“I’m not expecting anything great; I’m not expecting anything bad…”

Well, look who surfaced yesterday.

Ladies and gentlemen, we not only have had a Nate McBride sighting, but a full-blown close encounter.

The Georgia Bulldogs’ curiously popular junior linebacker was made available for post-practice interviews for the first time since his trumpeted signing in 2017…

Full disclosure, though, he was bit taken aback when informed he was to represent the team at Tuesday’s media availability.

“It was a little bit shocking,” McBride said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘dang, did I do that good in the scrimmage?’ But, yeah, it shocked me a little bit. I’ve done these things before. … It’s fun.”

It’s not fair to say McBride’s been a flop.  Rather, it’s more that he’s been engaged in an uphill struggle with Georgia’s depth at his position ($$).

Still, there were early signs that it wouldn’t be easy for McBride, who was the 161st overall prospect in the 2017 class. That would have made him the top-rated signee that year at Georgia Tech and Kentucky, or the fifth-best signee at Auburn and Clemson, or the sixth-best at Florida.

But at Georgia, that only ranked him No. 14.

And that was before the 2018 class, which had 12 players in the top 100 alone, including five-star Quay Walker, and the 103rd-ranked player was inside linebacker Channing Tindall.

And then came the 2019 class, with five-star Nakobe Dean, who has already drawn gushing comparisons to Roquan Smith.

Lordy.

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31 responses to ““I’m not expecting anything great; I’m not expecting anything bad…”

  1. McBride may be one of those who sneaks up on people this year. He has been a mainstay on a number of special teams. If the light has come on with the defense, he could be a guy who is a surprise. I hope so because he’s athletic and has stayed out of trouble.

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    • CB

      You just inadvertently hoped for 3-4 ILB’s to get hurt.

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      • I didn’t even inadvertently say that. All I said is he could be a guy who could be a contributor if the light comes on especially given the fact the 2 starters from last year have graduated.

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        • CB

          The only reason Taylor started was bc Rice got hurt, and Natrez was a shell of himself. Also, how many games did he actually start?

          If by “the light coming on” you mean McBride suddenly surpassing Crowder, Rice, Tindall, Walker and Dean there has been about zero evidence to suggest that will happen. Not that I don’t want to see the kid break through. Seems like a hard worker with a lot of talent.

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  2. artful codger

    I don’t remember who wrote the article several months back, but it put forth the idea of McBride converting to fullback, if and should Coley and his offensive plan possibly utilize one on certain sets. Seemed plausible to me.

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  3. scottrollins

    After reading Seth’s article, I read a comment from the infamous Matt C, who I normally consider pretty much a jerk. But he made a good point that for McBride’s own football future, he ought to consider transferring to another P5 school where he can actually get meaningful playing time, perhaps even start and catch some NFL looks.

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    • JCDawg83

      That sounds good in theory but the NFL generally doesn’t go after the “big fish in the small pond” type players. McBride will still be competing with the same guys he can’t beat out in college on draft day. NFL scouts are great at finding that hidden gem on an obscure team. They are also great at recognizing when a guy is just the tallest pygmy in the jungle.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. McBride has an uphill climb for playing time on this roster. But elsewhere in the sec, acc, etc. he’d be an instant starter, maybe team captain. Many others have done it, including Johnathan Abram – who’s being considered as a 1st round pick.

      Wasn’t very long ago we had an urgent need at ILB and Jake Ganus was Johnny-on-the-spot. Talk about a guy who took full advantage of his opportunity.

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  4. UGA '97

    When top talented guys are 3rd on depth chart, these are like rich people problems.

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  5. Bigshot

    If he was the 14th ranked signee at UGA and would have been the 5th ranked signee at Clemson will someone tell me how Clemson wins National Championships?

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    • Scouting and player development. Is that surprising for some reason?

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      • The Truth

        Bluto, is player development synonymous with coaching? Not being snarky — legitimate question.

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      • Greg

        you left out ACC schedule…

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        • What does beating Alabama soundly have to do with the ACC?

          Like it or not, that’s a quality program.

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          • Greg

            depth, injuries, schedule that would keep them out of consideration (it’s a tough neighborhood) and etc…..was enough to keep FSU from joining the SEC when they had a chance, just ask Bobby. But you already knew that….right???

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            • If ‘Bama made it through the SEC intact, I have no reason to think Clemson wouldn’t. YMMV.

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              • stoopnagle

                But you do recognize that Clemson has a lighter row to hoe to get to the playoff, right? It doesn’t mean they aren’t quality, but it does make a difference if you can get more players PT because your competition just isn’t that great and on top of that sit players so they experience less wear and tear than a similarly talented team. All of it adds up at the end of the year.

                Oh, and taking PEDs probably goes far in recovery too. 🙂

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                • Per Sagarin, Clemson’s 2018 SOS was 25th. Not as tough as Alabama’s or Georgia’s, but not shameful, either.

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                • Greg

                  Not taking anything away from Clemson, they were the better team that day…was actually pulling for them (sick of Bama). But the point is, is the schedule leading up to the playoffs. Clemson has an easier path than a lot of teams, that was due to an ACC schedule. The link to the SOS is after the season. Haven’t looked it up, but my guess is…they were probably in the 40’s or so before playing ND and Bama. “Any Given Saturday”…..they definitely had an easier path, so did Notre Dame. But Clemson deserved it, they beat Bama straight up. Just not sure if they would have been there (playoffs) with an SEC schedule, that’s all.

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                • The link to the SOS is after the season. Haven’t looked it up, but my guess is…they were probably in the 40’s or so before playing ND and Bama.

                  You can say the same thing about ‘Bama after it played Oklahoma and Clemson.

                  BTW, check out Sagarin’s ratings after the season before: Alabama 27, Clemson 4.

                  Is the SEC overall a tougher conference than the ACC? Sure. But it’s not as if Clemson played in the Mountain West or something. Alabama plays its share of cupcakes. And Clemson has played two SEC teams in the regular season for the last three seasons.

                  The gap isn’t as monumental as you make it out to be.

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                • Greg

                  Concur, for the most part. No way to know….and glad we are in the SEC – but have always wondered how may MNC the Dawgs of Georgia would have with an ACC schedule (thru the years).

                  Clemson was definitely the better team this past season….and was happy to see Bama get spanked. Just wish it was UGA doing it.

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              • CB

                The near misses at A&M and Syracuse suggest they were pretty vulnerable early last season.

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    • The difference between 5 and 14 is not great. In addition much of that difference is purely subjective.

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    • MGW

      Same way everyone else not named Alabama has done it. Georgia’s doing it the Alabama way, and… so far so good. But it (as in stockpiling ridiculous amounts of talent and then suffocating the other team) isn’t the only way, and it isn’t invincible.

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  6. TomReagan

    If I remember correctly, he was a stud athlete with poor instincts and fundamentals in high school that we hoped would figure things out in college. Sometimes that just doesn’t happen.

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  7. CB

    “This Bulldog recruit seemed to be the complete package: McBride was an all-state track star, sweeping the sprint titles (100m, 200m, and 400 and 1600 relays) at the Georgia state meet in 2017.”

    Helluva resume coming in

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  8. Some take longer than others and some never do…apparently he has the attention of the staff, to many athletic dudes in that room….

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