No, Georgia is not doing itself any favors on the recruiting front with its record of 1-4.
But according to recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, he's heard nothing but words of support from the Bulldogs' 16 verbal commitments.
"I tell you what, the commitments have been very, very positive," Garner said. "I haven't heard anything negative from those guys - at least they haven't said anything to us. I don't know what they're saying to you guys. We get just the one phone call; you get 100. So, I don't know. It may be different but everything I've heard has been very positive from those guys."
But Garner also stressed it's important for the Bulldogs to get the program back on the winning track.
Although proper evaluation is always one of the top challenges for a coaching staff, in the case of Georgia, getting some victories would certainly help feelings as well.
"In recruiting, there's never an exact science. I may see this kid as being this and you may see him at that. You can go by all the measurable you want, but it's hard to evaluate whether a young man is going to come and get hurt, how many kids you're going to lose early to the NFL and what-not. I think you're constantly looking to how you get where you are," Garner said. "But right now, I don't think that's as important right now, as is how do we move from this place? After the season, you sit there and you say 'How did I get there and how do you avoid repeating the cycle? Right now, we are where we are but we've got figure out how to get to the next place."
NCAA rules prohibit Garner or any college coach to speak specifically about perspective players, but overall the veteran coach feels good about the players he has commitments from so far.
"You're going to have an X-number of misses, whether it be due to injuries or a kid not developing you thought he would, or one might get in trouble, so you've got to factor that in," Garner said. "But can we still do better? Yeah, we must do better, that's our job. That's what we were hired to do, we have to get better. Just like the fans that are not happy, I can tell you we're not satisfied. With the hours we put in here? We definitely are not satisfied."
Searels uncertain about O-line starters
Offensive line coach Stacy Searels said he has no idea which five linemen will be starting come Saturday's game against Tennessee.
He wasn't about to give out any clues, either.
"We'll see Saturday when we line up, that's when we'll see exactly whose starting," Searels said.
Searels did say that junior Trinton Sturdivant is getting ever closer to being an every-down performer.
"Trinton played, I think he took two/thirds of the snaps, so he's starting to come around," Searels said. "He's performing at a solid level, but he's like everybody else on our unit - everybody has to play better. We've got to get some guys to step up."
Earlier in the day, head coach Mark Richt challenged the offensive line to play more physical.
Searels was asked how he planned to make that happen.
"We have practiced very physical this week. We have gotten after it, we have hit more, we have done more live drills," Searels said. "Football is a physical sport, it's not for everybody. What we need to do is get guys playing with their motors running, hit, play hard and finish blocks."
This and that
Wide receiver A.J. Green repeated an earlier statement that there's a part of him that thinks he owes fans to return for his senior season following his four-game suspension by the NCAA, but added he will get together with his family and coaches before coming to any sort of decision. Green had repeated the same answer when asked if a potential NFL lockout would have any effect on his decision.
Wide receiver Marlon Brown did not practice Tuesday due to a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable for Saturday.
Defensive end Abry Jones did not dress out to start practice but returned midway through drills.
Tight end Orson Charles wore a green non-contact jersey due to an unspecified injury.
Linebacker Richard Samuel (leg) dressed out in for Tuesday's 23-period practice, of which eight periods were open to the media for the first time in Richt's 10-year regime.
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