Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

There’s a fine line between AJ and Aaron.

As Seth Emerson reminds us.

Since Aaron Murray has been the quarterback, three of his offensive linemen have gone on to be drafted: Ben Jones, Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn. None of them were first-rounders. Alabama had two in the top 10 last year alone.

The one consistent, long-term shortcoming of Richt’s tenure has been offensive line recruiting.  Which, when you think about it, makes last year’s showing on offense pretty remarkable.

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Spurrier’s biggest disappointment

Aaaannnnd… the obvious musical retort:

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Two things you’ll hear this week almost as much as Clowney’s name.

Meme number one:  been there, done that.

“Two years ago we lost, and still went to the SEC championship,” junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera said. “Last year we lost, went to the SEC championship. We’ve just gotta keep winning, like we always do.”

True ‘dat, but at the risk of sounding like Spurrier’s bitch, you had the schedule on your side those two years (plus SC’s inexplicable home loss to Auburn).  You don’t have that luxury this season.

Meme number two:  Josh Harvey-Clemons returns to save the day.

“It’s going to be great. Now we can have a true DB playing the nickel spot,” Swann said, noting that true freshman outside linebacker Leonard Floyd played that role in last Saturday’s loss to Clemson. “Leonard played that spot and he actually did pretty well. Now we can have a guy who can actually cover somebody and come in and fit in the run. I think that’s going to be key for us throughout the rest of the season.”

Well, we know JHC is the healthiest member of the secondary.  So there’s that.  It’s just that when I read all the enthusiastic stuff about him, like this,

Nonetheless, Grantham admits that Harvey-Clemons — who was named the Bulldogs’ defensive MVP at the end of spring practice — brings something to the defense that might have been lacking against Clemson. In particular, his coverage skills will allow Georgia to do even more with the nickel role than it asked Floyd to do in the opener.

“I think it gives you a little more flexibility at the nickel position because he’s really like a DB covering,” Grantham said. “Leonard’s very athletic and can do those things, but he’s more like a linebacker in his coverage skills, which is fine for a guy who’s going to be a 265-pound guy in a couple years. I think the coverage element’s a little different. ”

… all I can think is how nice it would have been to have him in at Clemson.

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Gallows humor as motivation

Will Friend, Will Friend, ladies and gentlemen.  He’ll be here all week.  Try the veal.

Kenarious Gates’ experience in trying to block Jadeveon Clowney – emphasis on trying – was cited by several Georgia coaches on Tuesday, in hoping that the senior will be best equipped to stop South Carolina’s all-world defensive end.

But Will Friend, Georgia’s offensive line coach, didn’t appear so sure.

“Ah, I don’t know,” Friend said. “I mean he didn’t block him last year.”

If you’re looking for somebody who plays it more straight, here’s what Bobo had to say.

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Your trend of the week

Feel free to lob grenades at it.

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It’s a start.

I give Richt credit for this decision:

“We need to be able to tackle better than we did, especially in space and that’s what today and tomorrow will be about in practice,” coach Mark Richt said before the team’s two-and-a-half hour, full-pads practice. “It’s got to be a physical day for us. Tomorrow won’t be a whole lot different quite frankly because that’s the kind of battle we’re going to be in.”

I know it’s unusual to do that once the regular season starts, but it’s not like they don’t need the reps.  And when I say “they”, I don’t just mean the freshmen.

Defensive back Damian Swann had the most glaring missed tackle that Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins turned into a 77-yard touchdown. Swann went low with his shoulder and bounced off.

“I just should have wrapped up,” Swann said. “I thought I could go and take his legs out without wrapping up.”

Having an off week after South Carolina makes this an easier move, but I still applaud it.

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Musical palate cleanser: “Who knew Hendrix was such a big CFB fan?!”

After seeing this, I felt I had no choice but to post this.

That ought to get you going this morning.

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