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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ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
8:33 pm

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
8:37 pm

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”

Thanks Coach Richt! This sounds like you must’ve had this practice last week

ARdawg

October 10th, 2012
8:38 pm

Chip,

Richt did have a press conference this week?

Rangerdawg

October 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Blah blah blah. All is good, until Florida comes around, then UGA will be third in the east. Keep your heads in the sand, then you will not see the spankings coming.

Bitter bad things run in three's

October 10th, 2012
8:53 pm

Murray—I feel for ya—-I got devorced, moth latter recieved orders to the middle east——then foot fungus —all in a matter of 3 months

———sometimes life just aint fair———-but were both heathee

—————and breath-in———kick a$$ this week-end

——–God never affords us time to fill sorry for ourself’s

————-sic-em dawg murray

Chairman of the Board

October 10th, 2012
8:54 pm

Ranger … no more spankings this year. You’ll see.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

I really hope Murray becomes the 1st QB at Ga in 20+ years to beat FL 2 years in a row.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
8:57 pm

Hopefully Murray can convince the coaching staff to stay home and watch the FL game on TV

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Top Dog: BLAH, BLAH, BAH !!!

October 10th, 2012
8:58 pm

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 !!!

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 10th, 2012
8:59 pm

It’s called a “ranked opponent.” Perhaps if UGA tried it more often they could actually win one of these games.

TossSweep

October 10th, 2012
9:01 pm

I just hope last Saturday was a fluke for this team and they’re actually better than what they showed. If SC is as good as they showed, it’s back to the Liberty Bowl for UGA.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 10th, 2012
9:01 pm

You guys really think Richt is the problem? What happened the 20 years before Richt got there?

Mediocre is the best you’re going to do.

You might as well have fun with it like the other bulldogs, Mississippi State.

Get a huge jumbo tron…

32 years

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

October 10th, 2012
9:04 pm

You could just become a basketball school and actually bring something to the SEC…

Besides embarrassment

tje

October 10th, 2012
9:04 pm

One day Richt & Company will be gone. I just hope it’s sooner than later. Until then all we can do is watch the Dawgs lose to every good team they play.

Gainesville POlice

October 10th, 2012
9:05 pm

Thanks for visiting Aaron; we will welcome you to Jax in a few weeks.

tje

October 10th, 2012
9:08 pm

When Nick Saban leaves where will the Tide be? Back to 7-5.

Chuck UGA

October 10th, 2012
9:14 pm

I agree, Richt simply has to beat Florida now or move on. 3-10 is unacceptable. Spurrier is at South Carolina who WILL win the SEC if they make it to the Dome (sorry, Bama).

Chuck UGA

October 10th, 2012
9:15 pm

Meant to add Spurrier is at SC, not Florida. UGA Must win now!

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 10th, 2012
9:20 pm

I’m SURE they will come out confident in their next game afterall the level of competition will drop 10 fold from SC. This Dawg fan is torn. Will we improve greatly and run the table or do we fold again. I hope we win out and show improvement but my gut tells me we will fold again. I can’t help but think that if we lose to Florida and possibly drop another game, don’t know who that could be, that CMR is out the door.
With the talent base in this state I truly believe most coaches could match CMR’s overall record with out a lot of stress doing so. But with all our resources are we content with a 10-2, 9-3 record every year and saying next year will be the year again? We are now what the Bear used to say about UF. If they ever get their act together they will be unbeatable…or something along those line. As for my dawgs, we seem to be the nations most dangerous 32 yr old sleeping giant and he’s getting older by the minute. I hope things change cause there’s too much potential at UGA to be wasted…..

Bitter bad things run in three's

October 10th, 2012
9:20 pm

—-
you bi_tch-in trolls—richt this—richt that

—-Fools—find another team to support————–dawgs will rebound

Bitter bad things run in three's

October 10th, 2012
9:22 pm

@boss hogg——-yep——feel ya——sleep-in gaint

Ole Ball Sack

October 10th, 2012
9:23 pm

Even dumb Clowney said he could pick up on the same trigger snap sequence and get a jump start. That means UGA team and Coaches are dumber than dumb because they didn’t pick this up and make adjustments. The UGA D looked lost like were coached by a JV team coach.

Big Wally

October 10th, 2012
9:25 pm

What a joke. Richt makes John L. Smith look like Bill Belichek.

Top Dog: BLAH, BLAH, BAH !!! Tired of Richt.

October 10th, 2012
9:27 pm

There is no way we can get all the positive national recognition that South Carolina is getting until Georgia can blowout a highly rated opponent on national TV. Carolina deserves all the credit it gets for exposing overrated UGA on national TV. If the ‘Cocks romp over ranked LSU in Death Valley there will be voices among the talking heads and media who will want to rank them number one even if ‘Bama routs MiZZou. While all that is going Georgia is at Kentucky playing BOBO-ball & Richtball in a boring snoozer game. Richt isn’t stressing execution from UGA instead he’s stressing that the Dogs dream big and pray SCarolina loses to LSU and UF and UGA beats UF in Jax. DREAM ON !!! It’s not going to happen this time. You can’t keep losing what rare big games you play and keep counting on other teams to do your job. Richt is mediocre for even implying the same losing strategy which got him to the SECCG last season only to be blown out. UGA does not deserve to play in the SECCG after the Columbia debacle. They would only get mauled worse by Bama. Saban holds the score down against most of his opponents, but with Ga. recruits at stake, he would pour it on Richt & UGA. Be patient Dogdom we are approaching the final days of 90’sFSU-ACC mediocrity in Athens !!

BIGDAWGFAN

October 10th, 2012
9:27 pm

hey TIDE uga has the best in the this decade

Georgia leads 3-1. Georgia won in 2002, 2003, and 2007 and Alabama won in 2008.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
9:30 pm

Bitter bad things run in three’s

How about you find another team to support

Here are some suggestions since you love mediocrity and National Embarrassment

Vandy, Kentucky, GT

Those 3 teams all love mediocrity and they can use some additional fans like you to help with ticket sales

beanster

October 10th, 2012
9:31 pm

Our team sure is good at taking advantage of their learning opportunities. I am glad they are getting the instruction somewhere.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
9:32 pm

Tide is Rolling, I would bet that if Richt and Saban swapped jobs for a year that Saban’s boys at UGA would best Richt’s boys at Bama. I’m really tired of Richt not taking responsibility for his job performance. These consistent blowout losses to ranked teams is not a team loss, it’s Richt’s responsibility period. One he refuses to accept. Like I said in a post earlier this week, I could easily accept us losing out this year if it meant Richt leaving. That post was seconded by a season ticket holder.

Will

October 10th, 2012
9:35 pm

Ime sorry to say this; but i get the feeling that Mark Richt’s heart isnt in this anymore. The first 6 years were fun. but now its just the same old same old. I love ya Mark; but its time the University go in another direction.

Top Dog: BLAH, BLAH, BAH !!! Tired of Richt.

October 10th, 2012
9:40 pm

TO HELL WITH 10-2 OR 9-3 SEASONS IF THE LOSES ARE ANNUALLY TO SPURRIER’S COCKS, FLORIDA OR ANY RANKED TEAM WE FACE !! I’D RATHER SHOW RICHT/BOBOBALL THE DOOR AND START FRESH THAN TO CONTINUE TO HEAR HERBSREIT, MUSBURGER, LOU HOLTZ,MARK MAY AND FINEBAUM MOCK AND LAUGH AT GEORGIA ON NATIONAL TV AND NATIONAL RADIO ! DAMMIT I’M SO TIRED OF THE NATIONAL RIDICULE !

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
9:41 pm

Will, I think it’s a combination of heart and competence. I don’t think Richt has evolved to the level we need to compete with Saban, Spurrier, Miles, Mullen, Petrino, Peterson, etc. He doesn’t have the work ethic to match the desire it takes to “consistently” win at this level. He’s also not surrounded himself by people that can compensate for his weaknesses. Further, somehow he’s taken the fire Grantham brought and put it out.

Big Wally

October 10th, 2012
9:43 pm

Wholeheartedly agree with Mobile. Ga. has tons on talent on this roster and also previous year’s rosters, yet they are repeatedly getting blown out in big games. It is plain and simple, the coaching is the weak link with UGA football.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
9:43 pm

Will

I agree

Mobile I think those blowouts are due to Richt’s heart truly not in it leading to not much time studying therefore leading poor game planning

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
9:46 pm

Mobile

He took the fire out of Gratham the first game

I would be willing to attribute Granthams sorry coaching to hanging around the entire coaching staff at UGA . You end up collecting traits from those you hang around

Mountain Dawg

October 10th, 2012
9:48 pm

It’s heartening to hear UGA’s linemen were taught something by Clowney, etal. They sure ain’t learning anything from Richt, etal.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
9:55 pm

Flat, you are an intelligent person. I have posted repeatedly that same theory. Some people would be well versed to read a good book on what motivation is, where it comes from, and how you help create the environment that promotes positive motivation. People, that being players and coaches will generally perform to the level of those that surround them. You take a low performer and put them in an environment of high performers and the low performer will improve, conversely you bring high quality people into an environment without expectations and they will come down to the level around them.

This is why I say Richt won with Donnans recruits, when those guys were gone the positive influence disappeared with them. Over the years Richt, his coaches, and his recruits lowered the expectations and changed the culture at UGA. This is where we are, it’s going to take a fresh, tough approach to even compete for a championship. It’s disheartening to me to see so clearly what some can’t see at all.

JM

October 10th, 2012
9:56 pm

Its interesting, the 19 year olds can learn from the loss and move forward but many of the “adults” visiting this website seem to be incapable of doing the same. Might be time to grow up a bit.

Big Wally

October 10th, 2012
9:58 pm

I didn’t really understand Georgia’s protection schemes against SC. Gates would fall down at Clowney’s feet. Clowney would jump over Gates and then run unimpeded to Murray. I guess they thought Clowney would be laughing too hard and not be able to sack/hit/rush Murray.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
9:58 pm

Mobile

Its funny you bring up motivation.

I was listening to Bill Kings radio show yesterday and a UGA caller called in asked what he thought he said Richt was an Energy Vampire to the team

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 10th, 2012
10:00 pm

JM

We have learned;

We have learned this coaching staff cant beat top 20 teams anymore

So there is no need to grow up knowing that

;)

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:03 pm

JM, it’s interesting that we hear from the 19 year olds but the HC hides. Explain that.

Macclenny_dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:05 pm

Who thinks Richt can out coach Saban,Miles,Spurrier, or Muschamp???
If u think he can u need 2 get your head examined!!! So I ask u koolaid drinkers why should we keep him if u feel he is not the best. We all should strive 2 be the best. Richt has proven he can’t beat them. Don’t give me that look what he has done since he has been here. Don’t give me look what we were before he got here. Saban,Miles wasn’t around when he won. Spurrier was at florida and well enough said. Yea we might not hire someone as good as Richt but we could luck up and hire someone who could make Saban and Miles lossers!!!

slydog

October 10th, 2012
10:07 pm

there are some articles and posts that just should not be written or conceived of at all. the tackles gained valuable experience? experience in that they suck and are under- developed by their coaches? wow!!!!

And as far as motivation and CMR: It does not exist unless the players can motivate themselves. CMR is the Dalai Lama of college football. He truly does not care about winning or losing football games. If you don’t believe me, just look at his demeanor during games and at post game press conferences. Proof is in the pudding.

Mobile Dawg

October 10th, 2012
10:10 pm

sly, the players don’t suck sport. If they’re not prepared by the coaches, different story. Don’t even think about going after players if you want to be taken seriously.

bubba4dawgs

October 10th, 2012
10:12 pm

Top Dog: Blah Blah Bah!!! Go crawl under a rock! You’re no DAWG fan!

LowcountryDawg

October 10th, 2012
10:13 pm

hopefully, usc loses to lsu and fla so the Dogs can win the east title when they beat fla in jacksonville in a few weeks!

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This is the crap I read on blogs. This is the prime example of why this program accepts mediocre and we continue our viscous cycle. We hope we can back our way into the SEC championship? Really?

Is that what Champions do? Oh hey lets’s back our way in. NO! Great teams are ready to rise up to the big occasion and make statement. They prove to the country they can compete and beat whoever they are faced with. In fact, they WANT to play the best in the land.

Pathetic talk.

Top Dog: BLAH, BLAH, BAH !!!

October 10th, 2012
10:14 pm

Sorry guys but I love Georgia football, but the Richt belongs in the ACC. I’m a Bulldog trapped in Tallahassee, FL for over 20 years and I have been watching Richtball most of that time especially when he was at FSU. Bowden had very talented teams at FSU, when Richt was his OC. Legend here has it that many times Bowden would have to put the boot to Richt to apply the coup dais gra or deathblow to opponents. In order to avoid cursing in his frustrations, Bowden coined the good ole boy term “DAGGUMMIT” and DAGGUM ! Richt heard more that his share of that term from Bowden. When Richt got the UGA job Bowden immediately questioned Richt’s intensity and went vocal with his fear that Richt lacked the killer instinct he would need to survive the SEC. Vince Dooley rushed and made a hasty decision in hiring Richt and it has taken Georgia fans 12 years to acknowledge the real Mark Richt. Richt is a good, christian man, but you don’t take a minister to a bar fight against Saban, Miles, or Spurrier.Vintage Rev. Billy Graham has no chance in mortal combat against vintage Chuck Norris, Mike Tyson, or Clint Eastwood. But none of those characters could preach like Rev.Graham either. The point is that football is the religion of Spurrier, Saban, and Miles. Sadly for Georgia the same can’t be said for Mark Richt.

DawgNole

October 10th, 2012
10:20 pm

Top Dog: BLAH, BLAH, BAH !!! Tired of Richt.
October 10th, 2012
9:27 pm

If the ‘Cocks romp over ranked LSU in Death Valley there will be voices among the talking heads and media who will want to rank them number one even if ‘Bama routs MiZZou. While all that is going Georgia is at Kentucky playing BOBO-ball & Richtball in a boring snoozer game.
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Carolina will not “romp” over ranked LSU in Baton Rouge. And Georgia will be at home “while all that is going”–not at Kentucky. Bye week.

Learn about the team before pretending to be a fan.

VeeJay

October 10th, 2012
10:28 pm

Ok DAWG fans, let’s move on.

Let’s start blogging about how to fix this stuff and try and help the team win. Let’s use blogs for brainstorming SOLUTIONS.

I’ll throw out a few ideas:
1- Move some new guys in at Def end to try and get some pressure on the QB, maybe a Ray Drew, or some of the guys that have been No. 2 or No 3 on the depth chart, let’s get them in and give them some chances.
2- Let Murray run against great def ends or lb’s to slow them down.
3- Let’s go with 2 tight end sets in the future against a dominate DE or OLB. Lynch and Rome can help, a lot.
4- Don’t be afraid to go with Malcome or Samuel for pass protection, if the 2 young guns are not getting it done. Got to give murray more time to throw, and receivewrs time to get off the jam.
5- Jarvis needs to change up his approaches, swim move, inside spin, jump players cutting him, drive rush, and outside in, keep QB’s guessing which move he’ll make, take notes from Clowney.
6- We need a dangerous player on the other side, to punish teams who double Jones, maybe try to get Jordan Jenkins on the other side, I think he’s looked great.
7- Move to the 4-3 if the 3-4 isn’t working, and try some different groupings in there like Garrison Smith, Mike Thornton, Geathers, etc. Jenkins–CWash–Abry Jones, have been ineffective all season.
8- If Murray is only completing 35% after 1 or 2 quarters, let Hutson get a few series. Qb needs more competition at the position, and no reason to stay with Murray in some games, Murray seems to just completely be off his game, especially in big games. Don’t stay with him too long if that happens.
9- Take some chances on punt return, fair catching every time is too conservative. Find a player that protects the ball, yet can break one. Branden Smith? Malcolm Mitchell? Swann?
10- Change the offensive identity, don’t be afraid to line up with 2 tight ends and a full back and a running back and run the ball. Don’t be afraid to let Murray run especially if he’s getting a lot of heat. Trust murray to make plays with his legs and to protect the ball, and his health. Yes, he may fumble, better than losing 35-7. Yes, he may get injured, we got Mason, we’re ok there.

Stop the whining fans, let’s hear how to fix this team BEFORE THE FLORIDA game.