Georgia’s tackles feel they gained valuable experience against South Carolina’s ends

ATHENS – The performance of Georgia’s offensive line – and its tackles in particular — against South Carolina this past weekend was one the Bulldogs would just as soon forget. In fact, that seems to be one of their primary goals this week.

“That game’s over,” freshman tackle John Theus said. “We looked at the film and we learned from it and we’re ready to go on to the next game. We’ve all moved on. We’re preparing for Kentucky now.”

On paper, it doesn’t look as bad as it was. Officially the Gamecocks were credited with two quarterback sacks and two quarterback hurries. But anybody who watched this past Saturday’s 35-7 domination of Georgia knows defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor had a much more profound effect on quarterback Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs’ offense.

Murray had career lows with 35 percent completion rate on 11-of-31 passing for 109 yards. The Gamecocks were credited with 10 pass break-ups, several of them occurring nanoseconds after the ball left Murray’s hands.

The end result was the Bulldogs were held to 41 points below their scoring average and 312 yards below their yards per game.

“It’s just one of those games you have to throw it in a bag and move on and focus on our next opponent, which is Kentucky,” junior left tackle Kenarious Gates said. “That’s what we’re doing. We’re working on Kentucky now. We’re not worried about South Carolina. It’s in the past. We can’t do anything about it.”

Gates had the toughest assignment of anybody on the team as he played the entire night head up against the 6-foot-6, 256-pound Clowney. Occasionally Gates would get some help from a chipping running back or fullback. But essentially it was the first-year starting tackle against one of the best pass-rushers in college football all night.

“It was a great experience,” Gates insisted. “He’s a great player. You’re going against one of the best D-ends in the SEC. You’ve to got to give him credit. He’s strong, quick off the line. He opened my eyes to what I need to do to get better and the things I need to work on. We gave each other good competition out there.”

The question now is whether Georgia’s overall confidence on offense has been shaken to the core.

“No,” Gates said. “We still have high confidence in our team. We still have our goals moving forward. We’re still trying to do what we’ve been doing all season, which is to win and be one of the best offenses in the nation”

As bad as Saturday was, the Bulldogs remain second in the SEC in points scored (41.3 per game), third in total yardage (484 ypg) and their nine quarterback sacks allowed are fourth-fewest in the league.

“I think we’ll be fine,” Murray said. “I think we’re still confident with who we have, with the play-calloing, with everything that’s going on. We just didn’t execute when the time came. When plays were there to be made we just didn’t hit on them. . . . But I don’t think we’re shaken up at all. We’re going to come out very confident in our next game and be ready to go.”

Murray feeling better

Murray said he was being sincere when he said Saturday night and Sunday morning were “the worst 12 hours of his life.” Between the Bulldogs’ dismal performance against South Carolina, Murray’s house getting vandalized and finding out Sunday morning that his father had cancer and needed surgery immediately, “My head was about to explode at that point,” Murray said Wednesday.

But he was feeling much better after returning to practice this week. “Things are on the rise,” Murray said.

First and foremost, the prognosis for Denny Murray, who has thyroid cancer, is very good. “It’s a very treatable cancer,” Murray said. “They removed the thyroid completely and now he has to wait a few weeks and get a scan to make sure it didn’t spread. So hopefully we got it early enough and it didn’t spread and it’s gone.”

In some ways, Murray said having to deal with his father’s illness helped him deal with Saturday’s loss and all that has happened since, including getting a speeding ticket in Gainesville, Fla., on his drive back Monday.

“I was being a little baby, then my parents came in and told me about what was going on,” Murray said. “I didn’t even think of football after that. I didn’t think about the game. Nothing. It really does put everything in perspective about what’s most important in your life, who’s most important in your life and putting those things first.”

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “There’s never a good time to find out about your father having something like that. But it does help get everything else that happened in perspective. Those things don’t seem as bad.”

Practice update

The Bulldogs practiced for more than two hours in what coaches and players described as a “competition day.” There was a lot of contact and fundamental work and the day ended with the offense and defense scrimmaging.

“We had a good day; we had a fun day; we competed,” Richt said. “We treated it like a spring practice. We had a lot of things to work on and, since we weren’t going to compete Saturday, we decided to go out and compete with a scrimmage today. And we had some great competition.”

They said it

“First of all, I say we have the best fans in America. They do foolish things sometimes, usually in the first few hours after a ballgame. That’s just normal emotions. . . . Every once in a while a fan will do something foolish. But that doesn’t mean all fans are foolish.”

– Richt on fan behavior

Etc. . .

All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was held out of practice for the second day in a row with a sprained ankle. Thursday is the last day of practice and it will be in shorts and helmets. . . . Richt said junior defensive end Garrison Smith has played exceptionally well in a backup role and will see his repetitions increase in the second half of the season.

508 comments Add your comment

Arby

October 10th, 2012
10:28 pm

Why doesn’t UGA have depth at OFF Tackle ? Why is UGA’s Pass defense so bad ? They look like they are lost. Why does SC and Florida Improve. Clearly our defense has read press clipings !

Top Dog: This will shut you up bubbadawg!

October 10th, 2012
10:29 pm

@ bubbadawg: WTF is wrong with you, you idiot. It’s apologists and defeatists like you who overdose on the kool-aid and are too blind to see UGA pays Richt millions annually for mediocrity. Hell no, I will not climb under no rock with you, you delusional loser. Since you are so smart, I want you to give me a score for the upcoming Georgia-Florida game. Does UGA win or lose that game? I’m waiting for you response. When Richt opens a church after he’s retired I want you to go and join that church and be a good member because you are a lousy low-life Richtfan not Georgia fan.

Dawg Haus

October 10th, 2012
10:30 pm

Glad to hear Denny’s surgery went well. Please continue to keep him and the whole Murray family in your prayers.

Arby

October 10th, 2012
10:30 pm

Let’s put Jordan Jenkins and somebody else in at Kentucky ! We got to get a pash rush, we can’t rely on Jarvs Jones every week !!

Kingdaddy

October 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

What did Clowney teach Gates that Jarvis couldn’t. For that matter, name one UGA player that wasn’t schooled? Just one including the coaches. Just one???

Smackerel

October 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

Hopefully when Kenarious Gates “opened my eyes to what I need to do to get better and the things I need to work on” he learned to get in his coaches’ faces to give him some help when he is completely helpless against a superior athlete.

The kid obviously was doing all he could – which is all you can ask of him.

But what in the world was the coaching staff thinking in leaving Gates all alone against Clowney when Ray Charles could see he was completely helpless against him? Does anybody know the answer to that question? Have any sports reporters even asked the question?

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:32 pm

I can feel your pain, I can understand where you fans are coming from. But try and move on like I post one time before with the schedule you have you can still end up in Atlanta, whether you like it or not and you will have to deal with Bama. so stop bashing the players coaches etc. lighten up guys.

35-7

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:33 pm

did jarvis jones play sat night? what about all this talk about GURSHALL??? I bet they say dang this real sec football.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

smackerel

he had help from gurshall but clowney jumped over them little dudes.

why didnt richard samuel play more? he is a beast well last year he was a beast.

VeeJay

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

#1 thing UGA can do from here out:

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY.

EXECUTION, EXECUTION, EXECUTION.

Have a SUPER SIMPLE GAMEPLAN, AND REP THE LIVING TAR OUT OF IT.

Tell the other team what you’re going to do, have open practices, that will force you to emphyasize EXECUTION.

sgmjohndavis

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

Something is definitely wrong with coaching. Tell me why Ray Drew isn’t playing? Tell me why Josh Harvey-Clemmons isn’t playing? During recruiting these guys we were lead to believe they were D1 caliber. Either that’s not the case and the whole recruiting world was wrong or we’ve got coaches with their heads up their @sses. Damn what is it going to take??

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

I would be ashamed to end up in Atlanta if we had to back in again. Won’t happen this year. Richt will be schooled by Muschamp too.

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
10:38 pm

2nd most pathetic article of the year about the Dawgs by the AJC…the first being the “these Dawgs are special” article by Mark Bradley. Richt hasn’t done anything but waste talent, lose against ranked teams, and steal $$$ from the athletic department since the loss to WVU in 2005. It’s time for these “coaches” to move on from Athens. I’m sure Liberty University would love to have them – hell, they might even chip in for part of the buyout.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:39 pm

Chip, why didn’t we get a blog and coverage of the call in show last night?

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:40 pm

wow 24 tds t0 0 ints not am but geno lol.

Macclenny_dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:40 pm

Veejay,
I think we all agree with u but the problem is Richt and this staff can’t see what we see. We have gave up hope on this staff 2 make necessary changes. SICK OF RICHT!!!

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:41 pm

chip still upset he deleted all my comments sunday am lol. I still want to see an article how uga recruits feel after that thrashing. they post one about GT why not one about UGA?

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:42 pm

ok uga fans if you guys go on to win the rest of your games win the east and play in atl would you still talk bad about MR?

Smackerel

October 10th, 2012
10:42 pm

nhgamecock – all Gurshall did was occasionally chip Clowney on their way out on a pass pattern, and when they did it was totally ineffective as well.

There are actually football coaches out there who would notice – hey, our tackle is getting abused by the other team’s DE, and he’s destroying our offense – and make an effective adjustment. But evidently none of them work for UGA. Hell, there are probably some coaches out there who would have anticipated that since Clowney is pretty awesome, we need a plan to contain that guy in case Gates can’t handle him. But again, no such coach seems to work for UGA.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:42 pm

Fans & Staff are happy backing into SEC East, so there is the problem. Period

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
10:43 pm

The Cock lovers are getting a ton of mileage out of this one. I can’t wait for their annual meltdown. It’s awfully funny how one win can energize an entire fan base into a collective delusion of accomplishment, entitlement, and legitimacy. Wake me up when you actually win something of significance, like the conference or an NC.

Delbert D.

October 10th, 2012
10:46 pm

The thing about execution is that it is permanent.

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
10:47 pm

You won’t see another dime of my $ being spent in Athens until the Dawgs hire a coach that has his teams prepared and doesn’t waste talent. Good riddance Richt and your heavily padded record as a coach. You’ve turned UGA into a typical non-SEC school – 10 wins against nobodies and 2 embarrassing losses per year…FML

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:47 pm

Hey Truth, they deserve the mileage, they dismantled the UGA Saturday night, on National TV. You are nothing more than a bottom dwelling, jealous, jerk.

Kingdaddy

October 10th, 2012
10:47 pm

Any chance we can get SCs Strength & Conditioning coach? Our guys were boys trying to play men. What a disgrace. We used to push other teams around, now we have to play a cupcake so we look dominant, LOL. We can be real proud of the wins over nobody’s. We just need to find an excuse not to show up to the next UGA beatdown we receive from a good UF. I love the Dawgs. SC is just not that much better than us but I know what I saw with my own two eyes …

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:48 pm

the truth the truth hurts dont it. so you telling me uga fans wouldnt say this or say that. I am not putting your puppies down your own fans are doing a good job at it lol.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:49 pm

The Truth,

I live over here and you would think they won the national championship last week. I told them to act like they have been, “there.” But…..guess they have noting to relate to.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:49 pm

Maybe there is hope for you Truth, did I judge you to quickly? Apologies, still they deserve to gloat a bit. Go read the blogs prior to the game and see how many didn’t give them any credit at all.

VeeJay

October 10th, 2012
10:50 pm

Mark Richt is the right man. His teams have been in final national top 10, out of the last 25 years, something like 20 times. He’s got 2 different teams, and coaching staffs to a final top 3 national finish at UGA. He’s won a better percentage than Saban or Spurrier.

Let’s get behind the team, move on, start focusing on how to help this team.

Defensive guys to start playing at Defensive end:
6 foot-7 inches Morant
6-5 fOLOUGHI
6-6 Stripling (one of my favorites)
6-8 Ricky Lowe (amazing play on G-Day)
6-5 Ray Drew (another favorite)

Other outside linebackers to compliment Jarvis:
6-5 Clemons
6-3 Jordan Jenkins

Too much talent to let CWash and AJones get reps, when they’re not getting sacks or pressures.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:51 pm

low country where in the lowcountry are you on the sav line? and you a UGA fan..its 3 in a row

Top Dog: This will shut you up NoleDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:52 pm

NOLEDAWG: Make up your bi-polar mind which team you are a fan of before you speak out of term boy. Maybe you need some Buspar meds or accept my advice. This blog is not for under-achievers so I advise you to get back on the NoleNation blogs because you guys have plenty of problems at FSwho under Limbo Fisher LOL! At least UGA was blown out by a SEC the ranked ## 3 in the nation. You fools were beaten by lowly NCSt., a team SEC second tier Tennessee easily beat in the GA DOME. FSU is an annually national overrated fraud. LOL! You guys are the best of a basketball conference that’s the worst major football conference in America. You FSU guys were robbed of $500,000 by paying Savannah State for a game.LOL! Something even Georgia would never do ! LOL ! You need to get off the Georgia blog you loser ! They need you over on the FSU blogs to rip Jimbo FISHER for playcalling that only would make Richt, Gruden, & Bobo proud. Get the hell outta here SEMI-nole. LOL!

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:52 pm

veejay that looks good on paper Lmao

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:53 pm

VeeJay,

Just out of curiosity, if we have been recruiting top talent for the past ten years and I’m talking 5 stars, first round NFL draft picks, etc. and we continue to get the same results, then what is the problem? We have plenty of $, facilities, top talent, stadium, fan base, easy schedule…

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:54 pm

VeeJay, read my post to Derek on Bill King’s blog. Richt’s record was padded before Saban, Meyer, Petrino, and others raised the bar. He won with Donnan’s recruits, Van Gorder. You just can’t fix stupid brother.

Fourth and 15

October 10th, 2012
10:55 pm

LSU, National Television, Saturday Night, Death Valley, The Hat. Carolina goes down hard!

Delbert D.

October 10th, 2012
10:55 pm

If you think Mark Richt is milquetoast, how about Mike Leach, the polar opposite?

“Unhappy with the Cougars’ 2-4 start, Leach ripped some of his seniors for their lack of veteran leadership during a recent news conference, comparing them to “empty corpses” and “zombies.”

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:55 pm

see thats why they shouldnt rate these players in h.s. so much is expected out of them but it does take a few yrs for them to produce or most turn out to be a bust. Clowney was a man in hs and that carried over to college he is a big ole dude.

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
10:56 pm

Mobile – I’ve watched the steady stumble to the middle tier of the conference since 2005. When a ranked opponent appears on the schedule, I put my $ against Richt because I’ve wasted plenty of my $ supporting this staff. Those 10 wins last year were a joke, but not as much of a joke as that contract extension. Now I am just hoping McGarity doesn’t do something stupid like try to hire Dan Mullen.

And to the cock guy – the truth doesn’t hurt at all – the Dawgs have been a sure win on any ranked team’s schedule since 2006, which is why I find it comical that a) SC fans are so proud, and b) there are still Disney Dawgs that believe in Richt.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:56 pm

nhgamecock,

Yall will self district as always and keep drooling at a SEC championship. 3 is nothing to worry about, and if you want to talk about last year and the year before then lets talk history. 46-17.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:56 pm

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

4th you said the same thing last week didnt you?

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

im talking current i wasnt born way back then lol.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

Right On Truth, but, Mullen would be better than Richt.

Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:58 pm

RICHT NEEDS TO GO, PERIOD. SATURDAY WAS UNACCEPTABLE, AND GA FANS DESERVE BETTER. I’M SICK OF RICHT CONSISTENTLY GETTING AWAY WITH HIS TEAMS BEING UNPREPARED IN BIG GAMES. HE’S IN OVER HIS HEAD VERSUS THE TOP COACHES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. OBVIOUS AS THE NOSE ON MY FACE. 12 YEARS AND NOT EVEN A SNIFF OF A BCS TITLE. MIND BOGGLING.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
10:59 pm

truth stop dogging your team man

Gamecockmike

October 10th, 2012
10:59 pm

It’s so sad. The sensible UGA fans say congrats to the Gamecocks. The rest can only wish for LSU and everybody else to win so you claim the SEC east title. I don’t care if we lose the rest of our games, no one can take that 35-7 down off the scoreboard.

Matthews Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:00 pm

All of you should check this site out! Someone has done a great job on on looking at how we have done against ranked and unranked teams. Check it out.
http://dudeyoucrazy.net/2012/10/10/georgia-bulldogs-a-recent-history-of-losing-not-as-bad-as-it-looks/comment-page-1/#comment-106.

Go Dawgs!

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:01 pm

Were you born in 2002-2006? That is one stretch. Guess Spurrier will give out SEC East rings again?

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:01 pm

Hell, just about anyone would be better, but I’m hoping that McGarity doesn’t just go for better…I want him to go after a game-changer. Enough of hiring assistants and lower level HCs – it’s time to get the real deal in Athens from day 1.

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:01 pm

Lowcountry
I’m with you brother. We don’t deserve to back into the SECCG, much less be the champion. Champions don’t get punked 35-7. Where is the pride?