Category Archives: Georgia Football

Kirby Smart, “internal discipline” and the Georgia Way

With spring practice kicking off yesterday, there were lots of shiny objects to draw our attention, but I’m most intrigued by a relatively minor issue Smart raised in his presser, that being Riley Ridley’s status after being busted for marijuana possession.

Following his arrest earlier this month, Georgia sophomore receiver Riley Ridley will face “internal discipline” according to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during his press conference on Tuesday. Smart said that he was disappointed in Ridley, but did not specify the punishment he would receive or his role on the team going into spring.

“He’ll receive internal discipline,” Smart said during his press conference. “I’ll say this, we are very disappointed in his decision and do not condone that behavior and I think Riley is going to learn a value lesson from this mistake.”

Okay, stadium steps and puking.  Got that.  But what about game suspension?  Crickets there.

Now I don’t want to read too much into that.  It’s very possible that Smart didn’t want to discuss that which is beyond his control, which is something he’s clearly indicated before about Georgia’s drug policy.  But I can’t help but wonder if there’s something going on behind the scenes regarding the charges, something that, in other words, might also explain the reticence about a game suspension.  If those go away, it’s a whole new ballgame, so to speak.

It might be worth keeping an eye on Ridley’s fate over the summer is all I’m saying.

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Stay thirsty, my fans.

So, one year in to Ohio State selling beer in the stadium, it turns out sales generated more than $1 million in revenues and school officials report they actually experienced fewer problems with fans at games this year than in previous years.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

Now, if they could just do something about their fans’ taste in cold malty beverages.

(h/t)

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“Brice is going to come out there and help us.”

Three years ago, this was probably the last thing anyone would have associated with the header quote.

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“He talked to us about making some changes to the offense.”

Big Jim has plans, people.

Clearly, Georgia’s offense needs to do something different this season, and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is setting out to do that.

Chaney, who a month earlier had talked about trying to “freshen” the offense, outlined what exactly that meant to his offensive players on Monday. That seems to include more run-pass options and freedom for the quarterback to audible plays.

Senior tight end Jeb Blazevich summed up his understanding of it on Tuesday, before the team hit the field for its first spring practice:

“I think we’re going to try to implement a lot more RPOs, we’re going to try to implement a lot more things where it’s not just (like), Here’s a play, hope it works. But (instead) here’s a few options we can call. We can call an audible off this look or that look, and putting that in the quarterback’s hands, and then in our hands to learn it, and communicate what needs to be changed.”

Unleash the hounds!  But what does it all mean, exactly?

Michel was asked his understanding for how different it would make Georgia’s offense look this fall: Is it still a pro-style offense, or is it being opened up?

“I’m not sure,” Michel said. “We’ll probably know who we are throughout some of these practices this spring. I’m sure if we make major changes it won’t be perfect at the beginning. It’s going to take time, it’s going to take this team to come together and really understand that we’ve got to go out there and physically make it work.”

Unsure in April is one thing.  If they’re still saying that six months from now, we’ve got problems.

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Message to Ken

Georgia’s spring media guide, handed out on Tuesday’s first day of practice, lists a dozen “Bulldogs to watch.” Second on the list, in alphabetical order, is Rodrigo Blankenship.

Despite everything, Blankenship is still here, ready to begin spring practice as Georgia’s kicker. Where things go from here, however, remain muddled.

Rodrigo’s our kicker this spring,” Smart said. “We’re going to have competition, just like we’re going to have competition at a lot of spots.”

“This spring” = “for now”.  I don’t think I’d start spending those tuition savings just yet, dad.  Or demand another meeting with the head dude.

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“It’s still Roll Tide.”

Alabama commit explains Alabama commitment.

“Alabama is very straight with you,” Davis said. “It’s straight football. I mean, I don’t want to go nowhere else where the basketball team is good, too. I want to go somewhere where it’s straight football, strictly football. And when you get down there, it’s straight business. Even the fans, you go to the restroom and the fans are talking about how the football team is. I really like the business part of it.”

See?  There’s your problem in a nutshell, Dawg fans.  ‘Bama folks talk about the football team in the bathroom.  We’re too wrapped up in the crappy state of our crappers to focus on the football team when we hit the head.  Selfish bastids…

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The pack thins.

One less quarterback in spring practice

Parker McLeod, who joined the team last year as a walk-on, is not listed on Georgia’s updated roster. McLeod signed with Alabama out of high school, then left the team and surfaced eventually at Georgia as a normal student, joining the team last year.

Sam Vaughn, a junior, is now the lone walk-on quarterback on the roster. The team is due to add another one this fall when Stetson Bennett IV arrives.

Man, if a defensive player even looks at either Eason or Fromm the wrong way this spring, it’s stadium steps the next morning.

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