Why Kirby Smart is right to pump the brakes on Demetris Robertson hype
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Kirby Smart provides perspective on Demetris Robertson
Anytime you can add a 5-star wide receiver, it’s easy to get excited. When you get one with proven production, like Georgia did on Friday when Demetris Robertson was deemed eligible for the 2018 season, it’s seen as a possible season-altering addition.
Dawg Nation’s Mike Griffith caught up with ESPN’s Cole Cubelic on Friday evening and the former Auburn offensive linemen said what a lot of Georgia fans already think to be true with Robertson now in the fold.
“It makes Georgia one of the scariest teams in the country,” Cubelic told Griffith on the news of Robertson.
But before you clear your holiday schedule for the College Football Playoff , let Kirby Smart provide you with something most-tuned in Georgia fans already knew: The Georgia wide receiver room is already really, really good.
“I’m going to be honest with you, there’s a lot of competition in that receiver room. I know y’all have got the 5-star syndrome, but there’s a lot of guys that are not 5-stars that are competing every day. I’m proud the way Demetris has competed, but there’s a lot of guys out there competing. … So there’s going to be good competition in that room.”
There are already two former 5-star prospects in said wide receiver room in Terry Godwin and Mecole Hardman, who both shined at different points last season. Then there’s Riley Ridley, who outplayed his brother Calvin in the national title game. Smart also referenced special teams standouts Jayson Stanley and Tyler Simmons as players who could contribute this year.
And that’s before factoring Georgia’s somehow even more loaded tight end room, featuring the likes of Isaac Nauta and Charlie Woerner.
Robertson is a talented player, there’s no denying that. His freshman season at Cal is statistically better than any season by a wide receiver or tight end on Georgia’s roster. But he’s coming off a season-ending injury last year. And while Smart praised how quickly Robertson has picked things up, he still isn’t as familiar with the playbook and offense as the rest of the Georgia offense.
Even without Robertson, Georgia figured to have one of the best offenses in the country. With Robertson now in the mix that only makes an already great offense even better. But Smart is wise to temper expectations with Robertson. Georgia is adding a talented player to an already loaded offense. And the third-year coach knows a successful Georgia season won’t be determined by winning games in September.
A successful Georgia season is going to be determined by the results in November and hopefully December. Smart is well aware of this, which is why it’s important to take the long-view on Robertson and how he’ll help Georgia in 2018
“He’s done a great job of competing. I’m very pleased where he is,” Smart said. “I want him to continue to work, develop, learn the offense and help us every way he can.”
ESPN very high on Georgia returning to CFP
The folks at ESPN seem to be very high on Georgia for this upcoming season. The site’s Playoff Predictor gives Georgia a 46 percent chance of making the playoff good for third in the country, behind Clemson, 67 percent, and Alabama at 47 percent. ESPN does give the SEC a 26 percent chance of getting two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff, like it did last season.
ESPN determined these percentages by combining five factors: Strength of record, ESPN’s FPI, Number of losses, conference championships and Independent status—which really only impacts Notre Dame. The next highest SEC team to make the cut is Auburn, which has a 17 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff. Auburn is the only team on Georgia’s schedule that ranks in the top 20, according to ESPN.
ESPN also ranked the six games in the upcoming season that will have the highest impact on the College Football Playoff. Georgia’s game against Auburn on Nov. 10 was rated fifth, behind Ohio State- Michigan State, Ohio State-Penn State, Alabama-Auburn and Washington-Auburn.
While most were likely glued to watching Tiger Woods climb up the leaderboard at the PGA Championship, a number of former Georgia golfers also had solid outings.
Kevin Kisner was once again the top Bulldog, as he finished at 8-under, good for a tie for 12th place. Kisner looked to be in a great spot heading into the weekend, but he shot a 2-over 72 on Saturday. Chris Kirk finished at 5-under, Russell Henley came in at 2-under and Brian Harman finished at 2-over for the tournament.
As for the NFL, Isaiah McKenzie did something he did quite a bit at Georgia, as the second year player returned a punt 78-yards for a touchdown. McKenzie, as he often did for the Bulldogs, made it look so incredibly easy.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 12, 2018
After the play, McKenzie got lit up by one of his own teammates. If that happened at the college level, it’s probably targeting and an ejection.
Isaiah McKenzie gets obliterated celebrating a punt return TD pic.twitter.com/wH8gBrvcwY
— Born Salty (@cjzero) August 12, 2018
Odds and Ends
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- WATCH: Georgia football RB Elijah Holyfield runs through first team defense
- WATCH: Kirby Smart declares hard-hitting Georgia football scrimmage a tie
- Former UGA players, families impacted by concussions and CTE
- Inside the training room: How Georgia is getting players back so soon from knee injuries
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It’s fitting in a way that my first day running Good Day UGA is the first day classes start for the fall semester at Georgia. My name is Connor Riley if you missed up top and I’ll be writing Good Day UGA for the foreseeable future. I graduated from Georgia in May of 2016 and while I don’t live and die on every Georgia game like a real fan does, a number of my friends do. When Georgia wins, they tend to be very happy, which in turn makes me happy.
As for a few of my own interests and hobbies I enjoy John Mulaney stand-up, Pearl Jam, pictures of good dogs on the internet, the Harry Potter series, the Fast and Furious franchise, the New England Patriots—I know, they’re the worst— and the city of Athens, among other things. You can find follow me on Twitter @Kconnorriley.
I think this season is going to be a lot of fun. Georgia fans deserve a great season—watching the 2014 Georgia Tech game and 2015 Florida game remain two of the worst sporting experiences of my lifetime—and I think Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm and the rest of the team can give the fans a season that somehow tops last season. Let’s enjoy the ride. Now on to the good dog.
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