Fan talk: Are this year’s Dawgs on a roll like the 2007 team?

Would Mark Richt still get a thumbs up if the Dogs win out but don't take the SEC East? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Would Mark Richt still get a thumbs up if the Dogs win out but don't take the SEC East? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

As part of the Walk With the Dogs to School event, UGA student-athletes were due to walk groups of children Friday morning to Athens’ Barrow Elementary School, “the best old school I know,” as fellow Barrow alums will remember from the distinctive school song. Barrow is located right across the street from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

The idea is to encourage kids to walk to school whenever they can, said Robert Miles, the UGA Athletic Association’s director of CHAMPS/Life Skills. “The kids love to see a Bulldog in a jersey and the parents remember when our student-athletes take time out of their schedule to visit with the kids, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

You might remember Miles as a member of the 1980 national championship football team, and one of his teammates, Scott Woerner, will be signing autographs and promoting the new “1980 Dawgs” DVD in Athens before and after this weekend’s homecoming game. Woerner will be at the Red Zone at 155 E. Clayton St. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. You can see a clip of Woerner from the video here.

Speaking of Homecoming, the annual parade is Friday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in downtown Athens.

And now on to some Junkyard Mail. …

Michael Foster writes: Love following you on Facebook and ajc.com! [I've noticed] how similar this season has been, so far, to 2007. Two early season losses (1 being at home to South Carolina), nearly losing the game in Nashville to Vanderbilt, beating Florida in a heated game where Florida fans blamed an injured quarterback for the loss (and amount of sacks). Now, thanks to a sophomore quarterback and a freshman tailback, this team really looks way different than it did in at the start. And the defense, just like 2007, has been GREAT. Fans at the beginning of the season said we basically had to win the SEC East for Richt to save his job. But, what if we go 10-2 and still don’t make the SEC title game? What if we finish 11-2? I’d say, if we do, Richt has the Dawgs right back where we want them.

Well, I’m not ready to count victories the Dogs haven’t earned yet, but I have to agree with you, I don’t think there’d be too many complaints about a two-loss season that saw the Dogs win 11 straight. And, yes, that probably would mean Georgia would wind up with a pretty decent showing in the polls and also, like 2007, would prompt a high preseason ranking next year (though probably not No. 1 like happened in 2008).

J.S. writes: I have a great question for you to pose to the DAWG Nation: As a DAWG fan, if you could pick 1 game for a victory this week, would you choose UGA over New Mexico State or Arkansas over S.C.? My position is Arkansas. It would hurt to lose to New Mexico State, but it is not a conference game and that would allow us to win the SEC East. Otherwise, we are putting our hopes on UF. I do not think that we have a chance to lose to New Mexico, even with the running back issue. However, the question is indicative of DAWG fans’ views between a solo victory and overall success.

I can see your reasoning, though the Bulldog Nation’s howls of anguish and calls for heads to roll in Athens that would accompany a loss to the Aggies of the WAC might put such a damper on the season that winning the SEC East would be all but forgotten. Still, if I must choose, I suppose I’d rather have the conference win.

Steve writes: Some people have stated that UGA’s athletic department’s drug violation policy is the toughest in the SEC. The claim was that every other SEC school allows for a 1st offense without game suspension, and UGA does not. A claim is made that if UGA’s three running backs played for UF, Alabama, Auburn, LSU then they would not have been suspended. Is this true? Find this hard to believe.

It’s true. UGA’s disciplinary guidelines call for players to be suspended from 10 percent of the season (one game) on the first offense. The penalty increases to half the season for a second offense and dismissal from the program for the third offense. A recent survey of SEC athletic departments by Brett McMurphy of cbssports.com shows that in the SEC only Kentucky joins UGA in suspending players for the first drug offense. The other schools do not suspend players until at least the second offense, and Ole Miss waits for the third. Overall, Georgia is one of only six BCS schools with such a strict policy. So, yeah, if those running backs played for the schools you mentioned, they wouldn’t have been suspended and we likely never would have heard a word about the failed drug tests.

Aaron Murray has had trouble with the long ball this season. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray has had trouble with the long ball this season. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Jeremy Gamiza writes: Why can’t we throw the ball deep? Is it Mike Bobo?

Funny, the complaint I’ve heard most often is that Bobo calls too many deep routes, especially on third down, forcing Aaron Murray to stand in the pocket too long. As for Georgia’s relative lack of success with the deep ball this season, I don’t think you can pin that on Bobo. He doesn’t throw the passes. Murray has, for whatever reason, been extremely inconsistent on long passes this year.

Ralph Jackson writes: My question is simple, should this current situation with our tailbacks help us land a major running back? I mean, I’m thinking, if I were considering the Dawgs and I notice [Isaiah] Crowell having issues, plus taking himself out of games, that would encourage me to go to Georgia, because Crowell might turn out to be his own worst enemy. What do you think? And for heaven’s sake why doesn’t Richt let [Brandon] Bogotay try a few field goals?

Well, let’s hope you’re right, since Georgia is considered one of the favorites in the recruiting battle over 5-star running back Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C. As for placekicking, Richt appears committed, at least for now, to Blair Walsh. From what I’ve heard, Walsh, for all his misses in games, is still the most consistent kicker in practice. We’ll just have to wait and see how long Richt’s patience will last with Walsh, who himself said this week, “It’s nice to have his backing, his confidence, but I’m not oblivious. That does run out, I’m sure.” Bonus points to him, by the way, for using the word oblivious.

Also on the subject of kickers, Paula B writes: Hey Bill! LOVE reading your blawg! As much as it breaks my heart to see Blair Walsh and Drew Butler have a tough game (and a tough season overall for Walsh), I’m fascinated to wonder what could possibly be the cause of such a nightmarish turnaround for each of them. What do you think? Is this a result of a lack of coaching by CMR? What is the cause (if any) and what should be done by CMR? Obviously special teams can make or break us in any game. I’ll be at the game on Saturday with my two nieces from Virginia (16 and 19 years old) — their first big college game! GO DAWGS!!!

Hope your nieces enjoy the game. As for the kickers, it’d help, I’m sure, if Georgia could still have a coach who concentrated on them like the late Bill Hartman did back in the Vince Dooley era, but the NCAA put an end to those volunteer coaching spots. Butler has been pretty great this season, so I think we can write last Saturday off as the odd bad day. Walsh’s problems seem more akin to when a golfer suddenly has problems with his swing or a batter goes into a slump in baseball. It might be a technical problem that can be corrected. Early in the season, Walsh indicated he’d watched film and fixed a few little hitches. But he’s still missing kicks, so chances are it’s become more a mental thing. He’s proved in the past he’s a great kicker so it’s just a matter of him working through this. As I noted earlier this week, Kevin Butler thinks he’s just been kicking too much in practice and in warm-ups and needs to pull back. Let’s hope he does so before he runs out of season (or Richt decides to go with Bogotay).

Kelvin Phillips writes: Bill, do you have any idea why we line up in the spread so much? With a 280-pound fullback who can actually block and an offensive line as big as ours, and with Crowell, why do we not line up in the I and run the ball?

The plan was for the Dogs to use the shotgun spread formation more this season as part of their no-huddle offense, in an attempt to get more offensive plays (which has been successful). Also, the idea behind using the spread generally is that it literally spreads the field for the wide receivers and takes some pressure off the offensive line. At times, Isaiah Crowell has actually looked more comfortable running out of the spread than the I, but generally I think the Dogs do better with play-action in their traditional pro set, particularly in the red zone.

Jeremy Floyd writes: Am I the only one wondering about (not questioning yet) Crowell’s toughness? [Richard] Samuel filled in admirably, especially with his effort and hard running. But is Crowell that banged up that he couldn’t play against Florida?

Crowell did get banged up against the Gators, but was able to return to the game. However, Samuel played more in the fourth quarter, apparently because the coaches decided his downhill running style suited what they needed at that time. But, no, you’re not the only one questioning (or at least wondering about) Crowell’s toughness. I’m not sure it’s his toughness as much as it is his conditioning, which apparently was pretty poor to start the season. He was hurt last year in high school and doesn’t seem to have worked hard enough during the offseason. He also, frankly, seems a bit immature in his attitude. Before we write him off as a part-time back, though, let’s let him get through his first season and give the UGA conditioning staff a chance to build up his endurance and also give him some time to grow up.

OkieDawg writes: Hi Bill, by looking at your photo, I assume we attended UGA about the same time. I graduated in 1975 and I am a lifelong Bulldog. I love UGA. I read that in 2010, UGA was #4 in gross revenues @ $65.2 million and #2 in net revenues @ $45.4 million. UGA is profitable due to an excellent brand image that has been built over a long period of time. Are the negative things that have occurred both on the field and off the field going to adversely impact our brand image and thus our continued ability to be one of the most profitable football programs in the nation? In both football and business, the brand is everything. It cannot ever be compromised, it must be protected by all means necessary. Is it properly protected?

Yes, we were at UGA at the same time. I graduated in 1974. As to your question, I think off the field, the brand is in great hands with Mark Richt. Most of the off-field discipline problems in recent years have been relatively minor, though irritating, and as we noted earlier, UGA has a tougher drug policy than most schools. But when it comes to profitability, I believe winning is the most important factor in protecting the brand. A sustained period of lousy seasons might diminish the gross revenues, but I don’t think Greg McGarity would let it get that far. So as far as the brand is concerned, I’m not worried.

Brent Jarnicki writes: Bill, like you, I’m a UGA alum and a die-hard Dawg that enjoys discussions not only about the X’s and O’s, but the “intangibles” of Georgia that we love. I’m writing to you about an issue that’s recently really bothered me: the major changes to the field paint design at Sanford. Hopefully you’ve noticed that since 2008, our field’s paint design has been greatly minimized. From about 2005 to 2007, we had a solid 3 foot red outlining of the entire field. I thought it looked very bold and sharp. This was taken away in 2008. But this year more changes have been made that just completely took away all of Sanford’s tradition and originality. For example, the yardline numbers no longer have the red shadowing, which were around when Herschel played (I’ve watched all the highlight videos and the numbers were shadowed even back then). The endzone lettering is now totally bland, with only a thin red line around the letters (it used to have 3-D lettering, and then a thin red and black outline, which I thought looked best). Finally, this year the field no longer has the Georgia oval G’s at the goaline. These G’s were so unique to Sanford, and really was a nice touch. Now, other than the midfield logo, there is nothing that distinguishes our field, and that really bothers me. Gameday in Sanford has so much tradition and uniqueness that sets it apart from other venues, and I considered the red shadowed numbers and especially the goal line Georgia G some of these cool nuances. Please let me know your thoughts.

I have to say I had not noticed the changes you mention, but I also agree that your description of the way it used to be done does sound more attractive. I’d be interested in hearing if anyone else noticed these changes and what they think of the way the field looks now.

Black jerseys made their debut against Auburn. Should they return? (Associated Press)

Black jerseys made their debut against Auburn. Should they return? (Associated Press)

Josh Johansson writes: Having been a UGA fan since I was born in 1991, and going to games since 1992, my favorite game has been the Blackout against Auburn. Sanford Stadium, that night, was probably the loudest and most excited I had ever seen it. The fans and more importantly the players were so pumped. I know we’ve worn the black jerseys since then (and other, not as popular, variations of black uniforms) but I really feel like it could be a great tradition for us to where those black tops against Auburn, every time we play them at home. It would be similar to the way Notre Dame wears/wore the green jerseys against USC. I think it would be awesome because it wouldn’t be every year. It wouldn’t seem like a “gimmick” against some random team. Those would be THE Black Jerseys that we wear when we play Auburn. What are your thoughts?

I loved the way the black jerseys looked. But I think maybe Richt went to the Blackout well a bit too often in 2007-2008 and after the blowout loss to Bama our superstitious fan base soured on the black jerseys. I’d love to see them brought back at some point but have wondered what would be the best way to do that. Perhaps wear them with no prior notice and without the attendant Blackout hooplah? But I think you might be on to something in your suggestion that they be designated the home jerseys against Auburn. Black jersey fans, what do you think?

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evil empire

November 4th, 2011
4:46 pm

hope you do get to the ga dome…that behind kickin you would take would be a beautiful site to see…LSU/Bama 56 uga 7…

harold

November 4th, 2011
4:49 pm

THE LAST SEVEN GAMES THAT UGA WON WERE AGAINST HORRIBLE TEAMS WITH LOSING RECORDS. THIS UGA TEAM IS VERY AVERAGE.

TOO BAD ONLY LSU AND MILES AND SABAN AND BAMA ARE THE ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS IN THE SEC.

Stupid is the New Black

November 4th, 2011
4:51 pm

Arkansas is still in the running. If Bama loses to both LSU and Auburn and then Arkansas beats LSU.

Not likely – but possible.

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
5:14 pm

evil empire = troll

evil empire

November 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

nice come back richt licker…

Lakedawg

November 4th, 2011
5:24 pm

There are some similarities between the two teams, but defense better this year and offense better in 07. Forget the black jerseys for a while another distraction. Believe we win out and play LSU, probably can’t beat them, but you do not know until you play.

Bill what is Kolton Houston’s status??

McTyre

November 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

Win streak? Check. Smothering defense? Check. Explosive offense? Not so much – as the 2011 edition to date is as apt to explode on itself as on the opponent. If the get more TDs in the redzone and merely stop being hideously bad on special teams, this team could finish like the 2007 one with a real flourish.

ARdawg

November 4th, 2011
5:36 pm

evil troll

Why not post something to add to the discussion instead of looking for reaction or just simply S.T.F.U?

War Dang Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:00 pm

hey all – i love the wins as much as anyone, but have we beat anyone with over .500 record?

Yes, we beat Florida last week. They entered the game 4-3, a .571 record. They’re at .500 now, but only because we beat them.

Bob

November 4th, 2011
6:02 pm

@harold…excellent observation and thanks. Many of the “homers” on here are only concerned with Ws & Ls, not the quality of the opponent. Richt and his thieves have been stealing their salaries for the past five years, padding their records and stats with patsies. It’s so bad now, nothing but a complete house cleaning will rid this culture of mediocrity. Or stay the course and be happy with second/third place in the SEC East. For $3M a year, we can do much better. Just my opinion.

Niceville Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:03 pm

Just wondering…Do all of you haters and trolls visit all the other teams’ sites and bash them or are we just the lucky ones?I’m so glad that I have a team to root for and follow without having to troll around and try to smear everyone else’s.Attn Ms.Brown,Flat Tire,Bama,Pollyanna,evil empire,etc.Please find something else to do with you’re pathetic selves and leave this blog to people who want to have intelligent discussions about sports.

Bob

November 4th, 2011
6:05 pm

Hello Mr Niceville…I thought this blog was for expressing your opinion, not bragging on the Emperor’s new clothes. Excuse me.

War Dang Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:07 pm

“All of our other victories have been against scrubbs. CMR is still on a very hot seat.”

I don’t know Insider, at this point 8-4 and a win over Florida is probably the worst case scenario. I don’t see NM State or Kentucky pulling off an upset. I think Richt has probably already bought himself another year absent a complete meltdown the rest of the way. But just barely. I’m pulling for the guy, but am still skeptical about his chances long-term. Georgia under Richt just seems incapable of being a complete football team.

War Dang Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:11 pm

The Auburn games worries me. On paper we ought to be able to squeeze out a win against a 5-3 Auburn team in Athens, but their extra week to prepare will help them some. And who knows what the injury situation is going to look like a week from now.

I think Arkansas is going to give us a huge break tomorrow, it’s up to us to take advantage.

dawg521

November 4th, 2011
6:19 pm

I personally think the black jerseys are awesome and would make a great tradition against Auburn! The 2007 Blackout Game was the loudest, most energetic game I’ve attended and I have it immortalized on my living room wall.

This team has not played a 100% complete game all season, but when we do, God help whoever gets in our way. I have complete faith that Grantham that will keep our D going at the level it’s playing at now, but I lack the same confidence in the offense. Bobo seems to be getting more comfortable and effective in his play calling this year, but he still gets stuck like a broken record sometimes. Aaron Murray is losing my faith because he has made some of the most boneheaded decisions this year, such as locking onto one receiver instead of checking down and scanning the field and he can be so inconsistent at times. But at the same time, he has made some phenomenal throws that only our receivers can get to (Malcom Mitchell vs Tennessee, Tavarres King vs. Florida are two examples). I think he gets too caught up in the moment which causes him to get stuck, lock on to a receiver, and hold the ball too long instead of throwing it away. It’s all mental. He clearly has the ability to make plays.

Dawg Whisperer

November 4th, 2011
6:20 pm

Josh’s suggestion for wearing the black jersey only on home games against Auburn is an excellent one. The analogy with the ND jersey against USC is a very good one. Black is back against Auburn should become a tradition.

dawg521

November 4th, 2011
6:21 pm

Ive also noticed the different paint scheme this year and it SUCKS! It’s so plain. Go back to 2004-2007 style (my years at school)…just a classic look!

Niceville Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:21 pm

Funny I don’t remember mentioning you,Mr.Bob.Have never seen you on here spewing nonsense like the ones I did mention.There is a huge difference between expressing one’s opinion and bashing.Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m saying.You’re smarter then that.

1969 Graduate

November 4th, 2011
6:28 pm

Black jerseys as a regular thing might be fine. Black jerseys as a cloak for bad coaching would be lame, at best.

Comparing this team to any good team is extremely premature, or worse.

Our defense may be okay, but isn’t well tested yet. Le’s see what happens vs Tech’s offense (at least) before we make a big fuss. Or, do you think we could stop Trent Richardson, and his line.

Our offense has a right long way to go. Yes, there are some signs of improvement, but 2007 was a good offense, and this one is not that good, just taking advantage of a decent defense.

Not so special teams? You’re kidding, right?

Our overall record may look a bit like 2007, but have we improved all that much from week to week, or have we played a string of losers. In 2007, we played better competition to be considered as a possible come-from-behind contender, and for the national championship. This year, we’ll have to be lucky to back into contention for the SEC East title.

When Vandy beats Florida, and Arkansas beats USC, we’ll look even less impressive.

If we beat everyone else, including the SEC West champs, and win the bowl game, then maybe there’s something to compare, but just how likely is that?

I’d like to see a complete game, and I’d love to see a football team competent in all the phases of the game. How far from that are we?

In 2007, we were compared to the other Johnny-come-lately *best team* in the country, USC (West). Is anybody mentioning Mr. Richt’s wares in the same breath as Alabama or LSU?

Not to take away from our wins, as we can only play our schedule, but let’s not inflate the importance of wins against relatively weak opposition. Some of our players are already thumping their chests over far too little.

Go, Georgia Bulldogs.

Jon P

November 4th, 2011
6:38 pm

Love the black jerseys, black pants (from the 1998 Outback bowl, with 2 red stripes on them and not the 1 red stripe from the 2009 Florida game) and red pants (from the Dooley days)…bring them all back as part of the uniform, but never bring back those black helmets…THAT was awful!

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
6:47 pm

@1969 Graduate

You nailed it brother. I’ll take winning over losing, but having a truly good team who plays with class is even better.

Niceville Dawg

November 4th, 2011
6:48 pm

No black….ever again.Please.Reminds me too much of the Alabama nightmare.Isn’t that the last time we wore them?

wins-by-a-link

November 4th, 2011
6:58 pm

I think the defense is probably better now but the offense is no where near as good as 2007, I think Murray has not played as well as he did last year, He just does not have the touch he had a yr ago, Had a lot of recievers open on long patterns and missed them, Running game has been a big disapointment so far and I see no promise of improvement, Something is wrong with this program, I don’t know what it is but there are problems, Question is can the problems be corrected.

DawginTX

November 4th, 2011
7:05 pm

The Dawgs deserve credit for being on the roll that they are on. Winning 6 in a row is difficult at any point. But the 2007 team turned into the best team in the country after a narrow escape at Vanderbilt. This team has potential to be a very good team, but the offense hasn’t shown any flashes of greatness since the SC game and the special teams continue to be an achilles heal. Compared to 2007, this year’s ceiling is lower and though the defense has come closest, we haven’t come close to realizing our potential.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:14 pm

Hard to say that this year’s defense is better than 2007. They haven’t really played the same level of competition. The stats look good, but great defenses just don’t struggle against the likes of Vandy etc.

TheUknownFan

November 4th, 2011
7:24 pm

Yea they are on a roll. Or as my grandma use to call them a biscuit. Thats cause they got the munchies. Pot will do that to you.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:26 pm

Sammy Dawg

November 4th, 2011
7:34 pm

Doobie roll maybe

VillageDawg

November 4th, 2011
7:37 pm

UGA has played 6 teams without a winning record currently over last 6 weeks:
4 teams have a 4-4 record
2 have a 3-5 record
1 has a 2-6 record

That’s why the team has been “on a roll”.

Havn’t played anybody.

TheUknownFan

November 4th, 2011
7:42 pm

I wonder how they re gonna showcase Crowel at homecoming??? Maybe call the halftime the Bongshow !!! Let Isaiah show his talents then !!!

tell me again

November 4th, 2011
7:49 pm

You guys are a riot – talking about WEAK SCHEDULES – LOOK AT BAMA’S schedule and tell me who the giants of college football are they have played!? They have played one decent team – Arkansas, and won – we played SC and should have won – where’s the difference? I’m waiting….get off that argument – it’s a NON STARTER!

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:51 pm

Won and “should have won” is the biggest difference. Penn State’s a pretty good 1 loss team.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:54 pm

We won’t even talk about the scores or the stats. Being the least penalized team in FBS football is significant. Bama hits hard, but they hit legal. They don’t priss around jacking their jaws after they do what they’re supposed to do on the field of play either.

Georgia fans can’t even remember what a team with class looks like anymore.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:55 pm

Did I tell you enough?

Again?

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
7:59 pm

Cause I could tell you lots more… If you want.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
8:00 pm

Yeah… Well, I didn’t think so.

Billy

November 4th, 2011
9:15 pm

I also have noticed the difference in the way the field is painted. To be honest though, I have always thought our field (sod/grass) and the quality of the field painting is very poor quality. I think we have probably have almost the worst looking field in the SEC. And as much money as UGA is making off of the fans, you would think it should be much better.

Snake Doc

November 4th, 2011
9:20 pm

ARe you drinking again Bill? This team has beaten no one. not a ranked team, not a team with an above .500 record. This team has beaten no one and would be embarrassed by Alabama or LSU. What a bunch of boneheads!

Scorekeeper1

November 4th, 2011
9:41 pm

Awbarn weel keel da Athenians.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
9:55 pm

I’d consider the Georgia vs. Auburn game a pick-em. I think they’re about equal. Auburn might be slightly better, but Georgia has HFA. That should be worth 3 points. It could go either way. It’s sorta like the Bama vs. LSU game on a lower overall talent level. Too close to call really.

duronimo

November 4th, 2011
10:17 pm

Bobo is consistently getting people open on deep routes but Murray is simply missing most of them. A good OC sets things up just to get a few of those plays per game. Bobo is doing very well in this regard.

Lakedawg

November 4th, 2011
10:19 pm

Dawgs play the schedule they have. Comical GTBOB talking about Dawgs schedule when Tech plays in the ACC. Is there a ranked team in that whole league. Including the cupcakes he listed soehow he did not include GT??

Dawgs win their next 4 and than play whoever is next in SEC championship, thats just the way the schedule falls. Predict beat Aubuen by 14 aand Techiies by 17.

Wavy Gravy

November 4th, 2011
10:45 pm

I’m gonna have to sell lots of pyramids if Georgia is gonna win the next four games.

aarh

November 4th, 2011
11:59 pm

Rusty- The ‘07 Fl team actually wasn’t that great either. They were over hyped as being good bc they won the National Championship the yr. before w/ Chris Leak as the starter. Tebow was the starter in ‘07 & people acted as if they were going to roll all over everyone, but that was hardly the case at all, bc they actually ended up only going 9-4. I guess that team still appears to be much better than this yrs. FL team, but it’s hardly one of FLs. typical powerhouse teams of recent memories. I would probably have to give the ‘07 UGA team an edge over this one. I really think the potential is there, but if we’re probably going to get some players back healthy that can contribute. The other problem appears to be that AL & LSU are both really good, & in ‘07 only LSU appeared to be a elite team, but even they ended up w/ 2 losses, bc that was the yr. that everybody kept losing.

dawg85

November 5th, 2011
12:33 am

The 2007 team had some serious offensive talent. The defense got hot the second half of the season primarily because of Marcus Howard. That was not a great defense. I had a bad feeling at the time that the hot streak was covering some serious flaws in the program, Troy moved the ball up and down the field against that defense. This team has issues on special teams and a whole lot of young kids on offense — Crowell, Mitchell, Bennett, Conley and Murray is a redshirt sophomore. As these guys mature together they will be more consistent. The defense, on the other hand, is much better than 2007. It’s not even close. And defense is where it all starts. In 2007 the defense was going to be a serious limiting factor moving forward. Unfortunately CWM was in over his head. This time the defense is becoming the catalyst to improvement while the offense plays through growing pains. Hopefully the special teams issues will get figured out.

Buzzy Rosenberg, a great def back

November 5th, 2011
12:50 am

The original blackouts against Auburn were done well. The rumor here in Athens was that it was going to happen, but no one knew for sure. A good friend’s son was on that team, and he said that after going through warm ups in the red jerseys, they came back into the locker room, which was almost totally dark. The lights were then turned on and the black jerseys were hanging on their lockers. He said the team just went nuts, changed jerseys and proceeded to use that ‘jolt’ to get a good start and eventually kick the War Tiger Plainsmen all the way back to the Loveliest Tree Graveyard on the Plains. It was never done that way again, with the secrecy and all. Frankly, it was a gimmick that worked once and should never have been tried again. The last iteration, with the
Grambling ‘G’ on the helmet against Florida was an embarrassment. An insult to the Dawgs and to Grambling. Let’s just concentrate on winning, playing intelligently, managing the clock and our timeouts like we’ve done it before, and not about the color of the shirt.
Also, Bill, why do you think a 275 pound fullback would go this deeply into the season and not get a single carry? Not on short yardage or anything else? I don’t get it. I’d have to try it just to see what happened. And finally, no. This does not remind me of 2007 in any way, shape or form. We’ll end up losing one more, if not two more, games.

Buzzy Rosenberg, a great def back

November 5th, 2011
12:54 am

Perhaps our former AD didn’t like to spend the money on field paint. It took away from the bottom line, and he was nothing if not a money grubbing SOB…well, that and a philanderer. And a drunk driver. Who apparently was gentlemanly enough to not only offer a young caucasian miss a ride in his BMW, but also carry her panties on his lap…how nice.

Jim Donnan should be the new OC

November 5th, 2011
1:01 am

One thing does remind me of ‘07, we lost to an inferior South Carolina team then, too!
Let Figgins carry the ball 8-10 times, I gotta believe that would take something out of any defensive line in the country!
Line Charles up at wideout….imagine the mismatch with a corner/safety!
Tell Crowell he lost the right to wear #1 with his ‘doobie time’. Then we can have Smith and Crowell on the field at the same time. The defense might not guess ahead of time what we’re going to do! Novel, eh?

BabsTolstoy

November 5th, 2011
1:26 am

Hey you guys wear your black jerseys and we’ll wear our National Championship hats. We have them. You don’t. And won’t any time soon. But I will be happy to eat your fine ladies bean dip at the tailgate. That’s what you are really good at. Black jerseys? Seriously? Is that what you’re down to?

ReddDawg

November 5th, 2011
1:59 am

Dawgs are on a “roll your own” streak …………… Saint mark has lost all control if he ever had any.