Grantham wants fans ‘as loud as they can be’; position battles other than QB

Finishing off the G-Day leftovers:

  • Not quite sure how Georgia came up with its announced attendance figure Saturday, since there are no turnstile counts and there were no ticket sales for the free-admission game, but the announced 38,742 seemed about right. The north side of the stadium was closed because of construction behind it, but the south side was pretty full.

The turnout was enough for Todd Grantham to envision what the place will be like with 92,000-plus in the fall.

“We need to make sure the stadium becomes a benefit to our defense,” the new defensive coordinator said in the locker room after G-Day. “If [it's] loud, with the things we’re going to be doing, it can be very difficult for an offense to change plays [and] protections.

“When you’re loud at home, the offense has to go on a silent count. That means everybody’s moving on the ball. Basically, the advantage that the offense has is no longer there. I’m definitely going to encourage our fans to be as loud as they can be from here on out.”

  • All eyes will go immediately to quarterback when Georgia releases its post-spring depth chart,  probably late this week. But it’ll be interesting, too, to see how things shake out at a few other spots.

Tailback, for example. Will Caleb King, who started the final five games last season, or Washaun Ealey be listed as No. 1? Or will they be co-No. 1’s?

In the secondary, Bacarri Rambo figures to be No. 1 at one safety, but will Jakar Hamilton or Nick Williams be No. 1 at the other? And with Brandon Boykin entrenched at one corner, will rising senior Vance Cuff be No. 1  at the other? (The coaches’ spring awards suggest so.  Boykin and Cuff were named the most improved defensive players.)

Also, it  will be interesting to see where Darryl Gamble is slotted on the post-spring depth chart, given his move from inside linebacker to outside linebacker in the final week of spring ball.

And tight end will bear a look. Aron White is the returning starter, but Orson Charles was working with the first unit much of the spring. Both are expected to have big roles.

If you missed it: Five things we learned from spring practice.

203 comments Add your comment

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
10:36 am

If we blow a lead like we did in the Kentucky game I will be leaving in the 4th qtr. again. I hope Russ will join me.

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
10:37 am

First and second.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2010
10:41 am

KimZ,

Why don’t you just not go at all?

That would suit all of us real dawgs.

italian_29

April 13th, 2010
10:41 am

Kim, your are a techie, just admit it and go to their blog

jp

April 13th, 2010
10:45 am

i never understood why fans yell on their offensive position? are they just that dumb to be yelling when their team has the ball?

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Touchy Touchy. Real dawg fan? They were thousands of Real Dawg fans leaving like rats on a sinking ship! Real Fans because they had season tickets. That makes them as real as it gets right? This year it want be losing the lead it will be time for BOBO to GO because we can’t get the lead. Willie was run out of town this year it will be Bobo turn on the hot seat just watch. The screaming will start after the USC game.

BrokeBackJacket

April 13th, 2010
10:46 am

KimZ’s Package….all you need to know is 30-24! 8 0f 9! And since Bubby Dudd and the powers to be at the time made THE STUPIDEST MISTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF DIV 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL…..leaving the SEC….your nerd herd have been…are…and will continue to UGA’s biotch!

Bubba

April 13th, 2010
10:47 am

After the reaming Grantham gave Nick Williams, I’m betting on Hamilton.

Delusional Dawg

April 13th, 2010
10:48 am

Sounds like things are unsettled not just at QB.

DawginLex

April 13th, 2010
10:50 am

kim Z = Tech nerd

The obsession with all things UGA continues.

Don’t be angry because you didn’t go to UGA.

Just accept it and move on.

PMC

April 13th, 2010
10:51 am

if they close in the bridge it would be loud (ducks)

Joey

April 13th, 2010
10:54 am

I don’t know if they are dumb, jp, but they can probably spell “possession.”

jimbo dogs

April 13th, 2010
10:56 am

we know who Richt’s gonna pick for the QB spots:
1- Murray 2- Gray 3- Mettenberger

Richt already had his mind made up before the 3 scrimmages, that’s why Murray got so many more reps than the other 2 qb’s.

We’ll all get behind Coach Richt, no matter who he picks, but it’s fun trying to figure it out this week.

paul

April 13th, 2010
10:59 am

Don’t worry Coach Grantham, we will be very loud when the defense is on the field, really love what’s going on so far with the base defense. We can all see these guys are getting it, and when we add in the blitz packages, it’s going to be chaos for Garcia and Mallet. Looking forward to getting loud. Good job educating the fans on what’s needed and why. Then we can do a better job to help the team out.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

April 13th, 2010
11:02 am

Orson Charles is special. Aron White, a dang good Dawg, but not Charles’ equal in talent.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

April 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Oh, you read it here, UGA will beat Florida next season.

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
11:06 am

BBB is that NEXT season or THIS SEASON? Who knows what 2011 will bring but this season 2010 Gators roll the dawgs.

South Ga Dawg

April 13th, 2010
11:10 am

Close in the bridge end of stadium

MoDawg

April 13th, 2010
11:14 am

I appreciate the way that Grantham is engaging the fans which is a stark difference from Martinez’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” platform. Martinez was running some kind of secret society on defense. The only problem was that his schemes were no secret to the opposition.

Don’t worry, Coach G…we’ll be loud. You keep making it exciting and keeping us in mind like you’re doing and we’ll be there, loud and proud!

paul

April 13th, 2010
11:14 am

Nick Williams earned some playing time with his performance. He ran down 2 or 3 guys on long runs. He had massive hits, clotheslined one our receivers, almost took the guy’s helmet off. Really impressed wiht that guy, looking forwar dto seeing him.

mgdawg

April 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Did murray really get more snaps? He was only in like 2 series in the first half, before starting the entire second half. Gray was in the entire first half and closed out the last 1-2 series of the second half. Mettenberger played all but 2-3 series in the first and second half. Pretty evenly distributed, although I would’ve liked to see a series or two from mettenberger with the first team.

I hope grantham isn’t dissapointed with the crowd noise. I’ve always been dissapointed with the crowd noise at sanford stadium, although I think part of it is because of the opening of the stadium by the bridge.

I didn’t watch the safeties that close during the game, mostly had my eyes on the qb’s, but I really liked nick william’s hits. Yes he let his temper go that one time causing grantham to go off on him, but is that a bad thing. I know a lot of coaches that say behind the scenes that they want to see a couple of fights during offseason practice. Williams will hopefully learn to control that on gameday and bring back that hard hitting style to UGA football.

jay

April 13th, 2010
11:16 am

KimZ go suck on that package on another blog your not a real dawg fan and never will be.

TuckDAWG

April 13th, 2010
11:16 am

KimZ’s Package=Saint Simmons? Another Tech nerd trying to be clever get off our blog and go hang with the geek squad who can’t find a QB on any of our guys level! Can’t wait for CTG D and to see who is gonna lead OUR DAWGS to victory GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sanford Drive

April 13th, 2010
11:17 am

Well I see everyone is taking the high road today.

Hopefully the stadium will be louder than it was last year. Obviously, the open end on Sanford doesn’t help to keep the noise in, but I know we can be louder than the were. Of course, it’s tough to make noise when the corners were getting burned on just about every pass play.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

April 13th, 2010
11:19 am

It’s next season, Kim. Right now is not football season. It doesn’t become this season until they kick off. Thanks for trying, though.

paul

April 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Caleb King been’s injured most of Spring, so I can’t see how he’ll be named #1 on the depth chart over Washaun Ealey. I’m pretty sure Bobo’s smart enough to know what he has in Ealey.

CTG

April 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Dawgs – How about seeing those hated Gators win 3 National Titles in 14 years when a lot of Dawg Nation never saw their favorite team win the big one?

Jigger

April 13th, 2010
11:24 am

I hope that Grantham coaches as well as he talks and I mean that. If he produces, fine, but if he gets 50 hung on him by FL, I don’t know.

DawgGoneTruth

April 13th, 2010
11:25 am

The secondary will be a strength, not because of who starts where, but because of Lakatos. Uconn’s secondary was fantastic last season with half the talent UGA has. This guys a great coach. Just one more reason we are going to put another smackdown on the bugs again this season…..UGA 45 GT 17

jimbo dogs

April 13th, 2010
11:26 am

If you look at how much time each QB played, it’s kind of obvious who Coach Richt is ranking.

In the 3 Spring scrimmages, Aaron got 56 passes, Logan 42, and Zach had very limited playing time and was left to the 2nd string, about 36 passes.

Pretty sure that’s how the Coaches rank em’ right now.

[...] doesn’t want fans reading to much into the G-Day performances of his QBs.8.  Quarterback isn’t the only position battle that will drag on until fall.9.  Kentucky’s defense is having to replace four All-SEC players.10.  Joke [...]

Joey

April 13th, 2010
11:34 am

Just curious, CTG, do the Gators have a blog anywhere? If so, do Dawg fans post stupid stuff on it? Not picking, just wondering . . .

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
11:36 am

Go TECH! Best fottball team in the nation by far.

TheItalianDawg

April 13th, 2010
11:42 am

the real question is Murray or Matt, honestly I was sold on Murray to be our next QB for the next 4 years but Matt proved he can be even better. The stats don’t lie. I think both can be co #1 and Gray should and he will switch to WR because it is clear to me that Gray couldn’t beat out either one of them despite being in the program the longest! Murray has the advantage because of Matt suspension, Murray will start the 1st game and if he prove him self it will be him who will start against SC, if he struggles mightily against South Carolina, Matt will get his chance and if he lead Georgia to victory he will start the following week. basically I see the competition between Murray and Matt to continue until the 4th game of the season. I hope my Dawgs will be unbeaten by then.

AltamahaDawg

April 13th, 2010
11:44 am

Ok now, Queue the disgruntly students………

Joey

April 13th, 2010
11:44 am

fottball team??

Otto

April 13th, 2010
11:47 am

I want to hear if anything is being said about Jackson. He looked solid as a 3rd RB and IMO may compete to take 2nd from King.

Also Carlton Thomas has been rumored to line up in the slot some in practice, that sounds like great news. Bobo needs to find ways to use/get him in space. IMO if Thomas were playing with Mullen as OC he would be all over the field making plays. However, I fear that Carlton’s new roll maybe as dynamic as Gray’s package last year.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 13th, 2010
11:51 am

what about Arthur Lynch- still working w/ 2nd team or what role is going into? Agree with CTG- crowd needs to be rowdy nonstop for 60mins a game…its all about the noise!!

RedandBlack

April 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Mettenberger looked like he should be slated at the number one position at QB. Murray did not impress me that much. Gray looked better than Murray on G-Day. When Hutson Mason gets to practice this summer, then the QB competition will really heat up. Go Dogs!!

OEJ

April 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

TheItalianDawg….you do realize that this was a scrimmiage, and the QB’s could’nt get hit. The best way to analyze a QB is when its GAME time and they can get hit. That is when you can see when under pressure, will they make a bad decision such as forcing a pass or not throwing the ball out of bounds, or getting away from pressure. This is how I anaylze a QB. You also have to look at all their practices, not just the G-day game, which was a pracatice, just a telivised scrimmage. Murrar should be the starter the first game since Mett cant play, and its his job to lose, because Mett is a good QB and could start, but the G-day game doesnt mean he’s the best, he was just the best that day

paul

April 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

good write up on scout by david hale about Zach Mettenberger, the guy is impressing some folks, that’s for sure:

http://georgia.scout.com/2/961219.html

LCDawg

April 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

1) Murray 2) Mett 3) Gray. Mett can’t be #1 that just sends a bad message as far as discipline goes. If he can’t start the first game due to suspension he should not be our #1 guy—sorry. Go with Murray and if he can’t get it done bring in Mett. Logan needs to move to WR and be done with QB. He gave it his best shot , he just doesn’t have the arm strength we need. Hutson Mason will be here this summer as well.

KimZ's Package

April 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

BBB this season Kicked off a few weeks ago when practice started. Define it how you want but it is 2010 football season right now. Next Feb. signing day starts next season 2011. Don’t expect a UGA FAN but Non-Grad to understand real numbers. I do love that BBB you use the great term “NEXT SEASON” you do sound like a true Dawg waiting on NEXT SEASON.

AltamahaDawg

April 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

I said all along that david hale would have a good write up about mettenberger, since last year, as I said it should be now in this year with the Mark Richt in his 10th year and Michael Adams yet to rename Tennnessee Coach’s Dad Stadium.

Columbus Dawg

April 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

If Richt puts Logan Gray in a real game he should be fired on the spot.

Billdoza

April 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

If we really want to make the stadium louder then we should consider rearranging the student section. Right now the students (clearly the loudest bunch of fans) are divided and the loudest group faces the open end of the stadium. Not sure how to go about this, but smarter men than I should ponder the stadiums acoustics and where to put the noise makers. Or… all those old fart alumni need to do a better job of getting rowdy :-) .

GO DAWGS!!!

BugKiller

April 13th, 2010
1:01 pm

Let’s see.

We have the absolute worst alumni in the SECOND when it comes to being loud. They sit down the whole game and never raise their voices.

We also have the smallest percentage of tickets given to students per game of ANY SECOND school.

What’s worse, Florida, LSU, Bama, and SoCarolina, which have smaller stadiums, actually have LARGER student sections than we do.

It’s embarrassing.

Thanks to Adams, we don’t have what should be a sizable homefield advantage.

BugKiller

April 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Stupid frakking Blackberry!!!

It’s SEC

The Truth Hurts

April 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

D Coordinator wants the home crowd loud when we’re on defense.
Thanks for the breaking story.

chiefdawg

April 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

Give us something to cheer about coach and we will.