn’t go out of your way to click the link which opens his blog, and then read the material written, then read the comments, take the time to comment, then keep hitting “refresh” to see if you got a response.

So to save yourself the anger and stress……….. go away.

Thanks,
Dawg Nation

DawginOH

February 5th, 2011
2:41 pm

Man, is this huge for our defense!! I can’t even express how excited I am for kickoff. HBTD!!!

Palmetto State Dawg

February 5th, 2011
2:54 pm

When can JJ join the team? He needs to start working out hard now to be ready for the season. He and Geathers will be a nice rotation at the nose position. Now we can move Bean Anderson back to OL where belongs. Can someone tell me what our starting O line will be in 2011?

Exley DAWG

February 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

awesome job coacing staff!

Exley DAWG

February 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

coaching ……..that is

extrapoint

February 5th, 2011
3:10 pm

Thanks to the coaches and new recruit Drew for your great recruiting. I
still feel that Coach Richt and Ex-AD Evans never meshed which had an effect on his coaching. Looking over one’s shoulder at the person who holds your job in their hand, can cause problems with your concentration.

D A DoubleU G

February 5th, 2011
3:15 pm

The team this will help us outthe most against is Georgia Tech.

We did a pretty good job of shutting down their Option last year, i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

Where Tech (much like South Carolina) got us last year was running their big men (Anthony Allen and Marcus Lattimore) straight up the gut, chipping away 5 and 9 yard pickups at will.

With Jenkins at the Nose, and Linebackers like Richard Samuel and Jarvis Johns blitzing up the middle, that type of run game will not happen against us.

This was the most important recruit in terms of instant impact. AND WE GOT HIM!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

jalexan49

February 5th, 2011
3:19 pm

Good job Coach Richt and staff. It is nice to be a die-hard Georgia fan and I’m really excited about the possibilities.

I believe with what you have coming back, and thank God for the juniors who returned, coupled with projected talent that is in this class, if they can blend well together, stay focused, committed to each other and the program along with zero, zero, infractions and/or violations(distractors) it could be something special this year and for years to come.

I can’t help but feel that the”Junkyard Dogs II” have just arrived and it’s exciting!!!! Best of luck next year and beyond……

H-Town Dawg

February 5th, 2011
3:20 pm

Great, let’s get to work now. CAN HE TRANSFER NOW AND GET IN THE OFFSEASON PROGRAM OR DOES HE HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE SUMMER?????

Disgruntled Yellow Jacket

February 5th, 2011
3:23 pm

But we beat UGA in 2008!

Gordon

February 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

I haven’t seen UGA fans this excited since just before the Alabama game in 2008.

Gordon

February 5th, 2011
3:35 pm

“Richt and his staff still have to coach ’em up and somehow put an end to the off-field discipline troubles that have plagued the program…”

Minor details.

Steve Superior

February 5th, 2011
3:59 pm

guy needs to hit the weight room and work off the baby fat…. just saying

Ed (The Original)

February 5th, 2011
4:13 pm

Awesome – now let’s find someone who can coach them up. I see big things for UGA beginning in 2012 if we find the right head coach. Hopefully McGarrity will be ready to move aggressively on this after the Tech game. Go Dawgs!

oledawg

February 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

Which is it? Saw his weight at 300 yesterday and days before. Then yesterday saw 340 for first time. Now there is no mention of 300. That’s a big difference in lbs and athleticism.

Since he is JUCO what’s to keep him from joining us now? S&C and training table won’t hurt for this year going into the summer. He won’t lose any elegibility by transfering and he could get acclimated to UGA ahead of fall.

Needless to say, WELCOME JJ!!

YoungDawg

February 5th, 2011
4:32 pm

The Dream Team is a reality now Richt MUST WIN championships again with this class. If he can’t do that then he needs to step aside so we can bring in someone in that can lead us to the promise land! If you’re in the UGA administration & your goal for football is not 100% focus on competing for SEC Championships & NC’s then GET OUT! We have the recruiting base, basic facilities (we need to continue to upgrade & add on to them), support (from the BullDawg Nation) which supplies the money needed to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! NO MORE EXCUSES! We have everything needed to do what LSU, Bama, FL & Auburn have done! The BullDawg Nation needs to DEMAND that the football program is ran to the level that we support it!!! Finish the Drill with WINS!!! GATA! GO DAWGS!

johnny

February 5th, 2011
4:41 pm

I read JJ will finih this term at MGS and enroll in June.

oledawg

February 5th, 2011
4:44 pm

So much for Fran-the-Pan’s negative comments. He really stepped on his dick in my book. His late-chase-the-recruits-away remarks were ill-timed and ill-advised and shows that a big name has nothing to do with brain size. He and I are the same age, but he never seemed to be a fan after he left. We needed his comments like a hole in the head. Hope he is throuigh commenting on UGA and when Richt puts it all back together I hope he doesn’t show up for the good press.

Thanks for stepping into Richt’s hot seat, hotshot!

Dawg 39

February 5th, 2011
5:03 pm

Sorry Haters but Richt is no longer on the hot seat. Neither Is Bobo. The AD will wait to see how the new 3-4 progresses, how Murray progresses, & how the entire team progresses. They have assured the recruits that no major coaching changes are coming in the immediate future. Recruiting for 2012 is already under way. Now, for me, “It’s Great To Be A Georgia BullDawg”. GATA.

1eyedJack

February 5th, 2011
5:19 pm

Now let’s get ‘em all ready to eat lightning and crap thunder!

tell me again

February 5th, 2011
5:22 pm

Wow – a great top off to this class….went over to the Tech board to see what was happening over there – Geez, talk about recruiting envy – LOL It’s so sad that the Techies can only come back with how hard it is to get into Tech and how much smarter they are and how tough they play us with inferior talent yada yada yada….we’ve had a bit of a bad run the last two years, it’s true…..I think that streak is over…..don’t worry Techies – we WILL see you on the field next year….10 out of 11 anyone?

1eyedJack

February 5th, 2011
5:26 pm

Yeah, Tech is truly miserable. And now they can’t even brag about basketball.

Blackberry Cobbler

February 5th, 2011
5:45 pm

Ok, CMR now has his Dream Team. Let’s see what becomes of it.

UGA and CMR have had much bally-hooed recruiting classes before and have little to show for it.

CMR has his players now. If he and his staff don’t produce some major wins with this bunch, then CMR is toast. Frankly, I think we’re still delaying the inevitable. UGA’s had talent…. it’s not the talent, it’s the development and coaching.

McGarity's Son

February 5th, 2011
5:57 pm

@Blackberry- agreed,

VIningsDAWG

February 5th, 2011
6:05 pm

Too late in semester for Jenkins to join. Also I believe he has to graduate from JUCO.

The Dream Team is great but what would you call Alabama’s and Auburn’s. Both were ranked ahead of ours. I hope this gimmick does not come back and haunt us again.

kerryb

February 5th, 2011
6:10 pm

Why do we always have the sky is falling Dawg fans around?

kerryb

February 5th, 2011
6:12 pm

Bill, you make comments about this being Richts must win season but you have to know that his class gives CMR another 3-4 years. If he has not been successful when this class graduates then he will be gone.

Ga Alum 79

February 5th, 2011
7:29 pm

Please do CMR a favor and STOP comparing him to Bear Bryant…if and/or when his record starts approaching Bear’s, then you can maybe mention them in the same breath…also its 2 different eras, things are much different…

Ricky Grooms

February 5th, 2011
7:50 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see how CMR screws this bunch of recruits up. I can’t wait to find out!!!!!

ugab

February 5th, 2011
8:22 pm

Boise State will be ready this year. This is a very important offseason for MR. Get after it

Clowney-Come on down......

February 5th, 2011
8:22 pm

to Athens. I see where UGA is on your list of possibilities. Any defensive end who has more than 200 tackles and 30+ sacks for their junior and senior seasons……is also needed in Athens to help this ‘Dream Team’ become an ‘Nightmare Team’ for any opponent for the next 3-4 years.

Don’t you want to be part of quite possibly the best team in college football. Come on down……

ugab

February 5th, 2011
8:22 pm

No Swimming! Practice only! This is the SEC!

ugab

February 5th, 2011
8:27 pm

I am not too big on the blackouts, and dream teams. I just want to see the dawgs play hard, smash mouth football. No penalties. A strong running game, good special teams! It has been a long time.

ugab

February 5th, 2011
8:28 pm

There has been so many games that ga just beat theirselves.

Snoop Dawg

February 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

The recruits are in, but Richt is on probation…

bottom line

February 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

Can’t Believe all the Dream Team Talk !

With Richt as Coach developing the Dream Team all I can say is …..

Maybe Dan Mullen will be able to do something after we get rid of Richt’s Sorry A$$

drbasic1

February 5th, 2011
8:55 pm

VERY proud of our 2011 class….living here in Texas I go to A LOT of Texs High School football games, a lot of talent here. I am no guru of recruiting but speaking of the 2012 class. google this young man JONATHAN GRAY (ALEDO TEXAS) and see what a freak he is, has now listed his top 5 schools, OK, TX,Tx Tech, TCU…..I played against H. Walker in HS and was there at UGA during his playing years, so have seen this best…and GRAY does have the makings of another. He led the state in all classes in yards, TDs…..never played more than a half…..amazing young man with a lot of charactor…..what ya’ll think? Check his highlights out and trust me, whole game films are highlights!

kerryb

February 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

What I really hate is fair weather nimrods. Get it through your thick sculls, CMR is not going anywhere for 3-4 years and if then maybe. Now, after four years and if this class doesn’t produce the results that everyone thinks it will then he probably will be. Look at the video of the new Butts-Mehre building. The entrance has Mark Richt wallpapered all over the walls. That doesn’t look like a coach that has one foot out the door.

JB

February 5th, 2011
9:00 pm

I’m excited about this class. They gotta be reeling over at Tech. Paul Johnson just finished year three, and most new hires would have a program on the rise. Tech is anything but that. This year was dismal and this class didn’t have any wow or pop. Let him finish 6-6 or so with wins over the obvious and beat downs by BCS type top 25 teams, and you’ll hear more than grumbling next year on the flats. Great Class for Dawgs though.

Snoop Dawg

February 5th, 2011
9:03 pm

JB, if your litmus test is beating Georgia Tech, then get out of here. Woodward Academy could beat Georgia Tech these days. UGA’s targets are Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, and Texas.

well Mr. Goatman.....

February 5th, 2011
9:13 pm

Can you say …. Jasper Sanks?

Can you say …. Jasper Sanks?

Can you say …. Jasper Sanks?

Mr. SEC

February 5th, 2011
9:34 pm

Snoop Dawg–did you put Richt on probation? You are crazy as hell!
Hey Bottom Line–Learn all of your grammer rules if you are going to call somebody a “Sorry ASS:! Your ass must had been pretty sorry in school!
I have said many times, (and once more for you), you have got to give these guys 2 years, you can not expect and demand anybody to come in and win the SEC east their first year. It would be great if they did; but ya’ll are already calling for Richt’s head before the season starts.
I will trust the university’s evaluations way before yours! There is no way people in their right mind could put much thought in a want to be Probation Officer and a politician; (nobody listens to politicians anyway)!
Get a life!

THE CORK

February 5th, 2011
9:36 pm

I like to call John Jenkins “THE CORK” or “THE BIG CORK” as we sure hope that he plugs all those holes and leaks in the trenches. GO BIG CORK.

P.O.A.J. 365/24/7

February 5th, 2011
9:42 pm

well Mr. Goatman….. : You never really know, do you? But a lot of schools (including yours, whichever it may be) were willing to take the chance. Life involves probabilities, not certainties, sport.

Jed Clampett

February 5th, 2011
10:49 pm

comparing mark richt to The Bear is a bit of a streatch

rightofcenter

February 5th, 2011
11:01 pm

Thanks for the laughs, Georgia fans. Once again, champions of the off-season. Truly pathetic.

OldFan

February 5th, 2011
11:07 pm

All signing this class means is that these players are here and not at some other school. There is absolutely nothing more that can be said. Will any of them make CMR an overnight football genius the way Cam and Fairley did for Chitzik? Right now all CMR has shown is that he’s a very good salesman. Only games played will tell us if he’s the next SEC philosopher-king.

BiggdawgK

February 6th, 2011
12:18 am

What’s the only thing more pathetic than the guy posting hater comments on a rival team’s blog?

The guy having sex with him.

Camden Mark

February 6th, 2011
12:28 am

We need more guys like Fran to stand up and hold our coachs feet to the fire.All this talent means nothing if they don’t get coached up.Richt flops again next season, we need to see some heads roll.
Look foward to seeing you on the field Big John!

Natureboy809

February 6th, 2011
1:17 am

“Georgia enjoyed its best football day since its 2008 Sugar Bowl blitzing of Hawaii.”
The guy who wrote that obviously wasn’t in Atlanta for the 330+ yards of rushing we put on GT.

dogdawg

February 6th, 2011
1:52 am

God i can’t wait for kickoff!!!!!!

bigdsel

February 6th, 2011
7:20 am

look out SEC, here come the DAWGS!!!!!!

collegeballfan

February 6th, 2011
7:51 am

UGA and suppoeters are calling the 2011 class a “dream team”. Per Scout.com the class has 2 Five Star and 11 Four Star recruits plus Jenkins. So lets call him a 5 Star which would give the class 3 Three Star recruits.

But the 2009 class had 4 Five Star and 10 Four Star recruits. That makes the 2009 class slightly better and more of a “dream team”.

Einstein

February 6th, 2011
8:41 am

collegeballfan: This may come as a shock to you, but not all classes or individual prospects turn out as well as hoped. Oh, this applies to your school, too. Better to have the highest rated players than not, and that is a fact. Don’t give me the Boise, TCU, etc. crap. Look at Vanderbilt, Old MS, MS. State, etc., vs. UGA, FL, Bama, Auburn, etc.

Steve Superior

February 6th, 2011
8:55 am

Saint Mark will really be on the hot seat after my chickens brings you mutt fans back to reality in Athens.

Corn Rolls and Bling

February 6th, 2011
9:00 am

Things should get back to normal this summer in Athens. Looks like UGA is primed for another run for the Fulmer Cup.

SickandTired

February 6th, 2011
9:18 am

He’s the key. This noseguard. He’s gonna put Georgia over the top. Mark Richt is a coaching god and Florida has no chance. I just hope to goodness that shipment of lithium gets to Athens before spring practice. There are some delusional people running around Athens.

Paddy

February 6th, 2011
9:32 am

Double D Double….Jenkins will not be in school in time for the spring practice. He must graduate from JC first. I look for him to be seen this summer around Athens. He will be hard too miss.

Jaydawg

February 6th, 2011
9:37 am

This is a great class, but when I come back to reality and remember that this is the same coaching staff that the last 2 years has went .500 overall and less than that in conference with multiple top10 recruiting classes it tempers my enthusiasm.” We saw Cam Newton as a tight end”?THAT IS SCARY!

10 to 6

February 6th, 2011
9:40 am

Just a friendly reminder that our records indicate that your football program is currently 30 years past due. Prompt attention is requested.

mike

February 6th, 2011
10:09 am

Noticed Steve Hummer had a nice article on the recruitment of IC. He brings the family end to his office overlooking the field. Then has the offensive walk out line up without a running back and places a jersy with #1. CMR says I see you taking that first handoff out of the Isiah formation in the Dome against Boise State. According to Ms Crowell that sold her son.

Nick Saban meets with the family at nursing home where Ms Crowell works signs autographs for all the senior citizens. No promises of starting or recreating the game just for him. Only development of character, competitor and graduating. Per Ms Crowell ” In the end the family preferred Alabama but Isiah after that last visit was all Georgia and we will support him”

To quote Marcus Dupree after he decided on Oklahoma over Texas. ” I always will regret that I did not listen to my mother”

saban

February 6th, 2011
10:14 am

Hope the dream team is not as inbred as UGA.

Puppies the nightmare begins with the boys from Boise State.

50-8

saban

February 6th, 2011
10:20 am

I believe the Titanic left port with the same optomistic beliefs. One iceburg later reality sank in.

Max

February 6th, 2011
10:26 am

THE YEAR OF THE DAWG IS HAVING A GREAT START!! GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Dogs Smell

February 6th, 2011
10:57 am

Watch how quick this dream turns into a nightmare !

John

February 6th, 2011
11:29 am

Meanwhile, SC has quietly assembled another very solid class. And, if they land Clowney on the 14th, which I believe they will, SC will have a great class. It’s just like when SOS was at UF. He recruited very solid classes that were always ranked below UGA, Bama and LSU. He’s got some serious talent now. I saw a mock draft for Spring 2012 showing 3 SC players in the top 12 picks. Not too shabby.

showmedog

February 6th, 2011
11:56 am

Not a victory of any kind! A victory happens on the field. We have had recruiting classes equal or better than this class several times.
CMR lost 7 games last year. Unbelievable! Inept! Why waste any more time on this coach?

Dumb Dogs

February 6th, 2011
12:31 pm

Wish we had something to be proud about at Tech but there is nothing!!!

Prince of Alabama

February 6th, 2011
12:33 pm

Our players at Bama and Auburn learn how to cook BBQ because there is nothingelse if they don’t make it in the Pros!

Inlet Dawg

February 6th, 2011
12:44 pm

Big name recruits don’t win games,it is what they do with them after they get there.Past history says doing less with more than most any other program.So,our 2012 staff will at least have something to work with.

Joey

February 6th, 2011
12:57 pm

Been a long time supporter of Mark Richt, but in the past year I’ve been a vocal critic, until today.

A couple of weeks ago, a son of a Charlton County High teammate of mine (from the mid-70s), and a teammate of Jay Rome and Malcome Mitchell at Valdosta High drowned in a duck hunting accident. He didn’t have a scholarship offer from UGA but had decided to walk on in the upcoming season.

Mark Richt sent a letter to be read at the kid’s, James Eunice, funeral in which he told James that he had “made the team,” as well as “God’s team.”

Richt also sent a UGA game jersey with Eunice’s name on the back, which was displayed at the service.

I have always thought of Mark Richt as a coach who just was not a good enough sideline coach to compete with the Sabans and Myers, but when a man displayed a heart of gold like he did in this situation, it’s hard to feel anything but admiration for him.

Mrak Richt didn’t do this for exposure or somebody in the media would have learned of it, but just to do what he could for grieving parents and friends.

I will never have a negative thing to say (or write) about this fine man again.

Nothing but the Truth

February 6th, 2011
1:06 pm

Here we go again with all the hoopla about UGA’s stellar recruiting class. But once again they will finish in the middle of the SEC, an average team with great players on paper but average results. It is similar to marrying the beauty queen with a knock out figure only to find out she is frigid in the sack!

DawgVoiceofReason

February 6th, 2011
1:46 pm

This is a great recruiting class but everyone (Dawg fans) need to give them time to develop. Even Florida, which had the number one (by most estimates) recruiting class last year, did not see that immediately turn into success in 2010.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 6th, 2011
1:59 pm

Nothing but the Truth,

Maybe your handle is not so accurate. First of all, all of the teams in the SEC, including UGA, are competing against the very best teams in the country. So, even with some very good recruiting classes for UGA, those classes recently have not been as good as Alabama’s, Florida’s, and last year, Auburn’s (which saw immediate success due to Cam). And last year was not a very good class for UGA. You are false to imply that we are always “middle of the pack” in our results during the season. The Dawgs have won 2 SEC championships in the last 8 years. There is reason to be excited about this class for the future and to expect great things from these guys. Of course, the real test will be how they do on the field.

GATA

February 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

All sounds great, but what about the O-line? Other than getting that giant nose guard for the 3-4, that will be the most critical part of the team that needs improvement. Crowell and Murray are great, but not if it’s jail break every down.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 6th, 2011
2:32 pm

Mike,

That was a bit of an embellishment, don’t you think? There is nothing in the Hummer article to indicate that Coach Richt referred to an “Isiah formation” (sic) and nothing to say that sweet, innocent, Coach Saban approached him or his family with “No promises of starting or recreating the game just for him. Only development of character, competitor and graduating”. While Coach Richt perhaps went beyond his normal approach, he is not turning over the team to Crowell and you better believe that Saban gave his best shot (whatever that means for him) to get him.

1970Dawg

February 6th, 2011
2:43 pm

Joey, Thank you for your post at 12:57. It just shows once again that CMR is a class individual who just doesn’t “talk the talk” but who also “walks the walk” in his daily life. He leads our football program with integrity and I for one am PROUD to have him as our coach.

1970Dawg

February 6th, 2011
2:52 pm

Mike,
It sounds like you are a little bitter about losing IC. Maybe he saw the opportunity to play early at UGA as an incentive. Alabama already had Richardson back next year as well a 4* recruit (Hart?). Saban can offer them all but he can’t sign them all.

Ceasar

February 6th, 2011
3:17 pm

Anything short of a NC in 2012 is a failure!!!!!!!!!

Mex

February 6th, 2011
3:54 pm

Now we just have to hope they all qualify. Crowell sounded like he may be able to give Yech’s former Michael Johnson a run for his money in a spelling contest.

the truth hurts

February 6th, 2011
4:47 pm

You dumb dog muts done get it– Richt had ANOTHER top 10 recruiting class…………..duh. WHAT’S NEW?! Like this is something new??? With the copy cat Auburn “ALL IN” stuff, aka “dream team” he was able to impress 17 year olds like Crowell (lololol- I thought that show-boating with the kid on the in door field was an NCAA violation, but who cares) Richt covered his a___ for the spring, but its the SAME ole undisaplined coach, with lousy strength and conditioning, and a penchant for choosing kids who love to drink and drive more than play football. You know what “stupid” is??? Doing the same damn thing, over and over and over again, and expecting a different result. There are 4 teams in the SEC west that can clean your clock the next 2-3 years, so you best hope Richt can find a way to beat UF and SC……..enjoy a great recruiting class– let me know the first time he translates that top 3 talent into something special. Aint seen it yet, and while you dogs chew on the bones he has thrown you, Bama, Florida (twice), LSU, and even AUBURN have won National Championships since his arrival at dog patch central. Good luck. wuff wuff

UGAgrad71

February 6th, 2011
5:09 pm

Maybe the new O-line coach can build a fire under those 300 pounders and UGA mans-up. Use JJ as a blocker in short yardage and goal-line plays with BF 265 pounds also blocking. Nothing like moving the pile back 5-7 yards per play and controlling the clock. The other team cannot score without the ball. Personally, I would be happy to see the dogs win and do it because they have the socalled talent and are coached up and play to expectations.

RAID

February 6th, 2011
5:16 pm

Will Friend to be named next OL coach….Most likely tomorrow…..I for one am happy with it…..

Dawg Tired

February 6th, 2011
5:20 pm

As a Dawg stuck up in a foreign nation called North Carolina, I’m hoping what I’m seeing in NC State basketball is not what I’m seeing in UGA football. NC State just had a top 5 recruiting class in basketball that has turned to mush because of absolutely no coaching. It seems clear that Sidney Lowe is in his last year as State’s BB coach because he has been unable to win with what all the so-called experts said was a very talented recruiting class. Is it possible we are about to see the same thing with Coach Richt? I hope not (and actually am inclined to think not because CMR has been a winner most of his time at UGA), but it seems the question is worth asking. Searles leaving is a good thing IMHO. Not happy about the linebacker coach bailing out after one year. Are these defections indicative of things to come?

Dawg Tired

February 6th, 2011
5:25 pm

Obviously the blogger known as THE TRUTH HURTS has some difficulty with writing the English language. However, my real concern is just what is he doing on this site which is quite clearly aimed at UGA fans, which just as clearly he is not. Maybe he also has trouble comprehending the English language.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

February 6th, 2011
5:55 pm

I’m no dog hater or lover, but its good to see the UGA fans are optimistic. Howver it is not likely the freshman class is gonna come in and blow everybody away. Its a building process. This great recruiting class just shows the respect and appreciation these kids have for UGA and the SEC. I often wonder why some UGA fans can’t seem to get their pokes in at GT. That program is not even CLOSE to the caliber of any SEC program. If you kick GT’s but as you usually do its no big deal folks. Its like beating Buford H.S. No wait, Buford could most likely beat Tech. G.T. needs to drop football and start a chess team or maybe stick ball. But anyway good luck next season dawgs.

uga's girl

February 6th, 2011
6:02 pm

Dawg Tired, I was thinking the same thing. He attempted to “WOW” us with the word penchant, but could not spell or form a complete sentence. I found it quite entertaining.

So “The Truth Hurts”, please have some knowledge of what you speak before blabbering. I will give you a hint, it’s the “definition” of insane, not stupid. Maybe we will work on your spelling & grammar after the Super Bowl. :-)

tell me again

February 6th, 2011
6:09 pm

this is a great class and there is much to be excited and pleased about – but I tell you what, the biggest plus for us right now is Coach Terschinski in the weight room working these kids butts off. HE is going to make a difference in getting these kids built up and ready to play football. Our conditioning goals have been misguided the last few years / lots of impressive numbers on walls that did not translate into football performance – Coach T will get us back to being big, ugly and mean……GO DAWGS!!!

Disgruntled yellow Jacket

February 6th, 2011
7:01 pm

I gave head to Vince Dooley!

bruce mac

February 6th, 2011
8:31 pm

According to all of you idiots 96 wins in 10 years, 2 SEC Championships, 3 appearances, 7 wins in 10 bowls, more NFL players than any other team, etc. etc. is nothing. God, you people are so ignorant it is embarrasing.

Boolean Logic

February 6th, 2011
9:28 pm

I’m sure I’ve seen this goon’s mug on a poster in the post office.

Richt better alert the bail bondsmen in Athens.

TheItalianDawg

February 6th, 2011
9:30 pm

Im not buying all this hype and frankly not very optimistic about the next season. I will when Georgia start 2-0. talk to me then.

Arabica

February 6th, 2011
9:31 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the six or seven wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

Disgruntled Dog Fan

February 6th, 2011
10:02 pm

We got the best recruits in America. We will win the National Championship next season. If we don’t “fire the “suntanman”, fire the cheerleaders, fire the equipment man, fire the strenght coach, fire the maintainance people, fire the crimmnal justice teacher. No excuse for not winning the SEC EVERY YEAR. Pay the Athens Clarke County cops off and tell em to leave our players ALONE! We’re JAWJA. Damn good DOGS.

damngooddawg!

February 6th, 2011
10:07 pm

The best signee for the Dawgs since Reggie signed at Tech.

David Granger

February 6th, 2011
10:42 pm

We sure needed some good news, and it’s nice to see something go right for us. But that being said, when was the last time we DIDN’T have a good recruiting season? Being a good recruiter is one of the things Mark Richt has always done well.
Now we need to see it pay off:
1. OFF the field, with a big reduction in our players having legal troubles, and
2. ON the field, with the talent translating into WINS!

hunker down

February 6th, 2011
10:57 pm

I think Jenkins is the missing piece and I think it is a hand and glove fit. He can get immediate playing time in the SEC and a program with a history of putting players in the NFL.

UGADawg83

February 6th, 2011
11:21 pm

Folks Richt is the coach we have. Nothing is going to change that between now and the end of the 2011 season. So its time to quit the fussing and moaning and get behind the team and the coaches. True Dawgs will want the team to succeed. What do you moaners want more a good 2011 season or a new coach? As for me and most sane Dawg fans I think a great 2011 is the answer.

DAWG555

February 6th, 2011
11:23 pm

@Arabica….How many different names have you used to copy and paste this same post? Who do you think you are fooling? haha

Preston

February 7th, 2011
12:39 am

Does anyone know how many seasons Jenkins played at MGCCC? I hope just 1 so he’ll be here for at least 2 seasons.

UGA FRIEND

February 7th, 2011
3:54 am

Steve Hummer wrote an interesting article describing how CMR used a dramatic ploy to get Crowell. Anyone know why he does not allow comments?

UGA FRIEND

February 7th, 2011
4:11 am

CMR pulled a great dramatic ploy in geting Crowell to sign. Although, other coaches may have used it in the past, this is the first time I have seen a coach set up an offensive formation, dress the recruit in helment and jersey and ask him if he is ready to fill in the missing player in the backfield.

Dawg79

February 7th, 2011
6:22 am

Friend, you like that ploy? Or does it embarrass you, like it does me. 6-7 for a school like Georgia, in the great recruiting grounds of GA, and you all think it’s a turnaround, they got this great class? It’s just the result of a crap season, and coaches selling immediate playing time. But I have to say these kids do seem like quality guys all around, we are lucky to have them, but it’s not because of the coaches doing a great job. Well maybe they did great cause their jobs depend on it big time.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 7th, 2011
8:44 am

Coaches gotta coach:
Come on Dude, you telling me 90 wins in 9 years, think that probably exceeded expectations…Nobody could satisfy you, not even the blow out of Hawaii….Got to agree with tech people who come on here, we do have some stupid fans….

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 7th, 2011
8:47 am

Arabica:
You sound like another Lonesome Loser…Who did that song with you in mind, maybe the Little River Band…..

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

February 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Dawg79:
Go ahead and give the coaches their due…With the season we had last year and to be able to recruit a group like this, WOW…says alot about Georgia and our coaching staff….Don’t be a Lonesome Loser like Arabica….

Paul

February 7th, 2011
10:27 am

To compare Mark (what have I ever won) Richt to Paul Bryant is crazy. If you ever win anything you need to still keep your mouth shut. If you win a lot then comeback and tell us all about your trophies. UGA is the best at winning the mouth trophy. You can see that …can’t you?

DawginLex

February 7th, 2011
10:45 am

What no one is talking about is the fact that UGA 2011 will have some seriously talented depth on the defensive line.

That is what it takes to win in the SEC. I don’t believe we have had it since 2003 quite honestly. We have had some talent but I am talking talent and depth.

Sven Ottke

February 7th, 2011
10:47 am

Congrats UGA! Preseason National Champs for 23 years in a row. Then reality sets in…..and every other program laughs at your gimics. Dream Team? What a joke.

bill

February 7th, 2011
11:27 am

No, beating Florida is a major victory for UGA (& CMR)…would like to see it happen again before I get old!

Fort Worth Dawg

February 7th, 2011
11:32 am

If Richt is in a win-or-get-fired year then there is no incentive to red-shirt anyone.

Tville Dawg

February 7th, 2011
12:43 pm

Greetings from Thomasville-home of the latest goodwill ambassador for the Dawgs-Mr. Ray Drew. I have met Mr. Drew and he is very impressive.

Apolgies to anyone who has already posted this idea, but why not trot out Uga IX at the dome against Boise. Don’t wait for the first home game. I have no problem installing Russ. Do away with this pure white bulldog business-heck all of us have a flea or two.

Coach ‘em up CMR-we’re behind you.

Hard Truth Soldier

February 7th, 2011
12:57 pm

Hard Truth Here, The watch list for the incoming freshmen will look like this; Chris Conley, Wesley Scott, Ray Drew, Isiah Crowell, Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell, and Sterling Bailey. These are freshmen who will make huge impacts right away

GDawg

February 7th, 2011
1:01 pm

Potential Lineup with alternates

Offense
QB 11 Aaron Murray 6-1 210 So. – Lemay, Mason
TB 3 Washaun Ealey 5-11 215 Jr. – Crowell, King? and Malcom
FB 89 Bruce Figgins 6-4 265 Sr.
WR 17 Rantavious Wooten 5-10 177 Jr. – Troupe, Wesley, Mitchell
WR 12 Tavarres King 6-2 190 Jr. – Brown, Bennett, Conley
TE 7 Orson Charles 6-3 240 Jr. – White, Rome, Lynch
OT 72 Kenarious Gates 6-5 310 So. – Long, Houston
OT 77 Trenton Sturdivant 6-5 312 Sr. – Harmon, Benedict
OG 71 Cordy Glenn 6-5 320 Sr. – Lee
OG 76 Ben Harden 6-3 310 Sr. – Parrish
C 61 Ben Jones 6-3 300 Sr. – Burnette

Defense
DE 93 Abry Jones 6-3 297 Jr. – Smith, Morant
DE 94 DeAngelo Tyson 6-2 290 Sr. – Lott, Bailey
NT John Jenkins 6-4 340 – Anderson, Geathers
OLB 83 Cornelius Washington 6-4 260 Jr. or DE/OLB 47 Ray Drew 6-5 250
OLB 29 Jarvis Jones 6-3 234 Jr. – Longo, Faloughi, Ramik Wilson
ILB 45 Christian Robinson 6-2 230 Jr – Gilliard
ILB 22 Richard Samuel 6-2 234 Sr.- Herrera, Turne
CB 2 Brandon Boykin 5-10 183 Sr. – Love, Marshall
CB 1 Branden Smith 5-11 175 Jr. – Commings, Swann
SS 9 Alec Ogletree 6-3 224 So. – Williams, Moore
FS 18 Bacarri Rambo 6-0 211 Jr. – Hamiton, Deas

bigcalidawg

February 7th, 2011
2:44 pm

We truly reloaded at LB, while we lost 3, we gained Jarvis Jones, Richard Samuel, Turene (sp.), and Ray Drew. We also have monsters returning and T.J. was playin before he got hurt.

Moving DeAngelo to DE and cloggin the middle with Jenkins and the 2 shirts will prove significant.

I believe that Coach Lakatos knows this will be a “turnover-inducing” defense and this year his squad will get maybe 3+ per game.

Commings, B. Smith, Boykin, and the recruits. We are stacked at safety.

I don’t know about the “O”. But we might have the top producing Defense in the SEC next year.

Pacific Dawg

February 7th, 2011
4:20 pm

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Pacific Dawg

February 7th, 2011
4:25 pm

I have just talked to Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu. Tombstone will enroll in summer classes at a JC. Hopefully, he will pull up his grades and be able to sign LOI next year and enroll for winter quarter in 2012. Tombstone’s final 5 are Georgia, UCLA, New Mexico, USC, and TCU.

Fire Mark Richt

February 7th, 2011
6:45 pm

“Folks Richt is the coach we have. Nothing is going to change that between now and the end of the 2011 season. So its time to quit the fussing and moaning and get behind the team and the coaches.”

Well said, UGADawg83

Naggercall

February 7th, 2011
8:56 pm

The Dream Team=Naggers in jail…lol

JW Bowman

February 7th, 2011
9:40 pm

The news on Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu is encouraging. Besides UGA being among his finalists, he’s reportedly up to 6′7 380 and runs the 40 in 5.2, which is staggering for a Samoan beast. Now that he has become a Methodist and is no longer a Mormon, there is no 2-year mission to delay his enrollment. Just needs an academic jumpstart. Plus, he already has a scooter license, though I suppose those are not transferable from Samoa to the state of Georgia.

Fire Mark Richt

February 7th, 2011
9:58 pm

I agree with Tville, let’s give Russ a try and get rid of the pure white bulldogs. Those animals don’t seem to healthy.

JRW7DAWG

February 7th, 2011
10:35 pm

DAWGS are on the RICHT track now!!!!

GA Shawty

February 7th, 2011
10:58 pm

Rumor coming straight from the players is that Washaun Ealey got the kicked off the team today and Caleb King may be transferring!

Dirty Dawg

February 7th, 2011
11:38 pm

Hey hard truth soldier…I’ve got a feeling that you should add the Moore kid from Griffin to your ‘watch list’. Anybody that’s been recruited by us and Florida, Auburn and Alabama has got something, plus I heard a radio interview on signing day where a rep from Rivals said he thought Moore would be one of our top three guys – now that was before we had heard definitely about Crowell and Jenkins, but he was impressed with the kids ability and savvy and talking him up like he was his agent or something.

Plus, if there’s anything to the above post that says both Ealey and King are gone, I really hope we’ll give the Scott-Wesley kid a ‘look-see’ at running back. If he’s as fast, muscular, hard-running and elusive as I’ve read – somebody said he reminds them of Adrian Peterson – then we’d be crazy not to give him a try.

RMikel58

February 7th, 2011
11:46 pm

Double U G is right. If were gonna run a 3-4 defense you better have a great nose guard on D to stop the run up the middle. But even he can get tired if they double team him just like better teams did against Cody with Alabama. What Georgia did against Cody was just put our center on him and he killed us and i think really good OC’s saw this and decided to double team him.
By the 3rd Quarter Cody was done for and then they just let the center handle him. So i guess my worry is that if Jenkins turns out to be pretty good our opponents will double team him and wear him down.
Now im not as smart as some of you guys here and im far from having the knowledge that these defensive coaches have but i see that its a possibility.
Im sure Todd Grantham isnt gonna play him on every down but a big guy like that can get winded if played alot. You know having him sure doesnt hurt but it’ll take more than Jenkins to make a difference.

RMikel58

February 8th, 2011
12:17 am

Ga Shawty- If that is true about Ealy and Samuel im devastated. Truely. I was hoping that getting Crowell would generate better competition at RB and not hurt feelings or giving up. What are these guy’s thinking? I wouldnt think Mark Richt would tell Ealy and Samuel “well guys i finally got a true RB and you guys will have to go down to 2nd and 3rd string”.
Those guy’s better do some real soul searching. Ealy no doubt all georgia fans love you but you came in and underperformed cause we were hoping that you’d develope into a Knowshon Moreno type RB but some reason you seemed to slow down and not run as hard. I think if anything you should realize that nothing is a given. You must work harder in the off season, set goals, prove to yourself who you are and where you wanna go in life and decide from there.
Talent and abilities are just that if you dont use them my friend.
As far as Richard Samuel goes, i still think he can be a good RB and im sure he’s down but you cant blame CMR or the OC for your demise. You put yourself in that situation and only you can get out of it. Leaving the school or just giving up isnt the answer. Lots of players go to practice, dress out on saturday, and wait for their opportunity to play.
When called upon its your time in the lime light and you gotta deliver. I’d say this to anyone!
Richard Samuel full of talent and promise is his own worst enemy. Rise above it brother, play ,compete and make a difference.
Changing schools changes nothing. Your attitude follows you wherever you go. Remember that you get out of it what you put into it. I remember watching Herschel Walker all the way through college and i felt he was the best RB in college football history.
He had speed, elusiveness, running over people and breaking tackles. Then when he got to the NFL he was totally a different player. He was timid, slower, didnt break tackles and seemed to worry about getting injured too much. Wasnt the same.
When you go from Highschool to College remember that there are a group of very talented players from across the country and the competition is fierce. Cant out run alot of these guy’s, bust tackles and soforth. Well its the same way when you go to the NFL.
LB’s, CB’s are as fast as you are. Theres a dozen RB’s as good as you are. That what happened to Herschel Walker. Some people are great in highschool and some are great in college and then some get great in the NFL.
If you wanna be good at something practice when the others practice and play when the others play. But to be great at it you must practice at it everyday, sprints, working out, or things that you might be weak at make it better.
I just hope both you and Ealy do not just leave or quit because of things you hear or fear that might happen, rise above all this and prove to yourself that you can do it.
You have your life ahead of you thats full of promise and hope. People thats my age look back at our mistakes and only wish we were blessed to be in your position because once its gone, you can never get it back.

savannadawg

February 8th, 2011
6:45 am

So what! we STILL don’t have enough defensive inside guys to compete for a championship.

FanSince59

February 8th, 2011
6:49 am

Yeh. Richt and his staff still have to “coach’em up”. We’ll see how they do. A lot of hard core Richt fans may be real disappointed come the end of 2011.

Lagdawg

February 8th, 2011
6:50 am

Great recruiting class. Now lets coach’em up and win some games. This recruiting cycle is over and it’s time to work on the next class. Fla. St. already has seven commits for the 2012 class and Alabama has six. No time to celebrate, the beat goes on. Time to focus on what’s needed in the next class. Let’s get to work.

Lagdawg

February 8th, 2011
6:55 am

We need to bring in at least two more big NT and we still need bigger and better players on both lines. WRs need to be upgraded and we need to bring in two quality RBs in the 2012 class. I saw a different attitude in recruiting but let’s see if it will carry over onto the playing field. Still a little skeptical with Bobo still calling the plays. I really felt like we should have upgraded the coaching on the offensive side.

atl xmen

February 10th, 2011
11:43 pm

February 8, 2011

Winning isn’t everything
Randy Young
CNHI The Times Enterprise Tue Feb 08, 2011, 07:30 PM EST

I’ve been a football fan all my life and have called football games on the radio for the better part of 30 years. I know how important it is to win, especially in the Southeastern Conference, unquestionably the most dominant football league in the universe.

The Georgia Bulldogs’ most recent season wasn’t one most UGA fans will want to remember. The year ended with the first losing record of head coach Mark Richt’s career and, predictably, many Georgia fans were calling for him to be fired.

We’ve all seen coaches screaming at the top of their lungs at their players, many of them cursing with every other word. And, of course, some of them get away with it because they win on the field more than they lose, so their fans put their hands over their eyes and ears and say that it’s all OK.

A devout Christian, Richt has never been a screamer or a cusser. But some “experts” even criticized him for those aspects this year, saying that “top” coaches never bring their religion into play, that intensity and winning should be their primary focus. Basically, because he is a coach who prefers to let his actions speak louder than his words, he has been a target of criticism.

I want to share a little story with you that illustrates clearly there should be much more considered than whether or not he is winning more often than he is losing that measures the worth of a coach — and a man.

Three weeks ago, James Eunice of Valdosta went duck hunting on a big lake in Lowndes County called Ocean Pond. A 17-year old senior at Valdosta High School, Eunice was a talented baseball player who had already been accepted at the University of Georgia.

But as talented he was on the baseball diamond, Eunice was more passionate about football. He was an emotional leader on the most recent edition of Valdosta’s legendary Wildcats football team. And even though he wasn’t a star on the gridiron, his desire made him determined to be a part of the Bulldogs football team once he got to Athens.

So with that dream in his mind and burning in his heart, Eunice had written Richt a letter that spelled out his plan to walk on at UGA in the fall and be a Dawg.

At some point while on the before mentioned hunt, Eunice apparently fell out of his boat and drowned. His body was recovered on Jan. 31, and his funeral was held this past Saturday.

The Valdosta community was stunned. For a bright, young life so full of potential to be snuffed out so prematurely, lives across the board were shaken from their foundations.

For the last two years, Eunice’s Wildcats football teammate, Jay Rome, was one of the most highly recruited players in the nation. While all of the confusion and despair about Eunice was going on, Rome was one of the top players who committed to the University of Georgia. At the memorial service for his friend, Rome spoke. As part of his message, Rome read a personal letter written to the family from Richt.

Mind you, this was a letter written during perhaps the busiest period of the year for big-time college coaches — a time when they are crisscrossing the nation recruiting those players that will be the lifeblood of their programs for the coming years. For weeks at a time, they don’t see their own families while trying to convince top football players in every nook and cranny across America to come to their schools.

In the letter, the Bulldogs head coach opened up about his own heartbreak in learning of Eunice’s passing and also offered his most sincere prayers for the family. He also shared how he had been contacted by Eunice about his plans to walk on the Bulldogs football squad.

Richt stated that Eunice’s name had been added to the teams’ roster and he had officially “made the team.” The family was then presented an official UGA jersey emblazoned with “EUNICE” across the back, and “23” — the number Eunice wore at Valdosta.

Those gathered at the funeral for James Eunice stood, applauded — and cried.

I know if you are a head football coach at a major university you are supposedly paid to win. I understand that ultimately championships and such are your measuring stick, and that just goes with the territory.

But any human being who believes that any victory on the football field could be more important than what Richt just did for the family of a young man whose life ended much too soon needs to take a long look in a mirror.

Like football, life isn’t a game that should be solely measured by whether or not you lose or win. Rather, it should be measured by how you play the game and whether or not God’s rules are at the center of your performance, both on and off the field.

Coach, thank you for the reminder of that fact, one too many of us forget far too conveniently.