Chat with David Ching
Welcome to DawgNation! On Wednesday, reporter David Ching stops by to chat about the state of Georgia football.
Ching joined ESPN.com in 2011 after six years covering Georgia for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and Athens Banner-Herald. He lives in Athens, Ga.
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David Ching (12:02 PM)
What's up everybody? Long time no chat. Let's get started.
Do you think that we're overlooking the game against Missouri? I know they don't have a explosive offense like Clemson or South Carolina, but I feel like James Franklin could potentially cause havoc with our young secondary.
David Ching (12:03 PM)
You could be right there. It's natural to look at the games against the more traditional rivals first, and I think Mizzou could be a tougher out than it's getting credit for. Not sure that the big concern with Franklin is him beating the young secondary. He's not the world's greatest thrower. It's simply containing him. Plus, he's got some pretty good skill talent around him.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
How do you think that Georgia will do in College Football in 2013?
David Ching (12:06 PM)
Absolute worst case seems like about 8-4 to me. I think it's a team that could go 10-2, 11-1 and win the SEC East and maybe even the conference if it gets off to a fast start. The first month is crucial. We'll pretty much know the answer to that question by Oct. 1...or at least have a MUCH clearer idea.
Hey David. Any cause for concern about the injury bug this year? It sounds to me like they are stacking up against us
David Ching (12:07 PM)
I guess it should be cause for mild concern. The secondary in particular needs to be building some continuity with practice reps and some key guys have been missing a lot of practice time. I don't think there's much in the way of major injuries, but it's kind of compounding into a small problem right now.
Do you think we could have a silent commit and is that the reason Glass decommitted?
David Ching (12:09 PM)
No clue. I've never heard more whispers about a kid decommitting than I had over him in the last year or so. It could just be that his commitment was never that solid. But I don't know what made him finally decide to officially make that step.
Do we really believe that all these Ga injuries are as serious as they want us to believe?
David Ching (12:10 PM)
Who are they? I don't think they're terribly serious except that there are so many concentrated into one segment.
Rick (Oconee Co.)
There are reports that Keith Marshall has put on some weight this offseason. Does he still have the same burst and speed or has he lost a step with the bulk?
David Ching (12:11 PM)
Yeah, I discussed that with him. I don't recall exactly what he said he weighs now, but he's definitely added some size. I'd guess he might be in the 215-220 range now? Anyway, he said he worked specifically to gain some size and remain flexible and just as fast and he feels like he has.
shanahan [via mobile]
if we have all of our secondary back in time for the clemson game, how do you see us winning the game, if you even see if winning the game.
David Ching (12:13 PM)
I've always expected Georgia to win that game because I think Georgia is the better football team. As long as the defense is just serviceable -- and there is certainly no guarantee that it will be -- I don't see Clemson's defense doing enough against Aaron Murray and co. to win. Georgia might have to outscore them, though. I'd probably bet the over.
David Ching (12:13 PM)
I'd imagine most will be back by next week. Clemson's secondary is dealing with the same issues.
David, UGA's DBs being injured and unable to practice does not bode well for Clemson game. This game could get away from us real fast!! Are these guys just banged up and in need a few more days rest with plans to return next week or are we in serious trouble here?
David Ching (12:14 PM)
whoops. meant to post harkle's question before my response. sorry about that harkle.
Is Clemson's offense expected to take a step back at all having lost a top RB, WR & TE to the draft? Or is our green
David Ching (12:15 PM)
Nobody's really talking about that because they still have Watkins and other good players at WR and Boyd under center, but Hopkins and Ellington were REALLY good players. You'd have to think they don't pick up exactly where they left off at the end of last season. I'm sure they have no shortage of talented replacements, but it's not always Game 1 where they're ready to be great.
JIM AL [via mobile]
Does Georgia stay in the top ten with a competitive loss to clemson
David Ching (12:17 PM)
Depends on who else loses. I'd think they would remain around the top 10. Maybe 8-10, maybe 11-13. Probably wouldn't drop too terribly far.
Greg (Savannah, Ga)
David, any word yet on the kicking situation? if Morgan is suspended who's next in line and what credentials do they have?
David Ching (12:19 PM)
Not gonna be any word if I have to guess. I don't think he'll play against Clemson. We haven't been allowed to talk to specialists this preseason, so I'm not exactly sure who has done what. Adam Erickson is a guy who can handle it and he's played some already, so it might be him. But I'm not sure.
Leverett (Raleigh, NC)
What's going on with all the injuries in the secondary? All the injuries in the secondary worry me. Will Tray Matthews be able to play? What about the other players who are injured in the secondary? Are there any players who will not be ready? Thanks.
David Ching (12:21 PM)
I tend to think Tray Matthews will be back at practice by game week. I'd think that Sheldon Dawson will be, too. The one I'm less clear about is Corey Moore.
Sam (Washington, DC)
With all of the injuries leading up to the Clemson game, is there any talk of laying off the hitting for now? I mean, I'm pretty sure the guys will fair pretty well if they can shake off some of the soreness....haha.
David Ching (12:23 PM)
Little too late for that. We're only a couple days from them moving into their game-week routine. They'll beat up on some scout team guys tonight and then have a special teams/situational practice on Thursday. That should provide a little more time for them to heal up.
Who do you think will be starting in the secondary come game day?
David Ching (12:24 PM)
Swann in the nickel, Dawson, Norman, Matthews. Possibly either Wiggins or Langley at the other corner.
David (Kent, OH)
Is Leonard Floyd really going to be as good as advertised? This is the same kind of chatter I remember hearing guys saying about Gurley this time last year...
David Ching (12:26 PM)
It's not quite on the Gurley level, but it's evident that he has impressed everyone. Seriously, everyone. Richt singled him out recently over his effort in practice and he's apparently already one of their best pass rushers. I think he'll make an impact immediately, but I am not projecting some kind of Gurley-like breakout season.
So are UGA and Clemson trying to renew their rivalry? Seems like this matchup would be good for years to come
David Ching (12:27 PM)
Well, they play in Athens next year. But I'm not sure that it will happen regularly beyond that. The ACC is expanding its conference schedule and I'm not sure there will be consistent slots on the schedule for them to continue this rivalry and UGA-GT.
David (Kent, OH)
I think this offense has 2008 Oklahoma potential. The tight ends can split out and catch passes in the slot as well as block from traditional tight end roles. The backs can also split into the slot and catch passes. Both of those allow an offense to run power and spread sets with the same personnel on the field, creating nightmares for a defense. Thoughts?
David Ching (12:29 PM)
The 2008 Oklahoma offense was the highest-scoring offense EVER, right? I'm not gonna go that far. But I think they have all the tools in place to put up a ton of points and maybe even break last season's school scoring record. Good backfield depth, a ton of talented WRs, two good TEs, a veteran QB and an experienced OL. That's a great combination. I think this bunch should be a lot of fun to watch.
Josh (Cincy, OH)
David, good getting to chat with you again, do you think any of the injuries on the defensive side of the ball will carry into week one with missed playing time, or is UGA being very careful?
David Ching (12:31 PM)
I think they're just being cautious for the most part. Like Richt mentioned yesterday, though, some of the injured guys haven't been practicing for a while. Probably not the greatest idea to stick them in for a ton of reps during game week when they've been gone for so long. They're definitely going to have to juggle things carefully for a bit over the next week or two.
Adam (Ocala, Fl)
Is Keyon Brown still planning on announcing his commitment on his birthday in late September?
David Ching (12:32 PM)
Not sure on that one. Hit my buddy Radi Nabulsi on Twitter and ask him. I bet he'll know.
Charles (Cartersville, GA)
We know the dangers of the first two weeks. If we play well and get through those, where do you see the next potential pitfalls?
David Ching (12:34 PM)
I wouldn't be surprised if LSU is the highest-ranked UGA opponent at the end of the season. They might be getting overlooked just a little too much for my tastes -- probably because of all the players they lost to the NFL. But the cupboard definitely isn't bare down there.
David (Kent, OH)
All we're hearing about is how Clemson is going to pick apart our young, depleted secondary. Clemson has the exact same issues, don't they? Doesn't our offense actually have more proven weapons than theirs?
David Ching (12:35 PM)
I think so. Clemson's defense is dealing with exactly the same issues, except that they might not have lost quite as many pro-level players off a defense that was not as talented from last season. I can't help but think Georgia will be able to have its way throwing against Clemson's defense.
In many articles/reports, I have seen many analysts picking Clemson over UGA and/or USC over UGA, but almost everyone says UGA over LSU. What are the reasons analysts are lacking confidence against the first two teams, but have more confidence in beating LSU?
David Ching (12:36 PM)
I don't really get that, either. I suppose it's because Clemson is on the road and because SC has won three in a row in the series. LSU is going to be every bit as difficult as those two IMO.
Chandler (LA )
Is there a team on our schedule that might give us a scare excluding Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and Florida?
David Ching (12:37 PM)
Mizzou maybe? And I guess games at Tennessee and Vanderbilt aren't exactly givens. The schedule beyond those four you mentioned all seem like games Georgia should win to me.
nick (washington dc.)
if J.J.green doesn't become our third string running back, what other position will he be available to play, and do you think he will be on special teams this year?
David Ching (12:39 PM)
From what he said recently, he's playing RB pretty much exclusively. He said he can still shift over to a WR role at times, but he views himself as an RB. And yeah, I do expect to see him play as a return man at some point.
Jeff (Winston Salem, NC)
I know '13 yet to kick off but that '14 schedule released today looks very favorable to the Dawgs. Would think strong favorite next year unless substantial injuries.
David Ching (12:41 PM)
It does look good for Georgia. Getting Arkansas instead of Alabama is a gift from above. Bye weeks before South Carolina and Florida. One down side is that there is a six-week stretch in the middle of the season without a single home date. It's a good home ticket though. Auburn, GT, Clemson, Tennessee, Vandy all coming to Athens. That's Georgia's best home schedule in years.
nick (washington dc.)
Do you think Georgia has a chance to pickup Elijah Hood after he decommited from Notre Dame?
David Ching (12:42 PM)
No, and I don't think that's the position they need to address now, anyway, with Michel and Chubb on the commitment list. Sounds like he's heading to UNC.
Leverett (Raleigh, NC)
Any new developments with recruiting?
David Ching (12:43 PM)
I've been caught up in preseason practice lately, so recruiting has kind of been on the back burner.
Derek (Athens, GA)
How do you think the UGA/FL game shapes up this year? Should we expect to see more than one TD this year? I'm just not well versed in what UF's defense looks like.
David Ching (12:44 PM)
Florida's defense is still going to be really good. I'm just not sold that their offense is going to be any better. Georgia looks like the better team on paper to me.
With Glass de-committing what remaining high-level defensive prospects can we maybe expect to see playing between the hedges. Also, is there room for another RB in the 14 class now that Elijah Hood decommitted? I know he previously liked UGA.
David Ching (12:46 PM)
I'd think Georgia goes defense heavy with most of the remaining slots. Still think they might land Keyon Brown. And I still think there's a handful of big fish that they'll keep chasing...like McMillan, Carter, Shaw, etc.
My theory is that we're going to see a ton of Gurshall in the Clemson game - kind of like the Tech game in 2009. Like saying, "we know you have a great offense, but you can't win if they're not on the field, and to do that, you have to stop our running game first." What do you think?
David Ching (12:48 PM)
That makes a lot of sense. But if they break a long one -- and those two are pretty good at doing that, as is the rest of the offense -- it's hard to eat clock. Plus, Clemson's defense last year was way better against the run than it was the pass. I think you take what you can get and make them try to score with you. Georgia would eventually win that war of attrition IMO.
What would it take to walk-on to a program like UGA?
David Ching (12:52 PM)
Lots and lots of time and a willingness to face a lot of physical strain for little attention. If you're interested, look up Joe Tereshinski in the UGA online directory and touch base with him. He can spell out the requirements for you.
Sam (Washington, DC)
David, I'm very excited for the Dawgs this season and almost feel with reading the level of commitment the majority has put into their offseason planning that this just may be UGA's time. Having said that, with the Nick Glass decommit...do you think we will experience any others following suit since it "appears" that he assisted in getting some of them onboard?
David Ching (12:53 PM)
Maybe, although I'm not sure his departure would be the reason why. It's a long time until signing day. That stuff happens. Let's see how the season plays out. If they have a good fall, I'd think signing day would be a pretty happy one.
I keep reading about the secondary and how everyone is concerned with that but, I remember 300plus yards of rushing against Alabama. How will the D-line do and will we get any push and pressure from the NT position?
David Ching (12:56 PM)
That's a great question. I know they like Thornton -- seems like a really good kid -- but I've seen other guys work at nose with the first team. I think I'm most intrigued by how much Jonathan Taylor plays at nose and how he fares there. Chris Mayes has been out lately with a concussion, so I'm not sure how much of an early impact he'll make. Otherwise, I think the DL looks pretty good on paper. Between Sterling Bailey, Ray Drew, Garrison Smith and Toby Johnson, I think the DEs will be solid. The OLBs are going to be fine. The NG position is the one that will be a question for me more than the others.
Any other new guys besides Floyd standing out so far?
David Ching (12:57 PM)
Yeah, I'm actually going to write about that for tomorrow. I think he's been the standout among the new guys, but there are some other freshmen who've had their moments. It's clear the players are impressed with Douglas at TB. Wiggins and Langley are going to be good players at CB. There are a couple for you.
Will we see CMR get at little more amped up this year considering all the hype around the team by the media. I remember the black out game with him waving his arms up and down at the fans.
David Ching (1:00 PM)
Not sure that outside influences hype up Mark Richt very much. He gets fierier than a lot of people notice, though. When Blake Sailors' helmet got knocked off and his face got all busted up last year against Florida, I thought Richt was about to have an aneurysm.
What about the LBs? Is DeLoach still slated to start against Clemson? Do you see Reggie Carter overtaking Ramik Wilson at some point this year?
David Ching (1:03 PM)
If you asked me that question about DeLoach a week ago, I'd have been reasonably confident saying yes. I'm not sure now. Floyd is definitely going to play a lot, but I'm not sure if he's overtaken DeLoach as a starter. We'll see. As far as Carter, maybe eventually. Seems like it's Ramik's job to lose for a while, though.
In your opinion, with the sudden talk of Clowney having a shoulder problem and not much talk about the SC D. what is your prediction for the game and what if any will be a key moment in the game. For example the dawgs coming out firing on all cylinders and scoring or big d stand.
David Ching (1:05 PM)
Sounds like Clowney was back to his old ways in the scrimmage so I wouldn't think there's much to that part. My prediction on that game is if Georgia has fewer turnovers than South Carolina, it will win. Georgia gave away the game with dumb mistakes two years ago and pretty much imploded after a Murray interception in the first quarter last year.
how much do you expect Aaron to extend plays with his feet this year?
David Ching (1:06 PM)
I wrote a story that mentioned that with our SEC QB package on Sunday. I don't think Aaron's going to run the ball a ton. I do think he'll do a better job of moving around and not just conceding sacks -- which is a different form of extending plays with his feet than most people probably interpreted that meaning when Bobo first started discussing it.
David Ching (1:07 PM)
All right everybody. Good chat. Hope you guys have a great rest of the week!