Daily Archives: February 10, 2020

Another depth chart post

Jake Rowe takes a first stab at a post-signing day depth chart for the offense.  I wouldn’t say there are any huge surprises there.  Just a few bullet point observations:

  • Newman and McKitty are penciled in as the starters at their respective positions.  If they don’t make it so by the time September rolls around, I hope it’s because the roster is really that deep at QB and TE.
  • Georgia is incredibly young at left tackle.  Of the five names listed, only Condon isn’t a freshman or redshirt freshman.
  • As far as the o-line goes, generally speaking, it sure looks like there will be a huge game of musical chairs going on to sort out the two-deep — more particularly, who will be playing where.
  • It’s pretty obvious some of the incoming wideouts in this class are going to make the two-deep.
  • In terms of an established hierarchy, running back is probably the most stable position group.


Filed under Georgia Football

Recycling in the SEC East

A door in Columbia may close on some former Georgia coaches, but another opens.

Tracy Rocker won’t return to Tennessee, but will stay in the SEC East.

The veteran defensive line coach is expected to take the same role on the staff at South Carolina, sources told GoVols247 on Monday morning.

The piece goes on to note that UT’s lost three position coaches recently.  It’s getting harder to tell the 2020 staffs without a scorecard these days.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

“Finding a good quarterback is like finding a good wife. You just gotta get lucky sometimes.”

Here’s a fantastic article from Bruce Feldman ($$) about how the scouting services and coaches whiffed on the top nine quarterbacks in the 2013 class.  (Only one of them managed to hold a starting job at the school he was recruited to.)

Anyway, here’s a particular story that might be of interest to some of you.

Brice Ramsey, the No. 7 QB, threw four touchdowns in four seasons at Georgia.

Roberts: In person, Brice Ramsey looks great. He’s 6-3. Strokes it (throwing). Unbelievable kid. But he came from like a Wing-T/veer offense, where every throw was either a slant or a go-route and that’s it. He probably only had about 150 reps and that’s it. The Air Raid guys are getting an absurd amount of reps. In the pros on must-pass situations, when the whole stadium knows he has to thread the needle, (Patrick) Mahomes can do it because he’s done it so many times before. There was no sophistication in Brice’s offense, but he’d won a lot of games and Mark Richt offered him early.

So did Nick Saban.  C’est la vie.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

“It’s a work in progress…”

Just a reminder, now that signing day is in the books, that Kirby Smart’s got one big thing left on his to-do list.

We’re still in the offseason, so all things are not done yet. Being able to reinvent yourself, being able to reinvent your program and developing the players in it are what’s going to set you apart and make you different. There are still moves to be made for us from a hiring standpoint and moving people around.

I haven’t heard much about this, one way or the other, but Smart certainly has plenty of options — move Hartley to special teams coach and bring in a new TE assistant; spread the special teams duties around the staff and bring in an assistant to coach a position group (right now, there are five offensive assistants and four defensive); decide whether to assign Monken to a position group (he’s coached QBs and receivers before) or leave him to roam among position groups in a sort of overseeing spot — to choose from.

Not to mention one other thing; namely, does Smart do what he usually does and make the decision about recruiting chops, or does he look for somebody whose reputation is on the coaching side?

Your thoughts?


Filed under Georgia Football

“One of the exciting aspects of our job is being able to enhance our facilities.”

Leave it to Greg McGarity to present a hype video on digging a hole.

I’ll leave it to others to suggest whether that’s a metaphor for something.


Filed under Georgia Football

The Pirate has a bigger boat.

I get that the SEC West is a tougher neighborhood than Mike Leach has ever had to navigate, but I do wonder how much this will matter as a counter.

What would happen if Mike Leach got to coach a team full of really good college football players?

While the new Mississippi State head coach made the most noise this week over his tweet about Mitt Romney, and he didn’t have a whole lot to do with the new Bulldogs coming in, this is technically his best recruiting class in 19 years has a head coach.

Depending on what brand of recruiting rankings you believe in, this 2020 MSU class and the 2006 Texas Tech recruiting class – which didn’t turn out to be any big whoop – were both generally ranked around the mid-20s nationally. No other Leach class at Texas Tech or Wazzu was able to bust past the 30s, and most of them were around the mid-50s or worse.

Remember, Leach actually did very little recruiting in Starkville, and Moorhead imploded and lost his job before signing day.  If MSU can garner a mid-twenties class without much from the head coach, that says a lot about the talent base Leach has access to now.  How much difference will it make?


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!, Recruiting, SEC Football

Vegas warms to the Dawgs.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook now lists Georgia at 7-to-1 odds to win the 2020 national title and Jamie Newman at 12-to-1 odds to win the Heisman.  Each is fourth-best, nationally.

Should we refer to that as the Monken Effect?


Filed under Georgia Football, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

“Year after year, we tweak these rules.”

You know, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz might have a point about this ($$):

Constant tinkering of college football’s rules has contributed to the sport’s officiating inconsistencies and has the potential to erode confidence in the overall product, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

In an exclusive interview with The Athletic, Ferentz believes officials are better trained and better equipped than ever before. However, the on-field arbiters are asked to review too many points of emphasis and judge too much of the action during the game, he said.

“We’ve made the game harder to interpret and officiate,” Ferentz said.

At least with regard to targeting, that’s what you get when the sport’s masters are more concerned about being sued than being consistent.


Filed under College Football