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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Request for the ol' Mailbag

OK, time for another one. Please post your questions below and they'll be answered in a blog post later today. Or feel free to e-mail me at semerson@macon.com

One request: Please don't ask if I think a certain recruit is going to choose Georgia. I'll just answer those right now: I think Georgia leads for Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew and John Jenkins, but you never know with high school kids.

On another note, that being the issue of a certain poster and his (or her) very long, very critical rants: For those wanting a ban, I hear ya and feel your frustration. The problem is that unless a comment is vulagar, abusive or libelous, I can't really delete it. There also isn't the ability to ban someone based on an IP address. That may change in the future, but not now.

As I've said before, the best solution is just to ignore him. I know that's difficult, but I hope people can try.

I do appreciate everybody continuing to visit the blog - my web people told me a web-hit stat the other day that warmed my heart - and I don't want to lose anybody. But I hope you can see that my hands are sort of tied on this one.

In any event, let's do the mailbag. Fire away.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

According to "The Last Time" on GeorgiaDogs.com, Georgia last attempted a fake punt in 2005 against Kentucky (G. Ely-Kelso for a 34 yard gain and a first down.) The last fake field goal attempt was in 1998 against Auburn (Quincy Carter intercepted in end zone.) Coaches like Miles and Meyer pull fakes at least a couple of time a year and seem to have success more often than not. Any insight on why Richt is so conversative in this regard? The last fake I recall was the failed kickoff against UF in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Any response from the League office on McGarity's complaints after the UT game? Also, has CMF commented at all on the sudden hot shooting (hope that doesn't jinx us) from 3 pt? Attributed to home rims?

NCDawg said...

Who's our next OL coach? We could have some OL candidates consider alternatives with this open position.

Also, which Gators show up at Stegman, the 4-1 leading the SEC Gators, or the team that played Auburn last week?

Stamey said...

Are there any updates on the Offensive Line Coach search? I know you posted something about this last week, but that was last week. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Was an article ever written on the S&C changes?

Anonymous said...

If you had to guess, what percentage of players do you think attend the "optional" workouts in the offseason? How does this stack up against other schools (South Carolina, for example, since you've covered them)?

Anonymous said...

Are any certain players (incoming freshman, redshirt freshman, practice squad guys) getting buzz from the coaches or players (aside from Jarvis Jones)? Usually, the coaches and players start hyping up a player or two (e.g. Knowshon Moreno before his redshirt freshman season) that they know is going to have a breakout season.

Anonymous said...

Could you tell us a little more what the off-season is like for the players? Are they working out right now, how does their schedule change?

Also, what about coaches - I know they are huge into recruiting right now, but what about afterwards - I'm looking forward to seeing a little more innovation out of Richt & Bobo (see desire to run the ball), and Grantham (players should know the base defense well enough now).

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered how current players feel about recruiting. Most fans want these all-world recruits to come in and start right away. Have you ever seen some jealousy due to a great recruiting class?

Regular Guy said...

Seth, one of the things Thomas Brown hit on was needing more competition for playing time. I'd say this was a big downfall for us last year especially on the defensive side of the ball. I mean, there was at least one game where D. Tyson played every single defensive snap - that should never happen with a D lineman, there's no way he can give max effort for that many plays. And while there was clearly competition at one safety spot, it seemed no matter what B. Rambo did, he was guaranteed his spot. There are a number of other positions with similar stories on D last year. Do you think this was an issue of the coaches not giving the backups a chance, or was the gap between our first & 2nd stringers really that bad? On the one hand, coaches have to foster competition, but on the other hand, the backups have to put in the work to earn it, and push the guys in front of them. I'm wondering if it's a symptom of one of those two issues ---- or both, which would be REALLY bad.

Stamey said...

Has Grantham, CTG (just for you, Seth), discussed any changes in his schemes? Or perhaps adding coverages/stunts/blitzes/all of the above to the defensive playbook? I realize that we still don't have the ideal depth, personnel, and experience needed for the 3-4, but does Grantham have any plans to install more complex packages now that his D is in year 2?

Anonymous said...

I want to know more about Crowell's running style versus what we already have. I know he is a game changer at RB, but so were the guys we have now in HS. Does he show patience waiting for holes to open up? Does he have that Knowshon like ability to make something out of completely nothing? Is he very coachable?

Anonymous said...

What's Caleb King's academic status right now?

Therapist said...

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Also, what are your career aspirations/the typical career aspirations for someone in your position? To be the next Kornheiser/Wilbon? Just curious.

Harold said...

There has been much debate about CMR as our head coach. Do you think CMR really "gets it" in terms of how bad we have gotten over the last few years, his part in letting that happen, and what he needs to do to right the ship?

Anonymous said...

Who watches your dog and your cat when you travel for away games? Do just leave them with a heap of food and water?

Joeski said...

What are the rules governing media contact with athletes in a sport that is in it's offseason? Are we going to be able to get our 'fix' and learn about what's going on with the players in, say, the summer semester?

NoDiggity said...

Is Ray Drew bi-polar?

Anonymous said...

What's for lunch?

Anonymous said...

Georgia averages around 23 players per recruiting class while Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, and other rivals with more recent on the field sucess average between 25-28 players. With more players comes more potential starters and studs. Do you see Richt's reluctance to oversign like other SEC teams as a possible contributing factor to UGA falling behind said SEC teams in recent on the field competition?

Anonymous said...

What is your favorite Downtown Athens eating/drinking establishment?

Erik said...

Here's a topic that has frustrated me for a while...why is Richt so reluctant to go after punts? If you've been paying attention to our punt returns over the last 2-3 years, you know that we rarely give a real effort to block the punt. We're usually in an almost immediate "retreat" mode, sticking around just long enough to prevent a fake.

Though I'm not surprised b/c Richt is ultra-conservative, it still aggravates the crap out of me. I realize that you have to pick your spots and can't go after everything but we hardly ever try.

And shouldn't our approach to this mean that we have better than average punt return yardage since we put so little emphasis on blocking the punt? I'd be willing to bet the numbers don't show that.

Bourbon Dawgwalker said...

With the recent Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and the ousting of Ben Ali, do you foresee other arabic states reforming to prevent similar uprisings or do you think dictators like Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will simply clamp down on his citizens? Also, any word on if McGarity is planning on opening the vaults to keep Fox around?

Anonymous said...

I saw that Herschel Walker was upset about so many GA kids leaving the state. He asked Richt and McGarity what he could. So what exactly will the NCAA let him do to recruit for us? Or I guess what can't he do? Do you think big names like that help?

Anonymous said...

Any update on baseball would be great. Teams chances, players faciliies upgrades etc. Thanks!

Asst. Groundskeeper Carl said...

Seth,

Who are you picking to win tonight in the bball game. FL or GA?

Peter said...

What is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything?

lizziebelle said...

During his red-shirt season Arthur put on twenty pounds of muscle and he got much faster, do you think he will finally get his chance?

MarkS31 said...

I'm glad to see we're recruiting much taller backs in the secondary. What's your opinion on the state of our defensive backs and how Lakatos is doing? Do you foresee improvement in this area next year?

ActuaryDawg said...

Do you find questions like, "What is your favorite Downtown Athens eating/drinking establishment?" a little bit creepy and stalkerish. I mean, you're a sports writer, not a restaurant critic. Why should anyone care where you like to eat, unless that person is trying to either find you or to copy your lifestyle in some sort of perverted, misguided hero worship.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts about Andy Gray? He was sacked today for things far worse than Ron Franklin.

Anonymous said...

Which UGA thug football player most likely killed this man?
http://www.ajc.com/news/uga-police-find-dead-815292.html

Logan said...

Seth,
I think it would be interesting to know what an official visit is like. What are these guys doing other than touring the facilities and dropping in on basketball games?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Although this may seem premature, I believe that Stegeman needs a nickname that adequately gives support to Coach Fox for his quick turnaround with our basketball program. You think you could help with a campaign to call Stegeman "The Foxhole" from now on?

PTC DAWG said...

So Actuary, if someone asks you where you like to eat, etc...you automatically think they are some type of stalker?

It's a fair question for Seth, especially for folks who don't get to spend a lot of time in Athens.

Mikey said...

Wait a second. My mom's making Stove Top Stuffing, too; at 8:00 pm. What time are y'all eating, again?

Ed said...

After covering USC and UGA basketball, which SEC arena in your opinion offers the best big game atmosphere (other than Rupp arena) and how does stegman compare to other sec arenas?

Anonymous said...

Seth, name what you consider is the top 5 coaches in the SEC in football and basketball.

Wade said...

This is a question for everyone, not necessarily for the mailbag. Did we ever get an explanation as to why Blair Walsh wasn't kicking off in the Liberty Bowl? If it was explained, I must have missed it. I was hoping someone could shed some light on that. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Seth,

Could you tell me in the typical weekday, what hours are you away from your home?

Also, do you believe in keeping guns for personal protection?

Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Ray Drew's latest jerking around with the recruitniks:

Funny or annoying?

Anonymous said...

I've read recently that Taco Bell is being sued for claiming that it uses beef in its tacos, when the substance they actually contains less than 35% beef. (I'm serious. Google it.)

What do you think the other 65% is?

ActuaryDog said...

Noooooo. Don't try to rename the Steg after a coach. As soon as we started calling it "The Tub," Tubby Smith bolted and the program has been down ever since. It's just bad juju.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever followed someone that had a bumper sticker on their car that said "Follow Me To Hooters"?