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From the Eagle’s Nest

By on November 15th, 2013 in Football 17 Comments »

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s – swaggercopter?! Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has a lot to offer any potential incoming recruits and this very well may be the coolest way to arrive in order plea his case for them to sign with the Aggies.  He refers to his go-to air transport as “swaggercopter.” Its biggest advantage is that it allows him to beat Houston-area traffic and attend high school football games with recruiting targets for the Aggies. Of course I’m sure it also doesn’t hurt when everyone at the game (players included) is treated to a grand entrance as the chopper arrives at its destination. Rumors have already begun to surface about Alabama countering A&M’s chopper by having Saban arrive to high-schools via a Star Destroyer.

(In)Famous Jameis? – Jameis Winston rape allegations surfaced this week in what has to be the story everyone saw coming but just didn’t know what exactly it would be about. I can’t help but think that Barack Obama had just been a decent college quarterback, we would have had that whole birth certificate fiasco figured out after 9-0 start and 7,125 College Gameday discussions. Tim Brando would be calling the Paul Finebaum show and predicting that Obama was in fact never born at all but instead was a self-aware robot from the future sent here to destroy health insurance policies. (We all know Brando loves himself some wacky predictions)

Now on to AU/UGA this weekend…

AU Defense Respects Aaron Murray – And how could they not? Even in Auburn’s most recent win against the Bulldogs (2010), Murray put up incredible numbers. The key for Auburn’s defensive front will be getting pressure on him and being able to rush 4 and cause disruption.

Nick Marshall’s Career come Full Circle – I am actually surprised that not more has been made of this fact. Especially with Marshall’s journey from another SEC team to JUCO program and then to Auburn is so similar to Cam Newton’s path. I do however, have full confidence that CBS will remedy this and provide plenty of coverage regarding Marshall’s departure from Georgia this weekend during their coverage. Maybe Verne will call in sick so he can stay home and watch his Crimson Tide play.

Georgia’s Defense Must Remain Disciplined – I can’t help but dream that with all of the focus this week squarely on Auburn’s running game that Malzahn will begin the transition to page 2 of his playbook and start throwing the football around a lot more. I don’t think this means Auburn will resemble a Mike Leach team this weekend, but it is worth noting that Auburn has been able to keep a lot of up their sleeve throughout this season.

Auburn Fullback Jay Prosch Makes Things Happen – Lining up across from this guy can’t be a pleasant experience.

Here is a good piece on Rodney Garner’s departure from Athens for The Plains and the man who has taken his place for the Bulldogs. With so much history at a program, it is always tough for a coach to move on to another job. I am glad that Garner’s move back to his Alma Mater seems to have caused little to no hard feelings amongst the Bulldog faithful which is truly testament to his character and the legacy he’s built coaching.

Auburn-Georgia #1 thing to watch in SEC this week – Nick Marshall vs Georgia is the number 4 thing to watch on this list, so if you aren’t interested in Auburn and Georgia playing at least check Nick Marshall playing against Georgia. Wait a minute, that doesn’t make any sense. Also don’t get ahead of yourself thinking that this is similar to the Alabama/LSU game from last week. ESPN wants to make sure everyone knows that this game is totally not that big of a deal and to suggest so would be tantamount to being someone smarter than a 5th grader.

Gabe Wright wants this win badly – It is sometimes easy to forget how close some of the players can be on opposing teams. Wright was thought by many to be a key addition to Georgia’s 2011 signing class known famously (or infamously so) as the ‘Dream Team’. Two years in, and dream is about the only thing that signing class has been able to accomplish for Georgia. Gabe Wright wants their dream to become a nightmare tomorrow in Jordan-Hare. 


  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:


  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Discipline and thUGAs D were used in the same sentence…bwahahahahahaha

    //obvs troll disabled//

    Sadly folks I’ve got a nasty little head cold. Happily it hasn’t put a damper on my Georgia-hate or my passion for my Tigers in this game.

    Gabe Wright–you and me baby, we want this win Badly. Most importantly, you gritty Tigers can pull this out! On Saturday, promise me that you won’t forget that. Ever. You’ve got this. We believe in you. Let’s kick some Dawg ass!!!!!

    WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:


      Ok, putting down the Red Bull for a moment. I am pumped about this game. It’s like the Iron Bowl B to our Iron Bowl A in a few weeks against Alabama. One at a time though, and this time it’s the car-chasers. And this time I think Auburn has got something special for the dawgs!


      War Eagle! Beat thUGA!!!

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I thought I would get an **s……I’ll remember to sensor myself in the future. I seem to have skipped around a lot of the ** this week 😉

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..My sympathies on the cold, and get well soon! I used to get flu/cold-type symptoms every year in my 20s-40s, when the weather first got cold. Tons of stuff to get done, and you feel like garbage. I remember Christmas morning 20 years ago, doing present-opening with a 102.5 degree fever, trying to help my toddler kids open more difficult presents. I remember that some collector Barbie (that was meant to be put on a shelf and not opened up..) was hideously difficult to get open with a pounding headache. That Barbie was definitely into bondage, as she was tied up in that package by about 30 zip-ties and blister-pack weirdness. And my 3 year old daughter was all, “Get her out NOW, daddy!”

      …..I’m not sure what’s different, these days. I’ve dodged the fall blues going on 6 or 7 years, now.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        Thanks! My 3 yo brought a cold back from preschool. I guess ‘sharing’ is a thing now and we should support it. Folks have been burning leaves and yard junk, trying to get ready for winter (we have already had our first snow)-so that doesn’t help. I’m in the middle of my busy lecture time and a grant deadline…so naturally, I get sick! Classic. Good news, it’s starting to drain out of my head; bad news is that’s it’s starting to drain out of my head. It will likely be water and hot tea for me for the immediate future. About to head to bed to prepare for tomorrow. (seriously people, game day is tomorrow. ToTM will be ready. Game face: on).

        Dude, you’re a trooper for unwrapping toddler toys with a nasty fever! Some of the packaging is flat out ridiculous! Little ToTM turns 4 next weekend….so I’m wondering how long it will take to liberate the birthday bounty! 🙂 good times.

        War Eagle!

        • wde1988 wde1988 says:

          Little tigers are well known chemical/biological factories. You can’t do anything about it but endure it.

          I hope you feel better. Enjoy the game!

          WAR EAGLE!

  3. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Very interesting article on how UGA fairs against the zone read. Apprently they give up 9.3 yards per rush outsdie the tackle box on the zone read, where AU is the best outside the tackle running team in the nation.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Something that I’ve been wondering:

      Everyone has been saying that Georgia’s run D is the toughest that we’ve seen all year (true-not arguing that), BUT something that I haven’t really seen discussed is: how good were thUGA’s opponents’ running games. Has Georgia been faced with an Offense like ours (or at least close) yet?? Numbers and stats are great, but when you don’t weigh (or normalize if you will) for the level of play, how telling are these numbers anyway??

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Georgia has played cupcakes. They’ve played Clempsin, LSwho, the New Tigers, the Shamecocks, the Dores (we are leaving Florida out of the discussion this year for obvs reasons)……but out of those foes who runs the ball like we do??

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..LSU lined up heavy and went after Georgia between the tackles, and had some success. Offensive style-wise, the closest team to what Auburn does that Georgia has faced would be Clemson. The Carolina Tigers ripped Georgia up for 467 total yards in a 38-35 win, but they did it with a more balanced attack featuring senior QB Tajh Boyd. Still Clemson has some similar offensive foundations in the wing-T.

        …..Georgia’s defense was really green coming out of the gate this year, but has improved steadily. Like Tennessee, they’ll try to pack the middle and keep Tre Mason at bay. They’ll concede some zone-read keeper outside, and just try to gang up and hit the QB hard at the end of the run.

        …..Todd Grantham may be a jackass (the language this week is contagious!), but he’s a pretty smart defensive coordinator. He’ll do some fire-zones and corner blitzes and such, to try and disrupt Auburn’s offense and create second/third and longs.

        • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

          I was thinking that Clemson (offensively) looked a lot like us…..true though, that a direct comparison would be tough given the growth of both teams during the season. It’s gonna be a nail biter of a good game! Good stuff, Acid.

  4. dabble says:

    AU is gonna win. We will be able to outscore them. Our running game will wear them down.
    open with the pass. close with the pound.