Two-minute drill: Recruiting and tight ends

Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald talks with Rodney Garner about Georgia’s recruiting progress. The Dogs have 14 commitments for their 2010 class and recruiting coordinator Garner says he expects Georgia to sign 20 to 21 players. “I can’t see us really being over that,” he says. … 

The Banner-Herald also has an update on how Georgia’s corps of tight ends is shaping up. Redshirt sophomore Aron White, who looks to be the starter on Sept. 5 against Oklahoma State, says he’s hit the weight room hard and has bulked up. He’s now at 239 pounds, up about 10 pounds since spring, which should help with his blocking, which has been the main concern about White, who last year sometimes got tossed around like a rag doll, as one friend put it. “He’s a guy that showed up about 210 or 215 pounds. We didn’t know if he’d grow,” Mark Richt says. “He’s fought like mad to get every one of the [added pounds] and it’s all muscle. He’s got to the point where he can legitimately play tight end in our system.”

Meanwhile, Weiszer raises the possibility that original projected tight end starter Bruce Figgins, who’s been suspended for the first six games, might wind up getting redshirted. Which would really mean he didn’t get serve a suspension at all. I’m with Senator Blutarsky, who says of that proposal: Bad, bad idea.

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Cuz

July 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

Mork to Orson, come in Orson.

Saint Simmons

July 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

Where is the tight end? Fabulous, you sit by me.

JTK

July 13th, 2009
4:48 pm

Why would FIggins being redshirted be like he didn’t serve a suspension? That’s just stupid. The kid was fully expected to be the starter this year and for him to go from that to not playing at all seems like punishment to me. Plus it would be in the best interest of the team to have him for a full year and not a half.

dawgstephen

July 13th, 2009
5:18 pm

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Bill King

July 13th, 2009
5:39 pm

A redshirt year would be like not having a suspension because he would get a full year of playing time added on for the redshirt year instead of losing half a year as punishment. He’d just have to wait a year to play it. That’s why it would be a bad idea; it would send the wrong message. When a player breaks the rules, you don’t redshirt him; you suspend him.

Dawgtime

July 13th, 2009
5:46 pm

I am very excited about the future of the TE position. I would love to see a double set with Orson Charles and Aron White. That would create mismatches with a LB covering one or both. Run two vertical seam routes and that would produce touchdowns. With Green on the outside, a team would have to keep a safety in double coverage. With our young receivers on the other side, that would be difficult to stop. Ros is going to make a great H-back type with great blocking. Arthur Lynch is going to be a total TE. Bruce Figgins is a future NFL TE.

Dawgtime

July 13th, 2009
5:51 pm

Bill King, I totally disagree with you. The young man made a stupid mistake. Sitting out a year will be enough punishment. In college, we all made mistakes. They didn’t throw us out of school for a year every time we screwed up. Let the young man sit on the bench and think about his decisions. A redshirt year for a starter is a form of punishment. Bruce is a kid that will learn from a mistake.

Cuz

July 13th, 2009
6:12 pm

They threatened to throw me out of school when I screwed up. I am still scarred from that experience.

BAMA STAN

July 13th, 2009
6:27 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

UGA used to be a TE factory – but the last few years – not so much.

The Chandler kid could block – but not catch. The few times I saw UGA – thought Figgins looked good. Not as familiar with Aaron White – but remember he was a prize recruit.

I thing RB and QB maybe the Offense’s biggest concern – not TE.

Also depth at WR position is a concern. UGA will be young at this position – and it takes a good season or two to totally understand the routes, defenses, and the blocking that is required. Too many freshman need to step up – will be interesting.

Rooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllll TIDE!!!!!!

Paddy

July 13th, 2009
6:32 pm

We have Green, Brown and White on the field catching passes. If we only had a Mr. Blue and Mr. Black on the team we could mesh all those colors and it would make the color of GT’s uniforms.

Rebel Rouser

July 13th, 2009
6:40 pm

Rebel Rouser

July 13th, 2009
6:44 pm

Hey Bama Stan…Good observation…I would have to say that the same thing could be said about Bama’s team…untested QB and RB as well as no wide receiver depth….although you got offensive line concerns and Georgia doesn’t.

BG

July 13th, 2009
7:05 pm

Mr. Bill King name me one SEC school more strict than UGA. Mark Richt actually suspends his players when they break the rules. No other team in the SEC comes close to being as strict as Mark Richt.

Paul Finebaum

July 13th, 2009
7:06 pm

I love sexy Saben cause hes got a tight end but he can also be a wide reciever.

Paul Finebaum

July 13th, 2009
7:07 pm

Sorry, thats sexy Saban or maybe sexie Sabie.

Steve

July 13th, 2009
7:50 pm

How many players from THUGA arrested in the last few years? Oh, that’s right – one area where you are #1. You have a lot more to worry about than tight ends and redshirt as a punishment. Sounds more like Cellblock U to me.

southgadawg88

July 13th, 2009
7:54 pm

….Bill I have to disagree with you on Figgins.A redshirt would be the fair thing to do because the kid did play last year with a separated shoulder and didn’t whine he could have took a red shirt but chose to take one for the team and play anyway.He would be losing a year of pt so I say that’s fair.If he had injured that shoulder more by playing we would have called him a true dawg,warrior and all that.

DOGZILLA

July 13th, 2009
8:06 pm

Bill, don’t agree with your method of punishment. Can you imagine losing a year of playing football? The horror. The horror. Redshirting would send the message. If we had all been held to high conduct standards at UGA, the graduation rate would be 10 percent. Having said that, punish them for serious offenses – even kick ‘em off the team. I wanna hear more about Aaron Murray, BTW, who looked like a stud on film and in the G-Day game.

DOGZILLA

July 13th, 2009
8:08 pm

And does anybody know when the away-game ticket cutoff scores will be announced?

Bluedawg

July 13th, 2009
8:46 pm

Hey Bill,

Please double-check your facts. It was discussed throughly on rivals.com about Figgin’s suspension. A redshirt will not replace his 6-game suspension. He will still have to serve it next year. Richt just decided to redshirt him so he can rebuild his shoulder completely and be ready the 2nd half next year.

jimmy

July 13th, 2009
9:04 pm

figgins is a non factor now

Drago

July 14th, 2009
1:11 am

I would go ahead and redshirt Figgins, you want the kid to learn from his error. A year off would give him plenty of time to think about his transgression. As with any punisher, immediacy is key. Without the consequence being timely, what is the point?

Johnny DangerDawg

July 14th, 2009
2:09 am

BAMA STAN,
Tailback is the Dawgs’ biggest offensive concern. They went into spring practice with “it’s Caleb King’s job to lose” and finished with no idea who will be starting next year. Things were so bad that they put in a backup fullback (Fred Munzenmeier) at tailback and he did a better job than the other guys. At this point, the coaches may be hoping that one of the several tailbacks who missed spring practice can take the job.

W.E.

July 14th, 2009
7:02 am

Washaun. Thats all you need to say about TB.

dawgjammin

July 14th, 2009
8:11 am

I believe the redshirt is because he had to have his shoulder completely reconstructed after manning up and playing a whole year with a seperated shoulder and torn labrum. I did that in highschool, couldn’t imagine finishing the year in the SEC. The kids shoulder was probably sliding out of joint 2-5 times a week. He was a true warrior last year.

Saint Simons

July 14th, 2009
9:04 am

45-42!!!!!!! hahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha

RxDawg

July 14th, 2009
9:29 am

Hmm, tough call. A 6 month suspension effectively takes his 4yrs of eligibility to 3.5yrs.

But forcing a redshirt effectively turns his 6month suspension into 1yr.

I see what your trying to say Bill, but I’d agree that the punishment is still there. It’s kind of knocking two birds out with one stone but, if a redshirt was optional and now it’s not I’d say it’s still punishment.

DesertDawg

July 14th, 2009
12:08 pm

Another 4 star DE Dexter Morant announced he will be heading to Athens!

Go Dawgs!

Yes Sir

July 14th, 2009
12:28 pm

Scout just updated their recruiting rankings and UGA just jumped UF and is now ranked #4.

Champaign

July 14th, 2009
12:33 pm

the great thing about Saint Simons repetitive post is that it has stopped bothering me at all. At first, I would read that and get mad. Then I would picture him (as a little pencil necked geek) laughing as he typed. I wanted to meet him at the BP some day. The first few months, it had exactly the effect he intended.

Thankfully he continued to post it. And my response lessened with each time I saw it.

Now I glaze over that daily comment and it is completely meaningless to me. It doesn’t hurt at all anymore. I actually smile when i see it.

Saint Simons has done what I didn’t ever think a Tech fan could do. He helped me get over the once in 8 years loss to the geek squad.

Thanks old saint. Keep up the good work.

shane#1

July 14th, 2009
3:26 pm

The Figgins situation is tricky, but the red shirt may be just the ticket for him if his shoulder isn’t healed. Would Richt really make him sit out six games next year? If that is the case he might consider transfering to another program. Transfers have to sit out a year anyway and he could play a full senior season, besides, UGA has brought in some major talent at TE and there is no guarantee he will start next year even after being suspended six games.

Lord of The Lizards

July 14th, 2009
7:46 pm

Will somebody please hand “Yes Sir” that big trophy over there that says “Recruiting Champion” on it. It’s right next to the one that says “Pre-Season National Champion”.

UGA Redcoat

July 15th, 2009
10:04 am

Figgins is a great athlete but a bad egg. Force him to serve his suspension. The Dawgs have done well closing the deal on top tight end recruits. Get a guy who isn’t a character issue.