Fan talk: Richt wants a ‘Redout’ and what’s gotten into Bobo?

spread the redA caller to the “Bulldog Hotline” this week suggested a “Redout” by fans for Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Mark Richt has enthusiastically endorsed the idea through social media and in an athletic department press release in which he said, “We need the Bulldog Nation to get there early on Saturday for the Dawg Walk, wear red, and get loud enough to shake the Hedges.”

So there are your marching orders, Bulldog Nation.

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

Travis Cole writes: Hey Bill, I love the Blawg! Two things. First off, I have to say that I have been thoroughly impressed with Coach [Mike] Bobo’s play calling this year. At times it has seemed like the same old Dawgs, get a lead, run the clock. But in the last two games, especially, Bobo has seemed much more willing to be aggressive in his play calling and I think the players are responding. Second, I have had the good fortune to attend five games in Athens and have always enjoyed myself. But my friend Charlie has never been able to see a game in person because of health issues, despite being a Dawg fan for the better part of 50+ years. He is confined to an electric wheelchair and I was wondering what sort of accommodations Sanford had for wheelchairs and such. If there is anything you know and could point me in the right direction I would be extremely grateful since Charlie was a HUGE influence in me becoming a proud Georgia fan.

Mike Bobo has introduced a few new wrinkles this season. (University of Georgia)

Mike Bobo has introduced a few new wrinkles this season. (University of Georgia)

Thanks, Travis. As I’ve noted several times this season, Bobo’s play calling has been pretty impressive. And he’s also mixing it up a bit more than last year, when ESPN’s Todd McShay called his offense “vanilla,” adding in four- and five-receiver “rifle” alignments, adopting the sort of toss LSU uses in lieu of a handoff, and most recently putting Aaron Murray in the short shotgun formation known as the “pistol.” So far, so good, as Georgia leads the SEC in scoring offense and total yards. Receiver Marlon Brown was asked this week by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer what has gotten into Bobo and he replied, “I don’t know, but I like it, whatever it is.”

I do, too.

Murray said he thought Bobo was simply adapting to the talent he has. “You run an offense based on what you have, and if we have tons of receivers, which we do, you want to spread teams out and be able to use your weapons. … I think right now we have so many options, so much talent, he has the ability to spread things out and try new things.”

As for your friend, UGA does indeed sell wheelchair tickets and it makes allowances for patrons using the chairs. You can check out the rules here. Hope Charlie gets to go to a game!

Scott Watson writes: Hi Bill, With the “Red Out” being pushed by Coach Richt, do you think we will see any uniform variations for this Saturday’s game?

I doubt it very much. The call for Georgia fans to wear red fits in with the Dawgs’ standard home red jerseys. By the way, on the “Bulldog Hotline” radio call-in show where the idea originated, Richt was asked if Georgia would wear black jerseys at any point this season and he said no, because “we didn’t order any this year.”

Andrew Smith writes: Bill, I am taking the liberty to think ahead to USC, or just SC as Dabo would say, even though we have to beat Tennessee first. I see the matchup as very even in most regards if not slightly in favor of the Dawgs. As you have mentioned, one thing that scares me is the tendency of Spurrier’s minions to make the most of a special teams hiccup. I am particularly concerned in punt receiving/returns. I hope that Malcolm Mitchell will make more seasoned decisions and wisely chooses when to display his athletic ability.

Richt expressed concern this week about both the decision-making on punt returns and about Marshall Morgan banging in PATs off the goalposts, so the issue is definitely on his radar. Richt indicated that if Mitchell continues to make questionable punt-receiving decisions, Rhett McGowan (who also has received punts the past couple of games) might get the nod as the regular return man. Based on what I’ve seen of him so far, I’d have no problem with that at all. But whoever they put back there, it’s mainly a matter of not being indecisive and always being aware of where you are on the field. Mitchell needs to improve on both counts.

Jay Rome is likely to become a bigger part of the offense as the season progresses. (University of Georgia)

Jay Rome is likely to become a bigger part of the offense as the season progresses. (University of Georgia)

Stewart Hunt writes: Bill, Coming into this season, two of the major concerns were the offensive line and tight end positions. So far, the OL has answered the call. However, against Vanderbilt, it looked like Arthur Lynch missed a few routes and was chastised for it by Murray (in addition to dropping a well thrown ball by Murray). The TV commentators even mentioned it at one point. This week no one has addressed it in the media. What is your take on our TE situation? Big fan of your blog. Go Dawgs.

Thanks, Stewart. I think tight end is still a work in progress for the Dawgs. In the short term, Lynch is likely to remain the starter because he’s the more experienced blocker, but both Lynch and Jay Rome have been doing good work blocking, especially for the running backs. As the season progresses, Bobo may have greater need of the option of throwing to the tight ends and that’s where Rome might get the chance to shine. His development no doubt was hampered by a hamstring injury in preseason practice, but he caught a 15-yard pass in the Missouri game and those of us who were at the G-Day game remember the athletic catch he made on a long touchdown pass.

AMR writes: Whoever is responsible for keeping the [Georgia] players’ helmets from flying off should be commended. Last year it was commonplace and I can’t recall it happening once this season. Hopefully Aaron Murray’s helmet doesn’t come off prior to a crucial 3rd or 4th and 12 and he has to come out of the game, [but if it does], who comes in, [Christian] LeMay or [Parker] Welch? Does using a timeout allow the player to remain in the game? By the way, I hate the rule. Perhaps one or two warnings per game before missing a play would be more fair.

The intent of the new rule, to prompt players to buckle up those helmets tighter so they don’t get a serious injury, is good. But in practice it’s become the most hated rule in college football. (I expect it will get tweaked for next season.) From what I’m told, you can’t use a timeout to cancel out the offending player having to sit out a play. I don’t know whether Georgia has just been lucky in that regard or has put greater emphasis on keeping helmet straps tightly snapped. If, however, Murray were to be in the situation Mizzou’s James Franklin found himself in and have to leave the field on a key down, you raise an interesting question about his replacement. It probably would depend on the play call. For a quarterback keeper, Bobo might want to go with LeMay. If a pass was necessary, Welch might be the better choice. And then there’s always the possibility of a direct snap to a running back or one of the Dawgs’ two-way players if it’s a short-yardage situation. Anyway, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

L writes: I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in our end zone student section before games. When opposing teams are warming up and practicing kicking field goals the ball sails into the stands. The managers and trainers ask for the ball back and most students just throw it back. Some get a little funny and purposefully toss the ball away from the manager. Yes, it’s funny to see them run all over the field. But recently I’ve witnessed students intentionally throwing the football at the opposing players. Not only is this dangerous and could cause an injury but at Georgia we are classier than that. I wanted to pass that along as something I don’t want to see in “my” Sanford Stadium, and I know you certainly don’t want to see that, either. Thanks Bill, keep up the good work.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard complaints about obnoxious behavior in the end zone student section this season. I don’t know what’s up there; perhaps they’re just mad they have the worst sightlines in the stadium. You’re right, though, that throwing balls at opposing players is way out of line. From what I hear, there’s more security in the student sections than in other areas of the stadium, and I would hope if those folks see such behavior that they’d eject the offending fan.

Dean writes: Hi Bill, The Dawgs must be getting it together if the only thing that concerns me from Saturday night is how the fans behaved. During the Florida Atlantic game and continuing into parts of the Vandy game, large swaths of fans seemed to be wanting to sit down to watch the game. At the FAU game this didn’t bother me so much, but during the Vandy game I was a bit more concerned (it’s an SEC game, after all). Apparently it bothered some other folks as well … a group below me got pretty heated over the subject. I know there’s no “right” or “wrong” answer here, but all things considered, I’d think that folks should be prepared to either stand up or not hassle those who choose to do so. Considering that players are regularly motioning to the fans to get up, I just don’t understand how people could be so worried about sitting down. What’s your take on this? What would you do if/when fans near you start arguing over the subject?

While it’s the tradition at Georgia for the students to stand for the entire game (which isn’t always the case at other schools), fans in other sections generally sit when nothing important is going on and stand when it is, which sounds like a reasonable approach. If you like to stand, be mindful that there are folks behind you for whom that might be a problem. There are older fans in the stadium who can’t necessarily stand for the entire game, and children and shorter folks whose view is blocked by a large person constantly standing in front of them. Those who can’t or don’t want to stand are free to politely request folks in front of them to sit at least part of the time. If the folks standing refuse, probably the best bet is to simply stand up during the few seconds a play is running and then sit back down. If that’s too much physically, they probably should be home watching it on TV. As for fans arguing, if you’re not involved, it’s best to stay that way. But if it’s disrupting your enjoyment of the game, try to get the attention of one of the event personnel so they can intervene.

Christian Jolly writes: I have a question about the side of the field UGA stands on for home games. I notice this varies widely across all of college football … some teams take the opposite side of the field, and they are therefore directly across from the main bank of TV cameras, leading to more onscreen time and exposure. UGA has always — at least to my memory — taken the near side, which means that the visiting team at Sanford Stadium is onscreen during the game, across from the press box. Any reason for this that you’re aware of, and any considerations about the potential impact on recruiting for one side or the other? Thanks!

First of all, I doubt this has any impact on recruiting. And I don’t know that the coaches are looking for any more screen time. Have you noticed how they all tend to cover their mouths with a play sheet or something when they’re talking on the headset so that their lips can’t be read? Also, most networks covering games use multiple camera angles, so they’re not really limited to focusing on one side. Generally, they point their cameras where the story is. As for why Georgia’s home bench is on the south sideline, I’ve no idea, but that’s the way it’s always been as long as I can remember. Perhaps they chose that side in the early days because they played mostly in the afternoon and it had more shade.

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179 comments Add your comment

Thomasville Dawg

September 28th, 2012
10:58 am

So Bill for the last year you and everyone else has complained about the students either not coming to games or coming in late, but now they come in early and are loud and you complain that they’re TOO OBNOXIOUS? Wow, talk about a wine and cheese crowd. I doubt similar complaints are raised at LSU, Alabama, Florida or any other SEC school.

Moultire Man

September 28th, 2012
10:58 am

Bill, have you seen these boys yet? My friend in Alpharetta sent me a clip from last week and thought you would appreciate it. http://www.JoJaBoys.com ain’t gunna lie, I’m goin to give em a shot and mute ol Vern on CBS. Let’s get em boys!

fan

September 28th, 2012
11:02 am

your blog is turning into emily post.

rdawgfan

September 28th, 2012
11:05 am

Dean – The players are motioning for the crowd to get loud. If you stand and don’t yell what have you done other than block someone elses view. I pay for a seat in the stadium. I yell loud sitting down. So I’m with the down in front crowd.

Gene

September 28th, 2012
11:07 am

Good teams do not require gimmicks like redouts and blackouts to win. These events usually don’t work for Richt either.

wreckmaniac

September 28th, 2012
11:14 am

Does this mean that everyone should wear red panties in honor of the fired AD ?

Joey

September 28th, 2012
11:14 am

NC Dawg

September 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Wonder of the field will look more “red” tomorrow? Field crew adding any extra color?

dawgfan

September 28th, 2012
11:15 am

How ’bout we go for a “Win Out” this year. We haven’t had one of those in a long long time.

Thanks.

tuch fech

September 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Pound the rock and grind the clock, keep UT’s pass-happy O off the field and keep our defense rested and sharp. Sam Parker in Boone plays NCAA13 like a girl.

Joey

September 28th, 2012
11:16 am

“Does this mean that everyone should wear red panties in honor of the fired AD ?”
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No, you can keep your gold female panties on as usual.

Biff

September 28th, 2012
11:18 am

Every week is red out, 90% of the fans wear red to the game. So dumb to try to call special attention this week.

Steve Williams

September 28th, 2012
11:21 am

You have to be kidding me, right, come on…………..

UGA alum

September 28th, 2012
11:22 am

If you want to sit down to watch the game, stay at home.

Tide always keeps rolling 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s.....

September 28th, 2012
11:27 am

Shouldn’t you get the BLACKOUT right first? Joey you have mastered a 7th grade sense of humor, you must be about to graduate from uga. You don’t have the brains to argue with Tech fans or the football history to argue with Bama fans. Try to find some meaningless stat about how you beat the #110 ranked school in the country and we only beat Michigan (by the way look at your schedule, Michigan would be the best team on it). I hope ya’ll win the east so we can humiliate you like LSU did last year.

MA English 1975

September 28th, 2012
11:29 am

Almost all fans wear red to every game. It’s not a gimmick. It’s just something that we do (and we don’t have to be told to do so).

As for standing, when something exciting is happening on field, I stand up until the play ends, then sit down. It’s not a big deal. I’ve been to many, many high-school and some college football games. People always stand briefly for exciting stuff.

Ted

September 28th, 2012
11:32 am

HERE WE GO AGAIN….why do we always have to have a gimmick…this is a bunch of crap. I thought this year would be different but here we go with the gimmick crap…UT wins big time…..FED UP!!!!!!

Craig

September 28th, 2012
11:35 am

Well well well…..CMR seems to be feeling way to good about himself and the team after doing what they should do anytime we play vandy. Back to all the gimmicks- how soon we forget what the last gimmick brought…31-0 at the half. This team seems to be losing focus yet again. UT probably comes in and brings CMR and this team back to earth. For once, can we just go play football and forget the gimmick crap

Michael

September 28th, 2012
11:40 am

What person over the age of 25 wants to stand up all the time?

Vol Fan

September 28th, 2012
11:41 am

How is this any different from any other game? Isn’t that place is always jam packed with people wearing red?

J-bone

September 28th, 2012
11:41 am

stop flashing the hi-def scoreboard in the kicker’s face during PAT attempts. during one of the PAT attempts ‘into the scoreboard’ vs Vandy, the image on the board was of him attempting the kick.

Dawgie

September 28th, 2012
11:42 am

People who stand up for the entire game are just plain rude. Big plays, absolutely, stand up and scream. But I don’t pay $70 to look at a big behind or stand on my feet. And for the record, the players aren’t asking anyone to stand up when they bounce around flapping their arms. They are asking them to simply make noise. Good grief.

rm

September 28th, 2012
11:43 am

Watch it folks…Tide got us! What a sharp witted comment sir. But dude, you lost me with the 7th grade education comment. Really, an Alabama fan talking smack about education. You have a janitorial studies program. Heard its the hardest in the nation. All you have is college football bro. Think about that…that’s ALL YOU HAVE.

UGA alum

September 28th, 2012
11:44 am

Remember that it’s COLLEGE football. I’m a high school teacher now and it still gets me when adults decide they want to be front and center and then get mad when the student section stands up the whole time. All they have to do is sit somewhere else and realize that these games are more for the students of that school than anyone else.

VOLFORLIFE

September 28th, 2012
11:45 am

It’s really hard to see the Vols come in between the hedges and slip out with a win this time around, unless UGA is *WAY* over-rated…they looked awful good against Misery (excuse me, Missouri)…

Let’s all hope for an exciting game all the way to the end, with good clean action and few injuries if any…

GO BIG ORANGE!

Sam Walton

September 28th, 2012
11:47 am

If Georgia loses, I’ll have to close all my Georgia stores.

ozzfest

September 28th, 2012
11:49 am

WHY DID IT TAKE SOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOONG FOR BOBO TO WAKE UP???

UGH!

tulevol

September 28th, 2012
11:50 am

I love the gimmicks!! The dawgs will be basking in the red glow, while Bray is throwing TD passes!

Fed up with the Geezers

September 28th, 2012
11:52 am

I wish all fans would sit down and be quiet while the OFFENSE has the ball.

I wish all fans would stand up and scream the entire time the defense is on the field.

I wish the old geezers that complain would stay at home.

PNWDawg

September 28th, 2012
11:53 am

I took my wife who has a disability to a home game a few years ago. We sat in the disabled seats in the southeast section of the stadium. Turned out there were no seats for which the tickets had listed and the section itself had poor to no visibility unless you were in the front row. To the credit of the university the ticket manager heard our complaints and quickly found us better seats. I would just recommend finding out more about the seats you purchase in advance so you are not unpleasantly surprised.

Dawgingatorville

September 28th, 2012
11:54 am

The Dawgs are on the home side bench exactly due to the fact that is puts the opposing team in the sun during day games.. Home field advantage is a right each team has.

PNWDawg

September 28th, 2012
11:55 am

I get standing up as a big play develops but why is it so important for the majority of the game. Can’t we be just as loud and obnoxious sitting down?

kingdaddy

September 28th, 2012
11:56 am

So we lost a game in black, we’re still 2 for 3 in black and the silver britches, black jersey and red helmet look sharp. We should have no reservations at wearing black. Don’t be so childish or superstitious. Wear it for a homecoming and make it 3 for 4…Go Dawgs, get those tick-hounds…

robodawg

September 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

The whole stadium is aligned towards the south side. The G is read from that side, the spell GEORGIA cheer is read from that side, and it’s the premium side for alumni ticketing (requiring more seniority and more lifetime giving). It’s been that way since way before college football teams expected to be on TV every week, and the afternoon shade is a good bet as to why it happened that way. I’d say the team standing in the shade instead of full sun for several hours on a September afternoon really is a home field advantage.

Flo-Ri-Duh

September 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

Sit down so I can see the game … thank you!

Bill King

September 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

Thomasville dawg:

There’s a big difference between showing up early and getting loud and what the reader was complaining about, which was throwing balls at opposing players.

Doug

September 28th, 2012
12:07 pm

What is it with Mark Richt AND GIMMICKS????? Gimmicks do NOT win games.

Special K

September 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

Here we go again with the “Gimmicks”. How about an Ole Fashioned “Beatdown” for a gimmick. Give it up!

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
12:09 pm

It doesn’t take long for the trolls to appear, does it?

VOLFORLIFE. amen! Good luck to your guys

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

Mark Richt asking fans to show up for Dawg walk is a gimmick? Dammed if you do and dammed if he don’t isn’t he?

Highlands

September 28th, 2012
12:14 pm

Whomever it was that complained about the student section needs to start enjoying Georgia games from the comfort of their home. For too long, we have been (rightfully) accused of not providing a TRUE home-field advantage, one that intimidates opponents and energizes the Bulldogs on the field. Go clutch your pearls somewhere else.

Sincerely,
Fans that actually enjoy COLLEGE athletics

DeShaun Sanders

September 28th, 2012
12:14 pm

It is nice to see Bobo finally mix things up a little bit. Keith Marshall, for example, is much more of a speed runner than a power back, and Bobo has actually called a few sweeps for him…and Marshall has broken a couple. Keep it up, Coach…don’t go sissy on us again.

Fed up with the Geezers

September 28th, 2012
12:15 pm

Another reason why it is important to stand and cheer loudly:

RECRUITS ARE IN THE STANDS!!!!

What is more exciting: a loud, rocking stadium or a bunch of geezers sitting on their tooshies?

They are watching….

Get loud!!!

Silver Fox

September 28th, 2012
12:15 pm

To those of you who would intentionally interfer with others enjoyment of the game by standing thourgout a game…..you (and you know who you are) are a jerk. However, probably not your fault, you were likely the product of poor parenting.

As for a fan calling for a “Red Out” I agree with CRM, go for it, come early for the Dawg Walk, support the team and have fun.

suwanne dawg

September 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

Agree kingdaddy. Black jerseys look great. Much better than those goofy numbers in the Donnan era. Just don’t ever change the helmets.

UGA = Yawn

September 28th, 2012
12:19 pm

Why no ‘black out’??? lol

King Saban

September 28th, 2012
12:21 pm

No blackout??? I can’t imagine what ended that.

tulevol

September 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

I enjoy Bill’s blawg during UT vs UGA gameweek, and really like his friend Ledford’s take on this game too. It is funny though about the red out, we will see tomorrow who has the last laugh I guess. I echoe what volforlife says as well, and am looking forward to a competitive game with the Vols winning!

tulevol

September 28th, 2012
12:24 pm

echo sorry spell police

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
12:25 pm

We’re saving the Blackout for the SECCG, maybe Saban will make it