Grantham, Harvey-Clemons and the “S” word

You knew he’d say it:

“I have no trouble standing up for him because I do believe he’s a solid kid. I think as you move forward in life, you’ve got to learn from your mistakes, and I think sometimes you’ve got to give kids a second chance, and I think he’s earned the right for that chance and what he’s done so far. I never had any issues with him when I was at Georgia from the accountability for meetings or practice or anything like that, but at the same time, you do have to go through a maturity phase as far as understanding the decisions you make, there’s consequences for them. He’s really matured, and I’ve been very proud of that. I’m really excited for him to play this year and get back on the field.”

It’s amazing what great humanitarians these coaches are.  Makes you wonder why this guy has such a bug up his ass.  Doesn’t he realize it’s always about the kids?

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Jeremy Pruitt, still GATA

Two great quotes from spring practice about the secondary…


… As the Dawgs worked on defending short out passes, Pruitt raced away from the group he was tutoring and ripped into a player from another group that he noticed giving less than exemplary effort. “You’re pussy-footing,” Pruitt yelled. “I don’t want to see no pussy-footing!” With still another who showed improper technique, he called the guy back to his starting spot and patiently demonstrated the correct way of doing things.


“We all are comfortable. But we still don’t know who’s going to be put where,” Bowman said. “So we’re just working it out right now.”

If that doesn’t sum up life under Pruitt, I don’t know what does.


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The education of Jake Ganus

Had a big day at Saturday’s scrimmage, but you have to admire his honest self-assessment as someone raw whose technique is being polished by Coach Ekeler.

He’s a confident kid.  Which is not to say he doesn’t know what he’s going up against every day in practice.

“I think there’s a difference in depth,” he said. “There’s players at UAB that can play anywhere in the country, and you can see that from where they landed. But I think overall, just the speed, size, strength, it is different. It’s why Georgia is in the SEC and why they compete every year in the SEC, because they have the speed, the size and the talent to do that.”

Any reason to think inside linebacker isn’t another fluid spot on the roster right now?


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Wednesday morning buffet

Saban free.


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Nick Saban is not – repeat, NOT – having a very good week.

Tyren Jones gets the unceremonious boot from Tuscaloosa, which, if memory serves, just about wipes out that much ballyhooed 2013 running back class Saban signed.

Yeah, I know.  Shit happens.  Kids will be kids.  I’m not pointing any fingers at Saban for running an out of control program.

But I can’t help but wonder why nobody of national prominence *** cough *** Herbstreit *** cough *** is either.

Just sayin’.


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“More than ever, the best defense is a good offense.”

After reading Matt Hinton’s excellent piece on the effect of John Chavis’ change of programs, I’m not sure whether it says more about Texas A&M’s immediate future, or LSU’s.

In any event, 2015 looks to be shaping up as interesting times for the SEC West.


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“Football is our common currency.”

If there’s anything that puzzles me about our infrequent, yet oft-heated debates over politics here at the blog, it’s that some of you confess that your awareness of the political leanings of other folks colors your perception of them as football fans.

Honestly, that’s weird to me.  I have close friends who run the gamut of the political spectrum.  We may differ; we may argue.  But our friendships are never affected by that.  And I look at all the commenters here the same way.  Nobody is coming to GTP for our insightful political commentary.  We’re here because we love college football.  And that’s how I take everyone, no matter the political insults thrown my way.

That’s why I recommend you take a couple of minutes to read this essay that appears in the current issue of Garden and Gun about what it means to be a football fan in the South.  And maybe take it to heart the next time you go back and forth with somebody of a different political persuasion in a comment thread here.  ‘Cause that’s really why I’m here.


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