Dogs’ unknown national champ, and seeking your football questions . . .

     Welcome to the last week of the 2008-09 sports year for UGA.  The final team still active is the track and field team, which will complete its season with the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday through Saturday.

     Georgia has the defending NCAA men’s champion in the javelin, Chris Hill, who will be trying to repeat.  Call him UGA’s unknown national champion.  I interviewed him last week for a story that ran in today’s paper. Click here for the story.  I found particularly interesting his comments about how Georgia’s ultra-successful Olympics-sports teams  support and motivate one another:  ”The gymnasts and the swimmers and the tennis players — those are world-class athletes. Just being around them is really cool, and nobody gets too much of the big head because national champions are pretty common [among the group]. . .  This type of atmosphere, where you’re expected to be on top, helps the mentality going into a meet. It’s like, ‘I’m supposed to win. That is why I was brought here.’”

   Also on the radar this week:

   – The baseball draft starts Tuesday, a long-awaited day for Georgia  first baseman Rich Poythress among others. “It’s really starting to sink in this is going to happen in a couple of days,” Poythress told me over the weekend. “I’m real excited, but pretty at ease, really not that worried about it.” Various mock drafts have him going in the range of late first round, supplemental pick between the first and second rounds or early second round.   “It’s been the best three years of my life,” he said of his UGA years. “The experiences of playing in the SEC for three years and being around great players for three years – I can’t put a price tag on that. It’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”

  – Also on Tuesday, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame holds an annual media event in Macon called the “Peach State Pigskin Preview.”  Mark Richt and a couple of players (Vince Vance and Roderick Battle, I think) will represent Georgia there and answer questions from the media for a couple of hours. If you have questions you’d like answered, please pass them along here.

 

60 comments Add your comment

Josh

June 8th, 2009
11:22 am

Glad to see confidence and swagger at least somewhere in the athletic program. Wish the football, baseball, and basketball teams had a little bit of their own.

Michael Scharff

June 8th, 2009
12:36 pm

Hi Tim, I follow the blog daily, and yet I’m wondering if I missed something somewhere. Are you by yourself on the Dawg beat now? If so, did Chip get reassigned, or is he no longer with the paper?

Poopy Pants

June 8th, 2009
12:42 pm

Will

June 8th, 2009
12:48 pm

My question to Rob Battle is…How much of an impact will Marcus Washington, Jeff Owens and Sanders Commings make on the D this year. Me personally, I think these guys will turn an average unit into one of the nation’s best.

UGA88

June 8th, 2009
1:43 pm

My question:

Are you going to mix things up on offense this year with the spread formation in the red zone? (the ole hand-off up the middle gets pretty old down near the goal line)

Let’s employ some new looks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:57 pm

Do the players get excited about having such a difficult schedule? Does it make them more focused then normal? Dose it make them practice harder knowing that they could very well lose almost every game on the schedule in 2009?

Oledawg

June 8th, 2009
2:19 pm

Who is practicing and working out with the team and who is not? This question encompasses players remaining in the area for the summer. Do you suggest another way to poke for dedication factor info when the coaching staff isn’t involved?

Johnny DangerDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:34 pm

My question:
Last year, Richt said in a post-game press conference that he was proud that UGA was bringing in fewer recruits on official visits. He said UGA was getting so many of their top-choice recruits that UGA didn’t need to bother with scheduling visits for anybody else. Well then, right before Signing Day, UGA found out that WR Cameron Kenney was choosing Oklahoma. Then UGA had to scramble, calling up every WR they could find. But those guys hadn’t visited UGA and didn’t have enough time before Signing Day to make a visit. In hindsight, does Richt wish he would have brought in more recruits on official visits last year? In the future, will he try to bring in more recruits on visits even when he knows they will only get a scholarship offer if other guys go elsewhere?

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:47 pm

Is the team chemistry like 2007 or 2008?

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:50 pm

From the players’ perspective, what different techniques or schemes are they seeing on defense this year? If nothing’s different, then has the team attitude towards fundamental football changed?

Saint Simons

June 8th, 2009
2:52 pm

45-42 hahahahhahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im a loser.

Braindawg

June 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

We will be successful this year, but what has to happen this yr., what players have to come through big, for us to continue the 10+ win a season streak? Also will we be able to stop laughing @ GT fans this year, and their, “we won once out of eight yrs. against the mighty dog, 45 to 42 hahaha”, bloggers. In time to whip their stinger azz’s badly, or will we just beat them by a couple of TD’s this year? Go You Hairy Dogs!!!

Mac

June 8th, 2009
4:24 pm

Does it hurt your team’s psyche and chances for success when you imply Florida has an advantage over Georgia in Jacksonville, when Vince Dooley proved empirically it does not?

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

June 8th, 2009
4:24 pm

Why is Willie still DC?

thomas johnson

June 8th, 2009
5:14 pm

What do we have to do to lock up Coach Richt with a contract for the next 25 years? Dr. Thomas Johnson Class of ‘74

gatorman770

June 8th, 2009
5:34 pm

Do you think Tebow will surpass the number of games started in the NFL that all time SEC Quarterback Greene has started?

Dorsey Hill

June 8th, 2009
5:38 pm

Johnny DangerDawg,

Your observation is missing the actual facts. The outstanding issue with the class was not Cam, but Marlon Brown. When they couldn’t get Marlon to say for sure that he was coming before signing day, they tried to get Stephen Hill to pick Georgia if Marlon went somewhere else. In the end, once Marlon did sign, there was not another scholly available for Cam or anyone else. Had Georgia “unconditionally” offered Hill he would have signed with UGA. Of course that would have sent Marlon to OSU.

As far as questions for Coach, I want to know, with respect to the Tech game, why:

1) We had a safety in the middle of the field who was responsible for the pitch man on weakside option plays which required the safety to cover considerable ground and then make a one on one tackle? Even when the safety made the play, this “scheme” allowed for a 6-8 yard gain for Tech. Tech killed us in the second half with weakside option plays.

2) Why did the defense not change up its assignments? On every play the same people had the same responsibilities. The DE crashed on the dive, the on-side backer had the QB and a DB had the pitch. Why not have the DE take the QB to force a quicker pitch on occassion? It seems to me that the key to slowing down the option is to make the QB make reads every time. If he knows what we are going to defend it the same way on every play, those reads become routine rather than difficult.

Suggestion: Please have Coach Martinez go back and look at how John McKay’s defenses handled the option while he was at USC. It would be invaluable. If schemed properly, the determination of who wins in an option offense vs. defense game is talent. The lesser team only wins when the team with greater talent is out-coached.

Cuz

June 8th, 2009
6:02 pm

Will we change to a 3-4 defense from a 4-3 to take advantage of our strengths and negate our weakness?

fuzzy gator

June 8th, 2009
6:02 pm

In football there is a new swagger at Tech and a new stagger at Georgia (Florida, Alabama and GA Tech’s bitch.

JC

June 8th, 2009
6:04 pm

Georgia’s junkyard dawg defense = Georgia Tech’s new bitch!

Hunk Erdown

June 8th, 2009
6:16 pm

question-

Brandon Wheeling played like a beast on the d-line during the g-day game. How much will we see of him this fall?

Dorsey Hill

June 8th, 2009
6:40 pm

gatorman770,

If the question is “played in” I’ll take Tebow. If its starts, and its starts at the QB position (I think that Tebow only needs one to beat Greene) I’m not quite certain that I wouldn’t predict a tie there. I will say this: I do think he can, if given the proper coaching and patience, modify his skill set to be a NFL QB. Just hope that he goes to a team that is ok with waiting a couple of years before throwing him out there.

Like it or not there is a big question as to whether Tebow can play at the next level. If he had Vick-like speed and quicks he’d have a better shot at an immediate impact, but he’s not running away from or over anyone on the next level. You either live in the pocket or die an ugly death in the NFL unless of course you’ve got 4.2 speed in every direction, like a Vick. One of the things you might want to look for this fall is whether Tebow calls his own audibles at the line of scrimmage. Tebow always looked at the sidelines to make adjustments last year. The ability to read the defense and make play changes and adjust blocking assignments is what NFL QB’s are required to do. Can Tebow do that? Well, we just don’t know yet.

Dorsey Hill

June 8th, 2009
6:52 pm

Cuz,

You obviously know little about football. What makes you think that the ends we have can play 2-gap? Do you even know what that means? What makes you think that we should put 1 DT out there when its one of the stronger positions we have. Going to a 3-4 with the personnel we have is not only stupid, its just suicidal.

JimC

June 8th, 2009
6:53 pm

The big question with UGA is – as always – how many of their players will stay out of prison this year. When Richt is ready to move on, he’ll have all the qualifications for a parole officer or even a warden, where he can be reunited with many of his thug players.

Dorsey Hill

June 8th, 2009
7:07 pm

JimC,

Just curious. Can you name a player in prison or on parole that played for Coach Richt at Georgia? Can you? Just one? You said they are in prison “always” so I’m just wondering if you actually have any facts to back up what you say or is your mouth only useful as your boyfriend’s c*#khoslter? Perhaps JimC is just short for: Jim the C*#kholster.

Hunk Erdown

June 8th, 2009
7:53 pm

Okay, who pi$$ed in Dorsey’s corn flakes?

SamoanDawg

June 8th, 2009
8:30 pm

Cuz, how you doing bra? I don’t think we should go to 3 – 4.. DT is our strength. Jeff Owen, Geno Atkin, Kade Weston, DeAngelo Tyson should be our top 4. Brandon Wheeler, Ricardo Crawford and Brandon Wood will keep’em fresh in the rotation.

My question is: How serious are we about using our Sam LBs to rush the pass on the nickle package. I think it’s a great idea. We need some more agile speedsters off the edge. I love to use the undersize guys at DE just on pass specialists.. I think we should take advantage of Akeem Hebron small frame/speed to rush the passer. Also, Darryl Gamble, Daris Dewberry, Akeem Dent and Marcus Washington were some of the LBs that were mentioned. Big OTs have hard times to get their paws on 6′ DE. Shorter/lower to ground DE are changing the game. Marcus Howard prolly listed at 6′1, James Henderson, 6′0.. SB MVP, Dwight Freeney, 6′1, Colts… IMHO, I think Willie/coach Fab should really take advantage of 6′/low to the ground type of rushers.. they’re hard to block.

Go Dawgs!

Jimmy in Gainesville

June 8th, 2009
9:24 pm

Question: Why such a slow start in recruiting? Are we losing the top players to other schools with their early comittments? What is Georgia doing with just four players signed and none of the top players in Georgia? We need an update on recruiting … it just don’t look very good to me right now.

Cuz

June 8th, 2009
9:43 pm

Dorsey, did you fall off your stool at happy hour or did a GT fan cut you off in traffic. I don’t claim to know all the nuts and bolts of scheming a defense. I read that we are short on the DE position. I know we are strong in LB’s and DT’s. I just figured use one of the DT’s as that and turn the other one into an end along with a regular end and use the LB’s. It was a question for God’s sake. Get off your high horse and learn how to comment again. If you are having a bad day, go home and kick your neighbors dog. Leave this dawg alone.

Thanks Samoan, I got more info from you about my question on whether we should switch. I love the 4-3, I was just asking a question.

Hey brah, remember Eddie “Meat Cleaver” Weaver. The dude was way low in the center of gravity. He destroyed linemen.

82dawg

June 8th, 2009
9:53 pm

Jimmy, I think we are so stocked with young talent from the past two recruiting classes that HS guys know they will not be handed a starting job out of high school just because they have five stars after their name. Every four years or so this happens at UGA, this looks like one of those years. We are stocked with talent. Just a little short on defensive coaching, I am afraid.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:32 pm

Yea, he was crashing on the dive…what the hell!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:42 pm

Cuz, I’m afraid that I can’t be associating with such a 2-gap challanged fellow as yourself.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

SamoanDawg, Dobbs called, he wants to know why you leavin em off. 6′2′” Guaranteed two more Int’s this year.

SamoanDawg

June 8th, 2009
11:36 pm

AltamahaDawg, Demarcus Dobbs has a good size to play both the run/pass. He claimed to have best hands too. I would love to see him snatch a couple this year. If he keeps on eating too much dawg bisquit, he might end up at 3 Technique.. haha!

Cuz, sorry brah, refresh my memory on Eddie Weaver.

My other question: Will Logan Gray be in any certain package?

bigdawg

June 9th, 2009
2:11 am

GatorNation

June 9th, 2009
3:11 am

I love how a dawg fan is so anxious, that he brings up the 45-42 up before anyone else does. Not only that, the next poster gets angry at it. Man Dawg fans are so stupid

Knelson

June 9th, 2009
7:19 am

My question is: When you read what most of these redneck A$$ bandits write and the questions they have , does it make you look up into the stands every Saturday and wonder just how many of them ever went to college?

Knelson

June 9th, 2009
7:41 am

bigdog , Tech may blow but year after year, uga chokes!

Crank dat Soulja Boy Coach Richt

June 9th, 2009
8:23 am

Does anyone know what tanning salon Coach Richt goes to?

Ben

June 9th, 2009
9:23 am

Yeah Knelson… two SEC championships in the past seven years is SERIOUSLY choking. Oh, and how many 10 win seasons have we had in that time span? Yeah, UGA is a seriously terrible program.

You folks are laughable.

Too Easy

June 9th, 2009
11:12 am

Cuz: I remember we used to pray for ‘Weaver Weather’. He seemed to play better when cooler; easier for him to haul his poundage around. He was a good’un.

Knelson

June 9th, 2009
11:22 am

2 in 7 yet you feel you’re the best? I see 3 other teams in the SEC who have done more and will continue based upon the product going on the field this season.

Huh?

June 9th, 2009
11:35 am

UGA- 2009 National Champs!

Knelson

June 9th, 2009
11:56 am

Huh? I guess you meant gymnastics

Crank dat Soulja boy Coach Richt

June 9th, 2009
12:25 pm

This is the highest UGA will be ranked all season fans

Atticus

June 9th, 2009
12:45 pm

Why have we not seen the two back set like we were told we would see with Thomas Brown and Knowshon (and didn’t see) or Knowshon and Caleb King (which we didn’t see)?

Knelson

June 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

Ok, What will the excuses be when you finish 3rd or 4th in the East?

Munson

June 9th, 2009
1:21 pm

“2 in 7 yet you feel you’re the best? I see 3 other teams in the SEC who have done more and will continue based upon the product going on the field this season.”

Name those 3 teams???

PS-I don’t think you can because you are talking out your a$$.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2009
2:49 pm

Knelson, what excuse will you have for spending your day talking about the only 4th best team? I suggest you start alloting your attention more proportionately.

bigdawg

June 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

Knelson:
1 OUT OF 8 Congradulations! Also, Im going to UGA in fall of 2010 so I will have gone to Georgia, there goes your redneck -no education- comment. Oh yea, I’m going to college and right now I got a big hunk of Redman in so i’m the best of both worlds! GO DAWGS!