Richt addresses tailbacks, nose guards at fan gathering

Some quick hits from across the Bulldog Nation …

Mark Richt laughed off Florida coach Will Muschamp’s guarantee of a win over Georgia this year when asked about it Tuesday night at a fan gathering, the Albany Herald reports. “I thought that was a good thing coming from him,” Richt said at the Doublegate Country Club. “I heard about it right away, but I also know how those things happen. That’s why I don’t answer some questions.”

Richt did answer other questions, though, including addressing the status of running back Caleb King: “We expect Caleb to be here in the fall.” And as for walk-on Brandon Harton, who was a surprising third on the tailback depth chart released this week, Richt said, “Our best runner in the spring was Harton. Is he ready for the SEC? We’ll see. But we expect him to compete for a job.”

The key to success for the 2011 Dogs, Richt said: “We have to stay healthy. That, and we need some of our upperclassmen like [Orson] Charles, [Christian] Robinson and [Ben] Jones to really step up and show our younger guys what to do.”

Meanwhile, Dawgs 247 reports that prior to the Albany appearance Richt talked a bit about how big John Jenkins and an improved Kwame Geathers might both play on the defensive line at the same time. Richt noted that last year in passing situations Georgia usually pulled its nose guard and went with two defensive ends and the outside linebackers applying pressure “because we didn’t really have that nose guard.” But if the nose guard is “worthy of staying in the game and rushing the passer, you might have those two big o’l boys in there” as the interior linemen in the nickel package, he said, referring to Jenkins and Geathers.

DREW READY TO PUSH

We talked yesterday about which of Georgia’s incoming freshmen might push for early playing time. The Athens Banner-Herald talked with one of them, the Rev. Ray Drew, who noted, “just because I’m a freshman doesn’t mean I’m going to come in and sit back. Every football player, if you ask them, they’d rather be on the football field than on the sideline any day. That’s really what I want to go in and do.” As for starting outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, Drew said: “I want to at least push him for it a little bit. Let him work for it.”

GOOD SECOND-PLACE FINISHES

Sometimes coming in second isn’t so bad. Considering what an off year the marquee football team had, it’s noteworthy that UGA still managed to take second place in the SEC all-sports competition sponsored by the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, finishing behind only Florida. The Dogs were second in overall men’s competition and third in women’s and were helped by SEC championships in men’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving. Georgia last won the All-Sports Trophy in 2005-2006. … Meanwhile, the UGA football team tied Florida for second place behind Vanderbilt in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate listings released Tuesday. Eight UGA teams were among the top three in the conference in the APR scores, which measure eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. All of Georgia’s teams were well above the cut-off that triggers penalties.

GO HINES!

I don’t watch talent competition shows on TV and only ever caught one of Hines Ward’s performances on “Dancing With the Stars” when I was at someone else’s house, but I’m very happy Ward won the competition Tuesday. And I’m also pleased that after he did so he gave a shout out to the Bulldog Nation as well as to Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Classy move, Hines.

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155 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
10:29 am

Harton is where he is because he was healthy and actually got some work in the spring. No one expects him to stay there.

I’m not going to post as much. Chip has banned me and I’m sick and tired of what we have to put up with on these blogs.

I will be seeking another place to blog.

If I find a good place, I’ll let everyone know

Daniel's Dawgs

May 25th, 2011
10:39 am

Congrats to Hines and let hope we sign a lot of OL this year.

MaconBulldog

May 25th, 2011
10:43 am

Well Spring is almost over summer time is just around the bend. Things will shake up at RB unless someone gets hurt. I see Ken Malcome showing more. As far as CMR saying “I thought that was a good thing coming from him,” maybe he is using it as a motivation tool ya know…..

WELL now let the trolls and Haters come with their 6-7 and THe beat down in JAX blah blah blah…..

Anyway Go Dawgs

Top Row Dawg

May 25th, 2011
10:53 am

3 straight positive post and no morons with the first post. Finally some adult dog fans paying attention. Keep up good work Bill, fun to read your print.

Joey

May 25th, 2011
10:55 am

“maybe he is using it as a motivation tool ya know…..”
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Oh yeah. Like wearing black helmets? That worked really well.

If UGA football players aren’t “motivated” to play ANY game, well . . .

For Mark Richt’s sake, they better be more motivated than they were vs UCF.

RabidDawgFan

May 25th, 2011
11:08 am

Can you imagine trying to block Jenkins and Geathers at the same time? Not mentioning Abry Jones and DeAngelo Tyson who both weight over 300 pounds themselves. Jenkins and Geathers weight over 700 pounds together and that’s muscle. Georgia muscle. I don’t think you can handle that. You just can’t. Along with bull-rushing linebackers backing them up. This defense could be nasty.

chilidawg

May 25th, 2011
11:12 am

King is in question now, too? Like I said before, Garner needs to be living in a VW bus in front of Keith Marshall’s house.

dawgfans

May 25th, 2011
11:19 am

No, King is not in question now. That was the point. The rumor was started somewhere that he was inelgible, but he never was.

how2fish

May 25th, 2011
11:29 am

Congrats to Hines DGD..good article Bill..nice to finally get some word on King’s status. D line looks like a real upgrade this year..but let’s temper that just a tab our O line was supposed to be a strength last year.

Destin Dawg

May 25th, 2011
11:31 am

Great class coming in… better conditioning… Grantham’s Defense… positive attitude… trouble makers getting weeded out…. favorable schedule… this year will be special !!! Go dawgs !!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 25th, 2011
11:31 am

Can’t wait to see the front seven on d. Should be greatly improved and a joy to watch. Back to junkyard d like UGA used to be. Obviously the finesse stuff didn’t work.

OldFan

May 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Nicely done, Bill. Good to remind ourselves that the ole alma mater is doing us proud and that there’s some measured good sense from CMR and Drew amid all the mad opinions of fans and detractors.

UGA Insider

May 25th, 2011
11:36 am

It’s going to be King & Crowell getting the snaps this year. Boo & Thomas will get a touch every now and then.

UGA Insider

May 25th, 2011
11:38 am

We are also going to be running a buch of direct snap stuff to Nick Marshall and Brandon Smith.

1eyedJack

May 25th, 2011
11:48 am

1eyedJack

May 25th, 2011
11:49 am

It’ll be the one who can pass block and who can show that they can hold on to the pigskin.

Ga./Fl. Stillman Dawg

May 25th, 2011
11:51 am

Georgia will never be the same till CM LEAVES. He has done all his lame self can do. i get sick listining to him now. Be a man and go coach like you are suppose to: ENUFF. Coach Jim Donnan brought in tough hard nose players. The players we have only look good on paper.

Lincolnton Dawg

May 25th, 2011
11:54 am

100 days until we tee it up in the Dome!!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 25th, 2011
11:54 am

I agree with UGA Insider about it being King and Crowell with some Boo and a little Thomas thrown in. Although it is not common knowledge, the IC touches had to have been guaranteed during the recruitment process.

Sexmoses

May 25th, 2011
11:54 am

Dawgin Lex,

i see you are leaving the blog. What name will you use when you come back?

Jim

May 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

Hi Bill,

Chip banned ‘DawginLex’ because he posts so much under so many fake handles.

Is ‘DawginLex/SexMoses’ the same person, blogging to himself?

If so, please ban the guy.

Richt`s Hammer

May 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

We are going to throw krispy kreme`s at the gators everytime they score a touchdown. I wanted to throw my purse but choakdawg said the kripsy kreme`s would put fear in their hearts.

Another year, another Florida beatdown. Funny all the way to the bank.

Richt`s Hammer

May 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

I don`t think my paycheck will bounce if Florida beats us. Never has in the past.

Rest of the SEC

May 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

RabidDawgFan,

Puhleeze. I don’t think anyone is scared of the Georgia defensive front. And if King- an average back at best- doesn’t get his stuff together then you’re looking at a walk on tailback and a freshman incoming tailback to carry the load? And a walk on as the 2nd team left tackle. One or 2 key injuries and you guys are in Vandy status. As it stands now you’re just barely above Vandy status. Barely.

dawgstyle

May 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

There are some great JUCO RBs out there and i think we could use one like RJ Robinson from GMC. 6′2″ 215 to help with our shakey back field. Can King, Malcome and the buck O- 5 soaking walk on kid do it in the SEC ??????

Jim

May 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

Jenkins & Geathers as passrushers? Huh, is Richt serious? Sure, 2 big guys to stop the run makes sense, but 2 big guys out of 3 as passrushers?

Probabl;y an attempt to try and throw Boise off. It didn’t work last year trying to throw teams off with weird off season interview claims, as Richt went 6-7.

Good thing Richt’s trying the same 6-7 strategy again.

Genius.

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:23 pm

Bill,

You want proof positive that the blogs need to put in a registration requirement?

Read the posts above from Jim and moses(probably the same person).

This is the same person from yesterday that got me banned on Chip’s blog. I admit I changed my screen name once to the same as his. He changes his 50 times yet somehow he is still around????

He will now start posting on here and mainly will bash me. He will probably end up posting under my blog handle before long. Will he ever get banned?

We would love the opportunity to actually discuss football and not deal with these losers. Their agenda is obvious yet NOTHING gets done and folks like myself get sucked into it and get banned.

That is why these blogs are a joke.

JDawg1785

May 25th, 2011
12:23 pm

Great post, Bill! Nice to see some positivity flowing on the UGA blogs.

RabidDawgFan

May 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

@ Rest of the SEC,

Name a better defensive front 7 than UGA right now in the SEC. Don’t say Alabama because they no longer have Dareus so that leaves a huge void. We have Abry Jones, DeAngelo Tyson, John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, Christian Robinson, and Cornelius Washington/Ray Drew. Come on man! That’s an All-SEC front 7 right there. One of the fastest linebacking core in the country. How can you run on that?

DE: Abry Jones
NG: Kwame Geathers & John Jenkins
DE: DeAngelo Tyson

OLB: Jarvis Jones
ILB: Alec Ogletree
ILB: Christian Robinson
OLB: Cornelius Washington

Come on!

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

equal to Vandy or just a little above?

UGA 43
Vandy 0

Yeah, they were right there with us.

Jim

May 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

Lasdt year, Richt promised to use the tight end a bunch.

He didn’t.

Just interviews designed to mislead Boise.

Boise ain’t dumb, they know Richt NEVER CHANGES ANYTHING.

Here’s last year’s Richt’s going to change things promise:
http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2010/05/14/richt-to-opponents-guess-what-were-throwing-to-a-j/

Jim

May 25th, 2011
12:28 pm

Poor ole ‘DawginLex’, he doesn’t like people who disagree with him.

Doesn’t like the way AJC does things.

Great, go to another blog.

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Poor old jim.

Posts his same old stuff over and over about Georgia and no one listens to him or agrees with anything he says. That’s why he changes his blog handles multiple times, talks to himself and agrees with himself so someone will finally agree.

Everyone else on here just laughs at him.

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Then, he accuses me and others of posting under multiple blog handles to cover up the fact that he does it 10 times a day.

Kinda like the husband who accuses his wife of cheating when in fact he is the one doing the running around.

Poor Jim. What a loser.

RabidDawgFan

May 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

With a front 7 like we have, our secondary can look great. If we can create pressure with our linebackers and our 3 down linemen, then we could be scary good on defense. Not to mention we are in year 2 in the defense, and that’s usually when things start to click for players. They can play faster because they know exactly what to do. We are under a new strength and conditioning program with Coach T and they are bigger (I noticed at the G-day game). Those guys have gotten so much bigger. They’re freakin huge. And they’re only going to build on that throughout the offseason and be ready to start preseason camp in August. I can’t wait.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

If Dent last year had 130 tackles with an avg NG at best how many will JJ have this year with Kwame/Jenkins tying up 2 OL? That is going to be the biggest improvement we should see. IL being able to freely attack the running game and put pressure on the QB. Look forward to seeing it.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

Yo DawginLex – Just stay off the Tech blog, you ugly mutt!

Jim

May 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

How many games of experience does each member of the ‘Front 7″ have at their position? Florida tried the “big package” on d-line against Alabama and got torched.

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm
Yo DawginLex – Just stay off the Tech blog, you ugly mutt!

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Ha Ha!

Another TROLL graces us with his presence.

dawgstyle

May 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Georgia’s run game scares me the most ! All I see or hear is what is in the AJC and others which looks very shakey (King and Malcome and the others give me a break please… Thomas and some 5′9” 158 pound walk on ??? ) . I saw what was suppose to be the run game at the G-day game ???? IC is still a HUGE question mark at this point. We can only hope CMR is on top this.

DawginLex

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

the running game will be this:

King
Crowell
Malcome
Smith
Marshall
Ogletree
figgins

The wide outs will be:

King
Bennett
Brown
Smith

Tight ends:

Charles
White
Lynch

The defense is the key. With defensive improvement from 22 PPG to 14 or 15, we could play Dooley ball and only throw it 15-20 times a game. Bobo has to change the gameplan from the past and get with Richt and Friend and decide to do it. The 1st team OL is good enough to do it.

Whole change in mindset.

RabidDawgFan

May 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

Jim….every player on our front 7 has had significant playing time. Tyson, Ogletree, Robinson, Jones (Abry) were starters last season. Each one of them though have had lots of playing time. Jarvis Jones got here last season but played at USC before transferring here so he’s not a rookie, John Jenkins has played at the JUCO ranks (how did it work out for Terrence Cody, Nick Fairley, and Cam Newton?), Washington has played extensively, Geathers has played quite a bit and dominated Ben Jones in spring, so I’d say he’s ready. We really don’t have anybody that inexperienced besides Ray Drew and he’s coming in as a freshman.

RP

May 25th, 2011
12:59 pm

@Jim…D. Tyson, 12 starts; A. Jones, 6 starts; Washington, 8 starts; Robinson, 11 starts; Jones, 8 games for USC; Ogletree; 12 games (safety); Jenkins, JUCO. Not exactly inexperienced.

Jeff

May 25th, 2011
12:59 pm

Does it feel weird hearing Richt call Orson Charles and Christian Robinson upperclassmen? Man, how time flys!

Jim

May 25th, 2011
1:00 pm

Just one example of how wrong you are. Ogletree has never started a game at Linebacker and has no real experience there.

Jim

May 25th, 2011
1:01 pm

Tyson started at NT, not DE.

RP

May 25th, 2011
1:01 pm

Fine, they’ll all be terrible. I’ll watch golf this year.

RabidDawgFan

May 25th, 2011
1:04 pm

Doesn’t matter where they started Jim, the fact of the matter is they have real-game experience. I’d think it’s harder to play free safety as a college freshman at a big time program but Ogletree did it and yes he got beat a couple of times but he showed flashes of brilliance and he’s only going to get better. They move him to LB because of his speed and his hitting ability. He’ll be able to make a lot more plays. He runs like a safety/corner but hits like a LB. He’ll be an All-SEC player.

On Tyson, he took one for the team. He even stated before the season started that he’d rather play DE, but they put him at nose simply because there was no one else. Now he’s in his regular position and he’s comfortable and he’ll be a good player for us.

You just watch and see.

McDawg

May 25th, 2011
1:05 pm

you won’t run you will pass-and watch Supprier use the TE straight down the middle and float a back underneath with wideouts going long

Jim

May 25th, 2011
1:09 pm

Washington, Robinson, Jones, didn’t do much of anything in their limited starts. Jenkins has 0 games in Div 1. You basically have a Front 7, with practically 0 experience at their positions. 2011 going to be a huge learning curve for the Front 7, they’ll lose a lot of games like 2009 & 2010 teams, but should be good in 2012, so don’t give up hope just yet.