Rewind: Seon Jones hopes 313 yards rushing attracts some attention

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.

Buford’s Seon Jones wasn’t sure what rushing for more than 300 yards Friday night against Lovett meant for him. But he knew what it meant for his offensive line.

“I’m going to take them out to do something,” he said after the Class AA No. 2-ranked Wolves defeated No. 7 Lovett 37-14. “I don’t know if I can buy them all a steak. Maybe a hamburger or something.”

Jones put on a dazzling display for a sell-out crowd at Conley-Oakley Field and a television audience tuning in for the “Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week.” He piled up 313 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only 15 carries for a gaudy average of 20.8 yards per carry. And it could have been even more. He barely stepped out of bounds on two long runs, one near midfield that would have gone all the way and the other just inside the 10-yard line. And he did this while sharing carries with five other running backs, who combined 488 yards rushing for Buford.

So, surely, a senior and two-year starter at tailback for the three-time defending state champions who is capable of rushing for 300-plus yards has been showered with scholarship offers.

“No, sir,” Jones told me afterward. “No offers.”

“I am hearing from some schools,” he said. “Ohio, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, those type of schools.”

Jones (5-9, 178) attended the Tennessee game on Saturday as an unofficial visitor. But mainly he’s just been getting mail from colleges. He hopes to parlay a big senior season into something more tangible than that.

In the meantime, Jones is keeping his focus on the Wolves’ hopes for a fourth consecutive state championship. By defeating Lovett, Buford (4-1) avenged its only loss of 2009. Now it hopes to get another crack at Carver-Columbus, which beat the Wolves 14-0 earlier this season.

“We want that even more,” he said of a rematch in the state playoffs.

Another Walker sees his legend grow in Johnson County

Zack Walker is no relation to Herschel Walker. But Johnson County’s 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver is creating a buzz not seen around Wrightsville since those heady times decades ago.

Walker, who had 1,172 yards receiving as a junior last season, is well on his way to going over 1,000 again this year. He finished with 11 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns on Friday in a 31-24, double-overtime win over ECI. Two of Walker’s scores came during the extra time as Johnson County came from behind for a 31-24 victory.  A 33-yard TD reception from quarterback D.J. Rozier on fourth-and-15 started the comeback.

Friday’s good work gives Walker 32 catches for 564 yards and 11 TDs this season for 5-0 Johnson County. Still, he doesn’t currently have any major college offers

Newton in the Hunt with productive running back

Newton running back Akeem Hunt had 133 yards rushing on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns — including the game-winner in overtime and the game-tying TD with three seconds left in regulation — in a stunning win over Newnan. Hunt’s other TD came on a 96-yard kickoff return in the third quarter as Newton moves to 4-0 for the first time since 1986.

Hunt (5-11, 170)  is a relative Johnny-come-lately as a college prospect. But he does have several offers, including Auburn, Minnesota, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. He rushed for 679 yards as a junior.

Other notables: Marquez Lemon rushed for 171 yards and five touchdowns on 14 carries for Stratford. . . . C.J. Uzomah was 10-of-10 passing for North Gwinnett versus Meadowcreek. . . . Linebacker Eric Worthen (6-2, 210) had 22 tackles for Swainsboro) in a 38-37 overtime win over Jefferson County.

Auburn’s Cam Newton laughs off Heisman talk

Believe it or not, Westlake High graduate Cam Newton is starting to field Heisman Trophy questions at Auburn.

“Oh, my goodness,” he told reporters who asked him Sunday if he’d thought about the Heisman. “No. I’m just going to continue to do my job. I’m not going to think about that right now because I think that would be selfish of me.”

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback has quickly developed into a one-man offensive show for the Tigers. In a win over South Carolina this past weekend, Newton accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing), 176 yards rushing and 158 yards passing.

His Atlanta counterpart in the game, quarterback Connor Shaw, was not as prosperous. The true freshman out of Flowery Branch relieved a dazed Stephen Garcia late in the fourth quarter and completed four of eight passes but also threw two interceptions.

Also: The Tigers held Marcus Lattimore to 33 yards on 14 carries. Meanwhile, Auburn’s ballyhoosed freshman running back Michael Dyer had his first 100-yard game (23-100). . . . Warner Robins DT Jeff Whitaker had a tackle and a pass breakup for the Tigers. . . . Georgia Tech freshman B.J. Bostic had 51 yards rushing and 35 yards on kick returns against N.C. State. Fellow frosh Isaiah Johnson had seven tackle and a pass breakup from his starting safety postition. . . .

Sandy Creek grad Rajion Neal had four carries for 20 yards for Tennessee. . . . Da’Rick Rogers had two catches for 21 yards and one rush for minus-8 yards for the Vols. . . . Gainesville’s T.J. Jones had one catch for 21 yards for Notre Dame. . . . Cornerback Nickell Robey, who switched from Georgia to Southern Cal shortly before national signing day, had a pick-six for the Trojans Saturday.

161 comments Add your comment

bardawg

September 27th, 2010
7:25 am

German Shepherd Dawg

September 27th, 2010
8:10 am

Everybody is too busy bashing Richt and calling for his head rather than consider the ramifications such criticism could have on potential recruits like Crowell or existing ones like the Wesley, who agreed to visit Clemson because he’s starting to be afraid Richt is going to lose his job soon.

They are a bunch of idiots. He’s just made massive changes to improve the defense. The offense is hurting us this year. We aren’t scoring points.

Leave Richt alone and we’ll be fine. Let it run its course.

And anybody who suggests hiring Kirby Smart (who refused an offer to come home) is stupid. He’s an unproven commodity as a head coach and Richt has done the job well for his tenure overall. He’s had success in the past and knows how to get it done. I think he’s looking at the offensive play calling and maybe going to do something with Bobo. Maybe he’ll help him; maybe he’ll fire him after the season. But he’s not going to fire him in the middle of the season.

And he isn’t going to panic because the Dawgs seem ordinary this year. Herbstreit is right. Our fans are crazy.

Congrats, bardawg, on your meaningless honor.

turkey caller

September 27th, 2010
8:25 am

German Shepherd…. Hope we do change the manner in which we choose and select these kids. What has getting these little 5 star wonderboys done for the program?

Nota Bug

September 27th, 2010
8:39 am

I agree with the stay the course talk. As I watched the Falcons, I charted the plays against the Bulldogs and found that we run almost a identical offence as the Falcons. It was not play calling, but execution. You can blame the coaches for not getting players or coaching them up, but the play calling is not the problem. Our system is based upon the run and we are not getting it done. The line and the RB’s are not setting the stage. We need a big back and pound the rock to set up the play action.

jus42day

September 27th, 2010
8:43 am

Fire Bobo and the running back coach,if the o line dont do any better fire that coach also..

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
8:48 am

Thanks for the article Chip…hopefully, with Seon Jones performance on the field this year he will start attracting more recruiting attention and pick up some solid offers.

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
8:52 am

jus42day, Bobo definitely needs to be demoted immediately (to strictly the QB Coach) and then let go after the season, but it is hard to lay anything at the feet of Coach B-Mac when teams are running 8 or 9 men in the box b/c we are minus our best player. Coach B-Mac is one of our best recruiters, and will be one of the main reasons Isaiah Crowell comes to UGA. Our offense should look significantly better now that we have AJ back and opposing defenses can’t load the box against us and blitz all game long. We just need to temper down the fire Richt chants and back up our HC…with what he has done for our program over the last 10 years he deserves our support right now.

Tide Roll

September 27th, 2010
8:54 am

Did Richt and Bobo not evaluate Cam Newton ? How could they not get the kid?! He attended Westlake High, the same school as former Uga safety Sean Jones,and current Bulldog Kiante Tripp. Now they stand by and let Uzomah commit to Auburn as well. They do need to be fired!

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
8:58 am

German Shepard…you are quiet correct…the dawg fans who are rightfully upset just don’t realize what all the negative talk will do to our recruiting and how the other programs will take advantage of that…The recruits can see that we are not getting it done on the field, but i don’t think that will have the effect as the coaches being fired…Many of these recruits have developed a relationship with our coaches and i can promise you, many would jump ship if Coach Richt is fired…I know for many that would be fine, but it will set our program back even further…I know none of us like the results on the field and yes alot of it comes to coaching, but the players are not getting it done either..they are out there on the field and they can make plays, on offense and defense, but its just not happening right now…I personally do not want to rebuild the program from scratch again..Coach Richt has proven he can win games…I meand look at what winning percentage is over the last 10 years…We all know that we have fallen behind Bama, and the Gators…That has to change, but you got to have the horses, and we just do not have the horses that Bama and Gators do…Oh, we have a few, but you look how deep these programs are…Some of the reasons has been bad luck, dumb decisions by players and yes, Coaching…I do know that we have some very, very talented players that have committed and will be committing to the dawgs, but we need to stay the course and get back on track…My feeling is you give this staff at least one more season to right the ship…If it doesn’t then do what you need to do…But i believe that Coach Richt has earned the right to have another season..We will be more mature on offense and defense i believe and maybe with a top notch RB from South Ga will give us a piece of the puzzle that i believe we are missing..I know this is going back to history, but 1979 we finished 6-5, the next year we get a great RB and win the NC…now i’m not saying that there is RB out there that is that good..but if you look at what seems to be a glaring weakness on this team, it is at RB….our RB’s are good, but they don’t put the scare into the defense that a really top notch RB could do…We get down on our offensive line and perhaps there is plenty room for improvement there..but look at the games…how many times do you really see our RB’s break tackles and take it to the house…very little…but look at some of the other teams that are successful and watch their RB’s…huge difference…go dawgs…

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
9:04 am

Tide Roll, we recruited Cam Newton out of high school but he wanted to be a Gator. After his stint at JC, he wanted to play in a spread offense which is why he is now at Auburn…great for him and I am so glad that he has got his life turned around and going in the right direction. Uzomah was a tweener athlete…most schools did not project him at QB at the next level (he is a TE/WR hybrid), but Auburn was able to take advantage of the offense the run and they sold Uzomah on the fact that he would be their Wildcat QB on certain plays. Good for him. The Dawgs offense is more pro-style, so we went hard after Christian Lemay who fits our offensive personality better…hard to say we did bad in getting Lemay’s commitment over Uzomah’s.

ECB

September 27th, 2010
9:14 am

Chip…any word on D.J. Hill from Newton County? I had heard he has 5-6 offers on the table, and might be going to Virginia?

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
9:16 am

Hey Lowndes..good morning..what do you think all the Coach Richt bashing and the team’s performance to date is going to do to the recruiting of some of the key players that you and me know we need…It cannot be good if these players sense that Coach Richt and staff will not be here next year…I don’t know if our AD should come out and say anything that would assure these kids that Coach Richt will be here…but i know the other schools are going to pounce on our situation…Hopefully we can turn things around for the rest of the season, but right now the dawg nation is in an uproar…They just don’t realize that its one thing for other fanbases to bash the dawgs, but when your own fans do it then that doesn’t bold well…Please dawg nation lets stick together and let the season play out and stay behind the dawgs…I, like many of you are not happy right now either, but Coach Richt has earned the right to give him a chance to bring us back up, and you would be surprised at what one or two special recruits could do for your program immediately…Go dawgss..

ryan

September 27th, 2010
9:20 am

Lowndes25 are we still safe with Crowell and other targets my gut tells me CMR stays because of this class but Bobo is gone or demoted like you said its going to be hard to convince the recruits to come UGA with the all the firing talk .

Dawg Fud

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

German Shepherd,

Why would Kirby come home to Athens when Alabama is a better job right now? If you answer that question honestly, then you would have done the same Kirby and stayed put.

Kirby is damn good dawg but that was a business decision and the right decision.

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

ryan, Lowndes…agree with both of you…i am hoping Caoch Richt takes over the play calling, if not for any reason other than trying something a little different..I think its not so much the type of plays we run, but when and where in the game the plays are called…and of course getting AJ back is going to be huge for us…The RB’s still do not seem to break tackles as well as some other backs i’ve seen…i’m hoping for a big time RB in this years recruiting class…

Nathan Hale

September 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Jones is not rated high enough for our standards. WE only
want 4-5 stars. We don’t care if we win in the fall if we can
impress everyone in the cold, cold winter.

Please don’t waste our time just because a kid might be a diamond
in the rough.

We have standards and we are proud owners of an 0-3 SEC record.

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
9:42 am

dawgster, good morning to you as well (wish we had won this weekend so that it would have been a better morning, but oh well :) )…the Coach Richt firing talk was to be expected after our poor showing this weekend. Our team just looks discombobulated out there right now…sorry coaching and no heart being shown by our players on both sides of the ball. I fully expect Richt to make some changes…what those are I am not entirely sure of right now. I think he definitely needs to take over play-calling duties again even though it will cut into his time spent on the road recruiting…right now recruiting has to temporarily go to the back-burner while Richt figures out how to motivate this team. Will rivals pounce on this…Yes…would we do the same thing if opposing teams were having the same issues…absolutely. It is no different than when coaches are out on the recruiting trail and trying to keep a recruit away from UF…if he is a RB then you ask him “When was the last time a RB under Urban Meyer rushed for a 1,000 in a season (it has never happened)?” or “Name me the last RB that Coach Meyer put in the NFL.” You have to use those kinds of things to your advantage to help convince a recruit to come to your school and I fully expect Coach Saban and Coach Meyer to make sure that recruits know Coach Richt is on the hot seat (even if that is not entirely true). As far as current recruits go, all of this talk definitely affects them…will any of them jump ship? I can’t honestly answer that right now. A lot is going to depend on what Richt decides to do with Bobo and how we finish the rest of the season. Drew is definitely starting to waiver some (he posted something on his FB wall to that affect), but if we come out and really start to assert ourselves over the next few games then we will win back the confidence of not only the verbal and silent commits, but also the guys on the fence. The only things that these losses have helped us with is showing that these recruits that early playing time is definitely an option. Honestly, on Saturday night I thought Richt might not survive this season, but I truly believe that he deserves another year to right the ship and I feel that McGarity sees it the same way…will he give Richt a public vote of confidence…I don’t know…only time will tell. I haven’t talked to my sources since Saturday night, so I will try to update you guys a little more once I catch up with them.

Needless to say, Demetre Baker picked the wrong time to go and get himself arrested…hate it for the kid, but Richt had made it abundantly clear to the team that the next person who got arrested was going to get the boot and he followed through on his word…this is something that he needed to do to show everyone (especially the players) that he means business.

ryan

September 27th, 2010
9:44 am

Hey about that Falcons win yesterday something off base but that was a great game hoped y’all got to watch it .

Chuck Allison

September 27th, 2010
9:49 am

Ho Hum. Another day and another DUI or Hit and Run for another UGA football player. What’s new? I will bet FSU and Miami are jealous that UGA now has more criminals than they do.

Chuck Allison

September 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Lowndes25, when you write a message that long, you can be sure that folks will skip over it and not read it.

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
10:00 am

Sorry Chuck Allison…but i did read it…all of it…what most of us don’t read is absurd comments from people who have nothing to say….I would suggest that if you don’t like talking about recruiting and such that you spend your time wisely somewhere else…Thanks for the info Lowndes…i hope this wasn’t too long for you Chuck….

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
10:01 am

Chuck Allison, that is fine by me…I was responding to a question by another poster and felt like I needed to provide as many details as possible to support my position. If someone wants to skip over it I have no problem with that…thanks for the heads-up though.

GT Sambo

September 27th, 2010
10:06 am

Good to hear that some of the GT freshmen are playing well. Maybe this will put to bed all of the talk that Paul Johnson can’t recruit. If the few highlights GT had this weekend come from CPJ recruits, and most of the rest of the team is Chan Gailey recruits, perhaps Chan Gailey wasn’t as great a recruiter as many people think?

GT Sambo

September 27th, 2010
10:14 am

By the way, I just have to comment on this since he is mentioned in this blog. I like Connor Shaw, and I was actually hoping he would have considered Tech given that he ran a silimar offense in HS. However, when Spurrier put Shaw in on the last drive, my first thought was that it was the dumbest decision I’ve ever seen him make. I’ll be honest, Connor started firing the ball down the field and I started to wonder if Spurrier might end up looking like the evil genius after all. Alas, my gut ended up being right. Plus, I think that decision could have long-term ramifications on Garcia psyche for the rest of the season. I sit here today still wondering how Spurrier doesn’t trust his senior QB with the season they were having so far. I think win or lose, you had to stay with veteran. I think USC is DONE as far as winning the SEC East.

juvenal

September 27th, 2010
10:15 am

chan didn’t recruit linemen when the scholys dropped…hopefully kids go to schools they like, not just where they are most successfully exploited…

college foot

September 27th, 2010
10:16 am

The quarterback at Auburn should be at the top of list for what he’s doing. It’s early but so far he is truly special.

ryan

September 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Hey guys just ignore that trash all those haters do repeat them selves i am frustrated and angry at UGA to the player was kicked off the team that good what CMR did .

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
10:22 am

GT Sambo, I watched a good portion of the GT/NC State…this has to be the least talented GT team (imo) that I have seen in a very long time (especially on defense). Offensively, you guys are way too one-dimensional…no one is scared at all of your passing game b/c Nesbitt just can’t seem to find a good rythm throwing the ball. Therefore, you guys are seeing 8 or 9 man fronts like UGA is…hard to run effectively against an 8 or 9 man front (I don’t care who you are). Defensively, NC State pretty much ran up and down the field…you guys did stage a slight rally with that pick 6, but other than that I just didn’t see much fire from your defense (man that sounds eerily familiar to our team :) ) Any ideas as to how CPJ is going to try turn your team around?

GT Sambo

September 27th, 2010
10:31 am

Lowndes25, Obviously I think we have some of the same issues as you guys on defense, still learning a new system and guys playing different positions than they were recruited for. On offense, it is all about consistency, and we aren’t getting it on the OL and out of the passing game. Nesbitt isn’t accurate (but we knew that going into the season) and even when he is the receivers drop the ball (at least 5 drops this week). Also a big issue this past weekend was our center going down in the first first quarter. The new center and QB were not clean on the exchange 5 or 6 times causing 2nd and long. This offense does not work well when we don’t gain at least 3 or 4 yards on 1st down. The next three games are the easy part of our schedule (Wake, UVA, MTSU) so hopefully some of these issues will get cleaned up and the defense will continue to improve. If we just eliminate the drops, Nesbitt goes back to being a 45% passer, which is all we need. Hopefully we can take care of business against some inferior competition, but the way we are playing we can’t take anything for granted.

ATL Nole

September 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Chuck Allison, we are happy that FSU is moving forward.

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
10:36 am

GT Sambo, I think that is a very good assessment as to where your team is at right now. Honestly, we are just glad that we get AJ Green back this week…he is going to help out our offense tremendously. I wish we were getting someone back of AJ’s caliber on defense as well :)

GT Sambo

September 27th, 2010
10:45 am

Yes, I think we can equate you guys not having Green to the way our passing game looks now that Thomas has moved on to the NFL. Having a big play WR really does make a difference. It has made Nesbitt go from looking like a below average passer last year to a very poor passer this year. I think getting Green back will be a big boost to the UGA offense and should make guys like Orson Charles and Kris Durham that much more effective.

Vinings Dawg

September 27th, 2010
10:50 am

HEY CHIP

Demetrace McNeal from Banneker had four tackles on special teams for Auburn Saturday night. Watch for this kid to get time in Auburn’s secondary soon. I wish the Dawgs would have looked at him. He is a player.

collegeballfan

September 27th, 2010
10:51 am

Jones, Walker and Hunt. Sounds like three quality players. But you did not tell us how many “Stars” they had after their name on Scout and Rivals. After all, isn’t that all that matters? UGA has dozens of 4 & 5 star guys they recruited the last 5 years and look at how they are winning.

“It must be the STARS…”

Why we didnt go after Cam...

September 27th, 2010
10:52 am

I really think the reason we didnt go after Cam was the bagage of having a player that was kick off another SEC team for stealing a laptop. I really dont think auburn cared as long as they got a decent QB.

Rimfire

September 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Go Dawgs!
GATA and finish the drill!
Hunker down!

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Hey Lowndes…what do you think our biggest issues are on defense…i kinow we have to have the players to run the 3-4 effectively, but i thought we would be able to get more pressure on the QB’s than we have and also the DB’s just can’t seem to cover…There appears to be some talent back there but i just don’t see them playing tight on the recievers yet when i watch some of the other teams their DB’s seem to be on their man for the most part…Are we just not talented there or are we trying to force a defensive sheme when we just don’t have the right guys..of course if we get more pressure up front that will make the DB’s jobs easier..also, where are the safeties at…there seems to be little over the top help in many of the pass coverages…what do you think…

Done with Richt and Bobo

September 27th, 2010
11:08 am

What exactly has Richt done for the program? Sent it so far downhill that the next two coaches that come here will be digging out for a decade? This guy has had the chances and lost them every time. We cannot beat Florida consistently. Period. Thats who we want to beat coaches and I don’t see it happening this year or next year or the year after that if these clowns continue to have jobs.

Douglas

September 27th, 2010
11:12 am

Dawgster and Lowndes25: we cannot worry about if the recruits come to UGA this year because of the negative talk about our coaching — that is short-term thinking. We need to be thinking long-term. What — do you want us to wait until the program is so much in shambles that it takes years to rebuild? I don’t think so. Richt has earned the right to fix things? I don’t think so — he took too long to fire Martinez and the other coaches. He will take even longer to fire Bobo and Searels unless our AD forces him to. Richt isn’t even earning his right to collect his paycheck nor are some of the other coaches but I haven’t heard him offering to give back some of his money based on his performance. Oh, and by the way in case you think I’m some bumbling fool: I grew up in Athens — I graduated from UGA business school while attending the honor’s program…and I have two Masters degrees and worked in business at a large corporation in Atlanta for 15 years. If Richt worked for me, he would have already been out the door. Businesses pay based on performance — Richt’s performance over the last several years has continued to decrease. And, yes, on a personal note, I like Richt — great guy — but he is now failing to be a great coach or leader.

Done with Richt and Bobo

September 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Swear to god too, if we can’t beat UT then this whole staff needs to go. These guys have had the worst couple of years of any team I have ever seen, yet they still beat Georgia like we are some little kids year in and year out. Pathetic.

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Hey guys…don’t know if there is any merit to this, but from a coaching standpoint, we have a former receiver coaching RB’s and a former Rb coaching the receivers..I don’t think that means a whole lot, if you can coach then you can coach…but it has been mentioned on several times before…Right now though i am more concerned about our O-line…

RxDawg

September 27th, 2010
11:20 am

Good morning guys. Good to see this is the best kept little secret blog there is out there.

Nice summation of Georgia high school players this weekend Chip.

ryan

September 27th, 2010
11:21 am

Players have to buy into the system and right now players are not buying that 3-4 defence someone has to become a leader when no one whants to take that roll its not good a sign .

treyingeorgia

September 27th, 2010
11:21 am

Guys I would hope that some of the recruits waver if a coaching change is made… obviously we are recruiting the wrong type of player to begin with to be quite honest with you… I would rather have a player than a prima donna who thinks he is above the law and who beats his chest when he makes a good tackle or play… why celebrate a play your supposed to make… I will say it again the football IQ of these players leaves a lot to be desired if you want to know…

RxDawg

September 27th, 2010
11:21 am

” I wish we were getting someone back of AJ’s caliber on defense as well”

Agreed…maybe Ogletree or Jones will became those guys soon Lowndes

RxDawg

September 27th, 2010
11:25 am

dawgster, I think the biggest issue with our defense is the lack of production on offense. Our defense doesn’t seem to be our major problem to me right now. I’d give them a B to B+ grade right now. The problem is they are continually sent right back out on the field due to a 3 and out or turnover from our offense. Eventually someone is going to get past our defense with that happening.

RxDawg

September 27th, 2010
11:26 am

That said, I think the biggest thing our defense is missing is some great interior lineman to really disrupt things. Think about who we lost in just the defensive tackle position last year.

GT Sambo

September 27th, 2010
11:27 am

Douglas,
I know all the Dawg fans are unhappy with their performance this year, but why did you expect this year to go so well? You installed a new defense and you were playing a QB with no experience. From a totally neutral perspective, I think you have to give Mark Rich a chance to right this ship and a chance for this defense to take hold. I don’t know who else you would get. I have heard Chris Peterson and Jim Harbaugh thrown around, and honestly I would be worried about how recruiting would go under those guys. I don’t think either has experience recruiting in the SE.
Now as a Tech fan, I’d be glad if you dumped Mark Richt. He is a great recruiter and a proven winner as a football coach. However, as a Tech fan I am kind of hoping you keep Bobo as offensive coordinator.

Lowndes25

September 27th, 2010
11:28 am

dawgster, our biggest issues are still that guys are thinking way too much about where they should be instead of trusting the fact that they know the 3-4 defense and allow their natural football instincts to take over. The biggest place you can see this happening is with our safeties…they are so worried about where they are supposed to be that they leave guys running wide-open or take themselves completely out of the play by getting sucked up with the play-action. They just need to get comfortable with the 3-4 and they will be fine…same goes with our DBs…we do need some better playmakers back there as well (hence why we are after Damian Swann, Devin Bowman and Malcom Mitchell…all of these guys could see immediate playing time next year with how bad we are in the secondary). Also, just speculatiing here, but I think there is a good possibility that we move Branden Smith to offense next year to help us out…he is a liability in coverage right now imo (can’t cover very good, doesn’t have great hips, etc.). Again, this is just speculation on my part but one of my sources tends to agree that our coaching staff is thinking the same thing if we pull in those recruits.

dawgster

September 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Well, tell us Douglas..since you posted your resume on here..who should we get that will guarentee success against Saban, Meyer, Miles or whomever on a consistant basis..Who will come here that will be the savior…Tell me what other program in the SEC is handling Bama and the Gators on a regular basis…i understand you frustration..you may be right we may need to make a change…but i do think that Coach Richt has not forgotten how to coach…How long Douglas will you give the next coaching staff to turn it around?..one season?…two seasons?…Look at Paterno at Penn State, the program was going downhill as far as wins and then with a few good recruiting classes Penn State got right back up there…Did Paterno forget how to coach for a few seasons.l..My point here is yes the dawg nation wants to see a good product out there…I am thankful that we have an AD at UGA that will not make a rash decision and will take everything into account…Believe me..Sat night i was as mad and disappointed as i have ever been with the dawgs coaching staff and players…I played the game for many years and i can say that not a single coach, and i had some very, very good ones ever, ever made a play for me or mised a tackle for me of failed catch a ball thrown my way..it was on me…The bottom line is the dawgs do not have the horses that Bama and Gators have but you are quiet right we should be able to be the Miss States, Kentucky’s and others, but the last time i checked, i could be wrong here they give our Div 1 scholarships to those schools also…I’m not trying to give you a hard time Douglas, but i don’t think we are that far away…We have an outstanding recruiting class coming in and if it goes as well as we think, will be possibly top five….of course that wont mean anything if we don’t get the most out of their talent…go dawgs