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First sign of adversity?

Well, dayum.

Georgia starting right tackle Isaiah Wilson left practice with a lower body injury, the extent of which is not yet known, DawgNation has confirmed.

If Wilson’s injury is to the extent that he can’t play in the 4 p.m. game on Saturday against Murray State, sophomore Cade Mays would likely assume right tackle duties with Ben Cleveland starting at right guard…

Wilson was the only Georgia lineman not to miss any snaps on account of injuries during the 2018 season.

Regression to the mean really blows.

Of course, this won’t make any difference in the next two games, and maybe not much at all, presuming nobody else on the o-line goes down.  But…

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Hot fun in the summertime

Willie Taggart has gone from this to this.

Looking ahead to the Seminoles’ second game Saturday at 5 p.m. against ULM, Florida State head coach Willie Taggart discussed how his team may not have been properly hydrated to deal with the heat ahead of its first game.

“I think after going through last weekend and seeing our guys going down and cramping, one thing we talked about with our medical staff is our guys got to hydrate,” Taggart said on his weekly call-in show.

“That can’t be on Friday, that can’t be on Thursday, they need to start hydrating early in the week and take care of their bodies. We can’t leave it up to our players just to do it. We’ve got to force them to hydrate and take care of themselves.

“I don’t know if we did a good job of that last weekend. One of those situations where you live and learn, and we’ll make sure that we help our guys when it comes to that.”

Throw in this,

The excuses are flying around Tallahassee following Florida State’s 36-31 loss to No. 24 Boise State on Saturday afternoon. The latest comes from an offensive lineman who feels that his team wasn’t prepared to compete in a four-quarter battle in the heat and humidity of the panhandle.

“Conditioning wasn’t our strong suit,” offensive lineman Baveon Johnson said, “That is what we plan to work on and plan to improve this week … I feel like it was just conditioning overall. That is what we need to get better at.”

… and you have to wonder why anybody in FSU’s athletic administration is letting Taggart anywhere near anything that affects player health.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d really question whether Jimbo was all that was wrong in Tallahassee.

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Oh, well.

Forget what I said about no serious injuries in Nashville.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart announced redshirt freshman receiver Kearis Jackson will be out “3 to 4 weeks” after suffering “a couple different breaks” in his hand/wrist area on Saturday night.

Jackson was injured with 10:19 left in the game when he was tackled at the Vanderbilt 4-yard line, fumbling the ball at the end of the play.

Smart said Jackson will get back on the practice field as soon as possible with his hand taped up in club-like fashion.

“It will be week to week once he gets back,” Smart said.

First career start, too, which really makes that suck.

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“My arms are bigger. My legs are bigger. My stomach is smaller.”

Say what you will about Kirby Smart, but he sure sweats the small stuff.

For Wilson, an anchor opposite All-American left tackle Andrew Thomas, his biggest growth has been with leadership. He thrives on studying opposing defenses, and says he can now read their tendencies prior to the snap. But Wilson’s nutrition played hand-in-hand with that in order to progress toward his ambitions.

“If he wants to be a great player, he’s got to eat, he’s got to sleep, he’s got to get off his phone at night,” Smart said. “We are trying to get the aggregate of marginal gains, which is a little bit better at everything. He’s always physically looked impressive to me, but he’s playing better.”

I wonder how “the aggregate of marginal gains” would look on a t-shirt.  Okay, what it lacks as a rallying cry, it makes up for in effect.

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Ugh.

I don’t know about you, but describing changes to white matter in players’ brains after a season of football as “fraying” kinda gives me the willies.

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The NCAA, and the law of unintended consequences

Brilliant.

I think we can all guess what happened, but if you want a likely explanation…

Results of this study demonstrated a relatively modest effect of that ruling in reducing weekly head impact burden during the preseason (− 2.2%) and the unanticipated effect of increasing the total head impact burden by over 25% across the entire preseason. This was likely attributable to increased contact intensity (impacts per hour) during the 2017 preseason, resulting in a greater number of preseason head impacts over the same number of preseason team contact practice sessions.

In other words, coaches compensated for the elimination of two-a-days by amping up the intensity of the practices they had.  Hey, nobody saw that coming, right?

The great thing about this is that the litigation threat isn’t going away, so the NCAA is going to have to take another stab at fixing the problem.  Lather, rinse and repeat for the win!

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The guns of August

Good Lawd, George Pickens.

If he flops as a blocker, it won’t be because of his physique.

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