Category Archives: Georgia Football

Is something afoot on offense?

Originally, I thought the move of Hicks to H-back was a quasi-gimmick, based on a shortage of bodies at tight end and on Hicks not being the best blocking option at fullback.  But based on something Emerson wrote yesterday, I’m starting to rethink that a bit.

It turns out that Quayvon Hicks won’t be alone at the newly-installed H-back spot.

Freshman Jeb Blazevich, who signed as a tight end, will also be at H-back, according to Bobo. The position is a hybrid of fullback and tight end, and while it’s been used for a long time at the pro level, it’s new to Georgia’s offense.

Hicks and Blazevich will both participate in the tight ends meetings, and be coached by tight ends coach John Lilly. But they will also work with running backs coach Bryan McClendon for some drills.

Bobo indicated that how much the H-back is incorporated in the offense is yet to be decided.

“We’re gonna have to see really how it unfolds as a team, offensively, what our best personnel groups, and what our identity becomes, for us to move the ball,” Bobo said. “And that changes year to year. Everybody sees Georgia as two-back team, which we do, but last year we were a one-back team 74 percent of the time, with three receivers, one tight end, one back. So it’s really going to depend on who our best personnel is who gives us the best chance to move the ball.”

If he’s serious about using the position, there are a lot of tantalizing things he could do with it.  Consider me intrigued at this point.

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Back to reality

Jeremy Pruitt is Debbie Downer.

Pruitt is largely retaining the 3-4 scheme that Georgia used the past four seasons under Todd Grantham. But ideally Pruitt would like to substitute more and use an array of packages. He was asked Wednesday how comfortable he is that by the Clemson game on Aug. 31 he will be able to do all that.

“Right now I’m not very comfortable at all,” he said, adding that they will only play the guys that they know can perform. “If that’s 11, it’s 11. If it’s 30, it’s 30.

That’s a month to settle on a two-deep, or however the packages will be set.  Not exactly an eternity.

On the bright side, at least his players are ready to get started.

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Your daily dose of Dawg porn

From Gentry Estes’ list of incoming Georgia players who will make a real impact this season comes this bit about Charlie Hegedus:

The N.C. State transfer was reportedly cleared to play immediately because of an NCAA hardship waiver. A former star in combine settings, Hegedus has reportedly been impressive — and very fast — in summer workouts. [Emphasis added.]  Plus, he’s got a history with QB Hutson Mason. This has the makings of a real success story with Hegedus at UGA, and it would be a surprise if he’s not an impact player at some point soon.

Sounds like Coach Ball’s got something to work with there.

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The agony of Greg McGarity

I don’t doubt for a second that he’s sincere about this:

“People are upset, we’re upset,” McGarity said, “and we’ve got to work even harder to try to do things that will help us avoid these problems but at the end of the day, a young person has to make a decision. You see that not only with 18-year olds but you see that with 50-year olds that make poor decisions.

“When you do have a problem, it makes you go back and just take another look, take a second look on what’s registering and what is not.”

But seriously, if he finds a solution, he needs to take his services to a bigger stage than Athens, Georgia.  Social engineering is a tall order from an athletic director’s office.

For that matter, given Georgia’s experience over the past few years, the same can be said about the school president’s office as well.

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Haz a crayon alert

Mike Bobo shows up at number nine on Bruce Feldman’s list of offensive coordinators ready for head coaching gigs.

My second favorite thing about the list is that Kurt Roper shows up three slots ahead of Bobo.  I’ll be interested in seeing the conventional wisdom after the season’s over.

The best thing is seeing Bobo on the same list with a MENSA member.

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The new roster is here! The new roster is here!

Here’s the link.  Weiszer’s post about it is here.  Seth has his observations here.

Overall, it’s about what you might expect.  The defensive front has shed weight, with the only d-lineman weighing more than 300 pounds is freshman Lamont Gaillard.  (Ed. note:  Chris Mayes shows up at over 300 pounds, as well.)  The offensive line has grown, with Zach DeBell adding an astounding 25 pounds.  Outside linebacking has picked up size, while on the inside Wilson added a few pounds and Herrera has dropped a bunch – 13 pounds to 231 (if that makes him quicker and improves his stamina without affecting his strength, he could be somebody to watch next month).

A couple of names caught my eye.  Theus is up to 313 now, which is good-sized for a tackle.  The question is how mobile he is.  And on the other side, Ray Drew bucked the trend and added eight pounds.  Better strength, or could that be a reason he’s not been able to push up the depth chart yet?

The number I was most interested in seeing turned out to be 226.  That’s Todd Gurley’s listed weight.  It’s a few pounds less than last year’s official weight, but not so much that you worry about his ability to plow into defenders.

What do you guys see?

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Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. But what if there’s more than one clock?

Dean Legge, with an interesting comparison…

Because, back to Justin Scott-Wesley and Nick Marshall, even though both players were charged with the same crime – possession of less than an ounce of marijuana – one was arrested (JSW) and one was ticketed (Marshall). So even though they were in the same state, the guy in Athens was taken to jail, and the guy arrested in Reynolds was given a ticket for $1,000. So if the punishment is not applied the same for the exact crime in the State of Georgia how in the world is the same crime going to be applied the same in all SEC jurisdictions?

In addition to that – it is very possible that JSW’s “ticket” for weed would have gone totally unnoticed by the press because of the simple way that the Athens-Clarke County jail report works. He would have been given a ticket, and likely paid it. No one would have never noticed his one-game suspension because he would still be coming back from his ACL injury that happened last October.

I’m not sure I buy that last point he makes completely – we found out about Marshall’s arrest quickly enough – but overall, there’s certainly some food for thought when it comes to advocating a universal drug policy for a conference.

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About the linebackers

Count me in the group that thinks Georgia’s linebacking corps is an obvious team strength.  (Seth Emerson lays out what he calls the team’s ice cream here.)  Some of my optimism is based on improved coaching in that I believe Pruitt is going to do a better job of deploying the talent than Grantham did – I doubt we see Floyd dropping back in coverage very much and I’ll be shocked if Herrera and Wilson are on the field together in obvious passing situations nearly as often as they were last season – but most is due to having all four starters back.  Experience, talent and better coaching is a nice formula for quality play.

And here’s some context for you to digest.  South Carolina is making noises about shifting from the 4-2-5 scheme it’s run as its base for several years to some version of the 3-4 (per Lorenzo Ward, “At the end of the season I would be shocked if we didn’t play two-to-one 3-4 to 4-2-5…”) because the strength of the defense is at the linebacking position.  And that strength is reckoned as top five in the conference by SB Nation’s SEC bloggers.

They rank Georgia second, three spots ahead, and a hair’s breadth behind what’s been the conference standard, Alabama.  I’ll gladly take that.

Let’s just hope And The Valley Shook hasn’t delivered a 2014 epitaph for them:  “This is a deep, talented unit surrounded by, unfortunately, the rest of the Georgia defense.”

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Minor Dawg porn offering

Smack dab in the middle of a fun interview you can read over at Dawg Post, Todd Gurley names Isaiah McKenzie as one of the freshmen who’s caught his eye this summer.

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Getting back in a 2003 frame of mind

You’d better get ready for a lot of this as preseason camp opens:

“Here’s to hoping UGA can put a defense on the field vs. Clemson!” former Georgia punter Drew Butler tweeted Saturday after backup linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested for DUI, which should trigger a two-game suspension. “We need 11 guys..might have to settle for 10 or less at this pace.”

In all, eight players who were on the Georgia roster in January are no longer including safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, dismissed after two suspensions for violating Georgia’s drug policy.

There were three players dismissed, three transfers (Wiggins, linebacker Paris Bostick and receiver Uriah LeMay) and two medical disqualifications (defensive lineman De’Andre Johnson and linebacker Brandon Burrows).

But we should be used to hearing things like that before an opener with Clemson.

That’s great news for the defending Southeastern Conference champions, who were supposed to struggle early on.

They had a new offensive line. They were without injured defensive starters Will Thompson and Kentrell Curry. Eight other Bulldogs were suspended by coach Mark Richt. And that’s not counting the embarrassing Ring-gate episode where several players sold their rings from the school’s first SEC title in 20 years.

Whatever Richt came up with to prepare his team in 2003, let’s hope he bottled some of it.  It’s about time to break it out again.

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