For UGA’s defense, it’s a spring cleaning

Ray Drew, shown sacking a Volunteer. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Ray Drew, shown sacking a Volunteer. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Ray Drew, shown sacking a Volunteer. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Ray Drew, shown sacking a Volunteer. (Jason Getz/AJC)

ATHENS

“Change can be a good thing,” Georgia defensive end Ray Drew said Wednesday, “or it can be a bad thing. We’ll see this upcoming season.”

The guess here is that change — from defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, now of Louisville, to Jeremy Pruitt, lately of BCS champ Florida State — is among the best things that could have happened to Georgia football. Grantham wasn’t the world’s worst DC, but his defenses hadn’t been as good as their personnel the past two seasons. Now a ring-bearing new man gets to try.

As coach Mark Richt said, speaking at the Bulldogs’ pre-spring practice media convocation: “The energy level is good in our building right now.”

Said Drew: “There’s a fresh slate. There’s a different attitude. There’s a little different mindset. Players have the chance to reinvent themselves, to become the player they want to be.”

Said cornerback Damian Swann: “Having the new staff has given a lot of guys a fresh start. The competition level (in spring drills) is going to be very high because of the new staff.”

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tneck
tneck

Just because you have most starters back on defense doesn't mean you will have a good defense.  They were poor last year, no reason to think they will be any better this year. Time will tell how good this staff is at working with them.  We need better recruits.  Recruiting has been way down for Georgia.  Time to step up.  Get on it for 2015, we have to have a great class in order to compete.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Sorry to see your redneck games have been cancelled, 350. 

TeddyJackEddy
TeddyJackEddy

Pruitt hasmore in  common with VanGorder than Grantham. He wants leaner, swarming defense.


PS. Are these lazy SOBs ever going to fix their software ? It's like typing on an old type writer with every other key sticking. It's very bush league.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

I wonder if 350 was the arrest for trespassing  at Bieber's house. He seems like he'd be a Belieber, you know?

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

I check the blogs and then come back 3 days later and check them again and it is still the same sad bunch of tech misfits trolling all day long. Don't you guys have any life at all? You are pathetic. If you are unemployed or retired then go volunteer at a local hospital or community center,  There is a whole world out there.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TheOldGuy Oh I see, you can post on here but some of us cant. And i assume you are now a pathetic misfit who has no life, welcome aboard!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TheOldGuy I guess 350 is a pathetic misfit with no life, OK he can join us too.

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will finish 14-0! Book it! The Pruitt effect has began!

Contractor1
Contractor1

@Dawg350 I think the Dawgs will actually finish 18-0.  You forgot to add the Spring game in there and once they dominate college football they'll play, and beat a few NFL teams.

monty1
monty1

No more defensive players looking to the sideline 1 second before the ball is hiked to get their schemes. No more defensive backs running with the receiver and never getting their heads turned to look for the ball. YAY!

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

Georgia will play good defense in 2014. It may not be the championship-level defense we've been waiting for years to see, but it will at least be a solid one. Here are three reasons why...

- Upgraded coaching at all levels, with the possible exception of the defensive line. I was a big Chris Wilson fan, though Tracy Rocker has a great track record of putting together strong SEC defensive lines, so it should be a lateral move at worst.

- The new look will make our defense tougher for offenses to game-plan for. Don't underestimate the effect of this. Even Grantham's first defense, despite all the problems he inherited from Willie, was better than the last two. I liken this to a pitcher who can dominate the first time through the batting order because opposing batters don't know what to look for.

- Nine returning starters. This was the only reason to have optimism about the defense in 2014 before Grantham and Co. hit the road. Now, with highly decorated coaching staff, there's no reason not to expect these returnees to take a major step forward.

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

@DawgGoneIt I'm counting Garrison Smith and Josh-Harvey Clemons as the starters lost. Certainly we have a lot more than nine guys who have started in their careers due to injuries or suspensions, though. I love our experienced depth on that side of the ball.

KOREY
KOREY

Suck it Willie

godawg
godawg

"...what a new psychology paper has to say about the personalities of trolls.'


http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html


"...people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others)."


Y'all are some SICK bugs...seek help


TU
TU

@godawg  I think you are describing my boss!


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@godawg Very impressive post, so i guess i am considered part of the Dark Tetrad? I kind of like that.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ARdawg you don't even know anything about me so you have know idea what you are talking about as usual.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@godawg  by that definition pretty much everybody that is on any social network, post a VENT or blog have this "Disorder".

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@POAD2013

I know from other post on the AJC that you wear white sheets with pointy hats!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@godawg I have been telling these folks this for way over a year now.  There is no way that going to another team's blog only to post derogatory crap is anywhere near normal.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

The AJC writers are the only ones in the state that do not have the goods from the coaches and players from yesterday's media interviews. This from the largest paper in Georgia. At least Bradley got a tidbit on here. Everyone already knows that the D will start fresh, the real news from yesterday was that Theus is starting LT for UGA. Maybe he got off his butt and got in shape. Richt says Gurley II not 100%, so limited spring for him. Marshall:out, Scott-Wesley:out, Malcolm Mitchell: Drills, but no contact. Quayvon to TE. 


I read this into what we heard yesterday, The reason Beard wanted to transfer is that Theus will start at LT. Houston will start at RT, per Bobo. Pyke, Kublanow, Dantzler at guard spots. I am in hopes of two important things here, I hope that Theus is working out and practicing with purpose for 2014, instead of being at the lake so much. I hope Gurley II can get back into the kind of cardio shape he was in 2012. His being winded was just as hurtful as his injuries. Richt says he is limited, Bobo says he is going to push him in spring. Which is which? 


Coach Pruitt says there are target weights for the D Linemen, says do not need 340 to 350 pounders, want the linemen quicker. Will Friend needs to take heed. I am sure that Gurley's work will fall somewhere between what Richt said and what Bobo said. J.J. Green may be next Bruce Thornton! Richt also said Reggie Wilkerson looking good after matt drills.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ColumbusDawg I thought Theus was already a starter, still a lot of your specialty players are healing up. But hopefully they will come out strong when your regular season gets going.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@ColumbusDawg Good stuff Columbus. It was also reported that Beard will be getting a lot of work at guard. And, apparently, Theus has been the star of mat drills so far and the lightbulb has come on

SimpleDawg
SimpleDawg

@ColumbusDawg I hope that Theus and Houston are better than they were last year. Beasley and Crawford of Clemson, and Sam and Ealey of Mizzou ate them alive. Matter of fact, both looked bad in most games.


If Gates was our best LT, we're in trouble.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

@DawginLex @ColumbusDawg That is good news about Theus, that makes me think we might actually have an OL this season!
 @gtcaryd, Theus has been the starter at RIGHT TACKLE.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@DawginLex @ColumbusDawgTheus was still recovering from his ankle evn into preseason last year.  He was out of shape ( by his own admission) because he was limited in what he could do as far as running and other workouts.  He kept the RT spot due to his experience and sheer talent.  His conditioning seriously effected his quickness.  He was beaten by speed rushers that took a wide angle because his slow footwork was noticeable on tape.  He sounded embarrassed when interviewed late in the year ( after GT?)  Humiliation can be a pretty strong motivator.  Looks like he has challenged himself and that is what you want.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Between 350 and nc I'm feeling like Moist. Think I'm gonna hurl. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

That whole school and team needs a colonoscopy.

HotDawg
HotDawg

You're classless trash poad.

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

@gtcaryd That's rich.....just consider his screen name...yea that screams class...

kerryb
kerryb

@POAD2013  TOAD at it again.  Your team needs an enema.  That might make there slow behinds play faster.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginLex @gtcaryd@POAD2013Although from time to time he actually has a post that is entertaining, but basically he is obnoxious and arrogant. As Bart would say, Go for it dude! Thats crossing the line when you bring kids up.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@gtcaryd @DawginLex@POAD2013 She doesn't attend UGA


He knows she is in med school. That's the sad part about him. He knew better but his UGA hatred defines his life

DawginLex
DawginLex

@POAD2013 @DawginLex an hour later, and you still won't admit you messed up


I made a comment about my blog handle, picking at you saying I would change my handle to POAN24/7


You respond back by making a slimeball. lowlife comment about my kid


Then you try and blame me


You are to be pitied. I seriously feel sorry for you if you are that stupid

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginLex @POAD2013I just now figured out what the N was for, and he said you started it with that? Nerd, what an awful thing to say. Good Grief!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginLex @POAD2013Yea, I dont think he is going to do it. I think he might be a Yankee, you realize they know everything.