Bulldog X-Factor

So how long has it been since UGA had a good return man??  I think my old classmate Damien Gary was probably the last time we had a legitimate take it to the house type threat on punts and kickoffs.  Gary does have the most career punt return yards at UGA.  I’m not saying I want another Gary back there… but gimme something.  Damian Swann, Reggie Davis, Logan Gray.  At least Logan always caught the ball, albeit a fair catch.  But it is such a game changer when you have a guy back there that can flip a field.

Well we may be in luck… Incoming Freshman Isaiah Mckenzie (high school teammate of Sony Michel) may be just what we are looking for.  This kid is lightning in a bottle.  Watching Mckenzie’s high school film is crazier than what Devin Hester does in the NFL (go falcons).  It’s about time we make special teams a strength again.

What I hope happens is this kid returns a few against Clemson but doesn’t really break out till we get to Columbia, where I think we will need him more.  GATA

Summer Thoughts

Hey guys, I’ve been gone for a bit.  It’s been quite a busy summer for me thus far.  I started a new career and was tied to the World Cup as I’m a pretty big soccer fan.  But I digress, here are a few UGA/SEC thoughts I’ve had:

  • Oh Tray Matthews.  Good to now see the main 3 players in the Auburn disaster were all dismissed from UGA.  Maybe they planed this.  I had a good idea, maybe Auburn should ask the government to build a prison right next to Jordan hare stadium.  That way the guys have a short walk after their release.
  • Speaking of kids getting in trouble, I work with a guy who used to coach Detric Dukes (incoming LB), and is friends with his dad… he assures me Dukes is a good kid and should stay out of trouble.  Lets hope, he is one guy who could ride the pine for a year then step right in in 2015.
  • I keep seeing more and more chatter about how good Clemson’s defensive line is going to be this year.  It’s good that one of those guys, Corey Crawford, will be suspended.  Even better, we get them at home.
  • Dawg night commit Jacob Eason is going to be a stud.  That’s great that we pulled him away from the Pac 12… and Alabama.  Let’s hope now he cools it on baseball so that he doesn’t get drafted high and skip out on football.
  • The best thing I heard Richt say in Hoover:  (paraphrasing here) All of our new coaches and coordinators on the defensive side of the ball were all high school coaches and have all been part of collegiate national championship teams.  What this says to me is that all these guys are used to winning and more importantly all can explain things in a simplistic manner.  Grantham confused me so I can only imagine how an 18 year old felt.
  • There is a lot to be excited about on this year’s team, but I think I’m most excited about our linebackers.  I can’t remember a better LB core than what we have this year.  I think the best guy, Floyd, could be an all American as a sophomore… and the other 3 starters will all be in next year’s draft.
  • The “dream team” enters their senior year.  What’s left of them.  If this team won the national championship, then I would argue that it was indeed our best class ever.  Mitchell, Swann, Wilson, Herrera, Moore, Conley…  we shall see.

More in depth articles coming soon.

GATA

 

Your move Gary Pinkel

UGA Mizzou has released receiver Dorial Green Beckham.  What do ya know. Take a look at the comments, its funny how an article about Mizzou releasing a troubled teen turns into a big argument about how lenient Mark Richt is…  Sources say Auburn has already inquired about his jersey size.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10768484/missouri-tigers-dismiss-dorial-green-beckham-team-wake-incident

so about that weak bball conference

2 teams in the final 4 and UT had a good showing as well.  Not too shabby.  If Georgia had a better showing in the NIT then everyone would be saying we surely deserved a shot.  I saw an interesting stat, the SEC has had more final four team the last 5 years than any other conference… I would love to see us win the title… even if it is the gaytors.  GO SEC!Unknown

3-N-Out, the impending death of the college redshirt

Lets face it. College football is just the NFL’s minor league.  Each year that goes by there are more and more junior and sophomore departures.  Which begs the question, why even redshirt these star players?  I’m not talking about just solid starters that don’t really have an NFL future but more so the stud five star recruits or guys with potential.  I think the idea of redshirting potential impact players has fallen by the wayside. Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 12.19.42 PM

 

Jonnny Manziel, Knowshon Moreno, and Jameis Winston (likely) are a few examples of guys who redshirted, left as sophomores, and missed an entire season of playing.  Kapri Bibbs rushed for 1700+ yards and 31 TDs last season at Colorado State as a redshirt sophomore.  He will be in the NFL draft next month… I don’t know if this guy will pan out or not but I bet CSU wishes they got to watch this record setter play for 3 seasons instead of 2.Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 12.19.07 PM

 

A lot of these 3 and out studs are easy to see.  AJ Green, Clowney, Alec Ogletree, Deandre Hopkins, and Julio Jones were all obviously going to leave after 3 seasons.  But it’s the non blue chip prospects with potential like Manziel that get redshirted then dominate for only 2 seasons that make coaches second guess who they redshirt.

Speaking of good off-seasons…

The Atlanta Braves are making significant moves to lock up key players for the future.  In a little over a week the Braves signed Heyward to a 2-year deal, signed young superstar Freddie Freeman to a monstrous 8-year $135 contract, and now have signed who they hope will be their #1 starter of the future in Julio Teheran.  Teheran signed a 6-year $32.4 million contract with an option for year number 7.

The Braves of recent years have not had the wallet to sign the farm guys to long-term deals.  It seems we are already seeing the benefits of the new 2017 stadium (which I am entirely on board with…).  Freeman and Teheran’s contracts are both loaded at the back end. The Braves are banking on having a bigger payroll to furnish these contracts once they move into the new stadium in 2017.  And a new stadium in a better location should earn way more revenue from ticket sales, concessions, etc… Julio Teheran will earn $800,000 in 2014, $1M in 2015, and only $3.3M in 2016. In his 6 years however, he will average $5.4 a year… which is about what Phillie Kyle Kendrick will make in 2014.  Checkmate Braves.

 

 

The Anti-Logan Gray

I think our prayers were answered yesterday.  The prayers we really didn’t know we had.  It has been a long time since Georgia actually had a return game.  I think the last real threat we had on punt returns was Damien Gary, about 10 years ago.  It’s been scary watching all those guys muff punts the last few years.  You know it’s bad when you are just hoping to get a clean fair catch every 4th down.  I don’t think Logan Gray ever gained a yard… but I don’t remember him fumbling it either.

Well, I think we may actually have found our guy in Isaiah Mckenzie.  This dude is not going to call for a fair catch.  He is so small the gunners may not see his arms go up even if he did.  As we’ve seen in the past how big an impact returners like Trindon Holliday and Percy Harvin can have on a game, I like to think we may be in for a treat the next few years having our own game changer.

Pruitt wins DC lottery!

I am by no means any sort of breaking news reporter or anything but it seems pretty official that former FSU DC Jeremy Pruitt is heading to Athens.  I guess we have to stop bashing the ACC now and talk up the offenses in which he corralled.

 

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Aside from the fact that he is a great recruiter, I think the best part about this hire is that the secondary is surely to improve.  He was DC/secondary coach for 4 bcs title teams with secondarys ranked in the top 10.

Final Conference by Conference Bowl records

Well the streak is over, oh well.  The SEC still had the best bowl season as a conference.  I think everyone saw that FSU is a good team but likely would have lost 1 or 2 if they played in the SEC. Watch out 2014!

 

Wins    Losses
AAC  (2-3)  UCF, Louisville, Rutgers, Houston, Cincinnati
ACC  (5-6)  North Carolina, FSU, Pitt, Clemson, Syracuse, Maryland, MIami, Boston College, VT, Duke, Georgia Tech
Big 10  (2-5)  Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan
Big 12  (3-3)  Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas, Ok. State, Baylor
Pac 12  (6-3)  USC, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Arizona state, Washington State, Stanford
SEC  (7-3)  Mizzou, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Miss State, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama