Daily Archives: July 19, 2021

The SEC and ESPN, together: you’re gonna love it

Actually, you probably won’t.

Those broadcast checks aren’t gonna grow themselves, peeps.

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The narrative confuses me.

On the one hand, we’re supposed to believe that this is a make or break year for Georgia football under Kirby Smart.

On the other hand, USA Today’s preseason All SEC team doesn’t contain a single Dawg on offense or defense (unless you want to count Camarda).  That’s gonna be a pretty neat trick Kirbs is expected to pull off.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

“He ain’t happy.”

The natives, they are restless.

“We’ve got to have better outcomes from our governing structure. I am highly concerned that we are not as effective as we need to be in our current environment,” Sankey tells SI.

“Driving things at the Board of Governors level is not making this enterprise more healthy and continuing along the same thought, assigning things to big committees that take two years to come to conclusions.”

Even before last week, when NCAA president Mark Emmert expressed his interest in a decentralized NCAA in comments to three select media outlets, wheels behind college athletics’ most powerful people—the conference commissioners—were already turning. Some commissioners were planning to open their individual media days this week with remarks about this exact subject—that NCAA governance change is needed—but Emmert leapt ahead of them, a potential act to save face in a battle he lost long ago.

Here from Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, Sankey will give his annual state of the league to kick off SEC media days. Later this week, commissioners in the ACC, Big Ten, MAC and others will do the same.

All around them, the chorus of change is louder than ever, administrators say. In fact, one athletic director believes that a new governance model can be created and adopted within two years.

“The leaders in the industry are becoming much more vocal about it,” a high-placed NCAA official tells SI. “That tells me something. That tells me that maybe things are moving behind the scenes faster than you think.”

I will be very curious to hear if Sankey uses his convenient platform at this week’s SEC Media Days to level any pointed criticism in the NCAA’s direction.

In the meantime, if you want to know how bad things have gotten…

“The frustration just builds and builds and builds to a breaking point,” says Greg McGarity, the longtime athletic director at Georgia who is now the CEO of the Taxslayer Bowl. “The tough thing is, what’s the alternative? If not this, what’s it look like? I’m sure a lot of smart people are looking at another model.”

If you’ve lost Greg McGarity (!), the living embodiment of a milquetoast when it came to all things NCAA, you’re screwed.

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A recurring thought on Clemson

Three tweets from David Hale:

Getting a healthy Justyn Ross back will be huge…”  I continue to maintain that Georgia’s opening game will be decided by which team’s offensive line has the most success, but if you’re looking for the key player, I’m becoming more convinced that Ross’ health is the second more important factor.  Clemson’s got a lot of talented, lanky receivers, but they didn’t get as much out of the group last season as you would have expected.  Ross back in the lineup makes them a more dangerous bunch.

It’s interesting that with less than two months to go, there’s still no word on whether he has a clean bill of health.  It’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

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Today, in NIL: it’s all relative

Comparing notes in the locker room:

Kenny McIntosh thought he’d never see the day Name Image Likeness would become a reality, but teammate Kendall Milton said he has been anticipating it for some time.

… “I don’t know about any other schools, but at Georgia we have a brotherhood, so that’s not a problem in the locker room,” said McIntosh, who’s entering his third year in the program. “I see more players trying to help each other out with deals.”

Milton, a second-year player, agreed with his stablemate.

“For me ‚I know I have to keep the main thing the main thing,” Milton said. “I very much think (distractions) could happen somewhere else, being that some athletes will get very big deals, and athletes other places that won’t get deals.

“But we have a brotherhood in the locker room, and we discuss the deals we have, and we’re happy and excited for each other.”

“… athletes other places that won’t get deals.”  Yeah, one way of dealing with potential jealousy issues might be to say, “bro, think about how they’ve got it at Georgia Tech.”

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Another take on JT Daniels

I missed this when it came out a month or so ago, but here’s the good and bad on Georgia’s quarterback from Pro Football Network:

The Georgia QB has an NFL-caliber arm. He routinely makes accurate intermediate and short-area passes. Furthermore, he demonstrates anticipation on these passes, putting his receiver in a position to make extra yardage after the catch. In his short career as the Georgia QB, Daniels has shown the ability to drive the ball to the deep third in Todd Monken’s vertical offense. Additionally, he can put enough zip on the ball to throw across his body.

Although he won’t earn any dual-threat monikers, Daniels has impressive athleticism as far as pocket maneuverability. He is light on his feet and can change direction quickly, making him elusive within the pocket. When the Georgia QB does get hit, which we’ll get to shortly, Daniels displays exceptional competitive toughness. He can rebound from a significant impact, gather himself, and stand firm in the pocket the next play.

Areas for improvement

Having praised Daniels’ ability to maneuver in the pocket, let’s start with pocket presence as an area for improvement on his scouting report. Although he has some elusiveness in the pocket, he also takes too many sacks. Daniels needs to work on getting the ball away quicker in dangerous situations.

Standing at 6’3″, Daniels has decent size to play the position in the NFL. However, there were a large number of batted passes during the games studied. He needs to ensure that he consistently clears the line of scrimmage cleanly with his passes to elevate his NFL Draft stock.

Despite having the requisite arm strength to drive the ball to the deep third, there is room for improvement. The Georgia QB’s deep shots can hang in the air, requiring the receiver to slow down in his route rather than hitting him in stride. There are also some deep ball accuracy issues that Daniels will need to clean up in the upcoming college football season.

I don’t there’s anything there that’s particularly unfair.  It’s hard to know exactly what Daniels’ limitations are, based on the small sample size, the rust from the injury and playing in a new scheme with a limited amount of practice time.  I do think it’s likely he shows improvement on the deep ball as he learns to trust his rehabbed knee, but his propensity for taking sacks is troubling, as it’s something that’s plagued him throughout his college career.  Can Monken coach him out of that?

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You can’t tell the scorecard without the numbers.

Anchor down, baby.

If you’ve been following the (randomly on hold because I am lazy) uniform number countdown in the morning Anchor Drop, you’ve probably frequently seen the comment whenever I run across a number that doesn’t have a player attached to it that freshmen haven’t been assigned jersey numbers yet.

Vanderbilt updated the football team’s official roster this week and, uh, it turns out that no one has a jersey number right now.

Now, we heard about this in the spring when confused reporters showed up for spring practice and had no idea who was on the field because nobody was wearing a number. Clark Lea explained it thusly:

“We are going to earn everything in this program,” Lea shared when asked why his players didn’t have numbers on their jerseys. “Until we understand that we rent those numbers, we don’t own them, until we are ready to work within them, leave them better for the next person to wear them, that will come. I don’t want to put a timeline on it.

What happens if they don’t have enough players ready to show up with numbers by the season opener?  I mean, it’s not like Vandy hasn’t had issues showing up before.

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A tale of two transfers

A couple of thumbnail sketches of the new blood in Georgia’s secondary:

Tykee Smith:

Where he fits: Smith can help the Bulldogs at two different positions. He’s smaller than your typical safety but he has the range and physicality to succeed there. Where he’ll be needed, however, is at the STAR/nickel position. He played a similar role the past two seasons at WVU and he played it well. Georgia’s going to ask him to do some different things if he plays that position but he’s going to be really good near the line of scrimmage and in zone coverage. UGA lost Tyrique Stevenson and Mark Webb at the end of the 2020 season, so there’s a big-time void there right now.

2021 Impact: We fully expect Smith to be a starter for the Bulldogs. He didn’t leave Morgantown to be a backup or a role player. Considering how Georgia is in nickel such a large percentage of the time, he’s probably not going to come off the field much. He can also provide some depth at safety if it’s needed. One thing to keep an eye on here is that Smith brings a play-making element to the STAR position that the Bulldogs have been missing since Maurice Smith. The Bulldogs have put some talented players in that spot but not have seemed all that comfortable. Smith, however, seems to thrive in the unique role and seems to always be in attack mode.

Derion Kendrick:

Where he fits: Kendrick is a cornerback all the way. He won’t get looks at safety. He won’t get looks in the sub package. He’s going to play cornerback and he has shown that he can do that job really well. With that said, big-time wideouts and big-time passing games have given him trouble but what else is new? Players who go up against other big-time players tend to get got every now and then, but Kendrick is more than likely wrapping up his college football career at UGA and he’ll want to put some convincing film out there.

2021 Impact: As is the case with Tykee Smith, Georgia didn’t bring Kendrick in to ride the bench. As long as he’s locked in and competing hard, he’s going to start at one of the cornerback spots. Figuring out who’ll be the guy on the other side is the biggest question going into preseason camp. Kendrick has all the talent in the world but Georgia really needs to get the most focused and motivated version of the former five-star prospect. He has shown big-time playmaking ability but the tensions will be high right away. The Bulldogs begin their 2021 season against Kendrick’s old team. If he can weather that storm and keep his emotions in check, he’ll be able to ease into things with a favorable schedule.

Both of those takes resonate.  Smith walks into an ideal situation in terms of team needs meeting a specific skill set; that he’s already familiar with his position coach is almost a bonus.  I also like that his arrival will discourage using other players such as, say, Adam Anderson, at a less than optimal position.

I’ve already said that the best way to motivate Kendrick is to coach him as if he’s in a contract year.  There’s a lot of money to be made if he shows up in the best way.  That being said, Rowe makes a good point about him needing to keep his emotions in check in the Clemson game.  Talent alone isn’t the only way he can show out to pro scouts.  More than in Smith’s case, Kendrick will give us a good indication of Addae’s coaching skills.

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Musical palate cleanser, you can never go home again edition

It is with some trepidation that I share this news.

My head tells me that Stewart hasn’t recorded anything worth a damn in three+ decades.

My heart says:

I suspect this isn’t going to end well, but that doesn’t mean I won’t give a listen first.

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