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“They’re going to be who they are, we’re going to be who we are.”

Chad Morris is burning the candle at both ends trying to figure out what he’s going to see in Athens in five days.

One thing Clemson is expecting is lots of press coverage.

“With a new quarterback (Stoudt), we’re expecting them to bring pressure and press us on the outside,” Morris said. “It’s not going to be anything that is going to be revolutionary, that we haven’t seen before.”

“The way we look at it is, if they press us, then they don’t think we can get off of it,” Clemson receiver Charone Peake said. “We have to go out there and prove it to them.”

If that’s the case, there’s really no point in reviewing last year’s Georgia defensive tape.  That was an alien concept.

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Speed vs. power

Just like the team, I’m thinking that Georgia’s emphasis on slimming down the defense will pay dividends this season in terms of being better able to play with high tempo spread attacks, but there is a price to pay for that, as Brandon Kublanow notes.

“They’re a lot quicker than they were in the spring, not as powerful but more speed and quick, but they’ve definitely been a lot better,” Kublanow said. “It’s almost like a new D-line.”  [Emphasis added.]

You go to war against the offenses you have, I know, and it’s a good thing that Georgia will face very few power attacks this season (at least if we take Boom’s word about Roper’s offense).  But when that day comes – I’m thinking Arkansas – I hope Pruitt’s got enough scheme to work around having less power.

Then, again, remembering how exhausted Jenkins and Geathers got being overworked, maybe it’ll be enough in the fourth quarter that they keep rotating fresh bodies in on the line.

 

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Saturday brunch buffet

Slide up and load a plate.

  • Fans get to vote on where the Goodyear Blimp shows up opening weekend.  Georgia vs. Clemson is one option.
  • Groo has some thoughts about the Star position.
  • Phil Steele, the New York Times and conference predictions.
  • Paul Myerberg has Auburn at #9 on his preseason preview list.  (He thinks Kansas State is more likely to beat the Tigers than Georgia.)
  • It sounds like Ramik Wilson’s coaches are trying to send him a message.
  • John Sununu thinks it’s time to tax college athletics.
  • It’s a sign of what people think of the NCAA that some thought Oklahoma’s request for a waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham to play this season might be approved.  It wasn’t.
  • Think there’s much of a talent gap in the ACC?  One conference coach does: “According to one ACC coach, FSU is so stocked with talent across its depth chart that he believes about half the league’s teams do not have one player who would start for Florida State this year based on what he’s seen on film.”

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Thursday morning buffet

Dig in, dig in.

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Take your drop.

You guys know me – I’m always interested in stories of how Georgia kickers go about self-correcting flaws in their games.  Today, it’s Collin Barber’s turn.

Barber is just trying to win back his starting job entering his junior season.

That begins, he said, not with his leg, but with his drop.

“I don’t care how strong your leg is, if you have a bad drop the ball is not going to go how you want it to,” Barber said.

… Barber, from Cartersville, worked on drills this offseason with his personal kicking coach, Marc Nolan of Roswell, to make sure the ball was where it needed to be on the drop.

“Right over my right foot and nose a little bit down instead of just kind of tossing it up and swinging at it,” Barber said.

Barber said he’s taking a “jab step,” now before he catches the ball to punt it.

“It’s shortening my steps and my get-off time,” Barber said.

Okay, again it’s with the outside kicking help.  But what’s interesting about Barber’s story is that Richt seems to be on top of what he’s been doing.

“The operation time is a big deal,” Richt said. “The snap to the catch to the kick. There’s a certain time that you’re looking for and if you’re too slow in your operation time, it doesn’t matter how good you block, you’re probably going to be vulnerable to having your punts blocked. I would say Collin and Adam have done a tremendous job of getting their times down to where they’re very quick, almost two step punting instead of three step punting.”

Now if they can just get the punt coverage team to focus on protection.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Jump right in, peeps.

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Simple? I like simple.

Let’s hope Pruitt’s emphasis on creating turnovers pays off.

Moore said Pruitt is doing a great job with individuals breaking down what they need to do with the ball in the air.

It can be seen on the practice field at Georgia this preseason.

“Go attack the ball! Go attack the ball!” Pruitt called out to the defensive backs in a recent practice drill. “Hands on top. Go get it!”

Freshman cornerback Shaq Jones has heard a lot of that: “Basically, what Coach Pruitt is telling us is just to attack. Just attack every play.”

That didn’t translate to any interceptions in Georgia’s first scrimmage, but there was a forced fumble recovered by the defense.

“We’re stripping at the ball when we’re going against the offense, we’re ripping it out,” cornerback Damian Swann said. “We’re trying to make it habits where we can create turnovers, where we can get the offense the ball back so they can go score or we can take the ball and go score with it. That’s one of the keys to winning in this league, you’ve got to be in that top bunch when it comes to takeaways.”

What I like about Pruitt’s approach is that it’s not just about stripping the ball.  It starts with players doing their fundamentals properly.

“If you want to create turnovers you have to practice turnovers,” Pruitt said on the day he was introduced as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “There’s more to it. You can put yourself in position to finish on an interception but you’ve got to actually catch the ball, you’ve got to watch it all the way to the tub. When the ball is on the ground you’ve got to secure it, you’ve got to get your hands underneath the ball and you’ve got to recover a fumble. There are a lot of details to it that I think get overlooked.”

Those details are being taught in practice by Pruitt on a daily basis.

“That’s something he really emphasizes playing the ball, but right now we’re just really focusing on getting lined up and following through with our assignment,” walk-on safety Lucas Redd said. “The rest will take care of itself. We’ll be able to play the ball because we’re going to be in the right spots once we have a better idea where we’re supposed to be lined up.”

And even at Florida State, where Pruitt inherited a talented defense, his emphasis on takeaways had an immediate impact:  “In Pruitt’s one season at Florida State, the Seminoles tied for second in the nation with 35 turnovers gained a year after they ranked 66th with 21.”

If nothing else, it’s hard to see how things could be any worse in that department than they were last season, when Georgia ranked second to last in the SEC in turnovers gained.

Speaking of last season, they’re keeping it real in Louisville(h/t CardDawg)

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