ESPN makes surprising choice for future coach on Georgia football team
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ESPN identifies which Georgia football player could become a head coach
A number of former Georgia football players have gone on to become successful football coaches at the college level. Mike Bobo was the longtime offensive coordinator at Georgia before becoming the head coach at Colorado State. Bryan McClendon is the offensive coordinator at South Carolina and seems like he’s potentially on the path to one day becoming a head coach.
And the Bulldogs are led by a former player in Kirby Smart.
This isn’t a unique phenomenon, as a number of programs are led by former college football players. Dabo Swinney played at Alabama. Nick Saban suited up for Kent State.
So some of the college football writers for ESPN decided to take a stab at which current player on each preseason top-25 team could one day roam the sidelines as a head coach.
And ESPN’s Alex Scarborough made a very interesting choice. Instead of making the easy pick of quarterback Jake Fromm, Scarborough instead picked Georgia running back Prather Hudson.
“Hudson has the blend of intelligence, work ethic and toughness you look for in a football coach,” Scarborough wrote. “The walk-on arrived at Georgia as a cum laude graduate, redshirted his first season and then quickly made a name for himself as a sophomore on special teams, where he was named one of the newcomers of the year on the unit. Following last season, he was one of three players named toughest on the team.”
Hudson is from Brookstone High School in Columbus, Ga. His most memorable moment so far in a Georgia uniform may have come last year during the UMass game. Hudson was on kickoff coverage and accidentally ended up running over sideline reporter Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network.
— Laura Rutledge (@LauraRutledge) November 18, 2018
Of course, Hudson didn’t let this opportunity go to waste, as the now junior shot his shot on Twitter afterwards.
Hey @LauraMRutledge really sorry I knocked you down, but… I can pick you up at 7 😎 https://t.co/jkHsTsLk0s
— Prather Hudson (@PRAYHUD) November 20, 2018
Hudson played in all 14 games for Georgia last year and did rack up 15 carries for 64 yards to go along with his special teams contributions.
Even with ESPN making the case for Hudson, it’s also easy to see Fromm’s potential as a head coach if that is what he wants to do. One of the obvious strengths of Fromm’s game is his ability to make adjustments based on what the defense is showing.
Should he one day turn to coaching — after a likely NFL career — there’s no doubt he has the potential to be a very good one. Factor in the leadership qualities he’s already displayed — being named a team captain as a sophomore — and it’s not hard to envision Fromm potentially working his way up to one day becoming a coach at the college level.
“Jake’s taken on a new role and a better leadership role with our team,” Smart told Paul Finebaum last week. “I think the kids respond really well to his leadership.”
Georgia baseball picks up win No. 40, but SEC title now seems unlikely
It’s been a pretty historic season for Georgia baseball, as the Bulldogs have spent much of the year ranked in the top-10. And Georgia crossed off another historic mark on Thursday with its 9-4 win over Alabama.
The No. 7 Bulldogs picked up their 40th regular season win of the season. Prior to this season, Georgia had only done this twice in school history.
“Forty wins, that’s pretty special, it’s only been done three times in the history of our program in the regular season,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It wasn’t necessarily a goal, but getting 40 wins is kind of the benchmark in college baseball.
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) May 17, 2019
“For these guys to get that done, it’s pretty cool, pretty special, and I’m really proud of them.”
Georgia was led by starter Cole Wilcox, as the freshman struck out 7 in 6.0 innings of work. Offensively, Georgia was aided offensively by Connor Tate, whose 2-run double in the sixth inning gave Georgia a 6-3 lead. The game was never in doubt after that, as Georgia added three more runs in the eighth inning.
The win does guarantee that Georgia will finish with a top-4 seed and thus a bye in next week’s SEC Tournament. But based on how some other results went on Thursday, there’s a chance the Bulldogs finish stuck in fourth place.
The Bulldogs — 40-14 overall — enter Friday tied with Mississippi State for third place with a conference record of 19-9. The other Bulldogs smacked South Carolina 24-7 on Thursday. Mississippi State owns the tiebreaker against Georgia, via Mississippi State sweeping Georgia earlier in the season.
One game ahead of Georgia is Arkansas. The Razorbacks picked up a 7-3 win over Texas A&M. Should Georgia finish tied with Arkansas for the three seed, the Bulldogs hold the tiebreaker via their series win over Vanderbilt. However, if Arkansas or Mississippi State finishes with the best record in the SEC West, it will automatically get the No. 2 seed.
Arkansas holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Mississippi State, meaning if Arkansas, Mississippi State and Georgia all finished tied, Arkansas will be the No. 2 seed, Mississippi State will be the No. 3 seed and Georgia will be No. 4.
Georgia is two games back of Vanderbilt with two games left to play, as the Commodores came back with a 16-10 victory over Kentucky on Thursday. To win the SEC East title, and a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, Georgia must beat Alabama on Friday and Saturday while Vanderbilt drops both games to Kentucky. Georgia does own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Vanderbilt.
“We will scoreboard-watch a little. We’re allowed to do that now with Kentucky and Vanderbilt, and we are going to have fun this weekend,” Stricklin said. “We’re going to be loose and easy. We have a chance to win a series tomorrow and that’s what our goal is every weekend. We will worry about Saturday when it gets here.”
Tony Locey will start for Georgia on Friday night against the Crimson Tide. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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