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.

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Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:02 pm

THIS TEAM’S PERFORMANCE IN COLUMBIA THIS PAST WEEKEND WAS AN ENBARRASSMENT TO THE STATE OF GA. WE WERE NOT EVEN COMPETITIVE. YOU CANNOT TELL ME THAT GREG MCGARITY IS OK WITH THIS. I HONESTLY CANNOT THINK OF ONE THING WE DID THAT WAS GOOD. OUR RECRUITING CLASSES ARE CONSISTENTLY RANKED HIGHER THAT SOUTH CAROLINA’S, BUT THEY’VE BEATEN US 3 YEARS IN A ROW. IT’S ALL COACHING, AND RICHT CANNOT HOLD SPURRIER’S JOCK.

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:03 pm

I call it like I see it – I’ve got all the pride in the world for the players, but the coaches might as well be wearing masks, because they are robbing the athletic department blind.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:03 pm

Gamecockmike dont stir them up anymore lol. They having a bad week and i guess they will be talking about this until they play Uk.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:04 pm

It’s terrible the fans are saying lets hope we back in. Are you kidding? Now, I am all about pulling for Georgia to beat Florida, etc. But, i’ll say one thing, Richt better beat Bama if he gets there.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

yep thats why there is anothre bail bondmen opening up in athens friday lol.

most of our players are from GA so they were proud to beat them puppies.

VeeJay

October 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

Spurrier’s SPUER SIMPLE offensive plan to beat UGA:
1- QB Key off Jarvis on pass plays
If Jarvis takes too wide an angle, QB runs inside for 10 yards and out of bounds to avoid hits.
If Jarvis is slowed down, find Marcus and dump the pass to him
2- Key on John Jenkins if run play
If Jenkins goes after Marcus, fake handoff and QB run
If Jenkins gets blocked pretty well, hand the ball to Marcus because you have a 5 on 3 situation on the line.
3- Count # in the box
If 8 in the box to stop the run, go deep
If 7 or les sin the box, run the ball

Top Dog: This will shut you up KINGDADDY.

October 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

Good Lord. Kingdaddy has come out of hiding after the 35-7 beatdown. Kingdaddy they tell me after you saw Richt getting routed by Spurrier you attempted suicide by jumping out of a basement window. Welcome back loser and Richt apologist. What lies do you have for us? I want you to know you’ve been mocked,disrespected and disgraced all over the blog everyday since the rout. I’m ready to laugh at you now. I’ll start it off LOL!, How bad is UGA gonna beat UF in Jax.? And can you see Richt and Boboball backing into the SEC East division title to meet ‘Bama in the SECCG. Go ahead defeatist, I await your response.

Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:06 pm

Gamecock fans, first congrats on the win Saturday night. Y’all have a great team, and my hats off to ya. Question, if you guys were GA fans, wouldn’t you want Richt gone after Saturday night?

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:06 pm

Pride is still on the turf at the Georgia Dome where Richt and his staff left it during the WVU game.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:06 pm

lowcountry you better wake up from that dream I think SC or UF has a better chance then uga of beating bama.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:08 pm

I will say one thing, I don’t know if anyone has seen LSU’s home records, but something about that place is magical for them. On side note, has anyone seen the grey clown uniforms that USCjr is wearing this weekend? Camo Foghorn. They look about as hideous as our power ranger unis from boise.

Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:09 pm

Richt won’t even hire a special teams coach. Meanwhile, we already have a punt returned for a TD against us, and our PAT’s are shaky at best. To top things off, we don’t have a punt returner that is capable of fielding a punt except for walk-on Rhett McGowan and he is no threat to run. It’s a JOKE!

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:10 pm

Lowcountry
SC’s meltdown is coming. Ours has already happened. Look out for the Gators. They might lose one, unlikely they will two. SC was up, we were down. If we don’t lose to FL and we might not. Probably, that will keep Richt at least another year but, someone else will beat us. Look for Florida to win and from what I’ve seen so far, they’ll probably deserve it

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:12 pm

A special teams coach won’t do anything for PATs unless said coach is a former soccer-style place kicker. Something like 95% of high school kickers can’t make the transition from kicking off the block to kicking off the ground. The Dawgs have been somewhat lucky until this year, because Morgan is struggling big time.

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:12 pm

AR,

I honestly would love to see Scar go to Atlanta with all their fans drinking the juice and get beatdown again by Bama. Then latt and clown leave and they go back to the coop.

Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:13 pm

UGA has no excuses, and they’re set up to win championships or at least contend for them every year (more than just the SEC East). The state of GA has amazing HS football, UGA has great facilities, fanbase, money and they’re just over an hour from one of the fastest and largest metro populations in the US. But yet, we go over to SC and lose 35-7 and are not even competitive. People, something is WRONG with this football program. They’re soft, both physically and mentally.

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:13 pm

Where is the pride Dawg fans? Accepting milk toast 10 win seasons, praying we back into a title game? Is this what we have lowered ourselves too?

It’s out there every year to TAKE, Georgia never seriously threatens, do we? We never will as long as we have this staff

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:14 pm

Lowcountry
You’ll see a repeat of the 2010 anal rape of SC by AU

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:15 pm

I watched Florida get beat up by A&M and still hung in there and played phsical to pull out a hard game that was circled by A&M. I picked them at TENN over all the hype and they played very physical.

They have a great coach and that’s why. They respect him and are motivated by him. Will told them, hey guys we don’t have to do this pretty, we are gonna play physical and win however he have to. If that means running it 25 time in the gut in an all out war, then we will.

Heath Hamacher

October 10th, 2012
11:17 pm

I got an overdue solution: FIRE RICHT. Dummies.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:17 pm

I would rather lose to UF this year than back into the SECCG, maybe if the Gators embarass us like they have in the past Richt will be forced out, either fired or retired. Either way he needs to leave.

Frustrated Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:18 pm

The Truth, you’re propbabaly correct about the PAT’s but a ST coach may help with our return and coverage. Think about it, we have to put Rhett McGowan out there to return a punt because no one even has a clue how to field a punt properly. SC has a special teams coach, and they’ve already taken two punts to the house this year. That makes two years in a row that SC has scored on UGA in special teams.

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:19 pm

Although, I don’t think SC will go, FL is in the driver seat. (What does that tell us about our guys) FL beats SC and they should, they are a better team. SC’s emotion lets them down this week and really gives them reality in the swamp. I hate being #3 in the East. Even though the power shift is back to the east, things still haven’t changed much

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:19 pm

What’s funny is that I heard the Dawgs had the SC game circled. I wonder how bad it would have been of they treated it like a regular game…

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:20 pm

The Truth

Circled and “win it for Bennett” so much for the love and dedication huh?

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:20 pm

Difference in St. Richt and others is the classic problem that happens once you reach a certain level of success in any facet of life. Example such as sales, you aren’t as hungry anymore. It’s hard to go back to that feeling when you didn’t have a dime and you went out and grinded everyday to prove yourself with limited resources and did everything you could to just get that shot. You have to go back and resharpen your ax.

These other coaches have something to prove. Theyare hungry, motivated, and inspired and it trickles down to the entire team. They work hard with limited talent to achieve unexpected and surprising results.

VeeJay

October 10th, 2012
11:21 pm

Mark Richt fired? WOW. Some really uninformed posts.

Fire a guy who has a better win % than Saban or Spurrier?

Fire a guy whose teams finish in the top 10 nationally 20 out of 25 seasons?

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
11:21 pm

LC, that’s good coaching. Do what you have to do to win. We have a game plan going in, seemingly with very little thought, and if it doesn’t work so be it, we get embarassed. Our coaches don’t know how to prepare for a war.

Top Dog: This will shut you up again, Noledawg

October 10th, 2012
11:22 pm

Get off this blog and stick to the ACC-Nole blogs. The ACC is so bad this year some pundits are picking FSU to play Duke in the ACCCG ! LOL!
NOLEDAWG since LimboJimbo Fisher needs an OC you guys can have Bobo, he can’t possibly be any worse than Fisher, and Bobo won’t trash or throw players under the bus like Fisher did. LOL. Get off the Ga. blog and support FSU. You aren’t good enough to be interested in UGA. LOL! The ACC is so bad Notre Dame dropped the Big East to be a NON-member of the ACC in football LOL! LooK ND will NEVER give up it’s independence as long as it can blow out ACC-Miami and other weakling ACC teams. LOL! You ACC goons have sold your football souls to the devil with that dumb deal with the ACC. LOL! Get off the Ga blog LOL! I’m tired of laughing at you NoleDunce ! LOL!

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:22 pm

frustrated lol last year was a big 270 that ran that fake punt. lol

lowcountry stop getting upset its only one game you cant win them all

and about the uniforms I like them, kinda reminds me of our military gear so take pride and stop trashing every little thing. UGA can win everygame. Jesus.

wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2012
11:23 pm

Saturday night is coming. Should I watch UGA vs KY or South Carolina vs LSU ? This one is tough.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:24 pm

wreck what fan or you i thought uga had a bye week? lol another confused dawg fan lol here comes clowney……..

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:25 pm

nhgamecock
We can beat you guys every year and if we get some coaching, your azzwhippins will resume :)

The Truth

October 10th, 2012
11:26 pm

VeeJay – time to sign back in at the Dell help desk. With that last comment, you clearly know nothing about American football.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:27 pm

its the players not the coaching. so what did the coaches say to Jarvis? So what happen to your D? how many 1st rounders? did they catch the bus to cola or they stayed back and Rambo made brownies?

funny thing Byrd 5′7 165lbs abd he took the ball out of Rambo hand LMAO lol. ALl American???

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:28 pm

I honestly don’t care as much about the team being SC, or LSu, or Obama. It’s just the same results in big games that continues. And yes I would trade NC for winning percentages.

LakeDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:28 pm

Most of the smarter posters have already pointed this out ( Flattire, MobileDawg, etc.), to win championships the head coach has to be obsessed. Richt is not obsessed with winning championships. For the great coaches football is their #1 calling in life. Sure they have other interests, but football is #1. It comes natural to them. All they think about is football. They pore over the details, they preach fundamentals, they learn from their mistakes. They’re never satisfied. They sweat the small details. Football is not Richts #1 calling. His #1 calling is to walk in the Lord’s path to the best of his ability. Football is just his job (That is why McGarrity had to tell him to put some of these other things down so he could concentrate on football). Richt’s philosophy is to live the Word and everything else will fall into place. He’s a big picture guy. He is not a details guy. In all of his years of coaching he still can’t make simple in-game adjustments. His teams lack the focus and attention to detail that championship teams have. Also, he really doesn’t have the fire for football the great ones have and the team picks up on that. I think he has recognized this about himself. That is why he hired Grantham, but he has neutered Grantham. A strength of Richt is that he is steadfast. So I don’t expect the Dawgs to crumble. They will beat everybody on the remaining schedule, but UF. However, I don’t see them winning in JAX. Even if the team is better prepared than they were in Columbia, it will come down to the little things and UF will win. Richt is a good man, but he has no business being a head coach. He should realize this and resign.

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:29 pm

Ardawg but for now we are doing it to you mutts lol 35-7 wow!

nhgamecock

October 10th, 2012
11:31 pm

ok uga fans keep your head up im heading home from work I hope no one throws eggs at my car.

wreckmaniac

October 10th, 2012
11:34 pm

TOP DAWG: Thanks for your comment. FL State, just like UGA, is a team that the media love to pick in preseason to “go all the way”. FSU has lost it. The Bowden era has ended and isn’t coming back soon. Sad, really, for us ACC fans. We really don’t have a quality top 10 team in the mix. Maybe Clemson can get there but I’m doubtful.

Top Dog: This will shut you up again, Kingdaddy

October 10th, 2012
11:34 pm

Hey, Kingdaddy, where you at ? I have picked UGA to lose to UF in JAX. I need for you to come on here and tell me how big a loser I am and how The GreatRicht will rise up and smash UF and back into the SECCG after Spurrier loses out . Then I want you to tell me that because The GreatRicht owns the head to head vs. Saban how bad UGA will smash ‘BAMA in the SECCG ! LOL! Come on Kingdaddy you’ve never been afraid to make an ass of yourself. Don’t stop now! LOL!

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:34 pm

What do gamecock fans do while sitting at home in Dec?

Stare at their 1969 ACC Championship Banner in their George Rogers Jersey

The Factor

October 10th, 2012
11:36 pm

It was a great win for SC – congrats. It happens. I just wish, as someone who actually attended UGA, we could lose a bunch of our “fans”. See, those of us who attended uga and poured thousand of dollars into the university for an education, love the school for more than just football – unlike some of our “so called” fans. I would never trash “my” campus or cuss another opposing fan in Sanford Stadium. If you fall into this latter category, we don’t need you. Really, we don’t……

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
11:37 pm

nhgamecock
Yessir, you are correct. Enjoy your victory while it last. I harbor no ill will. You will however at some point resume your rightful place in the SEC east and I think you know that, right? ;)

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
11:45 pm

Part that really concerned me was Richt’s comment that we didn’t look flat. Are you serious? Come on man!

Top Dog: This will shut you up again, Kingdaddy

October 10th, 2012
11:46 pm

Somebody needs to toss dung at Kingdaddy instead of egging UGA players homes. Wreckmaniac, kudos to you my friend. I had to take aim at Noledawg and run him back to the NoleNation blog where his opinions are desperately needed. We already have a seminole problem at head coach at UGA. Anyway Wreckmaniac wouldn’t it be fun if Duke made it to the ACCCG?! I would enjoy that more than that rainy night I went to Doak Campbell stadium and witnessed Wake Forest destroy FSU 30-0 ! The Deacons won the ACC that year. Noledawg, Kingdaddy, ATTENTION!, I’m calling you losers out !

Top Dog: This will shut you up again, Kingdaddy

October 10th, 2012
11:57 pm

VeeJay: The BCS doesn’t give national titles to coaches with good winning percentages. Richt’s stellar winning percentage doesn’t mean squat after being blown out by Spurrier on national tv while Herbstreit and Musburger take justified shots at Richt. Top recruits are de-committing from UGA and begging Saban and Spurrier for schollies !

ARdawg

October 11th, 2012
12:05 am

Lowcountry
The “we got whipped” well duh! C’mon coach, the whole world saw that part. It is just par for the course for Richt. Walk into the biggest game of the year thus far unprepared uninspired players with a notebook of every play in every order regardless of what the opposing team is doing. We have seen it so many times before. Sometimes it even works on the lesser teams (sometimes it doesn’t too)

Mobile Dawg

October 11th, 2012
12:05 am

So you actually had to attend UGA, yourself, to be fan. Your parent, sibling, or child wouldn’t qualify you. If you were a tax paying citizen of Georgia, or numerous other connections to UGA. You are truly a pompus you know what. Go back and stick your head in the sand.

JRW7

October 11th, 2012
12:20 am

I agree CMR’S heart is not in it anymore, he’s just going thru the motion and collecting a big fat paycheck. He’s lost his fire in the belly to win the big game, he pads his stats and keeps his job, by beating up on the sisters of the poor teams.