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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stock up, stock down


Aaron Murray – Remember how all Murray had to do was manage the game, and not make mistakes, and Georgia would be fine? Well he seemed to do a pretty good job of that the first couple games, and now Mark Richt wants to put more on his shoulders.

Justin Anderson and Kwame Geathers – By not playing at South Carolina, the pair of nose tackles suddenly became run-stopping fiends in the eyes of fans. It is a good question why they weren’t used, but do we know they would’ve been able to stop Marcus Lattimore?

Justin Houston – It was almost lost in the shuffle that the outside linebacker had three sacks at South Carolina. Houston is now giving SEC offenses someone to worry about, and that’s a good thing for the Bulldogs.

Kris Durham – He also had a second straight good game, hooking up with Murray for Georgia’s longest pass play of the day. He may be running a lot of the routes A.J. Green would have been, but when Green does return, Durham is looking like he’ll still get some passes thrown his way.

Todd Grantham’s mouth
– Yeah, the best answer to Steve Spurrier would have stopping Lattimore in the first place. But considering that Spurrier’s shot at Grantham came out of nowhere, Grantham was fully within his rights to shoot back. Grantham’s players may have been “timid” on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean Grantham had to be too.


Almost everybody else – Neither of the coordinators could’ve been happy with how their gameplans worked out. Drew Butler’s punts were low-hanging. No one on defense tackled well. The offensive line couldn’t run block. And we could go on.

Tackling – It’s been well-chronicled. What more can you add.

SEC East title chances
– It’s not over, especially if the Bulldogs rebound with a win against Arkansas. But a loss at South Carolina makes the road very tough, since the Gamecocks now own a tiebreaker, and look like a contender.

Aaron Murray the runner – After looking like Steve Young in the opener, Murray looked like Steve DeBerg at South Carolina. And now he’s saying he doesn’t like to run. Well, if things keep going like this, he may need to alter his outlook.

Mark Richt and Mike Bobo synchronization – Richt spent three days saying the offense would be opened up, and Bobo followed that up by saying he wasn’t sure how they’d do that. Maybe they disagree, maybe they’re trying to confuse Arkansas. I guess we’ll know Saturday. Maybe.

The tight ends – Weren’t they supposed to be a major part of the offense? Orson Charles has made a few catches, but Aron White and Bruce Figgins haven’t been a factor yet. (Although Figgins did make a really nice one-handed catch in Tuesday’s practice.)

Cordy Glenn – The offensive guard was an All-SEC candidate, but now could be in danger of losing a starting spot if the run-blocking doesn’t improve. Glenn missed a couple weeks of preseason practice after contracting mono, so that may explain his struggles.

A.J. Green
– I haven’t heard anything that has made me change my perspective on the chances for his appeal: I’ll put the odds at him playing this weekend at under 25 percent, and slightly better for him to play at Mississippi State.

Grantham as a defensive coordinator
– One great game (the opener) does not make him a genius, and one poor one does not make him overrated.

The pass blocking
– It was supposed to be good, and so far it is. One of the few bright spots offensively in Columbia.


BCDawg97 said...

Like the feature. I'll also add that I appreciate the unfiltered analysis of the team.

IveyLeaguer said...

Very nice feature, Seth.

I must say I'd feel much better about Houston if he hadn't dogged it in the first quarter and played the first half like a limp rag. And Justin knows it. You can sort of read between the lines of his comments.