Richt, Bulldogs looking for ways reproduce last weekend’s intensity versus Ole Miss

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with the media on Tuesday to preview Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) are coming off a 17-9 win over then-No. 2-ranked Florida and will play host to the Rebels (5-3, 2-2) at Sanford Stadium in a 3:30 p.m. game that will be nationally televised on CBS.

The main question the Bulldogs were having to answer is how they can possibly replicate the high-intensity level they achieved against the rival Gators in Jacksonville in a Homecoming Game against a team over which they’re favored by two touchdowns.

“If you guys want to send a couple of tweets saying we’re soft, that might help,” senior linebacker Christian Robinson quipped.

Said Richt: “That’s a good question. You ought write a story about that, maybe make everybody mad. That’d be nice.”

The reality is, it’s very difficult for any team to play at peak level more than a few weeks a year and it’s especially difficult in consecutive weeks. But Richt and the Bulldogs believe the stakes involved — needing to win the last two to repeat as Eastern Division champions — should be enough.

“I hope they play like we did this past week,” Richt said. “I hope we continue to get after it with that kind of emotion and heartbeat.”

Following is some of the commentary from Tuesday’s proceedings at Butts-Mehre Heritage:

HEAD COACH MARK RICHT

Opening statement . . .

“Hugh Freeze has got them going there at Ole Miss. He’s doing a great job. They’re really excited right now, and they’re winning. . . .What I see is a team that has a brand new head coach that’s brought a lot of energy to the program. A lot of times, you just never know how close you are to winning and breaking through and having success. When you watched them play Alabama, they played Alabama pretty darn good. I think they might have had the best defensive performance against Alabama all year. When you watch that film, you know they can run and play with the big boys, and they did it at Alabama. You could see that they were getting better and better, and then they go ahead and beat Auburn and get their first SEC victory in a while. Then they actually go to Arkansas and win one there. It was a tight game, and a great ballgame. They also showed me that defensively they can play man coverage with a really good passing attack because we know Arkansas has a very good attack and they did a very good job of doing that and mixing coverages to try to make things confusing. So I’m very impressed with them. I know it’s going to be a heck of a ballgame. I’m glad that we’re going to be at home. I’m glad that we’re going to have our fan base there and our students there and the Redcoat Band, and everybody else that’s going to be there. We haven’t been home in awhile. We haven’t been home the entire month of October, so we’re happy to be home.”

On Ole Miss’ fast-paced, no-huddle offense . . .

“If you have 11 guys that can go 15 plays in a row, you don’t have to slow down. Now I don’t know if anybody’s quite doing that, but if you don’t substitute on offense, you can go as fast as you want to go. Those officials now are getting off the ball and letting you play. If you sub anybody, even a running back for a running back, it doesn’t have to be going from three receivers to two receivers, but if you make any substitution whatsoever, you’ll see those officials out there holding everything to see if that defense is going to sub. If they do, they’ll stay on top of that ball long enough for the defense to sub. They really don’t give the defense very long. Once they’re on the field, it’s not long before they walk away. So you’re barely on the field getting the call and trying to get lined up fast enough to play defense. A lot of times you’re not even in the stance. So yeah, that’s been problematic for defensive teams to try to keep up with that.”

On how quickly Ole Miss snaps the ball…

“They snap it faster than we do. We have times where we’ll go fast, but we have times obviously where we’ll try to make it look like we’re going to go fast and then we’ll freeze our count to try to see what they’re in, and then we’ll try to make the call from there. It becomes a little bit of a guessing game at time, but we don’t go as fast as they go.”

On whether he had anything’s of pulling quarterback Aaron Murray this past Saturday . . .

“Aaron is the guy, period. Aaron is the guy.”

On how Murray played . . .

“He could have checked it down a couple of times, I don’t think there is any doubt about that. He could have checked it down.”

On Murray’s second half against Florida . . .

“We talked a little bit about what it means to be soft position-by-position. I guess it was the day of the game. One of the things we talked about at quarterback was you’re soft if you can’t get knocked down a couple of times and get back up and trust your protection and throw strikes. I didn’t say throw picks, but that’s the same kind of thing. You’d rather get sacked than throw a pick. That’s a test of a guy’s toughness at the quarterback position. Can he have some bad plays and then shake it off and go make some plays that will help you win the game at the end? I thought he showed real outstanding mental toughness in that area. I thought Coach (Mike) Bobo did a good job of not quitting on the guy.”

On tailback Todd Gurley’s play against Florida . . .

“I thought it was probably underrated as far as what people talked about at the end of the game. There were so many things to talk about in that game. I thought it was a tremendous performance, that many carries against that physical of a defense. To average 4.4 (yards per carry) and not really have a long run, that was a heck of a game, and his ball security was tremendous. I think early in the game he got hit pretty good. Something was bothering him. It wasn’t an injury that kept him out, obviously, but he got stung pretty good early on and didn’t say much about it. He just kept going.”

On offensive line play . . .

“I thought the line blocked well. I won’t say it was any kind of a dominating performance, but I thought they blocked well. I thought we pass protected a little bit better than maybe I thought we would. I thought the run blocking was what I would hope for, just a battle, creating a little space here and there and having a back that would stick it on in there. Some of our four, five, six, seven yard runs were blocked as well as they could be blocked, and their safeties came up and made the hit. I don’t know how many times their safety was the initial hit man when he was an unblocked player just because of the numbers. There were quite a few times we stuck a hat on everybody and created space and got him to the safety, but their safeties were outstanding at coming up and making tackles. Both are very physical guys and very sure tacklers. It was one of those kinds of games.”

On Jarvis Jones’ ability causing fumbles . . .

“The fumble thing was huge. We talk about it so much as coaches and you have stats to back it up. It’s amazing how much time we spend on offense, defense and special teams – so much time – but ball security is the number one stat besides the score as far as deciding who wins and who loses. Jarvis has an awareness about him. First of all, when you hustle you have a chance to make plays, just like that last fumble. If he’s not hustling, he’s not making that play. But because he’s hustling, he’s turning and running when they play is already past him, he sees the ball, he sees the guy, but the guy doesn’t see him. Here’s a guy from Florida trying to make a great play, and he’s about to make a great play, but because Jarvis hustled and was in position to see the ball as he diving, it’s hard to keep the ball tight when you’re airborne. Instead of just going to tackle the guy, he rakes the ball out of there. (David) Pollack was a guy who had a knack for that. There are just certain guys who not only want the sack, but they want the ball out.”

On where Jones ranks nationally . . .

“I don’t know if there is a better defensive football player in America than Jarvis. I know the linebacker at Notre Dame is a great player as well. They might be equally great, and they are both so important to their team. Jarvis is a pretty dynamic player to have the pass rush ability and the ability to drop back and make the pick or be the guy who mirrors the quarterback and is athletic or be the guy who stops the run two or three yards in the backfield. He can stone somebody who is trying to block him and make the play. If you take his per game statistics it’s pretty impressive. I think he’s number one in America in sacks per game, maybe forced fumbles per game and fumble recoveries. His stats are really impressive, but when you watch him play it’s equally impressive. I think he’s the best player in America.”

On whether he thinks Jarvis Jones is the best player in America . . .

“I can’t think of a better player than Jarvis in the whole United States of America. He’s the best.”

On the Ole Miss-Texas game . . .

“That game was so long ago, it’s not the same Ole Miss defense in my opinion. There are some things that you might could learn as far as some things schematically that they did, but they didn’t play that day like they’re playing now defensively. They’re playing harder, they’re playing faster, they’re believing more and they were playing a bunch of young guys. Those guys are not as young as they were. Even our freshmen, they’ve played seven or eight ballgames now, so they’re not quite the rookies they were early in the year. They’ve gained enough experience to not let some of the things that happened to them early on happen to them now. Texas absolutely had a great game against them, points and yards, but I don’t see the same defense.”

On status of center David Andrews (knee) for Saturday’s game . . .

“We think he’ll play. We don’t think we have to worry about that, but if something happened to David I’m not sure what we would do. It probably would be (Chris) Burnette. I think early in the year that would have been the answer, and since we’ve played a lot more ball I don’t know if we would change our mind. I don’t know if we would put (Preston) Mobley in there, but I think it would be Burnette. We do think David is going to play.”

On Malcolm Mitchell’s contributions to the offense . . .

“It’s helped us a lot, obviously. He’s still practicing some with the defense. He’s still meeting some with the defense. He’s trying to stay up to speed as much as possible in case of an emergency on defense. So he’s not offense in every meeting and every period of practice, but he’s mostly offense. We’re getting him going again, and having him more in tune to what we’re doing and getting the rust off – there was a little rust on the guy at the receiver position, but I think he is shaking most of it off and doing some of the things fundamentally that make you a good receiver. That touchdown, it seems pretty simple, but not many guys will run it all the way to eight yards. It’s a fade-stop type play where you have to run the exact yardage and you have to make it look like you’re going deep and hit the brakes, have a sudden stop and get your hands ready to snatch it. It’s not that easy to do. It takes time and reps. Of course (Aaron Murray) had to get it out early. There was a guy coming free. The goal is the throw the ball before they get their eyes around, so the ball is on the way and you get your eyes around. You saw it happen to (Tavarres King) one time. It wasn’t the same play, but it was the same kind where the ball is on the way and you turn around and the ball is on you. The route that TK ran, it doesn’t usually happen that fast, so I don’t want to make TK look bad. The ball was thrown early because of a protection issue again. For Malcolm to run the route the way he should, snatch it strong with his hands and have the presence of mind – Coach (Tony) Ball always tells them to get off the sideline and wheel back inside and go and see what you can get. It was a heck of a play.”

On play of NG Kwame Geathers . . .

“My best image of Kwame in the last two weeks was in the Kentucky game when he had that big sack and I saw this giant athlete work up the field and change direction and just reach out and snatch the guy. He didn’t go very far once Kwame got his hands on him. He’s playing extremely well. We probably played more of him and John Jenkins in the game at the same time due to Abry (Jones’) injury, and they’re both playing well. Kwame does stay in there at the nose, and John will move outside, but I think it’s the time of year when the weather is pleasant enough to play more snaps without the heat issue, because the heat does hurt the big guys a little more I think. He’s been great. He’s kind of an unsung hero. He does his job and does it well, doesn’t say a whole lot, works his tail off and does what he’s supposed to do in school. He’s just a great kid.”

On status of Michael Bennett’s recovery from ACL injury . . .

“Michael understands what happened to him. He’s kind of over the shock and the initial pain of it, knowing that you can’t play the rest of the season. There are going to be long days of rehab and maybe even wondering what could have been. I don’t know if he’ll go there, but I think he knows he has a great future ahead of him. He still has two years of eligibility and people recover quite well from that type of surgery. He’s walking around without crutches and he feels like he’s ahead of the game right now in the rehab process.”

FULLBACK ALEXANDER OGLETREE

On the Florida win . . .

“It felt great. It’s a great win. It’s always good to beat Florida – that’s a big-time game and we knew we needed it. We all went out as a team and played really hard.”

On the performance of Todd Gurley . . .

“Todd’s a work horse. He just went out there and got it done on Saturday. I told him before the game to go out there and play hard – I knew he hadn’t played in a game like that before and I told him it was going to take all of our ability and heart if we wanted to win. And he went out there and got it done.”

WR TAVARRES KING

On the Florida win . . .

“This one was a lot more sweet. Being my last go-around it meant a lot to me. It’s crazy to beat those guys twice in a row – that’s something that hadn’t been done in a long time. It just topped everything off being my senior year. The defense was lights-out. It was a fun game to watch and it was awesome to be a part of it.”

On Todd Gurley . . .

“The kid is phenomenal. I’ve never met anybody like him. He works extremely hard, and he’s very poised. He’s a guy who’s just way ahead of his years. I don’t feel like he’s a freshman. He doesn’t act like it, doesn’t play like it.”

QB AARON MURRAY

On Florida game . . .

“It was an unbelievable experience on the field and in the locker room celebrating afterwards. It was a lot of fun to get that victory – this was probably the biggest Georgia-Florida game I’ve been a part of and it feels great to be on top of the SEC east again and maybe be able to compete for an SEC Championship if we do our part these next two games.”

On how his experience helped him respond with a stronger second half . . .

“It would’ve been rough [if he were younger player]. I think having played in a lot of big games helps. And with our defense playing so well, it gave some more confidence. If I was playing poorly and then Florida goes down and scores a bunch of points, it would’ve been a lot different.”

On getting ready for Ole Miss…

“We want to play every week with that intensity [that we did vs. Florida]. We are capable of playing with that emotion and intensity every game. Being back in the lead in the East is big – it gives us the chance to play in Atlanta. Like Jarvis [Jones] said after the game, that wins meant nothing if we don’t win the next two.”

CB DAMIAN SWANN

On Ole Miss’ offense . . .

“They’re very good; they have a veteran offensive line, a pretty good quarterback and good receivers. We just have to play well fundamentally and be ready for when they take shots on offense and play fast.”

On keeping up with the up up-tempo offense . . .

“It’s going to be a challenge. You never know what they’re going to do and you just have to make the right call. We know that sometimes they’re going to catch you a little off guard. They had a few big plays against Alabama because they caught Alabama lined up off guard.”

On coming into his own as a defender . . .

“It’s just a confidence thing. I’m starting to build my confidence pretty high and playing with all of the veteran guys really help me. They all have my back when we’re out there and trust me to make the right plays.”

DL GARRISON SMITH

On motivating the defense . . .

“I think it’s always just the challenge that motivates us. When someone challenges our manhood or says anything to take a shot at us then we want to respond. We try not to get too caught up in it but we’re going to respond. We’re motivated for every game, but some games have a different effect than others. We’re going to be motivated every time whether we get called out or not.”

On Ole Miss up-tempo offense . . .

“This is a real big challenge for us because of the way they run their offense. They have a great coach that has done a really good job of putting players together in a way that they feed off of each other. It’s going to be a big challenge just to keep guys fresh going against an up-tempo offense. That’s a challenge for any defense, just to get lined up and play against a good offense with good players.”

On whether fatigue will be a factor . . .

“Fatigue plays a very big part in the game but that’s why we condition and run during practice. We want to keep up and practice in the game tempo and hopefully that conditioning will help out on Saturday.”

104 comments Add your comment

mikeadd

October 30th, 2012
3:46 pm

mikeadd

October 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

CMR should have Coach V Dooley come in and talk about Ole Miss. He’d have them thinking they were the Green Bay Packers.

Inlet Dawg

October 30th, 2012
3:52 pm

All I can say is that we better get after it on Saturday or we are going add an L.They are ready for us.

Blue Ridge Dawg

October 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

Georgia can beat ANY team in the nation if they put it all together for 60 minutes! GO DAWGS!!

jack bull

October 30th, 2012
4:02 pm

if i see A Murray yank his chin strap off again(or clap his hands), after HE does something awful, i don’t know what i’m going to do! he just gets that deer in the headlight look too often.

if winning were easy, losers would be doing it.

BigDawg

October 30th, 2012
4:06 pm

Keep it going Dawgs! We still have a chance, more upsets to come!

OLD DOG

October 30th, 2012
4:07 pm

The team needs to know that the only way they are going to get any respect from anyone ; the press, other teams and the general public is to pound O’l Miss. Take no prisoners. I know the team and the coaches are tired of hearing how the Fla. game was a fluke or that Fla was off their game. That the real Dawgs played KY. Well they can end all of that by giving O’l Miss a good dawg whipping.

tell me again

October 30th, 2012
4:07 pm

Nobody wants to win more than these kids. After the SC game there were doubts and a huge challenge ahead with Florida. All of a sudden we catch a break with SC losing and then beating Florida. All of a sudden they can see that their goals are right there within reach. They’ll be ready.

BigDawg

October 30th, 2012
4:08 pm

Remember 1980! One player makes a HUGE difference and US elected a Republican governor from a Democratic state when the nation was in shambles. May history repeat itself!! Red jerseys and red states rule!

justafan

October 30th, 2012
4:08 pm

DAWGRX

October 30th, 2012
4:11 pm

Feed Gurley the ball, swing Marshall out on sweeps and screen passes, play safe passes and just protect the ball. Defense hit and fly around like they did in Jacksonville. Run to the ball and when you arrive, make sure the ball carrier knows that you are very, very angry. That should do it.

chilidawg

October 30th, 2012
4:13 pm

My chief complaint with CMR in his entire tenure at UGA is that one week the team will get up and beat a team that everyone expects them to lose to and then come out flat the next week and struggle against a lesser opponent. He uses too many gimmicks to try to motivate the team. There should be a swagger about a team with this much talent that says they are confident in the game plan that the coaches have laid out for them.

DawgJohn

October 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

I have stood by Richt from day one and it concerns me that it took #36 to motivate the team in a such a way that made a significant difference in attitude and play. Bottom line is that he did the best coaching leading up to the game of anyone associated with UGA. That wake up call appears to be just want the defense needed. Now if we could get the “deer in headlights” look out of Murray’s eyes maybe he can settle down to a more comfortable passing attack. He was a weak link on so many of his plays the other night. After 3 years I surely expect him to be good on most of his snaps.

DAWGRX

October 30th, 2012
4:20 pm

Murray didn’t play well, for sure, but it was also Florida’s defense that played well, too. Don’t discount that their defense played almost as well as our defense did. It’s just that UGA has more offensive weapons and firepower than Florida does….except against SC.

And another thing, do you think we can give it a rest on comparing past opponents to decide on who’s going to win a game and by how much? SC whips UGA, Florida destroys SC and UGA beats Florida. Whodathunkit? Every game is a game unto itself. The past games don’t usually have much to do with who will win. On any given day, one team can have an off day and get beat by a supposed “lesser” team. And that includes Alabama.

RiffRaff

October 30th, 2012
4:25 pm

Ole Miss’ fast-paced, no-huddle offense is going to cause the D some fits. Worried about the team being flat. Need three and outs. Otherwise, it could be a long afternoon.

obamaSINLADEN

October 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

ga and miss wear your favorite religious symbol. national tv.

DawginLex

October 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

The only thing Lishping Lithzard Lou Holthz ever says that I agree with is that you get a different team every week.

Hopefully, this week, we get a UGA team that plays lights out on offense and defense in the same game. If so, we destroy Ole Miss.

If the offense plays well but the defense goes back into taking plays off, this will be a shootout

Destin Dawg

October 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

Murray chokes in big games… plain and simple… run the ball .. roll out short passes to the TE.’s and RB’s… play defense like we’re capable… Ole Miss is coming off 2 SEC ( almost 3 ) wins… SEC Champs is within reach and its Homecoming…that should be plenty of motivation… Go ALL the way Dawgs !!!

Season Ticket Holder since 1986

October 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

If the fans want the team to play with intensity, the most important thing that can be done to insure that is for the fans to demonstrate the level of intensity that they want the players to exhibit. Screaming when the other team is in the huddle or trying to audible, screaming “Georgia!” “Bulldogs!” when something goes wrong instead of booing. The true fans that want the team to be intense will pump up the players rather than the other way around.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
4:38 pm

Right Destin, you can ease a nervous QB into the game with safer passes, and hell – just handing the ball off.

It’s amazing how much he has accomplished in 2.5 years here, and still gets so nervous, or juiced-up, whichever it is that he gets.

Mike

October 30th, 2012
4:42 pm

If UGA wants to play at the level Alabama plays at, they need to play like they did last week every week.

DawginLex

October 30th, 2012
4:43 pm

Joey

Told you we were going to win

Murray can throw the back shoulder stuff all day against Ole Miss.

I’m more worried about the defense stopping them and playing with the same intensity

We should be able to score 50 if we execute

Just don’t want it to be 50-48

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
4:44 pm

It’s an interesting angle, but I think the “motivation” factor is overblown at times. They beat UF because they played thier assigtnments and did what they were supposed to do. It’s not like that was a barely average talent defense that just play some unbelievable game over thier heads. They simple did thier jobs at a high level of execution. It’s NOT about reproducing some magic from JVille. It’s about just doing what they do, and NOT reverting to whatever caused them to to not do that at times.

Steve

October 30th, 2012
4:49 pm

Waiting for GTBob. Come on boy, it’s a new UGA blog. Where are ya?

Lagdawg

October 30th, 2012
4:50 pm

If trying to win an NC doesn’t motivate you to play at a top level every game, there is a big problem. UGA hasn’t won a NC in 32 years. The players and the coaching staff should always be motivated. Motivated to win NCs and to make it to the NFL. These kids need to know that they are lower than pond scum until they understand why they are playing football. It’s to win NCs, Period. That also goes for the coaches when the get to content, just like CMR. He has no fire in him or any passion.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
4:54 pm

You did tell me Lex, and I didn’t believe. Hoped, but didn’t think our lines could handle UF’s. Great coaching by Grantham especially.

Hope “Thomas Brown” is right about the players bringing that intensity to all the remaining games.

If they do, we could hurt some feelings . . .

Joey

October 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

Nice analysis AD – and I vote for our defense, “NOT reverting.”

Russell Hall

October 30th, 2012
4:59 pm

Ole Miss is plenty good enough to keep our attention. Stay focused, Dawgs!

JB

October 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

Get Pat Dye to go on WSB radio on Thursday and say the Dawgs they ain’t man enough to beat Ole Miss.

JB

October 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Maybe the offense shows up

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

In our own lives, may we all choke so well in our endeavers, as to have Murray’s record in Jville.

gomdawg

October 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

SIMPLE THE FLORIDA GAME DON’T MEAN NOTHING IF WE DON’T BEAT OLE MISS.

GO DAWGS — DEFENSE AND OFFENSE LET’S DO A DOUBLE PLAY BOTH SIDES SHOW UP AT THE SAME TIME WHAT A GAME

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

I see Grantham is now deemed to be the one who handles the defense again.

DP

October 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

“The reality is, it’s very difficult for any team to play at peak level more than a few weeks a year and it’s especially difficult in consecutive weeks.”

Alabama does it. Oregon does it. Why can’t Georgia do it?

SSgt Dawg

October 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

I think that the UF was a great win and a great effort by the defense. I still find it hard to swallow that CMR can’t find a way to motivate this team weekly. I have always said and will standby my beliefs that CMR is not a great coach, but a good one. Saban is great because he never let’s his team look ahead nor come out flat. Every game should be treated like its more important than the last. With all the great players and alum that UGA has I’d think you could find someone to come in and motivate the DAWGS.

SSgt Dawg

October 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

@ DP I agree wholeheartedly. LSU, BAMA and Oregon all come out no matter the opponent and play with max effort

Rick

October 30th, 2012
5:25 pm

Georgia’s offense is a little slower because the OC is a little slow.

Gurly is the best back at UGA since Walker. I liked Garrison and Hampton, but Gurley is a special football player.

His intangibles at 18 yo are quite impressive.

I was there at the game and I am still having throat issues from screaming.

DirtyDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

Gotta say, an even sorta healthy Jarvis Jones makes all the difference in the world. He was slowed at SC, didn’t even play at KY. But his performance Saturday was a true difference maker and it rubbed off on everybody. CMR and Mike Bobo keep trying to get Aaron Murray to follow his check-downs, make a decision, and MOVE…do something…NOW. Trouble seems to be that he’s doing so much thinking that he’s not seeing what’s going on…a receiver’s covered and there’s no more time to find another one – take-the-hell off running or throw it away, don’t try to force it in. Maybe he needs to have a couple of ‘pops’ before a game…maybe a ‘relaxed’ A Murray, would allow his instincts and talents take over and execute…for all we know it was a couple of Mint Juleps in Kentucky that got him the 4 TDs and a gazillion yards. Shoot, why not? If that’s not his thing, then try Zanax (or whatever it’s called)…worked for Favre.

flo-ri-duh

October 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

Key is getting the run game going to keep the defense rested. Score first and no turnovers gets the Dawgs a win.

oldbird

October 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:05 pm
In our own lives, may we all choke so well in our endeavers, as to have Murray’s record in Jville.

Well stated Altamaha Dawg. Not that many UGA quarterbacks around that have a winning record against Florida.

DP

October 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

“for all we know it was a couple of Mint Juleps in Kentucky that got him the 4 TDs and a gazillion yards”

I think it more likely was the wretched Kentucky defense. Murray puts up big stats against mediocre to lousy defenses and poops the bed against top notch defenses. Which is why Georgia had never beaten a top 10 team with Murray at QB until Florida last Saturday, and they won that game in spite of Murray, not because of him.

Joey

October 30th, 2012
5:41 pm

If that was for me, I’ve given our DC much more grief than any other coach on the staff, except maybe O-line. This season, he has been included in all of my, “underachieving coaching staff” rants.

daddo

October 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

A team with a crappy offensive line, a choke quarterback, sorry coaching, a 35-7 thrashing and the inability to kick a PAT is not a national championship calibre team. Once again, an easy schedule creates the illusion of change. Same ole Georgia, and after watching you play SC and Florida, the nation knows it.

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:46 pm

Having 3 senior Outland trophy candidates on the Offensive line is one of the best ways to motivate your team, IMO.

tdawgmoney

October 30th, 2012
5:48 pm

3 amateur observations………1) An unbelievably stout defensive effort. 2) STs play still needs more reps, they still look like early Sept. to me. 3) sorry to piggy back the Bobo bashing..but quite simply he plays “not to lose” ( or chicken#%&* rather than “claiming a victory”. What is more risky, putting the ball in the air from your own 20?…..or giving the ball back to the opposing team (with it all on the line) to beat you? I will never understand the predictable 3 handoffs and a punt. If I were CTG, I would grab Bobo by the throat and “discourage him” from making me win the same ballgame multiple times. Coach Bobo was a serviceable QB in his day…..he’s in way over his head in the box.

AltamahaDawg

October 30th, 2012
5:48 pm

No Joey, that was not meant for you, It was meant for general chuckles.

claytondawg

October 30th, 2012
5:52 pm

Now, it’s ANOTHER time to work and play with intensity. Afterall, that’s what it’s all about. Go ‘Dogs!!! Quite frankly, I’m a little worried about Ole Miss. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing lights out against the ‘Dogs.

Coach Mike Price

October 30th, 2012
5:54 pm

Hey BigDog, that republican governor from a democratic state happens to be the father of massive federal spending, look it up brain dead!

DP

October 30th, 2012
5:55 pm

AltamahaDawg, I’m sure Mark Richt loves fans like you who make excuses for why his team shows up ready to play maybe 3 or 4 games a year.

How is it that 3 offensive linemen could motivate their team’s defense to lead the nation in every major statistical category a year after losing 6-7 starters, including 4 in the first 35 picks of the NFL draft?

DawginLex

October 30th, 2012
5:57 pm

DP

Now the complaint changes to Murray won despite Murray

WOW!

What a gomer you are

You gripe about him not beating a top 10 team. He does it. You still gripe

Who threw the passes on that last drive?
Who threw the TD pass?
Who was 5 for 6 on the last drive?
Who was the QB who changed the play at the line of scrimmage and made the winning TD throw?

Murray

You take Murray out at halftime as you wanted, Mason loses the game and we blow his redshirt.

Great plan