What’s your biggest concern about the 2011 Dogs?

Aaron Murray gives the Dogs hope in 2011, but what is the biggest concern? (AJC file)

Aaron Murray gives the Dogs hope in 2011, but what is the biggest concern? (AJC file)

Over at ESPN.com, Edward Aschoff took a look at the biggest reasons for hope and concern for the Georgia Bulldogs this season. As you’d expect, the return of quarterback Aaron Murray was one of the reasons for hope, along with a talented linebacker unit, which he said “could be the most athletic in the league.”

Biggest reason for concern, Aschoff says, is Georgia’s unproven offensive skill players: “The Bulldogs have a ton of offensive talent, but only Murray, wide receiver Tavarres King and tight end Orson Charles have really made any sort of impact. Those three are reliable, but the rest of the group has yet to prove themselves. The Bulldogs haven’t found that elite running back. Washaun Ealey’s future is unknown and senior Caleb King was solid this spring, but has yet to really break out. Ken Malcome and Carlton Thomas struggled with injuries this spring. Incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell will have a ton of expectations to live up to when he arrives and he will immediately be in the thick of the running back competition. At receiver, King will be the go-to-guy, but after him there is a cloud of uncertainty. Marlon Brown seemed to come along at times this spring, but was inconsistent. Rantavious Wooten might be the most athletic receiver, but he, too, was inconsistent this spring and didn’t play in Georgia’s spring game. The rest of Georgia’s group hardly has any experience.”

Do you agree that the offensive skill players are the biggest reason for concern? Bigger than the unsettled secondary, where one of the safety positions is still a big question mark? Bigger than the reshuffling of an already suspect offensive line after the injury of Trinton Sturdivant?

What makes you the most nervous about the 2011 Dogs?

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGEND

The only reason I was surprised by the news this week that Danny Birchmore was being inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame was because I’d just assumed he was already in it.

Birchmore, who lettered on the Georgia men’s tennis team 1970-73, was the first Bulldog to receive All-America honors when he was selected in 1971, and he repeated as an All-American in 1972 in addition to earning four first team All-SEC awards. In 1969, he won the U.S. boys 18 clay court singles title, upsetting Jimmy Connors in the quarterfinals. He was part of that cadre of Athens tennis kids (including future UGA athletic director Greg McGarity) shepherded by the great Dan Magill.

I grew up living around the corner from Danny, whose dad is Fred Birchmore, a legendary figure in Athens known for riding a bicycle around the world as a young man and building a giant stone wall in his 70s. Danny is two years older than me but he and I were in Boy Scouts together (Troop 4’s Buffalo Patrol) and we usually had our patrol meetings at his “Happy Hollow” home, where I spent many an hour tramping through his “backyard” (known to local kids as Birchmore’s Woods and now a part of Athens’ Memorial Park).

Danny easily could have been an intimidating presence to other kids since he was a brilliant student (he’s now a doctor in Nashville and teaches at Vanderbilt), a tremendous athlete and just about the perfect Boy Scout. But on top of all that, Danny was one of the nicest, most humble guys you could ever meet.

I was sitting beside him at Camp Rainey Mountain in North Georgia the night he was tapped for the prestigious Order of the Arrow and I remember how thrilled the rest of us from Troop 4 were for him. I feel the same way about his latest honor.

Give it up for Danny Birchmore, a damn good Dawg!

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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

389 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:29 pm

this same idiot wants to compare Joe cox to Murray.

Just look at the florida game.

Joe cox-got picked repeatedly and we got blown out again. Only scored 2 TD’s

Murray got us back in the game, led us to a tie, got us into OT and we lost 34-31.

No comparison.

Cox was the beneficiary of auburn,SC,Ark all being down. He couldn’t beat UK at home!

cox threw twice as many picks as Murray and he was a 5th year senior, Murray a redshirt freshman.

Just give it up dude. Murray is the starter. If the defense improves, this team will beat a lot of teams including ranked ones.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:29 pm

Dawg Gone that was the worst Gator team since 1989. Murray is a playmaker when he gets outside of the tackles but his pics were because he cannot see over the line of scrimmage. Dude is as good as he will get; sorry just the facts.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:31 pm

Murray is the same size as Russell Wilson yet everyone is salivating over him potentially joining Auburn or SC and leading them to the promised land.

Plus he played in the ACC.

Murray is better.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

DawginLex who really cares about Russell Wilson; Murray WILL NEVER lead UGA to the promised land and either will Richt.

jESS

May 9th, 2011
12:35 pm

The problem with the idea that Georgia’s problem is defense giving up too many points, is that Auburn’s defense gave up mroe points than Georgia. So that’s clearly not the problem. The problem is Georgia didn’t score enough points on offense against winning teams.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:36 pm

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:38 pm

Murray will more than likely be first team all SEC and some of you still thinks he is the problem.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:38 pm

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:39 pm

Auburn’s team was an 180,000 exception not the rule.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:39 pm

drop the PPG allowed from 21 to 14 and keep Murray’s stats exactly the same as last year, Georgia wins at least 10 games with this schedule.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:40 pm

red&silver

Preseason, but will lose his starting job mid season.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:41 pm

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:40 pm
red&silver

Preseason, but will lose his starting job mid season

You know this because of what?

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

TMIMA

Like we care about your lame opinion and your cute widdle youtube videos?

This is a blog for UGA fans and alumni. I bet you couldn’t get into UGA that’s why you have such a woody for Murray??????????

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

Because he cannot see over the line of scrimmage; but hey I am glad that he is at UGA with Helen Hunt as the Head Coach.

jESS

May 9th, 2011
12:43 pm

Cox & Murray are similar in height, weight, both threw 5 td’s against ranked teams, and 19 against unranked teams. Cox played better against winning teams, and went 8-5 as a starter, Murray played worse than Cox against ranked teams, and went 6-7 as a starter. Both had the same coaches, receivers, backs, and o-line. Cox & Murray both had terrible games against Florida, 3 or 4 turnovers a piece. Both had little to no previous starting experience. Both were highly touted out of high school. Cox went 44-0 as a starter. Murray was offered over 50 scholarships. Both choked under pressure. Neither will play in the NFL.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

So jess will you and your 25 other blog handles spewing the same stuff leave after Murray beats Boise?

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

DawginLex, no DA this is a blog on the AJC for anyone to comment on. Here is my take on whether UGA will have a good year and Richt returns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEXkjKb7lSE&feature=related

Noah

May 9th, 2011
12:47 pm

Lemay’s documentary on youtube is amazing. Watch as Lemay describes how he was able to lead his team to defeat Indep High at home for the first time in 22 years:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0kzh6hGXnQ

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

Cox was a 5th year senior and, Murray was a RS Freshman. Other than size what is your comparison. As far as what Cox did in HS you might want to look up who he played for and realize how many games they have lost in the past 20 years.

Spokesman for the SEC East

May 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

My biggest concern is that Richt will have another bad year and UGA will fire him!!

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

TMIMA

your lame video garbage is something a 5 year old would post.

DA?

I have forgotten more football than you will ever know gerbil boy.

Get back to class, recess is over boy.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

I have forgotten more football than you will ever know gerbil boy

Were you your HS teams manager fudge packer?

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:51 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxGLciHfCYY

the most Interesting Man Alive in action

Noah

May 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

godfrey was a freshman at UCF, and he beat Murray head to head.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

Nah, I played offensive lineman until I blew out my knee my freshman year of college. I’d still squash you loser.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

Later boys. The gerbils and trolls have ruined another blog.

The Most Interesting Man Alive

May 9th, 2011
12:55 pm

DawginLex, oh the famous locker room knee injury. The only person you would squash would be an innocent bystander when you fell from stepping on your overalls.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2011
12:56 pm

I agree with Timbo on Saban, and Lemay. Regualur love fest going on here.

McDawg

May 9th, 2011
12:59 pm

negativity in the fan base

Larry

May 9th, 2011
1:00 pm

You can score 30 points a game, but as in the past if the other guy scores 40, you lose. I would like to see a defense that actually is feared. People that can really come off the ball and knock the crap out of people and sack the quarterbacks. If they can’t throw it they can’t score, pretty basic.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

The Most Interesting dude,

Your wife just called and you are now officially single.
It appears you are too small just like Murray and you won’t be getting any bigger so she is moving on.

Stay thirsty though.

dawgfacedboy

May 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

Cox is still the only QB I have ever seen at any level throw an int while trying to throw the ball away. He did it twice as a 5th year senior.

Noah

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Hutson Mason put 70 up in a playoff game, got Lassite rfurther than they’d ever been, 7 td’s in this playoff game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo3bZ8xtrx8

Tonnee

May 9th, 2011
1:11 pm

Cox & Murray both had same offensive line, running backs, and receivers, but Cox beat some winning teams, Murray never could.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Noah

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm
Hutson Mason put 70 up in a playoff game, got Lassite rfurther than they’d ever been, 7 td’s in this playoff game:

Murray won the state title the same year he broke his leg or ankle.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Tonnee

May 9th, 2011
1:11 pm
Cox & Murray both had same offensive line, running backs, and receivers, but Cox beat some winning teams, Murray never could.

Cox had AJ the whole year!

Pago Pago Dawg

May 9th, 2011
2:04 pm

My ohio state neighbor down the street told me she knows for a fact that Les Miles was in Columbus last week?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

Most Interesting,

Does a person by the name of Doug Flutie mean anything to you?
As for Murray not being able to see over the line of scrimmage. That is fairly hard to do, when your line is in the backfield because they got blown off the line. He can drop back five steps and if the line does it’s job, he will be able to see what he needs to see.

TROJAN

May 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

My biggest concern is the play calling that really never fits the game. Like running Carlton up the middle on 3 and 2.

Saban

May 9th, 2011
2:29 pm

Dawgs in for a rough year.

So many new daddies, so little time.

Its crying time again puppies.

T-Dawg

May 9th, 2011
2:49 pm

I wish someone would ask Mark Bradley if the Falcons are still trying to trade up for A. J. Green…

TROJAN

May 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

Saban: What recruit are you going to cut today?

Sess Poole

May 9th, 2011
2:56 pm

Boise State 77, Cesspool of the South 10

AAA Bail Bonds

May 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

It should be another prosperous year for Athens attorneys and bail bondsmen.

JOE

May 9th, 2011
3:09 pm

EVERTYTHING concerns me…From the coaching to the players, from the talent to the team unity. There’s no reason for me to believe they will dump this funk they’ve been in for the last few years & have a break-out season. All I can do is hope.

JOE

May 9th, 2011
3:13 pm

Glad to see the TECH fans are still envious. It’s sad that even in the state of a major slump that UGA is & the rise that Tech has been in that UGA is still DOMINATE. Wow… Guess that says it all about TECH.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

The Most Interesting Man Alive really last years UGA team was hardly the best we have ever fielded either we had a RS freshman QB and a brand new D scheme…You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch…oh and this year you have a HC that has yet to win game and a OC that is the destroyer of all programs he is HC at….well I like our midget and our chances…..now go bore someone else..

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:17 pm

Saban you guys going to drop 4 or 5 this season?

Ceasar

May 9th, 2011
3:19 pm

No concerns. Cupcake schedule, s/b 12-0!