Chubb, the stud

The thing that comes through in this Murf Baldwin piece about Nick Chubb is how polished he was last season – amazingly so for a true freshman.

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The Montana Project lives!

Shared with me yesterday on the Twitter…

If you are that car’s owner and you read this blog, please accept my praise for your good taste.

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It’s about time you gave us some tea leaves to read.

Hey, with a week or so to go in preseason practice, Mark Richt finally uttered more than two sentences about the quarterback competition.  Here’s how he assessed the three yesterday:

On Lambert: “Day one, I got a little nervous for a minute there because he struggled. But I think he was a little nervous, had a little nervous energy and all. But he’s settled in now and he’s throwing the ball well as far as fundamentally. For the amount of time he’s been here and been in the system, he’s done a good job of learning what to do and gotten himself in the competition.”

On Ramsey: “Brice has really improved his preparation skills. Starting in the spring I saw a difference in him. I think it had a lot to do with him thinking ‘I’m in this thing.’ I don’t know if he was mature enough before to really be preparing for the moment.’ … I saw a big change in the spring in how he was preparing.”

On Bauta: “Faton is a preparation machine. I mean, the guy works. He may be the hardest-working guy I’ve ever seen. And he really cares about his team and teammates and making others better around him. He’s probably made the least amount of mistakes than anybody out there. He’s been very good about having a purpose every time he throws the ball, which I appreciate.”

I think we just got confirmation about why Ramsey hasn’t been able to lock down the starting slot and how Bauta’s managed to stay in the mix.  (Not to mention that it again makes me wonder how different things might be right now if Mike Bobo were still in Athens.)

I can’t figure out where Lambert fits in, though.  I’ve heard the rumors out there about how he’s Schottenheimer’s guy, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense, to be honest.  Richt makes it sound like they’ve made progress cleaning up his fundamentals, which, considering where he came from, has probably taken some real effort both by Lambert and the coaches.  And by all accounts, Lambert’s a smart kid.  But I’m truly skeptical that a month in the program is enough time to grasp what is known to be a fairly complex playbook, even if it involves handing off to Nick Chubb half the time.

Bottom line, it sounds to me like there’s still a whole lot of motivating going on.  And that’s not something we’ve seen a need for at that position in a while.

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“They’re becoming these public personas at these universities, and why not capitalize on that?”

The NCAA won’t let a student-athlete make money on his or her likeness, but there’s no rule against protecting them.

Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans.

The NCAA generally forbids its players from cashing in on their athletic success, but by gaining legal ownership of phrases tied to their personal brands, players can pave the way for lucrative licensing deals in the future and can prevent others from exploiting their names.

This month, Ohio State University running back Ezekiel Elliott applied for trademarks to use his nicknames “Zeke” and “Eze” on merchandise, according to records in a public database kept by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Elliott also filed for a trademark on the restaurant name “Zeke’s Crop Top Bar and Grill,” a nod to the junior’s preference to roll his jersey up like a crop top. Elliott was unavailable for comment, and his father declined to explain the trademarks.

At Mississippi State University, quarterback Dak Prescott applied for the trademark on his name last fall, along with “Dak Attack” and “Who Dak,” phrases that fans have waved aloft on game-day signs.

It’s unclear to me where this is headed.  Obviously, it could mean more in a post-O’Bannon world, but we’re not there yet.  The article mentions that some schools have begun suggesting that their star athletes take steps to protect their names.  There’s also this:

Many universities, meanwhile, have stopped selling jerseys with the numbers of current players, in part because of legal concerns.

Hilbert predicts that, as universities shine the spotlight away from individual athletes, more players will step in to take ownership of their own brands.

“It’s a gradual move toward commercializing the sport,” Hilbert said. “As the demarcation between amateurism and professionalism further erodes, you’re going to see these guys get even more savvy about branding matters.”

It makes you wonder if we’ll see a day when a star athlete takes steps to preclude his school (or the NCAA) from using his name or likeness in a promotion.

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Strength of schedule, 2015 edition

Talk about your picture being worth a thousand words… take a look at this graph, particularly the overlap between the top two teams:

I guess that’s what everyone who’s talking about the SEC’s decline must be referring to.  Jeez.

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“I’m searching for a word here,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s incomprehensible.”

Dude, the word you’re looking for is “Auburn“.

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I got ‘yer unbridled enthusiasm right here.

You think Richt’s sideline demeanor is a little too reserved?  Eh, I wouldn’t worry about it, based on who else will be prowling the Georgia side.

Coach Pruitt let everyone know that he would of course be on the field with Coach Ekeler and Coach Rocker, while Coach Sherrer would be up in the box. Coach Sherrer explained further:

“Basically I’m his eyes in the sky, you might say. I give him down and distance. I tell him where the ball is at, kind of what’s going on, give him a feel for things. If it’s a good play, bad play, what happened from us. Try to call out the personnel, the formations. Sometimes it’s not easy to see and upstairs you have a good view.”

Of course having the energetic Ekeler on the sidelines is always fun to watch and surely keeps the players hyped up.

My question is…………….what in the world are we going to do with Coach Ekeler and Coach Hocke on the sidelines at the same time. Although Coach Hocke can’t be there in a coaching capacity, he will still be on the sideline doing what he does best.

Here’s a sample of Hocke’s best work, running/skipping past Saban:

Good Lord, if those two ever plow into each other during a game’s high point… the carnage…

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