Monthly Archives: March 2008

Save it for later.

It’s a long offseason, Dawg fans, but the Internets can help.

Here are three links to games from last season:

The intro to the UK game is kinda painful to sit through, but at least the editing for the Sugar Bowl was mercifully done to eliminate all references to “Jumpers 2.14.08″.

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More tales told on the recruiting trail

From Carter Strickland’s piece on Georgia’s recruiting for the ’09 class, there’s this little comparison:

… Georgia has to hedge its bets when it comes to recruiting between 20 and 25 players.

“It’s a catch 22,” Garner said.

Georgia wants those players, may even need those players, but it can only offer so many scholarships or it might find itself in a pinch like Clemson. Clemson oversigned its class and was forced to not renew Atlanta native Ray Ray McElrathbey’s scholarship. (Scholarships are given on a year-by-year basis.)

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt has always said he once a player signs at Georgia, that player’s scholarship is good for all four or five years. So Richt and Georgia do not want to get themselves into a situation where they would oversign.

What’s the over under on how many current high school senior football recruits will hear the name “Ray Ray” in the next ten months?

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Beer drinkin’ and hell raisin’ in Columbia

The way they’re starting to talk about the Ole Ball Coach sounds a lot like the way we were talking about Dennis Felton before the SEC tournament:

Welcome to the football program at South Carolina.

That’s the continuing issue at the school. Under Lou Holtz before him and now under Spurrier, the football team has managed to keep itself in the news for all the wrong reasons.

When he walked through the door more than three years ago as the next big-name coach to replace the last big-name coach who couldn’t get the job done, one of Spurrier’s first acts was to show the door to a few players he didn’t want on his team.

Many times since, Spurrier has said it wasn’t that he thought they were bad people, only that their attitudes were unacceptable for his standards. He wanted players who were more committed to being good athletes and good students.

At the time, it reflected poorly on some of the recruiting decisions made by Holtz; but here we are three football seasons and then some later, and Spurrier is dealing with many of the same sort of problems, only with players he recruited.

Of course, Felton actually suspended players from (multiple) games, or kicked them off the team for bad behavior. Garcia gets a few days off from practice.

On a related note, Matt Zemek says Spurrier is doomed at USC until he can find another high character quarterback like Danny:

… It’s high time that Spurrier–who also witnessed less than exemplary behavior from Blake Mitchell, a quarterback who held the program back–start insisting on first-rate behavior (not the mere avoidance of wrongdoing) from his kids. After all, this is the man who–talented as he is as a play-caller–needed the character, courage and poise of Danny Wuerffel, a first-class individual in word and deed, to attain especially lofty heights in the annals of SEC history. Only when Spurrier gets another Wuerffel-like signal caller will he be able to set his sights on another SEC title.

One can sense the note taking on this stuff going on in places like Knoxville. You can never take enough good material with you when you go on the road to recruit.

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UPDATE:  Gawd, I love Gamecock fans.  This message board thread is priceless:

We are all being punished because a 20-yr-old drank a beer Reply

Hyman has decided to punish Garcia, the football team and all of the Carolina fans, because Garcia drank a beer. I’m not sure how many games we will win next year, but I do know that the quarterbacks that we do have do not have the physical skills of Mr. Garcia. I’ve read all of the posts from the “holier than thou” crowd on this board that think that SG should be gone for good, but unless the offensive line is a whole lot better than average, we will struggle on offense without a more athletic quarterback. Coach Spurrier knows this and that is why he was tweaking the offense, so that we could take advantage of someone like Garcia’s athletic ability. The punishment should fit the “crime” and in this case, EH has gone way overboard! The kid did the wrong thing and deserves a punishment, but having him suspended for the spring and not allowed to come back during the summer is too harsh. We will not reach the full potential of this team!

It’s tough to watch someone’s preseason MNC dreams (what is that, like the eighth year in a row?) go down the drain.

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Why Florida?

CFN’s Fiutak unveils his early, early BCS picks today. And, no, he doesn’t have Georgia in the title game, as he feels the schedule will be the Dawgs’ undoing.

Fine, I can understand that. But here’s what I don’t get. In picking Florida to face Ohio State for the MNC (can you imagine listening to Herbstreit for the month leading up to that? ugh…), Fiutak argues that the Gators will be every bit as good as Georgia “if the secondary has overcome its growing pains“.

As if that’s a minor roadblock to steer around. Look, Florida was last in the SEC – and 98th nationally – in pass defense last season. That’s not some little hurdle to skip over. Add in the facts that the Gators lost their best pass rusher from a year ago and are looking for two members of their incoming freshman class to step up and start on the defensive side of the ball and I don’t see how that translates into a magical transformation of Florida’s pass defense.

Almost as big a leap of faith is being made with regard to Emmanuel Moody’s impact on the Gator offense. Hell, the Miami paper the other day noted that Moody is struggling a bit in spring practice. It turns out he’s never lined up in an offense that operates exclusively out of the shotgun before.

The Gators are certainly talented. And I like to think that the WLOCP is going to be insanely important this season, both from an SEC perspective and a national one, so maybe I’ve sipped the Kool-Aid a bit, too, but I just don’t get this easy assumption that a genuinely crappy secondary gets fixed that quickly.

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What hasn’t happened yet for MoMass?

I ask you, where is the love at CFN for Mohammed Massaquoi?

1. The Georgia passing game
Georgia did just fine with an inconsistent passing game that finished 83rd in the nation averaging 198 yards per game, but it needs to be able to air it out more effectively if it wants to win a national title. The team’s X factor will be a receiving corps that could be devastating if everyone plays up to their potential.
Having a quarterback like Matthew Stafford makes everyone look better, and there will certainly be plenty of chances for big plays and plenty of opportunities to shine. Now it’s time for the receivers to be a strength and not just a collection of guys. Stafford has all the tools, a great line to work behind, and a terrific running game to take the pressure off. Everything is in place, and now the receiving corps has to pull its weight. It just hasn’t happened yet for Mo Massaquoi [Emphasis added], Kris Durham or Kenneth Harris, and while they’ll all get plenty of chances, A.J. Green and Tavarres King might become the top two options by the end of the year.

Massaquoi wasn’t exactly chopped liver last season.  Here are some of his key stats:  15.3 yards per catch; 2.46 catches per game (16.08% of Georgia’s total); 4 TDs (20% of Georgia’s total).  One out of every eight catches went for a touchdown.  Not bad at all for a #2 receiver.  And none of that takes into account the superb job he did as a blocker.

Just for comparison, here’s the list of the top five receivers in the conference last year, based on total receptions:  McKinley (SC), Bennett (VU), Taylor (UT), Burton (UK) and Harvin (UF).  All of those five caught a higher percentage of their teams’ completions, which would be expected from a group of #1s, but all had lower ypc numbers than MoMass.   And of that bunch, only Keenan Burton caught TD passes as frequently.

I’m not arguing that Massaquoi had an elite season last year, but it’s ludicrous to claim that he hasn’t shown up yet – just as it is to equate his level of productivity with that of Durham (11 catches, no TDs) or Harris (4 catches, no TDs).

Does Georgia’s passing game need to step up in ’08 for the team to compete on the national stage as we hope?  No doubt.   But to point to Massaquoi as an obstacle that needs to be overcome simply isn’t accurate.

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It’s time to play: Write The Caption!

Knock yourselves out.

(photo courtesy Sports By Brooks)

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Tell the truth…

does this look like the face of someone who was charged with underage drinking?

Seriously, the only college freshman I’ve seen recently who looks older than Garcia is Greg Oden.

Don’t forget how Spurrier threw the book at him last time, either. Maybe this time he’ll be suspended for two days.

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UPDATE: I was close. He’s suspended until August.

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This has absolutely nothing to do with football.

Click here.  Type your real name in or it won’t be funny.  Push Visualizar and enjoy.

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The last of the big-time option QBs?

One interesting comment from Terrelle Pryor regarding his choice of Ohio State over Michigan:

Michigan’s zone-read offense under Rich Rodriguez was tempting to Pryor, especially since Rodriguez has had so much success with it at West Virginia…

… Ohio State hasn’t typically run a zone-read offense, which was a concern for Pryor. However, after further research, he feels he’ll be a better quarterback in the end because of it.

“Troy Smith ran some zone-read stuff early in his career, and then he developed into a pocket passer and did a lot of stuff out of the shotgun,” Pryor said. “He became a better quarterback — not just an athlete — by the time he was done. I feel I can do the same. Both schools said they would utilize my athletic ability in the offense, but I think I can be more well-rounded at Ohio State.”

So here’s a kid that by all accounts would be an ideal quarterback to run a spread offense, who in turn seems to have researched the matter carefully… and decided it would be in his best interest (i.e., to improve his chances of playing in the NFL) to go to a school that doesn’t run the spread option.

There isn’t too much to go on with spread/read option QBs in the NFL right now. Urban Meyer’s prize pupil at Utah hasn’t shown a lot, to put it mildly. The jury is out on Vince Young (who, unlike Smith, is a phenomenal physical talent). The big kahuna is, of course, Tim Tebow. If Tebow succeeds in the pros, that will quell some of the concern. But if Tebow were to turn out to be a bust – an expensive bust – it will be worth watching to see how the colleges and the top athletic QB recruits react to what will likely become a declining market.

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Reading the spring practice tea leaves

While I’m not trying to get down to Jeff Schultz’ level (“I believe AJC.com now has a rule that we must have at least a five-inch blog every time somebody burps in Butts-Mehre Hall.”) with this post, I have to admit it’s been kind of hard lately to write anything of depth with regard to Georgia’s spring practice.

That is, unless you consider the insight Coach Martinez shared with the media about Georgia’s first scrimmage deep:

Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said Georgia’s first scrimmage of the year on Saturday was a “tale of two halves.”

“Both sides were sluggish, that’s a pretty good way of looking at it,” Martinez said after the Bulldogs’ 21/2-hour scrimmage at the Woodruff Practice Fields. “There was some good, there was some bad on both sides of the ball.”

Martinez said the defense “showed a lot of energy, a lot of fight, early on in the scrimmage and as it finished, I thought it fizzled.”

I didn’t think so. Still, there are a few nuggets to be gleaned from the muck if you sniff around and do a little digging.

  • Richt is talking up Walter Hill at WR, but downplaying Aron White at TE.
  • Israel Troupe mentions that “Bean” Anderson is running with the first team OL.
  • Knowshon Moreno is getting a look at punt returner.
  • Kade Weston continues to be a big dude.
  • And you might enjoy reading mcdawg’s post (second in this thread) at the Online Athens Forum for some more info on spring practice.

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