Georgia Football: A New Look for the Worst Special Teams in College Football, UGA Modeling Itself After Georgia Tech, and Leonard Floyd: SEC Defensive Player of the Year – Daily Dose of Dawg
Georgia Trying to Change Its Special Team Woes
Last year, with the exception of Marshall Morgan, Georgia’s special teams were abysmal. Every time they took the field, you covered your eyes in fear, and with good reason. The Bulldogs were ranked dead last in total return yards with 465, 122nd in punt returns with just a 2.92-yard average, and 108th in kickoff returns at 18.6. There were two high punt snaps, two blocked punts for touchdowns, a kickoff return for a touchdown, two muffed punts, and a fake field goal for a touchdown.
Still, Mark Richt, refused to hire a special teams coordinator, but he did restructure some things to hold more people accountable. Chip Towers of the AJC has the story here.
Slight Renovations to the Bulldogs Appearance
A week after his death, Georgia will honor legendary Bulldog, Dan Magill, by sporting a “MaGill” sticker on the back of the helmets.
For some reason, UGA has also decided to change the appearance of its field by having alternating light and dark bands.
When you look at this picture your thought process probably goes something like this: “Hey, that looks pretty cool! Hmm that looks kind of familiar though. Ok, I’ve definitely seen that field design before, and it’s not a good thing.”
Well that’s because the Nerd Herd also features this exact same look.
Really Georgia, I expect much, much more out of you.
Big Things to Come From Stud Linebacker, Leonard Floyd
In his freshman season at Georgia, Leonard Floyd was one of the few bright spots on the team. He was always flying around terrorizing quarterbacks and was one of the main reason the Dawgs beat LSU. But still, time after time you would watch #84 getting picked apart while in pass coverage. Our genius of a defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, had a smash-mouth pass rusher dropping back to cover wide receivers on a regular basis, and that was a big problem. Thankfully Jeremy Pruitt brings brains with him to Athens, and Floyd will be used differently as a result. Pruitt has assured us that the “pass coverage days” for Leonard Floyd are over, and the “see quarterback, hit quarterback” days are upon us. I look for Floyd to have a monster season in his new role, and winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year is not a stretch at all.
Edward Aschoff of ESPN thinks Floyd is one to keep your eyes on as well. Story here.