Category Archives: Georgia Football

The Bro abides.

I have no idea who wins the starting quarterback job this season, but if it’s Jacob Park, prepare for a slight change of tone.

Jacob Park is an interesting Dog. There haven’t been many other Georgia quarterbacks I’ve covered the last decade or so who would refer to a reporter as “bro” when answering his question. There’s definitely a sort of hip-hop persona to this tall, athletic redshirt freshman from Goose Creek, S.C., complete with the resident brashness and confidence one might expect from a star entertainer.

If he makes it work, that’s fine.  My only question for Towers is who were the other Georgia quarterbacks who called reporters “bro”?


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Run the damn ball, Schottenheimer.

If there’s a common thread the runs through Georgia quarterbacks in the Richt era, it’s how many of them had a tendency to get in trouble when they felt the pressure of having to do too much to carry the offense.

So maybe knowing there’s this really stout running game in place for 2015 will help keep whoever starts grounded.

“We are deep at running back. That takes a ton of pressure off of us. You don’t have to throw the ball. It might be a throwing situation like a third and five but you can give it to Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Keith (Marshall) or Brendan (Douglas) or one of them and still probably pick up six yards,” he said. “So it’s a big thing. You have a ton of offensive linemen up there that make it easier on us, too. You’ve got some veterans out there. It just gives you more confidence when you’ve got people around you that have been doing it.”

Of course, hearing it from the coaches is a little different from knowing it.  And knowing it is a helluva lot different from believing it.  But it’s a start.


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Forget it, Jake. It’s Alabama.

Here’s a nice story about Jake Ganus going from the mess at UAB to a little slice of heaven in Athens.

But the main reason I’m posting this is that I’ve been dying for an excuse to use the header.  Now I can cross another item off my bucket list.


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Mark Richt can’t build a fence big enough.

Per ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton,

In recent years, Florida has been much more in the conversation and is now arguably the most talented state when factoring in FBS signees, Power 5 signees and NFL draft choices vs. California and Texas who have a much higher population.

The state of Georgia will never ink the most FBS players in a singular year. That much is known. It’s simply a numbers game in that regard and the Peach State’s population in 2014 was 10 million compared to nearly 39 million in California, 27 milllion in Texas and closing in on 20 million in Florida.

But an argument can be made that the Peach State is actually the top talent producer in terms of top tier or elite talent.

He elaborates in this clip.  A couple of stats he mentions are pretty astounding.  The 2015 in state class produced sixty-one kids who signed with SEC programs.  Sixty-one.  Not D-1 programs. SEC programs.  And over the last five years, 165 Georgia prospects signed with SEC schools.  That’s both more than the state of Florida produced and at a rate that exceeds the number of kids Richt could sign under NCAA limits.

If you’re Richt, there’s no way to close the borders.  Of course, there’s no reason to make things easier for other programs with serial undersigning, but hopefully that’s a problem in the past.  But even if that’s fixed for good, remember the numbers when you hear stories about the ones who got away.  Recruiting math is hard.


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“You are not at Toppers. You are not in your room either. You are in a bush.”

Some headers just write themselves.  But I digress.

You see, the Georgia legislature actually did something sensible.  It passed a law that gave amnesty from arrest in cases where an underage drinker got so sick they needed medical help.

But the legislature didn’t count on one Jimmy Williamson.

And that brings us back to that Friday night in the parking lot in front of Reed Hall. An 18-year-old student is taken away by ambulance. But Officer Park is still ordered to charge her with underage drinking because to qualify for amnesty, he’s told she had to be the one to call for help, instead of her friend.

“Captain’s interpretation made absolutely no sense. I told them it made no sense.” Park said to FOX 5 I-Team reporter Randy Travis.

His supervisors told him they’d have a meeting Monday to consult with local prosecutors and figure out how they should handle amnesty cases. But before his Saturday midnight shift, Park decided on his own to call a judge and two state lawmakers for advice, including the state senator who proposed the underage drinking amnesty law.

“I think initially even law enforcement in Athens was confused,” said state senator Bill Cowsert of Athens.

Senator, you see that as a bug.  Ol’ Jimmy sees that as a feature.

“I’m a police officer. My sgt’s telling me to get an arrest warrant for someone where I know I’m not supposed to. What am I supposed to do?” Park said later.

Park went back to the station and then went home. On Monday, chief Jimmy Williamson called him back in and told the five-year veteran he was fired for calling outsiders on his own to ask about the amnesty law.

“He never came to me about his concerns or confusion about what was going on in shift,” chief Williamson explained.

“Sounds like he was being a lot more liberal with the law than you wanted him to be,” said Randy.

“I don’t have any problem with him questioning. That’s not the issue.”

Park’s personnel file shows an earlier reprimand for going outside the chain of command. As for the amnesty law, Williamson says they were initially unclear about how to handle cases where the caller doesn’t ask for medical assistance… but just reports a drunk person.

Chief: Amnesty doesn’t apply if we are required to get EMS involved.

Randy: So the caller has to use the magic words “I want an ambulance” for the amnesty to apply in that situation?

Chief: I think when it says seeking medical help, that’s kind of how we’re looking at it.

Well, that’s nice.  If not consistent.

Up until that Tennessee game last fall, UGA police had not granted amnesty for a single underage drinking case. Compare that number… zero… to how many amnesty cases have happened since Park’s firing: 38 through the end of February, including those two cases that originally got him in so much trouble on the Tennessee game weekend. Those students were ultimately not charged.

Maybe Jimmy’s trying to prove he’s not out to get just student-athletes.


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The Ohio State Way?

Does what Braxton Miller did the other day rise to the level of an NCAA violation?

I have no idea.

With Ohio State’s announcement that the school “is looking into the situation”, do you think it’ll handle what’s happened differently than Georgia, if presented with a similar problem, would?

I have an idea.


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The quarterback derby: “We’re starting from the ground up.”

Don’t know if you caught any of the ‘Net buzz from the past couple of days, but it was feverishly reported in several quarters by folks who aren’t in the know that Jacob Park has practiced with the Ones.  Whoa, dude… you know what that must mean!

Turns out, it’s even true.  Because Schottenheimer’s rotating all three quarterbacks to get a feel for what he’s got to work with at the position.

This spring, Schottenheimer is rotating the quarterback depth chart every practice, each candidate getting a shot with the first team. For instance, Tuesday it was Ramsey’s turn to run with the first team, but on Thursday he will go to third team, the next day he’ll be second team, and so on.

This produces some challenges, admits Ramsey, as the first-teamers are more skilled and experienced and feature better offensive line blocking. But Schottenheimer wants every quarterback to have that advantage before he makes an evaluation.

That’s got to hurt a little bit for the once-presumed leader at the position.  And it sounds like it does.

“I had just felt comfortable (with the playbook) right when Bobo left,” Ramsey said, smiling ruefully. “I was like, ‘Yes, I got it.’ And sure enough I’m into a new system.”

So, what do Schottenheimer’s options look like so far in the spring?

  • Brice Ramsey.  You’d still have to think that Ramsey’s experience still counts, so I wouldn’t go so far as to say that he doesn’t keep an advantage over the other two candidates.  (Then, again, I’m not a coach who clearly thinks the competition serves a purpose right now.)  But Ramsey’s primary critique of himself is an obvious concern.  “The read, to my footwork, to what the play is, is the biggest thing for me right now.”  He’s had a long way to go from his high school system to running a pro-style attack and there’s still a way to go on his journey.
  • Faton Bauta.  We all know Bauta’s story.  He’s the mobile guy who’s arm strength is the weakest of the three.  Emerson says Bauta doesn’t describe the current situation as a fresh start, just a continuation of competition at the position.  (Although Weiszer quotes Bauta differently.)  If that’s the case, Bauta’s already lost the race with Ramsey once before.  You tell me what this sounds like:  “It’s always an unbiased competition. We’re just out there playing ball. If he’s the better man, all right. But I came in here and was telling myself, ‘Whatever, I’m gonna keep getting better as a quarterback, I’m gonna keep improving, and I’m gonna go as far as I can.’ ”
  • Jacob Park.  The least experienced of the three.  But that’s not what makes me nervous about Park.  This makes me nervous about Park:  “I created a lot of bad habits. I just (played) chuck-and-duck,” Park said.  That’s something straight out of the Joe “I kind of saw Norwood and was like, hmmm, but I decided to throw it anyway…” Cox school of winging it.  It may be entertaining, but I doubt the coaches share that point of view.  At least Park is aware that he has to change his approach:  “Now I’ve actually got to …make reads, sit in the pocket, pick up blitzes, not run around and chuck the ball all the time, make good decisions and throw completions,” Park said. “Now I’m playing actual fundamental football and not backyard football.”  The obvious question is, can he do all that by August?

I can see why Richt maintains a decision about the starter won’t come until preseason practice in late summer.  It will be worth watching G-Day for any indication the three are settling into the position; that may be a more important consideration than their relative physical merits.  As will any indication of leadership skills they show in the time between the end of spring practice and August.  Right now, your guess is as good as mine, or anybody else’s bulletin board speculation.

By the way, you can check out interviews with all three here.


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