Evil Richt at the CapOne:
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Georgia’s run defense bit them the most against Alabama in the SEC Championship. The Tide ran for 350 yards on the ground behind their monster offensive line and physical rushing attack. It wasn’t the last-second non-spike or the clock mismanagement at the end of the game that produced the loss; it was the run defense, and their inability to stop Alabama from getting back into the game when the Bulldogs had two different leads of 21-10 early in the game and 28-25 in the fourth quarter.
Many of the 11 starters for Georgia and a few backups will be playing on Sundays for years in the future and putting up numbers in the NFL. But the story of the ‘12 Bulldogs’ defense won’t be its NFL legacy – it will be more about what could have been and the expectation they never lived up to.
12-2, an SEC East regular season championship and a Capital One Bowl trophy is a great season, but this team had so much more in them.
[Saturday Down South]
5 reasons Murray will go Pro?
1. There is no better time than now.
If you look at the NFL landscape for 2013, a lot of teams are in the market for a quarterback—either immediately or in the very near future—and the 2013 free agency pool isn’t looking all that promising for franchises like Dallas, Philadelphia, Arizona, or Kansas City (all places with either an aging or falling out of favor quarterback).
Add to that, Murray would be in a very weak QB draft class (only Matt Barkley would be considered ahead of him, in my opinion, and his draft stock took a hit with the shoulder injury), and he’d be coming in with high sentiment after the success of Russell Wilson in Seattle (a QB who Mel Kiper also didn’t like much because of his height); the Seahawks are back in the playoffs at 11-5 and Wilson is a big part of the reason.
So, the market for a sub-6’2″ QB is looking a lot less unattractive in 2013 than it did in 2012 and, with Murray’s intangibles, he’s in the perfect spot to make a serious NFL Combine move should he declare early.
[The Lady Sportswriter]
One quarterback who did live up to the hype this season was Georgia’s Aaron Murray. The Bulldogs’ junior is currently the SEC’s 2011 leader in passer rating, touchdowns thrown, and yards-per-pass-attempt. He capped off his season with an 18-of-33 performance for 427 yards against Nebraska in yesterday’s Capital One Bowl. While he threw two picks in the first half, he made up for them by tossing five touchdown passes overall, including a pair of beautifully thrown deep strikes.
Murray hasn’t announced his intentions regarding a possible early entry into the NFL draft, but if he does go, you can bet he’ll be picked early. We at MrSEC.com would like to see Murray return — we like it when good players who are free of controversy decide to hang around — but speaking with an agent, we were recently reminded of just how weak this year’s quarterback crop appears to be. Whether he could use more seasoning at the collegiate level or not, the smart business decision might be for Murray to leave now. There could be more competition at the top of next year’s draft… even if Murray returns to Athens and improves his own game.
The Reuben Foster saga continues:
Foster no longer lives in Georgia, but he still feels a connection to the area and one of his closest friends is pulling him to join him in Athens so they play alongside one another for the Bulldogs.
“Tray Matthews goes to Georgia, plus it is home, so why not go to Georgia, be a Dawg and play with Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti?” Foster said. (Kipp Adams, Dawgnation)
I still personally believe it will come down to Auburn and Georgia, with Auburn holding a slight edge because of, as I mentioned at the start, his familial attachments; his daughter lives there and Foster has been very clear that he wants to be close to her no matter where he goes.
In any event, most are beginning to get a little tired of Foster’s story because of the drama attached to it; bottom-line though, Foster is a very good player with upper-echelon talent. Georgia stands to lose plenty from their defense this season (Alec Ogletree has already declared and Jarvis Jones won’t be too far behind) and Foster would likely be able to step in immediately and contribute for Grantham’s unit should he choose Georgia in the end.
[The Lady Sportswriter]
Dawgs help continued SEC bowl lead:
Georgia's win over the Cornhuskers gave the SEC a 12-9 advantage over the Big Ten in the Capital One Bowl since the two leagues started pairing up annually at Orlando in the 1992 season.
The SEC improved to 10-8 over the Big Ten at the Outback Bowl with South Carolina's 33-28 defeat of Michigan on Tuesday. The Tampa-based bowl started pairing the SEC and Big Ten in 1995.
Mississippi State lost to Northwestern in Tuesday's Gator Bowl, but the SEC still holds a 2-1 lead over the Big Ten since that Jacksonville pairing began in 2010.
[Times Free Press]
Do you Bo-lieve?
Pelini said his team was in better physical condition than sixth-ranked Georgia, a team that came five points from reaching the BCS Championship Game.
Speaking of national title-caliber teams. …
"I don't think we're far away," Pelini said. "We'll be a better football team next year — I believe that."
Do you Bo-lieve that?
Do you Bo-lieve what the irascible head coach was selling in the wake of Georgia's 45-31 victory against his team in the Capital One Bowl.
Pelini was surprisingly upbeat considering his defense allowed 589 yards.
Nebraska's pass defense, ranked fourth nationally entering the game, was beaten repeatedly for big plays while surrendering 427 yards and five touchdowns.
This after Wisconsin battered Nebraska to the tune of 539 rushing yards in a 70-31 dismantling Dec. 1.
Georgia did most of its damage via the air.
By land, by air. In the last two games, Nebraska defenders' heads were spinning.
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