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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Redav, Sep 1, 2012.
How in the fuck does Pittman have 5 star centers on his 2nd and 3rd team OL
This might be the saddest thing I’ve seen in a long time... auburn fans turning into Florida fans
I feel like we should play with 7 OLmen
Didn’t we play with 6 OL on one of the embarrassing short yardage failures? Chaney probably caught (a little) more shit than he deserved at UGA, but holy shit at his short yardage inadequacies.
He really liked that one formation with Herrien in motion. Feel like it got the 1st maybe 25% of the time
I was thinking about our OCs over the years, and it’s kinda wild that we’ve only had 4 from 01-18.
A year from now, are we playing basketball in the NCAA tournament?
I think so...
Tramel Terry walked into the weight room at the Georgia football facility on Wednesday morning, and what he saw overwhelmed him. Throngs of NFL scouts. Bill Belichick. It was a world he left behind three years ago. But in that instant it all came back to him. He was once part of this, and for one very big day he would be again.
Nobody had come to see the 24-year-old Terry. Maybe the scouts and general managers looked at the 21-man roster for Georgia’s pro day, saw the third name to the bottom and the asterisk next to his name, with the note:
* – Tramel Terry, who signed with Georgia in 2013, competed for two seasons at Jacksonville State University.
But that told so little of the story.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
Terry had never heard the quote, not directly attributed to anybody, before Wednesday. When it was read to him, and told that it fit what he was doing, he was silent for a moment. Then he nodded. Then he chuckled, quietly. He had been a five-star recruit …
“Mr. Football,” Terry added, alluding to when he was named the best player in the state of South Carolina as a high school senior, before he tore his ACL. The first time he tore his ACL, it should be said.
“Coming out of high school I was one of those top recruits. Too big-headed, and thought I was going to be outta here in three years,” Terry said.
It would take twice that long. Two knee surgeries. Three seasons of struggle at Georgia. Three seasons of struggle at Jacksonville State.
“It was a rough career,” Terry said. “But I pushed through it.”
Now here he was back at this place, a ghost in real flesh, a long-ago member of a former era at Georgia, but now back home, where he always wanted to be but never wanted to leave. Still looking for his shot.
There are always longshot candidates at school pro days, backups and never-was players hoping to make an impression. Georgia’s backup punter from last year also participated on Wednesday. But Terry is a unique case. He is not just the tailback who was not a major factor the last two seasons, even on an FCS team. There is a past that gives him credibility, and skills that he hoped somebody on Wednesday would notice enough to take a closer look. Even if it was just someone from the start-up Alliance of American Football. A longshot chance in a longshot league that could lead to another chance.
“I’m never going to give up until I don’t have the love for it anymore,” Terry said. “But I love the grind of it. I love being an underdog. I know it’s a longshot. I’m up for the challenge.”
There were representatives of every NFL team present on Wednesday for UGA’s pro day, there to get another look at All-American cornerback Deandre Baker and other high-profile Georgia players. It was a huge day for players like tailback Elijah Holyfield and tight end Isaac Nauta, who needed to run better 40-yard dash times than they did at last month’s combine. By most reports, they did, and may have improved their stock.
Tramel Terry rushed for 556 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons at Jacksonville State. (Michael Wade / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
This day is always an event: Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift were among the players who watched from a suite overlooking the field. Fromm, his feet propped up on a table and Swift standing next to him, may have been contemplating whether they would be doing this next year.
“I can still remember the day in my life when we had this day. It means so much to you,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “So many dreams and aspirations are realized on this day. We still say your tape is going to speak volumes to who you are. And a lot of our kids have some good tape. But they want to do well on this day. They train hard for this day. There’s a lot of pressure on them for this day.”
Perhaps none more than on someone like Terry, who does not have that film to offer up.
Terry was part of a 2013 class that was the undoing of Mark Richt’s tenure, a 33-member class with a series of misses and discipline problems. Less than half of its members finished their college career at Georgia, and among those that did, only Leonard Floyd has been drafted.
But Terry was a mere injury casualty, a fault of no one but bad luck before he even stepped on campus.
He tore his ACL returning a kickoff in the South Carolina Shrine Bowl, and while he was able to return in eight months (thanks to the help of UGA’s famed head athletic trainer Ron Courson), he still wasn’t quite the same. Recruited as a dynamic receiver and kick returner, he was moved to cornerback, a position he had never played in high school. Terry wanted to return to offense, so he finally made the difficult decision on Jan. 16, 2016 — Terry recalls the date specifically — to transfer down a level, to Jacksonville State. Where all did not go as planned, either.
At his first scrimmage there, Terry tore the ACL in his other knee.
“I was having a good scrimmage that day,” Terry said. “I just cut wrong, and just felt the pop like the first one.”
Zamir White, another five-star Georgia recruit, is now in the same situation, but Terry didn’t have the same resources at Jacksonville State. Terry thinks White will be helped by being able to work with Courson and Georgia’s rehab equipment.
As for Terry’s journey back, he took a redshirt year at Jacksonville State, then played off and on the next two seasons. But he wasn’t ready to give up the dream. That may seem sad to outsiders, but there’s really nothing wrong with it as long as there’s still a chance, or if there’s a backup plan. Terry has one: He already has a finance degree and is halfway to an MBA. He’ll be fine. This is just about love for the game.
Terry admits it was also difficult finding an agent willing to take him on. But he did finally latch on with an agent and is training with former Georgia receiver Javon Wims and others. It was through a former high school coach, who had a contact on Georgia’s new staff, that Terry secured the chance to participate Wednesday.
The awe factor disappeared pretty quickly, he said, once he remembered that he had been here before, and therefore could still feel he belonged. Terry’s first 40 time — run as Belichick stood at the 30-yard mark — was measured unscientifically at 4.96. His second one at 5.0. When it was time for a catching drill, as everyone watched, Terry hauled in a high throw while turning. It was impressive. A reminder of what all those recruiting experts and Georgia coaches had seen before.
“If somebody wants to take a chance on me, I’m still that guy that got recruited, and I want to be able to prove that,” he said. “But it’s a tough business, and a lot of people try to get in. That’s why you’ve got to go continue to work, don’t burn any bridges, and continue to work.”
When the day ended, Terry lingered on the field so he could be introduced to Smart. First Terry had to wait, as Smart was talking to Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Once the conversation wrapped up, Smart and Terry greeted each other and spoke for a minute.
Then Terry gathered his bag and headed to his car. He didn’t know yet whether he had made anybody take notice. All he did know was he had done something for himself.
“After football, I’m going to apply everything I learned to real life,” Terry said. “Hopefully I’ll have a son one day. We have something to talk about.”
He laughed twice.
“That’s about it,” he said.
Good to hear he's got his degree and on his way to an MBA. I always liked him and his story always made me sad.
17 years since a tournament win. I still hate the Salukis to this day - and Tony Cole.
That’s another great article from Seth, and the h8ers can eat it.
Can’t tell if I’m being a huge homer, but I think we may sneak in as a 9 seed or something (assuming recruits all sign and Claxton returns).
Nah, I think so too.
Excited to see who else we add. Need that transfer PG soooo bad.
I’ve heard rumblings that Claxton is gone. Anyone hearing anything?
PG is the key.
I'm admittedly a fair weather bball fan but it makes me really mad every once in a while when I think about how bad our bball program has been for so long. Hope it changes. Absurd it's been nearly 20 years since we won a tournament game
That’s been going around but it really seems idiotic. There were times this year when he could barely hold the ball in his hands. He is essentially a presence around the rim and nothing more.
So apparently Emerson Hancock is really good.
Yeah he's been great so far, excited to see if he can continue against LSU.
Our starting pitching has been unreal.
Teams are batting .175 against UGA this season
Went down a rabbit hole this morning, and got interested in the career leaders for UGA.
Some lists of note:
Top 10 career passing yards
7. Zeke Bratkowski (legit never heard of him)
6. Lars Tate
8. Rodney Hampton
9. Thomas Brown
10. Kevin McLee (never heard of him)
1. Terrence Edwards
2. Fred Gibson
3. AJ Green
4. Tavarres King
5. Malcolm Mitchell
6. Brice Hunter
7. Mohammed Massaquoi
8. Lindsay Scott
9. Reggie Brown
10. Juan Daniels
The most shocking was career tackles. Hadn’t heard of half of these guys.
1. Ben Zambiasi
2. Greg Bright
3. Tommy Thurson
4. John Brantley
5. Nate Taylor
6. Knox Culpepper
7. John Little
8. Randall Godfrey
10. Amarlo Herrera
2. Richard Tardits
3. Jimmy Payne
3. Jarvis Jones
5. Mitch Davis
6. Freddie Gilbert
8. Leonard Floyd
9. Justin Houston
10. Jordan Jenkins
Not sure what to think about Fromm already being 8th in passing yards all time.
That top 10 tacklers list is bizarre.
How is Goldberg top 10 in tackles playing DT and only 11 games/year?
I think Shockley being top 10 with only 1 season as a starter and missing almost 2 full games that season is more eye-opening
Has to have something to do with the style of play considering those names
Fromm has played a shitload of football already, but yea it's strange.
And our QB history prior to 2001 was not good.
True. We also haven't had a collection of talent at every position like this ever. Seems like these lists are going to drastically change soon.
That along with 'Marlo Herrera being #10 were the two most surprising things to me.
1980 to 1984 was pretty good years ty
Buck is that you?
Jesus fucking Christ, Tech. Their OL coach tweeted this in response to one of their current players dying over the weekend, because they got a commit:
The future is bright... well not for the dead guy but for the rest of us it is.
GA Tech reacting to the death of a player:
We’ve got to stop giving these dorks preferential treatment. Who thinks this is good for uga?
I’m usually pretty hesitant to bag on college kids, but why is malnourished Jake Fromm wearing a Slash hat? I don’t mind the kids painting themselves with Dawgnation or whatever, but these dipshits who dress up like the Joker from a 10 year old movie can get the fuck out.
He looks like Dansby Swanson
Ha. They pulled it down.
What was it
A picture of one of the dorks from the spike squad with a caption of "come rock with us" or something like that for GDay.
What in the hell are we doing?
Our social media is so hit or miss. The hype videos are awesome. This series is equally horrendous.
I’m more annoyed about this than I should be.
Those kids are all going to grow up and wear the visors that come with the HILARIOUS spiky hair underneath.