Category Archives: Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia Football: Plays of the Week


In case you were out doing hoodrat things with your friends all last week, here are the five most-read Georgia stories you may have missed.

 

  1. The SEC had a peculiar excuse for poor officiating during the Georgia/South Carolina Game.
  2. More bad news for Georgia’s special teams units.
  3. Can Georgia flip a top Bama commit?
  4. Is Georgia at risk of losing an elite offensive line commit?
  5. Would you let Richt coach your son?

 

Other top reads:

 

 

Georgia Football: How the Troy Game Hurt Todd Gurley’s Heisman Chances


Know what Sony Michel’s game on Saturday reminded me of?  Todd Gurley’s first game.

Sure, both opponents (Troy yesterday, Buffalo in 2012) were outmatched, but wow.  I wrote at length about this topic here, but I think the emergence of Michel helps Georgia’s offense but hurts Gurley’s Heisman campaign.

Bottom line: Georgia isn’t going to work Gurley to his maximum capacity.  And as effective as he is even with limited carries, it’s kind of hard to argue against that notion.  Especially, when someone like Michel (or Nick Chubb) can produce at a high level.  Michel is no Todd Gurley, but he’s even more versatile and he’s a nightmare to defend.  So why not use him to spell Gurley?

It’s hard to quantify this theory, especially because every carry requires a different work load.  But let’s pretend for a second that the following is 1. measurable and 2. true:

  • Todd Gurley is capable of 15 carries without showing any residual signs of wear and tear.
  • He’s capable of ten more carries at 90% capacity, ten more still at 80%.  After that, he’s reduced to 70%.
  • Georgia needs 40 carries.

If Gurley gets that whole load his average utility would be about 88.75% of capacity.

Again, even typing this is ridiculous because there are innumerable variables involved.  But a broader point needs to be made and these arbitrary numbers work.  So, if Georgia can get a player who produces somewhere between 85% and 90% of what Gurley does at his best, there wouldn’t be a noticeable step back over a prolonged period.  In other words, if the offense can run at 90% capacity when Sony Michel is in the game, then he needs to be in the game on occasion.  This is especially useful if Gurley’s 15 carries (the ones in which he is 100%) can be spread out and used when the opposing defense is declining because of fatigue.

I think this principal—whether you understand it, agree with it or already stopped reading—will be at work throughout the year.  Accordingly, I think Gurley’s carries will be limited.  No one will argue that Georgia is better when another player is on the field in stead of Gurley—at least not in that general of terms.  But this raises an interesting question.  Why do so many willingly believe that Georgia’s offensive coordinator (the guy who just put up 66 points and whose team is averaging a smidge fewer than 50 points per game this year) is leaving the man who is obviously his best player off the field to the detriment of his team?  Why is the idea of a fresh running back in the fourth quarter so hard to understand?

The running back by committee is accepted around the country, but not by Georgia fans.  Get used to it.  Michel just joined the committee.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

It’s never too early to get ready for the next game!  Some of the greatest plays in Georgia history came against the Tennessee Volunteers.  Get ready for the matchup with the Vols by watching those highlights for free on The UGA Vault.  Click here to download it for FREE!

Georgia Football: Secondary Struggles Become Primary Concern, Special Teams Units Rally


The Secondary:

Good News: Lots of guys are capable of playing back there without a drop off.

Bad News: There’s no drop off because no one is consistently good.

 

Good News: Georgia’s secondary is forcing turnovers.

Bad News: Those are happening after long completions or at the end of long drives.

 

Moving on.

 

Special Teams:

Missed field goals are so last week.  Now, double-punt-returners is the move.

Also, free drinks for the ladies—at least some of them.

 

Who You Got?

I wrote about each Georgia unit here, but what unit stood out to you?

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

 

It’s never too early to get ready for the next game!  Some of the greatest plays in Georgia history came against the Tennessee Volunteers.  Get ready for the matchup with the Vols by watching those highlights for free on The UGA Vault.  Click here to download it for FREE!

Georgia Football Recruiting: **Big News** STUD 4-Star RB Likely to Commit to Dawgs, #1 2016 5-Star HIGH On UGA, and More


JaQua Daniels - Photo courtesy of Scout.com

JaQua Daniels – Photo courtesy of Scout.com

Recruiting Quick Hits

 

JaQua Daniels (RB) *2016 – ☆☆☆☆

Jaqua Daniels, someone I’ve thought would be a Bulldog lock since Dawg Night, says that he will likely be committing this month and that the Dawgs are his leader. Daniels, from Athens, always speaks highly of the local team and loved his time at the Clemson game. This will be a big time pickup for the Dawgs and will add to their already stellar 2016 class. With Georgia likely not taking a running back in 2015, Daniels will be filling a big need.

Story on Daniels here.

JaQua Daniels highlights here.

 

The Eason Effect

Georgia already has commitments from the #2 player and #3 player in the nation in Jacob Eason and Ben Cleveland, and now they’re going after #1. Nate Craig, the 5-star wide receiver committed to the Auburn Tigers is starting to receive a lot of attention from the Bulldogs, and not just from the coaches. Jacob Eason is going after Craig hard, and it seems to be having an effect. Craig says he’d love to play with an elite quarterback like Eason and will continue to build a strong relationship with him. This will certainly be an interesting player to keep your eyes on, and if the Bulldogs could flip him, this 2016 class could wind up being the best in Bulldog history.

Story on Nate Craig and Georgia here.

Nate Craig Junior Highlights here:

 

UGA Coaches on the Road

UGA coaches are on the road today to check out some big time high school recruits, and this is where they’ll be.

Georgia Football: SEC Coaches With No Character, and **MUST WATCH** UGA Hype Video – Daily Dose of Dawg


Courtesy of blacksportsonline.com

Courtesy of blacksportsonline.com

Coaches in the SEC With No Character

With so many coaches today that are just concerned with winning games and winning games only (Malzahn, Muschamp, Miles), it’s nice to see that Mark Richt knows there are more important things than football.

When asked the question this week, “Who would you want coaching your son if you were no longer coaching?” head coaches around the country voted Mark Richt and Bob Stoops number one. So, if Richt seems to have the most character in the SEC, who has the least?

Will MuschampWe’ll start with the least of the three evils. Up until recently, I never had much of a problem with Muschamp. Of course, I would never want my kid playing for him or really anybody I cared about anywhere near him, but he wasn’t as bad as some of the others.

This is from the UGA/UF game a few years ago. Muschamp (left) about to rip his player a new one for messing up a play. Richt (right) coming to the defense of one of his players and yelling at the ref after missed penalties left the player’s face bloodied.

Muschamp MadRicht Sailors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, in week 1 Will Muschamp did what we all knew he had in him as he lifted the suspensions of three players after only one play was run. Muschamp, after getting a lot of deserved criticism, lashed out at people criticizing his decision and once again showed his true colors. You stay classy big guy.

Gus MalzahnOf course this guy has to make the list seeing as he’s the coach of the dirtiest program in America. With Auburn, you have to start with all the players that they take in after getting kicked off other teams. I mean, seriously, can you name Auburn’s last decent quarterback who wasn’t kicked off his initial team for stealing? Malzahn’s response is that he’s giving these guys second chances (oh, how nice of you), but we all know he’s just peeing on our legs and telling us it’s raining. All Ol’ Gus cares about is winning ball games, and he’ll do anything to accomplish that.

Take Nick Marshall. After being kicked off of UGA for stealing from teammates, he was of course able to find a new home on The Plains of Auburn, Alabama. Well, Marshall still remains the upstanding citizen he’s always been as this off-season he was caught with marijuana, the same amount as Georgia wide receiver, Justin Scott-Wesley. Marshall was suspended for one HALF as they were playing a decent SEC team, and Malzahn knew he’d be needed. Scott-Wesley, on the other hand, is still serving his suspension.

Les MilesAnd saving the worst for last, Les Miles, who will do absolutely ANYTHING to win. Last year, when star running back Jeremy Hill plead guilty to assaulting someone (see here), Miles let the team vote on whether or not to reinstate him. Hmm, I wonder what they chose?

This off-season, star defensive back, Jalen Mills, was arrested for assaulting a woman and knocking her unconscious. Miles response?

“Misdemeanor being what it is, we’re moving forward,” Miles said.

Basically, Mills was not able to work out with the team or partake in any 7-on-7 scrimmages for the summer, but was full go once the season started. Don’t believe me? Story here.

Compare this to Mark Richt, who immediately kicked off Jonathan Taylor after he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.

Maybe you remember LSU quarterback, Jordan Jefferson? Well, he was of course reinstated after BRUTALLY assaulting a marine.

 

So, maybe Mark Richt hasn’t won the “Big One” yet, but at least he has a little bit of character.

Story on Richt here.

 

“Embers” UGA Hype Video

UGA has released another amazing hype video. If you’ve somehow lost hope for the season, perhaps this will pull you back up.

 

Check back daily for more Daily Dose of Dawg!

Jonathan

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