Tomorrow UGA wraps up spring practice with the annual G Day game. It’s been an eventful spring so far for The Dawgs full of position changes, arrests, suspensions, and other goings-ons. Here is all you need to know …
- The offseason got off to a great start when a bevy of underclassmen announced they were staying for a championship run in 2012. Then….
- Due to unanticipated attrition Georgia’s leading receiver from 2011, Malcolm Mitchell, is moving to corner back. It sounds permanent-ish. I am still on the fence how I feel about it, but you need your best players on the field and he is one of Georgia’s best.
- Richard Samuel has moved again, this time to fullback.
- The offensive line has been shuffling around, but it sounds like a top 5 are emerging. Also good to see Kolton Houston finally getting a shot after being in NCAA purgatory. The top 5 in rotation is likely to change when uber-recruit John Theus gets on campus this summer.
- Jay Rome is emerging as the heir apparent to Orson Charles, who is going pro and driving drunk.
- Joe Tereshinski has a new group of assistant strength and speed coaches.
- Jarvis Jones is basically the baddest of asses. Bad Ass
As for G Day tomorrow :
- No super frosh Keith Marshall and maybe no preview of Malcolm’s defensive skills.
- Isaish Crowell has by all accounts been doing the right things this spring, I am interested to see what he looks like.
- Christian Lemay looked really raw last year at G Day, I am curious to see how far he has progressed.
- The rosters appear to be #1 offense vs #1 defense. To me that means G Day may be a decent litmus test to see how the new OL fares against a legit SEC defense.
- DawgSports.com has your guide to G-Day 2012 here.
- Remember that G Day, like all spring games, is just one scrimmage and is by no means and end all be all indicator of how things will go in the fall so don’t get to excited or get your panties in too much of a bunch. Just relax and enjoy a day between the hedges. Cheers
Clean Old Fashioned Hate. Here is all you need to know about the 2011 version:
The Senator questions those big ‘ol brains Tech folks are always bragging about.
Tyler at the Georgia Sports Blog airs a few grievances and sets some things straight for out friends on North Ave.
We check back in with Dawg Sports who serves up some secrets to beating the Jackets.
Tech will honor Larry Munson in a pre-game ceremony. A little class looks good on you Tech.
And then there’s Paul Johnson who sometimes forgets to stay classy.
Tech Blog From The Rumble Seat gives us graphs!
My thoughts on the game:
- Stop the “belly” run up the middle. If Tech is able to get some traction up the middle it opens up everything in their triple option attack. The belly play is what makes the triple option tick. Georgia has been stout against the run all year and of course Tech’s #2 rushing offense will give the Dawgs a stiff test. Georgia also has to stay disciplined as Tech will throw lots of mis-direction at you. Geathers, Jenkins, Tyson, and Jones will need to have a whale of a game.
- The Dawg defenders have to keep their cool. Tech will cut block, they will, it’s what they do. Georgia can’t afford to get frustrated and retaliate and get penalties or even ejections. Vandy cut blocked all night and we all remember what that led to. True cut blocking is legal, but defenders hate it when it happens.
- Tech special teams have been as bad as Georgia at times so that hidden yardage on special teams could factor in if either team can benefit from a big play. Georgia has cleaned up special teams since the Florida game and solid special teams play will be needed on The Flats.
- Hopefully the offense got the turnovers out of their system against Kentucky last week.
- Who will play running back? I think we will see both Crowell and Thomas. As we saw in 2009 it can be a sound strategy to run, run, run, and run some more to keep the triple option on the bench. Georgia had to throw to run against Kentucky. That probably won’t work against Tech as Al Groh will throw all sorts of pressure at Aaron Murray.
- I haven’t mentioned Orson Charles in a while so I will mention him now. Tech has had some trouble matching up against athletic Tight Ends this season. Orson had a big games last year against the Jackets so he will be a key to watch for in the passing game.
All you care to know about Georgia’s matchup with Kentucky:
Jody gives you copious amounts of info on the game at his blog View from 336.
The Kentucy Cocktail Edition is up over at Dawg Sports.
Bernie re-lives some misery of Kentucky games gone by and extolls the virtues of Bourbon!
Seth Emerson gets with a Kentucky beat writer and gives us The View from Lexington.
Dr. Saturday examines Georgia’s march through the SEC East culminating with the game against the Cats.
Three questions about the game from The Georgia Sports Blog.
My thoughts on the game:
- Start fast and avoid the hangover from the Auburn beatdown of a week ago. It’s Senior Day and the last home game of the season so that goes for the fans too. Unfortunately many here in Athens are expecting low student turnout with the Thanksgiving b reak upcoming. Get to your seats early and thank the seniors people!
- Georgia needs to continue their dominance on defense. Kentucky is rolling out a young quarterback so Grantham’s boys need to get after the qb and rattle him. The defense can’t afford to back off the intesity like they did against Vandy and give up chunks of yardage. With those chunks of yards come confidence and Georgia does not need to let this Kentucky team hang around.
- Take care of the football! Turnovers keep bad teams in games they don’t belong and make no bones about it, Kentucky is a bad team. Murray has been sharp and avoided picks of late so he will need to keep that up. Hopefully Crowell got all the fumbles out of his system last week.
- Basically Georiga needs to do what they are suppsoed to do with a bad team; Take them behind the woodshed. This is for the SEC East and Senior Day so no extra motivation should be needed. See y’all one last time in 2011 between the hedges. Go Dawgs
Here’s all you need to know about the 2011 rendition of the South’s Oldest Rivalry….
The Senator checks in with his thoughts on the game.
College Football Zealots has a discussion across enemy lines with Tom Blaz from The Recruiting Eagle.
Jody at View from 336 has his preview up. Always love Jody’s Random Thoughts.
Dawg Sports asks Georgia fans to enjoy being in the driver’s seat but don’t forget about the Tigers.
Doug Gillett says it’s time to see what Georgia is made of this weekend.
Tyler at Georgia Sports Blog has three questions about the tilt with Auburn.
A little Blogger roundtable talking about Auburn over al.com
My thoughts on the game…
- Strength v Strength. Auburn runs the ball well, Georgia stops the run very well. If Georgia is going to win he Dawgs have to win the battle up front and force Moseley to put in the air.
- To stop the run the tackling must be solid, as Michael Dyer is a load and he will run through arm tackles all day long.
- That tricky ol Gus Malzahn has made a living using misdirection. As we all know Georgia has trouble stopping misdirection. I am surprised we didn’t see any trickery against Florida but rest assured we will see some Saturday. Georgia can not afford to give up a big play on misdirection or trickery.
- Georgia needs a sold effort on special teams. The Dawgs don’t have to be world beaters on special teams, they just can not afford to give up colossally bad big plays on special teams and continue to beat SEC teams. Drew Butler needs to get his mojo back and let’s just score TDs so we don’t have to worry about Blair Walsh’s fragile mind on field goals.
- Speaking of special teams it will be interesting to see if Georgia sticks with using starters on kickoff coverage as they did last week against NM State. That helped bottle up one of the nation’s best kick returners. Seriously New Mexico State has one of college football’s best kick returners.
- On offense Murray will need to be sharp and take care of the football. The O-line dpeth worries me against Auburn due to the nature of this rivalry’s past, as it is always a physical game.
- Crowell will have to stay tough and stay in the game. There is no Richard Samuel to provide a counter punch and the rest of the depth chart at running back is solid but smallish.
- As the Senator pointed out in the links above, compsure will be key. Last year’s game got chippy and nearly got ugly. Georgia can’t let the cretins from Auburn get under their skin and do sometthing stupid. That goes for you too Coach Grantham.
Bottom line is Auburn and Georgia have ruined plenty of season for each other over the years and it’s always seems to be a close game. The team and all of Sanford Stadium will know the results of the Carolina Florida game sometime early in the first quarter so it will be interesting to see how the team reacts. I must admit as a fan it has been fun this week to looking forward to a meaningful game Between The Hedges, I almost forgot what it felt like. Go Dawgs