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

FED UP

March 8th, 2011
10:11 am

RICHT NEEDS TO FORGET ALL THIS TALK ABOUT “GREATNESS” AND START FOCUSING ON FIXING STUFF CORRECTLY THAT AIN’T GREAT. RICHT’S NOT GOOD AT FIXING UNGREAT THINGS. BUT RICHT TALKS A LOT ABOUT GREATNESS, JUST CAN’T ACHIEVE IT.

Ron Smith

March 8th, 2011
10:13 am

If you are a Bulldog fan learn to live with disappointment. The 2011 season might be bad. Pep rallies can only do such much – i.e., “blackouts”, running onto the field with players, trick plays, fake punts, etc. Sound conditioning, good offensive play calling, some defense (any defense), keeping players out of jail, stopping the “thug” behavior might work better. However, get ready for another losing season, maybe 5-7?? I’m not optimistic, did you notice? LOL

V7

March 8th, 2011
10:26 am

When you’re supposed to be some kind of great offensive coach, and your team averages a measly 18 points a game on offense, good for 11th in the SEC, that’s not bringing it, it’s not being the best you can be. This offense averages 18 points a game against winning teams. Worst in the league except for Vanderbilt. Richt just likes to talk about being great. But Richt’s offense isn’t great, is the worst.

Trip

March 8th, 2011
10:36 am

Let’s say I had a toothache. So I decided to fix it by brushing more often, or using a pain killer. Would that make my toothache go away? That’s why none of Richt’s plans to win more games than they seaosn before ever work.

V7

March 8th, 2011
10:38 am

At 6-7, and 0-6 against winning teams, Richt’s not even an average coach, much less good, or great. I don’t blame Boise Statew for scheduling Georgia, it’s an easy win for winning teams, Richt can’t beat a good team, as everyone now knows.

Trip

March 8th, 2011
10:40 am

If Richt was a car mechanic, if he heard an engine knocking, he’s recommend a new paint job.

Que

March 8th, 2011
10:48 am

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

2- That explains why the Dogs went 6 & 7 last year. EVERY YEAR IS DO OR DIE. Where’s the sense of urgency on this team? This is where entitlement gets you. You expect to win games, by walking onto the field with a G on your helmet. Can’t beat a conference USA team? You gotta EARN RESPECT EVERY YEAR, nobody cares about what you did LAST DECADE.

Trip

March 8th, 2011
10:49 am

If Richt saw a hungry guy, he’d offer him a coat.

Trip

March 8th, 2011
10:52 am

If Richt kept getting flat tires, Richt would never change his alignment.

Slider

March 8th, 2011
10:58 am

You can’t fake your way into confidence.

New slogan, new jersey color, new conditioning coach, new recruits, new coaches, new building, all gimmicks.

New does not = confidence

To become confident, WIN GAMES.

confidence = win games

AltamahaDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:06 am

Ron, which 7 games will they lose and why?

Al

March 8th, 2011
12:55 pm

Will lose to all 5 winning teams (SC, BS, Aub, Fla, MSU). Why? Because Richt went 0-6 last year too. Will lose to Tenn & Ga Tech. Why? Because Richt lost agame to UCF & Colorado alst year, so you have to add 2 on there where Georgia’s favored, but loses.

AltamahaDawg

March 8th, 2011
2:37 pm

Wow, So not only is UGA’s season predetermined…..but all of our opponents record are predetermined as well. In terms of them all being “winning teams”, wouldnt that be determined by who they play as well? What if they turn out to be losing teams, because the team that they play are all better, does that change our record? Hmm, seeing some holes in that logic, go to tell ya. Sounds like a house of cards there.

PS. I was actually looking for a tad more of a football related conversation in the “why” category. As In: what the teams had coming back, personnel, key match-ups, etc. But sure, let’s just go all middle school and say it’s “because”.