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Don’t tweet recruits. Like, ever.
SEC Network analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy had some strong words for folks who criticized 5-star QB Justin Fields’ decision to commit to Georgia.
Monday on his Thinking Out Loud show with Marcus Spears on the SEC Network, McElroy dedicated a segment to going in on fans who tweeted negative messages at Fields following his commitment. Although McElroy was not allowed to mention Fields’ name because of the network’s affiliation with the SEC, it was clear he was talking about Fields, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018.
Many folks on Twitter criticized Fields for committing to a school with so much talent at his position already on campus. Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason, both former 5-stars, will provide stiff competition for Fields as he fights for early playing time at quarterback, a fact that made many college football fans question why Fields would commit to Georgia in the first place. But questioning a teenagers choice of college is something that simply doesn’t fly with McElroy.
“The people I’d like to have come at me are the people that criticize his decision. Who are you to criticize what’s in the best interest of this young man?” McElroy said. “I looked through at the Twitter trolls and the banter. All the people saying, ‘You’re crazy. Why would you go to Georgia? Look at the quarterback depth chart in front of you.’”
McElroy then congratulated Fields on making a decision that was right for him and willing to go compete for playing time before directing the trolls to come at him instead of recruits. (By the way, never tweet at recruits. Just … don’t do it.)
You can watch the full segment below.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 9, 2017
In position to be in position
A lot of fuss has been made about the mental status of Eason after losing the starting gig to Fromm because of his knee injury. According to Kirby Smart, Eason is staying focused and working hard every day, just as he always has. From Seth Emerson of DawgNation:
“I think he’s doing a great job,” coach Kirby Smart said after practice Tuesday. “He’s very mature, he’s handling things the right way.” …
“We talked to Jacob, and he’s working really hard to get himself to be back into position to be in position given the opportunity. And I think he continues to grow with that,” Smart said on Tuesday. “He had a really good practice today. The thing with him is he’s got to stay in tune to it, he’s got to battle and fight, and I think he’s done that.”
Party in the club
You probably noticed the enormous club Davin Bellamy sported against Vanderbilt. Bellamy got the cast after he broke a metacarpal bone against Tennessee, but he didn’t let it limit him against the Commodores. That doesn’t mean it isn’t annoying, though. From Chip Towers of DawgNation:
“It’s like I have a dumbbell on my arm the whole time,” Bellamy said after the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday. “Your hand is balled up inside. When you think about it, it’s very uncomfortable. When you’re practicing or in the game, your mind is on something and you don’t really think about it. But as soon you start thinking about it, you kind of get hand anxiety. Like, ‘oh, no, I can’t move my fingers!”
Mecole Hardman ‘a work in progress’
Mecole Hardman is perhaps the most promising receiver on Georgia’s roster and has the potential to be a go-to threat on offense for the rest of this season and a few more seasons to come. But first Hardman, who never played wide receiver until this season, has to fix the drops. From Emerson:
Hardman has had a drop in all but one game this year (the Mississippi State game.) Last week at Vanderbilt, Hardman couldn’t bring in a slant pass over the middle. The week before at Tennessee it was a sideline pass over his shoulder that slipped through his fingers.
“Mecole’s a work in progress. He’s getting better each week,” Smart said. “Nobody said it was going to be easy. It’s not natural for a guy that didn’t play receiver his whole life to go play receiver.” …
“It’s running routes. It’s being comfortable catching the ball. It’s 10 to 15 years of that’s not what he did his whole life,” Smart said. “He’s developing, he’s working hard at it. I think the guy’s going to make a really good player. To be honest with you, we’ve thrown to him in the last couple of weeks in practice. It’s not like he’s got the drops. He just hasn’t had the opportunity. He hasn’t really had an opportunity in a game in a while.”
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