The rise of Natrez Patrick

Due to technical difficulties, I haven’t finished watching the replay of the G-Day game, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like the move inside has sat with with early enrollee Natrez Patrick.  He’s got a ways to go in pass coverage, okay, but considering all he has is one spring under his belt (and some of that at another position), he definitely looks like a keeper.

Natrez Patrick drew plenty of raves this spring after moving from outside linebacker to inside. So it was no surprise that head coach Mark Richt, when asked after Thursday’s final practice which rookies had stood out, began by naming Patrick.

“He looks like he’s found a home, anyway, there (at inside linebacker),” Richt said, hastening to add: “I’m not saying he’s going to start or anything like that.”

Maybe not, but Patrick sure looks like he will receive plenty of playing time. The freshman early enrollee had eight tackles and a sack on G-Day, and generally looked very active and physical.

“He’s got good instincts,” Richt said. “Sometimes he was just flat out unblocked and made a play in the hold, but he brought the wood. He laid the wood to people. He’ll strike. He’s a pretty good athlete. He’s a pretty sharp kid.”

I wonder if they’ll ask him to drop a little weight, as 259 seems a little on the bulky side for ILB.  But I can’t help but get a little excited about the athleticism he and Roquan Smith may eventually bring to the position.

And between Patrick, Amaechi and Ganus, you’d have to say the coaches did a pretty good job evaluating talent in the early enrollee linebackers class, no?


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Expectations are like assholes… everybody’s got ’em.

Three random posts, together making for a weird juxtaposition in my mind:

  • Mark Richt“Well, we’re always expecting to win the East,” Richt said, chuckling at having to ask such a question in April. “That’ll be our goal. I don’t know what to compare it to…”
  • Jim Harbaugh “Fans have a constitutional right to expect success and have high expectations.”
  • How long can a coach last without an SEC title?  (“Richt has top-five rankings in 2007 and 2012, a top ten ranking in 2014, and SEC title game appearances in 2011-12 helping him out.”)



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Collector’s item

Georgia Tech just handed out rings commemorating the 2014 football season.

Your eyes do not deceive you.  One side does indeed read “State Champs”.

Act like you’ve been there evidently isn’t part of the Jacket psyche.  Although it does make for a rare piece of jewelry.


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Jeremy Pruitt: “He’s like that father figure if you do something well, he’s not going to compliment you.”

And your spring defensive MVP is… nobody.

Because that’s how Pruitt rolls.


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“We get kind of scared.”

College athletic directors know it’s stupid to schedule games 12 and 15 years out.  They know they shouldn’t do it. They don’t even like doing it. And yet they can’t help themselves.

That’s not exactly Einstein’s definition of insanity, but it’s close.


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The downside to using college football as a free farm system

Mike Mayock explains what the spread is doing to pro football’s draft analysis:  basically, it’s making it harder to judge kids at most offensive positions coming out of college.

“With so many college teams in the spread — and the spread can be a lot of things — what I’ve learned is how difficult it is to evaluate almost every position,” Mayock said. “It’s not just skill. Take for example the left tackle that never gets in a three-point stance. How do you evaluate his power? He’s also standing straight up immediately. There’s no such thing as a drive block anymore. Every position is affected.

If it keeps up – and you can expect it will as long as there are lots of college coaches who believe running a spread attack gives them the best chance to win – eventually Mohammed will have to go to the mountain.

… Every NFL team has scouts and personnel whose evaluations can affect how the team performs, especially a team with a top pick. That affects people’s jobs. Mayock says teams need to adjust to work with these players’ strengths, and they’ve started to.

I think in the NFL, all the teams have to do a better job of embracing some of these new-style players at every position,” he said.

It’s either that, or start paying to develop players coming out of high school the way you want.


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Attrition in the Second Chance U recruiting pool

The defense never rests in Gainesville and Knoxville.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...