Football season is officially … still a long time away. But talkin’ season begins this week with SEC Media Days, and Kirby Smart and Georgia’s delegation appears on Tuesday. The team’s media guide, however, is already out.
The cover is rather nondescript, with four players staring down the camera, above the team’s motto “ATTACK THE DAY.”
Smart is not on the cover, as is increasingly the trend these days, going with players over coaches. Which players made Georgia’s cover? Actually, there are several versions of the front cover, in order to spread the love:
OLB Lorenzo Carter, DB Aaron Davis, RB Nick Chubb and NT John Atkins.
OLB Davin Bellamy, TE Jeb Blazevich, CB Malkom Parrish and DL Trent Thompson.
RB Sony Michel, ILB Reggie Carter, OL Isaiah Wynn, S Dominick Sanders.
WR Javon Wims, ILB Roquan Smith, WR Terry Godwin, DL Jonathan Ledbetter.
After leafing through the 2017 media guide, a few other nuggets:
- There is no official depth chart listed in the guide, as was the case last year.
- Yes, Mecole Hardman is listed as a wide receiver.
- WR Shakenneth Williams is in the guide, after sitting out the spring with what Smart described as some injuries. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Williams will play through his senior season, but he is in the guide.
- There were no other notable omissions, as far as could be ascertained. In other words, if there are any more transfers, they weren’t revealed in the guide.
- QB Brice Ramsey does have a bio, so his decision to return came before press time.
- Most player bios take up a couple inches, while a veteran starter might use up most of half a page. Chubb, on the other hand, uses up all of page 38, as well as some of the previous page.
- In the blurb on the team outlook page, the quarterback section begins this way: “Jacob Eason started the final 12 games of his freshman season and rode the roller coaster most rookie signal callers ride. He finished the campaign with 2,430 yards (fourth all-time by a UGA freshman) and 16 touchdowns on 204 of 370 passing. Those figures featured two 300-yard passing efforts, including at Missouri, where he fired a last-minute game-winner.” … The section goes on to mention and extol the accomplishments of Ramsey, Jake Fromm and walk-on Sam Vaughn.
- Eason is majoring in Financial Planning. Which seems wise.
- Fromm is majoring in Finance, and Vaughn in Business. So the quarterback room meetings must be full of talk about Wall Street and whether the federal reserve should raise interest rates. They could also rope in WR Tyler Simmons (Business major) and TE Charlie Woerner (Economics major).
- Chubb, meanwhile, is majoring in Agricultural & Applied Economics. I have no idea what that is, but Chubb is usually on the dean’s list, so apparently he does.
- Sophomore ILB Tae Crowder is majoring in International Affairs and may soon be asked to sit in at a G-20 meeting.
- While Smart described his first season as Georgia’s coach as “disappointing,” the first paragraph of Smart’s bio states that “after one season, he has not disappointed.” (The next two paragraphs mention the wins over Auburn, North Carolina and TCU, the 8-5 final record, and signing the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.)
- Every assistant coach posed for a photo with their wife and children, when applicable, though Sam Pittman and his wife Jamie also posed with their dog, which is pretty cool.
- Tray Scott, the team’s new defensive line coach, had a son, Julian Thomas Scott, born on May 22. This is also this reporter’s birthday, so that’s also pretty cool.
- There is a page that talks up the team’s new indoor facility. There is also a page that mentions the team’s locker room — the Donald M. Leebern Jr. Locker Room — which “underwent renovations in 2017, features a common area, a lounge, televisions, message centers, computer stations, DJ booth and video game stations as well as displays celebrating team and individual accomplishments.”
- There are 212 pages in all, including others featuring Georgia players in the NFL, Devon Gales, Malcolm Mitchell’s reading project, and celebrity Georgia fans. (In an upset, Kenny Chesney is not on this page, as Georgia is one of the few SEC programs for which he is not a rabid fan.)
- Finally, as this reporter has stated before, and it may not matter to readers, but for the record, Georgia’s media guide remains one of the most helpful and easy to use, because Claude Felton and his department remain one of the best in the nation.