You're right, Andrew. The comparisons of Georgia's defense under Pruitt this year and under Grantham at Louisville are pointless. Grantham was great (OK, decent) at Georgia when he had Alec Ogletree and Sanders Commings and Jarvis Jones. Not so great last year when he had a bunch of newbies. As always, it's about personnel. I think it's going to take a year or so before Pruitt has the type of players he had at FSU last year. But he's working hard to get them!
I don't know if that's still possible for Keith but I'll ask. His injury happened within the first three games, which is part of the rule, but I don't know if he played too much before that. I'll check. ... But as I wrote over the summer, I thought a redshirt was a good idea for Marshall this season period. He had some serious work done on those knees and his surgeries (both knees) didn't come until December of last year. But the kid wanted to play.
Good morning, John E. There really hasn't been much of an update provided on Marshall, but I can tell you what I've seen. He's walking around on the practice field with a pretty big limp and doesn't look like he's going to be back anytime soon. There was no structural damage, but he got bent backward against Troy and hyperextended both his knee and ankle. I suspect it'll be a couple of more weeks at least.
Hello, Trae. I'm fine, thank you, and I hope you're week is going well, too. ... Yes, I think there's a growing sentiment to get Brice Ramsey and/or Faton Bauta more looks going forward. As long as Hutson Mason is struggling in the passing game, that's an option. But you have to be careful here. While Mason struggled some last week and certainly isn't Brett Favre when it comes to throwing the football, he's completing 69 percent of his passes, has only two turnovers all season and the Bulldogs are averaging 462 yards and 45 points a game. So it's not like you've got an offensive abomination going on here.
Greetings everyone. Happy Thursday to you. It's homecoming week for the Bulldogs. Vanderbilt coming to Sanford Stadium on Saturday (4 p.m., SEC Network). The Commodores (1-4, 0-3 SEC) are struggling this season in their transition to new coach Derek Mason. Hasn't gone so well last time they were in Athens. They've lost the last two by the combined score of 91-3.
So anyway, I'm in the saddle and ready to take your questions for the next hour or so. So hit me with your best shots. ...
All righty then! See you guys next Thursday on the UGA Mailbag -- brought to you by Kroger. We'll be able to talk about the Bulldogs' impending game against Tennessee! So long, everybody.
OK, so that looks like all the questions for today. I'll hang out a few more minutes if anybody has anything else since I was a little late getting started. So shoot now or forever hold your piece! (or at least until next Thursday)
No, JMonty. Obviously the SEC champion is going to get there. And what if UGA goes 11-1, wins big the rest of its games and SCarolina ends up in SEC championship? Again, anything still can happen.
Malcolm Mitchell still has not made an appearance in practice. Not expecting him to play unless and until he practices for at least one solid week and maybe two. But I never expected him to come back this week. If he doesn't play against Tennessee or Vandy, uou might start considering a redshirt for him.
Gaillard it probably headed toward a redshirt. That's me saying that. UGA doesn't project such things.
Joe, the Bulldogs have much improvement to make to slow down anybody's passing game. But I do believe SC's offensive line is one of the best UGA or anybody will face. The Vols are rebuilding up front and Georgia's playing at home. I'd expected considerably more success pressuring the passer.
No, POAD, I don't think Gurley has an on-field attitude problem. No, he shouldn't have head-butted the SC player. But go back and look at the SC players actions. He comes sprinting across the field to get in Gurley's face and taunt him. What should he expect? A high-five?
aldawg, yes, my guess is Pruitt noticed everything that happened in that game.
I don't know that that's the case, James. SEC won 7 of last 8 national championships and played in all eight. Not sure the league has a non-conference problem.
Dawg350, as Jeremy Pruitt said, if you become a great pass rusher, teams come in with a plan for you. Steve Spurrier, a pretty good schemer, had a plan for him. Same for teams that planned-up for Jadeveon Clowney and Jarvis Jones. Pretty good coaches in this league.
I don't know James. I don't have an accounting in front of me. Jonathan Taylor this year, Sanders Commings a few years back and Montez Robinson in 2010 off top of my head.
I considered Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins outside linebackers. Talking about defensive tackles and noseguards.
Hutson's a great kid and has a great attitude. He takes copious notes about what he needs to improve on every Sunday during film study. He's quite conscientious. He'll handle it differently next time I'm sure.
Georgia has been known as one of the best "vertical passing" teams in the country the last few years. So, yes, I'd say Mike Bobo has some pretty strong reasons why he's not trying to go deep much.
The only entity that takes longer to change policy than the NFL is the NCAA. Can't even get schools in the same league to agree on drug and alcohol discipline.
Nah. Georgia runs a lot of the same stuff. Sometimes it's the same play but with different personnel or out of different formations and with different reads, etc. Like bootleg call that didn't work on the Bulldogs' last possession. They ran almost the exact same play and scored on a TD pass to Jay Rome just two possessions earlier.
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I'd say accountability, more than anything.
He prefers man, but will do what he has to do.