When Urban Meyer was ‘a huge Georgia Bulldog fan’

Athens — Florida coach Urban Meyer made a confession on the SEC coaches’ teleconference this week:  He once was an avid Georgia football fan.

“I was a Herschel Walker fan, like nuts about him, when I grew up,” Meyer said. “He was [at Georgia] right at the point I was in high school [in Ohio], and I was actually a huge Georgia Bulldog fan because of Herschel Walker.”

As you’ve probably heard, Meyer’s quarterback, Tim Tebow, is one rushing touchdown shy of matching Walker’s SEC career record of 49, achieved in 1980-82.   Tebow could be in position to tie or break the record against Walker’s old team next week — unless he does both against Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Said Meyer: “Since my era was Herschel Walker, [I'm] a little bit –- and I don’t want to say it too publicly –- in awe of here’s Tim Tebow, a guy I get to see every day, and you mention him in a rushing record [with] Herschel Walker. That’s pretty powerful.”

Couple of other notes:

– A.J. Green said he was “surprised” that the SEC this week suspended the officiating crew that incorrectly called an excessive-celebration penalty against him late in the Georgia-LSU game.   The suspension came after the SEC found that the same crew  incorrectly called a personal-foul penalty against Arkansas late in last week’s loss to Florida.  Asked after practice Thursday if he finds any vindication in the league action, Green said: “No, not really. Just take it as it comes. . . .  It didn’t give us the win.”

– After a 6 a.m. weight-lifting session and classes Friday, Georgia’s players will be off until reconvening at 6 p.m. Sunday. They’ll practice in full pads Sunday night to finish installing the Florida game plan.

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jack bull

October 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

jack bull

October 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

yes!!

what’s the over/under on how many players will get into a little trouble over the weekend being that they’re off until sunday? 2 or 3? i know, i know, i have a lot of confidence about this don’t i?

Urban loves Teblow

October 22nd, 2009
5:40 pm

Tim Teblow is no Herschel Walker, even if he breaks the record. BTW, why is the QB running the ball so much…forgot FL has nobody else to do it. Teblow won’t be drafted until the second round at the earliest and will be converted to a fullback or something. He is NOT a typical pro QB and I can’t see any team trying to make him into something he isn’t. GO DAWGS!

snickerdoodle

October 22nd, 2009
5:48 pm

Install a gameplan all you want and get really excited! You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig! An upset is too much to ask and all but impossible, and definitely too good to be true. When will a UGA coach stop accepting defeat to florida?

SEC1

October 22nd, 2009
5:50 pm

Remember Herschel did it in three years!

nobody seems to point that out…

The Other St. Simons

October 22nd, 2009
5:54 pm

Corch Meyers like the taste of fich sticks in his mouth.

Einsteindawg

October 22nd, 2009
5:56 pm

With the spotlight on SEC officiating, I expect we’ll have a fair game called next week against UF. All we need to do to win is quit making bone-headed mistakes and start getting some innovative coaching for a change. But, if we do lose, let’s begin looking at next year, and start players who will actually improve with experience…new QB, Cummings, Rambo, etc. I don’t care about going to the Poulan/Weedeater Bowl. Just my opinion.

cdawg

October 22nd, 2009
6:07 pm

actually in a little over 2 1/2 years

drbasic1

October 22nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Should we compare how long most of herschel’s runs were vs Tebow’s? Should we compare in how many years each had to do this? It’s apples to oranges. Do any of us really care if or when myer was a bulldog fan? I care about the haters not supporting our team. I too, feel changes need to be made and feel they will upon seasons end, but not now. These young men need all the support they can get this coming week. As an avid, rabid dog fan, SOMETIMES, i could care less if we were 2-11, as long as those two wins were Florida and Tech. We can be much better with practice. As Erk once was asked,(to paraphrase) would you rather be good or lucky? He replied lucky. Asked why, he stated if we work our a$$es off in practice we will be a lot luckier! Not a quote, but pretty close. Now hunker down and finish the drill, I know it can be done!

bkbroila

October 22nd, 2009
6:58 pm

I thought Florida was going to give Tebow work under center to get him ready for the NFL….wasn’t that the promise all off season…Hell, they didn’t even work at it against CS or Troy…
Recruits…take notice…Urban Meyer will promise anything!!!

Pitbull

October 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

One more comment: Let’s face it. When you go to UGA you are a Bulldogfor life. When you got to Tech you are a Yellow Jacket for life. The hatred never ends and most enjoy seeing the other school’s team lose almost as much as they enjoy seeing their own team win.

With that in mind Tech grad Marc Curles should never be allowed to ref another Georgia football game. And do not forget that that Tech grad SEC Director of Officiating Rogers Redding is the one who assigns him to the Georgia games.

And let’s not forget how hard the SEC crewa have been on Georgia for the past few years. Some say it is for the Georgia celebration two years ago but this has been going on for longer than 2 years. Georgia is one of the most penalized teams in the country and we have been willing to chalk it up to not enough discipline. The AJC has almost made a artical series our of that.

But perhaps Rogers Redding is not the fair minded head of SEC officiating that the SEC paints him out to be, Perhaps that Tech hatred for Georgia still burns deeply in his soul and his spoken or unspoken direction to his ref teams is throw the flag at Georgia if they even look like we can penalize them.

Don’t forget the JasperSanks non-fumble that led to a Tech win and the suspension of the SEC refs from working the SEC CG about ten years ago. I ref’ed little league and the first thing they taught me was you can’t call what you can’t see and the ref’s admitted that none of them saw him fumble because he ddn’t. The ball was ripped out after he was down and all the refs saw was a bunch of Tech players jumping up and down claiming there was a fumble on their home field so the refs called one.

I guess if Tech cannot compete on the field (until this year) then having Redding Rogers in the SEC home office over the refs is the next best thing. Perhaps Grant Field should be changed to Redding Rogers Field because he sure does more for Tech than whomever Grant was.

Redding Rogers needs to go and Marc Curles needs to be fired if the SEC is to maintain any integrity. Othewise if the team Redding wants to win has the lock then why tune in? The only reason I can think of is to see which team Redding has picked to win.

Is anybody getting their pockets lined from all this? I don’t think so. I think the SEC is just Redding’s little toy and he has his refs call the shots for the teams he wants to win. What a jerk.

harleydawg

October 22nd, 2009
7:26 pm

wow pittbull that is some deep stuff there but you are most likely acurate, tech takes it more personal and it can go there, any way tech sucks we gotta beat them this and every year

G

October 22nd, 2009
7:29 pm

Herschel did in three years

Bark Bark

October 22nd, 2009
7:40 pm

If the great, powerful UGA defense can hold the Gators to under 20 points then they have a shot. 21 points is enough for the Gators to beat the Dawgs. That could be hard for UGA as they are ranked 12th in the SEC in points allowed per game. 12 out of 12 teams, solid. They are ranked 10th in total defense per game in the SEC. 10 out of 12 teams, solid. 10th in the SEC in Total Offense too. 10 out of 12 teams, solid. Powerful Vandy is the only team so far that the Dawg defense has kept under 20 points. Cox has 13 Touchdowns and 9 interceptions against defenses that don’t even come close to Florida. Stafford the #1 pick in the draft was 18-30 with 3 interceptions last year against the same defense. Knowshon had a whopping grand total of 65 total yards last year as a first rounder against the same defense. 2 missed field goals by Walsh too. Bark Bark

Tebow vs. Herschel

October 22nd, 2009
7:45 pm

The only stat that really matters baby:

Herschel – 1980 National Title

Tebow – 2006, 2008 National Titles. 2009? Maybe, but we are in the running, Dawgs will be watching the SEC Title game at home and the National Title Game.

PowerDawg

October 22nd, 2009
8:13 pm

Meyer fits the true definition of the word Prlck. He may let little Timmy tie the record against MSU, but you can bet he will try to make sure he breaks it when they play the Dawgs. Might give him something else to fist bump his butt buddy Chris Fowler about.

Got something else to share with anyone who might be interested. They suspended those jack-asses that threw the flag on AJ and that kid from Arkansas. Truth be told, they are all the same, especially when it comes to Florida. If you doing any celebrating that draws attention to you personally, you are supposed to get flagged for UC. Unless you play for the Gators. Tebow and Spikes are the worst at doing stuff like that but NEVER get flagged. Their DB’s grab opposing receiver’s jerseys to slow them down out of their breaks, but never get called for it. Their WR’s grab a DB by the jersey to aid them in getting by or past the defender in Man coverage, especially on the Out & Up routes when the ball is in the air. Offensive holding or Pass Interference? NOPE! Some contact is allowed within 5 yds of the LOS but after that…well, I guess the coaches, who obviously teach these tecniques, tell the players that it’s only illegal if you get caught. Must be true because they do it ALL THE TIME. Don’t believe me? Just watch this Saturday and see for yourself. Make sure you record it so you can replay it, too. I am not making this stuff up. So I guess if the officials keep turning a blind eye to things like that and keep throwing 15 yd flags for imaginary penalties against the teams that they play, it should be smooth sailing for them the rest of the way.

gbpier

October 22nd, 2009
8:40 pm

It has taken Tebow four years to to break walkers record….only took walker three years….Tebow is good but doesnt compare to Walker..

bugsquacher

October 22nd, 2009
9:09 pm

Tebow should enjoy this year….he has no future…

TechMD

October 22nd, 2009
9:11 pm

Hey Pitibul, nice conspiracy theory you got there. The vast Yellow Jacket officiating plot. lol. Man you’re grasping at straws this year. It is entertaining though.

walker #1

October 22nd, 2009
9:24 pm

TEBOW AINT S*&^. HERSHAL WILL STILL RUN CIRCLES AROUND HIM!

Dawg85

October 22nd, 2009
10:02 pm

Tebow had very little to do with the 2006 National Championship. Chris Leak was the starter.

ACC Fan

October 22nd, 2009
10:22 pm

Man, you UGA folks kill me. If you get rid of that Thug of a coach Mark R. you would be OK. He did really well with Jim D. quarterback. BTW Tebow has done most of his damage in 3 years a well. If Hershel had a good coach he might have won more than one national title too.

You guys hate Spurrier, and Meyer but if either were the coach of UGA you would love him.

southside DAWG

October 22nd, 2009
10:33 pm

Herschel did it in 3 years and they played less games during the season.

KJ

October 22nd, 2009
11:11 pm

Yeah, that thug Mark Richt. What a thug. How he’s managed to stay out of prison all these years, I’ll never know.

All Cupcakes Conference “fans” should stick to talking about basketball.

Cuz

October 22nd, 2009
11:19 pm

Tebow was a fullback operating the Wildcat his freshman year. Or does everyone forget a quarterback named Chris Leake, if so, that is pitiful.

aarh

October 22nd, 2009
11:52 pm

Tebow vs. Herschel- Yeah, Tebow has two National Championships. I don’t understand why people are so quick to point that out….considering that he wasn’t the starter that yr., & didn’t even play that much. He was a key contributor, but if I remember right…I don’t think he even played that much in the championship game, and he wasn’t the reason they won. Don’t get me wrong…Tebow’s great, but it’s like comparing apples to oranges…not to mention that it was a different era then. You also have to realize that when you have a player like Tebow that’s a QB that can run or throw…he has an advantage, bc he touches the ball on every play. Unlike Walker…who I know got a lot of carries, but it wasn’t like it was on every play.

bob

October 23rd, 2009
12:09 am

“Tebow should enjoy this year….he has no future…”

It amazes me that teeblow cant see that fact, by the way t had more around him when he won, herchel did it all by himself and should have won the heisman twice. He is the greatest college running back of all time, its not even a contest.

Jesse Outlar

October 23rd, 2009
12:14 am

Why get in such a fuss over this? Tebow is a unique player in a perfect system for his talents. He is a great player. In my opinion he is not even the best QB in Gator history. He is a winner and he is tough. Herschel is the greatest running back in college football history. If Tebow gets the record then so be it. His jump pass does not compare to the great leaps over the goal line by Walker. He never outran 3 players with an angle on him from 76 yards out. Has Tebow truly carried a team like Herschel did? Does everyone in the stadium know he will get the ball on 3rd and 8 with a championship on the line or is there a threat of spreading it out to one of his speedy playmakers. I’ve seen both and Herschel remains the greatest college player I have ever seen. That said Tebow is one of the great players of all time.

harharhar

October 23rd, 2009
2:35 am

Well this just goes to show everyone is a dumb azz when they are young. I was actually brain dead enough to actually be a fan for about a week.

Alabamadawg

October 23rd, 2009
3:08 am

Pitbull, dang your good !! I had no idea some of the evils were Tech grads…thanks.

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
5:04 am

bugsquacher

lol.

“Tebow should enjoy this year….he has no future…”

lol. I would say that Tim Tebow will have little trouble finding a job in the state of Florida after his playing days are through. It may not be head weed wacker at the Clarke County Parks and Leisure Services but, with his degree, it will be a good one. How about you bug

I sure would enjoy seeing a picture of you two side by side in 20 years.

georgia87

October 23rd, 2009
6:42 am

Herschel did it in three years with only 11 games per year, no SEC CG, and statistics for bowl games didn’t count. They didn’t play non-conference games against St. Mary’s School for Sissies. Their non-conference foes were Texas A&M, Clemson, TCU, GT, South Carolina, Cal, Temple, Memphis, and BYU. No comparison.

georgia87

October 23rd, 2009
6:45 am

And for Tebow vs. Herschel…Georgia never had an 8-5 season while Herschel was in school. We played for the NC every season.

Hey, PowerDawg...

October 23rd, 2009
7:01 am

…DB contact with receivers past 5 yards is allowed in college, that is the pro rule to which you refer. Now, the grabbing and pulling is definitely a no-no, but contact until the ball is in the air is perfectly legal – that is why you do not see a penalty flag thrown.

And, finally, cdawg, why do you think Herschel only played 2.5 years?

And, regarding the suspended refs, why are they punishing the whole group when it was only the back judge that made all the incorrect calls? Seems like they should just suspend him!

gomdawg

October 23rd, 2009
7:06 am

I am a BULLDAWG all the way . Herschel was a Great player that don’t come around very often. With that sad Tebow is one of them a GREAT player. I agree Herschel did it in 3 years that does not mean Tebow is not a GREAT player. IHATE THE GATORS GO DAWGS WE WIN 27 -14 . We will run the ball for over 225 yards. thank you

takedowndawg

October 23rd, 2009
7:27 am

Florida will hit us with short passes. Over and over, and over again. Where, we have been exceedingly vurnerble all season long to everyone and then run the quick up the middle plays to their quick backs. Add Tebow into the mix, and I do not see us stopping them consistently unless immediate pressure is applied on the backfield none stop with blitzes like Arkansas used. If Tebow and the backfield is not pressured we will probably lose by 30 pts. Pressure on the backfield will yield a close game for us. Otherwise, I think that we Georgia fans will have a miserable afternoon. Martinez has never liked using blitzes. He prefers the straitup 4-3. If he uses this Saturday week, we will all suffer. But even so, maybe a silver longterm lining? Right?

takedowndawg

October 23rd, 2009
7:36 am

sorry, about the vulnerable sp.

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
7:42 am

gomdawg,

“We will run the ball for over 225 yards. thank you”

Maybe Saturday if you scrimage on your off day, but certainly not against FL, AU, KY or GT. Not even in those 4 games combined if you subtract the last two plays before half time While the other team is defending against a hail mary to AK Green. Now against Fresno State in the Humiliation Bowl (Boise), that’s another story.

You georgia fans never cease to amaze me. Learn your new role, like it and STFU when adressing the Tech Nation.

ChipperDoodle

October 23rd, 2009
7:52 am

GA coaches lameplan against FL: Get busy digging trenches on the sideline to prepare for the bombs that will be falling all over the Dawgs secondary. Remember: everybody’s QB gets hot with the long ball against them (they look like the French Legion running around back there). They have added digits to the scoreboard for the FL score. This will make Spurrier beat downs look like Girl Scout meetings. Willie looses his cookies again. Urban takes Richt’s lunch money. Gators 63-3. Dawgs fail to get into the red zone again.

ChipperDoodle

October 23rd, 2009
7:58 am

C**p, FL just scored again.

ChipperDoodle

October 23rd, 2009
8:02 am

Hey, dumbfuzz, Tech doesn’t even own the Blue Turf Bowl. Loser. When we address the yellow-bellied nation we will continue to call you f**t breath.

The Dogfather

October 23rd, 2009
8:47 am

How about a Herschel vs. T-blow in that new mma series that Herschel is fighting in. Better bring your mop t-blow

German Shepherd Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
9:15 am

Yellow Fuzz,

Tech nation? You make me laugh.

OMG!!!

October 23rd, 2009
9:19 am

TECH NATION!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! THAT CONSISTS OF LIKE 4 CHINESE GUYS AND 6 GAY DUDES!!

German Shepherd Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
9:20 am

GomDawg,

Having just had a good laugh at Yellow Fuzz’ expense, now I’m curious why you think we can run for 100 yards with the current backs and OL blocking we have. I am a UGA grad from the Herschel years, and this line doesn’t block like they did when we could run the ball. It doesn’t even block like our line did when the Stinchcombs were playing.

Am I the only one here not suffering from delusions?

GeoffDawg

October 23rd, 2009
9:21 am

These Tebow / Herschel comparisons are idiotic. Herschel did it in three years, played in a shorter regular season, didn’t have an SEC championship game, and didn’t have bowl scores to help pad his stats.

Produce wiz

October 23rd, 2009
9:21 am

and urban promises winning and championships. Wanna trade?

Jacksonville Jack

October 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

Let’s see: Charleston Southern (The Fightin’ Manicurists!), Troy State (a lower division regional state school loser), and Florida International University (The Fightin’ International’s!), AND FSU??? This is the team that leads the polls and will probably play in the SEC Championship game???? Something is very wrong here when the “mighty Gators” play a schedule like that and are rewarded with national recognition. Shameful and embarrassing to college football.

sam

October 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

tebow couldnt hold herschel’s jock. he could smell it if he wanted to..

German Shepherd Dawg

October 23rd, 2009
9:39 am

Now for my two cents regarding Herschel:

The 80 yard runs and out-sprinting the angled tacklers were impressive feats. I remember one game in particular where the DB angled on Herschel going down the left sideline, Walker saw him from the corner of his eye and he angled himself into the middle of the field, effectively eliminating the DB’s angles. Simple play but ingenious.

Herschel did one of his famous dives at the goal line one time and actually did a flip midair, landing on the back of a linebacker. He hopped off and onto his feet, found the ref, and handed him the ball. That was what made Herschel so cool in the days of spiking the ball in the end zone and the histrionics of other players was he exuded an expectation of scoring and he was nonchalant when he did. No big deal, just another day at the office.

He carried the ball 40 times for 300 yards, then told reporters when asked if he was forced into too many carries and his reply was “The ball ain’t heavy”. The guy was a classic, and a nice guy in person when you saw him on campus. He was not a prima donna at all.

He also played the entire 1980 Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame with a partially separated shoulder that occurred on the second play from scrimmage. All he did was provide virtually all of our offense that day and scored both our touchdowns.

But the defining moment for Herschel was the 1982 (? – sorry, I think that was the game, but I’ve killed too many brain cells over the years) Clemson game where he started the season with a broken thumb and was used as a decoy most of the game. One of the Clemson linebackers was mouthing off during the week about how they would own Herschel, and during the game the guy came on a blitz. Herschel absolutely destroyed the guy with one of the most devastating blocks I can remember. He literally folded the guy in half. That was it for the mouth, you never heard the Clemson LB’s name mentioned again for the rest of the game. I’m not even sure he played anymore after that one ferocious block.

Tebow is a great player and probably the best of this generation. But it would be difficult to say he’s the best college football QB ever. The only back I can think of that deserves mention in the same paragraph as Herschel Walker was Bo Jackson, who reminded me an awful lot of Herschel when he was at Auburn. Herschel was the greatest college RB in the history of the game. He carried the offense.