Damn you, Gentry Estes!
Here I am having gone through years of Van Halanger giving us sunny reassurances that the coming season would mark Georgia’s biggest, baddest, best conditioned team ever, only to see reality tell a different story, vowing that I wasn’t going to buy into any more happy horseshit about offseason workouts, and you’ve got to go and throw this out there:
The most significant statement I heard on National Signing Day at UGA had nothing to do with this dreamy 2011 recruiting class.
It was when someone asked offensive coordinator Mike Bobo about current players in the offseason conditioning program being conducted by Joe Tereshinski.
“These guys are ready to go practice football,” Bobo said, “which is a good thing. That weight room is wearing them out a little bit.”
That’s the kind of quote you jot down and remember later, because it was honest.
In speaking to media, college players will often just generate clean platitudes about all areas of the program because they think that’s what is expected of them, lest anyone be seen as a malcontent publicly.
But in this case, that’s not what fans want to hear. Basically, they want to know that Georgia’s players hate this offseason program, dread it on a daily basis and just want it to be over. So Bobo’s statement represented the first real response, in my opinion, that lets outsiders begin to think this Van Halanger-Tereshinski switch is working.
Must… resist… stay… skeptical…
This isn’t going to be an easy offseason, folks.