Coming back from a week’s vacation, there’s plenty to talk about, even if there thankfully wasn’t any major news in Athens amid the continuing coaching upheaval in the SEC, with South Carolina losing Ellis Johnson the latest development.
The rumor mill was working overtime about Mark Richt and Isaiah Crowell, but Richt’s not going anywhere despite the efforts of some folks in the media to send him to Texas A&M or Penn State.
And apparently Crowell isn’t going anywhere either, contrary to all those bulletin board sources, though he does find himself behind Boo Malcome on the depth chart heading into the Outback Bowl. Still, a little competition never hurt and it’s encouraging that Crowell is saying all the right things about needing to apply himself more and take more responsibility. Maybe he’s finally growing up.
There’s also been the usual wondering you normally get this time of year about which underclassmen will leave early for the NFL (with Orson Charles and Bacarri Rambo seeming the most likely) and which ones still want to play college ball (thank you, Jarvis Jones).
Plus, of course, speculation on whether backup quarterback Hutson Mason will transfer or take a redshirt year to give himself some class separation from starter Aaron Murray (I’m hoping he chooses the latter); Outback bowl tickets have been a hotter item in Athens than in East Lansing (not surprising); and we’ve learned that the ridiculous NCAA rule book doesn’t allow Richt to play Santa Claus with his staff unless he clears it first with the athletic administration.
Meanwhile, it might not have been visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads, but after his visit to Athens four-star running back prospect Mike Davis tweeting that “IV Horsemen” picture of him along with Crowell, UGA five-star commitment Keith Marshall and fellow four-star prospect Todd Gurley certainly had Dogs fans dreaming of big things happening in the running game.
How about a Dream Tailback Corps this year?
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