Category Archives: Georgia Football

If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.

Well, this is good news.

“I think every guy who’s injured or had an injury (will be cleared by June),” Richt said, noting former Dodge County standout Leonard Floyd among the group. “I can’t think of one guy that has a limitation.”

If that holds, then the Bulldogs will be a seriously healthy collection when they gather in a few months for preseason camp.

No injuries, no suspensions, no Jimmy Williamson news?  Weird times, man. Does anyone else get the feeling something awful’s about to happen?

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UPDATE:  More good news.

Mark Richt is gaining control over every damned thing lately, it seems.

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Thursday morning buffet

The chafing dishes are steaming.

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“Well, Georgia being third is surprising.”

Even Bill Connelly has to blink at what his advanced stats are telling him.  The rest of it:

… I included each set of rankings so you could understand what the numbers see. Georgia has been one of the most consistently awesome teams in the country (fourth in weighted five-year history) and benefits from that here.

It’s not really a puzzle.  It’s just that Bill hasn’t figured out a way to quantify brain farts.

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To win in our league, you have to (get turnovers).”

Manny Diaz, who’s back at Mississippi State as its defensive coordinator, has an interesting theory about how to generate turnovers on defense – and he ought to have an inkling, as the defense he ran last season led the nation in takeaways:

“It’s always going to start with stopping the run. If you stop the run, you make them have to throw to beat you. If they have to throw to win, the ball is in harm’s way. No one turns the ball over more than the quarterback.

“There’s a bunch of things you can do to get after the quarterback to make him make mistakes. But if you can’t stop the run, then you have no chance of doing that. Our run defense will be the first thing we’ll pride ourselves on. Anything from that point on, that’s where the turnovers start to come.”

That kind of made me wonder how Georgia’s 2014 season fit into that.  If you look at the defensive turnover and rushing game logs from last year, here’s what you’ll find:

  • First seven regular season games:  2.43 turnovers per game; 3.04 yards per carry
  • Last five regular season games:  1.80 turnovers per game; 5.33 yards per carry
  • Bowl game:  3 turnovers; 2.30 yards per carry

There does seem to be some correlation there.  Just something to keep in the back of your mind as Pruitt and Rocker figure out how to restructure a defensive line that will have plenty of new faces being counted on to do a better job of stopping the run than we saw in the second half of last season.

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Roquan Smith, Mark Richt wants you.

Wonder why Georgia was happy to take Smith without requiring that he sign a NLI?  Let the head man explain:

“One thing about Roquan that’s different from anybody we have is just his athleticism,” Richt said. “He has the ability to play all three downs, in our opinion. A lot of people think you have to have good corners to play man-to-man coverage, which is true. But if you’re playing man everywhere your linebacker has to match up with running backs, too, and we think Roquan is really well-suited for that. We think he’s unique in that way. We definitely need him.”

The first time I get an real inkling there’s finally an ILB at Georgia who can provide consistent pass coverage, I know I’m gonna plotz.  From your lips to Gawd’s ear, Coach.

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S & C news I didn’t expect to hear.

Jeebus, I didn’t know Nick Chubb had eight pounds to lose.

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Are we finally approaching Georgia’s time?

I was going to use this comment from JC Shurburtt as an excuse to post a little recruiting Dawg porn…

Speaking of the Bulldogs, just looking at how they are recruiting, they should be in prime position to contend for a College Football Playoff berth and a National Championship in 2016 or 2017. With Eason in the fold they have a quarterback. Plus, they are loading up on the defensive line when you look at who they signed in 2015 and who they are likely to sign this cycle. It’s an incredible assembly of talent and a tough-to-recruit position.

… but his speculation about where Georgia is headed in a season or two leads me in another direction.

Obviously, it’s a long, long way ’til February, but if he and a lot of other folks who follow recruiting far more closely than I ever will are right, you can make a pretty strong argument that Georgia is on its greatest run of recruiting under Richt.  Add to that a sea change in support from the administration, an Eastern division that, while improving somewhat, is still less formidable than its Western counterpart and, finally, an enlarged postseason pool, and I can’t help but wonder one thing:

If Georgia can’t make it into the CFP by 2017, when will it ever?

Okay, take the smartass “when the playoffs expand to sixteen teams” response out of the picture.  Seriously, if the stars are aligning as they seem to be and Richt can’t get the program over the hump in the next three seasons, what’s the argument left to make about what’s missing that will get Georgia there?

I am not asking this in the angry “Richt’s gotta go now” sense, nor doubting that he has the ability to get there no matter what (although I’m sure I’ll hear from some of you in one or both of those camps).  I’m simply asking if there’s anything else in a structural sense still holding the program back.  ‘Cause I’m not seeing one, to be honest.

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