Curran’s last game? Costly OL injury?

Shreveport, La. –- Hello from Shreveport, where Georgia’s not-so-hot season will have a cold ending on Monday (mid-40s at kickoff, dropping into the 30s in the second half).

Georgia doesn’t expect a large contingent of fans at the game. About 7,000 tickets were sold from UGA’s 12,000-seat allotment, some of those to Texas A&M fans who were scrounging for seats after the Aggies sold out their inventory. But I did start to see some Georgia fans around town on Sunday.

Overall, the bowl expects a good crowd. Other than Georgia’s unsold seats, all of 49,000-seat Independence Stadium is accounted for. Texas A&M sold out its 12,000-seat allotment, and the bowl sold all of its 25,000. Texas A&M’s proximity to Shreveport helped sales. College Station is about a four-hour drive away, and closer than that are pockets of Aggies fans in east Texas.

The game is what it is, a 7-5 team vs. a 6-6 team, but there are some compelling storylines:

– Gonna be interesting to see how the Georgia defense responds to an awkward challenge, facing an explosive Aggies offense with grad assistants Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle handling many of the duties of three fired defensive coaches.

Mark Richt seemed comfortable Sunday that the defense has prepared well.

“Guys like Jeffrey [Owens] and a lot of our leaders really took the responsibility to make this thing work,” Richt said. “And certainly Coach [Rodney] Garner and Mitch Doolittle and Todd Hartley put in a lot of hours to put the plan together.

“I was very pleased with our players’ attitude towards the whole thing. I never once had to try to grab a guy and say, ‘Hey, let’s show [a grad assistant] the respect he deserves in this situation.’ Our guys have been fantastic in that regard, and I’m just proud of all of them.”

– This could well be Rennie Curran’s last game as a Bulldog. He’s strongly considering the NFL draft, and while he says he hasn’t made a decision, players more often go than stay when in doubt.

The Aggies are impressed with what they’ve seen of Curran on film. “One of the best linebackers in college football”, said Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, a former coach/general manager of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

If he goes, Curran has had an outstanding three years in Athens, capped by recently being named this season’s team MVP.

– Late-season stability on a reconfigured offensive line fueled drastic improvement in Georgia’s running game. But Josh Davis, who started the final six regular-season games at right tackle, is iffy at best for Monday’s bowl because of a sprained ankle. “He’s available to play, but he’s not as far along as we hoped he was,” Richt said Sunday. Vince Vance figures to start at right tackle if Davis can’t.

– Texas A&M ranks 111th in the nation in pass defense, which could mean a nice farewell game for Georgia quarterback Joe Cox. If you haven’t noticed this stat, Cox is just three touchdown passes away from matching UGA’s single-season record of 25 set last year by Matthew Stafford.

Monday’s game will end Cox’s UGA career — and, for that matter, his football-playing career. “It definitely comes a lot faster than you ever think it would,” he said Sunday. “But we really don’t have time to get caught up in emotions.”

And if you missed ‘em in the paper or on-line, here are links to a few stories I’ve written on the Dogs and the bowl in the past few days:

– The grad assistants welcome “trial by fire.”

– Drew Butler’s road from preseason question mark to unanimous All-American.

– A low-key ending to a looong season.

– Three keys to the game, players to watch, numbers to ponder, etc.

50 comments Add your comment

South GA Republican

December 27th, 2009
8:43 pm

Bremen Dawg

December 27th, 2009
8:51 pm

I wish Rennie the best, we are ok at the linebacker postion. Go on and support your family. Maybe Cox can throw 4 tds and break the record.

Dawgman566

December 27th, 2009
9:42 pm

Go Out in Style DAWGS! Put a whipping on the Aggies!

RED DOG 77

December 27th, 2009
10:16 pm

Think I was second one time , this is the second closest I have ever been to first GO ME!!!!!!

Auggie Doggie

December 27th, 2009
10:36 pm

How come the dogs can’t sell out a high school stadium? Fans don’t travel well I guess.

For the the few who are going, bundle up.

Joe M

December 27th, 2009
10:40 pm

Just win baby!

Then we can move on to a new DC.

Dawgingatorville

December 27th, 2009
10:45 pm

I hope Joe Cox gets 4 or more TD passes. Mathew Stafford came in and never lifted the team and then bold early for money. He set the program back!! I hope he does not own any records after Monday night!!

PJ

December 27th, 2009
10:54 pm

((((((((30-24)))))))))

jack bull

December 27th, 2009
10:59 pm

well, as far as the game goes, i really hope Joe C throws for 4 or more td’s.. he needs it..as for Rennie and Reshad, Rennie has a good point about himself, he’s not going to get any taller, that’s the main thing the NFL is worried about with him, so if he left, i can’t say i wouldn’t blame him, he’d be drafted in the 5th or 6th round..Reshad on the other hand,,he could really make himself alot of money if he came back and played the entire season like he did against Tech..i’m anxious to see how he plays tomorrow, if he plays lights out, he’s gone..

now for Urban Crier,, i actually felt bad for the man last night, now, i just don’t know..i kinda think he got a little more backlash from the recruiting stand point, kids waivered some, so now he’s doing Foley and the University a favor by saying he “feels in his gut that he’ll be back”..trying to keep that recruiting class in tact, i don’t blame him for doing it, but i do hope it backfires a little…

GO DAWGS….UGA-41 A&M-34

Paul's Johnson

December 27th, 2009
11:17 pm

Tejas A & M wins, 51-49.

niceeeee

December 27th, 2009
11:57 pm

well said jack bull. the tide is turning for us Dawg fans, maybe an SEC champ next season? Go Dawgs UGA-38 Aggies-30

RED DOG 77

December 28th, 2009
1:13 am

Come on Jack Bull you hope it backfires a little, I felt sorry for the jerk too, Now I hope the whole Dadgum thing blows up on him. One consolation: A chance to hammer him next year, mabe create a little stress for little Erbie

RED DOG 77

December 28th, 2009
1:16 am

UGA 42- TEXAS A.M. 17

Allen Waters

December 28th, 2009
2:57 am

Wish FL Coach Meyer the best and hope we beat FL next year. We beat AU and SC. UGA has a better SEC record. That should be enough to get our young men to play hard! I was at the UK game and it is a shame the win vs #7 GT did not get us a better bowl! Play well for the assistant coaches and have a better 2010 record! Stay #35 and #9! The game starts here in Kolkata at 330am! UGA fan in India says Go Dawgs!!

BuLLdawg

December 28th, 2009
4:06 am

Tim Tucker, you are the UGA beat writer in charge of putting up an UGA blog we can write in, but have failed to do so in 3 weeks now.

And, you are so tied up in the game, that you think none of us and none of the players or coaches has any thought about how badly Urban Meyer looked yesterday ? God, I hope he gets better. He is really ill, in every possible way.

Urban Meyer

LOST :

Dan Mullen

Charlie Strong

Tim Tebow

His Offensive Coordinator

His Defensive Coordinator

His “Quarterback”

UGA won MORE against Tim Tebow than we did when Tim Tebow was NOT there.

UGA won MORE against Urban Meyer than we did when Urban Meyer was NOT there.

Steve Addazio.

Just so I have this straight (today), Steve Addazio is the Head Football Coach at Florida.

Whom does Steve Addazio hire to be his Defensive Coordinator ?

Whom does Steve Addazio hire to be his Offensive Coordinator ?

So, if Urban Meyer does not come back for like Game 5, which is Alabama, does that count as a LOSS for Urban Meyer ?

Urban Meyer had a really soft schedule this season, against four (4) teams not even in a bowl game. (GA tek had 6 and UGA 3.)

Next season, the schedule cannot be as easy as it was this year, with LSU beating no ranked team and that the only win by Florida this year over a ranked team.

If you compare Dan Mullen last year to Steve Addazio this year :

Mullen 30 Addazio 23 Tennessee

Mullen 63 Addazio 41 Kentucky

Mullen 51 Addazio 13 LSU

Mullen 49 Addazio 41 UGA

Mullen 42 Addazio 27 Vanderbilt

Mullen 56 Addazio 24 South Carolina

Mullen 45 Addazio 37 Florida State

Mullen 31 Addazio 13 Alabama

8 Common Opponents with Dan Mullen as Offensive Coordinator last year to compare with Steve Addazio Offensive Coordinator this year.

138 points better than Steve Addazio was Dan Mullen.

17 points a game on Offense Florida was better with Dan Mullen than Steve Addazio.

If there were even 1 of the 8 games where Steve Addazio actually did better of the 8 common opponents, that would be something at least. There isn’t.

If it were close, like 3 points in just 1 game mind you between the 2 “Offensive Coordinators” that would be something. There isn’t. It’s huge 17 points WORSE with Steve Addazio than with Dan Mullen

17 points per game WORSE with Steve Addazio than with Dan Mullen.

I do not think Urban Meyer is happy at all with the job turned in by Steve Addazio a lifetime Tight Ends Coach out of Central Connecticut State with zero NFL experience as a player or as a coach.

I cannot be the only 1 to have this jump out at me that Steve Addazio did 17 points per game WORSE “replacing” Dan Mullen.

Now, Steve Addazio is the Head Football Coach at Florida – hiring the replacement for Dan Mullen and for Charlie Strong.

Look, Urban Meyer’s Sugar Bowl Press Conference clearly made it obvious that Urban Meyer has a cyst and has lost over 25 lbs. hoping to eat New Orleans Creole and gain some weight and color back. It was also very obvious that Urban Meyer cannot string together a whole sentence. Urban Meyer was surprised and unprepared for the question that we want to know who is going to now replace Charlie Strong. Steve Addazio ? Or, Urban Meyer ? Uh, er, I don’t know, hmmm; let me think; er, uh, not sure who will be hiring the replacement at Defensive Coordinator for Charlie Strong, but the players made we come back to Florida to be their coach and are happy I did. My 3 kids I winked to in the Press Conference do not get their dad back; I guess they are happy too; and, also support my decision today that they too and my wife don’t care about my health. They don’t care about my health so obviously serious. Did you listen to me try to talk ? I cannot even talk, not even 1 clear sentence strung together by me. I talked for 43 minutes and not 1 sentence in 43 minutes could I string together. I cannot talk. I am emaciated, then, weak, lost, out of it totally. I am going to be coming back and be the head football coach at Florida in Game 1. I don’t want the LOSSES to be counted against just Steve Addazio. I have worked at 3 places for 2 years each and as soon as the players that made all 3 great were GONE, so was I. This is what I do. No, wait, Steve Addazio is the Head Football Coach at Florida, hang it that he is 17 points per game WORSE as Offensive Coordinator (over his head) than Dan Mullen. Who is hiring Charlie Strong’s replacement at Defensive Coordinator for Florida ? Uh, er, uh, I don’t know – but, not me, I am on leave. I am not on leave yet. Not until Friday. Friday I go on leave. Recruiting Signing Day is less than a month later. I will be Head Football Coach in Game 1 next year so the LOSSES count against me (So, I can cry again after LOSING.) But, between Friday and Signing Date, I have NO IDEA who is going to hire the replacement for Charlie Strong.

Circus ?

This is NOT a circus.

Clearly, Urban Meyer needs our support. The guy is in real bad health, clearly and obviously. His mind is not there. He actually told the Press Conference that he has not been back to the hospital “But I had them checked out, each one.”

Steve Addazio perennial tight ends coach, 17 points per game WORSE than Dan Mullen, is the Head Football Coach at Florida starting Friday. This is so clearly a health issue from every piece of evidence watching and listening to Urban Meyer today try to formulate what in the hell is different today from yesterday when he says he has thought about this ALL YEAR LONG. Best of Luck Urban Meyer, Please take the time off and get your health better by GETTING AWAY from what we all Love You For As 1 of the Top Football Coaches Ever.

Urban Meyer is NOT going to be back for Game 1. I wish he were. He is not. He can’t. He also cannot hire the replacement for Charlie Strong that needs to be happening already. And, honestly, he needs to replace Steve Addazio who is NOT 1 of the coaches Urban Meyer has on his staff from Boling Green to Utah to Florida. Steve Addazio is a nobody tight ends coach with no NFL experience as player or coach who is 17 points per game WORSE “replacing” Dan Mullen.

FACT : Florida does NOT have a coach, none.

Who was NOT at the Bizarre Sugar Bowl Press Conference ? Tom Addazio.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 28th, 2009
4:52 am

Shreveport by the numbers

2 Wal-Mart’s,
4 Waffle Houses
1 Motel 6
11,693 deer stands
48,545 seat Stadium (no kidding)
6,230 of 12,000 georgia ticket allotment sold
5:00PM start time
Peachtree TV # 2
#5 offense nationally facing #70 defense with 2 grad assts at the helm
7 recruits likely switching

Unlike Georgia, Texas A & M does not think the Herschal Walker and Lindale Scott led, 42-0 win in Athens on Sept. 13, 1980 will play a role in this game.

SatchelBuzz

December 28th, 2009
7:38 am

What planet is BuLLdawg on? Hey man,…don’t worry about it so much…you still won’t beat Florida.

Your Hangover

December 28th, 2009
7:45 am

Gig ‘Em, Dawgs!

LizDawg

December 28th, 2009
8:30 am

Go Dawgs! GATA Aggies. While a HUGE 30-24 rivalry over the (weak) ACC champion was our real bowl game, I still hope Jeff Owens & the other seniors step up today and give Coach Mark Richt the win. He is a class act (unlike CUM) and deserves 100% effort from his players, despite their surroundings.

Best of luck Rennie Curran, thanks for 3 great years and good luck in the NFL to the Nigerian Nightmare!

We Run This State!

Vick=Dog killing thug

December 28th, 2009
8:41 am

Bull Dawg

That was really a dumb post. What’s your point?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 28th, 2009
8:48 am

1.4 million vs 14 million by the numbers, Times laid = 0 Times kissed by the opposite sex = 0 Times his favorite team has been relevant = 0 Times he has anything of note to add to a conversation = 0

Ron Mexico

December 28th, 2009
8:51 am

Does anyone care what bowl tech is in? I sure don’t. Who is tech even playing? Go talk on the nerd blogs tech losers. And by the way 30-24 hahahahahahahaha!

collegeballfan

December 28th, 2009
8:59 am

If Curran can be drafted in the first 2 rounds he needs to take the money.

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

December 28th, 2009
9:13 am

Thanks for a great season,
…………………………………..ACC CHAMPS

The REAL Paul's Johnson

December 28th, 2009
9:22 am

First of all, to the loser that hijacked my handle weeks ago and has been posting as Paul’s Johnson, I’ve been posting w/ this handle since last summer so how about showing a little creativity and getting your own name, besides, your posts are lame. Plus, you’re a Tech fan which makes you a knob.

1.4 million, you are the biggest tool on the blogs. You need to spend more time amking sure the oil is fresh at the fry station at whatever Mickey D’s you’re employed at.

Buckhead Dawg

December 28th, 2009
9:22 am

Just got punched in the face by a Tech fan…I think, no wait nevermind just a snowflake landing on my cheek.

Dreaming

December 28th, 2009
9:22 am

I’m dreaming and wishing I could be in Shreveport. Two powerhouse football teams and a 5 pm kickoff. It doesn’t get any better than this. If Urban doesn’t come back, maybe just maybe we can keep the game within 20 points. Wishful thoughts this time of year.

that game meant everything to Tech

December 28th, 2009
9:55 am

Not a bad season for the Dawgs we beat South Carolina 41-37 to win the ACC Championship after Tech beat cleamson in the Consolation game..lmfao…30 to 24…332 days till next year’s game against Army Cadet Johnson and his Flagboys in the sequel ..Revenge of the nerds III!!!!

that game meant everything to Tech

December 28th, 2009
9:55 am

332 more days as the # 1 team in the STATE OF GEORGIA..not bad

Flatsdawg1

December 28th, 2009
9:57 am

Enjoy this game GA TREKKIES, you couldn’t beat the dawgs in your best season since a shared NC and our worst season in half a century, And the name is Lindsay Scott not Lindale Those Trekkies are so smart!

What's Go'n On

December 28th, 2009
10:15 am

The relatively small percentage of tickets Georgia was able to sell from its allotment –- about 6,800 out of 12,000. I thought the Dawg fans traveled well.

Pulpwood

December 28th, 2009
10:20 am

Kaint blame me Jim Bob & Daisy Mae. We done bought us sum tickets to the BIG GAME. Stay’n in 1 room at the motorcout though. Daisy Mae is a bit mad hav’n to sleep on the floor whilst me & Jim Bob gets the bed. I can say that Waffle House acros the road shore does serve up sum fine food. We’ll be at the BIG GAME tis sevning the rest of you georgie folks. Hope them guy & gals from Texas won’t hassle us too bad.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 28th, 2009
10:21 am

What’s Go’n On, We have jobs, it’s Monday if you haven’t noticed. Wish the Dawgs well this afternoon, hope Cox throws at least 4 TD’s. Not much to gain or lose in this one. To all the seniors…thanks for ride

James T. Kirk

December 28th, 2009
10:55 am

The Hornfrogs will destroy you puppies in today’s match. Their thrower of the ball is far superior than yours, and their running halfbacks will have a field day against your line of defensive linemen. Too bad you can’t play my YellowJackets again this season, I suspect we all know how it would end up in a rematch!!!

BG

December 28th, 2009
11:13 am

30 to 24 all year baby!

dawgfan

December 28th, 2009
11:47 am

Just pound these Big 12 sissies with the running game like we pounded the sissies on North Avenue and we’ll be fine. I doubt Cox throws for 3 TDs today.

All in all, 8-5 isn’t quite the calamitous meltdown that many have tried to make it out to be. We played a very difficult schedule. We played a lot of young guys. If I were a Techie I would say we “almost” beat some folks, but I’m not a loser. 8-5 is about what one could expect out of this bunch.

And yes, I am already counting today as a win. It will be.

Mutt Math

December 28th, 2009
12:35 pm

So if UGA has self-crowned themselves the ACC champs….

That would mean UK > UGA > GT > Clemson

So by this same Mutt Math, how did Clemson beat UK if they were at the bottom of the food chain?

UGA's True Fans

December 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

Why could UGA only sell just over half of their allotment of tickets?

WTF UGA fans comeon…. this is embarrasing. Texas A&M bought their allotment and then bought the rest of ares.

C’mon dawgs, we gotta support our team better than this crap or we don’t deserve to talk on these boards.

Let’s get a W ANYWAY!

6-6 in 2010

December 28th, 2009
1:04 pm

ok james T. Kirk, we were lucky against a much better GT team. Good thing we caught them in a trap game. GT could have killed us!!

Tim Tucker

December 28th, 2009
1:05 pm

jack bull, others: I agree with everyone who says it’d be a cool finish to his trying season if Joe Cox throws three or four TD passes to match or break the record.

BuLLdawg: I was on vacation for a week. I focused on the game in this blog because there are other blogs on ajc.com focusing on the Urban Meyer situation. Check out the posts from Jeff Schultz and Tony Barnhart.

6-6 in 2010

December 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

Hey Tim…Joe Cox will probably throw 3 or 4 TD’s to the Aggies.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2009
1:11 pm

Here’s some math for you Techie: 30>24.

Don’t hurt yourself thinking too hard about that one.

jason

December 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

When is there ever not an OL is not a devestating OL injury at UGA. That is the norm in Athens.

DawgExiled in SC

December 28th, 2009
2:52 pm

All salient points Bull Dawg, but I wonder…do you have a job? I think you need one.

UGA 2010

December 28th, 2009
4:25 pm

DAWGINGATORVILLE, how could you say that about Stafford, im pretty DAMN sure if you were in his shoes you would’ve gone PRO to(especially when your GUARENTEED a #1 overall pick. Y dont you hate on Moreno too. He left and at the beginning of the season we figured THAT to be our weakness. All in all, dont hate on Stafford for being a GREAT QB and going PRO, like every college kid who is good wants to do….

Jimmy

December 28th, 2009
9:52 pm

I’m no Gator fan, but hey Bulldawg, don’t you think that Florida’s offense struggled so much this year because they lost their best WR on deep routes, Louis Murphy, and their top offensive playmaker, Percy Harvin?? Remember, players make the coach.

Chuck Wheeler

December 29th, 2009
7:04 am

The stadium in Shreveport IS comparable to Grant Field.

Jeckyll Island

December 29th, 2009
8:26 am

30-24!!!!
8 out of 9!!!!

Flowery Branch Dawg

December 29th, 2009
8:30 am

Rennie Curran was our least effective linebacker in the Independence Bowl rout over Texas A&M. Curran is crazy to think he will even be drafted. He’ll have to sign undrafted if he goes pro. He is too small to play linebacker in the NFL and too small to play DB. Rennie did not play good at all in the bowl game and that will hurt his pro chances. If he has any good sense at all he will stay at UGA next season and lift a lot of weights to get much stronger and run a lot of sprints and speed drills. He is definitely not ready to turn pro.

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

WOW! More people attended the Independence Bowl than any Georgia Tech home game this season!

Maybe because there are precious few Tech fans and most people realize that Georgia Tech is greatly overrated and ovveranked.

Georgia Tech is not even the best team in the state of Georgia.

The Georgia Bulldogs are the best team in Georgia and the Bulldogs spanked Tech’s heinie on Grant Field inside Tech’s cute little high school stadium.

30-24!!!!