What we don’t know about the SEC East

 

Yes, I know that March Madness cranks up in full gear on Thursday. But by the end of next week, every team but two in the SEC (Kentucky) and ACC (Virginia Tech) will be into spring practice. So we’re going to spend the next four days talking about what we know and what we don’t know about each division of those two conferences.

Now I need your input here. There is a lot that we’d don’t know and spring practice is about finding some answers before things heat up in August. If there is something you don’t know about a team that you think is important, let’s hear it.

We’re going to start today with the SEC East. On Thursday we’ll discuss the SEC West. These teams are in alphabetical order. Then we’ll move to the ACC.

 

FLORIDA (13-1, practice starts March 25, ends April 18)

What we know:  The defense is set. Of the top 22 players on defense in the BCS championship game against Oklahoma, 14 were freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and sophomores. Even the leadership returns as LB Brandon Spikes is back for his senior season. Talent will not be an issue for the Gators in 2009. Great expectations might be. Just ask Georgia. Also, that No. 15 guy at quarterback is pretty good.

What we don’t know: Will Florida really miss Percy Harvin? Don’t get me wrong. I believe Harvin was one of the most gifted players to come along in this generation. But rarely was he completely healthy. There is just so much speed on this team with Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, Brandon James, Deonte Thompson etc., that I have to believe that new OC Steve Addazio will be able to get by without Harvin.

 

GEORGIA (10-3, practice started March 17, ends April 11)

What we know: The running game, and really the whole offense, is going to be just fine. Yes QB Matthew Stafford and RB Knowshon Moreno are gone, but the offensive line, which had to be patched together for all of the 2008 season, is now solid and finally has some depth. Now cross your fingers that the injury bug does not hit. QB Joe Cox doesn’t have the pure talent of a D.J. Shockley, another Georgia quarterback who waited his turn behind a star, but he does have the leadership. That should give OC Mike Bobo the luxury of bringing his freshman quarterbacks along more slowly.

What we don’t know: Is there an elite athlete who will step forward at defensive end? While a lot of Georgia fans seem to be concerned about rebuilding the secondary, it won’t matter who plays defensive back if the Bulldogs can’t rush the passer. Georgia was eighth in the SEC in quarterback sacks with 24 last season.  Kiante Tripp moves back to DE from OL. Three defensive ends will miss the spring. Somebody has to step up and be a difference maker at this position or the Georgia defense is going to struggle again.

 

KENTUCKY (7-6, practice starts April 1, ends April 25)

What we know: The defense is going to be good. CB Trevard Lindley of Hiram, DE Jeremy Jarmon and middle linebacker Michael Johnson would have all been reasonably high NFL draft picks had they chosen to pass up their senior seasons. All will be coming back and so coach Rich Brooks expects his defense to be strong in 2009. Kentucky’s defense was disappointing last season, finishing 11th in the SEC at 332.4 ypg.

What we don’t’ know:  Who is going to play quarterback? Mike Hartline, a junior, started the season but then lost the job to freshman Randall Cobb. Cobb had knee surgery at the end of the season and not play in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky also has a talented freshman coming in the fall in Morgan Newton. Kentucky averaged 22.6 points per game last season with a rebuilt offense. That unit must get better.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA (7-6, practice started March 3, ends April 11)

What we know: Ellis Johnson will have another good defense. Despite all the issues on offense, and there were many, South Carolina had a chance to win each week because of its defense. The Gamecocks got some bad news Tuesday when DT Ladi Ajiboye was suspended indefinitely. If he doesn’t return, that hurts their depth. But with OLB Eric Norwood (9 sacks) back this unit has a chance to be as good as the one that finished fourth in the SEC (291.9 ypg).

What we don’t know: Will Stephen Garcia make it through spring practice unscathed? Better hope so because he’s the only quarterback Steve Spurrier has right now. Garcia’s former competitors, Chris Smelley (transferred to Alabama to play football) and Tommy Beecher (transferred to Liberty), are gone and there is nobody else in camp who has taken a snap. Garcia was suspended the past two spring practices. Spurrier has hired a new quarterbacks coach in G.A. Mangus, hoping to accelerate Garcia’s improvement this spring.

 

TENNESSEE (5-7, practice started March 10, ends April 18)

What we know:  Every position is open, except Eric Berry’s. Every player starts with a clean slate and a chance to win a job under new coach Lane Kiffin. The most notable exception is Berry, who was a warrior every week while Tennessee was struggling at the end of the Phillip Fulmer era. The challenge for new DC Monte Kiffin will be finding a lot of different ways to put Berry in position to make plays. Defense was never the problem in 2008 (Tennessee led the SEC at 263.5 ypg). It won’t be in 2009.

What we don’t know: The Vols have running backs, but who is going to block? Tennessee has made headlines by grabbing two highly recruiting running backs in Bryce Brown and David Oku. There are a number of proven running backs in camp. But the offensive line was inconsistent a year ago, which is why the Vols were ninth in the SEC in rushing (122.9 ypg). Chris Scott (6-5, 346) from Riverdale needs step up and be a big time tackle. Unless somebody dramatically improves at quarterback, the Vols figure to be average at best at that position. So an effective running game will be essential.

 

VANDERBILT (7-6, practice starts March 10, ends March 28)

What we know:  The Commodores are going to be better.  With only 10 seniors, Vanderbilt was supposed to be rebuilding in 2008. Now they return 19 starters from a team that went to its first bowl in 26 years and won only the second bowl game in its history over Boston College in the Music City Bowl.

What we don’t know: Can quarterback Larry Smith keep it up? Vanderbilt shuffled quarterbacks Chris Nickson and Mackenzie Adams all of last season and both were ineffective. At the end of the season coach Bobby Johnson turned to redshirt freshman Larry Smith, who started his first game in the Music City Bowl (10 for 17, 121 yards). Vanderbilt was sixth in the SEC in scoring defense (19.6 ppg) in 2008. But the Commodores only scored 19.2 points per game. This spring will be about finding ways to score more points and take some of the pressure off the defense.

 

 

178 comments Add your comment

Hey Tony

March 18th, 2009
1:03 pm

You think UGA could be like Bama was last year, kinda the surprise team. Meaning no one paid them much attention, but they kept on winning. At least we won’t have the curse of death of preseason #1 ranking stuff to distract you.

Steering

March 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

Ole Dawg,

Everyone knows that UF is notorious for steering almost all the football players into the 3 easiest majors. Almost the whole team is sociology, criminal justice, or poly sci majors. But even if ESPN does a report about the practice of steering and how some colleges like UF make a mockery of the student athlete concept what does it matter? Everyone may know that they’re really just fielding a minor league pro football team but so what!

Steering is not against the rules and until the ncaa says you can’t put almost all of your athletes into 3 easy majors under 1 dept. there really is no point in complaining about it. It is what it is and if the university is not truly looking out for the “student athlete’s” best interest then its up to that athlete to change his major after a year or 2 to something more challenging or transfer.

David

March 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

Hey Tony, great piece but on a different subject. Can we stop reporting Bobby Bowden has 382 career victories in major college football? 31 of those victories were at Samford which has never been a major college football division participant (not to mention a couple of those wins were against Junior Colleges). So all the controversy about vacating 14 victories is moot. thoughts?

Mike

March 18th, 2009
1:14 pm

“I wouldn’t care if Florida won the nat’l championship every year, you couldn’t pay me to pull for those classless loud mouths! And yes, I am sure it’s safe to say that I speak for 99% of the SEC!”

It is safe to say that Florida fans are glad you are not a Gator either.

Win/win

BILLY JACK

March 18th, 2009
1:15 pm

Bama 12 Titles-excellent post-finally an Alabama fan that is not a stupid jackass.Agree with everything you said.It sucks to be in the east now with the gators.You could be a top 5 or 10 team in the country and be 2nd in your side of the division if you are Georgia.Also agree with your assessment of Tennesee I see at least 3 major beatdowns.Richt-Saban-Meyer and even Spurrier will lay the wood when they have a huge lead.Teams playing Tenn will be throwing late in the game with big leads.Handshakes at midfield after games with Tenn might be fun to watch while Kiffin is coach.He has reaped the whirlwind and he is about to get it -come Sept.Welcome to the SEC Lane.

Pitbull

March 18th, 2009
1:24 pm

Haven’t heard from the Eric Zeier Wannabe lately, but I did notice that my trash got picked up at the curb a little while ago. He must have had to go to work.

He’s probably a Tech grad who forgot about Tech’s academic probation for playing ineligible players. I wonder if he’s the one who painted himself yellow and wore the white fairy wings to the Jackette’s home games for a few years. If so, I hope the county won’t let him drive the truck.

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

bama12titles : It’s not that the Urban Cowboy has a terrific memory, it’s that he does know how to use post-its and tape. Insofar as the Urban Cowboy gunning for Billy the Kiffin, Kiffin will have a better back up defense than UGA had last year at the JAX Corral. Might be able to hold UF under 49…and the scary part for Florida in 2009 is that they have to travel out of state 4 times this year vs 3 times last year for games…(not counting a neutral field for the SECCG)

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
1:54 pm

Again, all you Tebow experts need to read the article below.
Toebow may very well represent the next evolution in pro offenses:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/tim_layden/01/13/tebow/

Oh, and GO GATORS!

Rich

March 18th, 2009
1:56 pm

I’m not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about whether Tebow will be a successful pro QB. I’m just happy that he’s such a great football player, great leader, fun to watch and helping my Gators win titles.

2009 will be an exciting year and as Ole Miss proved, we can get taken down on any given Saturday. I see three big games for the Gators on the way to Atlanta next year.

1) Tennessee – Lane Kiffin’s first SEC game in the Swamp. The Gator Nation is burning for a rout in this one. More even than UGA last year.
2) LSU in Death Valley -

Rich

March 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

2) LSU in Death Valley – LSU fans will be going berserk.
3) UGA – as always

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

Don’t knock Charleston Southern. They are tough!

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
1:59 pm

Bama12 -

Unfortunately these things don’t have an edit function. Otherwise, I would correct my second post where I said Tebow wasn’t an accurate passer. I had originally wrote, “While highly accurate on the stat sheet, Tebow isn’t a true passing QB.” I made some edits and made the mistake of hitting the submit button before reading my comments over. My mistake, it made me look foolish, and I take full responsibility for it. Lesson learned.

I stand by my argument that Tebow’s accuracy, efficiency, and rating are all a product of Meyer’s offense. He’s the perfect QB for that setup. Take him and put him in a pro-style setup and it’s a safe bet to say his numbers fall of the cliff.

To pacify the blind Gator loyalists:
Tebow is one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen take the field. His spot among the top 3 college football QBs is without question. His leadership to his team and his work on and off the field speak accolades for his character. I admire the kid and wish nothing but the best for him. I hope he has a successful NFL career.

But here’s what I know:
Tebow, while an excellent player – one of the best in college FB, is not, and is not likely to ever be, a great passing QB. Save the reemergence of the wildcat offense or the complete redesign of his passing style, his success in the NFL will come at another position. It’s not a flaw. It’s just who he is.

steve spurrier

March 18th, 2009
2:06 pm

Lane kiffin 5-15. Phat phil 150-50. Yeah, that’s just the change the vols needed. Haha. The orange clad ‘tards will be begging for his royal phatness by game 5.

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
2:06 pm

Who cares? Tebow is the BEST QB/Football player in college!

What he does in the pros is irrellevant. Just like what Stafford does in the pros vs. what he did at UGA.
It does not matter, the only relevence to college football is what they do in college.

Long Dawg

March 18th, 2009
2:13 pm

Volaholic you been spending too much time on Rocky Top. The thin air has made you hallucinate. Tenn. will be lucky to have a winning season.

Florida has the talent to win it all but college football is a tricky thing. Ask Southern Cal.

LSU will be back and it will either be them or Ole Miss that win the west. Bama does not have a quarterback.

Tony is right about Georgia- no pass rush-mediocre season.

gatorsam

March 18th, 2009
2:16 pm

Enter your comments here

BAMA STAN

March 18th, 2009
2:17 pm

31-0 at the half?!!!

No team in the SEC better overlook any opponent – sure fired way to get beat!!! Yes, even in bowl games!!!

As far as the SEC East goes – Florida is by far the most talented team – and Urban will have them ready.

After that – It’s up for grabs.

UGA could easily come in 2nd – but what worries me about UGA is there Defense – which is progressively worse each year. And although the offensive line will improve – I think UGA will have an average QB at best – and if teams line up to stop the run and play the screens – UGA is very average.

Tennessee’s defense will be very good – much better than UGA’s. If the offense improves – they may pass UGA this year. QB’s between the two schools are a wash. TN has better RB – interesting to see if they can get good OL play. Talent wise – they are as good as UGA (beat UGA 2 of last 3 years) and UGA struggled to put TN away last year.

Like I said in an earlier post – Kiffin is working on making his team tremondously aggressive with a lot of swagger – like the Miami of the late 80’s and similar to USC (So CAL). Very ineresting to see if he pulls it off or goes down in flames – I am betting that he pulls it off due to his staff and his father’s influence to balance the spoiled brat.

So Carolina , KY, Vandy – all could beat UT or UGA on any given weekend if not prepared to take care of business.

At any rate – UGA could be 2nd, 3rd or 4th. I am leaning toward 2nd but will not be surprised if they end up worse off due to the LSU game – and the fact that UGA sleep walks in at least one game a year (is it Vany, Ark, Auburn or KY – maybe even TN) Overall – it will not matter as UGA will be passed by Tennessee soon enough – and will be the overall 5th best team in the SEC (their historic spot).

I know I get grief for my posts – and I do not have anything against UGA – but as an overall fan of the SEC – I call it as I see it.

Richt had his moment – his teams are always good – and he will win a bunch of games – but under Richt – his team will fall short and there is always an excuse ….. young OL, Stafford was a freshman, Stafford only a Sophomore, Injuries, building OL depth, No DE’s this year, too many underclassmen in the secondary. Well – Hate to bring you guys the bad news – every team has issues every year. Florida played a lot more underclassmen than UGA did last year. Richt’s teams are missing something – year in and year out it’s this way.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
2:21 pm

I’ll go on record saying that I personally think Tebow has the drive, the determination, the competitive spirit that rivals only Colt McCoy. Matter of fact, my two preseason finalists for the Heisman are the afore mentioned…and McCoy does missionary work just like Tebow, but I don’t know if he peels bananas…

gatorsam

March 18th, 2009
2:23 pm

Never have I seen so many know so little about so much! Not you Tony, but all those totally “my team” is the only team bloggers! The team that will win the East is the team that has the least injuries and the most luck, period.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 18th, 2009
2:25 pm

General, if you recall prior to last season I tried to explain that no matter how you spell it a Clawson/Clausen could not win at UT. I hate being right.

David, to make that Samford argument against Bowden I say that those 31 victories should count double. Samford? Football? Really?

IF Tebow stays healthy the entire season then the Gators will be the SEC champs again. IF he stays 2/3rds healthy they will likely repeat and probably repeat as NC’s. And yes it does pain me to say that.

As far as that Leydan artilce goes? Ahhhh, a big NO on that one. The reasons are explained in the article. Yes Tebow is (depending on how this season turns out) one of the best college QB’s to ever play the game. The NFL is made up of the best of the best players on defense and every single one of them looks to pound the guy carrying the ball. So that O with Tebow won’t translate to the big time. He might get a few plays in with the “Wildgator” offense, but to sustain it IMO not even Tebow can do that.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 18th, 2009
2:30 pm

BTW, Joe Cox will do just fine at QB. The kid could have started at 10 other SEC programs last year. Our D needs the fire. Curran will step up to lead and those seniors on the D line will be heard. DE’s have an excellent opportunity to make a future for themselves.

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
2:32 pm

Gen Neyland:

“but I don’t know if he peels bananas…”

Priceless!

Laughing My ( ! ) Off!

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

gdawginkalamazoo:

I don’t think ant team will use Tebow 100% of the time. He’s best utilized as UF used him in 2006. A true running QB who can throw.
Vick could run, but he couldn’t throw. Bilichik wants to use him as a red zone TD machine, ie. a “prototypical” QB gets you into the red zone and Tebow brings you home. It’s the same priciple as the so-called, “Wildcat” offense, but you add an extra weapon for the defense to have ot cover – the pass.

Atlanta Jackets

March 18th, 2009
2:41 pm

Mutts and gaytors beware! Tech is the new beast of the east. Josh the Robot Nesbot will shut all this Tebow talk up. Mark my words. We win the ACC and the BCS THIS year. The title comes back to Hotlanta! LOL!

You guys can argue all you want but the truth is that the LSWho (burn!) game was fluke and doesn’t represent the Tech offense. We roll this year with a better Oline, better backs and better schedule.

Oh yeah…. Ping! That’s the sound of the #3 baseball team in the nation! LOL!

Otto

March 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

Zoo is dead on with Cox. As for RB doesn’t UGA have 2 that were redshirted last year?

Kiffen will be out in 4 years or less. The beat down by Florida and Bama will be epic.

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

zoo : You sir, did make that prediction. I remembered it all of 2008. BTW, I have MSU meeting up with Louisville.

G8R Grad : Thank you, thank you very much…

Tony Barnhart

March 18th, 2009
2:53 pm

David,
I get question about Bobby Bowden pretty frequently. The NCAA has a specific rule about Bowden’s wins at Samford or any coach who has some I-AA wins on his resume. One a coach has been at a major Division I-A institution for five years and has recorded 50 or more victories, then everything counts. You can argue whether or not those 31 wins SHOULD count on Bowden’s Division I-A total, but by NCAA rule they do.

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
2:54 pm

…and as I return to the yard duties of the unemployed, somebody tell me what Alabama has that is gonna pick up the torch John Bubba Parker Wilson left behind..? or will Tony hit on that tomorrow..?

Ole Dawg

March 18th, 2009
2:54 pm

Bama Stain…You must have gotton off of your shift work and decided to make another stupid post.LSU,Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Arkansas will take BAMA down this year.Bama’s lines are not very good and will show from lack of depth, your quarteback is upproven and will be running for his life most of the year. Your running backs are average at best. When Jolio Jones flunks out you will have no proven receiver to throw to….looks like a long season of excuses coming from from the Tide.Also,look out for S. Carolina…their defense will hold you down and spank you.

joe

March 18th, 2009
2:55 pm

anyone on here who picks any team other than UF to win the east is nothing but a blind homer. UF should run the table in the east and win going away, having said that despite the fact that I can’t stand Urban Cryer, T-bag or any other gator…

Baba O'Riley

March 18th, 2009
2:58 pm

Kalamazoo…most QBs in college football could have started for 10 SEC teams last year.

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
2:58 pm

just givin’ credit where credit is due

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

joe:

And your post started out so promising . . . . . .

JustCallMeChamp

March 18th, 2009
3:07 pm

Florida will miss Percy Harvin, for as much as Tim Tebow has revolutionized his position, so did Percy! So much in fact he has invented a position at Fla that will probably will be called the “Percy Harvin position” until someone else like him comes along…and that could be soon if Andre Debose is as good as advertised. All that being said, expect the Gators to average a few less points (with the exception being the Tenn game) than last year BUT expect the defense to be one of the best if not THE best who ever donned the orange and royal blue.

DawgGirl32

March 18th, 2009
3:09 pm

I am with gatorsam on this one:

“The team that will win the East is the team that has the least injuries and the most luck, period.”

gdawginkalamazoo

March 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

General, I won’t make any predicts on UT this year till some games are played. No telling what is in that coconut of Kiffins. Scary or scary smart? MSU is my adopted team (till UGA gets a D1 mens team) and I ran a couple of brackets with them going all the way. However, the big ten tourney didn’t give me any confidence that that would be a good bet but I picked them anyway.

Baba, can’t argue with you on that.

Atlanta Jackets must be a chemistry major. Straight A’s at that. Only if he could sell that stuff he takes over the counter…

Mark Richt

March 18th, 2009
3:28 pm

TEBOW IS NOT A PASSING QB!
TEBOW IS NOT A RUNNING QB!

Tebow is COMPLETE QB. He can do it all and do it well.

If he has to run in a key situation, he can do it.

If he has to pass in a key situation, he can do it. Just ask Alabama.

He is the complete package and has proven it time and time again.

While Florida will miss Harvin, their offense will be just as strong with more depth and experience at RB. They have a deep OL even though they lost 2 starters. They have the center and both guards coming back. They have more than enough experience to take over the tackle spots. They had 10 offensive lineman playing regually last year to begin with.

Their defense will be the strength of their team, with all 11 starters coming back and all 11 backups.

Florida’s special teams is 2nd to none in the SEC and will continue to be a strength. Their kicker just got a 5th year of eligibility from the NCAA and their punter from the Atlanta area was one of the best in the SEC and he is back. Everyone knows about Brandon James.

Florida is a complete team, and their coaching staff takes a backseat to nobody.

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

gatoesam:

“The team that will win the East is the team that has the least injuries and the most luck, period.”

That may be, but my money’s on the team with the least injuries, the most luck, the entire national champion defense returning (two deep) and more offensive weapons (including a Heisman winning QB) than you can shake a stick at!

GO GATORS!

TimTebow

March 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

Thanks Mark Richt. I agree.

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

I am with you on that one G8R GRAD!!!!!

Oh, and TIMEOUT!!!!

Atlanta Jackets

March 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

G8R – All of your defense back. Is that right?

Did you forget Torrey Davis – or whatever his name is – just quit the team? Solid player – sorry student.

Charlie

March 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

Be interesting to see if the Bulldogs have gotten over the blowout, er….blackout affair. Over & under odds on how many times Richt pulls the black jersey stunt in 2009.

bama12titles

March 18th, 2009
3:41 pm

Bama Stan,

I’ve got to ask you one last time. Enough with the 31-0 at the half nonsense. Geeez! I’m as rabid an Alabama fan as there is and I’m sick to death of hearing about it. Its one freaking game! Some of your posts make some reasonable points. But then you start or finish by dogging on the dawgs for some reason. I don’t know if you took a whooping by a dawg fan at a game or if you had an ex that was a UGA grad or what. But let it go dude! You sound like you’re obsessed with the fans of one other team.

One of the things Bama fans always loved about Bear Bryant and the main reason Bama fans old enough to remember him loved him so much wasn’t just because he was a winner. It was because he won and lost with class. He didn’t constantly rag fans of one other team and he didn’t relentlessly rag people over ONE FREAKING GAME!

You,sir, disrespect that legacy of winning and losing with class with your incessant 31-0 at the half!!! routine. Its old even to the Bama fans that like to post here and just talk football. You really actually just lend credence to the dawg fans anyway when you show how obsessed you are over one big win. So if you want to berate the UGA program you’re really just defeating your own purpose anyway. You probably just didn’t realize it. Sometimes you have some interesting and noteworthy posts if you could just leave the obsession with one game out of it.

Roll Tide but move on from the blackout game brother! The rest of the Bama nation already has.

David

March 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

I believe that Cornelius Washington will be the answer at DE. I know him and trust me he is a beast so i can’t wait to see him get his chance. Joe Cox will be a great QB for Georgia this year while they train Aaron Murray who is sure to take over in 2010. One position that Georgia really needs to address is kickoffs, i think Blair Walsh is going to be great at field goals but as far as kickoffs go Georgia needs to figure it out but all in all i think this season is going to be great i think Georgia is looking at at least 11 wins and Georgia has a bye week the week before the Florida game just like in 2007 so maybe that will help us again

GO DAWGS!!!!

Long Dawg

March 18th, 2009
4:08 pm

Atlanta Jacket please come back in, recess is over. Another rant from a 12 year old Tech fan. The only fluke in your season was the win over Georgia. The LSU game was business as usual for Tech. A couple of predictions for 2009; Tech will not win the ACC, Tech will not beat Georgia, Tech will not win 10 games, Tech will not go to a BCS bowl.Tech will remain Tech. Remember this, even a blind hog stumbles on an acorn ocassionally. About once every 8 years.

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
4:17 pm

Atlanta Jackets:

Last year UF ranked 8th in the top D-1 programs in the nation for graduating football players AT 68%.

Georgia Tech tied (with UGA, oddly enough) for 24th at 48%

Those who live in glass houses, . . . .

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
4:37 pm

TW

March 18th, 2009
4:49 pm

Cox is a better passer than Shockley.

The Dawgs did nothing to better their coaching, or lack thereof, on the def side of the ball. Not only is Jancek the worst LB coach Georgia has EVER had, but they promoted him to co-DC.

Geez.

Bobo better be all that, cuz we’re gonn have to score in the 40s every freakin’ game.

C’mon, CMR, make the call and get us a DC.

Dorsey Hill

March 18th, 2009
4:53 pm

What we know: Torrey Davis loves to smoke lots of weed.

What we don’t know: How many positive drug tests were ignored by UF so that Torrey would be available for the BCS game?

What we know: Without the weed dependant Davis, UF loses to OK.

What we don’t know: Whether there is an adequate relacement for the oft high Davis.

JustCallMeChamp

March 18th, 2009
4:54 pm

Hey AJC readers and “commentators”…do you remember just a couple of years ago when 98% of you here were posting comments that all Tebow was was a runner and couldn’t throw the ball? That he was just a compliment to Chris Leak and would struggle as a starter??? Some of you said he would’nt even eventually be the starter! Boy, you guys sure were right on that one too! I made a comment here about how Tebow had broken all the Fla high school records for passing and I got RIDICULED(!) because “that was high school” So I’m gonna try this one more time…Tim Tebow will not only make a great pro…he will revolutionize the QB position in the NFL!!! So come on, one more time…so let’s here it…