Georgia Football Recruiting: UGA Could Flip Bama Commit, Recruits React to UGA Loss, Josh Sweat Update
Recruiting Quick Hits
Rico McGraw Still Considering the Bulldogs
This will be a very interesting recruiting battle to keep your eye on as some experts still think the Dawgs have a good shot. Rico McGraw, a once Georgia commit, flipped to Alabama a little over a month ago, but that hasn’t kept the Bulldog coaches from pursuing him. Jeremy Pruitt still wants McGraw very badly, and even some current UGA commits are trying to sway his mind. I still don’t think we’ll be able to flip Rico since we’ll likely be picking up Rashad Roundtree in the next month, but this could still be interesting. Story on McGraw and other recruits here.
Loss to USC Won’t Have a Huge Impact
The awful loss to the Game Chickens in Columbia certainly didn’t help things on the recruiting trail for the Bulldogs, but I also don’t believe it really hurt them. Yes, it did show that this team is not the invincible juggernaut that many believed (NOT ME), and defensive commits did see that Jeremy Pruitt doesn’t have some magic scheme that can destroy any offense, but teams lose tough games, and recruits know that. I mean, this game was one bad holding call from being a UGA win, and some recruits understood that Georgia really should’ve won that game.
“They got cheated, but offensively it was a good game!” – Emanuel McGirt
247 Sports has the quotes from UGA commits/targets about the game here.
Interview With Josh Sweat and Coach
Rivals.com was able to get an exclusive interview with the 5-star defensive end and #1 player in the nation, Josh Sweat. Now, there wasn’t a ton of Bulldog news to come out of the interview, but Sweat never talks to the media so this was a really big deal. He has no leader at this point, and the fact that UGA has one of his five official visits means the Bulldogs have just as good a shot as anyone. We are the only SEC team he is considering, and I think Jeremy Pruitt is very attractive (not looks-wise) to elite defensive players. Sweat will be an early enrollee, so his decision will have to come sometime in the next couple of months, and his coach says that it might even come during the first week of November before the high school playoffs start.
Interview with Josh Sweat here.
Interview with Sweat’s coach here.
If you haven’t seen his junior highlights, take a look:
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Georgia Football: 1st and Bobo, Richt Sending in Complaints, J.J. Green to Play, and More – Daily Dose of Dawg
I’ll preface this Daily Dose of Dawg by letting you know that everything will have a twinge of negativity in it, as it very well should.
What Was Bobo Thinking?
If you’re anything like me, the meltdown of this Georgia team in crucial situations is still affecting your mood. You want to try to get over the loss, but you just can’t believe (or maybe you can) the Dawgs gave that game away like they did. Well, over the many years of being a Bulldog fan and the many, many letdowns I’ve had to endure, I have learned that the best way to cope with this type of loss is to get all your emotions out in one big rant rather than let them fester insde.
Mark Bradley of the AJC wrote an interesting piece that kind of defends Mike Bobo’s actions. Now, if you agree with Bradley, feel free to read here, but I certainly do not. Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that stupid quote about hindsight being 20/20, but this is just common sense. You have the BEST running back in the SEC since Herschel Walker, and you choose to put the ball in the hands of your average quarterback? You cannot throw one reason out there that will actually justify Bobo’s cute play calling. You run the ball 3, 4 times, and you come out of Columbia with a win. Instead, we see the same meltdown we’ve seen for years. It also really bugs me that Bobo is wasting one of the greatest running backs of all time and won’t even stick around after the game to own up to his actions.
Now I will say this about Mike Bobo. I DO NOT think he is an awful coach by any means. The man still put up 35 points on the road in a hostile environment on Saturday and has had one of the best offenses in the SEC for the last couple of years. If he can eliminate all that cutesy play calling in crucial situations and just go with his bread and butter, Todd Gurley, the man will be just about perfect in my eyes.
Chip Towers of the AJC wrote on article on 1st and Bobo here.
Richt Unhappy With Some Calls
To the Bulldog’s defense, this was quite possibly the worst officiated Georgia game I have ever seen. Momentum was on Georgia’s side, and everything was going great until the phantom holding penalty was called on the Human Holding Machine, Bradon Kublanow. Even ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, with no UGA affiliation, thought it was a horrible call:
Although the play never should’ve been run in the first place, Hutson’s tipped pass on the four yard line was certainly not intentional grounding. The ball clearly bounced off the USC defender’s leg and changed trajectory.
Also, as I’m sure you’ve seen before, the ball clearly did not touch the first down marker at the end of the game.
Oh, and for all you people with two brain cells that say the ball only has to be past the last link:
Mark Richt with comments here.
Mark Richt Sunday Teleconference
On Sunday, Richt did his weekly teleconference and had some interesting things to say. Quotes here. One of which is that some other guys like J.J. Green are going to get an opportunity to play in the upcoming games and show what they are able to do. Richt also discusses why the South Carolina receivers were running wide open the entire game.
Tennessee Game Set
The Tennessee game will be at 12:00 on ESPN.
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So, fun story: as you might have noticed if you follow any and all of us on Twitter, the DudeYouCrazy “writing staff” (lol I just called us a “writing staff”) have all had to change our avi’s to something of Brandi Mills’ choosing. Only the Dude decided to help her out and make sure that I–the eternal pessimist–had to use this as my Twitter avi….
So, in light of that, I present you dem GIFs from one of the worst losses in recent memory (and by recent I mean since like the next to last game of last year) IN THE MOST OPTIMISTIC WAY POSSIBLE.
For those of you who don’t follow me on the Twitter, I’ll have you know my optimism was already at full tilt on Saturday night.
If you don’t get that joke…
So it’s gonna be hard for me to take this positivity up to another level. But “taking it to another level” is my middle name.
YAY I’M HAVING FUN. ARE YOU HAVING FUN? WE’RE HAVING SO MUCH FUN AND ALL GOING TO (die) HAVE FUUUUUUNNNNN!!!!!!
Let’s do this thing.
Todd Gurley Is Great At Football
I’m so glad we have such a DGD. It’s great to be a Dawg. DGD. So great. So wow. It makes my heart sing and leap and dance like a river-dancer dancing on an actual river. Also, Hutson Mason gave great effort on that block. He’s a DGD too. So great to be a Dawg.
A Ref Fell Down
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! The Hat launching into the air as if to proclaim the transcendence of the created order is also awesome.
We brought down that ref like we brought down those pesky Gamecocks— just barely and almost as if we did so accidentaly by tripping and falling into them….
Steve Spurrier Is Great At Coaching But He’s No Match For Those DGD’s.
I mean look at how confused he is here just with a basic question about how his offense exploited those awful UGA run fits with such ease and how their passing game was able to expose a UGA secondary that never really figured out how to run zone defense and how he knows not to go play-action on 1st and 4 from the 1-yard line.
Yeah, he’s so confused. Dawgs are never confused, silly! so great to be a dawg.
DGD’s Are The Best At Sportsmanship
We always shake hands and go out for snocones aftewards. In fact, we bring the SNOCONES FO YO FACE MU’F*CKAAAA. Oh,….. that’s not good? …yeah ok….
Sandstorm is the Best and I Love When They Play It After They Score Which Means I Love When They Score A Lot
INT. SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS BOX – NIGHT
The game is heating up down on the field.
The South Carolina PA Man, REGINALD, sits at his sound console, caressing it like a kilo of black tar heroin.
A young and hip INTERN enters.
INTERN: Hey, Reginald, this seems like a great time for a song. How about we mix it up? There’s this awesome jam called “We Dem Boyz.” I bet if you drop it now the place will go crazy.
Reginald closes his eyes and sighs as if someone just suggested Sierra Nevada is better and more refreshing than Redd’s Apple Ale.
REGINALD: F*ck that noise. I only play the hits.
Reginald stares at the intern as he slowly lowers his index finger down onto the PLAY BUTTON…
DGD’s Are So Tricksy That’s Why I Love Them
Oh, you think we’re going to give it to our Heisman candidate down on the 4 yardline? HAHAHA joke’s on you!! DGD’s for the WIIINNNNNNN….
That’s Cool. We Can Still Kick A FG. Our FG Kicker Is Such A DGD. He Has A Great History of Reliable Decision-Mak…oh shit
No Matter What Anyone Says It Doesn’t Matter If You Win Only That You Give It Your All Only To Come Up An Inch Short
Well, that’s it!
Hope you enjoyed this great wrap up of an even better football contest where everyone went home a winner!
It’s still great to be a da…[whimpers].
The Gators Are Back
If the SEC Title was played today, Florida would be the representative from the East and Auburn would be the representative from the West. But because I refuse to say anything positive about the War Eagle Tigers, I will gladly put the Tide in their place considering they are 0-0 in SEC play. Florida is not the best team in the east right now. I mean we all watched Kentucky, a team I am pretty high on, come within a couple missed opportunities from beating the gators at home. Now Florida heads to Tuscaloosa to face the Tide in a matchup of division powers.
Same Ole’ Tide
Alabama has started 3-0 for the 8th consecutive year under Nick Saban and have looked better as each week has gone by. Blake Sims seems to be holding on to the starting job by showcasing efficient passing, and great escape-ability in the pocket. Amare Cooper is the best wide receiver in the nation, and the running back 3 headed monster of Yeldon, Drake, and Henry, are looking just as good as ever. What I will be looking for this weekend in Tuscaloosa is how well the Tide can battle in the trenches against a very physical Florida team.
Idaho: Never Forget
Florida still has not played Idaho. I believe that puts the Tide at a disadvantage regarding film prep, and should get some sort of points bonus. Florida did look impressive against the daunting Eastern Michigan defense, as they put 65 points on them in 4 quarters. Everyone was very high on this new Florida offense, but they did not score against Kentucky till the second half, so I am not too worried. The biggest key for Florida to win this game, is how will Alabama’s DBs matchup against the Florida receivers, and can Driskel get them the ball?
I believe that the Tide will win this SEC Title preview 30-17. Not going to be an impressive win, but it will be a very physical game that I believe favors the Tide. Look for a heavy dose of Henry and Yeldon, and look for the Gators to try and get one on one with the Tide DBs.
I should have known better. I mean really, a team that had been feeling themselves for two weeks off of a win against an allegedly worthy foe, traveling to take on a rival that had heard nothing for two weeks except how overrated they had been and how disappointed their fanbase was. All of the signs were there for a classic trap game, and everything lined up for UGA to get blown out of the water.
Except that’s not what happened, is it?
Whether it was the rain, the delay, or just that extra special something that Spurrier brings every time he plays Georgia, this was a game about the consistency of the underdog, and the rare flashes of brilliance from the favorite. Unfortunately, those brief moments of greatness weren’t enough on Saturday, and we all paid for it. All of us.
“Daniel, why do you keep a jar of moonshine in your freezer?” THIS IS WHY EVERYONE. THIS IS WHY. #UGAvsSC
— Napoleon Turnuphard (@dpalm66) September 14, 2014
Yes, that really happened. And I regret nothing.
- Hutson Mason looked better than serviceable, even with respect to the missing weapons on the outside. He rushed a few passes, but for his fourth start, I’ll definitely take over 70% completion and two touchdowns. I’m excited to watch the passing game evolve as players come back to active duty, and the early creative use of the weapons that were active makes me happy about Mason’s growth and the coaches’ trust in him.
- These young kids are starting to grow on me. Sony Michel got things going early, and Jeb Blazevich remains my favorite freshman by a mile. Two games in a row, he’s done more than his job in the running game, and his 18-yard catch shows the weapon he can be in the passing game.
- Once again, Todd Gurley Todd Gurley’d all over the place. Even after his 54-yard run was taken back by a ridiculous holding call (I will not complain about officiating, I will not complain about officiating…), he still managed 131 yards on only 20 carries. The guy is a monster, and continued strengthening his resume for whatever awards college football has.
- Damian Swann, THAT’S how you play aggressive zone defense. Now, let’s start that before the end of the game.
- *sips moonshine* I can accept that a heavy reliance on zone blitz is going to result in experienced offenses finding holes in those zones. What I can’t accept is the inability of our blitzers to win ANY one on ones in obvious passing downs, particularly in the first half. I don’t expect the young secondary to be perfect, but I do expect that any mistakes be made at full speed. Regretfully, the more success Thompson and company had against the secondary, the more brazen they were in throwing whenever and wherever they wanted.
- And what’s the worst outcome of letting a team pass early? It opens up running lanes! Because now, your DBs are more focused on expected routes out of formations, and not reading their keys, and turning their backs, as receivers go to stalk block. Now, pair that with a front that didn’t seem to shed a block all day, and blitzers who could not run fit properly to save their lives (or this game), and you’ve got a recipe for a running game that, while not impressive in the box score, looked horrible live, and worse on my second viewing writing this.
- The Georgia running backs have to stop thinking every run is going to be a touchdown. I understand looking backside for cutback lanes, as the fast flow of a lot of the zone plays lends itself to using a defense’s aggression against them. This South Carolina team was not there for that. All that grief this unit has taken over the first two weeks? Poor gap discipline wasn’t going to be the undoing of that front, and too often, runs were abandoned on the front side, for hopes of bigger gains backside.
- *sips moonshine* I AM NOT the one of the Bobo-hating masses, but with this backfield, calling THAT play from the 4-yard line is inexcusable. And while Hutson’s throws on that series were similarly inexcusable, it was a bad idea to put this offense in that position after a seemingly game-changing turnover.
- David Andrews, I need more out of you. From an A+ showing against Clemson, to whatever the hell that was Saturday. Not a strong week 2 out of him.
- Missed field goals and poorly covered kickoffs? WELCOME BACK UGA SPECIAL TEAMS! *chugs moonshine, implodes liver*
Well, that happened. Look, I’m not going to pretend that this loss didn’t sting. Of course, sting may NOT be the proper medical term for how it felt, but I’m gonna roll with sting. But, aside from the twitter bet with Click Clack (REALLY looking forward to my avatar for the week), I don’t regret a bit of it. I’m glad I got to lose myself in my favorite team being a front-runner for a few weeks. That when people discussed presumptive National Title contenders, Georgia HAD to be mentioned, and no matter how bad the last 36 hours have been, I’m glad I got to care like this. This season is no where near over, and everything that this team wants is still within it’s grasp in every game going forward. No one is keeping a one-loss SEC Champion out of the playoff, and if you think that’s out of the question for this Georgia team, don’t come crawling back when they are BACK in the SEC Title game after losing to South Carolina.
I honestly just hope one day, I can hate anything as much as Steve Spurrier hates the University of Georgia.
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