So . . . yesterday was kind of a busy news day, wasn’t it? I want to thank everyone who kept up in the fanshots in the course of an eventful Thursday, the gist of which we will now proceed to recap for the good of the order. Here are the news tidbits of note this Friday morning in Bulldog Nation:
As called to our attention by BravesAreZilla, the Georgia Bulldogs were hit with a double-whammy yesterday, as Chase Vasser’s suspension was announced and the NCAA, echoing a Chevy Chase line from "Saturday Night Live," found that Kolton Houston was still ineligible. We will have a posting specific to the Houston fiasco later today, but Vasser will miss two games following his DUI arrest in May. He becomes the second defensive player, after Sanders Commings, who is certain to miss the Missouri game, though his absence at outside linebacker might not be felt, in light of the push he was facing from the entering freshmen.
Based on early indications from Thursday’s first day of fall practice, it looks like the newcomer most likely to take Vasser’s place is Jordan Jenkins, whose prediction back in March that fellow 2012 signee Josh Harvey-Clemons would play safety thus far appears accurate. Harvey-Clemons lined up in the secondary yesterday, and Todd Grantham has hinted that the incoming freshman may play “spur,” an outside linebacker/safety hybrid. Given what Coach Grantham has done with “hybrid” positions thus far in his tenure as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, all I can say is, in Todd we trust.
As midgeorgiadawg called to our attention, the coaches’ poll has been released, and the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide are ranked first and second, respectively. The Red and Black are ranked sixth, and their schedule features three preseason top 25 teams, including one top ten team. Too bad we don’t play anybody, huh?
Thursday’s only Olympic news was unfortunate, as John Isner fell to top-seeded Roger Federer, 6-4, 7-6(5), in quarterfinal action. Though no Georgia gymnast represented the United States in the gymnastics competition that aired last evening, new Gym Dogs head coach Danna Durante introduced her staff at a gathering of donors yesterday. We are looking forward to seeing Coach Durante’s team take the floor next winter.
You are now fully briefed and free to dive into the first day of the rest of your weekend.