Georgia senior receiver Justin Scott-Wesley had to leave Monday’s practice after hurting his right knee. The severity of the injury was not immediately apparent.
Scott-Wesley fell to the ground while in the middle of a route during drills. He got up in pain and walked over to the fence, where he was met by a trainer. Scott-Wesley walked off the field on his own power, accompanied by the trainer.
Any knee injury, minor or major, will be a worry for Scott-Wesley, who tore his ACL in October of 2013, and had arthroscopic knee surgery in early July. He returned in time for the start of preseason practice on Aug. 4, and in fact had been practicing without limitations.
Over at Team Speed Kills, David Wunderlich looks at Georgia’s chances to win the SEC East, pronounces them decent, and then wonders where the excitement is.
… With Richt having a great history of developing quarterbacks, UGA has a great chance at living up to its billing as East favorite and a top ten team.
So are you excited yet? Probably not, because this is how it goes with Georgia every year. Talent? Check. Program stability? Check. Expectations? Check. Ring?
His answer is perfect.
At some point this becomes a higher class Glen Mason Zone, which refers to how Minnesota got bored of Mason winning just a bit above the program’s historical average and going to annual bowls while not breaking through to something higher. Every other team in the East would probably trade their 2011-14 results for Georgia’s, and UGA is now generally expected to have the best season of any division team in 2015. But because this is how most post-Martinez era teams have been, UGA just doesn’t stand out too much.
And he’s not the only one who feels that way. Here’s what Messrs. Feldman and Mandel have to say about picking Georgia to win the East (and maybe bigger things):
But most of all, Georgia is one of those teams that always makes us a little nervous to embrace. The Dawgs, after all, have averaged nearly 10 wins per year under Richt but have never played for a national title. Is this, his 15th Georgia team, really the one that will put it all together?
Eh, who knows. Do you pick the door that says Law of Averages, or the one posted Exception that Proves the Rule? As I’ve said before, it would simply be nice to change the conversation.
The grounds it chose to stake that position are interesting.
Just as the nature of league sports and the NCAA’s oversight renders individual team bargaining problematic, the way that FBS football itself is structured and the nature of the colleges and universities involved strongly suggest that asserting jurisdiction in this case would not promote stability in labor relations. Despite the similarities between FBS football and professional sports leagues, FBS is also a markedly different type of enterprise. In particular, of the roughly 125 colleges and universities that participate in FBS football, all but 17 are state-run institutions. As a result, the Board cannot assert jurisdiction over the vast majority of FBS teams because they are not operated by “employers” within the meaning of Section 2(2) of the Act.
In other words, the unique nature of college football saved itself here. And so there is an indirect warning from the Board in the event the sport presents itself with a more unified structure in the future.
Further, we are declining jurisdiction only in this case involving the football players at Northwestern University; we therefore do not address what the Board’s approach might be to a petition for all FBS scholarship football players (or at least those at private colleges and universities).
There is no doubt that this is a big win for the NCAA and schools in the short term. But in the longer term, there are some fascinating tradeoffs they may face, particularly if Kessler prevails in his litigation. That’s a subject we’ll perhaps visit at another time, though. In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see if Stacey Osburn has any comment.
And while we’re on the topic of schedules, I know Tennessee is the trendy pick and Georgia the safe one to win the SEC East, but if things come down to scheduling – which is a nice way of saying Georgia spits the bit once more – how can you not choose Missouri to win the division again? Really, if the Tigers upset the Dawgs on October 17, it’s hard to believe they won’t get to pack for Atlanta for the third straight year.
“And Georgia fans, don’t be turds. Enjoy this. Soak it up. It’s awesome. If you don’t win this year, it’s still not a failure. It’s a heck of a run. Back-to-back in the Playoff era hasn’t been done. So, to ask for a third I feel like it’s gluttonous. I feel like it’s not OK. But we’ll be in the mix.”-- David Pollack, On3.com, 5/9/23
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