Fan talk: New UGA promo and tag, defensive line prospects, basketball recruiting and more!

Hairy Dawg shows off the new UGA license plate. (University of Georgia)

Hairy Dawg shows off the new UGA license plate. (University of Georgia)

First, a bit of fan news you can use …

UGA is reaching out to alumni who would like to be part of the school’s next television promo to be aired nationwide during the 2013 football season (replacing the R.E.M. spot). The university says the new film involves photos and videos of memorable UGA moments creatively coming together, ending to form Georgia’s iconic Arch.

If you’d like to submit your favorite photographic memories of UGA for possible inclusion in the spot, simply visit the special Facebook page they’ve created for this purpose and share your photos. To be considered for inclusion in the spot, your photo must be submitted by Tuesday, April 30.

And here’s another way of showing your UGA pride: A new design featuring the “power G” has been unveiled for the UGA vehicle license tag available to Georgia drivers. The new tag features a red, black and silver-gray design encompassing the entire plate.

In addition to showing the driver’s devotion to the state’s flagship university, the tag also raises money for needs-based scholarships. For each specialty tag in use, $10 goes each year to scholarships through the UGA Foundation.

The new tag replaces a solid white tag featuring the university’s mascot, Uga. The old tags are no longer for sale but drivers who want to keep them may do so. The school says there are currently 60,000 UGA tags on the road.

Anyone wanting the new tag must pay a $25 manufacturing fee plus the $35 special tag fee in addition to any other tag fees and taxes applicable. You can find more information here or here.

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail …

Strong Sauce writes: Mr. King, Mike Thornton is a DGD, and very capable, but I am concerned about our lack of size and girth up front. Will this be a problem against stout offenses … e.g. SC, LSU, FLA? Thanks again for the good work. Go Dawgs!

Sauce, I think you’ve hit on the key question concerning the Dogs’ defense in the coming season. The linebacking corps looks solid, with a couple of potential standouts, and the secondary, while inexperienced, has a wealth of young talent. The defensive line remains the biggest question mark.

New defensive line coach Chris Wilson has promised to rotate players more. (Mississippi State University)

New defensive line coach Chris Wilson has promised to rotate players more. (Mississippi State University)

This year’s DL will be smaller in size than last year’s (at least, the likely starting lineup) but is being billed as more athletic. Last year’s DL (with 370-pound John Jenkins and 346-pound Kwame Geathers) was big but, frankly, underperformed much of the season, particularly against the run. There wasn’t much depth that the coaches trusted, which led to the starters spending too much time on the field. As a result, they wore out. This year, under new defensive line coach Chris Wilson, they’re at least promising that more players — as many as six or seven — are likely to receive meaningful playing time.

Mark Richt has said he expects the front seven to be defense-by-committee. There apparently will be several linemen shifting around between end and nose guard, too. Redshirt junior Mike Thornton is a little small for the nose guard position at 6-foot-1, 301 pounds (up from 289), but so far he has managed to hold on to the likely starting spot, and not just because he’s more experienced. Reports out of spring practice said Thornton, cited as one of the spring’s most improved players, gave starting center David Andrews all he could handle. (The DL in general looked surprisingly good at G-Day, though it’s tough to tell how much of that was a definite off day for the offensive line.) “He’s very low to the ground,” Richt said of Thornton to the Athens Banner-Herald. “David was very used to blocking them big guys and sometimes David could use his quickness to his advantage and get his pads underneath theirs naturally just because of the size difference, but Michael, he’s got some good quicks and he’s got a low center of gravity. David’s had some trouble dealing with him on certain blocks.”

Junior college transfer Chris Mayes, a bit bigger at 330 pounds, may pushThornton for the starter’s spot once he’s got his fundamentals where the coaches want them. And redshirt freshman John Taylor (6-4, 335), who’s mostly been playing end, may see some time at nose, too. Once JUCO transfer Toby Johnson (6-4, 305) arrives on campus and is fully recovered from ACL surgery, he also could be a factor.

So, eventually, Georgia could wind up with a quite a bit of depth on the DL. The big question: How good will they be early in the season when the Dogs face Clemson, South Carolina and LSU?

A couple of readers want to talk Georgia basketball and, particularly, recruiting. Tommy Dawson writes: Bill, I think you can sum up what’s really wrong with our basketball program under Mark Fox by noting that for his lone spring signee, Kenny Paul Geno, Georgia beat out the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State and Jacksonville State. You can’t expect to compete in the SEC when you’re recruiting kids that mid-majors (or below) are looking at. It’s not Fox’s fault that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left after just two years, but you can’t ignore the fact that KCP remains the only blue-chip recruit Fox has landed so far. What’s your take on the state of our basketball recruiting?

And RakkasanDawg writes: Bill, We all know [recruiting] is the life’s blood of any program and the state of Georgia is bleeding talent. I was watching ESPN’s basketball version of National Signing Day and I noticed that, of course, Kentucky, Duke and Arizona did well, but suprisingly LSU, whose basketball program is as moribund as UGA’s, managed to score a top ten recruiting class. … This comes back to Mark Fox. I don’t expect Georgia at this time to beat out the basketball blue bloods for all the big time recruits, but they have to have more than one KCP! Georgia looks to be scraping at the bottom scrap for its players, some of whom might not even make it on mid-major teams.  … Georgia has the talent; it is high time Coach Fox (and AD McGarity) surround themselves with those capable of getting them to say “Yes” to UGA.

Recruiting hasn't been Mark Fox's strong suit at UGA so far. (Associated Press)

Recruiting hasn't been Mark Fox's strong suit at UGA so far. (Associated Press)

Well, concerning the signing of Geno, expectations weren’t that high for the spring recruiting period. This time of year, the kids still available are generally of interest mainly to the mid-majors or are JUCO players. And nobody sees Geno as a replacement for KCP. But I think you guys are on the right track: Recruiting (or, rather, the lack thereof) is likely to be Fox’s downfall. Aside from KCP, the players Fox generally signs are not being looked at by top programs. I think Fox is a good x’s and o’s coach and he takes care of his players and they improve under his tutelage. But he just can’t land the big talent. Maybe he’s too colorless, or perhaps coming from Nevada put him at a disadvantage in that he wasn’t tapped in to the circuit of AAU coaches in the South who play such a key role in college basketball recruiting (a situation much different from football). Still, Fox is the coach of a major conference program located just over an hour from the basketball talent hotbed of metro Atlanta. If he doesn’t manage to land a top-flight player this fall, that might well doom his long-term prospects in Athens.

Jay Unger writes: Bill, do you know of any strategies the athletic department has put in place to fill those chronically empty seats in the northeast corner of Sanford Stadium that typically show up so prominently on TV? (Apologies if I’ve missed any references to this in your columns recently.)

UGA plans to fill those empty seats in the upper corner with young alumni. (Associated Press)

UGA plans to fill those empty seats in the upper corner with young alumni. (Associated Press)

That’s what the young alumni ticketing program announced this winter is all about. Ryan Scates, student rep on the athletic board, said the move to take some tickets away from the student body and sell them to young alums just a few years out of school “was designed to directly address the empty seats in the northeast corner. Those sections of Sanford Stadium were where fans saw that students were not coming out to games, and we averaged around 6,000 empty seats per game in those student sections last year. The young alumni tickets will be annually renewable paper tickets designated for that northeast corner of the stadium (Sections 315-317). We have had a tremendous response to this program and anticipate welcoming a large and rowdy crowd for the South Carolina game to open the 2013 home season.”

Sounds like a good plan.

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53 comments Add your comment

RedShirt

April 20th, 2013
9:09 am

Bill,

While I appreciate your attempt to spin the Wilson hire as positive, his hire could easily be considered the worst offseason hire in the conference.

Consider where Chris Wilson left Mississippi State in the SeC out of 14 teams in 2012:
13th in tackles for loss
13th in sacks
11th in rush defense

While a few consider that track record outstanding, most consider it the worst performance of any team in the SEC.

1- Wilson has demonstrated he has the ability to finish 11-13th in all the key areas, is this what UGA needs?
2- Why was he hired based on last year’s track record?
3- And on the rotating thing, if you rotate 8 poor defensive line players, will rotating solve the defensive issues UGA faced last season like being rolled for 350 yards rushing vs Bama?
4- Why should we trust that an inept coach, Chris Wilson, thinks the problem last year was rotating more players when Bama didn’t rotate their NT against us and he was effective all game long?

Maybe the problem with the dline is:
a) coaching
b) technique
c) talent
d) conditioning
e) strength
f) depth/rotation

Lots of other possibilities, that MAKE MORE SENSE, than jumping to the decision it was depth/rotation.

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
10:05 am

Well as much as the defense has hurt us in big games the offense has to.
2012 we only scored
17 vs fla
21 vs Bama
7 vs SC
Those three teams were the best 3 defense we played…so if bobo has trouble motivating them he should bring those facts up….this offense should be better than last year….and should strive to break last years school record. I’m not really worried about the guys we lost on defense…because we reload now not rebuild. The thing that worries me is Grantham, this year will be more about rather he is the real deal than the players we lost

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
10:19 am

Redshirt…you are whamo plus some other troll names….I’m willing to give Chris Wilson the benefit of the doubt….he has to be better than Rodney Garner.

P-Man

April 20th, 2013
10:26 am

Hey Red Shirt and Bulldawg35:

It’s the Spring. Aren’t we supposed to be positive? Geez…

On the Wilson hire… look, we either trust Richt to make the right decisions, or we don’t. I would venture that UGA has a little more talent than Miss St. Plus, Wilson was co-defensive coordinator, not d-line coach. Job’s different, so it’s like comparing apples and oranges. I, for one, plan to wait to see how it plays out before I condemn a man.

Dallas Dawg

April 20th, 2013
10:28 am

Redshirt, you sir are a moron. Wilson is a good coach, who recruits well. You really expect a miss st. team that hasnt be that good in a while to have the same caliber of players as georgia? or for that matter the same expectations? not saying this as an excuse but you saying it is a bad hire simply because of a few previous season D line rankings last season is just ignorant. Think of the good ball coaches that get fired every year and then get scooped up somewhere else. They dont become bad coaches overnight, sometimes you just do what you can with what you got. He is as good of a coach as Garner, as I dont recall last years D line dominating the season. prob. not quite the recruiter but that will come with a little time in Atl. Love to hear some of your other possibilities that make more sense?????

JT

April 20th, 2013
11:12 am

UGA, in reality, is a mid-major program when it comes to basketball. Some of us might not like that fact, but look at the past 30 years since Durham’s Final Four bunch. KCP was a big recruiting score for Fox, but one-and-done’s or two-and-done’s are not what this program needs. We need guys who are going to stick around for 3 or, ideally, 4 years and develop. And Fox has proven he can develop players. KCP was the best player on the team this year, but back in December and even early January he looked like the only guy on the team who could even play. That had changed by February. It’s a shame he won’t be here next year, but there is talent in Athens. Not conference-winning talent, yet. But in the current college game being a mid-major is not the hopeless scenario it once was. If you can keep a team together for 3 or 4 years you have a decent chance to make some noise.

7576DAWG

April 20th, 2013
11:54 am

A few years ago Spurrier changed out one of his position coaching jobs every year for two or three years in a row until he was satisfied with the performance. I wish Richt would not take so long to evaluate and get rid of Georgia’s under performing position coaches. Georgia has one coach right now who is a very good coach but horrible Recruiter. Unfortunately, Recruiting is half a position coaches job.Unless things change for the better , I don’t expect him to be back for 2014. Getting rid of Garner was a great thing. He has worked against Richt ever since he was past over for the Defensive Coordinator job and Georgia has really paid for that decision, even though it was the right decision.

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
1:45 pm

Not being negative….just stating facts!!! Anyways has some business in Columbia Sc…..2days ago. That place is boring and disgusting…how could we ever lose any recruits to SC is beyond me.

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
2:35 pm

I hope Nike has our silver pants ready for the first game….we need to get that shine back

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
5:31 pm

I’m excited about Michael Thornton…I bet he will be better than big John Jenkins….anybody agree with that???

F. Sinkwich

April 20th, 2013
5:39 pm

I had the old tag for about 15 years or so but gave up on it this year. $35 is a lot with only ten bucks going to the institution.

But the new plate is an improvement. The ‘G’ should be more prominant — perhaps bigger and placed in the center of the plate between the numbers:

123 G 456 (’G’ double the size of the nums).

Then I might re-up.

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
6:11 pm

Baseball team got hammered by vandy….we can’t beat a sec team this year…Perno has the best job…just keep on losing and do nothing…Mcgarity can’t get us real silver pants and he can’t get rid of Perno. So what exactly has Mcgarity done so far in his tenure????

P-Man

April 20th, 2013
6:55 pm

Good job, Bulldawg35. You completely ignored the fact that the baseball team BEAT #2 Vandy 3-1 in the first game. Also, the tennis teams are both in the SEC finals, the softball team won, and the gymnastics team is in the National Championship finals again. Oh, and the equestrian team is in the National finals again. And the golf teams are doing well (thought the women finished 3rd at the SECs, and the men are currently 5th), as both should be invited to the Regionals. All is not gloom and doom. AND… I believe our basketball team will surprise some people next year.

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
6:58 pm

Well I didn’t know because they didn’t televise the first game…

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
7:02 pm

I’m looking forward to hopefully beating auburn”…we will take the series lead. If we beat Tennessee we will be within one more win of tying the series….hopefully we will get it done

Bulldawg35

April 20th, 2013
7:05 pm

We are 15-25 in baseball…and it will probably get worse…fire Perno damn it

Chefdawg

April 20th, 2013
8:50 pm

P-man, tennis, softball, equestrian, and gymnastics don’t mean —-. The only thing that counts is football, men’s basketball, and baseball. And I will bet my bottom dollar that the gymnastics team loses. After all it is UGA.

RHall55

April 20th, 2013
9:58 pm

7576DAWG is right!!!…UGA does have one Coach for sure who is doing a horrible job on recruiting…Coach Will Friend…he has lost out on soooo many great lineman….an entire NFL Line: Brandon Shell (SC)…Brandon Greene (AL)….Antonio Richardson (TN)….Trenton Brown (FL)….Max Garcia (FL)…Brandon Hill (AL)…Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)….Avery Young (AU)….please go back to UAB where your OL didn’t matter as much….because in the SEC, it matters the most!!!

RED DOG 77

April 20th, 2013
11:03 pm

My goodness gracious ! Doesn’t anyone have anything better to do in April than worry about how our DAWGS are going to do come the fall? With the exception of a few years we would all like to forget, Mark Richt has had our Georgia BULLDOGS in the thick of the battle almost every year since he arrived…………Yea, I like to chat about “my” Dawgs, but spewing out statistics? that’s for losers…………….looking for every dark cloud has to hurt…………..lighten-up people………..GO DOGS……………August 31st is just around the corner…………..Me?………RED says, “Dem Dawgs Lookin’ Good for 2013″

Dean Tate

April 21st, 2013
6:24 am

While the loss of KCP hurts, the basketball team will be better next year. We have a lot of players that will be back stonger and better next year. However, if Georgia loses an early game to another Div 2 team like Wofford or Youngstown State, then McGarrity needs to make a change.

Bulldawg35

April 21st, 2013
12:05 pm

Yeah I think will friend is a horrible recruiter but a good coach….all I’m saying missing out on tunsil was pretty big thing

Bulldawg35

April 21st, 2013
12:07 pm

Perno needs to pack his bags…we should have a winning record with the easy schedule we have had

7576DAWG

April 21st, 2013
7:02 pm

Bulldawg35
I was a walk on in the 70’s who chose not to play after making the team because it interfered with my studies too much , so I care about the Baseball team and I any in agreement with you that Georgia needs a change. Perno is a very good coach but for some reason isn’t recruiting very well and is not getting the job done on the field. He has been given enough time to turn it around.

Chefdawg

April 21st, 2013
7:13 pm

Dean Tate you keep drinking that Kool-aide.

Rabun Dawg

April 21st, 2013
8:08 pm

Perno has run the baseball program in the ground. I think that we are the cellar dwellars in the SEC, and if the AD does not get rid of this guy, well, just what is he seeing that the rest of us are not? UGA baseball was in the finals of the CWS a few years back, and have been in a downward spiral ever since. And whoever said it, we are probably just a mid-major type basketball team that plays in a supposedly power conference, but we continually lose to teams that aren’t even mid-major quality. Without KCP, how will the next edition score any points? I did not see any other firepower on this team, so 2013-14 could be pretty bad for the Bball Dogs. Fox may be a good x and o coach, but recruiting has been dismal! JMHO

NCDawg

April 22nd, 2013
6:52 am

Judging Chris Wilson BEFORE he even fields a D-line? You have to be kidding.
Will Friend did not lose Tunsil. Ole Miss went after his girlfriend and made him chose between her and OGA. jeez

NCDawg

April 22nd, 2013
7:42 am

Remember – it is better to say nothing and have people think you are ignorant than to open it and leave no doubt.

NCDawg

April 22nd, 2013
7:58 am

If you want a real read on what happened with recruiting this past year look at the article under Carvell. That speaks volumes. Garner checked out on us. A recruit… a big time recruit called to commit and no one answered? A lack of contact is why he went with UF? Our recruiting class was sabotaged folks. Garner tanked on the line and as a recruiter.
As recruiting coordinator he should have at least called the kid back or had someone else do it. How many other did we just drop the ball on?

This stuff really makes me mad.

SDog

April 22nd, 2013
8:18 am

I agree with NCDawg and Bill, Chris Wilson finishing 13th in the conference in tfl’s & sacks, and 11th against the rush, proves Wilson is the best defensive coach in the conference. 13th out of 14 teams is superb. Couldn’t be better. Everything is just peachy. No need for improvement. UGA has already arrived and is perfect in every way with no flaws. Can’t believe no other teams wanted Wilson since he’s so incredible. 13th isn’t last in the conference, there are 14 teams, Wilson is the best, the stats just didn’t show it, the stats lied. In my opinion, Wilson finished #1 in sacks, tackles for loss, and defending the run. Wilson was better than Kirby Smart, and John Chavez combined. We just have to evaluate Wilson in non statistical ways, I have a good feeling about him.

SDog

April 22nd, 2013
8:21 am

Judging Chris Wilson based on his team finishing 13th in the conference in most defensive categories is unfair and inaccurate. Statistics are for losers. I tell you, I feel he’s better than Kirby Smart.

UGA Insider

April 22nd, 2013
8:36 am

Defense will NOT be the problem in 2013. Only problem I see is kick team and O line.

I-DOG

April 22nd, 2013
8:46 am

the NFL draft this year is interesting in what it might say about some aspects of the Georgia football program. J. Jones was considered a potential #1 overall pick a few months ago and now looks like a 15-25 pick based on his combine and pro day numbers as well as lingering concerns about this spinal condition. I personally think that he will have a very good career and that he would be a steal in the 15 and below range.

Off field and conditioning issues are killing Ogletree, Rambo, and Jenkins. I recently read that NFL teams can’t understand why Ogletree didn’t make more plays this year. He has EVERYTHING they want in a LB from an athletic standpoint and he should be a top 10 pick, but in addition to not living up to his physical potential, teams are saying his answers in interviews about his RECENT DUI ( right before the combine) were particularly alarming. He is fortunate that there aren’t several highly thought of middle LBers in this draft and he might still be selected in the first round.

NFL teams love Jenkins size and quickness, but are wondering if he can give effort for even 30 plays a game in the NFL as his conditioning and consistancy of effort are suspect. Teams love Rambo’s athleticism, but site red flags about his multiple suspension at UGA. C. Washington’s 40 time and overall athleticism for a man his size shocked many NFL execs, but when they see his production on the field over 4 years, they don’t understand why he didn’t play better during his career at Georgia.

Other than J. Jones, it seems that the next four best NFL prospects didn’t live up to their potential at Georgia and maybe that says something about the program. Georgia won all their games this year with the exception of S.C. and Alabama, however, they only played 3 teams that had even or better talent, so for the most part the Dawgs were able to pile up wins against lesser teams or teams that are in a down cycle like TN and Auburn were last year.

Bulldawg35

April 22nd, 2013
10:17 am

Ncdawg

Well their is a lot of o-lineman not doing anything….zack debell….watts danzler….John Theus is doing okay but got demoted after a poor g day….I’m just sick and damn tired of the o-line being our weakest link. Chris Burnette and David Andrews are our best lineman…..everybody else is suspect

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2013
10:18 am

I do recall Spurrier going through a lot of assistant in recent years, but I don’t think it’s accurate to catagorize that as him firing them to find better results. Many of them left Spurrier to seek other opportunities. If anything, I’d bet you he would have prefered NOT to have replaced so many.I don’t think there is a coach out there that prefers firing a bunch of guys and hoping to get somebody better to stability and consistancy.

Bulldawg35

April 22nd, 2013
10:34 am

Ncdawg

I agree with u about garner. Truth be told garner should of been fired when donnan got fired….maybe that’s why corn Washington did nothing in his career at UGA….you ever noticed that our d-lineman were good their first year at UGA and after that they fell apart. Think about….John Jenkins had everybody thinking he was going to be the next Terrance Cody after the 2011 season. 2012 starts and he gets man handled by the buffalo bulls…..he looks fatter and he is fatter because he blows up to a whopping 370 lbs….he is a soft player….I doubt he will make it in the NFL

Bulldawg35

April 22nd, 2013
12:07 pm

Nick Saban has a lot more energy than Richt has….I see Bama winning their 3rd straight MNC!! That’s just unbelievable….they are a NFL team….they really are. Plus also they have an advantage on every other team…and that is they don’t get called for offensive holding!!!! They were holding all day against us in that seccg…and they know it too.

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2013
1:05 pm

The problem with our rush defense last year was a much larger issue, than JUST Coach Garner. If anything, the decision to wear down the starters was more Grantham’s call, than Garner’s. Frankly I think, I’m not sure we had the right personnel. If Garner was THE problem, how would you account for the year before, and frankly a pretty good run at Dline play over the past decade.

Garner was a good man, and a good coach, But it seems like the change is going to be mutually benefit all party.. I think we replaced him with a good one.

Thank God for Reggie Ball

April 22nd, 2013
1:43 pm

Hopefully a more athletic DL will provide some consistant pass rush to help mask what the true weakness in our D will be, the secondary. Putting Tahj Boyd on his back 5 or 6 times may help the young safeties from getting exposed

Spunky

April 22nd, 2013
1:47 pm

So true! 13th in tackles for loss & sacks , in our conference last season, Coach Chris Wilson is a superb upgrade. Wonder why no other teams in the NCAA wanted him? Oh well, their loss. On top of the outstanding 13th place finishes, Coach Wilson also pulled off finishing 11th in defending the run, for the perfect trifecta, next to last in 2 of 3, and 11th best against the run. Oh yes, the dline also gave up 82 yards rushing on gday to the third string tailback. Outstanding work so far!

Thank God for Reggie Ball

April 22nd, 2013
1:50 pm

I would also enjoy watching Zach Mettenberger pee his pants when he gets smacked 5-6 times as Sanford Stadium goes nuts around him

RiffRaff

April 22nd, 2013
2:23 pm

Herbstreit: “Boyd really just hasn’t looked comfortable in the pocket at all. This young Dawgs’ D has him second-guessing himself.”

Musburger: “I think Clemson wasn’t expecting the looks Georgia is–WHOA! Check out that pair in section P!”

NCDawg

April 22nd, 2013
2:35 pm

Altamaha – SC and LSU seriously gashed the line in 2011… they exploited the fact that our NG’s were coached to soak up blocks. The problem with that is they soaked up blocks and then were danced around and acted as moving picks for good backs. Look at how many times our LB’s were shielded and lost gap control. Garner taught that technique. The good lines in 2011 exploited it and then our guys tried to pace themselves in 2012 and ended up getting shoved around.
Jenkins should have been attacking the primary blocker and blowing him back into the backfield. Instead he danced around and his huge bulk made it harder for the MLB’s in particular to get to the runner.
The depth on the line was virtually non existent and good teams wore us down or just out-quicked the line. Jenkins tried to pace himself and it was pretty evident. You can’t do that in the SEC.
This year’s line may be smaller but much more suited to attacking and forcing the issue. I welcome a smaller, quicker NG. You don’t have to be huge to play NG, you just have to be hard to block. If the NG gets penetration the LB’s can attack the gaps, which is what Grantham’s style calls for. If you have 2 or three guys that can go all out on every play it’s better than a man mountain that gets worn out 2/3rds of the way into the game.

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2013
2:48 pm

Such lazy trolling to quote “x place in the SEC in TFL/G”……

MSU (with less talent) has been right there (+/-1) with Alabama in that category in that past few years and I am pretty sure nobody would be complaining if we hired thier DL coach.

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2013
2:54 pm

NC, in general I think you were agreeing with me?

NCDawg

April 22nd, 2013
3:15 pm

Altamaha… in general yes but a good bit of it seems to fall on line coaching aka Coach Garner. I don’t know what his problem was but he fumbled the ball in both areas this past year. The recruiting part smells like sabotage. There is no way he can think he did his best for us. If he does then Auburn is in a heap of trouble.

B12

April 22nd, 2013
3:25 pm

Yeah, Bama has NOTHING on Wilson’s stats last year at Miss St.

In SEC in 2012:
Bama 1 vs run, Miss St 11th (UGA Coach Wilson’s last school)
Bama 7th in tfl, Miss St 13th
Bama 3rd in sacks, Miss St 13th
Bama 1st in scoring defense, Miss St 8th
Bama 3rd down conv, 3rd, Miss St, 13th

Yeah, UGA Dline coach Wilson so much better than Nikky Saban.

B12

April 22nd, 2013
3:27 pm

Zach Mettenberger’s team got lucky the first time he faced A |Clutch Big game| Murray and won 42-10.

B12

April 22nd, 2013
3:29 pm

Heard Zach Mett telling his teammates he wants to beat A | cLUTCH bIG gAME| mURRAY BY 50 POINTS THIS TIME INSTEAD OF 32. Mett guaranteed them Murray would have AT LEAST 6 TURNOVERS!!!

B12

April 22nd, 2013
3:30 pm

AJ |SEC CHAMP | MCCARON TOLD MURRAY TO GET A GOOD LOOKIN GIRL JUST |WIN MORE GAMES|. OUCH!

B12

April 22nd, 2013
3:30 pm

ST SPURRIER IS 3-0 VS MURRAY.