Daily Archives: April 23, 2016

“What time does Tech’s spring game start?”

“What time can you be down here?”

It looks like it filled in a little more at some point.

And an unusual sight for a Dawg fan: a final score left up on the scoreboard long enough to be photographed.

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UPDATE:

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No jorts were harmed in the making of this arrest.

Florida man, bitchez.

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Who needs a Gus Bus…

… when you’ve got a Boom Bus?

I wonder what kind of noise the horn makes.

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The defensive front and GATA

Jason Butt puts together one of those “five things we know” lists and while some of what’s there we’ve hashed out a bit here, there are a couple of things he mentions that are worth noting.

Summer crucial for defensive line: At least for Georgia’s season-opener against North Carolina, the defensive line will be down two key contributors. Chauncey Rivers (second marijuana arrest) and Jonathan Ledbetter (underage possession of alcohol) are suspended for it, with Rivers missing Georgia’s first three games.

It’ll be imperative for Georgia’s other young defensive linemen to make strides this summer during voluntary workouts. Michael Barnett and DaQuan Hawkins are coming off of minor knee injuries and will look to heal back to 100 percent before preseason practice begins in August. Georgia lost four linemen up front, including Chris Mayes and Sterling Bailey. Sophomore Trent Thompson will be counted on to provide more of a leadership role on the defensive line in 2016.

More pass rushers needed: Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter will have big shoes to fill this season but have the talent and physical ability to get it done. Bellamy emerged last year as a productive player and Carter has been commended for his work ethic this spring, evidenced by being a recipient of the team’s Coffee County Hustle Award. Behind those two, however, are some unproven outside linebackers. D’Andre Walker had 4 sacks at G-Day and could be primed for a bigger role in 2016. Chuks Amaechi played well in spots last season and should be good to go once he’s healed up from labrum surgery.

Freshman pass-rushers Chauncey Manac and David Marshall will also have plenty of opportunities to get on the field early. It also remains to be seen how much cross-training Georgia does with Natrez Patrick, who could move from inside to outside linebacker in certain substitution packages.

Ordinarily I’d say the idea that you’re going to get a major contribution right out of the gate from of a true freshman defensive lineman showing up for fall camp is farfetched (admittedly, not impossible, though), but the opener against North Carolina is one of those situations where necessity appears to be the the mother of invention.  Is Mel Tucker on the mother, so to speak?  You’d have to think he, Smart and Rocker will be doing a lot of brainstorming in August trying to find pieces to fit around Thompson.  And more than anything, Lorenzo Carter needs to make himself into the real deal this season.

The more I look at Georgia’s front seven, especially the line, the more I think it may hold the key to Georgia’s chances more than any other area on the team for 2016.  That includes you know whom.

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“I think we’ll be better than we were a year ago,” Johnson said. “Certainly we need to be.”

In case you’ve decided out of fear of fighting the capacity crowd squeezing into historic, yet cozy, Bobby Dodd Stadium, not to attend today’s Georgia Tech spring game, ESPN has thoughtfully provided you with a handy guide of things to look for here.

I have to admit that I haven’t kept a close eye on Tech in the offseason, so my general impression that it’s hard to go anywhere but up from a 3-8 season is severely tempered by the discovery that the Jackets have to replace three starters on their offensive line and the entire secondary.  (Today may be the best opportunity Tech’s receivers get all year.)  Yikes.

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“There is always a sense of urgency to get them up to speed.”

The NFL draft approacheth, so you know what that means: the whining about the spread will continue until the morale improves.

So, you have a quarterback who played in the spread and never took a snap at the line of scrimmage. And receivers who don’t understand route trees.

Not to mention linebackers who rarely played in tight quarters. And blockers who have not gotten into a three-point stance since high school. Or junior high.

Now turn them loose in the NFL? Good luck.

The way the spread offense has taken over college football has made the NFL draft even more of a crapshoot. In the past, pro scouts had seen college prospects perform in something similar to the NFL. Nowadays, other than rarities such as Stanford’s offense or Alabama’s defense, few schools are using formations or styles similar to what the players will face in the NFL…

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman notes how difficult it is “to teach them how to get into a three-point stance, how to run block’ because of the restrictions on practice time under the labor agreement.

Giants OL coach Mike Solari adds there is “a tremendous learning curve as far as technique and fundamentals for young offensive linemen coming into the NFL. There is always a sense of urgency to get them up to speed.”

I guess you guys will just have to work harder.  Cry me a river.

Some of this is interesting.

As more college coaches have gone with the spread, certain positions have morphed. Tight ends either are blockers or quasi-wideouts; rarely handling both duties as they may have to in the NFL. Fullbacks are almost nonexistent. Linemen just backpedal and pass block.

Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry is seen as a high pick because he blocked and ran routes in a pro system. Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin also showed he can run block and pass block, moving him ahead of some spread players.

Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio notes that some teams “throw the ball 75 times a game, and they’ve never run blocked in their entire life.”

But defensive backs have prospered from the proliferation of wide-open offenses.

“The ball is in the air more, they are learning to tackle out more in the open grass,” Savage says. “It is a tough job for those college DBs, playing against three and four receivers every snap. Colleges run two receivers deep on one side, they exit the field and two fresh receivers are basically doing the same thing on the next play. The DB is the same guy. He’s learning from that.”

In the end, though, it always seems to come back to Nick Saban.

 

“I would say overall, you can’t grade schools, you have to grade individual prospects,” Savage says. “But when you go to Iowa or Alabama or Stanford, when scouts are watching the tapes, they are at least seeing what the players will be asked to do at the NFL level.”

“… I have always theorized the prospects that come out of some of these ‘NFL-like programs’ are probably getting half a round of elevation of grade in the draft. Because when that scout walks out of that school, he can better project what this player can do than for some other players who don’t have that background.”

If you don’t think Alabama’s selling that quote on the recruiting trail, you’re crazy.

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A twofer MPC

I have a version of “Honky Tonk Women” performed by Prince on my iPod and hoped I could find the clip on YouTube to share yesterday.  Alas, no such luck.  Fortunately, it turned up on my Twitter feed this morning, so you lucky ducks get to hear it after all.  Enjoy.

Bad.  Ass.

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UPDATE:  ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince’s guitar playing?  Yeah, you might want to read that.

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