Richt: 1-4 start tells recruits they can have early impact at UGA

As I said, I’m working on some print stories examining what effect, if any, recruiting had on Georgia’s current predicament. I’ll be parceling out some of that information here over the next couple of days.

Earlier Tuesday, at the Bulldogs’ weekly press conference,  I asked coach Mark Richt how the 1-4 start has affected their day-to-day approach to recruiting.

“I can’t say all the recruits are excited about what’s happening,” he said. “But, you know, most of the guys that we have committed love Georgia and want to be at Georgia. And some of the guys see that maybe this presents an even better opportunity for them to come in and make a difference. I think some guys want to . . . feel like they can come in and make an impact on the team as early as they possibly can. So I would think it’s been good in that regard.”

That said, Richt doesn’t want the Bulldogs to continue to prove they need help.

“The bottom line is we want to show that we’re a good football team,” he said. “I hope this Saturday we’ll get that done. We have a good many recruits in this weekend and we want to have a good experience for those guys.”

79 comments Add your comment

Buckhead Dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

Punch em in the face!

BostonDawg

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

Please for the love of all that is good and holy–win a freaking game.

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

What else could be said.

Georgia has a problem with throwing stars...

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

…right down the toilet. Why would you want to go somewhere to be coached down rather than up?

Sure they do

October 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

That’s why georgia has as many players in the NFL as anyone…

MoDawg

October 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

Chip, my fear with our recruiting is that while we do get some top recruits, we seem to “take a chance” on some good athletes that may have some skeletons in their closet and Garner sees them as “projects” to try and help them become better people. There’s a lot to be said for that, but more in a church youth setting and not on a D-1 major football program. I think 98% of the guys we recruit are fine, upstanding young men who love the university and want to play big time football and get a great education (Tech haters, I realize this opens the door for your stupid comments, so go ahead), but there have been more than a few over the past 10 years that were good athletes but “bad citizens” and we need to steer clear of those, in my opinion.

I used to hear how they would research a kid before offering, but we’ve had a couple of recent “work-in-progress” kids that wound up getting into trouble and getting kicked off the team, so I question if that is actually the case.

Tech Fan Since 1950

October 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Chip, give the recruits a copy of the Georgia Journal-Constitution with their morning tea Saturday. That certainly wouldn’t be against the rules since it is so common.

Dawg House

October 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Sorry Techies…..

I know you Nerds think that UGA is done, forever. But Richt has a valid point here. Recruits these days are more worried about immediate playing time than ever before. There is also no dodging the FACT that UGA is a premiere, elite and prestigious football program. Recruits also want that. When they get to visit UGA on a gameday, and see how much tradititon goes into the hallowed grounds of Sanford Stadium, and they get to hear first hand what 92,746 TRUE, diehard fans actually sounds like….. it’s a convincing moment for many.

A series of misfortunate events to start a season will in no way hurt UGA recruiting in the long run. Just wait until December, when the new facilities at Butts-Mehre are complete. Recruits will continue to roll into the program.

I’d take Richt’s position in a heartbeat, over Paul Johnson trying to convince a kid he was born to run what he likes to call the “Mighty Triple Option”, or Al Groh trying to convice a kid he knows what he is doing on defense.

Dawgs are not going anywhere.

Chuck T's

October 5th, 2010
3:26 pm

Richt’s the best young coach in the country, finished in the top 10 6x more than Bear Bryant & Nick Saban combined did in their 1st 9 years. Richt gets more guys to the NFL than anyone. #4 most winning coach. Just the best.

Bryan G.

October 5th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’m a UGA fan and a Richt supporter. But when you have to start touting things CMR did from 2001-2007…you know it’s bad.

This year is AWFUL. 3-9 is a REAL possibility. Heck, 2-10 is possible at this point.

I want Richt to turn it around as much as anyone, but I’ve seen nothing since New Years Day 2008 which leads me to believe he can. I hope I’m wrong b/c firing a coach this year or next year will set us back 2-3 more years.

Wait until next ... Uga

October 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

The pain won’t stop until Vandy game. The curse of having a substitute Uga is what is causing all the problems.

BDAWG

October 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

MoDawg, I understand what you are saying but, in the past, Richt has said that’s why they take so long to offer players because they are evaluating their character. From my standpoint, evaluations seem to be failing the program and maybe they need a better recruiting coordinator to determine the level of talent and their character. We have missed out on a lot of good talent with this philosophy. Somebody needs to assume the leadership role for this team and light some fire up under the whole team and especially the defense. The OL has been criticized all year for their poor playing and now it is time to man up and play with a chip on their shoulder for the rest of the year. We will rectify the Offensive Coaching problems at the end of the season. We don’t need to hire an inexperenced OC and we need someone with the mindset of a top OC guru. There is no doubt that we will hire a new OL coach and I hope a new strength and conditioning coach, only then do I see UGA getting back to where they are supposed to be. Also, Richt needs to acquire a more physical mentality. Things have changed since he first got here ten years ago and he needs to bring the program up to par with the Alabamas and the UF. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Mitun

October 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

are there any update on RB Isiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus?I really wish we can get RB Isiah Crowell from Carver-Columbus

Matthews Dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

As I’ve said numerous times….they all want to go where they can play early and make a difference!

Dawg House

October 5th, 2010
3:47 pm

Mitum-

Last I heard Isaiah still has UGA stickers on his car, is VERY close with USC transfer and fellow Carv-Col Jarvis Jones. The negative PR about UGA’s RBs this season can only shine the light on Isaiah’s potential to be an immediate starter and impact player.

I feel good about seeing him in Red and Black next year.

Glory, Glory DAWGHOUSE

October 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

Leave Tech out of it! They aren’t the reason we’re 1 – 4! They didn’t recruit the characters getting arrested. If we’d gotten 6 star recruits and paid a DC $1.5 mill we wouldn’t be in this problem.

Montgomery Burns

October 5th, 2010
3:50 pm

Recruiting has not been the problem. Player development is lousy right now. If Richt stays, UGA can continue to sign 4-5* studs but nothing will change.

dawgster

October 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Dawg House…you are correct..but after the Bama visit he said they were in the lead, but that is to be expected after and going to a game like that…Our coaches need to be all over him and letting him know that he can be the guy if he comes to UGA…going to go down to the wire between Bama and the dawgs…If the dawgs can finish strong and if Coach Richt is here, and i believe he will be, then i think we get Crowell’s services, but nothings for sure when it comes to recruiting…

Dawg House

October 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

Isaiah has also yet to visit Athens for a gameday visit. He was suppose to come to the Arkansas game, but his ride fell through.

Last I heard he is suppose to be at the Vandy game. He will get to see the Uga VIII introduction, and hopefully a solid win. If he already loves UGA, wait and see who he says his “leader” is after he gets the VIP treatment on the field in Athens.

I truly think the tucked into campus stadium at UGA is MUCH more appealing to recruits than the stand alone stadium in Alabama. Isaiahwill get to see what an intimate, yet overwhelming setting in the SEC is like.

He is a Dawg.

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
3:58 pm

Awesome! UGA should lose every season so it can get the best players who want to have an “early impact.” Or is that really other teams’ backups they would be getting?

Here is why you lose a football game. It is not because a player made a mistake that Richt is not responsible for. Richt is responsible for everything the players do. Regardless, this particular fumble was due to Richt’s highly predictable decision to run up the middle to set up a field goal. Colorado, I, and my dead grandma saw this coming from 1000 miles away. Colorado blew up the play, forced a fumble, and won the game. Blame lies squarely and only with Mark Richt, who is responsible for the terrible, predictable playcalling (and why would you want to set up Walsh for a 40+ yard FG when he already missed one? Go for the TD. Go for the win.), responsible for Bobo’s playcalling, responsible for recruiting good players, and responsible for how they execute. Richt and Richt alone is responsible. Here’s what Colorado’s DC had to say on this horrendous decision.

From ESPN.COM:

During a timeout in the waning minutes and with the Georgia Bulldogs already in range for a game-winning field goal, Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins decided to turn linebacker B.J. Beatty loose on a blitz.

“I told him, ‘Let’s run it,” Beatty said. “Because we knew they were going to try to run the ball, milk the clock and kick a field goal. I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt the hand-off.”

Lining up with the Buffs clinging to a 29-27 lead, Beatty was just hoping for the Bulldogs to run the ball, and sure enough, it played out exactly like he envisioned.

Beatty stripped Caleb King just as he got the handoff from quarterback Aaron Murray at the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and he held King back while teammate Jon Major smothered the loose ball.

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
4:00 pm

If Richt is taking so much time to evalute character, he needs a better radar. 10 arrested. Can’t play good on the field, thugs off the field.

Sanford Drive

October 5th, 2010
4:08 pm

EVERY single polayer arrested for UGA this season, and the last few, were ALSO recruited by Georgia Tech.

Tech would have crapped their pants in excitement if they had signed with them. It’s quick to call them thugs when they didnt see eye to eye with you Nerds and not pick you isnt it??

Go grab a drink at Blakes on the Park and hit the concrete parking lot of the Varsity before your games. I’ll enjoy a real college town out in Athens.

Va Dawg

October 5th, 2010
4:13 pm

First thing we better do is relook at film of very recruit to see if they are any good . We had to many 5 stars that have been big flops. this all falls on Rodney Garner maybe it time to let him go

hairydawg07

October 5th, 2010
4:19 pm

tide roll

October 5th, 2010
4:21 pm

Richt and Bobo don’t know what they’re doing. The midget from Tampa ( soon one of his pass deflections is going to be a disaster) instead of Cameron Newton. Ben “Hit and Run” Jones and Jonathan Owens from Alabama while Bama grabs James Carpenter and Chance Warmack from Georgia. It’s insane up there! Newton and Warmack are both from ATLANTA WESTLAKE the same school that produced Sean Jones and Kiante “Five Position Changes” Tripp. It gets worse. Take a look at Auburn freshman Jeff Whitaker, a defensive tackle from Warner Robins, and the two young studs they signed from Banneker high, Greg Blue’s former school. And it goes on and on. I honestly believe that Richt should have been fired when he missed an entire Satuday pre-season practice to go watch his son play at Mars Hill. Think about that, and the effect it had on Georgia’s players. Richt doesn’t give a crap so why should they? Richt WANTS Uga to buy him out. He WANTS you to pay him to go away. Why can’t ya’ll see that?

Davey Boy Smith

October 5th, 2010
4:22 pm

Many of the recruits aren’t bailing on the Dawgs because they don’t have any other decent offers. They also know that they can be lazy as hell, won’t have practice hard and can get away with anything they want while they are in Athens.

dawgster

October 5th, 2010
4:23 pm

So…Richard Dawson..what play would you have run in that series that would have guaranteed success…lets see a QB option, pass down the middle, post pattern, slant..fullback, pitchout..screenpass…i mean the Colorado player made a play. we didn’t execute the block…i don’t really care that the player knew they would run or not, pretty much that was a given…so if we put the ball in the air, maybe we surprise them, and then again maybe an interception…on paper what we ran was basically “44 draw”..not a bad call in that situation, but it got blown up…thats how it works sometimes..give the Colorado player some credit for making the play…I don’t agree with alot, and i mean alot of calls that our OC makes in certain situations…but on this one i can’t argue the call..if our O-line does there job, perhaps King is not hit as soon as he takes the handoff…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 5th, 2010
4:27 pm

Before offering a recruit a scholarship check his driving record and his license. Is that to hard to do? Yes they all have problems with DUI’s, etc. but I am only concerned about UGA. In time Saban will be hit with recruiting violations and UGA will be in position to pick up the pieces. It pays to have morals even though many of you think Richt’s problem is that he is not on a level playing field because he is not willing to cheat. Also. I would not be amazed if Urban Meyer moved on after this season. Richt needs to stay.

secbama

October 5th, 2010
4:30 pm

Sorry Mr. Richt…Crowell saw Bama pound the Gators Saturday night and he is coming to T-town to win a National Championship and run behind an offensive line that won’t get his head knocked off.

mc 12

October 5th, 2010
4:30 pm

Before we give these players the world and treat them like Kings we need to see what kind of talent they play against on a regular base. Some players can look like world beaters against weak teams but when they go up against like talent you can’t find them.
“FIND SOMEONE THAT LOVES YOU AND YOU CAN ALWAYS GET TO LOVE THEM.”

JB

October 5th, 2010
4:30 pm

Adams/McGarity have not put out an “official” vote of confidence to Richt yet. The damage of this season is not over. It’s very telling. You know they have talked. If we can win 4 or 5 games, I know he will back. 2-10,3-9 with ugly loses to Fla and AU, who knows…. Sad thing is, I don’t know if another year will help him/us. Study the starting 22 next year.Not encouraging.

JB

October 5th, 2010
4:32 pm

Davey Boy, that’s hate, not a constructive post.

From CFN.com

October 5th, 2010
4:33 pm

1. Georgia
The Problem: 1980. Thirty years ago. That’s the last time Georgia won the national title, and outside of a decent run in 2002, it hasn’t been close to the grand prize since losing to Penn State in the 1983 Sugar Bowl. Mark Richt was supposed to change all of that.

91-31 overall, 50-25 in SEC play (with 11 of those losses by seven points or fewer), and with two SEC championships, Richt has done a fantastic job over his nine year, five game run. However, Florida and LSU have won two national titles each during that time, Alabama has won once, and Auburn was close to getting one of its own in 2004. Georgia, to use Richt’s words, has never been able to “finish the drill” despite having the No. 1 team in the country in 2008 and being strong enough to be close in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

This year’s team was supposed to be good. We might have been nuts to put the Dawgs No. 3 in our preseason rankings, and while we were wrong, there was a reason we went so overboard. Based on the talent coming into the season (and assuming A.J. Green would be there from the start), there was just enough on both sides of the ball to come up with a special year if the offensive backfield was solid. The offensive backfield has been a bowl of pudding, and 2010 has been special in a much different way starting out 1-4 with an 0-3 start in SEC play and with an unforgivable loss to a mediocre Colorado team. Meanwhile, Alabama is once again front and center in the national title chase, LSU is 5-0, and Florida, for all its problems, appears to be the lead dog in the SEC East race.

The Solution: Cut bait. 2008 was the real hot seat season for Richt with a heater of a team led by Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and A.J. Green, and it didn’t happen. If that team couldn’t win the national title, it’ll never happen under Richt. That was the Dawgs’ chance.

Richt is a great guy and the type of coach you’d love to have leading your program, but Georgia has been lapped by Florida, Alabama, and LSU, and there’s no sign of that changing soon with the emergence of Auburn and Arkansas as powers, too. It’s time to make a decision right now on what Georgia’s real goals are. If so, then keep Richt, go to bowls every year, and be a solid eight-to-ten win team after this storm passes. Otherwise, if it’s national title-or-bust, you realize that the rest of this season doesn’t matter, you fire Richt, and you find your new coach as soon as possible to get a jump on recruiting. Make the change after the season and you’re dead come early February and you’re a year behind in the process.

Take a look at Temple’s Al Golden before Penn State does. Try to gauge Jim Harbaugh’s interest to see if he’s looking to make his next jump to the NFL or to a bigger name program. Fine-tooth the contract of Texas-head-man-in-waiting, Will Muschamp, think about Illinois offensive coordinator, Paul Petrino, and see if Brady Hoke might have any interest in leaving San Diego for Athens.

Georgia, it’s time to become a national title contender. It would be nice if Richt could be the one to make that happen, but he won’t be.

Davey Boy Smith

October 5th, 2010
4:33 pm

Sorry, but sometimes the truth hurts.

Davey Boy Smith

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

UGA did not even recruit Stephon Tuitt, AJ Johnson or Brian Randolph. Those are 3 of the 5 best players in the metro-area. It is absolutely ludicrous. Who is doing the talent evaluation in Athens? Nobody apparently.

Archie Manning

October 5th, 2010
4:43 pm

What’s the over/under ont he timing of the next UGA arrest. I say Octber 14.

Recruiting- Davey Boy

October 5th, 2010
4:47 pm

I would beg to disagree, and would like others to weigh in on this:
1. Georgia did not recruit AJ Johnson last year (defensive staff), and when they tried to get back in this year (new defensive staff), AJ was not buying.
2. Georgia was taking two safeties, and offered the Griffin kid, the Tucker kid, and Randolph. Randolph waited too late, the other two committed first.
3. Georgia would love to have Tuitt, but he and/or Mama, decided to go in a different direction. If Tuitt even hinted of an interest in UGA, the Dogs would take him in a heartbeat.

Lowndes25

October 5th, 2010
4:49 pm

Davey Boy Smith, not sure where you are getting your recruiting information from but it is incorrect. We were hard after Stephon Tuitt until he and his mom let it be known that they were far more interested in GT b/c of the educational benefits as compared to UGA. Once they made that abundantly clear our coaches decided to turn their attention elsewhere (which was the correct move). Brian Randolph was offered a scholarship from UGA early in the recruiting process and was told up front by our coaches that we were only going to take 2 safeties in this class. Well, as soon as Corey Moore and Chris Sanders committed (which happened very early in the recruiting process) we talked with Brian and his coach and let them know that we were full (you can go back into the AJC archive and see the write-up that Chip did on Brian Randolph as proof). As for AJ Johnson, our previous defensive coaching staff initially dropped the ball on him, and then when Grantham and Company came in they didn’t feel like he fit what we were looking for at the LB position so we didn’t recruit him (AJ has great North/South movement but not very good East/West movement).

b

October 5th, 2010
5:08 pm

Lowndes, anyone in Hall Co. will tell you who the real player is.
And I am talking about A.J. Johnson. When you compare him to the
player out of EHall, Bailey, whom Ga. offered early, it’s not even close. I don’t know who is doing the evaluating of these players, but
someone needs to realize what a REAL football player looks like.
And that would be Johnson who will either play LB or DE in college.
He could also be a big time blocking FB.
Ga. is going to regret like hell not going after him to begin with.

Davey Boy Smith

October 5th, 2010
5:10 pm

Thanks for the excuses, guys, but that is all they are. Just like everything in the program, we are being lazy recruiting.

Sounds like we are not working hard enough for Tuitt and Johnson, and sounds like we royally screwed up by taking guys who were a lesser priority over the #1 guy at a position.

The Randolph situation is a prime example of why UGA continues losing games. What kind of idiotic non-sense reasoning says that you take the #2 and #3 guys on your list because they got there first. That is, literally, the stupidest thing I have ever heard in my life. That is how you end up getting a commit from a guy like Chase Vasser who takes up a scholarship for 5 years and let the best player in the state go to USC.

All I hear is excuses. Jamal Patterson wants to study hard. Allen Bailey likes water. Eric Berry’s Dad played at UT. Jermaine Cunningham doesn’t fit the scheme. Tailer Jones isn’t big enough.

I have seen AJ Johnson play, and that kid is a hard-nosed ballplayer. In case you haven’t noticed, UGA has one or two of those (Gamble and Dent) on the entire ballclub. Shannon Brown is another one this year, walking right out of the state because Alabama had a commit from him before UGA even met him. You people who look at recruiting stars are numbnuts. Those stars are generated by Rodney Garner blowing smoke up Chad Simmons’ butt. Go watch the kids play. You will see who is dominating on Friday nights.

How about Philip Daniels’ son. We have no WR depth, yet we won’t offer Daniels? What? There aren’t any other WR’s who are going to come here. It is ludicrous.

I don’t hear a lot of excuses coming from Gainesville and Tuscaloosa about why they don’t sign the best players in their state every year.

drzlstrangelovejr

October 5th, 2010
5:21 pm

Has there ever been an idiot of greater magnitude than tide roll? He is way out in outer space. Seems to me he should just rejoice in alabama and leave other teams alone. What is his deal with players from the state of Georgia going out of state to play. Our top players are being recruited hard by other schools.

OnTheMoney

October 5th, 2010
5:22 pm

Just because I feel like it:

1-Richt is toast! If Georgia’s new AD learned anything from Foley at UF it is patience with losing will kill you. You can bring in a high profile coach and still keep your recruiting class–Kiffin proved that at USC.

2-McGarity will make visits and calls before any of the public knows what’s going on. There won’t be a dog & pony show. He will look at Whittingham at Utah, Petersen at Boise St and Harbaugh at Stanford.
Muschamp has said he won’t leave Texas and maybe that’s a good thing. Texas has a sorry defense this yr and maybe he is getting stale from not having to recruit too hard because all the Texas kids want to come to UT. If the Dawg alums will pony up the $9.3 mil buyout the football dept will be purged of every coach on staff and I mean every coach.

3-Richt and his staff had their chances,at $3.1 mil per, the Dawgs deserve better. Why do so many of you all say give him another yr, I say WHY? He is regressing yrly and the cupboard is bare–we aren’t loaded with talent and we won’t get much better no matter how much wishful thinking goes on on this blog. I don’t blog much but I am fed up.

4-How in the hell will Crowley save or help us? Our offensive line is “offensive”. I’m not sure Herschel Walker cloned could help us much with the other talent and lack luster effort we have shown. Bama recruits aggressive linemen and works them hard in the weight room–see what they did to UF and UF will kick the hell out of us! What does that tell you about how far behind we are. Does any real fan, honestly believe we are any better than 5-7 this yr? For weeks I have read all this garbage about what almost happened, next week will be the one, AJ was out–hell AJ is back and we lost to freakin Colorado–Colorado? It’s time to take a deep breath, get a grip on reality and stop buying into all this crap about we can’t afford to fire Richt. Hell, I say we can’t afford to keep him. I want to hear what you real fans say, if we keep Richt and Crowley and most of the other recruits you all have as your 2011 season saviors go anywhere and everywhere BUT Athens. We have a new AD and now we need him to get his own man and then we can judge our AD on his work. We need McGarity to show character, rally the boosters/alums and start anew.

%-Petersen at Boise would draw/keep recruits because they have watched Boise on TV and they are fun to watch and probably play for. Petersen was just an example because the point is whom ever the new coach is can regenerate the Dawg passion that is slowly draining away. We all hate losing. Those of you who say everyone has down yrs, BS, down yrs for USC, Texas, UF is 9-3. Folks we will be lucky to win 5 and if Georgia can’t qualify for a bowl then it’s a very sad day in Athens.

The Gipper

October 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

After reading all the comments, where do you boys coach and how much is your buy out? I think we could use several of you at GA, based on your experience. Tech could use a few of you also.

Lowndes25

October 5th, 2010
5:25 pm

b, please don’t take my post the wrong way, I was just telling you how the coaches evaluated AJ. Personally, I have never seen AJ play so I don’t know how to compare him to anyone else who is currently committed to us but he seems to be a playmaker and I am glad that he gets the chance to play college ball next year. Are our coaches exempt from making mistakes when it comes to recruiting players? Nope…we have done it in the past and I dare say we will do it again in the future. However, I will say this, our new defensive coaches recognize talent a lot better than our previous coaches ever did and they go after that talent hard.

Davey Boy Smith, if Stephon Tuitt and his mom pretty much tell you to stop recruiting Stephon what are our coaches supposed to do? We need an infusion of talent that can play in the 3-4 defense and Stephon fit that perfectly (which is why he was one of the first to receive visits from Grantham and company when the contacting period opened back up at the beginning of the year). However, he and his mom were convinced that GT offered him a better education and were completely focused on them (which I don’t have a problem with whatsoever). As to your point about Brian Randolph, I honestly don’t know if he was the #1 safety on our board or not, but I applaud our coaches for being up-front with he and his coach about exactly how many safeties we were going to take in this class.

Reality Check

October 5th, 2010
5:25 pm

This program is a joke to the rest of the SEC!

ryan

October 5th, 2010
5:27 pm

I think star rating system is overrated to it has with the system and the coaches i know there has been 1 star athletes that turned to have great careers in college and the NFL .

Matthews Dawg

October 5th, 2010
5:32 pm

tide roll….how many times are you going to continue with the same blog? You talk about the same recruits every other day. Only thing different about your blog this time is that you can read CMR’s mind and know that he just wants to be bought out. What father would not want to go see his son play? That was the ONLY time all season he could make it happen. If one missed practice cause the other players at UGA to think he doesn’t care, we need to release all of our players from their scholly’s. It’s not a big deal! There are other things that need to be addressed. We just need to get after UT this weekend! If we do that and can win several games in a row. We will be back on track! I’m standing firm with that, until I’m proved wrong. Go Dawgs!

Davey Boy Smith

October 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

Hey Lowndes…where did Tuitt commit? I understand what you are saying about him, but I just think you have to work harder in that situation. Someone was able to sway him, so that means that it was not impossible. We just weren’t the ones to do it.

That’s nice that our coaches were up front with Randolph, there are some serious issues with his recruitment that pretty much spell out what is wrong with our current talent depth in Athens.
1. If he was not their #1 on the board, then someone does not know how to evaluate talent. The great Scott Kennedy used to say that when you go to a game on Friday night, your wife should be able to pick out the guy who you have come to see.
2. If he was #1 on the board, yet we decided to allow #’s 2 and 3 to commit before #1 then there is a serious, serious problem with the way our recruiting system is being run, and Rodney Garner needs to be looking for a new job.

There are talented players and their are difference-makers. Vance Cuff is a talented player, Greg Reid is a difference-maker. Right now, UGA is signing the talented players and everyone else is signing the difference-makers. A lot of folks have been harping on how UGA is “barely losing” these games.

There were a lot of close games earlier this decade, but it always seemed like David Pollack, Sean Jones, David Greene or one of the playmakers would make that crucial play to win the game. Right now, UGA has only one of those guys on the roster, but one isn’t enough.

b

October 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

daveyboysmith, you are exactly right.
They offer Vasser, Curry, and Bailey out of Hall Co.
And they don’t go after Johnson,Jones, and Sims out of Hall Co.
Those first three are not sec caliber players.
And believe me, the people in Hall Co. know this, but the
evaluators in Athens don’t.

Matthews Dawg

October 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

On the Money… I agree about how strong the OL looked at Bama! They whipped UF butts! We have to get stronger and if and when that happens we will be much better off. I’m not convinced that Petersen is the answer. He has done well at Boise, but put Boise in the SEC week in week out and they aren’t winning all the time. They are losing 4 or 5 games a year. That is my opinion and feel free to disagree. The SEC is NOT the same conference that they play in or any other in the country. Ask the Tech fans, they felt it last year as well as Clemson. I just think we back up if we get rid of CMR. Go Dawgs!