Oh, to be in Athens now that April’s there

Kwame Geathers was one of the stars of last year's G-Day game. (Associated Press)

Kwame Geathers was one of the stars of last year's G-Day game. (Associated Press)

To me, it doesn’t matter that the absence of some key players due to injury likely will make Saturday’s annual G-Day game even less exciting than the usual spring intrasquad meeting.

It’s still the Georgia Bulldogs suiting up Between the Hedges, and that’s enough to make G-Day a must on my sports calendar.

Saturday’s glorified scrimmage probably won’t reveal any new wrinkles — both offense and defense are usually ultra vanilla in these affairs — but Athens should be favored with glorious spring weather and seating is first come, first served, so my brothers and I usually wind up with a vantage point around the 50-yard line.

That’s where we hope to be Saturday as we watch the Red and Black teams kick off at 3 p.m.

True, this year there aren’t any really riveting G-Day story lines like the quarterback battle between Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray two springs ago. But the coaches have divided the team up so that basically the No. 1 offense (on the Red team) will be going against the No. 1 defense (the Black team), and that ought to give us at least an indication of how things are progressing on both sides of the ball.

In last year’s G-Day game, Todd Grantham’s defense dominated — the most scintillating player on offense was borrowed from the defense: Branden Smith, who had a beautiful 28-yard touchdown catch and run — and that’s probably going to be the case again this year.

While some G-Day showings can be misleading, it was instructive last year seeing how well nose guard Kwame Geathers fared against veteran center Ben Jones. At the same time, it was somewhat alarming seeing how many whistle-sacks the No. 1 offensive line allowed, previewing a problem that continued into the regular season.

The work in progress that is the rebuilding OL will again be one of the things getting close scrutiny Saturday, along with the play of those players who’ll have to replace the suspended defenders in the first game or two this fall (unfortunately, we apparently won’t get to see Malcolm Mitchell on defense, since he’s again having hamstring trouble).

We’ll also be watching how the the tight ends perform (particularly Jay Rome), how Ray Drew looks at defensive end, the progress of this fall’s likely backup quarterback, Christian LeMay (assuming an injury to starter Aaron Murray doesn’t force Hutson Mason to forgo a planned redshirt year), and, of course, how strongly (and for how long) the frequently gimpy Isaiah Crowell runs. (Not getting to see true freshman tailback Keith Marshall because of injury is a real disappointment.)

Most of the question marks hanging over the 2012 Bulldogs won’t be answered until the fall, but G-Day will at least give us a feel for where things stand after spring practice.

If you’re not going to be joining me and about 40,000 other Dawgs fans at Sanford Stadium Saturday, you can catch the game live online through ESPN 3 or watch a tape-delayed broadcast at 5 p.m. Saturday on the CSS cable channel.

If you are planning on attending, remember that while admission is free of charge, they’ll be collecting donated canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

It might not be a “real” game, but G-day does give us an extra chance to gather in Athens and cheer our favorite team on.

Go Dogs!

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57 comments Add your comment

AugustaDawg

April 13th, 2012
7:09 pm

AugustaDawg

April 13th, 2012
7:10 pm

Looking forward to tomorrow. Gonna be a beautiful day. Just hate Marshall and Mitchell won’t be playing. Should be a lot of fun. The D should be good. Hope to see IC do well.

Big Dawg

April 13th, 2012
7:11 pm

Second! Second Day in a row! Go Dawgs! Looking forward to big things.

first pick of the spring

April 13th, 2012
7:11 pm

hey Murray, i’m ready when you are…

AugustaDawg

April 13th, 2012
7:12 pm

AugustaDawg

April 13th, 2012
7:13 pm

Hopefully a few big name recruits will be there and commit and keep the momentum rolling.

Clarke County College for Girls and Effeminate Boys

April 13th, 2012
7:14 pm

Go Dawgs! I hope we win!

evil empire

April 13th, 2012
7:18 pm

big name recruits are there every year, you sign a bunch of them, figure out how to lose 2-4 games a season, lose the bowl game, and will be back here next spring predicting another pre-season national championship…the circle of life for uga-holics…sad really…

Tide Pride

April 13th, 2012
7:32 pm

I bet T-town will double the amount of people going to the A-Day game as compared to Athens and the G-Day game.

The big question is when will Bobo and Richt start their typical second half play not to lose drill! Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

T-Town is the place to be in the spring…… and definately in the FALL!

One last thing – it will be a beautiful day tomorrow – evryone travel safe and enjoy the weekend!

RTR!

danieldawg71

April 13th, 2012
7:32 pm

I’m just looking forward to great G-day and a great seaon, GO DAWGS!!!!

evil empire

April 13th, 2012
7:42 pm

doesn’t matter what happens in athens any day really…tide pride, looking forward to the nat champ game on november 3rd in baton rouge…thats a game that will matter…a 3-5 uga squad will be teeing it up to play ole miss in a battle of below .500 titans…

Bigdsel5556

April 13th, 2012
8:54 pm

Me and my fam will see you there. Goo dawgs!!!!

Bigdsel5556

April 13th, 2012
8:57 pm

Evil empire, that game didn’t matter last year. Don’t you remember.

Terry

April 13th, 2012
9:41 pm

4/14 3:00 PM EDT Georgia Spring Football: G-Day Game (subject to blackout)

Terry

April 13th, 2012
9:54 pm

evil empire, you and Tide Pride are the really sad little people get a life. Pitiful, Pitiful

bardawg

April 13th, 2012
10:03 pm

Tide Pride, What in the world compelled you to get on this site and comment ? I mean ,don”t they have news sources in Bama land where you can contribute whatever it is you feel like saying / Just curious.

Maconbulldog

April 14th, 2012
2:11 am

Tide Pride…..you are like that rich brat at school no one likes….

Bean Counter

April 14th, 2012
3:04 am

Evil Empire and Tide Pride – go camp out somewhere you are welcomed if you can find such a place. We are tired of reading your negative crap on here. It is easy to be negative when you don’t have to identify yourself. If you can’t say something positive keep your comments to yourself!

ole yeller

April 14th, 2012
7:34 am

Bill.
I still hear bad press on the “O”line. I for one think the “O”line will be fine. I feel when Theus get in camp he will make the rest better, he’s that good. He will start at left tackle this fall. There is no one on the “O” line that can touch him. He will also have the big boys on their heels. couint on it.

Nub

April 14th, 2012
7:44 am

Hey Tide Trolls, care to share the results of the last TWO times UGA visited Tuscaloosa ?

Bubba Petrino

April 14th, 2012
8:12 am

TWENTY FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim Grabasski

April 14th, 2012
8:23 am

Tide Pride……

I guess when you have absoloutely nothing else in that God-forsaken backwards-a** state to do besides commit incest or manufacture meth, you get your toothless friends together to go to a glorified scrimmage over in Tuscaloser at the ol Crapstone. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

ElvinBishopBand

April 14th, 2012
8:46 am

JIm…nice try sport but…you have one trophy and a lot of envy! Are you in charge of the free housing applications in the Atlanta area? now there is some elite folks from the great state of Georgiee!

Keep bashing Alabama and we’ll keep enlarging our trophy case!!!! 1980 and it’s documented. Enjoy your 35k fans today..not bad for a B+ program..not bad at all

evil empire

April 14th, 2012
8:56 am

It is easy to be negative when you don’t have to identify yourself.

…yes it is bean counter…yes it is…

Jacket99

April 14th, 2012
9:02 am

If you are planning on attending, remember that while admission is free of charge, they’ll be collecting donated canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
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This is a good thing. I’ve volunteered with the Food Bank before and this food goes to the nourishment of those who really need it. Hope you enjoy the game and feel good about helping others. Go Jackets!

Eddie

April 14th, 2012
9:03 am

Hey Bama fans. You are really the most arrogant jerks in sport. It’s all well and good that you are proud of your football program—you should be. There is, however no point in trying to put any and everyone down. Remember, pride comes before the fall and you dudes have a hard fall coming. GO DAWGS!!!

bucket

April 14th, 2012
9:15 am

How sad is it that on a beautiful weekend in Georgia evil empire and tide pride have to once again show their “UGA Obsession Syndrome” by coming on the Junkyard Blawg and vomiting? I’m starting to wonder if those guys are really LSU and Alabama fans because with the success of those two programs it is hard to imagine their fans would be this petty and pathetic!

Agree, Bucket

April 14th, 2012
9:46 am

Guess it is a sign of the times. Some fans from very successful programs like Bama and LSU are not content with enjoying their time in the spotlight, but are not happy without running down other schools. May say something about their own insecurities, because I imagine most Bama fans are good people, relishing their success.

Anyway, it is a beautiful day, and it is always great to be a Georgia Bulldog, 365 days a year.

Dawgs&Cats

April 14th, 2012
9:47 am

I wish everyone would stop acknowledging GT Bob, Tide Roll, Evil Empire and all the other people from other schools saying negative crap about UGA. Maybe then eventually in about a year they will get bored and stop posting. They only do this to get a rise out of everyone their like a child. I don’t care what they say. It’s just between them saying things and then everyone replying back it takes to long to filterthrough to find informed peoples opinion. Also just to let everyone know alot of Bama / SC / Tech fans are actually embarrassed they are fans of their own schools. I have friends who attended all 3 that laugh at them and tell me of some of ours that are the same. It’s hard for me to say this because where I live but even the Gators have more class than these 3.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

April 14th, 2012
10:01 am

Tide Pride what else is there to do in Bama? The Talladega Race isn’t this week & no Deer hunting so yes everybody will be at Bama or Auburn.

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
10:12 am

We will lose.

Thanks

Dave

April 14th, 2012
10:25 am

The game will be broadcasted live on 90.5FM with Dave Tarter, Mike Reiter, and former UGA player Jeff Owens from 3pm-6pm.

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
10:26 am

I wish everyone would acknowledge me as the greatest dawgfan of all time. The rest of the Dawgnation are nothing more than posers.

Thanks

2 national titles in 3 years and going for no. 15

April 14th, 2012
10:34 am

40,000 fans and that’s it??? Ya’ll must not take your football seriously.

Now I know some of the dawg fans are gonna say that there is nothing to do in Alabama and that the reason there are only 40k at the G day game is cause there is so much other stuff to do in Georgia. Like what? Braves and six flags? You got 80 other home games to go see the braves and every day between here and October to go to freaking Six Flags.

Sorry guys but 40,000 fans only? I am not impressed.

2 national titles in 3 years and going for no. 15

April 14th, 2012
10:39 am

Who in the hell loses a bowl game to Michigan state anyway? I am still kinda perturbed though that our 3rd string corner missed that WR and let him and a 49-0 shutout against sparty get away 2 years ago. Its embarrassing to think a big 10 team like Mich. state scored 7 points against us. I can’t imagine the sheer embarrassment of losing to a middling big 10 team. Gawd that would be awful. Awful I tells ya.

funny...

April 14th, 2012
10:46 am

You Alabama fans, LOL.

You’re not very bright.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

April 14th, 2012
10:46 am

2 national titles in 3 years and going for no. 15….Opening weekend of the MLB is big. There are probably 50 Volleyball Tournaments this weekend. My nephews have baseball games today. The Lakes will be FULL this weekend. The golf courses are full too. Georgia Renaissance Festival opens this weekend. There is a lot to do in Atlanta Area compared to a meaningless practice football game.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

April 14th, 2012
10:48 am

WHO LOSES A game to Louisiana Monroe? Troy and BAMA. Hahah

dawggirl

April 14th, 2012
10:53 am

“Who in the hell loses a bowl game to Michigan state anyway?”

You’re right. It’s much more impressive losing to LA-Monroe in the regular season.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

April 14th, 2012
11:07 am

I forgot the HOTTY party that is the Atlanta Steeple Chase is this weekend too.

Will Russ the Mangy Mutt be there today?

April 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

Missouri 42, Georgia 13

Miranda Rights

April 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

How many UGA players were arrested this week?

ugab

April 14th, 2012
2:12 pm

things to look forward too with CMR, Suspended players, Pulled hamstrings, Losing entire OL w no one to replace, swimming instead of practicing, drug testing players after spring break, No CBs , team only plays 2 quarters, on and on and on and on.. Amen gotta luv the Ga way. lmao Let’s just go out on the field and dance our a”" off. lol

evil empire

April 14th, 2012
2:39 pm

You know what’s really sad? I’ve left my parents’ house exactly 3 times this year, and 2 of those were when they kicked me out for jacking it to cartoon porn.

evil empire

April 14th, 2012
2:58 pm

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…if my writing’s are to painful for you pillow-biters, i’m sooooo sorry…sux to be a d/a dawg fan…

Dogs get two more recruits

April 14th, 2012
3:07 pm

Things are bright for upcoming season and future.

Dog fans who have tired of the immature rants on here and want to go to a site where UGA football is discussed might to check out Leather Helmet Blog. Varied opinions expressed, but trolls are not allowed.

ignorant dawgtard

April 14th, 2012
3:11 pm

think i’ll head on over there. thanks. I want a blog that only talks about our glorious history and national championships , past and future.

Maconbulldog

April 14th, 2012
3:13 pm

Lemay is looking good. Ken Malcome is a improvement

KJ

April 14th, 2012
3:15 pm

“if my writing’s are to painful”

Your grammar is painful; that much is certain.

To ignorant

April 14th, 2012
3:19 pm

You can go over there, but will not have posting rights. As I said, trolls not allowed. It will disappoint you because it is full of good recruiting news for UGA. Also posters there do not live in the past. 1980 is only brought up on these sites by those who dislike UGA. 99% of posts at LHB are concerning the upcoming season and the recruiting.