As in years past I had a chance to attend the Peach State Pigskin Preview in Macon on Tuesday. The event is conducted by the folks at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, located right off I-16 in downtown Macon. I cannot stress enough how fun a place the Sports Hall is even when it's not hosting events such as this one. If you're in town and get a chance I highly recommend it, as the collection of memorabilia and interactive exhibits is truly a blast. Go, and tell 'em MaconDawg sent you.
I'll have more at a later date (I'm still transcribing the roughly 2 1/2 hours of audio interviews) but while it's fresh I wanted to provide a few bits of information which I knew you'd all find significant.
- The incoming freshman "Dream Team" was a big topic of conversation, to the point that it seemed veterans Christian Robinson and Cordy Glenn were franklya little tired of talking about them. When asked about Isaiah Crowell specifically, Christian Robinson displayed a sly smile and said that while he'd just done 7-on-7 drills with several of the freshmen, Crowell was not able to participate because he "had a hard morning" in conditioning and "got a little sick." I took from this that our all-world tailback may have been a little too chill during the spring and is not yet quite ready for primetime. I don't know if that's reason to worry just yet, but it's certainly not the same as saying "He fell right in like he's been here for years."
- Robinson also pointed out that a lot of people underestimated all along how hard the members of the 2011 signing class "recruited themselves." Specifically, he said Christian LeMay was working hard on a lot of guys for a long time.
- Speaking of 7-on-7 drills, Robinson singled Amarlo Herrera, Chris Sanders, Corey Moore and Damian Swann out as freshmen who look great so far. The thing that stands out about every one of them is their speed. He also pointed out that Moore is a pretty big guy.
- Cordy Glenn is not known for his speed, but his size has been a topic of some discussion, with reports during the spring that he was well into the 340's. Glenn says that he's currently at 331 pounds but hopes to play at around 325. I can say without hesitation that he looks a little trimmer than last year. Frankly he's about as trim a 331 pounds as you'll see.
- When asked about the team's attitude and work ethic this offseason, Glenn went perhaps a little out of the way to point out that Washaun Ealey, for example, is a "tremendous talent" but that players have to put in the work. I'll have to go back and check the tape, but I don't believe Ealey's name was part of the initial question. Make of that what you will.
- Glenn also said that Kwame Geathers has become, and I'm quoting here, "an animal." I'm assuming he meant it as a compliment, and that's how I'm taking it.
I'll be back with more later. Until then . . .