Nightmare in Nashville
Georgia’s trip to Vanderbilt resulted in pure terror for Bulldog Nation. The encounter between the Bulldogs and Commodores turned disastrous in the fourth quarter, as the Dawgs gave up a 13 point lead in the final frame. UGA fell to Vanderbilt by a final score of 31-27.
Special Teams Miscue Recapped
Georgia’s special teams woes continued to haunt them in week eight. The Bulldogs were leading by three with less than three minutes to go in the football game. The Dawgs were forced to punt, but the punter never got an opportunity to kick the ball away. For the second time this season, a botched special teams snap contributed to UGA losing.
Aaron Murray: Countless Records, Zero Championships
The worst part of Georgia’s lackluster performance against Vandy was the season altering implications attached to it. When Georgia finished September 3-1, Bulldog Nation was poised to compete for a championship. The month of Halloween has altered the course of Georgia’s voyage completely. Instead of sailing towards the SEC championship, the Dawgs are 1-2 in October. The Bulldog boat is barely afloat.
With the injury list mounting, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had one of the least productive outings of his Georgia career. The fifth-year signal caller managed only 114 yards through the air, and did not throw a touchdown pass. The silver lining for the senior Bulldog is he surpassed Tim Tebow for the most total yards in Southeastern Conference history.
Dear Georgia Coaching Staff, Hire a Special Teams Coach, Now.
On the first day of 2013, SB Nation reported the Bulldogs would not hire a special teams coach for the 2013 season. Furthermore, Georgia head coach Mark Richt stated he would educate himself more on the fundamentals of kicking, to help out with that aspect of the game.
Allow me to pose a question. Does the long snapper hiking the football back to the kicker constitute fundamental? If so, UGA’s head coach needs to go back to the drawing board.
I love Coach Richt, and my faith in Georgia football will not be shaken. However, it is time to hire a special teams coach. The Dawgs have had bad snaps, blocked kicks, and an overarching issue with the kicking game all season long. If I were UGA athletic director Greg McGarity, hiring a special teams coach would be a demand, not a request.
Mercifully, the Dawgs have an extra week to get up off the mat. Following the bye, Georgia will travel to Jacksonville for a game against the equally reeling Florida Gators.