Daily Archives: August 31, 2008

Recruiting karma can be a bitch, too.

This is what happens when you go the extra mile for seventeen year old high school seniors that you’ve just gotta have in your program.

Clemson has two talented veteran tailbacks in James Davis and C.J. Spiller, yet the Tigers’ first carry of the season went to true freshman Jamie Harper, a recruiting promise by coach Tommy Bowden. Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer stripped Harper, the Tide recovered at the Clemson 31 and converted the fumble into three points. “If he’s here for three years, that’s a thousand plays a year,” Bowden said. “If he’s here for 3,000 plays and I offer him one, that’s a pretty good tradeoff.”

Even if it contributes to blowing a shot at a MNC run, I guess…  and Tommy’s presuming he’ll be there for those next 3,000 plays.


UPDATE: The OBC comments. Why am I not surprised?



Filed under Recruiting, Tommy Bowden: Male Model

Get ’em while you can.

Paul notes here that the demand/cost for a Georgia Southern ticket was unprecedented in his experience.

Based on this post at The Business of College Football, it doesn’t look like prices are going to be any more favorable for the Central Michigan game.

Central Michigan at Georgia Football Tickets 3:30 PM at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA
Upper Level Sideline 336 $74.00
Price is up from two weeks ago. These are not good seats.
Price survey taken 8/31/08

Granted, next week isn’t a very strong week in college football.  But that’s the highest priced ticket in his survey.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Yesterday’s one-liners

Observations and questions from what I saw from Saturday’s games:

  • Is Nick Saban underpaid, or is Clemmins overrated?
  • I really like Chase Daniel’s game.
  • But I don’t think Missouri has a national title caliber defense.
  • Just how wretched is the ACC going to be this year?
  • When’s the last time Michigan lost two straight home openers?
  • This has not been a good week for the new coaching hires.
  • When your team loses to a school whose starting QB notches a 15 for 40, 161 yards performance and whose name is Taylor Bennett, that ain’t good.
  • I’m glad my trip to Charlottesville fell through.
  • If Dave Wannstedt isn’t the most overrated head football coach ever, he’s at least in the top five.
  • At least we won’t have Hawaii to argue about this season.
  • 13 of 27, 85 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, against Louisiana-Monroe.  Man, that Tony Franklin spread offense is hell on wheels.
  • Ty Willingham, dead man walking.


Filed under College Football

Mark Richt doesn’t care what you think of his football team.

Before anyone hyperventilates about how yesterday’s game wasn’t the exercise in total domination that he or she expected (and, believe me, that was a sentiment I heard expressed regularly at the game and on the call-in shows afterwards), take a look at this:

1st Quarter GSU GA
Georgia at 15:00 GSU GA
Blair Walsh kickoff for 70 yards for a touchback. 0 0
Georgia Southern at 14:57 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass incomplete to Tim Camp. 0 0
2nd and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass incomplete to Samair Baker.
3rd and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass complete to Darell Norman for a loss of 4 yards to the GeoSo 16.
4th and 14 at GSU 16 Charlie Edwards punt for 50 yards, returned by Asher Allen for 9 yards to the Geo 43.
DRIVE TOTALS: GeoSo drive: 3 plays -4 yards, 00:56 GeoSo PUNT
Georgia at 14:04 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GA 43 Matthew Stafford pass complete to Kris Durham for 4 yards to the Geo 47. 0 0
2nd and 6 at GA 47 Knowshon Moreno rush for 14 yards to the GeoSo 39 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GSU 39 Knowshon Moreno rush for 1 yard to the GeoSo 38.
2nd and 9 at GSU 38 Matthew Stafford pass complete to A.J. Green for 36 yards to the GeoSo 2 for a 1ST down.
1st and Goal at GSU 2 Knowshon Moreno rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 0 6
Blair Walsh extra point GOOD. 0 7

That’s about as pure a start as a team can have, isn’t it?

Now, let’s go to the next offensive series, which gets capped with this:

4th and 5 at GSU 36 Blair Walsh 52 yard field goal GOOD. 0 10

That’s right, the true freshman kicker with his first collegiate attempt flat out nailed a 52 yard field goal that easily would have been good from another five yards out.

At that point in time, Mark Richt decided to treat the game as a glorified scrimmage.

Georgia at 3:22 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GA 20 Joe Cox pass incomplete to Mohamed Massaquoi. 0 10
2nd and 10 at GA 20 Joe Cox pass complete to Knowshon Moreno for 16 yards to the Geo 36 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GA 36 Richard Samuel rush for a loss of 1 yard, fumbled, recovered by GeoSo Chris Covington at the Geo 35.

Yep – Matt Stafford received a breather before the first quarter was over.

Georgia, the #1 ranked team in the nation, played ten true freshman:  three defensive backs (Williams, Boykin and Commings),  a running back (Samuel), a linebacker (Dowtin), a placekicker (Walsh), two offensive lineman (Jones and Glenn), a defensive lineman (Tyson) and a wideout (Green).

There were four first time starters on the offensive line.  Despite that, Georgia racked up 535 yards on a mere 59 offensive plays (9.1 ypp).  Was it a little sloppy at times?  Sure, except for Moreno, who managed three rushing touchdowns on only eight rushing attempts – the third of which came on a carry to the outside when he scored while being hobbled with cramps – and is absolute money on screens.

It was 38-0 midway through the third quarter.  GSU racked up 185 of its 290 total yards after that point in the game.

It was a rerun of last year’s Troy game.

So, in all deference to Quinton, whose observations about the game I’m in general agreement with,  the question isn’t whether the Dawgs looked like the number one team in the country yesterday.  It’s whether the Dawgs performed in a way to indicate that this isn’t a team that’s worthy of being considered a legitimate national title contender over the course of the season.  I didn’t see anything to suggest that’s the case.  Relax, people.  Things will settle in.


Filed under Georgia Football