UGA fans have visions of four- and five-star tailbacks dancing in our heads

Isaiah Crowell is talking the right talk. (Associated Press)

Isaiah Crowell is talking the right talk. (Associated Press)

Coming back from a week’s vacation, there’s plenty to talk about, even if there thankfully wasn’t any major news in Athens amid the continuing coaching upheaval in the SEC, with South Carolina losing Ellis Johnson the latest development.

The rumor mill was working overtime about Mark Richt and Isaiah Crowell, but Richt’s not going anywhere despite the efforts of some folks in the media to send him to Texas A&M or Penn State.

And apparently Crowell isn’t going anywhere either, contrary to all those bulletin board sources, though he does find himself behind Boo Malcome on the depth chart heading into the Outback Bowl. Still, a little competition never hurt and it’s encouraging that Crowell is saying all the right things about needing to apply himself more and take more responsibility. Maybe he’s finally growing up.

There’s also been the usual wondering you normally get this time of year about which underclassmen will leave early for the NFL (with Orson Charles and Bacarri Rambo seeming the most likely) and which ones still want to play college ball (thank you, Jarvis Jones).

Plus, of course, speculation on whether backup quarterback Hutson Mason will transfer or take a redshirt year to give himself some class separation from starter Aaron Murray (I’m hoping he chooses the latter); Outback bowl tickets have been a hotter item in Athens than in East Lansing (not surprising); and we’ve learned that the ridiculous NCAA rule book doesn’t allow Richt to play Santa Claus with his staff unless he clears it first with the athletic administration.

A Twitter dream ... (Melchizedek Lockwood)

A Twitter dream ... (Melchizedek Lockwood)

Meanwhile, it might not have been visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads, but after his visit to Athens four-star running back prospect Mike Davis tweeting that “IV Horsemen” picture of him along with Crowell, UGA five-star commitment Keith Marshall and fellow four-star prospect Todd Gurley certainly had Dogs fans dreaming of big things happening in the running game.

How about a Dream Tailback Corps this year?

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422 comments Add your comment

hugedawgfan

December 20th, 2011
11:01 am

It would be great.

homer

December 20th, 2011
11:02 am

i’m sure having 4 top recruit RBs would go over super smooth.

Taco Meat

December 20th, 2011
11:06 am

Go Dawgs! Reel em in!

Bryan G.

December 20th, 2011
11:07 am

We need depth at O-line and tailback awfully bad

ForsythDawg

December 20th, 2011
11:08 am

Love the 4 Horseman idea! As long as they are all willing to share reps.

Frank Lane

December 20th, 2011
11:10 am

I am pleased that any young person today has ever heard of the IV Horseman of football lore. Be nice to have Seven Blocks of Granite also.

DawginLex

December 20th, 2011
11:11 am

Welcome back Bill.

Would love to have too many running backs.

Need some more OL to block for them too.

RomeGADog

December 20th, 2011
11:11 am

Future is so bright!

11Dawg

December 20th, 2011
11:12 am

And it will be 2012. Definitely should be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Raleigh

December 20th, 2011
11:12 am

All those guys in one backfield would be a beautiful thing…go dawgs

True Dawg Fan

December 20th, 2011
11:12 am

Need one of Davis or Gurley. Rather them be focusing on switching Greenes commit from Bama, and signing Avery. Lots of top talent still on the board and thankfully UGA is in the running for almost all of them. With Richt securing his job though there needs to be a lot of fucous on getting back some recruits lost due to the instability of Richts job at the beginning of the season (AKA lots of negative recruiting by Kirby Smart to correct for).

scrambled dog

December 20th, 2011
11:13 am

All these 4 and 5 star running backs are great. But we need some big nasties up front to open the holes……It doesn’t matter how great a running back you are, you can’t fake out 11 men………..Go Dogs…..Sic ‘em !!!!!

True Dawg Fan

December 20th, 2011
11:14 am

Need to focus on hard for 2012 committs and forget about 2013 since the world is coming to an end in 1 year and a day! hahaha only kidding.

True Dawg Fan

December 20th, 2011
11:19 am

Word is that if both gurley and davis committed right now we would take them. But once we start landing others like J.H.C, and others, we will only take one. Another thing to consider is if we get both of them then henry most likely wont come next year. So gurley and davis now and no henry or Davis/Gurley and Henry is the real question. Personally I think we get Davis and Gurley goes with UNC, and we take Henry for 2012.

JDawg1785

December 20th, 2011
11:31 am

I’d love to see all those horses in the UGA backfield stable!

Isn't that picture...

December 20th, 2011
11:32 am

…of the “IV Horsemen”, with a “recruit” picture in it, another secondary violation like the two we recently got zinged on featuring Crowell last year and the kicker prospect this year? Bet Chip Towers can’t wait to report this to the SEC and the NCAA…

Spanky

December 20th, 2011
11:43 am

That would be nice, but a few of ya’ll are correct about Gurley..heavy lean to the Tar Heels. On the other hand, Mike Davis is believed to be a commit waiting to happen! So, we have power backs..Malcome and Marshall, we have shifty scat-backs in Davis and Henry, and in the middle is Crowell. That, to me, would remedy the issue! Go Dawgs!!…and Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

AugustaDawg

December 20th, 2011
11:44 am

One will likely have to redshirt. It would be great to get all four.

SportsPaige

December 20th, 2011
11:45 am

UGA does have some OLs committed for this 2012 class, including superstud Theus. Would like a couple more, but am pleased that we’ve got 4-5 already verbally committed.

Dawg gone

December 20th, 2011
11:45 am

Crowell will tell you you need several top backs in this league. There are no freshman that can take the pounding of a starter in this league. The formula is working for LSU and will will for Georgia. I can see these top athletes not only running the ball but making Georgia special teams a beast!!!!

We need more top athletes on the special teams units to reach the top…

Old Dawg

December 20th, 2011
11:47 am

Welcome back, Bill. Missed your copy!

Dawg gone

December 20th, 2011
11:48 am

Georgia may not rate as the top recruiting class in the nation in 2012, but if they get the top prospects to fill the holes, it will be tops in my opinion. The team is very young and looks only to improve in the next 3 years. The biggest challenge will be to keep the horses from leaving to go to the NFL.

Junkyard Dawg

December 20th, 2011
11:49 am

The backs now see what LSU did this year and how the NFL works backs. The days of a one back system are gone. They want long careers and talent around them. Come one down the odds are one or more will not finish up either due to grades, injury or being asked to leave. I would love to see all four play together for their entire careers! Man that would be nice a true balanced attack.

UGA Insider

December 20th, 2011
11:49 am

Told you guys a few weeks ago Johnson was leaving. Now watch 2 or 3 of their defensive juniors leave as well. Jeffries is lone gone too and Lattimore will be a shell of himself until mid-season.

Should be a pretty easy repeat for the SEC East next season guys. Muschamp can’t even find a OC or strength coach at the present. Major problems down there I hear. I don’t see anyone who can touch us in 2012. Dooley will be out by week 5.

Osei

December 20th, 2011
11:55 am

this is what Mike Davis said after he de- comitted from Florida

Mike Davis – “It’s funny when you look a coach in the eye [and] see right through the B.S. [they] be [feeding] you.”

chilidawg

December 20th, 2011
11:58 am

How about some more 4 and 5 star linemen blocking for them?

Columbus Dawg

December 20th, 2011
12:01 pm

I see linebacker Washington seriously considering leaving UGA. Richt’s program has become the biggest “Stepping stone to the NFL” program in the nation. It makes you wonder what he tells these top recruits to get their LOI. All of these early departures from Richt’s UGA teams have led UGA to remain in a constant rebuilding funk that does not allow for serious competetion with the top teams in the league, and in almost every instance leads to blowout losses to the leagues top teams.

Large boosters here in Columbus are wary of bowing down to Richt with large contract extension just because he won the ten easiest games on his schedule only to be embarrassed at the Dome once again. The comment I was given by one was “If we are going to have to rebuild again anyway, we may as well do it with a proven coach”. He also did not mean another stupid assistant coach hire in hopes that he may turn in to a head coach someday either, (Kirby Smart).

There are going to be very large expectations from the 2012 Bulldogs by large contributors to the Football Program, and they are afraid that if Richt receives a large conteact and fails to produce that things will get ugly in Athens like they did in the nineties when Ray Goff was left in the program too long.

If Richt is going to remain in Athens as UGA’s Head Coach, then he will have to find a way to beat the LSU’s of the world. I am not convinced that there is a lot of confidence in that at this point.

SSIgator

December 20th, 2011
12:01 pm

“doesn’t allow Richt to play Santa Claus”

Yes, but it doesn’t say anything about paying sports writers that help keep the charade going at UGA. Get in line Bill. Looks like you could have a nice Christmas gift coming your way.

DawginLex

December 20th, 2011
12:12 pm

The only charades in the SEC East reside in Gainesville and Knoxville.

2012 predicted SEC East standings

Georgia
SC
Vandy
Florida
KY
Tenn

Enjoy mediocrity!

Keep bashing UGA. It only makes you look dumber.

Top Row Dawg

December 20th, 2011
12:15 pm

And Georgia spoiled the national championship hopes of the seven blocks of granite with a late season tie of Fordham at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Vince Lombardi never got over that.

MattDawg

December 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

Please don’t tease us Mr. Davis

SSIgator

December 20th, 2011
12:18 pm

DawginLex -

Predicted 2008 SEC East standings:

UGA #1 and as an added bonus pre-season #1 in the country.

We all know how that worked out. UGA – Home of the occasional ten win season, but no titles. Keep drinking the KoolAid – It only makes you look dumber.

Columbus Dawg

December 20th, 2011
12:35 pm

I read where Ray Drew got a lot of first team snaps in yesterday’s practice. I guess they are already scrambling to fill the gap that will be left by Washington. Richt should play Drew first with some backup duty given to Washington to ready Drew for the 2012 season. I know that winning the bowl game is important to next year, but having a capable linebacker to actually play the games in 2012 is just as important.

Richt had better have some very capable O linemen ready for the 2012 campaign as well, as this has been the achilles heal to the offense for several years, and is said to be getting to be a sticking point.

If Richt wants to remain as coach in Athens as he says he does, then he has to stop embarrassing the Bulldog Nation every time he plays a formidable opponent. UGA’s Football brand has been damaged ever since the 2008 flop, and respect of that nature is hard to regain. A lot of people, including myself want to complain about the lack of respect given to UGA by the national media such as ESPN, but Georgia had all of the ESPN backing in the world, including Herbstreit after the 2007 season and garnered a #1 ranking to start the 2008 season. Then the blowout losses began, and all respect was lost. The way the talking heads see it, if you are good enough to be ranked #1 going into a season, then even if you don’t achieve the ultimate goal, you should not be blown out and embarrassed every time you play the other top teams that are the very teams that you have to beat to get there. Losing to LSU by three points, as Bama did, or even ten points is one thing but forty is quite another story.

DawginLex

December 20th, 2011
12:36 pm

I didn’t predict UGA #1 in 2008

We had willie Martinez

For 2012, you have Muschamp, no OC and no S&C coach.

Who is guzzling the kool aid?

i think you must have an IV going with it in it

WDE

December 20th, 2011
12:40 pm

@SSIgator if I remember correctly we got the SEC East title this year…man that has got to sting !

SSIgator

December 20th, 2011
12:44 pm

WDE -

So you did. And your reward? Getting hammered by LSU 42-10. Talk about sting. Ouch.

AltamahaDawg

December 20th, 2011
12:48 pm

“I think I need to be more accountable and just handle my responsibilities better,” Crowell said when asked about being behind Ken Malcome, a player who quit the team briefly earlier this season. “Teammates and coaches are counting on me to do what I’m supposed to do.”

“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “I remember the mistakes I made and the good things I did. All I’ve got to stay in my mind is to keep working hard and be the best teammate and person I can be.”

Gman

December 20th, 2011
12:59 pm

Can you imagine posting everyday about a rival program not living up to expectations 4 years ago? It’s really hard to believe the emptiness that would lead someone to keep yammering away like that.

cleveland

December 20th, 2011
1:01 pm

@SSIgator

Please go back and check you facts because the SEC media voted Florida as the #1 seed in the Esat before 2008 season. The national media voted Georgia #1 in the nation. I wonder which carries more credibility. I wonder if they will vote Florida #1 for 2012.

10 > 6 24 > 20

December 20th, 2011
1:02 pm

So, Georgia beats Florida and wins the East. Florida fans respond by making fun of Georgia for losing to LSU in the SEC Championship game….the same LSU team Florida lost to in the regular season 41-11. That makes no sense, but it’s from a Gator.

duronimo

December 20th, 2011
1:03 pm

Having good backs is one thing, effectively employing them is quite another. I miss the little pitch to the backs which, in my opinion, gives them more time to assess the running lanes. Bobo says that was replaced with a play that is basicly the same. It’s is where the quarterback moves toward the back, making the handoff as he is moving toward the hole. I don’t think it produces long runs like the pitch. We should be getting a lot more long runs.

LawDawg

December 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

If Davis and Gurley both come here (which I cannot imagine will actually happen) along with Marshall, Crowell, Malcome, and Samuel, that would be the most ludicrous backfield ever. Assuming we actually have a semi-respectable OL, we would have to be one of the favorites for SEC Champ/BCS.

harold

December 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

THEY WILL NOT COME TO UGA TO BE SECOND FIDDLE AND SENT ON THE BENCH BEHIND CROWELL & THAT NEW NC DUDE. UGA IS DONE AT RUNNINGBACK.

THESE GUYS WANT TO PLAY NOT SIT ON THE BENCH.

SSIgator

December 20th, 2011
1:13 pm

“the efforts of some folks in the media to send him to Texas A&M or Penn State”

Should read:

The efforts of Richt’s agent paid off in kick-starting contract extension talks. Currently his agent is working on getting the extension in place before UGA has to play it’s bowl game. Otherwise the extension may not be as lucrative as it could hve been.

DawginLex

December 20th, 2011
1:17 pm

Muschamp’s agent should have re-negotiated before the Vandy game.

How much did he pay that ref?

wsp

December 20th, 2011
1:20 pm

Remember Worley, Hampton and Henderson in 1988 running all over Tennessee to open the season … why not Crowell, Marshall, Davis and maybe even Gurley running all over the SEC in 2012?

AltamahaDawg

December 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

Well, a couple of them would redshirt. Be a heck of a camp though.

JoJoDog

December 20th, 2011
1:24 pm

It won’t matter who we get at running back, Murray will continue to turn the ball over in big games, like he did against LSU, SC, UF, UCF, 3-4 to’s in each.

SSIgator

December 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

DawginLex -

If you have questions about payments, I would suggest you ask Richt. Rumor has it that he is rather generous with his checkbook – no matter what rules are broken.

AltamahaDawg

December 20th, 2011
1:26 pm

Read where a couple of the O-line Pups were looking very encouraging this week.