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

Gman

October 11th, 2012
2:19 am

CMR talks about “competing” at practice, which is awesome because they quit at Little Big Horn last Saturday.

BTW, no need for anymore recruiting news, We could start 22 NFL players and Richt would find a way to lose.

Richt’s time is up!

GoldenDawg

October 11th, 2012
2:26 am

Haven’t head much from coach Xanax this week.

Jimmy

October 11th, 2012
4:43 am

So the Dawgs had “fun” at practice today?!? Seriously? Fun?!

This is the problem w/ Richt. He’s too laid back. While the Dawgs were having fun during practice today, do you know what the Tide athletes were doing?? Getting the living crap beat out of them during practice. Saban makes practice so unbearable that game days are a snap. Meanwhile the Dawgs are having “fun.”

Unbelievable.

Cal22

October 11th, 2012
5:56 am

“We gave each other good competition out there.” – Gates

Who on UGA y’s side of the ball gave Carolina any competition? He must have been playing a different game than I was watching.

dmr

October 11th, 2012
5:58 am

I think when the season is over, some of the so-called fans are going to find out just how good this South Carolina defense is now. I am not saying S.C. will win every game they play, but their defense will hold down virtually everyone they play this year; including the mighty gators.

the dog

October 11th, 2012
6:05 am

until there is a regime change………there’s no fixin’ this mess……

you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s#!t……

gomdawg

October 11th, 2012
6:20 am

Learn from your mistakes and you will see it makes you better players .GO DAWGS 92 % OF THE DAWGS FANS ARE BEHIND YOU AND THEN THEY ARE SOME THAT SAYS THEY ARE FANS.
THE ONLY THING I’M GOING TO SAY ABOUT THE TEAM IS LET’S MAKE EACH TEAM WE PLAY HERE ON OUT PAY FOR THAT 1 LOST TO SC.

Buzz 2011

October 11th, 2012
6:29 am

Do Dawgs have any other quarterback’s? Little Murray is not very good, huh?

UGA Tackles

October 11th, 2012
6:41 am

Next time we get our tails whipped we’ll be prepared for it!

te29wr

October 11th, 2012
7:04 am

I have heard some dumb statements before I think this is the group that voted for OBAMA to prove how stupid they are now.

Grammarian

October 11th, 2012
7:07 am

te29wr
October 11th, 2012
7:04 am

“I have heard some dumb statements before…”

Hello… you probably wrote them. ;)

Bozo N. Richt

October 11th, 2012
7:18 am

At least there is one UGA fan that cares enough to demand more:

http://www.macon.com/2012/10/08/2206221/uga-rant-on-the-bill-shanks-show.html

Craig

October 11th, 2012
7:19 am

Murray had career lows with 35 percent completion rate on 11-of-31 passing for 109 yards

and we are surprised?????????????? We were playing a really good team- this is a normal occurance for Murray. Dont worry- UK is next up, so he will be back in the Heisman race again……same story different year- pad the numbers against sub par teams……..yeah! Murray is our Heisman candidate

John H.

October 11th, 2012
7:22 am

@Craig

Hey… Worked for RGIII.

GatorBait 18-4

October 11th, 2012
7:23 am

Same old same old, dream team becomes a nightmare

[...] Kenarious Gates is ready to move on. 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. [...]

The AlphaDawg

October 11th, 2012
7:35 am

I will support all players on the team as for our coaching staff thats a diffrent story. I feel confident in speaking for the thousands of UGA fans that we are not upset over just one loss . It is the continued losing to ranked teams with no focus, no smart game plan, bobo`s play calling, poor special teams, CMR looking like he is lost, and getting out coached. This is just a short list. The entire nation has this view of the coaching . CMR and staff thinks everything is fine

R. Eeling Early

October 11th, 2012
7:45 am

As with every year, the dawgs are all pumped up for another run at the SEC and a national championship. The Kool-Aid is flowing in copious amounts as they mow down their cupcake opposition.
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Wait, haven’t we heard this before… as in every year?
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And as always the dreams are already just shattered illusions, victim to 3rd rate coaching, failed drug tests, DUIs, girlfriends beaten up, academic failures, and a half-dozen other reasons.
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So let me be the first to say so long, farewell, ciao, adios, sayonara, and adieu to the whimpering puppies, whose only hope is… are you ready for this…
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WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!!

The AlphaDawg

October 11th, 2012
7:47 am

I would like to apply for the head football coach position at UGA. It can`t be too hard. I will do it for 500K. The first thing I would do is close the borders. No more teams beating us with players from Georgia. I would bring pride and motivation back .Its nothing like playing for your home state. I will be the special teams coach. Put the junkyard back in the defense. If CMR did half of this we would have at the least one NC.

roughrider

October 11th, 2012
8:05 am

” Bulldogs’ tackles feel they gained valuable experience trying to block South Carolina’s ends”

This story is a lie. We should have gained enough experience from LSU and Michigan State.

Gator Mike

October 11th, 2012
8:05 am

My prayers are with Murray’s dad and family. This is bigger than football.
Also, my take is that the Dawgs will be more dangerous in Jax after the debacle in Columbia, SC. My Gators will have their hands full for the next 3 weeks including Saturday in Nashville. The season is only half way over, and now is the time when we all see which team has the most desire to win.
Go Gators!

Taylor Wooten

October 11th, 2012
8:06 am

Lessons learned my butt.

Im thinking some of ‘em had been smoking pot all day….before the nite game

I used to love the dawgs. no more. tired of it all….blow out losses….suspensions…arrests…excuses….lessons learned…blah blah blah

Decatur Gator

October 11th, 2012
8:07 am

Dwag fans are going to have to learn to accept their fate and live with the situation, bless their wretched hearts. Florida will roll over them once again, and the natural order of the universe will be restored.

Florida 38
Georgia 24

Strange Murphy

October 11th, 2012
8:12 am

CMR has no idea what he’s doing is the lesson that has been learned but ignored.

Strange Murphy

October 11th, 2012
8:13 am

You are right Decator Gator. Florida will but 50 on the Dawgs.

Tide Roll

October 11th, 2012
8:18 am

Same old UGA B.S. Even you kool- aiders must be getting tired of it by now! You have 4 SEC caliber offensive lineman on the ENTIRE ROSTER, a terrible offensive line coach who came to you from National power UAB. An offensive coordinator who has the position only because he’s married to BARB Dooley’s neice. A terribly UNDER QUALIFIED Strength and Conditioning Coach who has the position because he played at UGA and your under qualified AD McGarity has no clue. 32 years Dawg Fans. 32 Years. Is it any wonder?

DONNAN OF A NEW ERA

October 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Things we’ve learned about UGA.

1: They can’t beat top ranked teams and haven’t since 2006.

2: They have an easy schedule.

3: They’re overrated as usual.

Taylor Wooten

October 11th, 2012
8:20 am

The rant by the Macon Radio Show guy is dead on ….especially re: recruiting.

Why in the heck you sign this kid from Valwood???? U ever seen the football played
at this low level GISA school. Its like watching Pop Warner. What a joke!

Bull Meacham

October 11th, 2012
8:22 am

We lose every big game we play since WVU Sugar Bowl. All is well in Athens again after another embarrasment. Then Florida will spank us again and the excuses will flow.

old dog

October 11th, 2012
8:26 am

Yep, you’re gonna lose one every now and then. However, the caption was right. Our line gained valuable experience on how to get your tail torn up on national t.v. Granted, they may improve, but they are not now, nor will this crew ever be, on the level with Alabama, etc. Muschamp has passed us, and laugh if you want to but Dooley will do the same. It is because they know it starts up front. We have been out-recruited AND out-coached up front. We just could not tell due to beating up on the patsies. An SEC team that will line up and play smash-mouth football will whip us…..S.C. would do it again. I am a fan, and am not giving up on the Dawgs. But good heavens lets address the trenches……..

The Truth

October 11th, 2012
8:26 am

I have a question…. has CMR and company EVER outcoached ANYONE???

For the love of the Bulldawgs, I sure can’t think of it. It’s easy to find times we got out coached…. this past Saturday, Boise State and LSU last year, UCF the year before…. I could go on and on. But I honestly can’t think of one single time ol’ CMR out coached someone. Florida Atlantic and Insert Directional School University here doesn’t count – to me, that’s just the better talent winning.

It’s time for a change.

Tide Roll

October 11th, 2012
8:27 am

Your offensive center is 5′10″ 270 and played at a private school. You’re right tackle is over-rated, slow as molasses and played at a private school, and your right guard, No. 64, put forth the weakest effort that I have ever witnessed in a college football game. Rather than move Chris Burnette to center (mercifully) Mike Thornton to right guard (at least for this year). Mark Beard to left Tackle, Kenarious Gates to left guard (mercifully) and Xzavier Ward to right tackle (mercifully), Richt will stand pat and lose to Florida and face Purdue in the Outback. Claude Felton will rave about the 10-2 season, and once again, you walking Zombies will buy into it. 32 friggin, hilarious years.

Kirby Smart

October 11th, 2012
8:27 am

quotes from Richt this year: Prior to the Tennessee game ” If we lose we lose”. Post SC game ” I wouldnt say it was a flat performance” and now after yet one more blow out loss – ” we had fun out there today”. Someone tell me this guy isnt really a head coach in the sec. He’s like Kruger from play now on sienfeld…” Im not too worried about it”. Mr McGarity – PLEASE, PLEASE fire this clown today. And if not today do it the day after we get killed again in Jax. How does a coach go 3-10 (and dont kid yourself that will be our record) against his biggest rival and keep his job?

Sportsrealist

October 11th, 2012
8:27 am

We hear the same thing every year. Lesson learned, Lesson learned, Lesson learned. My question is that if we really learned our lesson, why does it keep happening?

Kirby Smart

October 11th, 2012
8:29 am

Tide roll – Your right

gt4ever

October 11th, 2012
8:29 am

LOL, there was NO blocking to be seen…. The bulldogs were validated once again to less than average status. Some things never change.. When they play somebody good they lose… GT and UGA what an embarrassment to college football.

dale

October 11th, 2012
8:34 am

I got run over by a truck, but it was great, I learned a lot about trucks.

Bruce Dawg

October 11th, 2012
8:34 am

I thought our offesive line practiced every day against one of the best defensive lines in the country. What a shame neither one showed up in Columbia. Gators are licking their Jaws.

aw

October 11th, 2012
8:35 am

Better focus on Florida not Kentucky?

gdawginkalamazoo

October 11th, 2012
8:38 am

11-of-31 passing for 109 yards. Really? Come on, IF you want win a game that is going bad you make a change to get something going, ANYTHING going, shake it up. It does not have to be permanent, just a change in the game because obviously what you planned for is not working. I think it is called coaching.

gdawginkalamazoo

October 11th, 2012
8:38 am

dale, now that’s funny!

son's who?

October 11th, 2012
8:41 am

“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.”

Watching Keith Marshall attempt to chip the best DE in the country was cringe inducing.

Barack Obama

October 11th, 2012
8:46 am

I fully endorse this statement from TOP Dawg:

Even if Richt beats all the remaining patsies on the schedule and loses to Florida, he and his entire staff should be shown the door ! What more would it take ……the guy will be 3-10 versus Florida along with the 3 game losing streak to Spurrier’s ‘Cocks. UF is back and Carolina has proven they are superior to Georgia. Richt’s now being paid to keep the Dawgs mediocre and nationally irrelevant. MR has one last chance …..BEAT UF OR IT’S OVER !!!

Go Jackets

October 11th, 2012
8:51 am

Was definitely NOT the team I saw the first five games of the season……some blame has to fall on coaches not getting team prepared. (see Al Groh). When u give up 500 yds and 40 plus points in 3 straight games, call us.

HoneyBooBooDawg

October 11th, 2012
8:52 am

at least we got that one in 1980!!! go DWAGS!!!

papadawg

October 11th, 2012
8:53 am

Since when did you air headed fans start expecting undefeated national championships EVERY year and get your panties in a wad when they lose. I’ve been a DAWG fan since ‘66 and I can’t remeber very many national championship & undefeated seasons.

Barack Obama

October 11th, 2012
8:54 am

I may need to get the same writers that come up with this stuff that Mark Richt is saying and use them for my next debate with Romney….

graphite

October 11th, 2012
8:56 am

@Kingdaddy…Wow! You need to tag out..they are beating up on you!I have 6 season tix and if you want to see how it’s done,come on over to Bamaland.You can’t wear red but white is a good nuetral color. Making plans to go Knoxville by boat the next time up.That will be a week long deal.

GatorBait 18-4

October 11th, 2012
8:57 am

Is it just me or does Richt put you to sleep as he comments on the blowout or practice. I have no idea how the reporters can cover this man without a triple strength no-doze.

If you want to see how a real football coach talks, check out a Muschamp presser.

me

October 11th, 2012
8:57 am

The most obvious lesson is the inability of our offensive coordinator to adjust his game to the situation. Why did we continue to attempt to block Clowney on Murray’s blind side with a guy who could not handle him? He needed help. But instead we have the running back run right past Clowney on his way out of the backfield. And before the RB can turn around to catch a pass, Murray is running for his life. Why does BOBO have to send 5 receivers out when we can’t provide protection for the QB? We should go with max protection for Murray, and send 3 receivers out. If Murray has time, he can hurt defenses. But like 99% of QB’s, he does not do well when pressured from his blind side.