A few reasons Georgia Bulldogs fans should feel great (or not)

Isaiah Crowell showed some nifty moves again Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Isaiah Crowell showed some nifty moves again Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more reflections on why a Georgia Bulldogs fan should feel great after the win over Mississippi State …

Isaiah Crowell might have a long way to go in terms of SEC caliber stamina, and he’s also still looking for his first long touchdown run after Saturday’s apparent 49-yard scamper was ruled out of bounds. But he’s already shown he has the moves to be a big-time running back. His elusiveness on that erstwhile scoring run brought quite a few wows from the crowd. …

The defense continues to impress and improve, breaking up more passes in the past couple of weeks than a Bulldog fan can remember seeing in a long time. …

Brandon Boykin returning punts as well as kickoffs is a smart move on the part of the Georgia coaching staff. He had two nice returns Saturday and it’s a pretty safe bet he’s going to break another long one all the way sometime soon. …

One of the big reasons the D is looking so good lately is Sanders Commings, who against MSU had three tackles, returned a fumble, snagged an interception and broke up two other passes that he almost (and perhaps should have) intercepted, one of which he easily could have scored on. …

It was great seeing Christian Robinson back on the field calling the defensive signals in the two-minute defense and on third downs. …

And thanks to the losses Saturday by South Carolina and Florida, the Dawgs still have more to play for than just pride.

Too bad Cornelius Washington didn't confine his celebrating to the field Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin /AJC)

Too bad Cornelius Washington didn't confine his celebrating to the field Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin /AJC)

Of course, there are also a few reasons for Dogs fans still to feel a bit uneasy …

The continuing struggles of the field goal unit and the second-half disappearing act of the offense for the second straight week. …

The sneaking suspicion that Mark Richt continuing to show a lack of faith in his offense in short-yardage situations might be turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy. At least Richt understood the boos after he opted to go for a field goal on fourth-and-short only to see the kick muffed. “If I was up in the stands, I wouldn’t have too thrilled about those couple of plays either,” he said.

Cornelius Washington’s celebrating of his best game as a Dog lasting a bit too long, resulting in him being suspended for the next two games just as he was really starting to click as a pass-rusher. …

CBS’ Gary Danielson saying that Saturday’s results leave Georgia “in the driver’s seat” in the SEC East. True or not, I’d much rather the Dogs continue operating under the radar of the national sports media for now. …

And after a glorious fall day in Athens, I wasn’t the only fan lamenting that the schedule will keep the Dogs away from Sanford Stadium for the next five weeks, meaning no more home games during the absolutely best month of football weather.

What has you feeling good or not so good about the Dawgs at this point in the season?

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Alan

October 2nd, 2011
10:20 pm

First!! Go Dawgs

Goldenrod

October 2nd, 2011
10:22 pm

Go Jackets! Undefeated and won’t be thru bowl game!

ES

October 2nd, 2011
10:24 pm

Fred

October 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

Our defense is the real deal! Todd Grantham only has one recruiting class under his belt and we are becoming a really fine defense! The best is yet to come for the Dawgs! We just need to be patient! I know everyone gets tired of telling themselves that including me! DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! JUST ASK ALABAMA!

Sam

October 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

That scheduling sucks…5 weeks of away games? (Counting UF as “away”)

ChattaDawg

October 2nd, 2011
10:28 pm

Has Bruce Figgins carried the ball yet? 3rd and 1 and we don’t try and give our 275# fullback a shot….hmmm. That shows a lack of faith to me

Come on Bobo.

Dawg48

October 2nd, 2011
10:29 pm

It’s Ray drew time! For the next two weeks any way.

ATLnative

October 2nd, 2011
10:29 pm

Junkyard D baby! GATA

Dr. Morpheus

October 2nd, 2011
10:30 pm

I’m with Fred. Ignore the trolls and enjoy the wins. Tennessee put their numbers up against inferior teams. UF stopped them and so can we. Improved consistency on offense puts us in position to be competitive in every game. Bring on the Vols.

Dangerous

October 2nd, 2011
10:30 pm

GA is nowhere near to where it needs to be to be COMPETITIVE on the OFFENSIVE side of the ball.

just a fan

October 2nd, 2011
10:34 pm

The defense has me feeling real good even if the last few opponents were sub-par. The improvement of KG and addition of JJ I believe has helped the D immensely. CMB needs to get IC the ball in space by throwing him a screen pass or a swing pass so he is one on one with a LB and in space.

Alabama Death Machine

October 2nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Fred, please don’t even mention Alabama and UGA in the same posting. Who has UGA played that is worth a darn? Boise? We saw how that turned out.

If somehow UGA makes it to Atlanta do you really want to see what Bama will do to the Dawgs? Russ would probably drop dead at the site of the horrific beating UGA would receive.

AFDawg

October 2nd, 2011
10:35 pm

The Washington incident will have some real affects on the pass rush in Knoxville this weekend. I hope we can mitigate the his loss with a better interior rush from our nose men.

Also, Bobo’s play calling in the second half was just awful. I was predicting his plays from the couch. Sometimes he looks like a genius when he calls well-timed plays to get our play makers in space. Then he calls three blast plays with 160lb Carlton Thomas. I have no idea why we don’t run counters, stretch’s and sweeps exclusively with Thomas and Crowell. Also, I am begging for a slant or bubble screen with Mitchell during those blitz situations. Please Bobo!

Our receiving corp is much better than expected, and Murray is playing about where I thought he would.

Defense is playing well right now. Can’t drop those interceptions against Florida and Auburn. Some lapses in the tightness of the zone. Would like to see more press coverage from our athletic corners. Would kill a lot of those 5 yard zone routes that seemed to kill us against Boise and Carolina.

just a fan

October 2nd, 2011
10:36 pm

@chattadawg

I am with you I do not understand why Figgins has not had a chance to carry it on 3rd or 4th and short as big as he is or why he does not get more passes thrown his way being an ex tight end with good hands

ChattaDawg

October 2nd, 2011
10:37 pm

ADM,

You need to worry about LSU and Auburn….will see you in Atl

Go Dawgs!

October 2nd, 2011
10:37 pm

Hunter isn’t playing, so I’m confident our secondary can contain Tennessee’s receivers. I think the D will play well, but I am worried about the offense… we can’t be that sloppy in the second half against the Vols… Murray needs to get back to playing like he was before the game yesterday and I think if that happens we could back on track offensively. Go Dawgs.

Dawg48

October 2nd, 2011
10:37 pm

I wish we could go a day without negativity from dawg fans! Our players are improving every week and the team looks fired up and ready to play and play as a team with a team first mentality. We just need to put a complete game together.

W. Mark Whitlock

October 2nd, 2011
10:39 pm

Fellow UGA fans,
I am taking my son to his first Georgia game. It’s My first since leaving Athens in 1991. His first NCAA game ever. What are the Dawg traditions at away games? I’d love to participate in all of them in Knoxville. Thank you

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:41 pm

Tyler Bray will see that our secondary is nothing to throw at. He’ll throw at least 2 picks. Our secondary is just too good not to pick him off. And since Tennessee is a pass happy offense, he’ll get sacked a lot too. If they try to run it with Tauren Poole, we’ll shut him down too.

Dawgs win 27-14

Go Dawgs!

October 2nd, 2011
10:42 pm

I don’t think Auburn is that good, I just think Garcia is terrible this year. Maybe Shaw isn’t any good either, but I think it’s time he gets some playing time. Auburn’s defense shouldn’t do that to anyone. Also, I was really impressed with Alabama’s defense last night! I thought they would contain Demps and Rainey, but not completely shut them down. Wow, Saban is a great coach.

Dawg48

October 2nd, 2011
10:42 pm

@ mark try to find were the team comes in before the game at the stadium you both will enjoy that

Junkyard_Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
10:42 pm

My main concern is when is Mark Richt and Bobo gonna stop being complacent with the lead. That game should’ve been a blowout. I’m glad we won but it’s like they are satisfied with just having a lead. We need to get back to the days when we had somebody down we stepped on their throat. They stop being aggressive with the play calling. I’m just waiting for it to come back around and bite us. Let’s put these guys away!!!!

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:43 pm

Tyler Bray loves to sling the rock and I don’t blame him. He’s like 6′6 and can really chuck it. But he better be careful. Honestly, I’m not worried about the defense against Tennessee, they’ll do their job, I’m worried about the offense’s ability to not count on the defense to bail them out of games. We need to score every chance we get. Why don’t we step on an opponent’s throat? The defense will be on point, but the offense needs to equal the intensity.

Jason

October 2nd, 2011
10:43 pm

Danielson is a moron. 18/21 and you’re in the drivers seat. Gotta beat us first cause we aren’t losing more than 2.

Go Dawgs!

October 2nd, 2011
10:45 pm

Whaw!, I have to agree with you there, without Hunter I see our defense getting a couple of picks. I’m even more impressed with our run defense, I think after how poorly the Vols ran it against Florida, that we can limit Poole. I’m starting to get more confident in Grantham’s play-calling.

UT Doug

October 2nd, 2011
10:45 pm

Tennessee 31
ga 17
murray it’s all over the field next week.

Dawg48

October 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

Wow times are a changin their is a teen a nd a bama fan on the world wide Webb tonight! The county library must be open late!

38-10

October 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

Florida sucks, Roll Tide haha.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:49 pm

I don’t care how many points we score in the 2nd half if we gonna keep playing d like this and winning games. Just win one game at a time we don’t need to be concerned with anything else. We still have a soph qb, freshman rb, freshman wras our go to guys and a suspect o-line, so I can’t be too suprized that we go through scoring droughts. Hey 3-2 is better than that 1-4 crap we put on the field last year.

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:50 pm

Georgia’s defense won’t allow Tennessee to score 31 points. Sorry buddy. Wrong defense.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:51 pm

I think we need to run the ball 50+ times a game like vs Ole Miss. Our line run blocks better than it pass protects.

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:52 pm

Remaining SEC games: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Auburn, & Kentucky.

We need to win those and hope SC drops one more (which they will). We don’t “technically” control our own destiny but we really do. SC won’t go undefeated the rest of the way in the SEC.

Ralph

October 2nd, 2011
10:52 pm

UGA is stronger and faster than Bama and Flordia. 90% chance UGA wins SEC and gets a shot for national championship but their wins against Gators and Tide must be double digits. Richt will be given a contract extension next Sunday to help with recruiting.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:53 pm

I told everybody Florida will lose every game this month

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:53 pm

We get Auburn and Kentucky at home. Key game: Florida and them not having Brantley is going to hurt them. I think we saw the real Florida vs. Bama anyway. They beat up on inferior opponents but when it came time to pick on somebody their own size, they got beat up. Literally.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:54 pm

I never worry about SC cause as good as they were last year they lost 5 games

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:54 pm

I agree that we are better than Alabama and Florida. Georgia really is a better team that most people give them credit for.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:56 pm

@ Whaw…well said and they tried to use that 4-0 cupcake schedule as confidence and momentum for this month. I think it helped us starting out with a hard 2 games.

Dawg48

October 2nd, 2011
10:56 pm

Ralf hold on now buddy

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
10:56 pm

Tennessee will get smacked, Vanderbilt won’t touch us, then we get a bye week and that allows us to get everyone healthy and riled up for the Florida game. Remember Mustychamp guaranteed a win over UGA this season and I can guarantee you that’ll be posted up everywhere in the UGA locker room for motivation during the bye week.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:57 pm

And as good as we are, wait until our freshmen really “grow up”. We gonna be nasty in the next few weeks.

UGAKev from Columbus GA

October 2nd, 2011
10:58 pm

I can see this team finishing the regular season at 10-2 and playing Bama or LSU in the SEC Championship. I can also see this team finishing 8-4 or 7-5. The good news though is that we have yet play a full 60 mins. If we do , then watch out SEC. I think it’s fair to say this team is far better than last season. My assessment so far is that Boise State is really that good and the South Carolina game should of been a blowout in our favor. It is such a breath of fresh air to see our defense going back to the good days. The sky is the limit for this team. I just hope the coaching staff does not crash the place. GO DAWGS!!!

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
10:59 pm

I won’t say we better than Bama, but we could beat them on a given day.

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
11:01 pm

We should in all honesty be 4-1 and 3-0 in the SEC right now. But that’s how the ball bounces I guess. We’re much better than what our 3-2 record shows. Much better and people know it.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
11:01 pm

Having IC running the rock is a real game changer though. If he gets hot we can beat anybody.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
11:01 pm

And this D is impressive

38-10

October 2nd, 2011
11:02 pm

Georgia has really impressed me since that game they should have won against Carolina. But I wouldn’t say they are on Bama or LSU’s level right now. Although, with all those young guys y’all got last recruiting class, who knows.

Whaw!

October 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

I think facing off against Boise and SC to start the season helped us as a team. Facing off against wussies like Georgia Southern, UAB, FAU, Kent St, etc would have set us up for failure. Sort of like it’s done for Florida. When you play a weak team, the team doesn’t give it’s all and it’s not getting hit in the mouth at all by an inferior opponent. But when you play a team that can actually give you fits, their so used to playing sorry teams that they don’t know how to respond when getting punched in the mouth. Well this team does having played both Boise and SC to start the season.

38-10

October 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

So much for Florida winning the SEC haha.

Dawg Fans RELAX

October 2nd, 2011
11:04 pm

Thats kinda why I say we can beat them on a given day but not necessarily better than them (right now)