Jermaine Burton’s business decision

Jermaine Burton had his first public presser this week and aside from the above comment — forgot about winning a national championship?  Yeah, I’m calling BS on that — his remarks about why he changed schools were pretty anodyne.

But, really, it’s pretty easy to tell why just by looking at the numbers.

Burton was second on the team in receiving yards last season and his yards per catch (19.12) were only exceeded by Pickens and Smith.  But he averaged less than two catches per game.  In fact, there were only two Georgia receivers who averaged better than two catches per game.

At Alabama, Williams averaged over five catches per game and Metchie over seven per game.  Two other players besides them averaged more than two catches per game.  That offense is more pass happy than Georgia’s and it’s also more directed at feeding the top two receiving options.  (Although, given Monken’s comment the other day about Pickens being a 1000-yard receiver had he stayed healthy last season, it would have been interesting to see how that would have played out.)

Graham made an interesting observation about how much Georgia would miss in the wake of Burton’s transfer.

I think I’d sum things up with the thought that ‘Bama gains more from Burton’s transfer than Georgia loses.  Although if there’s an area of concern, it’s that last season’s top three receivers in terms of yards per catch are all gone (yeah, there’s the possibility that Smith makes it back later in the season, but it’s not something to count on for now).  Someone will have to step up in that department.

But as for Burton’s decision, it’s not hard to see why he chose to go.  More power to him.

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68 responses to “Jermaine Burton’s business decision

  1. One of the posters known as Mark

    I wish two things for him: 1) he has a great season and goes in the first round; 2) UGA’s defense makes his day utterly miserable in the SECCG.

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  2. Ran A

    Yup; some folks up in arms about saying he’s forgotten about that game. Come on… He’s playing to the Alabama folks (as he should). He’ll never forget that game as long as he lives. And if by chance, it’s Georgia holding up the trophy and not Alabama for the 2nd year in a row; he will likely second guess that decision the rest of his life, regardless of where he goes in the draft.

    Also believe that him going to Bama was a done deal in December. Happened way to quickly after the Natty.

    He made a business decision – like the Senator said – more power to him.

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    • munsonlarryfkajim

      Can’t say I blame him – he will undoubtedly get more touches and stats at Alabama. It’s not like he left us for some 4-8 team that runs the air raid to get his stats. He went to another contender

      I’ve never been much of a fan of his myself. In particular his end zone celebrations always rubbed me the wrong way.

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  3. Geezus

    Isn’t Blaylock coming back this year too?

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  4. Jermaine really just wanted to go to the school that invented the injury tent, since he has been in so many times.

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  5. 86bone

    Not to mention his shitty attitude in the locker room….

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  6. moe pritchett

    Maybe, and this is a shot in the dark, but just maybe he was an asshole and didn’t work well with the staff of teammates and that’s why he didn’t get as many targets. Just a guess.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I hadn’t thought of that before now, but maybe when they had team meetings at UGA his ‘why’ was more of a ‘whine’. That comment was annoying to me because you can play to the Alabama base without saying something stupid like “…I honestly forgot about that game…”. I will say Kirby didn’t seem too bummed about the transfer, but we’ll probably never know.

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      • stoopnagle

        Kirby tried to get him to stay. He and a couple of others. He’s the only one that left. We’d be better with him, but I think the notion here that he’ll help Bama more than he’d hurt us is pretty spot on.

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    • You are correct. He was not a team player. Not being healthy much of the year played a significant role in his stats being down though.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    It’s an interesting comparison. Seems to me Kirby goes to great lengths to avoid having the team depend on any one player. Just look at the high amount of rotating we do at any position.

    Saban, on the other hand, has fully bought in to allowing the team’s fortunes to depend on a few superstar players. He even keeps them in to pad stats after the final result is a long gone conclusion.

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    • One of the posters known as Mark

      Makes me wonder… coaches try to learn from each other. Certainly Nick Saban has been hugely influential on Kirby Smart. So will Saban learn a lesson about the value of rotating players for developmental reasons from CKS?

      And if he does, what might that do to Burton’s ability to rack up big stats? Wouldn’t it be ironic if Burton had a less statistically impressive season in ‘22 than he did in ‘21?

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    • californiadawg

      I like Kirby’s playbook better, but both strategies aren’t without their risks — Kirby’s being keeping a team of superstars fed enough to prevent them for hitting the portal.

      I’m glad the ‘Kirby can’t develop’ meme has been put to bed, not just from winning the natty but by proving our bench was more game-ready than Bama’s.

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    • Ehhh…Saban has extraordinary talent often in the most key positions. You’re going to get them as many touches as you can. Other than Pickens and Bowers last year, we were loaded with good everywhere on O but not extraordinary. That plays to rotation. I think if you swap teams, Kirby would do the same and Saban vice versa.

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  8. billionm16

    Every single time the media brings this up, its always trying to address the reason WHY he made the move. Was his decision justified from a production standing?

    Everyone seems to be missing the point here though. I don’t give damn WHY he chose to go to Alabama. The fact is, he chose to transfer to our (current) biggest rival on the heels of the program’s first national championship in decades. The kid might’ve made a “business decision” but that doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it. Is he going to try and come back to be recognized in the stadium for all the anniversaries of the natty? Because, in my eyes, he’s a traitor and I hope he gets booed out of the stadium if so.

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    • RangerRuss

      Absofucknlutely gotdam right, BillionM16. He’s a fuckn Quisling and deserves no consideration from teammates or fans.
      It’s amusing that most times you hear “it’s just business” some asshole is covering a dishonorable deed.
      He’s a Garwood and should be shunned by decent Dawgs.

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  9. MGW

    He’s a big loss. But the next AJ Green did not just leave Georgia.

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  10. PTC DAWG

    Burton..meh..

    The fact that Bama has gone finesse makes me smile. Watch the 4th quarter of the MNC game, they were manhandled.

    You hope the rebuilding falls flat on its face.

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  11. waltergeiger

    15 years from now when he wants to bring his son to the lettermen’s club at sanford, i wonder what the welcome will be like?

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    • godawgs1701

      If he wants to, then I’d imagine he has a similar reception to that of Justin Fields whenever he shows back up in Athens which is to say he’ll be welcome with open arms. These guys look at things differently than fans do and they understand his motivations in a much deeper way than we might.

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      • godawgs1701

        Also, it’s not like he’s running around trashing Georgia or calling guys out like Brenton Cox. The guy wants more catches and touchdowns because he thinks he needs them to get to the NFL (he doesn’t, but whatever). He doesn’t seem to have developed some deep hatred for UGA.

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      • ugafidelis

        Yep. It’s all just business at that level anyway.

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    • I’ll shake his hand and say “Sorry about ‘22-23, Champ. Well done in the NFL tho.”

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  12. He’s dead to me…not wishing him ill at all, I just don’t GAS once you abandon the Dawgs. He was injury prone while he was here. Had he been healthier, there’s no doubt Monken would have utilized him more…Monken wants to throw…especially to receivers that can catch. He left a team that had just won the National Championship on his own volition…now, we move forward w/o him. He missed his opportunity to be UGA’s 1000 receiver…makes room for the next gentleman

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  13. winderdawg

    Who???

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  14. godawgs1701

    I bear him no ill will, I just wish he had a little of George Pickens’ heart and will to compete, that’s all. Pickens is going to light the AFC on fire this fall with the Steelers and make a lot of money doing it, and he got to the NFL with just 107 yards receiving in his senior year in limited action in four football games while recovering from injury. If you’re an NFL player, the NFL will find you at the University of Akron. If you’re at Georgia, they’ll find you even more easily, you don’t have to put up video game statistics to get to the league.

    I have never met Burton and I do not know his character. There’s slander in this comment section about him, including two comments above about him somehow being a bad presence in the locker room without any supporting evidence. This is the first time I’ve seen that suggested, and I pay a lot of attention to Georgia football coverage. Look, we can sour grapes this thing all we want to, he is a very good receiver and I’d rather have him on our side than theirs. Of course, I’d rather the people on our team be concerned with team goals first and personal stats second, but there’s also no reason to believe that he didn’t have those priorities while playing for us. He was a key piece of a championship after all. Also, I am under no delusion that the guys on the 2022 team aren’t paying close attention to their own numbers – Coach Monken even made reference to that fact when he said he can’t put the 14 personnel out there very much because the receiving room would be in the portal. At times, Burton’s on field persona with his touchdown celebrations, etc. might not have seemed to fit in with the typical Georgia Way on field personality. Then again, George Pickens once threw a nerd into a brick wall and missed half of an SEC Championship Game when we needed him which is also not really the Georgia Way. There are no two ways about it, Alabama got a good player and we lost one.

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    • “There’s slander in this comment section about him, including two comments above”…I didn’t slander Burton, or reference anything about his presence in the locker room or how he comported himself with his teammates. He was injury prone while at UGA. His lack of availability had to diminish his receptions. Nothing I typed was slanderous. By leaving, he walked away from potentially being UGA’s 1000 yd receiver, but that’s on him. He made his choice, and I’m cool with it…but I’m not going to worry about what might have been, I’m going to focus on the man that fills the void he created.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        I don’t think Godawgs1701 was referring to you, Frozen.

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        • After rereading, I think you are right…I misinterpreted a couple post to mean two above…I’ll take my thin skin to Buffalo Bill’s basement and apply the lotion

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          • godawgs1701

            Yeah, for the record it wasn’t your comment that I was referring to. People are saying that he was a bad locker room presence and a straight up asshole. I’ve never seen that said by anyone before and it seems to have appeared out of thin air in this thread.

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          • Got Cowdog

            That may be the first time I’ve seen you bristle up here, Froze. I b’lieve I’ll drink to it!

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  15. Dawg in Austin

    “Bama gains more from Burton’s transfer than Georgia loses.”

    If you’re like me and believe there will be a rematch in the SEC Championship, this is a zero sum situation. I’d be less worried about Bama if he was playing for the Dawgs. I still think they’re quite beatable, but Burton definitely makes them better. That’s a problem Muschamp and Schumann have to solve in December.

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    • jcdawg83

      Burton is a good receiver but he isn’t game changing good. The two Bama lost were game changing good. Bama’s offense with Burton is much less potent than with Metchie and Williams.

      I would have been more upset if Bowers or Washington had gone to Bama.

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      • Dawg in Austin

        I wasn’t comparing this year to last year. I was comparing the chances UGA had this year vs. Bama with Burton on either sideline. They are worse off. Not terribly or insurmountably, but certainly worse.

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      • Russ

        For sure. I would have hated to lose Washington. I really hope we can keep (and utilize) Washington, Bowers, Gilbert and Delp for their college careers.

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  16. practicaldawg

    Good luck filling the 4 shoes of the greatest receiver duo to ever play the game

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  17. I have no idea about Burton personally.

    Next man up.

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  18. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Simple. REC paid him more than we were. + more playing time.

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  19. jim1886

    Reason that when those types 2 guys went out, no experienced depth

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  20. SenorLorenzo

    His move will obviously be far more better analyzed post-season. However, as a dyed in the wool Dawg fan admittedly wearing red/black colored glasses, it’s hard for me to fully respect someone cashing in their probable lifetime DGD chip for better potential actual $ chips, especially considering that he still would have probably had a very good draft-enticing year in Athens. Yet, it’s his life, so IMO he doesn’t owe me or anyone else an explanation.

    However, while I don’t necessarily wish him failure in general, I also don’t wish him success. He now plays for a rival of which I don’t pull for any of their players, and when he inevitably faces the Dawgs, yes, I will then passionately pull against him with at least a smidgen of revenge.

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  21. Nah. Fuck that guy. Not wishing ill on his health or anything, but if he never catches another pass in college it would bring a smile to my face.

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  22. RangerRuss

    Some of the boys around here would fold under questioning. How anyone could walk away from their ‘mates AND go to their greatest rival is beyond me.
    SERE C would do some of y’all a lot of good.
    Boots boot boots.

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  23. 81Dog

    He’s basically Jermaine Johnson, except he’s going to a better team than FSU. JJ got what he wanted: more reps and stats, and a 1st round draft slot. He didn’t want to compete for PT here. Fine. Burton wants more touches. He thinks he can get them there. Who knows, but I don’t think he’s going there to win more, maybe expects to, but doesn’t really care. He’s going there to be featured in an O run by the Heisman winner, with very little WR competition. They may go undefeated, they may not, but he figures to post stats. That would boost his draft stock.

    If that’s what he cares about, fine. Adios. I’d like to have his experience and ability, but if his attitude is ME/team, I will take my chances with the talented guys who stayed and who are about more than just stats.

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  24. californiadawg

    I never bought the presumption I’ve read in various parts of the Dawgverse that had JT remained the starter, Burton would have stayed. Burton’s grief might not have been Stetson over JT but the emergence of Bowers.

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    • If JT had been the one playing, chances are, he would have been looking more to the deep ball than Stetson did. If so, he might have gotten a fairly high percentage of targets Bowers got instead.

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    • 81Dog

      I suspect Burton chafed as McConkey and AD became viable options. Like they were stealing food off his plate or something.

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  25. Nil Butron is a Pud

    I harbor no ill will towards the lad (until they play us), as he did what he thought he needed to do. I do question 2 things:

    Why did he have to go to Bama as opposed to Ole Miss or So Cal if he wanted to pad his stats? JTD went to WVU and I think we all support his success (unless he plays us).
    All this glosses over the fact that Bama will never win a title with such a short quarterback.

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