1. David Pollack, DE, Georgia (2001-04)
Notable stats: 36 sacks, 58 TFL, 117 QBH, 18 PBU, 4 INTs
Skinny: Pollack may not have been the most talented D-lineman to come through the BCS era, but his motor never stopped. The two-time SEC Player of the Year was also a three-time first-team All-SEC and three-time first-team All-American. He racked up a Georgia record 36 sacks, along with 58 tackles for loss, and I can still see his 0-yard INT for TD against South Carolina.8. Richard Seymour, DT, Georgia (1997-2000)
Notable stats: 223 tackles, 26 TFL, 10 sacks
Skinny: Seymour is one of the most dominant D-linemen to ever play at Georgia. He filled the middle of the defensive line for four years and registered 25 career starts. Despite playing tackle, Seymour was a tackling machine, leading Georgia with 74 in 1999. He was a first-team All-American in 2000 and two-time first-team All-SEC performer in 1999 and 2000. And we know the player he blew into once he hit the NFL scene.[Saturday Down South]
Herschel talks about 1980:
“I think when I got to the University of Georgia, Georgia had everything in place,” Walker said. “I think they were looking for this one piece, and that’s where I fit in. But I had to be a team guy because they had a great, great senior class. They had great leadership with all the coaches. The senior class was absolutely incredible the way they could keep those guys together and keeping those young guys together, keeping them fighting, keeping them to have that same faith in one dream.”That’s what was winning the games. It had nothing to with our talent because we didn’t have as much talent as some of the other teams. But one thing that we had, we had a lot of love for each other. And I think that’s what builds championships. You’ve got to love what you’re doing. You’ve got to love playing together.”
4-man fronts require two interior linemen with the same skill set as 3-4 linemen. That is not the issue. The big problem is finding the prototypical 4-3 defensive end. He needs to be tall, big enough to take on an offensive tackle, and fast enough to get off the edge quicker than his opponent. The NFL prototype would be 6’5″ and 280lbs, while being able to run a 4.7 40. That’s hard to find. Once you do, he’s hard to pay in the NFL with cap restrictions. You need two of them to play a 4-man front properly. It is much easier to find a guy 6’2-6’3″ 245 and put him at JACK, yet blitz him enough to get adequate pass rush. Note that this does not mean a 3-4 coach would not like to have the prototypical 4-3 DE, just that he’s harder to find.Another reason is the success of the spread offense in college football and the flexibility the 3-4 allows in attacking it. With more and more teams in college incorporating spread formations and concepts, 4-3 teams find themselves with a big problem: what do you do against 4/5 WR sets? If you play 4-3, you either walk a linebacker out on slot receivers, bring the safeties down and play true man/man, or you have to go to a Nickel or Dime defense. With 4 men on the line at all times, and multiple WRs to cover on every play, you cannot do as much as a defensive coordinator to confuse the offense. Once you’ve walked out the linebackers, who helps on run support? If your DL doesn’t get the RB or someone misses their gap, there is no safety net of linebackers there to help. This is why some teams, namely South Carolina and TCU, base out of 4-2-5 packages. It is easier to adjust the scheme when you recruit the extra speed and numbers for an extra safety position.
7. Todd Gurley, Georgia RB. It took the Bulldogs three games last year to fully implement the true freshman into the offense. But after splitting carries with two other backs, Gurley took over and quickly established himself as one of the best runners in the nation. And the bigger the game, the better he ran, hitting Florida for 118 yards, Alabama for 122 and Nebraska for 125. At 232 pounds, he can run through tackles, but also has the burst to record four runs last year of 44 yards or longer.[Yahoo! Sports]
Herschel on Gurshal:
“I thought it was very cute, but I thought it was unjust,” Walker said. “Those guys are so good on their own. People always want to compare running backs coming to Georgia, running backs to Herschel Walker and I said, `I think that’s totally unfair’ because those guys have proven they can play and they have the right to be their own name and Gurshall is not a good name. I can’t even spell Gurshall. So that’s not a good thing at all.”[Dog Bytes Online]
SEC and National News
Cable and satellite defections:
According to data published yesterday by IHS, roughly 352,000 homes canceled their pay TV subscriptions in the second quarter of 2013. Cable companies lost 588,000 TV customers, while DirecTV and Dish Network lost a combined 162,000 customers. Only IPTV services posted gains last quarter, as AT&T and Verizon added 398,000 TV customers. Combined with Leichtman Research Group’s numbers from April 2012 to March 2013, the pay TV market has shed more than 432,000 customers in the last 15 months.The overall numbers for ESPN, however, are even worse than that. According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN’s flagship channel lost 918,000 subscribers between July 2012 and July 2013, while ESPN2 lost 871,100 homes. SBD estimates that ESPN is now in 97,985,000 homes and ESPN2 in 97,935,000 homes, their lowest levels since October of 2008.Based on the estimated subscriber fees for the two channels — $5.40/month for ESPN, and $0.68/month for ESPN2 — that’s roughly $5.5 million per month that ESPN will miss out on as a result of the defections. At the present rates, ESPN still stands to rake in roughly $595.7 million per month in subscriber fees for the two channels, barring any further defections.
Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean reports that despite success, Vanderbilt football season-ticket sales are down. “Last year, about 18,500 season tickets were sold, and Vanderbilt celebrated a nine-win season for the first time since 1915. Vanderbilt went over 16,200 season tickets this past week, Director of Sales and Marketing Steve Walsh said. The season opener is Aug. 29 against Ole Miss.”[John Clay's Sidelines]
Speaking of Vandy:
10 days until Vanderbilt fans say, “Oh, crap, don’t we have a game tonight or something? Is it on TV? I’d rather not go because traffic is going to be brutal. Oh, good, it is on TV. We can watch the second half when we get back from dinner.”
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Q: I thought hat I read elsewhere that face mask like the one captured in the headline (non approved by the helmet companies) violated any warranty in helmet design. If you put a new one on, you can't sue, and this went all the way down to the " Riddle" ( or any other company logo being removed) being removed and replaced by "Dawgs" ( or any other saying) in the forehead. Lawyer(ed) up change for this yr. Thus you were going to see less individualized head gear b/c teams liability ins companies were going to require warranties be valid.
@Panicfan@Bulldawg Bob2 Yep...made a pact I'd never buy or ride a motorcycle. My Dad almost died and had to have a leg amputated from a wreck plus my uncle DID get killed while riding a when an elderly man ran a stop sign and plowed him over.
You can be the best motorcycle rider in the world, but you always lose vs a car.
@Panicfan@Bulldawg Bob2 I used to ride when I was a teenager through my twenties, but I stopped; however, I do miss it.
I have never met a guy or girl that rides that hasn't been involved in a wreck at some point, and most of the time it is the result of them being rear ended by a car or truck, side swiped, or someone pulls out in front of them.
The only wrecks I ever got into was on dirt bikes and trying to jump or do tricks back in the day.