Petrino’s return, Sturdivant’s comeback, Murray’s progress, etc.

ATHENS – Saturday’s game in Sanford Stadium will be Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino’s first in the state of Georgia since he abruptly resigned as the Falcons’ coach with three games left in the 2007 season.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” Petrino said Wednesday of his return to Georgia. “This game is all about our players.”

Petrino, who bolted the Falcons for Arkansas, is 15-12 (5-11 SEC) as the Razorbacks’ coach.

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Georgia offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who missed almost all of the past two seasons because of knee injuries, played just one series — three snaps — against South Carolina last week. It was his first action of the season after missing the opener with a stomach ailment.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo thinks Sturdivant will play more as he gains confidence in his surgically repaired knees.

“He’s healthy,” Bobo said. “Anytime a kid goes through two major knee surgeries, it’s something that is hard for anybody to understand what he might be thinking. But he’s out there practicing, he’s out there getting better every day, and I think it’s going to click sooner or later that, ‘Hey, I’m ready to go, I’m full speed.’”

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Georgia beat Arkansas 52-41 last year in a game in which Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox threw five touchdown passes and earned a national player-of-the-week award. So Richt was asked if Cox’s successor, redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, has progressed to the point that he is ready for a similar shootout.

“We have to let him shoot a little bit more than we have lately,” said Richt, referring to Georgia’s conservative game plan the past two weeks.

Richt said he generally finds it impossible to predict whether a game will be high-scoring or low-scoring.

“Of course, Joe Cox had a heck of a game [against Arkansas] last year,” Richt said, “and no one would have predicted that, especially after we played Oklahoma State [two weeks earlier] and didn’t have much offensive production. Then it kind of flooded.”

Richt and Bobo made it clear after last week’s game that it’s time to open up the game plan for Murray. Bobo, of course, isn’t eager to disclose exactly what that means going into Saturday’s game against Arkansas.  “Just allowing him to make some more plays, I guess, would be the answer,” he said in his weekly chat with reporters Tuesday night.

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After the debacle of poor tackling against South Carolina, Georgia has made its practices more physical this week.

“It got ramped up a little bit more,” Richt said Wednesday night.  “Our practices have been good [previously this season] but apparently not good enough in regard to simulating tackling without tackling, which is what we call ‘thud.’ So we tried [this week] to make something a little bit more intense than thud but still a little bit less than grabbing guys and throwing them to the ground. When you tackle to the ground all day long in practice, you tend to get people hurt. … I’ll just say it got intensified a little bit.”

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A couple of freshmen who are impressing Richt on the practice field: safety Alec Ogletree and inside linebacker Demetre Baker.

On Ogletree: “He’s one guy that will strike you, there’s no doubt about that. He loves to hit. … Because of that, I’m anxious for him to learn what to do and continue to get work and hopefully get some scrimmage downs.”

On Baker: “I don’t know if it’ll turn into any kind of playing time right now, but one guy on the scout team that has really kind of ramped things up has been Demetre Baker. He is showing signs of being able to really run and strike. He’s been playing with a lot of energy, so when you watch him, you’re like, ‘That guy’s going to be pretty good one day.’”

388 comments Add your comment

ABLANK

September 16th, 2010
11:23 am

Welcome back you punk

PMC

September 16th, 2010
11:31 am

No reason to boo Petrino. He did us a favor by leaving. He was a terrible; unprofessional and over his head NFL coach. There really is no reason to revile him. He’s a terrific offensive coordinator but as of yet he still hasn’t been able to win anything of merit either so.. I mean it’s kind of hard to hate him really. He’s a liar and a jerk but there’s no laws against being socially stunted really. He’s free to be a jerk.

kevin

September 16th, 2010
11:34 am

Petrino said, “I haven’t even thought about it,” Petrino said Wednesday of his return to Georgia. “This game is all about our players.”

This is a first since he sure as $hit did not seem to care about them at Louisville or Atl. Go Dawgs!

KM

September 16th, 2010
11:39 am

I will absolutely boo that slime ball Petrino. Yes he did the Falcons a favor, but he could’ve waited until after the season. The way he handled it was cowardly and he deserves everything the Bulldog faithful can give him on Saturday.

N.GA.DAWG

September 16th, 2010
11:39 am

I agree, he did the falcons a favor. About the play book, try passing on 2nd and 10 and you will not be so damn predictable!

Finchdawg

September 16th, 2010
11:44 am

I thought last year they learned the lesson about not doing regular tackling in practice and how the lack of that made them soft! Not again!

Down with Petrino! Up with the Dawgs!

bardawg

September 16th, 2010
11:44 am

Putridstinko cares only about his own little red wagon, if it appears to him that he’s in some sort of jeopardy , he’ll bail on the hogs too. What a class individual !

Vance Duuley

September 16th, 2010
11:46 am

Granted, Petrino is a sleazebag. But Mark Richt, in looking the other way at all the arrests of his players, is just a different variety of sleazebag.

UGA has a long history of sleaziness in its football program, dating back to Vince Dooley and his “remedial studies” farce.

It looks like the Fulmer/Richt Cup has found a permanent home in Athens.

There’s a reason UGA is known as The Cesspool of the South.

UGA Alum

September 16th, 2010
11:51 am

PMC get that sympathy for Petrino out of here. You aren’t a fan if you think he deserves anything less than being booed.

Big Dawg

September 16th, 2010
11:51 am

“Thud” football? How about “Dud Football”?

DOUBLE G

September 16th, 2010
11:51 am

“I haven’t even thought about it” = “Please don’t make me talk about it.” Petrino wants to be as low-key as he can get on this, at least until after the game. Lose the game, and he’ll be forced to ignore it. IF he wins the game, he can crow and say “I made the best decision.”

UGA Alum

September 16th, 2010
11:52 am

Vance Duuley, why don’t you go celebrate losing to Kansas.

ryan

September 16th, 2010
11:56 am

Blank will be cheering for the Dawgs on Saturday .

PMC

September 16th, 2010
12:00 pm

UGA Alum.. I said “no reason to” I didn’t say don’t. :)

Give him hell!

Erk

September 16th, 2010
12:03 pm

Teams play like they practice, don’t tackle full speed to the ground and RBs break 42 tackles and gain 127 yards after contact. Get ready for more of the same………

hmm...

September 16th, 2010
12:03 pm

” When you tackle to the ground all day long in practice, you tend to get people hurt. … ”

does anyone (as I did) find this quote to be an indication of what are problems are?

bufordtpusser

September 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

“Boo hoo. Petrino was a liar but did us a favor but we still hate him!”

Bunch of pansies. Helen Hunt takes it hard tomorrow.

Sweat Socks

September 16th, 2010
12:10 pm

I agree. And someone else posted something about “Thud Football” should be called “Dud Football”.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

September 16th, 2010
12:11 pm

Vince Dooly is no slezeball. Nor is CMR. I’m no big UGA fan but you’re going way overboard with those comments. UGA went through a long dry spell before V. Dooly came to Athens. Some of my family are UGA grads. some are GT grads. I can remember when UGA went 7 seasons without a victory over GT. When coach Dooly came that stopped. Also I remember Mich. was in the top 5 in the country in the 60’s. UGA wasn’t even in the top 10. The dogs went to Ann Arbor Mich. and whipped them on their own turf. Both coaches are good men. Stop the HATE. Please.

cantondawg

September 16th, 2010
12:18 pm

As a former coach, i would like to chide in on the tackling in practice issue. This is a very difficult are to decide what to do. If you don’t tackle, you don’t get the proper fundaments of live action but if you do tackle full speed you might get an injury. I think the main thing is that you have to look at your depth chart. If you have alot of people injured, then you don’t tackle. If people are healthy, then you can tackle more live..it’s not as simple of an answer as people think.

Matthews Dawg

September 16th, 2010
12:20 pm

Guys this isn’t Pop Warner where you can let players knock the &*%&$*!! out of each other daily! These guys bring it and we will get someone hurt. Know what you are talking about before you comment! It sounds like it was addressed this week in practice. I believe that CTG will get it done or he will find other players to take the place of the starters on defense if we don’t tackle well again. Quit all complaining! Go Dawgs! BTW, I can’t stand Petrino! I will be screaming at him this weekend at the stadium.

Dawglasville

September 16th, 2010
12:22 pm

Vance Duuley, bufordtpusser – When you look back on your lives will your trolling be something you are proud of?

steve

September 16th, 2010
12:23 pm

Do Alabama and Florida “tackle to the ground” in pratice?????

MSS

September 16th, 2010
12:24 pm

this guy is a piece of you know what and i am so glad this guy left

Glory Glory

September 16th, 2010
12:24 pm

Nobodyloves SEC football as much as me…..

but I would be SO willing to hear it from the ACC crowd if Duke were to upset Alabama.

I think Alabama is a wonderful program, and represents what the SEC is all about as well as anybody, but I HATE the devil himself, Nick Satan.

I thiknk Duke is better than people think. Everybody thinks they suck just on association of their name in relation to football. But look for them to hang some points on the Tide this week.

Hopefully Alabama goes out andlays an egg, and overlooks them.

I would be VERY VERY willing to hear the crap from ACC idiots for that one. Wishful thinking.

how2fish

September 16th, 2010
12:27 pm

cantondawg stop it just stop it right now…you can NOT bring logic to the blog what on earth are you thinking…the same fools that want us to MAN UP in practice and tackle,tackle , tackle are the same fools that will blame strength a conditioning shortcomings when..young men over 200lb and strong and fast as hell get hurt colliding at speeds most of us can’t match or even really appreciate. I mean you bring a lot to blog CD but please put the logic down and slowly back away !

DawginOH

September 16th, 2010
12:30 pm

Saying that Petrino “abruptly resigned as the Falcons’ coach with three games left in the 2007 season” is a pretty diplomatic way to describe what this scumbag did to the Falcons. I’m happy with Mike Smith, but you hate to see stuff like this from grown men. Can’t wait to hear the boos rain down on him.

bufordtpusser

September 16th, 2010
12:31 pm

Dawglasville, when you look back at your life, will you realize everyone else was right and you were wrong?

Concrete Pete

September 16th, 2010
12:33 pm

WE NEED A NEW STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH/PROGRAM!!!!! IF YOU ONLY KNOW ONE THING ABOUT FOOTBALL, ITS THAT GAMES ARE WON AND LOST IN THE ONE ON ONE BATTLES ON THE FIELD. THOSE BATTLES ARE SUBSEQUENTLY WON IN THE WEIGHT ROOM FROM JANUARY TO AUGUST AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE SEASON. WE ARE LOSING IN THE WEIGHT ROOM AND HAVE SINCE ‘05

Dawglasville

September 16th, 2010
12:35 pm

Some things are better left unsaid. Richt should have never mentioned the thud thing. As far as all of you guys know every team in Div. 1 football may use this drill. With all of the talk about us being soft it is bad timing for Richt to mention it. Like the shower comment Dooley made, no good can come from putting it out there.

Dawglasville

September 16th, 2010
12:40 pm

Bufordtpusser – I’m not going to spend my time trying to pump myself up by trying to make others mad. If that is what you call “being right,” then yadda, yadda.

Murphy

September 16th, 2010
12:43 pm

This Baker kid Richt made reference to is the real deal.Saw him play for 2 years in high school.This kid is gonna be great,not so sure he couldnt play now.Watch out for him!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

Canton Dog

there you are

I think your the one who needs to do your research

Here is a link that gives you the top 25 paid coaches in college football

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/393118-college-footballs-25-highest-paid-coaches-are-they-worth-it#page/21

And yes we lost to Kentucky in 2006 and 2009 that means we are 2-4 in recent years

Do yourself a favor

Go home slap yourself 3 times and repeat this saying

I love to drink Kool-Aid, I love to drink Kool-Aid

Wreckem

September 16th, 2010
12:49 pm

Petrino is nancy boy. Give him hell this weekend. I’m glad he left though.

how2fish

September 16th, 2010
12:54 pm

Concrete Pete so nice to get your daily drivel..say something new or just STFU…pretty please.

Jethro Bodeen

September 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

Petrino is hated more than Sherman now! Thinking about it.. wish Sherman would come back through Atlanta again with his torches.. he would be doing us a favor now!!

pulpwood

September 16th, 2010
12:56 pm

BigDawg you talking about me. Man they miss me now and i can stil play. I got 3 more years just call me richt.
Ark wins by 10 is going rate.

Raiderbeater

September 16th, 2010
1:12 pm

As a 7 year football player with exp past high school….I have no clue as to why any self respecting coach practices a “thud” mentality in tackling. I have never heard of that before….You risk one or two guys that MIGHT get hurt….maybe not. The reward for that injury protection is 42 missed tackles and a weak team mentality?????????????? Makes zero pratical sense.

tackle to the ground

September 16th, 2010
1:14 pm

is a great idea and should be practiced until perfection is attained!

Raiderbeater

September 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

Not to mention all the running backs that can’t break those easy practice arm tackles in a real game….thats why Bobo keeps running tha same failing play….because it made the running backs all look like all americans in practice while playing arm-tackle “thud” football with the second team Defense!!!!!!

5150 P.O.A.D

September 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

Sturdavent I hope you are taking real classes and getting an education. Son your body will never never allow you to play in the NFL. Quit football while you can still walk your fat butt around the Cesspool of the South.

McDawg

September 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

who cares about Petrino-we need to worry about who is going to play NT

Paul IMA Johnson

September 16th, 2010
1:20 pm

Vance Duuley you are in the cesspool.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

Richt is looking a lil Pudgy these days. I guess next year the Dawgs will go to REAL 2 a days so Richt can get in shape to look good at the Pool.

Raiderbeater

September 16th, 2010
1:25 pm

Tell me if this is not a true statement….In high school all the big name recruits UGA goes after are top of their game. No one in high school can physically challange these kids in explosiveness etc. If the kid is used to knocking someones block off all through high school with flying shoulder or arm tackles then he has the unstoppable mentality when he goes into college. Unless they get parody in athletic skill early you can tell someone to wrap up as much as you want…but in their mind they know “I can fly in there and knock his head off” just like they were always used to when hitting pimple faced high school wide recievers. Then you get to college and are told JUST to “thud” someone and YOU NEVER LEARN TO TACKLE.

Claire

September 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

Petrino is a choirboy compared to Vince Dooley and Mark Richt.

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

So you’re paying him to be BCS champions, but he can’t even win his SEC division. So why do you pay him millions of dollars a year?

Just asking.

DawgNation

September 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

I guess practices have changed a lot in the 31 years since I strapped on the chin strap and donned the pads. All the years I played never once through the college playing time did we ever not tackle to the ground. Injuries were a part of the deal and you worked on how to tackle and how to take a hit and learned. Sometimes the hard way but you learned. If we didn’t we did not play. I would be interested as one poster had asked if this is a practice that all teams employ or is this just unique with Georgia. I guess I may be old fashion but “thud” practice sounds more like two handed touch than what I envisioned college football practice to be.

Robert

September 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

vance duuley,

If cesspools are awesome college towns that are loaded with beautiful women, then I guess UGA could be a cesspool.

Honestly, however, I think of a cesspool as a concrete jungle in the middle of an urban ghetto, full of pollution, ugly women, nerds, and crime.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 16th, 2010
1:29 pm

This just in, G Tech is being sued by the jewelry dept at Walmart. Tech had placed orders for rings in anticipation of beating Kansas (Big 12 Championship rings complete with the score). However due to unforseen circumstances they abruptly canceled the order. They have also canceled the order for Nesbitt Heisman Trophy necklaces. G Tech spokesman said “We were not aware that you actually had to be competent at your position in order to win the award”.

SEC FAN

September 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

It’s going to be fun to read the comments on these blogs if Petrino really lays it on Richt.