Dogs’ defense dominating so far … just like it should

Todd Grantham's defense dominated the offense Thursday, which should surprise no one. (Associated Press)

Todd Grantham's defense dominated the offense Thursday, which should surprise no one. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt said the Georgia defense dominated in the first day of competitive drills at spring practice, which should surprise … no one.

The shock would have been if Todd Grantham’s defense, returning nine starters from a team that ranked fifth nationally in total defense last season, wasn’t dominating early on.

After all, not only has the defense taken away one of the offense’s biggest weapons this spring in Malcolm Mitchell, but there’s a whole lot more that needs doing on the offensive side, what with rebuilding a line that lost three starters and getting the running game back on track.

Plus, as Aaron Murray noted to The Red and Black after the scoring of Thursday’s practice went to the defense, “Only a small portion of our offense is [installed], so we’ve got a long way to go, a lot of work to do. I’m not worried. I’m very encouraged with what we’ve done the first three days, but they just got us today.”

Meanwhile, the story of the spring that seems to have everyone’s attention is wide receiver Mitchell going over to the other side. You’d think that knowing what routes the receivers are running and how they’ll run them would give him an advantage, but he told the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “It’s a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I may know where the receivers are going, but I still need to learn how to line up in certain coverages. it’s difficult having to learn one thing one year and then a different thing another year. In many ways I feel like a freshman again.”

Still, the feeling of most observers is Mitchell’s athletic talent will allow him to catch up pretty quickly. He’s already discovered the joys of the corner blitz. “It’s exciting to be able to go in there full speed trying to get around a lineman or a running back,” he said.

“It’s fun to watch him go out there and compete,” his head coach said. “You can tell he’s not sure what to do on every single play, but he’s playing with a lot of enthusiasm. He certainly can break on the ball and change direction.”

Whether he just plays defense or goes both ways, I have a feeling Mitchell could make this year’s G-Day game pretty interesting.

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97 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

March 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

GO DAWGS!!
We run this state

Bigdsel5556

March 23rd, 2012
10:55 am

I can’t wait either Bill. Gooo Dawgs

Macclenny_dawg

March 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

Bobo vs Grantham no contest. Its 3rd and long??? Bobo calls a run!!! Ray Charles could see that!!! Just hope Grantam can call the special team plays!!! Go Dawgs!!!

harold

March 23rd, 2012
11:03 am

RICHT IS ONLY 24-16 THE LAST THREE YEARS. HE HAS YET TO EVEN PLAY IN THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. TENNESSEE HAS WON A BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, AS HAS ALABAMA-FLORIDA-LSU-AND EVEN AUBURN. THESE SCHOOLS DON’T “DREAM” ABOUT IT——-THEY DID IT!

WITH THAT “CAKEWALK” OF A SCHEDULE NEXT YEAR IF UGA DOES NOT WIN THEM ALL AND GET IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: THEN IT IS TIME FOR RICHT TO GO!

THE UGA DEFENSE WILL BE ABOVE AVERAGE THIS YEAR. AND BY THE WAY FRANKLIN ( THE VANDY COACH) IS A FORMER CAGE FIGHTER THAT COULD HAVE DONE A 360 AND KNOCKED GRANTHAM’S TEETH DOWN HIS THROAT!

Zoli

March 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

I am concerned who will be playing the 3rd DB in nickel situations against Mizzou. The depth chart says we may need to bring safety Moore in or a walk-on. Anyone?

Zoli

March 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

Thanks Harold for the all caps and your insight…you are a tool.

ARdawg

March 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

What Zoli said

Top Row Dawg

March 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

Keep up the good work Bill, gonna be a special year for the Bulldogs of Georgia. Start keeping a scrap book for this championship run. All the CMR haters laying low…..lol.

DawginLex

March 23rd, 2012
11:09 am

EVERYONE IGNORE HAROLD

ALL DAY

EVERYDAY

THE JUNKYARD DAWG WAY

RJ

March 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

Fortunately the vast majority of real Georgia faithful do not feel or think like Harold. Firing people hardly ever is the right solution. Not sure where Harold’s loyalties actually lie.

bwell

March 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

i think we need more DB’s to step up in a hurry, since we lost a starter and a couple of backups. Where is J. Love now.

ole yeller

March 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

The “D” will be fine with or without “MM” at “DB”. Lots of horses on the “D” can’t wait to see them run. I just hope the “RB” catch up soon. Not too worried about the “O” line. About a dozen zoning in on playing time. First time in a long time with some decent depth, and they are not all here, (Theus) on his way in from J’ville.

Pago Pago DAWG

March 23rd, 2012
11:28 am

Enter your comments here

Pago Pago DAWG

March 23rd, 2012
11:29 am

I think we’re looking at a pre-season #1.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
11:43 am

Nice PHOTO of Man-Boobs Grantham. What size Manzier does he wear? 48 DDD

kk

March 23rd, 2012
11:43 am

harold, harold, harold.

Newman

March 23rd, 2012
11:43 am

Defensive back scheme: Don’t let anybody behind you…

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
11:44 am

DiLEX don’t be jealous! Ashley Judd is in Atlanta for the Kentucky Basketball Game. I was lucky enough to have dinner with her last night and We will watch the Game together tonight.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
11:48 am

Newman….isn’t that their scheme when they are in the ACC J?
Athens
Clarke
County
Jail

DIT

March 23rd, 2012
11:54 am

The question is not on the defense this fall. It’s all about special teams and the O-Line. The defense can be in the top 5 again nationally, but if our special teams can’t tackle anyone or kick field goals or the O-Line can’t provide protection and establish a running game it won’t matter how good the defense is.

SSIgator

March 23rd, 2012
12:06 pm

“Dogs’ defense dominating so far … just like it should”

And like it should have last year also, but against higher ranked opponents . . .

Well, no need to go there. We all know how that turned out.

DIT

March 23rd, 2012
12:09 pm

SSIgator – Congrats on last nights win. Go get Louisville!

SSIgator

March 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

“Only a small portion of our offense is installed”

What? Booboo only has four plays in his book. How long does it take to master the same four plays?

Dope

March 23rd, 2012
12:20 pm

You mean the same 4 plays that beat you and 9 other teams last year? Go to a gator site, we don’t want to hear from you.

DDPO

March 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

I see we’re starting to ramp up for the annual prognostication of SEC Championships (2 in the last 30 years) and National Championships (0 in the past 31 years) Go Dawgs, GATA, woof/woof/woof & blah-blah-blah…

Daytona Dawg

March 23rd, 2012
12:45 pm

“harold” writes his own name very small….but everything else VERY LARGE.

Shrek: “Do you think he’s maybe compensating for something?”

LawDawg

March 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Still@KoolAidBar….you have been outed my friend

Does this ring a bell?

A person SMART enough to know……

March 23rd, 2012
10:43 am
Ashley Judd is in Atlanta for the Kentucky Basketball Game. I was lucky enough to have dinner with her last night and We will watch the Game together tonight.

You sure are pretty tuff hiding behind all those blog handles. Also, coming out of the closet by professing your love to CTG is unexcusable. You are nothing but a jealous Nerd fan masquerading as a tide and gator fan. Get lost!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

LawDawg…..where have you been? Can you give the other name I use on the Other blog? I use one name on UGA’s blog, I use one name on Recruiting & A different name on the GT/Bradley/Schultz. I am glad you Figured it Out. Boy the UGa GED is really working for you.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Well I put Ashley Judd’s picture in the other chair at the dinner table while I ate fried chicken and tonight her photo will be on the sofa right next to me while i watch the basketball game. LOL

LawDawg

March 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Still@ = spin the wheel fan

LawDawg

March 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

Still@, get a life. You are proof that the UGA jealousy eats at all that are not.

7576DAWG

March 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:07 pm

LAWdWag you are a real BRITE bulb. I never professed to be a fan of any team but GT and UNC basketball.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:09 pm

7576 what happened? Did you lose your train of Thought? LOL Want to read what you have to say.

7576DAWG

March 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

Did Marshall Morgan enroll in January or will he be coming this summer. Since kickoffs will be five yards closer , I wonder if Morgan can put it in the end zone every time. Other teams are going to have to think twice about running the ball out of the end zone because getting it on the 25 is a pretty good argument to never run it out.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

LawdWag why don’t you congradulate Dawg48 on his new Lil Miss Dawg48 and just shut up.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:18 pm

7576…Do YOU like the rule? I am not sure. I think it takes away a chance for a few players to make it to the NFL as just a KO or Punt returner. i understand the Safety think but it such an exciting play when it is executed well.

Dap01

March 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

Harold: Your pre rehersed babble is like hearing Obama defend his defenseless policies. Boring and offering nothing.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

Damn DAP01 calling someone Obama like is LOW. LOL

7576DAWG

March 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Still@the Kool-aid
A lot of good players have been hurt for the season on kickoffs because the defending team is running at full speed so for that part taking more knees in the end zone will help . It has been a noticeable weakness at Georgia for a few years because of CMR’s reluctance to have his best covering kickoffs trying to hold down the injuries because of our lack of depth. So this should be very helpful if Morgan can get it in the end zone.

SSIgator

March 23rd, 2012
1:33 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR -

You don’t want to get sideways with LawDawg. He is pretty tough. Also, he only needs five more boxtops and he can send in for his authentic replica G-Man badge

Tampadawg

March 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Hey Harold go back to the tech blog please….You are not a UGA fan !!!! You are a hater !!!! Probably never played a down of football !!!! To all the TRUE UGA FANS GOOOOO DAWGS…..

Dawg Haus

March 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

7576, I think Morgan is enrolling this summer. You should find him on facebook; he’s pretty active on there. Based on his posts, he seems like a bright kid with a good sense of humor.

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

Kolton Houston’s eligibility may be the key to this offensive line. He was highly rated out of high school but has zero experience on the college level. Mitchell will be O.K. but worried about the offense without him. I expect he will play more offense than defense after the 1st two games unless Smith isn’t effective in coverage when he returns after suspension.

Tampadawg

March 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

SSI Keep talking FLA is going places real fast…Not.. Tebow has moved on to bigger better places as well as Urban Crier.. And now the allmighty gators are being lead by a exdawg/gator fan and he is in way over his head…..But good luck this year maybe you guys will end up playing Ohio State this year in a bowl..

damngooddawg!

March 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Grantham would have kicked Franklin’s a__ all over the stadium, Harold…dilbert!

Cdpridg

March 23rd, 2012
1:54 pm

I fully expect us to have a top 5 defense in the nation once again in 12

damngooddawg!

March 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

SSigator, 4 plays are all we’re gonna need to kick Florida’s a_ _.

ole yeller

March 23rd, 2012
2:01 pm

I keep reading about the ‘O’ Line be in trouble. NOT true, have you looked at the depth chart at “O” lline. Much quality there, you will see. If these “RB” can do there job the the ground forces will be really good. They will get better working agains the #5 “D” in the country.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 23rd, 2012
2:03 pm

SSIgator thanks for the warning. LOL