Andy Staples ($$) includes Demetris Robertson on a list of what he refers to as THAT-GUY-IS-STILL-IN-COLLEGE? All-Stars. He missed an even better example on Georgia’s roster.
A pair of Georgia seniors are taking advantage of the freebie year granted by the NCAA for the 2020 season but another Bulldog will not be back. UGA confirmed on Wednesday that wide receiver Demetris Robertson and defensive tackle Julian Rochester plan to return for a final season in Athens. Both were fifth-year seniors in 2020 but the NCAA’s decision to not count the 2020 season against the eligibility of any player in any sport allows them to return.
… Rochester has spent his entire career at Georgia after signing with the Bulldogs in Kirby Smart’s first class. He has appeared in 41 games for UGA with 113 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He has only played in nine games over the past two seasons due to ACL injuries. He has suffered two of those, one at the end of the 2018 season that allowed him to play in just four games in 2019. His 2020 campaign was cut short due to an ACL injury suffered in the Kentucky game. He’s currently working to return from the injury and subsequent surgery from this past season.
Rochester signed with Smart, but I believe he committed to Richt in 2015, which would make him the only player left on Georgia’s roster who can claim that on his resume.
The thing is, Rochester looked like a sixth-year senior when he was a freshman. Ageless.
For those of us who thought James Cook could be a major contributor on offense, last season gave us reason to hope that was becoming a reality.
It’s not just that Monken figured out ways to make him productive. You can see that Cook is learning how to play the position. His reads and moves have clearly improved.
As a bonus, it turns out you can run a smaller back between the tackles if the o-line can open a hole or two. Just ask South Carolina and Missouri. Who’da thunk it?
It’s kind of interesting to compare the skepticism about Tray Scott early on to where he is now.
If you’re scoring at home, Tray Scott has landed a five star defensive lineman in every recruiting class save his first one, and has managed to restock the depth chart up front with even more blue chip recruits, most of whom are still in Athens and playing for him.
The Bulldogs has 12 different defensive linemen record a tackle in 2020. All but senior Malik Herring are set to return in 2021. Did I mention that Georgia led the SEC in rush defense in 2019 and 2020? I should have mentioned that, too.
All of which is to say, Tray Scott has quietly emerged as a rock star recruiter and a solid developer of talent after coming to Athens as a relatively unproven addition.
Recruiter and developer? Not too shabby. Maybe we didn’t see that coming, but it looks like Kirby did.
For those worried about how player compensation would cause the best talent to flow to the top programs…
… that’s already happening.
I posted a little something about Taeden Johnson, the kid who tragically lost much of his family in a fire last month. People here and elsewhere stepped up to help him out, which was heartening to see.
He’s getting more support.