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What College Football Players will set School Records for Georgia?
Welcome back Chris. You've got to start with Aaron Murray there. He has already started putting his name atop the SEC passing charts. He'll likely hold every significant career passing record in the league by the end of this season. Jordan Jenkins has vowed to break Georgia's school sack record that Jarvis Jones set last season, but he might be a year away from that. We'll see on that one.
David, recruiting has been huge when looking at quality. Do you have any purview into any other 4 & 5 Star recruits who may be committing soon to the Dawgs?
This is just a take from talking to our recruiting guys, but it sounds to me like Georgia is in really good shape to land five-star DT Lamont Gaillard and four-star OG Isaiah Wynn. I'm not certain on the timetable for those guys, but it seems like Kipp Adams told me Gaillard was probably announcing a decision in July maybe?
I know this may be too early ask, but I'm very interested in how runningback A.J. Turman looks and his work ethic towards getting playing time?
I spoke to Turman maybe three weeks ago, just before he arrived at UGA. Brendan Douglas, too, for that matter. They seemed very excited about the chance to play as freshmen. Turman could have gone to some other programs and I think one of the factors in picking Georgia was the way they used Gurley and Marshall as freshmen. He knows he's not going to be a featured back this year, but it sounded like he thought joining those guys would be good for him.
How do you see UGA coming out of the gate? What is their record after the first four games?
We were discussing that on our board recently. I wouldn't be surprised to see Clemson, SC and LSU all ranked in the top 10 to start the season. Starting out 3-1 would be great against that caliber of competition to start the season, so I'll take that. It seems like 4-0 is too tall an order IMO. If they run into some bad luck, it wouldn't be hard to see 2-2 as a distinct possibility considering the difficulty of the schedule.
What is your thoughts on Jonny Dwight? Do you think this is a player Georgia should have pursued harder?
I'm not sure how hard they pursued him, Steve, to be perfectly honest. They haven't had much luck with players from Wilcox County in recent years, so it's possible that could have had an impact. I just don't know.
Which game on the scehule could you see as a potential upset loss?
These aren't creative responses, but South Carolina, LSU, Florida and Clemson seem like the four games Georgia has to worry most about. There are a couple of other ones that might be a bit scary, but if they post a winning record against those four, it will be a good season.
What is the feel of Aaron Murray this season? I know he's always been focused, but I would love more Heisman talk for him and wanting to crush opponents.
Actually I'm sitting down with Aaron in about 45 minutes for an upcoming series we're doing and that will be the first time I've talked to him (other than seeing him on the practice field for a sec during 7-on-7 camp) since the end of spring ball. The feeling in the spring was that it was more of the same from last year. The kid knows the offense inside and out. He knows his personnel. If he stays healthy, he's going to have a great season.
What are the potential trap games in your opinion
If you look down the schedule, there are a couple that jump out to me. Georgia often seems to have difficulty in the game at Vandy -- and Vandy has a better team than it did when Georgia barely won in 2007 or 2011. And then that game at Knoxville. I think Tennessee is going to stink this year, but having to go there on Oct. 5 right after that September gauntlet facing so many good teams...you could see Georgia being physically worn down a bit going into that game.
And then I think Missouri on Oct. 12 is going to be a better team this year. Need to mention that one, too.
Why does UGA seem to be having trouble recruiting the "big uglies"?
They've done OK lately. Missing out on Tunsil was big last year, but Theus was a huge get in 2012. I think their problem is more that some of the big fish they landed haven't had very good luck. Austin Long, Brent Benedict come to mind there. There are a couple that they like in this class like Wynn and Dyshon Sims that I think they stand a good chance of getting.
Outside of Trey Matthews which player do you think will contribute the most as a freshman this year? Secondly, which current commit do you think could have a big impact their true freshman year?
I like Tramel Terry's potential a lot, assuming he's at 100 percent when August practices begin (which I think he will be). You've got to look at some of the biggest positions of need (corners, ILBs, RB, DL) too. I think we'll see a lot of Reggie Carter, Turman, Atkins, Jonathan Taylor, Wiggins, Langley. Carter had a really good spring. I think that's going to be a good get for Georgia's coaching staff.
I would have included Reggie Wilkerson in that group, too, except for that knee injury he suffered last week. I think he would have helped fill in the depth chart at CB this fall.
Do you think the Georgia defense has the potential to defend a skilled offense like Clemson's?
Potential is definitely not the concern. There is a ton of talent on Georgia's defense. Honestly, I don't think there is a defensive position where Georgia's talent is subpar. Seriously. But they're replacing so much and going on the road to face a QB and WR who I could easily see getting invites to the Heisman ceremony in December. That's just really tough. I think Georgia will do OK up there, but this game definitely puts Todd Grantham in a tight spot.
What do you think the over/under will be on the total score for the Clemson-Georgia game?
Ha, that's a good question. Is that not out already? It seems like 60 is too high a number for Vegas to throw out there, but I'd be surprised if both teams didn't put some points on the board. I'm no betting expert, but I'd lean toward taking the over if it's set at 50-something.
I've read about the possibility of seeing Todd and Keith in the backfield together, along with the fullback. Do you get the sense that we may use this against Clemson and go for the impressive win out the gate as to send a message that UGA will be a strong contender this season?
No. I was at a UGA day where one of the fans asked Richt about that. Richt said he doesn't want to do that much if at all, although they have one set where it's a possibility. And of course one of the writers there tweets that Richt says Georgia has a set where they can play both at the same time and it becomes something Georgia is planning to do through the magic of the Internet.
Richt's explanation was that putting them both in the backfield at the same time means that one of them is most likely blocking, which is not the best use of their talents and increases their injury risk. Considering how few tailbacks they have, that's not the greatest idea. Plus one often spells the other, which you obviously can't do if they're both in the game at the same time. Now you might see Marshall split out every now and then. He made a great TD catch against Nebraska. But for now, I don't expect to see a lot of Gurley and Marshall lining up in the same backfield.
What do you think of Georgia's chances are for Cam Sims?
Not bad. Getting him to show up and compete at camp a week or two ago would have to be a positive sign for them. Looks like they'll take maybe four WRs in this class and they already have two commits. Sims, Josh Malone and Shakenneth Williams are some names to keep watching.
Is there any new talk on the possibility of an indoor training facility? Do you think this affects recruiting?
No talk of it because I don't think it's happening anytime soon. I wish the people who think it affects recruiting could see the looks on the high school kids' faces when they're walking through the football facility at Butts-Mehre during camps. They're all googly eyed about how nice everything is and how every position group has its own meeting room. The only time they say not having one of those things is a factor is when some recruiting writer asks them "Is it a factor to you that Georgia doesn't have an indoor facility and Team X does?" That's just my opinion.
What is your opinion of Kevin Durant and the Thunder?
Why is Florida/Georgia game played always in Jacksonville? If Georgia wanted a neutral game why not play at Georgia Dome?
It's always there because it's always been there. I'd greatly prefer them playing in Atlanta or splitting between Atlanta and Jacksonville because it takes forever to drive to Jacksonville. But it's tradition and it allows them to throw a bone to the fans in the southern part of the state who can get to Jax more easily. Plus a lot of Georgia's fans like to spend the week down at the beach at St. Simons and Jekyll Island pre-gaming. I don't think they'll be altering that tradition any time in the near future.
What do you think of Georgia's chances of landing Lorenzo Carter?
It's always tough going up against Alabama (same thing with Cameron Sims), but I think Georgia has a shot there. Our recruiting dude Radi Nabulsi tells me it's 50-50.
Do you think the D-line can stop the run game this year?
They say they're going to rotate more players this year in order to try and do that. They don't have that giant nose in the middle, so we'll see how well it goes. But they've got some good players up front and I think they'll be fine once those dudes figure out what they're doing.
All right everybody. Good times. Radi will be on next Wednesday and then I'll be back in two weeks. Y'all have a great week.