A few more thoughts after the third game of the season. …
Well, we finally got the answer to the question, what does it take for UGA not to sell out a game at Sanford Stadium? The answer: An 0-2 start and an FCS opponent with a name most folks can’t pronounce.
The 10,000 or so empty seats at Saturday’s meeting with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were sort of to be expected at a game like this, but Georgia’s 64-game streak of home sell-outs also ended, with about 800 tickets going unsold. That’s a first for the Mark Richt era.
“I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” said the head coach, who apparently was under the impression the unsold tickets were returned by Coastal Carolina too late for Georgia to sell them. But actually late in the week UGA announced that the tickets it was putting on sale at the last minute were “unclaimed UGA student tickets.”
That’s bothersome. In the past, the students showed up early, stood throughout the game and supported the team no matter what. Saturday was a first step toward getting the Dogs back on track, but I’m afraid it probably will take a victory over a quality SEC opponent to get the student body fired up again.
Other quick hits from Saturday: After two games of the new Redcoat Band pregame routine, I’ve concluded two things: The “spell Georgia” cheer needs to be returned to its traditional spot at the end of the halftime show, and the Redcoats should dump that convoluted version of the “Georgia/Bulldogs” cheer that requires the crowd to wait for the musicians to switch positions on the field. … Mike Bobo’s “hurry up” offense seems to work better when it’s scripted and the team doesn’t have to stand there looking toward the sideline. But they still look most comfortable in the I-formation. … Michael Bennett looks like he’s quickly taking Kris Durham’s spot as Georgia’s possession receiver. … It’s worrisome that the Dogs’ defensive front couldn’t even get sacks against Coastal Carolina. … From the loose way he was carrying the ball on that interception that he ended up fumbling back to the Chanticleers, it’s a good thing Bacarri Rambo isn’t one of the defensive players getting a shot at carrying the ball for the offense. … I hope we see more of Georgia throwing out of the backfield to Isaiah Crowell and Bruce Figgins. That’s a really potent weapon for Bobo. … Aaron Murray looked OK Saturday but doesn’t appear to have completely shaken off his sophomore slump. On the other hand, once Hutson Mason got warmed up, he was delivering some really nice-looking throws. After this season, the Georgia coaching staff is going to face a decision over whether to redshirt Mason and go with Christian LeMay as the backup next year in order to get some more class separation in its quarterbacking corps. … I wonder when the last time was that the Dogs’ “long snappah” and placekicker both recovered fumbles in a game. Kudos to Ty Frix and Blair Walsh for heads-up play Saturday. … I know it was “only” Coastal Carolina, but it was great to see the Dogs stuff a fake punt. Ditto watching Carlton Thomas taking down a pass-rusher who looked to be twice his size. … Oh goody. Now we get to worry about Vandy, too.
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