Bulldog Hotline – 12/3/12

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“AT&T Bulldog Hotline” comes your way every Monday night at 8:00 p.m, over the air on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG, and online at georgiadogs.com. You can call in to the AT&T Bulldog Hotline number at 1-888-81-DAWGS (1-888-813-2947). Or submit your questions for Coach Richt via the Dawgs’ Official Facebook page, facebook.com/georgiabulldogs, and the Official Twitter page, @UGAAthletics, using the hashtag #bulldoghotline. Look for posts on these sites every Monday for instructions on submitting your questions. The Dawgs fall in a heartbreaker to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Next they head to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl on January 1st, 2013.

Richt was unable to join the show this week as he was on the road recruiting. Instead former Georgia quarterback David Greene joined host Scott Howard as well as Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler who helped lead things off. Scott says there is plenty to talk about and Kevin says he is proud of the coaching staff, the players and the fans. It was a special game, like a heavyweight fight. Big disappointment that Georgia didn’t win. The play of the game was the defensive end that tipped the ball. Made the difference in what was the most exciting SEC Championship game.

Some trouble with the phone lines leads Scott to ask Kevin about how he feels with the Capital One Bowl match up against Nebraska. Kevin is glad we’re in a New Year’s Day bowl even though we didn’t get in a BCS bowl like we deserved. With Georgia and Nebraska you have a classic match up that has only happened on the football field one time, in 1969. Great match up because it’s a new match up. Two storied programs. The Cornhuskers did not have a good showing in the conference title game and he’s sure they’ll be looking to make a statement. So Georgia will have to be ready. Senior class will want to go out on top.

Primetime Player of the Week is Alec Ogletree.

Injury report: Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett with their knee injuries and Abry Jones with his ankle injury.

David Greene joins the show and Scott asks him about getting named to the SEC Legends. Greene says it was a great experience, huge honor. The timing of it was special too with Georgia making the game, so he was glad to get some applause unlike Peerless Price with Georgia and Alabama fans there [laughs]. Was very proud of the team at how hard they fought. Every time they were hit with adversity they fought back. They may not go down in history as the SEC champions for 2012 but they’ll be remembered as such for sure.

Muriel (?) in Baxley says she wishes they had 30 more seconds on the clock and asks what he thinks they should do about the late hit on Aaron Murray. Greene says he was shocked that Murray was able to get up. Would not be surprised if Quinton Dial does not play in the National Championship game. In the NFL he would be fined $30-40,000. As far as the end of the game, it was just a hard way to end it. Can see an argument both ways for clocking the ball or running a play like we did. Murray was trying to throw the fade and it got tipped. And of course you can’t blame Conley for trying to make a play. Just hard for the fans and especially hard for the players.

Mitchell in Baxley thanks Coach Richt and says the players are champions in his book. Challenges the underclassmen to come back and finish the job. Also says the reporter who asked the question (about not winning the big games), if he asked him the question he’d be picking up his teeth. Greene says it’s a shame that in this day and time it’s cool to be disrespectful and people feel they can say whatever they want; that they have the right to question Coach Richt and Aaron Murray on why they can’t win the big game. If he were Coach Richt he would put it back on him as the “analyst” to break it down. Anyone who understands football and has played football can understand that it’s more than one guy that determines the outcome of the football game. No question the quarterback has a big part in that. But if you watched that football game (Saturday night) then you know that it was not won or lost solely because of Aaron Murray. Twenty years ago no one asked questions like that and nowadays people feel entitled to answers, feel like they can say whatever they want. Says maybe he’s more “old school”. Thinks Coach Richt handled it about as well as he possibly could given that situation. People don’t realize in January at 5am these guys are getting up just to get the opportunity to play on Saturdays in the Fall. Nothing is given to them. They’re not even guaranteed to win a game. They’re getting up, putting in time and working out just to get to run out and play for Georgia. To go out and put your heart and soul on the field, play as hard as you can against a very good opponent just to have someone come out and say “Well, it’s never good enough.” One of the messages he gives to the young people he talks to is to tune that out because there are people everywhere that are telling you you’re not good enough. You just have to play within yourself and keep going. Apologizes for getting on his “soapbox” a little bit. Scott says that’s alright.

Micah in Kennesaw says it’s an honor to talk to Greene asks how he feels about next season from a personnel standpoint and a schedule standpoint. Greene feels like we’re loaded with talent. Specifically mentions Todd Gurley. Scott mentions that Marlon and King are the only guys offensively that we lose, depending on what Murray decides to do. Greene points out that these young guys don’t know anything different from going to the SEC Championship game. But the fact of the matter is that we lost in the trenches Saturday night. So we’re almost there and the future is extremely bright.

Bulldog Hotline – 11/26/12

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“AT&T Bulldog Hotline” comes your way every Monday night at 8:00 p.m, over the air on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG, and online at georgiadogs.com. You can call in to the AT&T Bulldog Hotline number at 1-888-81-DAWGS (1-888-813-2947). Or submit your questions for Coach Richt via the Dawgs’ Official Facebook page, facebook.com/georgiabulldogs, and the Official Twitter page, @UGAAthletics, using the hashtag #bulldoghotline. Look for posts on these sites every Monday for instructions on submitting your questions. The Dawgs beat the Yellow Jackets 42-10 and head to Atlanta to meet the Alabama Crimson Tide in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. The game will air at 4:00 EST on CBS.

Scott leads things off by correcting Coach Richt that it was a “great” weekend and not a “good” weekend. Richt thanks the crowd for showing up for the seniors and helping the team finish out the season. They both agree that the senior recognition went pretty fast. Richt says that was his fault, they were anxious to kick things off.

Mitchell in Baxley thinks we have the better coaches and team this weekend. Then says it’s a shame that the schools can’t get more tickets for this game. Richt says there is so many people that want to go, and it would probably sell out altogether before people even know who is playing if they didn’t reserve some for the schools. That’s the beauty of our league.

Leslie Shaff asks what Richt is going to wear on Saturday. Richt says the team will wear the home uniform, as for himself he’s not sure. He’s not superstitious but the equipment guys might be. So he’s not sure what they’ll give him to wear. Lately it’s been a red pullover.

Lance in Uvalda says he’s never seen the Dawgs win the National Championship. He’s ready. Thinks the defense is just as physical. Loves the team. Richt says they definitely want to get after them. Doesn’t expect a lot of tricks on either side; believes each team will want to line up and play football. We’ll see who can execute the best. Should be an exciting game for the fans and the whole country will be watching.

Mike in Columbus points out that he predicted Georgia would play in the National Championship game. Knows for a fact that we’re better than Alabama. Outlines an article from the Columbus newspaper on next year’s depth chart. Richt says Mike has it all wrapped up and also believes the future is bright.

Trey in Augusta comments about Bacarri Rambo holding onto the ball after his interception and tying the record. And also points out that he noticed Coach McClendon was very excited before Keith Marshall’s touchdown run. Wonders if he saw something. Richt says that they hope Rambo can break Jake Scott’s career interception record before it’s all said and done. As far as McClendon, the coaches watch so much film that when a play breaks they get pretty excited. He and Scott mention Bobo in the booth and share a laugh.

Will in Sylvester enjoyed seeing the defense body slam everybody around. Also mentions that Aaron Murray continues to get no love nationally. Wants to know what we can take from the Texas A&M win in Tuscaloosa going into this Saturday’s game. Richt agrees that the defense is playing well, very physical. He likes to see that. As far as Murray, he’s the top passer in terms of efficiency. Richt behind him is Bama’s quarterback McCarron. Then for Texas A&M and the gameplan, jokes that maybe they could borrow Johnny Football. Then says they wouldn’t trade their quarterback for anyone. Does emphasize that Manziel was able to run for 92 yards. You have to play good defense and special teams, protect the ball.

Fred in Calhoun congratulates the team on the great win Saturday and believes it when coach says the best is yet to come. Mentions that against Ole Miss when we lined up in a short yardage situation a CBS announcer said we are making it too obvious what we are about to do. Richt agrees that the best is yet to come. Doing it the Georgia way.  As far as the short yardage quarterback sneaks, been pretty successful with those. The short yardage fullback handoff does have a lead blocker so it may be pretty obvious. But it comes down to execution and guys getting on their blocks. Sometimes the best plays are the ones the defense knows you’re going to run. Says there some merit to being good at what you do as well as mixing it up some. Something to be said for both.

Chris Conley is this week’s Primerica Player of the Week.

Injury Report: Mike Thorton (out, ankle sprain).

Chip Andrews asks if Thornton was injured by an illegal chop block and how long before that is done away with. Richt says it is illegal. When one guy is engaged and a second blocker goes low, that’s a chop block. But a cut block is legal, where a blocker just goes low on a defender that is not engaged. It takes some time and a lot of practice to learn how to play those cut blocks.

Conner in Bluffton (young caller) asks if Hutson Mason would be used, with so much on the line, if Aaron Murray were injured. Richt reiterates that Mason is trying to redshirt but he’s still getting reps as the #2 quarterback. Says Mason is in a state of readiness and would be ready and willing he believes if that situation arose.

Gail in Dunwoody is wondering if the 50+ players that can’t dressout for this game would be allowed to celebrate in the locker room with the team. Richt says they have tried to do that in the past. Of course the first thing you have to do in order to celebrate is win the game. When they have they’ve had some help getting through the logistics of getting the non-dress players out of the stands and into the locker room. But thinks that’s a good idea and something they try to do.

John in Atlanta asks about the status of Mitchell’s knee and how healthy the offensive line is. Also wants to know what Keith Marshall’s 40 time is. Malcolm Mitchell is fine, was able to practice. Doesn’t see any problems with the offensive line in terms of injuries. And he’s not sure what Marshall’s 40 time is. Didn’t time the guys in the 40, mostly due to potential for pulled muscles. Knows he’s really fast. Scott points out that his time in the 50s, the 60s and the 70s is pretty good.

Mike in Augusta comments about the coaches’ interviews with the media where they talk about the teams’ similarities and just lining up and executing. He agrees with that but thinks Coach Saban will throw some wrinkles at us. Hopes we’ll have a couple different looks we operate out of and that we go on and win the national championship. Richt tells Mike not to get nervous about that. They only tell the media so much. Going to be okay. Scott asks if he wants to elaborate (laughter) and Richt says no.

Scott in Buford mentions how it must have felt leaving on the bus in Columbus and is proud of how the team has rebounded. Win or lose Saturday that won’t change. Would also like to know about Mark Beard and John Theus and how they’re doing. Richt is proud of the team too. After a loss like that you want to quit and give up, but you can’t. The good part was and his message to the team was that they lost together, everyone had a piece of it. They regrouped and moved forward. As for Theus and Beard, both good guys. Both tackles that have done well, made progress. And the good thing about Beard is that even though he came out of junior college he still has two years of eligibility after this season.

Eddie Vess asks why we don’t run the toss more. Richt says they call it “the Horn”, can be run out of the I formation or the pistol formation. The blocking is about the same. They’ve gotten really good at running the lead and a lot of teams want to line up their ends out wide. When they do the tendency is to try and run up the middle.

Closing up, Richt says everybody’s in good spirits. They’re one of two teams in the league still practicing and that’s something to be proud of. Excited about going to work. Same routine this week.

Bulldog Hotline – 11/11/12

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Bulldog Hotline – 11/5/12

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Bulldog Hotline – 10/29/12

“AT&T Bulldog Hotline” comes your way every Monday night at 8:00 p.m, over the air on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG, and online at georgiadogs.com. You can call in to the AT&T Bulldog Hotline number at 1-888-81-DAWGS (1-888-813-2947). Or submit your questions for Coach Richt via the Dawgs’ Official Facebook page, facebook.com/georgiabulldogs, and the Official Twitter page, @UGAAthletics, using the hashtag #bulldoghotline. Look for posts on these sites every Monday for instructions on submitting your questions. The Dawgs continue SEC play this Saturday back in Athens for Homecoming against Ole Miss at 3:30. The game will be aired as usual on CBS.

Scott leads things off by congratulating Coach Richt who says it’s fun to win. It was a hotly contested win. Not real sure what happened at the start of things, still getting to the bottom of it. Was watching the flip of the coin. While that was happening there was something going on with some players and their strength coach. Not sure if he’ll get a call from the commissioner. Fur was flying from the beginning and until the very end. But was proud to see the team not back down from the challenge.

Scott points out that they really don’t have much time to enjoy it as they get right back to work today. Richt says they don’t even take Sunday off. Has an offensive meeting at 2pm with some film study, the the defense at 3:30. After a family dinner there is a full staff meeting before he meets with the kicking coaches. As soon as they get done watching and going over Florida they’re looking at Ole Miss. The downside is you don’t get to enjoy the wins too long, but you also don’t worry about the losses too long either.

Mike in Columbus points out that Richt is 17-3 in the last 20 games. Predicts that LSU will get beat by Bama and then the other teams ahead of Georgia will also fall. Beat Bama in Atlanta and then guess who is playing for the National Championship? Then he says that Scott is the best announcer in America. Richt says that Mike is setting the tone tonight and that he loves Mike. Scott says he does as well. Richt asks if we can get to hear Howard’s call of the Malcolm Mitchell touchdown before the end of the show, that he didn’t get to hear it. Scott says there’s just a lot of screaming. Richt says that’s okay.

Next segment leads in with Howard’s call. (applause) Richt – “That was awesome!” Scott asks what the intent was on the play, to go 45 yards or get a first down. Richt says he’s just glad he put Mitchell back in the game after yanking him out following the personal foul penalty. They were in a zero or man to man coverage and that was where the ball is supposed to go there. The rushed six and played man including press coverage on Malcolm. If it was a zone look Murray would’ve been looking to his right side. They really brought more than we could block and he thought the ball was going to get batted down. Malcolm ran a good route, pushed the defender up field and then pushed the brakes. Then he turned around and the ball was right there which gave him enough separation to take it the distance.

Lance in Uvalda asks if Richt really thinks it is a neutral field, especially with all of the financial impact that the state of Florida gets from it not to mention the proximity to Gainesville. Richt reminds that he doesn’t make comments on that anymore. Says it is like an away game for both teams, with travel and the 70 man roster. Feels like an away game until you get in the stadium with the 50-5 split. Definitely neutral in the that regard.

Joe McFarland asks if Richt would ever go to a backup quarterback in times when Murray is struggling to give him a break to regroup. Richt says it’s possible, but Mason is redshirting. You have to worry about the possibility of the other guy going in and really struggling too, not used to the speed of the game. You’ve just got to believe in your man. References the last touchdown drive where Aaron was continually counted upon. They have a lot of faith in Aaron.

Steve in Carlton is concerned about Murray. Noticed that he doesn’t run the ball as much as he used to. Mentions the illegal forward pass penalty. Looks like he settles down some after he gets a good run. Richt agrees that he used to run more. Remembers being surprised at how successful and how quick he was against the speed of the conference. Made some great plays with his feet, but also missed some opportunities that he didn’t see because he was running out of there too quick. The more he understands the system the more he’ll stand in there and make good throws. That’s part of the reason his passing stats are so high. Had a lot of time thanks to the offensive line. The only thing he said to Murray at halftime was that he has a time clock in his brain and knows when the guy is supposed to be open. Make the 1st, 2nd and 3rd read and then it’s time to throw it away or like Steve said, take off running. What happened was he was often going through his reads and still had time left in the pocket. And then you’re throwing too late or across the field. He got it straightened out in the second half.