College Football Is Back


If anyone needs me, I’ll be watching this on a loop until next Saturday.

PS. I had legitimately forgotten they play football outside of the SEC. Pretty good reminder. Enjoy your last weekend with your loved ones and not being alternately heartbroken and overjoyed in the span of a football game. I’m sure these emotional swings are good for the soul.

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Georgia Football: Aaron Murray Watch – Week 2


When last we checked in on our hero, he was taking a knee as Kansas City salted away a preseason win over Cincinnati, but the second week of preseason play saw all of us get a better look at the former Dawg. Because I love you all, I DVR’d Kansas City – Carolina from this past Sunday, and here’s what we saw.

PLAYING TIME: Murray took over the offense for the second series of the third quarter, and didn’t look back. Alex Smith and Chase Daniels are pretty much known commodities in KC these days, so seeing Murray take all the snaps and Tyler Bray take none was a welcome change of pace from last week.

THE NUMBERS: Aaron (first name basis, get like me) finished 5/9 for 81 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Beyond that, he also had a HUGE 51 yard pass negated by a holding penalty on the last KC drive of the game. All this resulted in a better than bad passer rating of 83.3.

THE EYEBALL TEST: The single pick thrown was a little late on a crossing pattern, but the touchdown was vintage Murray, showing great comfort in the pocket, and perfect placement on the ball. Most importantly, he looked fully comfortable and recovered from the ACL tear that ended his season early for the Dawgs last year.

Moving forward, I think all of this bodes well for his NFL future. The Chiefs will most certainly not carry 4 quarterbacks, but I like Aaron’s chances to be on the roster as the quarterback of the future in Kansas City with either Bray or Daniels slotted as the back up QB.

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Georgia Football: Former Dawg Poised for Unlikely NFL Record


Blair Walsh had a hot and cold career as a kicker at Georgia.

  • 2008: 14/23 FG, 50/50 XP – WARM
  • 2009: 20/22 FG, 42/42 XP – SUPER HOT
  • 2010: 20/23 FG, 46/47 XP – HOT
  • 2011: 21/35 FG, 46/46 XP – COLD

 

He’s been A1 since Day 1 (as the kids say) since arriving in the NFL as a sixth round pick in 2012.

  • 2012: 35/38 FG, 36/36 XP
  • 2013: 26/30 FG, 43/44 XP

 

None of his seven misses have come from inside 30 yards.  Six have come from beyond 40 yards.

So, the guy who once missed 14 field goals in 14 games in 2011 is now a star in the NFL.  And if this video shows anything, it’s that Walsh could shatter the NFL record for longest field goal (64 yards).

You do you, Blair Walsh.  You. Do. You.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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Not Quite Georgia Football: Baylor’s New Stadium is Awesome


If you’re a fan of college football, you may be a fan of stadium porn like I am. Ridiculous renovations like those proposed at Oklahoma and overhauls at Texas A&M are a rite of passage for the big boys in college football. Given the hundreds of millions of dollars poured into the cathedrals seemingly at least once a decade, it’s rare that a Power-5 school opens a brand new stadium.

Baylor is opening a new stadium this year, and its as awesome as its name (McLane Stadium, after the generation’s greatest action hero, John McClane) and the following GIF:

But seriously. This place is gorgeous, and actually does bring ‘sailgating’ to life outside of Knoxville and Seattle (where…seriously, who wants to be on a boat in Seattle, ever?)

It’s not overwhelmingly big, but why should it be? Baylor is a small private school a la Wake Forest or Vanderbilt, albeit with more success on the football field in the past four years than either of those places.

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Apparently this picture is from the recruits’ lounge. Gotta compete with Texas A&M and UT somehow, I suppose.

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And a bad-ass locker room, inexplicably filled with old white people:

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Finally, the iconic image of the stadium, the fact that it really is on the water (if you didn’t gather that from the GIF above, which is mesmerizing)

I'M ON A BOAT

I’M ON A BOAT

So I said this is ‘not quite’ Georgia football-related, so I’ll bury a little bit of relevance here: Georgia is not getting a new stadium any time soon, but it makes one wonder how long it takes the Dawgs to catch up with the Joneses of the SEC, what with Alabama’s locker room waterfall. Georgia’s 40-yard indoor facility and dated Butts-Mehre complex are pretty underwhelming.

Anyway, that’s your daily dose of stadium porn.

 

Georgia Football: Experience Doesn’t Matter to Jeremy Pruitt. Who’s got a problem with that?


Per Nick Suss over at The Red & Black, three newcomers are getting starting nods in Georgia’s secondary:

  • Shattle Fenteng – Corner
  • Dominick Sanders – Star
  • Aaron Davis – Safety

 

To be fair, Fenteng has two years of junior college experience and Davis was a walk-on last year.  But this lineup (the three above joined corner Damian Swann and safety Corey Moore) surprised many and made some nauseous.

But is this really shocking and inherently negative?  I contend no.

For starters (pun completely 110% intended), four players who started multiple games last year are no longer in the secondary:

  • Josh Harvey-Clemons – 11 Starts at Safety/Star – Dismissed, Transferred to Louisville
  • Tray Matthews – 6 Starts at Safety – Dismissed, Transferred to Auburn
  • Shaq Wiggins – 8 Starts at Cornerback – Transferred to Louisville
  • Brendan Langley – 4 Starts at Cornerback – Now Playing Receiver

 

Combine that attrition (29 total starts) with a change in position coach, defensive coordinator and general mentality and this slate was as wiped-out as it possibly could have been.  Hell, that slate was white-washed, bleached and polished by Pruitt and his insistence on open competition.

In his introductory press conference, the new DC offered the following (per GeorgiaDogs.com):

There’s one thing about football coaches. Everybody may not agree with who we always play and all of that, but I think we always try to play the best players. We’ll do that, and we’ll give everybody an opportunity. I think competition is great. I think it’s great, so we’ll try to figure that out. The thing about it is that the guys who are the best in the spring aren’t always the best in the fall, so it’s who can do it over time. We’ve never arrived.

 

Oddly enough, Pruitt all but predicted his future depth chart shake-up.  The “we’ve never arrived” concept was likely instrumental in Shaq Wiggins’ departure.  Yes, Wiggins wanted to refine his improv skills and otherwise craft a repertoire of characters and impressions in anticipation of a future Saturday Night Live tryout, but I doubt he was too thrilled about having to compete for his spot all over again.  Something tells me the “seriousness” of Georgia practices wasn’t entirely based on Pruitt’s demeanor.  Some of it was likely a byproduct of players competing fiercely for playing time.  It’s hard to do that with a smile.

And if Pruitt always wanted to play “the best players,” then perhaps the very recruiting class that he helped close with a last-minute push is making an impact as he expected.

Dominick Sanders was a relatively late offer and late commitment to the Dawgs.  His offer and his pledge came after the arrival of Pruitt.  When he first committed I was most excited about his ability to play safety or cornerback.  Now he’s playing a hybrid DB role.  Pruitt, the consummate educator who demands a lot out of players, may have seen an under-coached DB with loads of potential in Sanders.  It appears that potential is being realized.

Shattle Fenteng was on Georgia’s radar before Pruitt arrived in Athens, but with his size and speed didn’t we all hope he’d be better than returning cornerbacks who either a. struggled to get on the field or b. struggled on the field?  If he’s the best at the position and that’s why he’s playing, then Georgia fans are getting exactly what they hoped for.

As for Aaron Davis, he’s precisely the kind of player that Todd Grantham never would have looked at.  A walk-on who was still overcoming injury issue when he arrived on campus, Davis was never going to be one of Grantham’s chosen few.  He was never going to see the field.  Pruitt, embracing competition and “giving everybody an opportunity” as promised, discovered what appears to be a diamond in the rough.  Back in April, Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph called Davis a “symbol” of the new Georgia defense.  That may or may not prove accurate when the opening whistle blows next Saturday, but it’s certainly not inherent cause for alarm.

Georgia’s playing new guys.  Since when is that bad?  Self-absorbed stars with inconsistent performance are gone.  Their departure made room for newcomers to step up.  For the first time in several seasons, Georgia has a coordinator capable of recognizing the opportunity created by a transition.  Who cares about experience?

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

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