“Cager chuckles at the irony of it all.”

The weirdest part of Lawrence Cager’s journey to Athens has to be this:

“My mind went to Athens as soon as I made a decision to be a Bulldog, I felt right at home,” Cager said. “Coming out of high school, I’d wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog from the jump.”

Back then Mark Richt was the Georgia head coach and UGA didn’t have any scholarships remaining when Cager looked to commit.

That may be the first time I’ve ever heard a player was told by Richt there was no room at the inn.  Roster management, for the… er, loss?

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20 responses to ““Cager chuckles at the irony of it all.”

  1. PTC DAWG

    He’s tall…

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  2. TMCDAWG

    May well be the breakout receiver this year.

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  3. Biggen

    I’d have to go back and look at who was on scholarship that year, but man, having a full scholly roster is something I never remember CMR running into.

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    • TXBaller

      Think Kirby is salivating over Matthew Boling??? If kid wants to play football, Smart will make a spot for him. Ran all-time national best 10.13 in 100m last night in Austin.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        No, I don’t. To my knowledge the kid has never played football. He would be a waste of a scholarship and as a scholarshiped athlete in track he could not by rule play football. UGA track is national championship quality and I neve4 remember reading that Smart drooled over any of them last year.

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        • Derek

          What rule is that?

          We had a track scholly guy play before.

          Some one else might remember but right before half of the Tech game in 1990 one had his corner beat by 30 yards it seemed. Talley hit him in stride and the ball flew off the kids hands as if they were made of iron.

          It isn’t very typical but I’m not aware of any rules.

          Larry played BB.

          Herschel ran track.

          There are other examples. This Boling kid is probably far too good to risk himself on a football field, but I know of no prohibition.

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          • Dawg 1

            Yep, Skeets Nehemiah out of Maryland and Willie Gault did fine in both sports. (And many more, of course).

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            • Gaskilldawg

              Nehemiah did not play in the SEC. It is a SEC rule. Gault was, deservedly, on a football scholarship.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            See Dawoholic below. The SEC instituted that rule in the 1960s after Bear Bryant would give swimming (if I recall the sport correctly) scholarships to football players in order to stockpile more football players than the football scholarship limit allowed. Alabama did not have a swimming team and those guys on swimming scholarship were not competitive swimmers.
            The rule allows a track or tennis or golf athlete to play football but that player counts towards the football limit as well as the swimming (or tennis or golf) limit. So Boling could play football on a track scholarship but he would cost a football slot, too.
            The rule does allow football scholarship recipients to play other sports without counting towards that other sport’s limits.
            Thus, Herschel did not count towards the track limits and Larry Brown, and Terrace Edwards and Fred Gibson did not count towards the basketball limit.
            Once Smart finishes drooling he would have to decide if he wants to use a scholarship slot on a fast track guy who has not played football or on a fast football player.

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        • Dawgoholic

          Not a rule. Rule is though that it counts as a football scholarship if he plays football. Rule is to prevent schools circumventing the 85 rule by using other sports scholarships.

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      • KornDawg

        Al Davis would be

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      • Bulldog Joe

        True. Kirby made a spot for Eric Stokes.

        Originally a track guy, he is developing into one of our top playmakers on defense.

        It can be done.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Eric Stokes in on a football scholarship. Stokes played football in high school, for heavens sake. Has Bonner ever put on football pads in his life? There is a difference between a track athlete who is also a football player and a guy who exclusively a track athlete.

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          • Russ

            Yeah, I’m just looking forward to the kid smoking the competition on the track for us. We have fast receivers already.

            Besides, we don’t know if the kid can block.

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          • TXBaller

            Just to clarify….we not talking about “just another track guy”. This kid is a generational athlete. This is a sub 10 second 100m athlete that had never run 100m competitively til this year. 6-1, 190….if he wants to play ball, hes gonna play ball….to Kirbys delight.

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  4. Hobnail_Boot

    We already had Godwin, Stanley, and Chigbu in hand as part of a class of 28.

    I believe Richt.

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    • dawgxian

      In 2017, someone commented that having the last 2 on the field almost always meant run. Chigbu wasn’t even a 4*

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  5. lakedawg

    They could also catch the ball, whereas Cager has hands of stone.

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  6. moe pritchett

    Herschel Walker tan track at UGA and did pretty good.
    It isn’t for everyone though.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ugafootballlive/status/863417337613045761

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