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The Banged Up Chronicles

Good Lord, not another one…

Ron Courson’s work is never done.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Around the world of college football:

  • Bert has an interesting approach to motivating his players:  y’all suck, really.
  • Gotta love the SEC’s response to the Tennessee mess — a slap on the wrist with a $250,000 penalty and a promise to review UT’s alcohol availability policy, because, you know, stuff like that never happened before you could buy a beer in the stadium.
  • Georgia announced an enhancement to its NIL program, allowing its student-athletes to use the school’s official trademarks and logos.
  • Speaking of marketing, long time reader Chris Robinson has put together a line of hats and visors promoting you know what.  Check ’em out on Instagram @buckheadbrimco.
  • JT Daniels’ health appears to be improving.  Bye week, for the win!
  • And speaking of health, Smart was asked about George Pickens’ recovery time.  Florida, maybe?  “There’s a long term plan there, but I don’t disclose timelines on that kind of stuff,” Smart said. “Probably the week of the game we’d know more. We did a walk-through yesterday and he was able to do that, get signals, get calls. He’s done a tremendous job of working in recovery.”  So he’s saying there’s a chance?  Yeah!
  • Is Dan Mullen’s seat the hottest in the SEC?
  • Conference USA sent a letter to the AAC asking about reorganizing the two conferences on the basis of geography.  Instead, the AAC is expanding by adding six Conference USA schools.  Talk about your “you can have my answer now, Senator” response.
  • Scott Cochran is back at Butts-Mehre, but not back as special teams coordinator yet.
  • On a sad note, a reader who was a member of the Redcoats passed this on to me to share with y’all:  “One of my instructors on the drum line, John Moates, was married to an instructor of the Redcoats flagline, Cassie, who just passed — tragically, days after she had delivered their third daughter. John has been an instructor for 10 years now, and I believe Cassie had been helping out just as long.”  There is a GoFundMe set up for her, at https://gofund.me/dd1449c6.

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Not the news I wanted to wake up to this morning

Arrrgh!

Did they import the Neyland Stadium turf to the practice field, or something?  This is getting ridiculous.

I really hate it for Tykee.  You change schools, head down to play for a team contending for big things, injure your foot and just as you’re about to get a real chance to contribute, your season is over.  That sucks, obviously.

The good news is that he’s in good hands with Courson and Company.  They have plenty of experience, unfortunately.

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See you in Jacksonville.

This does not sound like a quarterback who’s gonna play against Kentucky.

You know what?  That’s fine.  The coaches are confident in Stetson.  Stetson’s teammates are confident in Stetson.  Georgia will be fine Saturday.

Meanwhile, JT gets two more weeks of rest and rehab before rolling into the Cocktail Party.  Have him ready then, because you know third-and-Grantham will be ready… oh, wait.

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They playin’.

Don’t know if you heard the news yesterday, but Smart let it slip that JT Daniels has been affected by another injury, although he’s still expected to start against Arkansas.

“His oblique is fine; he’s been having a little bit of a lat issue,” Smart said. “It bothered him some last week, and it bothered him some this week. But he’s done a good job, he’s sharp, watches all his tape, gets his reps and he does a good job, so we’re hoping he can stay that way.”

The latissimus dorsi muscles, commonly known as lats, are the V-shaped muscles that connect the arms to the vertebrae column.

Meanwhile, speaking of playing Saturday, somebody sounds like he’s chomping at the bit to get out on the field.

Go get ’em, Tykee.

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Targeting is just like the weather.

Everybody talks about it, but nobody does jack shit about it.

Among high-ranking college football leaders, there is movement afoot to at least consider an adjustment to the targeting foul’s most harsh individual punishment—the ejection. In fact, the NCAA’s own coordinator of officials, Steve Shaw, and a handful of conference commissioners as well as athletic administrators and coaches, expect the rule to be examined this offseason. By the time the 2022 season kicks off, the hope is that the policy looks different.

There is, however, a problem. At this point, a proposal does not exist to modify the rule that has universal agreement among the sport’s various bodies.

“I have not seen a sophisticated plan and structure,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says. “I will be the first to say I’m open to alternative approaches, but they have to be grounded in eliminating these hits. The ejection and suspension from the next half of a game is a fairly blunt instrument, but it makes the point to change behavior.”

That point is significant, at least in the sense that the NCAA knew it had to come up with something to blunt the threat of litigation over serious football injuries.  And it appears to have been successful in changing behavior.

Through the first three weeks of the 2021 season, officials called targeting 105 times. However, 45 of those were overturned on replay. Sixty targeting fouls were enforced in 243 games for a rate of 0.25, or one targeting call every four games. That is in line with last year’s data (0.27), which featured the highest targeting rate since at least 2016, when there was a targeting foul enforced in about every six games (0.17).

By regularity rate among all fouls, targeting ranks about 15th, or in the top one-third percentile, says Shaw, well behind leaders like false start (2.5 a game) and offensive holding (2.4).

… Last year only nine players committed multiple targeting fouls during the season: seven committed two and two players were flagged three times. Those who commit a third targeting foul in a single season are suspended one game. “That’s an indicator, the small numbers, that the rule is working,” Shaw says.

The problem with targeting isn’t calling it.  It’s punishing the penalized player, and hence the team, with a half-game suspension that has folks up in arms.

“It’s an unbelievably costly penalty to young people. Every game, I’m heartbroken for those kids,” says Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “It’s time for us to try something different.”

Oh, puh-leeze, Todd.  Dry those doing it for the kids crocodile tears before you embarrass yourself any further.

Here’s the problem.  If you try something different that lessens the impact of the penalty, you run the risk that behavior doesn’t change.  And splitting the baby, which some have proposed, adds its own set of issues.

It’s why Berry and the coaches’ association believe targeting should be a two-part penalty. His proposal would create a Targeting 1, which would result in only a 15-yard penalty. Targeting 2, a more malicious hit with intent to strike an opponent’s head, would carry a 15-yard penalty plus the standard ejection.

Several athletic administrators who serve on various NCAA governance committees agree as well—the two-part penalty is the way to go. “There is a significant amount of support for it,” Berry says.

But not everyone is on board.

A two-part foul injects extra subjectivity into the rule, making an official’s job more difficult. They’d spend more time dabbling in the gray area, attempting to determine whether a player had malicious motives.

“I don’t know how you determine intent,” says MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who supports an examination of the rule. “The foul has nothing to do with intent.”

Nothing says college football administration like adding a complexity to the game that lets people complain even more about officiating.  That’s why I wouldn’t bet against this happening.

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The hardest working (injured) wide out in show business

As good as it is to hear this

Nearly six months after he sustained a torn ACL in practice, star Georgia wide receiver George Pickens is back on the practice field running routes and catching passes.

It’s unclear how long the junior has done what reporters saw him doing Monday afternoon during nine minutes of viewing time since it was the first time practice was open to the media since 2019.

Pickens, wearing a non-contact black jersey and a brace on his right leg, lined up as the third outside receiver on one side behind freshmen Adonai Mitchell and Jackson Meeks in the practice in the team’s indoor facility on a rainy day.

Pickens ran routes in a drill without any defenders, catching three passes thrown his way including one he cut over the middle. No photos or video were permitted to be taken. That was the only practice period the media was able to see.

… from a health standpoint, it’s even better to recognize it from an attitude standpoint.

“He’s rehabbing every day,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said two weeks ago. “He’s lifting every day. He’s going to school and doing all his school work and he’s done a good job of doing that.”

It would have been easy enough for Pickens to check out, but mentally, he’s stayed committed.  And that’s good, because it sounds like he’s still got a ways to go.

Smart was noncommittal then on if Pickens might be able to return this season, saying he has monthly visits with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He tore his ACL on March 23 in practice.

“He’s working hard and he’s straight-line running but I have no idea of a date of return,” Smart said. “That’s just too far out right now.”

When word of the injury first came out, I assumed we’d never see Pickens play in a Georgia game again.  There’s still a decent chance that’s the case, but if he’s working that hard, you have to believe he’d like to prove that assumption wrong.  I hope he gets that chance.

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Gettin’ closer

Ron Courson gets over COVID and look what happens:

Vanderbilt… chicken soup for the injured Bulldog soul?

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If it’s not one thing…

it’s another.

Georgia defeated UAB 56-7 on Saturday without the services of starting quarterback JT Daniels, who is battling an oblique injury. The fourth-year junior quarterback is making strides in his effort to return to action but the guy responsible for five passing touchdowns in that win over the Blazers, Stetson Bennett IV, is dealing with an injury of his own.

According to Kirby Smart, both quarterbacks are practicing this week but it’s quite possible that neither of them are 100 percent healthy.

“Yeah JT feels much better,” Smart said on Tuesday. “He’s continuing to improve. He’s better now than he was on Saturday. I don’t know that he’s 100 percent. But he’s certainly getting closer to that. Stetson is repping, JT is repping, and Carson (Beck) is repping. Stetson’s actually got some lower-back issue that he strained some stuff, but the’s able to go, but I don’t know that he’s 100 percent. He’s been dinged up since Monday morning, but he went out and practiced. So they’re all three practicing, and I wouldn’t say – I think Carson is 100 percent healthy, but the other two are pushing back.”

That Herbstreit strategy is looking better and better.  Seriously, if there’s a good time to be working out the injury situation, it’s now, with South Carolina and Vanderbilt coming up.  Survive, advance and get healthy (healthier?) for Auburn.

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It’s a mystery.

I have no freakin’ idea what’s going on here.

JT Daniels‘ status for Georgia’s home opener against UAB on Saturday is in question. According to persons with knowledge of the situation, Daniels is dealing with an injury to his core, likely ribs or oblique.

Those same sources indicate that the injury isn’t long-term but that Daniels is truly day to day for the time being. He practiced on Monday but did not get in much work at all on Tuesday with Carson Beck getting a large portion of the first-team reps. If Daniels is unable to play against UAB, a decision that has not yet been made according to sources, Beck would likely get the start.

Sounds concerning, right?  In fact, makes you wonder if it affected Daniels’ ability to throw the ball deep in the Clemson game.  (Weiszer reports that it’s “something that may have lingered from the preseason”.)

But here’s a direct quote that paints a different picture.

I can’t imagine Smart feels like he needs to play head games with UAB, so what gives here?

I will say that if JT is indeed nicked up, there’s no need to let him play Saturday.  But “if” may be doing some heavy lifting there.  Ordinarily we’d wait to see how Kirby addresses this in his next presser, except that’s not scheduled until Saturday.  Hey, at least now we’ve got a compelling reason to watch the game!

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