Everybody ❤ A. J.

Mel Kiper sure loves him some Green:

… Like SEC defenses since Green stepped on the field as a true freshman at Georgia, Colorado was helpless against him. Any rust acquired during the time off didn’t show, as Green caught seven passes for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While he’s developed his route running and underneath game, Green continues to be the best downfield threat in the college game. Georgia may struggle, but it’ll be hard to take Green’s stock down with the team’s fortunes.

So does his quarterback.

… Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray explained the difference with Green in the game.

“When (defensive player) are making their reads, they’ve gotta say, ‘Hey I gotta make sure I know where A.J. is.’ That split-second right there, that opens up a running lane, that allows the running back to get out there and get to the safety a little faster,” Murray said. “It really does open up other people to make plays.”

And he wants to do more.

The Bulldogs also need a punt returner, with Branden Smith out with a concussion. Green has been getting reps, along with Logan Gray, Carlton Thomas and Derek Owens.

Despite the injury risk, Green wants the job.

“I would love to do that,” Green said.


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20 responses to “Everybody ❤ A. J.

  1. Russ The Temporary Mascot

    I love A.J. too.

    But like me, he needs to stretch and get in better condition so we can see him more.

    Gonna be warm, 83° and bright sunshine on Sattidy.

    Be ready.



    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I love AJ, but life was a lot simpler when the tailback was the star and carried the ball 30-35 times a game.

      Tailbacks don’t have time to get cramps.

      Russ does make a nice counterpoint to AJ, though.


  2. The Realist

    “I would love to do that,” Green said.

    Our best playmaker wants the opportunity to make plays… this is not brain surgery. Put him in there.

    You play… to win… the game. /Herm Edwards


  3. Go Dawgs!

    I love AJ Green. But I’d dispute Mel’s statement that the rust didn’t show in his game in Colorado. The fact that he was out for much of the second half while receiving treatment for cramps (which just so happened to be when Colorado made their comeback) tells me that he wasn’t in midseason form.


  4. 69Dawg

    Aj is going to be a very rich man shortly. I only hope this luckless team doesn’t wear off on him. I’m still not for him returning punts.


  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    I just got an email from an LSU buddy giggling about the EDSBS piece on Les Miles.

    It occurs to me that whatever adjective you might use to describe the Georgia athletic program at this point in time, “Lucky” sure as hell would not be it.

    On the field or off the field.

    So, knowing the odds of doing any better than Mark Richt are somewhere around 40 percent, good, 60 percent bad, and considering our peculiar run of bad luck.

    Does anybody, and take a moment please, think we should fire Mark Richt?

    With our luck as it is now, we would wind up with somebody with a great resume who turns out not competent to carry Ron Zook’s clipboard.


  6. W Cobb Dawg

    The f-ing season is over! Let AJ return punts. May as well showcase AJ for the nfl, while increasing the entertainment factor for us fans. I’d rather watch the AJ human highlight extravaganza, than the Logan Gray feet in concrete/no O-line blocking/RB fumblefest.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      How do you know Loga Gray has feet in concrete? Every time except 2 that he has fielded a punt he was told to fair catch. The only 2 times he returned punts (that I have seen) he had decent returns. I actually think, based on his performance at WR, that he could be successful running back kicks if the coaches would let him.


      • W Cobb Dawg

        CMR’s mentality has definitely filtered down. Why use a great player when we can insert somebody who sucks! The same thought process gave us Knowshon’s redshirt.

        If it means beating UT then I’d go with AJ. He can rest/recover/tailgate with homecomers next week for Vandy.


      • W Cobb Dawg

        The above comment came out a bit harsher than I’d intended. I didn’t mean any offense to you Mayor. Just feel like we should go with our best option in an important game.


        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          No offense taken. I just meant that Logan gray really hasn’t been given a chance. We really don’t know what the guy can do. Supposedly he was the top prospect coming out of Missouri his SR year in HS. Rated #7 HS QB in the nation. Word was he was equally proficient at the run as well as the pass.


  7. Chuck

    I love me some AJ as much as anyone.

    His talent is undeniable.

    But, he has not played 12 hours of football in a single season yet. Never mind suspension – injuries and cramps have kept him off the field at least some during every season so far. I love his attitude and that he always wants to make the play, but seriously, you want him to risk more injury for a low percentage play (punt return) just so you can have something to cheer? If he runs a punt back and scores, I will cheer as much as anyone, but in advance it is a crazy idea, especially since we have other players that can do it. Maybe he doesn’t catch the ball well, but you have to think that Carlton Thomas has the kind of scoot that would make a good returner. Certainly he’d be better at that than running it up the gut.


  8. PNWDawg

    I just saw the ‘Quote of the Day’ about the replay. My wife said the exact same thing while we were at the game. That sums him up. Let him return punts.


  9. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    The more things change the more they stay the same with CMR … Weiszer reports today that, “Logan Gray is probably in line to replace Branden Smith (concussion) as the punt returner Saturday, Richt said”


    • Newt

      If he is thinking about putting AJ (or anyone other than Logan) back there, I certainly don’t expect him to let anybody know until the first time we send the punt return team onto the field. But maybe I’m giving him too much credit.