I can’t say I feel sorry for the guy for this…
… but for the first time regarding Finebaum, words fail me.
Mark Richt doesn’t seem to be reluctant about throwing daggers in Todd Grantham’s direction these days.
Of course, I could be totally off base about who those “some coaches” are.
But I doubt it.
Bovada has post some over/under player stats. Here’s what it’s got for Todd Gurley:
NCAA 2014-2015 Season -Total Rushing Yards – Todd Gurley (Georgia)
NCAA 2014-2015 Season -Total Rushing Touchdowns – Todd Gurley (Georgia)
Looks like some baby-splitting going on there, based on his first two years’ production. If he stays healthy, those numbers are way below his freshman results.
Would you put money on it, either way?
Pat Forde returns to the “SEC, it’s not your quarterbacks’ year” meme in this post. First, one interesting factual nugget:
Interestingly in a pass-first era, there also were the most rushing yards produced and allowed in 2013, but not the most passing yards produced and allowed. That happened in 2001.
Sounds like that means there might be an entirely different, yet equally valid reason this year’s conference may be more run-oriented. But Forde may have a good point of his own when he notes,
In an effort to win turnover margin, expect a very conservative September in a lot of SEC locales. Until coaches know they can trust their young quarterbacks, they’re not going to place the weight of the world on their shoulder pads.
In light of that, how much comfort should be taken with Mason’s avoidance of throwing picks in practice in the spring and fall? Certainly it’s no guarantee of perfection come September, but if it’s an indication of emphasis and Mason’s appreciation of its importance, he may be farther along the trust curve than some of his peers, which should be good news for Georgia’s offense.
UPDATE: A little more about Mason, from an unnamed coach who faced Georgia last season.
Hutson Mason’s got some game reps under his belt, and that’s an advantage. It’s not like he’s stepping into a role where he’s playing for the first time. The depth in their backfield is phenomenal. That helps for Mason’s transition, because you’re not going to have to lean on his arm to win ball games. Having a strong run game can only open up throwing lanes for the quarterback — and the strength of their offense will be their running…
Athens is Walking Wounded City today. Per Chip Towers:
The most notable new injury appears to be Reggie Davis. The sophomore wide receiver had his left hand completely clubbed up in a cast. No details on the severity and/or extend of the injury — hopefully coach Mark Richt will provide some when he speaks to reporters after the morning practice — but obviously it’s never good to see that at a position required to use those hands on every play.
Lots of green, non-contact jerseys among the receiving corps, including Isaiah McKenzie, Chris Conley, Kenneth Towns, Justin Scott-Wesley and walkon Clay Johnson. There was good news at that position, however, as Jonathan Rumph was back in a regular jersey and looks to be fully cleared.
Some more good news on the injury front: Cornerback Shattle Fenteng is out of green and back to practicing full speed and all of Georgia’s tight ends were a full go without limitations, including frequent absentee Jordan Davis.
Another new member of the green jersey club, at least from my observation, is outside linebacker Davin Bellamy. But he was fully dressed out and appeared to be participating. He’s out for the first two games via suspension for his DUI arrest this summer. Safety Dominick Sanders remained in green.
Fullback Merritt Hall was not on the field at all this morning, and there is increasing evidence that he may be out for a while. That starts with the fact that Detric Bing-Dukes said yesterday that his move to fullback from inside linebacker is for the entire season.
Speaking of the fullbacks, the order in which running backs coach Bryan McClendon was working them Wednesday was senior walkon Taylor Maxey with the first team, followed by fellow walkons Cameron Faulkner and Christian Payne and then finally Bing-Dukes.
The Bulldogs were missing noseguard Chris Mayes and Lamont Gaillard again this morning. Mayes’ absence should start becoming a bit of a concern at this point. Georgia hasn’t said what his malady is but he, too, has had past problems with concussions.
Man, that’s dizzying. Can’t make Pruitt’s task any easier, either.
And this just popped up on Twitter.
I sure hate to hear that. Sincerely hope there are no long-term consequences for Hall.
Another day, another buffet line.
If you’ll recall, Mike Bobo made Bruce Feldman’s list of top ten offensive coordinators ready for a head coaching job.
Now comes his list of defensive coordinators, and Jeremy Pruitt pops up at number three. With a bullet.
His stock surged last year after coming over from Alabama and helping FSU get over the top to win the BCS title. The Noles led the nation in scoring D (12.1 ppg) in 2013. If he can remedy what has been an underachieving Bulldog defense and help UGA win an SEC title, his profile will REALLY take off.
By the way, five of the DCs on his list coach in the SEC. And Louisville’s guy didn’t make the list.