Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Humpday Hilarity - gators gett'n trucked

It's become a theme for Douglas. AHD sent this one in saying he "could watch this all day". Happy to oblige. Go Dawgs!

Rewinding Mason

So I fell into an HBO On Demand hole this weekend and the project I had planned here for the blog (as well as others around the house) took a backseat. Also, I originally said I was going to start with the Kentucky game. Turns out I don't actually have that one on the DVR after all and I can't seem to find the whole game on the YouTubes.

So...we're starting with the Tech game. The Kentucky game probably wouldn't have been a good measure anyway as it was out of hand pretty much when the ball was put in Mason's hands. I rewatched the Tech game last night and have the post pretty much ready. But I'd like to clean up some of the broader strokes before posting. Look for it later today or tomorrow morning.

In the mean time, I want to throw one thing out here. Back in June I had a chance to observe some workouts. I didn't see much of the weight session, but saw most of Mason's group as they ran the length of the practice field, over and over and over again. I lost count. But the gist was they run the length and get about 20 seconds to recover before running back. The whole time Coach T and Bobo and Friend were out there yelling at the group.

My two observations are that Leonard Floyd is a freak (which you knew) and Hutson Mason leads well by example. He stood out there in between each run as if he was ready for the whistle blow again. Meanwhile, his fellow teammates gasped for air with their hands on their hips and looked to be doing everything they could not to collapse in front of their coaches.

No, I'm not saying Mason wasn't struggling. But he was accepting the role of leader. And I really think he strives under a quick pace. It's going to be interesting to see how the play calling adjusts to his style after four years of the same quarterback. And I think it all starts by looking back at the last two games of the season.

Join me. Murray has moved on...

We should too. It's Mason Time!

Monday, July 21, 2014

No freshmen tweets. Call it The Trigga Effect

I've been on this issue for years. And to their credit, UGA players have behaved with more maturity in terms of social media than some others around the college football landscape. 

But there's a new wifi connection in Athens.

This is a great idea. And it all but verifies that Coach Richt, someone who goes out of his way to be a players' coach, has a new vision. Make the kids earn a chance to live up to their words, their tweets, their BookFace posts, and their instagramming.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Off the chain. Already.

via BassinDawg

Yeh Coach. I'm ready.

"He's going to push for somebody's spot."

If you've been looking for some positive news from the Georgia secondary (and really, who hasn't?), Ramik Wilson has your antidote ready in speaking about freshman Dominick Sanders.
“He looks like the real deal out there,” Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson said.
Both tailback and Todd Gurley and Wilson mentioned the Tucker High product when talking about newcomers who have impressed.
“He covers ground quick,” Wilson said. “He goes up and makes turnovers and that’s what we need. He’s going to push for somebody’s spot.” 
They also gave mention to several other newcomers who have impressed early, including Malkom Parrish and Shattle Fenteng. It's just July and camp has yet to start. But we'll take it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Todd Gurley at SEC Media Days

From Marc Weiszer. The highlights are he says he's lost about five pounds and then talks about the offensive line as well as Hutson Mason.

Controversial things Richt might say today

So BassinDawg started it. Just thought I'd add some possibilities before the head guy takes the podium today.
  • "I only shave on days that end in Y."
  • "The Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit is better than anything Kathryn ever makes before 11AM."
  • "Aaron Murray should've played 12 plays after his injury and not just 11."
  • "But then again, Thomas Davis took plays off too."
  • "Les Miles' vacation in Austin sounded pretty fly for a white guy."
  • "Like my friend Robert says, I thought Muschamp was always a Florida guy."
  • "Yup. I slipped her some tongue. GATORS SUCK!!!"
  • "Yes. I thought Spurrier's checked button down looked like it needed an extra timeout."
  • "Being a granddad is awesome. When Jadyn shits her pants I just call an audible and hand her off to Jon!"
  • "I bench press more than Todd Gurley. Much. More."
  • "Logan Gray didn't wave vigorously enough if you ask me."
  • "Greg McGarity can take his piped in rap music and stick it up his [edited]."
  • "Yeh. I'm still calling the plays. But blame Bobo."
  • "Jarvis Jones has yet to beat me in an arm wrestling contest. First round pick my ass."
  • "David Pollack slept with his binkie all the way through the 2005 Outback Bowl."
  • "Worst kept secret in the bowels of Sanford Stadium....kicking Penn Wagers' ass is what lead to my eventual hip surgery."
  • "Speaking of which...Steve Shaw can target this [video redacted]."
  • "Todd Grantham couldn't coach his way out of a 3rd and 19."
  • "Is it too much to ask for Ford to make a truck that can bat the gotdamn ball down?!?!?"
Pick em up and finish the drill in the comments.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hutson Mason - under the radar (and microscope)

Weiszer asks the question that has been echoed over and over this week in Hoover. Murray, McCarron, Mettenberger, and Manziel are all gone. Ole Miss' Bo Wallace is the returning SEC quarterback with the most starts. Auburn's Nick Marshall starts the 2014 campaign with new bling. Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is a sexy mention in the conversation and, of course, Jeff Driskel has been reborn as the next great signal caller down in the swamp. As far as I can tell the one thing they have in common, other than landscape, is that they are all returning starters.

They also are on the ballot for preseason All-SEC. The other two on the list are Missouri's Maty Mauk and South Carolina's Dylan Thompson.

Hutson Mason is officially under the radar folks. And he's there despite having a higher passer rating than both Mauk and Thompson. He's there despite throwing for more yards per game than Marshall. And don't get me started on Arkansas' Brandon Allen and his 109 rating and 49% completion percentage.

Anyway, all of that is only meant to set the table. I doubt Mason is upset at any apparent snub. Preseason honors aren't even worth the words used to talk about them on air. What matters is the Saturdays this fall; tackle football starts in 45 days and that is when SEC quarterbacks either make history or go back to the sideline to send in the signals.

No, I just wanted to set the table for taking a closer look at Hutson Mason and what he can bring to the field in 2014. Some Georgia fans still don't think Mason will be the starter. The rest of us that are functioning in reality have questions about what to expect, even after seeing Mason close out the 2013 season.

I've got the last few games of the 2013 season in the queue and really would like to focus on what our fifth year senior quarterback has to offer. This afternoon I'll start with the Kentucky game and compile stats, thoughts, and some other mild-mannered analysis. Loosely what I'm looking for is pocket presence, tendencies, pace, where completions were and where incompletions were.

I've gone on record as saying that the Gator Bowl was not a fair measure of Mason's skills given the weather as well as Conley's injury. For a fifth year senior with so many weapons around him, we owe it to ourselves to look into what Mason can bring to the huddle.

Even if the SEC isn't ready to do that.

Humpday Hilarity - a drunj and soggy Bielema

Today in Hoover we get Lester, and we know he's always worth a laugh. But for today's chuckle I thought I would pass along this footage of Bret doing some HUNH his ownself.

At least he didn't ralph on the trooper's shoes. Or fling a blonde volleyball player in the ditch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014