Brandon Boykin returning punts sounds like a good idea

Adding Brandon Boykin to the Dogs' punt return corps is an enticing prospect. (Associated Press)

Adding Brandon Boykin to the Dogs' punt return corps is an enticing prospect. (Associated Press)

Some Saturday morning musings …

I LIKE THIS: Brandon Boykin, who has returned four kickoffs for touchdowns so far in his career, was among the Dogs fielding punts in practice Thursday, along with Branden Smith (last year’s main punt returner), Tavarres King and Carlton Thomas. Said Boykin of the prospect of adding punt returns to his duties as cornerback and kickoff returner: “If they want me to return punts, I’m definitely up for it. Anytime I can get the ball in my hands, you know I’m going to say yes to it.” Hey, might as well go for broke with ace returner Logan Gray gone!

I ALSO LIKE THIS: A lot of folks did double-takes at published shots of Kwame Geathers at practice this week and how huge and yet in great shape he looks. Geathers says he’s up to 344 pounds now (from a listed 325 before the bowl game) but maintains the added weight is muscle. “My body fat went down,” Geathers said. Of Joe Tereshinski’s new strength and conditioning program, the big boy says, “I buy into it.” I know everyone’s excited about big John Jenkins arriving at nose guard this fall, but if Geathers can provide a strong backup to him at that position and start commanding some double-team blocks, the Dogs’ defense is going to be in much better shape in the middle.

NOT THRILLED WITH THIS: Dawgs247 reports that after three practices, Mark Richt’s assessment of the battle between Jakar Hamilton and Shawn Williams to replace Alec Ogletree at safety isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of either: “They’ve still got a ways to go.” And despite this being the second year for them in the scheme, Boykin hints that neither the erstwhile “Hitman” nor Williams have a complete grasp of Todd Grantham’s defense. The problem, he says, is “maybe not knowing 100 percent what to do.” You’ve got to wonder when the light bulb finally is going to come on for one of those guys.

BYE BYE: ESPN’s Chris Low looked at the SEC schedule released this week and noted that Alabama still faces the most SEC opponents coming off a bye week, though it’s three this year, down from six last year. But of more interest to us is that Georgia is the only other team in the league that plays more than one SEC team coming off a bye. Florida and Auburn are both off the week before playing the Dogs this coming season. The good news, in that regard, is that both Georgia and Florida are off the week before the clash in Jacksonville, so there should be no advantage given there. Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee all face just one team coming off a bye and Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt don’t play any SEC games this season where the other team is coming off a bye.

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93 comments Add your comment

Todd Grantham

March 26th, 2011
11:31 am

GATA GATA GATA GATA

March 26th, 2011
11:33 am

GATA GATA GATA GATA

March 26th, 2011
11:33 am

Telstar Bloog

March 26th, 2011
11:34 am

The biggest change that CMR needs to make is to stop recruiting the low-class illiterates and thugs who he seems to think will win for him and keep his oversized paychecks coming in. People like Marcus Dowtin, A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, and others too numerous to mention are not team players, they’re thug wannabes who are much closer to a gang than a team.

It’s sickening to see felons and goons like these representing the state’s flagship university.

Dawgs36

March 26th, 2011
11:39 am

Alright………..the last thing we need is problems at safety. I wish we would have kept Ogletree at safety because I want receivers to think twice about going across the field. Hamilton cannot tackle for his life I’m sorry. I can still see him bouncing off Lattimore like a racket-ball like he did last year. Who knows, maybe Corey Moore will be able to grasp the concept

Dawgs36

March 26th, 2011
11:40 am

Telstar Bloog…..
Green was a team player. Apparently you missed his blocking efforts this year

Zoli

March 26th, 2011
11:50 am

We will be fine at safety. There is good competition there. Ogletree has grown out of the safety body and is a better fit at OLB. He was getting smoked and getting beat deep back there last year. Once these guys get some reps in the light will click on sooner or later. So pumped for next year!

Jemel Riggins

March 26th, 2011
11:58 am

I hope corey moore catch on fast

It Ain't Rocket Science

March 26th, 2011
12:05 pm

Stop some of the plays at the line of scrimmage, or in the backfield, and the safeties will be just fine. Put the pressure on the QB and the safeties will have time to react. They will learn the defense or coach G. will find somebody who can play the position and will learn, what it takes. I hope the coaches take a “No Prisoners”, attitude this year with returning players. If you aren’t smart enough to catch on to the responsibilities of your position, you do not need to be playing.

QB

March 26th, 2011
12:09 pm

They should give Sanders Cummings a shot at safety then your secondary would be smith, boykin, rambo, cummings. Jordan Love, Owens, or incoming freshman as nikel and dime backs.

McDawg

March 26th, 2011
12:21 pm

Boykin still needs to wrap up the ball-he is one hit away from a fumble

Dorsey Hill

March 26th, 2011
12:31 pm

Telstar,
Felons and goons never win. Just ask Chizik. Clearly there us a correlation between not having guys on your team who committ armed robbery and winning championships. So obviously your analysis is spot on. You must be in Mensa or something. And Downtins long list of legal transgressions need to be stated publicly but I’m not sure where to start well, because there aren’t any. As far as Caleb some might say that failing to pay a traffic ticket is relatively minor, but to us, because of our superior intellect, recognize it as a felonious and goonish. As far as AJ selling his own jersey for money? That would be a capital offense in our world because we see the harm to society caused thereby. But AJ had such little regard for his victims. With respect to gang activity most gangs involve themselves in petty crimes like drug dealing, robbery, murder, but I’m sure that they only stick to that because they aren’t tough enough to join the ranks of those who commit truly dangerous offenses of failing to timely arrive for a discipline run. Most street gang members couldn’t or wouldn’t because of their moral compass involve themselves in such activity. Frankly, Telstar I think you understate the case. BTW : have you considered the benefits of a vasectomy before it’s too late.

Ca dawg

March 26th, 2011
12:38 pm

They’re talking about moving commings to safety, but I think that’s a lasteesort bc he’s got the best ball skills. Williams and Hamilton still have plenty of time to get better before the season starts. But yeah bill, you’re right to be worried. Thrilled to see kwame getting in shape and figuring out what to do; if he plays up to potential, our defensive front goes from being a liability to a strength.

AltamahaDawg

March 26th, 2011
12:44 pm

Jenkins is not going to be able to play every single down from the get go, or ever really. Not to mention we are just guessing /hoping he is the answer. NEED another big body to step up. I can’t help but think we are in better shape this second year across the board.
Even at safety, whoever is not 100% getting it now, they were all about 70% getting it last year including Ogletree. I don’t see that backing up this year. Seems like “replacing him” isn’t really an accurate description of what is going on at that position.

Very Old Dawg

March 26th, 2011
12:45 pm

Dorsey Hill:

Excellent! Thumbs up!

Pago Pago DAWG

March 26th, 2011
12:46 pm

Actually, a lot of us agree with the Telstar……

Nolan

March 26th, 2011
12:48 pm

Florida has the worst schedule in October you can imagine.

Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia.

Nolan

March 26th, 2011
12:54 pm

You put your weakest players at safety if you want to win in the SEC. Put your best players up front to stop the run. You can be worst in the country in pass defense and still win the SEC like South Carolina and Auburn did.

Michael

March 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

AJ Green is nowhere near a “thug”.

DahlonegaDawg

March 26th, 2011
1:00 pm

I like it, Dorsey Hill. We have guys that mess up but people only know about it because the AJC and the Red and Black love to publish dramatic stories about our Dawgs. Looking forward to G-day game–the grass is green at Sanford and its going to be an exciting time.

Billy

March 26th, 2011
1:05 pm

Kudos to Dorsey Hill for taking Telstar Bloog’s inane comments about thugs and gangsters to task. While CMR may be guilty of recruiting some immature players with iffy SAT scores, the perils of teeenage football players selling their own property, missing meetings, drinking underage or riding around on scooters without licenses hardly evokes the image of 30 Deep. Telstar, take a stroll outside of the doublewide and get some air.

pulpwood

March 26th, 2011
1:10 pm

AJ Green is about as far from being a “thug” as anyone I know. I’ve known AJ since he was 7 years old. He’s a great kid- respectful, hard-working, thoughtful and funny. Man, there are some real idiots who post things with anonymity in the internet. Should be ashamed of themselves.

Cheatin Gene

March 26th, 2011
1:18 pm

180,000 reasons why Auburn wins!

dogsfan4life

March 26th, 2011
1:19 pm

if traffic violations make you a thug then im al capone, tony montana, brian nichols and george bush put together!

South Ga Dawg

March 26th, 2011
1:52 pm

Jakar needs to be studying the playbook and be the starting safety. Although he is def no “hitman” he seems to be the best athlete back there.

RabidDawgFan

March 26th, 2011
2:16 pm

I just want a ballhawking safety back there. I want someone that when that ball is up in the air, they have that “it’s mine” mentality. Don’t look for the big hit all the time but look to snag that ball away and give it back to your offense for the opportunity to put up more points. Now if the receiver does happen to come up with the ball, don’t try to make an ESPN highlight hit, just wrap him up and take him down. Too many times last season I saw too many players trying to make that highlight hitstick, instead of wrapping up the ball-carrier and it cost us. FUNDAMENTALS is what wins championships. Blocking, and tackling, and learning how to hold on to the football.

baddawg15

March 26th, 2011
2:39 pm

Seriously some folks on here haven’t been in society to know that this world is not perferct not by a small decimal. Either you have been living under a rock or simply haven’t had a social life. A.J. and the rest of the guys that have made some type of mistakes, are far from thugs and goons.

AltamahaDawg

March 26th, 2011
2:46 pm

Sadly baddawg that’s not even it. It would be a lot less pathetic if that were true. At least that would be some excuse for a grown man to claim. They know all that, they agee with what you said. They just choose to talk that way because nobody knows who they are in here.

victorious sakrete

March 26th, 2011
3:06 pm

Tech has terror cells and drug dealers, not UGA.

DIT

March 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

AJ Made a bad decision, but to call him a thug would be wrong.

1eyedJack

March 26th, 2011
4:40 pm

Bill, you’re kinda dissin’ on Logan Gray. You know, he was ONLY the designated fair catcher, right? Logan was a DGD.

VA DAWG

March 26th, 2011
5:50 pm

I personally would like to see C. Thomas get more return duties. It seems he would be ideal with his quickness, speed and shorter stature…reminds me of Mikey Henderson, Tyson Browning and Prince Miller, who all were exceptional returners. GO DAWGS!

Paddy

March 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

Telstar…..by putting Greene into the same catagory as those others is just unresponsible and tells all, you just don’t know football!

bbitto

March 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

hey well lets hope our offense can get it in gear.If we have a good ball control offense it will give the defense plenty of rest.Hey BoBo it is your make or break year.It is time for offense to show up or BoBo get out.

The Watergirl

March 26th, 2011
7:24 pm

Note to my fellow UGA fans, if we ever have a guy who hypes himself up as much as “Whiffman” we need to kick him off team ASAP

Taras Lane

March 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

There were a lot of things for the dawgs to celebrate last year. Let’s see…

1. A drunken, whoring athletic director with red panties in his lap.

2. Twelve players arrested. And 41% of UGA football players are arrested during their time at UGA.

3. A player suspended for violating NCAA rules.

4. Winning the Fulmer Cup for the most players arrested.

5. Winning the title of #1 party school (i.e., the most drunken student body in the USA).

6. A sleazy assistant coach who razzes opposing players, unethical coaching conduct in violation of NCAA rules.

7. A super sleazy head coach who thinks he’s a saint, but recruits thug wannabes, gangbangers, and illiterate morons.

8. A 6-7 record despite having a team full of 4- and 5-star recruits.

That’s really something to be proud of!

Telstar

March 26th, 2011
7:41 pm

Telstar…..by putting Greene into the same catagory as those others is just unresponsible and tells all, you just don’t know football!

And Paddy, your post shows how illiterate you are, like most Dawgs. Learn to spell. :-)

Vikings87

March 26th, 2011
7:52 pm

Dorsey Hill – I enjoyed that response. I’m still laughing.

PowerDawg

March 26th, 2011
8:04 pm

Geez, how much more time do Hamilton and Williams need? It’s a 3-4 defense not molecular reconstruction.

And someone blogged that Marlon Brown is super talented and athletic but “just needs to learn the playbook better”. WHAT ???

This is his THIRD YEAR in the offense. If he doesn’t know it by now he never will. Guess he will be officially tabbed a bust if he can’t get it done this year.

But have no fear, Bennett is underrated in a HUGE way plus, Conley and Mitchell are the real deal. Mitchell would have been a 5 star if he had been a little taller and faster, otherwise he has all the tools to be another AJ.

mgdawg

March 26th, 2011
8:13 pm

To start with, I’m just glad that logan gray can’t return, fair catch, punts next season. Someone in the safety position needs to step up, I’m not a football expert but I thought the 3-4, 4-3 stuff mainly was a change in dline and linebackers, not so much in db’s. I could be wrong though. Hopefully a freshman can step it up if those two can’t.

On another note, what has happened with branden smith? From what I’ve read he may still not be a starting cb, is he not progressing at all? He is an amazing talent, if he’s just going to be a nickle or dime corner can we use him more on offense then with the lack of receiver experience?

Taras Lane

March 26th, 2011
11:37 pm

In related news, 73% of statistics are made up on the spot.

Snoop Dawg

March 27th, 2011
12:23 am

How come everybody has forgotten about Bozo the Clown and why is nobody demanding that he be fired now?

Is anybody out there? Have the body snatchers consumed the Bulldog Nation?

Joe

March 27th, 2011
3:25 am

Bill, That was a low blow to Logan Gray. I thought better of you than making that kind of comment.

Joe

March 27th, 2011
3:52 am

Speaking of “light bulbs”, Have you noted that Caleb King is 23, Washaun Ealey will be 22 in June and Richard Samuel is 20 years old. What a waste of talent or lack of coaching from the staff concerning Samuel. We would have really been in trouble if he had not played tb his sophomore year. Why waste a kid like this his freshman year on a few plays and a few ko returns. Basically he has been a big team player and a gread dawg. Hopefully he will get to start this year as a LB. He and Ogletree need to be on the field at the same time. You cannot waste an athlete of his class to play malcontent thugs like King, or Ealey.

1962 DAWG

March 27th, 2011
6:33 am

I agree with some of the above. Richard Sammuel needs to be on the field.
One of the best athelet’s on the team and hard working.
The staff at UGA recruited him as a linebacker, not his fault that the running back position didn’t work that well.
At one time Sammuel was considered one of the fastest players on the team, i’m sure he still is, and with his size he needs to be playing somewhere.Saftey???

Paddy

March 27th, 2011
6:34 am

Telstar…this is not a spelling bee. But I did get my point across. You just don’t have the experience to talk like that. Come back after you have seen a few games. Right now you are just too light.

nobody

March 27th, 2011
7:17 am

bring Jake Scott back…he still has one year of eligibility remaining…

Mr. Dawg

March 27th, 2011
7:55 am

That really is good news about Kwame. Depth means everything at all positions and having a rotation between guys with that kind of will wear on opposing centers. Wearing down the man who is typically the O-line signal caller on the field is the kind of thing that could create a domino efftect that disrupts the whole offense. Imagine Jenkins and Geathers lining up together in the middle during certain short yardage or goal line situatations. Reminds me of the days of Jermaine Smith and Jason Ferguson or Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud. Go Dawgs!

Leo

March 27th, 2011
8:08 am

Punt returns doesn’t lead to winning in the SEC.

It’s not the problem.

TROJAN

March 27th, 2011
8:37 am

Tarras Lane: Living with your mother is nothing to be proud of. Go to a church, try to meet a nice GIRL. Get interested in a hobby. Part-time work may help.

Come on branch out and try to make enough money to pay for the internet connection.