Posted: 11:00 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Short takes: Georgia 45, Clemson 21 

By Jeff Schultz

Georgia running back Todd Gurley should be considered leading Heisman candidate. (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

Georgia running back Todd Gurley should be considered leading Heisman candidate. (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

Here’s my short takes on Georgia’s 45-21 win over Clemson Saturday night in Athens. My full column on the game can be found by clicking here.

1. Todd Gurley, Heisman favorite: I know this was only one game. I know he’s not a quarterback and he doesn’t play for a team that anybody was talking about as being a national championship contender. But how could anybody not consider Gurley as a Heisman favorite after his opening season performance against a pretty good team? The junior rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a fourth score in the Bulldogs’ win. Here’s what’s really scary. What happens when Keith Marshall (who looked slow coming off a torn ACL) gets going and wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley return to the lineup from injuries? This offense has the potential to be be among the most productive in the country. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, “Todd Gurley obviously is as good as it gets.”

2. Hutson Mason, game manager: No, the senior quarterback wasn’t great in the first home start of his career. But you know what he wasn’t? A mess. Mason didn’t fumble, didn’t throw an interception and was sacked only once. He completed 18 of  26 passes for only 131 yards and there were a few plays were he and his receivers seemed on different pages. But consider the backdrop, he’ll take this. “Our passing game in Week 1 is always a little funky,” he said. “You’re kind of jittery and anxious but it will only get better.” Mason will get better.

3. Defense didn’t pull apart: Georgia’s defense had a tendency to come apart under coordinator Todd Grantham, particularly in crucial and late-game situations. That wasn’t the case against Clemson. After taking a 21-14 lead in the second quarter, the Tigers went scoreless for the rest of their game. Their final nine possessions: seven punts, one missed field goal and one interception. This is a defense with a young and inexperienced secondary, so logic follows that it will only get better as the season goes on. This Clemson offense doesn’t have the firepower of last year’s team but it’s still Clemson, a program that always is loaded with talent. Pruitt was not made available for comment after the game. Coach Mark Richt said, “Defensively in the second half we took a little pressure off our corners by not playing as much man coverage. WE challenged our men inside to keep them from running the football and we got a lot of good (results). Jeremy did a good job making the change.”

 Some recent ramblings (free links)
– MyAJC: With Todd Gurley, possibilities are endless
– AJC: Cantor’s magic tallis has cure to Braves’ problems (on Fridays)
– AJC: Weekend Predictions (no lie): Dogs over Clemson
– MyAJC: Richt, Georgia need another highlight
– MyAJC: Braves CEO Terry McGuirk vows ‘Everybody accountable’
– MyAJC: Full Q&A with Braves CEO Terry McGuirk
– AJC: It’s ‘Sack Schultz’ time. Think you can grill me?
– MyAJC: If Tech wins, it will be with a better option
– MyAJC: Predicting Georgia Tech’s season, game-by-game
– AJC: On Braves, McGuirk and repairing baseball
– MyAJC: Baseball repair list: Pardon Rose, quicken pace, shorten season
– AJC: Braves find a groove, but so do Nationals
– MyAJC: Mike Tice has a challenge — and he knows it
– AJC: Bobby Petrino, Todd Grantham reportedly feuding already
– AJC: Falcons can survive without Baker, not others
– AJC: FSU No. 1, Georgia No. 12 in poll of insignificance
– MyAJC: Trent Miles trying to change attitudes at Georgia State
– AJC: With Braves six back, is ‘Fat Lady’ singing?
– MyAJC: B.J. Upton, Braves continue their zombie walk
– MyAJC: Cancer didn’t slow Michael Cooper
– AJC: Braves’ attendance reflects lack of confidence
– MyAJC: Falcons showing humility, lack of comfort — and that’s good
– AJC: Braves being hurt by shortage of leaders
– MyAJC: Can ‘Power 5′ conferences handle this power?
– AJC: Who’s most to blame for Braves’ fall? (vote in poll)
489 comments
CountryFirst
CountryFirst

I wish UGA would have had Celmson's field position....Gurley would have had 398 yards, Chubb 265 yards, Sony 264 yards!  Dang, we just had too good field position. Just Dang it!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA! UGA! Our defense is only going to get better. Just wait till Davin Bellamy gets back and Lorenzo Carter gets some more playing experience under his belt. We will have one of the best pass rushing duos in the country.,,drew...carter....Bellamy and floyd.

JaySly
JaySly

acc -- 1 good team and a bunch of lightweights---clempsin will win about 8 games and dabo will get anothr raise.

PTCommuter
PTCommuter

POA2014 - I  recommend that you either A. Don't start drinking so early or B. Check and see what medication is available for you.  At a minimum, read back over your post and then turn off the computer for a while.

POAD2014
POAD2014

WHO had More Illegal CHOP BLOCK penalties UGa or TECH? 

UGa 1

Tech 0

UGa fans still want to CRY about TECH trying to HURT players with illegal blocks?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

POAD2014

You obviously have a lot on your plate right now and I think you are overwhelmed. It does answer why you make some of the comments you make. Good luck and hopefully your future will become brighter.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Unless you back a team inside the 15 yard line , field position  really is not an issue if the other team can't stop you. You still only have to go 10 yards for a first down. The way Georgia was opening holes and our running Backs were going through them in the second half if we had started on the 20 each time instead of the 43 you could add another 50 to 100 yards to our yardage totals. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

The Difference in the second half and really in the game was the UGa Kicking and Punting teams.

Clem&sons was left with terrible field position the whole 2nd half and that limited the play calling.

Yes the D did a good job but that was really helped by Clem&sons starting inside their 18 or worse on every possession of the 2nd half.

grh0317
grh0317

Dawg 350 has already booked UGA at 15-0. What a clown that dog is.

grh0317
grh0317

Good win for the dogs..I would say that the dogs had better pray that the big

back doesn't go down as their quarterback isn't all that. He completed 130 yards

passing with no touchdowns. The big back has a history of injuries.

Peachs
Peachs

Running game complimented defense, Georgia had a mature game plan that kept the defense rested.

This is the second time in a year Jeremy Pruitt has demolished Clemson. He did it last year with FSU.He had Jimbo Fisher’s input on what he was doing this year. He will have the same advantage with Auburn unless they change something which I dealt they will. South Carolina is much depleted from last year but having the advantage of game film Spurrier may be a challenge to Pruitt and he won’t have a previous course on how to defend Spurrier from Fisher. I think Georgia wins because South Carolina doesn’t have the guns but it will be more interesting than it looks.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

So, if I am to understand this then, the Georgie tek fans both of them they have, are here again today on our UGA Sports' blog to say once again that they want to win every game, but will not really care one way or the other.  And, that they have no expectations from their team, either way either.


7-6 again, on NCAA Probation in Football again, all 2014-2015 season is not surprising to them.


But, hey we want to come in here and rain on your Todd Gurley II Parade, who also reeled off 4 Consecutive Touchdowns against your Defensive "Brain Trust" who could not figure out we would give the ball to him every single play of both over-times, and say hey don't get so excited.


Be like we Georgie tek fans : Just take the games one at a time, like we do and play like crud against Wofferd. 


And, then go on to the UGA Sports' blogs and tell all them how smart we are not surprised either way with our own team, and nothing to discuss therefore except for the team whose coach we're 1-12 against.


That about sum it up, then ?

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014  Tick....Tock....another 53 minutes closer to closing time....or is that the drip...drip...drip...of the IV that you refuse to care about.  Thank God that your father and friends have people around them that are no so self absorbed and OBSESSED with that FAR SUPERIOR UGA program.  They spend so much time quietly wondering why you CHOOSE to devote so much of your life to TROLLING while they have so little left...


Very sad.


Tick....Tock.....

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014  Once again you demonstrate your complete lack of football knowledge O Troll of sill names.  Wonder how Clemson "was left with terrible field position the whole 2nd half"?  Did the Field Position Fairies (friends of yours I'm sure) come down and randomly place the ball?  Did the refs cheat every time and fiendishly place the ball at the 18?  Did Clemson actually get the ball every time out to the 33 on every return but inflict a 15 yard penalty EVERY TIME to end up at the 18?


No...the Dawgs PUT Clemson inside the 18 EVERY possession.  It's called FIELD POSITION STRATEGY dimwit....and it was executed TO PERFECTION by the team that you are so OBSESSED with that you spend all your waking hours agonizing and posting whatever feeble negative snipes you can come up with.  How sad your life is that you would choose to waste so many hours in this meaningless pursuit when you could be spending those same hours at the side of the man you call your friend as he battles cancer.  Putting all the football rancor aside....how can you live with yourself making that choice EVERY DAY....how can you live with yourself making that choice RIGHT NOW?  It is truly sad...hopefully your "friend" will forgive you in his passing.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Least I'm not a tech fan....because then I would be moron! Hahaha! Wofford??? Hahahahaha

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Peachs 

@Peachs 


Our game plan was the same as Clemson's, keep the ball away from Todd Gurley II.  At half, Jeremy Pruitt told Mark Richt to cease with the 4-yard dinky passes.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@ThomasBrownUGA 

Yep.  I think that could be framed and put on the walls of most of the Techie TROLL caves.  Well done!

Grant1296
Grant1296

@OH-IO Like I asked your buddy Poad, Techeye...

Do you really think anyone clicks on your stupid links???

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@OH-IO  Why does a Techie GnaT post so much on a UGA page...and better yet....why does a Techie GnaT post so much about OSWho on a UGA page?  You know there is a reason no woman other than your poor drunk mommy has ever spoken to you.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986 your reading and comprehension is terrible.

You have no Idea how much time I spend with Sick friends and family you F..g Idiot.

My Dad has Cancer, A friend has Cancer and a friend had a Stroke. 

I took the Wheelchair Bound Stroke victim friend to the TECH game Saturday. We tailgated to meet all the Tech Bloggers(his friends), Walked/Carried him to My Seats, Got him back in his chair and pushed him back to the car. I took 1-4GT to probably his last ever Live Game at Bobby Dodd. 

I posted maybe 6 times from Friday to Sunday...so get a clue you A..hole. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheBigWally optimistic is one thing.....Being delusional every year since 1980 makes a person a clown. UGa has a good team(if Bobo can call good plays not all AIR Bozo) so they have a shot. Add in the pretty average schedule they have a great shot at the DOME. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350 yes TECH fans are not as BRITE as the GED holding UGa fanbase. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@ThomasBrownUGA No, that's not correct.  UGA had a BRILLIANT game plan...wear down Clemson on a hot night while rotating our backs and the ball to various receivers...keeping Gurley fresh for the second half (remember he did run a 100yd return...which tends to gas a guy for a while).  No way that this was an "accident" or driven by Pruitt...this was a game strategy from the outset (which is why we handed off to McKenzie and Sony on basically "end arounds"...to confuse and wear out a defense that hadn't seen much of that from us).

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 Hopefully God will look after your father and "friends" while you spend ENDLESS hours TROLLING these pages...EVERY DAY....not just over the past few days.  JUst because your soul is OBSESSED with a FAR SUPERIOR UGA program you think you can justify to yourself and those in need that you neglect.  You live a truly sad and perverse life...or lack of life.  Best wishes to your father and sick friends though...they have to deal with TWO cancers!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 You PERSONIFY being delusional...you spend your entire life OBSESSED with TROLLING the pages of that FAR SUPERIOR UGA program that haunts your every waking moment...all the while DELUDING yourself that all that time you waste on banal TROLL posting couldn't be more wisely spent with your dying dad and friends.  You are a sad angry insect....I pray to God that he is doing more to look after your loved ones while you are so self absorbed into your TROLLING.

Dawg350
Dawg350

You bring up Charleston Southern again and I'm going to make buckeyes1 cancel his date with you tonight. Hahaha!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014  Tick tock...tick tock....do you feel better about yourself now that you were able to cast aspersions onto people you will never really know...all the while your father and close friends just saw several minutes pass that you and they will never see again.  Very sad life you lead GnaT

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986 That is what I said and you poo pooed my statement. You sir are a fool and a comment THIEF.  

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986

What a JOKE of a human you are. 

"Friends"?

Why do so many MUTT fan do Homophobic comments? 

I think you are more SANDUSKY fans than you are dog fans.

UGa D still looks WEAK in the BACKEND.....SWANN was bad again. I guess you love how he plays on the BackEnd right?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986 call out GED350 he started it. You are so low class and just try to say something stupid to get a comment back.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 You said nothing of the sort.  I'd wager ten thousand dollars if any TRUE Dawg fan on here came forward and said they saw a post from you proclaiming that UGA had a BRILLIANT game plan.  Never happened, never will.  If you'd spend less time OBSESSING over the FAR SUPERIOR UGA program and more time carting around poor old Bernie, you might begin to reclaim a life.  But that will never happen either.  

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 Tick....tock....tick....tock....another 10 minutes that they will never see again...but I'm sure you are SO PROUD that you took so long to come up with what you would believe to be a witty response.  You CONTINUE to waste your lives and what little they have left OBSESSING over a FAR Superior UGA program....and yet you cannot explain why...not to anyone here...not even to yourself.  Your deeply rooted anger issues and self loathing are just too painful to admit...so you bury yourself in meaningless diatribes and attacks on an internet board of the fans of that program that you envy so much.  So much anger, so much jealousy...it must be terrible to keep all that going every day to fuel all these TROLL posts while you CHOOSE not to spend those moments with loved ones that are in need of help, in need of attention, in need of time.  Time that you would prefer to spend TROLLING here instead of comforting them.  For shame...perhaps God will look after them since you are too self absorbed and OBSESSED to do it.


Tick....Tock....Tick....

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 One big difference...he BELONGS here and you are merely a TROLL...OBSESSED with that FAR SUPERIOR UGA program that haunts your every waking moment.  It's hysterical that you call others stupid when you cannot even figure out when someone that YOU CALL a friend is here before you posting to you about how you are TRULY viewed by those who know you.  Trying to take Daddy to the Tulane game is great...but you and I BOTH know that you should be spending far more time with him than you spend on these pitiful TROLL comments you seem so proud to post.


Tick....Tock....soon he will be dust....and what will you have beyond your TROLL posts?

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986 the rotating of the skill players? I didn't say that?

Try reading again. Lite Brite Champ.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 Your very PRESENCE here as an unwanted TROLL belies the truth...that you are a deeply angry and self absorbed human being.


Tick....Tock....

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986 and YOU say WHO belongs on a JEFF SCHULTZ BLOG? Why and by what decree made you the Keeper of the Gate on SCHULTZ blogs? What do you get paid for that job? 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 You and 10 Million other people (with more football smarts) said that...scroll down the board and look at the TIMES I posted that same observation....or the times that scores of others posted that observation.  The point was that this was STRATEGY and not solely about "rotating players".  Voluntarily holding the best RB in the nation to very few carries in the first half is NOT just about rotating...it was a STRATEGY that included spreading the ball around on passes and end arounds to force the clemson defense to tire.  Didnt see any insight at all from TROLLS like you Poad....but I did think I saw you carrying dead Bernie down at that half filled stadium off North Ave.  So sad that you refuse to spend more time with all your dying people but as always, your self absorbed OBSESSION with that FAR SUPERIOR UGA program continues to dominate your meager existence.  So sad.  Maybe God is going to look after them since you clearly do not have the character to do so.


Tick...Tock....Tick....Tock.....

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TrueDawg1986

Again you can't READ........

This is a JEFF SCHULTZ Blog not a UGa blog.....

I think the PAYING people are happy both you and I are here. Again that is past your IQ level to understand.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 Nope....I do it for free.  Everyone on these pages knows you are nothing more than a butthurt Techie child that cannot deal with his deeply seated anger and jealousy of that FAR SUPERIOR UGA program that has STOMPED his GnaTs for decades.  What we didnt know is that you were so self absorbed, so OBSESSED that you would turn your back on your poor father as he lies dying of cancer while you spend hundreds of hours TROLLING.  I'm sure your dad is very proud that you CHOOSE to ignore him in his time of need...but then he always knew you were little more than a runt that wouldnt amount to anything.  Maybe that's why he had his way with you so many times that you would turn your back on him now in favor of yet more TROLLING.


Tick....Tock....Tick....Tock...

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 If only you weren't so busy TROLLING or carrying the undead around perhaps YOU might be able to enjoy life a little more.  Of course, with all those deeply seated Daddy hatred issues you carry around, you'll likely never be at peace until he is...which of course is coming ever so closer....hope not before the Tulane game.  Tick....Tock....Tick.....Tock.... 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@POAD2014 Since I've sold two companies in the digital space I quite understand how ad models work and since I also know several in leadership at AJC, including Ms. Glennon...I'm also acutely aware that the AJC is not making money on these free blogs/pages....no matter how many banal posts you make.  Their revenue model now hinges on getting people to sign up for the paying portion of the site.


Oh, but then again, you wouldn't understand complex business issues given that you never even attended college and have turned your back on countless dying "friends" just so that you can post drivel on the pages of the FAR SUPERIOR UGA program with which you are OBSESSED.


Tick....tock....tick....tock....another 45 minutes closer to the big dirt nap and what do you have to show for it?  More pain, angst and envy....what a life you CHOOSE to lead simply to be a TROLL.