Emptying the notebook . . .

Duly noted:

Marlon Brown was the more hyped of the two receivers Georgia signed in February, but Rantavious Wooten became the first to catch a pass as a Bulldog.  He caught two, in fact, against Arizona State on Saturday. The first was a spectacular 27-yard gainer on 3rd-and-12  in the second quarter.  The second was a crucial 11-yard gainer on 3rd-and-4 early in the drive that led to the game-winning, game-ending field goal. Brown again didn’t play, but teammates and coaches continue to say he’s making progress in practice, doing fine and will be contributing soon.

– If the Dogs are going to play a bunch of close games this season –- and obviously they are — then it’s a good thing to have a confident placekicker. And Blair Walsh is surely that, riding an 8-for-8 streak on field goals after the dramatic 37-yarder that beat Arizona State as time expired. Defining “game-winning” kicks as those that break a tie or bring the Dogs from behind in the final two minutes of a game, Georgia says Walsh’s was UGA’s 14th since 1942.

A.J. Green’s two-game totals against Arizona State: 16 catches for 312 yards.  Unless the Dogs and Sun Devils somehow meet in a bowl, Green won’t face Arizona State again.

Joe Cox mentioned Sunday that Green had single coverage on the huge 36-yard reception that put the Dogs in position for the game-winning field goal because ASU doubled tight end Orson Charles on the play.  Cox theorized that Arizona State’s awareness of Georgia’s success in throwing to receivers other than Green the week before made that play possible.

– Georgia has been outscored 54-6 this season off turnovers.  54-6! Opponents have scored the  54 points off 12 Georgia turnovers, while Georgia has scored  six points off three opponent turnovers. Those numbers make the Dogs’ 3-1 record pretty amazing, really.

– The turnovers have been consistent, too –- exactly three in each of the first four games.  “I almost feel like we’re that record that gets stuck,” Mark Richt said.

– Richt said Sunday that he thinks Caleb King’s third-quarter fumble against Arizona State occurred when center Ben Jones‘ shoulder pad bumped squarely into the ball.

– Yes, Georgia has trailed in all four games this season.

– If you missed it, defensive tackle Brandon Wood played in  Saturday’s game, his first action of the season after off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries.

Justin Houston looked like he will, indeed, be a big part of the answer to the year-old question of who’ll put pressure on opposing QBs from the edges. He made his presence felt on Saturday.  Cornelius Washington is showing promise, too.

– As promised, Bacarri Rambo got more playing time in the secondary –- and earned even more. He got his first collegiate interception, just Georgia’s second of the season,  and impressed Richt with his open-field tackling.

– When LSU brings its No. 4 national ranking to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, it’ll be the highest-ranked opponent to visit UGA since . . . 1995, when No. 3 Florida played between the hedges while Jacksonville’s stadium was being renovated.

– LSU will be the fourth top-10 opponent Georgia has played since the start of last season. The Dogs lost the first three –- to Alabama and Florida last year and to Oklahoma State in this season’s opener.

– And I’m sure you’ve already noticed that the SEC has three of the top four teams in this week’s AP and coaches’ polls.

84 comments Add your comment

Motown Hound

September 28th, 2009
3:37 am

First! Thunderstorm woke me up. Before all the whining starts about “who is this team, playing the evil hip hop music, dancing with the students, not beating the crap out of every opponent this year, allowing too many points, scoring too little points, the sky is falling in general” I would like to say thanks to the dawgs for 3 and 1 and getting this far with the challenges.

Goooo dawgs sic LSU woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!!!

Pipepimp

September 28th, 2009
6:36 am

These clowns better be glad that they don’t have to face Alabama this season, what an A$$ kicking Georgia would get!

chazzo

September 28th, 2009
6:39 am

I am glad someone pointed out that Caleb’s fumble was caused by a Georgia player and not the superior play of the ASU defense that ESPNU announcer kept gushing over. I think the turnovers in the ASU game are more understandable due to the rain. The turnovers against OSU and SC were at least partially to blame on young players who were excited and trying to do too much. They will get better.

I don’t care about last season, who we played, how many we have won, who has visited Sanford Stadium. This coming Saturday is all that the dawgs need worry about. Here’s to everyone staying healthy and having a good hard fought game. I think the Tigers will be out for blood. But, I think they are going to leave disappointed. GO DAWGS!

chazzo

September 28th, 2009
6:42 am

PS. Dowtin deserves props for some big plays. Crawford had a stellar game. Houston is definitely looking like his is coming into his own.

54-6

September 28th, 2009
7:02 am

Big beatdown this weekend and the Fire Willie boys will be back!

54-6

September 28th, 2009
7:06 am

Yep Remember what #3 Florida did to the dawgs in 95. It will be payback as the dawgs will get a half a hundred hung on them! Bank on it!

Sautee Dawg

September 28th, 2009
7:13 am

Tim,
You didn’t mention Geno Atkins and his tackle for a loss forcing AZ State into a 3rd and long from the endzone. To me one of the biggest plays of the game.
Why wasn’t Curran in on defense whenever AZ State got their last turnover and scored the go ahead touchdown?
Rambo also played a hell of a game, first time i’ve seen a defensive back reach around a reciever and knock the ball away without holding him or mugging him. He should have earned a starting position. Great on kickoffs too.
Also a first in a long time I saw Branden Smith get up on the line of scrimage and knock the hell out of a reciever coming off the line, just so happens that’s who the play was going to and this disrupted the recievers route. Need more of that. Maybe he’ll get more playing time.
Glad to see some of these younger players getting some playing time.
Ref’s were from the Pac-10? Should have had to pay to get into the game. All they did was watch.
Whenever we played Ok. State they used their ref’s in their stadium, we play Az State in our house and use pac-10 ref’s? Who makes these decisions?

Sautee Dawg

September 28th, 2009
7:17 am

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Topp Dogg

September 28th, 2009
7:35 am

Even as bad as UGA looks i believe LSU looks worse at this point.I hate UF but hope Tebo is going to be alright.

honest_abe

September 28th, 2009
7:44 am

“you play to win the game”

the dawgs keep winning ugly but at least they’re winnin.

houston finally bringing some heat. rambo playin some nice safety. curran still bein curran.

aj is 1st team all american. cox is serviceable but needs to cut down on his turnovers. samuels would be scary as a linebacker. he’s fast, he’s strong but he’s not very elusive. caleb showed he’s still got moves but didn’t look to have that extra gear.

hope the dawgs can put all 3 phases together this sat. just keep winning baby!

scary how similar the falcon’s d looks to uga’s. for all of those that think bvg is some mastermind. he’s nothing without the defensive front being able to generate any pressure. bottom line the games are won in the trenches. as soon as uga starts to get some good play from both lines and cut down on mistakes they will look like an excellent team.

DawgNation

September 28th, 2009
9:02 am

WOW what a game. My wife and I were there at the down pour sitting in the nose bleed section of 609 row 16. At 50 we sure felt just how old and out of shape we really are climbing the stairs to the top. We spent the day tailgating off Baxter Street getting a visit from our niece and her friend. It rained most of the day but for our first tailgate it was a fun day. We hoped as we climbed the stairs for two things, a easier game and less rain. We got neither. Around 8 the rain stared to slack down even going away for a few minutes at a time and we settled into what looked like was the first game Georgia was in control of then the second half. The turn overs. I am so glad to read that Kings fumble was due to friendly fire but the interceptions from Joe still looked from WAY up there to be poor reads. It was the defenses turn in this game to keep the Dogs in it. Loved the play of Houston and Rambo’s abilities need to be a full time fixture in the defense. Still saw to many assignment misses allowing their running back open lanes and open corners. But the good news I also saw more position assignments being played right and that is very promising. Georgia need to bring the defensive play against ASU and the offensive play of SC and Arkansas with the special team play that is showing improvement against LSU. A.J’s play is of course the reason we are at 3-1. That young man has heart and a pro caliber talent. Blair Walsh’s pressure packed game winning field goal looked just like all his other 8 this year. Perfect.
It was a gut wrencher to be sure and sitting amongst the ASU fans at times very hard as you can imagine but I for one am very optimistic with what I saw and know if the coaches and players take out of this game the improvements and work on the adjustments then LSU will have to worry about that #4 ranking.
One note on the trash issue. Even with the storms I didn’t see much trash before or after the game. Still to many cups and bottles left on walls and such but over all the fans took to heart the pleas to clean up and keep the most beautiful campus clean. Kudos to the fans for policing themselves. Make it a habit now for LSU and all other home games. Kudos as well to the student organization for the time and effort in distributing extra trash bags. A lot of parents should be very proud of a lot of kids.
Great article Tim.

Saint Simons

September 28th, 2009
9:16 am

UGA !!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Frank Lane

September 28th, 2009
9:20 am

I think more that usual, this UGA team is a work in progress. That is what rebuilding is about. We will learn a lot about where we are this Saturday. I am pretty comfortable going into the game. Don’t know if we will, but we can win that game.

CW5-Dawg

September 28th, 2009
9:24 am

Someone please come up with a A.J. Green for Heisman sign for next weeks game. The kid is certainly deserving as he is carrying this team right now.

How about the Georgia logo G reen = (photo of Heisman trophy)
We need to get him alot of exposure.

senoiadawgs

September 28th, 2009
9:30 am

Here is some imagination for Bobo… You have Green, T. King, Moore, Charles, Wooten, Brown, White, Smith, Smauel, C. King, etc…. All playmakers except we haven’t seen Smith catch one yet but we know he can fly. I bet D coordinators could lose some sleep over 5 of these guys being on the field at the same time in 4 and 5 wide sets.

That would be too easy it just might work kinda like letting Walsh boom it on kickoffs.

AltamahaDawg

September 28th, 2009
9:35 am

It’s interesting to me that amount of negative comments on the blogs after the game about penalties and turnover. How that is indicative of coaching lapses and discipline issue. How more accouinatbility is needed. The vast majority of the penalties are on the O-line, and I don’t think I have read one critical comment this entier year about Searels. Not to mention the obvious issue gaining critical short yardage again this year. The fumbles fall on out first year coach McCledon, if in fact “coaching” is to blame. Again, not a word.

AltamahaDawg

September 28th, 2009
9:37 am

I need more accountability in typing skills.

Dawgaholic

September 28th, 2009
9:40 am

…. Uga can really be a good team if they can stop turning the ball over….I am talking SECC… but if they keep this up , they are staring at 8-4 or 7-5 in the face….

UgaJersey.com

September 28th, 2009
10:11 am

Go to http://www.UgaJersey.com and get your dawg dog a new Uga VII replica jersey, just like the one your pooch sees on TV every Saturday.

Jim Nasium

September 28th, 2009
10:18 am

8-4 or 7-5?? Have you looked at the schedule? Although lucky to be at 4-1, you can’t argue that. 6-6 is not out of the question.

SEC1

September 28th, 2009
10:19 am

Observations:

Arkansas and their stellar offense put up a dazzling 7 points against a real Alabama defense.

Cox better learn to look off some defenders.

I like to think that the turn-over bug will end. It can’t go on forever.

Bobo: if the defense is stacking the line, how about some short underneath passes?? (see SC game film while we were on defense)

Why do we love the full-back dive play? (someone said 5 attempts 3 yards net, plus a key stuff on 4th down)

The good news: if the offense, defense and special teams ever get on the same page, we will be a very good team…

TommyP

September 28th, 2009
10:22 am

Best read on this website, Tim. Thanks.

Did Cornelius Washington play as much this week as last week? Didn’t seem so.

Rambo needs to start. And is it me or is Reshad Jones pretty poor in pass coverage AND wrapping up on tackles. There’s more to playing the position than just big hits.

Dawg Man

September 28th, 2009
10:24 am

PLEASE PUT SAMUEL AT LINEBACKER!! HOW OBVIOUS CAN IT BE. HE IS A POTENTIAL NFL LINEBACKER. HE’S AN AVG TAILBACK!! GO DAWGS

SEC1

September 28th, 2009
10:29 am

TommyP

Did you see the play when the ASU receiver was running a post, made his cut and ran right past Jones? I could see the play evolving – Jones was standing flat-footed and let the receiver blow by him. He has not impressed me at all. It seems as though Evans and Jones just want the “big hit” but otherwise don’t focus on the fundamentals. They do like to hit, but their overall technique is suspect…

just my opinion…

BG

September 28th, 2009
10:39 am

Go Dawgs!! Make old Les cry saturday.

toole

September 28th, 2009
10:45 am

Richt won’t call out the defense. He has defended them and even made excuses. The offensive line gets blasted after the ASU game. My only problem with our line is that they want leave any of them at the same position each week. Glad we have that kind of depth and talent. I bet they would perform better if they felt comfortable playing one position. AJ Green is AMAZING! Bryan Evans should be able to see the book closing on his UGA career. Rambo and Shawn Williams are ready to show why these SOWEGA kids can play. Hope LSU is looking ahead to FLA.

toole

September 28th, 2009
10:49 am

Hate to admit it, but our best running back is playing defense. #2 Brandon Boykin. I watched him run all over teams in high school. He is a great DB too. Where can he help us most?

McDawg

September 28th, 2009
11:06 am

keep samuels at tailback but run him between the tackles-Rambo is a stud

BR

September 28th, 2009
11:18 am

Yes Saint Simons, Tech has a lot to be proud of so far……… almost losing to crappy Clemson, getting their a**es handed to them by Miami, who in turn got crushed by Va Tech, and barely in the top 25… Keep talking about UGA though.
As far as the important stuff–the Dawgs–I thought Houston played a great game. I completely agree that turnovers are going to kill us if we don’t get a handle on things.
To Willie Martinez… it’s amazing what can happen when you actually put pressure on the QB, isn’t it?!?!?!

DamnGoodDawg

September 28th, 2009
11:22 am

If they play next Saturday like they did last Saturday, they won’t be close. We’re looking at a dismal season unless things change. That’s right, I’m including Tech in that statement.

big dawg 89

September 28th, 2009
11:40 am

watched the game at a local bar sat nite, and at the table next to us was several techies rooting for ASU. thought this was pretty funny actually, that they put more energy into doing stuff like that than pulling for their own team,,, do we as Dawgs go and do that?? heck no!!! and they call us obnoxious?!? envy, that’s all it is….

3-1, soon to be 4-1 and rising to the top….

crs

September 28th, 2009
11:44 am

BR, do you purposely think WM is not putting pressure on the QB??? Come on. You can criticize WM for a lot, but players play.

DGD, what were you expecting from this dog team?? If you were expecting more than 7-5, you were expecting too much.

LSU is not great and has no business at #4.

Cox, is really a freshmen in terms of playing and I expect too get hot and cold play particularly the next two weeks when he faces very good defensive coordinators in Chavis and Monte.

Enjoy the season people, for all the faults, this team is 3-1. And with a healthy Joe we may well have won against OSU.

Watching AJ every week is a treat and we won’t likely see another AJ pass through Athens maybe ever.

I think there are three teams we are better than in Kent, Vandy and Tenn Tech.

That leaves five that will determine the season – LSU, TN, FL, AUB and GT. I feel like only FL is way ahead of us after week 4. LSU is very beatable. TN I think will be very difficult on the road against what will likely very well be a hard defense for Joe to read, I have little hope in winning that one. Aub and GT look very beatable.

If you get LSU this week and you get AUB and GT, 9-3 is not out of the question and to me a 9-3 would be a heck of an effort from our boys and the coaches.

Paul Bryant

September 28th, 2009
11:53 am

Game of the week! #18 Georgia vs. #4 LSU. National T.V. Athens, GA 3:30 Kick-off Pick-um. Cool crisp Autumn afternoon. This is what football is all about.

J Dub

September 28th, 2009
11:55 am

Is it just me or was the ESPNU broadcast team the worst of all time? They blew as many calls as the refs. I watched the LSU-MSU game and came away very unimpressed by what LSU brings to the table. Now they could have had a crappy game because Lord knows we have had our share but they have overall been unimpressive with all of their games thus far. Do you think Miles has been keeping it close to the vest as some people have been saying? I buy that to some degree but they have played 2 SEC opponents thus far and I would think that you pretty much come loaded for bear when you are playing a conference game regardless of the quality of the opponent at least until you feel the game is in your control.

monty

September 28th, 2009
12:11 pm

It is hard to get a feel for this team, we score only 10 points against OSU and Houston comes in and scores 45 on them and then power house Rice comes in and scores 24 on them?? Go figure! Offense terrible in the 1st game we got out coached they(OSU) aren’t that strong defensively.! NC State only gives up 7 to South Carolina and we allow them 37 and then Florida Atlantic allows them only 16 and the next week Ole MIss the same at 16. We allow Arkansas 41 and Alabama the next week allows them 7! I see a pattern developing here, can you? The defense is weak, yes the offense has turned the ball over too much and that has hurt but we all know these other teams have moved pretty much at will against us, only to be shut down the next week by stronger defenses than ours. WHat a shame, I guess we don’t get as good of defensive recruits as NC State, Ole Miss and Florida Atlantic! LOL!

Redd

September 28th, 2009
12:12 pm

RAMBO IS DA TRUTH!!!!!

WildBill

September 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

I watched the game tape. The announcers were amateurish and were generally all around bad. Looking forward to a big improvement this weekend.
The dawgs played hard. Their game speed has gotten better. However, penalties and turnovers can ruin a very good performance. Why can’t the O line remember the snap count from the huddle to the line of scrimmage?
WAY TOO CONSERVATIVE play calling at times. Bobo must have left the booth and left in charge somebody who thinks futbol is soccer. Put in Logan Gray time after time for a run? Dang, Bobo, get in the danm game.
The dawgs better get their rear in gear now, or things can still get out of control fast.

Lucky Dawg

September 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

UGA could just as easily be 0-4 this season. Nothing impressive yet.

JYoung

September 28th, 2009
1:19 pm

The running game is absent. On a rainy night, why run wide or use a receiver sweep or any reverse. I feel certain that Erickson knew what was happening when we ran the receiver sweep or reverse. Our offense does seem a bit predictable. On a rainy night, power up and run between the tackles. Hopefully they are not trying to make sure Samuel and King have the same number of carries? There is no scheme with that. When one gets a rhythm stick with him. Both of those guys should be really tearing up the yardage. Passing reduces the time of possession therefore the defense has to be on the field quicker and longer.

D.N. Nation

September 28th, 2009
1:36 pm

Monty-

“I see a pattern developing here, can you?”

I can play at that game, too.

Georgia scored more points against Arkansas than Alabama did. A lot more, in fact. Thus, the Tide have a terrible offense and Saban should be fired, or something.

Oledawg

September 28th, 2009
1:47 pm

Well, well, well. The great plays and players are getting ignored and another aspect of the team dissed. It’s good to see the positive fans on here reveling in our good team’s play(not sarcastic). If some of you got off the negativity and promote AJ for Heisman consideration, then we might take off from here to help our team and players.

Hadable- A new usful word to be used to discribe those that can be had…notably LSU this weekend. They are not disguising any play, rather they are playing for their SEC life just as the rest of us do. What has the team we beat last year added to warrant a better team opposing us this year? Too many of us fail to stack them up according to our own thoughts and rely on a clueless media to tell us who should beat us next. Case in point: If LSU is good enough to be the #4 team in the country, why are we as the #14 team favored by 2-2.5 pts by 7 betting houses? Because every media “guru” is too lazy to dig up the comparative facts of player vs player for the games and rely on their buddies to give them plagiarized and twisted “data” opinions that you could drive a Logic car through. There are only 2 writers on the national front that I will read to judge their reasoning because its original and not piece-mealed through other’s opinions. You will all have to read for yourselves and decide who makes sense and are intellectually honest enough not to go for key clicks over substantive analysis. FU is hadable also. UGA can only be beaten by UGA.

Justin Houston is the manabal advertised. He can personally influence plays that will allow our other athletes to step up and clobber LSU. Cox and company will be able to give a good O vs LSU. Who knows, maybe UGA has been holding back!! Special team play is beginning to click along with our Blair Walsh project. No misses for the season on field goals and extra pts. Butler is pounding the ball to help the effort. And the new kids, God-blessum, put more excitement in every play. We have stumbled out of the gate and are righting ourselves slowly for this season. It’s time for “the game” teams to show up and carry this year.

UGAVII- Word is that your Pal Lotti has the flu and will not attend your daily “sessions”. Et Tu Fay is headed here as fast as her “In-Heat of the Night” can move. C’mon UGA! Let us see you lick your eyebrows again! Sic those weak-ass Tigers and head’um for home (after visiting with Lotti of course).

Oledawg

September 28th, 2009
1:58 pm

JYoung- Son, the O line has to provide running room for these great runners to perform. In the absence of good and consistent line play, the coachs get the ball to these runners in another manner of plays. Give ASU credit for great D, especially Burfict. He was their AJ. The running backs can’t crash the line every time and pick up big yards without a hole opening up. C’mon!

C.W.Moss

September 28th, 2009
2:04 pm

These Dawgs look like Alabama’s team did in 2007 except we are winning our games and Bama continued to get worse as their season progressed. These games are providing great experience to all the young players Georgia has been playing. If everyone can just get on the same page it will be a thing of beauty to watch. Fans need to keep their expectations for this team at a resonable level at this point….Bama fans can crow all they want to right now because they are winning…but remember…they weren’t worth a sh_t the ten years prior to last year…to hear their fans talk now you’d think they won the NC last year…my last memory of them was getting their a$$ handed to them by Utah…the future is very bright for Dawg fans…keep the faith!

animaldr

September 28th, 2009
3:46 pm

are there any injury concerns for LSU?

CaliDogg

September 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

This from ESPN, FYI:

“The Bulldogs have shown a lot of grit by winning three close games, including Saturday’s 20-17 victory over Arizona State at Sanford Stadium. But Georgia remains one of the most undisciplined teams in the country. The No. 18 Bulldogs average 10.25 penalties per game (third-worst among FBS teams) and they’ve turned the ball over three times in each of their four games. Georgia can’t play that way if it’s going to win in the SEC.”

One of the most undisciplined teams in the country. Again.

What’s more likely, that we’re recruiting naturally undisciplined players while other teams are not?

or

Coaching?

The character and nature of any organization comes from the top. That includes football teams. For Mark Richt, it can’t continue to be all about “them” (i.e., the players) when discussing his teams’ notorious lack of focus and discipline.

DawginLex

September 28th, 2009
6:39 pm

2 games where the O was lights out. 2 games where the D was very good.

Never on the same day.
What can I say?
Will we once agin be blessed with an appearance
by one play Logan Gray?
Can we not fumble twice in one day?
Can we not throw a pick six on the same day that we fumble twice in one day?

Can we limit our penalties to 5 or less, our turnovers to zero and actually kick the crap out of somebody, all in the same day?

For all this that I say, to happen in one day, how much would each of us pay?

AltamahaDawg

September 28th, 2009
7:01 pm

Calidogg, I take you are not a big fan of Coach Searels right now.

DOGGIE IN NC

September 28th, 2009
7:08 pm

Anyone that thinks the DAWGS don’t have a chance against LSU apparently did not watch their game against Miss. State. Doggies win if they win the turnover margin. GO DOGGIES!

Dip Stick

September 28th, 2009
7:32 pm

No Dogs win if the coaches coach

DawgNation

September 28th, 2009
8:49 pm

Dip Stick

September 28th, 2009
7:32 pm

No Dogs win if the coaches coach

What????