Category Archives: Georgia Football

“I think Mecole is getting more and more aggressive.”

One guy on this team has been acting like a hunter lately.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder from Bowman, Ga., has been dynamic in back-to-back games for the Bulldogs, following up his 203 all-purpose yards in the 40-17 loss at Auburn on Nov. 11 with 105 against the Wildcats, including 81 on just three special-teams touches.

In addition to his 26-yard return on the opening kickoff, Hardman had a 20-yard punt return in the second quarter and a 35-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Hardman’s punt return and his 35-yard kickoff return ignited touchdown drives for the Bulldogs, who pulled away for their 10th victory in 11 tries entering this week’s game at Georgia Tech…

Hardman’s performances the past two weekends — he had 142 yards on kickoff returns and 43 yards on punt returns at Auburn — have vaulted him into the conversation about the Southeastern Conference’s premier returners. Hardman leads the SEC in kickoff returns with an average of 27.2 yards, and he ranks second in punt returns with a 10.8-yard clip.

Hardman’s been that close to breaking one off for a touchdown on a couple of occasions.  If he decides to take one to the house at BDS Saturday, you won’t hear me complaining about it.



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Today, in fun with numbers, Phil Steele edition

Steele charts what he calls Strength of Wins, which tracks the number of wins a team’s losing FBS opponents have compiled themselves.  Georgia currently stands third, behind Alabama and Wisconsin, neither the latter of which hasn’t played an FCS team this season.

He’s got a Strength of Losses list, as well.  Georgia is seventh.


Filed under Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water

One other thing I’m grateful for

… is not buying into the offer that if I just tossed a few more 2017 dollars into the Hartman Fund, I’d hit that sweet 20,000-point threshold that would allow me to buy SECCG tickets from the school.

Oh, you did?  Sorry about that.

Reserved (Non-club) tickets were awarded to eligible patrons who requested with a 2017 Hartman Fund cumulative priority of 32,701 points and higher.

Ticket Limits

  • 6 tickets: 2017 Hartman Fund donors who contributed $10,000 or more AND/OR Magill Society members in the midst of $100,000 commitments or above with a Hartman Fund priority points score of 32,701 and higher were able to secure up to 6 tickets.
  • 4 tickets: 2017 Hartman Fund donors who contributed $5,000 or more AND/OR Magill Society members in the midst of $50,000-$99,999 commitments with a Hartman Fund priority points score of 32,701 and higher were able to secure up to 4 tickets.
  • 2 tickets:  2017 Hartman Fund donors who contributed $1,100 or more AND/OR Magill Society members in the midst of $25,000-$49,999 commitments with a Hartman Fund priority points score of 32,701 and higher were able to secure up to 2 tickets.

All SEC Championship game tickets will be sent via “Print at Home” by Wednesday, November 29th.        

Championship game point cutoffs were determined by arranging Hartman Fund and Magill Society donors in priority point rank order and by assigning tickets based on availability.

You got played, my friend.  20,000 was never gonna cut it and they knew that when they offered the buy in.  It’s nothing personal, though.  Of course, that’s part of the problem when Butts-Mehre is only focused on wallets.  Next time, try to be a little more committed to the G.


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The return of About those video ads

I contacted WP about the new complaints, and received a prompt reply, the contents of which I’m going to share with you in this post.

We’ve had several reports of video ads that are hijacking the browser window (and somehow sneaking past our filters), and we’re working to track down the advertisers that are submitting them, so that we can block them.

Could you let us know the following information, to help us track down the advertiser?

  • Browser and operating system being used.
  • Your IP address (you can go to to find this)
  • The exact URL of the page/post that showed the ad.
  • What was being advertised​.
  • The URL that the ad takes you to.
  • If possible, a screenshot of the ad that hijacked the browser.

If you’re getting reports from site visitors, they can also email the above to this address (

That will help us track down the bad-acting advertiser, so that we can block the ads.

Send this on.  The sooner you can give them the info, the quicker they can clean up the mess.


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Keep calm and throw.

One impressive thing about Jake Fromm’s freshman season is that, even though it’s a priority for Georgia to establish the run game to take pressure off Fromm throwing the ball, he’s damned good at handling pressure when it comes.

I mean, when you’re doing anything better than Baker Mayfield, that’s something.

Imagine what he’ll be like with another year under his belt.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

“We throw to the open guy.”

Kirby doesn’t have time for this tight end shit.

But the tight ends make up a talented group – Nauta was the team’s third-leading receiver last year – so why do they comprise a collective 14 percent of the team’s catches?

Kirby Smart has a simple explanation. Defenses are playing man-to-man against Georgia, because they’re worried about UGA’s run game, and it’s easier for tight ends to get open against a zone.

“Trust me, I know about coaching defense and I know how people are playing us. So it’s easy to see why tight ends aren’t catching as many passes for us: Because they’re not open,” Smart said. “We throw to the open guy.”

Smart sounded bemused at all the fuss about the subject.

“I’m so engulfed in what we’re doing that I don’t know what people are so enamored with about the tight ends catching the ball. If the tight ends get open, they’ll get thrown the ball,” Smart said. “When people play you to stop the run, they play man a lot. When they play man, they cover the tight ends. I dare you to show me where there’s a tight end that’s open in man-to-man. …

“We’ve got plays designed to go to the tight ends, but they’ve been covered. It’s not a matter of we don’t want to throw to our tight ends. We have no mutiny against them. We just have to keep working at it and try to get some spots where they’ll be open. If some teams will play zone we could throw the ball to the tight end.”

Kirby’s bemused.  I wonder if his tight ends are, too.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

The evolution of Lorenzo Carter

He leads the team in sacks and is second in tackles for loss, but I’ve noticed more than a few comments directed towards Carter, expressing disappointment that he hasn’t been a more disruptive player this season.  The problem with that observation is that it’s hard to disrupt the line of scrimmage when you’re being asked to play more in coverage.

“The biggest thing is that he’s become an every-down player,” Smart said. “He’s gotten a little bigger and more physical, and he’s been able to play some in nickel packages. We have moved him around so that he could play field boundary. He can do different things. He can stand up and match patterns. He’s improved that part of his game, and that’s the part that he probably needed to improve the most. I’m glad he came back to do it.”

If Kirby’s happy with him, we probably ought to be, too.


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