Richt (and Spurrier) impressed with Georgia defense

To kick off Georgia-South Carolina week, some notes from the coaches’ Sunday conference calls:

  • Mark Richt still wasn’t talking about the A.J. Green situation, but he did have some things to say about another wide receiver who missed Georgia’s first game. Tavarres King was suspended for the opener but will play against South Carolina and will “definitely have an impact on this game,” Richt said.
  • King “has been practicing extremely well,” Richt said. “He’s in great condition. He had a super summer. He seems to be a lot more confident than a year ago. He’s beginning to become more physical in the blocking aspect.”
  • Richt liked a lot that he saw from the defense in its debut under Todd Grantham, including the welcomed fact that it had no penalties. “I thought our guys had some very good judgment on not taking a shot on a guy when he was on his way out of bounds,” Richt said. “Or after he let the ball go.”
  • Georgia had five penalties against Louisiana-Lafayette, four on offense and one on special teams.
  • The defense held La.-La to 14 yards rushing and 114 passing.  More from Richt on the defense: “I think they seemed very locked in mentally. They played extremely hard. There were very few loafs . . . very few mental errors . . . and we tackled well as a team.”
  • The defense’s glaring error, of course, was Bacarri Rambo allowing the Ragin’ Cajuns’ only score, a 60-yard TD pass. That brought quite a scolding from Grantham, who was generally animated on the sideline. “I was grinning,” Richt said of Grantham’s demeanor. “I liked it. I think the players liked it, too.” Even Rambo said he appreciated it.
  • Richt was even more impressed when he saw Sanders Commings‘ fourth-quarter interception on film. “About as fine an interception as I’ve seen,” he said.
  • Caleb King had only one carry in the second half Saturday.  He  “got dinged up just a little bit,” Richt said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious.”
  • Linebacker Richard Samuel was on crutches before Saturday’s game to take pressure off an injured knee. Samuel was getting “close” to returning to action when the knee “just sort of  swelled up on him,” Richt said. “We don’t think it’s anything long-term.”
  • South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Georgia’s defense “looked well-prepared and positioned to play pretty much every snap except one.” You know which one.
  • And then Spurrier got hyperbolic, saying Georgia “has maybe as good a pass rush as anybody in the country right now, the way it looked this past Saturday.”
  • Spurrier, who had a free Saturday to watch football since his team played on Thursday last week, was asked if any teams across the country particularly impressed him. “You mean other than Jacksonville State?” he replied.
  • Spurrier on what’s coming up Saturday in Columbia: “It’s extremely important and should be a heck of a game.”
  • Have a great Labor Day, everyone.

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290 comments Add your comment

longdog

September 6th, 2010
5:38 am

DawgNation

September 6th, 2010
5:39 am

Can not wait to get the SEC schedule started. Looking forward to one heck of a game.

Meatlake

September 6th, 2010
5:40 am

Thx, U2. WOOF

ga dawg

September 6th, 2010
5:40 am

willie g loves football

September 6th, 2010
5:46 am

spurrier is chopping at the bits alreadyu for the long ball when you have a senior qb going against a freshman qb is going to be close. if uga can pull out a win they will have a great season if they dont well its the TOILET BOWL AGAIN.

longdog

September 6th, 2010
5:50 am

Now to let you know I think this first thing is stupid the only reason I am here is because I had to get out of bed and go to the emergency room at 2:30 and had minor surgery and yes it only took less than 3hrs that in itself has got to be a first. I love all college football I even pull for tech (pain pills Kicking In) sometimes.But the DAWGS are my team. I not predicting an NC this year but I see one coming soon, I was impressed and proud to be a DAWG after saturdays game It looked like everyone has come to play this year I not going to predict the ga-fl game yet but I had rather be us right now GO DAWGS

willie g loves football

September 6th, 2010
5:50 am

my money is on south carolina spurrier has a plan up his sleeve , that grin of his is TERRIFYING , knowing hes having flashbacks of florida dddddoing the same craap to uga , at least its a 12 oclock game maybe sc will slill be half asleep and we can get a sneak attack on them.

willie g loves football

September 6th, 2010
5:52 am

steve

September 6th, 2010
6:04 am

I see our D getting burned once a game. Hope it dosnt cost us a win.

GatorGal

September 6th, 2010
6:28 am

I’m looking for a husband. Any man out there willing to take on a 265 pound woman?

Palm City Dawg

September 6th, 2010
6:28 am

Todd Grantham is a great defensive coach with a great defensive mind. His troups will shine in Columbia. He will have them ready to play! Get AJ, Ealey and King back and get the running game up to speed and we will come out winners. Finally great to be a GEORGIA BULLDOG!!!!!!!!!

GatorGal

September 6th, 2010
6:29 am

I still have half my teeth left.

Tide Roll

September 6th, 2010
6:30 am

Then you gots more tooth then me

Loganville Dawg

September 6th, 2010
6:38 am

The Dawgs this year are better coached, better prepared and more talented than any UGA team in recent memory. When everyone suspended gets back on the field, look out! Our QB’s will be good and the rest of the team, great. And, how about our kicking? What’s not to like? Most D’s get burned once a game anyway, and the offense overcomes it. We’ve got a great defense. Defense wins games, especially when our offense has the firepower it has and the depth. They will keep on learning the new system before the opponents can figure it out.

Some Sense

September 6th, 2010
6:38 am

Isn’t it time for Marlon Brown, Tavares King, Rantavious Wooten, and Israel Troup to step up and be players???

UGA’a top receivers Sat. were a former backup QB nd a kid who hasn’t played in two years.

Seriously, what’s with these guys???

Jim

September 6th, 2010
6:41 am

Gator Gal do +you have a boat

Willie "soft zone " M.

September 6th, 2010
6:56 am

I was watching the Ga. Game in my home in Ok. I felt sorry for Louisiana such a small school . I wound of at least let them hang 21 points on the dawgs.I liked to see Bobo and CMR sweat a little bit.

RomeDawg

September 6th, 2010
7:29 am

HUGE game!! I sure hope Green is able to play! Grantham has the right mental attitude for a defensive coordinator.

T Dawg

September 6th, 2010
7:33 am

I can’t wait to see Garcia try to run on this defense. The defensive pressure will be turned up a couple of knotches.

JB

September 6th, 2010
7:34 am

pretty aggressive D Saturday with NO flags. Attitude,readiness,desire,real tackling. Things we haven’t seen in 2-3 years.DB’s closer to receivers that i’ve seen in a long time.

uga mcrae

September 6th, 2010
7:39 am

LOL – we beat a highschool team and you guys are impressed? Wake me up when we are still winning and not making penalties when when the SEC games start.

Burner

September 6th, 2010
7:43 am

Spurrier’s O-Line looked like the National Champions against Southern Miss, at least for game 1, against a non-conference team.

Queefe Spurrier

September 6th, 2010
7:50 am

I predict Todd Grantham will have the bill of my darth visor firmly planted in the turf by minute 3 of the 1st quarter. Why… oh WHY… did I ever come to Chickenville USA???

Dawg '94

September 6th, 2010
7:53 am

I can not remember when the Dawgs scored 50+ in a game & had only 5 penalties. I know it was a pushover school, but I am still happy about it. The Dawgs win by 14 Saturday. GO DAWGS!!!!

acdc19966

September 6th, 2010
7:56 am

I liked what I saw just like everyone else, BUT I have 2 MAJOR concerns.

1. I think we will be open to getting beat deep against better receiver quarterback combos. We left our corners on a island. If we do not get constant pressure on the qb, then we are going to be toast. This has nothing to do to the blown coverage by Rambo.

2. Caleb King does not cut back. I do not know why our running backs cannot cutback. I think Ealey will change that but it seems like they run into a stuffed pile far too often when they have an opening just a few feet to the side of that pile.

With that said, this is what we will do well this year.

1. Take care of the football. Aaron Murray is very accurate. We just need to run and keep him upright to protect him. I do not thing we will have the untimely int like we did last year.

2. No one will be able to run against us this year. We are stout up the middle. I am quickly becoming a Christian Robinson fan. Talking about someone who has come out of no where. Look out for this kid.

destin dawg

September 6th, 2010
8:02 am

hey… Richt didn’t use all the weapons on offense… Marlon Brown , Wooten, Troup, Etc… no ” Trickeration “.. reverses.. etc… cards close to the vest… save that for S.C…. cause we’ll need “em… Spurrier is evil genius… .and they’re good… could be 2 of the top 3 SEC.. teams this year… Grantham’s intense pass rush will get to Garcia … We get Ealey, King, Ogletree. and hopefully AJ.. Go Dawgs !!!!

ForsythDawg

September 6th, 2010
8:03 am

Some Sense – I totally agree. Brown was has highly recruited as AJ, but he hasn’t really shown much. The rest of the receiving corps hasn’t shown much either. We mainly got to see Durham and Logan Gray. Do you think this was planned?

Burner

September 6th, 2010
8:07 am

Spurrier is magnificent. Best run over 5 years in history at SC. Garcia might win the Heisman. Lattimore should run for 200+ against the Georgia defense. Look for Spurrier to score at least 100 points, he’s an offensive genius.

Cracker Dog

September 6th, 2010
8:20 am

Gracia will be running for his life and make many mistakes! Garcia will be seen as the QB that Spurrier has feared! Easy win for Dogs!!

SC Ron

September 6th, 2010
8:20 am

Impressed with a performance against La Laf!! Yay!
Too funny. Too delusional.

just a fan

September 6th, 2010
8:21 am

I can’t wait until sat it is going to be one hell of a game. I was very impressed with UGA but USC east was equally impressive in there victory. UGA wins 21-19

listen up

September 6th, 2010
8:24 am

Marlon Brown has not played because he – like most HS receivers comes in tall and skinny and prone to injury. It takes a year or two for these kids to beef up and be healthy and strong / not to mention the learning curve. As to playing a high school team comment – Florida did too and they didn’t look so good Saturday. No matter who you play it’s hard to put up the kind of D stats the Dawgs did Saturday – they were on the mark. Having said that – SEC teams are a whole different story….we’ll get a realistic look at what we have with SC. Of course, we’ll have Ealey, Ogletree, King and hopefully AJ BACK to!

SKB

September 6th, 2010
8:25 am

He won’t score 100 points… That’s just stupid.

Really, Rival Fans

September 6th, 2010
8:27 am

Again, the more you post the better we look. Most posts are for pure fun. Extemely laughable. And for those Dawg fans that thinks something is wrong with our receiving core, we kept the play calling vanilla. We don’t want to give Ellis Johnson too much game film.

Dawg Grad '89

September 6th, 2010
8:28 am

Does anyone else think Caleb King just looks slow? He is not shifty at all like Washaun or Knowshon. He’s got no moves and if the hole isn’t there he goes down. No creativity, no shake and bake, nothing…

Chuck

September 6th, 2010
8:28 am

LA LAF is so bad, they are not even listed on rivals recruiting. Wakey wakey people. You beat a horrible team. Nebraska beat them 55-0 last year.

RabidDawg

September 6th, 2010
8:32 am

This game doesn’t determine our season. SC is very good – not the usual SC. They have a tough schedule and might win 7 or 8, but they could win 9 to 11 in the ACC. I think the Dawgs will get it done, but if we don’t, we can still win any or all our games after SAT. Go Dawgs!!!

Dawg Grad '89

September 6th, 2010
8:32 am

Listen up Chickens! I watched the SC game and Lattimore may be good in the future but right now I wasn’t that impressed. As soon as Christian Robinson meets him head on in the hole, I know who my money will be on and Lattimore will be done for the night…

Perspective

September 6th, 2010
8:35 am

There goes Spurrier trying some gamesmanship before his match-up with UGA. The truth is they played a high school team – the cheerleading squad at UGA would have given them more competition – god knows they have more muscles than the Rajin Cajuns!!

RabidDawg

September 6th, 2010
8:38 am

CK got hit and pushed forward. He has power and decent speed. WE is a better runner, but doesn’t start because of his pass blocking. LAF had some big boys and crowded the line. We’ll be good with WE in the mix. Go Dawgs!!!

JB

September 6th, 2010
8:42 am

For the first time in two years, i feel we will be as, if not more physical on D than Carolina. the D will live up to it’s end Saturday, will the O.

What's that?

September 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Two sec teams playing this thursday. I thought only weak teams played on thursday and not the mighty sec!

Oh south c is favored by 3. They will win by 10.

I am a BIG stupid DOG

September 6th, 2010
8:44 am

So, no comments are allowed on olgetree’s suspension after being arrested and no comments allowed on the ncaa probe of a j green, but comments are allowed on a so called “impressive” win over Lafayette Louisiana. Talk about thin skinned. It is evident dog fans cannot take any negative comments and are typical whinners. If it is not all about a bunch of what if and how great you think you are, you cannot take it. Bottom line, you are losers. Grow a pair and have it both ways.

JB

September 6th, 2010
8:44 am

What’s that……………………..It’s still Carolina……………..Winners of nothing in football in 100 years…..

JB

September 6th, 2010
8:48 am

Stupid dog=Tech Nerd= nervous after watching us play. Hell, Willie beat Tech last year. This D looks light years ahead of that……….Tech, one high ankle sprain away from dropping off the end of the earth in Football……….The D at Tech STILL sucked by the Way. I’ll take Grantham. Al Groh who ?

Dawg4life

September 6th, 2010
8:58 am

SC Ron- You guys were impressed with a closer game vs equivalent talent. Spurrier was trying to hang 50, but couldn’t. Go over to the Tech blogs with the other annual losers to UGA and have flap your gums there.

Dawglasville

September 6th, 2010
8:58 am

The fans of the two teams who most frequently troll the UGA blog to be ugly can stop worrying about our QB. He had 202 yards of total offense contrasted against your guys’ totals of 138 and 104. All playing meaningless games. I’m not saying he is better. I’m just saying you can stop worrying about our quarterback.

Dawg Grad '89

September 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Hey Stupid Dog…what more do you want to say? Comment all you want about Ogletree and AJ. It is what it is. Ogletree will do his time or pay his fine or whatever. He’s never played a down for UGA, so not like we are missing him anyway. I for one don’t care what comments you have for our arrest record. Is it embarrassing, yes. Do I wish it would stop, yes. Do I think McGarrity will fix it, YES!!! Ok, now whatcha got?

Mr. G

September 6th, 2010
9:06 am

Was it me or did Carlton Thomas deserves some carries? He was pretty decent on Saturday…..

Kramer

September 6th, 2010
9:06 am

These pretzels are making me thirsty!!!