Miss. State coach recruited Murray for Gators (and lots more notes)

Cleaning out the notebook before heading to Starkville:

  • If Dan Mullen, the Mississippi State coach and former Florida offensive coordinator, had gotten  his way, Aaron Murray would be a Gator. Mullen said this week that he has known Murray since the UGA QB was a freshman at Plant High School in Tampa. That’s when Murray came on the Gators’ recruiting radar.

“Watching him develop now,” Mullen said, “you see a guy who has a lot of talent,  has a very, very strong arm and has the athletic ability to improvise and get himself out of trouble and make plays with his legs.”

  • One day this week, Kris Durham was wearing the gear of two of pro sports’ losingest franchises — a Detroit Lions T-shirt and a Kansas City Royals cap. There’s an explanation. Durham’s former roommate is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and his brother-in-law is Royals relief pitcher Blake Wood.
  • On the practice field early this week, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos was heard reminding his players, loudly: “380! You gave up 380 [passing] yards last game!”
  • Georgia and Mississippi State are the only teams that are 0-2 in the SEC. The other teams that have played two conference games are LSU (2-0) and Vanderbilt (1-1).
  • It has been 20 years since Georgia lost three games in a row.
  • Georgia was on a two-game losing streak the last time it played Mississippi State, too. Georgia won 27-24 on Oct. 21, 2006, in Athens as freshman Stafford threw two TD passes and defensive end Charles Johnson stripped the ball from MSU QB Michael Henig at the UGA 23 in the final seconds.
  • Georgia opponents have committed only one turnover the past two weeks. Mississippi State committed five against LSU last week.
  • Akeem Dent said  he doesn’t get over a loss “till I get the next win. . . . You have a nasty taste in your mouth until you get the next victory.”
  • Georgia players will get to do something Saturday they haven’t been able to do before any game this season: sleep in a bit.  It’s the Bulldogs’ first night game of the season.
  • Surprised that, after three games, Rantavious Wooten has only two catches for 14 yards.
  • Saturday night’s game will be played in the nation’s second oldest Division I-A on-campus football stadium. Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium was built in 1914, making it one year younger than Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. “We are going,” Mark Richt said, “to the home of the cowbells.”

246 comments Add your comment

My God a Freshman!

September 24th, 2010
9:59 am

I know this isn’t relevant to this post, but we need to stop overreacting and hollering for a new coach. Lets step back and review what Richt has done for us thus far:
http://KeepMarkRicht.com/

SimpleDawg

September 24th, 2010
10:03 am

Murray shines under the lights and the Dawgs roll the Stark Vegas Doggies.

chilidawg

September 24th, 2010
10:05 am

get it done, dawgs.

Mtn Dawg

September 24th, 2010
10:08 am

I will miss the game but will check in frequently during the game. Hard to do that on stage but it’s been done before. GO DAWGS!!!

RxDawg

September 24th, 2010
10:09 am

“On the practice field early this week, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos was heard reminding his players, loudly: “380! You gave up 380 [passing] yards last game!” ”

I love it. Not that the defense gave that up, but that the coach is reminding them.

producewiz

September 24th, 2010
10:11 am

Murray would never ahve gone to Florida. these kids look a tthe rosters of the schools and see how quick they can play. Behind Cox or behind Tebow and Brantley?Smart decision and they all do it

Frank Lane

September 24th, 2010
10:11 am

I am hoping for a breakout game here, with a decisive UGA win. I think we are much better than we have played so far. And also South Carolina and Arkansas have their best teams in years.

82Dawg

September 24th, 2010
10:12 am

@My God a Freshman! …aren’t you just a smart___!

Not the Florida model

September 24th, 2010
10:14 am

TUSCALOOSA — It hasn’t been announced officially, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday night on his radio show, but he announced it anyway: Alabama will play Michigan in 2012 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Crimson Tide also will play games in Atlanta in 2013 and 2014 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, Saban said.

The Crimson Tide will visit Penn State on Sept. 10 next year, and it will host Georgia Southern on Nov. 19.

On Sept. 3, 2016, Alabama will host Michigan State. On Sept. 2, 2017 — the last year of Saban’s latest contract extension — the Tide will visit Michigan State, where Saban coached from 1995 through ‘99.

brooksdawg

September 24th, 2010
10:19 am

Dawgs roll—-run down hill from here.

Damn Good Dawg

September 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Lets GO DAWGS!

Inlet Dawg

September 24th, 2010
10:27 am

I don’t want a new coach I just want this to get his mojo back and stop this ho hum we’ll get better next week “stuff”.

takedowndawg

September 24th, 2010
10:27 am

I expect a much improved running game Saturday night with a running “diet” of King, Ealey and Carlton and holes provided by an embarrassed offensive line who have yet to yield a 100 runner for CMR. this year. A lot experience without much to show for it. Hope the play mix is close to 50/50. If we control the total possession time, I predict a win. Turnovers will be a deciding factor. We have to win that area as well. Here’s hoping the best is yet to come from our DAWGS!!!

Worm

September 24th, 2010
10:27 am

Bobby Dodd stadium at Prehistoric Grant field.

edumacated

September 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Yeah, Richt’s overall record is great, but look at the last few years. Not too impressive.
The fact is that Richt has the program so low, that fans are hoping for a win over Miss State to get excited about. That is pathetic.
I say again, anybody who gets excited about beating a cellar dweller from the West like Miss State is delusional.

Observer

September 24th, 2010
10:31 am

Not the Florida Model- WHO CARES???

No Excuse

September 24th, 2010
10:33 am

One week the defense can’t stop the run, can’t tackle, the next week they can’t stop the pass, getting burned three times for TD’s. New DC ($750k), new schema, same ole’ crappy defense.

edumacated

September 24th, 2010
10:37 am

After 10 years, Richt should be going into places like Starkville with the expectation to put in the second string by the 3rd quarter. Instead, we can’t truly expect a win.
But we are rebuilding right?

Dawg_Mike

September 24th, 2010
10:41 am

“On the practice field early this week, defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos was heard reminding his players, loudly: “380! You gave up 380 [passing] yards last game!” ”

This is fine, but instead of yelling this to them, COACH them up…

Group 2

September 24th, 2010
10:42 am

Georgia needs an offensive change. Bobo is a terrible offensive mind and is very lucky to have a job at the Division 1 level. I’ve been saying this for years. We always run the ball on first and second downs and we are forced to pass on third downs with the defense looking pass. It gets old and so does losing. We will never win a NC with the Bobo.

James T. Kirk

September 24th, 2010
10:43 am

edumacated got a great idea you keep your coach and we will keep ours..dismissed.

Dawg_Mike

September 24th, 2010
10:43 am

•Surprised that, after three games, Rantavious Wooten has only two catches for 14 yards.

Not me- it’s hard for number 11 to throw to anyone while he is running for his life.
Get your asses in gear, O line and Running backs….hold those blocks!

Ace

September 24th, 2010
10:45 am

UGA is a program in decline. 0-3 to start the SEC, with losses against UT,UF,AU and KY to follow. Bad doggie, bad doggie.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
10:45 am

“Georgia opponents have committed only one turnover the past two weeks”…..

Is that really correct?

You mean to tell me that our D only forced one turnover the past two games? That might win you the ACC but it will put you in the cellar in the SEC East.

In this 3-4 defense do our DB’s play man or zone converage?

WonderDawg

September 24th, 2010
10:47 am

I want a new OC for Christmas!

Richt’s offenses averaged over 500 yard per game in his first few years. Now it’s half of that. He needs to do for the offense what he did for the defense after last season. I’d hate to see Bobo get fired, it’s not his fault he is overmatched every week. Just bump him back to QB coach. Get brand-new blood at the OC.

Run some spread-offense plays for our excellent playmaker QB. Richt/Bobo are wasting his talents having him just drop-back (and getting chased most of the time) in the pocket.

Way too much talent on this offense for 6 and 24 points . . .

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2010
10:48 am

Also I have aksed what sparked those two TD’s against Arky? Who got the offense in gear on those drives? Who called those plays. I have usually asked this question late in the day and haven’t followed up to see if somebody answered. My bad.

Saban will coach in the Dallas Cowboy's stadium in 2012

September 24th, 2010
10:55 am

But not against Michigan, against the NFC East.

edumacated

September 24th, 2010
10:56 am

I think the two late touchdowns came because Ark had already began to think about the upcoming game with Bama. Just my opinion.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2010
10:56 am

Not the Florida model – That is a result of the discussions between Georgia Tech and Alabama to defer their planned home-and home for some later date.

BayGallGa

September 24th, 2010
10:58 am

Can someone explain how coach Ritch determined that coach Bobo was qualified to become the offensive coach for one the top ten college football programs in the country. Did Bobo coach little league, middle school, high school or elsewhere? There had to be someone who coached at another college or someone who played or coached in the NFL more qualified. WHY IS HE STILL THERE.

Saban will coach in the Dallas Cowboy's stadium in 2012

September 24th, 2010
10:58 am

Dawg_Mike good points. It appears that Lakatos and Grantham are all bluster and no substance. Lakatos coaching UCONN to a victory over SC in a Bowl game on 09 appears to be now a case of Stephen Garcia just sucks and not Lakatos’s secondary.

Mike S

September 24th, 2010
10:58 am

Bobby Dodd Stadium – built in 1913 and still waiting for its first sell out.

joe

September 24th, 2010
10:59 am

Dogs win Sat, but they wear maroon.

Dirty Dawg

September 24th, 2010
11:00 am

I’d love to be optimistic about this game, and as ‘takedowndawg’ says, I expect a better running game this weekend…but then I’ve been ‘expecting’ a lot more of everything from this team and so far haven’t been getting it. A lot more from the defense…a lot more from the offensive line…a lot more from our ‘all-everything’ punter…QB’s been a positive, but without better support from the O-line and the entire defense, he’s handicapped. Some more imaginative – and I don’t mean trick-plays, Mike – play-calling wouldn’t hurt either. Will never forget a time in Jacksonville – I think Donnan was the coach and Carter the QB – after a couple of inconsequential runs off tackle, a Georgia fan behind me stood up and hollered – RUN THE OTHER PLAY! – I just hope we actually ‘have’ another play.

What new uniform combination this week?

September 24th, 2010
11:00 am

Enquiring minds want to know.

RedPantsDawg

September 24th, 2010
11:02 am

Is the NCAA going to investigate Durham’s hat and shirt? Did he pay for that shirt and hat or was it given to him? Is that an improper benefit? I say this in jest but you never know with the NCAA.

Enquiring minds need to know

September 24th, 2010
11:02 am

BayGallGa

September 24th, 2010
10:58 am
Can someone explain how coach Ritch determined that coach Bobo was qualified to become the offensive coach

Probably the same way 56 million idiots voted for Obama. Same results I might add.

WonderDawg

September 24th, 2010
11:02 am

I’ll bet Bama is glad now, that they didn’t gripe at Saban for his first-year defense, which was pretty pathetic. Give Grantham a year, and you’ll see big results. Hell, he already shaved 30+ points from what SC and ARK scored on us last year.

underDAWG . . . my ass

September 24th, 2010
11:03 am

I bet Misssissippi State Coach Dan Mullen is looking for his ‘Signature Win’
against Mark Richt this week.

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Go Georgia !
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Spanky

September 24th, 2010
11:03 am

Hey fellas! Kalamazoo- My buddy who was at the game noticed CMR with the laminated sheet covering his mouth, so I think coach looked at Bobo and said, “Switch seats, I’m driving!” lol

I’m starting to agree with those who are calling out Bobo, especially when he pointed the finger at Murray. Right or wrong, ya don’t do that to your starting QB. I just thought it was tacky.

No Excuse

September 24th, 2010
11:03 am

Ealey can’t pass block. The coaches had this same problem with him last year and it STILL has not been corrected. He blew it twice against Arky. Atleast King understands the importance and is more about the team than himself.

Enquiring minds need to know

September 24th, 2010
11:04 am

wonderdawg, the difference is in Tuscaloosa Saban is pulling the strings on defense. In Athens, Grantham is on his own and in fact Richt has tried to calm him down on the sidelines because of his potty mouth.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 24th, 2010
11:05 am

gdawg,

What sparked those 2 drives? Arkansas inability and lack of exp in putting a opponent away. Also I am sure once they were up 14 heading into the 4th they lost a little bit of the edge. So, while yes lets give the team credit for making the plays, but not be naive to the fact that Arkansas was ripe for allowing a comeback like that to happen, especially while on the road.

WonderDawg

September 24th, 2010
11:05 am

Enquiring minds………..,

Yes indeed.

Delbert D.

September 24th, 2010
11:07 am

“Bobby Dodd stadium at Prehistoric Grant field.”

Yeah, this year Georgia Tech has added 2 families of mice on loan from the biology department in the visitors’ locker room for entertainment, and the room has been painted metallic lime green to go with the shop lite fluorescent fixtures. The showers now spray cold water directly from holes in the bedrock. An elaborate system of hidden drip irrigation fixtures in the ceiling has been installed over the benches in front of the lockers.

More planned changes are being looked at for next year by Ga. Tech’s Psy-Ops department.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Has anyone read what Derek Dooley said about Matt Simms? Go check out the Times Free Press and tell me he didn’t call his QB out. It happens, why so tough on Bobo simply stating the obvious about Murray?

WonderDawg

September 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Sure, but my point was that it takes a full year for players to learn the 3-4, even with Nick Saban teaching it.

My other point was for Dawg fans to be patient with Grantham.

Nuclear Engineering Major Jonathan Nesbitt

September 24th, 2010
11:09 am

Say what Delbert??

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 24th, 2010
11:11 am

Here is one quote from the article.

“Simms strolled into Dooley’s office after UT’s 31-17 loss to ninth-ranked Florida, when the quarterback threw two interceptions — one in the end zone — and received a frank assessment.

“You didn’t play well. You could’ve won the game for us,” Dooley said, as Simms told reporters a few days later. “And I totally agreed.”

It happens folks, Bobo did nothing wrong.

Einsteindawg

September 24th, 2010
11:11 am

I agree with most of you about CMB and his ineptness; however, I think Grantham and our LB & DB coaches will be fine once they can get their own players. Our LBs and DBs are mirror images of FSU, fast but short and undersized and undisciplined, and look how FSU is doing. Just hope CTG has the time.