Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

“We don’t want fat guys.”

Mark Richt is all in on fit and trim.  Or at least finding a happy medium.

In the offseason training program, Georgia did more running than any other year in Richt’s tenure, the head coach said this week. So more guys dropped weight, but some of them were asked to then put it back on in muscle mass.

“We’ve gotta get stout enough to stand up to teams we’ll play defensively and be able to move people offensively,” Richt said. “But I think we’ve identified the guys we want to gain the weight. We’ve still got one or two guys that might need to trim up a bit. But everybody who’s a little heavy is not far from their target.”

Yeah, yeah, Florida and Georgia Tech.  I get it.  Except I’d argue those games were as much about poor execution as about beef… more, really.

In those two bad games, the edges were as much the problem as up the gut. Georgia’s front was physically beaten too much, but the back was late to the ball and didn’t make plays.

“Two things can happen, really,” Richt said. “One is physically we get thrown around. And the other one is to maybe not make your run fits exactly as they should be, and then a big run spits out of there. There was probably a little bit of both in those games, with the amount of rushing yards that happened. The bottom line is, we’ve gotta be physical enough and play with good pad level and good fundamentals enough to keep from getting moved.”

Florida was a case of outside contain being poorly maintained (maybe more a case on occasion of not being maintained at all).  And while Georgia Tech was more about getting gashed up the middle, Johnson did a good job running his offense at gaps Georgia created with its line shifts.

If physical size were everything, then Georgia wouldn’t have gotten pounded like it did in the 2012 SECCG.  That was just a mashing.  It’s not every day you see a team convert a two-point play by running the ball up the middle.

It wasn’t that Jenkins and Geathers were stiffs; they were just worn down.  Which is why Mark Richt’s current attitude makes sense.  You can adjust your schemes mid-game.  There isn’t much you can do about durability once your linemen get winded.


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The TKO of Patton Robinette

Announcements like this seem to be coming once a week now.  If this keeps up, at some point we’re going to reach critical mass on the need to change concussion protocols for football.  Which is why if anyone at the NCAA had half a brain on the subject, he/she’d be feverishly working on getting ahead of the curve to save the sport.

Fortunately for Robinette, he’s got a real future ahead of him outside of football.  Best of luck.


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“He should be fine in a matter of weeks.”

Well, this sucks.

Georgia tailback Sony Michel has re-injured his collarbone and is expected to miss the rest of spring practice, head coach Mark Richt confirmed.

The injury will not require an operation, added Richt.


Seriously, tough luck for Sony.  You hope this isn’t something that chases him throughout his career.


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“However, I’d be lying if I said that the concussion thing doesn’t scare me a little.”

How many of these does it take to turn an outlier into a trend?  And why aren’t they listening to Urban Meyer?


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Wednesday morning buffet

Dig in, peeps.

  • Jay Rome wants to have fun this season, instead of “It’s always been about going out and trying not to hurt myself anymore.”
  • I got excited seeing the word “wheel” used in the context of Georgia’s offense, but it turns out all Seth meant was that Schottenheimer is tweaking the terminology of the play calls, not the system itself.
  • Dennis Dodd insists that football is a money loser at most schools, but those schools still want football.
  • Steve Spurrier is going to call the plays again this season.  Why did he ever stop? “It wasn’t going very well … You make a bad call and say, ‘Awe, dumbass. Why’d I do that? Maybe someone else can do it better.’”
  • Spurrier’s calling the plays, but he doesn’t know to whom yet.
  •’s Zac Ellis drops in on Athens to let us know how Georgia’s offense is progressing so far.
  • Corch wants you to know you’ve got nothing to worry about in the player injury department:  “The game is safer now. I can give you 28 years of experience. The game is safer now than it’s ever been.”
  • Nothing says school pride like having your mugshot taken in a logo’d t-shirt:  Parole Tide!!!


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If spring practice has started, it must be time for Dawg porn.

If you’re worried about how strength and conditioning has gone so far this offseason, let Lorenzo Carter ease your mind a bit.

Holy moly.  That’s fit.


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Actions speak louder than words.

And the words themselves are pretty loud.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

You wonder if Borland’s decision to retire in the face of concussion concerns does more to move the debate than the years of studies and untimely deaths have.  It’s one thing for people outside the game, including retired players, to have doubts.  It’s another to watch the talent walk away.


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