Turmoil on defense could pay off in the long run

Jarvis Jones' main asset is his brain. (Associated Press)

Jarvis Jones' main asset is his brain. (Associated Press)

A few quick random thoughts on spring practice so far …

I’m sure Todd Grantham and his defensive coaches would rather have all their starters for those first couple of games of the season, but remembering how they had to scramble last year with early-season injuries I have a feeling that all this mix-and-match cross-training caused by the pending suspensions will pay dividends for the Dawgs down the road. … It’s looking more and more like the offensive line is likely to be a work in progress not just until August when true freshman (and likely starter) John Theus arrives, but well into the season. If there’s one aspect of the 2012 Dawgs that has me uneasy, it’s the OL, the performance of which will have a lot to do with the play of the quarterback and running game. … If you haven’t yet read the ESPN.com piece on Jarvis Jones, the thinking man’s linebacker, give it a look. While he may be overly modest in downplaying his own physical abilities, Jones is a role model for what study, preparation and using your brain on the field can accomplish. … I’m glad to hear the reports that redshirt freshman speed demon Justin Scott-Wesley is making great strides in his route running. I’ve always thought he had great potential (and he seems to be another smart young man), and with Malcolm Mitchell splitting time with the defense our wide receiver corps can certainly use another deep threat. I’m betting Scott-Wesley going to be a star before the season is finished.

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Beach Dawg

April 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Dawg Haus

April 6th, 2012
11:13 am

Good call, Bill! This is a chance for Georgia to build some quality depth. I’m looking forward to seeing Corey Moore get some playing time and Devin Bowman could come on strong. Sure, it’s rough having so many starters out, but there might be a silver lining.

ElvinBishopBand

April 6th, 2012
12:18 pm

The dream team. That was some more ring you guys bought for being the East Champ! LOL no PITIFUL is the word.

Vance Duly

April 6th, 2012
12:25 pm

When is the last time that the Dawgs had a truly dominant offensive line!?!?! On another note, when’s the last time our offensive playbook appeared to be more than 2 pages, double-spaced, in crayon?! Hopefully, our influx of running back talent will lead to the addition of a variety of running plays, not just more of the same! As Patrick Henry once said, “Give me a toss sweep, or give me death! ….Oh, but NOT on 3rd & 15!” …………GO DAWGS!!!!

Dr. Don

April 6th, 2012
12:41 pm

But can JS-W catch the ball? Hands are more important than feet.

funny...

April 6th, 2012
12:41 pm

I get it, we are trying to be positive.

but I heard this crap in 2008 as the #1 preaseason team in the nation.

Aaron Murray is just another Quincey Carter, Eric Zeier, Matt Stafford, Joe Cox = highly recruited, highly touted, supposed talent, can’t win anything

Macclenny_dawg

April 6th, 2012
12:47 pm

Not worried about the defense. The qb can’t throw if he is on his back!!! Offense has 2 step up. Bobo and Richt has 2 get our playmakers the ball in space. Our special teams must be more aggressive. We have 2 try 2 block some punts and quit trying a return everytime. Go Dawgs!!!

Spanky

April 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

Thanks for the thought-sauce, Bill! We should be used to the OL being our weakspot, though! The last time we had a decent OL, was with the Stinchcomb boys. My hope is that they can get enough of a clue by the Carolina game! We’ll hafta rely on our D until then….again! Go Dawgs!!

mike addington

April 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

Jarvis Jones is already one of my fav all-time DAWGS, not only for his play buthe entire “Jarvis Jones Story.” I look 4 Cornelius Washington to have a monster year.

Spanky

April 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

Mike, keep watch for Garrison Smith!

BigDawg

April 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

to “funny…” Do tell us about your accomplishments as an athlete. Thought so, nothing!

trupert

April 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

UGA and Mark Richt seem to suspend more players in some years because they are really holding the players accountable. Most other SEC schools, not so much.

Then there’s Bobby Petrino and the mess that is Arkansas football. I’ll take integrity and real discipline any day. Glad to have a man of true integriy ( Mark Richt) guiding UGA’s program and players!

harold

April 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

UGA FANS ARE HAPPY WITH A 24-16 COACH OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.

SABAN HAS MORE NATIONAL TITLES THAN UGA.

MARK RICHT NOW HAS A .645 WINNING PERCENTAGE AND EVERYONE AT UGA IS HAPPY.

THAT IS GREAT NEWS TO THOSE SCHOOLS THAT EXPECT SEC TITLES AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2012
1:15 pm

What is more funny is that none of this is remotely similar to what the reports were in 2008, and yet, you still said that.

Tech blows

April 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Swann was very highly-recruited coming out of high school and was going to get playing time regardless due to Boykin’s graduation. I also think between Garrison Smith, Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington manning the side opposite Abry Jones our d-line should be solid.The problem I see is that we don’t know how good Mitchell will be at corner. Just because he was a really good receiver as a true freshman doesn’t mean he’ll have as much success on the defensive side of the ball. I know he was a great player on both sides in high school, but this is the SEC. Hopefully we get Branden Smith back for the Missouri game.

Tech blows

April 6th, 2012
1:22 pm

Petrino just took a lot of the offseason spotlight off UGA’s arrests. Well done, Coach! Haha and go Falcons!

DawginLex

April 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

Bill is pretty close to reality

The team is going to try and survive the first 4 games for a lot of reasons:

1.)Suspensions of key players
2.)Young OL
3.)Road trip to Mizzou

Survive the 1st 4 games and you get your full team back in time to finish the year. Including trips to SC, J’ville and Auburn.

My expectations have dropped because of the nonsense.

Would be nice for them to prove me wrong.

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2012
1:37 pm

The Patrino story certainly will distract our own fans for a while, but not sure anybody was really pointing too many fingers. Arkansas already had as many arrest at UGA lately. So has about half the SEC. I imagine a lot of SEC fans are saying that same thing.

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
1:37 pm

im hearing that kyrin priester has committed today… can anyone confirm?

Grantham's The Man

April 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

Why is it that every time a UGA fan mentions integrity, a Alabama fan is always the first to respond with a negative comment?

Did you think trupert was talking about Saban and Alabama and if so why?

Try not to be so defensive. As long as we have programs like Alabama oversigning, cutting players, handing out bogus medical hardships and never suspending players for games, we as fans will have to decide if we want integrity or a few more wins.

I wonder how most Arkansas and Tennessee fans feel about not having a coach of integrity right about now. (Petrino and Kiffin, not Dooley). Alabama’s day is coming.

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2012
1:57 pm

The man, on that first question. Isn’t that just a statistical probability?

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2012
1:59 pm

ElvinBishopBand

April 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

Keep dreaming Grantham…ring team,missing man team,dream team, girl beating team, Cheech and Chong up in smoke team! Integrity and UGA…oh the irony.

dawgfan

April 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

I’m not worried about the suspensions on defense because we don’t play anybody worth a damn until South Carolina on Oct. 6th. That will help a lot. If we lose any one of those first 5 games Richt should be fired on the spot.

Thanks.

GTBob

April 6th, 2012
2:09 pm

Yes its a good thing. I hear all of the other teams in the nation are thinking about suspending all of their starters for the first 4 games to build depth for later in the season. It’s truly an incredible roster management breakthrough.

Nothing Could Be Finer

April 6th, 2012
2:10 pm

Nothing more than sunshine and PUPPY DOG TAILS.

Nothing Could Be Finer

April 6th, 2012
2:12 pm

dawgfan

April 6th, 2012
2:07 pm
I’m not worried about the suspensions on defense because we don’t play anybody worth a damn until South Carolina on Oct. 6th.
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I heard Mizzou got, you know, the #1 WR recruit in the nation.

He might be a handful for that dilapidated-dog secondary.

Spanky

April 6th, 2012
2:17 pm

“I hear all of the other teams in the nation are thinking about suspending all of their starters for the first 4 games to build depth for later in the season.”

Gee Bob, maybe Tech should try it as well, seeing how they’ve been owned for a decade or so!

GTBob

April 6th, 2012
2:18 pm

I’m not worried about the suspensions on defense because we don’t play anybody worth a damn until South Carolina

You don’t play anybody worth a damn except South Carolina the whole season. If UGA suspended the entire starting lineup for the whole year then UGA should still win the east.

Spanky

April 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

Nothing Could Be Finer – yes, he is that,…but you need a QB to get it to him…and last I checked, Mizzou is in the same OL situation we are.

GTBob

April 6th, 2012
2:21 pm

Gee Bob, maybe Tech should try it as well, seeing how they’ve been owned for a decade or so!

We can’t. We play VT the first game this year and that is always our biggest game of the year. Besides, it’s harder for us to come up with reasons for suspensions.

pj

April 6th, 2012
2:23 pm

Let me ask all of you something. In Richt’s tenure, we’ve won 4 SECOND east titles, two championships and played in 4 BCS bowls. Besides the 3 year Herschel run from 80-82, what delusional era of georgia football are you comparing the richt era to, that has you thinking we are soooo underachieving? The 50’s? 60’s? 70’s, 90’s? – seriously folks – look at the overall macro picture of the last 10 years and tell me what point in our programs history we were so clearly better off?
I’d love to win every game, every title and be kings of all time – but that aint gonna happen and never will.

Grantham's The Man

April 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

@ ElvinBishopBand. Stephen Garcia NEVER got suspended ( for any game time) for drinking and smoking. He was never held accountable so that means that SC didn’t have a problem?

The irony is in the fact that you equate holding players accountable to Ga having a problem that your favorite team doesn’t. That’s not only ironic but moronic.

They all smoke and drink. Ga’s the only one that’s holding them accountable.

Beast from the East

April 6th, 2012
2:29 pm

“Turmoil on defense could pay off in the long run”

When life gives you lemons…

Nothing Could Be Finer

April 6th, 2012
2:30 pm

Beast from the East

April 6th, 2012
2:29 pm
“Turmoil on defense could pay off in the long run”

When life gives you lemons…

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LOL

“If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.”

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
2:37 pm

Wish people would quit saying we can win every game even if players are suspended. Guys Missouri is going to show up and we are going to have to be at our best game 2.

Coach Pricht...........

April 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

Nothing matters except winning the National Championship in February…..Just because we can’t beat a top twenty team in the fall means nothing….I always hug every one in my top five recruiting class every year….That’s all you need to know………Love, Mark

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
2:46 pm

That was cute

FLA DAWG

April 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

If turmoil on D will payoff in the long run then the turmoil we’ve had on O should also payoff.

Hell, we should have one hell of a turmoil great team!

(sorry Bill, it was just too good not to use)

GTBob

April 6th, 2012
2:50 pm

Guys Missouri is going to show up and we are going to have to be at our best game 2.

Missouri went 8-5 last year and lost a big chunk of their starters, mostly on the offensive and defensive lines. UGA shouldn’t win that game by less then 14 points.

Pago Pago Dawg

April 6th, 2012
2:57 pm

It’ll 2013 by the time UGA gets the depth problem solved.

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

so that means we will beat tech by 40 i guess

GTBob

April 6th, 2012
3:04 pm

so that means we will beat tech by 40 i guess

So you think Missouri would beat Tech by 26 points?

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
3:05 pm

no they don’t play eachother

dawgfan

April 6th, 2012
3:07 pm

“I heard Mizzou got, you know, the #1 WR recruit in the nation.”

Oooooooh, I’m shaking in my boots.

Weak.

Nothing Could Be Finer

April 6th, 2012
3:11 pm

Dogfan,

After seeing what the #1 recruit (Clowney) did to the dogs last year, you should be shaking like a cold wet dog.

kerryb

April 6th, 2012
3:13 pm

I’m not worried about the OL as much as Bill is. The line will probably start out with Gates (LT), Houston (RG), Andrews (C), Burnett (RG), and Austin Long (RT). I’ve been hearing good things in practice about Houston, Gates, Andrews, and Long. Burnett will be the veteran presence on the line. We will also have quality depth in Beard, Lee, Dantzler, Ward, Theus, DeBell, and Hunter Long. I think this line will be more athletic than last years line. Last years line was just big. This year we should have the speed at the line positions to run more tailback and tunnel screens. I think the line was too slow for that last year.

kerryb

April 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

Nothing Could Be Finer

April 6th, 2012
3:11 pm

Dogfan,

After seeing what the #1 recruit (Clowney) did to the dogs last year, you should be shaking like a cold wet dog.

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Clowney had one good play in that game last year. That was running by a lineman that didn’t block him and sacking Murray. The guy that tore us up in that game was Melvin Ingram and he is gone. Clowney benefited a lot by having Ingram on that line. Lets see what he does when teams don’t have to worry about Ingram and double teams him.

bham dawg

April 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

@kerryb… good analysis. As much as i like Andrews and his attitude and work ethic i think our best 5 would have to include dallas lee. I think burnette is going to start at center and lee at right guard. I think that gets the 5 best out there. Are you a female?

Old Dawg

April 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

“Missouri went 8-5 last year and lost a big chunk of their starters, mostly on the offensive and defensive lines. UGA shouldn’t win that game by less then 14 points.”

So that means there is a possibility that AM will blow in the last two quarters and we will lose?