Georgia Bulldogs: Georgia Southern Eagles

Hurry-up heroics continue for UGA 

November, 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Even after Georgia Southern had driven deep into Georgia territory Saturday to potentially tie the score or take the lead just before halftime, Georgia coach Mark Richt actually used all three of his timeouts as the Eagles neared his team’s goal line.

His reasoning for stopping the clock three times with the Eagles inside field-goal range? Save as much time as possible for quarterback Aaron Murray and the offense because they have already established a track record for putting points on the board in the waning moments of the half.

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Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesTavarres King and the receiving corp played a big role in giving the Bulldogs some breathing room before halftime Saturday.
“I made the decision as the head coach to be aggressive and say, ‘Let’s go get it,’ because I’ve got faith in our scheme and our quarterback, obviously. It kind of starts there,” Richt said. “When you worry about the quarterback making a mistake, you don’t want to do that.”

Option offense might mean more rotating

November, 15, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- When an option offense is clicking, it has the ability to rack up enormous play totals.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesExpect John Jenkins and his defensive linemates to be rotated liberally during the next two games against triple-option offenses.
Look no further than Georgia Tech’s whopping 92 plays from its 2010 game against Georgia for evidence.

And for that reason, Georgia’s defensive coaching staff must at least be wary of the possible need to rotate players more liberally than usual in Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern (8-2), as taking on blocks down after down can be a fatiguing process if the defense is struggling to get stops.

“We kind of go by the game, but we traditionally roll our defensive linemen anyway, so we’re going to work to keep those guys fresh and play them that way,” Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.

“Your rotations happen more often [against the option]," he added. "We kind of have a rotation with our guys to try to keep them fresh. It’s just because of the amount of plays that they can get that it happens a little more often.”

Georgia Southern’s and the highly similar Georgia Tech flexbone offense that the Bulldogs (9-1) will face the following week are content to chip away with short option runs over and over until eventually breaking a big play on the ground.

It doesn’t always produce a huge play total -- at 66.6 plays per game, Georgia Southern is actually averaging fewer plays than Georgia’s 67.4 this season -- but it’s always a distinct possibility. Georgia Tech is averaging 68.75 plays against Georgia -- with its offensive play count ranging between 51 in 2009 and 92 the next season -- in four meetings since Paul Johnson brought his unique rushing attack to the Flats.

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3 Up, 3 Down: Georgia opponents 

October, 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- With No. 14 Georgia’s regular season at the halfway mark and the Bulldogs taking this weekend off, let’s take a look at the good and bad among their six remaining opponents:

1. Florida: Streaking Florida has been one of the biggest surprises in the SEC this season. After last weekend’s upset of defending conference champion LSU, the Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) catapulted to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 and avoided a letdown at Vanderbilt.

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Georgia coaches target addition for 2012 

February, 7, 2012
Since the Bulldogs only signed 19 players last Wednesday and then dismissed three players a few days later, Georgia could really use some help filling out its remaining open scholarship positions. Of particular need are the defensive secondary and the receiving corps. With that in mind the Georgia coaches are looking around, and they have identified one potential target in running back and wide receiver Mario Alford (Greenville, Ga./Georgia Military College).

GMC assistant coach Joe Windon told DawgNation that the Georgia coaches “made contact with him and they are starting the process.”

“They are talking to me,” Alford said. “They told me they are interested in me. They are going to my spring game and we are going to go from there. I like Georgia. Two of my boys out of high school signed with them, Kenarious Gates and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so I am real interested.”

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Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.