Athens — For the record, this is my third consecutive G-Day game. To be honest, I recall very little about the scrimmages of 2009 and 2010. I remember Joe Cox hitting A.J. Green on a flea-flicker on the first snap two years ago, and I remember Zach Mettenberger outplaying Aaron Murray and Logan Gray last spring. But that’s about it.
My point being: Not only do spring games not count, they barely register. You aren’t facing Boise State or even Louisiana-Lafayette on this given Saturday; you’re staring at yourself. Anybody who gets really excited — or really discouraged, and here I’m thinking of Georgia Tech’s wretched display in April 2008, Paul Johnson’s first spring — over an intrasquad tilt needs to lie down and think cool thoughts. (Apologies to the late great Satchel Paige.)
Today at Sanford Stadium there’s no quarterback derby to handicap, and the guy who figures to start at tailback against Boise — his name: Isaiah Crowell — hasn’t yet enrolled. Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense is no longer new to this program. In sum, we’re here to watch without really expecting to learn all that much. But hey, it’s a Saturday between the hedges and the sun is shining and Georgia is playing, sort of, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Is there?
I can almost guarantee a Georgia win. But also a Georgia loss. (Unless there’s a tie, in which case forget I said anything.) And I’d be most appreciative if you’d tag along with me as we watch Red oppose Black in a game almost none of us will recall tomorrow. As ever, I thank you in advance.
By Mark Bradley