Posted: 9:48 am Monday, August 11th, 2014

Rewind: Georgia’s offense methodically effective in scrimmage 

By Chip Towers

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (with graduate assistant Jon Richt in background) had to be pleased with the Bulldogs' production in Saturday night's scrimmage. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (with graduate assistant Jon Richt in background) had to be pleased with the Bulldogs’ production in Saturday night’s scrimmage. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Back over at The Butts this morning for practices 12 and 13 of Georgia’s preseason camp. The Bulldogs are in full pads this morning and will go again tonight in a closed practice.

I’ll be filing reports and blogs all day, so check back frequently. In the meantime, he’s your regular review of UGA happenings over the weekend:

1. Georgia’s defense garnered the headlines after Saturday night’s scrimmage because it didn’t get burned for any big plays such as fans saw all too often last season. But lost in that accomplishment was the fact that the Bulldogs’ offense actually moved the ball well overall.

“We didn’t really take many shots,” quarterback Hutson Mason said. “We ran the ball quite a bit. We were just really effective at what we were doing. We had three drives and almost all of them were close to 10 plays. We were just chopping away, chopping away.

“It’s great to hit a long bomb and score. But how you break defenses down is we push tempo, tempo, tempo,” he said. “If you get a first down or even two first downs, that defense is tired. We like to push tempo and get up there and snap it because we know if we get a first down or two, we really have the advantage.”

Georgia’s offense was also playing without a lot of its big-play threats due to injuries, such as Chris Conley, Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Rumph and Justin Scott-Wesley.

2. Nevertheless, Mason said that shouldn’t take away from the defenses’ achievements in the scrimmage. Mason said he likes what he’s seen from that side of the ball sand suspect that fans will, too.

“I think you see a lot more team unity,” he said. “You see a lot more discipline, you see a lot more hustling to the ball. I think that’s the improvement in the new defense that you’re going to see here. You’re going to see a defense with a lot more attitude and a lot more effort.”

Mason also predicted that you’ll see more takeaways this season. That would be a good thing considering the Bulldogs’ 15 takeaways was the second fewest in the SEC last season.

“One thing I’ve noticed is they’re teaching them to strip the ball, strip the ball,” Mason said. “One guy’s holding them up and another guy’s coming in to strip it. They’ve cause a lot of fumbles in practice and they caused at least one (Saturday). That’s something different I see as far as that coaching staff compared to the other one.”

3. Mason’s observations mesh with those of people in attendance Saturday. The scrimmage was closed to the media, but numerous individuals with ties to the team were able to watch. I reached out to a few of them to get their thoughts on what they saw. Here’s a taste …

  • Everybody insists that freshman Isaiah McKenzie’s kickoff return for a touchdown did indeed come in a live drill. It was pointed out that Sony Michel was the next to attempt a return and he “got blasted by four players” at the end of his return. The good news on that was Michel’s return was “about 50 yards.” McKenzie was described by a couple of folks as “electric.”
  • One man’s opinion was that Georgia’s offensive line “looked the best it has looked in four years. Bobo just needs to line up and run downhill.”
  • Another told me he “wasn’t that impressed with the defense.” Explained that the offense simply didn’t try to go deep and didn’t have to because it was moving the ball so well on the ground.
  • Freshman tailback’s Nick Chubb and Michel apparently were impressive. Chubb was described as “an extremely punishing runner” and Michel is going to create “mismatches for linebackers.”
  • Other freshman observations: OLB Lorenzo Carter “is a stud” and Jeb Blazevich “looked like the best tight end.”

Again, that’s third-party info so take it for what it’s worth.

4. Based on performances in the Phillips 66 National Championship this past weekend, seven Georgia swimmers qualified for the United States Pan Pacific Championships roster.

Melanie Margalis won the 200-meter individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championship late Sunday. Margalis, who completed her eligibility last season, posted a winning time of 2:10.20, the third-fastest in the world this year.

Also scheduled to represent the U.S. in Australia Aug. 21-25 will be Maddie Locus, Chase Kalisz, Hali Flickinger, Shannon Vreeland, Andrew Gemmell and Nicolas Fink.

5. The Georgia soccer team lost 3-0 to Clemson in an exhibition road game on Sunday. The teams played three 30-minute periods, with the Tigers scoring all three of their goals in the second frame over an eight-minute span.

68 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd


You're wrong all-around Bubba Non-True-Non-Dawg, sir !


"simply either old men"  He's not that old, and what is this some pick on our elders ?  Yes, that's exactly what that is !


"...or he is a young child (physically as well as just mentally) living out his fantasies of what it might be like to actually play football"  He did play football and might still for all you know, and been married with a lovely family for 32 years.  Yeah, that makes him a young whippersnapper alright Non-True again sir !


"someone who must stoop to trolling to force humans to interact with them....is truly worthy of our pity."  Who is trolling ?  You don't even know the word to say this, when it by itself is the very definition of trolling - making comments to enflame a guy who has family in The University of Georgia system right now, with great friends of said sibling at UGA as we speak, right in the middle of all this - hearing it as a House/Divided as many of us in the Real World, do !


Look in the mirror, for this man has as much right to be here as you sir - maybe more for every word of your post just now completely and absolutely is wrong.  You just wish you could censor his posts to your liking.  Guess what ?  He might be right.  We certainly all of us know you're way wrong, non-True, sir.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Start Jeb Blazevich at TE. I don't care if he's a freshman. If he's the best, then play him. Jay Rome can't stay healthy and has been a walking injury waiting to happen since he's been a Dawg and we have no other guys who are as physically gifted (save Quayvon Hicks) as Blazevich. Let Jeb take his lumps and develop into a great TE.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

  • One man’s opinion was that Georgia’s offensive line “looked the best it has looked in four years. Bobo just needs to line up and run downhill.”





That gives me confidence. 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

23 Tackles behind the line of scrimmage  and "offense methodically effective" ?  Hogwash

DawginCO
DawginCO

Sorry but if you think any of this means anything at all, you have problems.  The kind of problems that tempt evil people into conning you out of your life's savings.  Come on people, it is a scrimmage.  And the first one.  If everything is just about like this after the 3rd and final scrimmage, then you might have some concerns.  Jeez.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@ThomasBrownUGA Since you attended the practice  give us your  observations.How many seasons  did you play or coach SEC football, for that matter how  about  high school did you coach there? ? I doubt  you would know  what you were seeing if  you were looking at it. Clueless. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO " Evil People"....getting a little dramatic aren't you CO.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@gtcaryd @TrueDawg1986 


Having read you for years, I certainly know he is way Un True, not True, and my gift of memory is as good on this topic, as any other topic I am involved with.

bulldawg14
bulldawg14

@Dawgilama I can't believe people are still using the whole, "Did you coach SEC football" crap to get their point across. By that logic, nobody on here has a credible opinion (except for Steve Spurrier... I could see him posting anonymously on one of these things). We're football enthusiasts, not experts, and everybody has their opinion. 


Having said that, I personally don't think people should worry too much about scrimmage statistics. If the defense does well, the offense is all of a sudden in trouble and if the offense does well, now we have a terrible defense. I didn't physically see the scrimmage so I have no idea how it went, but if I was there, the type of things that would worry me would be sloppiness, lack of effort, consistent confusion, lack of skill (dropping balls, QB inaccuracy), questionable play-calling, things like that and from what I'm gathering, none of those things were observed during the scrimmage. Again, we won't know for sure how good or bad this team is until we get through the first few weeks so everybody just calm down. It's just a scrimmage. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Well said...these GnaT trolls are all mouth and no motor...never played the game and certainly have no insight

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  Do you really have reading comprehension problems that are that pronounced?  I think someone that cheats you out of your life savings is evil.  Even if you are gullible enough to believe the lies, they are evil for trying it in the first place.  Now what part of that is overly dramatic?  Good God, do you just make stupid comments to be annoying or are you really that dumb?

In case you need it spelled out, I'll explain it slowly.  If you believe the first scrimmage means a hill of beans, you are hopelessly naive.  There.  Is that plain enough.

jeeeeeeeeeeeez

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd once again we must wonder how sad your life must be that all you can do to force other people to speak to you is Troll. Why are you here? By that I mean, why are you even in the world?

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

That's an AWESOME accomplishment don't you think? Why is that a negative at the first scrimmage? We know the offense was not our problem last year (or at least most people with a casual acquaintance with the facts know this)...so the fact that they were grinding it while looking at new rotations on OL...what's the problem? Apparently you aren't smart enough to do the math....Our top QBs (playing mostly against #1 D) threw for high percentages and a couple hundred yards...while the RBs didn't have much running room against #1 D (hence the number of tackles for loss and low average yards for Gurley and Marshall). But the offense did move it "methodically" with short/mid range passes.

Read between the lines...with all our deep threat WR sidelined, this scrimmage was about setting tempo for the offense...quicker passes, tighter routes.

Natureboy809
Natureboy809

@Dawgilama @bulldawg14 That may be true, but if his stat of 23 tackles for loss is accurate, it sounds like the o-line blew a lot of assignments.  Obviously there is time to get those issues ironed out, but that is a very notable stats (if true).

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd @TrueDawg1986 Clearly in your dreams you played gramps...too bad that pretend leather helmet couldnt prevent the brain damage.  Oh, but wait...you GnaTs are sooooo much smarter than everyone in the state...just too stupid to figure out a purpose in life other than TROLLING....LMAO.....NEXT!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Dawgilama 


No sir.  I said we were tackled behind the line 23 times in scrimmage and you said I was not a coach - that's trolling on your part to the obvious fact that 23 tackles behind the line of scrimmage is not "methodically effective Offense."

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd @TrueDawg1986 I mean the same as virtually every other person that posts here....your life seems so very sad.  Beyond just the fact that you are a fan of a pathetic and bungling team running a high school offense.  Beyond the fact that your frustration over the futility of any hope of beating UGA continues to eat at your very soul each and every day (thereby fueling your obsession to troll UGA articles).  Beyond all that...your life is truly sad.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd Unlike you 1986, i played football without holding a xbox controller, are your dawgs going undefeated again in the xbox NC? again.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@ThomasBrownUGA @Dawgilama I assume  from your  response  you've  never  coached , played or  been around  a college football program. Have you ever attended a Mark Richt practice? Participated in or  seen a scrimmage?

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@ThomasBrownUGA @Dawgilama you are  clueless  as to what  the  situation was in the  scrimmage or  who was  playing at the  time or  if the numbers  are  even accurate. You are  clueless as usual.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd @TrueDawg1986 Funny, I was thinking the same about you since I am not the one who has no life other than to post unintelligible troll gibberish on the pages of other teams' articles.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Dawgilama 


Which is it ?


1st, you said the numbers are not accurate at 23 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  Then, I gave you the URL Link to the facts of 23 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  7 minutes later, you reply now that who cares, it means nothing.


So, which is it ?


It means nothing ?


or


We were not tackled 23 times behind the of scrimmage ?


You've said BOTH.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@ThomasBrownUGA @Dawgilama !st I said you don't  know if the  numbers  are accuarate and next  clueless on, no one  cares it  was a first  scrimmage. Obvious as isaid earlier you have never  been on a  football filed.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd @Grant1296 It is not difficult to crush the GnaT trolls...they are simply either old men still clinging to their delusions of what "could have, should have, might have been" in the days the insects could actually win a game every decade...or he is a young child (physically as well as just mentally) living out his fantasies of what it might be like to actually play football...or at least grasp a fleeting glimpse of understanding.  Either way, the profound sadness that rules the life of someone who must stoop to trolling to force humans to interact with them....is truly worthy of our pity.  Much like that sad "swarm" that deep in his (or her) heart is known to be destined to yet another decade of humiliation at the hands of the superior football program that is clearly THE University of Georgia.  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  LMAO!  You have shoes that are smarter than you are!  Wow, you really stepped in it with that comment.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd @Grant1296 


You're wrong all-around Bubba Non-True-Non-Dawg, sir !


"simply either old men"  He's not that old, and what is this some pick on our elders ?  Yes, that's exactly what that is !


"...or he is a young child (physically as well as just mentally) living out his fantasies of what it might be like to actually play football"  He did play football and might still for all you know, and been married with a lovely family for 32 years.  Yeah, that makes him a young whippersnapper alright Non-True again sir !


"someone who must stoop to trolling to force humans to interact with them....is truly worthy of our pity."  Who is trolling ?  You don't even know the word to say this, when it by itself is the very definition of trolling - making comments to enflame a guy who has family in The University of Georgia system right now, with great friends of said sibling at UGA as we speak, right in the middle of all this - hearing it as a House/Divided as many of us in the Real World, do !


Look in the mirror.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd @Grant1296 That was beautiful 1986, just beautiful. What it was suppose to mean, i don't know, great effort. 1296 is right True, i'm a real peach. I liked that "profound sadness"part.