New Dogs will find fan buzz can be awfully fickle

The heat got to big John Jenkins at the first practice. (Brant Sanderlin, / AJC)

The heat got to big John Jenkins at the first practice. (Brant Sanderlin, / AJC)

It’s been amazing to watch the fluctuations in the fan buzz for the two most anticipated members of Georgia’s Dream Team.

For much of the early summer we had the nervous nellies prematurely declaring Isaiah Crowell a “bust” on the basis of rumors he wasn’t giving his all in summer workouts.

But since camp started and the coaches and veteran players have been talking about how hard he practices, how quick he is and how he’s doing a good job of picking up the playbook, the buzz-o-meter has flipped and the excitement is building again.

The opposite seems to be the case with big John Jenkins, who had some heat-related issues the first practice and currently is running second on the depth chart to Kwame Geathers, with coach Rodney Garner saying that Jenkins is “a very talented big man, just very inconsistent. … He’s going to have to improve his fundamentals to play at this level.”

Suddenly you’ve got fans questioning whether Jenkins is really going to be another “Mount” Cody.

Here’s an idea: How about we wait and see what they actually do on the field in a real game before declaring either player a legend-in-the-making or a bust?

They’re both new to the lineup and no doubt will be eased in, sharing time with the more experienced players. That’s why Richard Samuel was moved back to tailback, which so far seems to be working out to the coaches’ satisfaction. And Geathers appears to have picked up where he left off in the spring, so it’s only right that Garner is letting Jenkins know he’s going to have to earn his playing time.

It’s way too early to be passing judgment on either Crowell or Jenkins.

Meanwhile, I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing more of the good old toss sweep this season with big Bruce Figgins (6-foot-4, 274 pounds) leading the way at fullback. Put 240-pound Samuel behind him and, like Figgins said, “I think people will be a little intimidated by it. That’s 500 pounds moving right there. And Richard’s not slow at all. I have to speed up just to get going ahead of him because he’ll run up your back if you don’t. I think we’ll be able to move some people out of the way.”

Here’s hoping Mike Bobo uses that weapon wisely.

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PTC DAWG

August 9th, 2011
11:05 am

Anyone believing EVERYTHING they read on the internet, well, they get what they deserve.

Watkinsville Hound

August 9th, 2011
11:07 am

Bill, any word on when Season Tickets will be shipped?

I will be a first time season ticket holder this year, and have seen in the past you report when they are shipped out.

Just being a bit giddy and overly excited!!

Thanks!!

Alphare

August 9th, 2011
11:07 am

Too Easy

August 9th, 2011
11:09 am

4th or higher.

Alphare

August 9th, 2011
11:09 am

well, 3rd on a Uga homer blog is more than good enough for me. That said, Crowell was actually ranked behind Bama’s Hart as I remember. So be realistic, UGA fans.

Still@theBAR

August 9th, 2011
11:09 am

Shouldn’t that be Fan BARK or WOOF?

FayetteDawg

August 9th, 2011
11:09 am

Totally agree Bill–let the kids get through more than 6 practices before we crown them king or write them off. They’ll learn, they’ll compete, and get better as they go. I’m still excited about both Jenkins and Crowell; can’t wait to see them line up in September.

And here’s another hoping that Mike Bobo uses all of our offensive weapons wisely. For the love of everything that is sacred, don’t send Carlton Thomas between the tackles on 3rd and 8!

Still@theBAR

August 9th, 2011
11:11 am

Look how GREAT AJ Green in looking. Boy Bobo really knows how to use talent.

TallyDawg

August 9th, 2011
11:15 am

The first time Mike Bozo decides to run Carlton Thomas up the middle on a 3 and long I may break my TV. This offense will continue to be a predictable as a soap opera while under his control

Dawg_Mike

August 9th, 2011
11:16 am

Toss sweeps are for the scat backs. Use the beef between the tackles.

KOOL

August 9th, 2011
11:19 am

11th, suckas

Bozo's vanilla ice cream

August 9th, 2011
11:25 am

The problem here is that we still have a clown as the O C. BOO BOO doesnt utilize players well and thats why UGA wont win a MNC.

dawgman

August 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Still@theBAR , still an idiot troll. I didn’t know the NFL has started playing actual games yet. Last I heard AJ PRACTICED pretty well at UGA too. Moron!

Disbelief in Acworth

August 9th, 2011
11:32 am

Frankly, I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school decent people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while the inept Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

Time for a change!

August 9th, 2011
11:34 am

Booboo scares the crap out of me!

truedawg

August 9th, 2011
11:34 am

I second that..”lets hope Bobo uses that toss sweap well this year”
I hope the fans realize we have the tallent to win the East, but Its all Bobo. He has to use the tools he has. I think the running game will do well if our Oline stays healthy. I keep saying this, hope ya’ll see and remember…THE D WILL BE THE STUFF OF LEGEND THIS YEAR!
GO DAWGS!!!

What?!?!?

August 9th, 2011
11:40 am

So you think everyone should just shut up about it until games start? Great. Here’s your pinkslip.

Top Row Dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:46 am

Too many energy vampires on here. This season will be a Frankenstien Monster season too be proud of. Go drown yourself in Lake Allatoona Miss briefs in Jackworth.

ARdawg

August 9th, 2011
11:47 am

I’m feeling much batter than I did on the drive home from Memphis.

Lindsey

August 9th, 2011
11:50 am

I agree with you Bill, no one really knows what the guys will look like until the first game is played. We should just be sending positive support their way. Question for Disbelief in Acworth, why do you read this UGA Blawg if you don’t like UGA so much? GO DAWGS!!!

Idiot in Acworth...

August 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Just saying…

Shhhhhhhhh, TOP SECRET

August 9th, 2011
11:55 am

Bill, 85% of the bloggers on this site are UGA haters or GT fans or just locals that plunk away on mom’s PC as they sip Big Uranges, gulping down Freetos waiting on Obama to give them a job.

Come on ……………..UGA fans are waiting on the season to unfold, not badmouthing Jenkins or Crowell. Who would do that? No UGA grads would, just yet. We might, come December.

Gooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

Rolaids anyone?

August 9th, 2011
11:55 am

Crowell wont match up to this guy aka the shred machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5yaKYuhEno

NC Dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:55 am

@ W Hound – my friend called me last night to tell me that he had gotten his tickets, so they must be in the process.

Destin dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:55 am

Can’t wait !! go Dawgs !!

Concerned

August 9th, 2011
11:55 am

Watkinsville -

They should be here end of this week or beginning of next. Also, Boise St tix will be shipped separately…ticket office said they were trying to Boise St tix out this week as well.

ARdawg

August 9th, 2011
11:56 am

I seriously can’t remember the last time I felt this good about the true freshmen Dawgs. The “team” attitude is a complete 180 from the last 3 years. I am pleased Bill. I hope Richt has indeed put it together. Pardon my dogmatic attitude

Dirty Dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:56 am

Lay off Bobo you boobs…if the season gets off on the wrong foot, or feet, then there’ll be time enough to rag on him and CMR as well, as I’m sure you all will. Meanwhile your criticism only serves as a set up to the embarrassment you’ll feel when things go well and we win those first two (that assumes you’re capable of being embarrassed – which I doubt)…then you’ll either have to eat some crow or simply shut the he!! up, which I also doubt you’re capable of.

Destin dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:57 am

too many jealous Techies on here who don’t have a life…

LawDawg

August 9th, 2011
11:57 am

“Here’s hoping Mike Bobo uses that weapon wisely.”

Yeah, good luck with that.

Also, the people who change their opinions on players with every minor report out of camp and swing wildly from one extreme to the other are almost exclusively children/teenagers, or frighteningly childish adults. Reasonable people understand that you cannot freak out over every minor report from camp. “OMG Crowell is LA-Z…Richt cant recriut!!!!!” is not something someone who can actually afford the contributions themselves (not their parents) would ever write.

I would love to know the median age of frequent commenters here.

Calrton Thomas could be a boost

August 9th, 2011
11:59 am

Someone mentioned the toss sweep and with TWO BIG FBs blocking for Carlton Thomas or ANY one of our nice backs, could be a huge play.

How about this ……………. SPEEDY Brandon Smith or that Wesley Scott at QB with the HUGE 6′5″ 270 Lb FBs and SAMUEL blocking as they head toward the sidelines???

My FBs? Oh that would be Figgins AND Rome in the twin FB set at the same time, baby!!!

Field Goal Jesus is the answer

August 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

If Bobo fails then resort to record breaking long field goal tries. That should do it

LawDawg

August 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

TallyDawg:

Aren’t soap operas inherently unpredictable? “I totally saw that she was a witch trapped in a man’s body trapped in a woman’s body coming. It was so obvious.”

LawDawg

August 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Calrton Thomas could be a boost : So we should run a wishbone?

Eat and Tweet

August 9th, 2011
12:02 pm

Jon jenkins is out of shape period.

Yes, Watkinsville Dawg...

August 9th, 2011
12:09 pm

…got my tix yersterday via USPS express mail – you have to be home to sign for them or go to the post office to sign for them if they leave you a rmeinder that they tried to deliver them – as others said, the Boise tix will be shipped separately, as will the UF tix…

ToccoaDawg

August 9th, 2011
12:09 pm

It’s the start of camp, no need to panic.

Elsie

August 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

Here’s what will happen:
Richt will keep talking about how much better Crowell’s getting from now until opening day, then Crowell will start. I’ve seen it too many times. Once Richt makes his mind up, he doesn’t change it. Doesn’t mean Crowell’s improving, just Richt’s way of not giving him the position right away. Same with John Jenkins. Remember when Richt talked about that QB battle a few Springs ago and then anninted Murray, as we all expected, after Gray & Mettenberger beat Murray? Coach Richt makes his mind up early, and doesn’t change, regardless of how these guys perform. Lemay & Mason could play like Tom Brady from now until Sept 2, and Murray’s starting. Just the way Richt is. And that’s not a good thing. And we saw what happens when you go with your 3rd best option at a position, like Richt did with Murray last year, 6-7, winless against winning teams.

Edwards

August 9th, 2011
12:13 pm

Not surprised it’s taking Jenkins some time to acclimate.

ARdawg

August 9th, 2011
12:13 pm

Jenkins is a beast. Delude yourself if you wish. It may take him weeks or even months to adjust but chances are he will adjust quickly and start eating through offensive lines like Charlie Weiss on a hog quarter

SSIgator

August 9th, 2011
12:14 pm

“It’s way too early to be passing judgment on either Crowell or Jenkins”

Maybe so, but not on da Ptrecha Man or his Straw Dawg coaching staff. Those clowns could mess up a one car funeral.

SwimTeamer

August 9th, 2011
12:15 pm

I actually think Samuel is a better more durable back like Lattimore. Samuel got 4.5 ypc as a starter, Lattimore was 4.8 ypc. Pretty close. Crowell was injury prone in high school and Samuel’s been tough. I think Samuel’s time at LB will prove to be the difference in his ability to read defenses.

tide roll

August 9th, 2011
12:16 pm

This new offensive line signee from Maryland played in a Catholic school league.The lowest classification in Maryland. The highest classification in Maryland probably equates to AA in Georgia. This “Division B” of the Interscholastic League of which Boys Catholic is a member, equates to a JV league here in Georgia. The whole school has 600 students, and that’s K through 12. You think Marlon Brown has had trouble adjusting to the Bigs, wait till this kid hits town. It’s decisions such as these that make you wonder if Georgia really and truly wants to compete at the highest level.

ARdawg

August 9th, 2011
12:18 pm

Elsie,

You can bemoan Richt’s method and style of awarding positions if you wish. Most who know me, know I am no longer his great supporter but, he’s the coach and if he wishes to refrain from assigning a #1 until they prove their worth in a game so what? He’s the coach. I happen to agree with it. You have 3 guys that want it bad, give all a chance to prove it both in practice and in the game. He doesn’t have to “crown” a TB just because you think he should.

SSIgator

August 9th, 2011
12:18 pm

“Here’s hoping Mike Bobo uses that weapon wisely”

That’s called whistling past the graveyard. Wishin’ and hopin’ isn’t going to get it done with BooBoo in cahrge of the offense.

AltamahaDawg

August 9th, 2011
12:18 pm

You guys claiming you can predict Bobos calls, I’m sure can, at the exact pace that ANY college football fan can predict thier own teams tendencies.

I’d be willing to bet if you looked at the play by play for the entire season, your count of the number of times Carlton Thomas ran up the middle on 3rd and long was well short of your perception. And I’d further be willing to bet it was on our side of the field where a TO would have been the worst thing possible. It also still puzzles me why folks who presumably understand the game and specifically how our offense has worked for 10 yrs, still pretend that the OC dictate exactly where the play is going on every down and distance.

Murray bailed out to the draw play when he saw no other options that he felt comfortable with, JUST LIKE Stafford did his first year.

SwimTeamer

August 9th, 2011
12:20 pm

Bill,

The running game was clocking last few games of 2009, averaged 250 a game. I think with Murray’s inability to run audible & hit on deep passes, South Carolina & Miss St. brought 8 in the box. Murray only hit 1 deep pass in those 2 games. So Figgins really isn’t the key piece here, it’s Murray, and Murray’s ability to run audible and hit on deep passes, like Joe Cox did so well late 2009.

Ringleader

August 9th, 2011
12:20 pm

Tickets were shipped 8-8-11

Ed

August 9th, 2011
12:22 pm

I posted something similar on another blog earlier, but it bears repeating: Georgia has a full time coaching staff that watches every practice and every game, and the film of both. No one on here has anywhere close to that level of information.

Georgia averaged 32 points per game last year. Georgia could easily have won 2-3 more games if running backs had not fumbled or missed assignments. Bobo may be the worst O coordinator in the world, but based on the evidence I’ll take the other side of that argument.

His detractors are operating on very incomplete information.

Elsie

August 9th, 2011
12:27 pm

UGA averaged 32 points? Agaisnt unranked teams maybe. Against ranked teams? Try 15 point s a game on offense. Ok, back to drinking your kool aide, be sure to put your rose colored shades back on too.