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Vanderbilt Game Preview

I wrote this a last month, but in summary my thoughts on the Vanderbilt game are this:

For whatever reason, Georgia teams usually struggle in Nashville.  Even good or great teams.

If we want to consider Georgia an elite team, or a team that can contend for anything other than a Bowl Game on New Year’s Day in Florida, they should handle Vanderbilt with the ease of a hot knife going through butter.


Man In The Red Bandana

If you’ve seen this before, it is worth watching again.  If you haven’t seen it, get the tissue.




Lukewarm Takes From Saturday

A little late to the game on this, so I’m sure you’ve read all you want to about this past Saturday’s season opening game against the overmatched War Hawks.

But there are a few points that I have been ruminating on the past couple of days, and spending about 8 hours behind the wheel yesterday, I’ve had time to think through some points.


Obviously, the main thing I was looking at how the offense would look under Brian Schottenheimer. It didn’t look a whole lot different. I must say, and I echo Ucheedawg’s sentiments, that I was hoping that Mike Bobo would take the draw out of the shotgun with him to Colorado. It stayed behind…so that must just be a Mark Richt thing.

I thought it was interesting to see how the Bulldogs ran the hurry-up offense. The Bulldogs have been doing the HUNH offense in recent seasons, although it isn’t as up-tempo like Oregon and Baylor do it. The Bulldogs would rush up to the line of scrimmage, then look back to the sidelines.

I noticed many times Georgia would run up to the line and not sub, therefore not allowing the defense to sub, but then huddle up.   Not really sure what this means, but it is a different approach that was noticeable to me.

One question I had about Schotty’s offense was how they would incorporate Sony Michel. Michel may be the #2 back on the depth chart, but I think he is explosive and has a special “it” factor. He has become one of my favorite players on the team, and whenever he touches the ball, something special is liable to happen.

But I’ve had concern about how Schotty’s NFL mind would use a player like Michel, because those kind of players aren’t really utilized in the NFL. I was very happy to see Michel lined up at receiver, and be a factor in the passing game.

I think the general consensus out there is that the offense was very vanilla. Well, if in the vanilla offense Michel’s talents are used to the level where he is the team’s leading receiver, then I think we can expect big things from #1 this season.

As far as Lambert goes, he looked very good. Completing 66% of his passes, with two of the incompletions being throwaways, is exactly what is needed from him (or whoever is playing quarterback) this season. The first touchdown pass to Blazevich is something I hope we see more of.

Lastly, the best moment of the day was seeing Keith Marshall come in. The warm ovation he received was much deserved. From a football standpoint, if he can be healthy and a major contributor, that is something great. From a human being standpoint, it was just touching.


 Not sure what more to say here. They were fast. They were aggressive. But they weren’t stupid, either. I said they played with disciplined aggression. No late hits, no hits out of bounds. The two brain fart drives gave Coach Pruitt just enough to be angry about and coach up, but there are special playmakers all over that side of the ball, and I will look forward to watching them play with this disciplined aggression. For the first time in a long time, I am not worried about what will happen on 3rd and long. I am excited about the hell that is about to be unleashed.

Special Teams

 Everything I’ve said can be qualified with “It was just Louisiana at Monroe, but…”

But with that said, when was the last time that Georgia blocked two punts in one game? When was the last time Georgia blocked a punt, period? I am not sure.

Remember way back to the early days of Richt’s tenure when Special Teams was a valuable weapon? Then remember when it became viewed upon as a necessary function, nothing more and nothing less. Then the pendulum swung the other way and it became a liability that hurt the team? I hope we are going back to the days when it was a weapon. Blocked kicks, electric returns, and tight coverage can help turn a close game into a blowout win.

Final Thoughts

 A good win to start the season. It wasn’t perfect, but the areas that weren’t perfect gave the coaches something to look at to correct. I left Sanford Stadium pleased with what I saw, and I hope you did to.

I was disappointed that the weather issues caused some of the heralded freshmen like Michael Chigbu, Roquan Smith and Trenton Thompson not to get as much playing time as we had hoped to see, but I think the Vanderbilt game will be another glorified scrimmage. We can hopefully see a steady dose of them Saturday.

If this team can play up to its ability and give the same sort of effort we saw on Saturday, this will be a fun season.

How many times have we all said that before?


If You Are Going To Take Shots, Be Accurate

If you didn’t think so before, you can now be assured that ESPN is all-in on TCU:

Kill was a member of Patterson’s wedding party, and the two coaches have said they weren’t entirely pleased about the match up, with both preferring the Kansas State-style non-conference schedule filled with cream puffs and pushovers. (emphasis added)

Since 2010, Kansas State played Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Missouri State, North Texas, North Dakota State, LA-Lafayette, LA Tech, UTSA and South Dakota out of conference.

But Kansas State has scheduled Auburn, Miami (twice), UCLA, and UCF.

I’m a big fan of Minnesota and Coach Jerry Kill.  I thought the Golden Gophers would cover the spread last night, and they did.  But Minnesota isn’t exactly scheduling Alabama.

The best and worst of college football.


Rally Around The New Breed Of Bulldogs

Glory Glory to Ole Georgia. Heroes have graced the field before you.

Men with hearts, bodies, and minds for which the entire Bulldog Nation can be justifiably proud.

The tradition of unbridled excellence demonstrated by these individuals and many others spans more than a full century.

And now a new breed of Bulldogs stands ready to take the field of battle, to assume the reigns of their Georgia fore bearers, and continue that tradition.  Understanding that there no is tradition more worthy of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia.

As we prepare for another meeting Between the Hedges, let all the Bulldog faithful rally behind the men who now wear the red and black, with two words, two simple words which express the sentiments of the entire Bulldog Nation. 

 Go Dawgs!

My first ever game at Sanford Stadium was way back during my freshman year of high school in 1999.  I don’t even know the opponent.  I do remember going back in 2000 to see us beat New Mexico State.  I went again in 2001 to see UGA beat Houston in the game that was supposed to be on the weekend after 9/11 and was postponed to December.

You know, I was in high school.  I didn’t tailgate, and did all the “touristy” things.  Went to the Dawg Walk and saw the Uga graves.  Just went, more or less, and didn’t really understand it all.

I remember my first ever game in college.  Sitting down in Section 112 next to the Redcoats, I really heard the Larry Munson pregame for the first time. As Georgia fans, we are (rightfully) accused of living in the past.  This has been a complaint of mine for quite some time.  I have to say, though, that the pregame with the Battle Hymn solo and Larry Munson’s echoing voice sends shivers down my spine. There isn’t much more I remember about that freshman year, but I remember that.  I was hooked.

Those words ring true today, more so than they ever had.  Though SEC and National Championships haven’t occurred in Athens as often as we desire recently, Georgia is still considered, I would think by most, an “elite”, “blue blood” program in the college football world.  In the past 14 seasons, Georgia has ended the season ranked in the top 10 on 8 occasions.  Georgia has finished ranked in the top 5 three times, with finishes of 2, 3 and 4.

I think Todd Gurley is best player to play at Georgia since I have been closely following the Bulldogs.  Better than David Pollack, Jarvis Jones, Matthew Stafford, and even A.J. Green.

Not only was he immensely talented, he seemed like a genuine good, humble person.  When he was being interviewed after getting drafted by the Rams, and choked up a little bit, I got choked up along with him.

I get frustrated.  I see the likes of Justin Houston, Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green, Blair Walsh, etc…recently pass through Athens and have stellar collegiate careers, then go on and have stellar NFL careers.  There has been so much talent at this school in the past 10 years.

And no SEC championships to show for it.

Yes, it is frustrating.

Ultimately to win a National Championship in college, especially in the old BCS system, requires some degree of luck.  But the bottom line is that at least one of those seasons that ended with a #2, 3 or 4 ranking should have ended with a #1.  Some of it can be blamed on bad circumstances.  Some can be blamed on bad luck.  Some of it can be blamed on poor individual play from the players.  Some of it can be blamed on the coaching.  Some of it can be blamed for institutional and administrative shortcomings.  There is blame to be cast on the shortcomings.

Back to Gurley.  His freshman year, he carried the ball 222 times for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Nick Chubb in his freshman year carried the ball 219 times for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns.

As much as I loved watching Todd Gurley play, his time has come and gone.

A new breed of Bulldogs is prepared to assume the tradition of their Georgia forbearers.

It’s time.  It’s here.

Appreciate the past.  Relish in the good memories.  But for all intents and purposes, forget it.  Forget the good.  Forget the bad.

Let’s all rally around the new breed of Bulldogs.

Go Dawgs!


Lewis Grizzard Thursday: To My Son

In what has become a tradition around here, enjoy this classic Lewis column as we get closer  to getting back Between the Hedges.  As much as people are trying to ruin collegiate athletics, specfically college football, this post perfectly sums up what is so great about not only being a Bulldog, but being a fan of college football. 

Go Dawgs!


Great moments in a would be father’s life

To my Son, if I ever have one:

Kid, I am writing this on September 3, 1984. I have just returned from Athens, where I spent Saturday watching the University of Georgia, your old dad’s alma matter, play football against Clemson.

While the events of the day were still fresh on my mind, I wanted to recount them so if you are ever born, you can read this and perhaps be able to share one of the great moments in your father’s life.

Saturday was a wonderful day on the Georgia campus.

We are talking blue, cloudless sky, a gentle breeze and a temperature suggesting summer’s end and autumn’s approach.

I said the blessing before we had lunch. I thanked the Lord for three things: fried chicken, potato salad and for the fact he had allowed me the privilege of being a Bulldog.

“And , Dear Lord,” I prayed, “bless all those not as fortunate as I.”

Imagine my son, 82,000 people, most whom were garbed in red, gathered together gazing down on a lush valley of hedge and grass where soon historic sporting combat would be launched.

Clemson was ranked number 2 in the nation, and Georgia, feared too young to compete with the veterans from beyond the river, could only dream, the smart money said, of emerging three hours hence victorious.

They had us 20-6 at the half, son. A man sitting in front of me said, “I just hope we don’t get embarrassed.”

My boy, I had never seen such a thing as came to pass in the second half. Todd Williams threw one long and high, and Herman Archie caught it in the end zone, and it was now 20-13.

Georgia got the ball again and scored again, and it was now 20-20, and my mouth was dry, and my hands were shaking, and this Clemson fan who had been running his mouth the whole ballgame suddenly shut his fat face.

Son, we got ahead 23-20, and the ground trembled and shook, and many were taken by fainting spells.

Clemson’s kicker, Donald Igwebuike, tied it 23-23 and this sacred place became the center of the universe.

Only seconds were left when Georgia’s kicker, Kevin Butler, stood poised in concentration. The ball rushed toward him, and it was placed upon the tee a heartbeat before his right foot launched it heavenward.

A lifetime later, the officials threw their arms aloft. From 60 yards away, Kevin Butler had been true, and Georgia led and would win 26-23.

I hugged perfect strangers and kissed a fat lady on the mouth. Grown men wept. Lightening flashed. Thunder rolled. Stars fell, and joy swept through, fetched by a hurricane of unleashed emotions.

When Georgia beat Alabama 18-17 in 1965, it was a staggering victory. When we came back against Georgia Tech and won 29-28 in1978, the Chapel bell rang all night. When we beat Florida 26-21 in the last seconds in 1980, we called it a miracle. And when we beat Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl that same year for the national championship, a woman pulled up her skirt and showed the world the Bulldog she had sewn on her underbritches.

But Saturday may have been even better than any of those.

Saturday in Athens was a religious experience.

I give this to you, son. Read it and re-read it, and keep it next to your heart. And when people want to know how you wound up with the name “Kevin” let them read it, and then they will know.

First Year QBs Have Success In College Football

The college football world is bearish on the SEC having success on the National Stage this season because of all the uncertainty within the Conference at the quarterback position. Adding fuel to the fire to this narrative is the amount of talent, ease of schedule and the great coaching at Ohio State; with all this, the SEC is being written off as yesterday’s news.

Only Mississippi State-a team who is a consensus last place pick in the SEC West-doesn’t have uncertainty at that position. I guess you could throw Missouri in that mix, also; they are picked to finish third in the SEC East.

The uncertainty at the quarterback position is one of the biggest demerits for Georgia going into this season. This is uncharted water for the Bulldogs under Coach Richt. The only other year there were this many QB questions was 2006-and even then you knew at some point it was going to be Matthew Stafford’s job.

But how important is the starting quarterback to win it all in College football?

Normally, I would say very. You need a few other things to win it all in College football: luck, a good running game, a good defense, and a favorable schedule. Notice I didn’t say coaching (See: Chizik, Gene).

But dig a little deeper, and you’ll see that every season since 2009, one (and sometimes multiple) teams vying for the National Championship have done so with a freshman or first year starter at quarterback.

The last time you had two quarterbacks with experience facing off in the National Championship was back in 2008-Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow. Since then, however, it hasn’t been the case.

In 2009, Greg McElroy was in his first year as a starter at Alabama. Alabama faced off against Texas and Colt McCoy, who had a storied collegiate career.

In 2010, both Auburn and Oregon made it the BCS Title Game with first year starters. In 2011, Alabama won it in A.J. McCarron’s first year starting, beating LSU who had a quarterback controversy all season with Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson.  That LSU team was possibly the best team we’ve seen this decade, and they didn’t even win it all.  They are easily the best team to not win a National Championship in the BCS era.

In 2012, Notre Dame made it to the title game with Everett Golson in his first year as a starter.

2013 saw Auburn and Florida State face off. Jameis Winston was a redshirt freshman and Nick Marshall was a converted cornerback in his first year starting at Auburn.

Last season, while Florida State and Oregon had established signal callers, Alabama and Ohio State made it to the Playoff with first year starters, and in Ohio State’s case, won it all with a freshman who had just a few starts under his belt, period.

Going back to 2000, Heisman winners and established collegiate quarterbacks littered the National Championship scene: Jason White, Chris Weinke, Jay Couch, Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford. There are some all-time greats that hoisted the Crystal Football.

But recent history has proven that having an established starter under center isn’t part of the recipe for a Championship season.

It would help, but it isn’t mandatory.

This doesn’t mean I am saying that a team from the SEC will win it all in 2015, and it certainly doesn’t mean that I think Georgia will do so. The teams in the SEC have blemishes. In Georgia’s case, I would be as much concerned-or more-about the defensive line stopping the run.

But don’t write off Alabama, LSU, and even Georgia just because the questions at the quarterback position.




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