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Georgia Plays Clemson in Four Weeks: Why Tajh Boyd will Struggle against Georgia’s Defense


Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has played in 34 career games.  In 28 of those games he has posted the following combined statistical passing line:

496 completions in 792 attempts for 6,774 yards, 64 TDs and 24 INTs.

Got all that?  Those numbers yield a total efficiency number of 155.08.

In his six other games he has compiled this statistical line:

122 completions in 197 attempts for 1,279 yards, 9 TDs and 4 INTs.

That generates a passer efficiency number of 127.48.

Is that spread significant?  Yes.  The first efficiency number would have ranked 16th in the country last season.  The second number would have ranked 73rd?

You know what my favorite part of this random data comparison is?  The six games in which Boyd was considerably less impressive are Boyd’s six career games against SEC defenses.

Georgia’s defense is still an SEC defense.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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Georgia plays Clemson in 9 weeks: Here’s What Urban Dictionary Has to Say About It



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I found this on UrbanDictionary.com.  And, please note that it was published on January 10, 2012 by someone who is not me.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia Fans–Let’s Talk About the “Elephant” In The Room


My Fellow Georgia fans, we need to talk.

A new football season begins in a mere (67) days. Most of the us as Georgia fans would agree that there’s a lot to look forward to, including an offense that has the potential to be one of the most potent in years, a (mostly) promising new defense, and a renewed belief in the power of the Red and Black.

But with so much ahead of us, I’m afraid there might be a bit of a distraction that is making us look back, perhaps a more than we should. A bit of Bulldog Baggage that might need to be dispatched with.

Not that clinging to past glories as well as goof-ups a little too tightly has ever been a problem for us, right, my fellow ‘Dawgs?

For years, our conference rivals and regional foes have mocked us for fixating on a certain running back from Wrightsville and a miracle play at the Cocktail Party that secured our National Title bid. That happened over 30 years ago. Then there’s those of us who endured Georgia Football in the the ‘90s. These were the days of “Play Away Ray” Goff and the painfully unfulfilled potential of the Donnan years. Sometimes it seems that this lost generation of Georgia fans still carries that weight on their psyche, often deep down still unsure that we could ever be among the College Football elite. Even now. (Ask people who were in Athens in the ‘90s and they’ll likely tell you that back then dreaming big was a 8-4 season and a Carquest Bowl appearance.)

One way or the other, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve frequently been guilty of a collective preoccupation with the past, whether remembering it too fondly or too bitterly.

But now, there’s one thing hanging over our collective heads, although this time it is a single night not so long ago. It had moments of ecstasy only to end in agony.  And I think it’s time address it once and for all and move on. It’s that proverbial Elephant in the Room. Or perhaps the “Elephant” that we faced on the field on that first day of December last year.

Of course I’m referring to the 2012 SEC Title Game…the true National Championship Game.

I don’t need to rehash the details too much. But everyone knows what that game meant to us. Everyone agrees that it was an important moment not only considering the stakes (a shot at a national title, which would’ve been poetic considering it would’ve been against Notre Dame, just like the last one) but also that it made us believe–finally–that we deserved to be there.

It was also a loss that cut deeper than anything I’ve ever seen. And the effects are still lingering. There are still stories out there about it despite that it was over 6 months ago. Check out any YouTube video of the game and you’ll likely find fresh comments still rolling in. From fans on all sides, too.

The fascination as well as the devastation that still remains is understandable, for both players and fans.  I completely understand when Mike Bobo recently told the players that they were probably “never gonna get over it” and had to just “learn to live with it”. I get why Aaron Murray eventually stopped watching the last play video while Chris Conley has watched it repeatedly in an effort to process it all.

I have to say I get it on a personal level….I mean, it’s not like I haven’t found myself watching the last 1 minute and 51 seconds of that game over and over while listening to Steely Dan’s classic song “Deacon Blues”  refer to the Crimson Tide as the “winners in the world”… (with the protagonist of the song professing to want a name when he loses…)

OK, maybe that’s just me. In fact I’m sure it is. (You don’t need to tell me how weird and nerdy that reference is, not to mention it making me sound very old–I already know!)

But there’s a difference between the players, coaches, and fans here. The players and coaches lived this game in a way we never will. They have the right to deal with things in their own way. But as for us fans, well….I think we have an obligation to put it all in proper perspective before the 2013 season starts.

In other words, Bulldog Nation, it’s time for some Tough Love.

This I will consider my final word on it all:

–We played our hearts out. We matched what was thrown at us. They just got one more lucky break than we did. Plain and simple. It could’ve easily gone the other way. Even the usually overconfident Nick Saban probably needed a drink after this one, saying that the last quarter gave him “a heart attack”.

–There was complete respect on both sides of the football, which unless it’s Bowl Season is often hard to come by in the SEC. Even now, whenever I meet a ‘Bama fan I  get nothing but warm regard, and always give it right back. That this still happens as though the game was last Saturday shows that this was a truly one for the ages. We should remember to feel privileged to have been a part of it.

— The “Spike the Ball” talk has to stop. Right now. And for good. So there might have been a way stop the clock in so doing, and we might’ve had another shot at glory. But just because we might have stopped the clock does not guarantee that the next play might not have been tipped and ruined, too. It doesn’t guarantee that a turnover might not have happened. And as likely as it would’ve been, it does NOT guarantee that we would’ve gone to the title and steamrolled Notre Dame. OK, in all honesty we probably would’ve, but that’s not the point. The point is not to assume that altering one call would’ve meant everything else would’ve stayed the same. Change one thing and who knows what kind of butterfly effect it might have precipitated. The truth is we’ll never know what might have happened. Ever.

–And that is OK. It has to be.

–We almost got there. This would’ve been inconceivable three years ago. Or five years ago. Lord knows it would’ve been a pipe dream 15 years ago! The best thing that came of this is that we can now believe that we are capable of great things, that we deserve to be on the National Stage, and that we will continue to be a contender. Even when it we started showing up at SEC title games on a regular basis in the last few years, a genuine shot at a national title seemed as likely my winning The Voice. Now I believe we can make it to the ultimate College Football contest (though I don’t hold out hope for my making team Blake or team Adam any time soon…) and believing is an essential part of the journey.

So Georgia fans, I feel your pain. And your joy. Seriously, I do. But it’s all in the way that you interpret it. I see this game as the ultimate motivation, a harbinger of good things to come, a prelude for what might well be a magical season. But all the same in the past. This is one way to look at it.

Or we could just fuss and fume about firing coaches, Spiking Balls, and bemoaning how it will be another 32 years before we have prayer for another National Title. Doesn’t sound like much fun to me.

The choice is yours, my fellow fans….make it the right one!

Next week…..Who are the most loyal fans in the SEC? The answer may surprise you!

–Jennifer Rohner, Chief Cultural Correspondent

@jennifer_rohner

In-depth look at the 2013 Gamecock Defense: More Experienced than Georgia?


Recently our fearless leader here at DudeYouCrazy spoke on Jadeveon Clowney and the hype surrounding him.  He also said he figured I would be speaking soon about the Gamecock defense.  What do you know?  He was right about something Gamecock related!

Now, we all know how hard South Carolina was hit by attrition on the defensive side of the ball.  If you have been under a rock since January, we lost just about everyone on the defensive side of the ball.  Hard hitter DJ Swearinger is gone, and his presence will be more than missed.  Long time starter at Defensive End, Devin Taylor is also gone to the NFL.  Our two-deep at our Linebacker and Spur spots are depleted.  The team that takes the field on August 29th will feature almost as much inexperience as Georgia’s.

Now, how should I break this down?  Positives & Negatives?  By position? By random tidbits of information?  Let’s do this by position, so I can at least show how we have more experience than UGA, since I’m sure that statement above will be taken some sort of way by our rabid sick mutt beloved Dawg brothers.

Cornerback

This position returns the most experience even after losing Akeem Auguste.

The group will be led by veteran corner, Victor Hampton (pictured above). Victor had issues when he first came to Carolina, mostly maturity issues.  He was briefly dismissed from the team but returned not long after.  Since then, his maturity off the field has been the best you could ask for.  He learned his lesson, and has played lights out.  He knows the opportunities that are within reach and he will play the best season possible.  Will he get beat? I’m sure he will a couple of times.  Show me a corner that has never gotten beat… Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Also returning, will be Jimmy Legree.  Jimmy saw limited action last season in a back up role to Akeem Auguste.  He did play while Akeem was injured the first few games of the season.  When he was on the field, he impressed.  If I remember correctly, he had two pick-6’s.  He has enough experience and talent that he will hold his own this season.

Defensive End

I guess you can consider this a strength to our team. (Sarcasm, sorry, its a habit…)  We return All-World Defensive End, Jadeveon Clowney, but lose the disruptive force of Devin Taylor.  Now, last season, Devin Taylor was extremely limited by Brad Lawing, former D-Line Coach.  As silly as that sounds, Devin was used primarily to contain on his side.  Even sillier, right?  Answer me this, how many plays did he make last season?  He had more pass deflections than sacks.  No slight to him, but he was a victim of the system.

To replace Devin Taylor, we bring in fifth year Senior, Chaz Sutton.  Under Deke Adams, expect him to play like there is no tomorrow.  Deke will bring a much more aggressive approach, and Chaz Sutton is an excellent pass rusher.

At the other side will be Jadeveon Clowney.  That is all.

Just kidding.

Clowney registered 13.5 sacks, and 23.5 tackles for loss this past season.  After the bowl game, the expectations surrounding him went to heights further than Vincent Smiths helmet.  As Drew said in a previous article, it was Vincent Smith, not anyone of note.  You’re right, but you put ANY runningback into that situation and he is destroyed.  When Clowney is in your face before the ball is fully in your hands, I don’t care if you’re the size of William Perry, you’re going down.

Back to Clowney.  I expect his expectations to far surpass his actual performance solely due to the fact that there will likely be two or three blockers on him at all times.  Enter Chaz Sutton and Kelcey Quarles (more on him later).  With the attention Clowney gets, expect the rest of the D-Line (and inexperience Linebackers) to get more one-on-one time.  So while I fully expect Clowney to fall short of EXPECTATIONS (not quality play), I also expect the overall performance of the defensive line to rise in meteoric fashion.  Let’s face it though, when one of your expectations involves on field homicide, it’s a good thing you don’t rise to the occasion.  Expect Gerald Dixon to get some time in rotation.

Defensive TackleThe big guys in the middle.  Everyone loves these guys.

The big name among Defensive Tackles at South Carolina, is Kelcey Quarles.  This man is huge, I’ve seen him in person.  I wouldn’t even want to have him jump on a dog pile.  He has a tendency to lose on run plays, but he’s still a solid playmaker.  Adding yet another year of workouts though could help him in that department.   Expect the rotation to include Philip Dukes, Gerald Dixon Jr (yes, there are two Gerald Dixon’s on the roster.  Same father, different mothers, same name.), and JT Surratt.

Once again, the Defensive Line will be very strong.

Safeties

Our safety positions return players who all have some experience.  Brison Williams locked down the Strong Safety spot last year next to DJ Swearinger, so we are safe there, barring some unforeseen circumstance.  TJ Gurley is another safety with experience, he was seen in place of DJ Swearinger while he was suspended a game for a jaw jarring hit.  Kadetrix Marcus saw time on special teams, so hopefully he is at least acclimated to the college atmosphere.

Not much worry in the secondary, folks.

Now for the BIG problem.
Linebackers/Spur
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We lost five in the Linebacking corps.  Not good.

Look for Kelvin Rainey (former tight end, had 6 interceptions in spring training) and Kaiwan Lewis to hold down the Linebacker positions.  (SC runs a 4-2-5, thus two linebackers.)  Kelvin Rainey will either solidify his position as a Linebacker, or will be overtaken by Ced Cooper when he returns from his injury.  Either way, this group has about four tackles worth of experience.

The upside you may ask?  Talent.  This group is the most physically gifted and talented group USC has recruited under Spurrier.  The group WILL be a strength eventually.  I doubt it will be August 29th.  I’m looking more along the October games to where they start clicking.  2014 by the time they are a true strength.

Now, let’s take a glance at the Spur.  If you aren’t sure what a spur is, it is a Safety/Linebacker Hybrid position.  This will be locked down by Sharod Golightly.  I assure you one thing about him, he does NOT go lightly.  He’s a hard hitter, and should be one of the first to really feel at home on the field in this group.

Let me simplify all of this.
Defensive Line: A+

Cornerbacks:  A-

Safeties:  B

Linebackers:  D (B+/A for Talent and Upside)

Spur:  B-

I think the way our line plays will be the determining factor of the play of the linebackers.  If the line plays to it’s potential, it will surely cause mistakes by the offense, which should (hopefully) help the linebackers.  The defense has the talent, but this question still remains:  When will the Linebackers take the next step and play to the quality of the rest of the defense?

As always, it’s Great to be a Gamecock!
JB, signing out.

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Georgia plays Clemson in 11 Weeks: It’s Going to Rock Like Dwayne Johnson


Clemson’s rock broke.  Except it’s not Clemson’s it is actually Howard’s.  This is devastating to all.  The importance of that rock that was used as a doorstop Clemson head coach Frank Howard for years cannot be overstated.

Clemson doesn’t stand a chance.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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