Tech at the Half Way Point
I thought Doug’s mid season report was pretty much spot on.
I do think he missed one thing that’s important…the lack of a consistent pass rush and an ability to stop the run early in the season.
If the Jackets are going to survive the upcoming gauntlet of Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Miami the defense must continue to improve and sort out the issues that continue at both the inside and outside linebacker positions. Nose tackle is pretty much what it is. We have some good players there, but they’re a little under sized. The inside linebackers have to take up the slack and the outside linebackers have to deliver more pressure.
ACC Coastal Standings down the Back Stretch
The Jackets currently have the most wins on the ACC Coastal side of the conference at 3-1 but Virginia Tech “leads” by virtue of a 2-0 undefeated conference record. Miami and North Carolina are in the rear view mirror at 1-1 in conference play.
While the Jackets face Middle Tennessee State this weekend the Hokies, Canes, and Heels will all face conference opponents:
For some reason, I like our chances against Clemson next weekend. Maybe its the fact that I’ll be attending that game.
A win over Clemson would put the Jackets at 4-1 when we travel to Blacksburg to face the likely 4-0 Hokies.
I expect the top of the ACC Coastal standings will look as follows:
Yes…the GT vs VT tilt will once again have a huge impact on the ACC Coastal representative in the conference title game.
Florida State looks like they are going to run off and hide on the ACC Atlantic side of the equation. Jackets vs Noles in Charlotte NC would be fun!
Did Mark Richt Really Say That?!?!
I swore to myself that I wouldn’t focus too much on UGA until the big game at the end of the season, but a recent Richt quote warrants comment.
In Tim Tucker’s recent blog entry, detailing Caleb King’s arrest, we get the following nugget of insight into the UGA program and the man in control.
“Getting a speeding ticket, not paying it and not showing up for a court date is certainly not a very responsible thing, but I can’t say it’s some kind of awful act that we all should just be ashamed of,” Richt said.
Ummm…excuse me Coach…breaking the law, failing to pay your fine, and then further failing to show up in court most certainly is something to be ashamed of! Its a combination of the following…1) a willful act of breaking the law, 2) an apparent lack of remorse or responsibility in not paying the fine, and 3) the mistaken assumption that the rules don’t apply and that you won’t be held accountable.
A recent redandblack.com article results in even more uncertainty about King’s laissez-faire attitude towards personal responsibility.
Maybe UGA ultimately dodged a bullet with Zack Witchett being kicked off his high school team. Of course that assumes Richt pulls the scholarship offer. If Witchett enrolls at UGA they’ll effectively be accepting a pair of high school recruits (remember Christian Lemay?) that were in trouble before they even put on their silver britches for the first time.
When you throw bad apples into a barrel, sometimes they all get a little rotten taint in the end…know what I mean?
Beat the Blue Raiders!