Daily Archives: March 7, 2008

You got lucky.

Bullet dodged (potential pun intended): Sooners signee Josh Jarboe arrested on weapons charge.

Just think what we could be fretting about right now if Jarboe had signed with Georgia. Kinda puts that whole Dwayne Allen thing in perspective now, doesn’t it?

I await the official ruling as to whether the arrest counts here.

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Matt Stafford: timing is everything.

At the risk of posting another comment about Matt Stafford, one question I’ve seen making its way around the Georgia parts of the internets is whether he stays or turns pro after this season. I have no idea, and Matt probably doesn’t have one either right now.

But one thing to factor into the equation is what the market for QBs in the ’09 and ’10 NFL drafts may look like.

Curtis Painter, Hunter Cantwell, Cullen Harper, Todd Boeckman, Chase Daniel, Chase Holbrook, Graham Harrell, Rudy Carpenter. Solid college passer [sic] all, but that sound you’ll hear is a big collective yawn coming from the NFL scouts desperate to restock their league with quarterbacks who can play. If Tim Tebow and Matthew Stafford choose to return for their senior seasons, 2009 could be one of the ugliest quarterback drafts in a long, long time.

Sure, there’s a lot of football to be played between now and then, but if Matt has a great year this season, who knows what that may get parlayed into? Particularly if the professional pickings at QB are otherwise slim.

For some perspective, here’s what JaMarcus Russell signed for last year: a six-year contract worth up to $68 million, a league rookie record, with $31.5 million guaranteed. That’s nothing to sneer at, folks.

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Lloyd Carr and others in the (Dawg) House

While most of the attention of the Dawgnation was focused on Mark Richt’s (as well as his assistants’) deserved bump in compensation, there was a spring practice as well.

Lots of high school coaches were in attendance. Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr dropped in, too (no mention of his bud Russell Crowe, though).

What is of interest is that it looks as if the freshman wall may have been hit by a few kids yesterday.

While full contact was not supposed to begin until today, you couldn’t tell from the leather popping on Field One, where the offensive and defensive lines were getting after it.

Among the notable battles to occur there were: guard Justin Anderson vs. tackle Corvey Irvin (advantage Anderson); center Ben Jones vs. tackle Ricardo Crawford (big advantage Crawford); tackle Josh Davis vs. Demarcus Dobbs (draw); and tight end Bruce Figgins vs. Jeremy Lomax (Figgins wins).

“Big advantage Crawford”? Ben Jones is supposed to be whipping asses and taking names – what’s going on here?

… Georgia has four “mid-year” freshmen — Dontavious Jackson, Ben Jones, Tavarres King, Richard Samuel — participating in spring practice. But Richt wasn’t ready to heap praise on any of them just yet.

“Most of the brand new guys are really just trying to figure it out,” he said. “Things are moving really fast for them. We put in an awful lot of system very fast in the spring because, if you take away the mid-years, everybody’s got experience. You put things in more quickly and you have less days. So those young guys, they’re heads are spinning right now.”

Richt was asked about redshirt freshmen.

“It’s hard to say right now,” he said. “I’ve mentioned Caleb [King] a lot. He’s doing well. You see [tight end] Aron White showing some signs of coming around. That’s all I can think of right now.”

It’ll get better. It always does.

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UPDATE:  For a taste of what it’s like on the other side of the freshman wall, check out this brief, but great interview with Rennie Curran.

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