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

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:20 pm

Saban you finished 4th in the West , 4th…blow it out your shorts….

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

“You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch”

Are we now counting “moral victories”, Dawg Gone?

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

The University of Georgia 34
The Potato School in Boise Idaho 17

RNB

May 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. THIS IS A NO BRAINER. UNTIL WE GET SOLID PLAY ON DEFENSE WE CAN FORGET ANY CHANCE OF A SEC TITLE LET ALONE A NATIONAL TITLE.

Biggest Concern

May 9th, 2011
3:39 pm

Biggest concern? Saint Mark Richt the Loser.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

BIGGEST CONCERN=BIGGEST LOSER

I’m not talking weight loss either…………….

I’ve also fired the most interesting man alive dude because simply put, his wife says he is not interesting and he doesn’t “measure up”.

In a league of their own

May 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

You had the Urban and all that 5 star talent and we came within a gnats butt of beating your bunch.

Since when did close count for anything?

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same questions this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban, Spurrier, Miles, and others represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 100:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

That’s just one of those pesky inconvenient truths.

By the way, Boise State will win by 30+ points.

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

Beast from the East that was in response to a well know troll that likes to point out last year Gators loss was against the worst Gator team in living memory…my response was he was exactly playing Buck and the 80 Dawgs..nothing moral about it win by 1 or 50 they count.

Stay Thirsty

May 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

Stay thirsty, my friends, even if you can only afford cheap beer on your welfare check.

You’ll need the alcohol again this year. Lots of it. :-) :-) :-)

Dawg Gone

May 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

In a league of their own..your a troll and worse your a long winded troll.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Georgia lost 7 games last year including 1 to Auburn by 18 points yet boise is going to come in and beat Georgia by 30? Get serious or get gone.

Network TV Executive

May 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

stay thirsty,

go drown yourself

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:14 pm

In a League of their own,

Man you are in a world of your own. Boise by 30. Any DAWG fans in here want to bet him that don’t happen. All you fans of other teams come on here and talk crap about UGA but always fail to mention what school you support. Could it be, that like UGA, every college program goes through some hard times and you figure if you don’t mention your school, your stupid remarks about UGA mean something.
With the exception of Tech. which is in a perpetual down trend in football, name one school that has not gone through a rough time for a couple of years. You offer no analysis that makes sense about an opposing school, only some made up in your mind reason. Do you feel any better making a fool of yourself?
Games are played on the field and that’s when you will find out that UGA is a team to be dealt with.
I am so darn tired of reading your dumb remarks about the coach can’t coach, Murray6 is too short to be a QB, etc. etc. What blog name are you going to change to, when UGA whips your schools butt. Let’s see, it will either be a freak play, trick play or the refs. that gave the game to UGA. Then of course, it will be because UGA plays dirty if the other excuses do not hold up.
Talk is cheap on these blogs, in fact it is free, but the players will decide the outcome of the games and there are a lot of godd players on UGA, and I believe they will play with an attitude. There are going to be some teams that are gonna get their tails beat, by these boys this year.

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

Dawg Gone,
Just busting your chops. We both stunk it up last year. Neither team has much to brag about 2010, so we might as well look forward to 2011.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Every name website or publication has UGA listed as “in the mix” for the SEC East tiel. To say otherwise is just a lie.

All the moron haters say it because it makes them feel better about being the insignificant little pieces of trash that they are. The moron who changes his blog handle 40 times a day posting all the crap about Murray and The Most Interesting Man Alive who is actually all of about 12 years old only make themselves look foolish. DAILY

These losers will disappear when UGA wins this fall.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

BeastFromtheEastEatenByDawg

It’s coming……………..

:) :) :)

Return to Glory

May 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

DEFENSE wins championships.
OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE LINES.
If you can’t control both you ain’t going to play for the crystal ball period…..nuff said, it ain’t rocket science ( thats why we whip Tech most years).

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:42 pm

Return to Glory,

Agree with you there. The big uglies on the line doing their job, makes the whole team click. Can’t run if you can’t find a hole to get through. Can’t stop the other side from running or passing if your D line gets blown off the line of scrimmage each play. I feel good about the D line this year but I think the jury is still out on the O line. I know they have some big bodies but will they communicate well with each other and play with a little bit of an attitude. It will be interesting to see if the new O line coach can get them in sync and playing well.
GO DAWGS

Effie's of Athens Boarding House

May 9th, 2011
4:50 pm

The biggest concern for UGA
is being outcoached in seven losses again.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

Effie’s of athens,

Might be your concern but I bet most of the true DAWG fans feel CMR can fix the teams problems. What team do you support?

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

DawginLex,
Afraid you’re going to be eating crow…….while the Gator eats the Dawg!

Beast from the East

May 9th, 2011
5:06 pm

31 years and waitin

May 9th, 2011
5:13 pm

These losers will disappear when UGA wins this fall. How many 6 or 7 Mr. Lex?

31 years and waitin

May 9th, 2011
5:14 pm

It Ain’t Rocket Science,
that is because most true dog fans drink his suntanning coolaid.

George O'Leary

May 9th, 2011
5:19 pm

I dont even have to lie on my resume’ that I outcoached Mark Richt.

red&silver

May 9th, 2011
5:22 pm

Some of you are out of touch with reality.

fpice

May 9th, 2011
5:31 pm

My biggest concern is the incompetent head coach, Mark Richt. My next biggest concern is ALL the assistant football coaches.

AltamahaDawg

May 9th, 2011
5:51 pm

that’s Kool-aid. At least copy it down right when you pretend to have an opinion.

Coach Rict

May 9th, 2011
6:03 pm

We will run out onto the goal line just like 2 years ago…wait a minute…that didn’t work…I guess I’m toast after 2 games.

Kate

May 9th, 2011
8:40 pm

Ms. Ealey said she her son had discussed the possibility of transferring to Georgia Southern or some other school in the past. She said she was OK with that, “as long as he’s getting an education.”

Baloney. An education is the last thing on this jerk’s mind. If Ms. Ealey was so concerned about thuggo’s education, she should have raised him better. Another case of zero-parenting.

Caleb King should be the next one to go. He’s the other malignancy on this team.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 10th, 2011
3:32 am

31 years,

My friend I do not drink sun tan lotion or kool aid. What I do though is support my team and the players and coaches of my team. I don’t expect an undefeated record every year. I enjoy the game. At my age I can think for myself and form my own opinions. Since you are a tech. fan it would appear, I would think your drink of choice would be ripple so you can hang around the corners of North Ave. and drink with some of the winos there.

Coastal Dog -- SSI

May 10th, 2011
8:31 am

Mostly, we need a super tailback — a soldi 1000+ yard guy. A guy like that inspires the whole team, takes pressure off the QB, makes the O line play better, and challenges the D to do their part. We “ain’t” (for emphasis) had that in a while. I expect the new D to be “killer” in its second season. Remember I said this.

Paulitik

May 10th, 2011
8:53 am

That Mark Richt is still coach. Plane crashes waste less talent than Mark Richt.

Richt Dawg

May 10th, 2011
9:39 am

My biggest concern is that the AJC writers and some UGA officials will fuel their fire to get rid of an excellent head coach. Getting rid of CMR would be the biggest mistake UGA made since it crapped on Vince Dooly.

Mighty Dawg

May 10th, 2011
9:42 am

Biggest concern is the running game. I understand Crowell may not qualify.

Good thing we have Ealey.

Jack

May 10th, 2011
9:52 am

Boy, those few fans of North Avenue Trade School sure like to pose as UGA fans on the UGA blogs. Maybe that is because nobody is interested in their koolaid drinking bugs.

Jack

May 10th, 2011
9:56 am

Mighty Dawg, keep current. Ealey does not live here anymore.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 11th, 2011
8:59 am

If the talent matures and steps up fairly fast, both the present players and the new ones, UGA will be good. Our O line needs to jell, and them we will be cooking. Our Defense is night and day different than the new defense installed last year. Our QB now has a year on the battlefield under his belt and will be even better this year. I also think, in light of the past couple of days, that our coaches are becoming more demanding of the players and helping them step up a little quicker than in past years. I can see 10 wins this year if, a few things fall into place.

Dawg Squeeze

May 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

That all our players will pass quantum physics and that our mascot will make it thru the season. I’m also concerned about urine levels in, around and on the library after gameday Saturdays.