Bowl update: Status quo for Georgia’s offensive line after all (UPDATED)

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Here are some quick hits from Georgia and Nebraska’s preparations for the Capital One Bowl. There is a news conference this afternoon featuring Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones and both coordinators. Check back for more updates.

THE BIG NEWS

Heading into bowl practices back in Athens, with the 32-28 loss to Alabama still fresh on their conscious, Georgia coaches declared a full-scale open competition on the offensive line. But as the workouts phase from competition to walk-through stage here at the bowl site, it looks like the Bulldogs will line up pretty much the same way.

“I think we’ll probably be like we were toward the end of the season,” Georgia line coach Will Friend said before Saturday’s practice at Celebration High School. “We had good practices in Athens and we had good practices here. They got to compete every day and I thought it was good to kind of open it up. But it’ll be pretty much like we ended the season.”

One of the reasons the Bulldogs opened up the competition was an attempt to reward the improvement junior Austin Long showed late in the season. But Long broke his right hand in one of the last full-contact practices in Athens. Georgia also liked the line’s look with Mark Beard playing left tackle and left tackle Kenarious Gates moving inside to play left guard toward the end of the year

“Ken will start the game,” Friend said of left tackle. “Mark’s going to play a bunch, though.”

TICKET UPDATE

Now that the weekend has arrived, Georgia fans are slowly starting to trickle into Orlando and are a more prominent presence in the surrounding amusement parks. There is clearly more of them than Nebraska, at least at this early juncture.

According to UGA officials, the Bulldogs have sold approximately 10,000 of their 12,500 ticket allotment for Tuesday’s game. Tickets remain on sale and can be purchased online at georgiadogs.com.

“Our sales have been pretty stable the last two weeks; no real spike,” said Tim Cearley, Georgia’s director of ticket operations. “We’re utilizing 10,000 when it’s all said and done. We went down there in 2009 and the numbers were pretty comparable. We probably sold another 500 to 700 more that particular year.”

Of course, Georgia has a slightly disappointed fan base. Cearley said 17,000 tickets were pre-sold for the BCS National Championship. In the end, the Bulldogs’ support for this bowl is about par for the course.

“When we’re in a BCS bowl or in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Bowl we generally sell out,” Cearley said. “These numbers are pretty typical for a non-BCS game.”

The Bulldogs’ numbers are a lot better than Nebraska’s. According to media outlets covering the Cornhuskers, they have sold less than one-third of their 12,500 allotment. That’s unusual for a program known for selling out every home game. Then again, Nebraska is coming off a 70-31 loss in the Big Ten title game.

PRACTICE UPDATE

The Bulldogs practiced for two hours in off-and-on rain Saturday morning at Celebration High School.

“We got it in without too much rain today,” Richt said. “It could always rain on game day, although it’s not predicted to right now. But a little rain never hurts. It’s good for ball concentration. You watch all these bowl games and you see a lot of ball security issues and a lot of special team issues. It’s almost like playing the first game again in some ways because you spend so much time between games. So we’ve been working real hard on the habits of securing the ball. Hopefully we’ll do a good job there.”

After practice the Bulldogs were scheduled to visit all the Disney properties. With more than 75,000 visiting the parks daily during the holidays, their VIP status is especially coveted.

“I’ve been having a good time,” freshman tailback Todd Gurley said. “I remember coming to Orlando when I was in about the third grade and going to all the parks. I’m just trying to enjoy this moment because it’s free and I’m trying to take advantage of everything while I can.”

THEY SAID IT

Georgia coach Mark Richt could not suppress an out-loud laugh when asked Saturday if he was having fun during his stay in Orlando:

“I’d have more fun if the game was today or tomorrow. After a while you’re like, ‘let’s just play the thing.’ You’re into Practice 12 or 13 or 14 in the gameplan. You’ve been here having a good time, for sure, but after a while you’re, like, ‘let’s just play.’ As a matter of fact, I’d be for practicing maybe three days, play the game, then hang around another three days afterward and really enjoy the thing. But our wives and children are having a good time. We as coaches, we’re working pretty hard throughout with the practices, the film study and the recruiting stuff on the phone. So we stay busy.”

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on quarterback Aaron Murray at Saturday’s Capital One press conference:

“On the way over here Aaron said he was ready to get this over so he could go see Mickey Mouse.”

Nebraska senior linebacker Will Compton feels like the Cornhuskers will get at least some support from the local residents of Orlando:

“Since we’ve been down here we’ve already had a few people walk up to us and say they hope we beat Georgia because they’re for Florida. You can definitely feel that rivalry down here.”

47 comments Add your comment

Dedoh

December 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

Can’t wait for game time.

Joe

December 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

I hope the Dawgs hang another 70 on Nebraska.

sogadog

December 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

I read the Nebraska QB called the Dawg’s D just another “Big 10 defense.” I hope Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree straighten that boy out.

GranthamsThe Man

December 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

Glad to finally see some depth on the O-Line.

Almost time for some Grown Man Football. GATA!!!

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

WOW so that O-line is the BEST the dWags can come up with after all. I guess 5 yards was as good as it can get in 32 years too.

Oakdale Dawg

December 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

Timeout, does typing “Dwag” make you feel better about yourself?

kingdaddy

December 29th, 2012
2:43 pm

Glad everybody is having fun and staying out of trouble…

joe jenkins

December 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

Saying that we are comparable to a big 10 defense is an accurate statement at this point and time. The three best offenses we played sc and bama…tenn ran circles around us.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 29th, 2012
2:53 pm

KingDaddy was it all fun at the Dew Drop last night? Hope you and Mustang Sally were cutting the rug between drinks.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 29th, 2012
2:58 pm

Oakdale does misspelling Dog as Dawg make you look smart? Does having your fan buddy on TV holding a sign that says Go dWags during the Michigan State bowl game make UGa and the state of Georgia look better or worse?

Oakdale Dawg

December 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

For all you know, that “fan” was a Tech student who did that for fun (or whatever you guys would call something like that). Dawg is phonetically the way many Georgia people pronounce the word and that is done all in fun. Your use of Dwag is intended to be obnoxious and your attempts to point out Georgia’s lack of success (in your eyes) can only be to make you feel better about yourself. Why else would you do it – you certainly can’t rely on your football team’s success on the field. Regardless, I hope they can find a way to beat USC.

For Sure

December 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

Time to have Orkin spray THIS site for trolls.

TossSweep

December 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

I’m hope the Georgia D is using the Nebraska QB’s comment to give them a little edge. Gotta’ do better against the run or else they’ll get run over like the did against Alabama. Sack the Nebraska QB six to eight times during the game and make him re-think about whether Georgia’s D is another typical Big Ten defense.

jack bull

December 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

I kinda think Martinez hit the nail on the head with his comment. Now last year was different story, but this year, we looked pretty pedestrian on D.

Maybe the black jerseys Richt is going to let the team wear will help fire ‘em up some…

Moist Dawg

December 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

“With the 32-28 loss to alabama still fresh on their conscious…”
If I hear about that stupid game one more time I’m going to vomit. We lost, saban is still a lowlife, and tech is still unwatchable.
It was time to move on 3 weeks ago, but ohhh no, we must keep talking about that game. It’s sickening.

kingdaddy

December 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

I think bragging on our Defense this year is kinda like celebrating USAs debt is only 16.4 Trillion Dollars, lol. Our Defense was not all that great at times, but they were up against some very good Offenses. Still, that’s not good enough. The scheme needs to be adjusted to stop the run. Too much talent for it not to have been the scheme…

Vince

December 29th, 2012
4:47 pm

Put in—Give Cleveland Ave. a shot.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

December 29th, 2012
4:51 pm

I’m glad Aaron Murray wants to see Mickey Mouse. WTF?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 29th, 2012
5:32 pm

Oakdale Dawg
December 29th, 2012
3:18 pm

For all you know, that “fan” was a Tech student who did that for fun (or whatever you guys would call something like that).
==================================

Right a TECH fan would go to the UGa bowl game and sit next to the UGa band and hold up a sign. You are so full of crap.

http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/30893609/Go-Dwags.aspx

Yes that is a TECH fan you are so full of crap.

45 ACP

December 29th, 2012
5:55 pm

Yeah, I’d rather see Minnie Mouse.

NCDawg

December 29th, 2012
6:06 pm

The problems stopping the run come from the D-line. Jenkins was danced around and used like a moving pick all year. Watch film and see if out LB’s are shielded on 80% of all the inside runs. Jenkins never created any disruption at all. No penetration. We will see if Geathers does a better job of forcing the issue.

Athens

December 29th, 2012
6:14 pm

@Put in Timeout…

Aren’t you a little old for this? Good grief 5150, still throwing high school barbs at age 50?……geez…

Oakdale Dawg

December 29th, 2012
6:37 pm

Timeout, you think someone would really misspell it like that on a big sign they prepare? Yeah, I think either someone went out of their way to mock Georgia, or it was photoshopped. That’s not the point. It’s sad because you apparently have nothing better to do than try to pester your big brother. And the dwag thing is not even clever. Like I said earlier, it’s just obnoxious.

DawgFan

December 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

Put in Timeout

Who is Ken Suguira? He must write for some irrelevant, sorry ass team. Bet he wishes he could have Chip’s job.

kingdaddy

December 29th, 2012
7:34 pm

NCDawg
CTG has the responsibility to “fix-it”, whatever it was. No excuses. Your analysis may be spot on but the DC is responsible for finding a way to stop someone before they hit 200+ rushing yards much less 350. Trying to be honest and objective here. It wasn’t just Big John’s fault, that’s why we have coaches in charge. Ok, let me simplify…how many other Defenses gave up 350 to Bama and 300+ to Tech and Southern? I think the scheme is flawed and we had no answer for it. We had seven to eight defensive players getting ready to play on Sundays, maybe nine and we can’t stop a decent RB? No, that screams scheme flaw. Talent was there. Most DCs wish they had UGAs players. Grantham must adjust better or we need to admit we made a mistake with him. We will see next year if he can Coach his way out of a wet paper sack. Bobo did a great job. In the END, IT ALL FALLS BACK ON CMR TO TELL HIS DC TO GET IT DONE OR HIT THE ROAD! I know we had suspensions but the games I mentioned happened with all the starters in…if our Defense would had shown up better, we may have had the season of a lifetime and not be refered to as an average Big 10 Defense…

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 29th, 2012
8:53 pm

@-timeout—you and –A PERSON SO SMART—-AKA—BIG DUMMY——————-are

————————-ONE OF THE SAME———————-BONAFIDE —TECH TROLL

—————–CHEAP VARSITY FRY COOK————————hahahahahahahah

bitter "spoiled recruit"

December 29th, 2012
8:58 pm

@king—–yes a change from —-GRANTHAM—–like adding both 350 pound D/T at the same time

——————-a modified 4/3 “D”——————-giving up 350 yards was —-hurtful

—————-still murray and our offence came as close to playing in the big game as any Q/B

———————since —buck belue

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 29th, 2012
11:16 pm

Oakdale Dawg
December 29th, 2012
6:37 pm

Timeout, you think someone would really misspell it like that on a big sign they prepare? Yeah, I think either someone went out of their way to mock Georgia, or it was photoshopped.

Ho do you Photoshop an ESPN Live TV broadcast? Do you think a fan of MSU would be given a ticket in the UGa section next to the band for a bowl game. You are just STUPID if you think that is anything but a UGa fan.

kirk

December 30th, 2012
12:43 am

oline will be ready!

sic n tired!

December 30th, 2012
1:57 am

Coach..I can read from your quote that the dogs wont be ready cuz ur ready to leave town…get outta athens! Muike Riley is SEC ready!

Oakdale Dawg

December 30th, 2012
6:20 am

Timeout,

I’m stupid? Maybe so. I won’t call you any names, but I have a feeling my life is a lot better and more complete than yours. You are the king of the anonymous blog. I guess I’ll stick with the most common reply we Dawgs have for our little brothers: 11-1. Does anything else really matter?

Joey

December 30th, 2012
7:30 am

“if our Defense would had shown up better, we may have had the season of a lifetime”
*****************************************
Kind of a moot point, kd, cause NOBODY showed up for SC.

RMikel58

December 30th, 2012
8:15 am

We were all fooled into thinking that 2012 would be bad for Georgias Offense and not the Defense. I mean with 8-9 NFL Prospects on one side, how is it that a Defense can be worst than the year before when they were ranked 20th overall?
This all leads back to the DC and his lack of motivating and coaching.
Bobo was getting all the heat from last year and Grantham all the praise and how funny how things have turned around since then.
Grantham made no adjustments during half time and must have been playing a video game or talking to his stock broker or trying to get a palm reading.
But man how many times we’ve allowed teams to rush for 250-350 yards. I would be going nuts and have to yank me some players on Defense and put knots on their heads.
Now we face a Nebraska team that has a Dual QB that can really run the ball. Forget the 70 point loss they had, that was a month ago and theyve prepared for Georgia.
This wont be the same Nebraska team, they were humiliated, ran off the field and dont you know they have heard this day and night and certainly dont want to get embarrased like that again.
They want to show everyone that their better than that.
They know Georgia is better, they know Georgia’s favored to win, they watched game films but if you think for alittle that they are a bad team then you are foolish.
Georgia has lost the last 2 bowl games because of heart breaking losses at the end of the season coming from the SEC Championship game.
They lost to a Div 2A school, then to Michigan St.. Why not lose to a team thats ranked #23 and got blown out giving up 70 points.
Georgia just gives up and we fans never live it down when they lose and thats depressing to them to hear all the time.
So i dont think this year will be any different, Georgia will lose its 3rd bowl in a row to a Top 25 team because they came out flat and un-motivated to play.
They feel bad because they hear about the 5 seconds, knock the ball down, spike the ball, didnt throw into the end zone, shouldve prevented Alabama from making a 2 point conversion and soforth.
I couldnt have been prouder than seeing what many view as the game of the year and not being embarrased by a great Alabama team.
Lets move on and look ahead and get rid of the “what-ifs” in life because that was then and this is now. If Georgia comes out with a positive mindset then we will win but if they are still mentally in the Bama Game and cant let go then we lose.
Hope its the latter.

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Matt in ATL

December 30th, 2012
8:52 am

Not surprised Floridians are rooting for Nebraska. They obviously don’t know SEC brethren should stick together, as I do even for UF (while holding my nose). Traitors in jorts! :-)

Paddy

December 30th, 2012
9:03 am

“Just another Big 10 defense”, like your defense in the Big 10 Championship game? We may not score 70 on Nebraska but it will be close to that number!

Eaassyy

December 30th, 2012
9:10 am

In other news Alec Ogletree just body slammed another weak Tech running back. And MTSU just scored again. GFY 5150

MT

December 30th, 2012
9:27 am

Cornhusker said,

“Since we’ve been down here we’ve already had a few people walk up to us and say they hope we beat Georgia because they’re for Florida.”

This is the reason I don’t pull for Florida, even when they play for the NC.All that crap back when the Gators played for it,”Im pulling for Florida cause their SEC”. Not me Jack.They wouldn’t pull for us. I WOULD NOT PULL FOR FLORIDA IF THEY PLAYED TECH.

MT

December 30th, 2012
9:44 am

RMikel58

Hopefully it’s just the fans that are”in the we got beat by Bama” mindset, maybe the team has moved on.
If it’s the fans, it will be passed the first time we score, if its the team we got problems.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 30th, 2012
10:00 am

Oakdale…..I didn’t call you stupid. I said you would have to be stupid it you think ANYBODY would go through that much trouble to make the dWag fans look bad.

Mad Dog One

December 30th, 2012
11:33 am

I rute fer the dwags all thu time. I bet this sign has got more face time than any in a long time. Their heart was in the right place so I say go dwags and gaat. GO DOGS & GATA

RealityCheck

December 30th, 2012
3:13 pm

Regarding Grantham’s defense getting pushed around by Bama:

Most of their success came out of that unbalanced set with a fullback in the wing. Jarvis was always aligned to the strong side, outflanked by that fullback. Jenkins lined up on the weak side with outside leverage. Jarvis stood up, played patty-cake with a double team, then let one of them scrape off to harass a linebacker or the secondary. Though this wasn’t apparent in against that offensive formation, Jenkins attacked his blockers all day. The result? Bama ran the ball at Jarvis Jones the whole second half with great success.

They had some success in that unbalanced set in the first half, and came back hot and heavy in the second. Grantham had time to make an adjustment, but we lined up the same way the whole game. Outflanked, a safety responsible for beating one of the blockers coming off Jarvis AND tackling a runner at full speed. If a running back takes a hand off, your DC should be able to engineer a free man to make the tackle.

How could Grantham have done it? First he could switch Jenkins to the strong side and Jones to the weak side. Jenkins would keep those blockers tied down at the line of scrimmage at the very least, and Jarvis on the backside frees him to take advantage of his speed. Secondly, he should have shifted the line so that we weren’t outflanked on the strong side of that formation. Thirdly, he could bring another linebacker into the game, forcing Bama to try to beat us in the air. Our secondary got beat on a couple of mistimed air balls, and I think they could have handled themselves with 8 defenders threatening the quarterback.

I realize that we haven’t seen that unbalanced formation much (if any) this year, but Grantham has been in the game for a long time. He’s seen it before at some level. Call a time out, tell your defense how to adjust, and win the damn game.

Just my 2 cents, and go Dawgs

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The Shrink

December 31st, 2012
2:13 am

You realize Martinez was complimenting Georgia when he compared them to a Big Ten D. Look up the stats. Michigan State in particular. D is ranked way higher than Georgia. TCU could do nothing against them. Martinez tore them up. He’s brash, he’s electrifying. Enjoy the game!

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Murray and the NFL

December 31st, 2012
10:23 am

Murray has never been QB for UGA in a BCS bowl. THIS UGLT FACT says it all.

GO Dogs
UGA class of 71&73

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