Georgia Football: A New Face In Georgia’s Secondary, Michel and McKenzie Interviews, Mason Aware of Potential Upset, Photos of Saturday’s Action – Daily Dose of Dawg


Photo courtesy of Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated

Photo courtesy of Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated

Tramel Terry Looking to Step Up

Tramel Terry, one of Georgia’s best recruits from the 2013 class, finally made his first appearance in the Red & Black after sitting out last year due to a knee injury. Terry came in to play safety late in the game, and didn’t look all that bad. Granted, he was playing against a glorified high school team when the game was already put away, but he showed good effort and had a nice interception in the endzone. Now, I liked seeing Tramel get on the field, but I hated where he was playing. I think Georgia coaches made a HUGE mistake when they moved him to safety. He has the talent to be an average safety, but the skill set to be an elite receiver. I know Georgia’s secondary depth was pretty thin, but there’s such a steep learning curve for Terry that he’ll never actually get on the field in big game situations. We really need receivers right now that can make plays, and Terry would have been able to contribute in a big way had the Georgia coaches left him at his original position.

He are his highlights from high school:

Article on Terry seeing his first action and the drama that took place before the game here.

 

Post-Game Interviews With Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie

 

Videos taken by Logan Booker of Bulldawg Illustrated.

 

Mason Knows This Could Be A Dangerous Game and Other Game Notes

“If you don’t take Tennessee seriously, they will beat you and they will ruin your season,” Mason said.

For whatever reason, the Tennessee game is often much closer than it actually should be. Take last year, for example, when Georgia needed a last second touchdown to force overtime against a terrible, over-matched Tennessee team. This time around, however, Georgia knows to take them seriously.

Story and game notes by Marc Weiszer here.

 

Great Pictures From Saturday

Logan Booker, an exceptional writer/photographer for Bulldawg Illustrated, took some great pictures from the Bulldogs’ 66-0 win over the Trojans of Troy.

Pre-game pictures here.

1st half pictures here.

2nd half pictures here.

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan

 

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The Non-QB SEC Heisman Candidate Nobody Is Talking About (Yet)


As a Georgia fan, I am fully on board with Todd Gurley for Heisman. Hell, the watering hole closest to my humble domicile has sold over 1000 of these stylish things:

Get yours at the Ivy in Buckhead. Tell them I sent you and get me free drinks.

Get yours at the Ivy in Buckhead. Tell them I sent you and get me free drinks.

Having said that, I don’t think Gurley’s Heisman campaign is a realistic one. Although Georgia will lean heavily on TG3 in close games (such as South Carolina), he is simply not going to get the carries to win the bronze statue.

Meanwhile, there is a guy in Tuscaloosa whose campaign has yet to start. I guess I’ll start it.

Amari Cooper has been the best player in the country thus far, and it isn’t even close.

cooper

Through four games, Cooper has amassed a ridiculous 43 catches for 655 yards and 5 TD’s. The rest of Alabama’s team has 688 yards on 49 catches (including one for four yards by Georgia blast from the past Ty Flournoy-Smith). Some might say that these numbers are due to taper off with more attention paid to Cooper, but I disagree. With Alabama’s offensive identity in the running game, throwing to number 9 against 7, 8, and 9 man fronts should continue to be easy.

Some might say that Alabama will find more balance in the passing game. Again, I disagree. Stud TE O.J. Howard has two catches through 4 games, much to the chagrin of most of my Alabama friends. DeAndrew White and Christion Jones are weapons, but Lane Kiffin tends to get the ball into the hands of his best playmaker at the expense of others (seems like a Kiffin thing to do).

Let’s play the extrapolation game that Andrew Hall plays so well on this site.

Time Games Receptions Yards TD
Current 4 43 655 5
This pace 13 139 2292 17
SEC Play 1 10 201 3
SEC pace 9 90 1809 24

Since Y2K, only three top-five finishers in Heisman voting have been receivers: Justin Blackmon, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.All of those numbers will be nearly impossible to continue to put up, but JESUS CHRIST LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS! Given Kiffin’s history, they’re likely not susceptible to a major downward trend. In 2011, Robert Woods hauled in 111 passes for 1292 yards for Kiffin’s USC Trojans. The next year, he took a backseat to Marquise Lee, who amassed 1721 on 118 catches. Last year provided more balance between Woods and Nelson Agholor (56 and 57 catches, respectively), but recall that Kiffin was fired in the middle of the season.

Player Year Finish Receptions Yards TD
Blackmon 2010 5th 111 1782 20
Crabtree 2008 5th 134 1962 22
Fitzgerald 2003 2nd 92 1672 22

Those numbers are all ridiculous, but Cooper’s current YPC exceeds all of them.

And let’s not act like program visibility won’t be a factor. No offense to Oklahoma State (10-2), Texas Tech (8-4), and Pitt (8-4), but they don’t have the visibility that Alabama does, and will likely continue to, enjoy. As Heisman voters have rebelled against ‘system’ quarterbacks who put up video game numbers, they may give credence to a WR putting up video game numbers in a pro-style system.

With all of that being said, let me be the first to introduce you to the SEC’s most viable Heisman candidate for 2014, Amari Cooper.

What We Learned: Alabama Powers Through Florida


What We Learned:

We found out a couple of things on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. First, Alabama is improving week to week and if that continues they will be scary good. Second, Florida is no where close to their 2011 form and they should really be worried. Can anyone in the SEC East play consistent football this season, or will the West dominate all the way to the dome?

We Dem Boyz

Alabama did not play great football on Saturday. They had 4 turnovers and a hand full of penalties, but even with the negatives they were able to go on to a pretty dominant victory. Blake Sims threw for over 400 yards and had 4 touchdowns along with it. Amari Cooper embarrassed the best DB in the SEC (Vernon Hargraves) for 10 catches 201 yards and 3 scores. Lane Kiffin’s offense racked up 645 yards of offense (most ever allowed in Florida history) and without the turnovers putting the defense in a bad position this game would not have even been close for a quarter.

  • Blake Sims: 23/33 445 yards 4 touchdowns
  • Amari Cooper: 10 catches 201 yards 3 touchdowns
  • Henry/Yeldon: 179 yards 1 touchdown
  • Defense: 200 total yards given up

Not Dem Boyz

Florida could not get anything going without the help from 4 turnovers from the Alabama offense. All three of their touchdowns came from an average starting position of the Alabama 33 yard line. If you cannot score when you start there, you do not deserve to have a team. Florida looked lost on defense, Driskel could not get the passing or rushing game going, and the wide receivers were dropping balls left and right. I thought Jeff Driskel was supposed to be “incredibly improved under Kurt Roper”. I saw the same ol’ Jeff, slinging the ball without a care in the world.

  • Jeff Driskel: 9/28 93 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, 59 rush yards 1 touchdown
  • Matt Jones: 18 rushes 59 yards
  • Defense: Gave up 645 total yards (Just pathetic)

What’s Next? 

There is no good news for the Florida team that looked just as pathetic as last season’s team, but hopefully they can bounce back and take pride in the fact they can still win the SEC East. Alabama has been improving week to week, and the defense is coming around and finally causing turnovers. They head to Ole Miss after the bye week, and Blake Sims is looking like the guy. A huge step for a young Alabama team, and as much as you all hate Kiffin, the man can coach a dang offense. Swallow your pride and give the man some credit.

 

-Alex

Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Troy Edition


A week ago, the sky was falling, the #FireBobo birds were out, and the defense could do nothing right. Blowing out an overmatched Troy squad didn’t wash away the bad taste in the collective mouth of the UGA fan base, but I can say that 66-0 made sleeping less fitful. Also, the lack of weapons grade moonshine in my system might have helped a fair amount, I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.

What I do know is this: the secondary continued to play aggressively, which is what we as fans needed to see after they got eviscerated in Columbia, the front seven got off blocks (RIGHT?) and the freshman showed why you people get excited for recruiting news. Still winning (even against overmatched teams that got a fat check to get beat up on an otherwise nice Saturday afternoon) hides the problems, losing magnifies them, but the problems are always there.

The Good:

- El running game. Thought they were going to pull the “everyone in the stands gets a carry”, but realized that Brendan Douglas had just been pushed that far down the depth chart. I for one was glad to see Todd get the hell out of there after six carries no matter what it might have meant for his hypothetical Heisman chances (spoilers: Andrew is wrong), because a game like this, he had everything to lose, nothing to gain. And once he took a seat, we got to see what the next guys up can do, and it’s a LOT. Sony Michel got LOOSE, Isaiah McKenzie averaged 27 yards a carry, and Nick Chubb and his #ChubbClubb did one-handed work. I’d like to think this had nothing to do with Terrell Davis on the sideline.

- Defense produced one fumble that counted, a few more that didn’t, and grabbed a pick. What was most impressive was that this team seemed to exhibit the short memory you NEED to have in college football. Where we as spectators get to focus on one or two blown assignments, it’s the job of the young men on the field to focus on making the next play the best play. If it was the Terry pick or a timely sack, this team made big plays and stops when they needed to.

- This is NOT a good job by special teams, though maybe it should be since nothing went wrong in that area on Saturday. No, this is Isaiah McKenzie getting that work, and going OFF on punt return duty on Saturday. He and Michel bring an element of creativity and danger in space that has been lacking from this Georgia team in recent memory, and that success of this team in spite of not having that open field threat speaks to the ability of this coaching staff. But, if we can find ways to use these young bucks in special teams and in the offense (OMG #WildDawg), be terrified WORLD.

The Bad:

- I’m not gonna do, what you THINK I’m gonna do, and start contradicting myself from the above points by nitpicking a win, but I will say this: our most experienced and best DB, Damian Swann didn’t play at all, and I didn’t notice until midway through the second quarter. If there isn’t going to be a singular standout in the defensive backfield, that’s fine. But, I’m going to need the collective football IQ of the unit to keep climbing week after week.

- Either we have decided to play to our strengths, or play away from our weaknesses, but it looks like this coaching staff has fully committed to this being a running offense going forward. While I am completely on-board with this move (that many running backs = fresh legs against tired defenses), I genuinely hope it is the former not the latter. One of the staples of Bobo’s offense these past few years has been balance between the run and the pass, and while the offensive focus can and should be the ground game, let’s not get entirely away from the flashes of greatness goodness that we saw out of Mason Saturday.

The Ugly:

- JJ Green’s targeting call. GTFO of here ref.

- Keith. *throws hat* F****** Keith. Talk to the people, Chad.

Look, I love a good blowout over an overmatched team as much as the next guy. Watching your team literally run any opponent out of the building is a good feeling, but I remain unsettled even with scoring the most points since 1994. There will always be a segment of my brain that says that a balanced offensive attack is the best way to win, but looking at the talent in the backfield, who can be mad at the imbalance early?

Glad to see the coaches giving more responsibility to the youngsters, with Jeb Blaze getting his first start on Saturday. hopefully, this youth movement continues to pay dividends, and the fact that we HAVE a #WildDawg formation both excites and terrifies me. Let’s accept the big win, and get the hate up for Tennessee this weekend.

Go Dawgs.

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