“Just go hit someone.”


Well, you don’t see this every day.

Georgia coaches raised a few eyebrows during last week’s game against Ole Miss when nose tackle John Atkins and defensive tackle Julian Rochester each received an offensive rep for the Bulldogs on a key fourth-and-1 play.

It just wasn’t clear at the time how off the cuff the call to put them on the field was.

“It was just thrown out there,” said Atkins, who revealed the decision came directly from head coach Kirby Smart, despite the fact the Bulldog junior claimed the team never worked on the play in practice.

Atkins got to talk about the play, but it sounds like Rochester got the key block down.

Actually it was Rochester, who lined up at tight end, who executed the most important block. Lining up at tight end on the right side outside of tackle Greg Pyke, he dominated his man. Chubb cut outside around right end, then juked a closing defensive back to take the ball straight up the hash marks for the big gain.

Which is not to say Atkins wasn’t a contributor.

Atkins laughed that the call to go in came so quick, he didn’t have time to think about messing up.

“When I went out there, I just thought back to when I was in high school – just go. Just hit him,” said Atkins, who joked that he actually graded out well on the play.

“I ended up getting two points,” he said. “I think that was pretty good.”

I’d laugh, but when I reflect on what this says about what the coaches think about their existing o-line depth, it’s not so funny.


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39 responses to ““Just go hit someone.”

  1. Cousin Eddie

    Maybe they should just play the do both ways

  2. 92 grad

    Cool. I take it as evidence that kirbs is really doing all he can. The things they try I’m sure are mostly carefully contemplated and practiced but this is different, this is fairly extreme knee jerking, which should quiet the criticisms.

  3. Hope he does this while trying to get his own type of athletes to show some fight in the coming games.

  4. I take this as a) Kirby is doing everything he can think of in-game to flip momentum, and b) he team isn’t mailing it in b/c they aren’t buying in.

  5. So what’s only needed are huge linemen in OL. Fall camp reps seem more of a big hype for OL in some cases, like the 2 min offensive drill I guess.

  6. truck

    Please, Lord, let not Rochester becometh the next Kiante Tripp. Amen.

    • Brandon

      Amen. What a waste. Most athletic (and plenty big) lineman we had in a decade. Completely mismanaged.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      We actually have had some success when it comes to players changing to new positions. Chris Terry from DL to OT. Sean Jones from QB to S. Jermaine Phillips from WR to S. Robert Edwards from DB to RB. For the most part that success was pre-Richt.

      • truck

        I’ve got no problem with one position switch. That poor Tripp kid was moved around from DL to OL to TE and back again with no chance to excel anywhere. No public whining either; a DGD for that if nothing else.

      • Irwin R. Fletcher


        Bruce Thornton…painful in 2001 but man he was a solid corner after that. Played in the league, too. And that Fullback they recruited named David Pollack ended up being ok on the defensive line.

  7. Makes you wonder about Ben Cleveland

    • He’s being redshirted, so I wouldn’t have expected to see him inserted for a single play.

      • Macallanlover

        Still makes me wonder about the beloved star system. Cleveland was a 5 star by several services and he cannot even help an OL that has reached this level of desperation? I understand the preference to let OL develop and get stronger but this season’s display of OL play calls for breaking the norm. Is he that weak after nine months on campus?

        • People forget how young Cleveland is. He just turned 18 last month.

          Besides, I’d like to see Georgia start redshirting o-line talent more than it has. It should pay off down the road.

          • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

            Yes. This. Freshman OLs are more dangerous than freshman QBs in my opinion because the QB mostly has to learn the game, but the OL has to learn the game and get fully grown. Pittman is going to need a year or two to start paving roads.

          • Macallanlover

            I agree with you, and prefer the RS strategy for OL. I do think there are times you break the rules, and IF Cleveland got a 5 start ranking based on ability, he should be able to contribute. I am not a throw the season away, if BC can contribute, bring it. His playing games this year isn’t going to change UGA’s future, but it could help us get there. My comment was as much about the star system and ratings as it is about his role, but as few 5 Star guys as have, you would think one could help this OL now.

        • Sanford222view

          5 Star doesn’t necessarily mean ready to play right away either. Often the services have a big “potential” factor in those ratings. Having said that my guess is Cleveland will be a guard at UGA. I think he was listed as an OT by the recruiting services.

          • Normaltown Mike

            In HS, he was used almost exclusively as a Defensive End b/c of his size and speed. If he had played at a big school in Atlanta, he might’ve learned how to play OL, but that’s not going to happen at a smaller school.

        • Tired old Dog

          I share your thoughts and wish they would try new players and let them learn. As regards Ben, the word is beyond him being young, is he just isn’t “nasty” enough. Unfortunately neither are our starters on the OL.

        • WarD Eagle

          Big doesn’t always mean strong (or fast, or prepared)

          Most 17 yo freshman that were dominating HS defenses last year’s will have their asses handed to him on almost every play because SEC DLs are the best in the nation. And Ole Miss has recruited well on defense.

          He also probably isn’t strong enough to handle a DL that has been in an SEC S&C program for a couple years and his technique is probably unfit for the speed and moves he will see on every play.

      • PTC DAWG

        This..it will be worth it.

      • thought he’d played, but I drink a lot during games (and before… an dafter… and now… what was I saying?).

  8. Bright Idea

    Atkins could have been the missing link offensive tackle coming out of high school if the previous staff had made that choice. Hard to believe that play was drawn in the dirt without practice. Doesn’t exactly fit The Process does it?

  9. ASEF

    Whatever works. That’s what everyone’s been demanding, right?🙂

  10. Jack Klompus

    The pic is different than the pic in the article. For some reason it swaps Gallard and Atkins.

  11. Nelson McDaniel

    Surprised we didn’t get a penalty for Illegal Procedure. Doesn’t look like we had 4 in the backfield. That would have been appropriate for the general pattern of the game.

    • Russ

      I don’t believe you have to have 4 in the backfield, but you must have at least 7 one the line.

      But I could be mistaken.

      • Biggus Rickus

        That’s correct. Eight on the line usually either tips your hand that you’re running or results in an ineligible man downfield penalty, neither of which were an issue on this play.

    • BosnianDawg

      I think we did have 4 in the backfield. If you look closely, Blazevich is lined about a foot or two deeper than Rochester. He’s far enough from the line of scrimmage to count as being in the backfield.

  12. WarD Eagle

    Short of the wishbone, that’s the prettiest football formation ever

  13. Hopefully not 2012 Derek

    If our guys aren’t big enough and can’t bulldoze their way through ala Bama, why not return to the zone block until those men arrive? Square peg/round hole.