Waitin’ on the newbies

Seth Emerson’s spring practice review ($$) reinforces a certain feeling I’ve gotten from much of the media’s reporting this spring:  there’s playing time available for incoming freshmen receivers George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock if they’re ready to seize the opportunity.

Seth specifically discussed Blaylock’s chances to be the primary option at returner.  Smart isn’t exactly being coy about that.

“I don’t mind a freshman at all,” Smart said. “That doesn’t bother me in the least bit if it’s the right guy. If it’s a guy you trust with decision-making, elite hands. This kid’s baseball (background), punt returner, great hands, great vision. I trust him all day to protect the ball. We’ve got to find out if he’s elite as a punt returner though.”

Now, being an elite returner isn’t the same thing at Georgia as being an elite wideout, for one very important reason.  Returners don’t have to block.  But outside of Holloman and Simmons, I’ve heard so little consensus about the other members of the receiving corps stepping up to fill the slots left open by the departures of Godwin, Hardman, et al. that it leaves me with the impression that Smart is keeping a very open mind about the depth chart at the position.

It also leaves me with the impression that all this new talk about how Georgia’s passing game is going to be more robust under Coley may be a little premature.

5 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

5 responses to “Waitin’ on the newbies

  1. Granthams replacement

    Maybe they’ll throw it to Charlie more. I bet he is quicker than 4.9.

    Like

  2. J-Dawg

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the passing game or kick returners. Remember, Kirby is the master of misinformation. The more he moans the happier I get. It’s reverse Dawg Porn.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Bulldog Joe

      Kirby usually tells it as it is.

      This was a motivational message for the guys who still have two weeks of spring practice in front of them.

      Like

  3. Russ

    I wonder why they don’t consider DRob on returns? Is it that he doesn’t block for himself very well?

    Like

  4. Benny D

    It takes a special or crazy guy to be a return man, especially punts. You love to love it…and also manage the Adrenalin dump when you’re camped out under a sky high knuckleball dropping outta the stratosphere while at least 2 guys are running full speed to hit you exactly when the ball touches your hands…or pretend to even when you wave for a fair catch.

    It’s like holding pole vault try-outs. “Okay boys, we need someone to do something that makes you completely vulnerable and is completely contrary to every survival instinct you have. And, by the way, if your technique fails, there’s a good chance catastrophic physical harm will happen anyway. Who wants to go first and run it live?”

    The point? If Kirbs believes somebody can do it, and is even willing to entrust it to a Freshman, good gosh, that dude must be special, not just talented.”

    Liked by 1 person