Georgia Football: From worst to first?, Getting to Know the Star Position, Marshall Morgan: The X-Factor – Daily Dose of Dawg
Dawgs Defense WILL Have a Positive Turnover Margin This Year
Last year the Georgia defense finished 102nd nationally in the turnover margin. That’s pretty sad when you consider there were only 120 teams. As a team, the Bulldogs only forced fifteen turnovers the whole year, and besides the now Louisville Cardinal, Shaq Wiggins, no Georgia player had more than one interception. This year Jeremy Pruitt is emphasizing the importance of turnovers, and I think his scheme will help greatly. His Florida State defense last year finished 3rd in the nation with a turnover margin of +17. Compare that to Todd Grantham’s -7, and you can see why Richt was so eager to hire Pruitt. Georgia may not end up number one when it comes to winning the turnover battle, but I expect to see a HUGE improvement this year.
Gentry Estes has the story here.
What Exactly Is the Star Position?
Bob Miller of Bulldawg Illustrated wrote a terrific piece explaining to Georgia fans what the “star” position is. Unlike Todd Grantham, Pruitt is going to use an athletic DB for the position rather than a LB or S who will bat the ball up in the air allowing Auburn to get a lucky prayer and win the game with twenty-five seconds left (think Josh Harvey-Clemons).
If that interests you, Miller also wrote another interesting article explaining Pruitt’s new “money” position.
Have No Fear, Morgan Is Here!
Speaking of Auburn’s luck, on Wednesday, Mark Richt made the team practice the missed field goal play from last year. He had Marshall Morgan line up to take a 60 yard kick and encouraged him to try to make it. To no one’s suprise, Marshall nailed it.
Marshall Morgan was perhaps the most underrated player on this entire Georgia team last year. He connected on 22 of 24 kicks and only missed one the entire season from under 50 yards. He is going to be a major part of this Georgia team, and could be wind up being a huge factor in the upcoming Clemson game. I would also love to see him come up big in the Auburn game. Now I want to beat Auburn by 100 this year, no doubt about it, but it would make my heart do backflips if Marshall connected on a 60-yard field goal to win the game, just when the War Damn Eagle Tigers were expecting to return another one.
Chip Towers of the AJC has the practice play story here.