Not only is Georgia foisting one of its weakest home schedules in recent memory on the fan base next season, but it plans on charging us more for the privilege of attendance.
It almost seems like a test, doesn’t it?
Well, money for a study of the “conceptual design” for a facility, as well as the “most feasible location for a facility of this magnitude.” $400,000.00.
It takes that much for McGarity to figure out how much of the cost to outsource to contributors as a match?
Rhetorical question, that.
But if you’d ask Jeremy Pruitt, I think he’d say no.
The architect of last season’s Seminole defense – Jeremy Pruitt, now Georgia’s defensive coordinator – told me that elite defenses at the collegiate level should have at least six players who will be drafted in the first three rounds of the NFL draft when their time comes.
Hopefully, we’ll get a better answer with a few more recruiting classes in the door.
Goodness gracious, Georgia’s upcoming opponent is in a world of statistical hurt. The NCAA tracks 25 statistical categories at its site. Troy ranks in the top fifty in only one: turnover margin. Troy is outside the top 100 in ten of those, and narrowly missed in three others.
The trouble doesn’t end there. Troy’s starting quarterback suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Abilene Christian and may not start tomorrow.
Still, I’m not sure Georgia covers the 40-point spread. For one thing, even though running the ball looks like easy pickings against the 111th ranked rushing defense, I think there’s going to be some emphasis by Bobo on working on the passing game, to smooth out Mason’s timing issues with his receivers. For another, Troy runs a passing spread attack which will put some pressure on the Georgia secondary.
And don’t forget how Blakeney coaches. The last time these two teams met, he kept his starters on the field ’til the bitter end, scoring with five seconds left in the game to cut the final margin to ten points. He’s taking some heat for Troy’s slow start this season and a respectable showing in Athens certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Cory Brinson has some more details about Troy here, if you’re interested.
One other thing Pruitt guessed wrong about last Saturday:
Several other defensive players, including Johnson, said the focus was on containing the outside, especially South Carolina’s screens. That was something the Gamecocks showed in the East Carolina game. But on Saturday, they switched to more pocket passes.
“We as a unit, we were focusing more on draws and screens instead of getting off the ball,” Georgia defensive end Sterling Bailey said. “It hurt us.”
Spurrier is one of the best in the biz – if not the best – at game planning. Sometimes all you can do is tip your cap, learn from the experience and move on.
Reading between the lines of this Q & A with Jeremy Pruitt, I’d say the defensive staff didn’t do as good a job of washing out all thoughts of the Clemson game as they hoped. Some of it sounds like the fault of Pruitt himself.
Q: It seemed you generally substituted less in this game. Is that true?
A: “That’s a mistake on our part. Going into the game we expected to play the exact same way. We got away from it a little bit. We’re going to get back to it because we feel like we’ve got guys who deserve to play.”
Then there’s this about Leonard Floyd, who had a quiet game Saturday:
Q: To what do you owe the lack of pressure and/or production from your edge rushers?
A: “Well, you’ve got to give South Carolina credit because they’ve got two pretty good tackles. Second of all, they played with some tight ends and kept them in on the edge some. They mixed up their protections and chipped a little bit with running backs. So those guys have got to learn from it. You know, when you have success like Leonard had the first week of the year and last year a little bit, that’s what people do to guys that can rush the quarterback. They have a plan for them. And the guy that was calling the plays for them (Spurrier), he’s one of the best in the business. He had a plan for them.
So, now we have to hope the South Carolina game was a valuable learning experience. More than Troy will be, I trust. Tennessee will make for an interesting test, though. The Vols don’t have much of an offensive line, and that’s hurt their running game, but they’ve got some receivers who will challenge Georgia’s secondary.