Tested team vs. rested team

Athens –You can argue that one team in Saturday’s game -– Georgia -– is tested and toughened by having played two bona fide opponents already this season.

That’s the argument Arkansas coach  Bobby Petrino made on an SEC teleconference Wednesday, contending that Georgia’s  “fast, physical” games against Oklahoma State and South Carolina give the Bulldogs an advantage against his Razorbacks  on Saturday.

“The advantage  Georgia has is that they’ve been in two big games and played against two very good opponents,” Petrino said.

On the other hand, you can argue that the other team in Saturday’s game –-Arkansas -– benefits from having  been able to focus disproportionately on this game because it started the season against uncompetitive Missouri State and then had an open date.

That’s the argument Georgia’s Mark Richt has made more than once this week,  noting that the Razorbacks’ schedule has allowed them to max out on  preparations for the Dogs.

“They have had pretty much the whole off-season to work on us, and also an open date, so I’m sure we will be getting their very best shot scheme-wise and their very best shot physically, mentally and emotionally,” Richt said.

So Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark., tested team vs.  rested team.

A few other things:

– Richt called Wednesday’s practice “a little lethargic” with “not a ton of energy,” adding: “I think the boys are probably a little bit tired.”  But he didn’t seem overly concerned, noting that  weary legs should have time to recover by Saturday night’s kickoff.

– Sounds like Rod Battle’s UGA football career is over. The senior defensive end suffered a season-ending ACL tear against South Carolina last week, and Richt indicated Wednesday that there  aren’t grounds to seek a medical redshirt that would give Battle a sixth year of eligibility. Battle was redshirted as a freshman in 2005, and to qualify for a medical redshirt this year, there would need to have been an injury-related issue with the ‘05 redshirt as well.  “My guess would be that he would not [be able to get a medical redshirt this year], just because his first year there was no injury involved in the redshirt,” Richt said. “You have to miss two seasons because of injury [to get a sixth year], and we don’t have any documentation that would help him that way.”

– With defensive end Justin Houston’s return from suspension, Jeff Owens likely will settle back in at defensive tackle. Battle’s injury in the second quarter  last week resulted in Owens playing 33 snaps at D-end. “I played more defensive-end snaps than defensive-tackle snaps,” Owens said. It was the first time he had played defensive end in a game since high school. “I think it went well,”  he  said.  “. . .  I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win.”  Owens’ fellow defensive tackle, Geno Atkins, played considerably at D-end in the opener against Oklahoma State. But Richt said: “I doubt we see them much out there [this week]. Just depends on how the game goes.”

– Georgia had 35 former players on NFL opening-day rosters, sixth most by any college, according to data released by the NFL on Wednesday. LSU and Miami had the most former players on the rosters (41 each),  followed by Texas (37), Southern California (36) and Ohio State (36), then Georgia. The NFL also provided a breakdown of the colleges with the most former  players in the league at each position, and Georgia leads at defensive end (8).

– And here, if you missed it, is yesterday’s post-practice notebook with items on Tavarres King’s  improvement, Caleb King’s status for Saturday and Aaron Murray’s tendinitis.

75 comments Add your comment

TheNumber34

September 17th, 2009
6:48 am

Arkansas will be overwhelmed with Georgia’s overall team speed. That speed cannot be emulated in practice and it surely wasn’t displayed by the pigs’ first opponent. Dogs over Hogs by two touchdowns.

Dawg Man

September 17th, 2009
7:40 am

Didn’t we have all off season to prepare for Okie State? We all know how that turned out.

Michael Cox

September 17th, 2009
7:49 am

The Number 34. I would love to share your enthusiasm, but the years of unconsistent play from this team is beginning to wear on my nerves! I’m as big a UGA Fan as the next guy but the penalties, fumbles, special teams mistakes, and inconsistent offense has got me shell shocked. I believe we should win this game on talent alone, but I now take nothing for granted watching this schizophrenic Coaching Staff call games….Instead of excitement I wait for the shoe to drop.

Saint Simons

September 17th, 2009
8:24 am

45 -42 !!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahhaha

uuugh...

September 17th, 2009
9:25 am

Well put Michael. I feel exactly the same way. Hopeful but wary.

champdawg

September 17th, 2009
9:37 am

Hey Saint Simons, stop living in the past.It is sad if that is all the nerds have to brag about for the last 8 years. Get ready to have your little high school team take a beating tonight and a major a– kicking on Nov.28.

I got hit by a dawg LB and I cant get up

September 17th, 2009
10:15 am

Dawgs beat the hogs in another nail biter is my guess. Will be good to see what Caleb can do. Hopefully the new DE can crack a couple of heads?

GeoffDawg

September 17th, 2009
10:20 am

I guess the NFL doesn’t feel that smurf bowl games prepare you for playing on Sundays.

ugajersey.com

September 17th, 2009
10:38 am

Saint Simons, now you can buy a Replica Uga VII jersey for your Toy Poodle, Mr. Fluffins. Just go to http://www.UgaJersey.com and pick one up today and you can yell “45-42!!!!!! HaHaHa” at Mr. Fluffins all day, everyday.

GETEMDAWG

September 17th, 2009
10:52 am

If ole Willie doenst stop playing this zone read BS defense, they are gonna hang 30+ on us…MAN TO MAN WILLIE….How hard is it to understand.

reservoirDAWG

September 17th, 2009
11:05 am

This should be a UGA win. Sorry to hear about Battle, but I’m glad Houston is back.

big dawg 89

September 17th, 2009
11:47 am

what’s the number of points that you’d be happy with the defense giving up? 17,20,24,,,,,0. i think 0 is most of the folks on this blogs answer…just not realistic people. seriously, how many points would you be happy with giving up? we’ve played 2 games and the D, minus the mistakes on offense and special teams, are giving up around 20 pts a game… that 37 last week, you simply can’t fault the defense for 17 of those.

as far as this week, would you be okay with holding Arkansas( R- Kansas) with, oh, 6 field goals. how would that sit with ya???

reservoirDAWG

September 17th, 2009
12:35 pm

Just win baby! To answer yor question though, anything under 17.

Tech Losers

September 17th, 2009
12:41 pm

Tomorrow at this time there will be no blogs coming from the tech geeks. It will nice for a change but their squeaky little 45-42 will start coming back until November.

reservoirDAWG

September 17th, 2009
12:47 pm

70 tons of trash were picked up? Come on people it is a beautiful campus, let’s keep it that way.

shards1967

September 17th, 2009
12:47 pm

Petrino knows college offense schemes. He was Head Coach of O at Auburn and head man at Lville. He does know how to scheme at this level. His team is already tops in several O categories within the SEC so far after one game.

The only answer for a good college coach like he is …………… is to play smart D. Can we stay with his ALL SEC tight end? Can we sack Mallet? Can we bull rush his line and try to exploit the Ark QB’s seemingly inability to move around like Garcia did?

Can we really introduce Caleb King into the mix at T Back in a meaningful way? Can he show a totally diffeenrt style of running to Arkansas? Can he sprint if he finds a crease or seam??

Can Cox look off of AJ and hit a secondary receiver? Will he use #1 and #2 on O?? Will we use Rontavious Wooten and Marvelous Marvin? Will Orson Charles continue to impress us all??

Can Logan come in and spell Co if needed ??

IF we gell …………..UGA 35- Arkansas 28 In another wild one.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:00 pm

Q: If you take a crap on the UGA campus is it called TRASH or just overflow from the Septic Tank Of the South?

A: It is just how UGA ALUMNI like to Party.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:06 pm

TECH LOSERS: I don’t see that the OSU beating of UGA stopped you buttheads from posting on our blog. The close win to USC again didn’t keep you DAWGS off our blog either. I am sure after the HOGS beat you Saturday you will still post. That is College Football live with it. If you beat TECH this year, will you not run your mouth for the next year?

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
1:11 pm

Why would you paint JUNK? If you painted the Junk then you it not be new and good enough to sell or keep? I have never beaten my junk. Do you beat your junk? I guess you mean you beat you JUNKYARD DAWG. Don’t feel bad about beating that junk, because it will happen more than 4 times this year. Beat my Dawg! Beat my Dawg! Pi$$ on that Dawg too!

reservoirDAWG

September 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Wow, Pi$$ona, you obviously never went to college, maybe not even high school. Learn how to put together a comprehensible ( that means understandable ) sentence and we will talk.

Tech Losers

September 17th, 2009
1:33 pm

First off, I’m not a UGA fan. Second, tech fans will not be posting tomorrow because you are a bunch of fair weather geeks. Tomorrow it will be “when does basketball start?”

stoopid

September 17th, 2009
1:38 pm

ugajersey.com:
I ordered one for my choc. lab last week and it was at my door in 3 days. Looks awesome and is made perfectly! This weekend is the 1st time my pup will get to sport it! Im lookin forward to it and i hope he likes it! (cause if he doesnt, i dont care and hes wearing it anyways)so if anyone is thinkin about getting one, i think youll be very happy with the purchase! GO DAWGS!! F**K the HOGS!

RedandBlack

September 17th, 2009
1:46 pm

Tim Tucker, the link to your post-practice notes from yesterday does not work.

Fletch

September 17th, 2009
2:03 pm

Amen Big Dawg!!!

Pi$$onaDawg

September 17th, 2009
2:26 pm

Fletch your boyfriend calls me after you passout from the crack pipe. Now, really bad movie ref Dawg. I type what I want at the speed i wnat i don’t care for the puncuatation or breaks. this is a blog and therefore a stream of thought. Just clean your POS of campus and have all the RICH dawgs show they have class. I know that is hard but you can try. ARKY Hog wins and cox is headed for a clipboard. even howde doodie didn’t mind being second fiddle. sheck my zpelling but iz no you can read what iz said. Iffen youz can’tz ask your 4th grad dropout wife.

reservoirDAWG

September 17th, 2009
3:05 pm

Jack Bull

September 17th, 2009
3:25 pm

what’s the over/under on how many completions Nesbitt will have tonite, 3???

Tim Tucker

September 17th, 2009
3:27 pm

RedandBlack: I fixed the link (I think). Thanks for letting me know.

Eastside Jacket

September 17th, 2009
4:45 pm

I’ll take the under on the 3 completions for Nesbitt tonight.

Heck, that’s 2 more than he needed to beat UGA last year.

Sanford Drive

September 17th, 2009
6:43 pm

You heard it from the horse’s mouth: POAD is too cool for coherent thought. Thanks for the confirmation, buddy.

Reggie Ball It

September 17th, 2009
11:03 pm

33-17. Go Canes!! I love to see the Dawgs win and jackets lose. Great combination. Arkansas will be tough. Michael Smith is tremendous at RB. And, yes AJC, Ryan Mallett has a cannon arm, not a mullet. I just hope the Razorbacks D is as lousy as their ’sposed to be. If the Dawgs can establish the run, the play action pass becomes a formidable weapon for UGA. Whatchatgot, Tim? Will this game become a shootout in Lil’ Rock?

Topp Dogg

September 18th, 2009
7:42 am

Just wondering,are all GTs cheerleaders boys or just buttugly girls?What a performance by the bees. Randy Shannon said though mostly pleased with his teams play he is not going to have rings made for his players.We would rather win championships than rings he said.

Dawg4Life

September 18th, 2009
7:45 am

Although we could take this time to blast the Tech posters for their team’s perfomance last night, I am not going to do so. The only thing I have to say about it is, Tech fans have no room to post anything about UGA’s defense, or coaching, anymore. CPJ’s behavior on the sideline last night was inexcusable.

Arkansas will be a tough game. It will be a very similar atmosphere to Stillwater. Cox and Co. have experienced it, and should be ready. Getting King back on the field is going to be big. He will complete the backfield. Hopefully, we can establish the run to open up the middle of the field for Green and Charles. Charles has been fantastic this year, but hasn’t really gotten that much pub. We also haven’t really found an identity on offense, which makes us unpredictable. I think that the defense has played fine, they just need to force a couple more turnovers.

Lance

September 18th, 2009
9:17 am

Hey nerds. Way to show up down there in Miami. 95 yards rushing? Wow- You girls are OVER-RATED and will lose 5 games this year. I said it week 1, I say it now and I will repeat it when the season is over.

Topp Dogg

September 18th, 2009
9:27 am

Lick my Dawg D@CK NERDS!

Jdawg34

September 18th, 2009
10:09 am

I think Harris just completed another bomb on tech. Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. National champs, Acc champs, even division champs……FORGET ABOUT IT NERD HERD!!!

champdawg

September 18th, 2009
10:44 am

33-17 hahahahahahahah

champdawg

September 18th, 2009
10:48 am

Sorry NERDS can’t play mighty JAX ST. every week.Hold on you play DUKIEES in november so maybe you will have 2 wins this season…..

Dawgman25

September 18th, 2009
11:00 am

Saints Simon…Tech finally started back playing Techie football!! It was awesome watching you bugs get spanked last night and your QB(quarter back) getting so upset and pouting… you’ve been LUCKY once in the past few years, keep enjoying that one!!

JoeDawg

September 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

Enter your comments here Saint Simmons: 33-17 HA ha hs ha ha ha ha

BugKiller

September 18th, 2009
3:08 pm

The thing I’ve HATED about this Bulldog team and coaches this year is all of the blame they’re tossing Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno’s way for what happened last year.

This year, the TEAM is the star.

It’s better to underthrow the ball than OVERTHROW the ball.

No one wants to blame Willie Martinez for his crap defense and horrible fundamentals.

In those games that Georgia lost, only in ONE game did they lose and deserve to lose. Florida.

Seems to me, I remember that the DEFENSE was the one with the crazy, undisciplined, and most importantly, AVOIDABLE penalties against Alabama.

Seems to me, I remember that the DEFENSE was the ones with the bad fundamentals and couldn’t tackle Tech.

Yet, I remember the coaches blaming the players then.

But WHO coaches discipline?

But WHO is supposed to be coaching fundamentals?

This whole team pisses me off this year. A bunch of ingrates, blaming guys who came to Georgia from out of state to win a title, and who were let down by the COACHES.

First, Martinez, because he’s terrible.

Second, Richt, for not having the guts to do the right thing and firing Martinez.

GratefulDawghead

September 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

Think Martinez saw how Miami shut down Tech’s option or will he keep the prevent defense and then get another $ 30,000 BONUS from Richt. Yes Bugkiller…. FIRE MARTINEZ!

Chan gomer Gailey

September 18th, 2009
4:32 pm

P$$sonaDawg… I see you just can’t help yourself. Your buddies are all hiding after that royal azzkicking the ARE YOU THAT STUPID jackets just got but you are still out here showing what an imbicile you are. Things that are clear except all but you
1.teck sux just like they always have
2.you spend more time on the dawg blog than on the teck blog cause you are looking for love in all the wrong places
3.CPJ is classless, just like you
4.Hide and watch the jackets meltdown. You could see it in their faces last night.
5. Out of shape, SWISS CHEESE defense, three and out offense
6. Will they get rings for that game?
7. North Carolina rolls. Tech disintergrates

CatsFly

September 18th, 2009
5:13 pm

Say, how would UGa fare against Miami?

DAWG

September 18th, 2009
6:21 pm

To SAINT”STUPID” CANES 33 TECH 17 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Stinger

September 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

Well I see you dawgs play the third worthless team in 3 weeks. What an easy schedule. Wish we could play a panzy azz SUC team every week. Thank God we do play 3 of you. I believe Missy State will be the toughest of the 3 SUC teams that we play this year. Mark my words, you will not be ranked after you lose to the Porkers this weekend. Joe Cox couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a pass and Richard Simmons trips over blades of grass. Calib Queen may never be healthy enough to play a game. You are in for a long year and a ROYAL AZZ WHIPPEN in NOV.

TUCK FECH

September 18th, 2009
8:27 pm

ROYAL AZZ WHOOPIN LAST NIGHT!
33- 17 Put that on a ring DORKS!

DAWG

September 18th, 2009
9:26 pm

To stinger,let me see,Jacksonville State and Clemson with a second start quarterback,and you just won in the last few seconds.I would have to say,real rough teams and tech got what the doctor ordered,a #%^ whipping.

BuLLdawg

September 18th, 2009
11:48 pm

Pretty funny. You know we do so much enjoy watching Georgia Tech yellowjackets lose. Ha ha ha.

Also, if UGA has 35 alumni on NFL Opening Day Rosters, why didn’t the AJ-C point out that Georgia Tech has 23.

BuLLdawg

September 19th, 2009
2:37 am

Tested Team vs. rested Team in rugged SEC on the Road, with 3 times as many fans at the stadium watching the game as the 25,000 who showed up in Miami to watch that lousy coach and that lousy program play that cupcake-playing Georgia Tech football program.

Miami has not been a bloody thing at anything at all since the very day they got out of that Big East Conference.

Who is the top ACC team anyway ?

Hint :

There is NOT 1.

There has NOT been 1.

There will NOT be 1.

There never is.