Wednesday morning buffet

Niblets from around the world of college football for your sampling pleasure:

  • “last-ditch” and “exciting”.  Somehow, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Zooker.
  • Just how many SEC defensive coordinators are going to need to put Mark Richt on their Christmas card lists, anyway?
  • Mack Brown says no to ESPN.  Good on ‘ya, Mack.  Fight the power.
  • The Fiesta Bowl continues to be investigated for some questionable political contributions, which is somehow going to lead to a playoff.  And a pony.
  • This seems like an appropriate venue for a pirate to bide his time. (h/t EDSBS)
  • Clay Travis says the sooth, and foresees a bleak 2010 SEC season.  Unless you’re, like, totally into Nick Saban.
  • It seems to me that if Tim Tebow succeeds as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s going to be because of his personal determination and the ability of a pro QB coach to remake his game.  If that’s the case, that doesn’t say much for all the BS Meyer laid on us during last year’s preseason about getting Tebow NFL-ready.

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22 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. 69Dawg

    Hey the NFL network has already referred to the South Squad as Tebow’s team. With all the media behind him you can bet some GM will bit the bullet and draft him in the 1st round.

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    • Macallanlover

      I am going to see the South team practice today and I am sure Tebow will be much improved after the disasterous first practice this week. He is going to be taken no later than mid 2nd round by someone, imo. I hope Tebow gets his chance, and like him as an athlete and a person, but he is a project at this point. But he is a project worth rolling the dice on. There are just too many variations of an offense he can run that may work better in the NFL than anyone thinks.

      The wrinkles that Miami runs, that Atlanta tried with Vick, and Pittsburgh tried several years ago could develop into a full-blown offense at some point. Let’s face it, half the NFL teams today don’t have a very good pro-style QB, much less a quality backup. I do think a hybrid offense is the only way he becomes a successful NFL QB; his throwing motion and lack of experience in taking snaps under center may be too much to overcome in the NFL. If some hybrid offense isn’t emplyed, I think TE may be his best shot.

      Good to see Geno getting some positive press down in Mobile.

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      • Rum-Dawg Millionaire

        He is maybe the 4th best QB on the board, and the 2nd QB on the board may not even be taken until the mid 2nd round. I could easily see Tebow falling to the 3rd.

        That throwing motion of his is just too much, and not easily fixable. He’s not very accurate either.

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      • Puffdawg

        What is the most common denominator for the most successful teams, as far as QB goes? I remember when the Falcons had Vick, they led the league in rushing one year and didn’t even make the y playoffs. How is that even remotely possible? I don’t really buy into the “quirky” offenses working in the NFL, but I’m afraid you might be right on somebody taking a flier on him. We’ll see.

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        • RedCrake

          The problem with the Falcons with Vick and any other system that has the quarterback running alot is that the QB gets injured…a lot. It seems like Vick was out almost entire seasons between years with spectacular running plays. When you play that way, as Tebow certainly will, you know longer have the average career length of a QB, but that of a running back (3-4 years).

          More than the throwing motion, I think that is what will give NFL teams pause…especially in the 1st round.
          Who wants to spend that kind of money on a player who by the very nature of his playing style is at enormous risk of injury and therefore is an unstable franchise QB at best.

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        • Macallanlover

          I am not saying it will work for sure, but feel it may be a better option for some teams than continually hitting their heads against the wall. As with Navy, Air Force, TT, and GT, teams that have less talent are better off leveling the playing field by changing the game. I have no doubt someone will draft Tebow within the first two rounds, but admit he is a longshot to succeed in the NFL. I am not rooting against him. I don’t like the way the media has rammed him down our throats, but I always want good guys to succeed and thugs to lose out. You just have to appreciate the way Tebow has conducted himself (excepting the “chomps” of course.)

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      • 69Dawg

        Yea Geno looks good but poor Jeff Owen is being schooled by some of those OL’s. Yesterday he was pancaked twice in a row by a USC (the real one)OL. He seemed to lack the foot work and it made him off balance and an easy take down.

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  2. BeerMoney

    That C. Travis piece sure does throw a lot of manure against the wall.

    Once again, I just don’t see how we are taking on water and will continue to decline when we just blew out our weakest links. I guess Mark Richt just completely forgot how to coach.

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    • The Realist

      The offense is returning all but the QB that (allegedly) would have been replaced mid-season by a true freshman had said true freshman not been injured.

      The defense, though missing quite a few pieces up the middle, will be totally revamped. Undoubtedly, there will be growing pains, but with the talent on that side of the ball, I can’t imagine them being worse than they were in 2009.

      Unlike last year, all of the games are winnable. I am not deluded enough to think they will win them all, but Florida is beatable this year, @ Auburn is winnable, @ Sakerlina is winnable, @ Starkvegas will be tough, but is winnable, @ Kentucky is winnable (right??!!), Arky, Tennessee, Vandy, and Tech are all at home with a couple of gimmies and @ Colorado being another should-win game.

      Anything worse than 8-4 would be abject failure. I think 9-3 and a bowl win for 10 wins is about right for a revamped defense.

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      • And don’t forget my old friend, regression to the mean, as it pertains to TO margin. I can’t imagine Georgia being -16 in that department in 2010.

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      • Puffdawg

        I was wondering the same thing. Since when does returning your best receivers (plus Durham), best two running backs, ALL TE’s (plus Figgins), ENTIRE offensive line, and playing an easier schedule equal a weaker offense. Not to mention the only player we are losing on O, the QB, struggled mightily at times. Love how he makes that assertion with no explanation to back it up. That’s like me saying I think Alabama is going to suck next year. Because.

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      • Rum-Dawg Millionaire

        Past experience tells me to believe otherwise, but I really think Murray is going to be pretty darn good in his first year as a starter. Enrolling early has made it so by the time he lines up under center for his first start, he will have gone through 2 spring practices and 1 full season as a backup getting reps with the #1 offense (remember Cox was limited).

        I don’t think there can be a redshirt freshman any more ready than he will be. And he’s coming into a perfect situation, with a veteran O-line, a stellar receiving corps and a good tandem of backs behind him.

        No, it’s not the offense we should be concerned about this upcoming season.

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        • Macallanlover

          Not having seen Murray play enough to be sure, I tend to agree with you about his chance for success given the surrounding cast we return. Of course, I felt the same way this past year but the OL was just horrible until late in the year. I feel optimistic about UGA’s 2010 offense but am humbled by the 2009 miscalcualtion. If our OL had clicked earlier in the season we would be talking about how impressive we were considering the losses we had from 2008 and how we just reload at UGA.

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        • Puffdawg

          David Greene did fine in his first year and he was a RS freshman. With the supporting cast, I see no reason Murray/Mett can’t be at a minimum an efficient game manager (the key should be less turnovers). The only catch to that is what Mac says below: will the offensive line with all returning starters be the one we saw most of 2009, or the one who came together the last part of the season?

          Side note: we’ve all given up on Gray already, but the coaches have not (at least I haven’t seen that). Remember how down we were on DJ after the Tech game his junior year? How does that situation play into the 2010 season? Not saying either way how I feel about it, but just curious what y’all think.

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          • The Realist

            I’m betting Gray’s last pass at UGA as a QB will be the interception in the Tennessee Tech game. That was one of the worst passes I’ve ever seen from a QB that wasn’t hit on the play or not playing in a torrential downpour.

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  3. HamDawg11

    Clay Travis is a clown, just trying to stir the pot. I’m in Bham and hear him on sports talk regularly, pure shock factor.

    As for UGA ’10, I’m far from being able to predict the season’s outcome without even knowing who the starters will be and what our D will look like. It’s an easy assumption to think they will struggle with the losses of Geno, Rennie, Reshad, Prince and J. Owens, but I have a hard time believing we’ll be worse.

    You gotta think the O will be effective, esp if the o-line can avoid the annual injury shuffle and get some chemistry early in the year. It just seems like it takes 4-5 games for them to really become productive run blockers. We’ll need ’em to create holes early so that Bobo can lean on the backs and not put much on Murray’s/Mett’s plate. I would hope the starting QB could throw the 20 yd and shorter pass well and allow the playmakers to get the extra yds. However, Murray has shown a knack for throwing the deep ball in G-day and scrimmages, so who knows?

    Our scarlet letter for ’09 was t/o margin. We gave the opponent waaaayyyyy too many short fields to work with and put our D in tough spots too many times. Our obvious lack of ability to create t/o’s hurt us as well. I can think of 4 easy picks that our DB’s dropped that could’ve been game-changers. Hopefully Lakatos will have the boys playing the ball more and making t/o’s happpen.

    Who knows what ’10 holds for the Dawgs, but I have a hard time believing it’ll be 7-5!

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  4. Greg

    We lost 4 games in David Greene’s R-FR year(and we actually had a defense back then)….lost the Music City Bowl that year. He had some good moments, but also did some things that really hurt us. Even at the end of the year, he made some critical mistakes in the bowl game that prevented us from scoring many points against BC despite racking up good yardage. For the year, he threw 18 TD’s and 11 interceptions. This year, Cox threw for 24 TD’s and 15 interceptions. I’ve got high hopes for Murray, but it’s going to be tough avoiding those critical mistakes in his first year as a starter as evidenced by Greene and Cox.

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    • Puffdawg

      Not arguing, but to add a little perspective, 2001 was Richt’s first year, and the Auburn and BC losses could be pinned on rookie coaching mistakes. Not saying Greene didn’t make mistakes, but we were in a position to win in 3 of the 4 losses that year. If Murray or Mett play anything like DG that year, I’d probably be pretty damn satisfied. Of course, a Colt McCoy-like R-FR year would be acceptable too (GP 13, Rating 161.8, Att 318, Comp 217, Pct 68.2, Yds 2570, TD 29, INT 7)

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  5. NRBQ

    As I’ve said before, watching Murray’s youtubes will generate hope, if he is the next starter.

    Only high school competition, but his release, right over his shoulder, is beautifully quick. And he can put considerable shizit on the ball.

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  6. Dboy

    I love this quote from bacarri rambo about this years secondary vs last years from today’s ABH: “I think we’re going to do good this year,” Rambo said. “We’re very young. We’ve got a lot of talent right there. As matter of fact, I think we’ve got more talent this year than we had last year.”

    Whoops, I think the cat is loose on how he felt losing playing time to #3 Evans.

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  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    While most of the Travis piece was drivel, I thought his analysis of Auburn’s upcoming year was spot-on. Only time will tell for sure, though. Don’t tell me scheduling doesn’t mean anything. The right schedule would have made a big difference for the Dawgs last year.

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