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July 28, 2014

The QB Strike Zone

The SEC thinks they know how to protect QBs more: By defining the area of the body a defender can hit them when they are in a throwing posture. The area from below the neck to above the knee is the area a defensive player can hit an offensive player in a 'passing posture.'

The penalty will be called regardless if the QB is inside or outside the pocket. If a player is blocked into the passer, there will be no penalty called.

On paper, this is a pretty good idea. It puts defensive players on notice that if they lunge for a QBs knees as he's passing the ball, he's getting a penalty. Think Nick Fairley type plays. We have targeting the head penalty in place already. The problem arises from the judgement calls on where hits are and if a player was blocked into the passer. 

Remember, these are the same folks that called a targeting on Ray Drew for a hit, which was upheld upon review, which was neither above the neck, nor anything remotely near a hard hit. In fact, he backed off the last second:
I'm all for protecting players, but their is a certain...zeal...officials have for making these calls. These calls, mind you, often change the momentum of drives and games, given the length of the penalty and the award of a first down. The officials now have more decisions to make in a split second, all while the voice of conference commissioners are in their heads about 'protecting players,' which is a cover for 'reducing exposure to lawsuits.'

Yeah, I don't see how this goes badly at all.

July 27, 2014

Brendan Douglas blows up people

Brendan Douglas is a dangerous man.
(h/t Bernie Dawg)

This is the primary reason I feel good about our offence. We've gotten good at the soul crushing long drives. Think the end of Florida or the South Carolina game where the master piece above came from. While Gurley is getting all the love, and for good reason, Brendan Douglas is very much a part of why I think out offense will help keep our defense covered.

I'm still mulling around an idea, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Georgia play out of a bit of different set this season. Jay Rome is hurt. Quayvon Hicks is listed as Hback. Something is up, which leads me to think Bobo is cooking up a bit of a different set, especially for when Brendan Douglas is in the game. Imagine this very play, with Hicks or Rome lead blocking out of the backfield.


July 26, 2014

Names for our defense

With the latest news of an arrest involving a defensive player (Bellamy for DUI, I can't post links from here), I figured we need a name for the defensive unit that will actually end up playing against Clemson.

My attempts:
The Relatively Clean Dozen
The Freshmen
The Replacements
Athens' not Wanted (yet)

Do your damage in the comments. I'm to the point of macabre humor on this. Let's just go full bore and win The Fulmer Cup, boys.

Gurley ranked number 3 player in the nation by SOE

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown had this to say in his breakdown of Gurley:
3. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. The NFL continues to shy away from drafting running backs early, but Gurley's the type of player who can be an exception. After rushing for 1,385 yards as a true freshman, injuries limited him to 10 games last year, yet he still ran for 989 yards (six per carry) and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns. He's one of the most complete running backs in recent history, a 232-pounder who is frightening to tackle because of his size and physicality but can also break away from defenders in the open field.
Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston were two and one, respectively.

UGA placed Ramik Wilson (#39) and Leonard Floyd (#46) on the list, as well.

As far as players we'll face, Clemson's Vic Beasley (#6) and Garrett Grady (#71), South Carolina's Mike Davis (#34) and AJ Cann (#55), Tennessee's AJ Johnson (#84), Florida's Dante Fowler (#31) and Vernon Hargreaves (#10), and Auburn's Sammie Coates (#65), Reese Dismukes (#49), and Nick Marshall (#15) made the list.

July 25, 2014

A little vacation

I'm leaving today for a bit over a week, so I'll miss the opening of training camp and all of that. I'm sure I'll be tweeting regularly, and if I can find free wifi here and there, I'm sure I'll post some stuff.

Get psyched. We are nearly at five weeks until Clemson.


July 24, 2014

SEC Network to show classic games for each program

@MattSmithCFB: SEC Network's @Vol_Football classic games in first 2 weeks: 1999 Fiesta Bowl, 2004 vs FLA, 2005 at LSU, 2007 at UK, 2013 vs SC Shared via TweetCaster

Full listing of the games for UGA is below.  I didn't notice, but I'd guess Georgia will be in some of the other team's showings as well.

2007 Auburn at Georgia (UGA 45, AUB 20) – Fri. 8/15 (11 p.m. ET)
2013 LSU at Georgia (UGA 41, LSU 38) – Sat. 8/16 (1 a.m. ET)
2007 Georgia vs. Florida (UGA 42, FLA 30) – Sat. 8/16 (5 a.m. ET)
1980 South Carolina at Georgia (UGA 13, SC 10) – Sun. 8/17 (10 p.m. ET)

I'm looking forward yo that 1980 South Carolina game. I don't think I've ever seen it replayed.

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No social media for UGA freshmen

Not sure how I missed this
but I like it. And I get the hypocrisy of me thinking UGA freshmen should stay off social media, considering my problem enjoyment of social media, but my days are decidedly less full. And me thinking I'm awesome because some random stranger saying actually true.

Oh, and I'm probably a lot less likely to get trolled by a South Carolina fan in a way that is going to result in me making boneheaded decisions.

July 23, 2014

And then there was one

Of those that played check picture deposit games is left. John Taylor has been dismissed.

That leaves James Deloach.

And Louisville folks are having fun with it:
I don't have any inside info on Taylor going to Louisville, but if you think about it, it makes sense.

Where do Tech's dismissed players end up?

It looks like all three were for drugs, so Troy?

Got any better guesses, put them in the comments.


John Taylor's spot on the roster

I've seen some chatter about what happens to Taylor now. No matter what Coach Richt decides, he's got issues with the University proper to work out regarding his enrollment as a student. No matter what, I can't see him playing this season.

That being said, it was looking more and more like Taylor was pushing for a starting spot at NG. Now, we need JUCO Toby Johnson to show he can compete with Mike Thornton and Mayes for playing time at NG, because we're going to see a lot more substitution and such with Pruitt than we did with Grantham.

I love a good Stingtalk grouphug session

Blutarsky sent me down this rabbit hole. The best part is how they look for digs at UGA with all they do. Well, that and how their players that mess up are probably just 'under the stresses' of Tech, whereas UGA players are subjected to the bad influences of Athens:
Would be an interesting case study if we could ever see what they could've done had they come here. Would they still become criminals or were they thrust into an environment that adversely impacted them? Ah well, see you at Louisville I guess.
Wonder where those town folks are now that both he and Deloach are likely flaming out of Athens?
Also, the weed smoking justifiers are out in numbers:
Smoking weed is something that goes on at every college campus and with many student athletes. It's not evil. I know for a fact that in the 90's GT used to better prepare their "at-risk" kids and looked the other way during testing. The only ones who failed were practically trying to get caught.

Let's not forget that our beloved Calvin Johnson had a weed smoking incident in college.
Oh, and Paul Johnson is a great guy for looking after the interests of the good kids:
Originally Posted by wesleyd21 View Post
Paul Johnson is doing the right thing by graduating the good kids and kicking off the "bad" ones.

Let's see how many people give a crap when he only wins 5 games this year.
We all should care. It's one of the reasons why I choose to be a fan of this program. The fact that he and the staff have pride in their program and honor the kids who are responsible and disciplined should be a point of pride for everyone pulling for this team.

Grow a pair.
The high horse is never quite as high as you think.

Gator TE transferring to...Temple

Ok, but how did he end up at Florida?

July 22, 2014

Tennessee struggling with ticket sales

This isn't exactly on the four cokes, four hot dogs, and all the football you can stomach, but it isn't good for an athletic department that is $1brazilian* in debt.

The last time they had what amounts to a Neyland seat open house, it was 2010, which was Dooley's first season. I haven't seen numbers, but based on thier website, it isn't good:

  • Orange & White Package - Choose Florida or Alabama and 2 other games
  • Rocky Top Package - Choose the 3 games you want to attend for $99 - choose from Arkansas State, Chattanooga, Kentucky or Missouri
  • Single Game Tickets for Utah State, Arkansas State, Chattanooga, Kentucky, and Missouri.
  • Away Game Tickets for South Carolina and Vanderbilt

  • Remember, they also sent back tickets to us for their game here in Athens on September 27th. Butch Jones might have bigger problems than getting talent to come to Knoxville.

    UGA Soph DL John Taylor arrested

    Don't know details outside of what is in the papers, but it was a felony arrest for aggravated assault. Under Georgia law, a strangulation is considered aggravated assault.

    The victim is Taylor's girlfriend.

    As he was one of the four geniuses involved in the check thing this spring, it wouldn't surprise me to see him dismissed.

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