Evidently, some portion of the fan base’s reputation precedes it.
Hell, there will probably be some folks in the stands still cussing Bobo after the first three-and-out. A knee’s gotta jerk, y’all.
There are actually position battles that have taken place outside of quarterback and now we have a few answers on some of those with the depth chart that’s just been published for the opener.
No real surprises on the offensive line and Thompson and Godwin are already ensconced in the two deep.
I love seeing Leonard Floyd’s name on there at two positions.
The surprise, if you want to call it that, is Rico McGraw’s name at co-starting corner. He hasn’t gotten a ton of press, but I’ve heard a lot of background chatter about how impressive he’s been this month. (Pruitt didn’t chase him for nothing.)
And some potentially good news is the absence of a name: Rodrigo Blankenship. If the coaches are trying to redshirt him, it means they’re satisfied with Collin Barber’s progress.
What else do y’all see?
Those of you who would prefer to chalk up Lambert’s struggles in 2014 to a sieve-like offensive line and who think Lambert’s size means he can run a little probably ought to skip this piece from Seth Emerson.
For the rest of you, it’s more context for evaluating what to hope to see from him in red and black.
Yes, I know Louisiana-Monroe has a well-deserved reputation for scaring SEC teams. But let’s dial that back a little. The last acclaimed win was against a John L. Smith-coached Arkansas team that was a mess.
UL-M is a decent defensive team, particularly by Sun Belt standards. Offensively, though, when you combine starting a redshirt freshman quarterback with this…
Louisiana-Monroe, which plays at Georgia Saturday, was one of the most feeble rushing teams in the nation last year, ranking 123rd of 125 FBS teams at 69.5 yards per game.
… it’s hard to see where points will be coming from.
Unless Georgia chooses to be a generous host, that is. We’ll at least get a feel for the team’s mental preparation in that regard. And here’s a benchmark by which to judge that.
If you don’t think there’s a sense of relief the coaches have about picking a starter, note that Richt drily managed to crack a couple of jokes in the first minute of yesterday’s presser announcing the call for Lambert. And that gets back to my first reaction to the decision – Richt and Schottenheimer, more than anything else, wanted to get a starter in place before the opening game. (A good move, in my humble opinion.)
That may be the big picture observation I have, but here are a few smaller ones.
We’re all chanting the mantra that we trust the coaches to make the right call here, but that begs the question that is at the heart of the matter. Is the decision based on Lambert’s response to better coaching and surrounding conditions, or is he merely the best choice in a less than optimal setting? We’d all prefer for this decision to be about good coaching rather than bad options, but there’s simply no way to tell yet.
It never occurred to me that what SEC fans have been clamoring for is “Super Bowl styled performances” at halftime.
Just shoot me.
As expected, the cost of the new IPF is projected to run about $30 million.
Also as expected, Greg McGarity wants you. Er, your checkbook.
The board approved a cost of $30.2 million for the project, half drawn from the athletics department’s reserve fund, and the other half via fundraising…
The Board of Regents, which oversees all state universities, still must formally approve the project in a few weeks. But UGA can now start a full-fledged fundraising campaign now that the project has been formally green-lighted.
McGarity said there were already some “verbal pledges” for the project. Ideally the facility would be named for someone who provided a large donation.
“That’d be very nice,” McGarity said. “That is a priority.”
And if they can raise more than half on the side, that would be cool, too.
In fact, McGarity added, they would hope to raise even more than $15.1 million, as there are other facility projects for other sports the school hopes to build. Any extra money from the football facility fundraising could then be put toward those other projects.
Hopefully, whatever those “other projects” might be, they’ll have a longer shelf life than this one did.
The team’s current, smaller facility, which was built less than a decade ago, will be demolished to make room for the new facility.
Old IPF, we hardly knew ye.