Fan talk: Toughest defense UGA faces, Richt’s reversal, running game concerns and more!

The Georgia Bulldogs will meet the fans again at the annual Picture Day. (Brant Sanderlin/ AJC)

The Georgia Bulldogs will meet the fans again at the annual Picture Day. (Brant Sanderlin/ AJC)

UGA’s annual Picture Day for fans will be held Aug. 18 in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium, with Mark Richt, his players, other Bulldog athletes and “interim” mascot Russ on hand.

Special ticket coupons will be required for access to Russ and Richt. Those tickets will be distributed to the first 150 fans lining up at 8 a.m. at the East End ticket windows on East Campus Road.

The UGA cheerleaders and Hairy Dawg will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Russ and other University of Georgia sports teams will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3 to 5 p.m. in Reed Plaza on the north side of the stadium between Gates 2 and 4. Richt will also be available from 3 to 5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.

Fans will be able to enter Reed Plaza through Gate 2 across from the Tate Student Center and Gate 4 through the East Campus Road entrance into the plaza. Both gates open at 1 p.m. Parking is available to the general public in all campus lots surrounding the stadium. Handicapped parking will be available in the Tate Center lots.

Concessions will be available in the plaza. Fans can purchase UGA merchandise at the UGA Bookstore located next to the Tate Center. The bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Because of problems surrounding student-athlete autographs across the country, no outside items may be brought to Picture Day. The UGA Athletic Association will provide each fan with two free schedule posters to be signed by the players and head coach. No other items will be permitted.

Now, let’s get to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Bubba King (no relation that I know of) writes: Bill, I am an avid reader and lifetime Dawg fan. … I know this time of the year, everyone is channeling his/her inner Munson, dwelling on upcoming opponents and missing pieces of what would otherwise be a perfect puzzle. I am no different. Who will pose a bigger problem for the UGA offense this year, South Carolina’s defense or Florida’s? I know South Carolina has a couple stud DE’s, but UGA had no problem moving the ball on them last year and they are missing some key players from that unit. Florida, however, returns just about everyone from a team that held Murray to 40 percent passing, and if not for a couple miracle 4th down receptions and Richard Samuel IV’s heroic 4th quarter effort, UGA would have once again been trucking back home with the loss. What are we gonna do to move the chains on those guys this year?

Both teams should have tough defenses this season. The Gamecocks had the nation’s third-best defense last year and are expected to be pretty good again this season despite losing several starters to the NFL and graduation as well as longtime defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, now coaching Southern Miss. They have pretty stellar returning talent, including Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor and D.J. Swearinger. They should be stout as usual against the run, and while the linebacking corps and secondary will be a bit inexperienced, their pass rush will be awesome, which is a big concern for Georgia with its green offensive line and a quarterback sometimes prone to turning it over under pressure. The Gators’ D, which ranked eighth nationally last season, is again expected to carry the team much of this season, as it returns 15 of its top 16 tacklers. One caveat is that star defensive end Ronald Powell tore his ACL in the spring and while Will Muschamp expects him to play this year, it’s questionable whether he’ll be 100 percent. Florida’s run defense was rather porous last year (just ask Samuel) and the Gators may have depth problems. It’s hard to predict this early, but my inclination is to say that the Gamecocks’ defense might be a tougher nut for the Dawgs to crack than the Gators’.

Andy Simmons writes: Bill, what was up with Mark Richt this week? First he announces at UGA Day in Atlanta that he’s going after some Penn State players, which made sense considering Georgia’s depleted roster, and then a few days later he issues a mysterious statement that he’s not going after any of Penn State’s players. Hard to believe he pulled a 180 like that in such a public way. Any idea what was behind it?

The most surprising thing about it all wasn’t that Richt considered going after some of the Penn State players once they were declared available, or that he has backed off now that it seems few of them are of a mind to transfer. What opened many eyes wide was Richt telling fans and press about Georgia coaches going over the PSU depth chart only hours after the NCAA sanctions were announced. Normally he plays things much closer to the vest, but maybe he was caught up in the momentary excitement of the hunt. In reality, this situation has developed so suddenly and so close to the beginning of preseason practice that few of the Nittany Lions are likely to move — at least, not at this time. My guess is that whatever direct contacts UGA may have made produced little interest. Then, Friday, when the Dawgs247.com Website obtained a copy of the initial list of 19 Penn State players Georgia told the school it was interested in, I’m guessing Richt concluded that was only going to fan the flames and it would be better to publicly put the whole story to rest. So he issued his statement that, “Currently, Georgia is not pursuing any of Penn State’s football players. We wish Coach O’Brien and the players the best.” You’ll notice that doesn’t close the door if any PSU players look Georgia’s way in the future.

Tony Piska writes: Hi Bill, I attended the UGA Day fan gathering on Monday, and while Coach Richt received a well-deserved standing ovation, Coaches [David] Perno and [Mark] Fox were not afforded the same treatment. Football has always had top priority in Athens, of course, but I felt that our outstanding baseball and basketball coaches were slighted in this case. What are your thoughts?

I don’t think it was an intentional slight and I doubt they took it that way. The football coach usually gets a standing ovation at those affairs, whether he’s had a great season and is to be congratulated or has had a disappointing one and the fans want to show they’re still on board. But historically the same doesn’t apply to other sports at UGA, and Perno and Fox had teams that went through mediocre seasons last year.

Keith Marshall might provide the breakway threat Georgia's running game needs. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Keith Marshall might provide the breakway threat Georgia's running game needs. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Low Country Captive writes: Hey Bill, Love your blog, brother! Thanks for all the insights of a rabid yet objective fan. Wondering how you feel about our running game this year. Yes, Crowell was a knucklehead and, while talented, nobody needs more distractions and suspensions. Goodnight, dumb prince. That being said, I can’t buy the hype of “we’ll be OK without him.” The guy had moves and speed. O-line is a huge concern. If we are lucky enough to have 5 solid guys performing, we have no depth. Yes, we have talent in the backfield but it’s all a big mystery as to what that talent might do. If it were so solid why in the world would we move the man without a country, Richard “Selfless” Samuel, back to TB? Wondering what your honest assessment and concerns are about our running game. Everything else about our team sure looks good in ‘012! Go Dawgs!

You touched on my biggest concern when it comes to our running game: the offensive line. If the line can block adequately, I think Boo Malcome and Richard Samuel will be steady, if unspectacular, ball carriers and freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley have breakaway, star potential, though it might take a while to develop. Early in the season, I think Mike Bobo will be inclined to depend more on his quarterback and talented receiving corps. But, even there, the play of the OL will be crucial.

Brannon Nealy in Richmond writes: Bill, My question/comment centers around special teams. I am a lifelong Bulldog fan living in Virginia now and I have seen Frank Beamer’s teams win many games on their special teams play. With the competitiveness of the SEC, I am surprised UGA has not hired a special teams coach or put more emphasis in that area of the team. In my opinion, it can make the difference on whether or not UGA goes 10-2 or 12-0 this season. Would love to hear your thoughts.

You’re preaching to the choir on that subject, Brannon. I wrote a Blawg on Georgia’s special teams situation a few weeks back that you can check out here, but essentially I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude despite Richt’s statements that the Dogs will spend more time in practice on live kicks and will get more starters out on the field for kick coverage. We have a pair of true freshmen as placekicker and punter, as well, so that’s a big unknown. Beyond on that, though, as I said in the earlier piece, I’d like to see a heightened sense of awareness on the part of both the special teams players and the coaching staff. Last year Georgia was a sucker for a fake punt (not for the first time under Richt). And against LSU you watched the Dawgs punt with a true sense of foreboding because they didn’t seem to know how to counter the Tigers’ return game. That’s got to change.

David Rosenberg writes: Bill, Love your column. I have been a Georgia fan all my life. I cannot imagine how I would feel about my university had it been embroiled in the type of situation in which Penn State finds Itself. Penn State grew to greatness under Joe Paterno. Unfortunately, it appears that as his power grew, so did his need to be held accountable, which the university failed to do. This is a tragedy for the victims, the families, the students, the athletes and the university. We all want to win. Mark Richt has done everything at Georgia one could ask with the exception of that elusive “title.” I know that sticks in the craw of many Georgia fans, as does the appearance of having a “discipline” problem at Georgia. But Richt made the correct point, that the reason it appears there is a discipline problem is because Georgia actually disciplines their athletes for poor behavior. Richt has been and continues to be a very good coach; but more importantly, a very good man. No hero worship, but could you ever imagine a man of Richt’s character even being on the fringe of something so heinous?

Mark Richt acted forthrightly in the case of Zach Mettenberger. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt acted forthrightly in the case of Zach Mettenberger. (Associated Press)

No, I can’t. And Richt’s record shows he wouldn’t likely tolerate such behavior. Take the case of Zach Mettenberger, for example. As Richt said at SEC Media Days, he’d known Zach “since he was a little peanut” and Mettenberger’s mom has worked in the football office ever since the head coach has been at Georgia. But when Mettenberger got hit with two counts of sexual battery stemming from an incident in which he grabbed the breasts and touched the buttocks of a woman in a bar, he was kicked off the team, even though it meant he’d likely wind up at another SEC program (LSU, as it turned out). If Richt was inclined to cover for anyone, you’d have thought it might be Mettenberger, but the coach acted forthrightly. I have no doubt he’d do the same again if circumstances like those in Happy Valley were to occur in Athens.

Serotta writes: I read your long-winded response [in last week's Junkyard Mail] about Richt’s constant problem recruits. You seem to avoid the point most are making. Yes, many schools recruited your RB [Isaiah] Crowell. However it’s doubtful he would’ve strayed under [Nick] Saban or many other programs given their leadership and track record. However under the Richt regime it’s the same ole rotten tune every year. He has a consistent track record of not having disciplined players OFF the field. You can twist the story all you want but these are the facts. And many would make the case his players have trouble being disciplined ON the field during critical times. See Bama, SC, Fla, Colorado & Boise games as examples. Richt fielded loaded teams during the years Matt Stafford played for example but how many times did those teams underachieve? At some point the coach leading the program has to be held accountable. The national press will continue to hold Richt accountable for his undisciplined program no matter how many folks in Athens hide their heads in the sand.

It’s tough to discern exactly what point you’re making other than you don’t like Richt. You maintain he doesn’t discipline his players, but that’s inaccurate. He’s kicked players off the team and suspends them too frequently for many folks’ liking. Clearly, he does discipline his players. Now, maybe you’re making the point that if players need dismissing or suspending, that reflects an overall failure on the coach’s part. Since that’s the way you think, I hope if one of your kids ever gets in trouble, you step up and shoulder the blame since you don’t appear to think these young men are responsible for their own actions. You also seem to have an idea that players at UGA get into trouble because Richt is soft on them. It sounds like you’ve bought into the myth that players at some schools, including Alabama, don’t break the rules because they’re scared of their head coach. Of course, it’s also possible that at those schools the discipline issues haven’t been as high-profile as Georgia’s not because their players are more likely to toe the line but because the program isn’t as up-front about dealing with misbehavior. Certainly, schools such as Alabama and LSU don’t have a drug policy as tough as Georgia’s. As for on-field discipline, again, I’m not sure what you have in mind. In certain games against some of the teams you cite, Georgia in recent years had breakdowns in execution that resulted in a loss. At other times, they simply got outplayed by better teams. And in some instances they beat those teams. Yes, ultimately, when the team loses the blame falls on the head coach, but I don’t see how what you cite points to a lack of discipline on Richt’s part.

Jim Parry writes: Bill, Non-Bulldog question: If NCAA police are vacating Penn State wins since ’98, will that make Bobby Bowden all-time leader? I believe his ego really wants to be #1. He didn’t publicly mention that it mattered to him, but I think he was trying to hang on for that as much as anything in the end.

As a result of the wins vacated by the NCAA action against Penn State, Joe Paterno’s former total of 409 victories now stands at 298. Ex-FSU coach Bowden is indeed now the all-time winningest FBS coach, with 377 wins. It would have been more but he also had victories vacated from his record after the 2009 NCAA sanctions levied on the Seminoles. Eddie Robinson of Grambling is now the all-time winningest coach in Division I history with 408 wins. The most wins at any level is held by John Gagliardi of St. Johns University, a Division III program in Minnesota, with 484 victories. Bowden’s response to becoming the all-time wins leader: “The thing is, what happened is so bad, is so drastic, that it overcomes anything that’s happened to me. There’ll be no rejoicing in the Bowden household, I’ll tell you that. … I’m saddened by what happened at Penn State.”

Jay Johnson, assistant principal at Rockmart High School, writes: Bill, I had the opportunity to hear [Richard] Samuel speak to 60-plus kids this morning at Cass High School. Head football coach Rick Casko asked him to speak at his “young kids” camp. Samuel told his story of switching positions multiple times quickly, but focused on 3 things for the kids: 1. Academics come first. It was revealed the he only made 2 B’s in his undergraduate studies, one an 89, and that his mother threatened to pull him off the team. 2. Respect your parents/teachers/coaches. He told kids he wouldn’t have his degree or future if it weren’t for these people. 3. Work ethic. He told them that “hard work pays off.” You may already know all of this, but if not, as much bad publicity as UGA has earned, I think other Dawg fans would enjoy hearing about our players that are doing things the right way.

Samuel may not be the most talented back at UGA, but he’s the kind of player coaches love because he puts the team first and is smart and a hard-worker. I’m glad the kids at Cass got a chance to be exposed to the best kind of Georgia Bulldog. Thanks for sharing.

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283 comments Add your comment

Scambledog

July 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

I just hope we can keep it together for four quarters………..GATA, Go Dogs……..Sic ‘em !!!!~

Resident Georgia Fan @ Freddo

July 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

I'm an idiot

July 29th, 2012
12:09 am

Pj

July 29th, 2012
12:14 am

Richard Samuel might be one of my top 10 favorite uga players in the 28 years since my family moved to Athens. He literally does everything he is asked to do for the team, speaks with maturity and intelligence, makes incredible grades – and despite not having any big stat years (yet) he has made a few game winning runs in key games. He’s definitely my favorite player on the 2012 squad. Jarvis is my #2 and Malcolm Mitchell is my 3. 11-1 and another game in the dome!

satxdawg

July 29th, 2012
12:18 am

I just hope going up against our defense all spring/summer toughens up our oline. I hope we come out and hit people in the mouth for a change . Go dawgs

coondawg69

July 29th, 2012
12:23 am

Wow, how bad is UGA mens hoops program when winning 5 regular season conference games is considered mediocre. dont get me started on baseball. You have wood and pal at the top of the rotation and go 2&cue in Hoover plus have a conference team batting of what .147 with runners on scoring position… Impressive.

Loves me some Richard Samuel

July 29th, 2012
12:29 am

He’s a true dawg! We need more guys like him. He’ll be remembered forever for his true dedication to UGA, his players, and himself.

He’s my favorite because he never quit.

RED DOG 77

July 29th, 2012
12:43 am

Georgia BULLOGS 34 ………..Florida 19………….Georgia BULLDOGS 42 South Carolina 12……………………2012 is lookin’ pretty sweet……………..RED

RED DOG 77

July 29th, 2012
12:45 am

Yea, Yea, Yea…………..correction: BULLDOGS…………not………. BULLOGS

Natureboy809

July 29th, 2012
12:50 am

Why couldn’t Crowell have had Richard Samuel’s brain/attitude/upbringing?

chuck

July 29th, 2012
1:13 am

Richard Samuel is a role model for all Dawg fans. I urge all fans to join me in giving him a LONG standing ovation on Sept. 1st.

Hugh

July 29th, 2012
1:33 am

a good guy – no doubt (as he likes
to say), but he’s neither brilliant nor disciplined. It’s tough to ask
How do you expect Richt to teach players to be disciplined when he lacks discipline himself. Self discipline and attention to detail are not Richt’s strong suits. The
“missing man” stunt with Crowell’s recruitment was a violation – plain and simple. Richt should have known better. Opening his mouth prematurely about the Harvey-Clemons signing also showed poor self discipline. And how many times have we heard Richt say, he’s not sure about a rule. Isn’t he paid to know the rules? Again, good good guy, but I sure as he’ll wouldn’t want him doing my taxes, defending me in court, or doing anything else for me that requires even an ounce of selff discipline. And as for Bobo- he’s good enough for Richt. He sure as
he’ll wouldn’t be good enough for me. Bobo, like most of the players, is
Mark’s buddy, and you just don’t fire your buddy. As UGA fans, we must
take the bad with the good. Saban is smart and disciplined, but I’m not
sure I would want him as my coach or my buddy.
Hugh

Hugh

July 29th, 2012
1:54 am

Oh – and don’t forget the impulsive statement about going after PSU players. That’s just who Richt is – lovable but not disciplined. In light of the PSU situation, I guess integrity trumps self discipline.

ghDOG

July 29th, 2012
3:38 am

The Dogs D—best in the SEC in 2012. Look for an easy SEC east title, then a huge upset over lsu! the dogs are back!!

SSI

July 29th, 2012
7:39 am

I hope the Dawg fans in Sanford Stadium give Richard Samuels IV a standing ovation each time he’s introduced at a home game! He deserves it!

We Run the East

July 29th, 2012
7:41 am

R!ed Dog and ghDOG are in dream land. Your team has struggled in last few years beating East opponents and now your calling for big blowouts against your two best East rivals? Just whistling pass the graveyard. Dawgs will NOT blowout SC in Columbia. Dawgs may win a close one, but if its a blowout UGA will be on the receiving end of the blowout

tech fan

July 29th, 2012
7:53 am

Who cares? Let me know when DragonCon is in town. Until then, I’ll keep posing as a bama fan, and sometimes a S.C. fan.

cleveland ave. dawg

July 29th, 2012
7:59 am

It’s kind of hard to fire CMB when he’s married to a legend Vincent Dooley daughter! Plus they have 5 kids. CMR doesn’t have that type of heart to do that! That’s why in MY OPINION, he’s still there. Ijs!

loyaldawg

July 29th, 2012
8:00 am

At all the games, lets just cheer Lets Go Richard

Ringleader

July 29th, 2012
8:03 am

Bill, what you do not see is that we have lost to too many teams who were inferior. Look at the Colorao, Oklahoma State, Central Florida, etc games. In 25 years, Coach Dooley lost two times to inferior teams, Virginia and Miami of Ohio.

That is clearly the problem of the coaching staff, not being prepared and not adjusting during the games. The work effort does not appear to be there for every game.

Joey

July 29th, 2012
8:04 am

The Gator D will be the toughest we face this season. Look for Auburn to be very much improved with BVG in charge.

I think with the exception of KY, the East will be the toughest and most improved division this season. The West will basically be a 2-team race, with the rest struggling in their East matchups.

We Run the East is correct – no blowouts in East vs East games.

Law & Order

July 29th, 2012
8:05 am

Fans should not be alarmed when they see the Athens-Clarke County Police at Picture Day. They’re just taking pre-arrest photos and fingerprints of the players to save time later when they’re arrested and booked into the jail.

Beast from the East

July 29th, 2012
8:14 am

Joey,
I think you’re correct in that the East will be much improved. My Gators should be tough on defense and the offense HAS to be better than last year. UT will be better. SC will be really tough to beat. I know this by the swagger that SOS has shown about his team this year. UGA has the easiest road to Atlanta due to the luck of the draw on their West opponents, but it still won’t be a cakewalk to get there.

Joey

July 29th, 2012
8:22 am

Ringleader, it has been a staple of Richt teams to lose a game or two, every year, that they shouldn’t lose. In the first half of Richt’s tenure, it cost UGA a shot at the Big Game. In the past few years, those type losses put us in mediocre bowl games.

My reason for optimism this season is that this will the be Grantham’s 3rd season, and everbody should know their responsibilities. Even so, with Richt’s habit of getting a small lead, then starting his endless, 3-and-out offense, our D has to stay on the field the entire 2nd half, and I don’t know if Grantham has the depth to prevent exhaustion in the 4th quarter.

I believe the reason for Richt’s new philosophy on offense comes from he and Bobo not trusting Murray and the O-line. His penchant for turnovers-for-scores, I think is why they put games in the D’s hands, instead of his.

Will Cobb

July 29th, 2012
8:37 am

Bill, your response to Serrota was perfectly worded! Excellent response! Too many fans out there do not deal in reality when it comes to our coaches and their support of who ever their favorite teams are. I can’t imagine what kind of world’s some of these bloggers live in, we are very fortunate to have Mark Richt as our coach for so many reasons beyond the fact he is an excellent football coach.

Joey

July 29th, 2012
8:46 am

Beast, I look for Vandy to do big things also. A little slip by SC, UF, or UGA and Vandy may take their place in the top 3 in the East. And don’t forget Mizzou – they have a great QB. You should look up his numbers.

We Run the East

July 29th, 2012
8:56 am

Yea, Vandy scares me, but I am optimistic SC with Lattimore and company can beat Vandy that first Thursday night in Commodore stadium. If SC loses that first game, huge shakeup in East to follow. Key is Lattimore- if he is back and is the best back in the league (entire USA) then SC will take care of business.

Bama Dawg

July 29th, 2012
8:57 am

Hey Ringleader,

Revisionist history? I watched GA lose to Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Miami of Ohio among others during the Dooley years. Heck the was 6-5 the year before he won the National Championship in 1980. I’m a big Dooley fan, but he wouldn’t have last five years in today’s environment. If you have the current coaching staff so much, why not go cheer for Bama until you can get behind the Dogs?

hornblowermg

July 29th, 2012
9:19 am

Boo Malcome & Hutson Mason. come on down.

Holy Guacamole

July 29th, 2012
9:20 am

Yeah, SEC east brethern. Everybody in the SEC east is better than UGA, including the periennial doormats. What a bunch of haters.

Joey

July 29th, 2012
9:32 am

A Dawg fan can be a Dawg fan without being a Richt fan . . .

Joey

July 29th, 2012
9:35 am

We Run the East, better wait and see Latimore tote the ball this year – he WAS great, but not all backs are the same after reconstructive surgery on the knee.

I hope he still is.

Beast from the East

July 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Joey,
Vandy may upset a team or two but as always, they will lack the quality depth it takes to win consistently. That may change in the next few years, but they aren’t there yet. I wonder how long they’ll be able to hang onto their HC if they are able to put together a couple of 8-4 type years.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 29th, 2012
9:55 am

Why are people mad that CMR/staff were looking at PSU players. There are a lot of schools checking out players at “unHappy Valley”!

Vampire Bill

July 29th, 2012
9:57 am

I really hope Samuel has the break out year he deserves. Hopefully a shot at the NFL if that’s what he wants?

DawgGrad85

July 29th, 2012
9:59 am

Bill you’re right on about Georgia and how they discipline their athletes. Georgia and Kentucky have the toughest discipline programs in the SEC. I do believe like you alot of the other programs cover up alot of their violations. However, where Richt fails is with the culture and attitude that permeates the team. Richt loves his players but he’s too much on forgiveness than tough love. Their has to be a firmness, a resolve and a strong message that DUIs, arrests, drugs and all the other stupid acts will not be tolerated. This has to be installed throughout the team and enforced by the Administration, the coaches and players. A total culture of discipline and consequences would pay dividends on and off the field.

SugarHillDawg

July 29th, 2012
10:04 am

Hutson Mason WILL play this year! Murray won’t make it through the season with that o-line.

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:05 am

a) Samuel is a nice kid, who had a 2.9 yard per carry average
b) Special teams are a joke at Georgia, Tenn/Tech/SC, all have full time ST Coaches, Vanderbilt executed in 1 game: fake punt, blocked punt, ko ret for td. UF had 2 60+ yard ko ret’s. We lost our punter, field goal kicker, and return man. this will once again be the achilles hill
c) Murray averages 5 turnover per season against the 2 biggest games SC/UF
d) rtrn rb’s, 2 td’s combined. No passblk expr. No tight ends have exp, lost 3 ol to NFL. Lost best wr mitchell to def. Off will struggle.

harold

July 29th, 2012
10:13 am

NO CONCERNS FOR UGA. THEY ONLY PLAY TWO TEAMS IN THE TOP 25.

IF RICHT CAN’T GO 13-0 WITH THIS “CAKEWALK” SCHEDULE HE SHOULD BE FIRED!

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:15 am

Richt messed up giving Samuel more carries than Thomas, Thomas was at 5 yards per carry, Samuel at 3 ypc. Since Richt wasn’t fair, Thomas transferred. This shouldn’t be so hard to figure out:

Back A averages 5 yards per carry, Back B averages 3 yards per carry

Give MANY more carries ot back B.

But, no, not at Georgia.

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:18 am

Only 1 team in the top 25, SC, and 0-2 there over last 23 years. Richt has never beat UF 2 in a row. Get Mizzou’s spread offense on road with depleted secondary. Van Gorder is now at Auburn and he knows this offense inside out, he was hired to beat Georgia. GT, Tenn, SC, all have full time Sp Teams coach, look for 2 losses because of that.

Destin Dawg

July 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Missouri game at Columbia is HUGE .. it will define our season .. one month.. Can’t wait !!!! go Dawgs win the sec champs THIS year !!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

July 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Bill

Can you cut down on so many topics for one article and spread it out through the week?

Were still in the dry season you know; those were good questions; thought you could have spread those out more to have more blog postings

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:21 am

Mizzou, UF, GT & Auburn are not top 25 but will have winning records, Richt is 4-10 against teams with winning records.

60% chance he loses all 4 games.

SC is a top 20 team. Richt is 0-9 vs. top 20 teams since 2009.

100% chance that’s another loss.

Bowl game? richt is 0-2 there. Mark up another loss.

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:23 am

Yeah Bill, let 1 fan dicate all your articles for the week by spreading out your answers????? What a lame suggestion.

Neutral

July 29th, 2012
10:23 am

Ringleader,
I was not the least bit surprised when we lost to OK State. They had a QB, RB and WR all in the top 8 on the Heisman watch list. In addition they were at home and in their new stadium for the inaugural game, we were without our superstar WR and our QB was receiving IVs before the game due to a GI bug…….not to mention that OK State was a very good team.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

July 29th, 2012
10:24 am

DR

Be careful with telling the truth on these blogs

The 10 Win Season National Champion kool-aid club is on here you know

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:27 am

Offense lost:
a) No 1 & No 2 starters at tight end
b) No 1 & No 2 starters at running back
c) No 1 starter at fullback
d) No 1 WR
e) No 1, No 2 & No 3 offen lineman

Working with 2nd or 3rd string at OL, RB, FB, TE, WR

Ghost

July 29th, 2012
10:33 am

DR, I don’t like feeding trolls but.0-2 vs SC in Columbia over the past 23 years? last time I looked SC hadn’t beaten Georgia 3 times in a row ever.Thomas transferred because he would have gotten zero carries this year it was mutual. Murray s thrown for 9 tds vs Florida and SC the past 2 seasons.

DR

July 29th, 2012
10:35 am

fEEDING WHAT? I have no idea what you’re talking about. Richt is 0-2 vs. SC over the past 2 years, Thomas EARNED 2X more carries than Samule and got less. Murray has averaged 5 to’s per season in 2 biggest games SC/UF, and is 1-3 in those 2 games.