Go ahead, take it personally

I’m going to date myself here, but back in 1976, when I was at UVa, the ACC basketball coaches snubbed the ‘Hoos’ Wally Walker by leaving him off their all-conference first team.  Walker took it personally and erupted with a brilliant ACC tourney performance that led Virginia, which came in as the eighth seed, to a conference title by knocking off three straight top-20 opponents.

All of that is to say I’m hoping for a case of history repeating with Azeez Ojulari.

Georgia has 10 players listed on the three preseason All-SEC teams per league coaches. It’s good for second in the conference behind Alabama’s 11. According to a statement released by UGA on Thursday, two Bulldogs are on the first team, seven on the second team, and one on the third team.

Junior nose tackle Jordan Davis and senior safety Richard LeCounte III are on the first team. Junior center Trey Hill, sophomore wideout George Pickens, senior defensive end Malik Herring, senior inside linebacker Monty Rice, sophomore inside linebacker Nakobe Dean, fourth-year junior cornerback Eric Stokes, and junior punter Jake Camarda are on the second team. Sophomore outside linebacker Nolan Smith is the lone third-team representative. One Bulldog noticeably absent is redshirt sophomore outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari. He led UGA in sacks a year ago with 5.5.

Pick up that chip and put it on your shoulder, big guy.


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13 responses to “Go ahead, take it personally

  1. Down Island Way

    Should Mr. Ojulari be able to go for…11 sacks, I’d say he made his point…


  2. dawg100

    That UVA team was quite good, but in a stacked conference. Langloh (another in a string of Dematha kids), Iavaroni, and a frosh guard, Stokes, who was growing up quickly, really played well that weekend in the old Capital Centre. Classic bball!


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Off topic, but I remember 76 too. Terry Holland’s sublime career moment. I also remember he did not like Dean Smith very much. Saw cracks in the facade of rectitude.

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  4. RangerRuss

    Emotion can spur a player to perform at their peak. Especially an insult. For instance pitchers found it was a bad idea to walk Chipper to get to Andruw Jones who seemed to become more focused and quite often hit a HR after the perceived snub. Also it seems phenomenal how often a batter hits a HR his first Major League at bat.
    Will Azeez Ojulari use the slight of being ignored by three services as motivation to perform at a much higher level? Can he sustain that performance? I’m sure he can; but, I don’t think it’ll be because of some subjective list published by a pack of writers more interested in clicks than actually compiling a list of the best players. Hopefully AO will put up stats that are too spectacular to ignore.
    Besides, I think those dumbass writers were simply too lazy to spell Azeez Ojulari.


  5. Jack Klompus

    Never thought I’d see a Wally Walker reference anywhere.
    Too bad the Trailblazers bit on that amazing performance.


  6. 86bone

    Evil Kirby found a way to keep Azeez off of those lists…


  7. Ozam

    Wow. Another reason why I luv this blog. A Wally Walker reference! The dude could light it up.


  8. Russ

    That list looked like the epitome of a participation trophy list, making sure to spread the love around the conference. How our entire starting defense isn’t on the 1st-3rd all conference defense is a mystery to me.

    Just more fuel for the fire.

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