#3 signs with Nike…

… which is nice.

But it’s the promotion there that’s interesting.  He’s being shown in a Georgia jersey, on the Georgia football twitter feed.  Is the school getting a cut?

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Not much on their plate

Brian Schottenheimer’s got quite the “honey, do” list this summer:

Tight end Jay Rome, speaking after Tuesday’s practice, said the uncertainty shouldn’t be a problem.

“We have a three-way battle for quarterback, and for past years I kind of knew who our quarterback was going to be,” he said. “I think the competition is good for the guys that are going through it, because it’s going to put pressure on them, for whoever does get the starting position. And we need some of that.”

As for the center spot, rising sophomore Isaiah Wynn got the first-team snaps in all three scrimmages. But Kublanow has been getting a heavy look there this week. Hunter Long, a fifth-year senior who was last year’s top backup, remains in the mix.

“We don’t know who the center’s going to be. That’s the question,” Richt said. “Kublanow’s capable. Isaiah Wynn is capable; I think Hunter Long is capable right now. Are they game ready right this second? Probably not.”

It’s yet another item on the summer and preseason to-do list, along with finding capable receivers other than Mitchell, and continuing to install Schottenheimer’s playbook…

Okay, maybe it’s not quite as daunting a set of tasks as this…

… but if Schottenheimer manages to pull off making all the parts fit come the opener, he’ll have had a helluvan offseason.

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The perfect is the enemy of the deep passing game.

Interesting quote from the head dude:

On how important it is for UGA QBs to throw the ball down field …

“Very important. We’ve got guys who can run, really. Malcolm (Mitchell) is fast. Reggie (Davis) is fast. Isaiah (McKenzie) is fast. Justin Scott-Wesley can really run. We’ll see how these other kids run who come in. We’ve got guys who have enough speed. All three (quarterbacks) have the arm to throw it deep. There’s no doubt in my mind on that. I think we miss too many balls by throwing it too far, actually — just all Spring long. You didn’t have to tell (Aaron) Murray to back-shoulder a guy. Murray was going to keep it in play and put it where we could get it. Very few times did Murray lay it out and have them go get it. It would have to be very evident that our guy got ahead and really stacked the guy for him to lay it out. If it was two guys side-by-side, he was going to rip it on the backside of that guy and complete it. He completed a bunch of balls because he kept them in play. We’ve got young guys who want to throw that perfect, long bomb but when you throw it too flat and too far, you’ll never complete a ball that’s thrown too far. You’ve got to throw the ball, usually, a little shorter but outside. You’ll complete more balls that are short and outside than balls that are too far down the field.”

Aaron Murray?  Aaron Murray?  Doesn’t Richt remember that glorious G-Day game when Zach Mettenberger won the day?

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The rise of Natrez Patrick

Due to technical difficulties, I haven’t finished watching the replay of the G-Day game, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like the move inside has sat with with early enrollee Natrez Patrick.  He’s got a ways to go in pass coverage, okay, but considering all he has is one spring under his belt (and some of that at another position), he definitely looks like a keeper.

Natrez Patrick drew plenty of raves this spring after moving from outside linebacker to inside. So it was no surprise that head coach Mark Richt, when asked after Thursday’s final practice which rookies had stood out, began by naming Patrick.

“He looks like he’s found a home, anyway, there (at inside linebacker),” Richt said, hastening to add: “I’m not saying he’s going to start or anything like that.”

Maybe not, but Patrick sure looks like he will receive plenty of playing time. The freshman early enrollee had eight tackles and a sack on G-Day, and generally looked very active and physical.

“He’s got good instincts,” Richt said. “Sometimes he was just flat out unblocked and made a play in the hold, but he brought the wood. He laid the wood to people. He’ll strike. He’s a pretty good athlete. He’s a pretty sharp kid.”

I wonder if they’ll ask him to drop a little weight, as 259 seems a little on the bulky side for ILB.  But I can’t help but get a little excited about the athleticism he and Roquan Smith may eventually bring to the position.

And between Patrick, Amaechi and Ganus, you’d have to say the coaches did a pretty good job evaluating talent in the early enrollee linebackers class, no?

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Expectations are like assholes… everybody’s got ’em.

Three random posts, together making for a weird juxtaposition in my mind:

  • Mark Richt“Well, we’re always expecting to win the East,” Richt said, chuckling at having to ask such a question in April. “That’ll be our goal. I don’t know what to compare it to…”
  • Jim Harbaugh “Fans have a constitutional right to expect success and have high expectations.”
  • How long can a coach last without an SEC title?  (“Richt has top-five rankings in 2007 and 2012, a top ten ranking in 2014, and SEC title game appearances in 2011-12 helping him out.”)

Thoughts?

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Collector’s item

Georgia Tech just handed out rings commemorating the 2014 football season.

Your eyes do not deceive you.  One side does indeed read “State Champs”.

Act like you’ve been there evidently isn’t part of the Jacket psyche.  Although it does make for a rare piece of jewelry.

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Jeremy Pruitt: “He’s like that father figure if you do something well, he’s not going to compliment you.”

And your spring defensive MVP is… nobody.

Because that’s how Pruitt rolls.

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