- Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:02
- Author: Vance Leavy
Well Bulldog fans, it was certainly not the start we had all hoped for as our beloved team fell short at Clemson this past Saturday night. However the good news is there is zero time to sit around and belly ache. Steve Spurrier brings perhaps his best South Carolina team into Athens on Saturday and would love nothing more than to finish off Georgia’s hopes for a banner 2013 campaign.
That is why our cover states the obvious … Rally Call.
The scene at Clemson was electric. The Tiger fans were going nuts before, during and most certainly after the game. Now, are we as fans up for the challenge to get behind our team to help them earn a similar triumph versus the Gamecocks?
I sure hope so!
Don’t get me wrong I’m still smarting from the loss. It was devastating to see our team go down in a very similar fashion to other losses of the Mark Richt era. The bottom line is untimely turnovers, penalties, a special team gaffe and the inability to get key defensive stops makes winning close games nearly impossible. Without question, the Georgia coaching staff must do some quick soul-searching to remedy what I call junk football.
Clean up the little things that are paramount for a complete game or else 2013 is going to be over before it barely began.
Before looking closer at the task at hand, let’s look at what was encouraging from game one. Like we all knew, Todd Gurley is a beast running the football. A slight injury during the game, kept him from getting more carries according to Richt. I sure hope that is the case because otherwise it is just plain silly. While Aaron Murray had catastrophic turnovers, his numbers were extremely productive otherwise. Last week, in this space, I pleaded that his maturity would make him live to see another play. It didn’t shake out that way against Clemson, but a victory over South Carolina won’t be possible if #11 doesn’t have a short memory.
Defensively, this young team is definitely still a mystery. The return of Josh Harvey- Clemons will be huge. There were some good signs, but stopping the run is a huge concern after seeing how massive South Carolina’s offensive line looked last Thursday night. While I have plenty of 0-2 worries, what has me most concerned is how we as fans will represent on Saturday. Are we up for the challenge to get into Sanford Stadium early and establish the huge advantage a ruckus crowd provides? And even if something bad happens early, can we keep our composure to provide positive reinforcement for our team?
Dig deep Bulldog Nation. Our players need to feel our love. The road for a magical season definitely started with a harsh thud, but a 1-0 SEC record will erase the Clemson blues in record time.
No it won’t be easy with the masterful Bulldog destroyer Steve Spurrier licking his chops. And my goodness, leave it to Georgia to be lucky enough to get JaDeveon Clowney coming off probably his only lackluster game of his entire life. Still, I have faith that this Georgia team will pull it together for a performance that will have us smiling by the final whistle.
Let’s all band together to make Saturday a monumental about face. And lastly for our coaches it’s time for your own Rally Call. Please focus on the little things to help your players become a fundamentally sound team. This must happen!
I think that covers everything on my end, except for one last Rally Call and that goes to Malcolm Mitchell who will miss the rest of this season due to an ACL injury. Godspeed to him throughout his recovery. Keep your head up #26, the Bulldog Nation loves you!
See you on Saturday with your Rally Call face on!