Notebook: Georgia’s offensive line will be shuffling again against Gators


ATHENS — Georgia’s offensive line will be shuffling again in the Florida game.

Juniors Dallas Lee and Kenarious Gates are expected to start as usual at left guard and tackle, respectively. But Lee has been playing on a bad ankle since the Tennessee game. So the Bulldogs are increasingly turning to junior college transfer Mark Beard, who they bring in at left tackle and slide Gates inside to guard when Lee needs to come out of games.

Beard played extensively this past Saturday against Kentucky. Lee continues to practice rather than rest the ankle, so his durability on Saturday will be closely monitored.

“Dallas has got to get healthy,” said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who called this a “competition week” to determine playing time on Saturday. “But it’s good that Mark got a lot of experience last week.”

Beard, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound sophomore, is starting to resemble the player Georgia thought it had recruited out of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

“I think it’s good that Mark got a lot of experience last week and has been getting more and more each week,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He had to play a lot in the Tennessee game because Dallas went down and South Carolina he didn’t play that much. But he’s played well. He’s still got a lot to learn but he’s an athletic guy who’s got good hands and good feet. I’m pleased with what we’re seeing.”

Georgia’s center position and right side of the line has remained largely unchanged all season, with center David Andrews, guard Chris Burnette and tackle John Theus.

Obviously Georgia’s line play is going to be crucial if the Bulldogs are to establish any offense against Florida stout defensive front. Richt indicated the unit has played better than a lot of people might think, the difficulties in the South Carolina game notwithstanding.

“I think we’ve got a bunch of linemen that at least know what to do and get their hat on the right guy most of the time and they’re fighting,” he said. “When you do that, it gives you a chance. . . . Are we physically dominating everybody? No, not at all. But if you hit the right guy and do it.”

Turnovers a key

To beat Florida, Georgia is going to have to win the turnover battle. To date, nobody has done that yet.

The Gators enter Saturday’s game plus-11 in turnover margin, which is places them among the top 10 teams nationally. Georgia is even in turnover margin  for the season.

The Bulldogs’ coaches have been working overtime to emphasize that to the team this week. Richt said they made a video of all of South Carolina’s turnovers against Florida last week and showed them to the team. They Gamecocks had four miscues in the first half and Florida finished plus-4 for the game to help it score a season-high 44 points.

Georgia’s coaches also shared this stat: The top 12 teams in the nation in turnover ratio have a combined record of 87-5, with 6-1 being the worst mark.

“It’s the most devastating momentum against you when  you turn it over,” Richt said. “You lose field position, you usually give up points and you give up momentum. But if you gain a turnover it’s the same thing. You steal a possession from them; you don’t have to worry about them punting and you gain momentum. That’s what you’re looking for.”

mentioned that the top teams nationally are also the leaders in turnover margin. Also, he said he showed the team highlights of last week’s Florida-South Carolina contest as the Gators were plus four in turnover margin, and it helped them score a season-high 44 points.

Florida has just four turnovers this year and played four games without one while the Bulldogs have had three games without a turnover.

Injury report

For the second day in a row, tight end Jay Rome reported to practice late after receiving extra treatment in the Georgia training room. The redshirt freshman tight end is not listed on the daily injury report but said he is dealing. He is not expected to miss Saturday’s game. “It’ll be fine,” he said Wednesday. “Nothing major.”

One new name on Wednesday’s injury report was Quayvon Hicks. The freshman fullback came out of Tuesday’s full-contact work with a concussion and did not practice. His availability for Saturday is unknown… Linebacker Brandon Burrows also missed with a concussion.

Weather watch

Richt said he has watched the weather reports with interest as Hurricane Sandy makes its way through the Caribbean Islands toward southern Florida. The latest computer models have the storm missing Jacksonville but are predicting high winds for Saturday’s game.

“I’ve been hearing 22 mile-an-hour winds,” Richt said. “That is a lot of wind. That effects a game a lot more than rain, especially if it’s a cross wind.”

Etc …

Georgia practiced for 30 minutes Wednesday in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts. “Wednesday’s in the books,” Richt said. “No more hitting until Saturday.” … Last year marked the first time in series history both Georgia and Florida had a bye before meeting in Jacksonville. The Gators had an open date before in 15 of the last 19 years. They were 15-4 in those games. Neither team had a bye this year.

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mvdawg

October 24th, 2012
9:43 pm

Mobile Dawg

October 24th, 2012
9:44 pm

Quote from Coach Richt, “I think we’ve got a bunch of linemen that at least know what to do and get their hat on the right guy most of the time and they’re fighting,” he said. “When you do that, it gives you a chance. . . . Are we physically dominating everybody? No, not at all. But if you hit the right guy and do it.”

That’s a pretty impressive statement, sometimes I wonder why he even opens his mouth.

TMann68

October 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

Here we Go

October 24th, 2012
9:56 pm

O/L should be Beard at LT,Gates at LG,Burnette at center,Lee at RG and Theus at RT.Sub Andrews with Lee and Burnette.MY 2Cents, but what the hell the coaching staff knows what they are doing.Also if the wind is blowing 20+ in Jax,better get the running game going.Time to get Physical in the line and pull up the big boy pants.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2012
9:58 pm

Wow, changes and injuries on both lines as we head into trench warfare….

Baddawg

October 24th, 2012
10:03 pm

What is wrong with the giant tackles Watts Dantzler and Zach DeBell? Are they not as good as thought? Would it be possible to move the game to the Ga Dome where ther are no winds?

dbc

October 24th, 2012
10:10 pm

The only wind I see comes out of Mark Richt’s mouth.

Macclenny_dawg

October 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

Well maybe the wind will help us make our extra points. Passing game could suffer. Gonna have 2 run out of I formation and take some shots. Not run Marshall up the middle but run Gurly and Boo. Pound the rock and Richt must pray the d finally shows up. SICK OF RICHT!!!!

S.O.S

October 24th, 2012
10:16 pm

NO COMMENT. WE WILL SEE THIS SATURDAY BABY HOW SOFT DEM DAWGS ARE. LOL

joe jenkins

October 24th, 2012
10:17 pm

Geez great a bunch of stikin win…geez ol lady luck has really fallen for the gators……..Now murray will throw about 4 ints in the game….folks we will have to run the ball to win this one….i dont think we can do it…with john molasses theus in the lineup….i think after the season i will send richt a christmas card with a $100 dollar bill and i will write thank you for getting us into the outback bowl yet again…thankyou for allowing michigan’s qb to run for 200+ plus yards on us….I hope to see you on the sidelines again next season coach….now go have some fun…go work on that jersey shore tan

joe jenkins

October 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

Oh yeah guys…dont worry about grantham…..he will get his walking papers next season when we lose 9 starters on defense

Vance Duly

October 24th, 2012
10:20 pm

I hope that Coach Bobo will finally aim for 4 aggressive quarters of play-calling on Saturday vs. the eeeeee-vil Gators. As usual, we took the half-time lead against Kentucky (barely). We took the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, and Bobo decides that we should emphasize the faulty running game while Kentucky was unable to stop our passing game. So, we had 2 straight “3 and outs” until he remembered that Murray was almost unstoppable that night. This is a habitual Bobo-ism that he really needs to delete from his brain…… GO DAWGS!

dougsmugs.com

October 24th, 2012
10:23 pm

Chip, how do you think the Tropical Storm will affect the game? Can UGA’s passing be affective with 40mph gusts and rain?

Joe

October 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

Why didn’t Beard play against SCu? He has looked better than Gates at LT all season, and Gates was getting manhandled by Clowney, yet there are the coaches, thumbs firmly planted in asses, never acknowledging reality.

Don'tsufferfools

October 24th, 2012
10:31 pm

UGA website says they practiced 90 minutes, not 30 minutes.

bitter turd ferguson

October 24th, 2012
10:39 pm

44-0 dawgs won——1982

dale

October 24th, 2012
10:39 pm

the practice was 90 minutes but 60 of those minutes the coaches spent counting their money and the players spent flexing in the mirror talking about ‘11 stats.

Alphare

October 24th, 2012
10:41 pm

Who is the guy Clowney jumped over, pushed aside, tricked out?

Nothing against him, that player shouldn’t play now.

sandiegodawg

October 24th, 2012
10:49 pm

the Dawgs should practice with Giant Fans on the sidelines to emulate the wind-

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:02 pm

Is there anything positive to say?

ed

October 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

Too bad they both can’t lose. The fan’s of both schools represent the worst of society.

Pj

October 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

Florida gained 29 yards against sc in the first half. If Shawn williams lit the fire I think he did – we are in for a treat Saturday. I worry most about our kicking game.

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:16 pm

Hey ed….why don’t you crawl back under the rock you came from…..how about that….

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:18 pm

Or ed you can just bite the big one…how about that….moroon

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:19 pm

So who is your team ed….oh I guess you did not go to a college…right

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

excuse me misspelled moron

Lonnie

October 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

Line will be ready. Kenarious will have a great game. Run early with different looks!

Tndawgsfan

October 24th, 2012
11:27 pm

Yep, ya gotta love that OL play. Impressive against Kentucky. Oh we need a boost from Larry Munson if we are ever gonna pull this one out!

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:29 pm

Munson would make it fun no matter who wins….miss him a lot…

GBs Hamburgers

October 24th, 2012
11:29 pm

Mobile Dog, if that’s a correct quote from Richt, then he’s been taking lesson from former President Bush in incoherent speech. So we aren’t physically dominating anyone but we are putting a hat on the right person? Hummmmm, I wonder whose fault that might be ….. Satan? (Dana Carvey – Sat Nite Live)

Dale

October 24th, 2012
11:30 pm

Young Lonnie, I used to be you, so did a lot of us here, “we’re gonna hit ‘em with this, then that!” now in my old age I can only imagine how out of hand it’s going to get.

GBs Hamburgers

October 24th, 2012
11:32 pm

Tndawgsfan brings up Munson. Our current announcer is not getting it done. He may be the reason we can’t win big games.

JRW7

October 24th, 2012
11:33 pm

I am trying to be positive about CMR, but ???

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

Just what is a GBs Hamburger?

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:36 pm

I love hamburgers

Larry

October 24th, 2012
11:40 pm

Amazing after the crime scene at South Carolina, they have the chance on Saturday to achieve every preseason goal; they will have their shot at redemption.

Gary

October 24th, 2012
11:43 pm

Anybody know what josh harvey clemons wrote on twitter about wishing he was a gator? People were talking about it on other boards. Hopefully it was false. Go Dawgs

Smitty

October 24th, 2012
11:46 pm

Do or go to a second tier bowl Saturday…..or go to Atlanta

RMikel58

October 24th, 2012
11:56 pm

Theres something missing somewhere people. Its not that we lack the talent with players but maybe its the lack of talent with coaching. What irk’s me is how Richt thinks that some players havent had their best performances yet.
CMR has no determination on his face…….no urgency……..more like a happy jolly look. Might as well dance to the locker room singing “wizard of Oz”.
Aint no Wizard and certainly may be possible CMR has been in the land of Oz since pre-season began.
Wouldve loved to see his face while he watched his son play college football…….maybe an intense look or maybe a Gomer Pyle look.
CMR couldnt get pumped up if he was a bicycle tire. Where are the Alumni in all this mayhem? Totally unacceptable…….i want Jim Donnan back!
You grade students and dont grade coaches. If i graded CMR i’d give him a “C” , Todd Grantham “F”, Mike Bobo “F-”.
1-9 in top 10 teams are you kidding me? Thats a failing score in any math.
CMR you are a good man but you suck as a coach. Fans had warned you to get rid of Bobo but you held on and now that noose is bout to choke you.
Then to go along with anarchy here comes The Todd Grantham debacle to add to it.
Narcacists abound fans.
CMR is so totally burned out folks and so is his coaching staff and the last 4 years proves it. We need a set of fresh ideas, fresh legs, intensity, motivating personell to take Georgia and move forward.
Look Grantham has an extensive background on the defensive side but i think his defense is so complex that those players get confused alot with their assignments and give up those big plays.
Let loose of the reins abit and simplify it Todd.
Bobo is never going to change……you just cant fix STUPID. One dimensional folks.
We really hurt on our Offensive Line and why CMR accepts mediocrity is beyond me. Listen when you set a record losing 3 straight games to S. Carolina which hasnt happened in 100 years then its time to go.
When you allow either a QB, or RB or WR to have a career game, its time to go and this has happened more than twice in the last 4 years.
When you get paid 5 million a year which is almost 416,000 a month and im betting CMR gets paid more when he goes to bowls or theres incentives but what if he underperforms then what?
Any good Christian Man wouldnt feel right and most likely give some of that money back.
This is about revenue nothing more………just people who only care about that pay check because results dont lie.
If players under perform then coaches get onto them well these coaches have under performed and you betcha im onto them.
You can sugar-coat things if you like but they put this on theirselves and after the Florida Game CMR and his staff will be making arrangements on where their next tenure will be.

Smitty

October 25th, 2012
12:40 am

RMikel58 …..so what is your point after all the sh1t you posted…..

Mountain Dawg

October 25th, 2012
1:21 am

“Dawgs are not shuffling the offensive line.”

Now, THAT would be some news.

Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson: Sowhatyousayin'

October 25th, 2012
1:23 am

Mark Richt and his coaching cult of MediocRity will get embarrassed in another big game on Saturday. I hope UGA by ome miracle beats UF and faces Alabama in the SECCG. Saban will destroy Richt again, but it will be much more brutal than last time ! LOL! Go Dogs!

Get lost Richt, you can win a big game!

castle pines canine

October 25th, 2012
1:29 am

A GB’s hamburger is from GB’s place in Smyrna. It was a burger with GB”s famous Chili and mustard and onions. Darn good burger

Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson: Sowhatyousayin'

October 25th, 2012
1:37 am

Richt/Bobo can shuffle the O-line all they want. It still won’t make up for the lack of talent and poor recruiting they have done. UGA has no backup QB ready, poor special teams, and a defensive coordinator, who checked out after he got his money and was told not to cuss at players. Even the UGA AD is as crazy as Richt when he said on 790 the Zone, that UF is not UGA’s primary rival and the Tech game is more important. The Cult of MediocRity is stealing millions of dollars and living it up while doing everything the same dumb way hoping in vain for different results. UGA WILL REMAIN NATIONALLY IRRELEVANT as long as the washed-up 90s FSU mentality remains in charge. Go UGA ! To Hell with MediocRity !!

Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson: Sowhatyousayin'

October 25th, 2012
1:56 am

“I’ve been hearing 22 mile-an-hour winds,” Richt said. “That is a lot of wind. That effects a game a lot more than rain, especially if it’s a cross wind.”
-Richt-
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Translation: Murray may not be as effective throwing in high wind. Were not going to waste time trying to run the ball, so we’re going to live and die with Murray passing the ball with 35-40 attempts in the wind. I pray none of his passing attempts get tipped.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^How much longer must long suffering Dog fans continue endure with a MediocRe HC at nationally irrelevant UGA ?

Jomps

October 25th, 2012
5:32 am

Will Bobo ever find a way to throw a screen pass to our running backs that have great speed? The guy is a complete goof and I don’t know why Richt keeps him around. Off tackle, Off tackle, Wide Receiver screen, Punt….

GatorsforRicht

October 25th, 2012
5:48 am

Murray is going to see a lot of Jacksonville sky Saturday as he is picking hisself off the turf. It will be like the S Car game all over again for you dogs. We are looking forward to our trip to Atlanta, maybe I’ll drop by and wish y’all luck in the CapitalOne bowl you will be playing against Purdue or someone like that. It could be worse, you could be Kentucky.

Ramad Ashad

October 25th, 2012
6:04 am

It could be worse you could be a gater fan who sucks at life as one example posts on UGA blogs. Loser.

Buddy Landel

October 25th, 2012
6:06 am

Count on a lot of WR, RB, and even a TE screen on Saturday if winds are a problem.