Big questions temper optimism as Dogs look ahead to 2012

Georgia returns a lot of talent, including Aaron Murray, but still has some major concerns to deal with in 2012. (Associated Press)

Georgia returns a lot of talent, including Aaron Murray, but still has some major concerns to deal with in 2012. (Associated Press)

A week ago, in the wake of the SEC’s 2012 schedule being announced, optimism was running wild in the Bulldog Nation.

This week, after watching the Dogs again collapse in the second half amid continued problems with special teams play and establishing a running game, many Georgia fans are tempering their optimism.

The Dogs still may start out next season as a Top 10 team based on a load of returning talent and an even more favorable schedule than this year’s, but there will be some big challenges, especially if the team is hit with major losses to the NFL. Orson Charles going pro would hurt, but the chance of the defense possibly losing two or three underclassmen is more worrisome.

Meanwhile, the offensive line, which was good enough against middling teams this season but gave up 33 sacks and faltered against the four best defenses Georgia faced, will lose three senior starters and will have little returning experience.

The Dogs will have to replace both their placekicker and their punter and still haven’t solved the problem of spotty special teams play overall.

Record-setting QB Aaron Murray will return but has some ball security problems to deal with (his turnovers when pressured or scrambling played a major role in three of the Dogs’ four losses), and Georgia could lose what little backup experience it has at the position if Hutson Mason decides to transfer.

And then there’s the running game, which went from inconsistent to pathetic late in the season as Isaiah Crowell found myriad ways to stay off the field. The bright spot there in 2012 is the arrival of Keith Marshall and probably at least one other freshman tailback, but we learned this season that signing a five-star recruit at that position is no guarantee of long-term success.

So, yes, Georgia reeled off 10 wins in a row this season and took the SEC East but as Mark Richt said, “our guys had a good year, not a great year,” losing to the four teams they played that ended up ranked in the Top 20 while getting their wins against teams that finished the season unranked.

All of which raises this question: Were the 2011 Dogs that much better than the 2010 team that finished 6-7, or was the SEC East title more a function of scheduling?

I think the answer is a qualified yes, the Dogs were much improved — mainly on defense. But they remained, as Richt noted, far from a great team. There’s no denying that a schedule that didn’t include the toughest teams from the SEC West probably was the biggest factor in Georgia’s 2011 turnaround.

They’ll get that break again next season. But it’s going to take more than that for Richt and company to improve on a 10-4 record.

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TiredoleBullldog

January 5th, 2012
8:01 am

“If nothing changes…..nothing changes.”

Wise Philosopher
Circa 2012

Joey

January 5th, 2012
8:06 am

First of all, Richt won’t demote Bobo, unless he is forced to, because THE OFFENSE IS RICHT’S.

Bobo is calling the plays that Richt wants him to call. He has on a headset and obviously could overrule any call.

Besides, it doesn’t really matter who’s calling the plays if Murray is gonna throw pick-6s, and fumble the ball in big games.

Joey

January 5th, 2012
8:15 am

“Richt is a fine coach and has righted the ship and now it is time to get it in high gear the next few years.”
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Since you are making a prediction Columbus, I’ll make one myself. That 10-game winning streak vs laughingly bad teams, will prove to be an illusion, a farce, and will give UGA 4 or 5 more years of what we witnessed in games 1, 2, 13, and 14.

How can you watch those games, as well as the Vandy and KY games, and make that, “righted the ship” remark?

Head-in-the-sand Bulldog fans like you deserve every one of these next few years coming.

Bulldog59

January 5th, 2012
8:16 am

1. During the periods where Murray suddenly “loses it,” i.e. FUM, INT, throwing to an area with no receivers, etc., BENCH him for a series and put in Mason. Yes, it could backfire, no question, but it will certainly get Murray’s attention, and dial him back into the game.
2. We have NO running game, partly because of the O-line. Is the problem the O-line or the O-line coach? Will Will Friend be back in 2012 or will Richt look to upgrade?
3. Bobo is back, we’re stuck with that. It’s time to send him SOMEWHERE during the offseason! He needs to meet with other OCs and pick their brains about philosophy, schemes, etc. At the very least, Richt and Bobo need to review all 14 games and look at our offensive play calling tendencies with regard to down and distance.

If we don’t fix these things, it’s more of the same, more of “close but no cigar.”

vadawg

January 5th, 2012
8:20 am

No problem………. I have become use to second place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go dawgs!!!!!?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dawgfacedboy

January 5th, 2012
8:22 am

Barring injury the D won’t be the reason this team doesn’t compete for a NC. SPecial teams, running game, OL, and Aaron Murray will decide that. Bobo and the boys will have their hands full.

JE

January 5th, 2012
8:25 am

If beating top ten teams is the only sign of success and each of the 130 or how many 1-A teams there are and have 12 games to play, At the end of the year how can anyone be successful except the top ten teams? Did Boise State play top ten teams, Did Oregon play 12 top ten teams? I wonder how many teams GA played from 80-83 were in the top ten teams. How many of those three SEC championships GA Won under Dooly were shared with another team because they did not have an SEC championship then. How many great OL did UGA have during that period of time. Belue went nuts recently on radio defending Bobo. This years problem was putting the pressure on this all everything young back that had no OL in front of him with a philosophy that never ran the FB therefore only one back in the backfield to run the ball. All these QB’s that we recruit and loose because of lack of playing time cannot become an OL…We have to recruit linemen and let them play. The math has always been there Five OL and One QB…Now you tell me what we should recruit every year and just reload. Especially if Richt is going to continue to Crown a QB every four years and forget the backups..Shockley was not as ready as he should have been, JT was not as ready, Joe Cox was not as ready and Aaron Murray was not as ready to take over because none of them not even Greene had experience before they and you cannot even say Stafford had any experience before he was given the starting position. Bobo and Richt maybe the greatest QB coaches of all history but they have no plan to prepare a back up qb to take the field…Thank goodness we have been blessed with few injuries at the QB position…When Shockley got hurt we had no experienced backup.

Joey

January 5th, 2012
8:27 am

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
8:30 am

Danthedawgfan January 5th, 2012 6:47 am

“Murray’s stats are better than David Green’s at this point in his college career. Ya’ll dumbarses knocking him are just that, dumbarses!”
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David Greene finished his college career as the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history with 42 wins in four years, eclipsing the record previously held by Peyton Manning, as Most 1-A FBS Wins by Starting Quarterback (later broken by Colt McCoy Texas 2009.) at

42-10 good enough for 5th place by schools 2001-2004 behind only Oklahoma, Boise State, Miami of Florida and Texas.

Aaron Murray 16-11 good enough for # 43 in the nation, this year for example 25 teams had BETTER 10-Win Seasons than Aaron Murray, leaving him OUTSIDE not in the top 25 in just naming teams with 10-Win Seasons. Last season, of course, Aaron Murray put up 7 losses, requiring me to go all the way back to 1953 to find an UGA Bulldogs’ team with more losses.

AARON MURRAY BETTER THAN DAVID GREENE ?

HOGWASH.

If Aaron Murray won every game the remainder of his career, he wouldn’t be better than David Greene.

42-10 David Greene as Starting QB at UGA

16-11 Aaron Murray as Starting QB at UGA

Joe

January 5th, 2012
8:31 am

Bulldog,

It is funny why they all talk about the conditioning of every player except the qb. and never ever substitute the QB except in a blow out..except the AU game where we seemed to be working on our running game and practicing out the clock to balance out the stats.

DawginLex

January 5th, 2012
8:33 am

bulldawg

Why don’t you comment on the blog topic at hand instead of taking personal shots at me?

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
8:33 am

Auburn last season, beat 3 teams finishing in the top 10.
LSU this season already, beat 3 teams finishing in top 10.

Mark Richt has beat 3 teams finishing in top 10 in 11 seasons combined.

TiredoleBullldog

January 5th, 2012
8:35 am

I saw 3 or 4 better looking QBs on the bench this past Monday….than what was on the field. Murray is too short….he cant see over these giant linemen. Give me a 6-3 or 6-4 QB!

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
8:35 am

I don’t know; I am having so much fun reading Dawg48 talk about absolute nothingness post after post after post with Smart, I thought I would actually discuss the BIG QUESTIONS I have addressed on this blog since I woke up.

DawginLex

January 5th, 2012
8:39 am

DawginLex

January 4th, 2012
10:48 am
in order to improve, changes must be made. No changes, no big wins

1.) Hire an NFL caliber offensive coordinator and give him full control of the offense just like Grantham does with the D
2.) Keep Mike Bobo on staff as QB coach and recruiter
3.) fire our running backs coach and replace him with a coach who understands and teaches the importance of securing the football and running downhill
4.) Place Richt in charge of special teams and play scholarship players and go back to making this unit a difference maker
5.) Throw all the money you can get to secure Todd Grantham
6.) Give Richt a 2 year extension ONLY if he agrees with all of the above.
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bulldawg, others have commented about my suggestions. Why don’t you?

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
8:43 am

Joe, yes, puny legs for a college football quarterback.

Bulldog59, always love your posts. You are tough. I like that. In the periods when AM just loses it, putting in someone else will absolutely assist in the development of AM. He gets the heebie-jeebies. He isn’t getting over them, going back in there yet again. He needs to see from the sidelines, and we absolutely have to stem the tide during these periods.

I actually think against a team you, I, and Mark Richt know will end the season in the top 25, that you don’t even start Aaron Murray. We have no hope with him. He comes to the line, checks out of the play from the sidelines to what isn’t working and stays with the play calls from the sidelines with what will not work. Then, he puts too much on himself and acts like the # 2 college football program in recruiting since 2001 has no talent – yet, he go the DREAM TEAM added to what already was the # 2 talent in the nation. He’s a ball-hog, and a puny one at that. Drew Brees, what a hoot.

boseefus

January 5th, 2012
8:46 am

A majority of you and still sniffing the Mark Richt fog! He still has not beat a top 20 team in 4 years. If Ga. had played Alabama, LSU and Arkansas there record would have been 7-5 and wE would not be having this discussion. How many years now have we said “wait” til next year! Excuse me, was this not the “dream team” show casing the #1 tailback in the country. Mr. Crow—ELL WHAT a joke! How did Mr. Richt and his staff not see this guys lack of motivation? No wonder he signed with Georgia!!!!!! If the Dawg nation wants to win the SEC and/or the National Championship somebody needs to realize it will never happen with Mark Richt “DRIVING THE BUS”. IF YOU ARE CONTENT WITH 9 OR 10 WINS AGAINST INFERIOR OPPONENTS AND CONTINUE TO LOOSE AGAINST SUPERIOR OPPONETS – “STAY ON THE MARK RICHT BUS AND AFTER 2012 DON’T SAY WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR”..

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

January 5th, 2012
8:56 am

I really don’t get all the talk regarding Arkansas as one of the SEC West powers and part of the “Big 3″. They are good, yes, but nowhere near the level of Bama and LSU. They played both and got the brakes beat off ‘em by both as well, and barely escaped Ole Misserable and Vandy. All we hear is how we escaped playing any of them this year and again won’t play them in 2012. I have no doubt we would have beaten Arky had we played them and we all saw what we were capable of in the 1st half against LSU……..catch those balls that were dropped and we’re up big at halftime, LSU is totally out of it’s gameplan and would have to come out in the 3rd quarter throwing and who knows what happens in the 2nd half. Bobo is an excellent qb coach but an awful playcaller who leans too heavilly on his defense to win the game because of his ultra conservative playcalling in the 2nd half of games. We are a offensive coordinator and a reliable place kicker away from being very good. The 2nd half collapse vs. MSU will FINALLY be a huge lesson learned and serve us well going forward in 2012. Lot’s to look forward to Dawg Nation. Keep the faith, be positive and watch as we repeat as 2012 SEC East Champs and go on to win the SEC Championship in the Dome. Write it down. It will happen. It starts in the spring.Let’s have a record crowd for G-Day.You heard it here from the Marsh Dawg. GO DAWGS!!!

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
8:59 am

I would say it is a complete turn-around for you. I saw it. You could have just referred to it, instead of putting it back up. I read their comments. Probably replied to some of those. I’ll be nice here and suggest that what got you so out of shape with me personally, is that you DISAGREED on every one of those points. Or, so you said. Then, you FABRICATED two different lies about your CHILDREN despite the fact, you have never read a post of mine you did not know was mine and despite the fact that you know full-well you have never read me say I was going to beat up anyone, not ever. Not even hint at it. Why would I ? You want to know the truth ? It doesn’t follow on any front. (1) Bryan McClendon got us Keith Marshall. Sorry, but he ain’t going anywhere if I have a say in it. (2) Mark Richt cannot handle his position of CEO of this football program as it is. (3) Assigning him to Special teams, when that is what it is now, isn’t going to fix that either. (4) If he just demotes Mike Bobo, when he hasn’t taught a single qb here ever a single thing ever, to QBs’ coach which is what he was when Mark Richt STOLE HIM from Jacksonville State, he still has the same number of coaches and therefore cannot hire a Special Teams’ Coach, which is what HE NEEDS. Not some other coach on some other team, what HE NEEDS. (5) I don’t think Mark Richt likes Todd Grantham AT ALL. I don’t think there is ANYTHING about those 2 that is not cheese and chalk. I don’t think Mark Richt would give a rats’ behind if the un-Christian-like Todd Grantham went back to the NFL; I really don’t. I don’t think he beats the 10 cupcakes he beat without Todd Grantham; but I don’t think Mark Richt dances to that beat – he doesn’t care about that beat or dancing period. We have a demeanor Lex as a team. Todd Grantham is anti-that-demeanor. I’ve always heard what was best for our program is that we have that guy with that demeanor at the head of this program.

You’re trying to list all the 8 items or 5 items to fix this program, when as I said to the UA fan yesterday on his 8 is that he MISSES THE MAJOR POINTS of Mark Richt era and where we have been consistently over these last 6 seasons of 25 LOSSES.

Wake up and More are Fed-Up

January 5th, 2012
9:07 am

There are a whole lot of teams who are not of the caliber of Alabama and LSU.

We cannot beat Arkansas.

You want me to list all the others we cannot beat ?

Oregon

West Virginia

Michigan

Oklahoma State

Stanford

Wisconsin

Michigan State

Boise State

South Carolina

LSU

Alabama

and on and on and on and on.

I listed above in this blog early when I wake up 25 teams with

BETTER 10-WIN SEASONS than we had this season.

25 BETTER 10-WIN SEASONS

We aren’t even in the top 25.

So, go back up there, look at the list and tell me which ones of those 25 BETTER did we beat this season ?

The answer, sir, is NONE.

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

Carl Gump

January 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Best QB in Athens? Nick Marshall.

You can see him running down kickoffs instead of the all-time TD pass leader in GA high school history actually throwing the ball.

I personally don’t see any change as long as the current AD and Head Coach think everything is on the ascent. I think we’ve planed off or worse.

The truth is we should have lost to Vandy, if not several more (I think the win over FL was more FL’s poor play than our good play. Healthy dose of luck there too).

DawginLex

January 5th, 2012
9:13 am

I also want open QB competition in the spring. I would even be in favor of platooning all 3 in 2012.

Maybe 3 of them equal 1 good QB.

NEVER play Murray in the 4th quarter of a tight game

RCB

January 5th, 2012
9:17 am

Every year we are suppose to have a dominant offensive line-right up until the South Carolina game. If we are lucky, we avoid games against Alabama and LSU. No too many years ago, we needed to avoid games against Tennessee. The defense has been rehabilitated. The offense needs to start with the line of scrimmage.

Sideline Dude

January 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Rich & Boo Boo gotta go. UGA will never be a top team with ‘em.

Ole yeller

January 5th, 2012
9:21 am

I’m disappointed with special team kicking game. I can’t understand why coach “R” STAYED WITH Walsh so long. I sure don’t want to think it was politics. At least that problem is gone. Hopfully the new guys will not wilt under fire. Time will tell about the “O” line, but I think we will be as good if not better. The running game will be better it can’t get much worse. Coach “BB” has got to do a better job at play calling The only real thing to smile about is coach “G” Defence, should be solid.

just stop it there

January 5th, 2012
9:21 am

NEVER play Murray

tavon

January 5th, 2012
9:28 am

tavon and traybo THUUUU DREEEAAAMMM TEEQAAAAMMM . I do it 4 traybo get them touch fdowns all game in the streets for my cittaaayy. U KNOW OUR SWOOOGGGGG

No Bozos

January 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Is Nick Marshall gonna play basketball?

just stop it there

January 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Ole yeller,

I am quite concerned about what ADDITION BY ATTRITION we have this off-season on Defense.

Of course, all those on Offense Defense and Special Teams last off-season were all GOOD RIDDANCE or so I was told.

We probably lose Todd Grantham, Jarvis Jones, we know we lose DeAngelo Tyson, we might lose some long-shots here like Washington looking into it, you could lose a ton actually if you look at those who can declare by January 15 which is still 10 days away, we’ve got Alec Ogletree out of position if Erk Russell was in charge of this defense I can assure you of that (ROVER), Jordan Love certainly hasn’t been allowed out there, Brandon Boykin is gone despite the fact that posters to this blog say it is because the money is too much from the NFL when of course he’s done a senior, Branden Smith hasn’t knocked passes down back there and has been picked on on plays that just killed us all season, Bacarri Rambo certainly wants to leave, Jakar Hamilton is transferring – if you stop and think about it, the Defense

NO ONE CAN DISCUSS until 15 January

Many times declare or not may not make sense to fans, but hidden are the grades.

I think we have significant problems on Defense in the secondary. Forget this 10-win BS and stop and consider what you really saw. It is my position. I believe it speaks for itself what we didn’t do in the secondary. Clear right ? Without having played the position, clear ?

UGADawg83

January 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Not sure losing the guys on the o-line is that big a deal since they weren’t that good anyway. We must emphasize run-blocking and strength and condidtioning on 0-line.

Bulldog59

January 5th, 2012
9:44 am

DawginLex:
I echo many of your thoughts/suggestions and have for quite some time:

1) Hire an NFL caliber OC…….this has been screamed by you, me, and everyone else for over a year. Totally agree.
2) Demoting Bobo creates other issues. We are at the NCAA mandated maximum for coaches, if we hire an OC, someone has to go, or be reassigned to off field duties. Plus, demotions rarely work. It would be best for Bobo to leave. That won’t happen. I know someone that was EXTREMELY close to the situation two years ago, and the comments were always that CMR and CMB are very, very close. This person saw it FIRST HAND, daily.
3) The problem with firing BMac (our RB coach) is that he is also a top recruiter. He relates to the prospects in a way the other coaches do not. BUT your point is well taken! We always talk about “ball security” but by the end of the season, it is again an issue.
4. Special Teams – Excellent idea, let the responsibility for this be at the top! Richt should spend a few days with Frank Beamer and figure out first and foremost, why our ST are so SLOW getting down the field. Seriously, most of the time on KRs and some PRs, the guy has a 10 yard head of steam before we are in the picture. We’ve gotten better, but this DEFINITELY needs improvement.
5. Grantham – Totally agree, lock him in. The best thing about Grantham is that his sideline and post-game antics tend to have other teams shy away from him regarding HC openings. Seriously, do you want the head of your program giving the “choke sign” to the opposing team, or getting in a shoving match with an opposing HC at the end of the game?
6. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the McGarity-Richt discussions. Again I agree, there have to be defined goals. The O needs to finish in the top 25 in FBS, we have to finish in the top 25 in turnover ratio, etc. Otherwise, we need to UPGRADE the staff.

During the game, I texted my son, who was at the game. I was saying my usual, “here it comes, Murray will unravel for the next 5 minutes, pull him RIGHT now.” We all saw what happened. My son, who has supported Murray FAITHFULLY, finally texted from Tampa, “they need to yank him right now, he’s lost out there.”

Let’s hope we open up the QB competition a bit in the spring and that Hutson Mason is still with us.

old dawg

January 5th, 2012
9:44 am

one success factor in football is the ability of the coaching staff to adjust to what the opposition is doing. think half time adjustments. if they load the box, you run the corners or throw over them, etc.
the dawgs stick to the gameplan regardless of how it is working on offense. you don’t see adjustments at all. blocking is not adjusted nor is the play calling adjusted. why? it is a philosophy taught to bobo by his mentor richt.
this rigidity will preclude them from becoming a great program. don’t believe me? check the record. how many ranked teams have they beat in the last 2 years?
on a different note, what is the latest on crowell’s booboo and jenkins injury?
they can have a good year next year if you look at the schedule.
don’t worry if mason transfers and charles goes pro. there is a redshirt freshman sitting there who was #1 recruit at QB last year and there are always TE’s in the stable.
until you change the fundamental philosophy on the offense the result will not change.
remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Dawg Fan

January 5th, 2012
9:47 am

With all these negative comments it makes some of us wonder why one of you negative “Fans” doesn’t have a job coaching somewhere. You keep calling for Coach Richt’s head but you can coach all you want to but “the players” have to execute what they’ve been taught. DUH!!!! Our quarterback and kicker lost that game on Monday, enough said.

andy

January 5th, 2012
9:47 am

Yes, we lost a tough game to a surprisingly tough team (at least, to us dawg fans). We had our chances for sure. But our guys played their hearts out and I’m proud of them. I’m sick of hearing it’s Bobo’s or Mark’s fault. We couldn’t run the ball so we had to ride Aaron’s back the whole game. Yes, he made a couple of poor throws that hurt us but overall he played well. He is a huge part of the reason we won 10 games and he is just going to get better. Had we won, we would be ranked, what, 6-7 spots higher? Big deal-get over it. I believe in Mark and I support him and all you whiny, crybaby fans need to grow up and shut up, Lessons can be learned from losses like this one and I believe Richt will use it to make sure 2012 will be an awesome year. Surge forward you hirsute canines!

DawginLex

January 5th, 2012
9:51 am

Jarvis jones has repeatedly stated he is going nowhere.

He will be back n 2012

Dawg Fan

January 5th, 2012
9:52 am

Good comment Andy! Go Dawgs!!!

Joey

January 5th, 2012
10:02 am

Atta boy, andy, brag one more time about those 10 wins. Just gloss over the 4 losses.

The magical 10 wins – all against teams having horrible seasons.

But we won 10 games.

Get your head out of the sand, andy . . .

DawginLex

January 5th, 2012
10:27 am

andy

I will agree that the kids played harder this year than in 2010. They seemed to have each other’s back and there was more accountability among the players.

Until we get the offensive side of the ball fixed, we won’t beat anyone top flight.

Goooooo Dwags!

January 5th, 2012
10:35 am

SSIgator

January 5th, 2012
10:58 am

andy -

“Lessons can be learned from losses like this one”

Therein lies the problem andy. Mark “I can win games – just not the big games” Richt and his sidekick Booboo do not seem to learn. Until they decide to quit worrying about not losing a game instead of going full speed for four quarters it will be the same result again in 2012. When Richt was studying his “Cutting Edge Football” book he skipped the paragraph in chapter one that talked about a college football game consisting of sixty minutes.

excessive celebration

January 5th, 2012
10:59 am

Quote from CMR “The best is yet to come”. Did you think I was talking about you? No the best for me CMR is yet to come. Big contract extension. These jokers will pay big money for nothing!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The fan base is totally comfortable with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahhahahahah the best is yet to come!!!!!!! hahahah natl championships…….top five next year…..hahahaha….pass the koolaide!!!!!!!!!hahaha

BMOC

January 5th, 2012
11:24 am

Defense will be fine, future looks bright.
Offensive line will be spotty, again.
RB position will be better, flashy at times, but still not great or deep enough.
WR core look good but shallow.
Punting will be slightly worse.
Kicking will be slightly better.
QB play will be the same, which translates into making too many bad decisions, pick 6’s, fumbles trying to make a play rather than throwing the ball away for another change.
10 wins is the ceiling with Murray at QB.

GATiger

January 5th, 2012
11:34 am

An extension for Richt will announce to the fan base, “we’re satisfied with competing for a division championship.” If Richt was ever going to play for a BCS championship, he’d have done it by now. No other SEC coach took 12 seasons to win their first one. But then, the bigger issue is the administration’s committment to that higher goal.

AltamahaDawg

January 5th, 2012
12:11 pm

The 4 losses were all to team who won no less than 11 games. It’s not like UGA stunk it all year up Joey.

The kick sailed wide right in the bowl game, get over it.

Go Mizzou

January 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

Bottom line though is that you played 4 top drawer teams and lost all 4, and of the 10 wins, the best of them was Ga. Tech, who won 8. i feel like even GT could have played the same schedule and won 9-10 games, so what did they prove this season?? To me, it appears they proved that they are no better than the 5th best team in the league.

harold

January 5th, 2012
12:36 pm

ATHLON SAYS UGA PLAYS “ONE RANKED TEAM” NEXT YEAR. SOUTH CAROLINA! FLORIDA AND AUBURN ARE NOT RANKED IN EARLY SEASON POLL!

UGA HAS ANOTHER “CAKEWALK” SCHEDULE!

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jalexan49

January 5th, 2012
12:53 pm

Coach Richt please find a top notch offensive coordinator and let the new coach and coach Frei call all the offensive plays. Coach Bobo I wish him the best, but he is over his head as the offensive coordinator and either needs to go back to qb coach or take a position somewhere else. His play calling is to predicatable and is getting the rb’s hurt!

I can only hope the recruits who are verbally committed to Georgia will sign and stay and new prospects like Avery Young,Jordan Jenkins,Mike Davis, Todd Gurley,Kenerius Whitehead, Artimus Samuels, Chaz Elder, Tyriq McCord, Imani Cross, Richie Brown, Josh Henry-Clemons and others will give serious consideration with signing with Georgia. I know all can’t sign unless there are additional scholarships open, but a couple good OL would be great to go Josh Theus, Chester Brown,Greg Pyke that are might be coming in with this class.

I look for the offensive line with what’s coming back and what they may be getting to be much better next year. Coach Frei is a good line coach and if Georgia would hire an oustanding offensive coordinator and get this year’s target recruits it could be something special… and if that does happen then the rb’s and wr’s will be making plays.

This season is over.. it’s time to move on!!!!

Fun blog, Bill

January 5th, 2012
1:16 pm

You guys cannot redshirt LeMay again. With his attitude, what will he do if he cannot play?

UGAfan

January 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

Granted, some of our key players (Murray, Crowell, & Walsh) had their issues. Murray cracks under pressure & can have some communication errors. Crowell “hurt” his ankle so much it isn’t funny – yet we see other guys playing with much worse injuries. Walsh needs to seriously work on his kicking. BUT…when these guys were on they were ON! You can’t blame coaches for the players lack of understanding or ability to follow through. I think Richt is a great coach, regardless of the schedule, and that Bobo continues to do well in most cases. We do need more variety and need to work on our passing game as well as rushing and do them WHEN they need to be done not just cause we can’t think of anything else. We have some really good players that could be really great if they’d just put THEIR mind too it.

Also, does anyone know if Boykin or B. Smith are coming back? I know Boykin was a senior…and Walsh too I believe…just don’t know if they were 4 yr or 5 yr students.