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
Georgia gets win number 10 with a workman-like 31-17 victory over the Yellow Jackets. My thoughts on the game:
- Tech got their yardage on the ground but never really got their triple option going. Garrison Smith stepped up big time when the Dawgs lost D’angelo Tyson early. Smith will be a starter next year so it was good to see him step up and not miss a beat.
- Shawn Williams’ interception of
Reggie Ball Tevin Washington was a thing of beauty.
- The only negative I saw on the defensive side of the ball was some poor tackling. Other than that another solid day for the Dawg D.
- Special Teams were huge and Georgia made plays; Two great punts by Butler pinning Tech deep, Boykin’s kickoff return to open the second half and Blair Walsh making The Fish Fry Genius pay for icing him late in the first half.
- Aaron Murray was sharp again, his only pick came on a play where he got leveled. The O-line protected him well and he found the Tight Ends all day long. I love Al Groh’s let the Tight End run free defense.
- Give Bobo credit. On a day where Georgia was thin at running back again he got creative and found ways to move the ball on the ground. He got Mitchell involved on a reverse, Murray was a part of the running game and Branden Smith played exclusively on the offensive side of the ball.
- Michael Bennett; All he does is catch Touchdown passes. (He also threw a great block on the reverse run by Mitchell).
- Murray’s 2nd qtr touchdown pass to Chris Conley was a thing of beauty. Play fake, pump fake, wide open in the corner.
- I hate to pick on announcing crews but Ed Cunningham is horrible. He makes me long for Bob Davie.
- I also usually don’t get in to schadenfreude, but when Tech is involved it is too good to pass up.
- More so than in previous years against Tech there was a very obvious gap in talent level between the Dogs and Jackets. Tech just doesn’t have the horses, particularly on defense.
- On to the Dome to play LSU, who is pretty good. Go Dawgs
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.
Jody has his Vandy preview up over at View From 336. This quote sums up Georgia’s last three SEC wins perfectly and how the Dawgs need to treat Vandy.
“Defensively I feel like we’ve come pretty close but offensively, we’ve been inconsistent enough that we can’t afford to overlook anyone at this point.”
The manic-depressive preview from Doug is up over at SBNation Atlanta.
Three questions for the Vandy game from the Georgia Sports Blog.
The Grit Tree explores the mysterious aura that is playing a game in Nashville against Vandy.
Bernie shares his pre-game thoughts on the Vandy game over at Bernie’s Dawg Blawg. Bernie also links to some sound from Vanderbilt HC James Franklin previewing the Georgia game.
Dawg Sports gives you Cocktail Thursday (yes I know it’s Friday) The Vanderbilt Edition.
This has nothing to do with Vandy v. Georiga. I found this AU-FLA preview from EDSBS quite hilarious. Bingo!
For me I think the game in Nashville is always a tough egg to crack. Georgia always travels to Nashville a week after playing in front of 100K + in Knoxville. Georgia always seems to put forth a sluggish effort that results in an ugly win with a score that looks a little too close. Georgia is getting banged up and has to be looking forward to next week’s open date. Ideally it would be nice to come in, dominate and have a nice easy second half and get the hell out of there.
Georiga’s OL can’t rest on their laurels after a solid performance last week against the Vols. As Jody pointed out in his preview, the Vandy front seven is experienced and they have had success getting in the opposition’s backfield, creating turnovers and getting sacks. Georgia can not afford to give Andy any gifts that will allow the Commies to hang around.
Insert weekly comment about getting the tight ends involved in the passing game here. This is even more important this week as play maker Malcolm Mitchell is out with a hammy and Wooten Da Ball Carrier is still out. Georgia is thin at receiver so why not let Orson and Aaron be the go to guys.
Keep Crowell healthy.
Georgia’s D has been pretty nasty and Vandy’s O has been downright awful. Let’s keep that theme going and all should end well.
Hopefully Georgia can roll in to the off week healthy and poised to go to Jacksonville and exercise some demons. Until next time. Cheers.