Monthly Archives: February 2021

Tackling the left tackle position

While the secondary as a group is my biggest area of concern for Georgia’s 2021 prospects, the single position question that looms largest for me is, after watching the bowl game, left tackle.  It seems pretty apparent that the coaches want to move Salyer inside to a guard position, but it’s hard to see how Truss’ performance against Cincinnati gives them the confidence to do so.

As for other options, check out Jake Rowe’s position outlook piece here.

Jamaree Salyer (Senior): A move to left guard could be the move here but it’s going to take someone stepping up and playing left tackle at a high level. Salyer provides a security blanket for the Bulldogs in that regard. He’s a very good tackle but he’s a potentially dominant guard.

Xavier Truss (Redshirt sophomore): He has a little experience at this spot and he probably learned some lessons the hard way against Cincinnati. He has the length and athleticism to play the spot but he has to clean up his technique and grow from a mental standpoint. He seemed to lack focus and patience in the Peach Bowl.

Broderick Jones (Redshirt freshman): The former five-star prospect’s athleticism was on full display in the mop-up action he saw late last season. The sky’s the limit for Jones but he has to attack the off season. Smart commented no Jones need to get bigger and stronger late last season and that’s something he can control between now and the start of preseason camp. This spring will offer him the opportunity to build on his knowledge and comfort level within the offense.

Amarius Mims (Freshman): Never count out a player this talented. Mims, like Jones, has tremendous potential. He has a college-ready body at 6-foot-7 315 pounds and he has already impressed with his power. He has the length offensive line coaches desire at left tackle and he has the athleticism to go with it. This spring will probably be a struggle for him in some ways. His head will be spinning much like Jones’ was during preseason camp. He’s going to need a little time but how much depends on how quickly he can pick things up.

As much as they’d like to move Salyer, they won’t unless they’re comfortable with another option at left tackle.  Does Truss step up?  What about Jones taking the big step in his second season?  Talent certainly isn’t the issue.  Experience is.  By all accounts, Mims is a total stud.  But, do you really want to entrust protecting Daniels’ blind side to a true freshman?  We shall see.

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“We’re really fortunate to be part of the SEC, let me just say that.”

I’d sure love to know what UT Chancellor Donde Plowman means when she said this:

Tennessee athletics expects to incur an operating loss of more than $28 million during the 2021 fiscal year, and it will rely on financial support from the university and the SEC to cover the deficit.

The projected loss is primarily tied to a steep reduction in ticket revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university has committed $12.5 million in institutional support from financial reserves to help cover the deficit, Plowman said. That support is not funded by tuition dollars, she said. Additionally, the SEC will provide financial relief, Plowman said.

“I can’t go into all the details about what that conference package is going to look like, but what I can tell you is, that (operating deficit) will be covered,” Plowman said. “It will be close, but we’re going to make it.”

Is Greg Sankey bailing out UT athletics with a loan?  An outright grant?  An advance on TV money?  That opens up an enormously potential conflict of interest.  For example, how motivated will the conference be to support NCAA sanctions if it impacts the school’s ability to meet future financial obligations?

There’s no indication anyone’s asked the SEC office about this, but I’d sure love to hear the details.

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Sometimes, the grass ain’t greener.

I thought Kirby was keeping a couple of roster spots open in order to fish a cornerback out of the transfer portal, but after seeing this 247Sports list of the top ten defensive backs in there, I can see why he’s in no hurry.  It’s a pretty undistinguished bunch.

Y’all have any thoughts about it?

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All in, in College Station.

Full speed ahead at Texas A&M:

Texas A&M officials are planning for a full Kyle Field for the 2021 football season, athletics director Ross Bjork said Tuesday on his monthly Facebook Live town hall meeting.

“Our approach as we sit here today on February the 23rd is that we will operate at full capacity, that we’ll have full stadiums,” he said. “We’ll have the full experience. We’ll have the Aggie band back on the field. We’ll do all the things that we normally do.”

He’s not being stubborn or insane — “If we have to pivot, we know we can,” Bjork said. “The virus will dictate.” — he’s merely being aggressive in making plans.  I’ll be curious to see how quickly any of his peers jump on the bandwagon.  Or if Sankey feels a need to weigh in.

Interestingly enough, four of the top five highest attended college football games last season were played at Kyle Field.  Sounds like there’s plenty of pent-up demand.

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Evolution

If you’re trying to put your finger on how Georgia’s offense changed from 2019 to 2020, this data dump might be right up your alley.

Okay, that’s better, but maybe you’re still not that impressed.  Well, this might change your mind.

That’s not your daddy’s manball.  What that is, is an offensive coordinator who’s not as wedded to wasted running plays as his predecessor was and finally has a quarterback he trusts to make throws.  Luckily for us, none of that should change in 2021.

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TFW you didn’t use the NFL to leverage your job security

Promises, promises…

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Seth’s survey sez…

If you don’t have an Athletic subscription, trust me, his fan survey is exhaustive (27 topics!).  Two questions, in particular, I thought are worth posting here to get your reaction:

Screenshot_2021-02-25 Georgia Bulldogs football fan survey How do you feel about the UGA program

Screenshot_2021-02-25 Georgia Bulldogs football fan survey How do you feel about the UGA program (1)

Feel free to opine on those, or, if you have a subscription, any other points Seth raises, in the comments.

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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world a settlement didn’t exist.

So, there’s this.

Former LSU head football coach Les Miles reached a settlement with a former student who accused him of harassment several years ago, and the settlement has surfaced as investigators probe the university’s handling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence complaints, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation have confirmed to The Advocate | The Times-Picayune.

The episode goes back about a decade, when a former LSU Athletic Department student intern accused Miles of “hitting on her,” three of the sources said.

The thing is, LSU claims to know nothing about it.

“As part of the Husch Blackwell review and our internal investigations, we have heard about a settlement, but LSU is not a party to it and we have not seen it,” Jim Sabourin, the university’s vice president of strategic communications, said when presented with the allegations Wednesday. Husch Blackwell is the law firm LSU hired to scrutinize the university’s handling of sexual misconduct and other complaints.

Lester himself denies it ever happened.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Miles, now the coach at the University of Kansas, denied he made advances toward a student intern. “That’s not true,” he said.

And his attorney cries, “fake news!”.

A longtime attorney for Miles, New York-based Peter Ginsberg, said in an email Wednesday that a description of Miles’ settlement with the student was “discernibly incomplete and inaccurate, and its publication would recklessly cast Mr. Miles in a false light.”

Sort of, anyway.

Ginsberg did not respond to follow-up questions about whether he was denying the existence of the settlement itself.

I guess it’s easier to deny the existence of something you’ve kept buried for years.

The long-buried settlement — which does not turn up in searches of Baton Rouge court records — has come to light amid a larger review of how LSU has handled allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic violence cases, the sources said.

But I doubt that’s gonna hold up much longer.  That should be awkward.

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UPDATE:  Yeah, this figures.

Never let it be said that Jeff Long isn’t one to take advantage of an opportunity when one presents itself.

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Todd Monken, sneaky devil?

Wait a minute…

I thought Georgia was prohibited from using its tight ends like that.

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“I gotta go.”

What did your head coach do during the offseason?

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