Category Archives: Georgia Football

An introduction to college football’s greatest monster

It’s hard to believe this, but Seth Emerson conducted a Baker Mayfield interview without deposing him under oath or subpoenaing his cell phone so that an independent expert could prove that Mayfield made shit up out of whole cloth.  What the hell is journalism coming to these days, anyway?

Mayfield said this season has been one of “ups and downs,” with the ups being on the field, the downs being off it.

“The thing for me is I’m learning and growing. I’ve addressed those things. I’m not going to put on a front and act like I’m some perfect kid. I’m 22 years old. I’m learning and going through life. I’m proud to say I’ve gone through this process and let people know I’m growing and I’m becoming a better person.”

That included taking it in stride when Georgia fans blew up his phone.

“Respect. I respect them,” Mayfield said. “People ask me if I was really that mad. No, not really, it was pretty funny. Creative stuff. I’d hope that our fans would do the same thing if they got a chance.”

Fake news, man.

On a far less snarky note, speaking of introductions, Matt Hinton’s got a nice primer on the offense that Mayfield directs when he’s not otherwise occupied.  It’s worth a read.  One thing perhaps a little surprising is that Oklahoma has a robust running game.

Coach Lincoln Riley comes out of that tradition, having played and coached for Mike Leach during the peak Air Raid years at Texas Tech, but in fact the Sooners have been much more balanced this season in terms of both quantity (they keep it on the ground about 55 percent of the time) and quality: OU leads the Big 12 in both rushing offense and yards per carry and ranks No. 1 nationally in Offensive Rushing S&P+ by a wide margin, even without producing an individual 1,000-yard rusher – together, the top three backs, Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams, piled up 2,212 yards on 6.5 per carry without any of them claiming the spotlight. The offensive line, which returned all five starters from 2016, ranks No. 2 in Adjusted Line Yards.

It’s gonna be a challenge for Smart and Tucker, methinks.

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Me ❤ Roquan.

Add this to the list of timeless quotes from Georgia players:

Damn, I’m gonna miss him when he’s gone.

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There’s great. Then there’s Roquan.

Here’s Pro Football Focus’ All-SEC defensive first team.  Note that they’ve only got one player on it who grades out higher than 90.

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UPDATE:  This, too.

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Hello, Kerryon.

This really was one of my favorite moments from the SECCG.

When Johnson first looked up and saw three of Georgia’s defensive linemen in the backfield, his body language radiated “oh, shit”.  Great call and perfect execution on that stunt.

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One day you’re up, the next you’re down.

It’s cool to see further confirmation of my thoughts yesterday about the two Georgia-Auburn games being mirror images of each other (except for the jerseys, of course).  Check out Brian Fremeau.

And, yeah, that Miami stuff’s a little weird, too.

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Is Jake Fromm still wide-eyed?

Jeez, David Hale.

2. College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

(Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)

Georgia hasn’t faced a QB quite like Baker Mayfield all year. Mayfield hasn’t seen a defense as tough as Georgia’s. The Sooners’ defense has been questioned, while Bulldogs QB Jake Fromm needs to prove a true freshman is ready for the big stage. It’s a matchup of contrasts that should be a whole lot of fun to watch.

“Jake Fromm needs to prove a true freshman is ready for the big stage”?  After winning at Notre Dame in his first start and the SECCG in his last, we’re still left to wonder if Fromm can handle the bright lights?

At some point, Fromm deserves the benefit of the doubt with regards to his composure.  I’d say after thirteen games, he’s earned that much.  Look, he may flop for all I know when he plays in the Rose Bowl, but it won’t be because he’s overwhelmed by the setting.

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Mark Richt has lost control of Jimmy Williamson.

This just hit the email boxes at UGA:

FROM:             Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration

RE:                   Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police, announces plans to retire on June 30, 2018

Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police of the University of Georgia Police Department, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2018.

Chief Williamson’s career in law enforcement spans over 30 years, starting at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. Since 1988, he has served with the University of Georgia Police Department, except for a brief departure in 1993 to serve as the Public Safety Director at Middle Georgia College before returning to UGA in 1994 as Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1996 and then to Chief of Police in 2004. Jimmy has worked in many areas of law enforcement, from patrol to investigations. His accomplishments at UGA include creating the department’s bomb squad, which serves the Northeast Georgia area, and the K-9 and motorcycle units. He has managed numerous special events including US Presidential visits, large sporting events, and the 1996 Olympics, where Jimmy served as Assistant Venue Commander in Athens.

At UGA, Chief Williamson leads a diverse, highly educated, and highly trained force of professional peace officers. He has served on the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and on the advisory boards for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Regional Academy, the Athens Technical College Criminal Justice Program, and the University of Georgia Criminal Justice Program.

Jimmy worked his way through school as a police officer, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from UGA and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. Jimmy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.

A national search to identify UGA’s next Chief of Police will begin before the end of this semester.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Chief Williamson for his extraordinary contributions to the University of Georgia. The entire University community has benefited greatly from his leadership and unmatched devotion to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire University and Athens communities.

I can’t help but wonder what led to the decision.  In any event, scooters, alleys and players with middle names may soon be able to breathe a little easier.

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