Fan talk: Is sixth-best recruiting class in SEC good enough for UGA? (UPDATED)

Landing Lorenzo Carter, the state's top prospect, was big for UGA. (Associated Press)

Landing Lorenzo Carter, the state's top prospect, was big for UGA. (Associated Press)

I’ll be off the next few days, so let’s take an early dip into some Junkyard Mail, starting out with a fan who not surprisingly wants to talk about how national signing day went for UGA. …

Grady Bowers writes: Bill, I know that Mark Richt said he was “excited” about the recruiting class he just signed, and I gather from what I read online that most fans agree with him. I hate to be the yeah-but guy and yet I can’t get past the fact that while Georgia once again landed a consensus Top 10 recruiting class, it was only the sixth best in the Southeastern Conference. Are we really losing ground to the likes of Tennessee? If you can make me feel better about this situation, Bill, I’d be most grateful.

Well first, Grady, as I wrote in Wednesday’s Blawg, I tend to think the ranking of recruiting classes is an artificial and superfluous competition that doesn’t actually win you anything. Yes, I realize the class rankings are (loosely) based on the star ratings various recruiting services assign to the prospects, which are in themselves pretty much a subjective guess at which players are mostly likely to be the best. That said, whether you are thrilled that Georgia overcame a complete replacement of its defensive coaching staff to still land a Top 10 class that included the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state in Lorenzo Carter, or are dismayed that Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn and Tennessee’s classes were ranked higher, probably falls into is-the-glass-half-full-or-half-empty territory. Let’s face it, SEC schools are ridiculously good at recruiting and even if you accept the premise that five conference schools got better classes than Georgia, the Dogs still were perceived as having the eighth best class in the country.

To me, the more important question is whether Mark Richt and his staff (including national recruiter of the year Bryan McClendon) got what they needed. I think at running back, the answer is a resounding yes since they brought in two five-star recruits to back up the likes of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. As we’ve learned the hard way, you can never have too many great running backs in the SEC. Said Richt of signees Sony Michel and Nick Chubb: “We will absolutely give those guys a chance to show what they can do, and if they can be productive, we’ll get them in the game.”

Getting a return specialist in Isaiah McKenzie filled a dire need for the Dogs. (Special)

Getting a return specialist in Isaiah McKenzie filled a dire need for the Dogs. (Special)

Georgia also restocked pretty nicely at tight end with Jeb Blazevich and surprise signing Hunter Atkinson. And I was thrilled they added a potential game-breaking kick returner in Isaiah McKenzie. That was a dire need that had to be addressed. “His No. 1 job is going to try to be that kickoff-return, punt-return guy for us,” Mike Bobo said Wednesday of McKenzie. “That could be the difference in a ballgame for us.”

Adding five-star Carter to the pass rush is big, too.

Yeah, I would have liked to see a five-star player signed for the offensive line, a perennial problem area for Richt teams, but the four players they got there are pretty solid three- or four-star choices. I’d also have liked to see a five-star signee in the defensive backfield, but four-star cornerback Malkom Parrish does look likely to be able to help out fairly early.

Overall, it’s a pretty balanced signing class, and keep in mind that the Dogs return an awful lot of starters from last year’s team.

Ted Sellers writes: Bill, I thought your National Signing Day “heartbreak” piece was one of the best summations I’ve ever read of how ridiculous the recruiting game has gotten. And I say that as a reformed recruitnik. I used to get all caught up in following those kids all year long, but when it got to the point where people were anguishing over what some 17-year-old tweeted, well, I decided I needed to step back and just wait until the class is signed before getting all wound up or let down. Thanks for putting that into words for me in a really nice piece of writing.

Glad you enjoyed it, Ted. I love that college football fans are passionate all through the year, and not just during the season, but I’d rather focus more on the players we have than fret about which way some potential future players are leaning.

Theron Altman writes: Bill; what is the latest news on the last hire for the defense? I heard an internet rumor about Freddie Roach from South Alabama??? As you know he is an ex-Bama player and a very good defensive LB. Give me your thoughts! Thanks

We may find out who’s filling that position before the day is out, Theron. Citing an unnamed source, CoachingSearch.com is reporting that the most frequently mentioned name in connection with that vacancy, former Southern Cal linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, is going to get the job. It’s notable that he has some special teams experience, too, though Richt is waiting until the staff is complete before announcing exactly who’ll be doing what.

UPDATE: UGA made it official this morning. This is from the athletic department release:

Mike Ekeler, linebackers coach at Southern Cal in 2013, has been named Inside Linebackers Coach at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Thursday by UGA head coach Mark Richt. Ekeler had previously served as linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator at Indiana (2011-12).  A native of David City, Neb., he had served as linebackers coach at Nebraska for three seasons (2008-10) under head coach Bo Pelini.  During his three years in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers won or shared the Big 12 Conference North Division title all three seasons. “I was extremely impressed with his knowledge and energy during the interview process,” Richt said.  “He was highly recommended by many coaches and administrators with whom I talked and we’re very excited that he’ll be joining our staff.” The move completes the Georgia defensive staff which includes Jeremy Pruitt (Defensive Coordinator/Secondary), Kevin Sherrer (Sam Linebacker and the Star position or nickel back), and Tracy Rocker (Defensive Line and Will Linebacker).  Special Teams responsibilities among the staff are still to be determined according to Richt.

Hutson Mason's arm strength has been questioned. (AJC file)

Hutson Mason's arm strength has been questioned. (AJC file)

Patrick writes: Bill, Enjoy the read, especially in the off season. It’s a nice combination of scoop, football knowledge and logic. Thoughts on [Hutson] Mason’s arm after watching him in the last two games? His pass reminds me of Pascual Perez’s infamous eephus pitch — it has no velocity and appears to be almost pushed. Let’s hope he knows his way around Atlanta better than the late-Pascual.

From what we’ve seen so far, I think on short to medium passes, Mason throws a very catchable ball, and I like the way he surveys the field before turning it loose. However, I think it’s also obvious he doesn’t have the arm strength of Aaron Murray, so we might not see as many long throws downfield. I’d love for him to prove us wrong on that, though.

TD Dawg writes: I enjoy your columns, and appreciate your hopeful enthusiasm for our beloved Dawgs. I must admit ever since I stepped foot on campus in the Fall of 1982, I have been a loyal supporter of our Dawgs. Got spoiled with Dooley, then had to suffer through Goff and Donnan. Reckon that’s what makes me appreciate Richt so much, although my frustration level has grown greatly over the past few years with not being able to get over the hump of winning the SEC or national championship. However, it does my heart and soul good to travel long distances to see them play and enjoy the fellowship of meeting other Dawg fans who have made the trek, too. For instance, a few years ago at Arizona State. My wife and I left early that week, enjoyed Vegas, then the Grand Canyon where we met up with at least 50 or so Dawg fans. It was interesting to see the looks on other tourist’s faces at all these rabid football fans. So do you think we will get back to having some good road games scheduled in other parts of the country? Or will the long conference schedule make that hard to do?

I think those long trips to other parts of the country are pretty much a thing of the past, TD. Greg McGarity made it clear from the onset that he wasn’t a fan of that sort of trip (hence getting out of the contract with Oregon). And I do remember that the coaches said the long trip back from Arizona might have been a factor in the team not looking very good against Alabama the next week. McGarity has said that with Georgia Tech on the schedule every year, he’s not going to want to add another major nonconference opponent most seasons, though he’s already shown a willingness to agree to a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. I’d love to see Clemson come back on the schedule for a home-and-home (though preferably not as the opening game of the season, considering our tendency to have starters suspended then). Basically, though, the key factor will be whether the conference goes to a nine-game schedule. If that happens, I think the nonconference schedule is mainly going to be cupcakes.

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305 comments Add your comment

GeoffDawg

February 6th, 2014
10:51 am

One other thing to note with regards to class rankings is simply that they tend to favor quantity over quality. UT signed 31 players! Many of whom will be counted backwards to last year but I’d be interested in comparing the average star ranking between the two classes. At the end of the day, you can only have 85 scholarships awarded so big class or small, the quality of the individual player matters more than the number of warm bodies that you sign in any given year.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
10:59 am

Sounds like another mediocre effort from our head coach. No big deal that many people who know what they are talking about think that 5 teams in our conference got better players than we did. Big whoop.

Can their coaches pull 2 flips off the high dive? I think not. Dismissed.

armydawg

February 6th, 2014
11:06 am

I don’t consider signing 3 five star players to be mediocre. I am happy with this class and look forward to great things from them. GO DAWGS!!!

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
11:09 am

I consider 6th best in our conference to be very mediocre. I guess you think Gator Bowls and Outback Bowls are worthy of a banner in Sanford Stadium.

BOB

February 6th, 2014
11:12 am

Over the last couple of seasons there have been some pretty intense discussions on this and other sites regarding whether the resources provided by the Athletic Department and the recruiting by the coaching staff has yielded satisfactory results. This season will be all about results. The Richt/ Bobo/ Friend regime has had the time and talent to create a team that should compete for the SEC title. Period. If it means using all of the teams offensive weapons( a 260 lb fullback who can run and catch the ball); running a 4-3 defense that stops the run and rushes the QB( there is enough D-line depth and ability now); or playing cornerbacks that are big enough to press cover any receiver ,particularly in the red zone; or finally, instill some vocal leadership in the ranks in order generate some peer accountability because the fan expectation levels are at a very high level.

old dog

February 6th, 2014
11:25 am

Sorry, folks, but we are still too far behind on solid o-line recruits! In the SEC, this is where we have gottn whooped. I hate to keep harping on it, but when Cousins and company (Michigan State) whooped up on us a few years back, we should have taken notice……Nebraska showed us that in fact we had not. Kudos for the most part, but in the end we will be exposed by an average-at-best o-line.

old dog

February 6th, 2014
11:27 am

(And by the way, a couple of decent series against South Carolina in the second half does not a season make!!) Lets see how much improvement Ole Miss, Florida, and Tennessee make. They improved the up front folks….

SimpleDawg

February 6th, 2014
11:30 am

Bill, I think the 2014 signing class was pretty damn good. The #1 guy in the state, 2 RBs everyone wanted, some solid OL prospects, good CBs, stud LBs, a monster DL guy, pass rushers, a couple of speedy WRs…….and a Return Guy.

Needs addressed, opportunities for young guys to work hard and improve. What’s not to love?

So what about Bama’s class…..several of those guys achieved extra stars because Bama was recruiting them – happens every year. And Tennysee signing 36? Hell, they could use 56. UF? Will’s screwed up better….. LSU? Les has more madcap days ahead.

So…don’t worry, be happy.

I-DOG

February 6th, 2014
11:31 am

The specific ranking of the class is not important. Obviously, Bama appears to have had a great class, but the difference between the 8th best class and the 12th best class isn’t material at this point and one could end up being better than the other. Obviously, recruiting is very important and Georgia had a good class this year especially with getting Carter on NSD.

As I stated during the season, it is hard to imagine many of these guys contributing this year let alone starting: Their contributions will be 2 + years away.

I would think that RB’s Michael and Chubb will play next year and have an impact. If Gurley is healthy for any particular game, they VERY likely won’t start and if Marshall comes back from his injury, there will be quite a battle for playing time behind Gurley. Injuries happen at this position so they may end up contributing quite a lot.

Everywhere else, the incoming freshmen are going to have to be very very good if they are to earn playing time because there are returning experienced 4 star players at just about every position.

Hard to imagine a WR unseating Connely, Bennet, Mitchell, Rumph, and the signees from last year’s class.

there may be an opportunity on the offense line to play, but a freshman will have to beat out a player that either has starter experience or been in the program for 2-3 years.

There is an opportunity at TE to get some playing time. Probably not going to see a QB unseat Mason.

On D, will a DL beat out Thornton or Johnson inside or Ray Drew, S. Bailey, Johnson, or Dawson at DE? I’m sure Carter will get a long look at DE or more likely OLB, and if he is outstanding… I’m sure he will start, but only if he is ready and very good.

at OLB, he would have to beat out Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd. Remember Jenkins was also a 5 star player and he has some experience now. If Carter is as good as advertised, he could certainly get playing time, but even he will have a tough time starting unless there are injuries.

At MLB, someone will have to unseat two very experienced seniors and then fight through all those MLB’s we signed last year.

While the secondary played poorly last year, an incoming safety will have to beat Mauger, Clemons, Moore, and Mathews for time and at CB, it is pretty much the same deal, four pretty highly recruited players that are older and more experienced. Obviously, if a freshman is practicing and playing great at CB, Pruitt would likely start him, but doesn’t seem very likely.

My guess is the first half of the season there are 0 starters that are true freshman with 5- 6 of the signees getting playing time on something other than special teams as a backup or even third string.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
11:32 am

We were on notice long before the Michigan State game. In Mark Richt’s 13 years as coach I can only think if two occasions where we had a top flight SEC O-line (2002,2007). He didn’t even recruit the 2002 guys. All other years we’ve been mediocre at best. Richt does nothing about it. He doesn’t care. “You just gotta make enough room for your skill guys to make plays” or whatever the crap he says. The guy has absolutely no freaking clue how to win big in the SEC.

He’s out to lunch.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
11:34 am

Rivals said we signed 1 five star; who were the other two?

They're all zeros!

February 6th, 2014
11:36 am

Recruiting stars mean nothing at this point. They’re all starting over. They’re zero star freshman at this point. Time and time again 5 * recruits don’t pan out and a 2 * will shine!

wasn’t David Pollock only a 2 *?

I-DOG

February 6th, 2014
11:37 am

I’m OK with Mason not having a huge arm and even more OK with Georgia throwing mostly short and medium passes. Too many times on 3rd and 8 or even 3rd and 3… we seem to throw deep and when that low percentage play fails… the drive is over and we kick to our opponent.

More than anything, I’d like to see us focus SOLEY on run blocking and the running game for the first half of Spring practice. If we can be a slightly above average run blocking team… we will be formidable on offense next year with what should be a deep and talented backfield and then a QB that can manage the game and play pitch and catch with lots of weapons at WR to keep the defense honest.

I-DOG

February 6th, 2014
11:41 am

I think Georgia would be VERY hard to beat next year in any game that we have more running plays than our opponent does. I’m concerned that we will fall in love with our weapons at WR and attempt to be balanced. Run the ball 40 times in a ballgame and we would be a tough out for anyone on our schedule next season.

If we ran the ball 40 times at South Carolina, I would like our chances there to.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
11:41 am

We now sound like Tech fans claiming that certain schools get preferential treatment in recruiting rankings simply because of their brand. This is pathetic. Alabama has won 3 national titles in the past 5 years. Whatever kind of players they are getting it seems to be working quite well.

I grow more and more disgusted with the apathy and acceptance of mediocrity that is poisoning our program with each passing day.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
11:41 am

I can see it now; if UGA had ranked ahead of Bama in recruiting this year

the kool-aiders would be saying Saban hasnt got it anymore and that UGA is the next Bama

instead; today we are hearing that recruiting rankings arent that important and shouldnt be taken too seriously

I-DOG

February 6th, 2014
11:45 am

too, I get -5 points for the improper use of to, too, two.

ARdawg

February 6th, 2014
11:47 am

What a demn shame. If we had the likes of dawgfan and Flat recruiting, I’ve no doubt we’d be the #1 recruiting class every year. *jagg off motion*

ARdawg

February 6th, 2014
11:49 am

It’s just too bad the blog expertise of those two can not be channeled into the coaching staff at UGA. Oh think of the championships we would own. *more jagg off*

gomdawg

February 6th, 2014
11:50 am

IT DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN THE BEST IS THE BEST , LOOK AT DAVID POLLOCK

Run, run and run it some more, then BOOM!!

February 6th, 2014
11:58 am

With the BIG TIME backs that UGA has, we should rush it hard. Not counting Keith Marshal, UGA has TG, the 2 backs from 2013, that kid from Florida and JJ Green. I think the Karemplis kid is also back. NOW we add Sony Michel and Nick Chubb into the mix.

UGA can throw in the HUGE FB Quavon Hicks and Hall. I see these two blocking forth aforementioned running backs.

The SHORT to intermediate passing game should click every time. ONE or TWO of these guys can establish the RUN THREAT, making the passing game really deadly.

If D can ACT like a solid SEC squad, UGA should be competitive in EVERY GAME.

Time will tell.

Oh, can the guys act right and not get benched for high school kid stuff. THAT is the question.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
11:58 am

Im sorry ARdawg that I find it comical how important recruiting rankings were when the Dream Team was being talked about and now its considered fluff when several SEC schools out-recruited us this year

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
11:58 am

I must have missed the part where I’ve ever said I should be the coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. Pretty sure I’ve never said that. I’ve only said that someone who is better than Mark Richt should be our football coach, whoever that might be.

I can think of 5 coaches in our conference alone right off the top of my head that are better so finding one shouldn’t be hard.

ARdawg

February 6th, 2014
12:10 pm

Flat, ranking of recruiting classes mean exactly D-i-c. In any case regardless of who the staff has recruited it’s not a time to spew all of your negativity. By all accounts it appears to be a good class with some highly regarded athletes and as a fan, you should wish them all the very best. If I recall correctly, the supposed Dream team wasn’t even a top 5 class that year. Not that it matters as few of the highly regarded recruited teams rarely make it 3 or 4 years down the road. 9iss and moan when you have a legitimate 9iss and moan but, recruiting ain’t it bruddah

maconexpress

February 6th, 2014
12:12 pm

I love this recruiting class. We have the players to win national championships so let’s get it done fellas.

Bulldawg35

February 6th, 2014
12:17 pm

6th best in the sec is for losers!! And that’s just what we are right now! We have to bad recruiters right now on the staff that is hurting us..Richt and will friend!

Bulldawg35

February 6th, 2014
12:19 pm

How in the hail did Tennessee recruit better than us??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:19 pm

a- richt wins 6-8 games a season with 1st year qb’s like Mason (see Greene, Stafford, Cox and Murray)

b- richt doesn’t do well with 1st year new defensive coaches, see 2010, went 6-7

c- UGA finished #7 in the SEC conference recruiting class according to USA today, below average.

The recruiting class overall, and Richt, are mediocre.

Bulldawg35

February 6th, 2014
12:21 pm

It won’t be long before Tennessee and Florida start beating us again…..because they’re already out recruiting us….ole butch jones can recruit better than Richt! How sad!

Bulldawg35

February 6th, 2014
12:24 pm

Bryan McClendon is the best recruiter of the year! So how in the heck do we finish 6th in the sec?? Well it’s because Richt can’t sell UGA like he could in his early tenure! That’s a fact jack!!!!

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:25 pm

By the way, Hutson Mason has a 57 and a 58 adjusted qbr on espn rating in his 1st 2 games, would put somewhere around 60th in the NCAA if that continues. He’s medicore. Average. Murray’s was #4 in ncaa at 84 adjusted qbr. That’s a 50% drop at Qb. Mason is simply horrible.

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:26 pm

McClendon can recruit, but he can’t develOp talent. He needs to be fired.

UGA hasn’t finished in the top 3 in the SEC in rushing since McClendon has been at UGA.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
12:32 pm

Earth to ARdawg

what am I moaning about?

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:32 pm

uga only recruited 1 5 star player. and way too many 3 star players. very poor recruiting class.

top 10 NATIONALLY sounds good, but if you play in a conference where you rank 7th in recruiting class, by USA today’s compiled ranking (averages them all), then you’re getting outrecruited by 6 competitors.

Richt’s entire defensive coaches bailed on him 2 weeks before recruiting, no loyalty, no relationship, bad sign of the job Richt’s doing to build relationships around his defensive staff.

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:36 pm

In USA Today’s consensus rankings:
Bama, LSU, T A/M, tENN Aub, Florida all ranked ABOVE UGA.

So UGA is in the company of teams like:
Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss St.

That’s how this recruiting class ranked in the SEC.

Horrible.

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:41 pm

Mason has thrown an interception in every game he’s started, on track to throw 12-15 interceptions in 2014.

Murray threw 41 interceptions

Cox threw 15 in his one season.

Lose the turnover battle, and lose the game 75% of the time.

Richt can’t fix this either because he’s a mediocre QB coach.

Bulldawg35

February 6th, 2014
12:44 pm

Bennie

Shut up!!!! It was two *5 stars! Yes I do get mad and say some crazy things about UGA but that’s cuz I care about UGA…I’m a true fan…..you’re nothing but a troll….a tech nerd!

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:47 pm

McClendon is why UGA never wins Championships.

ALL SEC Champs in the last 8 years finished in the top 3 in the SEC in rushing.

McClendon NEVER HAS.

He needs to be fired, I don’t care how good of a recruiter he is, fact is, he can’t get enough production from his unit to win a championship.

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:53 pm

Pruitt laid an egg. He recruited 2 3 star Db’s, Jones and Fenteng. I expected more out of him, heard he was a great recruiter, 2 3 stars at DB? What a huge letdown. Sanders at safety was ranked 68 best safety. Jones was ranked 84th best DB.

DB’s gonna get lit up.

Bennie

February 6th, 2014
12:56 pm

Crowell was a 5 star rb, didn’t work out. 5 stars feel entitled. they don’t do the work it takes to earn greatness.

McDawg

February 6th, 2014
1:00 pm

its time for Bennie’s nap now

P-Man

February 6th, 2014
1:19 pm

Gosh! I guess there’s no sense in playing any games this fall, what with a horrible coaching staff, and a terrible recruiting class. Whatever will we do? Will the Earth stop spinning? Oh no!

Geez, there sure are a lot of negative Nellies out there. (And saying the same things, over and over, on EVERY UGA blog…)

RiffRaff

February 6th, 2014
1:26 pm

“Mason throws a very catchable ball, and I like the way he surveys the field before turning it loose. However, I think it’s also obvious he doesn’t have the arm strength of Aaron Murray, so we might not see as many long throws downfield. I’d love for him to prove us wrong on that, though.”

Mason has started two games and his deep threats have either been injured or not 100%. Will have to wait till Keith Marshall, Chris Conley, Malcolm Mitchell, and Justin Scott-Wesley are back at full strength to find out.

BigDawg

February 6th, 2014
1:27 pm

Fellow Dawgs—- Recruiting and bringing in quality recruits is the life blood of a winning football, basketball, baseball or whatever sport program. In football games are won in the trenches and lets face it Fellow Dawgs. Coach Richt and his staff have not been consistently getting the job done. Coach Richt’s own spoken words tell you just how out of touch he is in this “You just gotta make enough room for your skill guys to make plays” when talking about the importance of the Big Ugglies. Why do you think Alabama has won 3 of the last 5 MNC and except for a special teams breakdown against Auburn possibly we would have been talking about 4 of 5? It is if you look at how Saban recruits and signs 5 to 7 OL every year and He has been able to come into Georgia and cherry pick the Best OL almost at will. We seem to go after one highly regarded OL per year and in some years we have gotten them and a couple of guys who were projects in other years like last year the # 1 guy bolted and signed with another team at the last minute.

IMHO not much will change until Coach Richt puts as much effort and emphasis on recruiting 5 to 7 OL and DL with these being the “BEST” prospects as he does on the skill guys. I hope I am wrong but 13 years of falling short says otherwise.

Go Dawgs

ugafaninTN

February 6th, 2014
1:29 pm

How did TN have a top class? One of the reasons was what they call the legacy class (former Vol players kids). If Dooley had stayed, none of these three highly rate, I believe 4 star kids, would have gone else where. When Jones came in, he immediately reached out to these former Vols to make the feel welcome (The Berry Twins, Todd Kelley’s kid, Bill Bates son). That turned things around. So they had 4 kids highly recruited out recruiting for them. The came the instate talent. Tennessee is a wierd state to recruit. Most of the time, the highly rated and sought after talent is from West Tennessee (everything west of Nashville). UT does not exist in west TN. Those peope do not have an affiliation with UT. The cream of the crop this year was everything East of Nashville and UT picked up those kids. These are two big things that happened that normally does not happen. Talent in the state of Tennessee is generally not that great but this year and next year are the excetptions to the rule. And it does matter where this good talent is b/c not the whole state is UT bound. Take that with they an sell playing time. There roster is terrible and these highly rated kids want playing time. I don’t ever want another UT fan to poke fun at Alabama and their Grey shirting and Blue shirting and having players mysteriously walk away from the program b/c with signing 34 or 36 kids, they are going to have to do that.
UGA’s class is solid. What we need now is the coaching to coach these kids up and for once in a long time, on defense, I feel we have that now.

JB

February 6th, 2014
1:36 pm

How many national championships has Mark Richt won at Georgia ? 0
Georgia continues to get progressively worse as other SEC teams continue to get better. Georgia must recruit better in state especially with 5 star and 4 star players.

GaDawg98'

February 6th, 2014
1:36 pm

Good point, Geoffdawg.

These recruiting services often calibrate each recruit based on stars and individual rankings and then add up total points for the entire class. 247sports, which takes into account the cumulative evaluation from multiple sites, has a good breakdown of the total number of points for each class with each recruit contibuting to a point total; therefore, the teams with the highest number of recruits often end up ahead of Georgia based on shear number rather than quality; of the SEC schools ahead of us in the “recruit rankings”, Alabama signed 26, Auburn 23, Tennessee 33, LSU 23, and Texas A&M is the only one that matches us with numbers at 21.

Teams 5-8 247sports.com
Texas A&M-277.35 points
Auburn-275.9 points
Tennessee-274.79 points
Georgia-273.38 points.

These are extremely close. Looking at our numbers, our overall recruits are ranked higher than most schools in “initial quality.”

If you look at it from a compliance standpoint, 85 scholarship limit with 4 classes is 21.25 scholarships per class, so we are right on par for where we should be.

We also signed a preferred Walk-on kicker from Stratford Academy in Macon (see Macon Telegraph) that did not count towards scholarship total, and he usually kicked it through the uprights on the kickoffs. Not sure if he will compete with Morgan for the kickoff job or not, or if we are just securing a kicker for the future.

Silly Bloggers

February 6th, 2014
2:09 pm

I am not a Richt supporter at all; however, I will say that I am very pleased with the recruiting class. If you are willing to point out the negative of the program, you have to be able to point out the positives as well when they happen.

The negatives: Can’t argue about the lack of offensive linemen, or the fact that we are historically weak in this area during the entirety of Richt’s tenure, or that Will Friend doesn’t exactly breed a lot of confidence in coaching up the linemen.

The positives: We addressed every other need. I would have liked to see another safety, but with a limited amount of spots, we did excellent.

For the teams ahead of us, it is a wash except for Alabama. They recruited around 15% of the 5-Stars out there and that separates them from EVERY other team. As mentioned, a lot of rankings have to do with class size. Were these other schools successful? Of course, but they each missed on something key.

As for coaching, I am not a Richt fan, and I flat out don’t like Friend, but I am optimistic about Pruitt. Again, this is a kudos for Richt on the entire hiring of the defensive staff. Give credit where credit is due.

Teams ahead of us:

Tenn – 36 new players is going to be impossible to manage. I think Butch Jones has talent, but that is going to be a hard team to keep together.

Fla – They have had amazing classes and you saw what happened last year. Granted, Fla revamped thier offensive coaches, but I still think Pruitt vs. Collins is no where close as coordinators go.

Auburn – How long before teams start figuring out the gimmick offense? Similar to Tech’s sliding scale of success with the option. Last time I checked, their defense wasn’t a whole lot better than ours.

A&M – Defense? They were the closest thing to making Grantham look competent.

Bama and LSU: – Both solid programs. Bama ahead of the world. LSU, as mentioned, the closest thing to a balanced team.

Go Dawgs and job well done coaches!

DawginColorado

February 6th, 2014
2:17 pm

It is so predictable that (NOT)Dawgfan will put his lack of effort spin on the recruiting rankings. Dude, you are f-d up. If you look at the way things panned out it was really Bama nd LSU and then everyone else as far as recruiting numbers. A&M got 1 more 4 star than we did. UT had a class of 33 and signed a bunch of 4 stars but zero 5-stars. And because it’s you mission in life to demean Coach Mark Richt in everything he does, you say that it was a lackluster effort. I’m sure Carter didn’t choose Bama because the Georgia coaching staff did try. What an utter farce!

We had 21-22 slots available. We got the top prospect in Georgia. We addressed several needs. Did you even read Jacob Park’s comments on why he chose Georgia over Bama? Here I’ll help you:

“It was different. Coach Richt and (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo didn’t hassle me. They didn’t call me every day. They sent me letters. They didn’t send me a million letters like everybody else. But when they did, it was a letter that meant something. I went on a visit there, and it came down to Georgia and Alabama. Alabama was being wishy-washy. Coach Bobo told me ‘I sent two offers out this year, you and Deshaun Watson. I’m not going to offer anybody else until you make a decision.’ I took that to mean that he liked me a lot.”

Does that sound like they didn’t care what they were doing? Does that sound like they were out recruited? Hell no it doesn’t.

Moral of the story is that you twist everything to fit your f-d up mindset (NOT)dawgfan. Anyone with an ounce of sense should know that they should just write off anything you post. I get sick of seeing it.

Mark Richt is not lazy. get it through your f-d up little head. He cares as much as any coach about his program and the young men he coaches. Just because he doesn’t throw sideline tantrums does not mean he doesn’t care and it only shows how screwed up you are that you make that assumption.

Get off these blogs and get some help. Good grief!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
2:31 pm

The new defense is something Im looking forward to seeing in the next couple seasons

as well as the new RB’s QB’s and the speedster kick returner

will the O-line dampen things? Probably

browndog

February 6th, 2014
2:41 pm

This class looks good to me as far as filling needs. Not concerned about where the class is ranked. Take a look a t South Carolina and Michigan State and their class rankings yet where did both end up in the final polls? South Carolina has won eleven games each of the last three years with recruiting classes ranked below UGA if I am not mistaken.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
2:47 pm

if Im not mistaken South Carolina has one of the best coaches in the nation too ;)

UGA Insider

February 6th, 2014
2:59 pm

PLEASE do not get your hopes up too high this offseason Dawg fans…

The first two games are going to be tough. The defense has miles to go before they are legit in this league. Mizzou will still be favored to win it all in the East followed by USCe. UT will be tough next season as well.

So please don’t get too excited. UGA is pretty much in rebuilding mode.

GHWB

February 6th, 2014
2:59 pm

Sixth best would be an improvement over seventh best, I suppose.

1 Alabama (SEC)

2 LSU (SEC)

3 Florida State

4 Texas A&M (SEC)

5 Tennessee (SEC)

6 Florida (SEC)

7 Ohio State

8 Auburn (SEC)

9 Georgia (SEC)

10 Miami

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
3:06 pm

So I shouldnt get my hopes up for national title run even though Malzon did it in a rebuilding year?

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
3:10 pm

brown dog, that’s because they have a better coach than we do. I’d be perfectly fine with our recruiting class if we had a coach that lives, breaths and drinks championship football 24/7/365. Other schools have that. We don’t.

The Kool Aiders are tired of me saying the same things over and over again. Well, I’m tired of them saying the same things over and over again. I’m tired of all the delusion and wishful thinking. I’m tired of losing 2 or more games every freaking seasons while other teams in our conference play for and win championships. I’m tired Gator Bowls and Outback Bowls. I’m tired of hearing about “next year.” More than anything though, I’m tired of Mark Richt.

Time or some new blood. You’ll get there soon enough Kool Aiders.

old dog

February 6th, 2014
3:11 pm

If we do not get serious about o-linemen, then all the skill players on the planet will give us a winning record, but thats about it………….

BMDPD

February 6th, 2014
3:13 pm

What was our “star” average in recruiting? It was 90.97 according to 247Sports. This give is the 5th best class in the Nation.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
3:19 pm

You dont need a good O-line; you just need good skill players

GHWB

February 6th, 2014
3:19 pm

I heard that Uncle Bubba’s© recruiting rankings has UGA at #4.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
3:28 pm

How many times have we been absolutely bludgeoned to death by teams that are bigger, stronger and more physical than us but Richt still thinks its all about the flashy skill guys? We strike fear in no one. Sure, opponents know we could pop some big plays here and there and win any ball game, but they also know that if it comes down to beating the guy in front of you, as football games often do, we’re toast.

It’s embarassing how soft we are.

dawgdean

February 6th, 2014
3:33 pm

I am happy with this class. carter should be awesome , along wih chubb and Michel. I am pleased. good job especially with the coaching turnover. we should be really good next year.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
3:40 pm

A good skill player makes the game more exciting

A good O-line is way overrated

bulldog born & bred

February 6th, 2014
3:44 pm

Hey fellow bulldog fans we are still losing the recruiting battle in our home state we didn’t get the number 1 quarterback the number 1 or number 2 linebacker or the number 1 defensive back . till CMR can recruit his home state he will never win anything.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
3:50 pm

Start winning championships and you will get more in-state recruits

maconexpress

February 6th, 2014
3:55 pm

Dawg nation are going to like Mike Ekeler as the new linebacker coach. The guy is energetic, has an inspiring personality and has good credentials. I’m ok with him.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
3:57 pm

Good to hear Ekeler is going to help with special teams

Skokie Dog

February 6th, 2014
3:59 pm

Bill King: I’m neither “thrilled” nor “dismayed” by this signing class. It appears that talented players in areas of need were signed, along with other players where there is little need. For instance, do we actually need two more tight ends? And I hope that Mr. McKenzie is a reliable return man, but one player will not solve the problems on special teams. And we need lots of help on the OL if anyone expects improvement on offense, especially if ball control is a goal.
I am however confused by one of your statements: “…keep in mind that the Dogs return an awful lot of starters from last year’s team.” That’s supposed to be a good thing, right? Did you forget that last year’s team finished with a record of 8-5? Did you forget that the “loaded” defense of the 2012 season returned lots of starters who became pro players last year but didn’t exactly wow most of us fans during that 2012 campaign?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
4:04 pm

The #1 WR recruit for next year lives in Georgia and is committed to Tennessee

Skokie Dog

February 6th, 2014
4:06 pm

Flat: Butch Jones works hard, but I’m not sure about his skill set on the diving board. On a TV show about his life at UTenn, there were no scenes of diving competitions, but they seem to spend lots of time on the practice field, using some interesting approaches to preparing their players. I expect that team to continue getting better while he’s there.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 6th, 2014
4:09 pm

TXDawg

February 6th, 2014
4:51 pm

Can’t sign m all in state but……..we loose so many great players to Auburn…look at last year and this year roster.

Look at how may outstanding lineman we have lost to AU and Bama the last seven years.

Top athletes in Florida and Alabama and Louisiana stay in state…… We seem to focus on Fla a lot more in the last five years for recruits……..

I would like us at least the half of the top 10 to stay in state….. maybe if we win couple SEC and NC we can keep more in State……..

Seems to me that we don’t do as well as say Bama-LSU ect…of keeping the top guys in state?

7576DAWG

February 6th, 2014
5:16 pm

Sixth is the SEC meant 8TH or 9TH in the Nation. Is that okay? I would say so.
When Georgia signs only 21 and others are signing anywhere from 24 to 32 , yes I would say we had a very successful Recruiting class. For example if we had flipped one five star Georgia would have ended up around 3RD or 4TH in the Nation.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
5:44 pm

Why are we battling it out with Louisville for so many recruits? Are we joining the ACC? Richt is more than welcome to make the move to the ACC if he’d like, but Georgia is staying put in the SEC.

He’s fit in well there.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
5:49 pm

Well unfortunately 7576Dawg we aren’t going to be playing Oregon State, Maryland, Central Michigan, etc. for SEC titles. We’re going to be playing all those teams that the experts say have better players than us.

Sorry to be so neghead but that’s what we call reality.

LHardingDawg

February 6th, 2014
6:06 pm

Dang, 35 and df really must have a sad existence. Hating every day on every blog every thing Georgia.

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
6:09 pm

I love Georgia. Just want a new coach.

RED DOG 77

February 6th, 2014
6:13 pm

Just got home to read all the bellyaching…………….goooood gussie people!……..I’m off to a business mtg………….Will give my humble opinion in a while………….RED

fred russo

February 6th, 2014
6:26 pm

You can get all the great recruits you want but, they still must be coached up!

Castle pine canine

February 6th, 2014
6:32 pm

Recruiting. I think we have some Damn good dogs coming in! Florida out recruits us every year! So does everyone else! Look at the NFL rosters, why would a recruit come to UGA? They are going to go to the pros if they are good! Who is the best coach in the SEC? I think it is Spurrier does more with less every year! Even when he was at UF he rerelease had the top recruiting class. He coached them up. There is enough raw talent in Ga and Fla to feed most of the surrounding schools!

dawgfan

February 6th, 2014
8:04 pm

I would invite any Kool Aider to go take a look at Bama’s recruiting class. They hauled in some monsters. You’re dreaming if you think we’re going to be able to compete with that.

Or maybe you just don’t care. That’s probably more accurate.

BOB

February 6th, 2014
8:29 pm

Georgia offensive tackle Mark Beard, who would have been a senior in eligibility next season, has decided to transfer after graduating from UGA this summer, the Bulldogs announced

Beard will take advantage of the NCAA rule that permits such a move without having to sit out a year if graduation requirments are meant before transferring.

“We appreciate Mark’s contributions to our program the last two years and wish him the very best for his final year of eligibility,” Richt said in UGA’s news release.

RVS3

February 6th, 2014
10:50 pm

Dawgfan, you suck, plain and simple.

Macclenny_dawg

February 6th, 2014
11:53 pm

Another linemen gone. Amazing a couple days after signing day and we lose a linemen. Regardless of whether we sign the best linemen at least sign more than we do. Richt the cutting edge requires linemen.

7576DAWG

February 7th, 2014
12:16 am

I guess Theus is moving to Left Tackle and some of the other players are developing into starters moving Beard down the Depth cart. I know that Brandon Kublanow will start at one of the Guard positions.

RED DOG 77

February 7th, 2014
12:26 am

Dawgfan…………..No didn’t look at Alabama’s class, but I understand they signed what 5 five star players to our three?…………wow now that’s a major whuppin’ considering practically all but a few of the rest of our kids are four star………….whooa you should go to work for one of these recruiting services dude…………..I’m waiting for your 2014 predictions about now………….you are one smart fella Df……………….RED

Bama Fan #2

February 7th, 2014
5:29 am

Georgia and Alabama have 2 things in common!!
Great talent at RB and Hate for the Cow College.
Saban teams win on the O=line and D=line and
Georgia has problems against good teams with
good lines. Georgia does have a great man Mark
Richt as coach and Bama has a Dearth Vapor
for a coach!! I respect Saban but he is NO BEAR
BRYANT!! RTR

NoAxeToGrind

February 7th, 2014
5:35 am

No matter the quality or the quantity: Richt is still the head coach.

BIG MIKE

February 7th, 2014
7:17 am

You guys need to check yourselves. Offense is not and has not been our problem. If we had had an effective defense over the last 5-6 years we would have a few SEC Championship’s and a couple of NC’s. Defense is key in this league and when you have to score 35-40…50 points just to stay in the game or give up late TD’s to lose (i.e., BAMA vs UGA SEC Championship ‘12), well….offense is not the issue. I think we upgraded the defense this year by a couple of notches.
I don’t know why Grantham couldn’t get the defense to work for him, but I am glad he decided to make the move. I get the vibe that Richt and McGarity are too. Time will tell.

dawgfan

February 7th, 2014
7:24 am

I may suck but our record against top teams the past 8 years sucks even more. That should concern you a lot more than some stranger on the Internet criticizing your dreamboy Mark Richt. That’s if you’re a real fan at least.

Priorities Kool Aiders. Priorities.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
8:56 am

Good win by the UGA basketball team……we still can’t win on the road though.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
8:59 am

Our biggest weakness this year will be

O-line
Qb play…..
Also the secondary will be a work in progress…..JHC might not even be on the team when the season starts.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
9:03 am

I hoping our OL and DL will be stronger……I feel like we have to hold teams to an average of 100 rushing yards a game to win the sec this year. I just don’t think we will be able to do that. Anybody know when the last time we held opponents to an average of 100 yards rushing a game? I don’t!

I-DOG

February 7th, 2014
9:05 am

Bennie, Bennie, Bennie,

There is plenty to be concerned about with Georgia football. Pruitt’s recruiting and Mason’s INT’s are not among them… yet.

Pruitt did a great job of helping to keep the guys that were already committed He got the Georgia job at the very end of the recruiting season and that included the dead period where he was not allowed to contact players. Georgia also signed the top defender in the state, a 5 star player, AFTER Pruitt was hired (I’m not saying he deserves ALL the credit for that, but it did happen on his watch.)

If Mason throws one (and only one) interception in each game this season… I’d be fine with that. We will be in the game and as long as he doesn’t fumble the ball on top of that and we run the ball effectively and he can convert some third downs… Georgia will be just fine on offense with Mason if we do the right things around him.

I’m much more worried about the offensive line than I am Mason.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
9:12 am

I just heard on 960 the ref…..that JHC might be leaving UGA…..we all better hope not! He is a good player!

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
9:15 am

I-dog

Why did you take the time to post that to Bennie?? He is a tech troll! He posts the same stats post every time.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
9:15 am

Wake up people! Bennie is a tech troll…..who has a obsession with numbers!!

Real Problem

February 7th, 2014
9:18 am

Flat Tire and Dawgman….good posts, but when the Kool-Aid drinkers get excited over our 6th best class in the SEC there is NOTHING YOU CAN SAY OR DO.
My guess is that we got maybe 8 really excellent prospects. Shame is that 2 of the 8 are RB’s. Do we really ever look at Alabama….they target needs and are always getting big OL and DL……. we are very good at skill guys, not much else. Pruitt is a great hire, but look who is captain of the ship……SCARY.

JB

February 7th, 2014
10:02 am

Harvey Clemmons GONE. I’m sure he’ll end up at Auburn as an All American. Auburn enjoys free spirits and let boys be boys

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:06 am

DawgPooP in Delusionville – Glad you realize you suck! As for the #1 receiver committing to the Vowels – it’s a long time to signing day and the Vowels are going to suck AGAIN in 2014. UGA has a commitment from the #4 & #10 CB’s in the nation – #10 is from Tennessee. Just remember that you suck and everything will be fine.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:07 am

JHC – Most likely destination is LSU, Bama or S.C. where pot smoking is pretty much ignored.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
10:21 am

Flo ri duh

JHC is not gone yet……but I agree those other teams do sweep pot violations under the rug. They also over sign which is a NCAA violation….but some how they’re getting away with it….our only hope since Richt won’t over sign is that the NCAA puts a CAP on how many teams can sign.

JB

February 7th, 2014
10:26 am

OT Beard transferring. Glad we’re loaded on the OL……………………….NOT

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:28 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – JHC isn’t going anywhere this year- his grandaddy made that clear.

You will be happy to hear that Mark Beard has told Richt he made a mistake and wants to return to the team and Richt has accepted.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:31 am

JB – Sorry to rain on your parade but Mark Beard is back with the Dawgs – changed his mind.

JB

February 7th, 2014
10:33 am

No rain. Good news

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:33 am

247 sports.com is my source…. Mark Beard is a Dawg.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:40 am

Florida Reptiles starting Safety Cody Riggs has announced he is transferring.

old dog

February 7th, 2014
10:42 am

Somebody said o-line was not a problem and justified it by how many points we put up. However, once a few injuries showed up (as well as teams with good d-lines) we saw what happened. Our skill players were good enough to overcome a few obstacles, for sure. But, in the end our o-line was overpowered (again) and the lesson Michigan State taught us a couple of years back was to remain unlearned. We do pretty well, but we must get in higher quality o-linemen. We will never cross the great divide until we do.

BigDawg

February 7th, 2014
10:46 am

Well said Bama Fan#2- Offense was and probably will remain a problem because we can not sustain drives that eat clock in crucial parts of games or get off of the ground and come back on teams to snare victory from a sure loss under Coach Richt. Part of that is his stubborness to adjust his philosophy in coaching. He refuses to understand that the SEC is a defense dominated league, next that to win championships you have to be able to run and run the football consistently, also you have to pay attention to details such as special teams and while being over emotional is bad but so is being totally oblivious to what is happening as well. When I watch Alabama the thing I notice about Coach Saban is the samething that Coach Bear Bryant and to a lesser extent Coach Dooley would do on the sidelines such as while they for most part would maintain their composure they still were actively involved in the game on the field. This is something that Coach Richt has not been consistent at as most of the games when you see him on the sidelines he is not actively coaching his players and seems dead to me and oblivious to the action on the field. Anyways these are my observations.

Go Dawgs

JB

February 7th, 2014
10:58 am

Yep. Richt coach’s like he’s waiting for his car at the car wash.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
11:04 am

My opinion on the only way UGA wins a national title

1. Richts stops allowing our players to transfer to other SEC teams.

2. Richt starts over signing….or the NCAA puts a CAP on how many guys a team can sign.

3. The OL and DL recruiting starts getting better immediately!!! We start signing 7 OL and 7 DL a year. Some of them won’t pan out anyways….so you need more numbers at these positions.

4. Fire will friend if this years OL falls flat on their face.

5. Sign an elite 5 star WR in the next couple of years…preferably next year!

6. If none of 1-5 happens…..then fire Richt in the next few years! Thanks folks!

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
11:06 am

Flo ri duh

Well I’m glad beard is coming back….but really he won’t even see the field much this year but great have depth though!

Skokie Dog

February 7th, 2014
11:21 am

@JB at 10:58 a.m.: That’s a perceptive observation about our team’s coach. Thanks.

dawgfan

February 7th, 2014
11:29 am

Since when is getting a few 5 star prospects such a big deal? This should be routine. I thought it was routine. We’re desperate and grabbing at straws. Auburn, Bama, A&M, LSU and Auburn are all better programs than we are. Sure, we may knock one or two of them off here and there but they are putting together better seasons than we are. We’re falling behind. South Carolina is at least our equal, if not better. Tennessee is nipping at our heels. Florida won’t stay down forever.

I see no sense of urgency out of Richt whatsoever. No passion. No fire. The guy isn’t a competitor. He can’t cut it in today’s rough and rumble SEC with his laissez faire approach and mediocre work ethic.

One day the Kool Aiders will be apologizing to me for simply pointing out what is staring us all straight in the face.

dawgfanstupid

February 7th, 2014
11:38 am

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
11:57 am

The sec is a rough conference….I just don’t think Richt is cut out for it anymore. I mean Texas a&m comes in here and starts out recruiting us……maybe Richt should do a dream team III. Maybe he should just resign. Whatever comes first.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
11:59 am

I think my post at 11:04 made some very valid points! You Disney foe’s better recognize that most of our problems are self inflicted!

GHWB

February 7th, 2014
12:13 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
10:06 am

DawgPooP in Delusionville – Glad you realize you suck! As for the #1 receiver committing to the Vowels – it’s a long time to signing day and the Vowels are going to suck AGAIN in 2014. UGA has a commitment from the #4 & #10 CB’s in the nation – #10 is from Tennessee. Just remember that you suck and everything will be fine.

__________

Yeah, Tennessee sucks. Georgia pounded that low-life team in 2013… 34-31 in Overtime.

GHWB

February 7th, 2014
12:15 pm

We just won’t even mention Vandy. They’re irrelevant.

WDE

February 7th, 2014
12:21 pm

Hey GHWB what’s your point when we come close to going to the NC by almost beating Bama we are told they killed us and a loss is a loss. We beat UT in O.T and you poo poo it??

GHWB

February 7th, 2014
12:27 pm

No. It was a great victory.

Celebrate!!!

BIG MIKE

February 7th, 2014
12:43 pm

What’s the big deal? There is very little seperation between #1 and #10. If you are in the top 20 classes, you’re doing pretty good.

Just to put it in perspective, in 2010 Florida was ranked #1 with 4–5 STAR, 15–4 STAR and 7–3 STAR players….what happened to them?

In 2011 FSU was ranked #1 with only 1–5 STAR and 17–4 STAR players…they won a championship. FYI, UGA had 2–5 STAR and 15–4 STAR commits that year and wound up with a number 6 rating. It means nothing.

The key to UGA’s success is in the Coaches quarters and I think they are stronger there now, than ever. They’ve always had the players. Very disappointed in Grantham. What a waste.

WDE

February 7th, 2014
12:46 pm

GHWB we do any victory of the Vols is a thing of beauty ! Just like victories over Tech,,LSU, SC and the hated Gators…..

DawginColorado

February 7th, 2014
1:13 pm

Soft? You people have very selective memories. I present 3 pieces of evidence to absolutely blow the crap out of your brain dead assertions.

1) the last 8 1/2 minutes of the South Carolina game.
2) The last 8 1/2 minutes of the Florida game.
3) defensively we played the run much better this year..LSU was not able to run the ball and they tried to. No one stopped Auburn so don’t go there.

There were times where our O-line didn’t get it done. That holds true for just about every O-line in college football.

You do not dominate major college football programs, both of which are known for good defense, with a soft team. We blew SC and UF off the ball and ran out the clock in both games. We didn’t hold on to it for several minutes only to give it to them with no time remaining, we rammed the football down their throats and they could not stop us.

But since those instances don’t fit your agenda so you just conveniently leave them out. That is called lying. You lie when you purposefully do not include information. This is why everyone that comes to this blog needs to have it posted in neon letters that your credibility is non existent.

Refute the facts honestly and I’ll listen. You don’t.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
1:21 pm

Richt is just becoming a bum! A bum I tell ya! We have to stop coming in at 6th in the sec in recruiting!

WDE

February 7th, 2014
1:24 pm

DawginColorado well said ! In the Auburn game we were down 20 in the 3rd and our D stopped them and we ran rough shod over them to take the lead and lost on a hail Mary pass the receiver had given up on …unlike Bama that could not stop them in the 4th and lost the game on a rarely seen but well designed play that Auburn executed to perfection.That being said we still couldn’t stop Mizzou in the 4th and I we screwed the pooch the whole game vs Vandy.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
1:24 pm

Dear NCAA

Please put a CAP on how many players a team can sign…..please because we need some help against saban and he just keeps on over signing! It’s just not fare!!! Richt will never over sign so please NCAA step it up!

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
1:26 pm

Wde

Who cares what we did against anybody this past season….we were only 6th in the sec in recruiting! That’s not going to win us any championships moving forward.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
1:27 pm

My 11:04 post is still the best one of the day! So many valid points that you Disney’s choose to ignore! Oh well I just consider the source!

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
1:28 pm

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) in Delusionville – Look who’s calling someone a bum…. you live in a glass house.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 7th, 2014
1:30 pm

GHWB- Another TROLL in sheep’s clothing. Why you here TROLL? Another stick in the mud.

Dog4Life

February 7th, 2014
1:52 pm

Well said Dawg in Col. We absolutely shut the barn down in the 3rd and 4th qtr–beat on a fluke play. Bama got run all over by the barn and Okie. All aspects of the game cannot be perfect all the time–i am wanting us to play well enugh that when the special time of the game requires that stop defense or score offense we are able to put it together–It looks as though we are finally well-balanced on the player side and the coaching side for the first time in a while. People for get that having to score a lot of points to win puts pressure also on the offense, because every drive becomes critical–pressure on the defense because they know they need to step it up–so her’s hoping 2014 will prove to be much better balanced on both sides of the ball.

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
2:00 pm

Flo ri duh

Glass house huh? Dude move out the horse barn and wake up and smell what the rock is cooking bro! UGA is moving backwards…and it all starts with the head man! We cannot recruit well anymore! We wasn’t even top ten last year….this year we are barely even in the top ten….seems to me that Richt has rested all of his laurels on the dream team!!!

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
2:03 pm

I said it a long time ago….once we stopped having consistent recruiting classes in the top ten then Richt would be out the door! Hey it won’t be much longer now….Tennessee and Florida are coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WDE

February 7th, 2014
2:04 pm

Bulldawg35 nope we got the recruits we needed and with a 21 man class. The only reason the Vols are ranked higher is that they signed something like 85 guys…..the teams that were ranked higher are mostly signing 30 guys up…we one thing we do need for the 2015 class is to go OL heavy !

Skokie Dog

February 7th, 2014
2:17 pm

@WDE: According to the Rivals rankings posted at cnn.sportsillustrated site, of the teams ranked ahead of UGa in this round of signings, only UTenn signed more than 30 players (31).

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
2:24 pm

WDE

That’s why are only for success is for Richt to over sign or the NCAA put a CAP on it! I mean how many times do I have to post this to get my point across??

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
2:24 pm

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
2:27 pm

From 2011-2014 recruiting number show that we are the 4th most talented team in the sec behing Bama Lsu and Florida…UGA can over come that but it will take some superb coaching from our staff…I surely hope so!

WDE

February 7th, 2014
2:33 pm

Skokie Dog I was attempting to make a joke of course UT didn’t sign 85 guys, but I did think they were in the mid 30’s .However my point was that all of the teams ranked higher in the SEC had more commits than UGA thus “out scoring” them..UF 24,LSU 23 AU,23 Bama 26 etc.

WDE

February 7th, 2014
2:36 pm

Bulldawg35 lets see cheat or change the rules only one of those is in CMR’s power to do and he is not cheating…after 14 years he has had plenty of time to do so if he was going I for one am glad he doesn’t. Now if the powers that be change the rules….

BIG MIKE

February 7th, 2014
2:49 pm

Excuse me, but what did Florida do with their superior talent over the last few years? These grades mean nothing. Whose to say UGA didn’t get it right with their player evaluations. #3 in recruiting….#8 in recruiting….#15 in recruiting… not a helluva lot of difference. South Carolina finished no higher than 15th over the last decade and look how they are finishing in the SEC. You kids are putting way too much value on the talent evaluations of RIVALS, etal.. They only look at the ones with the most publicity early in their career, that’s why you see some unknown athletes spike in the All American games, and garner DIV 1 scholarships when previously offered UFC, Memphis State and the like. They don’t necessarily evaluate the thousands of HS football players available each year. DIV 1 coaches have networks that feed them tips on talent. And you can bet they don’t share this information with RIVALS or ESPN. Why help the competition. UGA got some great players in this round…they can’t get ‘em all..

Skokie Dog

February 7th, 2014
2:50 pm

@ WDE at 2:33 p.m.: Yeah, I knew that you knew that 85 was a slight exaggeration of UTenn’s number of recruits. As for “out scoring,” another measure in those Rivals rankings is average stars of the recruits. Using that measure, among SEC teams, UGa is at 3.6, just a shade higher than UF at 3.58. Other higher rated SEC classes included UTenn at 3.65 (same as Auburn, whose class was ranked overall just below UGa’s), TxA&M at 3.71, LSU at 3.74, and Alabama at 3.92.
If we look at those numbers like we would grade point averages, everyone did well. Comparatively, UGa did a little less well both in number of recruits and in average star ratings, but that latter measure is a subjective judgment created by Rivals.

BIG MIKE

February 7th, 2014
3:08 pm

Richt and Mcgarity started looking at character traits and GPA as GO/NO-GO attributes and this eliminated quite a few of the 5-STAR athletes available. They (some of the 5-STAR players) might be excellent on the field in a High School. environment with the coddling from their coaches, teachers and communities; however, that doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful college career and I think McGarity brought that to the evaluation equation when he arrived at UGA. You don’t hear about kids getting the boot for sexual assault or carrrying a concealed weapon anymore, do you. They have much better leadership in the locker room now, than they did a few years ago…or year before last for that matter. They still had some minor discipline problems last year….from Josh Harvey Clemons to be exact. If he had put the weed down and knocked the ball down against Auburn instead of trying to pad his INT stats, it would have been a little better. I believe Grantham was part of the discipline problem. Just a hunch from some of the things Jarvis Jones said a couple of years ago.

WDE

February 7th, 2014
3:17 pm

Skokie Dog one thing I really liked on NSD was the lack of drama from the commits, most were signed sealed and delivered by 1pm with the only real drama was with Carter and he wasn’t a commit. I think it speaks volumes for the future recruiting that the new coaches could keep this class together. Overall I think we got a talented group that I hope we can now coach up to be top tier SEC players.

GHWB

February 7th, 2014
3:23 pm

Okay. I feel better after sipping on this Kool-Aid.

Dawgs will be #1 in 2014!

GATA!!!

old dog

February 7th, 2014
4:23 pm

Big Mike,
Remember that also it was Jarvis who told the folks at at Pittsburgh that this D was a helluva lot easier to learn than the one they tried to teach at UGA……..glad CTG is gone. His “system” may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it did not work for us.

BIG MIKE

February 7th, 2014
4:29 pm

I agree. it takes 2 or 3 years of playing it everyday to get the hang of it. By then, an elite player is eyeing the PROs. It’s not a college defense.

DawginColorado

February 7th, 2014
4:29 pm

If Mark Richt is such a bad coach then tell me why Jeremy Pruitt wanted to work for him? Jeremy Pruitt who was on Nick Saban’s staff and Jimbo Fisher’s staff. He won National Championships at both places. Why, if Mark Richt is so terrible would he want to work for him? Don’t you think the man knows what a good head coach looks like by now? Do you think that he would gamble with his future by hitching his wagon to a crappy program?

See this is simple logic and it flies in the face of your never ending rants about how Mark Richt is the problem.

No head coach is perfect and Mark Richt will be the first to tell you about the mistakes he has made. But don’t you think a man who has aspirations of being a head coach some day soon would stay at FSU and ride the bandwagon if he had even the slightest doubt about the “quality” of coach that Mark Richt is?

Keep in mind you don’t need to trot out your statistics to answer the question. This is about thinking about the issue from a different perspective. When you focus in too closely on any single area of a painting you can find all sorts of flaws but if you pull back and get a different perspective you can see the whole.

I’ll hang up and listen.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 7th, 2014
6:25 pm

DawginColorado

Thank you for leading the charge lately in intelligent and well-considered commentary. The sad sacks on here have long grown stale and do nothing but whine. If they were in charge of recruiting not a single player would come to UGA. They are so bitter they can only think about the negative. What they don’t get is they are not winning anyone of intelligence to their side. You please keep up the good work!

DawgVoiceofReason

February 7th, 2014
6:34 pm

Bill King,

When is the blog software going to be fixed?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 7th, 2014
7:02 pm

Why would Pruitt come to UGA?

Thats not a hard question to answer

2012 UGA had 7 defensive players go to the NFL and yet they were not coached well and it showed

2013 UGA defense was awful and never improved but has the talent

2014-2015 the majority of that talent will be back and with the proper coaching they will drastically improve

At FSU he made it to the top last season and with several starters leaving for the NFL their defense will not be a dominant

Enter UGA

Take the 1999 UGA defense where every player played in the NFL

Pruitt knows UGA has FSU talent and as poor as the defense has been for almost a decade; Pruitt knows he improves our defense like he did at FSU he is the next guy for whatever top coaching position comes open

Cause everyone will say look what he did at FSU and look what he did for a defense at UGA that has been awful for years

Its not that hard why he came to UGA

gtcaryd

February 7th, 2014
7:25 pm

I concur Flat, good point

Bulldawg35

February 7th, 2014
8:39 pm

Gee….I do miss the great OL that we used to have like Clint Boiling ….George Foster…Chester cheese Adams…..Dan Inman…..Cordy Glenn……

Now we have nothing but a bunch of bums! I still haven’t gotten over how bad Nebraska dominated our OL! Un freakin believable!!!

dawgfan

February 7th, 2014
8:55 pm

“Keep in mind you don’t need to trot out your statistics to answer the question. This is about thinking about the issue from a different perspective.”

LOL. By all means, let’s not let facts interfere with our “perspective.”

You make a valid point though. Why would Pruitt work for Richt? I have no idea. You’d have to ask him that. Based on the past 13 years my opinion is that it will prove to be a mistake.

Sorry to bring facts to the discussion. My bad.

BigWally

February 7th, 2014
9:16 pm

It is going to be a big adjustment for our defense next year. Getting the defensive play call – BEFORE the ball is snapped is going to be a big adjustment for them.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 7th, 2014
10:00 pm

“Getting the defensive play call – BEFORE the ball is snapped is going to be a big adjustment for them.”

yes and the probable result will be a defense that actually looks coached for once in a decade

That will be a big adjustment for the UGA fanbase since they are so accustomed to seeing big plays given up on 3rd and 4th downs and 30+ points scored in almost every game ;)

BigWally

February 7th, 2014
10:34 pm

Just when I was finally clearing my mind of all those “3rd/4th and Grantham’s”, you had to bring ‘em back up didn’t ya? Oh the horror, the horror…………….:)

Skokie Dog

February 7th, 2014
11:25 pm

@Colorado: You wrote, “When you focus in too closely on any single area of a painting you can find all sorts of flaws but if you pull back and get a different perspective you can see the whole.”
I think that this may be an apt analogy for the state of the team, but it doesn’t support your rosy view of the state of Georgia football. If we negative Nellies refer to specific problems with special teams, the lack of depth and overall skill level of the offensive line, the poor tackling technique displayed by the defense, and the tendency to give up big gains on third down, and then we pull back, what we see is still a flawed team. If we had a different “artist” in charge of rendering this “painting” of a team, then we (art) critics believe that we’d enjoy the image more than we do. Mark Richt reminds me more of Andy Warhol than he does of Claude Monet, but that’s my perspective, and I prefer impressionism to modernism. Is that enough with the art analogy for now?

Skokie Dog

February 7th, 2014
11:27 pm

@Bill King: Okay, have you seen any prior reference to Claude Monet on the Blawg? Just askin’.

I dropped my fried twinkie

February 7th, 2014
11:40 pm

What are all these rumors that JHC has failed another drug test and will be kicked off the team? Anybody heard if this is happening?

mgdawg

February 8th, 2014
7:00 am

So once again it seems as if Richt is completely ignoring one part of the game, special teams. This thing set up perfectly for some sort of special team hire and so far nothing. Basically from what I’ve read UGA now has 3 linebacker coaches. Really?

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
7:26 am

Flat Tire at 7:02 ….good post on Pruitt. Here is the Real Problem, if we go through another Richt type year 8-4 or worse I see us finally saying enough is enough…..Georgia deserves better AND WE DO!!! Pruitt likely will get washed out the door with Richt. Now with that said….here is my solution (DRUM ROLL)…….
Hire Kirby Smart….both Smart and Pruitt have worked on the same staff at Alabama, Smart keeps him and we are off and rolling. Auburn AGAIN has felt the pain of going up against Smart in recruiting. Can anyone say Rubin Foster and Rashann Evans both at Auburn H.S. and now with Alabama hats on. Best way to slow down Alabama is to hire Smart. Best way to speed up Georgia is to hire Smart. ONLY SMART THING TO DO.

DawginColorado

February 8th, 2014
9:26 am

Uhhhh who said anything about a rosy view of the team? No one answered the question. You won’t because it directly refutes your assertions. Jeremy Pruitt had a better chance at making his case as a potential HC at FSU than he does at Georgia , near term. Even if he improves the defense he will then be asked to do it again. So if Mark Richt is such a suck ass head coach then he just slit his throat.

For months all I’ve read out of the herd pessimists is that as long as Mark Richt is the head coach we will not win championships. The fast track to HC positions comes by riding the championship train. So why would Pruitt think he could win big at Georgia if Mark Richt sucks sooo badly? According to you he won’t win a championship of any sort while Richt is head coach so why would he come to Georgia to merely improve a lackluster defense? Why would he willingly chose to take a job with a program that by your estimation has no chance to win championships with it’s current head coach?

Answer the question people, don’t dance around and make nice little pokes at what you think is my flawed thinking. I merely asked why would he willingly choose to work for a head coach that is as bad as you people make him out to be?

I just proved with my prior post that you will not alter your perception to answer the question honestly. You simply dodged the question. Not one of you can answer the question directly because the answer flies in the face of your assumptions.

The truth hurts doesn’t it? Pruitt knows what a championship program looks like and he chose to willingly come to Georgia to be a part of a program that in his view needs him to get over the hump. The defense has to improve and he thinks he is the guy to do it. He does not believe that Coach Mark Richt will sabotage those efforts otherwise he would not be here.

Simple logic. Ask him the question. I bet the answer from him is very close to what I just wrote.

Somebody who knows a great deal more about championship football doesn’t agree with your glum assessments. I guess that means he drinks kool aid too, eh?

I don’t expect you to get it because you have your heads too far up your rear ends to see things in anything but your negative way.

Macclenny_dawg

February 8th, 2014
9:40 am

The problem I see this year for us is some of the problems that has plagued us for years. Offensive play calling to keep the foot on the gas mentality. We just never dominate anybody because we take the lead and the coaches and players get relaxed. The days of a dominate defense are just about dead. The game is geared for offense because it makes the game more exciting. The rules have changed significantly helping offenses. Unfortunately for us we have a new starting qb that isn’t very mobile. The defense looks alot better when they know a qb cannot beat them with their legs also. This is why Richt and Bobo are still studying the cutting edge. Most other coaches already know that. I just don’t understand why when we don’t have a mobile qb we don’t recruit the best offensive line. Guess I need some koolaid this morning.

Macclenny_dawg

February 8th, 2014
9:53 am

DawginColorodo,
I will give you a reason Pruitt came to Georgia. Its about 500,000 reasons exactly a year. If we would have offered him his same salary at Fsu would he have came???

Redfern on Capella V

February 8th, 2014
9:59 am

Dawgfan’s assessment is probably more accurate than most opinions on this blog.

Also, understand that getting comfortable with mediocrity just breeds more mediocrity, and that’s exactly what’s happened with UGa over the last decade. The long, gradual slide into mediocrity and irrelevance is not going to be stopped and turned around while Mark Richt is coach. He doesn’t have the fire to win, much less the coaching skills to be a big winner. As long as he stays in Athens, it’s going to be the same ole same ole.

So start mixing up the Kool-Aid.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
10:08 am

DawginColorado

The question has been answered; if you would take your Richt sunglasses off you would understand the solution to your question

It has nothing to do with Richt; UGA has everything a head coach or a coordinator needs to be successful

If UGA’s defense improves from what everyone in college football has seen the last decade i.e Poor Defense; UGA could continue to lose 3 or 4 games like they continue to do and it wont matter

Pruitt will have shown he is a good coach and Pruitt will get a big time head coaching job

Nick Saban didnt win a National Title or Super Bowl when he was as an assistant dancing around from place to place

Will Muschamp like Pruitt won a National Title at LSU in 2003 then left for Miami Auburn and Texas and showed he was a good D-coordinator at those places and guess what happened?

Paul Johnson is another example of a coach who left for different jobs to one day become coach

Lets add Bear Bryant to that list

a list that goes on and on of assistants who skipped around to other colleges to build their resume to get that Head Coaching position

The only person who doesnt get it is you

Mobile Dawg

February 8th, 2014
10:11 am

I don’t believe FSU had the money in their budget to keep Pruitt either. Either program is money in the bank for his resume if he continues to build strong defenses. If UGA continues their struggles to win a championship his future lies with his ability to put a strong unit together on his side of the ball. I think he was a good hire for Richt, it will be a good test for him. I hope he can begin to have an impact on the weak culture Richt has cultivated in Athens.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
10:27 am

Mobile

I think he will; it will only be a resume builder for him;

if he is smart and wants to be a head coach he will be worried more about building his legacy than what is happening with the continued poor performances on special teams; O-line; lack of discipline in turnovers and penalties on the offensive side of the ball; etc

I say this because he has already taken a jab at Grantham by saying he wants his players ready and in position to play when the ball is snapped; obviously he saw the same thing I and the other non kool-aiders have been seeing on here for a while now

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
10:39 am

Listen up (one more time for you that are brain challenged) … Kirby Smart is Saban’s go-fer. His step-n-fetch-it. Kirby Smart is Saban’s lap dog. He knows who the REAL DC and he knows it isn’t him – it’s Gnome Saban. The boy hangs on to Saban’s skirt like a 3 year old child. If Saban had gone to Texas Kirby Smart would be hanging on to his leg all the way. Some wonder if they don’t have a “relationship” going.

KIrby Smart has never been a HC – he’s the Head Go-FER.

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
10:39 am

@real problem @7:26am

Please tell me you are kidding…….Kirby is at best a mediocre coach. He looks great because of a guy named Saban who most experts consider a defensive genius. Smart’s defense couldn’t slow down Texas A&M two years in a row, Auburn wore him out, and UGa drove the length of the field in the last 2-3 minutes in the SEC CG with everything on the line. Don’t forget, he easily had the best talent in America based on the rankings of Bama’s recruiting classes. I’m not saying he is a bad coach, but I am saying he doesn’t walk on water and would not be an improvement over CMR.

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
10:42 am

M_Dawg…..spot on answer with 9:53 post. Bunch of money that could not be turned down. Great hire, but I for one want the man at the top gone.

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
10:42 am

Flo-Ri-Duh

We just proved with our simultaneous 10:39 posts that great minds think alike!!!!
Have a great day.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
10:52 am

BS35 (aka MIlk Dud) from Delusionville….. I can name at least 50 five star busts since 2000 if you insist. Even if ESPN gives them 5 stars they still have to actually play on the field. On the other hand low 3 stars like David Pollack (listed as a fullback by Rivals) and Tim Jennings (wasn’t even recruited by most D1 schools) went on to be college All Americans and play in the NFL. Why don’t you just wait til they get on the field before you start whining about how bad they are?

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
10:52 am

Buzz-Off, well let’s look at the body of work. Please tell me you are not judging Smart on two or three games….PLEASE!! Alabama defense year in and year out is the main reason they have won three out of the last 5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
My point is simple….Smart is great recruiter, learned under the best coach in college football, Georgia kid and will keep our talent in state. IF you looked at the last two years we have gotten only a SMALL handful of the best recruits in Georgia. Early trends for 2015 are the exact same….best are going to Clemson and Alabama…..THIS MUST STOP.

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
10:56 am

YES, “Money” came into play, but he didn’t want to negotiate with FSU so they didn’t have a chance. It looks like many bloggers have conveniently forgotten Pruitt’s comments when he was hired regarding CMR. I remember he said when he was a HS coach he brought 2 of his players to Athens to meet CMR. Pruitt said It was an amazing experience and he could not believe how ethical and classy CMR was during the meeting with his players. He went on to say that he told many friends and coaching colleagues that he would one day love to coach under CMR…..and he finally got his wish.
You guys can continue bashing Richt as much as you want, but I appreciate all the “GOOD” he has brought to our program.

GHWB

February 8th, 2014
10:56 am

DawginColorodo has a valid point.

8-4 is a winning record, no matter how you slice it.

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
11:01 am

Real problem,

Pruitt has received 2 national recruiter of the year awards. Would Smart get all those great recruits if he coached at most other colleges? The answer is likely, “heck no”!!!!! Again, it is Saban and Bama that attracts the kids……NOT Kirby Smart.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
11:01 am

Real Problem – PLEASE do not give Kirby “GO-FER” Smart credit for what Saban does. ANY coach on Saban’s staff will look good recruiting with Saban standing behind them doing the CLOSING. Saban’s not the greatest coach in college football but I will give him credit as the greatest CLOSER in recruiting. That’s why Smart isn’t leaving his master’s side. He KNOWS Saban’s the real DC and Saban’s the head recruiter and CLOSER.

Kirby is the second coming of MusChump as a HC. We don’t need no stinkin turn coat slimeball Kirby Smart at UGA.

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
11:03 am

Flo-Ri-Duh….Do you really think that Nick Saban would keep ANY coach around to be a lap dog…PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE NOT THAT STUPID.
Talk to Auburn about the lap dog that just took the best player in Alabama….that went to AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL and got him to put an Alabama hat on.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
11:04 am

Buzz-Off… we gotta quit meeting like this!

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
11:06 am

Got to run…..KOOL-AID drinkers have the floor. Later……………

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
11:09 am

Real Problem – On a scale of from 1 to 10 you are a ZERO. I just can’t get through to you. Smart didn’t flip Rashaan Evans – Saban did. He came to play for SABAN…. not Go-Fer Smart. Smart is irrelevant.While Saban is loyal to only Saban he appreciates loyalty – to him. Go-Fer is his loyal lap dog. Smart is the Head Brown Noser (HBN).

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 8th, 2014
11:10 am

Real Problem drinks the PooP-Aid.

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
11:12 am

Hey guys, I have never said Kirby is a bad coach. He is positioned at the #1 football school, with the best head coach and defensive football mind in college football. He easily has the best players in the country based on recruiting services rankings. I seriously doubt he would start pounding Bama on the field and out recruiting the Tide if he became HC at UGa. I’m confident the 5-star recruits are not sitting around saying they want to go to Bama to play under Kirby. Do you think they would have those thoughts if he coached at Vandy, Kentucky, Furman, Wake Forest, etc, etc, etc?

Buzz-Off

February 8th, 2014
11:23 am

Why do you immediately become a “Kool-Aid drinker” when you have a positive outlook? There is a long list of famous coaches who took more than 13 years to win a NC? Good grief, give it a break and think positive. I sincerely believe our time will come soon. P.S. I’m allergic to the dyes in Kool-Aid. ;-)

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
12:29 pm

Saban is loyal to Saban

and Richt is loyal to his coaches no matter how bad they are

both have shown the programs they work for are not what they are loyal too

so whats the difference

when you kool-aiders realize every coach in America is only loyal to their careers and not the organizations they work for the light bulb might be turned back on

DawginColorado

February 8th, 2014
1:39 pm

Flat – you still don’t get it. I told you that would be the case and exactly why that was so. According to you and the others it is not possible for the Georgia Bulldogs to win a National Championship while Mark Richt remains head coach. Deny it. You have all said it. So why would a coach looking to be on the fast rack to being a HC come to Athens if Mark Richt is that sucky? No sane person would do that. It is just not acceptable to you to admit that there are people who know way more about football that do not share your pessimism about Georgia football or Mark Richt.

Are you saying that you know more about championship football than Jeremy Pruitt? He left a place where they will begin the season as the #1 team in the country. FSU matched the offer and he still wanted to come to Athens. He wanted to work for a guy that you all say sucks as a head coach. And you still don’t want to admit that Coach Pruitt came here to win championships not just build his resume in a minor way. You still cling to some warped concept that a guy who has won everywhere he has been just took a pot shot at working for a guy you all say is why Georgia hasn’t won a National Championship since he has been here. Are you that screwed in the head?

Look, you’ll never admit that the fact that Jeremy Pruitt left FSU to come to Athens disproves that your persistent grumbling that Mark Richt is valid. He would not have come to Georgia if he thought he had to overcome Mark Richt to win. Period.

That is the bottom line and you’ll dodge it until hell freezes over ( all of you) because it completely blows your pet theory out of the water. Jeremy Pruitt said straight up that he wanted to work for Mark Richt since he first met him. Why would he want that if Mark Richt is so sucky?

He wouldn’t and anybody with a lick of sense knows it.

DawginColorado

February 8th, 2014
1:42 pm

“grumbling that” should be “grumbling about”

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
2:03 pm

DawginColorado

You still dont get it

UGA has put more players in the NFL than any other SEC school the last 12 years
The 1999 UGA team for example had every defensive starter play in the NFL

People wanting to hire are going to look at what he’s done

What has he done?

He coached the best Defense last year at FSU
He was successful at Bama as a DB coach

Now FSU looses a bunch on defense
FSU has won a national title
FSU had the number #1 defense last year

Its much harder to maintain that success and it looks bad if he doesnt coach them back to that success

Enter UGA

Everyone on defense is coming back
UGA has just as good of talent than any top program in the country
UGA’s defense has been abysmal since VanGorder left almost a decade ago

its not that hard to see why he made the decision

Turn UGA’s abysmal defense around and he becomes the next big hire

I will add Pruitt is good friends with Will Friend

Take your Richt sunglasses off and remind yourself of something; before the Grantham hire; how many people turned Richt down????

oh and Pruitt wouldnt have even been here had not Grantham thought “Continuity wasnt a good thing”

tell me again

February 8th, 2014
2:21 pm

Recruiting is not about getting 5 star recruits – it’s about filling needs. You want the best player you can get for your position of need but some of you are under the illusion that all you have to do is go after 5 star recruits – ANY 5 star recruits. The reality is – you go after what you need. If you look at this class for UGA, it is FILLED with 4 and 5 star players. What the heck do you crazy people want? 6th best class in the SEC happens to be 8th best in the country. And besides, what we have needed for a LONG TIME is NOT better recruits, it has been better coaching on the defensive side of the ball. This program has churned out excellent offenses that have been hamstrung by very poor and inconsistent defenses. That is about to change. GO DAWGS!

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
2:25 pm

What do we want?

How about an O-line that is SEC level.
How about a special teams unit that is good

Yes the defense is looking to be in good position but we had a good defense under Van Gorder and we still saw some of the same things then

Skokie Dog

February 8th, 2014
3:03 pm

@tell me again at 2:21 p.m.: So, you’re telling us that tight end is a position of need, running back is a position of need, yet offensive line is not a position of need? UGa signed two tight ends, two highly touted running backs, and four offensive linemen, none of whom was highly sought after (unless I missed some of the recruiting news about them).

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
3:08 pm

Skokie

The only thing you missed was your glass of kool-aid

Skokie Dog

February 8th, 2014
3:10 pm

@Colorado: I believe that Flat Tire has more than adequately answered your question about Jeremy Pruitt’s decision, and he didn’t even refer to the rumors about the new coach’s fiancee being displeased about his off-field behavior in Tallahassee.
As for me, I believe that he was happy getting a raise, along with a change of scenery, coming into a situation in which, following Grantham, it will be easy enough to put an improved product on the field by using the talent and resources available to him, where his head coach is unlikely to fire him if things go badly, and from where he will be able to move if he sees a better opportunity elsewhere. Even Grantham was able to do the last thing on that list.
And there is no rule that requires that an assistant coach be on a championship team’s staff in order to get an offer to become a head coach elsewhere. Even if it were so, he has already been on a championship team’s staff.

POpe UGA XXIII

February 8th, 2014
3:49 pm

Max Howell of 680 the Fan fame and a pretty decent recruiter in his own right put it best when he said “You will know how good your recruiting class was in 5 years”. Injuries, academics, not playing well at the next level, off field issues (See Crowell, Isaiah) can mess up a class very quickly.

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
5:25 pm

Pruitt has come to UGA just to try and improve his resume! He will be here 3 years at the most….if Richt gets fired…..he might take his job…only way Pruitt stays here for the long run.

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
5:42 pm

No wonder we suck with fans like Flo-ri-duh…..Kirby hater. Kid played at Georgia, but lets throw him under the bus. Why??? Saban gets all the credit for the recruiting….you are nuts if you do not think Smart, as well as the other coaches at Alabama, are not first class recruiters. We get excited because of the Pruitt hire, as we should, why was he not a Saban lap dog? Saban is not God, he sure proved that in the Auburn game. Flo-ri-duh thinks Richt will somehow will become a good coach if he continues to fine tune our program every other year….FOREVER.
Flo-ri-duh Kool-Aid king………..

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
5:58 pm

TWO years in a row we have finished 7th in the SEC in recruiting…..do you Kool-Aid Richt followers think that all of a sudden he is going to be able to COACH KIDS UP. We are in trouble, we have been in trouble…..our record against ranked teams over the last 3 years is HORRIBLE. But hey, getting 3 of the top 12 in state is just fine with the Kool-Aid crowd. We are going to get what we deserve…..

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
6:11 pm

Real problem

I agree! Flo ri duh….Is king of the kool aiders! One day he will wake up and realize that the best years of Richt are behind him….Richt has peaked as a head coach…..he will not regain his mojo that he had early in his career.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
6:31 pm

Yea when Will Muschamp left Saban he sure didnt know how to coach defense when he went to Auburn and then when Texas hired him away and thats why Florida turned him down for the head coaching position :roll:

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
6:33 pm

Saban coaches every position

he just hires assistants to sit on the sidelines handing out water bottles and making sure every player has their shoes properly tied

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
6:44 pm

Flat tire

Lol!

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
6:53 pm

You folks remember Richt had Kirby smart on our staff as a RB coach in 2005….. We didn’t even try to keep him…..why didn’t Richt see that Kirby smart’s talent was coaching defense!!! We let one of the best coaches on our staff ever just walk away.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
6:55 pm

promoting friends is more important than UGA football

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
7:14 pm

Richt couldn’t even fire Grantham….I’m glad Petrino came along and did his dirty work for him….Richt wouldn’t even fired willie if Evans hadn’t pressured him too…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
7:28 pm

Continuity is always a good thing ;)

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
7:39 pm

These last 2 years of recruiting is going to hurt us a couple of years down the road. Especially if JHC doesn’t play in 2014.

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
7:41 pm

Flat..

Richt said that again in his recruiting day presser! Lol!

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
7:47 pm

Well I’m going to watch the b ball team take on the aggies at 8! I hope we win…but his first name is mark…and mark stands for doubtful!

eldawg

February 8th, 2014
8:04 pm

I can think of three hundred thousand reason$ Pruitt took the job.

DawginColorado

February 8th, 2014
8:26 pm

Good god you people are pitiful. No one answered the question at all. The answer given was “he just wants to improve his resume”. Are you insane? Coming to Georgia to coach a poor defense into some semblance of a good defense does not top staying at FSU and dominating your conference and getting an almost automatic bid to the 4 team playoff if you want to enhance your resume.

If you can’t see that your supposed answers don’t touch on the principle point of the question then you have major cognitive issues. You can’t admit that you can’t answer the question. You are so dogmatic about your “will never win a championship” decrees that you can’t admit that Pruitt’s decision nuked your core tenants. That is just sad people.

Have fun in your gloomy little world.

Hairy Dawg

February 8th, 2014
8:29 pm

Well I say this about Dawgs recruiting. We fill some need areas that hurt when we got injuries this year. I think we did best at RB and DE. The thing that dropped rankings on class is we should a been signing more than 21. Teams with better rankings signed more players than we did its. And that only happening cause stupid rules school put on pointy heads like Adams and Morehead that dont let Coach Richt roster manage like Bammer.

But I still thrilled with offseason new defense and getting more depth running ball. Good teams prove you win by running ball straight down throat and smash mouths the opponent. That how we won with Gurely and why lose when he injured specially no Marshall. But few more RBs fill in to help Dawgs dominate next year and after Gurely goes to NFL. And with new defense that got experienced this year and a few more D recruits can be ready to playing when they show it on field next in Fall. That give us both good D to go with O that can stomp other teams. Nothing can stop us and looking for good season to restore SEC to Dawgs after we own East.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
8:38 pm

Ok; so Pruitt turning around FSU’s defense

then coming to UGA and turning their decade long abysmal defense would not look as good as staying at FSU who plays 1 decent team on their schedule a year

Got it

how about sharing some of that Cognitive Kool-aid for everyone on this blog

dawgfan

February 8th, 2014
8:43 pm

There’s a difference between not answering a question and giving an answer that the questioner doesn’t agree with.

People with at least a 4th grade education understand this.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 8th, 2014
8:45 pm

Why has Saban been the most desired coach??

Oh yea he turned 2 programs around winning National titles at both places

It looks good on a resume when you can do it a 2 different places

Bulldawg35

February 8th, 2014
10:24 pm

Alabama already has 7 commits for the 2015 class…..gawd damn! Fire Richt!

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
10:34 pm

Thank God we do have some people that post that are not mental midgets. Colorado has been into too much weed and FRDuh is terminal stupid. Just read where Evans father gave the credit to Smart for keeping Alabama in the game…..ONCE AGAIN THIS IS A GEORGIA EX FOOTBALL PLAYER WAITING FOR HIS CHANCE.

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
10:39 pm

3 of our best 12 in next years class have already committed. NOT ONE TO GEORGIA…..are we seeing a pattern. Bama has 2 and Clemson 1.

Hairy Dawg

February 8th, 2014
10:41 pm

Saban just already figuring out who he cut next year if they dont expose the talents on field. He make them work to keep schollies or else get kicked out for roster managements. And dont you tell me Coach Richt can when you know pointy head rules from Adams then Morehead choking recruiting to outlaw casting out the ones that turns out stinkys each year.

Real Problem

February 8th, 2014
10:48 pm

Love it….just love it. It is Saban’s fault that Richt can not coach. Whatever, we need to worry about us and forget what Alabama is doing.

ShowMeYurTD's

February 8th, 2014
11:34 pm

Looks like a 6-6 season……fingers crossed. GO DAWGS

Schedule 2014
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/30 vs. 8 Clemson TBA
9/13 at 4 South Carolina TBA
9/20 vs. Troy TBA
9/27 vs. Tennessee TBA
10/4 vs. 24 Vanderbilt TBA
10/11 at 5 Missouri TBA
10/18 at Arkansas TBA
11/1 vs. Florida TBA
11/8 at Kentucky TBA
11/15 vs. 2 Auburn TBA
11/22 vs. Charleston Southern TBA
11/29 vs. Georgia Tech

7576DAWG

February 9th, 2014
1:42 am

Bulldawg35
Georgia has 4 high ranked and maybe we will add one this next week in? Aren’t Junior’s coming to Athens Friday ? Pruitt will make a huge difference this year.
Georgia has everything in place to win the SEC if they can find a leader, Quarterback.

Real Problem

February 9th, 2014
3:08 am

7576DAWG…”Georgia has everything in place to wine the SEC.” Really? Let me refresh your short memory. OUR DEFENSE SUCKED….NO, REALLY SUCKED.
Now if you were to say, our defense can not get any worse…..then I would agree with you. We should improve. Okay that takes care of the defense.
Now the offense…..great, no SUPER GREAT RB’s and excellent wide receivers. STOP-STOP
Offensive line is at BEST questionable and the QB falls into the same questionable status.
Coaching….Richt = solid F
Pruitt = maybe an A…..time will tell.
Bobo= who knows….sometimes A, sometimes F
We should beat the cupcakes…(watch out for Troy) and finish about like last year. NO CHANCE TO WIN THE SEC.

Hairy Dawg

February 9th, 2014
9:44 am

We has better O line this year with no flopping round like Kentarious Gates. And then we get back healthy to. Now with more depths we have ability to survive injuries and keep winning. That what you need for champoinships.

Bulldawg35

February 9th, 2014
11:40 am

Hairy

Nobody can even understand what you’re talking about! Please just STOP!!

I-DOG

February 9th, 2014
1:45 pm

Bulldawg 35:

Sure, Pruitt could leave in 3 years or even sooner. Lets hope that he leaves in 2 or 3 years because he has turned the mediocre (at best) Georgia D into a turnover causing, getting off the field on 3rd down, hard to score 20 points against kind of defense and helped UGA win the elusive national title.

After doing so, if he gets an offer to be the head coach at a great program… I would surely miss him, but would wish him well. Wouldn’t that scenario be great.

I-DOG

February 9th, 2014
1:54 pm

I don’t think this year’s recruiting is anything to get down in the dumps about. I would say that it doesn’t appear to be one of Richt’s best classes, but (depending on who develops, stays, gets injured, kicked out of school etc… as posted above)… this class has plenty of guys who can help Georgia beat anyone on their schedule.

There appears to be a TON of talent in state for next year’s recruiting class and if we can get many of them signed… that will inject even more talent into the program. Given that the Dawgs had 5 losses this season (those are Goff type numbers) and we turned over our defensive staff a couple of weeks before signing day, I’d say this was a solid class.

I-DOG

February 9th, 2014
2:14 pm

We have highly recruited players at just about every position. Some of them need to step up and become playmakers.

In the front 7 on defense… we have 5 star Ray Drew (fourth year), 5 star Jordan Jenkins (3rd year), 4 star Josh Dawson (3rd year), 4 star J. Taylor (3rd year), 4 star Leonard Floyd (2nd year), 4 star David Belamy (2nd year), 4 star L Gaillard (1st year), 5 star L. Carter (1st year).

I would imagine that Pruitt looked at this and saw that the cupboard isn’t exactly bare and that this along with the money and the fact that our defense has underachieved the last two years are all reasons why Pruitt is now in Athens.

Hairy Dawg

February 9th, 2014
2:14 pm

Back-to-back East and 5 Easts with 2 SEC and 3 Sugar Bowls not Ray Goff numbers. Nobody coaching in league won more Easts than Coach Richt who does Christian Coaching. We has one year that injures build up and every one blaming Coach Richt for depths problem. But he can’t have depth when it choked by bad rules from Adams then Morehead. Having depth comes from cleaning roster each year of deadwood stinkys players to sign more that try to expose talents on field. But that type roster managements need be allowed by school and Coach Richt not getting that supports.

I-DOG

February 9th, 2014
2:29 pm

I do agree with the criticism of the offensive line recruiting. I’d like to see us sign more quality and quantity at this position. Even on OL, there is plenty of talent that just needs to play better whether that is coaching, S&T, or the players not making a commitment to be excellent, I don’t know.

We have two incoming freshman that are rated 4 stars and are expected to play OT, and OG respectively.

Kolton Houston was rated 4 stars and the 6th best OG in the country and has been in the program since the Johnson administration, Dabell and Dantzler are fourth year players that were both rated 4 stars at OT and OG respectively. Neither as done much yet in their career.

John Theus is a 3rd year player that was rated 5 stars and the 2nd best OT in the country. Perhaps this is the year that he steps up and plays like a 5 star OL.

Kublanow is a 2nd year player that was a 4 star recruit and the 11th best OG.

That is 5 highly recruited OL that return next year along with two highly ranked recruits that are new to the program.

It seems with that along with experienced David Andrews at Center and several 3 star recruits who have been in the program for a few years, we could put together an above average SEC line this year.

bulldawg35

February 9th, 2014
3:02 pm

I-dog
No….the best case would be if pruitt turned the defense around and in 3 years replaced richt as head coach.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 9th, 2014
3:18 pm

Kalvaraz Bessent (CB) from Kingsland, Georgia charged with a felony – drug possession out on $5,000 bail today. To bad he didn’t sign with Dawgs so you TROLLS would have something to be gleeful about and blame Mark Richt for. To bad.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 9th, 2014
3:26 pm

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) in Delusionville (10:24 pm 2/8/14) – I find your comments very offensive – not to mention stupid. We need a censor on here please.

I knew you were intelligence challenged and now you have confirmed it.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 9th, 2014
3:39 pm

Flat Tire drinks the PooP-Aid – You are one bitter little TROLL… same For BS35 (aka Milk Dud) from Delusionville. You are on here 24/7 – some day Obama’s going to cut off your check and then you will have to get a real job. You are pitiful.

Bulldawg35

February 9th, 2014
4:03 pm

Flo ri duh

No wonder you find my comments offensive….that’s because they unravel your Disney persona! That’s the dang truth too bud!

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 9th, 2014
4:19 pm

AJ Johnson (LB) Tenn Vowels – DUI and resisting arrest released on bond today….. Guess it’s Richt’s fault? Drinkin’ the PooP-Aid.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 9th, 2014
4:21 pm

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) resides in Delusionville…. you are a PUNK.

dawgfan

February 9th, 2014
4:33 pm

Floriduh’s in full meltdown mode. If only losses and not winning anything got these Kool Aiders this riled up.

Then we’d be making progress.

Bulldawg35

February 9th, 2014
4:52 pm

Yep ole flo ri duh is having his PMS early this month. Lmao! It’s alright duh….maybe one day Richt will win the sec again…..maybe when I’m old and in a nursing home! Smh!

DawgVoiceofReason

February 9th, 2014
5:40 pm

What gets people riled up is the incessant drum-beat of negativity, when the sport you are complaining about is not even in season (just one of many reasons your negativity serves no purpose). As far as recruiting, yes that just completed, but until we see the product on the field, anything you might say is mostly pure speculation. You guys are the biggest sad sacks and have nothing of any value to contribute here. You are not winning any converts to whatever it is you are trying to get anyone to admit to or agree to. Even when someone does agree with you about some point, for example, the fact that we need to improve in turn-over margin, you don’t acknowledge it. You continue to hurl insults. You don’t even know what or who you are arguing about or with.

Last night, Bulldawg35 signed off, with his typical negativity,about the basketball game last night. Guess what?! We won the game. Will he admit he doesn’t know what he is talking about? Of course not; none of you sad sacks will.

Bulldawg35

February 9th, 2014
6:34 pm

Voice

I’m glad we won and I’m glad I was wrong. But we can only win at home and we gawd awful on the road. We won’t make the nit or any invitational tournament out there! So what is their to Bragg about???

BULLDAWG BILL

February 9th, 2014
8:06 pm

We have enough quality players on defense to show great improvement with the new coaches. I am more worried about our offense now that I have seen Mason in 2 games. I heard all these great things about him and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t out starter—now I know why. I hope we have a better QB waiting to prove himself in the spring.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 9th, 2014
9:12 pm

Bulldawg35,

Thanks for at least admitting you were wrong about the A&M game. I didn’t say there was anything to brag about and am not asking you to. I like to enjoy the successes when they happen though.

dawgfan

February 9th, 2014
10:01 pm

I’m just sharing my opinion same as you. I see nothing to be positive about. Richt is our coach so that means there’s a 92.3% chance we lose 2 or more games in 2014. I’m sorry but that just doesn’t get me excited.

If you don’t like my posts feel free to not read them. Good luck with that.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 10th, 2014
1:50 am

dawgpoop – If you had bothered reading the comment I was referring to concerning BS35 (aka Milk Dud) you would know that it had nothing to do with football. He / she / it said GD and I personally find that offensive and stupid. I’m not melting down over your illiterate, air head comments on football.

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – You have no class, no intelligence, and stupid is something I have short patience with. As of now you are no longer relevant and will be ignored. Stupid is as stupid does.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 10th, 2014
1:52 am

dawgpoop – You are a TROLL and a sock puppet, plain and simple, and you are on here for one reason only – you enjoy getting under anyone UGA’s skin. Two can play at that game.

dawgfan

February 10th, 2014
6:07 am

I enjoy getting under the skin of Richt worshipers because you are ruining our football program and I don’t appreciate it.

If that makes me a troll then I’m a troll.

Joey

February 10th, 2014
7:16 am

“Ethical ” and “classy” is nice and all, but I’d rather have a trophy case with a few Crystal Footballs in it . . .

dawgfan

February 10th, 2014
7:27 am

The Kool Aiders created that myth as a crutch for their boy. You can be ethical, classy AND win trophies. It’s absolutely embarassing and disgraceful how they pretend like you can’t.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 10th, 2014
8:37 am

Can you be ethical classy and a Christian and win Championships?

Here is a few that did

Tom Landry 3 Super bowls
Joe Gibbs 3 Super bowls
John Wooden 10 National Titles
Tony Dungy 1 Super Bowl
Bill Walsh 3 Super Bowls
Gene Stallings 1 National Title

Of course there are more

jonk

February 10th, 2014
8:57 am

I am so please that Uga signed of what it needs to be done….regardless we are behind Tennesseeor anybody. it is good to have our 2014 recruits…now we have to wait and see who is going to win Sec championship and NC yes we can….Go Dawgs!!!

dawgfan

February 10th, 2014
9:09 am

I personally think Saban and Spurrier are pretty good guys too. They just like to win and hate to lose. Oh the horror. This makes them evil and corrupt to the Kool Aiders.

If Richt had half of their competitiveness we’d have won the big one by now.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 10th, 2014
10:39 am

dawgpoop you didn’t have to admit that you are a TROLL but for your own peace of mind it was probably good that you finally “came out”.. does that feel better now?

Flat Tire (8:37 am) is an example of how one can agree to disagree without being an arse hole about it aka dawgpoop, etc. Sometimes we agree and some time we don’t but we are both pro Dawg unlike you TROLLS aka dawgpoop.

GHWB

February 10th, 2014
11:09 am

Rather be a troll than an idiot.

dawgfan

February 10th, 2014
11:12 am

You’re the one that starts hurling insults and calling names whenever someone dares to criticize your dreamboat Mark Richt, but mmmkay. I’m the arsehole. Whatever man.

Mobile Dawg

February 10th, 2014
12:26 pm

As the UGA HC I could care less whether CMR is a Christian or not. When I evaluate him and our program all the information I need to formulate my opinion is the record. IMO, he has done less with more than his peers. That’s because again IMO he doesn’t demand the best from his coaches and players and accepts less. My “perception” is that championships are not as important to him as they are to the fans. My “perception” is that he doesn’t work as hard a his peers. My perception is that he’s stubborn and does things his way, regardless of the result. I think a lot of supporters and fans feel the same way.

Utaw Dawg

February 10th, 2014
1:01 pm

Johnny Football was a middle of the road 3 star. The vast majority of all SEC guys were 3 star. How in the heck do you compare a guy playing 2A competition in MS vs. a guy playing 5 A in Miami? It’s about the coaches being able to evaluate during camps and film study that some geek that never played the game assigning a star rating to some kid. Then it’s about coaching them up.

Skokie Dog

February 10th, 2014
1:10 pm

@Mobile at 12:26 p.m.: Amen.

Bulldawg35

February 10th, 2014
1:41 pm

Instead of out recruiting…….Richt is doing some crazy Star Wars video.

Star video

High diving

Georgia aquarium

Skipping practice’s

Gee I wonder why we lost 5 games last year…..and please don’t give the injury excuse.

UGA Insider

February 10th, 2014
3:01 pm

Homers like DawginColorado and Floriduh will say a 5 loss season if just fine as long as CMR is at the helm.

They blame our horrible ST’s play on “not enough chances”.

That is a classic Kool Aid statement.

Bulldawg35

February 10th, 2014
4:09 pm

Insider

That’s right….they couldn’t care less if we lose 5 games every year….just as long as brother is our head coach!

corkymillerlovesbeer

February 10th, 2014
5:19 pm

how much money will we need to save up for the sec championship, semifinal, and championship game for next year.

Vampire Bill

February 10th, 2014
5:42 pm

Dawgs do not have the depth on the OL to run the ball 40 times a game. Few college teams do. The big linemen are just not in that great of shape to handle that amount of physical effort. You have to be able to rotate fresh bodies in with little or no drop off in playing ability, especially in the 4th quarter..

CMR’s teams just DO NOT put enough emphasis on linemen.

GHWB

February 10th, 2014
7:12 pm

corkymillerlovesbeer

February 10th, 2014
5:19 pm

how much money will we need to save up for the sec championship, semifinal, and championship game for next year.

^^^^^^^^^^^^

That’s the bright side. The money that you save! ;)

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 11th, 2014
12:33 am

You TROLLS drinkin’ the PooP-Aid. Richt is still there nah nah nah nah nah nah!

I bleed Red & Black – you bleed PooP-Aid.

You are an idiot and a TROLL… were you born that way or did you get that way over time?

dawgfan

February 11th, 2014
7:40 am

You bleed Richt blood. If you bled red and black you wouldn’t constantly make excuses for him and you’d expect him to do his job.

I’m tired of you Richt lovers claiming to be better fans. You’re posers and phonies. Take your joke coach elsewhere so the rest of us can move on.

GHWB

February 11th, 2014
8:39 am

Ever notice the vitriol, anger and hatred that emanates from these “fans” who are so enamored of Coach Richt’s “Christian Values”?

I-DOG

February 11th, 2014
9:19 am

Vampire Bill,

I disagree completely that there isn’t enough depth on the OL to run the ball 40 times a game. There is plenty of depth on the OL to do just that. In fact, controlling the ball, attacking the front 7 with the run game, and running more plays makes the defense tired and NOT the offense.

There are five players that were 4 or 5 star recruits returning to the OL. Add to that two freshman that are rated 4 stars, a returning starter for two years at Center, Beard if he does indeed stay, and a handful of 3 star recruits and we are 2 deep at every position and that is PLENTY of depth to run the ball as much as we want to.

I don’t expect to be a dominant line next year… but we should be above average and with Gurley, Michaels, Marshall, and Chubb running the ball… we ought to be able to open the holes necessary for this kind of talent to run through.

Bulldawg35

February 11th, 2014
11:03 am

I bet Richt is glad of the snow because he will get to sit around the house and be lazy and not have to go out and recruit.

Flo-Ri-Duh

February 11th, 2014
11:26 am

YOU being lazy – on here 24/7…. wasting your life away. Become a productive citizen, get a life, get a job!

Bulldawg35

February 11th, 2014
11:35 am

UGA only got 3 out of the top 15 in the state of georgia! SC got 4 of the top 15 in the state of georgia! How sad! How pathetic! How gross! How cheap and lazy! It’s time to fire Richt when we let the poultry come in and steal 4 guys like that!

Bulldawg35

February 11th, 2014
11:48 am

I want a coach that can lock down the state! And Richt isn’t the guy! We even let mizzou take the best WR and tavon ross! Step it up fellers!

dawgfan

February 11th, 2014
12:01 pm

I think it’s Richt that needs to get a job, a REAL job. He doesn’t have one. In real jobs they actually expect results commensurate with the resources available and do not tolerate excuses in any shape, form or fashion. That’s the real world.

Richt and his followers do not live in the real world. They live in a fairy tale land far far away.

DRex

February 11th, 2014
12:16 pm

Sounds like the NFL is about to get an infusion of FA-BU-LOUS

Skokie Dog

February 11th, 2014
3:57 pm

@DRex: Peter King, over on Monday Morning Quarterback at CNNSIcom referred to it as “a touchy subject.” I don’t know exactly what he was thinking there.

UGA recruits neighboring states TOO!!

February 11th, 2014
8:39 pm

Georgia has for years recruited NC and SC and Florida for special players. Gurley and Marshall are two state of NC PRIME examples. The Receiver AJ Green, the 2012 HS player of the year in SC, Terry? And the new QB Parks, all come from coastal SC. Florida sends several kids to UGA.

The argument that quality kids leave UGA for other schools is accurate but so what?? ? UGA signs kids that those states covet.

Case closed on this BOGUS issue as just another attempt to flog CMR by tech wanna bees that stay in momma’s basement.

dawgfan

February 11th, 2014
9:16 pm

Yeah, who cares if kids from Georgia don’t want to go to the University of GEORGIA? What’s the big deal? It’s not like other schools are taking all of our great players and winning championships with them or anything while we settle for Outback Bowls. That’s not happening at all. No sirree.

Please say hello to the tooth fairy for me.

mtdawg

February 11th, 2014
10:47 pm

Evans could have gone to UGA and started next yr. Some of my AU. friends said they could have lived with that. Now it looks like his family is going to have to move. You have to wonder what the kid was thinking? Guess they will put him in the witness protection program along with Foster.

Hairy Dawg

February 11th, 2014
10:53 pm

Yes Oline is better this year than last year. We have more depths and no more Kentarious Gates flopping round on grass. Plus with Gurely healthy all year that makes the line look better to. All they got to do this year is form pocket for Hutson not like the way Arron was dancing in backfield. That help improve blocking and plenty rest to keep fresh o-line in game to pound ball straight in defense. We could sign more OL for more depth to if not the recruiting limits of Morehead that came from Adams. And without restrictions we could sign more that would improve class rankings. But real key this year will be experiences and talent of real men o-line that smash mouths other teams.

Go Dawgs!

Play action for UGA in 2014

February 11th, 2014
11:42 pm

UGA ought to adopt a shorter range passing attack. The play fake with our running backs will dimly be devastating, given our running back situation. I am assuming Keith Marshall will take avred shirt year to heal up his knee. UGA is load with blue chip 5 star or ALL SEC caliber running backs.

We can also throw the all to all of them that will do some damage. Used correctly, QB Hutson Mason can manage a short to intermediate passing attack. The FBs can block AND catch the short all.

Hairy Dawg

February 12th, 2014
6:09 am

Play actions and screen pass should be big plays this year. Screen get Gurely ball after d-linemen rush past out a play. Then Gurely set loose on smaller LBS and DBs with O-line escorting. And then we make play action more deadly cause D dont know what coming and start thinking and playing slow and on heels. Then we start straight smash mouhts and blowing big holes in D lines. And that is how Dawgs O totally destroy defensive this year.

Columbus Dawg

February 12th, 2014
7:51 am

Hairy, you are a hoot man! I like your strategy, though. From watching Chubb’s highlight reel, it looks like he has the power and the will to fight through the line of scrimmage, and won’t be denied just like Gurley II. Michel looks good as well. I don’t want to sound down on two great young men in J.J. and Douglas, but UGA needs a big time threat at the tailback position when Gurley is not in the game. There are rumors of a redshirt for Marshall, but who knows. Michel has more passes out of the backfield on his reel than Chubb, so there is a threat there as well. I agree somewhat about Hutson Mason, but like it or not, the vertical passing game has ALWAYS been a big part of Richt’s offenses, and I just don’t believe one exists with Mason at QB. The pundits will all have you believe that Mason is the etched in stone starter for the 2014 season, but now I’m not so sure. Rumors are that Richt and Bobo are going to give the superstar QB Brice Ramsey a shot at winning the job. Ramsey is a lot like Stafford, 6′3″ 220lbs. with an accurate cannon for an arm. Murray said that Ramsey has been a beast in the film room and learning playbook, which Murray said is more complex now than when he started at UGA. It would be a gut wrenching task for Richt to have to tell Mason that Ramsey will start, but Richt’s seat is already warming, with white hot right around the corner. The pundits would have you believe otherwise on that as well, but I know different. Richt needs to make the most of 2014, because if Gurley II leaves Athens after this season without a championship, like so MANY VERY NATIONALLY TALENTED PLAYERS HAVE UNDER RICHT, then his seat is on fire, bet on it.

[...] of Georgia, Bulldogs’ football fans seem lukewarm over Mark Richt’s consensus top 10 football recruiting class. [...]

UGA Insider

February 12th, 2014
9:26 am

Word is Jon Lilly will be coaching kick return and punt return team. Boy that is a big upgrade! What a joke. Hopefully we can average more than 1.92 yards per punt return but I doubt it because CMR doesn’t like to practice ST’s.

Bulldawg35

February 12th, 2014
10:01 am

Chuma Edoga just named Tennessee his leader! How pathetic is will friend as a recruiter??? Most of our best players leave state and till that changes then we will never win the sec again! Thanks!

UGA Insider

February 12th, 2014
10:16 am

I don’t know much about recruiting but it seems like 2015 is off to a pretty good start. I think we have 4 guys who are all 4 or 5 stars. I am gonna go out on a limb and predict UGA has the #1 recruiting class in the nation with Pruitt this year.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
10:19 am

Columbus Dawg

Interesting thoughts on Ramsey competing

I sure hope these young QB’s get some experience this coming season; I dont foresee us making any championship runs with a new defense; inexperienced O-line; supposedly new Special Teams; and injured ball players coming back

If Mason plays as good as Joe Cox I dont foresee any of the other QB’s getting playing time even with 3-5 losses

Columbus Dawg

February 12th, 2014
11:21 am

Flat Tire, If Richt has three to five losses again this year he will more than likely and I mean 90% to !0% likely be GONE. I know many of you do not, will not, do not want to believe this, but just watch.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
11:52 am

Columbus Dawg

Nah; they will give him another year. The excuse will be the defense has a brand new coaching staff and we have an inexperienced QB

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
12:01 pm

Columbus Dawg

I will add that Ive been watching this fanbase make excuses since Dooley left

Columbus Dawg

February 12th, 2014
12:16 pm

Yeah, I hear you Flat. Frustrating ain’t it?

mcdaviddawg

February 12th, 2014
12:25 pm

We’ve been finishing 6 or 7 in the SEC fr several years with much better classes. If Richt can’t do it with tpp 5 recruiting classes, what will less bring us. Rciht has a history of not coaching players up so what we’re building is a team that ha no shot at a championship of any kind.

dawgfan

February 12th, 2014
12:27 pm

No way Richt is gone after next year. The defense will need more time to “gel.” We have a new QB with only 2 starts under his belt who has only been in the program for 4 years. We will have players with injuries. The refs hate us because of the Florida game in 2007. The bounces just never go our way.

Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat…

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
12:29 pm

Columbus Dawg

Yea;

of course I will be called a troll and a non fan in a few minutes probably followed by a wait til next year

Hairy Dawg

February 12th, 2014
12:38 pm

Enter your comments here

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
12:42 pm

According to the kool-aiders If it wasnt for the

refs
the ball bouncing around like a pin ball machine
the administration not allowing us to sign 400 or more players each year
programs that are allowed to cheat
the stadium not giving them a wonderful disney like experience
players wanting to leave for the NFL
the current starting QB not being a winner
not enough time
Trolls and Hobbits being negative
the SEC making us play a hard schedule
the media is against uga

we would have won the National Title at least 3 or 4 times in the last decade

dawgfan

February 12th, 2014
12:56 pm

My favorite of all time was just earlier this past season when the fans weren’t being loud enough at home games. Nevermind that one of the excuses for the Clemson game was that it was TOO loud.

$3 million a year for this crap folks. I think we’re getting ripped off.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
1:05 pm

You do realize the media was against us in 2007

and in 2012 Bama somehow cheated by somehow being able to sign an unlimited amount of players;

Remember we were tired in the 4th qtr and Bama wasnt because they had so many players they had to put some of them in the stands in the lower section of the Georgia Dome behind their bench

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
1:06 pm

2007 and 2012 should be one of the Championship years we should add to our list of championships like Auburn is now doing

Bulldawg35

February 12th, 2014
1:14 pm

No way we will finish number one class in 2015…… Simply cause we can’t recruit lineman.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
1:45 pm

1:05 pm and 1:06 pm According to the kool-aiders

gsuga

February 13th, 2014
8:19 am

You cannot blame McClendon for our lack of the running game with our studs when Bobo and Richt are Pass happy and never have used the RB’s correctly. The OL has to be able to run block first and pass block second. If the OL is not a good run blocking group we never will get to where we want to be with the Pass Happy Offense.