Some positives for UGA from Kentucky game

It’s going to be a busy, compressed week, what with the Thanksgiving holiday coming, Georgia Tech and Georgia getting ready to tee off and the quarterfinals of the state high school playoffs upon us.

To get us started for the week I’m just going to give you a quick rundown of what’s out there regarding Tech and Georgia recruiting:

  • Believe it or not there were some positives to come out of the Georgia-Kentucky game for the Bulldogs. According to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons, Valdosta tight end Jay Rome came to the game and said “the visit helped Georgia a lot. A whole lot.” The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Rome may be the top tight end in the South next year. He also likes Clemson and Florida.
  • Both Scout and Rivals.com wrote stories over the weekend about Georgia being back in it for Washington wide receiver Antonio Goodwin. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Goodwin, who was also in Athens for the Kentucky game, is a four-star receiver in the Class of 2010 and committed to Auburn this past summer. But Goodwin says he has decided to “open back up his recruitment” and told UGASports.com’s Kipp Adams he plans to take official visits now to Georgia, Auburn, North Carolina and Tennessee. “Nothing really happened between me and Auburn, I just felt like I had committed really early and I wanted to check out some different schools,” Goodwin said.  Of course, the Bulldogs are still in the hunt for another wideout for 2010.
  • Meanwhile, I had a long conversation with Georgia Tech commitment B.J. Bostic of Jefferson County last week and wrote a piece on him last Friday. He never mentioned to me the possibility of flipping to Georgia but, according to GoJackets.com, that’s the big rumor going around after UGA assistants Mike Bobo and Willie Martinez attended Bostic’s playoff game against Thomasville this past Friday. Bostic told Dale McDuffie things could change if “anything weird happens” with Tech coach Paul Johnson (in other words, leaves for Notre Dame). But otherwise Bostic says he’s still committed to Georgia Tech.

Lots more to come today and this week so be sure to check back often.

77 comments Add your comment

Herschel Talker

November 23rd, 2009
9:36 am

The only positive to come out of this game is if the whole staff is fired. What a bunch of clowns, including the head bozo himself, Mark Richt.

mike

November 23rd, 2009
9:45 am

Remember, its the players that are playing the game. They are the ones messing up. This is the same coaching staff that has led us to some big wins before and will again. You haters didn’t mind when we were winning with the same strategy from these coaches. We have players in the secondary that aren’t as good as advertised. That happens alot with every program. Cox is like a freshman QB. He hadn’t been tested before this season. Programs cycle. You guys would fire coaches every year. How stupid.

Dawgs forever!

November 23rd, 2009
9:47 am

Herschel Talker….you are a clown!! Some changes are necessary and if you know so much, put in your resume. CMR will make things right. I’m sure he told Cox to throw the ball to the UK guys. You are an idiot! There will be changes. I hate losing too. It sux that we lost to a team that we are so much better than. It’s the way the whole season has gone. Defense, special teams and strength and conditioning need to be addressed!! Beat Tech!! I really hate that Trade School. It won’t be easy though. We can’t turn the ball over. Dawgs in a tight one..

wiley

November 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

For once Herschel Talker is right….you have recruited 4 straight top recruiting classes. If poor coaching is not the issue at UGA…than rivals needs to go out of buisness. Bostic is coming to tech…it seems like people are trying to push him towards UGA…but he will be at tech in January.

dogpoop

November 23rd, 2009
9:55 am

even h.s. recruits see the same mess everyone else saw Saturday night, these recruits need to run like hell

Hunker Down

November 23rd, 2009
9:57 am

Woof Woof … Oh Kentucky … arf … snicker .. Joe Cox … arf … look at the recruiting rankings not the AP poll … whimper … will we make a bowl game?

Piso Mojado

November 23rd, 2009
10:04 am

You can’t go 10 -1 every year, people. Once in a blue moon, you’re going to have an off year. Quit complaining and deal with it.

Abilene

November 23rd, 2009
10:17 am

If I was a recruit attending the UGA-UK game last Saturday, I would be running like hell away from Athens.

AceDawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:21 am

Johnson to Notre Dame? What is it with GTech coaches always in the mix at ND? From O’Leary to Tenuta to Johnson…

I’m not sure that would be a good choice for Johnson. Notre Dame may finally have relearned offensive football under Weis, even if it doesn’t execute well, and why retransition to option offense that Notre Dame took more than a decade to get away from? They need to learn to stop people on defense, which Johnson hasn’t proven he is a master at yet.

It would be good for UGA if Johnson left though!

ncdawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:22 am

Off year at UGA is not 6-5.

cj

November 23rd, 2009
10:23 am

yeah, run like hell from a program that will always be good. Your an idiot

ncdawg

November 23rd, 2009
10:23 am

Off year should not be 6-5 rather. With the talent we receive each year, 7-8 wins minimum.

Cuttysark

November 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

Paul Johnson is staying at Georgia Tech and will be there for quite some time. It’s funny how everyone who mocked this offense now thinks it should be played everywhere in the BCS. Notre Dame will probably wind up keeping their coach unless they really want to throw away 10 million dollars in severance, then spend even more than that to hire someone else. Bostic is coming to the Flats. Mark it down!

A story on Paul Johnson’s record in rivalry games is now available for viewing on http://isportsweb.com. The Yellow Jackets are getting ready for the big game against Georgia on Saturday. THWG!

Joe Blow

November 23rd, 2009
10:33 am

UGA fans,
What a headline – program in utter chaos and you’re shoveling this propaganda. Does Chip Towers really exist? I think this stuff is ghost written by the UGA SID.

I know 2009 has been tough. But at least you’ve didn’t lose to Kentucky. Oops. I mean, at least you’ve got a good basketball team. Oops, I mean, at least your mascot is still alive. Oops.

Wait….

for…

it…

45-19!

dawgster

November 23rd, 2009
10:35 am

For all you so called experts calling for the heads of the dawgs coaching staff, you have no clue when it comes to football, all you can do is spit out negative comments as if you think you could do better…No we shouldn’t be happy with the results this year and yes there are some changes probably overdue, but don’t you realize when major changes are made you can set your program back even farther…We have a very good recruiting class lined up and although because of this season and the coaching questions i do feel we may lose some, but our cupbard is not bare, but we do need to retool things….I think one of my biggest disappointments this year is that we did not improve and as a player and coach you should by the 11th game of the season, also we wasted a year on Marlon Brown and should have gotten one or our freshman QB’s ready to play this year, i do blame the coaches for that situation as now we go into next year with an untested QB and i fear that there will be some of the same issues that we saw at QB this year….Lets stay positive and give our HC the benefit of the doubt for at least one more season, You can bet the other programs will be feeling the heads of these recruits with all the negative they can muster, lets not add to it….

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

I would not bet a nickle on GT winning the game against UGA Saturday night. Georgia played a great game against UK but just gave the game away. They will not give the Tech game away. To win, Tech will need to beat Georgia in all facets of the game. Tall order.

HT

November 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

It’s time for Richt to go.

DaltonDAWG706

November 23rd, 2009
11:13 am

Penalties and turnovers led to the Dawgs Loss Saturday night. All the coaches did a heck of a job. Yeah Georgia does have 5 loses this season, and things havent worked out like we all hoped, but we are young and have alot of talent; boatloads more than Tech. I’m not worried too much about the future of Georgia’s program because we know that every dawg has his day. We will be back in the spotlight in no time and continue to dominate Tech like we have for oh so many years. I think Tech sees our talent and so it kinda scares em and so they relish in the fact that they have CPJ as their savior, but you can coach til your blue in the face if the kids on the field dont get the job done likewise you will lose and I think all this bragging they are doing is quite frankly goin to come back and sting em in the A$$ in the end. Just Sayin’

GameTime

November 23rd, 2009
11:33 am

Chip Towers is the biggest homer at AJC. He couldnt be objective if he tried. Accordingly he’ll never be a journalist/sports writer with any credibility.

SuperB

November 23rd, 2009
11:39 am

If I were Notre Dame, I’d already be knocking on Paul Johnson’s door. but given their last four hires, that “intelligent option” seems remote.

State of the (Dog) Nation

November 23rd, 2009
11:47 am

Dawgster, get real! UGA ALWAYS has a top recruiting class and, of late, has ALWAYS under-achieved. Do you need a history lesson, or can you think back over the results from the past few years? The team has been under-performing, and that’s a direct result of the coaching — or lack thereof — being provided to these young men. Changes are needed … or Dog Nation better get used to mediocre results. Hey, there’s a thought — bring back Chan Gailey to coach at UGA ……

Dave

November 23rd, 2009
11:52 am

“Joe Blow” – We got it, OK? I know, we suck this year. But can ya’ll please ease off on UGA VII? Alot of us consider the UGAs as part of our family (like my 4 young children). I wouldn’t make fun of you if your dog died. I can take the trash talk about my team, just use some sense, please.

tripleoptionrocks

November 23rd, 2009
11:53 am

I give thanks for having this week off so that I can look at GT highlights…this is for GT fans..got to take a look at 2nd half highlights of 08 Tech UGA game. If that doesn’t fire you up nothing will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPTYTswPCI

jacketyellow

November 23rd, 2009
12:10 pm

and to think UGA wanted to make Josh Nesbitt a safety

orangej

November 23rd, 2009
12:12 pm

Ga has many young players and will come back stronger than ever. UGA fans should support the the coach that has won 2 SEC titles. Young players go where they can play and this hurt us in several past recruiting classes, especially at DE, QB and running back but we have the talent there with this years recruits to move forward. If we get some offensive & defensive tackles in this class that are ready to play early we will be in the SEC title game in 2 years or less.

GeoffDawg

November 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

I don’t recall if Georgia ever recruited Nesbitt, but if we did, then safety would’ve probably been a good fit for him. He’s not a pro-style passer.

Then again, neither is Joe Cox.

BobinBuford

November 23rd, 2009
12:57 pm

DaltonDAWG:

Tech is scared of UGA????? Are you KIDDING? What is there about UGA that scares them?? Look at the end of the Kentucky game. The first time that Cox has Morgan, Jefferson, etc in his face, the interceptions will start adding up.

Sunny Purdue

November 23rd, 2009
12:59 pm

I think any recruit would have been impressed with the booing and the fans streaming for the exits before the game was over. What a great site – reminds me of Jax.

BulldawgJim

November 23rd, 2009
1:08 pm

Ask anyone who worked at Greene County High School when Josh Nesbitt was there and they will tell you there were several “character” issues associated with him. I don’t know how heavily Georgia recruited him, but the folks in the admissions office at UGA would never have allowed him to enroll.

He is a great talent; yes, but he would have never enrolled at UGA. If you don’t believe me, ask any objective employee who worked at his high school when he was a student.

Having said that, I’m sure he’ll have a great game against the Dawgs……..

uga_millertime

November 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

When was the last time Tech won a bowl game?

CatsFly

November 23rd, 2009
1:29 pm

Speaking of defenses, “Since that night against Florida State, the Tar Heels’ defense has been as good as any team in the nation. No exceptions, and you can add Florida or Alabama or Texas to that list. This defense can play with anyone, just as the 1996 and 1997 units at UNC could.” Not my words, but those of a top sports analyst. So prepsters, if you want to play on a good defense (9 of 11 are back next year), come see Butch!

exNFLplayer

November 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Is Jay Rome from the same Valdosta family as Stanford and Roger Rome? If so he’s got the bloodline for sure.

Richt is Right

November 23rd, 2009
1:36 pm

Richt is an incredible coach and is here to stay. Willie is gone without question though. Bobo is ok for now. All the bandwagon fans can choose another team because we do not want you!

exNFLplayer

November 23rd, 2009
1:42 pm

Mike has a good point. CJ Byrd, Tra Battle, Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, Thomas Flowers, Tim Jennings, Paul Oliver. UGA hasn’t had secondary talent and leadership like that with this team. There is a huge drop off.

Gerald

November 23rd, 2009
1:48 pm

BulldawgJim:

Hilarious. How many arrests have UGA had under Richt? How many players have flunked out of school under Richt? Even Michael Adams embarrassed himself by defending Richt, claiming that it was necessary to compete in the SEC. Yet we are supposed to believe that Georgia Tech has lower character standards. Please.

Georgia’s not recruiting Nesbitt had nothing to do with his not being a dropback QB either. D.J. Shockley wasn’t a dropback QB either, remember? Neither was A.J. Bryant. And neither is Logan Gray.

Look, Georgia produces a lot of great athletes, and UGA can’t offer them all. Why not just say that, instead of making up nonsense excuses and trashing people? Of course, Georgia Tech fans are going to make fun and laugh, but the problem isn’t the kids that UGA didn’t get, it is Mark Richt’s staff being unable to properly utilize the kids that they do.

That said, it is probably time for Georgia Bulldog fans to start deciding that if Richt hasn’t been able to build the FSU or Miami pro-style offenses in all this time (9 years) he isn’t going to get it done. We see that unless Richt has a dominant passing game, his coaching is mediocre. Well, the SEC isn’t the ACC or Big East. In the SEC, you need a Matt Stafford or Peyton Manning to throw the ball like Richt’s offenses did at FSU and Miami, and Georgia is not going to have QBs like that every year. And no, don’t bring up David Greene, because we all know that it was Brian Van Gorder’s defenses, not Greene throwing the football, that won all those games.

McDawg

November 23rd, 2009
1:49 pm

there were alot of positives until the 2nd half-we have some extremely talented freshmen getting significant playing time

another positive was the fact that it was Senior day (minus the DTs and P. Miller)

Bo Williams

November 23rd, 2009
1:53 pm

CatsFly, do you think UGa could woo your (UNC) defensive coordinator to Athens. That D would love playing in front of 90K.

ceatlanta

November 23rd, 2009
1:53 pm

dawgster, I think it is illegal for the coaches to “feel” the recruits

CatsFly

November 23rd, 2009
1:56 pm

Bo (I presume short for Bobo), our defensive coordinator is committed to Butch, and won’t be going anywhere soon. 9 of 11 on defense will be back next year, with several top redshirts waiting in the wings. This is the same school that put out L. Taylor and J. Peppers, among many other great (1st teamers and all-Americans) who came out of UNC since 1990.

jawga boy

November 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

All said, we have to start looking to next year, and that ain’t all bad. Did ya’ll see how many different receivers touched the ball sat nite? Bring AJ back and it will prove interesting again. Murray, Mettenberger will flourish. Gray hasn’t shown much yet but maybe. Running attack will improve and we aren’t losing a bunch to the NFL this year. Sad to say, that’s a long way off though. Will be a long cold winter. Damn.

Blue

November 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Jacket Yellow, Josh has been great at quarterback for GT but he also would have been an excellent safety. Had he went to Georgia and played safety he would be an NFL prospect, now he will never play in the league.

cantondawg

November 23rd, 2009
2:05 pm

It’s so obvious to tell the people on this board who have played football from the ones who haven’t

The one who haven’t played football are the one that come on ranting about firing the coaching staff and making insults and threats. They off no solution to the problem they just think that if they yell loud enough they will get the change they want. Kinda like a child that lays on the floor crying when they don’t get what they want.

For those of us who have played high school and college football and even coached offer insight and solutions to the problem. There are some people on here who are very knowledgeable and offer great solutions. Unfortunately, we are usually drowned out by the crybabies who act like their momma took their favorite blankie from them. Ex (Herschel Talker, Mcdaviddawg, godawgs, and several others)

exNFLplayer

November 23rd, 2009
2:06 pm

Tommy West. Superb defensive coach. No nonsense, no excuses tough guy. Coaches physical, fundamentally sound D. Cut his teeth under Danny Ford. Danny Ford used to say “I’ll take mine and beat yourn. Then I’ll take yourn and beat mine.” Ole Danny could back it up too. Tommy West is cut from that same mold. Kirby Smart may be the popular choice but Tommy West can put the junkyard back in the dawg.

Chip Towers

November 23rd, 2009
2:13 pm

Geoff Dawg, others: Yes, Georgia recruited Nesbitt, quite hard actually. They recruited him as the proverbial “athlete.” But Nesbitt made it clear he wanted to be under center at the next level. “I want to be a QB in college and it is important to me in making my decision,” weeks before committing to Georgia Tech in December of 2006.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 23rd, 2009
2:16 pm

No team in the country would be undefeated averaging 3 turnovers and 100 yards in penalties a game – including, Florida, Bama, or Texas. UGA’s defense played well enough, the last three games, to win – the special teams kickoff coverage is pitiful. Saturday, Kentucky took practically every kick off back over the 40 yard line and 3 times to the 50. Cox takes to long to pass therefore the rush is bound to come sooner or later and that is where the problem is. He doesn’t take a sack when necessary – throws it up fpr grabs. UGA was the dissappointment of the SEC this year but I predict that in ‘11 they will challenge for the SEC championship. They lose 3 good d-tackles but everyone else of significance will be back with help coming in for the defense and at QB.

Gerald

November 23rd, 2009
2:24 pm

Blue:

If you think that Nesbitt would have been a top SEC safety, let alone an NFL prospect at the position, you are being strange. What evidence is there that Nesbitt has the speed, quickness, range, or cover skills to be a safety? This may come as a shock to you, but most dual threat QBs are not able to successfully move to other positions. Most of the dual threat QBs who listen to the “you’ll have a better shot at the NFL at WR/RB/TE/LB/DB” nonsense during recruiting go to the end of the bench and are never heard from again.

That’s why GT will never have a problem recruiting great option QBs, because there are a ton of guys like Nesbitt who know that they have no shot at the NFL at any position, and will prefer being a star QB at a great program to being 4th string WR or DB.

BulldawgJim

November 23rd, 2009
2:30 pm

Gerald,

Interesting (and hilarious)………you had no reply AT ALL about the character issue with Nesbitt…….you simply took shots at UGA’s program (methinks thou dost protest too much)………without even mentioning the fact that Tech has also had academic issues with players as well as legal issues in the past………and how about one of your former head coaches (O’Leary) falsifiyng his resume’? Please don’t insult our inteligence by pretending that Tech has a clean program…..all I’m saying is Nesbitt would have never made it past the admissions committee……we had a player a few years ago who had “character” issues that Richt wanted….but the admissions committee denied him…..ended up going to Arkansas……

j

November 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

CJ,

Don’t know where you are from, but 6-6 is not good!

cantondawg

November 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

Josh Nesbitt has been a great quarterback for Tech no question. However, UGA has had the #1 Nfl draft pick playing behind center for the past 3 years. I can understand why he was recruited to play safety instead of QB. He would have been sitting on the bench for 3 years

Chip Towers

November 23rd, 2009
2:40 pm

REMINDER: Do NOT post under other people’s names. It won’t be tolerated. You’ll just get deleted, as was the case with “Joe Hamilton” and “Chad Simmons.” Repeat violators will be banned.