Fan talk: G-Day surprises and the Aaron Murray ‘conspiracy’ theories

Ricky Lowe runs for a surprise touchdown during the G-Day game. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Ricky Lowe runs for a surprise touchdown during the G-Day game. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Let’s jump right into a sampling of recent Junkyard Mail …

Ken Crow writes: Bill, I really enjoy the Blawg and your down-the-middle approach to fandom. You’re not afraid to criticize when you think it’s warranted, but you remain supportive of Coach Richt and the program and don’t continually harp on the negatives. I also appreciate your obvious love for the school and your hometown of Athens. I really wanted to get to the Classic City for G-Day this year but wasn’t able to because of some family stuff. I enjoyed your report from the game and was encouraged by what you said about the quarterbacks, running backs and defense. So who surprised you most at G-Day?

Thanks, Ken. While I thought Jay Rome’s long touchdown catch-run was the highlight of the day, it wasn’t particularly surprising, as I’d expected him to do well. And I was pleasantly surprised by the play of the starting offensive line. But I think the biggest surprise for me probably was the play of linebacker Ramik Wilson, who led the Red team defense with seven tackles (two for loss) and an interception that he returned 19 yards. And, of course, there was the play where Reuben Faloughi knocked the ball away from Black QB Parker Welch and unheralded senior defensive lineman Ricky Lowe grabbed the ball in midair and ran it back 62 yards for a touchdown, probably the highlight of his playing career at UGA. Those are the moments that make G-Day games fun.

Ed from Avondale Estates writes: So I’ve heard [Isaiah] Crowell has grown up and looks great, [Keith] Marshall is the real deal and Boo Malcome had a great spring. I’ve even gotten the position-of-the-day updates on Richard Samuel. Why no [Todd] Gurley updates? I have high hopes for that kid and he’s gotten no spring press. What’s the word?

The word is he’s still in high school. Gurley was not one of the UGA signees who enrolled early this year. But the coaches are very high on his potential and while he’ll start out preseason camp in August behind all the other tailbacks, I have a feeling his talent will show pretty quickly. Perhaps even enough for him to avoid taking a redshirt season in a crowded tailback corps.

Richard Hong writes: I wish someone would write an article that would explain why the QB position is not a wide open competition to see who should be the starter for this year. Sorry, but my untrained eyes just don’t see why people think [Aaron] Murray is such a good QB. He throws a lot of interceptions, makes a lot of bad decisions, can’t get out of the pocket when he needs to, fumbles when he does run and CANNOT throw the ball on the run. So please, would someone tell me what I’m not seeing?

On a similar note, Michael Jones writes: I like Aaron Murray but I am concerned with his accuracy and his trend of turning the ball over in big games that absolutely kill the Dawgs. Have you heard of outside the box training for Murray to get him to be more accurate and protecting the football? He got us to the SEC Championship game, I just want to see him make the next step.

There's a reason national sports media are high on Aaron Murray. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

There's a reason national sports media are high on Aaron Murray. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I know there’s a segment of Bulldogs fandom that’s very down on Murray and convinced that Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are blindly letting him hold on to the starting quarterback’s job despite the obvious talents of backups Hutson Mason and Christian LeMay. Some folks even believe there’s some sort of “conspiracy” to keep Murray in a job he doesn’t deserve. I suppose some fans are remembering how Jim Donnan fell in love with Quincy Carter and ran off all his other quarterbacks. But this situation is nothing like that one. There’s a reason Murray made some All-SEC teams and is routinely cited by national sports media as one of the best QBs in the conference. He was the SEC’s No. 2 passer, throwing for 3,149 yards and 35 touchdowns a season ago. He ranked second in passing yards per game, second in total offense and fourth in passing efficiency. Of the returning quarterbacks in FBS football, only Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley threw for more touchdowns (37) in 2011 than Murray. Yes, Murray threw too many interceptions last season and had a couple of very costly fumbles. Richt himself has noted Murray needs to do a better job of taking care of the football. But as I wrote when we discussed Murray in January, the argument can be made that his tendency to fumble or throw a pick 6 at the worst possible time might be at least in part attributable to the sketchy protection he was getting from Georgia’s erratic offensive line and, in the last couple of games, the lack of a consistent running attack. This year he’ll again open the season behind a questionable OL, but he should have a much more potent, consistent group of running backs, which Bobo has said he thinks will make Murray a better quarterback. And sheer experience should help Murray make better on-field decisions and improve his ball security. He’s a good on-field leader and showed in last year’s Florida game that he can make big-time throws in tough situations, especially those two fourth-down touchdowns. I know, the knock on him is that he’s yet to beat a really good team. And I’ll agree that Mason and LeMay both show a lot of potential. But, frankly, from what I’ve seen so far, neither one is ready yet to supplant Murray.

Devon Wade writes: Bill, I am a former Tucker Tiger and if you know anything about Ga. high school football you will know that Tucker High School has been a UGA pipeline for several years now. It is most definitely Dawg Country. However, when I graduated high school I landed at a small liberal arts college right outside of Columbia, Mo. (right in the middle of Tiger Country). My roommate during my entire time in college is a die-hard Mizzou fan, and of course I am a Dawg through and through. We have always joked around about whose team would win if the two ever faced. Well lo and behold the semester AFTER we graduate they become division rivals and I know he has been salivating with the recent suspensions of key players going into that game in Columbia (which I will be at with him). I am still confident that between now and then CMR can get some players to fill in the holes in the secondary and I think our front seven can get enough pressure to make [Mizzou quarterback James] Franklin more uncomfortable than he has ever been. I believe our defense is still more talented than theirs even without several starters. Should I have reason to still be confident that we can pick up the W in Columbia minus key players? Appreciate your consideration. Big fan of the Blawg.

Thanks. I tend to agree with you, Devon. While Georgia won’t enter the game against Missouri at full-strength, I think the Dogs’ defensive front seven will be formidable. And from what I saw last year of Mizzou’s defense, I don’t believe it’s yet SEC-ready.

Richard Judy writes: Enjoyed your comment about my hero, Fred Birchmore. I am a ’73 UGA grad, and just after graduating I hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine back to Georgia. Fred and [son] Danny read an article I wrote in the old AJC Sunday Magazine and asked me to counsel them on their upcoming Georgia to Maine AT thru-hike. I was invited into the Birchmore home and quickly discovered what special people these were. Fred and Danny needed no advice from me, but they made me feel like a real friend. A few years back, when my daughter was a J-school student at UGA, she contacted Fred about doing a story for the old UGAzine publication. He treated her like royalty and said very kind things to her about her old man. Fred was a class act, the kind of man who deserved a century of high-quality living.

Thanks, Richard. You’re right that the Birchmores are a very special family and Athens and UGA are both much better off for them having been there.

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739 comments Add your comment

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Mustang Sally calls, got lunch???

GumshoeDog

April 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

I’m not sure what concerns me more about Aaron Murray, his 33 sacks, his 14 interceptions, 6 fumbles, his 59% accuracy? I think it’s his 53 negative plays, most in big games, that led to his 0-9 record vs. ranked teams.

Bama=home of the T-bag special

April 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

@tide roll you make Harvey Updike look like a Bama Poster Boy.

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen this with my own eyes. It is bad enough that UGA fans drink so much Kool-Aid. Come to find out they have been adding it to their food:

News Release

Power your Pucker with Kool-Aid Pickles

June 25, 2007 — A sensation that began in the South has landed at kraftfoods.com. It’s the recipe for the Kool-Aid Pickle – one part sweet, one part crunchy and 10 parts pucker!

Kool-Aid soft drink mix is partnering with Claussen pickles to introduce the entire country to this tangy new taste – just in time for palate-pleasin’ at picnics and barbecues. It’s already caused a commotion in Georgia, where children and adults alike are soaking their pickles – Claussen pickles, we hope – in fabulous flavors of Kool-Aid. Cherry and strawberry are favorites because they’re delicious and for the fantastic color that results. But, consumers should feel free to experiment to find the flavor that powers their pucker. Here’s how to make your own Kool-Aid Pickles:

KOOL-AID Pickles

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 24 hours 10 min. (incl. marinating)

1 cup sugar
1 envelope (0.13 oz.) Kool-Aid Cherry Flavor Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix
1 qt. (4 cups) water
1 jar (32 oz.) Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Halves, drained

Stir sugar, drink mix and water in 48-oz. glass or plastic jar or storage container with lid until drink mix is dissolved.
Add pickles, arranging so that cut sides are completely covered with liquid; cover tightly.
Refrigerate at least 24 hours. To serve, remove pickles from jar and cut in half.
Makes 20 servings, one pickle half each.

Substitute: Prepare as directed, using your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix.
Food Fact: You can store pickles in Kool-Aid mixture in refrigerator up to 1 week.

For more information, please contact:
Bridget MacConnell
Kraft Foods

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

April 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

Any more arrests this week?

Burma Shave

April 24th, 2012
1:18 pm

A pickle is simple
If you treat your pickle right
Use plenty of Kool-Aid
And keep Richt out of sight

BURMA SHAVE

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
1:45 pm

” I don’t want a pickle, I just want to ride my motor-cickle, and you may want to cry, but I just wanna ride my motor-cye…” I know what you can do with your pickle.lol…

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

The trolls got out of high-school early today. N-E-R-D-S…

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
1:58 pm

Smart
quit pretending to be SSIreptile. I hadn’t talked to you in a while. Come out, Come out, where-ever you are.lol…Hell yeah, let’s talk about the mighty lizards. I’ve got a pair of wore out gator boots I wore on the farm in Tenn. for 20 years, what you got, a pickle???lol…

Ole Yeller Dawg

April 24th, 2012
2:00 pm

@ BonkersDog 4/21/2012 12:15 PM: Good post, Great Stats! But to me it points more to coaching than to A. Murray. Coach Bobo calls the risky plays on our side of the field when you need to be very conservative not to allow our opponent a short field. Then C.Bobo seems to go ultra conservative in the red zone or when we have a lead in the 4th quarter.

I am not saying we need to replace C. Bobo but he needs to look at his tendencies, his play calling continues to put the QB (Matthew Stafford, Joe Cox, Aaron Murray) in difficult situations.

I know Matthew Stafford was the #1 pick his Jr year in the NFL draft, but he did that mostly on his own (arm strenght) talent. Coaching (NFL Offense) would also play somewhere in there.

I thought A. Murray played better his freshman year when he ran the ball like he did in HS… then the college coaches stepped in and forbade the running, taking away our threat and coaching down an athelete. Richt, Bobo let him run, get his juice’s flowing and will also make our oppontent’s DC assign (instead of blitzing) a LB to the QB to stop his runs.

I am for keeping Bobo he is a DGD and still young, just needs to tweak his coaching a tad.

Andy

April 24th, 2012
2:03 pm

Ed of PolkCounty You are so right I am a Bama fan with UGA as my second choice. I went toC town Hi where a few of the fooball playesr that went on to play at UGA like Charles Ernest , Kermit Perry and later on Edgar Chandler and I pulled for Ga. but its easy to get tired of all the BS that the delusional Dawg fans put out. They talk about all the tradition that Ga has going for it. They are not even close to Ala, Tenn, LSU or even Mississippi. They might be tied with Auburn and Fla.. They are way down the list with most of the SEC teams. Alabama was going to the Rose Bowl when it was the only Bowl game in the country The best in the East vs the best in the West Ala played in the Rose Bowl 8* times with a 4-2-2 record Ala has won more National Championships than Ga has won SEC Championship. Alabama has a winning record against ever team in the SEC Every year in the pre season its the same old S**T about how UGA going to win the SEC Championship the National Championship the Super Bowl and all that other crap. The sad part is I think they really believe that BS Its not the team or the players or the coachs. Its some of their fans That makes you dis like GA. They don’t get on the blog and talk about what will make their team better they talk that crap about how Saban lies cheat pays players lets player away with murder covers up player problems If it not Saban It Spurrier because he beat The Dawgs like a drum when he was at FLA

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
2:21 pm

Andy
I am a Bama fan( maybe true) , with Ga. as my second choice( lie, sorry you just lost all creditibility) . Dang dude, I would hate to see how you feel about your third choice!!! What a joke. Where are all these posters saying Ga. has the greatest program on par with Bamma? Where are they? One or two looney toons is all it takes for you to hate your second choice. Get the frack back jack and take the rest of the liars and trolls with you. You bust yourself out with your own B.S. I don’t care if you like Bamma, just don’t try to blow smoke up our tailpipes, saying your second choice is the Dawgs. Doggies don’t want or need your kind…

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

Gee Andy, you wouldn’t exageratea bit just to pretend to have some sort of a point, would ya?

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
2:34 pm

Gotta go get some dogfood and some more 55s, be right back fakers, trolls and serious posters…

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
2:35 pm

I’m not on Thomas Brown’s list so i do have that going for me.

tide roll

April 24th, 2012
2:35 pm

Hey Dawg fans. Get this. Anthony Jennings, the stud QB from Marietta, who won an invite to the Elite 11 QB competion in Los Angeles grew up a DAWG fan! You know why? His father is former Dawg Willie Jennings! The kid is a FREAK! Probably the best QB in the country! Your Golden boy Ramsey, didn’t make the finals. You tell mesomething ain’t going on. Why don’t y’all admit what you are. Admit what your program is. Do it Bobo. This idiot had a shot at the 2nd coming of Cam Newton and blows it again!. Damn,what a friggin joke of a football program. Richt is Moe. Booboo is Larry. And Will Friend is,well, you can guess.He looks just like him.

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
2:41 pm

toilet roll only mentions anthony Jennings because he is black and Ramsey is white

Jennings has no offer from Bama either and Saban benched sims in favor of McCarron and Sims will most likely transfer

I guess Saban is a racist too

Jennings is a 3 star

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
2:43 pm

toilet roll needs to go back to the Tech blogs as he is about as much an Alabama fan as I am

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
2:45 pm

I hope Social Security Income Gator didn’t stay up late digging up that stellar research he posted earlier.

The kool aid thing is just so original

We have never heard that before!!

Kinda like red panties, 1980 was so long ago, Bobo is an idiot, Clarke County correctional, arrests, suspensions etc

All just so original

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
2:46 pm

tide roll -

“This idiot had a shot at the 2nd coming of Cam Newton and blows it again”

That’s because the brain trust at UGA thought he would make a good tight end.

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

DawginLex -

Or is it now lexipup? You need to be consistant. Took all of two minutes to go to Kraft Foods site and look at their Kool-Aid brand news. Too funny. Tried some of them yet?

Brainiac

April 24th, 2012
2:55 pm

I believe Saban is STILL recruiting Ramsey so we of Dawg Nation may as well look elsewhere for our QBs in the future since Saban ALWAYS get who he wants!!!!

Just ask Malcom Mitchell, Ray Drew, Jay Rome, and a few hundred more!!!!!!!!

LMAO!!!!!!

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
2:58 pm

SSI

You remain the biggest idiot in the room

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:01 pm

Don’t fret though SSI. It’s almost dinner time and Bob Evans has free kids meals tonight. You can get refills on the kool aid.

Walgreen’s usually builds close by so you can get your tampons re-filled and stock up on cigs and beer

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

That’s “Too funny”? really?

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:03 pm

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2012/04/22/university-of-florida-eliminates-computer-science-department-increases-athletic-budgets-hmm/

********************

SSI

you must be proud!!!

cut real learning for more athletics

That florida edumacation just got more valuable!!!

What a joke

tide roll

April 24th, 2012
3:06 pm

The kid is 6′2″ 205. Size 15 shoe. 33″ Vertical. 9′5″ Broad Jump. Power Cleans 275. Played season through a knee injury suffered in 1st game. Was 165 out of 273 for 2,187. yards. 19 TD(s). Only 4 ints. Rushed for 464 yards and 8 td(s). Elite 11 QB finalist! Willie Jennings’ son! Grew up a Dawg fan!This kid is a gift to UGA from God. A 2nd chance after blowing it with Cam. Surely Booboo is on his way to Mareitta High. Don’t you think? Surely he and Richt won’t miss out again will they? There’s no way is there? Uh oh.

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:08 pm

Was that a part of the “Urban Meyer Steps to Being a Better Gator” program

or was it part of

“Will Muschamp’s 12 easy steps to convince your wife you don’t need Anger Management Classes” ??

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
3:08 pm

DawginLex -

You need to hook up with AltamahaDawg. He likes having conversations about topics that contain the word “panties”. Oh, wait. That’s right you two are already buddies. Sorry, I forgot. Then in that case you can share each others pickles. Only in GA. LOL

Brainiac

April 24th, 2012
3:09 pm

@SSI Gator:

When are you going to start helping your gators???? Last check they needed a slight boost but thanks a million for spending your talent keeping us informed about the Real World!!!!!!!!!!!

The 1st coming of Cam Newton spent some time in The Swamp but developed or polished his “sticky fingers” routine and had to move on. Are you still moping about this?????

It wouldn’t matter either way because Auburn is about ready for another MNC and apparently has unlimited funds and the 2nd coming would head straight to Auburn. Hope the 2nd coming isn’t just going straight to the NFL but if he is almost as good as you say he may be NFL bound.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:09 pm

SSI

The only person laughing at your stuff is you and your boyfriend when you drop your pants

tide roll

April 24th, 2012
3:13 pm

RICHT : Get this kid or you and Bobo get gone damnit. This is bordering on negligence. The Dawg Nation ought to file a class action lawsuit against you two for intentional infliction of emotional pain. The class will be limited to those who had to endure your loss to Central Florida.

Brainiac

April 24th, 2012
3:17 pm

@ Tide roll:

UGA is not going to Marietta for their next QB!!!!!

We will be sticking with that STUD from Camden County Ga. I am sure your guy is better but we are sticking with Ramsey not because he is better but just to make certain Saban doesn’t get him.

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:17 pm

toilet roll, go back to the Tech blog

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
3:18 pm

Pickles? LOL? really? really! gawdalmighty, are you seriously a 60 yr old grown man? That’s just embarrassing.

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

DawginLex -

When you go to the Kraft Foods site, the big news is that they are celebrating 100 years of the Oreo cookie this year. If Richt plays his cards right, he might be able to get them to send a couple of truckloads to UGA since you guys are such high volume consumers of their Kool-Aid product. Then Richt can have them served with Kool-Aid and the Kool-Aid pickles at his speaking tour stops this year.

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

alt

He is 78. that’s why he is Social Security Income Gator

Brain capacity of a 12 year old and the number is dropping fast

Brainiac

April 24th, 2012
3:21 pm

@ Tide roll:

Which bothers you the most? Bama getting stomped at home by Louisiana Monroe or GT losing the last 20 bowl games in a row???

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:22 pm

See what i mean?

Kool aid
pickles
cookies

He is flashing back to his childhood

DawginLex

April 24th, 2012
3:23 pm

Later boys

I really feel sorry for SSI

I truly think he is slipping away

Get help sir.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

April 24th, 2012
3:24 pm

DiLex could be a flashback to last friday night date night. LOL

SSIgator

April 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

DawginLex -

You can’t fool us. We know you are leaving early today so you can go by the store and pick up a jar of pickles. You just can’t wait to whip up a batch of those Kool-Aid pickles. Also, don’t forget to go the the Kraft Food site and tell them how you liked them. They want your input.

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
3:36 pm

D- Lex
I woke up on the top of the hit list this morning. Right under the bus…

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Worse! it’s a grown man’s version OF childish humor. If it were only just mawkish but remotely funny that would be one thing, but that stuff is just…….well, I’d be embarrasssed if that was attached to me.

tide roll

April 24th, 2012
3:45 pm

Jennings = Cam Newton. Richt, Booboo and the UGA fan base are going to let it happen AGAIN! It’s beyond belief. Like Moths to a Flame. Ya’ll are so pitiful. You can’t help yourselves can you. Incredible. 31 friggin years, and here’s a kid that breaks the mold, and you basically ignore him. There’s something wrong with you people.

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
3:55 pm

Thougth maybe that shtick would be more effective the 9th time today?

ChampDawg

April 24th, 2012
6:51 pm

Big fan of Christian Lemay. He played great last 2 G-Days, outplayed Murray this past G-Day, put up 7 for 10, 154 yards passing with a last minute td. The guy is clutch. Love this 2 part documentary, if you havn’t seen it, check him out

As a Junior, Lemay led his team to knock out defending state champ, Richmond, on Richmond’s home field.

Next up, Lemay led his team to a HUGE win over Nationally raneked Independence, on Independence home field.

No one had beaten Independence at home in over 20 years. Lemay broke the streak.

Lemay Documentary Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G_W0aP0NI0&feature=relmfu

Catch part 2 after that one. Impressive playa.

Cjhristian Lemay, is here to save the day

ChampDawg

April 24th, 2012
6:51 pm

Big fan of Christian Lemay. He played great last 2 G-Days, outplayed Murray this past G-Day, put up 7 for 10, 154 yards passing with a last minute td. The guy is clutch. Love this 2 part documentary, if you havn’t seen it, check him out

As a Junior, Lemay led his team to knock out defending state champ, Richmond, on Richmond’s home field.

Next up, Lemay led his team to a HUGE win over Nationally raneked Independence, on Independence home field.

No one had beaten Independence at home in over 20 years. Lemay broke the streak.

Lemay Documentary Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G_W0aP0NI0&feature=relmfu

Catch part 2 after that one. Impressive playa.

Cjhristian Lemay, is here to save the day

Neutral

April 24th, 2012
8:11 pm

Hey tide roll, why isn’t coach Satan recruiting Jennings if he is so good?