The continuing adventures of throw the damned ball

We all know there are holes at receiver that have to be filled this season.  One hope is that Demetris Robertson is ready to step up.  There is more involved with that than just catching passes, of course.

Robertson arrived on campus in mid-July, and got off to a quick start. After scoring on a 72-yard speed sweep in the opener against Austin Peay, it appeared the former Savannah Christian star was certainly going to be one watch.

It didn’t quite work out that way. Robertson did not catch a single pass for the Bulldogs before a concussion limited his play over the final third of the year. Hence the question, what’s next? Is Robertson still the player most projected he would be when every major program in the country was pining for his services three years ago?

Short answer, yes.

Teammates will tell you he’s the same player he was as a freshman at Cal when he caught 50 passes for 767 yards and seven touchdowns. However, at Georgia, it’s not just about how well you run your routes.

If you want consistent playing time under Kirby Smart, you’ve got to learn how to play physically, and how to block. He arrived at Georgia at the same time summer strength and conditioning drills were coming to an end. This also put Robertson behind, a fact he pointed out during a post-game conversation after the SEC Championship.

“For me, it’s really just been learning the offense. This is the third offense I’ve had to learn,” Robertson said. “Plus, I wasn’t here over the summer to get my chemistry and work out with the guys.”

It was obvious early on last year that nobody at Cal expected Robertson to block when he was there; he looked lost trying to do so here.  How much difference will a year in the program make?  Let’s just say I’ll be curious to see if we get any clues at G-Day.

Beyond Robertson’s progress, this is Kirby Smart’s team we’re talking about, so you know that, if nothing else, Georgia is exploring all available options, like this one:  “Coley was my coach my freshman year, he knows how to use me…”

Pressure is a privilege, y’all, and the best way to create pressure is with competition… and that takes numbers.


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19 responses to “The continuing adventures of throw the damned ball

  1. Granthams replacement

    UGA is a long way from starting players based on seniority, I’m looking at Bryan Evans vs Rashad Jones on the depth chart.


  2. Derek

    Did he appear in more than 4 games?

    In other words, is it possible that this isn’t his final season?


  3. Will be a dead give away to defenses to see him on the field….knowing he can’t block for the run play (CKS style), must be a pass play/jet sweep…..


  4. artful codger

    Seems to me that, generally speaking, to engage a CB and possibly a safety busy downfield into coverage on the left sideline is as good as a block if the run goes to the other side.


    • Dawg1

      This is right. And with the more restrictive blocking below the waist rules, you are only trying to essentially get in their way nowadays anyway!


  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Javon Wims made a huge improvement in his second year. It also took several games before Hardman and Ridley became effective. I remember people complaining about Godwin’s blocking as a freshman, even though he could “catch everything in his zip code”. An acclimation period is the trend. So based on that recent history, I’m skeptical about a transfer or freshman making an immediate splash – although there’s opportunity for that at kick/punt returner.

    We don’t lack for WR talent, size, or speed. I have no doubt we’ll see someone from among DRob, Simmons, Bush, Jackson, Landers, Blount, etc. fill the void.


  6. NYCDawg

    Kirby is great at identifying and recruiting talent but when it comes to utilizing the individual talent of each player – not so much.


  7. Ray Avret

    Robertsons hands look like stones.
    I have no idea why someone hasn’t looked at him as a CB


  8. ASEF

    Robertson will be fine. It’s not like he didn’t know what he was signing up for when he transferred. The only way this doesn’t work is if his heart isn’t willing to do the things off the ball that the NFL is looking for anyway. There’s no evidence of that.

    Plus, if he puts in some work on tackling, he could be a real asset on punt coverage. That sort of thing exponentially increases your odds of making that first NFL roster.


  9. Go Dawgs!

    Can the kid from Miami block? If so, welcome to Athens, young man.