Daily Archives: November 19, 2015

“It’s bad.”

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Via AJ-C

I really don’t have to tell you what Justin Scott-Wesley thinks of the Neyland Stadium turf, do I?

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Richt tried to tell us, part deux.

Good advanced stats catch by David Wunderlich – Georgia is only one spot ahead of Georgia Southern in Football Outsiders’ S&P+ ratings.

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About that team strength…

This Saturday, Georgia will start its third different right guard in the last four games.  With a new face at center, to boot.

Add in wholesale changes at both tackle spots along with Houston’s move to left guard and there isn’t a single holdover at any position on the offensive line – not just from 2014, but from opening day this season.  Not exactly what anyone was expecting.

With Houston and Theus graduating, they’ll be shuffling linemen again next year.

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The mountain comes to Mohammad.

If you can’t fit Greyson Lambert to your offense, you only have one choice:  fit your offense to Greyson Lambert.

Georgia’s commitment to Lambert goes beyond the playing time. Methodically, the Bulldogs have adapted their strategy to fit him. No longer are they trying to play a fast-paced, up-tempo on offense. For the last two games they’ve been huddling up and playing a more deliberate brand of ball.

Not only has that helped the defense, which is spending less time on the field, but it suits Lambert’s style while also improving overall communication.

“The last two games we’ve huddled,” Richt said. “If you’re no-huddling and you’re scoring, it’s good stuff. But if you’re no-huddling and you’re not getting first downs and you’re not putting points on the board, you probably should huddle. Not only to slow that down a little bit but also there were times where we were missing signals or whatever. We just had enough little things here and there where we were like, ‘you know what, we’re going to get in t he huddle, make sure we hear the play, make sure we know the cadence, make sure everybody knows what to do.’”

Lambert prefers it.

“I loved the tempo,” he said. “It was new to me. Huddling was what we did at Virginia actually. So moving back and shifting back to that is a pretty easy transition. … It kind of allows us to communicate a little bit better, whether it’s the play or shifts and motions. There is nobody who can’t not see a signal and blame something on that. We’re all in the huddle and communicating that way. It also allows us to change the cadence a little bit so the defense can’t time it up.”

Virginia ball.  That explains a lot about the last two weeks.

Between the questions about what the staff looks like next season and whether Eason winds up setting foot on campus in January, you wonder what happens with this approach in the spring and fall next season.

In the meantime, we’d best hope the defense hangs on.  They’re gonna need to.

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Pencils ready? Begin.

Your GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) question of the day is this:

College Board members strongly claimed that college athletes will never be paid for a salary to play for their schools. College athletes are easily awarded a scholarship worth $15,000 – $25,000 or more per year, plus a career after college that can be worth a million dollars over a lifetime. Additionally, the athletes receive all kinds of perks while they are in college, like staying at fancy hotels and being seen on national TV. It’s hard to put a price tag on all of that.

Which of the following, if true, most severely weakens the argument presented above?

A. It is very difficult to put a numeric value on exactly how much an athlete is worth to a college.
B. Certain college sports generate millions of dollars for college athletic programs. It’s estimated that the university gains $70,000 per year in revenue per scholarship player. The actual number should actually be higher.
C. All those millions of dollars from TV contracts and ticket sales only help athletic departments balance their bottom line.
D. The NCAA doesn’t allow the universities to sell a college football jersey with a player’s name on it, but they will sell the jersey with the player’s number on it.
E. Amateurism means that one plays strictly for the enjoyment of the sport, not the remuneration.

Surprisingly, “School presidents and Mark Emmert are a pack of greedy swine” isn’t listed as one of the answers.

The correct answer to the question is here.

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If you’re a defensive lineman, it’s gonna be a long two weeks.

Well, Georgia Southern may not run the same version of the triple option Georgia Tech runs – more shotgun and spread, for example – but the Eagles do continue the use of one proud Paul Johnson tradition.

“Their offense is very unique, watching film,” defensive tackle James DeLoach said. “They have a lot of athletes and they spread the ball out. They get the ball on the perimeter, chop block[Emphasis added.]

Better watch those knees, boys.

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