Why the All SEC teams make Georgia’s 2018 season look even better
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Georgia somehow only gets one player on the All-SEC First Team
The Associated Press released its All-SEC football teams on Monday. The Bulldogs got a total of seven players on the two teams, but only one member — cornerback Deandre Baker — on the first team. The second-best team in the conference had fewer players on the first team than Kentucky, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
For comparison sake, Alabama — a team Georgia played to a standstill and probably should’ve beaten — got five players on the first team. Is the talent level between those the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide really that wide? Of course not.
The Bulldogs did place six players on the second team: running back D’Andre Swift, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, center Lamont Gaillard, linebacker D’Andre Walker, kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and wide receiver Mecole Hardman — who made the team as an all-purpose player. And there are pretty easy cases to be made for both quarterback Jake Fromm and safety JR Reed.
Fromm’s exclusion is particularly interesting/inexcusable. He’s thrown for more touchdown passes and fewer interceptions than Missouri quarterback Drew Lock on 122 fewer pass attempts while Fromm also had a superior completion percentage and yards per attempt average. Fromm was better in just about every meaningful category, and yet more members in the media thought Lock was the better quarterback, mostly because he’s projected to be a first-round pick in this spring’s NFL Draft.
Ultimately, these All-SEC teams don’t mean a whole lot. Most of the writers who vote on the team really only watch the players on the team they cover. But the two teams do show what the perception of this Georgia team was this year. It was a good team, but it wasn’t the most talented team, especially at the top end. Georgia very nearly beat the best team in the country with only one player on its conference’s first team.
That shows that coach Kirby Smart did an incredible job this season of getting the most out of a very young roster. It also showed that Georgia only has room to grow, as the Bulldogs are going to continue to bring in elite recruiting classes, and thus players who are more likely to have the kind of name brand to make the first team.
The 2018 Georgia football team wasn’t supposed to be the best team in the league or the country. The lack of representation on the All-SEC teams shows that. But Georgia is only going to continue to get better and better. This time next year, I can guarantee you Georgia fans won’t be able to complain about only one player being First-Team All-SEC.
Todd Gurley actually does care about your fantasy team
Every Tuesday we give out the Top Dawg award, which goes to the former Bulldog who has the best week in the NFL. This week, the award goes to Todd Gurley, who we will get to in a minute, but first let’s take a look at how some of the other former UGA players looked in Week 13.
New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree had another strong game, as he picked off Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel twice. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown, which helped give the Giants a 30-27 win over the Bears. Roquan Smith of the Bears finished the game with 10 tackles, giving him 91 on the season. He’s racked up double-digit tackles in four of his last five games.
Last week’s Top Dawg, Nick Chubb finished with just 31 rushing yards on 9 carries, as the Browns lost to the Texans. A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals had an even worse day, as he finished with just 1 catch for 7 yards. Green left the game with a toe injury and on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Green will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his toe. His expected recovery time is 3-to-4 months.
The runner-up for this week’s Top Dawg award goes to Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets. While his team hasn’t had a great year, Jenkins is having a breakout season. He added another sack to his total on Sunday, giving him 6.0 on the season. He’s becoming a very productive player for the Jets this season.
But now, we’ll talk about Gurley. He finished with 132 rushing yards and two more touchdowns on Sunday, which helped the Rams pick up their 11th win. Of course what most people are talking about is Gurley’s decision in the fourth quarter to go down at the one-yard line, instead of scoring a touchdown with 2:32 left in the game.
After the game plenty of people were whining that he doesn’t care about your fantasy team. They are, of course, ignoring the fact that Gurley still ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive while also forcing the Lions to burn their final timeout. It’s also worth pointing out that Gurley is the No. 1 fantasy running back this season, and only Bears running back Tarik Cohen scored more fantasy points among running backs on Sunday.
For those bemoaning Gurley’s team-first decision, please stop. If you can’t win or make the playoffs with Todd Gurley on your team, it’s not his fault that you’re a terrible fantasy football manager.
Past Top Dawg winners:
Week 1: ReShad Jones DB, Miami Dolphins
Week 2: Shawn Williams DB, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
Week 4: A.J. Green WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 7: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 8: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 9: Benjamin Watson TE, New Orleans Saints
Week 10: Nick Chubb RB, Cleveland Browns
Week 11: Alec Ogletree LB, New York Giants
Week 12: Nick Chubb RB, Cleveland Browns
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So close to playoff bound as reigning national champs w a 2nd straight SEC title. 24 wins the last 2 years, 22 by 14+. We had it. But that dragon & its advocacy is a helluva beast to slay. Must leave no doubt. Now it’s Texas, reset, cash in, win it all in ‘19
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