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November 4, 2011

Consider 2012 for a moment

Given the slow pace of this week with the expected beat down of New Mexico State, I just wanted to mention the following....

In 2012, Georgia returns 9 of 11 starters on defense including 20 of 22 on the two deep.  We only lose Tyson and Boykin.

On offense, we should return 7 or 8 depending on what Orson Charles decides to do. We lose three long time starters on the offensive line, and we lose Bruce Figgins.  By my count, there's only one other senior (Aron White) on the entire offensive two deep.  That's the most returning talent I can remember.

Losing Butler and Walsh will mean less experience at the specialists positions, but it doesn't necessarily mean a downgrade from FG production that we've seen this year.  Punter will likely drop off, but we've always had good punters.

Additionally, there's a reasonably high probability that the 2012 schedule will weaken.  The rotational assignment for cross division play will change with the addition of Texas A&M and likely Missouri. Even if the SEC goes to nine conference games, the odds are better than average that we will not rotate into Bama or LSU next year.  Swapping Bama (on the road) for Missouri (anywhere in the universe) certainly increases our chances of making the SEC title game.

I would feel much better about our chances of making a big run next year if we see a mammoth Juco OT commit and potentially the move of Artie Lynch to OT.  We just need to shore up the OT position so we're not relying on FR.  Otherwise, I really like the make up of this team going forward.

Hope has returned to the Georgia Sports Blog.



stick jackson said...

... and there was much rejoicing in the land.

OL depth and returning to the Golden Age of Kick-Off Coverage that lasted from Fabris' departure to this year -- during which we somehow rediscovered the magical ability to kick it two yards deep and then run down and tackle the guy on or before the the 23, like, you know, EVERY OTHER TEAM IN ORGANIZED FOOTBALL -- would seem to be the keys.

Anonymous said...

But the world is gonna end before the NC game duh. Haha

Anonymous said...


lol... ;-)

doofusdawg said...

is there any chance lynch moves to tackle...

Anonymous said...

stick jackson,

That is spot on and funny as hell. Good work.

Dawgfan Will said...

If I was a tight end and had the chance to move over to OT, especially LT? Wow. Think about the pay upgrade in the pros.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back PWD.

Anonymous said...

Need to add some more RB's. Not sure the current group is going to be on the team much longer and if they are not sure they are going to get it done next year.

Paul Westerdawg said...

anon 7:29 am,

I agree on the RB front. We need a guy like Keith Marshall. Marshall would push Isaiah, and that would go along way towards resolving many of the issues we have now.

Isaiah just needs to someone to compete with.

I'd also be pretty happy with another big DT. We're really light on young DTs right now. Thornton is undersized and Kwame is NFL eligible *this* season. I'd be pleasantly surprised if he was here all 5 years.

Realistically, we need players all over the field.

PS -- Kent Turene recommitting is a really big deal. I was told that Grantham told one of our beat writers something to the effect of..."Anyone that thinks that kid is a 3 star player has no idea what he's talking about."

They are very high on him.

Anonymous said...

As long as UGA plays a weak or weaker schedule, with very, very few ranked teams, the Dawgs will be fine. Next year, again, we will have great talent and that is the reason UGA is winning now and why they will win next year. Great talent with avg. coaching ( except Def.)

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