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If it’s July in Athens, ctd…

Hey, it’s the season for Dawg Porn!

“I know, because of being out there watching practice on the defensive side, you’ll see Trent Thompson, Roquan Smith and some of those guys, they are good players,” Theus said of UGA’s freshmen. “Some guys who will definitely be able to help us. I’ll be gone after this year but they’ll develop into some really good players.”

According to the Bulldogs’ starting left tackle, it isn’t just the athleticism of the newcomers that is standing out. The freshmen have plenty of physical ability, but Theus has also been impressed with how some of the top guys are advanced when it comes to their knowledge of the game.

“With Trent, obviously he’s a big ole boy but what impressed me is that he’s not just crazy bull rush and just using all his size. He’s got some football IQ about him, some technique, and I was impressed for a freshman to do that,” Theus said. “With Roquan, it’s just the way he runs. You know, (Alec) Ogletree was able to run sideline to sideline. I think Roquan possesses that same type of ability.”  [Emphasis added.]

Be still, mine heart.

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“He’s as healthy as I’ve seen him since he’s been to Georgia.”

There’s preseason happy talk that makes me roll my eyes, and then there’s preseason happy talk that makes me hopeful.

This is the latter kind.  Gawd knows Keith Marshall deserves it.

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“We’ve got the talent to do a lot of great things this year, but we’ve just gotta capitalize on it.”

Gee, where have we heard that before?

Seth Emerson delves into what he calls Georgia’s “ugly-loss syndrome” and coaxes a quote out of Jordan Jenkins about the loss to Missouri in 2013 that makes me want to hurl something at my monitor.

… The Tigers came into Athens on Oct. 12 unbeaten but without any impressive wins. Georgia was 4-1, and although injuries had piled up by then (Gurley and Keith Marshall were both out, as were Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett) the Bulldogs were caught by surprise.

“Coming into that game I don’t think anybody thought we were gonna lose,” Jenkins said. “I think a lot of guys were remembering the 2012 game against them, saying, ‘OK it’s the same team as last season. They’re the little brothers of the SEC, we’re gonna come in, dominate, clock in, clock out, leave.’ And as the game went on we quickly realized that was a dire mistake we shouldn’t have made.”

You’re virtually pulling people out of the stands to play on offense, the biggest reason you kicked Mizzou’s ass the previous season now wears a Steelers jersey and you think the game’s gonna be a cakewalk?  Yeah, “dire mistake”, alright.

Jeebus.  Words fail me.

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I blame Schotty.

If you’re looking for an area where it’s likely that we’ll see a change in approach as a result of the transition at offensive coordinator, use of the tight ends is as good a place to start as any.

In that regard, Saturday Down South’s Murf Baldwin takes a look at where Schottenheimer’s come from and where he may be going.  I’m not sure if I’m ready to make any Patriots comparisons yet, but there’s definitely some food for thought in his two posts.

One thing I will say is the timing of this for Georgia looks to be fortuitous, in that if there’s ever a time to put more emphasis on the TE position, it’s a year in which (1) your offense is likely to be run-heavy; (2) the experience in your wide receiver group is lacking; and (3) you’ve got more than respectable depth at tight end.

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Scheduling as a factor in this year’s SEC East

It’s not as straightforward as you might think in 2015.  Yes, Missouri goes in with a leg up on the competition, as the Tigers’ conference opponents this season have the worst combined league record from 2014 of all the other SEC teams’ opponents.

And here’s an eye-popping stat for you:

Missouri’s gone 10-0 on the road over the past two years. Georgia’s gone 5-4. 

That’s one way to overcome a 34-point shellacking in Columbia last year.

However, check out the home/road splits for this season (based on the 2014 conference records of schools’ 2015 opponents) David Morrison’s compiled in his article.  Particularly the latter:

Road

1. LSU: 21-11 (38-15)

2. Ole Miss: 21-11 (37-15)

3. Tennessee: 20-12 (35-17)

4. Alabama: 19-13 (36-16)

5. Arkansas: 19-13 (36-17)

5. South Carolina: 19-13 (36-17)

7. Mississippi State: 16-16 (34-19)

8. Florida: 16-16 (31-21)

9. Kentucky: 15-17 (30-21)

9. Vanderbilt: 15-17 (30-21)

11. Texas A&M: 9-15 (20-18)

12. Auburn: 11-21 (28-23)

13. Missouri: 10-22 (25-25)

14. Georgia: 7-17 (18-20)

That should definitely be an equalizer.  If it’s not, that doesn’t say much for Georgia’s improvement (or chances) in 2015.

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If it’s July in Athens…

… you know it’s time for that great Georgia tradition, preseason happy talk.

John Theus has noticed a positive change in the strength and conditioning program over the past seven months since Mark Hocke took over this past winter.

Hocke arrived from Alabama after spending the past six seasons as a strength and conditioning assistant. Now that Hocke is running the show at Georgia, Theus said his position group has already seen some encouraging results.

“The linemen are leaner,” Theus said. “They’re doing a great job, along with the nutritionists, of giving us the ability to play with high energy. They’re pushing us every day to be the best that we can be. I think a lot of the linemen have also taken the initiative to better their bodies as well. We have all gained muscle mass.”

I will say we haven’t paid much attention to the S&C transition from Joe T to Hocke.  It probably deserves more than that.  (Although I thought the team’s conditioning last season appeared improved from years past.)

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Don’t be telling Mark Richt who his starting quarterback is.

Tell me this doesn’t sound like Irritated Richt:

I heard from way too many people at SEC Media Days last week about David Pollack’s proclamation on ESPN that he expects Greyson Lambert to be the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback when they open the season Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe. It was relayed to me as if Pollack had some inside knowledge to that effect.

I didn’t hear Pollack’s comments myself and I couldn’t find a video, audio recording or a direct quote as to exactly what he said. I even reached out to the folks at ESPN for clarification, which they were unable to provide before this writing.

But I can tell you with no uncertainty — it’s a guess.

As coach Mark Richt said himself upon hearing Pollack’s thoughts, “he’s probably got a 33 percent chance of being right.”

“Does he know? I don’t know how he would know,” Richt said when asked about Pollack’s prediction on 680 The Fan’s “Chuck & Chernoff” radio show. “I think the reason David is doing what he’s doing is he’s never had a problem just spewing stuff out. So we’ll see. … If it turns out to be Greyson I’m sure he’ll be pounding his chest about it.”

Mark Richt dissing one of the Davids?  I think Uncle Verne’s just been handed his first talking point for the Georgia-Vanderbilt broadcast.

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