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February 16, 2008

UGASports Mailbag

Georgia Bulldog fans always have a lot of questions about their team, and UGASports.com answer questions sent into our mailbag. Check out what the staff of UGASports.com had to say about your questions...

1,000 yards again?

Name: Blase
City & State: Hawkinsville, Ga.
Question: How much of a possibility is it for Knowshon Moreno to break 1,000 yards again next season?

Answer: Bank on it. Knowshon will not only break 1,000 yards, but barring injury, should get upwards of 1,500 and probably more than that. Some are even mentioning the sophomore as a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy. --- Anthony Dasher

Us and Them

Name: Chris
City & State: Franklin, IN
Question: Why is it Georgia does not get any media love? I have lived all over the world and Georgia is an afterthought, what do we need to do to improve our standing with the media?

Answer: Strikingly speaking of the last fifteen years or so since prior to that college football in general did not get the amount of exposure it does today, I would have to say it has less to do with Georgia and more to do with Florida and Tennessee and LSU. What I mean by that is, during the 90s when college football was really getting going on the national stage along with the increased interest and information available due to the arrival of the Internet, Florida and Tennessee were the talk of the town in the Southeastern Conference as far as national attention goes.

UGA was right there behind them in the later years of Jim Donnan, but the Gators really took all the headlines, and having Peyton Manning in Knoxville and then the Vols winning the national championship in 1998 did not help any spotlights being shown on Athens.

Of course a lot changed in the early 2000s. Mark Richt took over in Athens, Steve Spurrier left Florida, and Phil Fulmer's Tennessee team took somewhat of a step back. However, as good as Georgia was getting in those early Richt years, there was always the letdown at the Cocktail Party. All that said, I think that those days are behind UGA now.

I believe that the way the team has been a regular topic in one way or another in the last few years, and then all of the storylines and big moments from 2007: e.g., the progression of Matthew Stafford, the emergence of Knowshon Moreno, UGA's once again stiff defense, all the Mark Richt moments from the celebration in Jacksonville to the Blackout and thumping of the latest BCS buster in the Sugar Bowl; college football clearly has their eyes on Georgia now. --- Steve Patterson

Wasted Effort?

Name: Emory
City & State: Newnan, GA
Question: I know hindsight is 20/20, but why did the coaching staff not force Dwayne Allen to be firm with his commitment? If we had a chance to get Zebrie Sanders, Omar Hunter, or Neiko Lipscomb with the last scholarship, we should have made Dwayne Allen make up his mind at least a month ago. He was a soft commitment for too long. Plus, we had good depth at TE. An OT (Zebrie) or DT (Omar) was a bigger need to me than TE anyway for depth purposes.

Answer: Hard for me to give the exact answer on that because only Georgia could give you that, but my thought s are - UGA wanted him bad, they felt good about his commitment, and they felt he was more important to them than the others that were on the outside.

It did not matter about Lipscomb, UGA could have signed him if they wanted to either way because he is about a 95 percent JUCO prospect. UGA never went hard after Hunter, so he was not a priority or a big time recruit for them ever in the process and Sanders just kind of fell off at the end with a lot of programs.

In the end, I just think UGA wanted Allen because they do not have a TE like him on campus right now. He can block, catch, run, and he could have become the total package at tight end for them. --- Chad Simmons

___ Headed Monster?

Name: Anthony
City & State: Fairfield, NJ
Question: I read the article on Richard Samuel and Dontavius Jackson challenging for backup roles at RB. I have 2 questions. Is UGA down on Caleb King? I thought he would come in as backup to Knowshon. I know Coach Richt likes at least two RBs. I know Richard Samuel is a 5 star but I also read he was all state LB. My other question is have the coaches decided he is a RB or does he have a chance to play LB as a freshman with the recruitment of Dontavius Jackson and Carlton Thomas along with Caleb King?

Answer: They're not down on Caleb whatsoever. The thing is, you're still going to need a third-string tailback to some degree, and that's basically what Jackson, Samuel and Thomas will be battling for.

Samuel certainly can be a fantastic linebacker, and actually loves playing the position. However, coaches also believe he can be a great contributor at running back and because the linebacker numbers are what they are, running back is the position they want to look at him first. --- Anthony Dasher

Jonesin' for Athens?

Name: ROY F. TANNER
City & State: COLUMBUS. GA
Question: WHAT PROGRESS IS THERE ON 2009 JR. JARVIS JONES AT CARVER HI. COLUMBUS, GA.

Answer: UGA offered Jones a little later than some other high profile programs, but I think that happened because of Coach Johnson leaving for West Virginia. Before Johnson took that job, he had been there twice to see Jones and that was his area, so I think that 2 week gap between him leaving and Lilly being hired made it look like Georgia did not want him as bad as others.

That is not the case and the Dawgs are seriously in the mix now that he has an offer. Clemson was the first to offer and they have pulled out to an early lead, but he has a lot of interest in UGA, he was in Athens for the Auburn game and he will be back for a visit this spring. --- Chad Simmons

Immediate Impact?

Name: Jordan
City & State: Philadelphia, PA
Question: For everybody who follows recruiting year in and year out, we all know who is gonna emerge from the redshirt freshman group from 2007(King, Ball, Troupe...etc), but are there any redshirt freshman super sleepers that could emerge in a big role this fall? 3 star Walter Hill perhaps?

Answer: I'd say Caleb King right now, but Israel Troupe and Walter Hill both had great years on the scout team. Look for linebacker Charles White to make an impact, and on the offensive line Justin Anderson, Tanner Strickland and perhaps Ben Harden. --- Anthony Dasher

Grayshirt?

Name: BOB
City & State: Winter Garden FL
Question: In college football recruiting, what does the term gray-shirting mean?

Answer: http://recruiting-101.com/what-is-a-grayshirt-scholarship-offer/

Chickens?

Name: john
City & State: Raleigh, NC
Question: How come the Ga. reporters never ask coaches at the football post signing day news conference how many academic casualties there may be or which potential recruits may be on the qualifying bubble? Reporters ask Alabama/Auburn coaches these questions and so do a lot of other schools...

Answer: Speaking just about the UGA beat, I would say it has more to do with those on the beat who follow recruiting already know this information and those on the beat who do not refuse to acknowledge football recruiting as an area of legitimate news.

When I started UGASports.com in 1997, none of the beat writers followed recruiting other than the last couple of weeks before signing day. After five years or so, some of the papers asked their writers to include recruiting into their stories to some degree, and then in the last couple of years have hired recruiting writers.

Still, the inside information on recruiting still firmly resides with the Internet sites, and we simply do not need to ask the question. The newspaper writers either read our sites or don't care to know, because under NCAA rules they can't be finding out about this stuff by asking college coaches. --- Steve Patterson

Rambo?

Name: Ryan
City & State: Atlanta
Question: Does Bacarri Rambo have a torn MCL?

Answer: He partially tore his MCL during the third or fourth g ame, but he came back after sitting out two and he is now between 90-100 percent healthy. He played basketball for Seminole County and averaged 17 points a game and did not even have to wear the brace anymore. The doctors cleared him, he is getting all his movement and mobility back, and he should be good to go when he gets to Athens in June. --- Chad Simmons

Dew What?

Name: Bill
City & State: Athens, Ga.
Question: What has happened with Darius Dewberry? He began the season as a started at linebacker and quickly became a backup and a special teams player.

Answer: Darius is still in the mix. However, last year, he got passed by players, Gamble, Rennie, Dent, who Coach Jancek felt were doing a better job. It was as simple as that. Dew is still a huge part of the rotation however, and will get ample opportunities to help the team this fall. --- Anthony Dasher

Leaving Athens?

Name: Chris
City & State: Valdosta, GA
Question: If Matthew Stafford wins a national championship next season, will he return for a grueling 2009 run or go pro?

Answer: You never know for sure, but IMO he would come back for his senior year. --- Anthony Dasher

Mo' Betta'?

Name: Tommy
City & State: Thomson, GA
Question: When will we add more seats to Sanford stadium?

Answer: We have not heard anything of late about adding seats. The other improvements, i.e., renovating exiting sports complexes and the proposed indoor-facility, that pretty much dominated capital improvements. However, in the mean time, single-seat football tickets will cost your eight bucks more so at least they are thinking about it! --- Steve Patterson

In The Loop?

Name: Ricky
City & State: Atlanta Ga.
Question: Was Carlton Thomas made aware the possibility Richard Samuel may be in the backfield as well during recruiting?

Answer: Yes, Thomas knew that and he knows he will not be a featured back at Georgia. He is a versatile guy with a lot of speed and he will be used in many different ways. He is more of a change of pace back that will be used on special teams and as a receiver.

Both Dontavius Jackson and Thomas mentioned to me in the process of how cool it would be to have Samuel back there too. They are all competitors. --- Chad Simmons

Lone Star Recruits?

Name: Derrick
City & State: Atlanta Georgia
Question: Do you think we have a legitimate chance at Craig Loston or his cousin Russell Shepard?

Answer: Not a good chance as of today with either. Loston lists UGA now and says he wants to visit and he may, but he was a very early commitment to Texas A&M and most out that way expect him to go back to the Aggies.

He is a very good player and UGA will recruit him hard it seems, but I don't think they have a great shot at him right now. On Shepard, he does not have an offer from Georgia yet, so I will keep an eye on him to see if they offer and what happens from there. --- Chad Simmons

Sooner or Later?

Name: Drew
City & State: Athens, GA
Question: I really like Bryce Ros, the way he plays inspires me, what do you think his chances of getting some pt next fall are?

Answer: No doubt Bryce has a big future here, and if he's anything like his dad, will make a big impact. That being said, because the Dogs are relatively set at tight end, I'd expect him to redshirt. --- Anthony Dasher

Chew on This?

Name: Michael
City & State: Copenhagen, Denmark (All the way from Europe)
Question: Hi, who do you think is going to be the number one receiver for the Dawgs next year, A.J. Green might make an instant impact, but is he going to be the guy that Stafford will look for in the important situations of the game.

Answer: I don't think there's much doubt tht AJ will make a quick impact, and as Staff will tell you,, he can never have enough weapons. However, there's plenty of talent at wide receiver coming back for Georgia in my opinion who can make big plays, too.

I do think AJ will make a name for himself quickly, but he's going to get plenty of help. --- Anthony Dasher

Making Strides?

Name: Josh
City & State: Hickory, NC
Question: On the football team, which position group do you see progressing the most over the off-season. (secondary, offensive line, linebackers, et-cetera)

Answer: You could really say that about all three. The great thing about the Bulldogs is that there are youngsters starting and playing key roles up and down both sides of the line of scrimmage.

IMO, there's no reason why all those guys at the position you mentioned shouldn't improve. --- Anthony Dasher

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