Daily Archives: August 26, 2016

Shit’s gettin’ real. Really real.

Okay, so follow along.

  1. Today, Georgia began installing its game plan for the opener.
  2. During the time the press was allowed to observe practice, Jacob Eason ran the offense with the ones, followed by Lambert.  Ramsey remained on the sidelines.
  3. Which brings us to this

On Friday the team prepared for North Carolina for the first time all fall, and Eason continued his march towards the starting job by going exclusively with the No. 1 offense during the entire length of practice. After practice the three scholarship quarterbacks, which includes returning starter Greyson Lambert and reserve Brice Ramsey, were told about their standing in the current quarterback competition according to sources intimately familiar with the situation.

Today was the first such day that the quarterbacks were told there was a game-week rotation. UGA coach Kirby Smart met with each signal caller individually. Smart previously gathered the three earlier in camp and let them know collectively that Eason would get a more serious look after school started. Before that time the trio was rotating evenly during fall camp. Eason has run with the No. 1 unit almost exclusively since school started, and the other two have rotated with the No. 2 and No. 3 unit.

Insiders say that Eason’s development improved during his time with the No. 1 unit, and that the extra day off (this Monday) helped him recover from what has been a grueling, high-voluming of throwing camp. At this point insiders expect Eason not just to start against the Tar Heels, but to play the entire game.

Lambert will run with the No. 2 unit, and is only expected to take the starting job if something goes wrong with Eason in the next week. Ramsey will work with the No. 3 unit and continue his punting chores.

Um… “high-voluming of throwing”?  Somebody needs an editor… but I digress.

Assuming this is true, either we’re supposed to think it came fairly suddenly, or else Smart and Chaney had a decent idea after the start of camp this month where they thought the battle might go.  I don’t know about you, but I lean towards the latter, mainly because I want to give them credit for their conviction.

I don’t know how much of a gamble this will turn out to be, but there’s little doubt it’ll be one of the major ways Kirby’s start will be judged.  Good thing they started on those first-team reps when they did, eh?



Filed under Georgia Football

First trend of the year

Compare and contrast.


Filed under Georgia Football

It’s that time again.

If you haven’t been paying attention, D-1 football kicks off tonight, Down Under, with Cal facing off against Hawaii.

Which means it is once again time to cue up the Stephen Fry clip and welcome another glorious season of college football.

It is a testament to how much I love CFB that I can appreciate an Iron Bowl game for the spectacle it is.  It’s my sincere hope that the people running the sport don’t screw up that vibe beyond redemption.


Filed under College Football

For Hugh Freeze, things are turning out to be nastier than an anonymous Athlon article.

I’m surprised this isn’t getting more attention, but if you’ll dial up the latest episode of The Audible with Feldman & Mandel to around the 4:30 mark, you’ll hear Bruce Feldman report that not only has the NCAA spoken with some current SEC players about Ole Miss’ recruiting, but at least two SEC head coaches have also spoken with the NCAA.

Even juicier are the alleged motives behind that:  “There was a lot of acrimony and frustration with Ole Miss and the NCAA and how it was handled at that point…”

Whoa.  We’re gonna need a bigger bag of popcorn.


Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA

Screw that next year talk.

I wish I could say I share Pete Fiutak’s optimism about the margin of Georgia’s victory in the opener against North Carolina, but with the way I feel right now, a 37-17 result would be more like a shocking surprise.  (Not that I wouldn’t take it.)

That being said, I do think Fiutak gets one thing right that a lot of Georgia fans are brushing over, largely in an attempt to justify Smart starting Jacob Eason.

What’s Going To Happen?

Georgia will look fantastic. The pressure is on Smart to have his team looking strong and tough from Game One, and it’s going to do just that on both sides of the ball by being more physical and more energetic – that’ll matter in a game like this.  [Emphasis added.]

I agree.  Smart’s not looking to the future in his first game.  He’s a competitor.  He also wants to send a message that he’s ready for the biggest job in his life.

If Jacob Eason wins the starting job out of the gate, it won’t be because Smart’s already looking forward to 2017.  It’ll be because his head coach thinks Eason gives him the best chance of winning on September 3, 2016.


Filed under Georgia Football

Friday morning buffet

There’s always something.


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Stats Geek!

“I don’t want a victory lap.”

Uncle Verne may not want one, but I suspect he’s gonna get one.

What would be great would be for CBS to round up every player who’s ever been the object of a Verne crush and get them to offer up a tribute to the man during the SECCG.  You know, for old times’ sake.  Make it happen, fellas.


Filed under SEC Football

Quotes that should make you wince

From Spurrier’s forthcoming book, Head Ball Coach, comes this little reminder of how cozy things once were between him and Georgia’s AD:

Over the years I’ve saved certain special comments for Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and FSU. And I always stood behind the quotes I actually made.

Probably my favorite quote was a comment I made on why South Carolina always preferred playing Georgia early in the season.

I said, “I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.” Their AD, Greg McGarity, who I knew when he was at Florida, remarked: “How can you be mad at him for saying that? It’s the truth!”

Nothing like enabling an asshole who’s also a big rival.  It’s just another reminder that McGarity’s mouth can be his own worst enemy at times.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Evil Genius

“They said, ‘Your knee depends on how hard you’re willing to work.’”

Okay, then.


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