So, it turns out that new quarterback usually isn’t a good look for Tennessee.
“Only two times did the Vols win more games with a new quarterback than they did the year before, (and) three times they won the same amount, and five times the win total slipped,” Pennington said. “They only went up in total offense two of those times.”
Dobbs was 9-4 in his first full season as a starter in 2015, but Dobbs had started games the previous year and didn’t qualify as a “new starter.”
Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Mike Strange said research he did suggests that if a freshman is running the show, 9 wins could be out of reach in 2017.
“If you go through a season where a freshman starts all or most of your games,” Strange said on Sunday’s Sports Source show, “8 wins was about the ceiling.”
I think I’ve heard that somewhere.
The article goes on to note a couple of years where there were exceptions to the rule, the last being in 2004. If you’ve got to reach back to the Randy Sanders era to find your happy times on offense, I’d say you’re trying too hard.
If you’re still trying to get some insight into what Kirby Smart was trying to instill in his team last season, you might find this quote revealing.
Not a shouter by nature, Godwin can be heard daily correcting and encouraging teammates. Meanwhile, he’s an integral part of much that Georgia does on offense. He’s the first option for handling wildcat (or “wild dawg”) duties when the call is to shift the quarterback out of the shotgun.
“Terry is really doing a good job of being a leader and challenging those guys, a lot more so than he did at this time last year,” Smart said. “He’s coming into his own when it comes to work ethic.”
Godwin, mind you, came into last season as Georgia’s leading returning receiver, just as he is in 2017. His 2016 stats are remarkably similar to those of his as a true freshman. Does his “coming into his own” from a work ethic standpoint mean that he’s on the verge of a true breakout season?
That may depend on how you define breakout.
“I’ll say this about them: They’re playing more physical than they ever have since we’ve been here,” Smart said. “J.J. Holloman, Tyler Simmons, even Terry. We had a bubble screen when Terry went out there and blocked and was physical. On that part they’ve answered the bell. We’ve just got to get them open and get them separated more.” [Emphasis added.]
That’s former Georgia defensive back Jonathan Abram, who’s now being coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. As the tweet mentions, Dan Mullen elected to call the game in the aftermath of that.
This is what comes of newbies trying to make an impression, I suppose. And remember these guys are due in Athens this season.
I went and saw The Zombies Saturday night at Variety Playhouse. The group, both in its current configuration and also in the one that brings together the four surviving members of the original group, are touring in support of the fiftieth anniversary of the recording of their second album, Odessey and Oracle.
That album is one of the more ill-fated stories of pop music. (Wikipedia has the back story here, if you’re interested.) Aside from the “group makes great record, then promptly disbands” part of it, the album itself is a minor miracle, given keyboardist and musical leader Rod Argent’s tendency towards stylistic self-indulgence (something that was on display in a rather up-and-down first set Saturday) combined with the surprising decision to let the group produce the album itself.
Happily, though, the final product was a taut effort, with not a single wasted note on twelve songs clocking in at a tick over thirty-five minutes. (If you’ve got the time and like late sixties British pop, give it a listen.) The band performs the album live virtually note for note, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Anyway, the album may be obscure, but it was the source of the group’s monster hit, “Time of the Season”, which was recorded in 1967, released as a single six months later and became a chart success in 1969. It sounded as great the other night as it did the first time I heard it on the radio.