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Dawgs will dominate Clemson:
Clemson playmakers? We all know Tajh Boyd is coming back to lead this vaunted ACC offense, but who is going to help him? Andre Ellington, Deandre Hopkins, and Brandon Ford are off to their mediocre NFL careers. With that Clemson is losing their top rusher, top receiver, and #1 tight end (have since lost new #1 to injury). Unlike UGA, they have a very thin receiving corps. Damian Swann covering Sammy Watkins means Boyd is going to have to make a lot of plays on his own in order to put up points.
Our veteran offense helping young defense: I know the biggest worry of the 2013 Dawgs is overcoming the losses on defense. I’m a big stats person and I can tell you that all the big names on the 2012 defense really didn’t result in that good of defensive stats. If the 2013 defensive stats are worse, than we could be in trouble, but there is a lot of room for improvement. The offense is going to help along the defense in the early going, in particular Todd Gurley. The preseason all-American will keep moving the chains. A young defense will play much better when they are on the field for 20-25 min a game.
[View from Milledge]
Crowell gun charges dropped:
While police had good reason to arrest Isaiah Crowell for the gun that was under the driver’s seat of his car, authorities were unable to find evidence linking the 9mm Luger semiautomatic pistol to him, according to the dismissal document.
“Based on the fact that the weapon involved was located under the seat of the car that (Crowell) was driving, there was certainly probable cause to arrest (him) ...,” Western Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney James Chafin wrote in the dismissal notice.
“However, as there is no other evidence to connect the defendant to the weapon, the state would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (Crowell) possessed the weapon found or even knew it was there,” Chafin stated in the dismissal.
[Football Study Hall]
Samuel posted a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, second fastest of the day, and led the way with 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also had the second best broad jump distance at 10 feet, 5.5 inches.
“It felt alright. It wasn’t as good as I trained and prepared for, but I gave it my best,” Samuel said. “I feel alright.”
The 6-foot, 238 pounder was shuffled around quite often throughout his collegiate career, and his career stats reflect that. From running back to linebacker, back to running back and then fullback, Samuel’s career numbers are modest at best — 214 carries for 833 yards and four touchdowns. He also tallied 13 catches for 110 yards.
But his willingness to play where his team needs him provides him an advantage, as does his build.
“I hope (NFL scouts) see that and know what kind of versatile athlete I am,” Samuel said.
[Dog Bytes Online]
SEC and National News
NFL fans get pranked:
A&M, to the average observer, looked impressive on offense during its spring game. Manziel made several sharp throws, the offensive line provided great protection for the quarterback and the receivers made several plays as the first-team offense had few problems advancing the ball.
The reason that this performance must not be taken for more than it is, a glorified practice, is very simple. Aside from the offense looking so good against the defensive backups, the defense does not show intensity in this, or any spring game. Quarterbacks are not allowed to be hit, the offensive talent outmatches the defensive talent and defensive players do not play how they would in regular-season games.
Manziel, in this case, was given as much time as he needed to make throws. With the offensive line going against the second-string defensive front, there should be absolutely zero pressure on the quarterback. In the case that a block is missed, however, the defensive player is not allowed to hit the quarterback. This allows the offensive line to play free and not have to worry about picking up blitzes or missing blocks, as they will not result in a potential injury to the quarterback. Understandably, the offensive line is trying to do their job to the best of its ability, but with a mental and physical advantage, there is no way the defense was going to disrupt anything the offense was trying to do.
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Neal Casal (born November 2, 1968, Denville, New Jersey) is an American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and photographer who has maintained an acclaimed solo career as well as playing guitar for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
Sweeten The Distance
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