Friday morning buffet

Dig in, people.

  • Phil Steele serves up the love for Aaron Murray and Georgia’s defense (!) this Saturday.  (Maybe that’s why he calls it his “Fantasy” column.)
  • The Hat ponders moving Gary Crowton to the sidelines.  Mike Bobo can tell you how well that works, Lester.  On the other hand, it’s not like things could get any worse for LSU’s offense, right?
  • Wow. Bryce Brown claims he saw Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson in an elevator and became aware the three were “on their way to rob a convenience store” on the night of their arrests.
  • Speaking of Junior’s success stories, “Andrew Luck and Stanford are favored by 10 points over USC this week, marking the first time the Trojans have been double-digit underdogs since September 1998.”
  • Here’s a list of Georgia’s five all-time greatest players.
  • “I don’t even know what that is…” Meet the college football passing efficiency stat.
  • What can Georgia fix? Year2 tries to make sense out of what he saw in the Georgia-Colorado game.
  • None of Tennessee’s top five players in the secondary weighs more than 190 pounds.

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29 responses to “Friday morning buffet

  1. Scott W.

    Wow, Derek way to do the right thing by this kid. Also I didn’t know Gregory Isaacs practiced law.

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  2. Russ

    Agreed. What a dick move to deny letting the kid out of his scholarship. He’s already enrolled at KSU, he’s not coming back. They’re just being petty now.

    Regardless of whether or not they release him, the kid still sits out the year.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      This Bryce Brown business will be Dooley’s undoing. If you were a top HS football player would you sign with UT knowing that if you did not like it there and tried to leave CDD would try to block you from leaving? I thought CDD was a smart guy. He is showing more and more each day that he is really a stupid guy–and a classless one at that.

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    I wish someone would explain the logic of Dooley’s not releasing Brown.

    I am pretty sure Dooley is neither petty or stupid, but I just don’t understand.

    Wonder if not releasing the kid has something to do with not being able to count?

    There probably is some truth to the observation about Grantham not having coached in college for a dozen years or so increasing his learning curve, but I see signs the curve is beginning to flatten.

    (In fact, I think I mentioned this before….I’m so special.)

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    • Go Dawgs!

      “Logic” is probably asking too much. Basically, Dooley-Lite is miffed that Brown never gave him a chance. If you look at that checklist that Dooley-Lite puts forth in that article, basically he’s only releasing players if they give it the ol’ “Try It… You’ll Like It!” test with his new coaching staff. And the thing he keeps saying is that Brown didn’t handle it “professionally” (big surprised, Coach, he’s not a professional). He keeps saying that if Brown had showed up and looked him in the eye, he would have released him. I tend to think that’s a load of crap, he just wanted to try to sell a blue-chip player on his program. Either way, I hope that K-State and Tennessee end up in a bowl game together sometime soon so Bryce can break off a huge game and kick their ass. He got screwed, and Dooley-Lite looks incredibly little and petty over the whole thing.

      In other news, WOW, the kid swore an affidavit that those guys basically set out that night with the intention of robbing the convenience store? Unreal.

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  4. Sosmart

    Year2 does something no one at UGA can do. Be objective when it comes to evaluating UGA. He makes a great point, “Overhauling everything would accomplish nothing, because it would make the team even less consistent than it is now.” I totally agree. We thought the D needed 2 years to gel but we want perfection year 1.
    On offense, Bobo cant run the ball because he has no clue what kind of offensive line he will get each play. I still think he needs to go, but I understand his dilema. One play we block and give the QB all the time to pass, and the next play we miss a block and he gets sacked. His play selection still sucks at times, but its not like he has any one thing to build on.

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    • Ausdawg85

      I think Bobo and CMR are stuck with wanting to run our “standard” UGA offense, and because of the player’s inconsistency, are stuck with the notion that “we just need to do it right” rather than making major (in their minds) adjustments.
      Spring practice (mostly with Mett) and the ULAla game only reinforced their view that they had the right game plan for the season. These losses are a result of a handful (?) of key assignments / plays I’m sure in the coaches’ opinion.

      So…are we just a few days of practice away from the players getting it right, or are we in need of masterful coaching that knows when and how to adapt to the cards that are being dealt?

      If I’m working with an inconsistent O-line, no proven deep threat (sans AJ) and young QB, I might back off the use of the play-action to a 190 lb, 5’8″ running back. Let Murray see the D and the field from the shotgun at least.

      Or I might keep banging the standard playbook all season on the theory we’ll really be ready next year…signs of improvement and all that. Guess you have to have been in the arena to know the right answer.

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      • Noonan

        This. Without AJ, our best playmaker is Murray. Play action does not work without a credible running threat. Get Murray out of the pocket, let him look downfield and either throw it or run. And for God’s sake run a QB bootleg more than once per game.

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        • Ausdawg85

          Bootleg…with TE dragging and AJ headed to the deep corner. Then the blocking by our backs would be effective (behind the play on the mis-direction).

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  5. Castleberry

    That’s good info on Tennessee’s DB’s. I think we’ll run Carlton Thomas up the middle about twenty times to exploit that mismatch. In the third quarter, we’ll come out with some play action passes to the fullback.

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  6. hodgie

    Don’t worry too much about the size of UT’s dbs. Tra Battle ring a bell with anyone here.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Are you implying Tra Battle was good?

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      • Normaltown Mike

        I’d say he was better than any S we’ve had since.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          That’s the definition of damning someone with faint praise.

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          • Normaltown Mike

            well said.

            I have a soft part in my heart for “program guys” that toil in obscurity for yrs and when they finally pay their dues, shine (see Battle, Tra).

            I have a loathing disdain for coaches that can’t/won’t recruit and look to Jamie Newberg for tips on talent evaluation (see Garner, Rodney).

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            • Biggus Rickus

              It’s baffling. I don’t know how we could pick out Thomas Davis and David Pollack, or even Tim Jennings, but can’t seem to find any hidden gems anymore. Maybe Van Gorder was just the catalyst to coaching up players on that side of the ball and it left with him.

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      • DWH

        Yeah Tra kinda sucked – he only had more INTs in that AU game than the entire secondary has had in about the past 3 years.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I’m glad he had a monster game that day, but one game does not a career make. He got the most out of what he had, but he wasn’t objectively good.

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          • DWH

            Can’t really agree with you on that one. The guy was 1st team All-SEC and 3rd team All-American. That pretty much speaks for itself.

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  7. In re: the top 5 UGA players, I agreed w/ him on the top 5, but how can you not have Zeier in the 2nd five?

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Not necessarily disagreeing but exactly who would you bump out to make room for EZ? Fran Tarkenton? Aside from his NFL career which validates his college achievements, his ’59 team won the SEC with him as QB.

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    • Big Shock

      I would put Hines Ward in that 2nd 5. He played everywhere. The bowl game where he kept getting killed at QB and we kept thinking that he’d have to come out and Mike Usry would lost his redshirt (Obviously Usry wasn’t quite the player he way hyped to be)…one of the gutsiest performances I’ve ever seen from a bulldog. Also, he’s done pretty well since he left Athens.

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  8. P44 Haynes

    I am watching the Okie State game at Louisiana Monroe. Since when do BCS teams have to travel to a cupcake school’s stadium? Weird.

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  9. David

    Not sure where this fits, but how ironic if we lose tomorrow that Richt will have been “Dooleyed”

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  10. KrIs

    We won’t lose.

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  11. JDog

    Holy cow, who’s the O-lineman who keeps letting Tennessee players run right by him?

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