Fan talk: Should versatile Malcolm Mitchell be shared with the defense again?

Should Malcolm Mitchell be used to help out the thin Georgia secondary again? (Associated Press)

Should Malcolm Mitchell be used to help out the thin Georgia secondary again? (Associated Press)

Let’s get straight to some Junkyard Mail. …

Dillon Brinson writes: Hey Bill, I really enjoy reading your Blawg. Due to suspensions, injuries and lack of experience in the secondary, any chance the coaches will move Malcolm Mitchell back to defense at least for the opening game, kind of like last year?

While the Dogs’ secondary will be thin to start out the season and such a move would certainly be in keeping with Mitchell being named this week to the watch list for this year’s Paul Hornung Award, given annually to college football’s most versatile player (previously won in 2011 by two-way Georgia player Brandon Boykin), I doubt the Georgia coaches are seriously considering loaning Mitchell to the secondary this year. Mitchell will be expected to take up some of the load in the receiving corps previously handled by the departed Tavarres King. Plus, Mitchell is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery that kept him out of spring practice. And, lastly, his brief tenure on the defensive side last season didn’t produce the sort of dividends that would call for his continued use as a two-way player. I think he’s best left concentrating on getting back into shape to lead the receivers and perhaps working on getting the kinks out of his up-and-down tenure so far as a kick returner.

Sgt. Christopher Stephenson of 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, writes: Mr. King, Aaron Murray has always had the stats but hasn’t gotten the wins that counted the most to rank him with the greatest college QB’s of all-time. So by chance considering if Murray breaks the UGA and SEC QB records and wins the BCS National Championship this year, which is in reach, would he be considered the greatest UGA/SEC QB of all-time? If not, where does that place him in the history books as a great college QB?

Next question, I love our traditional uniforms, red jerseys and silver britches. But I would like to see some variety without altering the power G. I would love to see the Dawgs in white jerseys, white helmets, silver britches and white socks. Sort of like a “white out” game. Or perhaps like the Falcons do when they play the Saints and wear their throwback black jerseys, I also would like to see the Dawgs switch their home uniforms to the black jerseys or throwback 1980 uniforms when Auburn comes to Athens every other year. That would be awesome in honoring a great rivalry. What do you think Bill? And is there any more talk of more uniform combinations?

Interesting question about Murray. Certainly, winning an SEC and BCS championship on top of breaking all those records would make a very strong case for Murray being at least in the conversation for the greatest UGA quarterback, if not the greatest all-time SEC QB. But what if he winds up owning all those quarterbacking records but doesn’t manage to lead the team to a conference or national championship? Where, then, would he rank among UGA quarterbacks? Higher than David Greene or Fran Tarkenton, who did win the SEC, or Buck Belue, who wasn’t a record-breaking QB but did lead the Dawgs to a national championship? Would Murray’s career numbers rank him above the supremely talented (but also championshipless) Eric Zeier and Matt Stafford? I think without a doubt Murray will finish his career as UGA’s most productive quarterback. However, while “greatest” is a pretty subjective designation, I’d venture a guess that without a championship Murray’s case to be considered the best ever would be a little shaky.

As for the uniforms, that’s always a hot-button issue with fans. I know the players would love to change it up some but there’s a faction of fandom that gets apoplectic over the idea. A white helmet with the power “G” was actually considered by Vince Dooley when he first revamped the Georgia uniform in 1964. I wouldn’t object to the Dawgs wearing one as a one-time special occasion thing. And the suggestion about reviving the black jerseys for whenever Georgia plays Auburn in Athens has been made before by Blawg readers, and I think it’s a cool idea. I wouldn’t even mind the occasional return of the black or red britches on the road with the white jerseys (never with the red jerseys). Generally, though, I think UGA’s standard uniform is pretty awesome and doesn’t need a lot of supplementing.

Is Fran Tarkenton's story of inserting himself into his first game apocryphal? (University of Georgia)

Is Fran Tarkenton's story of inserting himself into his first game apocryphal? (University of Georgia)

Jimmy in Albany writes: Bill, I recently read a story about Fran Tarkenton that I’d never heard before. It seems that when the Bulldogs opened the season at Texas in September 1958, they were losing 7-0 in the fourth quarter when they fielded a punt on the 5-yard-line. Tarkenton says that up to then Wally Butts was talking about redshirting him, but that he noticed after Georgia got the ball back that starting quarterback Charley Britt was still sitting on the bench, so the 18-year-old Tarkenton, who was the third-string QB, just strapped on his helmet and ran on the field without the coaches’ knowledge and inserted himself in the lineup. Tarkenton proceeded to march the Dogs down the field for a touchdown and then waved off the kicker and threw for one of the first 2-point conversions in the first season the NCAA allowed them. Texas eventually won the game, he said, but Tarkenton started the next week’s game. And we all know he went on to lead Georgia to an SEC championship the next year. Bill, is this story true or is Fran the Man embroidering history a little?

Jimmy, I first saw that story when it ran back in May in the Saporta Report, along with a video of Tarkenton telling the story. I asked leading Georgia football historian Patrick Garbin if he was familiar with that story, and he replied:

“Yes, I’ve heard the story of Fran’s celebrated first varsity game at UGA, even discussing it in a couple of my books. However, it is likely just that — a story. It seems that Fran is the only one who recollects that he inserted himself in the ’58 Texas game, or the fact he was supposed to be redshirted. Several years ago, I spoke to a player who had been in the huddle when Fran came in (I’m pretty sure it was end Jimmy Vickers) and he laughed at the mention of Fran inserting himself, indicating the quarterback had exaggerated the account over the years. Personally, I’ve always heard Butts sent in Tarkenton primarily because starter Charley Britt had fumbled three or four times in the game, and trailing 7-0 and in desperate need to move the ball out of deep inside his own territory, Butts was confident Tarkenton — the better ball-handler — wouldn’t fumble. There are other “holes” in the story, like Tarkenton didn’t actually start the next game vs. Vanderbilt as the story goes — Britt did. In fact, after Tarkenton led Georgia to its touchdown and Texas then went up 13-8, the starter replaced Tarkenton under center for the final few minutes of the game because Britt was considered the better passer. Nevertheless, whether exaggerated or not, it makes for a great story and adds to the legend of a true Bulldog great!”

Thanks, Patrick!

Chris Pugh writes: I always hear how coaches like Nick Saban gets flight time on Bama’s plane or some coaches get issued a car to them. Does Mark Richt get anything like that?

He does indeed, Chris. As part of the new five-year contract signed last year, Richt gets a number of perks, including two cars with insurance for each. He also gets compensation for radio and TV shows, payment for operating the Mark Richt Football Camp, equipment compensation from Nike and can win various bonuses, plus he is allowed to earn money from outside endorsements from the likes of Ford and, of course, Carpets of Dalton!

Ron Olliff writes: Bill, With all the talk of going to a 9-game schedule in SEC, there is one big issue that seems to be overlooked. Playing 9 games will cause the Fla-Ga game to go home and home. If not, both schools will never have more than 6 “home” games a season while everyone else would have 7. This is a big economic disadvantage for both schools. What say you?

Considering the scheduling permutations if the SEC goes to nine conference games can give you a headache, especially since every other season conference teams would have five road games, but the bottom line is that, yes, if Georgia and Florida choose to continue playing each other in Jacksonville every year, they’ll have one less conference home game than other SEC schools. But that’s already the case with the eight-game schedule. A lot of folks think that a nine-game SEC schedule would prompt UGA and UF to move the game back to the campuses to compensate for that or that they might alternate playing the game in Athens, Gainesville and Jacksonville — MrSEC.com even drew up examples of how that would work. In the end, I think the decision on whether to stick with Jacksonville or not will be based on which option affords the two schools the greater opportunity to make money.

In response to my recent Blawg about when is a good age to first take your kids to a Georgia football game, a couple of readers make the case for starting them out very young. Dan writes: Bill, I took my son to his first game when he was not yet 3 years old.  He was the proud owner (and constant wearer ) of a UGA replica uniform complete with helmet and shoulder pads.  When we get to the game as the Dawgs run on to the field his eyes got as big as saucers and he looked at me and said “Dad, they all have uniforms just like mine.” A precious memory that I will never forget. My two grandsons are 2 and we will be looking for excuses to take them to games next year.

Tim Kirksey's grandson at his first Georgia football game. (Family photo)

Tim Kirksey's grandson at his first Georgia football game. (Family photo)

And Tim Kirksey writes: Bill, Here’s a picture of my grandson, Cooper, at his first Dawg game this past season. He was nine months old at the time; the game was Georgia Southern. He didn’t turn 1 until the end of January! And his mom says he attended the Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State the previous January — three weeks before he was born!

Thanks, guys. I think in the end it depends on the child. Some are ready to sit through a college football game when they’re still preschool age and others can’t sit still long enough to watch a game even when they’re old enough to drive!

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89 comments Add your comment

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
10:08 am

ya dogs, go with the white out.

Bulldawg35

July 6th, 2013
10:09 am

Who cares about uni changes! I don’t want to see white helmets…they’re ugly damn it! Please I don’t want to hear anymore about Fran! It’s time to make some history now! I’ve said before and will say it now !!!!! If Richt don’t win it with senior qb Murray… He never will

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
10:09 am

Athens, Gainesville or Jacksonville, dogs are in for a losing run.

I prefer Jacksonville, however.

Home of:

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
10:10 am

35,

You are in for a long year of a bad D and Murray being Murray in big games Murray.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
10:16 am

IMO, only the late great Larry Munson can get away with “silver britches”

Just sayn’

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
10:21 am

Murray ( as a result of being Murray in big games Murray) hasn’t won squat. No SEC! SEC! and certainly no NC. He has won, um, the SEC! SEC! LEAST.

My-Guy

July 6th, 2013
11:01 am

Malcolm Mitchell should stay on offense period, he’s a stud receiver with great speed, poise, he great at making those routes, and great athleticism. He’s not going to be the cornerback period. We have Damian Swann & Sheldon Dawson. Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, Jonathan Triumph, and more. Aaron Murray’s passes will be more accurate & tight which will lead to the best receiving core in the country. GO DAWGS!

Creoledawg

July 6th, 2013
11:02 am

Leave the uniform alone, look great as is, don’t need any more motivational gimmicks. Play in Jax regardless, good for recruiting and national exposure.

UGA34

July 6th, 2013
11:06 am

Why is the hell is this idiot Buckeye commenting on a UGA blog? Hey Buckeye when’s the last time yall beat an SEC team in a relevant game……yeah I thought so.

Moist Dawg

July 6th, 2013
11:13 am

mitchel should definately play both and if you cant see that your crazy or blind. we would have to be crazy to not play him. he is young and in good shape and this is the lst year we have him so we should use him til the wheels fall off. if he plays both he could be the first defense man to win the hiseman since woodson, but murray will be contending for that too.

Bulldawg34

July 6th, 2013
11:34 am

WOW look at little ohio state buckeye again! The proof that he has no life and is jealous over UGA continues. Do you people realize he hops out of bed and runs to the computer as fast as he can so that he can get on UGA blogs all day? I realize he is from the nasty state of Ohio, has no friends, and will die without ever being with a woman but that sure is sad! People, just ignore ohio state. If you have not learned by now, he has no life and he simply comes on here to try and get everyone upset. He is angry that he has no friends or woman so he takes it out on here. If you notice, he starts his day at 6AM posting on UGA blogs. That should tell you plenty.

Mitch Cumstein

July 6th, 2013
11:36 am

It amazes me that teck fans, like bucky, wait like trained dogs for a UGa blog to appear so they can comment!

Get a life!

FBIDawg

July 6th, 2013
11:49 am

A lot of discussions on these blogs lately involves this one poster supposedly a fan of a school that we have absolutely no rivalry with. This school has a recent history of discipline problems leading to the dismissal of their sanctimonious coach. They followed this up with hiring a guy who is even more sanctimonious -known to win but left behind a mixed legacy at UF (hard to do when you won 2 MNCs). They also have a history of losing big games and particularly losing to the SEC.

Despite the humbling issues at OSU, this guy literally spends hours every day responding negatively to everything UGA. It’s as though he has an alert when any new articles come out. Since the advent of comment registration, most fans comment much, much less then before-with the notable exception of this one guy.

Only thing that makes sense to me is that he is either:

1) An AJC staffer trying to gin up postings (seems to know the second every new article is posted)
2) Fan of a rivalry school going incognito. This would almost explain the passion but I can’t imagine anyone devoting their life-literally-to insulting people every day, all day-particularly while residing in a glass house.

At least GTBob’s dislike for UGA is rooted in the rivalry. While he spends a lot of time doing the same things, he wears the GT passion proudly and I can respect the honesty in that. The comments from Buckeye cat seems dark and unhinged. Imagine if he spent the same amount of time in the OSU community forums speaking positively about OSU. Imagine working with or living near this guy. WOW!

Buckeye, I ask this not out of disrespect but because I’m generally curious: What is with your obsession with UGA? You take shots at the university or its fans on virtually every blog, even if the topic is completely unrelated. I could understand it if you were a Jacket or Gator, but Ohio State and UGA play in different conferences and haven’t even met on the gridiron since 1992. Your contempt, bordering on personal grudge, is fascinating to me.

My-Guy

July 6th, 2013
11:59 am

@TheBuckeye

There is NO way you’re a real Ohio State fan, I know most buckeye fans don’t act as dogmatic as you do. A fan who just wakes up every morning just to troll on every single UGA blog out there. You’re not a real buckeye fan. No way no how. Your rival is Michigan, the opponents you play every year is in the Big TEN conference. What do you do every year during the season & off-season. Do you even root for your team & support them. Focus on your own team. Unless your team is in the SEC or GT, you have no business trolling on an SEC team. Especially a conference you are winless in necessary bowl games against, including the 1993 game vs. Georgia.

NCDawg

July 6th, 2013
1:30 pm

FBIDawg – he who has diarrhea of the keyboard will not answer you. It’s been tried man times before and there is either no answer at all or a simple negative like “nope”.
My theory is that he is a patient at a mental institution and hogs the activity room computer all day long. It would explain the obsessive behavior. I can’t eveb begin to guess about the grudge’s source or why the Buckeye identity but I stopped a while back. I prefer to us my brain on constructive pursuits. I’m not into futility that much.

1953dawg

July 6th, 2013
2:18 pm

Who cares about uniforms? What every UGA fan should care about is how UGA has such a lack of depth once again in key positions on defense. Once again because Richt and his staff continue to lose the top players in the state to Bama,Auburn, S.C, and Florida, UGA is faced with having to play walkons like Conner Norman, and Blake Sailers or whatever the hell his name is. If UGA hadn’t lost so many top defensive backs, this wouldn’t be an issue. When will UGA fans wake up and realize RIcht doesn’t hold his coaches accountable when it comes to recruiting or coaching up players. I think RIcht’s lucky run of not having to play any top team in the west will end this year, as well as UGA appearing in SECC game. S.C and Spurrier will own Richt and his terrible D.C. Grantham once again. Richt and his whole staff should be fired on the spot if S.C beats UGA for the 4th year in a row. No other UGA coach has ever lost to S.C. 4 games in a row, and that is all that needs to be said about this pitiful coaching staff and it’s head coach.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:22 pm

34,

Why the heck is that idiot 34 coming on this blog???

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:22 pm

fbi dog,

Keep investigating. You’re not even warm.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:23 pm

nc dog,

And a good afternoon to you as well.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:24 pm

fbi dog,

You are repeating a former post.

Boring,

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:26 pm

my guy,

We have a legitimate highly ranked basketball program to root for unlike the dogs. That’s what I do in the off-season.

Just wait for the live blogs of the dog games. Gonna be grrreeeaaaatt.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:31 pm

fbi dog,

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out when the articles get posted.

Ergo, you’re no genius.

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:33 pm

By the way, Josh Smith is now a $58M Piston but you wouldn’t see it on the AJC yet.

Bulldawg35

July 6th, 2013
2:44 pm

I’m not worried about Bucky…he is a tech fan anyways.
What Richt needs to do is get better at team preparation! So we don’t get blowed out by SC or Boise state anymore!

Bulldawg35

July 6th, 2013
2:49 pm

Dyshon sims…..if he goes to tech….Richt needs to fire will friend! I’m sure Richt can find a better friend than that some where! I’m tired of losing the best in- state lineman

TheBuckeye

July 6th, 2013
2:57 pm

35,

I am a Tech fan when they play the dogs.

Bulldawg35

July 6th, 2013
3:58 pm

Liar, make that 365/24/7….. Now go confess your sins to the pope for that lie!!!

P-Man

July 6th, 2013
4:58 pm

Don’t move Mitchell.

Murray is a great college QB, but not the greatest.

STOP the uniform madness. The whole point of a uniform is to develop a BRAND that is easily recognizable. If you keep changing the unis, it kinda destroys that.

Keep the Fla game in Jax. That way, they never have 5 SEC away games. 4 home, 4 away, then 2 or 3 non-conference home games.

Really enjoy reading thoughtful comments. This dumb back-and-forth between some posters, and the continued negativity from others, not so much. It’s ok to disagree, state your opinion, etc without resorting to name calling and childish disrespect.

Bulldawg35

July 6th, 2013
6:21 pm

1953 dawg,

The best post of the day my friend

Rossville Bulldog

July 6th, 2013
7:02 pm

MM should play both ways. He can show off his flexibility and talents. Heisman trophy. High draft pick.

maxx4955

July 6th, 2013
8:23 pm

1953dawg….you hit it on the head my friend. Grantham was banking that the defense last year was going to bring him home the National Championship. They came close but we know close ain’t good enough in the SEC. Our young secondary right now is paying the price for Richt and his staff’s miscalculation. Our DB’s this year would have been ready if they were allowed real playing during some of those blowouts we had last year, but instead Grantham played all of his NFL prospects. Guys like S. Dawson and C. Moore would have been more than ready this year. Trust me, these two will be ready on day one against Clemson. People can say what they want, but I call it like I see it. As far as M. Mitchell…he is no longer defensive minded…keep him at Wide Receiver…that’s his strength.

shane#1

July 6th, 2013
8:39 pm

Hey there Bill! Long time no see! I can’t believe Urbs is at tOSU. What a scumbag! First he lies to UF, then disses them in the press, then turns them and the assistant coach that he hired in to the NCAA. If you look in Websters for the definition of jerk, you see Myers photo! I see tOSU back on probation within 5 years, of course Coarch will be long gone by then. Enjoyed the piece about old Fran, when were freshmen barred from playing? I doubt that Fran put himself in the game, from what I have heard about Butts, we would still hear Butts cussing Fran out. Murray is prolly top five in UGA history ay QB. Take care old man, your pal, Shane.

RED DOG 77

July 7th, 2013
12:12 am

Who am I?………….”If Richt don’t win it with senior qb Murray, he never will”……………concerning game preparation……..”So we don’t get blowed out by SC…….bla bla”…………..Yup, ladies and gentlemen, we are playing NAME THAT FOOL…………Now who did I just quote?

Bulldawg35

July 7th, 2013
7:53 am

We are playing your grandma

Buzz-off

July 7th, 2013
7:55 am

Bill,

I think too many fans get caught-up in the thought process that Murray can’t win the big game. Last year he had a bad first half (on the road) against the #2 BCS ranked Gators and came back and won the game. Several weeks later he faced the eventual NC team in the SEC championship and played very well including an electrifying final drive. My seats were in the Bama section and any Bama fan who says they weren’t concerned is a liar. Two years ago Murray played very well in the first half against LSU, but we dropped 2 perfect passes for TDs and let the Honey Badger run wild on punt returns (not Murray’s fault).

My point is, Murray is not the only player on the team……just like Buck Belue wasn’t the only player on the 1980 team (I think we also had #34 and a Hall of Fame placekicker to name a few on that 1980 squad). We need to always remember this is a “team” sport and we can’t give Murray full credit for wins and/or losses. I think we need to also keep in mind the reason AM doesn’t always shine against top ranked teams is because they consistently have a “top 5″ defense…..if not the #1 defense. Examples in the past 3 years are: Bama, LSU, Florida and SC. Only Johnny Football could have functioned against that SC rush last season!!!!! So let’s not be so quick to judge our QB on how many big games “he” has won……Let’s judge the “team” instead.

Buzz-off

July 7th, 2013
7:59 am

Oh yea, I forgot to mention, keep Mitchell on the offense, don’t change our uniforms and please don’t have butt ugly white helmets!!!

SCseas

July 7th, 2013
8:32 am

Mitchell should probably stay on offense because one slightly above-average DB is not going to help the problems on defense for 2013 and UGA is going to have to try the UT outscore everyone for victory

It didn’t work out very well for Derek but UGA might fair better.

Buzz-off

July 7th, 2013
9:16 am

I vote for:
- Keep Mitchell on Offense
- Don’t change the uniforms
- No white helmets

Bulldawg35

July 7th, 2013
9:42 am

Lets just talk about where we are at in the SEC!
Bama
Texas a&m
SC
Lsu
UGA ….we rank 5th in the whole sec…and that’s not good …..a&m has passed us and they have been in the sec only 1 year…how sad! Lose to SC again and Richt should just give up!!!!!!!!!

Bulldawg35

July 7th, 2013
9:45 am

Congrats to Richt for being the only coach in UGA history to lose to SC 3 years in a row!!! Mnc teams don’t get blowed out 35-7 by any team

Bulldawg35

July 7th, 2013
9:47 am

No more uniform changes….we need more 5 star in state recruits….we need sims

7576DAWG

July 7th, 2013
12:27 pm

Richt has realized that he has to demand his Coordinator’s and Coaches do a great job and that he can not let personal friendship stand in his way of being a Head Football Caoch.. He fired Martinez and finally Garner , thank goodness. Richt has only been a Head Coach for 12 years and has one of the best record’s in the SEC over that period of time. Richt was a great Offensive Coordinator but had to learn how to be a Great Head Coach. I will admit that every Great Coordinator can’t be a Head Coach and Richt nearly fell into this category but finally , with McGarity’s help, started making the changes needed to prove he can lead an SEC Power team and that he is not just a follower who doesn’t have to make the tough decision’s.
When McGarity came to Georgia he said he was going to take some time to observe what changes needed to be made and not just change thing’s to seem like he is doing something. McGarity know’s through wisdom and experience that many times all changes don’t help and can put you farther away from your goal if they are the wrong changes. Hasty decision’s has destroyed Tennessee and Auburn .
Georgia has dominated Tech for over 10 year’s and dominated Auburn for 6 year’s. We have finally started winning at Florida and I think Richt deserves our support.

Buzz-off

July 7th, 2013
12:32 pm

Relax 35…….I really don’t think we are below SC, A&M…..and we are pretty close to LSU, maybe even ahead of those guys. Yes, Bama is ahead of us, but name another team that owns Bama in the past 3-4 years. You are correct that CMR has lost to SC 3 years in a row, but how many UGa coaches have beaten FL 2 years running, and Auburn and TN 3 years in a row? NOTE: All 3 of those teams have won national championships in the past decade, but CMR is doing very well against them.

Buzz-off

July 7th, 2013
12:42 pm

@7576Dawg,

I like your positive thinking and you are spot on. We need to quit griping about not winning championships. Remember, in the last 8-10 years we would in most cases have to be the number one team in America to just win a SEC championship. I think CMR is doing a great job and there are very few schools that would not hire him away in a second if they had a vacancy and he wanted to leave. We are lucky to have such a great coach and human being. I get especially pissed-off with ignorant bloggers who say we aren’t “relevant”. Please tell Florida, TN, Auburn, LSU, etc we aren’t relevant. Even Bama fans thought we were very relevant in the last 2 minutes of the SEC championship. That is total BS and a stupid description by ignorant bloggers.

Bulldawg35

July 7th, 2013
1:10 pm

Buzz- off

I agree that Richt has done a great job against auburn and Tennessee! I just hate that we have lost to SC three years in a row…because I live in SC. not fun at all losing to those chickens! I’m just like most UGA fans….I haven’t gotten over getting so close to winning the mnc!!!! Now we have to start all over with a much harder schedule! Their is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t think that play…tipped pass and we ran out of time!!!

NCDawg

July 7th, 2013
4:04 pm

Buzz-off – Aaron Murray is a really good QB that has an opportunity to move into greatness. Everybody always talks about his less than stellar performances against top ranked opponents… and unfortunately they have a point. As you pointed out he beat UF with his arm and very nearly did so against Bama. He played very well in the bowl. People forget that Nebraska had the Nation’s best pass defense…. prior to that game. Everybody just assumes that once you have a bad game or 2 you can’t grow out of it. Those games are showing me he IS growing out of it.

AM has always squeezed the bar of soap too tightly, up until those games. He played within himself and relied on his teammates to make the plays. They did. I’ll be interested to see how that progresses as the year moves on.

NCDawg

July 7th, 2013
4:04 pm

BTW – Mitchell needs to stick with offense.

NCDawg

July 7th, 2013
4:14 pm

7576Dawg – I think CMR crippled himself by handing off the OC to Bobo and trying to much of a CEO. He didn’t know how to function that way and it showed. He was TOO hands off in the daily operations and lost his feel for the program. (Think of it as being used to working with your bare hands and suddenly trying to do the same job with padded gloves on.)
McGarity helped him gets his hands back on the program and stop being a disconnected CEO. He is getting back to what he had success doing in the first 5 years. He was flailing for a while but just look at him on the sidelines during the SEC CG. He was not at all detached. And that is why I’m excited about the upcoming season.

NCDawg

July 7th, 2013
4:43 pm

Bulldawg35 – Texas A&M was good last year but try giving them a few more years to prove they are worthy of 2nd in the SEC. SC beat us but we did what they could not do… beat UF. AND we gave Bama everything they could handle in the SEC CG. I’ll be surprised if A&M will be able to maintain their level from last year.

NCDawg

July 7th, 2013
5:04 pm

“trying to much of a CEO” – “trying to be too much of a CEO.” curse these fingers!