Three straight 11-win seasons versus 7, 11 and 4? I'd say the proof is in the pudding.
Langley wasn't a disaster. He was a young player asked to do a big job. He's a good athlete and obviously they think his skills will be better suited for offense.
I don't think Aaron Murray gets nearly enough credit for having a powerful arm. Mason's throws aren't as strong and he'll be asked to make different ones.
Big Daddy, I think you'll see considerable more spread from Georgia this season and in the future. Most don't realize that the Bulldogs ran two-back pro style sets just 26 percent of the time last season. Mostly one-back, three-receiver.
UGA always tests all the players for speed and agility. Pruitt was concerned about a lot of things, speed being one of them. But Swann and Langley are both extremely fast. Not knowing what they're supposed to be doing or what the call was was the DBs' biggest issue.
The word on Chubb is: "Strong."
I'm not ready to make wins and losses predictions. I've got much more to see and learn before I'm ready to do that!
I don't think there's any question UGA's disciplinary policies have hurt it on the field. After all, it WAS Nick Marshall running around and making those throws last year on The Plains. But I think the school is OK for that and has established the high moral ground.
Faton Bauta is extremely competent. Can't really say about the others yet.
UGA has had only three DUIs over the last 5 years (Washington, Morgan and Bellamy), so I don't think that's their primary concern. But when the Dogs report later today, their freedom is essentially over until December.
Pruitt likes Damian Swann a lot and I think he's going to play much better under his tutelage. He's also going to do more with Leonard Floyd, who I understand he believes was underutilized as a defensive weapon last year.
Hutson Mason has shown great leadership and skill this summer, I'm told. I think the offense might be considerably different with him at the controls this season.
Jim, Todd Grantham was welcomed back until he made the decision to bolt for more money. ... May work out to be a blessing in disguise.
Natureboy809, that's a great question. Of course, alignment and assignment will dictate that mostly. But as good as JJ Green has been in the role of Star, or nickel, I see that as a big concern. That guy is often matched against some big-time weapons in the mold of Sammie Watkins, etc. That could be a weakness.
tvradioguy: I actually think Mark Richt's special teams philosophy changed after S.Carolina went to the house with that fake punt TD in '11, I think it was. Before that his teams were more focused on the big return. Lately they've been more conservative against getting burned. STs duties have been re-distributed this season so we'll see what effect that might have.
The KO and punt return jobs are wide open and Langley is getting a look. So yes.
Lorenzo Carter and Dominick Sanders are the two names I've heard the most. Oh, and Nick Chubb.
Might've been, Shea. Jordan Jenkins was milliseconds away from making a lot more big plays in opposing backfields. Leonard Floyd's continued development is going to help him, too.
I'd put my money on Faton Bauta as your backup QB.
Tracy Rocker wants his D-linemen trimmer and plans to rotate more in and out of the game. That's about all I can think\ of at the moment.
Urban Meyer, Columbus: I leave the recruiting to Michael Carvell, but I think the perception UGA "misses" on all the O-lineman is probably untrue. There's just too many to go around and there are all kinds of reasons you get one and not the other. But right now Theus and Houston were both prep All-Americans and they just got a commitment from another 5-star for '16.
dawg fan, love the idea of Brendan Douglas as a LB. Not sure if it will happen -- FB could, too -- but I know he'll be on the field in some capacity for UGA for the rest of his career.