What a great game that brought out the spirit of a true championship team. Overcoming a big obstacle in losing Herschel, and getting the job done on the field.
Go Dawgs! Beat the Rebels!
I'll admit the Houston thing caught me a little unawares. I was suspicious the other night when the question on Kolston seemed to be ignored. But figured I might be reading too much into it.Starting right guard Chris Burnette left practice Wednesday when he “tweaked a knee,” coach Mark Richt said. His status for the game is uncertain.Kenarious Gates, who started the first game of the season, is trying to return this week from an ankle injury.Kolton Houston, expected to factor in at guard this preseason, can’t help now.Richt revealed on Wednesday that Houston “right now is not eligible to play. We hope he’ll be eligible soon. It’s an NCAA issue.”The redshirt freshman from Buford has not played this season and has not even suited up for games. The issue arose this summer, Richt said.“It’s an individual case that we’re not going to get into details about, but it’s NCAA-related,” Richt said. “We think it’s going to get cleared up, but we just don’t know when.”
Now we all know Mason can play. He's looked good making reads as well as making throws. But even the most ardent of Murray bashers have to admit it's been against ho-hum competition.On whether Hutson Mason will see more playing time…“Right this second I wouldn’t want to make a comment on that. We haven’t really gone any further with that discussion, not to say we won’t before the week is over. I’m talking about Mike Bobo and myself. But Hutson is practicing well, he’s playing well. He really runs our system well, and he’s earned playing time in my mind. How we’ll manage that, I’m not ready to make any promises I can’t keep.”
“You know receivers they like to run routes and catch balls. You know, just like running backs like to run. But running backs have to pass protect and wide receivers have got to block downfield. That’s just the way it is.“That's just classic Mark Richt right there. I think that shows his offensive mentality that every play should go the distance if everyone does their job. I'd love to take this further with him in terms of how much they've "bent" this philosophy this season with the emergence of players like Crowell and Mitchell. Sometimes in order for a play to go the distance you just have to go with personnel that can get it that far.
Another FB question from Brent Alexander: asks why Orson Charles was only thrown to twice Saturday. Richt – Wonders if that is right or not. He did have two catches but the ball may have been thrown to him a little more than that. Loves Orson and loves seeing him catch balls. Points out that you have few plays in football where a pass is going to a certain guy no matter what. You can’t hardly predict where the ball is going to go with a lot of these plays. Orson is definitely in the progression of reads. Sometimes it goes to the tight end sometimes it doesn’t.Maybe he was thrown to more than twice, but most people bring this up because the tight ends are being under utilized. Between Orson and Aron the TEs have 9 catches for 165 yards. Charles spent the entire game blocking against South Carolina. He's a mismatch for every team we play. Let's get him downfield more running routes against LBs with half his speed. Or simply on the field at the same time as White, maybe flexed out where we can force the opponent to commit a safety.
“The thing I like is we’re a team that is getting better as we go. We do have a lot of room to grow yet. I thought the last couple of performances minus the huge mistakes—the four or five plays that got us (against South Carolina)-I thought that we were making a lot of progress. I thought we were doing a lot of positive things. As you watch tape, it’s still pretty obvious we’ve got some youth and inexperience that needs to continue to improve. Just overall, I think we’re a team that is on the rise. We’ll see.”One thing that has been frustratingly consistent the past few years is Georgia's inability to put less talented teams away, and in some cases beat them altogether. The schedule just took a turn towards easy street. Ole Miss was steamrolled by Vandy Saturday afternoon. And MSU looks even more beatable after Thursday night's game. Tennessee...well, they have Tyler Bray as their quarterback.