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Welcome to Tuesday, Bulldog fans! In case you didn’t know, I spent my formative years in the 80’s (emotional development was thwarted during the same span). As such, I will try to bring you the best** music from this seminal decade that gave us the re-introduction of Red Wolves in the wilds of North Carolina. And they are hunted and killed, supposedly mistaken as coyote, by the local populace. The same populace who think 1789 is earlier than 1785. Go figure.

Saturday’s Kirb-stomp of the Racers is decidedly in the past. We now face another foe, this one from the part of the Mississippi River that doesn’t really produce anything other than floodplains. Arkansas State are the next step, and one not to be taken lightly. They do claim Ray Perkins, Hugh Freeze, and Guz Malzahn for gosh sake. They are probably salivating at the chance to pull a BYU this weekend. They are hungry for a season-defining win. They are hungry, hungry like the wolves they are:

If you think Duran Duran was a joke, you have no clue how big they were. Take Beyonce’ in her top 4 years of popularity, multiply it by 10, add British accents plus hordes of teenage girls, and there you go.

Now let’s move on to news and notes from the University of Georgia.

I’ll start out talking about practice. Yes, I’m talking about practice. And since Head Coach Kirby Smart only allows 10 minutes of media viewing, I’ll turn it over to the future Pulitzer-winning staff of the Red and Black to provide the details.

If you read the article above, you’d notice who was playing with first and second string on the offensive line. This, of course, is fluid because of losing Isaiah Wilson to injury for a couple of weeks. Not to mention a lot of competition, and “best guy plays” mentality. But the depth chart released/referred to as meaningful means there is something we don’t know. Like who will start where Saturday.

What we do know is we have speed. Between slot receivers and a deep backfield, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney....errr, James Coley has options. One of the more productive options in 2019 has been Delvin Cooks little brother. Turn your eyes towards what his Bulldog brethren say about the shifty tailback.

Speaking of shifts, Mark Webb shifted from a wideout on one side of the ball to the secondary on the other. The Athens Banner-Herald dives a little deeper on the transition, plus the good and bad from Webb this past Saturday vs. Murray State.

And if “shift” can be equated to “transition”, we can continue with this piece from the Macon Telegraph. JUCO’s are playing a pretty big part of Coach Smart’s team fulfillment. Really in terms of filling gaps, adding depth, and adding potential sparks to a position group.

We have a noon kickoff Saturday. At that time of day the scant shade afforded to the home team will be non-existent. So while our boys (and fans) sweat it out, you can sit in your living room and listen to the ESPN2 crew who was announced yesterday.

Probably the folks who are sweating, but won’t be sweating in a few years, are the good people on the committee who got approval to expand Butts-Mehre by a factor of like nine.

Top ‘Dawg Kirby Smart addressed all of the above, and more, in his weekly presser:

“We don’t do a lot of tackling in practice.” There are good reasons for this I’m sure. It’s just way different than I remember high school in-season practice from the 1980s.

“Sometimes when you get in the game and you think you’re ready to play, you’re not”. This is exactly how I remember high school in-season practice from the early 1980s.

We’ll be back throughout the day with some perspective pieces as well as quantitative data on tracking players and the pulse of the Bulldog nation. Thanks for reading, and as always...


**If you want “best”, check out RedCrake’s Saturday morning Dawg Bites. Or the off-season Free Form Friday. Those never disappoint with musical selections. I, however, thrive on disappointing others. Just ask my wife and kids.