Welcome to your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes every Monday through Friday. Today, we look at Dawgs in the MLB draft, Jacob Eason’s ranking among college football’s best QBs and a former Bulldogs offensive lineman blasting the NCAA over its treatment of a Central Florida kicker.
Former Dawg goes after NCAA over UCF kicker situation
If anyone knows how much some of the NCAA’s absurd, inconsistently enforced rules can be, it’s former Georgia offensive tackle Kolton Houston. Houston was on the raw end of an inflexible NCAA drug policy that prevented him from playing for more than three years because a doctor injected a banned substance into his surgically repaired shoulder while he was in high school. And now he’s speaking up for another college football player who’s receiving similarly poor treatment from the NCAA.
On Tuesday, Houston tweeted at the NCAA, decrying the hypocrisy in its decision to prevent Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye from making money off his YouTube channel.
— Kolton Houston (@KoltonHouston75) June 14, 2017
De La Haye’s YouTube channel has accumulated 54,000 subscribers and more than 2 millions views over the past year. Most of his videos involve his athletic career. There are videos of him showing off his kicking routine, making fun of players at other positions and describing what his recruiting process was like. Others have nothing at all to do with football. And it seems De La Haye having the gall to make money off his hard work has drawn the ire of the UCF compliance department, which asked him to quit the channel in order to retain his eligibility.
De La Haye laid it all out in a video called “Quit College Sports Or Quit YouTube,” in which he talks about how UCF’s compliance personnel told him “people upstairs” were upset over his channel.
“It’s really tough. I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m not making money illegally. I’m not selling dope. I’m not kidnapping people or robbing people. I’m not selling my autographs for money. I’m not sitting here getting Nike checks and Nike deals and all these sponsorships. I’m literally filming stuff. I’m sitting here, editing things on my computer for hours and developing my own brand. I put in the work, and I’m not allowed to get any benefits from the work,” De La Haye said.
“Basically, I’m not allowed to make any money off my YouTube videos. I’m working hard, basically like a job, filming, editing, coming up with ideas, doing things of that sort. And I’m not allowed to make any money. If I do, bad things happen.”
Houston’s opinion on the De La Haye situation is one that has grown in voice among both college football fans and players in the last few years. De La Haye has a marketable skill that he can get paid for and is using it to prepare himself for his future career — something every college student, except athletes, can do. Because of this, the message from the NCAA is clear: Only we can profit off your work.
Jacob Eason ranked in top 25 QBs of 2017
Athlon Sports ranked the top 25 quarterbacks for 2015, and UGA signal caller Jacob Eason was positioned at No. 21. That puts him above fellow SEC QBs Jake Bentley of South Carolina (24) and Shea Patterson of Ole Miss (23) and below Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State (15), Austin Allen of Arkansas (14), Jarrett Stidham of Auburn (12) and Jalen Hurts of Alabama (11).
As expected with any true freshman quarterback, Eason had his share of ups and downs last fall. However, the 5-star recruit showed flashes of his potential by throwing for 2,430 yards and 16 scores. Georgia’s supporting cast around Eason is a work in progress, as the offensive line and receiving corps are two preseason question marks. Eason has all of the arm talent to rank among the best in the SEC. Will he take a step forward in 2017?
Dawgs in the MLB draft
Bulldogs senior pitcher Andrew Gist was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. A transfer from Walters State, Gist played two seasons in Athens, posting a team-best 3.80 ERA last season. For his career at Georgia, Gist holds a 4.35 ERA with 116 strikeouts in 122 innings.
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) June 13, 2017
The top-rated signee in UGA baseball’s most recent signing class was an even higher draft pick. Etowah High School outfielder Drew Waters was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Braves.
“University of Georgia was a great spot and I’m still grateful that they gave me the opportunity to eventually play there,” Waters told Brandon Sudge of The Telegraph. “You know, it’s hard to turn down the hometown team, especially in the second round. At this time, I feel like it’s right for me to be an Atlanta Brave.”
- Demand for UGA football tickets impacted by lackluster home schedule, other factors (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- UGA will pay $3.7 million for nonconference games in 2018 (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Paul Finebaum likes Kirby Smart as next coach to win first national title (Matt Jennings, DawgNation)
- Former UGA TE Benjamin Watson back on field, restructures deal with Ravens (Matt Jennings, DawgNation)
- UGA recruiting: The attention swirling around Aaron McLaughlin is the new normal (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- New UGA football coach Tray Scott received two-year deal (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- With Yante Maten back, UGA feels it’s ‘not far away’ but must take next step in rising SEC (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- After SEC’s NCAA tourney run, UGA looks to ‘knock that door down’ (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Former Dawg makes sure pit crews at Hendrick Motorsports have plenty of gas (Anthony Dasher, UGA Sports)
- Georgia ran a lot in 2016. It needs to run a lot better in 2017 (William McFadden, Saturday Down South)
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— The World Of Funny (@TheWorldOfFunny) June 13, 2017