Out of the Park

So Georgia is back to three scholarship quarterbacks, evidently.

… And Tuesday, Jacob Park announced via social media that he intended to leave the Bulldogs.

“I just want to say thank (you) dawg nation and everyone else who made my stay in Athens special. Never will forget the people and friends. Time to move on and turn the page to the next chapter. Go Dawgs.”

I say evidently because there’s been no comment from the staff yet and because Park’s dad sounds like he was caught off guard by the announcement.

“I can’t tell you what’s up because I don’t know what’s going on myself,” Adam Park said. “I have no clue where this came from. I don’t know nothing about it.”

Jacob Park did not answer phone calls or return text messages. Asked if he believed the report to be untrue, Adam Park said emphatically, “I do.”

Obviously, the speculation immediately runs to the arrival of Greyson Lambert and the anticipated signing in next year’s class of Jacob Eason, but I simply wonder how much of this is the result of a change in offensive coordinators.

Traditionally, this has been a program that has cherished every quarterback on scholarship – think about how many quarterbacks have waited their turns to get in one year as the starter under Richt – so to think that Park, who may be raw, but clearly has some talent, is flying the coop without some serious discussion between himself and whomever he takes guidance from seems a little out of character from what we’re used to seeing.  Not to mention I can’t really think of another Georgia quarterback who ran out of patience waiting for a chance to play as quickly as Park has.

In any event, if Park believes he needs a chance of scenery, all I can do is offer best wishes and hope things work out for the best for him.  Speaking of hope, it would be nice if Georgia’s quarterbacks managed to stay healthy all season in 2015.

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UPDATE:  Per Weiszer, here’s Park’s high school coach’s take on the situation.

Stackley talked to Park’s parents last week about the possibility of a transfer.

He said the Georgia quarterbacks were “kept in the loop” about the staff wanting to get four scholarship quarterbacks on campus.

Adding Virginia graduate transfer Greyson Lambert “probably didn’t send a very good message to some of the younger guys and of course he’s the youngest guy there.”

Kind of a chicken and egg thing there.  Did the coaches want a fourth QB because of worries that someone would leave, or did Park leave because of four quarterbacks?

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70 responses to “Out of the Park

  1. Bruno Sammartino

    If he is leaving, best of luck to him. He seems like a good kid.

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    • Mayor

      +1. I think Park had the highest upside of all the Georgia scholarship QBs but there was some disconnect with Schotty. That’s my take on it.

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  2. IAmAChubbyMan

    He’s a distant third right now, perhaps fourth after Lambert, and he saw the Sequel of Stafford on the way. Think Occam’s razor. This would have happened under Bobo as well. That’s probably exactly why Richt recruited Lambert in the first place.

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    • Ant123

      You are correct. The likely hood of this happening began to be evident about three weeks ago. Soon after they began overtures to Golson.
      It had absolutely nothing to do with any of the coaches. The OC change did highlight his lack of willingness to work as hard as is needed.

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  3. Best of luck to young Mr. Park. Hopefully, he has a change of heart, but I think he saw the writing on the wall especially behind him with Jacob Eason. Just please don’t go to another SEC school.

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  4. Ewalk

    Christian LeMay?
    But don’t remember circumstance.

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    • JasonC

      He stuck around later into his career. Probably did 2.5 or 3 years in Athens. Park hasn’t finished 2nd year yet.

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  5. Lrgk9

    Always liked the kid.
    Might be too much of a gunslinger for an NFL coordinator.

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  6. JCDAWG83

    If he’s leaving, good luck to him and no hard feelings. Maybe he realizes he is not good enough to ever be the starter and wants to go somewhere he feels like he has a better chance to be the starter?

    I don’t really care where he goes if he leaves. If he turns up at tech or Florida or South Carolina it’s fine with me.

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    • MGW

      I won’t be surprised if he goes to SC. He’s probably do pretty well under Spurrier, and I know Spurrier would love to have a legitimately talented QB with 3 years to play after he sits this year. He may be third on the depth chart here, but he did have some pretty stiff disadvantages going into the competition this spring/summer. He’s a good player.

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      • JCDAWG83

        SC would be fine with me. Spurrier is probably gone after this season anyway. If we can’t beat a guy who our coaches put at #3, it’s our problem.

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  7. diving duck

    Good luck, Jacob. Please don’t lead one of our rivals to a national championship.

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  8. Will

    I honestly don’t know how this is surprising to most people. In most cases where we’ve seen QB’s stay in the past, it’s when they were unquestionably the #2 and they knew they’d most likely get at least 1 year to start. For Park, he’s the same year as Ramsey, and he’s seeing a consensus 5* come in next year that people ALREADY think is good enough to start.

    If he wants to play, he won’t get any opportunity to do so with the current conditions. It makes sense that he considers leaving. Richt bringing in Lambert from UVA was totally a roster management move, as he knew good and well that if Park or Ramsey didn’t get the job, one of the two was likely to fly the koop due to playing time.

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  9. It isn’t too much of a shock. He was pretty clearly a distant third coming out of spring, and those guys have eligibility for next year as well. Combining that and Eason’s commitment… if playing time was important to me, I would leave, too. I wish him the best of luck and a happy landing spot outside of the SEC.

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  10. Cousin Eddie

    Colorado State? He probably has met the QB Coach at that school.

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  11. DawgChip

    UVA has an opening.

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  12. DawgPhan

    heading to CSU, maybe?

    best of luck to the kid, but I suspect this isnt over with yet.

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  13. Juan

    There goes our best QB

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  14. I suspect you may of been holding on to that header for a little bit Senator? 🙂 Anyway, good luck to the kid. Man, I hope he doesn’t go to a rival.

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  15. Otto

    Not a surprise, he was out of contention in 3rd and with Eason on the way, playing time just wasn’t looking good.

    If he leaves now he has a chance to land somewhere with time to play. Good luck to Park. CSU would not be a bad option for him, Bobo could possibly get him drafted. Plenty of NFL QBs didn’t play at power 5 top 25 programs.

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  16. Does Cojones know yet? Someone should go an sit with him on his porch. Put some mosquito repellant on first.
    just sayin’

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Phil, everybody knows Cojo puts the mosquito repellant in the brownies.

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    • Cojones

      I’ll be telling my doctor that I use mosquito repellant out of fear of not waking up – and for fear of my wife being arraigned as a contributor for the big bruise put on the forehead.

      Yall are cold.

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  17. AusDawg85

    Park wanted to be the best QB on our roster. By leaving, he now will be according to all of our expert commentators. #Richtsfault

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  18. I really think that the coaches knew of his intention to leave before considering any transfer qbs. Richt considering a transfer QB has never happened that I can remember. This could have been in the works for a while.

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    • WF Dawg

      It’s good roster management. If there’s one thing that has been handled well in Richt’s tenure, it’s QBs. With all due respect to the Mettenberger apologists out there.

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    • A10Penny

      Transferring QBs is an accelerating trend, and I don’t think we have seen the last of it at UGA. If they keep recruiting talented QBs then they’re going to want to play. More guys are enrolling early, graduating early, etc. and doing what is in their interests. This is the new norm, IMO.

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      • DawgPhan

        I think that the Eason’s dad said as much. That Eason is prepping to be able to graduate in 3 years so he still has 2 years left after he graduates from UGA.

        maybe it wasnt him exactly, but some 5 star QB. Basically saying that the plan all along is to graduate in 3 years so he has options down the line.

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  19. JoshG

    I don’t think his style fits our system. The last guy we had who possessed his skill set spent his whole career fair catching punts. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Good luck, and God Bless. I hope he mows through his future competition…unless it’s us.

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    • Do you remember a guy named Shockley? I think he was pretty good in Richt’s system. To compare Jacob Park to Logan Gray is ridiculous. Gray was given chances and couldn’t beat out Joe Cox. Park is in a completely different ZIP code from a skill standpoint and the competition is a little tougher as well.

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      • SRQDawgs15

        Why is it an unfair comparison? Park was given the chance too and couldn’t beat out Ramsey or Bauta. Plenty of kids come out of HS with high expectations but never get it done in college, this is no different. And, Gray came after Shockley so the he was the “last guy who possessed his skill set” is completely accurate whether or not you think Shockley is a better comparison. In the end though, Park isn’t 3rd string because he’s too mobile or for any other ridiculous conspiracy-like reason. He was 3rd because the other 2 QBs on our roster are better than he is!

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        • Dude, I meant it as a compliment to Park. He appears to be so much more skilled than Gray ever was. The commenter appeared to be taking a shot at Richt and Schotty by making the comment sound like they didn’t know what to do with a dual-threat QB. Sorry if I misinterpreted the comment.

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  20. Ralphes

    Are we down to 85 yet?

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    • A10Penny

      Yes I think, but I can’t remember the link that had a breakdown. Anyone have link(s) to a breakdown?

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      • Dog in Fla

        nailed it?

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      • The Dawg abides

        After signing day we were at 88. Since then there’s been 3 transfers (Tibbs, Cardiello, Park) , Gary McCrae didn’t qualify, and we added Lambert. Puts us at 85, pending the clearance of Kirby Choates and Dequan Hawkins. We actually could’ve carried 86 this year because of the NCAA waiver on UAB transfers.

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        • The Dawg abides

          By the way, the Braves just selected Terry Godwin in the 33rd round with the 990th pick. Hopefully this isn’t high enough to make him forego football.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Considering our roster management history, until everybody has formally gained entry I suggest we ask the question differently:

      Are we UP to 85 yet?

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  21. rwphonics

    I think there’s something to what Richt said the other day…”The guy’s not going to win the job, or if he doesn’t progress properly, if he starts making up his own stuff, he’s not going to play.” Combine that with Park’s own admissions back in the spring and maybe he was a bit too much of a freelancer for the way Richt wants to play?

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  22. 81Dog

    Since he didn’t get kicked out for breaking the law, I guess there’s no chance he ends up at Auburn. 😉

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  23. Cosmic Dawg

    Don’t know why, but like Cojones I had very high hopes for him and loved the reports of him getting the scout team fired up to compete each week.. I hope he stays, but if he can’t move up the chart I hope he finds a good team. Kind of sucks.

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    • Cojones

      I think others had hopes as well, but that doesn’t mean that commenters were wrong to make the assumption most of us made and for some to pen those comments. The comments about him leaving were throughout the media and other blogs. Just didn’t want Park to read comments and assume it was fan sentiment for him to leave because I think everyone did take a liking to him, including many who wrote that he would be leaving. I liked his moxie and his honesty and saw no indication of anyone not believing we are better for having him. He, as well as all commenters are DGDs

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      • Macallanlover

        Agree with both of you. I felt he was a legit contender entering Spring practice but realzed when I saw the three scrimmage stats that something was wrong. It was obvioys that he was a distant third and I undersand his decision and wish him well. Seemed like a good talent and a competitor, just lots of HS athletes that never realize their initial dreams. Maybe he. will be have a successful career after UGA. CSU would be an interesting choice.

        You coud see this coming with last week’s addition of Lambert, and Park was the most logical to go. Only surprise to me was his Dad’s reaction.

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        • Cojones

          Remember, that’s just the Spring Game, Mac. No hard decisions should ever be made after results of a practice that’s open to the public. Thought we all were in that mode by now.

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          • Macallanlover

            No, there were 2 scrimmages before GDay and he got under ten throws in each. That was odd for a true competition, imo.

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  24. Spike

    He may end up at Virginia Tech. You heard it here first.

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  25. Rebar

    I hope Park doesn’t sign with any of our rivals; like others on here, I was impressed with the talk of him running the scout team last year. Good luck and God Bless.

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  26. Cojones

    Maybe he’s baaack.

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