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ImYourHuckleberry – A New Breed of Bulldog

Richard LeCounte and Kirby Smart
Richard LeCounte and Kirby Smart
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“And now, a new breed of Bulldog stands ready to take the field of Battle” ~ Larry Munson

After fifteen seasons of Mark Richt’s breed of Bulldog taking the field Between the Hedges Kirby Smart is bringing a new breed of Bulldog.  In the Class of 2017, the new breed of Bulldog he is looking for is clear as day and Sam Pittman says it best – UGA is looking for “freaks”. 

What makes a freak?  It’s a 6’4 348-pound offensive guard by the name of Netori Johnson that is a grown ass man at the age of 17 that can out-sprint guys that way 100 pounds less than him.  It’s a 5’11 178-pound safety named Richard Lecounte, III that has the ball skills of an elite wide receiver and brings the wood like a Mack truck.  It’s a linebacker named Nate McBride that runs a 10.5 100-meters at 220 pounds and a 6’2 wide-receiver with a 7’0 wingspan in Jeremiah Holloman.  These are four of the more notable “freaks” that UGA is hoping to land in the Class of 2017.

You can’t make a freak – these are young men born to play the game of football that also have the work ethic and desire to be great.  In order to compete for and win National Championship’s you need to have these freaks.  Look no further than the National Championship game last season that featured Alabama with Derrick Henry, Calvin Ridley and Reggie Ragland and Clemson with DeShaun Watson, Mitch Hyatt and Shaq Lawson.  Each of these players were not only the most talented football players on their respective teams but were also the players with the strongest work ethic.  Simply put, to win National Championships in college football you must have the horses.

UGA has been lucky enough to have a few of these freaks over the years.  Off the top of my head a few of those freak’s in recent memory are guys like Champ Bailey, David Pollack, Thomas Davis, A.J. Green, Jarvis Jones, Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb.  These young men led the Bulldogs to some very successful seasons but it wasn’t enough to get the Bulldogs over the top because a few freaks on a roster aren’t enough.

Teams that consistently compete for and win National Championships also have intense, passionate coaches who demand and expect perfection.   Not only can these coaches motivate players to run through a brick wall for them, but they can get them to run through the brick wall out of pure instinct without even asking.  Coaches like that create an environment where absolutely everyone elevates their game each and every day in the weight room, in practice and on Saturdays regardless of whether you are scout teamer or one of the freaks.  It’s an environment where you don’t get a hug from the head coach on the sideline after making an idiotic decision that costs your team the game, instead you get a the ass chewing of a lifetime.  It takes a coach with this kind of and intensity navigate the most difficult conference in the country and win National Championships.

I don’t want to take anything away from Mark Richt, who did fantastic things for the University of Georgia, but he was not that type of coach.  We don’t know yet if Kirby Smart will be that type of coach but the early signs are promising and he certainly learned from the best in Nick Saban.  That said, it won’t happen overnight and miracles rarely happen in college football.  UGA is unlikely to win the SEC East in 2016 despite an excited fanbases expectations and there will be bumps in the road both big and small.  However, I feel confident in saying The Process began under Coach Smart on December 7, 2015, the day he was introduced as Head Coach.  That Process is going to give UGA their best chance to win, win consistently and win big.

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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.

22 responses on “ImYourHuckleberry – A New Breed of Bulldog


    First time here Huck. But have Been reading you for along time. Well written to the point . And not sugar coated. If Dawg fans want the truth on an issue, they need to read your articles.

  2. CEPH

    IYH_BI Reddawg13 Malzahn had Marshall he did not have Cam Newton.  Newton was here for Cizik

  3. 6 decades dawg

    Always enjoy your articles. Thanks for sharing your insight. Can’t wait for the season to kick off. I’m definitely excited and expecting a great season. Looking forward to your future articles.

  4. IYH_BI

    Frankly I think the future is incredibly bright at UGA right now.  The brightest it has been since 2002 in my opinion.

  5. IYH_BI

    No, I don’t think we need a coach on the sideline who goes bananas like Will Muschamp but I think we need someone players fear. But you need a coach who will grab that player who makes a big stupid mistake that says “Son go sit your ass

  6. PTCDawg

    If the implication is that you have to get in the kids faces on TV to be a great coach, I totally reject that idea as there have been too many ultra-successful coaches through the years with Richts sideline demeanor, including his mentor. I do believe Kirby will have more success in Athens than Richt did but dont think it has anything to do with that.

  7. Rod1110

    Yeah you right Huck I don’t believe Tennessee gonna win the east but great article I like reading your blog

  8. IYH_BI

    DawgByte IYH_BI Rod1110  The #1 thing I want to see out of the team this year is for them to compete in every game and don’t have a let down where they get their doors blown off.  We have too much to not show up and get our doors blown off by Florida the last two seasons in our biggest rivalry game.

  9. DawgByte

    IYH_BI Rod1110 Agree! 
    We have talent in certain spots, but we have serious depth issues. We only have 79 scholarship athletes on the football team.
    I think the question we’re all wanting answered is the following: Can Kirby Smart and his staff take this team and get them to play inspired football by playing as a cohesive unit? 
    That’s where great coaching can make unusual things happen. It’s not an impossibility.

  10. IYH_BI

    Rod1110  There is no doubt the Bulldogs have talent and I believe that Kirby Smart will be able to get more of them then Richt did.  That said, I still think we are a year away from being the favorites to win the SEC East.

  11. IYH_BI

    Reddawg13  I’m not conceding, I’m just of the belief that it is not likely.  Also, Ohio State had an incredibly week schedule and Gus Malzahn had Cam Newton who is the biggest freak of them all!

  12. Rod1110

    Don’t count those dates out got leftover talents from Mark richt anything can happen don’t be surprised that why they played the game

  13. Reddawg13

    As bad as I hate Urban Meyer, he turned around OSU in one season and if not for probation may have played in the Natty. Hell even Malzahn did it. So, I am not ready to concede anything yet. “It Damn Sho Can Be Us!” “2017, The Year Of The Freak!”

  14. DawgDaddy

    Well done Huck!  I think CKS is the man to take up to the mountain top, with his recruiting abilities he will bring in the Freaks.