Pooch kicks: Dogs dominate All-SEC defensive picks

Jarvis Jones made the preseason All-SEC first team. (Associated Press)

Jarvis Jones made the preseason All-SEC first team. (Associated Press)

No real surprises in Georgia’s showing on the 2012 coaches’ preseason All-SEC team announced Thursday: The Dawgs had six defensive players selected, but only two offensive players and none on special teams.

Two Dawgs made the first team: outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and senior safety Bacarri Rambo. On the second team were quarterback Aaron Murray and nose tackle John Jenkins. Making the All-SEC third team were receiver Malcolm Mitchell (who’ll start out the season playing primarily on defense), defensive end Abry Jones, linebacker Alec Ogletree and cornerback Sanders Commings.

Georgia’s six defensive players picked is tops for the conference. Florida and South Carolina had five defensive players each named. Overall, Alabama and LSU both had 11 players named, followed by Arkansas with 10, and Georgia, Florida and South Carolina with eight each.

RUSS NOT DONE YET

Georgia will open the season with Russ still as interim mascot. (University of Georgia)

Georgia will open the season with Russ still as interim mascot. (University of Georgia)

Interim mascot Russ will keep the spiked collar on as the season opens Sept. 1 against Buffalo, the Savannah Morning News reports, quoting a member of the Sonny Seiler family that owns the Uga line. The Seilers offered no other details about the timetable for the naming of Uga IX, the paper reported. Charles Seiler, the mascots’ main caretaker, had expressed concern last year about subjecting a puppy to the early September heat and hinted the family might wait until later in the month to install the new mascot.

OFFENSIVE LINE WEAK LINK?

If you’re easily depressed, you probably shouldn’t read the overview of Georgia’s offensive line play posted by Russ Mitchell of Collegefootballnews.com. Mitchell notes that “if the Bulldogs are going to have a successful season in 2012, which should mean beating what few top teams they will face, Georgia must get better play out of the offensive line. During the past four seasons, no unit in the SEC failed to meet expectations more consistently than UGA’s underperforming offensive line. We’re not just suggesting against other offensive lines – any team, any position.”

Unfortunately, he says, “don’t expect to see material improvement here in 2012. Georgia returns only two starters from a squad whose yards per carry actually dropped 2011 vs. 2010, that even with an improvement at running back and a bevy of talented/experienced starters. It also allowed more sacks per game in 2011 (2.4; 85th in the nation) vs. 2010 (1.9 per game; 62nd in the nation).”

Georgia’s 2012 offensive line, he notes, will likely have just 31 career starts for its first unit, compared with LSU’s first unit, which has 104 and Alabama’s, which has 95.

On the bright side, despite that Mitchell still expects Georgia to face LSU again in Atlanta.

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169 comments Add your comment

Maconbulldog

July 13th, 2012
10:58 am

Go Dawgs

July 13th, 2012
10:58 am

Go Dawgs

July 13th, 2012
10:58 am

damn it maconbulldog

Maconbulldog

July 13th, 2012
11:00 am

OL woes and dooms day and blah blah blah. Can we have some kind of positive outlook. Yes another Young OL at UGA….whats new about that… Pretty sure Lsu and Bama will have a “Young” offensive line starting starting next year.. Gahhhhh….

Chuck

July 13th, 2012
11:01 am

I believe AJC bloggers should delete everyone that comes in and says First. Who cares!

Maconbulldog

July 13th, 2012
11:03 am

but….but….its fun :/

offensive line will be better

July 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Two guards playing tackle last year and no depth. Bean Anderson just didn’t have the feet while Gordy got better and by the end of the year was a good tackle at years end. The line played hard last year, nevertheless, but I expect our line to be better with more athletic tackles this year, period.

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Maconbulldog

July 13th, 2012
11:08 am

I was looking at the roster for 2012 and I am not sure how up to date as far as weight goes but we got some tiny Linemen…..but I am guessing it is wrong due to the face that Keith Marshall says he is walking around 215 area…. anyone know ?

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Chuck

July 13th, 2012
11:10 am

Time for a Change

July 13th, 2012
11:12 am

If the Seilers can’t keep a dog ready then it may be time to look elsewhere for mascots. That is pathetic that it’s been this long and still no dog ready!!! Hell all the puppy has to do is run on the field and then lay on a bag of ice!!!

Frank Lane

July 13th, 2012
11:16 am

I like RUSS.

jeffrey d

July 13th, 2012
11:17 am

Uga VIII died a year and a half ago….is the future Uga IX still a “puppy”?

GeoffDawg

July 13th, 2012
11:17 am

Congrats to all the players mentioned. Too bad half our defensive stars won’t make an appearance until game 3.

jeffrey d

July 13th, 2012
11:17 am

That is pathetic that it’s been this long and still no dog ready

Of course, I’m not this mad

GeoffDawg

July 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Sounds like the Seilers are being extra cautious with Uga IX. Makes sense given the high turnover rate in recent years. We can manage just fine with Russ for a while longer.

old dog

July 13th, 2012
11:19 am

Been saying this about the o-line awhile! Yeah, we get a few in the pros, but by and large the o-line has been BY FAR our weakest link. We have not recruited as well as other SEC teams, and have failed to keep (and develop) some that we have signed. Boise State, LSU, and Michigan State (who we definitely should have beaten) all physically whipped our o-line. We need to remember….this is where the game is won/lost. For anyone who ever played the game on ANY level, it is pretty obvious that our weak point has been up front. We have enough telent elswhere to beat the lesser teams, but until we get good blockers up front we are not and will not be a top-tier SEC team. I’m a Dawg through and through, but this has gone on long enough…..

@time for a change

July 13th, 2012
11:20 am

So, do you feel like this is Richt’s fault, or Bobo’s?

Dawg Haus

July 13th, 2012
11:23 am

Russ is for us! Loving the “Pooch Kicks” title, Bill. I’ve said it before on these blogs, but Georgia is a solid O-line away from being a really good team. Coach Friend had quite a job to do last year and I think he did decently well with what he had. The first year can be shaky under a new coach (remember the D in 2010?) so I think some improvement can be expected going into 2013. I don’t know how much, but certainly some. The only thing that worries me about CWF is that recruiting is not going his way with some players that Georgia really could have used.

Dawg Haus

July 13th, 2012
11:24 am

(meant to say “going into 2012″)

GradyDawg

July 13th, 2012
11:24 am

KEEP RUSS!!!

Cruelty

July 13th, 2012
11:27 am

Who cares? These aren’t even bulldogs anymore anyway!

RPh DAWG

July 13th, 2012
11:27 am

Do we gave any ALL SEC COACHES???

SSIgator

July 13th, 2012
11:34 am

“Georgia will open the season with Russ still as interim mascot”

Does this mean that Russ is still firing blanks?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Bring on LSWHO, we have their number anyway…(first half). Hard to believe that a major college can’t line up a decent OL?

george

July 13th, 2012
11:39 am

boring! the article about the pups having 2 of the biggest 14 scandals in colege sports history was much more entertaining!

SSIgator

July 13th, 2012
11:42 am

“Uga VIII died a year and a half ago”

Rumor has it that it was a suicide induced by embarrassment.

RPh DAWG

July 13th, 2012
11:43 am

Maybe Crowell is a Tea Bagger and was exercising his “right” to carry a concealed weapon?? Must be friend of Sara Palin… Has about the same amount of brain..

gbal

July 13th, 2012
11:45 am

Dead on I think with the OL. And this is why I feel the media is doing UGA an injustice by picking them so high in the rankings. It just makes no sense for us to have such high expectations. Setting us up to be underachievers on tis season.

gbal

July 13th, 2012
11:46 am

Where we underachieved is in not recruiting quality O-Linemen

gary

July 13th, 2012
11:48 am

and who is the ol coach this year? And how many were because of Murray?

7576DAWG

July 13th, 2012
11:57 am

The Seilers wants the next uga to be around one year old at least so it can handle all the demands for it’s time. This breed of Bulldog only live 5 to 8 years and has breathing problems but most end up dying because of heart problems.

UGA

July 13th, 2012
11:58 am

We’re still waiting on a new Uga? It has been a long time…Is Charles being a little too much of an overprotective parent? Sonny seemed to have em lined up just fine and in time.

UGA

July 13th, 2012
11:59 am

Where’s that puppy that Crowell had on signing day? He looks like a good un.

441North

July 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

Welcome back Russ. Almost time to GATA

"The Georgia Way"

July 13th, 2012
12:01 pm

Keep Russ, dump Adams and Richt.

hirejongruden

July 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

Fire Mark Richt. Offer Jon Gruden a contract he can’t resist.
The undersigning of classes and attrition of the roster means we have no chance to survive the season undefeated. We are playing with less than 70 scholarships. You think walk ons win championships?

LSU 2012

July 13th, 2012
12:04 pm

“Let Russ, the big dog eat” all the little cupcake teams on his schedule this year, then he will be real fat and sassy come December in the dome, and make a real good appetizer for the LSU TIGER on its way to main course, another NC

Red Clay Hound

July 13th, 2012
12:04 pm

2011 The OL had to learn a new blocking scheme, drive blocking verses zone blocking in 2010. In year two under CWF hopefully we will be better. I know Bean was slow for a OT, so I’m hoping for improvement in that position also
.

wonder

July 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

It’s time to move on with the mascot thingy. The Seilers line has obviously been inbreed to the point
where the dogs..just aren’t healthy anymore.They are lethargic and bear little resemblance to the UGA’S of 15-20 years ago. I’m pretty sure there are other HEALTHY white english bulldogs available
out there.
I decided to focus on the mascot today..instead of the O-line..you could print that same paragraph every year..just change the names. For some reason our staff doesn’t put emphasis or urgency on arguably the most important group on the team. It’s no coincidence who has the top rated O-lines in the conference..Ala and LSU. At some point in time..one has to “wonder” about the logic in our recruiting,,

SSIgator

July 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

“In 2011, Georgia played four football teams with a pulse”

This is still being run through a fact-checker and medical records, but it is assumed to be correct.

Joey

July 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

RPh Dawg, and they all have plenty more brains than you . . .

Gman 84

July 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

With our ability to sign 30 this year you’d think this would be a golden opportunity to stock up on O-line recruits ensuring quality depth for years to come. Most years you can’t sign 7-10 O-line prospects, but you sure could this year.

Signing a ton (literally) of O-line prospects could be the sliver lining to all the roster attrition.
Sadly, there isn’t much evidence that this is happening. If not this year, when exactly do we catch up and fix this issue that has been an annual concern as long as I can remember.

Skitty Fritty

July 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

LSU schedule has North Texas, Idaho, Towson, & Washington. What a tough schedule, give me a break.

Skitty Fritty

July 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

SSIgator:
So I guess UF didn’t have a pulse?

SSIgator

July 13th, 2012
12:19 pm

“and broke down in the second half of all four.”

There is something to be said for consistancy.

Joey

July 13th, 2012
12:19 pm

Skitty, they didn’t in October! Haha!

Pitbull

July 13th, 2012
12:21 pm

I agree with the fact that with our ability to sign 30 players this year, at least 10 of them should be offensive linemen.

We have some great young backs we have recruited over the last two years (excluding IC) and they need a line to run behind.

I am also tired of seeing Murry have to run for his life and complete passess while falling down or getting blindsided for a fumble.

Anyone else feel the same?

ARdawg

July 13th, 2012
12:29 pm

We had more meat on the OL last year than any team in the country including the NFL and still underperformed. The year prior we had the most experienced OL than any team in the country and underperformed. Really, how bad can this year’s be compared to those? Even a inexperienced lighter OL will be an improvement over the past two seasons