I suppose there are two ways you could look at the news that Derrick Lott is leaving the team.
There’s the way that takes the announcement at face value, based on how the defensive two-deep is beginning to take shape in Grantham’s mind.
… This spring Lott was hoping to take advantage of the graduation of DeAngelo Tyson, one of only two starters leaving the team. But he was still behind Garrison Smith, who started when Tyson got hurt last year, and this spring Cornelius Washington and Ray Drew were getting snaps at end.
“Derrick and I met, and he believes he will have opportunities for more playing time elsewhere,” Richt said in a statement. “We support him and will assist in any way possible during this process.”
Pretty cut and dried, no? Kid sees the writing on the wall and decides he wants to go elsewhere. (Happens every day in the SEC, it seems like.)
Then there’s the AJ-C‘s way. Cue the prairie dog.
This is a pretty shameless inference:
… If you find the timing curious, I do, too. For one, defensive line coach Rodney Garner spoke glowingly of Lott’s progress and abilities earlier this week. Though a career backup, Lott had tripped over some bad fortune — he ripped his leg open in a scooter accident before this past season — and appeared to be coming into his own this spring. According to several accounts of recent interviews with Lott, he spoke excitedly and optimistically about the upcoming season and the prospects it held for him.
Lott’s decision comes on the heels of the news that two more defensive players — All-America safety Bacarri Rambo and star linebacker Alec Ogletree — had flunked drug tests and are going to be suspended for multiple games at the beginning of the season. Alan Ingram, Rambo’s coach at Seminole County High School, said yesterday that as many as five Georgia players had failed surprise post-spring-break drug screenings.
If you know something specific, Chip, spit it out. Otherwise, all you’ve done is cast aspersions some kid’s way. I’m sure Lott will appreciate your speculation as he looks for another program.
And while I’m on the subject, WTF is with “Lott could not be reached for comment. He was probably attending a show”?
If I were Richt, I’d be pretty pissed right now.