Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RSIV: How Richard Samuel Became a Superhero

UGA had finally taken the lead 24-20. It was 4th down and 11 and Missouri had the ball on their own 35. It was a fake, and we weren't set up for it, but somehow two blockers were unable to keep him from making the tackle. Jimmy Burge, a fifth year senior defensive tackle, and Jared Mcgriff-Culver, a fifth year senior tailback, should have been an impenetrable wall moving through defenders with ease and UGA's own fifth year senior fullback made a move that many NFL players would have trouble replicating.

He grabbed Burge, the 295 pound blocker, and forced him to the left using his own weight as a brace to launch himself past the incoming McGriff-Culver and straight into the chest of Missouri's punter who did all he could to hold on to the football. Richard Samuel had just single handedly blown up Gary Pinkiel's well timed fake punt. Before Samuel could fully stand up and before the ref could even call the turnover, Head Coach Mark Richt had jumped onto the field and grabbed Samuel around the neck and started congratulating him on saving the day.

In my opinion Samuel may have saved the season, his long journey had a defining moment, a moment he could be remembered for, for a very long time. I will never forget the tackle Richard Samuel made in Missouri on that amazing night for Georgia Bulldogs football. Will you?

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JDBlawg's Freshman of the Week - Jordan Jenkins

Jordan Jenkins lived up to the name, the "Freak" showed Missouri a sample of what offenses are sure to fear in the near future. In a game where the second half was most important to success, the depth of JJ, JJ, and JJ showed through. The youngest of the "3 JJ's" is only a freshman but from watching him play you could never tell. He was everywhere in the second half and his fight and determination was superior in his will to corral the fumble caused by the elder Jarvis Jones. He added to his fumble recovery four total tackles including one for loss and two unassisted, he has 6 tackles this season already. I am very excited about what the future holds for Jordan Jenkins and UGA.

Honorable Mention: Marshall Morgan

One of the more memorable performances by a Georgia kicker in the past couple years, Marshall Morgan had only one flaw in his game, his extra points. He was in a foreign stadium with raucous fans as a freshman, less than a full year separated from high school. He faced a 51 yard field goal to tie the game at 3 a piece, and the kick was beautiful. Then after UGA marched down the field, they were prepared to tie the game at 10 and on his PAT, the ball flailed wildy away from the upright. But he made up for it, by making his other field goal attempt and making the rest of his PAT's. I am sure he will make the freshman of the week soon.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

UPDATED: The rumors in Memphis, Auburn, and the connection to UGA

Everyone wants to know whats going down on the plains. There has been a rumor going around the web that there will be news coming out soon about recent goings on in Memphis that includes violations stemming from 7 on 7 tournaments and involves Byron De'Vinner who has been a mentor to players such as Jovon Robinson, a previous Auburn player released for academic fraud, and Will Redmond, a Mississippi State player who is possibly being investigated also.

There are also rumors floating around that Jovon Robinson has paid for a Dodge Charger with money from Auburn, but the Robinson family has stated that Jovon's father had passed away and the family was left with a large settlement. There are rumors that Trooper Taylor had a hand in the academic fraud, by persuading an Auburn alumnus to change the grades, and contradicting rumors that say Auburn is who alerted the NCAA about the apparent fraud. There are also rumors that a teacher/coach at Jovon's school drove him to Auburn and did not tell his mother, and even after the car broke down and they had to stay longer the mother wasn't told, which led to her calling the police because Jovon was missing.

There are rumors that Mississippi State will be given probation and Auburn and Alabama would receive secondary violations. Some are even saying it could affect UGA, Tennessee, and any other school that may have had any contact with these or other Memphis area recruits. UGA fans may have heard that Sheldon Dawson was being investigated by the NCAA, but it is also believed to have only been about what he had heard or seen from the other involved recruits.

My opinion is that there will some truth to a portion of this, but overall there will be many disappointed fans that were wishing for the death penalty for Auburn, myself included. After the whole $Cam Newton saga there aren't many fans in the SEC that don't hold some resentment for Auburn and their "ways". If I had to make a guess I would say that MSU would receive probation after admitting to violations and removing their WR coach, and Auburn would receive a slap on the wrist because they cant prove Trouper Taylor or any other Auburn employee had a hand in the academic fraud and they have already removed Jovon Robinson.

Update:  According to the Clarion Ledger

"Byron De’Vinner, who has been interviewed by NCAA investigators, told the Head to Head radio show in Mississippi on Tuesday that he saw a “handshake” between the booster and Redmond and that former MSU receivers coach Angelo Mirando was aware of those benefits."

De’Vinner confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday afternoon that he called into the radio show, and added that the handshake between the booster and Redmond included about “$200.” He declined to answer further questions.

Updated at 10:25

According to

Another Memphis high school coach has confirmed talking to the NCAA. Former Wooddale High School assistant Courtney Rogers said today the NCAA interviewed him a month ago about why ex-Auburn running back Jovon Robinson had two transcripts.

Rogers, a former Tennessee wide receiver, said he didn't have control of the transcripts and doesn't know who did.

Updated at 12:25

ESPN is now also reporting

De'Vinner confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday afternoon that he called into the radio show. He said the handshake between Redmond and the booster included about "$200."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Georgia Bulldogs Football: Aaron Murray In Trouble With The Law

Haha, all you guys that like to feel relieved, here you go.

 Aaron Murray 

Mom just sent me a pic of a $160 ticket I just got in the mail. New cameras on lights in Tampa caught me  

Well a ticket isn't an arrest, but it is trouble when you're broke.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Four Horsemen Could Actually Come to Fruition

How crazy would it be for the Bulldogs to land three top running backs in the 2012 class, added to Isaiah Crowell, to become the Mike Davis endorsed "Four Horsemen". Well, it may be crazy, but it is now definitely possible. With the addition of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs have refilled their recently depleted running backs stable.

Mike Davis has been hard to read as of late, and he has upcoming visits with UGA and South Carolina. With Clemson also on his list look for another high profile commitment. I predict Mike Davis to UGA because of the picture and because at one point he did say he had UGA as his top choice. Many are also saying that he is a "silent" Gamecocks commit.

Best of luck to him, I hope he chooses the home state team and comes to play as a team, but if he wants to be a featured back with all eyes on him, then maybe he should choose Clemson or the Cocks. But I'm greedy and I gotta have em' all. Go Dawgs!

Georgia Bulldogs Football: Previewing the 2012 Wide Receivers

When A.J. Green left early for the NFL many thought that the Bulldogs would not be able to replace his productivity. After a full year without him we can surely say that he is missed but he has been replaced. He has been replaced by not one outstanding receiver, but by 5 receivers, outstanding by committee.

Tavarres King  47 Receptions  705 Yards  15.08 YPC Senior

Tavarres King played like a man possessed in the bowl game and with that kind of effort going forward, he could very well have a breakout season in his final season at UGA. His 205 yard receiving performance vaulted him to the top of the stat chart for 2011 and gave a very bright glimpse as to what may be ahead.

Malcolm Mitchell  45 Receptions 665 Yards 14.84 YPC Sophomore

Malcolm Mitchell has been a Godsend for the receiving corps, and if you were to ask me, he made everyone around him better. A very productive receiver, Mitchell was being recruited by many schools as a defensive back prospect. However, Mike Bobo saw where Mitchell could truly shine as a freshman, and now that he has a year at receiver look for Mitchell to get his shot at defense as well.

Michael Bennett  32 Receptions 320 Yards 10.0YPC Redshirt Sophomore

Bennett may not be the fastest receiver we have but I would defenitely call him our most reliable. If he is open, just throw him the ball, he catches it every time. Throw too short? He'll come back and get it. Throw too far? Don't worry, he will jump and catch it. Right on the hands? Yep, he's got it. He is my favorite receiver because of his determination on the field to be his best on every play. He should get a ton of looks this year in short yardage situations, so don't expect his YPC to get very high, unless he get some nice blocks and takes it to the house a couple of times.

Chris Conley  16 Receptions 288 Yards 18.0YPC Sophomore

He may not have gotten a huge number of catches this year but his YPC makes his look like he could be a home run threat in the near future. We already know that he can make the catch when it counts, as he made 2 very important catches against Florida to seal the win against our "beloved" Gators. Conley sat for nearly half the season as coaches debated redshirting him. Look for Conley to make an impression from day one in 2012.

Marlon Brown  15 Receptions 234 Yards 15.6YPC Senior

Marlon Brown has struggled to find any sort of rhythm during his career at UGA. His biggest success to date has been his lone 121-yard, 2 touchdown performance against Vanderbilt in 2011. He was highly acclaimed coming out of high school and he will get this one last year to show the league what he can offer. At 6'5" and 225 pounds, he is a receiver with the desired size at the next level. I believe he will make his mark at UGA in 2012 because he has all of the skills needed in the SEC, now he just needs to find a rhythm.

Looking forward to 2012, I see a very strong group of receivers ready to make their move at a BCS National Title. On the recruiting front, things are just as bright if not even more so. We have Blake Tibbs who, in my opinion, is a 5-star athlete with a 3-star receiver label. He can flat out kill on special teams, ask Stephenson High School. Then we also have a chance to land 5-star Junior College receiver Cordarelle Patterson, who could stretch the field from day one. 

Things are looking pretty bright on the receiving front for 2012. Look out for my next analysis, which will be on the backs.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Huge Recruiting News For The Georgia Bulldogs

It is hard to believe that one year removed from a 6-7 record the Dawgs have a chance to reel off a very impressive list of recruits for the 2012 class. The new Scout 300 list came out recently and the Bulldogs seem to have an A-list group of players considering signing with them. The Bulldogs have a chance to sign up to six 5-star recruits in the 2012 class alone.

The three that are already committed include..

Jordan Jenkins OLB/DE
John Theus OT
Keith Marshall RB

and the three others we could land are..

Avery Young OT
Josh Harvey-Clemons OLB/S/WR
Cordarelle Patterson WR

I feel very strongly that we could sign all six of them on February 1st. With the 2013 class as strong as it is we should feel very good about the direction of the program.

As Expected, Orson Charles Goes Pro

You are a Damn Good Dawg Orson, if you aren't taken in the top 15 someone is getting a steal. Congratulations on your high draft grade and make sure you show out in the Combine. We know you will represent your Dawg family well in the future.

UGA's Entire Defense Returns Minus Seniors Boykin and Tyson

The Georgia Bulldogs defense seems to have gotten together and made the decision that they should all come back for next year and give it the ol' college try. Aside from Seniors Brandon Boykin and DeAngelo Tyson, every player that was seriously considering going pro early decided to stay for their senior seasons. Here are some of yesterdays highlights.

 Radi Nabulsi 

 OLB Cornelius Washington is also staying for his senior season per team sources.

 Radi Nabulsi 

Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams will return for 2012 -   Blog - ESPN  

While we are still awaiting word on Branden Smith, many believe he will stay, but if he does leave having Williams and Rambo back will make the transition very bearable.

Considering that the Bulldogs had the #3 defense in the nation this year, with so many players returning and plenty of superstar depth waiting in the wings, the 2012 defense could really be special. Or in the words of Shawn Williams...

 "We are going to have our whole defense back and set some records" - Shawn Williams