Monthly Archives: February 2013
Ty Flournoy-Smith sold his text books. So what? And maybe he filed a police report saying they were stolen. Maybe he just forgot that he sold them. Maybe he meant to say “My books were sold,” and he accidentally said, “My books were stole,” on the Police Report.
You do you, T. F-S. You. Do. You.
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If there is any solace to be taken during this pre-Spring football lull it is that Spring ball is just around the corner. And in that regard perhaps the winter has passed fairly quickly.
The Georgia Bulldogs kick off Spring practice this Saturday, but below you can find a full Spring Football Schedule for the SEC (courtesy of College Press Box):
- Georgia: March 2 – April 6
- Texas A&M: March 2 – April 13
- South Carolina: March 5 – April 13
- Tennessee: March 9 – April 20
- Arkansas: March 10 – April 20
- Missouri: March 12 – April 20
- Florida: March 13 – April 6
- LSU: March 14 – April 20
- Vanderbilt: March 15 – April 13
- Ole Miss: March 17 – April 13
- Mississippi State: March 21 – April 20
- Alabama: March 21 – April 20
- Auburn: March 27 – April 20
- Kentucky: ? – April 13
Now, lest you become fearful at Georgia’s “short” spring practice period (36 days compared to 43 for Texas A&M and others) remember that practice time is still legislated by the always logical (kidding) rules of the NCAA.
So what are those rules and why is there a discrepancy in schedules?
Teams are permitted no more than 15 practices (and this includes the Spring Game), over a period of 34 “consecutive” days. The exceptions to those “consecutive” days are school sanctioned holidays or breaks. So if a school has Spring Break or an extended Easter holiday break, those 34 “consecutive” days can be extended. Those “extensions” help players like Bacarri Rambo go on Spring Break and eat hash brownies so I’m obviously opposed, but student-athletes are college kids too and they deserve Spring Breaks.
A few other tidbits regarding the 15 practice limit:
- Only 12 of the 15 practices can permit “physical contact.”
- No “physical contact” practices can take place prior to the third practice (so the first two are contact-free)
- “Tackling” is only permitted in eight of the 12 “physical contact” practices.
- Three of the eight “tackling” practices may be devoted to 11-on-11 scrimmages
I like to call this the 34-15-12-8-3 rule. 34-ish days featuring 15 practices of which 12 can permit contact of which 8 can feature tackling of which 3 can be scrimmages. It makes sense.
I really wonder how the NCAA enforces things like 11-on-11 scrimmaging. Do they monitor each and every practice? If so could Special Teams scrimmage without the kicker and is 11-on-10 scrimmaging OK?
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Georgia fan-favorite Bacarri Rambo did not participate in drills on at the NFL Combine, but many feel he is sneaking back up into the third round based up interviews. Rambo – whose coverage is inconsistent at times – appears to be selling GMs and coaches on the notion that he likes to “bait” QBs into throwing deep balls in his areas of coverage. That’s what I would say too if I was often out of position. But isn’t that the equivalent of me ignoring a client and then telling my boss that I like to “bait” them into thinking I’m really busy doing other things before I make time for them? That’s not necessarily a good thing, even if I do dress it up a bit.
Georgia’s Shawn Williams, participated and was impressive. He ran the third fastest 40 of any safety (4.46 seconds) and threw up 25 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press.
Sanders Commings showed good top end speed on the 40 ad well.
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Cornelius Washington turned heads in a breakout game in 2011 against Mississippi State. He registered two sacks in that game and followed it up with a disappointing DUI arrest that same evening. The rest of his career at Georgia was relatively quite.
Now Washington is making a name for himself at the NFL Combine. He’s listed as an outside linebacker, but at 6-4, 265 lbs. he may settle as a defensive end. But the position of his draft stock is undeniable: it’s rising.
Washington threw up an impressive 36 reps on the 225-lb bench press test on Sunday. No other linebacker had more than 29. For what it’s worth only three defensive linemen put up higher totals – none higher than 38.
Then yesterday he turned heads with a 4.55 second forty-yard dash. Only one linebacker was faster (Zavier Gooden) and he weighs 30 pounds less than Washington. By comparison, freakishly athletic Alec Ogletree only ran a 4.70. Manti Te’o ran in the 4.8 range.
Washington was believed to have impressed at the Senior Bowl and Phil Savage (the game’s director) offered the following:
With one assignment in mind — to get upfield and create pressure on the QB — he accomplished his goal by showing initial quickness, strength and effort. He took the fight to his opponents by screaming off the edge and attacking with his hands. There is no doubt that the 4-3 teams will go back and give him another look after this performance. … Cornelius elevated his stock from late-round flyer to legitimate mid-round candidate.
With such an impressive combine and a “new” position, you have to think Washington could sneak into the first three rounds.
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- Big Kwame Geathers ran a mean 5.40 40-yard dash – unofficially.
Georgia is proving to have some muscle on the defensive side:
- John Jenkins repped 225 lbs on the bench press 30 times as did Abry Jones (tied for fifth among D-linemen)
- Alec Ogletree managed a respectable 20 reps as an LB
- Cornelius Washington threw up 36 reps! That’s secen more than any other LB prospect, and the fourth highest overall total.
- Tavarres King jumped 36.5 in the vertical and 123 inches in the broad jump.
- His high jump is 13th best overall and 8th among WRs.
- His broad jump is 14th overall and 10th amoug WRs.
- King also ran a 6.91 second 3-cone drill. That’s 13th among WRs.