• Season preview issue 2014
  • Trenton Thompson
  • Calvin Ridley

Dawg Treats – Friday

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Dawg News

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Augusta’s Border Bowl tomorrow

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The quarterbacks hope to use a spread offense to lead Georgia to a win against South Carolina, with some assistance from the likes of Mike McIntire of Lincoln County and Evans’ Jonquell Jones.

“If we beat them, we get to talk all we want,” Lampkin said.

Troxler said not only does the game offer a chance for bragging rights, but it is another opportunity for each player to impress any colleges. He said the game will be filmed so players can load plays to their highlight films on Hudl.

From his perspective, Troxler liked spending time in practice, which started on Saturday, learning and talking with other coaches. His staff includes Lakeside assistants and other area coaches: James Leonard from Aquinas, Grovetown’s Rodney Holder, Steve Hibbitts from Westside, Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes and Hephzibah’s John Bowen.

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Where is the defense in CFB?

Year Points Plays Tot. yds Yds/carry Comp. %
2013 29.6 71.8 412.6 4.47 59.8
2003 26.9 71.0 382.6 4.01 56.8
1993 24.4 70.5 371.2 3.98 55.1
1983 22.1 71.6 352.3 3.80 53.6
1973 21.0 70.5 323.6 3.85 47.2
1963 15.8 61.7 265.3 3.63 46.1
1953 17.1 60.3 268.2 3.92 42.8

Sources: NCAA football record book and 2013 NCAA football statistics

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McGarity sums up the program

Q: How do you feel about the overall athletic program?

A: “We’re in some choppy waters right now. We’ve got some areas where we’re not where we want to be. We’ve got issues we’re dealing with we wish we didn’t have to deal with. But you’ve got to be steady at the helm and realize you’ve got 15 head coaches. If you focus too much on one sport you’re not doing your due diligence and paying respect to your other sports. When you’re in turbulent times, your senior staff has got to be strong and confident and continue to do things the right way. I’m confident that we’ll come out of these tough times stronger and better. I’m confident that at some point and time we’ll be where we all want to be in our total program. We’re struggling a little bit right now. I’d be the first to admit that. But we’re going to keep working our tails off to make it all work.”

Q: Football and basketball aren’t doing well. Those are the ones you’re ultimately judged on, right?

A: “Those are your two most prominent sports and your chief revenue sports. There aren’t many other streams of revenue around here. Baseball and gymnastics generate revenue, but not enough to cover their expenses. I think there’s tremendous potential in baseball revenue and we’re already seeing some of that in our season ticket sales. They’re way ahead of where they’ve been in the past. So people are excited about it. Scott (Stricklin) has done such a great job in the community and he’s building up a lot of equity by just getting involved and promoting his sport. Head coaches have to be the chief promoter of their sport. We can do as much as we can with advertisements and marketing and promotions, but we’re all in the selling business. Every coach has to basically promote their program in community and develop a level of recognition and confidence and an atmosphere where people want to come and support us.”

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Wesley Green

“South Carolina and Georgia, those two are where he’s mostly leaning,” ML King’s Cortez Allen told the AJC.

“Auburn still has an offer out there for him, Alabama came back in on him, and Ole Miss is still there. So he still has other schools that have shown interest and that he talks to. But from what I understand, South Carolina and Georgia are the two schools he’s going to focus on.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder originally committed to South Carolina over Clemson last June, but backed off the pledge in September because he “wasn’t hearing much” from the Gamecocks. Green has heard an awful lot since then from South Carolina, which has held on and is now considered the co-leader. – See more at:

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Bobo likes unit’s depth

The 2013 season proved taxing for Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who left several games without key pieces he had at kickoff, but he sees an upside to it.

“A big positive is that we had a lot of guys play this year who you didn’t think might play,” Bobo said after the bowl. “These guys got experience that was valuable. It sucks that we lost five times, but for these guys to get in there and play and know that they can perform is going to help us with our depth.”

A quartet of first-year players, tailbacks J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas and receivers Reggie Davis and Jonathan Rumph, played significant minutes down the stretch as the injuries plagued veteran players. The offensive line stayed healthy during the regular season, but starting guards Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette went down during the bowl.

Brian Kublanow and Watts Dantzler became the starting guards in what could be the tandem moving forward since Lee and Burnette were seniors. The Bulldogs also are losing left tackle Kenarious Gates but have John Theus, Kolton Houston and Mark Beard back to vie for the two starting tackle spots.

“We’re going to, as always, have to figure out who the best five are,” Bobo said, “but I think we have a chance to be a little more physical up front. Having David Andrews back will be a big plus. I think he played great all year.”

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SEC and National News

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SEC still dominant

A total of ten SEC teams played in bowl games this year, amassing $52 million conference payout, the largest in college football. Those ten teams finished with seven victories, the most of any conference (the third loss was Georgia’s 24-19 defeat at the hands of Nebraska in the Gator Bowl). The seven winners had an average margin of victory of nearly two touchdowns.

The competition hardly kept up with that on-field dominance. The ACC had 11 bowl teams with a final postseason record of 5-6. The Big Ten’s seven teams went 2-5, and the Big 12′s six went 3-3. Only the Pac-12 came close to matching the SEC’s bowl record, with its nine bowl teams going 6-3. Yet while two of those Pac-12 bowl wins came over Mountain West teams, only one of the SEC’s victories was against a non-FBS opponent (Mississippi St. dismantled C-USA’s Rice in the Liberty Bowl).

 

And even more importantly, the SEC’s reign of dominance is far from over. In fact, the playoff system that replaces the BCS next year may actually make it even easier for the SEC to retake its throne. Unlike the current BCS rules, which limit each conference to a maximum of two teams in BCS bowl play, next year’s playoff bracket will feature the top four teams without considering conference affiliation. That means a deep conference like the SEC could regularly take multiple spots in the playoff bracket.

Had next year’s playoff rules been in place this season, both Alabama and Auburn would have been involved in the title hunt. Given the SEC’s postseason performances in recent seasons, the new format would appear to ensure the conference will have a better chance than most when it comes to placing a team in the title game. Last year both Alabama and Florida would have been in the mix; the year before it would have been Alabama and LSU. And it’s worth noting that if two SEC teams face off in a semi-final bowl, the conference would be ensured a team in the championship.

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Alabama fans are not thrilled about the prospect of Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator

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Dawg Treats

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Music by PanicFan

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Dave Weckl (born January 8, 1960) is an American jazz fusion drummer. Weckl attended Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, MO and graduated in 1978. He majored in jazz studies at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Starting out on the New York fusion scene in the early 1980s, Weckl soon found himself working with artists such as Paul SimonMadonnaGeorge BensonMichel CamiloRobert Plant and Anthony Jackson. His most famous early work though, where his popularity blossomed, was with the Chick Corea Elektric Band from 1985 to 1991.

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Just Groove Me (with Oz Noy)

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The Zone

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Actual Proof

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Tipatina’s (with Mike Stern’s band)

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Stuff

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Russian Ice Tunnel Crash

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V8 snowblower

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The self-drifting BMW

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Mrs Doubtfire recut as a horror movie

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What a great idea

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Who knew there were dragstrips in Iceland?

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The Finns are serious about hockey

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