Last presser before Orlando:
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Austin Long has surgery on hand:
Georgia junior offensive tackle Austin Long underwent outpatient surgery at St. Mary's Hospital on Thursday for a fractured right hand.
Long, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound native of native of Memphis, Tenn., fractured his hand on Wednesday. According to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson, Long is expected to make a full recovery.
Long appeared in all 13 games this season for the Bulldogs, who will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando, Fla.
Defensive line depth needed:
The Alabama game exposed one of the Bulldogs’ weaknesses, which is depth along the defensive line. For all the accolades John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers and Garrison Smith have received this season, the drop off was pretty steep behind them. Ray Drew, Cornelius Washington and Mike Thornton are good athletes but are undersized when it comes to defending smash-mouth football. As a result, Jenkins, Geathers and Smith played nearly every snap of the Alabama game.
“I thought we got tired at the end of the game,” Grantham said. “I think we’ve got to continue to work and develop some depth. I think if we do that they’ll be fine.”
Opposing defensive backs have to hate facing him. His deep speed has to be respected, which gives him a lot of room to work with in terms of the short/intermediate game. I feel like half of his catches this season are from those comeback/hook routes...and while they're not bombs, they do plenty of damage because of his ability after the catch (see the Florida game). He's also dangerous with wide receiver screens and reverses. He's a playmaker- pure and simple- and is a guy this offense needs.
Coach Ball has to be excited that he has Mitchell for the full duration of practice. Ball, in my opinion, has done an excellent job developing Georgia's wideouts, and now he'll have Mitchell's complete attention. A full offseason to hone his craft and master his routes...MM is poised for a huge 2013 season.
[Jack's Bulldogs Blog]
Will the Dawgs be ready for Nebraska?
Expect this Georgia player leadership group to step up here. The NFL Draft can wait. Jarvis Jones and Aaron Murray have been outstanding leaders. Plus, Tavarres King, Shawn Williams, Christian Robinson, Cornelius Washington and John Jenkins have all helped lead the way. I'm expecting this group of upperclassmen to rally around each other.
Erk Russell made the "Just One More Time" phrase famous at Georgia. It applies here.
It's the last time together for 15 or so starters. They want to go out a winner. Convinced of it! Nebraska's offense will attack Grantham's defense with a "Ground & Pound" plan. Expecting the Georgia defense to break down at some point. Worked for Alabama, right? The Cornhuskers will come at us with both the "Power Run" AND the "Option." Quarterback Taylor Martinez is a dangerous runner, which complicates things.
Got to play the run tough, especially on 1st down, because Grantham wants to put them in long yardage situations. Martinez has been a turnover machine. Get them in 2nd and long/3rd and long situations, where Martinez has to throw it around under pressure...and the 'Dogs defense can force 3-4 turnovers.
Nebraska's defense has struggled to stop quality running attacks. UCLA, Ohio State & Wisconsin all pounded them. Now they are concerned about handling Todd Gurley. Legit, right? Gurley has been a beast! But if they gang up against the Georgia running game, Murray carves them up. King and Mitchell go crazy with big plays.
I'm expecting a quality performance out of the 'Dogs. And a nice win. Something like 41-20 would be enjoyable.
LSU punter apparently failed 2nd drug test – suspended:
LSU sophomore punter Brad Wing will not play for the Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a source close to the situation confirmed Thursday. LSU is set to play Clemson in the game Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome.
Wing, a left-footed kicker from Melbourne, Australia, likely will be replaced by fellow Australian Jamie Keehn, a freshman from Queensland. LSU Coach Les Miles could not be reach for comment.
SEC dominates the bowls in the BCS era:
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I knew those bad investments would come in handy one day:
Tab Benoit --Shelter Me
Tab Benoit - Whole Lotta Soul
Tab Benoit - Midnight And Lonesome
TAB BENOIT - "MATCH BOX BLUES"
Innovation begins in the garage workshop: