Friday, October 5, 2012

A "Vermonster" of a task

If the offensive line can keep Murray upright, they'll be rewarded as kings.
Quarterback Aaron Murray has treated his line to Sunday night ice cream the past three weeks at Ben & Jerry’s for keeping him upright.
If they can protect him against a Gamecocks front led by defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, that might call for a “Vermonster.”
That’s 20 scoops of ice cream, four bananas, three cookies, a brownie, whipped cream, choice of hot fudge or caramel and topped of with sprinkles, Oreos, M&Ms, walnuts or peanuts. The price tag in Athens is $48.
“With the talent that we’re going against, I’m sure Aaron wouldn’t have too big of a problem shelling out the money for a Vermonster,” said offensive guard Chris Burnette, the line spokesman this week.
It’s supposed to serve five to seven people, but this is offensive linemen we are talking about here.
When looking at the stats, something's going to have to give. Carolina is tallying over four each week, which is good for second in the nation. Meanwhile Georgia is only allowing 1.4 sacks/game. That's a fairly modest number, but considering the question mark that was surrounding the unit coming into the season, that's pretty good.
They’ve come a long from the first full pads practice this spring when coaches worried about what they had.
“To their credit they have worked their tails off,” Richt said. “The linemen knew we had some issues. All summer long they decided as a group to get up at the crack of dawn and be the first ones there in the weight room. They worked extremely hard with our strength staff. Going against the defensive front they were going against day after day after day they just had to get better or get embarrassed. They got better. I don’t know if they are the best offensive line in America or anything like that right now, but they sure have made a lot of improvement, and they are playing well.”