Pruitt seemed genuinely shocked and surprised his unit gave up that many yards and points and seemed determined to not let it happen again. The reality is, this is only his second year as a defensive coordinator. We really don't have much to go on other than what he did last year at FSU. But as they say, "it's more about Jimmys & Joes than Xs and Os," and he's working with largely the same players, save a freshman or two.
Heard they blew it. Happens, though.
Before seeing Missouri play a game this year, I pointed to that trip to Columbia on Oct. 11 as a potential trip-up game. Since then, the Tigers have looked better than I expected them to considering they lost their quarterback, top three wideouts, top two running backs and an All-America defensive end.
Clearly, Bubba, it's gonna take a while.
The only thing I learned for sure this past Saturday is Georgia doesn't have a championship-caliber defense. But Georgia can still win a lot of games.
Nothing has changed in the SEC East. Coaches are right when they say there are a lot of games to be played. South Carolina has beaten the eventual SEC East champ each of the last 3 years. I'm not certain Mizzou or Florida can go undefeated in the East. It's still anybody's for the taking.
Surprised to see you on here POAD, given your acronymic name and all ... Yes, you should see heavy doses of Keith Marshall and Sony Michel in this game. But Gurley will start and get most of the first-quarter totes.
Sorry for the delay. Got held up by something. Now to your questions ...
Looks like that's about it, folks. Thanks for stopping in. We'll be back here next Thursday to talk about what we saw against South Carolina and what to expect from the Troy Trojans, the next opponent for the Bulldogs. So long!
It's hard to tell but I sort of feel like the Bulldogs have a good mentality for this year's game. They're the ones who are saying it's going to be a "bloody fist fight." And I sense a quiet confidence among most of the front-line players. Deep down they're confident they're the better team. I can tell that.
Generally I've always thought of UGA's crowd being more reserved than some others. But the atmospheres for the LSU game last year and the Clemson game this one was pretty raucous. Like coaches say about their players, it's hard to get the fans to play at fever pitch ever week.
Georgia has every fake and trick in the book in its playbook. But I agree that it hasn't seemed willing to whip them out in recent years. I personally believe South Carolina's fake punt for a touchdown three years ago did more to alter the Bulldogs' returns game than anything. Georgia has basically been a "punt-safe" returns team in the two years since. They've gotten back to incorporated the return this season.
Colzer, I hope you read it right here on the AJC website because I wrote it. According to Gurley, I wouldn't categorize it as a "close" relationship. But they're friends. A lot of fans don't realize that most of these guys are pretty good friends off the field. Only others like them at other schools can truly identify with their lives and circumstances.
Faton Bauta has been my bet as the next the guy in but Mike Bobo categorically is not saying. Bauta and Brice Ramsey alternate the No. 2 reps.
I expect Hutson Mason to make some mistakes because all QBs do, especially in this environment. But I also expect him to make some plays, too. He can throw a nice deep ball. The Gamecocks are vulnerable outside.
Georgia, know this: The Bulldogs' coaches rep and rep and rep and rep these things. They've put a number of guys back there and charted the results since early August. Reggie Davis is the best they've got for it. You have to trust it. Richt said McKenzie's getting better but still has more to prove to the coach from a ball security standpoint.
Maybe. I have yet to post my note on this yet but Richt indicated last night that Fenteng's shoulder issue has held him back and he's not certain that he'd be playing if it wasn't. Arriving late from junior college and missing all that time in preseason camp really has put him behind.
Oh, they have them, Adawg. They have them.
GDAWG, I actually like what I've seen from this O-line so far. I think they're a pretty heady bunch and not prone to missed assignments. Now Brandan Kublanow and Greg Pyke are first-time starters at guards and I'd be shocked if one or the other doesn't have at least one false start penalty. But, like I said, Georgia has repped it hard and should be prepared for the atmosphere.
Yeah, my responses weren't posting earlier, sorry about that. The fact is, Georgia has committed itself to playing the best players for every specific role on special teams this season. Todd Gurley is the best at it and that's why he's returning kickoffs. Same reason LB Amarlo Herrera is on kickoff coverage.
Well, I don't think Chris Conley gets nearly enough credit for us ability to go deep. The dude has TD catches of 87, 47 and 43 yards in his career and many other receptions of 20-35 yards. Michael Bennett also has a 67-yard score to his credit and is a master at getting open on the post and flag routes. Meanwhile, Blake Tibbs, Reggie Davis and Isaiah McKenzie can scoot and I imagine they'll get some touches this week.