Not yet ready for prime time

Athens –  Sounds as if the Bulldogs have more work to do before they’re ready for the trip to Stillwater.

“Overall, my feeling was we weren’t quite ready to beat Oklahoma State,” Mark Richt said after a practice game Wednesday in Sanford Stadium. “I’m glad we have 10 more days to prepare.”

Georgia played its scout team, which was emulating Oklahoma State, and Richt found some faults:

– “A few too many penalties.”  Two key infractions by the offense — holding and illegal formation — stopped one drive and forced a field goal (rather than a possible touchdown) on another. (While unhappy about the penalties, Richt cited a mitigating factor: liberal substitutions that put a lot of young players on the field.)

– “Just an erratic day offensively.” While the offense put up 27 points in one half of football against the scout team, Richt said it sputtered at times. “It just was not sharp,” he said. “It was not awful, but when you have almost your entire first and second team vs. the rest, you’d think you’d be a little more explosive.”

Defensive tackle Jeff Owens concurred there’s work to do. “It’s just a stepping stone for us to get better,” Owens said of Wednesday’s scrimmage. “We had an opportunity to see where we’re at right now. But we’ve got a lot of room to improve.”

Granted, I’ve probably made too much already of an August scrimmage against the scout team. But here’s a bit more detail passed along by Richt and players (the scrimmage was closed to the media):

Tavarres King, redshirt freshman WR, caught a touchdown pass from backup QB Logan Gray. The Bulldogs expect — and need — much from King this fall.

A.J. Green caught a TD pass from No. 1 QB Joe Cox. About a 40-yard play, Cox said. Cox was “sharp running the system” and “accurate throwing the ball,” Richt said.

The defense made some good plays, including interceptions by Makiri Pugh and Brandon Boykin, and tackled well.

Richard Samuel, recently declared No. 1 tailback, had a good/not great day. “It wasn’t spectacular,” Richt said. “But a good day. Solid.” (Speaking of Samuel: Being the No. 1 tailback doesn’t preclude him from returning kickoffs, Richt said Wednesday. The coach named Samuel, Boykin and freshman Branden Smith as the top three candidates for kickoff returns, not necessarily in that order, but added that Carlton Thomas and Bryan Evans also are in the mix.)

Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, freshman quarterbacks, got turns as the scout-team QB. (No firm decision yet — and no reason to make one yet — on whether they will be redshirted this season. “I don’t think we’re there yet,” Richt said. “We’ve still got some time, and we’ve got some games to play. I don’t want either one of those guys thinking they’re redshirting right this minute.”

Geno Atkins played great “as usual,” his fellow DT Owens said.

Blair Walsh kicked two field goals. (Walsh, as expected, has retained his job as placekicker, although coaches won’t say whether Walsh or Brandon Bogotay will kick off.)

Caleb King didn’t participate because of his lingering hamstring injury, but Richt said he expects King will be back at practice on Monday, if not before.

24 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 27th, 2009
1:51 am

((((((( 45 – 42 )))))) hahahhaahhahahahahahahahaha

Jason

August 27th, 2009
2:21 am

9 days until kickoff!!

merbertmoover

August 27th, 2009
6:33 am

man i hope carlton thomas run thru them okies like a mouse in a turnip patch, you know what im sayin”

D & D

August 27th, 2009
7:00 am

St Dummy has no life…..posting at 1:51 AM. What a loser!!! You Techies must be proud to have him among your ranks..

Big time?? Not

August 27th, 2009
7:10 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Stinger

August 27th, 2009
8:33 am

Wow, I’m really impressed that you beat Oklahoma State in practice. Now try to do it at T.Boone Pickens Stadium you flea bags. Didnt’ think you could. Ha, Ha, Ha.

SAINT SIMON WHO

August 27th, 2009
9:03 am

(((((Ga 59 wins Nats 39 wins Ties 5))))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Frank

August 27th, 2009
9:28 am

45-42 was an aberation!Even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then.Ignore S.S.!The day after the tech game he will disappear and never be heard from again just like Roswell Ed!

Georgia News – 8/27/09 | MrSEC.com

August 27th, 2009
9:52 am

[...] his team to victory anyway.Mark Richt still wasn’t pleased.  “Overall, my feeling was we weren’t quite ready to beat Oklahoma State.  I’m glad we have 10 more days to prepare.”So what did Cox take from the scrimmage?  [...]

Darindawg

August 27th, 2009
9:54 am

Hey Saint Simons….I forget which article it was on, but you need to go back a couple of days and read the comments from “YellowandBlackAttack”. Now that was a classy, smart Tech fan. And even he said your an embrassment to the Tech fans on here. Man, when your own people are telling you to shut up, maybe it’s time to grow up and go away.

tenn.DAWG

August 27th, 2009
10:13 am

I wonder how Evans played,he worries me.He seemed to get burnt alot last year.Hope he’s progressed,and if not,CWM keeps him on a short leash.OSU can amass points quickly and I believe some of the young pups (safties) from what I’m hearing,are picking things up fast.CWM has to make better adjustments on the fly this year.

reservoirDAWG

August 27th, 2009
10:33 am

Good point Frank. What happenned to Ed?

DawgGirl32

August 27th, 2009
11:16 am

When the players got to the stadium yesterday, Mark Richt had already spotted the scout team 21 pts. to make it Ok. State 21, Georgia 0 at halftime. With a final score of 27-24, that means that the defense held the scout team to a field goal in the second half, and to me, that’s more than encouraging on their part.

chazzo

August 27th, 2009
11:38 am

DawgGirl32,

I hear you, but we need to remember that this is against a scout team, more or less our third string. I don’t think the Cowboys are quite as good as the hype, but they are a good and fast team… needless to say much better than our scout team.

chazzo

August 27th, 2009
11:42 am

Double team Dez and stuff the run. Beyond that play disciplined and patient.

[...] looking for more on the Dogs’ preparation for this year’s opener at Oklahoma State, here’s the blog from earlier [...]

TXDawg

August 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Hey Tim, I’m heading up to Stillwater (from Texas) next week for the game. Can we get a blog going about how many people are traveling for the opener and where UGA folks might be able to connect?

DamnGoodDawg

August 27th, 2009
4:38 pm

Practice, practice, practice!

Andrew

August 27th, 2009
4:40 pm

merbertmoover

August 27th, 2009
6:33 am
man i hope carlton thomas run thru them okies like a mouse in a turnip patch, you know what im sayin”

No, not really. But Go Dawgs!!

rabun dawg

August 27th, 2009
10:11 pm

interview w/ mark richt at http://www.familylife.com click on radio and hear interview of why m richt is the way he is..

M

August 27th, 2009
10:12 pm

After winning the “State Championship” for the first time since 2000, you’d think that Tech had won an ACC Championship or a National Championship or something. The seniors of 2008 voted to put 45-42 on their Chic-fil-a Bowl ring? I can actually understand that. The 1990 Tech team won a share of the MNC, something unique in Tech’s history. The 2008 squad did something just as unique. They beat Georgia.

I found a very informative article in the Bleacher Report, published just two weeks after last year’s game. The writer was very prophetic in his guess that Tech would act as if this somehow put them on par with THE University of Georgia. That is a worthy goal to be sure, but a goal measured over years and years of success against the toughest of competition, the SEC.

Or maybe winning more than 12 games in 45 years against your in-state rival.

((((((((12-33))))))) – Hahahahahahahahaha!

M

August 27th, 2009
10:24 pm

Last year, the NATS marched in to Sanford Stadium as underdogs, and did the unthinkable. They rushed for over 400 yards in route to a 45-42 win over the home town Bulldogs. In those few hours on a Saturday in November, the Yellow Jacket faithful also lost something. They lost all memory of the past 30 years in this series of “Clean Old Fashioned Hate.” Seriously? Have you been around a Tech fan since then. One win, in which they’re vaunted defense gave up 42 points, and all is forgotten. Now on to the reality of the football world in the state of Georgia. For all of you Tech fans out there who have short term memory loss, and to all of you Dawg fans who are down on the Dawgs, here is a quick history lesson. The Dawgs and the Jackets first met on the football field in 1893. Tech had little trouble with the Dawgs that day, winning the series opener 28-6. Tech took a 1-0 series lead. They would keep the lead until 1897, when the teams would meet for the second time. Georgia returned the favor to its cross state rivals, winning 28-0. The series would stay pretty even for the first 20 games. Tech won 3-0 in 1925 and evened the series at 9-9-2. Tech would take the series lead in 1928 with a 20-6 win. Georgia would even things up in 1929. In 1963 the Jackets jumped back on top of the series with a 14-3 win in Atlanta. Tech now led the series 27-26-5. It would be their last series lead to date. This heated rivalry was about to cool off. Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games. To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000). Vince Dooley enjoyed much success during that span as he went 19-6 against Jackets. Even Ray Goff enjoyed playing the Jackets, as he posted a 5-2 record. Jim Donnan would not fair as well, as his 2-3 record against Tech most likely contributed to his exit. Success would continue in 2001 as Mark Richt came to town as Georgia’s new head coach. Richt and his team would win that first meeting 31-17 in Atlanta. Richt would go on to win seven straight, before losing to the Jackets for the first time last year. So what have we learned today? We know that it takes very little success to make a Jacket fan happy. After all, they have won 12 games in the past 45 seasons. To Georgia fans at 33-12 record since 1964 looks pretty good. We know that Tech fans are overjoyed after winning for the first time in seven years. Losing seven of eight, 14 of 18, and 23 of 31 doesn’t seem so bad. Georgia fans are disappointed in last season. Losing to Tech is like letting your little brother win at “horse” in the backyard. Even though you beat him constantly, he holds that one win in a decade over you as his trophy. Tech fans will gloat all year…you can count it. But reality says they will win a couple of games every decade. I’m glad they can live with that. This series has had many memorable moments. Many players have saved their best for this series. In the past decade I have had the chance to see many of these games in person. It makes it easier for me to ignore the short term memory loss displayed by Tech fans. Now that we have revisited history, maybe we can all look at this series again from a “realistic” point of view.

OZZFEST

August 28th, 2009
1:14 pm

I am leavin’ on Thursday for the ass-whoopin’ in Stillwater.
OSUX!

BruffDawg

August 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

I became a fan my first year in school in 01, so I have only experienced one loss to the jackets. It has given me some perspective, because i used to dismiss this as a rivalry. Now i know why it is. Every once and awhile they beat us and gloat their mouths off for a year until we put them back in their place.