Bulldog quotables: On fourth-quarter struggles, suspensions and more

Mark Richt still thinks Washaun Ealey can be great. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt still thinks Washaun Ealey can be great. (Associated Press)

It was an interesting week for the Bulldog Nation, with a big win for the basketball Dogs, some personnel moves in football and the first fresh comments we’ve had in a while from Mark Richt and his team as they get ready to start spring practice on Thursday.

Here are a few Bulldog quotes from the week that stuck with me, some of which might prompt further discussion …

“We didn’t do mat drills this year because the workouts kind of eliminated that. Every day is a mat drill. Every day you’re working hard. Doing these workouts, we’ll definitely be a stronger fourth quarter team. If you look at last year, we really couldn’t finish in the fourth quarter. I feel like these workouts will eliminate that fourth-quarter struggle.”

— Tavarres King discussing Georgia’s new workout regimen, which made the old mat drills obsolete, and confirming what we’d all concluded last season: The Dogs were not in good shape and faded in the fourth quarter.

“My leg got amputated last weekend, so I’ve only got one leg. I’ve got to steal one to play the season with.”

— Aaron Murray tweaking campus newspaper The Red and Black, which misreported he had broken his ankle in two places after he sprained it playing in a pickup game of soccer.

“Most days I thank him for that.”

— Mark Fox on LSU coach Trent Johnson, who introduced Fox to his future wife.

“We want him to be great and he can be if he really takes the right attitude towards it. … We just wanted to grab his attention in all areas, though. I told him and I’ll tell all our guys this: Especially our tailback position is a position of honor, a position of tradition. It’s a position you need to respect, and you need to be the very best you can possibly be.”

Mark Richt on Washaun Ealey’s suspension and subsequent reinstatement to the team.

“Just watching the way he runs, he closes on people, the way he can blitz, I think he can be a unique player at that position.”

— Todd Grantham on Alec Ogletree and his move from safety to inside linebacker.

“This has been a great experience here. I had fun the whole time I was here.”

— Jeremy Price of the basketball Dogs on Senior Night.

“We faced a below-average pitcher that we couldn’t put things together against. That’s just the game. That’s guys getting out of their element and not taking care of their situation and putting pressure on guys behind them. It’s the game that we have to play better and the game that we have to execute better.”

— Baseball coach David Perno after his struggling Diamond Dogs suffered a shutout loss to Furman.

“I was lying on the ground saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to Coach Bobo right now.’”

— Aaron Murray on how he felt immediately after injuring that ankle.

“I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it. It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the steps and get hurt. So I’ve never really done that.”

— Mark Richt on why he doesn’t forbid members of his team from playing other sports.

“We’ve got to get him healthy. The poor kid has been hurt the entire year.”

— Mark Fox on Trey Thompkins, whose latest ailment threatening his playing time is an ingrown toenail.

“This year, it’s kind of like do-or-die.”

— Brandon Boykin, offering a concise summation of the football Dogs’ mind-set about the 2011 season.

Feel free to sound off on any of that or whatever else about UGA sports is on your mind this weekend.

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213 comments Add your comment

Richie

March 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

U dont know da

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
4:21 pm

Good to know that Stanford’s coach would “plan” to beat every SEC team by 50 points. Good job.

Perhaps you would not “plan” on close games, but the real coaches that actually do have to live it, realize that close games are the norm in this league. What is DUMB is to ignore an absolutely identifiable problem that lessened the chances of winning those close games. So for you, if can’t score first, no need to even worry about the performance of the team during the othere quarters?

As far as “tone”. The other team has a tone and they don’t give a crap about your tone. That’s just cliche’ BS.

Obviously when a team outscored an oponent, there is statistically a greater chance that they also scored first. I assure that’s not solving any great mystery for the gentlemen who spend decades coaching football for a living. You are confusing cause and effect.

As far as you knowing Richt’s entire coaching philosophy, I’ll say again. THIS artical, THIS discussion is about the 4th quarter. THAT is a physical situation. THAT can be addressed with an actual program. What you are talking about is a conpletely subjective banality best suited for locker room pep talks.

BTW, Richt already said that scoring first was important. (so appearantly you do not know his entire philosophy very well). He addressed that last year a couple of times. Made a big point about it the days before the bowl game, AND mentioned itafterwards as a factor in going for the sure 3 to go ahead and score first. I am certain that you defended his decision to do that, right?

Carl Spackler

March 7th, 2011
5:09 pm

Who takes Alec Ogletree’s safety position? Myabe it has already been mentioned, but I haven’t gone thru the previous 4 pages. Also, I would think after Rambo’s poor performance/out-put last year that they would be looking to replacing him. Rambo has never played with the same intensity that he had before his concussion.

Shawn

March 7th, 2011
5:29 pm

Don’t pay attention to the band wagoners AltamahaDawg. They will try to twist any quote by CMR into the negative. The funny thing is that they take LY’s bad season and try to reflect all the negativity onto next year. I think that because of the poor showing last season some positive changes have been made (When at the darkest You see the light!). We will see the off field work turn into more wins on the field next year.
The guy posting who said how great Boise and USCe’s programs are and how poor UGA’S is. Do a little research and see that UGA has a winning record by a huge margin over both these programs under CMR. They will blow out Boise to start the season NY. I have no doubt about that one. I just hope they don’t get overconfident going into their second game against USCe. If they don’t it will be a great year for the Dawgs!

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
5:34 pm

What I keep wondering is why folks tend to talk about Rambo as before and after that concussion. As if he had some resume’ prior. I’d be willing to bet that the only reason most folks even knew he was in that game at that point is that play. He really had been used very sparingly up to that, and I don’t remember it being anything to write home about.

That being said, I still would look for him and all the DBs to improve this year. What seemed very clear early on last year was they they were completely lost back their assignment wise. That certainly tends to slow down your speed. They were getting burned pretty regularly the first half of the year, but seemed to stop that later on.

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
5:42 pm

Oh I just pay attention because I enjoy calling them out.

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
5:44 pm

Not you Carl. You good.

PC

March 7th, 2011
6:11 pm

Who wins the 1st quarter is more predictive than who wins the 4th quarter, apparently, everybody knows this except Mark Richt.

Carl Spackler

March 7th, 2011
6:33 pm

@AltamahaDawg…if you recall his freshman year when he was looking to get more playing time, he was quite impressive with some of the licks that he delivered…however, after he got his bell rung he seems to have been very tentative in his over-all play…could just be my perception, could have been the new system, could have been the sophomore slump, but it just seemed to me he lost his swager…if you recall he was woofing at Da’Rick Rogers, so I guess I expected a player that played like he woofed…LOL

PC

March 7th, 2011
6:35 pm

Stanford won by an average of 22 points. They plan to BLOWOUT every team, not be in a tight fourth quarter battle.

Georgia’s average scoring margin was a measly 6.8 a game this past season.

Sammy

March 7th, 2011
6:36 pm

good point PC, I agree, Richt’s emphasized the wrong quarter, and expects to be a close game every week instead of winning big.

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
6:36 pm

1. How do you know what he does or doesn’t know?
2. What do you suggest he should do to win the first quarter, that is entirely different than what he is doing to try to win the 4th quarter.

Your entire argument is based on your perception of something he didn’t say. Real strong.

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
6:45 pm

Carl, that might also be in part due to the fact that last year, he was only ever in the game with very limited responsibilities, in the nickle package. This past year, as a true position player, he was expected to be a lot more cerebral about what he was doing in coverage. They all looked lost and slow for a lot of the year.

Goalie

March 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

PC:

So true. Meyer teaches college football is about momentum, really emphasizes scoring first, and winning the first quarter, Richt, after 25 years, hasnt figured out hwo to solve this.

Goalie

March 7th, 2011
6:57 pm

Pay me $2.8 million and I’ll solve that problem. That’s what Richt’s paid million to figure out.

Oscar

March 7th, 2011
6:59 pm

I would bench players that don’t perform well in the first quarter (QB/WR/TE/RB).

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
7:04 pm

I’m sure Meyer considered benching Tebow when he got off to slow starts in a game. Tebow was the poster boy for strong 4th quarter performances.

Buckeye

March 7th, 2011
7:04 pm

I can’t spell simple words like “urine” and “fraudulent”, yet I mock other people’s spelling. Holy cow, am I a self-deluded loser, or what?

F1

March 7th, 2011
7:09 pm

mURRAY’S RANKED IN THE 80′S AMONG qb’S IN PASSING EFFICIENCY & PASSING ACCURACY IN THE RED ZNE.

F1

March 7th, 2011
7:10 pm

I’D CLOSELY MONITOR HOW GUYS DO AGAINST WINNING TEAMS IN:
3RD DOWN
1ST QUARTER
4TH QUARTER
RED ZONE

Sammy

March 7th, 2011
7:12 pm

It’s just a big mistake to teach your team to expect a bunch of close games. Harbaugh never taught that kind of garbage, you dominate teams, you run up the score on them, you psych them out.

Jones

March 7th, 2011
7:14 pm

Richt needs to quit rating Bobo & Murray by how they do against weak teams like Idaho State. Anyone could beat those kind of teams.

Monitor how they do against the best teams, that’s the true measure, Bobo can’t even average 20 points a game against winning teams, good for 10th in the SEC in ffensive scoring. Murray ranks middle to bottom among SEC QB’s against winning teams.

John

March 7th, 2011
7:30 pm

I’m glad people are begining to see that Murray is a snakeoil salesman. He padded his states against non-winning teams and in 4th quarter blowouts when defenses are in “prevent”. He had more yards passing than some of the quarterbacks and UGA still lost, that only means he good at “garbage stats”. If you look at his stats overall, they look appealing but when you look deeper, he’s awful on 3rd downs, awful in the red zone, and can’t see the tight-end over the middle.

Jones

March 7th, 2011
7:40 pm

John-

Exactly right. Bobo’s pffense averages a whopping -42- points against losing teams like Idaho State, but only -18- points a game aganst winnning teams, Bobo’s offense couldn’t even score on UCF or South Carolina. Only scored once on Miss State.

Richt respond to this atrocious offensive year by saying Bobo almost set a Georgia record.

Georgia George

March 7th, 2011
7:51 pm

Murray played great against Louisiana Lafayette, looked like Cam Newton.

DWick

March 7th, 2011
7:55 pm

Richt says Ealey “can” be great, implying Ealey hasn’t been so far? Really? Herschel Walker averaged 5.3 ypc, Ealey’s at 5.5. Walker averaged a td every 20 carries, Ealey got 1 every 14 in 2010 and averages a td every 20 touches, like Herschel Walker. Ealey averaged 7 ypc in the 4th quarter and ranked #3 rb in country in 4th quarter td’s. “Can” be great, looks like, compared to Herschel Walker, Ealey already is “great”, and can be the “greatest”.

DWick

March 7th, 2011
7:57 pm

Odd that Murray thinks it’s funny that he risked the entire season over a soccer game. Apparently, his choice was a joke to him. What an interesting perspective.

Georgia George

March 7th, 2011
7:58 pm

Bobo coached lights out against Vanderbilt. What a coach!!!

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
8:45 pm

Yep! That’s all Richt did about the offense. He “said” something. That’s was how he responded. He didn’t try to recruit better players. He didn’t make any changes on the staff. He didn’t change anything about the offseason preparation. He didn’t reallocate his own time to help more. He simply blew the whole thing off with a sound bite. You really exposed him with that one.

Can we get a Georgia Blog out here for adults?

GeorgiaGeorgeDWickJonesJohnSammyF1Oscar

March 7th, 2011
9:32 pm

Enter your comments here

GeorgiaGeorgeDWickJonesJohnSammyF1Oscar

March 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

Goalie, etc., etc. etc

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2011
10:03 pm

Don’t you hate when you can’t decide which name is going to agree with yourself?

Sensei John Kreese

March 7th, 2011
10:30 pm

To put Ealey in any discussion with Herschel Walker is absolute blasphemy. Ealey couldn’t carry Herschel’s jock. If he did, he’d probably fumble it near the goal line.

college football

March 7th, 2011
10:54 pm

It’s a tragedy what happened to that kid who suffered the neck injury. My heaat goes out to him and his family.

DWick

March 7th, 2011
10:57 pm

Ealey averaged 5.3 ypc in 2010 and had 11 td’s, Mark Ingram averaged 5.5 ypc and had 13 td’s, pretty good company for a running back that’s “can be great”, according to Richt.

DWick

March 7th, 2011
10:59 pm

Ealey broke all Herschel’s high school records, ran for 8000+ yards and 133 touchdowns. Ealey can break all of Walker’s college records if Richt will hand him the ball like Dooley did to Walker, Ealey averages the same as Walker in ypc & td’s per carry.

Nickleknee

March 7th, 2011
11:05 pm

We want the Georgia coach to be great, and treat it as a position of honor. Not win less games than the year before 7 out of the last 8 seasons.

Nickleknee

March 7th, 2011
11:08 pm

If Richt cleans up some of the embrassing off the field arrests, and the embarrassing 6-7 season, along with the embarrasing 2-8 record against #1 rival Florida, Richt can be great. But we need Richt to bring the complete package, lead his team in greatness, on and off the field. Richt can be great, but he needs to bring honor to the Head Coach position at Georgia not embarrasment. Hopefully, Richt learned his lesson in 2010. If not, fire him.

barrow dog

March 8th, 2011
5:03 am

this blog is like a friggin car wreck… can’t help but look, but are sorry you did. geez, people get a life!!!!

Skittles and Red Bull

March 8th, 2011
9:32 am

barrow dog, some adolescent makes 2-3 sentence annoying, inane posts constantly under different names. It will stop when the AJC decides to do something about it, which will be when their sponsors realize the figures they are being given for page hits are bogus and the “eyes” they really want are tuning out. Until then, get used to it.

AltamahaDawg

March 8th, 2011
9:40 am

WOW, knee!

While he is at it, how about:
Hit the Mark
Take the ball and run with it
Reach for the Stars
Be all he can be
Take the bull by the horns
Run the gamut
Walk on Water

Bowler

March 8th, 2011
9:44 am

Richt can be great. I know, I know, the last time Richt was great was 2007, that’s so true, that’s the last time Richt increased his win total over the previous season. Now, even thought that’s only happened in 2007, since 2002, in other words, once in 8 seasons, I’m still convinced, if Richt does all the right things we expect him to, Richt can be great. 2010 was a nightmare for the fans both on the field, and off the field. Hopefully, Richt has turned the corner in 2011 and can be great, lesson learned.

Bowler

March 8th, 2011
9:47 am

Hopefully Richt will approach 2011 with the right attitude, trying to just be a winner, to be the ebst he can be, to be great. Hopefully, going 6-7 in 2010, and losing more games than the year before 90% of the last 8 seasons got Richt’s attention.

TROJAN

March 8th, 2011
9:48 am

For the posters who spew stats saying the Ealey is a GREAT back, you need to realize that Ealey is at present only an average back. He has little ability to make anyone miss him and he has only average strenght to break a tackle.

Comparing him to Herchel is a joke.

Bowler

March 8th, 2011
9:49 am

Hopefully, ranking #1 on most hotseat lists got Richt’s attention. You have to think, Richt can be great. But you don’t get to a #1 ehotseat ranking by being great. Richt needs an attitude adjustment. Can Richt be great? I believe he can.

Honky Tonky

March 8th, 2011
9:53 am

Washaun is perhaps the greatest running back to ever run the ball for Georgia. Moreno might be the only one that beats Washaun. 5.5 yards per carry, and scoring a touchdown every 20 carries, that’s big time productivity that exceeds Herschel Walker’s performance. Washaun’s on the right track increasing his touchdown to carry ratio to a staggering 1 touchdown per 14 carries. Just to put that into proper perspective, Walker’s was 1 touchdown per 20 carries.

Honky Tonky

March 8th, 2011
9:57 am

Georgia has never lost a game, ever, when Washaun got 25 carries, or busted 100 yards. Washaun is the most consistent winning formula Georgia has on the team.

Honky Tonky

March 8th, 2011
10:00 am

I feel Richt can win a National Championship, Richt can be great. He’s come up short so far. But, if he coaches like a Georgia coach should, and does things the Georgia way, Richt can be great. Right now, at 6-7, he’s not even average. But Richt can be great. Richt can get back to winning more games than he loses.

Big Will

March 8th, 2011
10:05 am

You’re only as good as your last game. Richt lost that one. You’re only as good as your last season, 7 losses, losing season. This is what Mark Richt is right now. I hope Richt reaches his capacity. Last season was so below what Georgia fans deserve and expect from a head coach being paid $3 million a year, frankly, I’m surprised Richt’s still emnployed. I do see Richt needing to pack his suitcase, I don’t think he gets through the 5 games swing against those 5 top 25 teams, at better than 1-4, heck, Richt went 0-6 last season against winning teams.

FED UP

March 8th, 2011
10:09 am

WHY CAN’T RICHT FINSIH #1? WHY CAN’T RICHT FINISH THE DRILL?