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Georgia Football Recruiting: Who Will UGA Land? (BIG Time 5 and 4-Stars), Dawgs to Land 2016 4-Star DL, WR From Florida Puts UGA In Top 3
Recruiting Quick Hits
Who Will the Dawgs Land?
Jake Rowe of 247 Sports put together a great list of current UGA commits and who he thinks the Dawgs will land. Now I follow recruiting very closely, and I talk to recruits occasionally throughout the week to get some information, but I am certainly not an expert like Jake. When he hays something, you can bet there’s a good chance it will happen. Here is his list. If his projections are correct, Georgia will land one 5-star and seven 4-stars, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
I agree with everything he’s said, as I had the same predictions two weeks ago. The only difference was that I didn’t have D’Andre Walker or Rico McGraw as locks (now I think they are), and I did have Micah Abernathy as a lock (still think he is). If Georgia lands all of these guys, or even the majority of them, the Dawgs will certainly have the #1 ranked class in the nation (that is, if ESPN doesn’t change the rankings to give it to Alabama).
Mykelle McDaniel (DL) *2016 – ☆☆☆☆
The 2016, 4-star defensive lineman from Grayson High School has named UGA as his leader. In fact, McDaniel would have already committed if not for his mom:
“The very next visit I take, I’ll be going back to Georgia. (The Clemson game) was great. The best part was the food,” McDaniel said. “As good as Georgia’s doing, I would have already committed, but my mom wants me to be a man of my word, so once I commit, I’m already on my way. I’m just going to wait.”
Still, McDaniel seems like a UGA lock, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he committed sometime in the next few months.
The rest of the story on Mykelle can be found here. Quote courtesy of Jake Reuse of Rivals.com
Antonio Callaway (WR) – ☆☆☆
3-Star receiver from Miami, Antonio Callaway, has put the Dawgs in his top-3 along with Florida and LSU. He likes Georgia a lot and has noticed that they play a lot of freshmen. He also says that he likes that UGA runs a spread offense. Considering the Dawgs run a pro-style offense with a few spread wrinkles thrown in, that’s a little strange.
I don’t think we’ll end up signing Antonio, but I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. He is very talented, and probably deserves a fourth star, but our receiver class for 2015 is already stacked, and I don’t know that he’d want to come in and compete with all those guys. Here are his junior highlights, though, if you’d like to check him out.
Here are his highlights from his game against Oscar Smith (Josh Sweat’s high school) from a couple of weeks ago:
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Georgia Football: UGA Defense Ranked Worse Than Last Year, Suspended Linebacker Returns, Mason’s Timing Is Off, and More – Daily Dose of Dawg
Georgia’s Pass Defense: Its Weakest Link
If you’ve watched the Bulldogs at all the last couple years, you know that the pass defense, particularly the secondary, is the worst part of this team. Every year it seems like we’re saying the same thing, “Our secondary will stink, obviously, but if we can get enough pressure on the quarterback, maybe it won’t matter.” Well, the Dawgs got zero pressure this Saturday, and thus made a very average quarterback look like Peyton Manning.
It’s only been two games, and Georgia did open up with two ranked teams, but the Bulldogs are actually ranked worse in pass defense this year, than they were under Grantham in 2013 (2013: 60th in Pass Defense; 84th in Pass Efficiency Defense/2014: 67th in Pass Defense; 97th in Pass Efficiency Defense). What’s even worse is that teams know exactly how to attack the Bulldogs, and it works quite well :
“The coaching staff, we had a game plan,” said South Carolina receiver Nick Jones, who had four catches for 87 yards. “We were working on that all week. We knew the middle of the field would be wide open.”
The Bulldogs certainly need to get things together on defense in a hurry or this is going to be one long season. Story about UGA looking to fix its pass defense here.
Davin Bellamy Set to Return
Outside linebacker, Davin Bellamy, is finally set to return after serving a two game suspension for a DUI. Bellamy was redshirted last year, but has looked quite good and drawn a lot of praise from coaches this offseason. I expect big things from Bellamy, and I think he’ll add even more depth which, after Saturday, we seem to need. Who knows, maybe he’ll actually be able to touch the quarterback’s jersey.
Story on Bellamy here.
Hutson Mason and Receivers Just Not On the Same Page
Numerous times on Saturday Mason was throwing behind receivers, or he’d throw a ball and the receiver wouldn’t be ready. It was frustrating to watch, and probably even more frustrating for the coaches. Now I’m not sure if it was Mason’s fault, the receiver’s fault, or a little of both, but it certainly needs to be fixed. Something else I’ve noticed is that Hutson puts way too much air under balls and just seems to float them out there (with the exception of that one tough pass to Conley on the sideline). Now this could have been due to the fact that he just doesn’t throw too well in the rain, but it’s still something I worry about.
His receivers have confidence in him, and I sure hope they’re right:
“The one thing I will say about that, is we’ve seen him do it in the past, we’ve seen him do it versus Georgia Tech, he did it against Kentucky and obviously we’ve seen him do it in practice,” he said. “We have no issues with that.” - Chris Conley
Story on Mason and receivers here. All quotes from Anthony Dasher, Rivals.com.
Nick Chubb Likely to Miss Troy Game Due to Broken Thumb
Yesterday, Nick Chubb had surgery to repair a broken thumb. Richt said that he could be back practicing by Thursday, and if he feels good on Saturday, he’ll let him play. Chubb seems like a tough kid, so I think regardless of how he feels, he’ll tell the coaches he’s good to go. If I’m Richt, though, I’d hold him out, no question. You don’t need him in this game, but you will need him going forward. Why even risk the chance of him injuring his thumb even further?
Story on Chubb here.
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Last week we made predictions on the game on the DudeYouPodcast as follows:
|Podder||More Rushing Yards||More Carries||More Passing Yards||Special Teams O/U|
|Jason||Mike Davis||Mike Davis||Hutson Mason||Under|
|Daniel||Todd Gurley||Todd Gurley||Dylan Thompson||Over|
|Chad||Todd Gurley||Todd Gurley||Dylan Thompson||Over|
|Andrew||Todd Gurley||Mike Davis||Dylan Thompson||Over|
|Brandi||Todd Gurley||Todd Gurley||Dylan Thompson||Under|
Here’s how those picks turned out…
|Podder||More Rushing Yards||More Carries||More Passing Yards||Special Teams O/U|
Daniel and Chad were the most correct as their belief that Georgia would get out to a lead and nurse it with a healthy dose of Todd Gurley (which didn’t happen) was somehow more accurate than what others anticipated.
Football is a game of inches. It’s also a game of plays. One less-than-desirable play call can negate years of good performance—especially if fans refuse to recognize that prior performance as good. Accordingly, it makes good and reasonable sense that #FireBobo has become a rallying cry of the vocal minority of Georgia fans. Here are those fine folks’ highlights from Saturday.
This bro has so much wisdom on hand that he needs serially numbered Tweets to share it all:
1 of 2…Do you realize that UGAs 02′ & 05′ SEC titles both came before Bobo was promoted to OC? Bobo got the OC job in 06′. #FireBobo
— Johnathan Tatman (@TatmanJL) September 15, 2014
The formatting on those years is stellar. For a while I thought Tatman was going with the possessive form of 2002, 2005 and 2006 and forgetting the S. Apparently he had already #FiredDateFormatting.
It’s also worth noting that Bobo was named offensive coordinator just before the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup with Virginia Tech. So no matter how you slice it, he hasn’t been the offensive coordinator at Georgia for eight years. If we’re talking eight calendar years, we’ll hit that mark in December of 2014. If we’re talking seasons, Bobo is just beginning his eighth season. I’m probably alone in this, but I have a hard time blaming Bobo for failing to win the 2014 SEC Championship Game because that game hasn’t happened.
But in all seriousness, if Georgia lists one more SEC Championship Game, then Bobo has to go. Am I right?
The Beggar and the Name Dropper
Some people just can’t be pleased. If you’ve been begging for Mike Bobo (or whoever “Hey Boo Boo” is) to be fired since 2004, you’re probably one of those people. In 2004 (10 years ago), Bobo was coaching quarterbacks at the University of Georgia. That year, David Greene set all kinds of SEC records and finished his career as (at the time) the winningest starting quarterback in Division I history. Why would you want to fire that guy’s position coach? So maybe Bobo is worth keeping around—especially if firing him would tick off alumni.
A few points of note (which may or may not matter in the enlightened debate):
- I’m sure there’s an important Dooley somewhere whose alma mater is the University of Georgia, but it’s not Vince (the most famous Dooley relative to Georgia athletics). Vince Dooley graduated from Auburn.
- “They” is spelled incorrectly, but more importantly, so is “Herschel.”
- Why the hell would Georgia hire Herschel Walker as its offensive coordinator? What am I missing? #FireMe
The Bad Counter
Georgia was on the four. I feel like that’s something we should all be able to agree upon with regards to that fateful play. Apparently not.
Your on the 2 yard line. And you have the best RB depth chart. Why throw the ball? #FireBobo
— Hunter Finch (@HFgolfswag) September 14, 2014
Your kidding me, right?
The Guy Who Sees Big Picture
— Nathan Edwards (@NL_Edwards) September 14, 2014
When put within the context of Georgia’s defensive performance—which was one for the ages—it’s clear to see how bad Bobo’s called play really was. The defense was stellar all day long. That unit didn’t bend, break or even budge. If Georgia scores a touchdown on this series, there’s no way the Gamecocks could have driven the field for another long touchdown drive the same way they’d already done five times.
Actually this guy gets it perfectly right. The D did make one hell of a play. Maybe even two. But not much more than that.
The Dude Who Sees What Others Don’t
Wait. Maybe this was a terrible play call. Georgia had a Heisman Trophy winner in the backfield? Was he playing quarterback or running back? Or was he a fullback? Was Alan Ameche, the 1954 winner and a fullback from Wisconsin, wearing the red and black back there? I didn’t happen to see him, but I must have missed it. Ah, I bet Gino Torretta was under-center. No? Chris Weinke? Tim Tebow? Mark Ingram? Ricky Williams? This is going to drive me mad! What Heisman winner was back there????
That’s all I got/
Daniel Palmer (@dpalm66 on Twitter) is joined by Jason Smith (@JasonIsASmith) and Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) to recap the Georgia/South Carolina game. The trio bemoans offensive inconsistency, defensive disappearances and special teams doing special things.
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