Physical ability can only take you so far.

Check out Bryan Evans’ numbers from Georgia’s Pro Day.

Then observe his mad coverage skillz on the Thomas TD (at about 3:18 on the clip):

It’s a damned shame, ain’t it?

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16 responses to “Physical ability can only take you so far.

  1. JaxDawg

    Damn this guy is/was good. Why the heck didn’t we get him to Athens? Did Tech pull some coup de tat when signing him?

    What was the story?

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  2. baltimore dawg

    well, on that play, coverage wasn’t the problem–angle of pursuit and tackling were. but, yeah, his coverage usually sucked, too.

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    • I was using “coverage” in the broader sense, to include angle of pursuit. He was the safety help on that play, although Jones wound up closer downfield.

      Tackling, I admit, wasn’t on my mind, simply because Evans never got close enough on the play to attempt one.

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  3. JDog

    Ugh. What a horrible angle. And that happened more than once. He was a five-star recruit, right?

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  4. Left to Right

    The AJC shows Jeff Owens running almost as good a 40 time (4.88) during one of his two attempts as Prince Miller did in one of his attempts (4.82).

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  5. Dboy

    I’m no fan of the Evans’ skills, but on that play, he was probably thinking, umm, that the CB would at least slow the guy down. That was such a disaster of a half of UGA football.

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    • Thinking… that was his first mistake. 😉

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        I do not wish to belabor the point as I have posted this quote previously, but it is as true now as when he first spoke it: “College football players will play up to the level they are coached.” –Steve Spurrier, 1989. Bryan Evans was a 5 star recruit. The numbers from Georgia’s Pro Day show he has exceptional physical talent. Why was he a bust in college? Why did he look lost in the defensive backfield repeatedly? Why did he take bad angles? Poor coaching is the only logical explanation. If Evans gets signed by a pro team and does well in the NFL we will all be too pissed to even talk about it. CWM. Thank goodness he’s gone.

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        • adam

          i nearly have myself convinced there’s a possibility that could happen.

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        • Poor coaching is the only logical explanation.

          No, it’s not. Sometimes kids just don’t have good football instincts. There’s a difference between being a great athlete and a great football player.

          I don’t know who’s at fault with regard to Evans’ lack of development. I just think it’s a shame that he never was able to put his obvious physical ability to better use on the field.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            Senator, if you have a great athlete who doesn’t develop that is the responsibility of coaches. Turning raw talent into polished talent is their job.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    Uhhhh wait a minute folks. If you are happy CWM is gone, then don’t Evans’ physical skills sort of reinforce your “poorly coached” premise?

    And why would any of us want to see Evans fail in the NFL Business?

    Unless we need that validation of our whining about him?

    This is a pass Bay Bay CAUGHT, right?

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Bay Bay be baaaaad vs ACC, and who is 12 for Clemmins?

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  8. 69Dawg

    The great debate will remain “Did CWM’s coaching get worst or did the players get dumber”. Even if the player doesn’t have great ball skills the coach should know this and not play the kid. Either CWM felt that BE was just too athletic to not play or he was just running a union shop and BE had seniority.

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