New UGA Football Mindset

This is what I want to see from University of Georgia football recruits:

“I just want to say to Jay at the end of his announcement, I heard your call,” Drew said. “And now I’ve given an answer. Isaiah Crowell, we’re waiting on you; Antonio Richardson, we’re waiting on you; John Jenkins, we’re waiting on you; and Jeoffrey Pagan, we’re waiting on you. Come join what we’re putting together, the Dream Team. But remember, a dream is only a dream until you make it reality. So I’m calling you out on this one. I hope you’re not afraid to be thrown into the fire. I hope you’re not afraid to be the ones to make the change.”

Georgia football needs a new mindset, and I like this!

Fran Tarkenton Realistic on the State of Georgia Football

Fran Tarkenton, on the state of University of Georgia football (and compare to Coach Mark Richt’s positive outlook on the same):

I think what has happened in the last week at Georgia has been the most disturbing time that I have seen at Georgia football in a long time. You know people don’t want to look at reality. We don’t want to look at the signs…

And then I read this quote. Holy cow! Yesterday, where Mark Richt says, ‘I have been freed from administrative duties to spend more time on football.’ Then I quote him, he said, ‘the moves give him more time to study the game of football and be an expert and be on the cutting-edge.’ What has he been doing for nine years? I have never heard any college, high school; professional coach has ever said that I was not able to spend enough time on football. I had other issues.

I really have to agree with Georgia great Fran Tarkenton.  The issue with the Bulldogs is purely mindset.  We have everything we need to win, and the coaches and the players just need to get it together and get in the mindset of being a team and being winners.  No more excuses, just FINISH THE DRILL.

Can the guy help us beat Florida?

As [University of Georgia Defensive Coordinator] Todd Grantham gets re-acquainted with the recruiting trail, he has developed a pretty central philosophy:

“The first thing I ask is: Can the guy help us beat Florida,” Grantham, the Georgia defensive coordinator, said on Wednesday. “I mean truthfully, because that’s who we have to beat to win the SEC. And off the guys that I feel like we’re recruiting and have committed to us, I can say yes off of that. So I’m really excited off those guys.”

But what about South Carolina – which won the division this year and might be the favorite next year?

“I’m playing percentages,” Grantham said.

(Or perhaps Grantham is still riled that Steve Spurrier took a dig at him earlier this year. But I’ll take him at his word.)

From Seth Emerson.

Is Evil Richt Back?

Evil Richt, the fiery coach of the Georgia Bulldogs we saw in 2007 and 2008, might just be back.  Look at his statements yesterday regarding changes in personnel on the offensive line:

“You noticed that?” head coach Mark Richt said after Wednesday’s practice, smiling, when asked about Gates. “Well then why don’t we tell Tennessee what we’re doing. That’s why I don’t like you guys out there sometimes.”

Richt appeared to be good-natured about it. After all, he did extend the media portion of practice on Monday for an extra five periods and 25 minutes.

Josh Davis, who would be displaced as the right tackle, was mum on the moves.

“No comment,” Davis said, with a slight grin. “I can’t talk about that.”

And then, on possible injuries:

Richt indicated on the SEC teleconference that another player was hurt. But no more details were forthcoming.

“I said somebody was injured and I wasn’t going to tell who?” he said. “I forgot who it was.”

Kinda reminds me of the Mark Richt we saw before facing Florida, Auburn, and Hawaii in 2007 (and before he got beat by Alabama in 2008).

I’ve been looking for a change in the mindset of the Georgia coaches and players.  Judging by Richt’s statements, a little bit from Grantham, and an angry Orson Charles, maybe this team has found its fire.  I sure hope it has.

Georgia Football Scoreboard Videos

The scoreboard video is a major part of Saturday in Athens (aka, Georgia football).  Here are some of my favorites.  This first one is done by Paul Westerdawg, a mockup if you will, of what we should see on Saturdays.

I can’t watch that without the hair raising on the back of my neck.  I love Georgia football.

I love this one, from what I call the “David (Pollack and Greene) Era”.  This was used at a majority of the football games while I was in school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ0SF_pT85o

This one will supposedly be played this year, between the third and fourth quarters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFEjlVtvCs

Another mockup:

I snapped this video myself (sorry for the shaking) the week after the Blackout game (Auburn).  It’s got some great clips of the Blackout (and shows the energy in the student section):

Georgia Football Season Predictions

David Hale posted his “11 Bold Predictions” for the 2010 football season and Georgia Bulldogs football. I agree with most of his predictions, but David, and a lot of others, are beginning to predict the Dawgs will do well this season, and that concerns me.

When fans (or me, specifically) think Georgia is going to have a poor season (or what we like to call a “rebuilding season”), the Bulldogs do well – think about the 2005 season or the 2007 season. Those were “rebuilding” seasons, and the Bulldogs accomplished so much, including the SEC Championship in 2005 and a Sugar Bowl win in 2007. When we thought the Dogs would do well – think 2008 – they perform pitifully.

As such, I am torn on whether to believe the Georgia Bulldogs will do well this season or will do poorly.  I truly don’t know how the Bulldogs will do this season.

So here is Georgia’s 2010 football schedule, with my predictions.

  • September 4, 2010 (home) – Louisiana-Lafayette
    • Do I even need to say anything?  Louisiana-Lafayette will try the same thing Southern Miss tried last night (against South Carolina): the no huddle offense, which will work for the first 3 series, and then Georgia will blow them out of the water.  Win.
  • September 11, 2010 (away) – South Carolina
    • This will be a tough start for Aaron Murray, but behind the veteran offensive line, Georgia’s receivers will open up the running game.  Win, but close.
  • September 18, 2010 (home) – Arkansas
    • This is going to be a tough game against Arkansas’s offense, but I think the 3-4 defense will stand tough.  Win, but close.
  • September 25, 2010 (away) – Mississippi State
    • This is a real tough call, because we’re playing in Starkville.  But, I think the new version of the Miss State Bulldogs, with their new-ish coach, will take us.  Loss, but real close.
  • October 2, 2010 (away) – Colorado
    • Georgia football comes out my way, to play in Boulder against the Buffaloes.  Georgia handles the altitude well, and the defense pounds the Buffs.  Win, all the way.
  • October 9, 2010 (home) – Tennessee
    • The Volunteers have this game marked on their calendars, but I think we make quick work of the new Vols coach.  Win, but close.
  • October 16, 2010 (home & homecoming) – Vanderbilt
    • Although I like Vandy’s new coach, Georgia dominates at home.  Win.
  • October 23, 2010 (away) – Kentucky
    • Kentucky could be tough, but if Georgia concentrates on this game and not the next week, they take the day.  Win, but close.
  • October 30, 2010 (Jacksonville) – Florida
    • Why can’t we schedule the bye week before the Florida game?  It worked well in 2007 (think Endzone Celebration).  I really can’t decide on this game.  On one hand, I think Florida comes more prepared to this game and blows out Georgia.  On the other hand, the Georgia team has to want to win in Jacksonville again.  Loss, close but heartbreaking.
  • November 6, 2010 (home) – Idaho State
    • I don’t know who scheduled the Bengals from Pocatello, but we rock this game at home.  Win.
  • November 13, 2010 (away) – Auburn
    • Auburn on their own turf.  I think Georgia forgets how to play this week, and the more prepared Tigers maul us.  Loss.
  • November 27, 2010 (home) – Georgia Tech
    • A nerd-whooping in Athens.  We learned how to stop this offense last year, and we’ll do it even better this year.  Win.

That puts the final tally at 9-3 (excluding any postseason games), but I’ve identified 6 close games (welcome to the SEC folks).  Those six games can really go either way.  And since I’ve predicted they’ll do well, the Dawgs will likely disappoint this season (see above).  Just remember, when David Greene started at quarterback his true freshman year, the Dawgs went 8-4.  The next season, they went 13-1 and were SEC and Sugar Bowl champions.

Stay tuned tomorrow, I’m going to post some great Georgia videos to pump us up for the season opener.