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Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:08:51 am »


It's Tejas for the Captain and Toneil after UGa pulls his offer in time for the holidays.


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 02:02:37 pm »


ATHENS – The news came one after the other on Tuesday morning: Brice Ramsey was leaving Georgia to pursue a graduate transfer, and so was Reggie Wilkerson.

NCAA says no team can have 85 players on scholarships at one time, and for awhile there Georgia was facing a roster crunch beginning when the rest of the signing class arrives this summer.

But Kirby Smart said on signing day that “we’ll be fine with the 85.” And at this point, it looks like the Bulldogs are very close.

By this reporter’s unofficial count – no team publicizes its numbers – Georgia is now at 87 committed scholarships for the upcoming season. Yes, that’s two over, but it comes with some caveats: It includes long snapper Trent Frix, who was awarded a scholarship last year but could return to walk-on status. It also assumes that Trent Thompson will return to the team.

That count also includes David Marvin, the place-kicker transferring in from Wofford. Marvin is blueshirting, which means his signing doesn’t count until the 2018 class, but he would normally count against the 85 scholarship amount. There’s some clarity lacking on whether Marvin being a graduate transfer would effect that. But at this point we’re counting Marvin towards the 85.

There are 27 incoming players on scholarship, including Marvin. Here’s the list of returning players.

Seniors (17): RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, TE Jeb Blazevich; TE Jordan Davis, WR Javon Wims, WR Shakenneth Williams, OL Isaiah Wynn, OL Dyshon Sims, OT Aulden Bynum, NT John Atkins, ILB Reggie Carter, OLB Davin Bellamy, OLB Lorenzo Carter, DB Aaron Davis, CB Malkom Parrish, S Dominick Sanders, SN Trent Frix*.

Juniors (17): TE Jackson Harris, WR Terry Godwin, WR Michael Chigbu, WR Jayson Stanley, G-C Lamont Gaillard, OL Kendall Baker, DT Trent Thompson, DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, DE Jonathan Ledbetter, DL Keyon Brown, ILB Roquan Smith, ILB Juwan Taylor, ILB Natrez Patrick, ILB-S Rashad Roundtree, OLB D’Andre Walker, CB Deandre Baker, S Jarvis Wilson.

Sophomores (22): QB Jacob Eason, RB Brian Herrien, RB Elijah Holyfield, TE Isaac Nauta, TE Charlie Woerner, WR Riley Ridley, WR Tyler Simmons, DL Tyler Clark , DL Julian Rochester, DL David Marshall, ILB Jaleel Laguins, DL Michail Carter, CB Tyrique McGhee, CB Mecole Hardman, DB J.R. Reed; P Marshall Long, OL Pat Allen, DE Justin Young, ILB Tae Crowder, OL Sam Madden, OL Sage Hardin, OL-DL Michael Barnett.

Redshirt freshmen (4): OL Solomon Kindley, OL Chris Barnes, OL Ben Cleveland, OLB Chauncey Manac.

That list also doesn’t include place-kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and fullback Christian Payne, both walk-ons who would be considered for a scholarship if room opened up. And it’s possible that Frix could fall in that category too – or even Aaron Davis, who originally came to school as a walk-on in 2013, but has long since been starting and on scholarship.

Either way, without speculating on who it might be, it’s fairly easy to anticipate some more attrition between now and the summer...

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Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 09:05:20 am »


There are two ways this can go. 

Is one of them the hard way?

The Smart way

There are depth chart and other implications to D’Antne Demery’s departure from Georgia’s football signing class.

The most immediate is this one: For next season, Georgia is probably now set as far as the NCAA scholarship limit of 85.

It’s a very unwanted result for Kirby Smart and his program, as Demery was expected to eventually compete for a starting spot.

As spring practice began, this reporter’s count was that Georgia was committed to 87 scholarships for this fall. That included the 26 signed members of the recruiting class, as well as kicker David Marvin, the graduate transfer who’s arriving as a blueshirt in August.

Now Demery is officially gone. And while it is not yet official, rising senior receiver Shakenneth Williams did not participate in spring practice. Williams, who Smart said was dealing with unspecified injuries, acted as a student coach, working with the receivers. If Williams ends up re-joining the team, then Georgia would be at 86 scholarships. If he transfers or takes a medical disqualification (still on scholarship but doesn’t count against the limit), then Georgia is at 85.

The count also doesn’t include kicker Rodrigo Blankenship or fullback Christian Payne.


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 09:35:42 am »


ATHENS — By now, many fans assumed, Rodrigo Blankenship and his goggles would be somewhere else, chased off the Georgia football team because of the lack of a scholarship, as well as the recruitment of seemingly every available well-footed person with college eligibility.

Blankenship is still here and ready to be Georgia’s kicker in 2017.

Then again, so is David Marvin.

Marvin, as you may know by now, had quite the kicking career at Wofford, which caught the attention of Shane Beamer and Kirby Smart, who were at minimum seeking someone to compete to kick off and provide insurance in case Blankenship left. So Marvin, who chose Georgia over North Carolina and North Carolina State, arrives in August as a blueshirt (meaning he’s on scholarship but it doesn’t count toward the 2017 class).

Blankenship is coming off a year in which he made the SEC All-Freshman team, perfect on extra points and 14 for 18 on field goals. But his kickoffs weren’t as long and consistent as they could have been, and his longest field goal was only 49.

Enter Marvin, who has his own good track record, but plenty of uncertainty because of adjusting to playing a level up. And yes, Blankenship had an uneven G-Day, but all other signs were good this spring for him, with Smart defending him.

OK, so that’s the competition. But this is supposed to be about the importance of the position. And by the way …


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 09:37:48 am »


Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked the head coaching jobs in the SEC on Tuesday and placed Georgia near the top of the list. The Bulldogs job came in third, behind No. 1 Alabama (duh) and No. 2 LSU.

Georgia football rules the state, and it’s located in one of the most talent-rich states in the entire country. Yes, every SEC team tries to recruit in Georgia, as do some ACC teams, but most of the kids in the state are growing up with that G logo on their clothes. I honestly believe that if Georgia finds the right coach, this program could be a powerhouse.



Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 09:42:33 am »

om Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked the head coaching jobs in the SEC

10. Arkansas certainly has had more success in its history than South Carolina. It won a national title in 1964, numerous SWC titles, and it's won the SEC West three times since joining the conference. So I can certainly understand why you'd want to rank Arkansas higher than South Carolina if that's your inkling. The problem for me is that even if it's the biggest program in the state, Arkansas still needs to rely on recruiting surrounding states more than South Carolina would need to. And when it does it's competing against LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. That's a disadvantage.


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2017, 12:21:06 pm »


Smart, like most every responsible head football coach, keeps track of his scholarship numbers, whether it’s on the big board in the Georgia football offices, or a legal pad in his top desk drawer. But he doesn’t advertise those numbers, nor do most coaches.

So it’s left to us to see where Georgia stands on the NCAA scholarship limit of 85. And one week from the start of the Bulldogs’ preseason practice, there is a lot in flux:

    The status of incoming freshmen Robert Beal and Devonte Wyatt, who are still waiting to qualify academically.
    The possible addition of junior college receiver Akhil Crumpton.
    The status of senior receiver Shakenneth Williams, who didn’t participate in spring practice.

Those are the ones we know about. If any current players have elected to transfer, it has yet to be announced. There are no glaring omissions on Georgia’s latest online roster.

Right now the figure I arrive at it is right at 85 … but that’s not counting Crumpton. It also doesn’t count Williams, but it does count Beal and Wyatt.

So if Crumpton is going to join the team, then … something has to give

You’ll not [sic] that this list does not include walk-ons who would be candidates to receive a scholarship: K Rodrigo Blankenship, FB Christian Payne, long snapper Trent Frix.

And you’ll note the list also include kicker David Marvin, the graduate transfer who is due to blue-shirt. The understanding here is blue-shirting means he still counts against the 85 scholarship limit, but not this year’s signing class.

Anyway, that’s our number, and something seemingly has to give. But there’s still time...

The numbers work out for the smart. They always do.


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2017, 01:41:31 pm »

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Georgia 2018 prospect Aaron Brule de-commits citing reasons ‘beyond my control’

Brule, a 3-star safety/outside linebacker from Louisiana, announced that he’d be de-committing from the Bulldogs, whose class is now down to 23 players.

The move wasn’t particularly surprising as he was expected to sign during the early signing period before that suddenly changed over the last two weeks.

Brule made his decision known on Monday morning, pointing out “circumstances beyond my control.”

While Brule will re-open his recruitment, the Bulldogs — still boasting the No. 1 class in the country — will do the same and pursue a number of priority targets...

6-foot-1, 205-pound Brule, who hails from Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, La., had been the fitth-lowest-rated signee or commit in Georgia’s class...

Brule had committed to Georgia back on Sept. 24 over offers from SEC schools Arkansas, Mississippi State and Tennessee, along with other notable offers ...


Re: Smart: How Georgia Bulldogs are making the numbers work
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2018, 02:56:16 pm »

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