UGA depth chart shows opportunities for incoming ‘Dream Team’

Officially the football depth chart released Monday by UGA is labeled “post-spring,” but it might as well be designated the “placeholder” chart.

As was painfully clear if you read past the top names at several positions (and even if you only read the top names at a couple), there are going to be chances for some members of Mark Richt’s “Dream Team” to battle for playing time early in their collegiate careers.

Mostly, the depth chart played out like you’d expect from what the coaches have been saying since G-Day, but one of the eye-openers was tailback, where Caleb King was listed as the starter, as expected, with diminutive Carlton Thomas (5-feet-7, 163 pounds) next, followed surprisingly by equally diminutive walk-on Brandon Harton (5-feet-6, 174 pounds) ahead of the much talked about redshirt freshman Ken Malcome. This could, of course, merely be a reflection of hard-working Harton having made a really good showing in the spring while Malcome was hobbled with hamstring problems. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. Obviously, the arrival of Isaiah Crowell will shake this chart up considerably.

Then there’s the offensive line, where there was no surprise in the starters listed (Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Kenarious Gates left guard, Ben Jones center, Chris Burnette right guard and Justin Anderson right tackle), but you got slapped in the face with just how thin Georgia is on the line by seeing walk-on Hugh Williams listed second at left tackle. In reality, Richt has said that if either starting tackle goes down, Gates will switch over from guard, but any SEC depth chart that lists a walk-on as the main backup is cause for concern.

The listing of Sanders Commings still at cornerback wasn’t really a surprise, but the coaches have said he’ll probably get another look in August at safety, where Shawn Williams currently is listed as starter as strong safety and Jakar Hamilton is backing up Bacarri Rambo at free safety.

Playing freshmen on the OL would be strictly a worst-case scenario, but besides Crowell, John Jenkins on the defensive line, Ray Drew getting a look at linebacker, and plenty of opportunity for Malcolm Mitchell at wide receiver, the secondary is definitely the area where we’re likely to see a true freshman (Damian Swann, Nick Marshall or Corey Moore) get some playing time.

I’m sure for several of Georgia’s position coaches, August can’t come soon enough.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

I was at lunch over in Athens Monday with my brother Jon and his UGA student daughter when my niece was greeted by a man she’s met while working as a waitress at a downtown restaurant. The guy is a street artist and showed her his two latest works featuring a Georgia Bulldog theme. They were really good. That in itself wouldn’t be unusual in Athens, but the man has no arms and draws his amazing works by holding a marker in his teeth. He didn’t stay long, but while there he talked about what a “blessing” his artistic ability is and how he likes to provide an example to others that “you can do anything you want to.”

I’m going to try and keep that guy in mind next time I feel like complaining. About anything.

ONE MORE THING

Happy birthday wishes to Bob Dylan, who’s 70 today, and my son Bill, who’s 26!

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167 comments Add your comment

Teasley51

May 24th, 2011
10:39 am

Bill, Happy Birthday to your son, Bill..

D A DoubleU G

May 24th, 2011
10:40 am

Before all the haters come and chime in with their obsession of all things UGA football, and pretend like they know how to coach better than Richt, let’s all go over the definition of the “Dream Team” again:

“Dream Team”: A title given to a group of desired in-state recruits on the top of UGA’s wish list, meant to spark a sense of pride within them to stay in state and represent the team that represents the state in which they already represent.

Said “Dream Team” in NO WAY represents all 2011 recruits, or even all of the recruits from Georgia. Only a select few of the top recruits which UGA dubbed as the”Dream Team” hold the title.

Finally, for the haters who cannot wait for UGA to experience their first loss this upcoming season, and scream from the top of the mountain “What about that “Dream Team” Richt recruited??”, you need to realize that NO logical UGA fan expects the “Dream Team” to have any sort of major impact this upcoming season. Any positive production from any of them will be great, but we are not counting on THEM to turn us around in 2011.

Continue on to your hating, and obsession. Thanks.

GO DAWGS!!!!
101 days!!!!

scambled dog

May 24th, 2011
10:42 am

Everybody needs to do their job…..That’s why it’s called a TEAM !
Go Dogs !!!!!!

Lincolnton Dawg

May 24th, 2011
10:47 am

The artist you referred to Bill has been a staple of downtown Athens for quite some time now.

For those who want to see him and his work, he usually sets up right outside of the Five Guys and Ben & Jerry’s in the square of downtown.

His work really is amazing.

DawginLex

May 24th, 2011
10:47 am

I’m wondering about letting Bruce figgins take some reps on the OL for depth. He is 30-40 pounds heavier than anyone on the depth chart other than the starters plus he is a senior.

UGA Insider says 7-5 for us this year but I’m not buying his doom and gloom. The 1st team OL is very good. The running backs which he says is a shambles, has King and Malcome and Crowell. Our WR’s are good enough and we have great tight ends. Our kicking game is one of the best around and the defense is going to be improved.

Murray in his 3rd year(2nd playing) now knows the checkdowns to make at the line of scrimmage. The plays won’t need to be scripted from the sideline(for you Bobo haters, that is good news).

5 losses out of boise,SC,MSU,UM,UT,VU,KY,FL,AU and GT??

I don’t see it.

Seth Emerson's Bulldog blog killed the anon posters

May 24th, 2011
10:50 am

More like “Dream On”. just saying…..

how2fish

May 24th, 2011
10:54 am

Can’t wait until summer camp starts…

Never could understand Bob's Lyrics

May 24th, 2011
10:54 am

but happy birthday anyway bob and bill Jr.

Macon_dog

May 24th, 2011
11:04 am

Not a good sign for UGA if the O line is no good. Building block to any great team, O line and D line.

G Dawg 91'

May 24th, 2011
11:04 am

Bill,

Any chance Hutson Mason or Christian Lemay get to #1 on the depth chart before the Boise game? Sure hope so. Murray was ok against teams like Lafayette, but couldn’t lead the team to a win against ranked teams. Need a leader who can beat Florida & SC. Sick of losing to Florida. Only won 3 times since 91′.

tide roll

May 24th, 2011
11:06 am

Bill. You’re right. Your starters look pretty good, but the drop in talent on the OL from the 1st unit to the second is substantial. And the 2nd unit has more injuries than the 1st. Benedict and Long have major injuries from High School, and Lee is fighting Asthma symptons. Kolton Houston and walk ons are your only healthy reserves Your 2011 OL class, for a number of reasons, including youth, are not SEC ready.Talk about living on the edge ! I’m afraid your starting offensive line cannot be as physical as they need to be, because of risk of injury. This depth problem restricts a lot of what you need to do offensively to win in the SEC.

shankit

May 24th, 2011
11:09 am

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s door.
Dream Team comes a knocking.

Destin Dawg

May 24th, 2011
11:12 am

renewed / improved conditioning will be key this year… we’ve got the talent.. several of the frosh will contibute.. Crowell.. Marshall.. Mitchell.. Rome.. by mid season.. Grantham’s Junkyard defense will win feild position/turnovers….Go Dawgs !!!!

tide roll

May 24th, 2011
11:12 am

Oh yeah. Ole Miss. starting offensive center, A. J. Hawkins, from Atlanta’s MLK High School, was named to the Rimington watch list for the nation’s best center, as a JUNIOR!

Destin Dawg

May 24th, 2011
11:15 am

Yes !! Hutson Mason and Boo Malcome.. get playing time when needed.. and will be a huge positive suprise !!

aarh

May 24th, 2011
11:16 am

G Dawg 91′ -Football is a team sport. Just bc Murray didn’t lead the team to any wins against top opponents doesn’t mean he’s not a good QB. He did great as far as his Fr. numbers,, & I know numbers aren’t everything. Just remember that last yr. he was a Fr., & he had one of the best Fr. seasons ever. He did come real close against several good teams though. Sometimes you play other teams that are just better.

aarh

May 24th, 2011
11:18 am

The first time I ever saw that artist in Athens was a couple of yrs. ago. The first yr. after Stafford had left. He drew one of my friends a picture, & it was great. I saw him from a distance this yr.

CrackDaddy

May 24th, 2011
11:19 am

D A Double u Dawg: Where did you get the definition of the “Dream Team”? Is that your definition, or did someone official give it to you. If it’s yours, pls refrain in future for speaking as someone in authority on the issue.

how2fish

May 24th, 2011
11:20 am

tide roll = yawn…

Ssgt Dawg

May 24th, 2011
11:27 am

Wow I saw this this depth chart last night on Scout.com. We are tissue paper thin on the O-line. I’m not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling here. The returning starters couldnt open holes last year what’s different now? The best receiver in the last 20yrs is gone and there is no possible way to replace #8. The defensive front 7 should be astronomically better but the secondary is much the same. Williams couldn’t keep the job last year over a freshman (a darn good one though) and Rambo is overrated just turn on the tape it won’t lie. Hamilton “The Hitman” didn’t lay the wood to anyone last year. I hope that I’m wrong, but those are facts.

DawginLex

May 24th, 2011
11:28 am

Jones is on the Awards lists as well but tide roll will never mention it because Ben Jones is white.

GeoffDawg

May 24th, 2011
11:30 am

Our starting center is from Alabama and frankly, Ben Jones is and always has been a warrior in the interior line. Good for AJ Hawkins though. I’m always pleased to read when locals are excelling.

how2fish

May 24th, 2011
11:31 am

Ssgt Dawg I agree about the secondary..however I do think that having a much improved D line and linebacking corp could really help them.Seemed like last year opposing QB had a day and a half to throw..that will I hope not be the case this year.

shankit

May 24th, 2011
11:36 am

DA DoubleU G
Didn’t take long for the haters to jump on you.
Great handle though, “Crackdog”.
I agree with you comments and I am an authority on the issue.

WDE

May 24th, 2011
11:36 am

@CrackDaddy and if D A Double u Dawg doesn’t refrain what are you going to do..pout, change your blog name , lay in mommy’s basement and cry your little eyes out?

shankit

May 24th, 2011
11:37 am

Make that “CrackDaddy” , even better handle than “Crackdog.”

Ssgt Dawg

May 24th, 2011
11:45 am

How2Fish yeah I left that part out. Pressure from the front 7 always helps out the secondary. Even if its just hurries and tipped balls, they lead to interceptions and cause havoc.

DAdoublestuffed

May 24th, 2011
11:51 am

I love getting insights from you. I really had no idea what Dream Team meant, but it’s much clearer now. You go on pretending to know more than any of us….where is Insider when you need him??

Ghost of TK Harty

May 24th, 2011
11:51 am

Artists name is Michael Leon Davenport. He is truly an inspiration. Next time you see him, throw him a twenty for one of his pictures. His stuff is good and he does it with his mouth. Conversation piece for sure…booo

chiefdawg

May 24th, 2011
11:53 am

Doesn’t look like Malcome is the back a lot of people thought he was. If he was any good he would have played last year. This is not going to be a good year for UGA. McGarity should have made the move with CMR last year and at least Dawg fans would have some hope this year for the future. Now we have to wait another year.

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
11:54 am

To all the idiots that predict that we are going to lose 5 or 6 games..I’d like for you to name the games that we are going to lose. That would mean that we’d have to lost to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, etc. We’re not going to lose to Boise, SC is a toss up, we will nab Florida this season. Coastal Carolina? Get real. New Mexico St? Yeah right. If we lose more than 3 games this season I’ll be shocked to the uppermost. With our schedule, with our recruiting class, with our talent and being in the 2nd year of the 3-4 defense, I say we win 10 games at least ONLY if we beat Boise and SC. If we start 2-0, watch out.

P.S. people act like a 7 loss season is the norm for UGA. Go back over time and see how dominant UGA was and tell me if that’s normal for UGA. We’re going to get back to the old glory days of UGA pretty soon starting in 2011. You haters just wait and see. GO DAWGS!

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
11:59 am

And before you GT or Auburn fans start to talk junk, we own both of you. Auburn’s win in 2010 was their only win over the Dawgs since 2005. Don’t believe me? Go do your research. In 06, we blasted you guys with a freshman QB in Stafford 37-15. In 07, (blackout) we blasted you on our turf 45-20. In 08 it was a hard fought battle but we overcame to win the game. In 09 it was another hard fought battle but we came out on top. In 2010, FINALLY Auburn gets a win over UGA.

GT, well I don’t have to explain it. Go back over the past 10 years and count how many times GT has beaten UGA. I can count on one hand. Better yet, just hold up one finger. That’s right. One time.

WDE

May 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

chiefdawg tell you what you big old Dog fan…take a chill, wait until say…the season start before all the doom and gloom..or just come clean on your Buggness… we have a coach Boo was hurt most of the spring so of course the guys that made it thru spring all the way would be listed higher..if they weren’t you just use “See CMR plays favorites he’s listed a guy who didn’t even practice no 2″ ..really.

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
12:04 pm

So in the past 5 years UGA is 4-1 vs. Auburn. And in the past 10 years UGA is 9-1 vs. Georgia Tech.

PDX Dawg

May 24th, 2011
12:04 pm

OL is thin, this is true. That doesnt fare well for the running game this year. Bobo will need to get creative with the weapons we have. Nick Marshall, Brandon Smith, and King will need to step up for sure. We have speed on this team maybe they can take advantage of that and try to minimize the lack of depth on the OL. On the positive side, defense will be much improved IMO. Defense will need to win games for us this year.

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
12:06 pm

Look at it this way, if UGA beats Boise and SC in back to back weeks that will almost guarantee them a spot in the top 10. Looking down the rest of our schedule, the only team that seems to be a challenge would be Florida. Tennessee maybe but I still think they’re a year away. After Boise and SC, the schedule goes like this…Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, New Mexico St, Auburn, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech. If we start 2-0 like I said, I want you guys to name me 4 or 5 teams that are going to supposedly beat the Dawgs.

RxDawg

May 24th, 2011
12:07 pm

Yeh Bill I agree. One look at that depth chart and any subtle glimmer of hope for a championship just got washed away. I’m now back in full blown post UCF funk. I think we will do better than 6-7… but I’m pretty sure the SEC is big fat no way jose.

Good Grief

May 24th, 2011
12:09 pm

buncha negative nancys on the board, as usual. There are strengths and weaknesses to this team. It’s supposed to be fun so try and enjoy it.

Good Grief

May 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

teams across the nation face these same issues year after year. Its all about the match-ups from week to week. Dont freak out dawg fans. The new guys and past benchwarmers will have to step up.

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

Auburn WILL NOT be the same without Cam, Fairley and some more key players. Kentucky won’t be as good on offense without Cobb, Hartline, Locke, etc. If we can beat Florida this season, I have a great feeling about our year. Even if we don’t beat Florida, we should be looking at a 10-2 season AT WORST. Start off 2-0, end the season 11-1. Honestly. If we can beat Florida, then it’s 12-0. If we go 12-0, and win the SEC, we play for the national title. Hey Auburn did it when they were coming off a bad season…why can’t we?

Should we go for it on 4th and inches inside the 5?

May 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

No change until the Suntanned One gets his pink slip.

Should we go for it on 4th and inches inside the 5?

May 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

RabidDawgFan you are about as delusional as Dawg Fans come. Pretty boy Murray has yet to win a game against a team with a winning record.

Should we go for it on 4th and inches inside the 5?

May 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

We will lose against Boise, SC, Miss State, Ole Miss, and UF.

WDE

May 24th, 2011
12:24 pm

@Should we go for it on 4th and inches inside the 5? We win at least 2 of those 4…

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

The guy above me is an idiot. I have a fact for you guys. Of the 7 games we lost last season, FOUR were by a TD or less. It was either a fumble in a crucial situation or a mental lapse that caused us to lose. I know 7 losses are 7 losses but you have to look at it like what if? What if Ealey doesn’t fumble against South Carolina and Mississippi State? What if Murray throws it a big high so Durham can clib the ladder and snatch it in the Florida game to win it? The little things we have to correct. I think this season is going to be special.

RabidDawgFan

May 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

For everybody on the Boise State bandwagon, after we beat them where will you be? “Oh they weren’t that good anyway.” “What do you expect? They’re from the WAC!” I can hear the excuses now. But it’s funny a few months ago everybody said we were going to get blown out. I think it’s funny when people do that. How is Boise going to handle our defense. They’ve NEVER seen a defense like that before. We have LBs that run as fast as their RBs. Safeties that hit like LBs. Corners bigger than their receivevrs. Georgia is out to prove the doubters wrong, they’re hungry, wanting to prove that Boise can’t beat them. They’ve been working hard all season long, staying out of trouble for that goal. Boise is in trouble.

red&silver

May 24th, 2011
12:34 pm

Some of you guys need to put a pacifier in your mouth and, quit all the whining. The dawgs will be fine! Honestly, if you had high hopes the past 2 years then you were not being realistic.

Good Grief

May 24th, 2011
12:34 pm

hey lets call people idiots for supporting their team! I guess optimistic people who look at the bright side of things and enjoy football are total idiots, while worry-wart negative nancys gloom and doom people who are tortured by anything less than a national championship are the smart ones. hope I got that straight!

Rufus

May 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Richt doesn’t do well against ranked teams, 2-9, so that’s 3 losses there. Richt was also 0-6 against winning teams last year, so that’s more losses to Florida, Georgia Tech, and Tenn.

Richt should go 6-1 aginst losing teams, and 0-5 against winning teams, pretty much, just like 2010.

Especially without AJ & Ealey’s 20 td’s. And without Durham.

Losers lose, winners win.

Good Grief

May 24th, 2011
12:37 pm

I feel sad for people who are tortured about football games that havent even happened yet.