Category Archives: Georgia Football

It’s a good thing Tennessee already has an IPF.

Jeremy Pruitt, we know, has no problem calling people out.  Fresh off Tennessee’s spring game, he chose an interesting target:  the fan base.

The Vols did have a somewhat generously announced attendance of 65,098 — the fifth-largest crowd to take in a UT spring game — but Pruitt would have liked to have seen more.

“I thought the Vol Walk was spectacular,” he said. “I don’t know how many fans we had. What was it? You guys probably know. To me, it’s kind of like our football team for the fans. The ones that were here, I’m proud they were here. They’re fired up, they’re ready to get going, OK? And then there were some people that wasn’t here that had legitimate reasons they couldn’t be here, aight. Then there was some people that wasn’t here that, why wasn’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. So, I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”

Nice use of “aight” there, by the way.  But I digress.

Look, I’m more than happy to jab at Volnation when the opportunity arises, but when your team is coming off a 4-8 season that didn’t include a single win over an SEC opponent, and tens of thousands still show up for a meaningless scrimmage, perhaps a little more generosity would be in order.

You know, something like this.

Ordinarily I’d say there’s some terrific fodder for a dose of negative recruiting (“man, do you really want to go to a school where the head coach says the fans suck?”), but if Pruitt can’t do a better job of packaging his message, I’m not sure he’s gonna need any extra sales help.

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The real meaning of spring game

Okay, who said this, Nick Saban or Kirby Smart?

“It really means a lot to the program and really means a lot to our players and really means a lot to recruiting that we have a tremendous crowd. We don’t like for our team to be complacent in any way, and we certainly don’t want our fans to be complacent in terms of the support they give our players.”

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The Ghost of G-Day Past

Boy, lots of great, memorable performances here.  Like this one:

APRIL 12, 2012

Red 32, Black 31

… The 2012 game also provided the platform for Christian LeMay’s only big Saturday as a Georgia Bulldog. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards and an interception and threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jay Rome in the fourth quarter that would have been a game-winner had the Black team been able to make the 2-point conversion. LeMay wound up transferring to Jacksonville State.

Er… okay, how ’bout this one?

APRIL 10, 2010

Black 17, Red 7

At the time of the 2010 game, Reed Plaza on Sanford Stadium’s north side was undergoing extensive renovations, so several sections were closed. Redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger was the game’s big dog, completing 6 of 10 passes for 150 yards and touchdown passes to Rhett McGowan and Arthur Lynch.

Eight days later, Mettenberger was dismissed from the team due to an incident that earned him an arrest near Valdosta. A former Oconee County High standout, Mettenberger went on to play at LSU and was a starting quarterback in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Eh, screw it.  I’m just going for the tailgate, anyway.

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“It was on a need-to-know basis.”

Mock the secrecy surrounding this if you will, but when you’re living in Harvey Updyke’s world, I don’t think it’s crazy to keep the hedges’ location on the low down.

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Gotta get those rats.

Meet rat poison’s kissing cousin, “rat trapping“.

Smart is hopeful that his players have been mindful with what the coaches have taught them throughout the spring. What he doesn’t want to see is what he calls “rat trapping,” which is when a player starts “doing his own thing” on the football field.

I smell a Lexicon entry coming.

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G-Day rosters announced

Weiszer has the deets.

The Red team appears to include the first-team offense and the second-team defense and the Black team looks like it has first-team defense and second-team offense.

The offensive players for the Red team include:

–Quarterbacks Jake Fromm, Stetson Bennett and Sam Vaughn; offensive linemen Kendall Baker, Ben Cleveland, Lamont Gaillard, Andrew Thomas, Isaiah Wilson and Solomon Kindley; running backs D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien; tight ends Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner; wide receivers Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley, Jayson Stanley and Trey Blount.

And the defensive players for the Red include:

Defensive backs Tray Bishop, Latavious Brini, William Poole, Ameer Speed, Eric Stokes and Tray Bishop; defensive linemen Michael Barnett, Michail Carter, David Marshall, Devonte Wyatt, Justin Young and Chris Barnes; inside linebackers Monty Rice, Natrez Patrick and Jaden Hunter; outside linebackers Keyon Brown, Brenton Cox and Jaleel Laguins.

The defensive players for the Black include: Defensive backs Deandre Baker, Richard LeCounte, Tyrique McGhee, J.R. Reed, William Poole (again), Mark Webb and Jarvis Wilson; defensive linemen Tyler Clark, DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, Jonathan Ledbetter, Julian Rochester and Malik Herring; inside linebackers Juwan Taylor, Tae Crowder and Nate McBride and outside linebackers D’Andre Walker, Robert Beal and Walter Grant.

The offensive players for the Black include: Quarterbacks Justin Fields, Stetson Bennett (again) and John Seter; offensive linemen Pat Allen, Warren Ericson, DeMarcus Hayes, Trey Hill, Cade Mays and Netori Johnson; running backs Prather Hudson and Ian Donald-McIntyre; tight end Jackson Harris and wide receivers Ahkil Crumpton, J.J. Holloman, Kearis Jackson, Matt Landers and Tyler Simmons.

Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and punter Marshall Long are on the Red team. Kicker Brooks Buce and punter Bill Rubright are on the Black team.

A few random thoughts:

  • The running back arrangement looks a little lopsided, no?  Swift (who’s questionable), Holyfield and Herrien vs. Hudson and Donald-McIntyre isn’t what you’d call a level playing field.
  • That second-string offensive line doesn’t look too shabby there.  I’m looking forward to see how deep that position group really is.
  • Stetson Bennett’s gonna be er’rywhere.
  • We may be worried about depth on the d-line — although the Red team looks to have a decent bunch at the position — but, man look at the linebackers!
  • Should we make anything of Natrez Patrick lining up with the Red team?

And your thoughts?

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There’s more to quarterbacking than G-Day QBR.

For there to be a real quarterback controversy at Georgia, there’s one huge barrier Justin Fields will have to overcome.

The thing that stands out to Thomas about Fromm? His overall knowledge of the offensive system in place in Athens.

“I would say Jake, his knowledge of the game. It’s crazy some of the things he sees and the plays that he checks to sometimes is just perfect,” Thomas said. “Sometimes we didn’t even see it.”

The Bulldog lineman was then asked for an NFL comparison for Fromm. Without hesitation, Thomas had a name ready.

“Probably Peyton Manning. That’s a joke that we have,” Thomas said. “We do a drill, it’s a check drill where we change the play to whatever you want to call it and Coach Smart tells Jake not to be Peyton Manning — because he tries to get the call perfect every time.”

Fields is an immense talent.  I don’t think there’s anyone out there who would reasonably debate that, but talent doesn’t mean much without a solid grasp of the offense.  Yes, Smart’s already shown in two seasons that he’ll start a true freshman quarterback, but that doesn’t mean it’s his preferred option, especially when he goes into his third season with an experienced quarterback who has learned the system and gained the trust of his teammates and coaches.

The funny thing is that with the usual dumbing down that goes on in the spring game, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see Fields acquit himself well and excite the fan base, as well as pundits who love a good story.  But we’re not going to know whether he’s anything more than a good story in the short run until he’s got a lot more practice work under his belt.

I don’t expect Fields to redshirt — one nice thing about that opener against Austin Peay is that it ought to give him a great opportunity to get his feet wet in a real game — but barring injury (I know, I know), bringing Fields along slowly and carefully this season is a luxury Smart and Chaney have and I doubt they’re foolish enough to waste it.

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