Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Top 5 Overrated Athletes Ever

Here are the top 5 overrated athletes of all-time as I see it.

5. Mike Tyson- Who did he beat that was any good? When he was the Champ, boxing wasn't any good. To put him in the class of Ali, Frazier, etc. . . is ridiculous!

4. Derek Jeter- .315 avg, 15 hr, 75 rbi avg for career. Are these $19 million stats. Are these even HOF stats? Not in my book.

3. Bill Walton- 13.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg. Are these HOF numbers? Hortford did this last year as a rookie. Besides, he is one of those guys that tries to build the "well, when I played" stories to be bigger than they were.

2. Scottie Pippen- 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.2 apg. Are those the stats of a top 50 player of all-time? Give me a break! He needs to thank Jordan for his career.

1. Joe Namath- 173 td, 220 int, 50% comp. These are Michael Vick numbers, not HOF numbers.


Well, there you go. Give me your top 5.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 31 Days

#31 Quintin Banks, S
6-2, 210, Warner Robins GA (Houston County), RSo.

Quintin was redshirted his first year on campus after coming to Georgia from high school football hotbed Warner Robins where he starred at Houston County. The former 4 star recruit chose the Dawgs over Tennessee, Auburn and Illinois. During his redshirt freshman year of 2007, Banks played in 12 games and accumulated 6 tackles. Banks won the Coffee County Hustle Award at the conclusion of this past spring practice. It is saying something when you have a reputation as a hard hitter on campus in Athens by your teammates. It should also be pointed out that Banks is a hard worker in the classroom too.
Depth Chart Analysis: Banks enters the fall as the backup SS behind senior CJ Byrd. He should get plenty of snaps in the rotation at safety and will also play a key roll in special teams. Banks will leave Athens one day as another big hitting, run support safety that Georgia fans have become accustomed to during the CMR tenure. He is a highly motivated, intellegent player who should develop into an All SEC performer before his time in Athens is up.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tex is Gone!

Tex traded to Angels for Kotchman and prospect

Thank you! This is a great move by the braves for 2 reasons. One, we are not making the playoffs and will not be able to resign Teixeira at the end of the season. Which leads me to the second reason. It seems to me that Tex is a selfish money hungry SOB that has no loyalty to anyone but himself. You know, one of those guys that is just better than you. The fact is we are a losing club with him and as someone said he is not a difference maker. I for one am glad he is gone. This photo says it all. Why would you wear that shirt?

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 32 Days

#32 John Knox, S
6-2, 215, Statesboro GA (Statesboro HS), RS Freshman
Knox was what you'd call an extreme sleeper prospect, coming from Statesboro. He was virtually an afterthought until his senior year, but quickly rose up on the radar screens of many programs in the southeast. He visited UGA along with high school teammate Justin Houston, and both decided to attend school in Athens. After some question as to whether or not he would qualify, Knox reported to Athens during 2nd summer semester. A sleek 190 lbs when he arrived, Knox redshirted in 2007. He was as impressive as any DB on the scout team in 2007, and had a very, very good offseason and spring. His G-Day performance was outstanding, with 4 tackles and an interception. He put on about a few more lbs since the end of last season, and he's now ready to begin contributing on Saturdays.
Depth Chart Analysis: Knox will begin the season as Reshad Jones' primary backup at safety, but you can probably expect to see him play some special teams as well (at least this season.) He has really impressed the coaches since he arrived in Athens, and conventional wisdom is that he's going to be another in a long line of outstanding safeties to wear the red and black before his collegiate career is over. To be honest, the list of players that have never stepped on the field in Athens who are poised to become "great" is very, very long right now. Almost ridiculously long, in fact. Knox is another one on that list.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 33 Days

#33 Dannell Ellerbe, MLB
6-1, 232, Hamlet NC (Richmond HS), Sr.
Ellerbe came to UGA in 2004 as one of the top linebacker prospects in America, although vastly undersized at 180 lbs. There was talk that he'd wind up a safety at UGA, although the coaching staff knew there was potential for greatness at linebacker for Dannell. After putting on some weight and playing at LB as a redshirt freshman (14 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 interception), Ellerbe ran afoul of the law in early January of 2006, with 4 offenses as a result of an alcohol related car accident in Athens. He was suspended for the first 3 games of the 2006 season, and got limited playing time the rest of the season, recording only 7 tackles. 2007 was a much better year for Dannell, as he came back to start 11 games across all 3 linebacker spots, finishing up as the team's leading tackler (93 tackles), and a 2nd team All-SEC selection. Ellerbe's senior year is shaping up to be a good one, as he's one of UGA's two preseason 1st team All-SEC selections, part of the Bronco Nagurski Award preseason watch list, and one of the senior leaders on the roster.
Depth Chart Analysis: Ellerbe is the "quarterback" of the defense, and the firm starter at Mike Linebacker. He really came into his own last season, and along with Rennie Curran forms one of the best (if not the best) linebacker tandem in the SEC. I'm looking for a big year from Ellerbe, and I expect we'll see him picked on the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 34 Days

Kalvin Daniels, TB
5-10, 185, Eastman GA (Dodge County HS), Soph.
After a good career at Dodge County, Daniels got moderate interest from a few different Southern Conference schools like Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Wofford and UT-Chattanooga. He ultimately decided to come to UGA and walk-on (I bet those other schools are kicking themselves now), and he's made the most of it. He actually saw time in Sanford Stadium as a freshman, appearing in 3 games, getting 8 carries and averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Coming into the 2008 season, he was named Most Improved Running Back, and Outstanding Offensive Walk-On at the end of spring practice. He had an impressive G-Day game, and looks ready to challenge for some playing time again in 2008.
Depth Chart Analysis: While there is little chance that Daniels will get carries over Moreno or Caleb King, how much he plays this year could mean alot looking toward future seasons. If Daniels can emerge as a solid #3 tailback, UGA should be able to redshirt two of the incoming stud running backs, most likely Richard Samuel and Dontavious Jackson (Carlton Thomas will probably play this season regardless thanks to his return abilities, although both Samuel and Jackson were in school for spring practice, so either would be ready to play if needed.) Daniels is a pretty good talent for a walk-on, and he'll likely see some time this season (although most often in mop-up situations.)

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 35 Days

#35 Rennie Curran, WLB
5-11, 230, Snellville GA (Brookwood HS), Soph.
Curran was a highly underrated recruit coming out of high school (Rivals ranked him the #18 player in Georgia and not even a Top 10 linebacker prospect?) He wound up starting the final 5 games of the season for the Dawgs, logging 53 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. His 13 tackles vs Kentucky in November garnered SEC Freshman of the Week honors. As good as he was last year, the funny thing was how coaches and some players made a number of comments about how on many plays he was in the wrong place, but he's so talented and has such a high motor, he'd always end up making the play in the end. His meteoric rise at the end of last season reminded me alot of the latter third of David Pollack's freshman season. Pollack carried that over to one of the better sophomore campaigns in the history of college football. It may be a little much to ask Curran to be the SEC Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-American in just his sophomore year, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's our best defensive player this season. Georgia Sports Blog did a nice piece following up Josh Kendall's interview with Curran last year. The story of Rennie's upbringing is pretty amazing. You can read about it here.
Depth Chart Analysis: Curran is the firm starter at Will Linebacker. Despite all the talk about how short he is (I didn't realize that 5-11 was considered a "runt" for a linebacker), he packed on about 15 pounds in the offseason. Given how he flies in like a missile when he's making tackles, that isn't a bad thing. Look for Rennie to have a monster sophomore season. Here's some good footage of Rennie's freshman season courtesy of johnsobasky on You Tube. My favorite play comes at the 1:35 mark when he pretty much choke slams the Auburn tailback (for those who know Gwinnett County high school football, its even cooler when you realize who the Auburn tailback is, and where he went to high school):

Friday, July 25, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 36 Days

#36 Brannan Southerland, FB
6-0, 240, Dacula GA (Greater Atlanta Christian School), Sr.
Brannan was one of the top fullback prospects in the Class of 2004, choosing the Dawgs over UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida and Florida State. There was some talk early in his career that then-Defensive Coordinator Brian Van Gorder might want to gobble him up to play linebacker, so he redshirted his first year to figure out where he'd land. After Van Gorder bolted, Southerland settled back in at fullback. After an injury to Des Williams prior to the 2005 season, Southerland found himself as the starting fullback for game 1 of his redshirt freshman season, and did not disappoint. Besides displaying the punishing style of blocking that we've all now become accustomed to, he also scored 5 touchdowns in just 26 touches in his first season. He took on a more expanded role in the offense as a sophomore, touching the ball 60 times and scoring 10 touchdowns, which led the team in scoring. Last season, with the emergence of Knowshon Moreno, Southerland's offensive role was scaled back considerably, yet he still scored 6 TDs. One constant throughout his career has been his blocking ability. Not many in the game today fill a hole like Southerland. One of the better fullbacks ever to wear the red and black, Brannan should hear his name called in the NFL Draft in 2009, and have a nice, long career in The League.
Depth Chart Analysis: In what was probably the most crushing news of the entire off-season, Southerland suffered a setback in rehabbing a foot injury, which required additional surgery in June. The prognosis is good, but the rehab period is 14-16 weeks. That puts him back anywhere from the the season opener to the Arizona State game. My guess is that we might possibly see him in Columbia in week earlier than the trip to Tempe, which would be not only an obvious boost on the field, but a great psychological edge for the team to see the "Scottish Warrior" (as one famous Dawgventer labeled him) bruising Gamecock linebackers in the biggest of early season tests. Southerland's importance can not be discounted. The Dawgs need him back in there (at full strength) in a big way. He is an absolute key to this season. Assuming his foot is fine, he's the starter once again on the first day he is ready. Until then, Shaun Chapas should fill in admirably.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What the bleep video of the week!

Ever had someone walking so closely behind you that it made you feel uncomfortable? This one takes the cake. Click here.

Top 5 Comedy Movies of All-Time

Here are the top 5 comedies of all-time, as I see it.

5. Major League- Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, and Bob Uecker lead the cast as the Cleveland Indians try to go from worst to first. Sound Familiar?
Best Line: After "Wild Thing" throws a ball about 5 feet outside, Bob Ueker says, "Just a bit outside. He tried the corner and missed".

4. My Cousin Vinny- Joe Pesci and Marissa Tomei star in the classic north vs. south comedy about mistaken murder suspects and the judicial system.
Best Line: After having some tire trouble a local walks up and asks what is wrong and Pesci says the car was shimming on the hwy and he told them they had mud in the tire and Pesci responds, "Let me ask you something. How exactly do you get mud into the tire?"

3. Caddyshack- Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Ted Knight lead in this comedy about the snobby country club vs. the rich, obnoxious developer who is a guest of another member.
Best Line: Spalding says "This is good stuff, I got it from a negro. Your probably already high and don't even know it."

2. Tommy Boy- Chris Farley and David Spade are a great duo about a sales road trip after Tommy's father dies. We have all been on road trips, but this is the mother of all road trips.
Best Line: Tommy says "Hey, I tell you what. You can get a good look at a butchers ass by sticking your head up there. But, wouldn't rather take his word for it?"

1. Fletch- Chevy Chase is the master of the facial expressions. The different disguises and one-liners in this movie make it the best comedyof all-time, and the obvious choice.
Best Line: Fletch says to a hot woman in only a towel. "Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.

There you go. Let me know your list.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 37 Days

#37 Akeem Hebron, LB
6-1, 225, Gaithersburg MD (Good Counsel HS), RS Sophomore
Hebron was one of the more highly recruited linebackers in the country coming out of high school in the 2006 signing class, choosing the Dawgs over Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. A USA Today and Parade Magazine First Team All-American, Hebron was redshirted in his first season in Athens, then went through a tumultuous offseason that saw him arrested for underage possession of alcohol in February, and the same offense just 2 months later. In early May of 2007, Richt announced that Hebron would be suspended for the entire 2007 season, and eligible to return to Athens in early 2008. In the meantime, he played for Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, and put up solid numbers on a very good junior college defense. He also had a nice G-Day in his "Sanford Stadium debut", with 5 tackles and a 40 yard return of a fumble recovery. He appeared to me to be around the ball on every play, much like what you see from Rennie Curran.
Depth Chart Analysis: Hebron will have to earn his playing time, at least early in his career, given his past transgressions. He seems to be coming along really well, and is currently listed as 3rd string Will Linebacker, behind Curran and Darryl Gamble. However, he could easily get himself into the mix at Sam as well, and might even have a shot to push Akeem Dent for his starting spot if he is moved around. We'll know all of the answers in just a matter of weeks.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Freshman Marcus Dowtin

Here's a little YouTube for you to go with today's Countdown about Marcus Dowtin. He reminds me a little bit of Ronnie Brown when he's at RB, but man do I love him at LB. He's gonna be hard to keep off the field.


video courtesy of funkywagon

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 38 Days

#38 Marcus Dowtin, LB
6-2, 220, Upper Marlboro MD (via Fork Union Military Academy), True Freshman

Dowtin was a much-traveled high school player, beginning his career at Bishop McNamara in MD, transferring to Georgetown Prep School as a junior, and then onto Fork Union Military for his senior season. Along the way he was dominant on both sides of the ball as a LB and RB. Various recruiting services ranked Dowtin as one of the top LB prospects in America last year, and one of the state of Virginia's top players. He chose UGA over a list of impressive schools, including in-state Virginia and Virginia Tech, as well as Michigan, Clemson, Maryland, West Virginia, and Cal. An impressive combination of size and speed (4.4) has alot of Dawg fans excited about Marcus, and many expect to see him playing in Sanford this coming season.
Depth Chart Analysis: Dowtin survived a shaky qualifying process. As of June 1st, he found out he'd have to join the team later in the summer than he originally wanted, due to some questions about transcripts from his high schools previous to Fork Union. Four weeks later he got confirmation that everything was OK, and that he'd be joining the team on schedule July 1st, which he did. Now it is full speed ahead, and John Jancek gets plenty of time to evaluate Dowtin's chances of playing this fall. He's currently listed at Sam LB behind Akeem Dent and Darius Dewberry, although it is very possible that he could move around if the coaches want to see him playing early. Special teams are also an option. Regardless, it looks like a strong possibility that Dowtin is going to be very good one day soon, if not this year. Richt apparently expressed to Dowtin that he expects him to have every chance to play as a true freshman.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 39 Days

#39 Nick Williams, S/LB
6-3, 205, Bainbridge GA (Bainbridge HS), True Freshman
If you could say that any Rivals 4-star player "flew under the radar", Williams would be a good candidate for that description. As a linebacker at Bainbridge (41 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2007), Williams ended up as an Honorable Mention Georgia AAAA All-State selection, but also played quarterback (almost 2500 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns in his career, including a 348 yard game.) In addition, he handled the punting and holding duties. Still, he was not a player that was offered by most of the schools in the Southeast. The question that most have about Williams coming into his college career, is not whether he'll play offense or defense (although Richt has stated publicly that he probably could play offense.) Its whether he'll play safety or linebacker.
Depth Chart Analysis: Let's see here.....a somewhat under the radar recruit from Southwest Georgia, coming off a terrific high school career playing offense, defense and special teams, seemingly stuck in between linebacker and safety, and likely to redshirt in his first season in Athens. Sounds alot like another Dawg great from a few years back (this one's for Bop):


Williams is likely to see a redshirt this season as well, and many believe that he's likely to begin his UGA career as a scout team safety. But don't be surprised to see him beef up a little, and end up starting his redshirt freshman season at linebacker.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 40 Days

Brian Mimbs, P
5-11, 205, Dublin GA (Dublin HS), Sr.

After a solid career at one of Georgia's better high school football programs, Mimbs passed up a scholarship offer to play football and baseball at Middle Tennessee State to walk-on at Georgia (due in part to his late father's wishes to see his son wear the Red and Black.) After coming to UGA with an eye primarily on place kicking, he settled in as a punter at UGA, but redshirted in his first season and again saw no action in his 2nd season. As a redshirt sophomore, Mimbs began seeing action on kickoffs toward the end of the 2006 season after starter Brandon Coutu went down with a leg injury. Mimbs’ most memorable play was the on-side kick that he booted and recovered in the 2nd half of the Peach Bowl win over Virginia Tech. He also handled some of the holding duties toward the end of that season. In his first season as the full-time starting punter in 2007, he performed above and beyond anything that could have been expected (42+ yard average.) He was granted a scholarship recently for his senior year (very well deserved), and also learned this week that SEC Coaches have named him preseason 3rd team All-SEC punter. Mimbs shares the #26 with wide receiver Tony Wilson, which basically assures you that Wilson will not be the gunner on the punt team, nor will he see time on the extra point/field goal team this season.
Depth Chart Analysis: Mimbs has a firm grasp on the starting punting job, although he may get a slight push in August from redshirt freshman Drew Butler. His experience and good work at holder will make sure that he remains one of the Dawgs’ most important special teamers. Expect to see Mimbs as the special teams captain more than once this season.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Coaching excellence

After reading up on all the d-ends and d-linemen that JJ has covered so thoroughly, I wanted to give a little recognition to two of the most underrated coaches in America.

Great man, great coach.

Marcus Howard, David Pollack, Q Moses, Junior Geathers, Richard Seymour, David Jacobs, Jonathan Sullivan, Charles Grant, Marcus Stroud and Kedric Golston are just some of the players that have developed their craft under the guidance of these two men.

Underrated

Georgia has been a dominant school on the recruiting trails year in and year out since Garner has been in Athens. Georgia has been a premier special teams team since Fabris has been in Athens. That everyone knows. What isn't said enough is the quality of play and the development of talent across the entire defensive line under the leadership of these two great coaches.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 41 Days

#41 Roderick Battle, DE
6-4, 261, Atlanta GA (Douglass HS), Jr.
Battle was a highly recruited 4-star end who committed to UGA during his senior season at Douglass, then spurned a late push from South Carolina to stick with the Dawgs. After a redshirt in 2005, Battle had a nice debut season as a backup, recording 2 sacks (including one big one vs Georgia Tech that season.) As a sophomore he started all 13 games, with 2.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Battle spent part of the offseason as part of a group that went to Honduras with Coach Richt, which you can read about here. Its obvious that Rod is a man of high character, which will serve him well given his upperclass status, and that he'll likely be looked to as a leader.
Depth Chart Analysis: Battle entered the spring as a firm starter at DE, and did nothing to relinquish that position on the depth chart. Alot of fans probably forget about him, and perhaps are looking for someone like Jarius Wynn to push him for a starting spot. Rod was solid in 2007, if not spectacular, and in my opinion deserves to remain the starter. I don't think it is any coincidence that the two scholarship DEs with the most experience (Lomax, Battle) are listed as the starters, with senior (and JUCO transfer) Wynn listed as 1B on the depth chart.

As Battle is the last DE we'll be previewing this year, and we've talked at length about the awesome depth the Dawgs have at this position, I'm wondering what the consensus is about the players we've covered: Battle, Lomax, Wynn, Dobbs, Houston, and Ball. These guys all seem fairly interchangeable to me. None really stick out as a potential superstar like what we've seen in the past (Howard, Moses, Johnson), at least not to this point in their respective careers. Who will be the next superstar in this group?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 42 Days

6 weeks to go, and even less than that until we get our first look at a college football game on TV.

#42 Justin Houston, DE
6-3, 250, Statesboro GA (Statesboro HS), RS Freshman
Houston was 1 of 2 Statesboro players to sign with the Dawgs in the 2007 class, and picked UGA over Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Florida. (Click the link to the left for a funny story.) He showed out in the 2006 Nike Training Camp in Athens, with a 35 inch vertical leap and a 4.8 forty (both were among the best for DEs at the camp.) After being recruited as a DE, Houston was moved to linebacker for work as a true freshman, which all but guaranteed an eventual redshirt as he learned his new position (he had never played LB in his life before fall camp of his freshman year.) After a full season of that, he eventually bulked up enough to move back down to End, which is where he'll be this season. (A move that Houston himself seems to be happy about.)
Depth Chart Analysis: After moving back to DE, Houston was impressive enough in spring to make sure he's a part of the regular rotation this season. How much he'll play is the question. He is still slightly undersized, and will need to get used to playing heavier than he ever has been. He's in the group with Demarcus Dobbs and Neland Ball battling for time on the field, who all now are a little more important for depth after Michael Lemon's dismissal.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thoughts on Sanford Stadium expansion

Paul Westerdawg over at GSB brings up the topic of what Sanford Stadium would look like if the bridge area was enclosed. I'm just completely against ever enclosing the stadium. A lot of people are on both sides of the fence with this topic. First off, I don't care about having 100k seats. I would rather have a beautiful stadium than 8-15k more fans inside during games. Hell, we are already the 5th largest on campus stadium. We don't need to sacrifice the aesthetic look of Sanford Stadium and that part of campus just for more fans. I love the view of the bridge from the inside of the stadium. Imagine how much better Neyland Stadium would be if they had 10k less seats and a view of the Tennessee River from inside that dump.

There is something to be said about tradition, and I believe that the bridge and the view looking into the stadium and looking out the stadium is all part of Georgia's football tradition. Enclosing the stadium is a bad idea.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 43 Days

#43 Charles White, LB
6-1, 220, Columbia SC (Blytheville HS), RS Freshman
White committed to the Dawgs prior to his senior season in 2006. He was widely considered a "sleeper" prospect, not highly touted coming out of high school. At the UGA camp in May 2006 he made a big impression on the UGA coaches, primarily through his top-notch athleticism. After being offered he quickly took the Dawgs up on the scholarship offer. After a redshirt in 2007 (which almost was pulled after the late season injuries at LB), he's ready to start seeing some significant playing time in Sanford Stadium. Also of note was his appearance on the 2008 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Depth Chart Analysis: Thanks to the injury to Marcus Washington, it looks like White will head into fall as Dannell Ellerbe's primary backup at Mike Linebacker. Charles had a very nice spring and solid G-Day performance. There aren't many players on the team in better shape physically, so if he's figured out his assignments, we should see some impact this year and beyond.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 44 Days

#44 Marcus Washington, LB
6-0, 250, Keysville GA (Burke County HS), Sr.
Washington committed to the Dawgs way back in May of 2004 as the first commitment of the 2005 signing class. He played in every game as a true freshman, tallying 11 tackles. In 2006 he played significant minutes on the field before suffering a knee injury toward the end of the season, which kept him out of the Peach Bowl. Last year he started 6 games, still battling injuries throughout the season. His best game (without a doubt) at UGA was at Alabama, where he logged 8 tackles before having to leave the game just before the overtime period. Marcus is a true warrior on the field and a tackling machine, but injuries have been his downfall to this point.
Depth Chart Analysis: Marcus will also sit out the entire 2008 season after having shoulder surgery in late March. Before the injury, he was probably pegged to start, or at least challenge for a starting spot. Thankfully, he does get a redshirt and is expected to be around for 2009.

Top 5 Active Sports Analysts or Announcers

Last week I did the worst, so here is the best. Here are the top 5 current analysts or announcers as I see it.

5. Jim Nantz- Great style, professional and doesn't try too hard to be clever. Love when he does golf commentary.

4. Chris Mortensen- If Mort says it, I believe it. The voice of insight in NFL football and does some local stuff, "Mort Report" on 680 the Fan.

3. Peter Gammons- So glad to have him back from illness. Same as Mort but for baseball. When he talks about baseball, I can hear how much he loves this game and he bring an endless amount of stats and understanding to his opinions.

2. Charles Barkley- So what if he is an addicted gamler, so am I. I love the "off the cuff" stuff that he does and the fact that he doesn't think before he speaks makes him the most entertaining guy on the list.

1. Larry Munson- UGA football will not be the same when he's gone. I love how he just tells us his excitement and exagerates the play by play, but I was feel the same way. Anytime you turn the volume off on your TV so you can listen to him on the radio and the game play by play is about 3 seconds different than what you are watching on TV and you actually put up with it, tells me he is a legend and the best of all time. Click on his name and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Countdown to UGA - GSU: 45 Days

6-2, 205, Norcross, GA, (Greater Atl. Christian), Fr.
Christian chose UGA over a host of southern schools. He got quite a bit of exposure his junior year playing with Mr. King. This 4* had 64 tackles his senior year to go along with 48 receptions for 876 yds and 13 tds. He will add speed (4.5) and athleticism to an already fast and athletic LB core. He has a nice frame that can easily add some weight and keep his speed.
Depth Chart Analysis: Look for Christian to redshirt in '08. WLB is stacked right now with Curran, Gamble and Hebron all in front of this young pup. '08 will be a good year for Christian to put on some weight and learn the postion. I think that Christian will be an impact player in the future and will be another in the line of great LB's at UGA.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 46 Days

#46 Toby Jackson, DE
6-4, 244, Griffin, GA (Griffin HS), Prep School
Jackson chose Georgia over Alabama, Miami, Southern Cal and Auburn. He is another great athlete to come out of Griffin HS. Griffin Head Coach Steve Devoursney was quoted as saying that Toby is better than former Griffin star Jonathan Sullivan at the same stage...that is saying a whole lot, because Sullivan was a STUD from the moment he got on campus in Athens until the day he got paid by the Saints. Jackson will play at Hargrave this fall. Jackson missed the qualifying ACT score by one point. He is the only recruit in the past two classes to not make it academically.
Depth Chart Analysis: Hopefully Jackson will get his grades up and be able to enroll at UGA in January. He follows Sullivan, Charles Grant, Leonard Pope and Danny Ware to name a few who have had to go the Hargrave route. The day he gets on campus he should compete for playing time. In his replacement in jersey #46 this fall looks to be Shorter College transfer walk-on Devin Hollander.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Natural


Countdown to UGA-GSU: 47 Days

#47 Andrew Williams, SS
6-0, 197, Blairsville GA (Union County HS), Sr.
Another in a long line of solid contributors among walk-ons at UGA. Williams walked on in 2003 and redshirted, but was named Outstanding Walk-On following the season. As a redshirt freshman, he played in all 12 games on special teams, recording 5 tackles. He suffered a nasty knee injury early in the 2005 season, but came back strong in 2006, playing in 11 games and even getting some reserve time on defense. 2007 was his strongest year, tallying 11 tackles on the season.
Depth Chart Analysis: Williams has earned his spot as a senior leader, both on the field and off. Not only will he likely end up as a special teams captain at a few different times this season, but he will probably begin to see more time at safety. He's currently listed as the #3 strong safety behind CJ Byrd and Quentin Banks, but he could be pushed by any number of incoming true freshman (Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings.)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 48 Days

#48 Fred Munzenmaier, FB
6-2, 233, Norcross GA (Norcross HS), RS Soph.
Munzenmaier jumped on a UGA scholarship offer in 2005 after also receiving courtship from Colorado, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State. Rivals rated him a Top 50 player in the state of Georgia, and one of the Top 20 fullback prospects in the country. After a redshirt at UGA in 2006, Munzenmaier played in 10 games last season, recording a special teams tackle and scoring a touchdown on his only carry of the season (vs Ole Miss.) I watched him play a little in high school (before UGA even showed any interest in him), and I swear that even then I thought he was as strong a "downhill runner" as I had ever seen in person at the high school level. His arrest in the offseason will keep him out until the South Carolina game.
Depth Chart Analysis: Munzenmaier would have challenged Shaun Chapas for the starting job vacated by Brannan Southerland's injury, but the offseason problems with the law will set him back. He'll see a good bit of playing time one he returns (at least until Southerland gets back), but I'd guess that special teams and perhaps some backup fullback will be the most he'll get. His significant contributions likely begin in 2009.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 49 Days

7 weeks to go!!! We're starting to ramp it up big time on C&C. Pretty soon I'll have the conference predictions rolling full force (Sun Belt and Mountain West have already gone up), my preseason Top 25, and a few other offerings from myself and other regular contributors. Stay tuned daily.

#49 Shaun Chapas, FB
6-2, 236, St Augustine FL (Bolles School), RS Soph.
Chapas is one of many great athletes to attend the Bolles School just below Jacksonville, among them former NBA player and Jacksonville Dolphin Dee Brown, Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner, former Georgia Tech WR and current NFL player Dez White, former NFL and Clemson kicker David Treadwell, and current Atlanta Brave and disabled list regular Larry W Jones. Chapas chose the Dawgs over a notable list of ACC schools, including Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Clemson. After an ACL tear just before the start of his senior year, Chapas redshirted in his first season at UGA. Before the 2007 season, Chapas was named Most Improved Running Back and primarily backed up Brannan Southerland, although he also played a good bit of special teams (recording 7 tackles.)
Depth Chart Analysis: Chapas probably never expected to be the starting fullback this early into his career, but thanks to Southerland's injury, and Fred Munzenmaier's arrest, he is the only true fullback available on the roster to start the season. He was going to play a good bit anyway, but now his development becomes very important. His experience last year was invaluable given everything that has happened. The Dawgs have serious depth at fullback once they get to full strength.

Friday, July 11, 2008

2008 College Football Conference Predictions: Mountain West

Since Urban Meyer took Utah to the Fiesta Bowl in 2004, the Mountain West has taken a back seat to its biggest conference rival. The WAC sent Boise State in 2006, and Hawaii last year. This season the MWC has a very good chance to send an undefeated team back to the BCS, as both BYU and Utah will have very good chances to run the table. The Utes get the Cougars at home to end the season, but I feel like BYU has a slight edge thanks to its strength in the trenches, not to mention its always stellar offense. I like the Brigham Young Cougars to win the Mountain West Conference in 2008. Although I must admit, it is really a coin flip between BYU and Utah, and very possible one of them will be undefeated at the end of the season.

TCU will be good as usual, and Wyoming and New Mexico will be much better. Air Force and San Diego State will battle for the middle of the pack in the conference. Thanks largely to brutal schedules, Colorado State and UNLV should finish near the bottom.

1. BYU Cougars (Predicted Overall Record: 12-0, Predicted Conference Record: 8-0)
Far be it from me to pick against a team that is working on a full 2 years since its last conference loss. There is some concern on defense, with only 3 starters returning. 2 of those are on the defensive line, including Kentucky transfer Jan Jorgensen, who racked up 14 sacks and 20 tackles for loss last season. The offense returns 9 including QB Max Hall and RB Harvey Unga, and 4 players along the offensive line. The Cougars have a fairly light schedule out of conference, traveling to Washington and welcoming UCLA to Provo. Trips to TCU and Utah in the conference will be tough to navigate, but this is one of BYU's strongest looking offenses ever (which says quite a bit.) The expectations are that this will be Bronco Mendenhall's best team in his 4 seasons.

2. Utah Utes (11-1, 7-1)
The Utes bring back 14 starters, including the league's best running back Darrell Mack (1204 yds, 12 touchdowns in 2007.) An outstanding offensive line and solid secondary should carry Utah toward the top of the conference and national recognition. I'm predicting the Utes to win in the Big House on August 30th, and when Oregon State comes to Salt Lake City for a Thursday night tilt on October 2nd. The season finale at home against BYU could mean quite a bit.

3. TCU Horned Frogs (9-3, 6-2)
Gary Patterson has averaged an impressive 9 wins a season in his 7 years in Fort Worth, and 2008 should be no different. 15 starters return, including 4 of 5 along the offensive line and a solid linebacking corps. The conference schedule is manageable, but the trip to Oklahoma in late September will be alot to ask. If the Frogs can manage to upset either Utah or BYU, they could challenge for the league championship.

4. New Mexico Lobos (6-6, 5-3)
The Lobos were the surprise of the MWC in 2007, finishing 9-4, winning at Arizona and destroying Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl (sounds like a nice home field advantage for the Lobos.) The 2008 roster has alot to replace, but returns one of the better running backs in the league in senior Rodney Ferguson (1,177 yards, 13 touchdowns in 2007.) The defense will be the key. If an inexperienced linebacking corps can step up, the Lobos could surprise yet again. A non-conference trip to Tulsa will be a challenge. It will be a good year if this squad can sneak into another bowl.

5. Wyoming Cowboys (7-5, 4-4)
While the Cowboys lost 7 games and missed postseason play for the 3rd straight year, there were signs of life. They tore Virginia to shreds to begin the season and played Boise State tough on the road, but faded into oblivion to end the season. This year a much more experienced team will try to right the ship in Laramie. 14 starters return, including the league's best defensive line, with 3 starters and a senior lining up. The schedule does them no favors, with trips to TCU, BYU, and a non-conference tilt with Tennessee. However, the Cowboys are good enough to put a scare into someone.

6. Air Force Falcons (5-7, 3-5)
The Falcons beat TCU and Utah in 2007, and gave Cal all they wanted in the Armed Forces Bowl, finishing 9-4 on the season. They lose a boatload of starters this season. The top returning player in terms of production is last year's backup running back, Savier Stephens (148 yards, 2 touchdowns in 2007.) The defense should be OK up front with 3 of 4 starters returning along the line, but the linebackers and secondary may struggle against the strong passing offenses in the MWC. The schedule shouldn't be too rough to eek out a few wins.

7. San Diego State Aztecs (5-7, 2-6)
The Aztecs always play a tough non-conference schedule, but this year they only see a trip to Notre Dame in September as a certain non-conference loss (the Irish couldn't possibly lose to SDS in South Bend, could they??) 8 starters return on defense, including the entire linebacking corp. Junior college transfer Drew Westling has been compared to former Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel by San Diego State head coach (and former Oklahoma offensive coordinator) Chuck Long.

8. Colorado State Rams (2-10, 1-7)
The Rams lost their first 5 games of the 2007 campaign by an average of 6 points, and limped to a 3-9 finish. 2008 doesn't figure to fair much better, with games against Colorado and California away from Fort Collins, and only 12 returning starters. Quarterback is an issue, as the most experienced passer on the team (senior Billy Farris) only attempted 20 passes last year. The running game may be a strength, with its top 3 rushers of 2007 returning, as well as 4 offensive linemen. But the Rams have to replace most of its secondary (never a good thing in the MWC), and probably don't have enough offensive firepower to keep up.

9. UNLV Rebels (1-11, 0-8)
The Rebels' only wins in 2007 were at Utah State, and a shocking shutout of Utah in Vegas. This year's squad has the potential to be much better with 9 returning offensive starters, including WR Ryan Wolfe (911 yards receiving in 2007.) The defense was OK statistically last season, but lost 6 starters from a team that gave up over 25 points in 8 games (including 6 of its last 7.) This team has averaged 2 wins a season over the past 3 years, and I don't see this year being much better, although many publications have UNLV finishing in the top half of the league.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 50 Days

Halfway home folks. Hopefully the countdown is helping you get through the summer a little easier.

#50 Darryl Gamble, LB
6-2, 242, Bainbridge GA (Bainbridge HS), RS Soph.
The various recruiting services had Mr. Gamble all over the board when he came out of Bainbridge. ESPN thought he was a Top 100 recruit in the nation. Rivals merely had him as a Top 30 Linebacker in the country, while Scout thought he was Top 25 at his position. His school record of 6 blocked kicks in high school still stands. He chose UGA over scholarship offers from South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn. After a redshirt in 2006, he played in 10 games in '07, providing depth at Will linebacker, and compiling 13 tackles, a sack, and one very important fumble forced. Most people will look at that fumble and say that it was the key to turning UGA's 2007 season around. The Dawgs were staring straight in the face of a second straight loss to Vanderbilt, until Gamble put a finger on the ball and probably knocked the lid back off the program. Check the 6:00 minute mark of this video.

Depth Chart Analysis: Gamble remains #2 on the depth chart, this time around behind Rennie Curran. The fact that he was Most Improved Linebacker in the spring, as well as Biggest Defensive Surprise of the spring, should say something for him. This kid has a nose for the football. He'll make a few plays this season.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

World Series of Poker

Congrats to UGA student Jeff Williams who took 2nd place in the $1000 rebuy WSOP event #5 for $406,330. He cashed in two other events for $19k and $14k also. He's really one of the elite poker players in the world (he won over 1 million in a tourney overseas at age 19), both online playing high stakes games under screen name "Yellowsub86" or live, especially now that he's 21. Here is a good Q&A with him during the WSOP Main Event.

Also Taylor Douglas has cashed 3 times also in this years WSOP for around $17k.

Read Also:
Nat Arem (good blog for any serious poker players out there)
Pokerworks Interview from '06 with Jeff

Workhorses of the Entertainment and Recreational Industry

Here is a really good local band that not a whole lot of people know about. Lead singer Ben Reynolds used to be in the Chickasaw Mudpuppies back in the day. Here's the Workhorses performing The Night of San Lorenzo:



For those that remember the Chickasaw Mudpuppies, you'll enjoy this find:



Check out Rebel Forces for what's going on this week downtown athens here.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 51 Days

#51 Akeem Dent, LB
6-2, 218, Atlanta GA (Douglass HS), RS Soph.
Dent was a latecomer in the Signing Class of 2006. He didn't really start garnering attention until the summer before his senior season, when he started getting interest from Clemson and Ole Miss. Offers from Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia followed, but the Dawgs were ultimately the pick for Dent in December 2006. (Florida made a late push to no avail.) After a foot injury contributed to his receiving a redshirt for the 2006 season, Dent was right in the mix to start at Sam LB heading into the season, but wound up beginning the campaign as the #2 man behind Darius Dewberry. He finished up the season starting 5 games and tallying 36 tackles. He is probably the best athlete in the entire linebacking corp, and looks to be coming into his own very early in his career.
Depth Chart Analysis: Most think that Dent should be able to hold off Dewberry and head into the GSU game as the starter at Sam LB. That said, Sam has been a position at UGA that hasn't been used as much in recent past thanks to the multiple spread offenses and 5-wide sets that UGA will see throughout any given season. As a result, you may see Dent lining up more in the middle in a 4-2-5 set, although the chances of him pushing Dannell Ellerbe off the field for any length of time are not great. Still, Dent is a good talent that will contribute immensely in whatever capacity he's out there.

Top 5 Worst TV/ Radio Personalities

Here are the top 5 most annoying sports tv/ radio people on the air:

5. John Kincade- 680 The Fan- Atlanta. A real "know-it-all" from Philly. Never wrong and for some reason still has a job in Atlanta, but hates Atlanta. I guess a few more years of tossing Colin Cowherd and he will have a full-time job with ESPN.

4. Joe Morgan- ESPN Monday Night Baseball. We know Joe, you would have done it better. And if Barry was white, he would be guilty of roids.

3. Chris Berman- ESPN. Your jokes are not funny and "back, back, back" is old and never was funny! Please stop. Yes, we know you went to Brown University and you are smarter than everybody. And don't be afraid to disagree with one of the other analyst, they will still be your friend afterward.

2. Johnny Miller- NBC Golf. Talk about a perfect golfer. Apparently John Boy never made a mistake during his playing days. Without a doubt the most "I'm better than you" attitude I have ever heard. And please stop kissing Tiger Woods butt hole.

1. Jim Rome- ESPN Rome is Burning. The reason he is #1 is because he still uses words like "smack" and "totally". I mean really, what kind of dirt does he have on the bosses and ESPN. His show is rediculous. Loose the gotee or at least stop putting just for men on it. They look go on some people, not you. Anyone that uses "I'm out" as there sign off has got to be #1 on this list.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 52 Days

#52 Darius Dewberry, LB
6-3, 236, Fort Valley GA (Peach County HS / Hargrave Military), Jr.
Dewberry was one of the more highly recruited defensive players in the Southeast coming out of high school, selecting the Dawgs over scholarship offers from Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee. After spending a year at Hargrave Military in Virginia, Darius re-upped with the Dawgs and headed toward Athens. He played in 11 games in his first season at UGA, providing depth on defense (he even logged one start), and playing a good bit of special teams. As a sophomore, he started the season as the starter at Sam LB, eventually making way for Akeem Dent toward the end of the season. His numbers for 2007: 24 tackles and a sack. This is a player with a good deal of ability, that just needs to have the light turn on to start showing his full potential.
Depth Chart Analysis: Dew will once again battle with Dent for the starting spot at SLB, but most believe he'll begin the season as the 2nd stringer. There's no doubt he'll see a good bit of playing time, especially if he's fully healed from the nagging hamstring. He also has experience at Will, although that seems to be UGA's most loaded LB spot with Rennie Curran, Darryl Gamble and Akeem Hebron all holding down the fort. There was talk after Marcus Washington's injury that the coaches might look at a number of guys (including Dew) to train in the middle.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 53 Days

A.J. Harmon, OL/DL
6-5, 328, Louisville GA (Jefferson County HS), True Freshman
Harmon was probably the biggest surprise of the 2008 Signing Class, Harmon committed to UGA at the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, after being committed to Clemson for 6 months. His recruitment was an interesting story, as he wanted to go to UGA all along, only to be told that a scholarship wasn't available in Athens. He then said he wanted to go to a school where he could "hit Matthew Stafford on every play." Once a scholarship became available at UGA again, he decided to take it, thanks to the recruitment of former Jefferson County player and starting UGA center, Fernando Velasco. Rivals rated him as the #2 offensive guard prospect in the country coming out of high school, but Stacy Searles will probably have to pry him from Rodney Garner's hands if we are going to see A.J. on the offensive line this season. Harmon has already been assigned #93 for fall practice.
Depth Chart Analysis: Garner informed Harmon a few months ago that he'd need to get his weight down to 315 lbs in order to play defensive tackle this season. As of May, he wasn't quite there yet, and by mid-June it was reported that he was back up to 330. Conventional wisdom says that if he isn't down to "DL weight", he'll redshirt and they'll give him another year to get there. Or....maybe Searles will get him at offensive guard. Regardless of where he ends up, this is the kind of player that could be an All-American on either side of the ball before he leaves town.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 54 Days

#54 Tanner Strickland, OG
6-5, 328, Nashville GA (Berrien County HS), RS Freshman
In August 2005, Strickland became the first commitment for the Class of 2007. He never even considered any school other than UGA once he received his offer. Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State and Virginia continued to send him letters, but he remained solid to Georgia. UGA recruited him to play guard despite that he played tackle throughout high school. There were thoughts that he might play as a true freshman, but ultimately a redshirt was in the cards. Injuries (and a Spring 2007 arrest) slowed his development during his redshirt season, but 2008 looks to be a year for Strickland to show some impact.
Depth Chart Analysis: Strickland actually worked with the #1 offensive line at the beginning of spring practice, but probably sits at #2 or #3 left guard heading into the season. Vince Vance is the likely backup at both guard spots, but Strickland should see the field on the left side. He's one of the strongest players on the team, and definitely one of the smartest. Look for #54 to provide some key minutes at left guard in 2008.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 55 Days

#55 Jeremy Lomax, DE
6-4, 247, Jonesboro GA (Lovejoy HS), Sr.
After a redshirt in 2004, Lomax appeared in the first 4 games of the 2005 season before a season-ending ankle injury. He'd miss the following spring rehabbing the injury, but did manage to see action in 9 games in 2006, recording a sack against UAB. Last season he appeared in all 12 games and quietly recorded 4.5 sacks. Things were looking iffy for him this season after his June 4th arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. Fortunately, he was exonerated of all charges over the weekend, and he'll face no missed time for that incident. One thing that struck me last year when watching Lomax were his instincts. In the 2nd half of the Sugar Bowl, he was jumping the snap count perfectly on every down.
Depth Chart Analysis: Lomax came through spring practice as the starter at DE, holding off a charge from Jarius Wynn. Most likely it was Lomax's past production that was the key difference. Wynn will likely give Lomax another push before the GSU game, but realistically both these guys will see significant playing time. With Michael Lemon's recent issues, the news that Lomax was exonerated of the weapons charge was welcome in what has been another offseason of multiple player arrests. Lomax will be a key piece on the d-line this season.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 56 Days

Sorry for the delay on yesterday's countdown entry. I was actually very much looking forward to profiling one of my favorite players on the team for day #56, but the day snuck up on me. Looking at the bright side, we get two good (and very important) players to look at today.

#56 Geno Atkins, DT
6-1, 290, Pembroke Pines FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS), Jr.

For the life of me I can't figure out how Geno wasn't considered one of the best defensive line prospects in America coming out of high school. He was a little lighter at the time, and played mostly at DE. But still....he was the Defensive Player of the Year in one of Florida High School football's highest classifications, and at one of its more accomplished football programs. In his true freshman season in Athens (after enrolling early for the previous spring practice), he played on defense in all but one game. As a sophomore, he came on extremely strong in the latter half of the season, registering 6.5 sacks and an SEC-leading 14.5 tackles for loss, which helped him garner 1st Team All-SEC honors. I don't think anybody was surprised that he was as good as he was. But to come on as fast as he did, and really become a force heading into 2008, may not have been totally expected. Atkins is also a member of the UGA Track and Field squad as an accomplished Shot Putter.
Depth Chart Analysis: Starting the season on the Nagurski and Outland watch lists (along with preseason first team All-SEC honors, and showing up on some All-American lists), is usually a good indicator that you'll see the majority of playing time at your position. Atkins is a firm starter at DT along with Jeff Owens. He's already getting some publicity as a possible high draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, although with a big junior campaign he could perhaps test the waters after this coming season. Geno might also help make Owens alot of money very soon, as Atkins might get quite a few double-teams this season.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Dead Confederate

In case you aren't listening to them, you need to check Dead Confederate out.


(from moboogieVids)

If you're looking for live entertainment in Athens this weekend check out the rundown on Rebel Forces here.

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 57 Days

Benjamin Boyd, LB
6-1, 210, Thomasville GA (Thomasville HS), Sr.
After a redshirt season as a walk-on in 2004, Boyd holds a rare distinction of seeing significant playing time as a walk-on in Sanford Stadium for 3 straight years. Mostly a special teams player to this point, Boyd actually got some time on defense in G-Day, perhaps foreshadowing some more significant minutes for his senior year. The rumor actually is that Boyd and Justin Fields are being moved to part-time fullback, to help shore up the position until Southerland returns from injury and while Munzenmaier serves his suspension. As far as walk-ons go, he probably has more experience than any other on the team, and will continue to be counted on as a senior leader for 2008. I'm sure there is no one that would like to leave Athens with a MNC ring any more than Boyd does.
Depth Chart Analysis: He's listed as a LB, but as mentioned above, may seem some time at fullback, at least in the practices leading up to the game 1. I expect to see him continue to get time at special teams, unless his work at FB is so good he becomes inexpendable there.

Happy 4th of July to everyone. God Bless America, always and forever, THE greatest country on this Earth. No matter what CNN tells you.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 58 Days

#58 Demarcus Dobbs, DE
6-2, 266, Savannah GA (Calvary Baptist HS), RS Soph.
After a recruiting process which brought him down to UGA and Georgia Tech, Dobbs chose the Dawgs in October 2005 and never visited another school. During his redshirt year, there was always the question of whether or not he'd end up at DE or DT, and I believe he actually played a little of both in 2007, while playing a good amount of special teams (appearing in all 13 games there.) His first career tackle came against Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.
Depth Chart Analysis: Dobbs comes into the season as the primary backup to Rod Battle at one DE spot, and should stay there through the fall. With Lemon gone indefinitely and Lomax looking like he'll possibly be OK (according to the UGA website), depth at end seems to be a little more of a concern than we thought a few weeks ago. Dobbs could very well be another sleeper that sneaks in and snags multiple sacks this season. I've got some kind of sneaking feeling he's going to be an impact player this season.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 59 Days

#59 Michael Lemon, DE
6-4, 274, Lizella GA (Stratford Academy), RS Freshman
After a stellar high school career left him as one of the Top 20 players in the state of Georgia, Lemon chose the in-state Dawgs over LSU and South Carolina, among others. He redshirted in his first season in Athens, and appeared in 7 games in 2007, recording 6 tackles and 4 quarterback hurries. He had a fantastic G-Day a few months ago, recording 5 tackles and leaving spring practice with the "Most Improved Defensive End" award. He's expected to play this season and provide depth, but his recent legal woes may slow his progress. The story of the death of his mother during the 2007 season got a good bit of national attention, and the NCAA granted an exception to allow contributions to a fund to help Lemon's family.
Depth Chart Analysis: Coming out of spring, he was listed as a #3 end backing up Jeremy Lomax (who has found his own legal problems) and Jarius Wynn. Not to harp on those legal issues, but between Lomax and Lemon, it may have a significant effect on this position. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Wynn (previously listed as a #2 DE) end up as the starter all season. He and Lomax were neck and neck for the #1 slot anyway. Depending on what happens with Lemon, he could find himself now battling for any meaningful playing time for '08. Let's hope the reports are all false.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 60 Days

#60 Clint Boling, OG
6-5, 290, Alpharetta GA (Chattahoochee HS), Soph.
As what most recruiting services called a "2nd tier" type prospect coming out of high school, Boling had scholarship offers from Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Wake Forest to go with his offer from UGA. Committing to UGA rather early in July 2006, put on about 25 lbs, and reported to Athens the following summer. The coaching staff learned quickly after summer two-a-days began that Boling was going to be a special player. After seeing time as a reserve in the first two games of the season, Boling started his first game against Western Carolina at right tackle (but played most of the game at right guard), and then really made a name for himself leading up to the Alabama game. After suffering an ankle sprain and hardly practicing at all that week, Boling declared himself ready to go just before the game in Tuscaloosa, started at right guard and played pretty much the entire game. He then started every game the rest of the season at right guard. He ended up on everybody's Freshman All-America list. Some legal/alcohol trouble has him sitting out the Georgia Southern and Central Michigan games to open the season, but he'll be back in Columbia.
Depth Chart Analysis: Boling will start the year under suspension, but he is the firm starter at left guard for 2008. (Vince Vance will probably get the nod there for those first two games.) Boling is another solid anchor for the Dawgs on the offensive line, and this year will need to be one of the leaders. Boling, Sturdivant and Chris Davis (all sophomores) have the most experience on the entire line. The arrest wasn't a good start for a kid you expect to be one of your leaders, but these things happen. Bottom line is that this guy is good, and won't do anything but continue to improve.