NFL still loves the ACC, SEC

 

 

Spring practice is officially over. The NFL Draft is officially over. So what did we learn over the weekend?

 

The NFL still loves the ACC, SEC:  As we told you last Friday, over the past five drafts before Saturday the SEC (191) and the ACC (176) have had more draft picks than any of the nine other Division I-A conferences. In Saturday’s first round the SEC had three of the first six picks, four of the top 12 and five of the top 18.

 ACC had four of the first nine and nine of the first 45, which was more than any other conference.

The SEC had eight first-round selections and the ACC had five. So 13 of the first 32 players chosen in the first round of the draft, over 40 percent, came from those two conferences. The final totals in the draft were, by conference:

CONFERENCE—–SEC—-ACC—-PAC-10—-BT—B12—-BE

Total picks———-37——-33——-32——-28—-28——27

 

Here is the SEC and ACC breakdown by school.

ACC DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL

Atlantic: Boston College 2; Florida State 1; Clemson 4; Maryland 5; N.C. State 2; Wake Forest 4.

Coastal: Duke 0, Georgia Tech 4, Miami 1, North Carolina 5;  Virginia 4, Virginia Tech 1.

Notice that Florida State and Miami had only one player drafted each while six other schools, including Georgia Tech, had four of more players chosen. Miami’s streak of 14 straight drafts with a first-round choice was broken.

 

SEC DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL

East: Florida 3; Georgia 6; Kentucky 1; South Carolina 7; Tennessee 1; Vanderbilt 1.

West: Alabama 4; Arkansas 1; Auburn 3; LSU 6; Ole Miss 4; Miss. State 0.

Notice that South Carolina led all schools in the SEC with seven draft choices.

 

My two favorite draft stories were Michael Oher of Ole Miss and Aaron Curry of Wake Forest.

Oher’s story has been chronicled in a book, “The Blind Side,” which is being made into a movie, portions of which were shot at Georgia Tech. Oher was abandoned and homeless as a teenager in Memphis. He was taken in and eventually adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher had every right to be angry at the world. But instead he used his energy to make the most of his opportunity. He was taken by the Ravens as the 23rd player in the first round.

Curry is a testament to what determination and good coaching can do for a player. Curry was not a highly recruited player out of E.E. Smith high school in Fayetteville, N.C. He was small, just over 190 pounds. Wake Forest and East Carolina were the only Division I-A scholarship offers he had. Former Georgia assistant Brad Lambert, now the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest, was convinced that Curry was going to be a great player.

“I remember Brad asking me to watch film of Aaron so that I didn’t think he was making stuff up,” head coach Jim Grobe said. “Brad said: ‘Do you see what I see?’ And I did. It was clear that if Aaron could put on some weight he would be something special.”

It took five years at Wake Forest but Curry eventually grew to 6-2, 254 pounds. On Saturday Curry was taken by the Seahawks as the fourth player in the first round.

 

Two more reasons why I don’t understand the NFL:  Vanderbilt’s D.J. Moore lasted until the fourth round  (119th pick) and Florida State’s Everette Brown was not taken until the second round (43rd pick).

Moore had 13 career interceptions and was one of the better all-purpose players in the SEC. He averaged 19.4 yards per kickoff return and 14.4 yards per punt return.  Various reports said he ran a relatively slow 40-yard dash time at the combine and at Vanderbilt’s Pro Day. That’s something I’ve never understood about the NFL. This guy excelled against the best competition in college football. He can PLAY. How do you ignore that and base a decision on some numbers on a stopwatch?

Florida State’s  Brown led the ACC in tackles for loss (21.5) and sacks (13.5) last season. Some thought he was a “tweener” at 6-2, 256. Again, reports were that his 40 time was a little slow.

Both guys were juniors and it looks like both could have used a senior year to increase their draft stock.

 

Andre Smith is one talented but very lucky guy: I was glad to see that after a series of bad decisions that could have cost him dearly, Alabama OT Andre Smith was the No. 6 player picked in the draft by the Bengals.

Not long ago it looked like Smith, the Outland Trophy winner, had blown his chance at becoming a wealthy man. He was suspended for the Sugar Bowl after it was determined that he or someone connected to him had had contact with an agent’s representative. He shows up at the NFL combine out of shape and then doesn’t work out. He then leaves the combine without telling anybody and gets a ton of well-deserved bad press.

Smith got his bacon saved because he fired his first agent and hired a pro in Rick Smith. Andre is also lucky because Alabama coach Nick Saban went to bat for him with the NFL teams who wanted the real skinny on this kid.

This should be a cautionary tale, especially to juniors who enter the NFL Draft. Two lessons: 1) Hire a proven agent and do what he says; 2) If you want to be a professional then ACT like a professional. If you’re not sure how to act, then refer back to Rule 1.

 

The B.J. Coleman decision is best for both sides: The people I talk to tell me that Tennessee’s coaches were caught completely off guard when sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman announced last week that he was going to transfer to another school. Coleman told his hometown newspaper in Chattanooga that he didn’t think he would get a “fair shake” from the new coaching staff. Coleman felt he had made it clear in spring practice that he should have the job ahead of senior Jonathan Crompton. I think Coleman could have chosen his words more carefully because it makes no sense to suggest that Lane Kiffin would play a lesser quarterback in this league.  Conspiracy theorists say Kiffin wants to play a senior to open the door to sign the quarterback of the future next February. That doesn’t make any sense either. Coaches take the talent they have on hand and build the best possible team for that season.

The reality is that Coleman’s decision is probably the best for both parties. If he had been head and shoulders better than Crompton in the spring, then he would have the edge going into fall camp. The truth is that none of the three Tennessee quarterbacks—Crompton, Coleman, and Nick Stephens–were really setting the world on fire.

 

202 comments Add your comment

Otto

April 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

Supersize, Butts was the AD in ‘62. The sources I am finding are pointing to the ‘62 game.

Otto

April 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

Cuz isn’t that the Jean Shorts vs Skins game for Tuesday?

Dink

April 27th, 2009
4:08 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

the article appeared in 1963 regarding the ‘62 game, after Coach Butts retired. There is an interesting book out, “Fumble”, on the episode. Here is a snapshot…

http://www.amazon.com/Fumble-Bryant-College-Football-Scandal/dp/0151341435

Cuz

April 27th, 2009
4:19 pm

Otto, I must admit it. I wore jean shorts on Sunday. Okay it was hot and my camo’s were in the wash and I needed to do yard work and, and oh help me, please God help me.

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
4:25 pm

Hey Otto, I think you otto get a real team.

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
4:28 pm

Isn’t EVERBODY in Georgia a “cuz” by marriage???

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
4:29 pm

And everybody too!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
4:33 pm

Dink and Otto, I stand corrected. I sure thought it was the 1958 game when Butts was still the coach. Actually the 1962 game with Griffith coaching makes it even more sordid. Damn, Butts tried to sell out his own coach…at least according to the story. I do believe I am correct, however, in saying that Furman Bisher was at least in part credited with the story, even though it did appear in the Saturday Evening Post.

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
4:34 pm

Isn’t Ga known as the “Daisy Dukes” state??? Not that thats necessarily a bad thing!!

Otto

April 27th, 2009
5:26 pm

Yes I think Furman was atleast partially involved in breaking the story.

Lizard atleast UGA can get the picture of their mascot correct.

Oledawg

April 27th, 2009
5:39 pm

By virtue of sucking up the last pick in the draft, yes SC had 7 players. What an unfortunate name for that pick. When I look at all the players taken near the bottom I don’t understand the lack of imagination for securing a position pick for Sutherland. His blocking ability should not go unrewarded. I’ll bet money that he will make the team that he signed free agency with.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
5:44 pm

Otto,

You always have good posts but in your last post it sounds like you giving credibility to the “story” that Bear Bryant and Wally Butts fixed that game. As everyone knows this libelous article done by a startup magazine to sell copies was fully discredit and both Bryant and Butts were exonerated with hefty awards in court. Why give ammo to this bogus piece of trash by calling it a “story”?

JCDore

April 27th, 2009
5:57 pm

“BC was playing with 3rd string qb against Vandy in the bowl.”

No, he was 2nd string and had thrown over 100 passes in ‘08. Vandy was, in fact, playing with a 3rd string freshman QB, making only his second appearance and first career start, in the bowl. Let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good excuse, though.

Also, as pathetic as Vandy’s loss to Duke was, it was by a whopping field goal and was the first time Duke had beaten Vandy since Spurrier was there. Sounds kinda similar to UGA-Tech, huh?

Otto

April 27th, 2009
5:59 pm

I was not intending to give credit to the story just stating which game the story centered around. The Bear and Butts both disputed the story and won settlementS in court. However it did cost Butts his job as AD if I read things correctly. I’d love to know if they collected the money awarded to them. I did read it was reduced after the first settlement.

I apologize if my post came off as giving credit to the story.

Otto

April 27th, 2009
6:03 pm

JC, the Techies have fun pointing out Bama’s loss to Utah, when Bama was on their 3rd string Left Tackle for most of the game. But then they point out that BC was on their 3rd string QB which was their 2nd string QB. Maybe business stats is tougher than calc.

SlimG

April 27th, 2009
6:15 pm

Wow. Some really upset tech fans on this blog. What, no respect? Stop calculating worth based on record versus the SEC. It’s pathetic! Dog the SEC but use it to place value? Pun intended.

As far as the UT situation, who cares. After the way they treated Johnny Majors, who can hope anything good happens to those hillbillies.

The whole country is envious of the SEC. Best athletes, best teams, best games, and best fan following. Look at how the LSU fans travel. And when bowl time comes around, who do all the corporations want in their bowl games, SEC teams ofcourse.

Oledawg

April 27th, 2009
6:20 pm

Supersize that order, mutt- The foul play against Chic Granning was done as Granning peered downfield to see if his pass was caught. He was totally unaware as an elbow came thru the face mask and pushed his teeth up into his gum and shattered his jaw. At that time the only weekly sports show on tv was Jack Lescoulie on the Today Show. He ran the play over and over all week plus he indicted Bear for training his players in a 3ft high cage by throwing a football in a hole in the top and rewarded the man who could recover it with an exit from “the cage”. No rules. Several players complained about being bitten and slugged unconscious …and this was practice with your own teammates! What he didn’t report was that several teams in the SEC had “the cage” including UGA. It was dropped as a “training tool” shortly thereafter.

When Tech was in the SEC, Bobby Dodd had great teams and wanted to expand outside the conference for more national publicity. Notre Dame had the big publicity nationally and he wanted to schedule them asap. The SEC said “NO!!” and he threatened to withdraw if he couldn’t schedule them. He schedule ND, was voted out of the conference and Tech became an Independent. No intrigue, no fuss except a lot of coaches mad because he defied the conference rules he had signed to and Tech became independent. Many people thought at the time that the conference was a “fuddy-duddy” and Dodd got the better of the deal. Besides, Bama thought that they were the only team destined to play ND for the NC each year and this would dilute the importance of that game(or so the speculation went). Either way, ain’t that a hoot when you see all the out of conference games SEC and other conferences line up each year and here was Tech out to play the best competition in the country year after year. Dodd proved to be a coach of much class and vision and in large part was responsible for the accolades Tech received thru the years.

Cuz

April 27th, 2009
6:34 pm

Does it tick off Tech fans that Dawg fans admire Coach Dodd?

Oledawg

April 27th, 2009
6:40 pm

The Wally Butts/Bear Bryant story stemmed from a “crossed wires” telephone conversation overheard by some complete stranger who jotted down part which mentioned favorite plays and other idle amenities between two coaches who were friends. It was “twisted” out of proportion (or so they say) to sound as if they were colluding before the game. Butts broke down and wept on the stand. He and Bryant swore that they weren’t sharing game info and they won. Many pundits let you know that the jury was still out after the case had been decided by the jury.

I can remember the signs in Sanford when Butts had a great linebacker named Happy Dicks; “You may beat our Butts but you can’t beat our Happy Dicks”. It was a sign for the ages in Bulldog lore.

sec guys Love Richard Endabut

April 27th, 2009
7:06 pm

Didn’t Bama already chicken out of the ‘13 and ‘14 home aqnd home with GT??

wreckmaniacs

April 27th, 2009
7:11 pm

The point Tony is trying to make without coming out and saying it ( because he knows the Dawgs would pee all over themselves) is why is the ACC able to take 3 and 4 star school boys and coach them up beyond the level of the 5 star SEC school boys to the point that the ACC is tops in the NFL draft. Lets BS that one a while

rustydawg

April 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

acc vs sec – What conference covers seats during their championship game in a 72,000 seat stadium? Now that’s the JOKE.

Oledawg

April 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

By the way, I’m an old fart and sometimes the memory juxtaposes on itself. These stories are by and large from the AJC and national press way back when and my memory ain’t perfect. The point is that Tech had great teams and beat our butts(pun intended)on a regular basis. All Dawgs should understand the foundation of our rivalry and “good ole fashion hate” with a book by the same name. Our string of victories in recent years should be savored like a fine wine and not be soured by idiots who don’t really understand what these schools in the great state of Georgia are about; respect for each other’s higher institutes of learning mitigated by hate and war on the gridiron. Let the games continue.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
7:26 pm

Oledawg, you are mistaken about the actual play, although not about the methods used. I found an article online in which all the details of the play were described. Tech had punted the ball to Bama, and Granning was running downfield to cover. Bama called for a fair catch, and Granning pulled up. Holt, a senior for Bama and a transfer from Texas A&M, who had followed Bear from A&M to Bama, saw Granning drop his guard and attacked him, “throwing a forearm into Granning’s face and shattering his jaw. Granning fell to the ground unconscious as Holt ran to the sidelines, where he was embraced by a gleeful Alabama sideline that included legendary Alabama linebacker LeRoy Jordan, as well as the young and impressionable Mickey Andrews–now an assistant at FSU.”

I tried to cut and paste the article here, but for whatever reasons, I could not. I also could not post the link to it, since it was emailed to me as an attachment. It was originally posted by someone name Joey Martin on July 17, 2008. I am sure the description is correct, since Granning was definitely not a QB.

Also, I think you are incorrect that Tech was “voted out” of the SEC. Dodd initiated the whole thing and withdrew from the conference. Since Tech was one of the primary sources of conference revenue in those years (along with Bama), I do not imagine any of them actually wanted Tech to leave. However, I agree that Tech’s desired OOC scheduling under Dodd sure does put current SEC OOC scheduling to shame. The one thing (and ONLY thing) I do not like about D-Rad is that he has that same SEC mentality about scheduling; hence the Jacksonville States, etc.

Also to the poster who said the Butts-Bryant article appeared in a magazine trying to establish itself, that’s incorrect. The article appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, at the time a well established and highly regarded publication. As far as why it was reported and whether or not it was bogus, then I suggest you contact Furman Bisher, since he was primarily responsible for it, and a defendant in the lawsuits filed.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
7:54 pm

Supersize that order mutt,

It is my understanding that the bogus article implicating Bryant and Butts was initially made by a new magazine which then went defunct. I believe it may have been reprinted in other publications such as the Saturday evening post but I do know that the sorry paper that originally printed it went bust shortly thereafter. If it was indeed the Saturday evening post then you would obviously be mistaken in calling it a respected paper since respected papers don’t go out of business shortly after printing bogus stories based based on pieced together tidbits of an overheard conversation.

In any even the story was bogus and to give it 2 cents worth of credit to it would be unfair to Bryant and Butts. Hashing together bits and pieces of a conversation you overheard to come up with some big conspiracy to fix a game is a little absurd. The only people who believe this travesty of journalism to this day are the same type of people who also believe that the US Army created aids in a lab to get rid of blacks and gays, the same people that believe in bigfoot, etc.

If Furman was a young journalist looking to suddenly make a name for himself with a big “scoop” then shame on him.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
8:00 pm

sec guys love Richard endabut.

Alabama backing out of playing Tech in 2013? Nope. We will back out against more successful opponents such as Penn State and Virginia Tech before we back out of a game against Tech. But fear not. if we do back out you can always replace us with another double A team like Jacksonville State or Gardner Webb or Furman.

BTW, we may play some lesser division 1A foes like North Texas and teams from the Sunbelt or Conference USA but at least they are still 1A and not double A. I don’t know that we have ever scheduled a double A team.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
8:17 pm

bama12titles, I don’t know whether or not it originated in a small at-the-time new magazine or not, but it DID appear in the Saturday Evening Post, which WAS an established and respected publication. The Saturday Evening Post was the chief defendant in the suit. I don’t think that alone put them out of business, but it certainly didn’t help them. Bisher was far from being a young journalist at the time, but he certainly did himself no favors with the Bama or UGAG people. I didn’t mean to imply by what I wrote that I believe the story. In fact, it would seem HIGHLY UNLIKELY that Bear would need to do something like that when Bama was at the top of its game during those years. As to whether Butts would or not, that’s another story. He was a known drunken reprobate, and who knows what kind of crap he might have attempted.

Also, the Gardner Webb game was not a part of Tech’s advanced scheduling. Army, admittedly no powerhouse either, but at least division 1, backed out of their commitment to Tech less than a year prior to the game. Tech had to take what they could get. Bama’s OOC schedule has certainly not been anything to brag about in the past few years. At least when Bear was coaching, he scheduled a home-and-home with Southern Cal, at a time when (as they are now) Southern Cal was at the top of thier game. They were, as I remember, two terrific games; I believe Bama won both of them.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
8:42 pm

Actually, bama12titles, Western Kentucky is in the same division as Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern, so I guess you are wrong there about your OOC schedules. And I see where the Tide is playing Tenn-Chattanooga in the Fall, so I guess you are wrong again.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
8:46 pm

Then I stand corrected because I haven’t looked at the upcoming year’s schedule If they are division 2 then that’s the first time I can see that we’ve scheduled d 2 in a long time. The point is that with Tech the division 2 teams are a staple.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
8:51 pm

Supersize that mutt,

Admittedly our schedule has not been that tough in the mid 2000s. We played UCLA and OU in the early 2000s but in the midyears we dropped the big time names because we were playing with 21 less schollies than anyone else due to probation. We’re now back to scheduling at least 1 marquee ooc game each year and earlier today we picked up a home and home with Mich. State. We wanted Notre Dame since Saban always beat them at MICH ST. but we couldn’t get them.

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
8:57 pm

Gee, after reading so many of the comments on this blog, I feel like I’m stuck in a time warp! I need a DeLorean!!!

Lord of The Lizards

April 27th, 2009
9:00 pm

Oh, Otto…Doesn’t matter if it’s an Alligator or Crocodile…both devour little puppies!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
9:07 pm

bama12titles, I suggest that you look at Tech’s schedules through the years. Yes, we have played div 1A teams from time to time, but it is hardly a staple. Two last year (one not planned), one next year, and one each in 5 of the previous 7 years (if I count right). I for one don’t like playing them at all, but since everybody else does it, I guess my opinion doesn’t count for much. I haven’t checked the schedules of other schools in the SE, but I do know that Auburn, Florida, and UGAG play more than a fair share of div 1A teams.

bama12titles

April 27th, 2009
9:25 pm

Lord of the reptiles, Thanks for the reptilian humor. I’ve gotten a good laugh from some of your posts

Supersize that order, mutt

Several teams in the sec and the acc do play double a teams and now that I think about it we did in fact play Western Carolina a few years ago and they are double A. I’m very surprised that we have 2 double As this year. We normally have 1 scheduled every several years and usually then its only a replacement game because someone needed to back out of their committment with us. I see no need for anyone playing double A teams unless its a very top tier double A like App state or Georgia Southern. Also, playing them hurts your standing in the bcs and if we are so fortunate as to win the sec with one loss somewhere I guarantee that it will cost us and we would not get into the bcs title game by virtue of having played 2 double A teams. It happened to Auburn in 2004 and the sole reason for them not getting into the title game was the ooc schedule which included if I’m not mistaken 2 double a teams. That’s the risk you run so I’m hoping to go back to playing no double A teams again.

Soulja Boy

April 27th, 2009
10:11 pm

Why does Richt lead the country with players drafted by the NFL and can only post a 9-3 season? Poor coaching, perhaps.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2009
10:12 pm

bama12titles, I am in complete agreement with you there. How ’bout that, two people from opposing teams actually agreeing on something! LOL

Maddog

April 27th, 2009
11:01 pm

Soulja boy – using your logic, then how did Florida lose 4 games in 2007? Poor coaching perhaps?

GT90

April 28th, 2009
2:20 am

For those disparaging Tech’s OOC schedule: GT also played Notre Dame and Auburn twice in recent years. Ask any Auburn fan if that turned out how they expected. At least ND managed to split with Tech: They won a close one in Atlanta when they were ranked #2 nationally coming in, with Brady Quinn et al. The next time they met, GT inaugurated ND’s worst season in decades — which they didn’t expect at all going in — by thrashing them at their place: 33-3 was the worst season-opening loss in Notre Dame history.

GEORGIA 1980

April 28th, 2009
2:28 am

TIDE RISING

Actually Joe Hamilton did finish second behind ricky williams in 1998…..you can google it if you want! But Joe Hamilton probably should’ve won the heisman that year because his stats were beyond ricky williams, but ricky williams just looked better!

Go DAWGS

GEORGIA 1980

April 28th, 2009
2:31 am

im sorry Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech qb) 199 heisman runner up

GEORGIA 1980

April 28th, 2009
2:32 am

BuLLdawg

April 28th, 2009
3:40 am

Even when you include in the “former ACC players in the NFL” all those players who were not recruited by the ACC to play in the ACC and all those players who never played one game in the ACC, The SEC has led all conferences in players on The NFL Opening Day Rosters every single year since 2001.

6 Bulldogs were drafted from a disappointing football team that ended ranked ahead of Georgia Tech for the 8th Consecutive Season in The Final AP Poll, every year of the Coach Richt Era. 5 of them were drafted in the First Three Rounds. 4 more signed free agent contracts yesterday. That’s 10.

Georgia already led The SEC with players on Opening Day NFL Rosters last year, and already is Fourth in The Nation.

The SEC has 5 programs with 30 or more players on NFL Opening Day Rosters, and no other conference had more than 2.

The SEC leads all conferences in attendance, players on NFL Rosters, BCS National Championships and Rankings of our Football Teams in the Final AP Polls every year.

And, we also lead the nation in Recruiting Rankings every year. The State of Georgia finds only 3 other states with more high school football recruits, who go on to The NFL : California, Florida, Texas and then Georgia 4th.

Take Georgia Tech this year for example, while 5 Bulldogs were drafted by The League in the first 3 Rounds of The Draft, Tech had one.

Which explains why Georgia Tech has NOT BEEN ranked ahead of Georgia in The Final AP Poll for 8 Consecutive Seasons and Counting.

The facts are that Georgia Tech and the ACC are NOT CLOSE to UGA and The SEC in football. Get a Life. If Tech had the better season, why was Tech ranked WORSE than UGA for the 8th Consecutive Season ? You play in a Weak Conference who has NOT had a Top College Football Team in years and years, while UGA plays in The BEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE, always ends up better than Georgia Tech, and finds no SEC team with More SEC Wins nor finds any SEC team with more overall wins than UGA the entire Coach Richt Era of 8 years.

While we are on The Topic, Georgia Tech has NEVER had the Number 1 Overall Draft Pick in the NFL Draft, while UGA has had 5 now; and Georgia Tech has NEVER been ranked Number 1 in the Final AP Poll ever.

HEDGEPRUNER

April 28th, 2009
6:32 am

Saint Nick & tide rising ” dont get too full of yourself” the middle of the road sec team (LSU) you barely beat in OT last year and wasnt it two year’s ago that Louisiana Monroe put a whooping on your tide Arses, sounds like to me that on any given Saturday anyone can beat you if your not on your A game , come back down to earth…

Hal

April 28th, 2009
8:09 am

About D.J. Moore – Stop Watch vs Competition It’s the NFL where what you did in college means very little and what your physical attributes means everything. It’s coaches and scouts protecting their ass. It explains Ryan Leaf. It explains Joe Hamilton and many other players that get extra chances and some that get none like Godsey who was a winner.

snapshot

April 28th, 2009
8:12 am

Michael Johnson will have the most success in the NFL. Should have been first round. Stafford is starting out with the wrong team.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
8:16 am

We won moron, you lost by 35!!!!!!!!!!!!Read your own post dumba$$!!!!

HEDGEPRUNER

April 28th, 2009
9:43 am

the moron is you little pecker head st moron, you lost to Louisana Monroe, Tech has never lost to a school of that caliber, and then choked to Utah, how embarassing you idiot….at least we lost to the defending national champs, what was LM rated ?????? you da MORON !

Supersize that order, mutt

April 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Who gives a rip how many players from which school or conference got drafted and in what round? Some of the best players in the history of college football NEVER made it in the pros. Pro ball is an entirely different game. I wouldn’t waste my money to go see one, and I seldom watch pro games on the tube. But I would watch ANY college team play anywhere. In spite of all the players UGAG had drafted, they still got whomped by Bama and Florida and beat between the hedges by the Jackets. So much for pro-worthy, highly recruited players. It all boils down to who plays the best on a given Saturday. 45 – 42. And don’t tell me a 3-point victory doesn’t mean anything. Look at how many 3 to 6 point victories both schools have had throughout history. I guess those that UGAG won by only 3 points didn’t mean anything either, huh? Get real!!

GEORGIA 1980

April 28th, 2009
11:58 am

supersize that order mutt

you are right, this Tech Uga rivalry is closer than it looks, and i think is and hass been one of the most underrated rivalries in the history of college football! Even if one team is having a bad year, nothing matters at that game! Everything is thrown out the window!

b

April 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

BuLLdawg – funny you should bring up rankings cause you WILL find Tech ranked above Uga come week 1 of 2009… i guess you and the pollsters have realized that this aint chan gailey anymore.. tgag