A redshirt season for Samuel? More playing time for Ogletree?

A couple of items from Mark Richt’s weekly radio show Monday night:

  • Richt said junior linebacker Richard Samuel, sidelined all season with a knee injury, will practice in pads Tuesday for the first time this fall. That doesn’t necessarily signal that Samuel, a converted tailback, will be playing in a game anytime soon.  “He did not redshirt his first or second year, so there’s a chance, going into Game 8 now, I guess it is, we may choose to redshirt him and get him two more solid seasons,” Richt said. Samuel told reporters after practice Monday that redshirting probably would be best for him at this point, if the coaches decide to go that route.
  • Richt agreed with a caller about the importance of hard-hitting safeties like former Georgia stars Thomas Davis and Greg Blue.  “It makes a huge difference, and I’m searching for that, still,” Richt said. “I think we’re all searching for that. I do think we have guys who are good tacklers, but do we have guys that will really devastate you when they hit you?” He believes freshman safety Alec Ogletree will prove to be such a player.

“I’ve got a sneaking suspicion,” Richt said, “we’ve got one on the horizon in No 9, Ogletree. I really think that kid is the kind of the guy that can make those kind of hits. And sometimes when one guy does it, it becomes very contagious for the rest of them. So I’m challenging big ‘Tree and the rest of those guys to make those kind of hits.”

Ogletree is “starting to work his way into the lineup” and will be getting “a lot more reps,” Richt said.  “He’s proved that he’s not going to make any more mistakes than any of those other guys. He’s got to the point where he understands it enough the coaches have a comfort level to let him play more.”

108 comments Add your comment

mobo

October 19th, 2010
5:16 am

romedawg

October 19th, 2010
5:35 am

If we can make it through one summer without any arrests or suspensions we could have a special year.Obviously we have not been focused on football these past couple of years and it shows on the field with the slow starts.

bitter ole ball coach

October 19th, 2010
6:04 am

steven gracia is up 4 sale!!!

Mark Richt

October 19th, 2010
6:05 am

I think part of the D’s problems is that the safeties are to worried about hard hits. They have poor tackling form and take bad angles. Jakar is a perfect example. If he would come up and wrap his arms around a player and drive them into the ground, it would be much more effective then flying in with a shoulder hit and bouncing off backs like Lattimore. We need safeties that can hit hard at right times but are more worried about disrupting plays anyway they can. Palamalou is a perfect example of that.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

October 19th, 2010
6:05 am

GREG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KEEP AT IT DAWGS!
WHOOP THEM GAYTORS!

Johnny DangerDawg

October 19th, 2010
6:09 am

romedawg,
The arrested Dawgs aren’t any less focused than the Dawgs of past decades. The difference is that the Athens police are so on top of things that they catch every single crime. I think guys used to get away with a lot more, especially in Athens where there is a tough crackdown on underage drinking. Also, according to one anonymous NFL player, taking cash from agents has been done by many players for a long time, and 99% of them got away with it. I’m not excusing what AJ Green did; I’m just saying that he’s as “focused” on winning as the guys at pretty much every school have been for a long time.

Top prospects watch Tide

October 19th, 2010
6:11 am

“Things went very well,” said Barry Sanders, Jr.. “I really enjoyed myself. It was my first visit to Alabama. The stadium can definitely compare to NFL stadiums. I really like the set up.

“I got a chance to tour the facilities after the game. The facilities are pretty new. I saw the championship trophy and Ingram’s Heisman trophy. I saw the Hall of Fame area which was really cool. I saw the training room. Everything was really nice.”

The elite junior recruit enjoyed his first visit to Tuscaloosa and plans a return trip.

“I think Alabama is a great place,” said Sanders. “They have some really good people there. I was around a lot of nice people when I was there sitting in the stands. People are so polite. I really look forward to going back.”

Johnny DangerDawg

October 19th, 2010
6:17 am

I agree with the commenter above the tackling fundamentals are what’s really important. The safeties need to focus on wrapping guys up. If they do that consistently, then some of those tackles will naturally have enough speed to de-cleat the opponent. We don’t need to see any more of these hit-a-guy-hard-with-a-shoulder attempts.

Junkyardbyrd

October 19th, 2010
6:23 am

Greg Blue. So what, he needed the money!

Johnny DangerDawg

October 19th, 2010
6:32 am

“The stadium can definitely compare to NFL stadiums.” Ha! Has Barry Sanders Jr. been to an NFL stadium?!? The biggest college football programs (including Alabama) have bigger stadiums than the NFL. College football also has great marching bands, great tailgating, pumped up student sections that stand on their feet for the entire game, fight chants cheered in unison, etc. The college football gameday atmosphere is SUPERIOR to the NFL.

Z-Dawg

October 19th, 2010
6:43 am

Mark Richt, I could not agree more. Those quotes from the coach scare me actually. If a big hit happens, great, but the last thing we need is a bunch of headhunters in the secondary getting burned, missing tackles trying to make that “wow” hit, rather than a good form tackle.

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

October 19th, 2010
6:49 am

Did Barry Sanders, Jr. get to see the Gumps unmercifully destroyed by USCe ?

Sopwith Camel

October 19th, 2010
7:18 am

What day and time are Richt’s radio shows and on what station? I never seem to be able to find them. Thanks!

edumacated

October 19th, 2010
7:24 am

Greg Blue and Thomas Davis had size and didn’t have to come out of thier shoes to put the wood on somebody.
These smaller guys end up making dirty or late hits trying to have the same effect.

Fred Ziffel

October 19th, 2010
7:45 am

Just as well make Samuel an assistant coach. Boo Boo and CMR cant evaluate and use talent where needed. Dawgs will win the East when pigs fly.

ugabean

October 19th, 2010
7:46 am

It is nice to see Big Hits. It is better to not miss an assignment. Blue and Davis got burned in coverage. Blue and Davis should have stayed at linebacker!!! I would rather have a safety that is good in coverage.

Dawg_Mike

October 19th, 2010
7:53 am

I look forward to seeing Tree more and more. He is exactly what we have been needing for a long time now.

Vick=Dog killing thug

October 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Dawgs get better and better each week and will smash the bugs. I’ll enjoy that but it’s a shame that UGA has to start at ground zero at the beginning of every year. We need to be at mid season form at the start of the first game. I know we have a lot of young players but the coaches need to do better across the board.

run the ball

October 19th, 2010
8:09 am

I know everyone will call me crazy, but Samuel was headed to be a really good tailback. Look at some of the runs he made last year. We have not had that same production this year. King and Ealey are pretty good. Samuel was a beast. What a shame.

Murdock

October 19th, 2010
8:11 am

I have been fortunate enough to watch Alec and his brother, Zander, play football & basketball since they were 7. These are two class kids. I have seen numerous games where Alec has forced opposing running backs to change the way they run. After 2-3 hits, they start tiptoeing and get timid. Get the kid on the field and you will see the results. He is a beast. 6′3″ and 220 lbs. at 18 with the desire to do damage…and he does wrap up! His brother is a gamer and possesses all the intangibles good coaches utilize. He loves to block and can catch a pass coming out of the backfield. Both of you young men make Coweta proud. Go Dawgs!

GaTruth

October 19th, 2010
8:13 am

On-board and not on-board at the same time. Thomas Davis and Greg Blue were great NOT because they hit so hard but because they hit hard ANR wrapped up. Our D has had plety of opportunities to wrap up and bring someone down (Marcus Lattimore) and instead went for the knock-down. Knock downs look good, but against a decent back or WR they simply equate to additional yards after contact. Teach these guys to wrap up and let the second, third, and fourth guy knock the cr@p out him. THAT is what the Junkyard Dawgs were all about.

Loganville Dawg

October 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Red-shirt him. He’s way too good to waste this season playing just part-time for a few games. He can become a terrific defensive player with our new coaches. Just wait and you will all see.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

October 19th, 2010
8:22 am

Ogeltree looked solid on Saturday, great technique as he wrapped up.

Randall Cobb is going to be a challenge but hopefully Dawgs will prevail!

Totally agree that RS should be redshirted, he will make a solid LB one day.

SC Dawg

October 19th, 2010
8:25 am

Run the Ball… I couldn’t agree more. Samuel was by far the “beast” of the three. I was very disappointed when he was switched. Now we have a shortage of backs.

Dawgs win the east

October 19th, 2010
8:27 am

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/the-bcs-who-will-raise-the-crystal-ball/ this is a great article about the current bcs standings, it is a great read for any college football fan

Ren Panty Lover

October 19th, 2010
8:30 am

Just looked at few numbers….Murray has way better numbers than Stafford did his Freshman season. Keep in mind that Stafford did not start a game until 3-4 games into the season. Also look at the numbers the Ryan Mallett has put up for the year. Murray’s numbers are almost identical to his. Mallett has accomplished this with three huge WR’s. I really think that we have something special with Murray!

Logans Run

October 19th, 2010
8:35 am

Looks like some Richt haters are back to writing. Look guys–Richt will not be leaving UGA anytime soon. Do you honestly think that UGA will fire the 5th active winning coach in the USA after a bad season–with a freshman QB and entirely new defensive scheme? You are out of your mind. Richt is here for as long as he chooses. And a lot of people are pretty happy about that. So, invest your energy in something other than FIRE COACH RICHT rantings. He is the coach. He is here to stay. As my mom used to say, “put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

ViningsTIGER

October 19th, 2010
8:38 am

All I remember about Greg Blue is Devin Aromashudu of Auburn blowing right by him on 4th and 15.

RxDawg

October 19th, 2010
8:46 am

“He’s proved that he’s not going to make any more mistakes than any of those other guys”

Love it, he probably should of seen the field back in the Missy St or Colorado game. I kept an eye on him during mop up duty at the end of the Vandy game and he looked every bit the part. When our starters aren’t really getting it done, give the young un a shot. He’ll only be here for 2 more years after this anyways…

RxDawg

October 19th, 2010
8:50 am

ugabean
October 19th, 2010
7:46 am

bean, your half right. Blue did get burned in coverage many times and I personaly think he’s the most overrated safety to ever play at UGA. But Thomas Davis didn’t. He is another story all together and was possibly our best defender in the past decade.

Pago Pago Dawg

October 19th, 2010
8:54 am

We agree that the NFL can’t compare to a Saturday afternoon college game. Who really cares about those $ million $ a month “showboats”!

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 19th, 2010
8:55 am

OH, BUT DON’T DARE CONTACT A DEFENSELESS RECEIVER WITH THE SHOULDER OR HELMET…..2 HAND TOUCH FOOTBALL IS ON THE HORIZON….IT IS THE OFFENSE’S FAULT FOR THROWING TO RECEIVERS DOWN THE MIDDLE OR DRAGGING ACROSS THE FIELD AND PUTTING THEM IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY ARE DEFENSELESS….WHAT THE CORNER OR SAFETY SUPPOSED TO DO, JUMP UP AND TACKLE HIM WITH HIS KNEES….OR MAYBE SHOOT LOW ON THE RECEIVER AND BLOW OUT HIS KNEES…THE QB AND THE OFFENSIVE PLAYCALLS ARE PUTTING THE RECEIVERS IN PERIL….

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:00 am

I can’t understand this idea of Samuel being hurt and not even practising until this week. I have it on high authority right here in this room, that the coaches should have started him at tailback LAST week, except for thier sheer stupidity. It’s what Meyer and Saban would have done.

AmericusDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:00 am

ViningsTiger, Can you say Michael Johnson?? Alrighty Then!!!!!!!!!!!

Garcia

October 19th, 2010
9:08 am

“It’s what Meyer and Saban would have done.”

But that’s the problem. Richt isn’t even remotely near the level of the top coaches in the SEC.

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:09 am

You guys must not have seen “tree” play last week,. The kid is the surest tackler I have seen so far this year on our team. Hard hitting does not mean poor tackling fundamentals.

RealDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:14 am

Why does everyone want a Greg Blue / Thomas Davis type safety that will take your head off. I’ve played on all levels and would much rather have a safety that can cover space and make a solid tackle when needed. A big hard hitting safety is no good when a reciever blows by the corner and the safety can’t get over and cover. Any good offensive cordinator will not call plays for their reciever to get blown up by a big hard hitting safety, but will call plays to put him at a disadvantage, mostly in coverage. Look at college and the NFL, you see some hard hitting guys, but those are not the ones getting all of the picks. I would give anything to get a Sean Jones type than a Greg Blue/Thomas Davis type.

SameOle SameOle

October 19th, 2010
9:21 am

Rambo was going to be a player until he got knocked out against Auburn last year making one of those hits. Now he’s afraid to hit anyone. He’s become entirely too passive. I say put #9 in there NOW. He can learn the position over the next few games. He will hit someone…hopefully before the whistle. UGA is in need of a leader on the D side of the ball. Pollack was the last leader and no one has stepped up. Recruit guys that over achieve like Kirby Smart, John Little, Terry Hoage, Jeff Sanchez, Billy Mitchell, Tommy Thurston, John Brantley, Rennie Curran, Thomas Davis or Odel Thurman. Okay…maybe not like Odel.

txdawg

October 19th, 2010
9:27 am

Altamaha Dawg – you are right! We should have taken the past 8 months of LB position training for Samuel, throw it all out the window and start him in a game where we had a GREAT RB’s, one over 100 yards, in a game we won by 43 points……

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:30 am

Naw, Rambo is just got a lot more on his plate now that he is playing the position, and not just coming off the bench for a play now and then. I think he is more afraid of getting burned or blowing an assignment more so than of the contact.

PMC

October 19th, 2010
9:32 am

I’d take a great tackling ball hawking safety all day over a big hitter.

Big Hits don’t do much when the guy bounces off and scores on you.

How about picking the ball out of the air at the highest point and stoping a good run with a great tackle instead?

TardDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:33 am

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
9:35 am

Garcia, you do realize that I was making fun of comments exactly like the one you just made…right? (and the idiots saying play Samuel at RB last week)

Mobile Dawg

October 19th, 2010
9:41 am

Amen on Ogletree. He has the speed to cover, and the size to intimidate receivers. They will focus on where’s the safety, not on the ball. We have severely lacked an intimidating presence in the secondary for a long time.

I-DOG

October 19th, 2010
9:42 am

Focus or not, overzealous APD or not, UGA has had 12 brain injuries this season that have kept players off the field for at least one game. When you start with a roster of 85 and really have about 60-65 guys that you are counting on to have an impact on the team…. losing 12 of them for part of the season to brain injuries on top of the normal physical injuries is a lot to overcome. Based on the four losses thus far this season, it is too much to overcome.

I-DOG

October 19th, 2010
9:51 am

Logans Runs: I agree with you up until the point you wrote that “Richt is here for as long as he chooses.” I don’t think any college football coach enjoys that luxury. Richt has built up good will, that is true. However, if he has a 5 or 6 loss season this year followed by 4 next year, there will be an awful lot of noise in the system to quote the Zooker.

Urban won 2 nat. titles at Florida, if they lose to Georgia which would make 4 losses in a row, you will hear some serious howling from gator nation. NOBODY is here for as long as he chooses.

Dawglasville

October 19th, 2010
9:55 am

Sean Jones was probably the best safety of the bunch. It would be nice to have linebackers making those big nasty hits.

Concrete Pete

October 19th, 2010
9:56 am

Tim (or anyone), any word on how Jarvis Jones is doing? Seems like he, a healthy Samuel and Houston, assuming he returns as he should would be an incredibly athletic group next year

Dawg_Mike

October 19th, 2010
9:56 am

Here is a shout out to Branden Smith- hope you get well soon.
Concussions are hard to get over – just look at what’s going on in the NFL right now.

DawgInMemphis

October 19th, 2010
10:14 am

I think its such an injustice to Thomas Davis to compare him to Greg Blue. Davis was the fastest guy on the team and, like Blue, was as big as a linebacker. He was 10 times more athletic than Blue. Blue had zero fluidity in his hips and got burned constantly.