Rambling Spring Thoughts: Cocks Coming Home to Roost?


I’ve got no real new information to present to you in the Spring. The SEC Network and ESPNU are showing too much basketball, preview magazines aren’t out yet, and recruiting rankings will have zero effect on the 2015 season. This is my attempt to keep you in the loop with some of Georgia’s potential obstacles for next season.

Steve Spurrier is on Twitter

But it took him two characters in his first (of two) tweets to make a grammatical error.

Nothing Else Has Gone Right

Where do we begin? It is not all sunshine and roses in Columbia (frankly, it’s concrete and abandoned warehouses). Since a 24-21 Independence Bowl win over Miami, 10 (TEN!) Gamecocks have left the program. Eight are listed on the pre-Miami two-deep, including RB Mike Davis and OL A.J. Cann (early NFL departures), WR’s K.J. Brent and Shaq Roland, and four (two rising senior) rotation players on the front seven.

Meanwhile, speculation about Spurrier’s impending retirement forced USC administration to give the Ole Ball Coach a raise in order to extend his contract to 2018. Largely due to this speculation, a recruiting class that peaked at #2 in the country as recently as last September finished 19th in the country, according to 247sports.com.

Oh, and remember the Will-Muschamp-to-South-Carolina rumors that made Georgia fan ears bleed throughout January? WELP. Muschamp is at Auburn. John Chavis and Gene Chizik both took DC roles opposite hurry-up no-huddle offenses (more often than not, career suicide), and the Cocks ended up with former Bears DB coach Jon Hoke, much to the chagrin of South Carolina message boards (or so I’m told by friend of the blog Brandi Mills of TheBigSpur.com)

Speaking of Brandi, her thoughts on the quarterback battle: “Oh great, our number one QB on the spring depth chart couldn’t even beat out daggum Dylan Thompson last year and the spring back up is a walk-on. #pray4gamecocks”

I won’t, Brandi, I’d rather enjoy a dumpster fire.

Okay, a Little Has Gone Right

Pharoah Cooper, the receiver/wildcat/running back/return man extraordinaire, is still (as of this writing) wearing Garnet and Black. Who will deliver him the ball when he’s not under center is still a major concern, however.

Looking at that recruiting class, there are three JuCo/prep defensive linemen who should be ready to somewhat right the ship for the USC D, as well as top-50 DE Shamiek Blackshear.

And of Course, the Schedule

It’s not toothless by any means. They draw Florida, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky at home, meaning that four of their five toughest SEC games are outside of Sandstorm territory. With a home crossover date against LSU being the exception, they pay visits to Georgia, Missouri, A&M, and Tennessee.

They have my current ACC favorite Clemson at home, as well as my favorite ACC team North Carolina in Charlotte to open the season.

If the defense doesn’t recover or the offense sputters after the losses of Dylan Thompson, Davis, Cann, Brent, Roland, et al, 7 wins could be the high-water mark for the Cocks. Just as long as Georgia gets its revenge.

Short. Still and forever.

Short. Still and forever.

 

About Chadwick

Enjoyer of adventure, would support a Trump policy that requires a minimum IQ to tweet. @Chad_Floyd for fun, @ChadFloydKW for real estate.

Posted on March 12, 2015, in Blog, Georgia Bulldogs, Recruiting, SEC, South Carolina Gamecocks. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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