Phil Steele blogs every year about the number of career starts returning for D-1 offensive linemen. This year’s post on that subject is out, so, without looking, guess where Georgia ranks nationally.
The answer is here. Yeah, that surprised me, too, especially the conference ranking.
I will say, based on last year’s experience, the quality of coaching matters a shitload more than returning starts. Which should be a good thing for the Dawgs…
Phil Steele’s 2016 magazine will hit the stands soon. In the meantime, he’s doing plenty of promo work for it. He did a little Atlanta sports talk and discussed Georgia’s prospects here. A summary:
He sees UGA as a good team and doesn’t see a downfall and with a healthy returning starting line, they could be the team to beat in the SEC East. He likes the schedule and winning the East is one step from the CFB Playoffs. He thinks Eason needs to win the starting QB position and will win it in Athens.
Unfortunately, he really likes Tennessee’s chances to win more.
How many Georgia fans do you figure share his optimistic take on the offensive line?
Let me just say that if turns out that Georgia indeed has one of college football’s ten best o-lines this season, I could get used to that.
Chock full of preseason goodness.
Do I need to tell you what to do here? I didn’t think so.
A few tasty morsels I scrounged up for your morning enjoyment:
- While some of this piece by Dean Legge is over the top, it’s worth reading to the end for the comparison between Mark Richt’s Georgia career and the first fourteen seasons of Vince Dooley’s.
- The NCAA, bastion of amateurism, announces it will give $18.9 million to schools to help pay for cost of attendance stipends. That should make for some fun questioning in somebody’s antitrust case.
- Seven Georgia players are named to the media’s preseason All-SEC teams.
- Between the academic fraud scandal and this, North Carolina’s on quite the roll.
- Phil Steele looks at how often underdogs win outright.
- And Dave Bartoo looks at teams’ starting position in 2014. Georgia did well there.
- Did you know that the Carter-Floyd-Jenkins trio had a nickname? I didn’t.
- Dennis Franchione makes the curious comment that “scholarships used to be equal”. From a marginal cost standpoint, I agree, but I suspect those who like to trumpet how scholarships are full-blown compensation for student-athletes might not.
- Nice job in the ACC media guide by some disgruntled human being.
Anthony Dasher does a Q&A with Phil Steele, who is more benign about the Georgia quarterback situation than most of us are.
UGASports.com: Just right off the bat, does the addition of Greyson Lambert in any way affect the way you feel about Georgia’s offense?
Steele: “No, when I looked at Georgia I saw Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta and thought both where capable of enough quarterbacks to handle the job. Lambert did a decent job at Virginia, brings some experience. He is a big guy with a strong arm but I’m comfortable whether it’s Ramsey, Bauta or Lambert. They are all pretty much the same and whoever wins the job I think will be pretty close as productive as (Hutson) Mason was last year.”
UGASports.com: When you have quarterback uncertainty like at Georgia, how difficult does that make your job when you’re breaking down a team and ultimately predicting how their season is going to go?
Steele: “In this case, the quarterbacks are all pretty similar in my mind. I know that Bauta is a little more mobile but all are highly-touted guys, very highly touted guys out of high school, they all have good size, they all have the arm strength, they have decent mobility so that didn’t make it that tough at all. I think sometimes if you had a quarterback where No. 1, was a true pocket passer and another one who was a pure option-running quarterback competing for the job it would be a little more difficult but this one wasn’t too difficult. I like the supporting cast the new quarterback will have.”
Alrighty then. I guess I can get back to fretting about whether this year’s defense can stop the run.