Beautiful Day for Football

Aaron Murray and the black team defeated the red team ‘Tween the Hedges of Sanford Stadium today, under sunny skies and a strong breeze. Murray continued to show improving poise and put up impressive numbers. Though he was UGA’s statistically greatest freshman QB of all-time and 2nd best in SEC history, the Dawgs stumbled to 6-7 last season due to an inability to finish strong in 4th quarters of close contests. Here’s hoping that his experience transfers to some big wins on the field this season. Backup quarterback Hutson Mason of Lassiter High played well enough for the red side to keep the game close. Overall, UGA looked markedly improved on defense, especially at linebacker – where USC transfer Jarvis Jones and converted safety Alec Ogletree have added a swarming speed quality to a unit that struggled last season. Kwame Geathers was a beast at noseguard, and the arrival of Mountain John Jenkins this summer should ensure noseguard depth and dominance – key to executing the 3-4 defense effectively.  Ken Malcome ran hard and Caleb King showed a few flashes, but nothing I saw today convinced me that Crowell will not be our number one tailback to start the season against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. The rest of the dream team may be more utility than necessity, as returning talent was evident today at most positions. I especially enjoyed seeing Branden Smith get the ball more on offense and the obvious improvements from Tavarres King at receiver and Orson Charles at tight end/receiver.  I expect a minimum of ten wins and an SEC East title in 2011. GO DAWGS!