Georgia is also planning on upgrades to the concourse on the South 100 sections of Sanford Stadium, where Brooks said many loyal, longtime fans sit.
“We’re going to get in there soon and start looking at conceptual designs of how we can improve circulation,” Brooks said. “That may be blowing out that concourse and doubling the width and building new concessions and restrooms around that.”
Sounds like somebody wants to make sure folks have a reason to keep coming back to the stadium, as opposed to opting out for Section HD at home.
Derion Kendrick sounds like he was quite the discipline problem at Clemson.
… Despite the way his time at Clemson ended, Kendrick is still thankful for the opportunity he had to play for the Tigers and Dabo Swinney.
“I give highly thanks to Dabo for just believing in me while I was there, always being on me, trying to get me better, to do better at everything, even if it was on the field, off the field,” Kendrick said. “And everybody around me just pulling for me, even if I was down, just pulling for me. You’ve gotta play with people like that. You’ve gotta play for people like that. That’s why I played with so much passion. I played with so much passion in the game because I wanted to play for them.”
Kendrick, who is a father of two, is hoping to boost his draft stock in his final season of college football.
He considered turning pro following his junior year but opted to return for one more season in hopes of earning his degree and improving his draft grade.
“The reason I came back to school was to finish, graduate, get my degree and then do whatever I wanted to do after that. It wasn’t really like, ‘Oh, go get the money right now.’ … It’s not just about football,” Kendrick said. “I’ve got a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, so that’s what I’m really doing this for. And I’ve got a family that’s behind me 100 percent.”
Total thug. Why on earth would Kirby Smart want that headache?
Due to his current situation, Derion Kendrick presents a difficult evaluation. He surprisingly entered the transfer portal following the conclusion of the 2020 season. Furthermore, he currently remains without a team and was caught up in off-field issues involving law enforcement during the winter.
From a purely talent-based perspective, Kendrick would comfortably be in the top five of the top cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. A former wide receiver who snagged 210 receiving yards at 14 yards per catch in 2018, he transitioned to the defensive side of the ball to help the team.
The ball skills that he possessed as a receiver have helped him become a playmaker at the cornerback position. His experience of playing offense helps him to read the play. Furthermore, he demonstrated physicality both against the run and at the line of scrimmage.
Kendrick has the explosive athletic profile and playmaking ball skills to be a first-round pick. However, his projection is far from clear.
As I said the other day, essentially Kendrick is in a contract year. Play well, and he’ll dispel the doubts and collect a big payday from an NFL team. Does anyone really doubt Smart can motivate a player in that situation?
Yep, that is nine of Clemson’s eleven defensive starters you see there. Pretty stout showing.
Interestingly, though, for a team that’s been an offensive juggernaut for several years now, there’s not nearly as much going on that side of David’s chart. Two first-teamers and one second-teamer (and I’m still not convinced Ross is fully healthy yet) is quite a step down from last season.
To me, when it comes to Georgia’s opener, it feels like the team that gets the best offensive line performance is going to get the win. What say y’all?
Here’s one chart from an eye-opening piece($$) comparing how each current P5 coach has done in the 247Sports Composite team rankings with the classes that were signed at their programs before they arrived.
Saban’s numbers are mind-boggling, both in terms of how recruiting had slid at ‘Bama before he got there, but also in terms of how he’s maintained a ridiculously high class ranking over fourteen years.
You can also see one reason why Kentucky and TAMU have recently improved. (And it may lay the seeds for the Aggies becoming a bigger threat to Alabama in the West than LSU.)
Meanwhile, about that gap…
• Kirby Smart’s average class improvement of 6.4 spots at Georgia doesn’t seem dramatic, but it certainly is. It’s very difficult to make a big improvement when you’re taking over a program that is averaging a top-10 finish already. The Bulldogs are assembling elite classes with ease, in part because Smart has put a fence around Georgia, one of the deepest states for high school talent in the country. It seems as though it’s only a matter of time before Georgia breaks through and wins a national title.
• Dan Mullen has improved Florida’s recruiting results slightly, and the Gators fielded a really good team in 2020. But if he wants to be a consistent threat in the SEC title race, Mullen will have to do more on the recruiting trail.
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