Another G-Day in the books. By all accounts the coaching staff kept everything pretty vanilla on both sides of the ball. This annual glorified practice for public consumption was about as pedestrian as it could or needed to be. We might have the best 4-deep Tight End rotation in the team history. All are experienced and not a senior among them. Orson Charles, Arthur Lynch, Aron White and Bruce Figgins. Are you kidding me? I would hate to be a defensive coordinator trying to scheme against this. Orson Charles can run like a wideout if he needs to, and Lynch has gotten bigger and can catch it. Aron White has already produced and knows how to find that seam between the 'backers and the secondary. Bruce Figgins is the only question mark here...but we know he can play. I've been following the 'Dawgs since the Nixon administration and I can't recall a deeper rotation of talent at this position, ever. And that is saying a lot. We are going to be able to deploy multiple packages in a two-TE set: Blocking packages, speed packages, combo packages.
Again, without revealing anything more than a base 3-4, the defense kept everything pretty close to the vest. I imagine the true defensive schemes will be tempered for game #1 against La.-Lafayette on September 4. No need to show any cards until the South Carolina game, and don't forget: Scott Lakatos has prior experience in preparing for South Carolina. UConn shut down Garcia in the Papa John's Bowl last year. Contrast that to how Garcia lit us up in Athens last September. Without knowing too much about UConn's secondary, I still would venture to guess that we probably have more talent. This bodes well.
When we play down in Columbia in September, Todd Grantham will reveal the recipe he's been cookin' for the last few weeks. It's still simmering now, but from all accounts it's going to be quite the spicy dish. Maybe 4-Alarm hot?
And a few thoughts on the quarterback situation: G-Day clearly is not designed to showcase all the weapons we have on offense (or defense, as noted above). It's just another scrimmage. By all accounts, Zach Mettenberger had a very good day. Murray, slightly less so. Logan Gray made a few plays. The consensus is that Murray will start the first game of the season, and the true pecking order won't be established until after the South Carolina game. Each QB brings something to the table. We did not have this luxury last year when Cox struggled at times. This year, we have more talent at the position in the form of multiple players. It'll get worked out. And this is where Richt and Bobo will have to earn some of their pay. I'm not worried about the offense. I think it'll improve as the season progresses. But the Carolina game is key...and we may have the advantage from a defensive standpoint.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled gloom and doom.
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