A non-QBR look back at G-Day

In a series of tweets yesterday, William McFadden broke down some of the tape from G-Day.  You can go check his feed out if you want the entire analysis, but I wanted to focus on just a few things he put up highlighting the quarterbacks.

First, compare these very similar plays called to start the game for both Eason…

… and Fromm.

This gets back to a point I made in my Observations post about G-Day.  There was a noticeable difference in the first team secondary’s play versus that of the second team’s.

Fromm did a lot of good things in the scrimmage.  Here he reads the blitz right and gets rid of the ball quickly.

And this may be my favorite play of Fromm’s from the day.

He showed some maneuverability and good field awareness there.

On the other hand, while this play starts off well enough,

… it almost ends disastrously.  (Against a good SEC defensive back, it wouldn’t have been almost.)

Then there’s the game’s flukiest play.

He missed reading the open receiver, threw off balance, but was saved by the defensive back’s whiff and Simmons staying with the play.  Again, that’s likely a different result against a conference defender.

As far as Eason goes, it was also a mixed day.  On the interception,

… Eason forces a throw because he’s under pressure, but look at the routes the receivers are running.  That whole side of the field looks crowded.  It’s a poorly executed play all around.

On the other hand, feel free to drool over this.

Eason reads the blitz, the line gives him just enough time and he makes a killer throw.

This, too.

That’s what a great arm, given enough time, can do.

And one more.

Folks, there aren’t many college quarterbacks who can do that.  There just aren’t.

The point here isn’t to argue for one Jake over the other.  (I don’t think Eason did anything to loosen his grip on the starting job, but I digress.)  It’s that I’m excited about what I see there from both players.

In terms of quality depth, this appears to be shaping up as the best quarterback situation Georgia’s had since Richt’s early run with Greene and Shockley.  Give Eason and Fromm adequate pass protection and some consistency from the receiving corps and the passing game could be resurrected into a real threat quickly.



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Gibberish in defense of control

According to Todd Berry, the director of the American Football Coaches Association, while coaches are just wild about the new rule allowing redshirt players to appear in as many as four games in a season without sacrificing their statue, they’re not thrilled with the idea of simply granting student-athletes five years of eligibility.  Why?  Um, well…

Our coaches have always voted down 5-for-5. Some support it, but the majority want to protect the collegiate model, that it takes four years to graduate,” AFCA executive director Todd Berry said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.

So Berry sees this new idea as somewhere in between.

“This would allow for young people to preserve that redshirt and work on a master’s,” he said. “Football is a different sport. We don’t have 40 games in a season like baseball or basketball. One year is a precious amount of time to play a great sport and get out what you want. I don’t know that there’s a lot of reasons not to do it. Certainly, the only one I’ve heard is that some other sports might like to do it also. If that’s the case, I think football’s a different sport, and everything can’t be regulated the same.”

I see.  That certainly makes more sense than this.

Earlier this month, the AFCA announced it was proposing to allow players to play in any four games and keep their redshirt — as opposed to fewer games, early in the season, just to be eligible for a “medical” redshirt. Every coach is for the proposal, and why wouldn’t they be? It lets them play more players.

But it still needs to go through the NCAA legislative process. One proposal that has failed in the process before is the idea of “5 for 5,” meaning five years of eligibility, no redshirts. But it’s never made it through, in part because of costs and affects on roster turnover.

Jesus, what a bunch of cheap bastards.


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100 days

That’s how long we’ve got until September 2nd.  Damn.


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Today, in what could go wrong?

Jere Morehead just passed along the official statement from the University System Chancellor regarding the new campus carry law.  Key language:

… Even license-holders may not carry a handgun into the following locations on college/university-owned or leased property:

  • Buildings and property used for athletic sporting events.  This exception includes stadiums, gymnasiums and similar facilities in which intercollegiate games are staged (but does not extend to so-called “tailgating” areas where fans may congregate outside the gates of the sports facility)…  [Emphasis added.]

Stay wary, my friends.  Especially after a long day of drinking.

So, who will be the first to offer Bulldog-themed bullet-proof vests?  Could be a big seller.


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Ain’t man enough no more.

I joked about this the other day, but apparently Pat Dye really is sick and tired of Auburn playing Alabama.

“I’d rather see Auburn in the East than us to play Alabama every year,” Dye said Tuesday during a taping for his weekly radio show on ESPN 106.7-FM in Auburn, according to Auburn Network producer Zac Blackerby.

Many Auburn fans would probably not like that scenario, but Dye has his reasons for shedding the Iron Bowl from the calendar every year.

“We don’t need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn,” he said. “We can play them on a rotation, just like everybody else.”

I can’t even begin to imagine the shit that would rain down on Auburn fans from ‘Bama folks if the Tigers bailed on the rivalry.

I don’t know if Nick Saban is the greatest coach in SEC history, but I’m pretty sure he’s affected the thinking of more conference coaches and administrators than any other coach in SEC history.


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Your basic late-May post

It’s May, which means there ain’t a lot of new stuff to discuss.

With that in mind, here’s Athlon’s 2017 All-SEC Team.  Alabama leads the pack (duh), with 15 selections.  Georgia is third, tied with Auburn, behind ‘Bama and Florida.

If I’m surprised by anything, it’s LSU’s poor showing.

Pick whatever bones you’d like to pick in the comments.


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Rubber-stamping the road to glory

Seth Emerson once again does the Lord’s work with this piece on what the members of the UGA Athletic Board do (or, perhaps more accurately, don’t do).  If you don’t want to read the entire article, I can save you the time by just referring you to the heart of the story:

There may be a mystery about what the board really does, or doesn’t do, what its role is, and the people who are on it. A major function of the board is to provide perfunctory approval to decisions already made by the athletic director.

Dissent is rare, if nonexistent.

Georgia Way gone Georgia Way, y’all.  One reason for that is nobody knows much about what they’re supposedly expected to oversee.

Does the board asks questions that need to be asked? Would it be better in the long run for the board if there were more back-and-forth?

Keadle, whose background is in the banking industry, isn’t so sure. He pointed out that board members may not have relevant experience.

“None of us sitting on that athletic board understand all the aspects of a Division I major college sports program, what goes into it, how is it financed, the public-private aspects of it,” he said.

And thus they almost always defer to the president and athletics director.

Yeah, we’re in good hands.

And why would a Board member dissent, anyway?  There’s too much sweet stuff to risk rocking the boat for.

When members join the board, they are provided with two complimentary season tickets for football, and one parking pass, and two complimentary season tickets for other sports upon request. Board members attend three meetings per year, in September, February and May.

Once you serve nine years, you reach emeritus status. But the board can also under “special circumstances” name an emeritus member who has only served four years. Emeritus members are no longer among the voting members but bylaws state they “shall have such privilege and rights as designated” by the board.

Free Perk U!  Who’s gonna want to screw that up?

Since the president appoints the board, people tend to not speak up, from Scates’ experience. And emeritus board member status also brings prestige, and greater access.

“So everyone on the board is trying not to rock the boat so you can get that emeritus status, which is much more valuable than any Hartman funds donations (which go towards football season tickets) you could ever donate,” Scates said.

In fact, Scates believes the lure of a potential spot on the athletic board becomes is an incentive.

“Being able to get on the athletic board is a powerful carrot,” Scates said. “One reason you have trouble getting people to talk on the record is because in the back of their mind they want to get on that board one day.”

I wonder what percentage of those folks got their hands on Notre Dame tickets.


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