Daily Archives: October 7, 2014

Who you gonna believe, me or your lyin’ surveillance tape?

Oy.

A five-star recruiting prospect, accused of felony burglary, watched a University of Georgia athlete while she slept and continues to use the iPhone he denied taking from the dorm room she shared with other female athletes, according to a search warrant released by the Clarke County Clerk’s Office last week.

That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

Police called Salomon’s high school coach Michael Tunsil, who said Salomon denied doing anything wrong and denied leaving the football players’ suite after they went to sleep at 3 a.m. But video surveillance from Busbee Hall from July 19 shows Salomon looking around on the first floor of Busbee Hall between 5:55-6:42 a.m., according to the warrant.

Just tell me this is no longer true.

Salomon, one of Florida’s top high school receivers for the Class of 2016, has scholarship offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and LSU, among others.  [Emphasis added.]

Surely Georgia is no longer interested.  Besides, this kid’s not sharp enough for college.

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UPDATE:

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“All told, it is a significant commitment for all the members of the committee.”

At least we know they’ve got a good excuse to watch a lot of college football on TV.

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Boom or bust

You’ve probably heard about the fight involving two Florida players that was serious enough that police were called.  That’s not the best part.

This is.

Willis was rated a five-star prospect out of New Orleans’ Edna Karr High School according to 247Sports, and in two appearances had already recorded four tackles and half a tackle-for-loss. But Goldkamp cited a source in reporting he had already missed the Gators’ games against Kentucky and Alabama for disciplinary reasons.

With Harris suspended and his fellow freshman Will Grier struggling with back spasms,according to the Gainesville Sun, Mornhinweg could be the Gators’ backup behind Jeff Driskel when Florida hosts LSU Saturday. Mornhinweg — the son of New York Jets’ assistant Marty Mornhinweg — started three games and threw for 344 yards in 2013 after starter Driskel and backup Tyler Murphy both went down with injuries.

Maybe the wheels aren’t coming off the wagon quite yet in Gainesville.  But I’d sure take a look to see how much tread is left on the tires.

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“We’ve still got enough guys to be two-deep.”

As bad as roster numbers have gotten on occasion, I never thought I’d have to hear Mark Richt offer that as a serious observation.

This, too:  “But we’re in desperate need of a great recruiting class in that area. I’ll say that.”

If you’re a highly rated high school defensive back, you’d be crazy not to consider a Georgia offer right now.

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Best news I’ve seen today.

KC Joyner labels Missouri the SEC East favorite.

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Grown Todd football

Somebody’s been doing his research during the bye week.

Junior linebacker Kentrell Brothers said stopping Gurley takes on even more importance because, in his opinion, Georgia doesn’t really unleash the passing playbook as much under new quarterback Hutson Mason as it did last year under Aaron Murray: “I don’t know if they trust him as much as they did Aaron Murray, so they’re definitely putting the ball in Todd Gurley’s hands a lot more. Which is smart. They’re going to run the ball downhill. If we stop it, we’re going to win the game. If we don’t, we’re going to have a long night.”

Okay, it’s a day game, but he makes the correct point.  Stopping Gurley is not a concept that’s escaped any of Georgia’s other opponents this season so far, though.  It’s just been something other teams couldn’t do anything about.

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A second chance that worked out

As much as we tend to focus on bad behavior and what seems like the inevitable exodus from Athens that follows, it’s worth remembering that sometimes it’s about good kids that screw up and deserve that second chance.  (I know, I sound like Malzahn there.)  Davin Bellamy sounds like one of those kids.

“It was my mistake and, the way I was raised by my mother, if you do something own up to it,” Bellamy said last week. “It was nobody else’s fault. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation. So whatever punishment happened, I felt like it was something I needed to do without complaining. You usually complain when you think something wasn’t fair or wasn’t right. But I knew it was my mistake and it was going to lead to that. So there was no reason to complain about it.”

Slowly but surely, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete is starting to show the promise his coaches have seen in him since he arrived as a 4-star prospect. As a backup to entrenched starter Jordan Jenkins at the Jack position, Bellamy has recorded six tackles and a tackle for loss in three games.

“It definitely made me appreciate the game more, made me appreciate every snap,” Bellamy said. “I could have been kicked off the team, but Coach Richt decided to give me another chance. So every time I’m out there playing, I’m reminding him and thanking him for giving me that second chance.”

Admittedly, there’s a fine line to tread about when it’s right to give someone that opportunity.  And the line should be more about reading a player’s character than his on the field contributions.

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