Heckuva challenge you’ve got there, Markie.
According to an announcement Thursday by Mark Richt, Georgia redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Brandon Burrows has decided to transfer in a quest to find more playing time…
Burrows departure leaves the Bulldogs with 74 players on scholarship, which includes five former walk-ons who were granted scholarships last year.
That’s an understated way of saying that Georgia’s scholarship numbers for offered players is closer to FCS standards than D-1’s.
Now Burrows’ departure (no offense) by itself may not be a huge loss – he came out of high school recovering from a serious injury and had yet to see the field for Georgia – but on top of the attrition and the undersigning that’s been part of the program for the past two or three seasons, it leaves the program in a rather dicey place. That’s somewhat offset by Georgia coming off its first injury-free offseason under Richt, but who expects his luck on that front to hold up throughout the grind of an SEC season?
You’d have to think this is going to have a serious impact on how Richt goes about his business this season. For instance,
- How much contact does Georgia allow in fall practice and in weekly in-season practices?
- How hard does Georgia try to put away its weaker opposition early on to clear the bench as soon as it can in the second half?
- Outside of Aaron Murray, is there anyone on the roster who doesn’t play on special teams?
- When do we hear about the final details on the suspensions of Rambo, Ogletree and Smith?
In other words, it’s not so much that all is lost, as it is that this season is going to put a premium on roster management. And prayers for continued good health.