Another preseason pick likes Dawgs in SEC East

Blair Walsh topped one of ESPN's many SEC lists. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Blair Walsh topped one of ESPN's many SEC lists. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

ESPN.com’s SEC coverage team, Chris Low and Edward Aschoff, so far have spent the summer making lists. Lots of lists. They’ve compiled conference rankings looking at each position on the basis of team strength and individual players (Georgia’s Blair Walsh topped all SEC place-kickers, for example).

And after all that was done, they crunched the numbers all together and have come up with an overall ranking. As Aschoff explains it, “For our overall team rankings, we took all eight position rankings and found the mean for each team. Obviously, the lower score, the better — just like golf.”

Alabama came out on top, as you’d expect, and the SEC West dominated the top of the chart, with Arkansas second, followed by LSU. But Georgia pulled an upset by nudging out South Carolina for fourth place.

And, says Aschoff: “That gives Georgia the SEC East in our book. The Bulldogs also had 13 players ranked in our position rankings, with seven making it in the top five. Even with those offensive questions, Georgia has some pieces in place to make a real run in the East. The Bulldogs would feel right at home in Atlanta for the SEC championship game against Alabama (if our rankings hold true).”

So we can add that to the growing list of preseason picks that like Georgia in the East.

KEEPING DAWG FANS OUT

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has made an appeal for Jackets season ticket holders to purchase additional tickets to the game against UGA at Grant Field this season so as to keep tickets out of the hands of Dogs fans.

“Two years ago,” he writes, “you all responded en masse and our entire remaining allotment wound up in the hands of our season ticket group. The result was an overwhelming display of Gold and White support at that critical state rivalry game.”

Which Georgia still won, by the way.

He continues that with the last day for season ticket holders to exclusively purchase single-game tickets and request additional tickets to the Georgia game coming up on June 30, “we still have a long way to go to get all of these tickets claimed by our Georgia Tech faithful. Please take the time to purchase your additional Georgia tickets now and help us maintain that great home field advantage when we face the Dawgs.”

Yeah, I know. Pathetic, isn’t it?

Anyway, if the Tech faithful don’t buy all those tickets, they undoubtedly will be snapped up by Georgia fans. Of course, some Red and Blackers go so far as to buy Tech season tickets to assure a seat at Grant Field when the two schools meet. If you want to go that route, it’ll cost you $350 for the game you want and the six that you don’t care anything about. An additional TECH Fund per-seat contribution is required in some designated sections throughout the stadium, but not all of them. You can buy Tech season tickets here.

BEAT NOTRE DAME!

Kevin McCann writes: “Bill, UGA has fallen behind ND. Can’t let those guys win this thing. Re-post if you can and try to drive some traffic to vote. Thanks for what you do.”

Kevin is referring to the EA Sports NCAA College Football Traditions battle, where our mascot Uga is now up against Notre Dame’s “Play like a champion” sign. As of this morning, the Notre Dame sign was leading with 51 percent of nearly 43,000 votes cast. If you haven’t voted already, support Uga here!

Hairy RedcoatPLAYING IT OLD SCHOOL

As the brother of a Redcoat Band alum, I get a kick out of a vintage version of “Hail to Georgia” done by the Redcoats and the UGA Men’s Glee Club back in 1955 that UGA has posted online. Check it out and read about the history of the Redcoats.

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SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
1:19 pm

Green was a great talent but to think we need 1st rd caliber WR’s to be effective is utter nonsense.

coop

June 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

I didn’t say he struggled last year? he did against c fla. i said he WILL MISS aj and kris this year big time. i said you just dont replace studs like them. aj opens up the field and you will see that this year. you will see how much not having aj hurts murray. you struggled to beat gt without him and they were a baaad team with a backup sloppy qb. well you’ll see in 3 months. pray your defense keeps you in games b/c the offense won’t except again when you play vandy and the cupcakes. as for the 8 straight games crap, tenn was bad. then it was vandy. then kty. bad. then fla. bad. oh i guess youre talking about idaho st! lol then auburn who we all know won because of one player. you’re schedule had the the 2nd 3rd and 4th toughest opponents in weeks 2-4.

coop

June 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

effective is one thing. dominant is another. with him your passing game was dominant. watch how less 15+ yards completions you get this year.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

Coop SC lost 5 games last year so let’s not get carried away with the SC monster.I’m not sure what more Murray was supposed to do against ARK…he had the team tied with 40 sec to go.I’m not sure what more he could have done against MSU either considering the fact they had the ball almost the 2nd half.Maybe missing AJ will be good for him in the end because he wasn’t just keying on Green by the end of the season.Players come and go all the time…UGA has NEVER been dependent on a WR period.I don’t see it happening now either.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

For the record we didn’t win a lot of big games with AJ.I’d prefer an elite RB,QB,OT,DT or DE over an elite WR anyday.

coop

June 26th, 2011
1:54 pm

come on. sc had to play bama auburn and ark from the west and then auburn again in the sec champ game. anyway you’ll see what im saying in 3 months. as for your last post, you didn’t play any big games aside from fla and aub when aj came back. aj sure kept you in big games over the past 3 seasons.

AltamahaDawg

June 26th, 2011
1:56 pm

We dont have to replace AJ. We already proved we can do that. We did that very effectively with Durham, who was by no means anywhere close to a All-SEC caiber WR. He ws a gritty guy with pretty sticky hands, but he never possessed AJ’s skills at playing the ball in the air. He was the main target for just standing in AJ’s shoes, but he was never a star on his own, and still the passing game was good enough. SO all we have to do is replace a Durham, which we have done year after year.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
1:56 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – You just described Boise State, unfortunately.

HJ

June 26th, 2011
1:57 pm

What’s pathetic is losing 18/21 to your biggest rival and going 0-2 against the state of fla. You’re fan base is 5 times bigger in Georgia than Gt’s is. So common since tells you it’s easier for you to sell out a 92k seat stadium than it is for Tech to sell out a 58k seat. I know math is hard for many uga’ers but this is basic addition.

coop

June 26th, 2011
2:01 pm

aj in the open field helped kris out big time and orson. you’ll see. i can’t believe some of you act like losing him is no big deal. again, how do you think the falcons would have done without roddy last year? or sc without alshon? it’s going to be run run pass punt a lot this year for uga.
gonna be a lot of 3rd and longs and that is precisely what aj accomplished you to get. he opened the field to allow other receivers to get open if he wasn’t. and even if he was covered, he would make many amazing catches that ordinary wide receivers would drop for a first down. you’re in denial. and you say you have never relied on a wide receiver? ha. what a bunch of bollox.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
2:10 pm

Here are the “elite” Boise St. players at those 5 positions that were mentioned. You be the judge.

*DT Billy Winn 3L 6-4 295 (9.5 TFL 4.5 S)
**QB Kellen Moore, 3L 6-0 191 (3,845 y, 35 TD, 6 INT 182.6 EFF)
RB Doug Martin 3L 5-9 215 (1,260 yards rushing, 12 TD 6.3 ypa; 338 yds receiving)
***OT Nate Potter 3L 6-6 300
****DE Shea McClellin 3L 6-3 258 (13.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks)

* Winn is preseason AA-various
** Moore led nation in 2010 Passer EFF rating & preseason AA-various.
*** Potter is Preseason AA-Phil Steele.
**** McLellan was JC transfer in 2010; JC 1st team AA in 2009

Pat

June 26th, 2011
2:11 pm

How pathetic you rednecks worry about a stupid poll for mascot tradition. And you really think you have more tradition than Notre Dame? LMAO. That’s like saying Alabama Birm has more than Alabama. As Stewart Mandel said last year, the most delusional fan base on the planet is…UGAG.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:18 pm

I’m not some blind homer…there are several areas where I have taken issue with CMR over the years and I’ve been equal in my praise and criticism of the program.To be simplistic on the subject…I’m of the opinion that UGA’s recent troubles are directly linked to subpar Defensive recruiting going back to 05-06.I’m not even going there on the Willie/BVG thing…it’s an endless argument…BVG had better players period.Now going out and getting those players will ultimately fall back on the DC and eventually the HC.A lot of the other stuff is just side issues…talent was the heart of the problem.I’m an old school guy…I believe you can win big with a great D and average to so-so Offense…look at Bama and LSU.Moving forward I am very pleased with the difference in Defensive personnel this year.The main question for me is how fast will Jenkins,Jones,Geathers,Drew and Olgeltree adapt to facing SEC competition.I take heart in the fact the Drew is the only freshman and he will have only one job…getting after the QB.I know Tree played some last year but ILB is different than SS.These kids are the keys to this year’s Defense IMO and I will be watching them closely this summer.Yeah I know Crowell get’s all the hype and from his film he looks the part but I don’t think we can get where we need to be by outscoring the opposition 35-31 every game.

Ed (The Original)

June 26th, 2011
2:21 pm

SouthGaDawg, so having injured players is an excuse to get absolutely steamrolled in your own stadium? To look like you don’t even belong on that kind of a stage? You know a program is in trouble when people have to make excuses like that.

As for the second stringers that had to play…they are on scholarship, right? Georgia offered Alabama no resistance that day until it was too late and Bama looked bored.

As for your other comment, I’ll tell you where Florida was last year without Tebow and Harvin – celebrating yet another win over a Richt coached Georgia team. Maybe you’ve gotten used to that, but I haven’t.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:24 pm

I don’t know Delbert…I may be prejudiced here but I’d take getting it done in the SEC over putting up numbers in the MTN.West .I think Murray..Crowell…Glen…Jenkins and Jarvis Jones may prove to be a better quintet come Sept 3.

MJ

June 26th, 2011
2:36 pm

Ray Lamb, Dir of High School Relations for over 20 years, resigned.

Guess he saw the writing on the wall.

MJ

June 26th, 2011
2:40 pm

Jarvis Jones, will likely be suspended for 1st 2 games for accepting money for trips to Los Angeles.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
2:40 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – So would I, but game 1 will be a good test. Murray and Glenn are solid. I’m not so sure about Crowell and Jenkins early in the season, and Jones may not be available (I think he’s the guy with the AAU flight NCAA problem; I may be wrong).

By the way, if we include the Safety position, Boise State also has this guy with a preseason AA tribute:

S George Iloka 3L 6-3 216 (63 T, 3 TFL, 2 INT) tackles for loss, 27 consecutive starts.
Iloka is Preseason AA – 2nd Team Athlon.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:42 pm

Dang ED I guess the Mods don’t like me talking about that supposedly horrible night against Bama.IMO there is a sizable gap between 1st string guys and 2 and 3rd stringers.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:44 pm

That Jones stuff is nothing.If anything it would have something to do with USC not UGA.As for the S?I don’t know…Rambo would have been all MTN West 1st team too.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:48 pm

I don’t what the issue is exactly ED…All I did was point out losing 4 All SEC performers alone for that game is no trivial thing.Also I didn’t see Saban pulling starters in that game so the kids deserve credit for scoring 31 pts in the 2nd half.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
2:52 pm

My Opponent Analysis of Boise State continues to be updated. The previous most recent update was May 29, and I added new info today from the MWC web site announcement of June 17 about the preseason AA selections. The other info comes from the Boise St. stats from 2010 from their web site.

Nate Potter has since been selected 1st Team AA OT by Athlon, Sporting News and Lindy’s, along with Phil Steele.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
2:53 pm

If Cam wasn’t suspended it’s hard to see Jones being suspended 3 years after the fact for some plane tickets his legal guardian paid for.The basketball kid may be another story though.

ugakev

June 26th, 2011
2:53 pm

I laugh at some of your post of about how impossible you make it sound that Georgia will not be good just because they lost A.J. Georgia played in 3 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS the past 10 years without A.J. I assure you it can be done again this season. I am not even worried about the offense because they have plenty of good players on that side of the ball to score plenty enough to win games. I guarantee everyone that there will be a player or two that will step up on offense. Ive seen players look totally different from one season to the next. Kwame Geathers is a perfect example on the defensive side of the ball in spring practice. There will be more players like geathers that will step up this year. The most important part to a winning championship caliber team is defense and Georgia will be very solid in that area this year and I wouldnt be surprised if they were one of the best in the nation with jenkins and jarvis jones coming in to add on to what we already have.

Dawgfan80

June 26th, 2011
3:17 pm

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out GT Stinks!

Jwall

June 26th, 2011
3:17 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
3:26 pm

Pope may have a problem but Jones was smart.He took all his trips with his legal guardian…there is always the plausible denial on his part.He can always say he thought she paid for the tickets.That’s the standard now thanks to Cam having it spelled out for world by the NCAA.

Luke

June 26th, 2011
3:30 pm

Ugakev,

Having a good defense in practice is all fine and dandy, but you have to remember its just spring. Geathers very well could be a great interior guy, but without the LBs (which should be very good) and the DBs (which are VERY questionable), it won’t matter. Besides, we both know that UGA’s OL have been underachieving for the past 2-3 years.

It’ll be an interesting summer when the pads start hittin the ground. That’s when you’ll find out how good some teams are. But for right now, I’ll pick Boise State to have a great game over the Bulldogs.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

ugakev I’m with you.It’s time for a couple of other kids to step up too.Lott has been getting praised a lot since the Bowl practices.I’ve been hearing that the coaches are privately very high on Samuel and Burrows too.Don’t be surprised to hear a lot of raves about Lott,Samuel and Burrows during fall camp.Those kids are expected to see the field a lot if they can stay healthy.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Luke you have it backwards….You can have all world LB’s and DB’s but if your DT’s and DE’s are weak it brings down the entire defense.They are the most important players on the D.If your DT’s are wrecking havoc there won’t be extra blockers coming after your LB’s.They will be forced to double team the big boys.If your DE’s are pressuring the QB he won’t have time to go through all his reads…I don’t care if your entire secondary are ALL Americans at every position…any decent QB when given time to throw is going to pick you apart.It all starts up front.

milledgeville dawg

June 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

Joe, you are not very smart to make a comment like that.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
3:59 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – Technically, that is a description of the 4-3 rather than the 3-4. The 3-4 DT almost always gets double-teamed. The 3-4 DE’s typically aren’t pressuring the QB, they are occupying blockers to free up the playmakers, the LBs. One of the OLBs may play down and pressure the QB, or pressure may come from a CB blitz or S blitz.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
4:36 pm

I know that Delbert,,,what I was talking about was DT’s and DE’s not the scheme.For the record though some 3-4 DE’s are pass rushers like the Bama kid from last year.To me those guys are all DT’s the NG is just a big one.It takes some getting used to for me to call our former DE’s OLB’s.I still look at the personnel that way…I see 3 DT’s and 2 DE’s and 2 LB’s out there.Which is not correct I know

DoDo

June 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

Richt’s made some moves that will end up costing him his job.

1) No real OC Coach
2) No real O Line Coach
3) Ineffective S & C program
4) No back up QB with experience in case of Murray suspension or injury
5) Scheduling Boise for opener instead of Louisville

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
4:51 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – Yes, and it’s situational, as well. From the pro perspective, where they have to make their money count, it’s cheaper to find big guys to fit a 3-4 DE scheme than a 4-3 DE scheme with exceptional athletes. Linebackers (like Justin Houston, as a recent example) are more available than 4-3 sackmaster DEs (the Falcons have 1, and they really need 2). The 3-4 is about 50% of the NFL teams now, and some predict that it will be 75% in 5 years. The Bears, and one other team that escapes me at the moment are the only teams that have not used a 3-4 in their history.

I played in an era where the Oklahoma 5-4 was used (by my school), along with wide-tackle and tight-tackle 6 formations. Those days are long gone, but I still like to study the stuff. What we did then is considered very illegal now. My first move responsibility as a stand-up DE was to apply a two handed open hand smash at the snap to the offensive end’s helmet to “disorient” him (a concussion would be ideal). Fortunately, football is constantly evolving.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 26th, 2011
5:45 pm

Delbert you are not a youngster I see lol.If both of those big boys have the stamina to stay on the field in 3rd down situations this could be a special Defense.It would give Grantham a lot of flexibility.A 350 350 300 pound front 3 sounds great to me.I can imagine seeing it against SC and MSU for sure.

Delbert D.

June 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – Yeah, definitely not a youngster. I played against a single-wing team my junior year in high school. UCLA was still running it with Billy Kilmer for UCLA at the college level.

Unless it’s 3rd and short, (depending on the game situation, of course) I’d be surprised if Geathers or Jenkins is on the field. Have to wait until summer practice to see how the conditioning is going. Maybe one of ‘em will slim down to 315 or so.

old time dog

June 26th, 2011
6:53 pm

Pat and HJ…. Had any bites? Garnett may throw his line in too if that’s alright. What does Paul and Al put in that secret batter and tartar recipe? Must really be tasty. Are ya’ll GT fans able to purchase any food and drink items out at Uncle Bill’s Catfish Pond and Shack? For goodness sakes make sure you boys are hydrated. Think GT will win 5 or 6 this year? Looks like ya’ll will try to run that triple option again. Bet we beat you again as usual. That gold yellow look has always struck me as kind of weird and sissy. But if that’s what you like then eYe guess wear it. Well, eYe will let you get back to squatting on the bank and watching those catfish rods. Good luck.

EcoFriendly

June 26th, 2011
9:12 pm

I’m not sure I’d agree there with anything Dilbert said.

Buckeye

June 27th, 2011
8:51 am

Your boy Jarvis looks like he plays for the Mean Machine, not the dream scam.

Looks like you dogs have trouble brewing in Columbus – Georgia. Ha!

chazzo

June 27th, 2011
8:56 am

We have no line.

Big Dawg

June 27th, 2011
10:42 am

Roller,

First off– you stated “Also, Murray ain’t the best QB in the SEC, Mettenberger, LSU’s back up, beat him like a drum head to head when both competed over Spring.”

That is not true as it was Murray that beat Mettenberger out, Mettenberger was going to get playing time as the 1st back-up but then went out and got himself in trouble- and got kicked off the team and out of school.

And now to GFan- you stated “UGA has never won an SEC Championship with an out of state quarterback as the starter.” That also is not true- our first two SEC Championships 1942 and 1946, with 1942 being a MNC and 1942 Heisman trophy winner was not from Georgia I believe.

So very proud... NOT

June 27th, 2011
11:37 am

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!

old time dog

June 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

Irregardless of fans from other schools interjecting their thoughts regarding this subject matter, it seems to me to be a pretty simple affair. Despite having some difficulties and shortcomings the past several seasons, several tabloids project UGA will have a solid year. eYe would rather fly under the radar but in honesty there should already be enough reason(s) for this staff and team to be focused and ready to compete. The fact that several publications have us on the frontline should not distract from the fact this team and it’s fanbase is hungry for success. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out but there is some reasoning that outside minds and sources feel UGA is apparently capable of winning numerous games this year. Logic to me says if we are mentally and physically devoted each then there is a pretty fair chance of success. The season starts with a high interest game followed by a strong SEC matchup. That alone should have Richt and squad focused and ready. The flip side is if we haven’t truly fostered the effort and determination required to present ourselves as contenders then it could probably be another rather long season. eYe have no way, nor do most fans,of knowing much more than what I read and try to use that as a thermometer or gauge on what is transpiring. So far eYe would have to consider that if Richt has seen the daylight and has done his duty then we will be ready. Most teams in this conference division and several in the other are no different than UGA in having concerns and potential question marks. Guess that is one reason they play the games to clear it up. Lots of variables impact teams and for a team to win 10 or more games requires alot more than just plain skill.

No contest

June 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

So very proud… NOT

Congrats!!! You have mastered the art of cutting and pasting in email form. You must be a GT grad. If I had a nickel for every time heard that list I would be gobbling up UGA Nerd football tickets at the Joke By the Coke!!

AltamahaDawg

June 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

It is a very simple affair. Scoring a few more points is not hard to imagine with a second year starter ALL-SEC QB. Holding down a few more points is not hard to imagine, I would say assumed, with a reasonably talented, more experienced defense playing at full speed all year.

Anyone predicting a worse or equal year would have to be concerned about new issues, which obviously are possible. (although I haven’t heard that argument put out there) But if low expectations are based on the realities and factors from last year, it’s simple not a logical conclusion.

LHarding Dawg

June 27th, 2011
4:02 pm

Dang, half of page 5 is nothing but Trolls. It must be getting close to August.

Let the young men play

June 27th, 2011
4:13 pm

Are the games still played and won on the field ?

Snoop Dawg

June 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

Yo doggs-
The ESPN analysis didn’t weigh in the most critical factor into their model: COACHING. Unfortunately, even though we have impressive talent, we have lousy coaching. That means that this talent isn’t coached up, and that there is little or no discipline, and that the game plan and strategy on which the plays get called is fatally flawed. Without the leadership of quality coaching, the best talent in the country will be mediocre at best as a team. But wait, it gets better…
Did you know that your university is paying Mark Richt over three million dollars a year so that he can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Yep… That’s $100 per student per year for every single student at UGA in Athens.
Do you feel like a chump?

Irish

June 27th, 2011
9:29 pm

I voted for Notre Dame. Down with the mangy mutts! :-)