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.