I'd say close to 100 percent on Gurley leaving, hence the massive recruitment of TBs.
Lamont Galliard is currently working third-team at noseguard. Haven't heard a lot bad or good.
No O-line candidates for D-line, I'm afraid. And, yes, I'll be doing this hour-long chat weekly on Thursdays all season.
I would say that's at least a push for Georgia as far as the D-line. Clemson's O-line is not expected to be a strength. Breaking in a new left tackle and Shaq Anthony is suspended for opener.
Not really a mystery anymore, LambertDawg. Got several outlets citing sources saying he has a concussion. I haven't found anybody that will tell me that but seems plausible. Bottom line being told he'll be ready for Clemson.
Those Missouri and Arkansas trips at midseason could prove problematic.
Again, I'm kind of bearish right now on the D-line. Not seeing any dominant forces up there and you have to have some.
Oh yeah, Hutson Mason was raving about getting McKenzie the ball in the flat and watching him make folks miss. They'll have some packages for him.
Georgia, you're right. There's still a lot of linebacker concepts to that star position. J.J. is just flat out tough in that regard and much quicker. His reaction times are amazing. But he's got to be able to handle some 230 pound backs coming around the edge. Physics can become a factor (see Cody Riggs on Brendan Douglas LY).
Keith Marshall has looked incredibly good considering he was in a wheelchair last December following surgery on both knees. Again, won't know until we see him toting the ball against Clemson.
Trae, believe me it can't get here fast enough for me either. I think I can speak for all scribes in that we tire quickly of writing speculatively and look forward to chronicling actual competitions.
Well, I still see walkon Aaron Davis as an "out of the blue" prospect who is in position to start. And if he stays healthy I believe Fenteng is a difference maker.
Green's a go-getter and confident. But physically he's going to be supremely challenged, especially with some of the long and lanky receivers in the SEC that play in the slot. Nobody's going to play harder and with more enthusiasm though.
roy123, hard to tell on Taylor. I was surprised given his size and reputation he didn't play more and he was listed third team coming into camp. But guys like that don't grow on trees and losing him hurts you on the field.
I think UGA's defense will sub more in general but I don't see the D-line having the depth to play 10 players. I think they'll go two-deep and stick with those guys. Think you'll see more of LB Reggie Carter this season but I don't see us seeing much less of Ramik Wilson or Amarlo Herrera.
Don't see that coming from Gurley but you never know. The Bulldogs have worked hard to keep him in the moment.
I won't step on that spot yet, TonyDawgFan1! Right now I'll just say that Georgia doesn't necessarily look championship caliber right now. But it has some impressive parts and all it takes is some good momentum to get things rolling the right direction.
Spoke to Rumph over the weekend and haven't had a chance yet to share his thoughts, but he looks good and feels good and I expect his role to increase at least while Mitchell is sidelined.
I don't think Drew being 3rd team is necessarily a motivational tactic. But I believe him to be one of Georgia's more productive D-linemen and I expect him to be in the game a lot.
We don't get to talk to Ron so he isn't saying anything. UGA insists it won't be a season ender but will provide even a semblance of a timeline. Again, just me guessing, but I'd say he'll be ready for South Carolina after the Week 2 bye.
Hutson knows what he's doing and looks good in practice. Truthfully, though, nobody knows how he's going to do over the long haul this season. But he states emphatically that his goal is to win a national championship in his one and only season. That's what you'd want in your QB's attitude I'd think.
I actually talked to Quayvon and will be doing an update on him soon. I don't get to watch a lot but I haven't been impressed with the group as pass receivers after Jay Rome. But Quayvon spoke very confidently about his transition to the position and the responsibilities he's going to have. As ever, he's impressive physically.
DallasDawg: They've changed practice to where they do a lot of "two-spotting," meaning two players work at the same time on one field and two more right next to them on another so you're 1s thru 4s are getting the same amount of coaching. I don't see a lot of difference from a conditioning standpoint, though there were a lot of changes over the summer.