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Georgia football stock report: James Cook is soaring, but he’s not the only back on upswing

SystemSystem Posts: 4,306 admin
edited October 18 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football stock report: James Cook is soaring, but he’s not the only back on upswing

ATHENS — Georgia football did not exactly limp into the bye week, but it’s not an overstatement to suggest the time off is much needed.

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  • DAWGFORLIFE1988DAWGFORLIFE1988 Posts: 213 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited October 18

    Let me be blunt....that comment about Jack Podlesny having a "lack of focus" are insulting and disgusting. Your writing often lacks focus. That is not what Jack is experiencing. I know Jack personally and this comment is hurtful and simply without merit.

    He has had struggles but works extremely hard on his approach and his "focus". There is not a kicking coach as Georgia has been cheap when it comes to hiring for such a position. The kickers often have to work out their struggles on their own. Did you even realize that? Last year, he got personal advice from Hot Rod. Its ridiculous that they have to figure things out on their own for a program that has riches beyond belief.

    Jack is one of the most focused young people I have ever met. He is intelligent, faith driven and very focused on every aspect of his life. He was an excellent soccer player locally and was the unquestioned leader to get his team "focused" on each opponent. Your comment is totally without facts!

    These stock reports are often written with a complete lack of decency but this one was over the top. Tell you what....go tell Jack to his face that he is not focused. His family, Coach Smart, and his teammates would be extremely angry to see this comment. They respect Jack and know how hard he has worked and is working to get better. From waiting 2 years for a chance as a walk-on to winning the job over a highly rated recruit, he has demonstrated his attention to detail, preparation and FOCUS! In addition, he has persevered every time he has been doubted.

    Jack deserves respect and praise for what he has done....even off the field. His academic exploits are being recognized by All State on CBS's telecast. Academics have nothing to do with this? Yes it does. You cannot be a person with a lack of focus and enjoy those successes. He is the same kid that won the dadgum bowl game and sent this team to a momentum building victory to lead into this year. Am I defensive of Jack? Hell yes. Pod is extremely focused and a great young man. This team is better because of him. He did not deserve your oscinine comment.

    No one is free from constructive, pointed criticism. Not even Jack. But again....it needs to be a true take backed up with facts. Coach Smart would not say that about Jack....so you have no right to do so. Here is an honest, true assessment about Jack from Ugasports(rivals):

    "Long snapper Payne Walker learned Podlesny is motivated by a strong pressure to succeed. As someone who also sees several plays a game on the field, Walker understands. Long snapper Payne Walker learned Podlesny is motivated by a strong pressure to succeed. As someone who also sees several plays a game on the field, Walker understands." "Walker attributes that to several factors.

    *******He said Podlesny is one of the most focused and "clear-headed" players on the team. He also noted the Bulldog kicker is strong in his faith, which also helps him to not let bad outings linger.*******

    Regardless, Podlesny has rebounded from a shaky start. He has returned to the form that saw him placed on scholarship following a game-winning boot in last year's Peach Bowl.

    Smart is hoping he stays there for the duration of this campaign.

    "He's been really consistent, just very thankful that, you know, he chose to come here as a walk-on and earn a scholarship because we'd be in a tough way without him,” Smart said.

    Glad they do not falsely judge like you. You personally seem to have a knack of being an insulting often crass reporter. Try some professionalism. But as for the last word on your lack of 'focus' comment....shove it! I'll tell his family and Jack that you said hi.


  • rhbatchrhbatch Posts: 671 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Sounds like this really struck a nerve with you. I can't quibble with anything you said with one exception, "There is not a kicking coach as Georgia has been cheap when it comes to hiring for such a position.". The NCAA has a strict limit on the number of "on field" assistant coaches, maybe this has something to do with no "kickers coach" on the field. Probably shouldn't bite the hand that is feeding Pod very well in virtually all aspects.

  • RedDawgOneRedDawgOne Posts: 115 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Mike, is it true that the missed extra point snapped the longest string of consecutive extra points by a team in college football dating back to 2014?

  • SpdawgSpdawg Posts: 159 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Sorry, but have to agree with MG. It was only a matter of time before he missed an extra point. He has been inching closer and closer to the uprights throughout the season. His short range field goal attempts have been far from automatic. And he’s not being asked to kick off either. Whether its mental or physical, at some point you have to question if his lack of consistency will cost the team a game. Until then, I have to assume he’s out kicking Zirkel in practice.

  • JimWallaceJimWallace Posts: 4,149 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    When I read the "lack of focus" comment I wondered what it meant. (Before I read the comments I wondered.)

    Jack Podlesny: Podlesny has been more inconsistent this season, and the missed extra point kick was evidence of his lack of focus.

    What about the missed extra point makes clear the kicker was unfocused? What did Coach Smart say? What did Jack say?

    What else could it be?

    According to my understanding of kicking and kickers excessive focus can also be a contributing factor.

    Way back we had an excellent kicker albeit not the greatest kicker we ever had. The story I heard about him was interesting. It was said he went out on the town the night before every game. He got very drunk. He had inadequate sleep. He arrived at every game with a terrible hangover. He made just about every kick.

    At some point the coach set limits on his behavior. The late nights and the excessive alcohol were stopped. His kicking the next day was way off.

    Is that story true? I have no idea. Maybe he just lacked focus.

    Go, Dawgs!

  • UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 281 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited October 18

    Again Mike Griffin's agenda of Milton over White trotted out. White's 24 yd TD run would've been 99 yards had the ball been on the 1 instead of the 24. White is the workhorse back every team needs. RB1. End of story. Milton made a great play falling on the loose ball. He must've heard me screaming at my TV.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 1,561 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Maybe it's anxiety?

  • Wozzo_the_Wonder_DogWozzo_the_Wonder_Dog Posts: 137 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Podlesny needs a nickname. Has JACKPOT been used? I used my Echo Dot to get the radio game broadcast several times this year ("Alexa play radio station WSB"), and I though Scott Howard was going to say Jackpot! when Podlesny kicked/scored (but Scott was just saying the kicker's name).

  • MikeGriffithMikeGriffith Posts: 1,748 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited October 18

    @UGADad20 UK would have been defending the field differently than it was in the Red Zone.

    Zamir's 24 yard run was nice, but do you realize he only had 22 yards on his other 11 carries? Yeah, not great workhorse numbers. But he's a great kid who has been looking better this season running North and South.

    But I didn't mention that, instead, just focused on Kendall breaking the longest run of the season by any ball carrier, and Cook averaging over 8 yards per carry and scoring on a 19-yard TD reception.

  • DallasDawgDallasDawg Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited October 18

    Hey @reddawg1, I don't want to discount anxiety as a possible reason for Jackson's struggles as a punt returner. It certainly could be that. But if that really is the case, I wonder why it would happen this season after he's already returned punts -- in bigger games -- for two years now. I think the CBS sideline reporter did say on Saturday that Kirby thought Jackson was fine and intimated that the real issue was tricky wind conditions. Perhaps that was so. I was not at the game. And Jackson hasn't bobbled or fumbled many this year. But he has seemed less sure of himself when he does make a return. Here's hoping he uses the bye week to clear his head as well. Go Dawgs!

  • DawggyDawggy Posts: 255 ✭✭✭ Junior

    So it was a different kicker who kicked out of bounds Saturday, giving UK the ball at the 35?

  • ftworthdawgftworthdawg Posts: 552 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Mike, Welcome to the J Cook fan club! It took you long enough.

  • UGA66UGA66 Posts: 2,744 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    What's the word on kicker Jared Zirkel? He signed on with a chest full of ribbons...then not one word.....Podlesny shows up. May lose him to portal...Zirkel that is.

  • ShoottheHoochShoottheHooch Posts: 1,065 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    How about “Stock Soaring” Kirby Smart?

    Not only are the Dawgs the best team in college football, Kirby has instilled in them many positive mental attributes, not the least being the class in which they play the game. I watch a lot of college football and in this area, they are second to none!

    Less than six years ago, after the last game before the off week, I would get nervous about getting on the websites covering the Dawgs because of what may have come across the police blotter overnight. No more. Kirby has gotten his players to buy into taking pride in themselves, their team, and the honor of being Georgia Bulldogs. The ones that don’t buy in soon find themselves in the portal, and though we have lost some talented players, I must say, we are a better team for it!

    Go Dawgs!

  • UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 281 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited October 19

    Mike Griffin: Here's how biased and flawed your "logic" is. KY was stacking the box on every play daring UGA(really SBIV) to try and beat them with the pass. No matter where the LOS is, White has the speed (more than Milton) to take it to the house when he breaks through the line like he did vs KY. As he did for 75 yds last season vs FL outrunning their D. Remind me again how many 75 yd runs Milton has had at UGA? Milton is an excellent power back. But his style has led to him being banged up missing 3 games last year and 1 this year. The DEFINITION of a workhorse back is one that can take a lot of carries, gain tough yards and be able to answer the bell. Milton has not proven he can do that. He has missed time with fewer carries. As for White's 2 ypc avg on his other runs, Milton avg'd MINUS 0.5 ypc on his other runs. Milton is great at what he does. Power runs. White is the better all round RB. Until Milton can prove he can take workhorse carries and be available he will not be RB1.

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