Malcolm Mitchell’s advice to (some of) Dawg Nation

Chill, people.

Georgia senior receiver Malcolm Mitchell has played in two SEC championship games. He was the intended receiver of the ill-fated final play of the 2012 loss to Alabama. He knows how close it can be.

So he shakes his head at the idea that this year is championship-or-bust.

“It’s always funny how the people who don’t play tell us what it’s time for,” Mitchell said, chuckling. “But we know what needs to be done. And it’s our job to get it done. And if you’re part of the Bulldog Nation, you’ll let us get that job done, and just be there beside us as we do it so we can all reap the benefits from it.”

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Fabris Pool reminder

For those of you who have signed up but not made your selections yet, those picks aren’t going to choose themselves.

And for those of you want to play but haven’t enrolled, there’s still time.  Click here to sign up.

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So… what do you hope/expect to see tomorrow?

The expect part is pretty obvious.  If you need details, here’s a summary.

For me, the hope part is simple.  While I know there will be some hiccups in the opener – given the new QB, center and offensive coordinator, it would be unexpected if there weren’t – what I really want to see from the coaches and the players is a program that’s growing into one that looks like it knows how to take care of business consistently.  For the UL-M game, that means taking control of the game early, not letting the Warhawks a chance to climb back in and using the second half to rest starters and get key (read:  green) reserves a decent chance to get their feet wet.

Do that, and I won’t care what the margin of victory is.  (Not that I expect the Dawgs to cover 35.5, anyway.)

What say you?

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“The bottom line is we need help.”

I hate to keep saying it, but the talent base coming out of 2013 wasn’t where it needed to be.  The coaches realized it (h/t Jeremy Pruitt) and stepped up recruiting as a result, but there’s a price to be paid now.

On the depth chart provided to the media Tuesday, Georgia listed three starting receivers and four starting defensive backs. All seven of their backups were true freshmen.  [Emphasis added.]

The soft early schedule comes in handy.  But it sure would be nice if the injury bug stayed away.

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For sure, Georgia’s gonna get his best shot.

Is it safe to presume that thought was on the mind of every Dawg fan who watched South Carolina’s play last night?

Between the Coxian brain farts from North Carolina’s Marquise “I knew better than to do that” Williams, who managed two end zone interceptions, and Larry Fedora’s Mike Bobo impersonation by choosing to throw the ball on his team’s last scoring drive instead of using a running back who was blowing up the Gamecock defense (“I have to go back and look at the calls of what we were doing down there” – gee, you think?), North Carolina was just generous enough to let Spurrier’s team escape with a win.

“We’re not strutting out of here like we’re hot stuff, that’s for sure,” Spurrier said.

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Anchor down.

Thanks a lot, Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt dropped its opener at home against Western Kentucky on Thursday night in an ugly 14-12 game.

As such, the Hilltoppers became the first Conference USA team to beat an SEC opponent since 2010, when UCF took down Georgia by an equally-ugly score of 10-6 in the Liberty Bowl.

Entering Thursday, the SEC had 27 consecutive wins over Conference USA opponents since the Bulldogs’ loss in 2010.

It’s always nice to be reminded of the good times.

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Nightmare on Sanford Drive

Okay, I’m laughing about this now.

The nightmare (for Georgia): Nick Chubb is found to have signed some piece of memorabilia in exchange for money, and it turns out that Sony Michel was the bagman. The new quarterback is unable to get into a rhythm, and the defense allows opponents to run all over it. Vanderbilt or (more likely) South Carolina spring an early upset, and the Alabama game is a beatdown. Georgia’s ceiling drops to somewhere around 6-6, and we all have another summer season of ‘MARK RICHT IS ON THE HOT SEAT’ think pieces.

But honestly, Dawgs, don’t make me go there.

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