Chat with Radi Nabulsi
Welcome to DawgNation! On Wednesday, reporter Radi Nabulsi stops by to chat about the state of Georgia football.
Nabulsi joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the University of Georgia for Rivals.com for the last four years and for the UGA Athletic Association since 1993. Nabulsi is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and lives in Athens, Ga.
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Radi Nabulsi (12:09 PM)
Let's get started folks!
Who has the most to prove during offseason practices? One of the youngsters or one of the veterans who have yet to rise to the top of the depth chart?
Radi Nabulsi (12:13 PM)
I am not calling these players guys out but just remarking that they have not quite lived up to their lofty expectations. Corey Moore, Ray Drew, Austin Long, Watts Dantzler, Marc Deas, Xzavier Ward, and Rantavious Wooten could all help their causes. Injuries have sidelined a few of these guys but at the end of the day that is something else that they have to overcome.
When will Sony Michel be up to visit Athens yet? Are Georgia's chances improved by Miami already getting a running back in the class? When is he looking to make a decision?
Radi Nabulsi (12:15 PM)
I expect a decision in the next two months but I haven't spoken to him in a while. I actually have a feature planned on the running back targets for next week since Georgia leads or is in the top group for Michel, Adam Choice, Myles Autry and Nick Chubb. Throw Stanley Williams in there and Racean Thomas and it might be a case of first come, first serve.
Radi Will Keith Marshall's injury be a big deal or is this no big deal at all?
Radi Nabulsi (12:18 PM)
If you look at the photo gallery I put up this morning you can see he was running yesterday at practice. Hamstrings are not a big deal unless you push it and don't rest them. Ron Courson, the Georgia team doctor, is not going to let anything happen to Marshall. Put this in the not-a-big-deal category.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who will be the Running Backs for Georgia in 2013?
Radi Nabulsi (12:20 PM)
Didn't you ask this last week? Anyway it will be Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. The real question to me is who is the third back. Does A.J. Turman move to No. 3? Or Brendan Douglas? What about Brandon Harton? Or Kyle Karempelis? That is what I wonder.
During the Clemson game, what will be the deciding factor on Georgia winning? Will it be the defense's ability to stop Taj Boyd, or will it be a shoot out?
Radi Nabulsi (12:23 PM)
I always answer this question the same way: turnovers. But I don't expect the defense to be ready by then. Historically the defense has gotten better as the year progresses so I think trying to corral Boyd with a lot of new starters is a tall order for the Bulldogs. Turnovers will decide the game.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
What is your opinion on the state of Bulldog basketball? Does Fox need to get this team in the tournament next year?
Radi Nabulsi (12:25 PM)
Yes. No doubt in my mind. Fox and his team have been on the losing end of some bad calls but they have also blown leads which should not have put the game in the referees hands. This is a much better team than the one that started the season, but overall it is mediocre. How long will AD Greg McGarity accept that? No long I think.
Chris (Villa Rica, Ga)
It's early obviously, but which of the EE has impressed you the most physically?
Radi Nabulsi (12:28 PM)
Linebacker Reginald Carter and safety Tray Matthews. Granted they showed up looking ripped and dangerous. Reggie Wilkerson, the cornerback, let me know that he is up to 181 pounds -- after arriving in January at 169. That is impressive. He still looks skinny though: see the photo gallery at DawgNation.
Will Deloach be a starter in the fall?
Radi Nabulsi (12:29 PM)
I have to think Chase Vasser beats him out for the strongside linebacker spot. But if he doesn't and DeLoach holds of Josh Dawson and Brandon Burrows, that is going to be one huge OLB.
John (Savannh )
Is Corey Moore ready to step up and be the leader we desperately need in the secondary?
Radi Nabulsi (12:31 PM)
According to Moore's dad he is. But it remains to be seen. Georgia has five safeties coming in this year. Moore has more experience than any of them. It is now or never.
What are Georgia's chances with Lorenzo Carter?
Radi Nabulsi (12:34 PM)
I think Georgia stands a good chance of landing Carter so long as Todd Grantham sticks around to be his coach. He likes the Bulldogs and Grantham's history of coaching top outside linebackers is appealing.
Will Ray Drew really be a force to reckon with? I know he has the size, but does he have the skill set?
Radi Nabulsi (12:39 PM)
The Pastor of Disaster can be a dominate player will he? I honestly don't know. The early word is that he has approached the offseason "like a man" but he is just too nice. I mean he needs to be nastier in the trenches. He is settling into the defensive end spot after being a 'tweener if you will. So I think thus is the year he makes a real name for himself but I won't guarantee that until I see Drew take on a more vicious mentality.
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
Does Jay Rome have a breakout year in 2013 and become the next great Georgia TE?
Radi Nabulsi (12:41 PM)
Now that is an easier prediction: Yes. Rome is a stellar athlete and we started to see what he was capable of towards the end of last year. He has the best hands I have seen on a tight end I have seen in a while. If the ball continues to be thrown his way, I expect Rome to get some All-SEC votes.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Which 2014 recruits are at the top of Richt's wish list?
Radi Nabulsi (12:49 PM)
Now he can't tell me that but I can guess based on the amount of recruiting contact the prospects receive and which ones say that Georgia is fighting for them the hardest. So here is my guess: Sony Michel, Deshaun Watson, Lorenzo Carter, Andrew Williams, Elisha Shaw, Raekwon McMillan, Korie Rogers, Jordan Sims, David Sharpe, Corey Martinez, Milan Richard, Demarre Kitt and Cameron Sims. That is just my guess and I left a ton of top targets off the list, including the committed players. I would ask Kipp Adams at DawgNation for his guess too.
Which WR will have a break out year this year?
Radi Nabulsi (12:55 PM)
Break out might be too strong a phrase since this player has already made a name for himself but I think Chris Conley could become the team's leading receiver in 2013. Jonathan Rumph could take over the role that Marlon Brown vacated -- and might do it better. As I mentioned earlier I think Wooten needs to break out this season. He is too fast and talented to not be a factor this year.
Ryan (Buford, GA)
Any word on what kind of role Bellamy will have now that grantham is officially staying put?
Radi Nabulsi (12:56 PM)
Grantham sees Davin Bellamy as his outside linebacker of the future.
Out of this years recruits whom do you think is going to make the biggest impact this fall?
Radi Nabulsi (1:01 PM)
Safeties Tray Matthews and Shaq Fluker, linebackers Johnny O'Neal and Reginald Carter, cornerbacks Reggie Wilkerson and Shaq Wiggins, defensive lineman Chris Mayes and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Throw in Rumph on offense and maybe Brendan Langley and J.J. Green on special teams. Oh, and A.J. Turman could be that third running back Georgia needs to spell Gurley and Marshall -- or if one of them were to get hurt he could be used a lot.
Do you feel JJ Green stay at throughout the fall and provide depth, or will he move over to the slot once AJ Turman arrives?
Radi Nabulsi (1:03 PM)
I think he should stay at tailback since the wide receiver group is deep and talented. He is learning the role now and could be a huge buffer in case Gurley or Marshall were to miss a game or two. Look how valuable Brandon Harton was two years ago. Will he actually stay there? Not sure. I will ask at the end of camp.
Having seen the success in the bowl game do you feel the we will run more plays with Gurley and Marshall in the backfield together?
Radi Nabulsi (1:05 PM)
Not really. I think that was more of a bowl game thing. Coaches tend to shake things up then but when the game matters, they revert to their strengths.
When do you think Toby Johnson makes it on the field? Will he see significant playing time this fall or is it more wait till next year?
Radi Nabulsi (1:05 PM)
Johnson says it will be this year. I am not as optimistic.
John (Johns creek)
Who will start after Mason? Ramsey or Lemay?
Radi Nabulsi (1:09 PM)
If you are asking about this year, as in who is the third string quarterback, I would say Parker Welch as I fully expect Brice Ramsey to redshirt. If you menat next year when Hutson Mason is projected to be the starter, I would say Ramsey. If you mean in 2015 when Mason is gone I am going to guess Deshaun Watson.
Bay (Macon GA)
John Atkins seems like a big guy but smaller than our former two Noses . My question is does he have a nasty mean streak in him ? Is Chris Mayes making his presents felt
Radi Nabulsi (1:13 PM)
Atkins is nice and respectful off the field. I can't imagine that he is nasty. But he is strong as an ox and Coach Rumph at Alabama loved Atkins and wanted him for the Tide. I can see Atkins more at the defensive end spot with John Taylor or Chris Mayes at nose. Those are big guys that should hold the point of attack.
What are your thoughts on starting Beard at LT and moving Gates back to G? Is this a real possibility if Beard has a great camp?
Radi Nabulsi (1:16 PM)
I think it is a great idea. Remember that Gates earned a starting role at left guard as a freshman. He is better inside than out in my opinion - and that is saying something. With Austin Long, Dallas Lee, Chris Burnett and Gates as your two-deep at the guard spot, well, Will Friend would have to be pleased with that.
Do you know if Marshall Morgan has gotten any help from a former NFL kicker with his field goal kicking?
Radi Nabulsi (1:17 PM)
I do not. I will be sure to ask.
Johnny Big (Athens)
So do you see Lemay eventually transferring?
Radi Nabulsi (1:22 PM)
I used to but I think if he were he would have done it before mat drills. He seems happy in his interviews and was the third quarterback in the rotation yesterday -- a reasonable spot considering seniority. So I don't see him transferring anytime soon. Maybe he wants to see how spring goes. Maybe he expects to beat out Mason next year. My thinking is, if you can't beat out Mason, Faton Bauta and Bruce Ramsey, then will transferring really help? Sure there may be more playing time somewhere else but will that get yuo to the NFL? Compete where you are and prove that you are the best option at quarterback.
Cody (Wilmington, NC)
Radi, Malcolm Mitchell is a really good player, but is this the year that he takes it to the next level as a receiver? All-SEC?
Radi Nabulsi (1:23 PM)
Radi Nabulsi (1:24 PM)
And with that I have to run folks. Thanks so much for dropping by. And if you didn't like any of my answers, remember that my name is David Ching.