Archive for April, 2012

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 …

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UGA’s Richt might face a bigger challenge now that he’s off the hot seat

UGADayLogoMark Richt, along with Mark Fox, will be making the rounds of alumni association gatherings starting April 18 in Rome. The UGA Days tour will hit Albany April 24, Columbus April 25, Macon May 8, Charlotte May 9, the Golden Isles May 15, Valdosta May 16, Birmingham May 22, Tampa May 24 and Atlanta July 23.

This time last year when Richt went out to meet the fans, he was widely considered to be on the “hot seat,” coming off a losing season and a dispiriting bowl performance. The talk was what a challenge Richt faced just to keep his job.

But, actually, I think Richt faces a bigger challenge this season than last.

Consider: Richt had the enormous goodwill generated by the Dream Team in his pocket a year ago and the realization on the part of most fans that Georgia faced tremendous odds in opening the season with Boise State and South Carolina, though the schedule looked pretty manageable after that.

As it played out, the fan optimism surrounding the arrival of Isaiah Crowell and …

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