Monthly Archives: March 2014
Over at Bleacher Report, I’ve already begun covering Georgia’s Spring Practice.
While things don’t get underway until tomorrow, here are four articles (and four summaries if you don’t have time) to prime you for this spring.
Georgia’s Most Intriguing Player to Watch this Spring:
Hutson Mason, a fifth year senior, will be the most compelling individual during spring ball. Sure, to an extent we know what we’re getting: knowledge of the playbook, strong arm, etc. But for Mason to take the next step he needs to demonstrate a stronger command of the offense and build chemistry with his receivers. In his two career starts, those attributes were lacking.
Against Georgia Tech, he manufactured an incredible comeback. That comeback was necessary because Georgia didn’t score for 29 minutes to open the game. Against Nebraska he almost capped another fantastic comeback, but dropped balls (many were well thrown) stunted late game drives.
If he can improve in those two areas, he can be an All-SEC passer given the talent around him.
Read more on Hutson Mason here.
J.J. Green May be the Most Important Newcomer on Georgia’s Defense
That’s a bold statement. But keep in mind that Green was not merely a guy hanging around on offense in 2013—he was a big-time contributor.
- He accounted for just shy of 500 yards on 80 offensive touches.
- He bailed Georgia out in a big way against Tennessee when Marshall went down and Gurley was out (129 yards on 17 carries).
- He put up 129 yards of offense the following week in a loss to Mizzou.
Combine those true freshman measurables with the fact that Keith Marshall will not participate in spring practice and Todd Gurley’s immediate availability is on the rocks, and Green could have been the guy at running back this spring and presumably Gurley’s top backup when the season opens.
His move to defense is indicative of Georgia’s commitment to fielding its best athletes on the defensive side of the ball. Expect him to compete.
Read more about J.J. Green’s move to defense here.
Top 5 Concerns Heading Into Spring Practice
Everyone has concerns heading into spring. Here are the five biggest for Georgia in my opinion:
- Offensive Line Cohesion: Replacing 109 starts from Kenarious Gates, Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette is no small feat. Georgia must get individuals who gel collectively established this spring.
- Defensive Backfield Personnel: Georgia must find two (at least) more viable cornerbacks and must develop depth at the safety position now that Josh Harvey-Clemons is gone.
- Todd Gurley’s Health: What really matters is that Gurley is 100% in the fall. Georgia needs to do whatever is necessary this spring to ensure that.
- Pass Rush Progression: The pass rush was respectable last year, but at no point did Ray Drew, Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd seem to click at the same time. More consistency from all three can make this defensive line one of the most feared in the SEC.
- Hutson Mason: New quarterback continuing to find his own leadership style.
Read more about these concerns here.
Week 1 Spring Practice Stock Report
Catch up on the latest news, position battles, storylines and even Georgia spring break right here.
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What’s a tournament without an annotated bracket?
Mark Fox and Co. have to be feeling pretty good about themselves. They’ve already been declared “The Good Guys” by the completely unbiased analytical breakdown above. They got a two-round bye in the tourney. Now, they’ll be taking on the winner of the Egg Bowl.
The Potential Opponents
Ole Miss is the higher seeded team and the heavy favorite in tonight’s semi-quarter final (octafinal???) matchup. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Ole Miss has never ever beaten Georgia. This year. In one matchup Georgia outscored the Oxford Rebs by 1.67% en route to a decisive 61-60 home win at Stageman Coliseum. Ole Miss is 18-13 overall this year and 9-9 in the SEC.
Mississippi State, the worst team in the SEC according to trivial things like conference record, upset Vanderbilt last night to advance in round one. The Bulldogs from Starktrill have suffered to setbacks at the hands of the Bulldogs from Athens. Georgia defeated Miss. St. 75-55 on the road and 66-45 at home just last week. Mississippi State is 14-18 overall and 4-15 in SEC play, but one of their wins was against Ole Miss in January.
Who do Georgia fans want to root against tomorrow night?
There’s one very right answer here: Ole Miss.
Sure, Mississippi State might be the easier opponent for the Dawgs to get by but a team who’s survived a two-round bye shouldn’t be pandering at this juncture. Ole Miss offers the following:
- A respectable opponent.
- A villain in Marshall Henderson
- Marshall Henderson
How unlikeable is Marshall Henderson? There really aren’t words, but the numbers help.
This season, three SEC players averaged at least 19 points per game: Jabari Brown (Missouri, 19.7 ppg), Chris Denson (Auburn, 19.1 ppg) and Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss, 19.0 ppg.).
Brown shot 47.3% this year. Denson shot 46.1%. Ole Marshall shot 36.0%.
That’s bad. Really bad. He’s the quintessential “volume scorer.” If he shoots enough, he’ll score a lot of points.
Only two players on the entire Ole Miss roster boast a lower field goal percentage than Henderson and one of them hasn’t attempted a field goal all season (hence a 0.0% figure).
Henderson places 11th on the team in field goal percentage but has attempted more field goals than any other Rebel. 87 more.
He’s taken 87 more field goals than Jarvis Summers despite playing 78 fewer minutes and connecting at a much lower rate (Summers hits on 48.3% of his shots.).
Marshall Henderson is “that guy” to the max.
He’s annoying to watch, he’s impossible to root for and he’s got to be a pain to play with.
Let’s hope Georgia gets to see him. Unless he’s hot on Friday night.
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Daniel Palmer (dpalm66 on the Tweet-ness) and Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) dive into the True Detective finale. They celebrate the episode, mourn the ending of the season and look forward to the next installment.
Be sure to download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.
Stream online via Spreaker, or check it out on Stitcher Radio.
My few readers know I like Georgia football. My few friends know I am also sucker for The Bachelor and its spin-offs.
A strong case can be made for The Bachelor as America’s third-best individual sport. 1. Golf, 2. Tennis, 3. Bachelor. You guys could talk me into swapping 1 and 2, but 3 is staying.
And as some of you know, I take to the Tweets fairly aggressively during Bachelor season as a way to cope with an absence of football. I was light on it this year as the season was mind=numbingly unentertaining, but I hit it hard.
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) February 28, 2012
I’ve even talked with a certain member of the Georgia coaching staff about the show.
To address the elephant in the room: Yes, the contestant is Aaron Murray’s older brother. But let’s not sell the guy short. After all, when Josh Murray was drafted in the second round of the MLB Amateur Draft right out of high school in 2002, Aaron was known as “Josh’s little brother.” He’s his own parson dagnabbit!
Furthermore, Josh is a damn good Dawg in his own right. Josh had a breakout moment in 2010 when he went absolutely nuts on the sideline following a series of Auburn late hits on his kid brother.
That kind of passion for family (displayed at the 2:00 mark) is going to make him a front-runner in this competition. And as Reality Steve points out:
And you’ll never guess who’s one of the biggest UGA fans on the planet? You guessed it…Andi’s dad.
Another advantage for Josh: he has impeccable tailgating taste, as seen below with Chad “The Former Intern” Floyd and myself prior to the Clemson game.
So good luck, Josh. And thanks for giving me a reason to blog about this show with some semblance of legitimacy. Go set some Bachelorette records, show her that SEC Speed and make Bulldog nation proud.
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