Andrew Luck, Patrick Maholmes, Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff have been drafted within the last 10 years. Trevor Lawrence has started 11 games in College and is off to a shaky start and you'd take him above these players? I'm not a Clemson fan nor hater, but I think Lawrence is overhyped after 11 starts, just like Tua was last year. The team he should have carved up was Tech and he STRUGGLED. Time will tell if he's not the latest version of Matt Linheart.
Rico, that is hilarious! !
Come on Coach, I'm a Dawgs fan and I know the Vols haven't had the right coach since Fulmer. I still think Pruitt will get it done if they give him time. He didn't have Coach Smart's nor Coach Mullen's level of talent to work with from day one and it's going to take him longer to compete with the better programs. Go Dawgs!
I'm a Dawn fan and I believe the reason Clemson won the game in 2017 was Hurts' inability to complete passes when his team needed it. Clemson did a better job in the second half of controlling Derrick Henry and that forced Kiffin to dial up passing plays. Hurts just could not beat a good defense with his arm at that time and the same was true in the title game against my Dawgs. Bama's defense and running game was the main reason Hurts was 26-2 not his passing skills. Tua was just better as a passer than Hurts in 2018. If Hurts wins the Heisman and Tua is not a finalist then, maybe Coach Saban may regret the decision. Unless something out of left field like that happens, Coach Saban made the right decision. I must admit it was fun watching Hurts throw the ball last night but not watching him run as much as he did. Hopefully we'll win the east and Bama wins the west and we do it in Atlanta again. Go Dawgs!
Justin Fields struggling to beat out former Kentucky backup Gunnar Hoak? Ohio State coach says QB job still open
Last season I looked up Fields's high school stats and I saw why he couldn't beat out Fromm. Fields did not have anywhere near the game experience and passing attempts and completions as Fromm nor Trevor Lawrence. Experience matters in all sports but especially at the QB position. He has tons of talent but is very light on the experience that comes with reading defenses in high school first. His ability to run must have been his calling to card to be a 5 star recruit. It certainly could not have been based on the aspects of playing QB that does not require the ability to run. I put very little value on 7 on 7 and all these passing camps. I still say Fields should have redshirted at Georgia last season, accepted mop up duty this season, and become the man next season when Fromm goes to the NFL I wish him well. GO DAWGS!!!
Colleges can produce NBA players if they stay 2-3 years. 90 % of one and done players would have been drafted out of high school.
How is Andrews, Glenn, or Floyd not ahead of Baker?
I'm all for kids leaving school early to turn pro if their skills warrant it. I just don't see it with Claxton. I don't yet see one NBA caliber skill he has right now. I hope he makes it but two more years of developing an outside shot off the dribble and ball handling could make him a top five pick. Of course he needs more size and unless he has a metabolism that is superhuman, picking up size should not be hard. I wish you well Nic.
Joe, players and fans usually trash talk. The vast majority of coaches do not. Good point on Dak Prescott. Coach Mullen is known as a QB guru/QB coach and Coach Smart is not. That is why I would expect Mullen to produce NFL caliber QB's. I'm still surprised Mullen would trash talk Georgia now. I hope both teams starters are fully healthy at game time and let's see what happens.
Coach Mullen, I don't get it. Your head to head matchups against Kirby Smart when he was DC at Bama and now head coach at UGA have not been close. If Spurrier or Meyer were taking shots at UGA I could understand, but not you. It's one thing to fire up the fan base but if you don't have the talent on the field to back it up, well, it could be interesting again come October. As a Dawg fan, I would be really concerned if you could recruit and develop an NFL caliber QB, but outside of Alex Smith, well, I'll leave it at that. In today's college game, you must have an NFL caliber QB to consistently compete with Bama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State. This may not have been true 10 years ago,(Tebow Era) but it appears to be true now.
Lane Kiffin, Steve Spurrier, and Mike Leach are 3 Coaches who I enjoy listening to because they usually say some very entertaining things. I'm not surprised by this as Lane and CKS worked together at Bama for 2 years.
@KirbySmart "fat BS" is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS to me!!!! And while I would not have chosen those words, I totally and gleefully agree.
Well said @ Spearo Dawg. It's not the first time a kid has flipped from his "dream school". It happens almost every recruiting cycle.
Maybe Pickens wants to play with an established proven QB for at least one year and maybe two?
Wow, Mudragon, tell us what you really think, LOL! I must admit I don't get why they would offer a scholarship to a punter who averages 38 yards per punt in JUCO. High School punters average more than that.
It's going to be hard for a back who splits carries to win the Heisman now with the level of QB play in college football. The kid from Wisconsin ran for 2100 yards and didn't even get invited to the ceremony plus Bama is no longer a feature back team like they were with Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry.
Is anyone else very surprised at Martell's decision to transfer? I though he had a legitimate opportunity to beat out Fields and that is he has been in the program for two years and already knows the playbook and the receivers. None of that is true for Fields. I'm a Dawg fan and wished it could have worked out for Fields in Athens but I didn't think he'd beat Fromm out nor Martell mainly because of experience in the system. Kelly Bryant and Jalen Hurts got beat out because they were not good passers, I wonder if that's true for Martell also?
Is there a way to cover recruiting without actually interviewing these teenagers? I didn't watch his original interview but after reading his statement, I don't think it helps. The attention high school athletes get certainly can help some of them think more of themselves than they should. College football coaches don't have to demand loyalty from high school recruits nor from enrollees. Coaches control playing time and that can produce loyalty. If by chance it doesn't, the playing times goes to someone else. There's never a shortage of recruits. Yes, some Coaches are less than honest but I doubt Chaney was planning on going to Tennessee while recruiting for UGA.
@LukeDabbs. . . You're so right about the 2016 Ole Miss game. I had forgotten about that one.
@ladonvol67. . . I'm not speaking for all Dawgs fans with this but here is why I'm not going to cry: Just like a team needs its best players to play their best in big games, a team needs the same from it's Coordinators. There were way too many questionable if not outright horrible play calls by Chaney in crucial moments in big games. His incessant desire to run between the tackles the vast majority of the time on 1st down killed us against Auburn the first time in 2017. It worked well against everyone else the whole year including in the Rose Bowl but not against Auburn that day and another point is, he is too stubborn or too slow to make in game adjustments when the inside running game is not working. In the 2017 SEECG against the same Auburn team, he ran Chubb and Michel off tackle more and the running game worked. I thought at that point he would no longer force between the tackle runs on first and second down and then pass on 3rd down when everyone knows you have to pass. Texas had the simplest defensive game plan in the Sugar Bowl, stack the box on 1st and 2nd down and blitz on 3rd down and Chaney never made the adjustments and they shut our running game and entire offense down. In the 2018 SECCG against Bama, he was masterful in his play calling in the first 35 to 40 minutes of the game but like the LSU game, he went away from the run and Bama regained control of the game. I personally appreciate what he did as the results speak for themselves and he is a big part of the coaching staff whose early successes spoiled me to the point to where failing to get to the playoff is not such a good season. We needed to capitalize on the fact that we have the most talent across the board in the East because it is not going to remain like that. We haven't lost a game in the east since the 2016 season. That will change soon, if not this season. The Vols, Gators, and Gamecocks are coming which is going to make it harder to win the East and by the way, LSU and A&M are going to make it harder for Bama to win the West also.
I'm a Dawg fan and I don't hate Clemson but I was definitely pulling for Bama. Dawg fan first and SEC fan second, although my dislike for the Gators makes it tough, lol!
In my opinion, he should have been redshirted. They way the staff used him was a waste of a year of eligibility. If he's as good as has been stated why wouldn't the staff trust him with a series or two in every game? I don't believe they trusted him after seeing every practice from January through August. They should have told Fields by game 4 that Fromm is our starter and will play 95% of the snaps. There was too much hype around Fields based on Elite 11 camps. He only started 19 games in high school,12 as a junior and 7 in an injury shortened senior year. He just doesn't have a lot of game experience compared to Fromm's 46 starts and Trevor Lawrence's 55 in high school. That matters and to me explains part of the reason Fromm and Lawrence have excelled. Fields just wasn't ready to compete with Fromm this year.
@Class of 94, it appears to me that it would hurt UGA more if Fields quit now and not after the bowl game. If he quits now and Fromm gets hurt in the Sugar Bowl, where would that leave us? I wonder if that's why CKS is allowing Fields to continue through the bowl game?
Why not go JUCO where he knows he's the immediate starter in 2019 and come back to Power 5 in 2020. If he goes to OSU and redshirts, there's the risk of Haskins back up, Tate Martell, playing in 2019 and being much better than everyone thinks and keeps the job as Fromm did.
I'm a Dawg fan and that was AWESOME Coach O!
LISTEN: Rick Neuheisel reveals the moment he began to think Justin Fields would transfer from Georgia
@ Ellis- There's nothing for Fields to compete for. Once he didn't beat Fromm out in camp and once he saw he only earned token snaps, not even a series, in the first 4 games, he should have followed Kelly Bryant's example. He's talented enough to start at most Power 5 schools that don't have big time productive incumbents atop the depth chart. If he had gone to Clemson, I believe he would have beaten out Bryant and I think if Trevor Lawrence had come here, he would not have beaten out Fromm.
@smsatUGA- Great point!
I am stilled stunned that he signed with the Dawgs in the beginning. How can any QB coming out of high school look at Fromm and say, I'll beat him out? I understood how Trevor Lawrence could beat out Kelly Bryant and how Tua Tagovailoa could beat out Jalen Hurts. In those cases, the incumbents were not accurate passers and when defenses took away the running game, their teams lost. Fromm had an outstanding freshman year and was even better as a sophomore. If he transfers, then go to Oklahoma as Lincoln Riley has proven he can develop QB's.