Fan talk: Can 2013 Dawgs defense outshine heavily hyped predecessors?

Damian Swann looks to be a defensive leader for Georgia this season. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Damian Swann looks to be a defensive leader for Georgia this season. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Let’s get straight to some Junkyard Mail …

WinderDogg writes: Bill, am I crazy to believe that despite losing John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams, that this year’s Dawg defense might actually play better than last year’s? I know part of the problem early in the season was lack of continuity and rusty players as a result of the suspensions, but with the exception of a couple of games (mainly Florida and Auburn), I thought last year’s D never really lived up to its advance billing. And the run defense consistently was poor from the opener against Buffalo on through the game against Bama. My thinking is that all that hype went to their heads and they didn’t play as hard as they could. This year, with a younger and hungrier crew, I’m thinking the defensive performance might actually more closely resemble the defense we saw much of the 2011 season. What do you think?

I’m hearing that idea about Georgia’s defense actually being improved this year more and more, and not just from UGA fans indulging in wishful thinking. The fact is that the 2012 Georgia defense did underperform, especially the defensive front coached by now-departed Rodney Garner. Do I think the Dawgs will be playing shut-down defense right from the start with a bunch of new starters? No, that’s unrealistic. And with the daunting schedule that Georgia faces in September, the start could be rough. But as Todd Grantham has pointed out, it’s not like this year’s defenders lack game experience (except, maybe, in the secondary). And there’s a lot of very promising talent on the team. Garrison Smith has shown what he can do up front. Ray Drew and Josh Harvey-Clemons now get a chance to justify those stars that were attached to their names out of high school. Many observers already have pegged Jordan Jenkins as a rising star. And then there’s the player I think is likely to be the Bulldogs’ defensive leader this year: Damian Swann, known to his teammates as “Cinco.” Swann is the lone returning starter in the secondary, but he already is a playmaker, having finished last season in impressive fashion. Remember the Florida game? Swann forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and got a sack. In the Ole Miss game, he recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 53 yards, and got another sack. He had seven tackles against Alabama and six tackles and two interceptions against Nebraska (giving him a team-leading four interceptions for the year). If Swann picks up where he left off, it’s going to be a big plus for Georgia’s defensive hopes.

John V. writes: Bill, The opening kickoff for 2013 being moved to prime time on national TV makes me nervous. Another bad loss on the national stage could damage any momentum we have coming into a huge opening month schedule. What say you?

A loss to Clemson might damage Georgia’s standing in the polls, but early nonconference losses tend to hurt a team less in the long run, especially if they’re to a Top 10 team. Basically, the Dogs’ September schedule this year is a high-risk, high-reward scenario. Still, wouldn’t you much rather see Georgia playing Clemson than some cupcake with a directional name?

Will Josh Harvey-Clemons wind up playing safety or outside linebacker? (University of Georgia)

Will Josh Harvey-Clemons wind up playing safety or outside linebacker? (University of Georgia)

Strong Sauce writes: Mr. King, Enjoy your blog. I’m a Georgia ex-pat who currently lives in Cleveland, Tenn. I co-host a sports talk show on 101.3 FM The Sports Drive, Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. … and have a question: We’ve seen a couple of cases recently where we’ve (UGA) recruited 5-star guys whose bodies haven’t fully developed and finished growing, i.e. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Ray Drew. It worked out well with [Alec] Ogletree moving from safety to MLB, but isn’t this a risk? JHC is still playing safety at 6-5 217, and Drew now has his fist in the dirt, learning a completely different position. Do 5 stars and innate talent mean anything if the player will be hindered by learning diferent positions? By the way, I have high hopes for both of these guys. Great kids, too. Just wanted your opinion. Go Dawgs. Sic’em.

Thanks. A lot of kids, not just five-star recruits, arrive in college still growing and needing to build up their bodies. That’s not unusual. Drew, who now weighs 280, basically outgrew his original outside linebacker spot, but he’s had a season now playing off the bench at defensive end and finished last year with 23 tackles, 8 quarterback pressures and a tackle for loss. Plus, he’s feeling comfortable at the new position now. As he told our Chip Towers recently, “I have good size and I can move well for my size. I’m working on my quickness off the ball also. So I feel with my combination of size, speed and power I can be — I don’t want to say a force to be reckoned with — but I believe I’ll do very well this year.” As for Harvey-Clemons, while Grantham is very high on the kid and has talked about possibly playing him some at outside linebacker, so far in spring practice he’s worked exclusively at strong safety and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the position where he spends most of his time this season since he’s still a bit light for a linebacker. As he bulks up a bit and Georgia develops other talent at safety, a move for him like Ogletree made could pay off for the Dawgs eventually.

Howard Unger writes: Bill, a friend of mine told me he read that if the ACC falls apart, the SEC might not be interested in Florida State. I can pretty much see why the University of Florida would object to FSU joining the conference, but other than that what might be the obstacle to getting the Seminoles in the SEC?

Basically, it comes down to television. Thanks to the Gators, the SEC already has the Florida market in its TV footprint. And as FSU athletic director Randy Spetman noted in a recent talk with ESPN, “Unless you bring in a revenue [stream] for them so that they don’t reduce their conference distribution to themselves, they aren’t going to bring you in. That’s what I don’t think people evaluate as much. It would be great to be in the SEC with our radius of schools and the way our fans travel and their fans travel, but if they bring Florida State into the SEC, I’m trying to see, how do we sell that we bring them enough additional revenue that we pay for ourselves and they make more money off of us?  They have Florida just two hours away that has the TV market here.” In other words, if the Seminoles don’t bring a new TV market to the table, why give them a piece of the SEC pie? Of course, the argument in favor of the SEC taking FSU is that it’s a marquee program with a national reputation. But a good case can be made that if the ACC falls apart, the SEC would be better off adding TV markets by taking Virginia Tech and/or one or more of the North Carolina schools (who would burnish the conference’s basketball and academic standing).

Bubba King (no relation) writes: UGA has been blessed in recent years with stellar play out of the long snapper position. I mean, how many bad snaps can you remember in the last 5 years? I can’t really recall one on a field goal or punt. With Ty Frix exhausting his eligibility and Nathan Theus taking over, I am concerned. There is not a more valuable spot on special teams than the LS, in my honest opinion. It all starts with him, and I was wondering how many guys on the roster cross-train at the position in case something unforseeable happens to our up-and-comer?

OK, I know we college football fans tend to be obsessive, but I’m not sure we need to be fretting about what Vince Dooley used to call the “long snappah.” Theus has been in the program a couple of years and was recruited specifically as a long snapper (though being John Theus’ brother also might have been a factor). So we should be fine. But another redshirt sophomore, Wright Gazaway, also is competing at the position, so the Dawgs aren’t just relying on Theus.

Dennis Felton and the Georgia Bulldogs play a starring role in ESPN Films' latest documentary. (ESPN)

Dennis Felton and the Georgia Bulldogs play a starring role in ESPN Films' latest documentary. (ESPN)

That’s it for this week. A tip of the cap to Mark Fox and the basketball Bulldogs for a great win over Kentucky. Speaking of basketball, if you haven’t yet seen “Miracle 3,” the ESPN Films documentary about the 2008 tornado-hit SEC tournament (in which former UGA coach Dennis Felton and the Dogs play a surprise starring role), you can check it out Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU, 1:30 a.m. March 15 on ESPN2, 5:30 p.m. March 15 on ESPNU, and 7 a.m. March 17 on ESPN2.

Got something you want to discuss concerning UGA athletics? Or maybe a question you want the Junkyard Blawg to tackle? If so, send it to junkyardblawg@gmail.com.

Find me on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg

CATCH UP WITH THE JUNKYARD BLAWG!

Will the Dawgs’ defense be ready for prime time against Clemson?

More Junkyard Mail!

78 comments Add your comment

Desert Fox

March 9th, 2013
10:49 am

Desert Fox

March 9th, 2013
11:08 am

Folks must still be in bed or its a slow news day. Last seasons def, especially the run stop, was a disappointment considering all the “talent” that returned from the 2011 team. Its too soon to say the new crop of players will be better and if they’re just as good thats not saying too much after Buffalo and AL and all others in between ran their fair share up the middle on that squad. A lot will be on the backs of the few returning def starters. Its unrealistic to think the new guys and 2d teamers from last season will surpass in performance the stars that have departed. The key to GA’s def in 2013 will be how well the offense plays. Most of the games are going to be shoot outs and you just have to hope GA will come out on top. Unless the newbies are better then expected I do not see them as a top SEC def right yet.

Desert Fox

March 9th, 2013
11:11 am

Forgot. It’s Spring Break.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
11:33 am

If we get any worse than on run defense we may finish last in the nation. We had a good DC back in 2001-2004. But he thought to highly of himself and went thru several jobs before realizing his best job was at UGA. Now he is a pathetic small time coach who I don’t even know if he even employed at this very moment. BVG u ruined your career by leaving us, I hope u are happy. Now we have had two terrible guys willie and Grantham

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
11:44 am

I’m sick and dang tired of people talking about the 2011 defense like they were great. We didn’t stop any good team that year.
2011defense= fools gold

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
11:47 am

Chris Conley at least was humble enough to apologise about catching that pass. When he didn’t even have to…..why didn’t swann apologise for letting cooper make mince meat out of him on that long td pass

dawggirl

March 9th, 2013
11:52 am

Just a slight addition, I would say our defense played well against Vandy last year as well. And this is not the Vandy of old, this is the 9-game win Vandy.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
12:26 pm

Vandy are u kidding me, they moved the ball up and down the field. They just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone. Why do these 5 star guys on defense come in and take so long to get a going. JHC and drew are just not going to make it….the chickens have the best player in the nation as in clowney. Why can’t we get a guy like clowney damn it…..I have a sickness and the only prescription is a erk russell junk yard defense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
12:30 pm

The men’s basket ball team will not make it to the NIT. They will lose to the tide……just like football. We done lost to them one time. Anybody that thinks we will get within 5 yards of Texas a&m or Bama this year…..then your insane!!!!!!!

Murphy

March 9th, 2013
12:51 pm

Defense issues last season:
1) Poor run defense scheme, Grantham needs to study Smart/Saban more, he’s clueless in this area
2) 5 star prima dona syndrome–believing they’re great before they earn it
3) NFL focus–playing to not get injured so you don’t hurt your draft chances
4) Quality Depth–not 2-3 deep at key positions, led to 4th quarter conditioning issues
5) Strength & Conditioning: weak at best, look at the dline, sacks? rush yards? tackles for loss?
6) Poor technique–guys just couldn’t tackle a rb or a running Qb, even Jarvis Jones vs Bama
7) Poor in red zone–Grantham struggles in these situations and needs to fix the scheme
8) Too easy to score on in almost all big games over last 2 seasons–gave up 30+ points vs. SC, Bama, and Nebraska in 2012, and gave up 30+ against Boise St, SC, LSU, and Mich St in 2011

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
12:51 pm

We shut out liberty in baseball…..whoo hoo….hallelujah!!!!!!! Heck when r we going to beat a real team

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
1:02 pm

The best post and the most accurate post of the week goes to u murphy. We are a place where guys play not to get hurt their junior and senior season because they already know they are going to the Nfl. Point proven corn Washington Jenkins JR.

Murphy

March 9th, 2013
1:11 pm

The defense also is one of the worst in the country at giving up LONG RUSHES.

UGA ranked #111 nationally in number of 10+ yard rushing plays given up.

Bama ranked #1.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
1:20 pm

Haha haha….we defitley suck at stopping the run….no one would ever mistake us for the 85 Chicago bears

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
1:28 pm

Can 2013 Dawg Defense outshine its predecessors?

Hmmmm

Well if our Defensive Coordinator gave 30+ pts per game to almost every top 20 team he coached against the last 3 years with 2 of those seasons being one of easiest schedules we faced in UGA football

I think its safe to say I dont think so when we are losing so much talent and the schedule is much harder next year

But you know;

Im sure glad he kept last years starters in games where he should have given more playing time to future players to gain valuable experience but instead he chose to keep them in to pad his stats

Joey

March 9th, 2013
1:29 pm

“…but with the exception of a couple of games (mainly Florida and Auburn), I thought last year’s D never really lived up to its advance billing.”
********************************************
How about vs bowl winners Vandy (3 pts) and Ole Miss (10 pts)? How about vs Tech (10 pts)? And before somebody says Tech wasn’t any good, ask VT, FSU and USC is Tech was any good. The D held Mizzou and Nebraska, to 1 TD each in the 2nd half after adjustments.

Now, the UT and SC games, I have no answers for – but those outcomes would have been much different later in the year, after Shawn Williams’ dressing-down of the D.

As for the SECCG, we did better than any other Bama opponent in a title game, and had a shot at the end. With their 5-star depth, nobody’s gonna do any better against them than that in big games in the future, either.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
1:37 pm

Joey……you are delusional, the defense was bad against sc…Kentucky….Bama…..Tennessee. Nebraska. Fla Atlantic…….buffalo. Average against mizzo….gt and ga southern……
They were good against ole miss fla and vandy. How’s about dem apples brah????

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
1:44 pm

Joey

Last years Bama D was a rebuilding year and they won another National Title

We lost 2 ballgames once again

Our D was more experienced and had to be motivated by a player not an overpaid coach that again is a no show in big games but boy Tech Vandy and Ole Miss are some powerhouse teams I tell you that Grantham showed how to get it done LOL :roll:

dawg85

March 9th, 2013
1:46 pm

Not too worried about the defense. From a statistical standpoint last year won’t be too hard to match. Talent is not an issue. Chemistry and attitude will define this bunch. Sad little Tech trolls have to get on here and pretend to be Dawg fans. Pitiful.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
1:59 pm

Dawg80005…the defense was supposed to play like bama’s did. We had 9 future Nfl players on defense. Mcgarity gave Grantham a raise this year, he is spine less goat….kind of like u 85

Joey

March 9th, 2013
2:12 pm

Flat Tire, Bama, with Saban being the best roster manager in America, will never take the field, in ANY SEASON, without being 2-deep in every position, with 5 and 4-Star talent. If you can do better than Richt and Co did vs that, you should be on the waiting list of every program in the NCAA.

The day after NSD, Bama had 95 scholarships out – but with the kicking off of the muggers, they have 3 or 4 fewer now. Saban, all strictly by the rules, will have to pare that 91, down to 85 by the first game.

Mark Richt will NEVER, EVER, have more than 85, and actually will have 82 players available for ‘13, with Alex Ogletree keeping a schollie, while not playing.

You are aware I’m not on the koolaid, but I’m not gonna start sniping before we even have a spring scrimmage this year. I’ve said all along that THIS is the season that will “tell the tale” of this staff, not ‘11 or ‘12.

Joey

March 9th, 2013
2:18 pm

“Mcgarity gave Grantham a raise this year, he is spine less goat”
*******************************************
dawg85,

We would pay good money to see that fool walk up to Todd Grantham and say that to his face, wouldn’t we? $50 for the Pay-per-view? Ahh, that is a vision I’d love to see on my Mitsubishi 73″.

Bulldawg35, in case you haven’t noticed, you are the biggest joke on any UGA blog, more laughable than the techies.

You are uninformed, and apparently too lazy to look up UGA stats and facts.

Please don’t leave, though. You alone provide me 3-4 LMAOs per day . . .

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
2:59 pm

Joey

I agree with what you are saying

Unfortunately with the roster we had last year and our schedule; and with past rosters like the one in 2008 we still continue to have those “South Carolina Games” with 2 or more losses every year;

All you are going to get is the same ole same ole 2 or more losses with Richt coming up with another marketing campaign for next year stiring up all the delusional idiots into believing that we are heading to better and brighter days

Why do I continue to say this?

Its because most likely after this years NFL draft, UGA will have put more players in the NFL than any other school in the NATION!!!! since 2001 and all we get out of this coaching staff is 2 or more losses every season with loss after loss in big games and pay raises

Like Bill King said on his radio show several weeks ago; All this coaching staff is going to do is give you 10 win seasons, put Spurrier Meyer Saban Peterson and some others that I cant remember he said as the coach and we are winning titles at UGA

But hey I love winning the Marketing Award for best Marketing Campaign almost every single year

Dream Team, Knocking on the Door to Greatness, and Cutting Edge football were a success

Bill King

March 9th, 2013
3:31 pm

Just a note to readers who might be confused:

The Bill King with a radio show referred to by Flat Tire is not the same Bill King who does this blog.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
4:01 pm

Joey…..you are wrong…Mcgarity did give Grantham a small raise u go look it up. Name some stuff I’ve been wrong about???? Now I’m sick and durn tired of a pathetically challenged defense and now I’m maaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
4:02 pm

Bill King

Sorry I didnt clarify

Here is his radio link to clear up the confusion

http://www.billisking.com/

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
4:50 pm

My gawd…….my gawd…we are down 30-16 to Bama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just turned the damn game!!!!! I can’t take any damn more!!!! My gawd my gawd…..Mcgarity do something!!!!! Help!!! Help help help help help help!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mcgarity!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
6:02 pm

How in the hell did he make that shot……we just got swept by Bama…….damn it. Mcgarity help us!!!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
7:22 pm

Bama broke our hearts just like they did in football….geez

I-DOG

March 9th, 2013
8:11 pm

would love it if the D is strong this year. I think the addition by subtraction argument is wishful thinking though. There are plenty of players left and I think they will get better as the year goes on, but there were a few games where Jarvis Jones was the difference last year. Even the Missouri game might have been a tight one, if JJ isn’t playing. You just can’t replace a guy like that very easily, let alone all the other players that we lose on defense.

Best hope is that the offensive line continues to improve and it should as well as having more depth this year and the offense carries the team through the first month of the season. I’ll be pulling for them, but I don’t think we can count on the defense being BETTER than last year.

I-DOG

March 9th, 2013
8:28 pm

Is 2014 signing class a down year for talent in state. Don’t get me wrong there us ALWAYS a ton of talent in Georgia, but is it down a litle compared to the last 2-3 years?

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
8:52 pm

I’m going to write Mcgarity an email and ask him why Grantham makes more than bobo

NCDawg

March 9th, 2013
9:08 pm

Great blog Mr King… too bad the sad sacks hijacked the blog. You know the “Dejected Duo” masquerading as “realists”. Hint: It isn’t being realistic if you only see what is bad in everything. Being realistic is pointing out that the D underperformed last year and that on the college level a second teamer can become a starter at ANY time because the light can come on in between halves and suddenly everything clicks into place for a kid. It is possible that after a few games that this year’s defense can be better in all phases. It might take a couple of games or it might several. If the kids are hungry and listen to their coaches it could happen at any time. They may also struggle for most of the season too.
That is being realistic. The best case scenario CAN happen. Will it? Who knows… But constantly puking up doom and gloom ALL the time is as delusional as ya’ll accuse everyone else of being. Go see a shrink or something. You seriously ruin almost every blog.

Bulldawg35

March 9th, 2013
9:18 pm

Ncdawg…..who are u talking too???lol. While u are in the mood to insult people, lets start with the Uga defense….how passing yards will the defense give up against Clemson…..thanks, and I will hang up the phone and listen to your call. Lol

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
10:05 pm

NCDawg

Losing 2 or more games every season while putting more players in the NFL since 2001 after this years draft is living in reality

Next year will be no different and so will the next several years to come since will we be trying to find a QB that is good enough to play

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 9th, 2013
10:33 pm

RED DOG 77

March 10th, 2013
12:58 am

As a “loyal Dawg” having witnessed the famous “hook ‘n ladder” to defeat Alabama in hmmm 1964 ?…………..yup, memory gets a little fuzzy for an old fart [18 - 17 ]…………this year seems like so many I’ve seen in years past……………..yep folks, “my Dawgs” may well blow the doors off Clemson, squeek out a SC victory, move past North Texas, and run right down LSU’s gullet……….en rout to a showdown with Florida………..I can see it I really can……….or we could fall flat on our face…………………history would suggest betting on the former not the latter………….yeseree, this time of the year, yearning for the smallest tid-bit of college football info, especially Dawg talk? I’m so greatfull to be a GEEEEOOOORRGIA BULLDOG I can hardly stand it…………….Let the Summer arrive and melt into the night of August 31st quickly for folks like me………..RED

stendek

March 10th, 2013
3:56 am

Hi Bill. Sweet. Dodo back? The Saint back? Two losses? Nah. Chalk up three plus one to you know who in SEC championship. Will be close though. Another moral victory celebration in Athens. Another win it all party in state due west.Then wait till 2014…15…16… When things never change they never change. GO PUPS!

stendek

March 10th, 2013
3:58 am

Best Flat Tire. Do not drink the kool aid pal. Ever!

stendek

March 10th, 2013
4:04 am

Okay No Class (NC)Dawg. The D underperformed. Granted. The Mike Dodo offense was in a position for greatness bur failed miserably. That is not underperformance? It sure as Hell is to me! Was then. Will be till day I croak! Drew worldwide praise. For losing? An insult to all who attended that grand university in Athens. Which I did! So bronze that damn loss to Bama. It was a defeat and will ALWAYS be a defeat. There are some TRUE Dawg fans who will never celebrate failure. While others…

stendek

March 10th, 2013
4:05 am

So I am an insomniac Bill. Be well pal. :)

stendek

March 10th, 2013
4:14 am

One final note Bill. It appears yours is the only blog I can still sign in to then post comments. Oh well. Lucky you. That was a joke. Nighty night. Uh. Morning. ZZZzzz :)

Joey

March 10th, 2013
7:52 am

Flat Tire (2:59), I agree with that post. And I’ve written some of the same things in the past. Richt-led teams do, inexplicably lose games that they shouldn’t. In ‘12, SC was one of those games. Bama, better coached, and deeper, was NOT one of those games.

I guess with the new contract last season, after the 10-4 record, I came to the conclusion that Richt will be our HC as long as he wants to be.

I’ve accepted it. I don’t accept losing, but I’m tired of being a broken record. Richt won’t win a BCS Title for UGA. Not because Richt can’t beat the Sabans and Myers and Spurriers from time to time – he does occasionally – but because he loses games he shouldn’t.

Some coaches/teams seem to get away with unseemly (and untimely) loses – Myer/UF in ‘06 and ‘08, Miles/LSU in ‘07, Saban /UA in ‘11 and ‘12 – and still get in the Big Game, but not Richt/UGA. I don’t think it will happen either.

But I’m gonna pull for it to happen though.

sowegadawg

March 10th, 2013
8:25 am

Certainly no one is going to dispute we have had issues on defense. The optimist in me says if we had fired Mark Richt after the 2010 season as many wanted and hired a new coach who had the results the Dawgs have had the last 2 years, improving each season, getting within an eyelash of playing for the NC that this thread would be a lot more positive. Probably to much so, as the fringe tends to rule, either to negative or to positive. We were woefully short on scholarship players which really hurt our depth on defense especially. Hence, we were able to sign an unusually large recruiting class in order to rectify this situation. This shortage of bodies greatly contributed to our problems against the run, especially on the D line which is where stopping the run begins, that and we didn’t play that well either. Depth doesn’t affect just the games either, lack of bodies means you can not practice as you might like which I am sure hurt our line play also. I feel this coaching staff was reinvigorated after the changes is responsibilities made by the AD, which has allowed them to concentrate on their primary duties and not other administrative tasks and it is paying off. If you have been paying attention to the entire sports program you would know that McGarity has no problems letting coaches go who are not getting it done a championship level. Coaches had better be doing things properly and moving their respective teams forward in quest for championships or they are working somewhere else. This is a huge year for this football staff in-order to show that the last 2 years are not an aberration but a road leading to a NC. I do not think we have to win it this year(although that would be extremely sweet) but show we are capable. It sure looked like it sitting on the 5 yard line didn’t it. The optimist in me(and I am one) says we are, if we are not, changes will be made until we are one.

Bulldawg35

March 10th, 2013
9:42 am

Which sports team will get over the hump first
1. Baseball team beating a team ranked in the top 50
2. Men’s b- ball team beating Bama
3. Football team beating Bama
4. Football team winning the mnc
5. Women’s b-ball team beating Kentucky
6. Men’s b- ball team winning a NCAA tournament game.
Okay friends which one of these transactions do u think will happen firt

Flat Tire Doesnt Live in Delusionalville Ga.

March 10th, 2013
1:37 pm

sowegadawg

sorry but the world of reality says we will win 10 games lose 2 or more as usual and beat Div III Tech
and almost everyone will continue to say wait til next year cause this coaching staff is saying something new like Dream Team; knocking on the door to greatness, and this year the defense is smaller but faster Yea Yea Yea!!!! National Title here we come

LOL :roll:

Give me a break; and guess what nothing but raises will be handed out not pink slips

Rabun Dawg

March 10th, 2013
6:20 pm

The mighty UGA baseball just won 2 of 3 from Liberty. Liberty? Falwell’s school has a baseball team? The diamond Dogs are now 7-8, and have yet to start conference play. Just how does Perno keep his job?

RED DOG 77

March 10th, 2013
10:18 pm

Bill, why is it your blog is the only one on the ajc site that I can post at?…………used to be fun talkin’ fooball with shultz, bradly and them…………..whatz zup Bill?……….wish someone could give us knukle-draggers an answer………………..Thank you in advance…………….Regards, RED

NCDAWG

March 11th, 2013
6:53 am

The other blogs are using a different format. I had trouble until I turned off my pop up blocker. If you use anything but Internet Exploder then you will have trouble unless you use a IE emulator or just use IE. You also have to sign in every time to post. Hope that helps.

UGA Insider

March 11th, 2013
8:58 am

Perno is safe b/c he is part of the UGA hierarchy. McGarity won’t be able to hid his face at local cocktail parties if he fires Perno. Understand that Athens is a click city and McGarity doesn’t like to ruffle feathers. Perno is as safe as Bobo/Landers. Perhaps more.