Todd Grantham is gone, and Jeremy Pruitt has replaced him. In a non-scientific poll taken over the weekend a small portion of Dawg Post subscribers said overwhelmingly that they had a more favorable view of the future of Georgia football than they did this time a year ago.
Question: “As of today (01/31/14) are you more or less optimistic of the trajectory of the Georgia football program than you were on January 31, 2013 (01/31/13)?”
97% of respondents said they felt more optimistic than they were this time a year ago. Considering that Georgia finished the season #5 in the final national poll of 2012, and the program was within yards of winning the SEC title, that’s a pretty staggering percentage.
Perhaps captured in that number was the frustration of an 8-5 season full of youth, injuries and narrow misses. 2013 will go down as one of the most stressful seasons in the history of the storied program.
Respondents were more varied in their responses to the other two questions asked in the poll.
“Of the players committed to Georgia as of today (01/31/14) which one (only one) player have the most impact in his career at Georgia? In other words who will be the best player at Georgia in his career?”
34% of respondents felt that five-star running back Sony Michel would have the best career of all of the players committed to the Bulldogs at the time. Fellow running back Nick Chubb came in a very close second at 33%.
The duo is expected to be the top running back tandem signed in the class of 2014 – as the Bulldogs have two of the top nine running backs in the country. Still, the different running style seems to be a clear point of distinction for second-ranked Michel (explosion) and ninth-ranked Chubb.
10% of respondents felt that Brooks County defensive back Malkom Parrish would finish with the best career of those committed on the last day of January. Parrish will have a very good chance to play early in his career considering the young and inconsistency of the players in Georgia’s secondary as it stands right now.
Quarterback Jacob Park and tight end Jeb Blazevich, both out-of-state prospects, got 5% of the vote while several other players checked in under 5%.
The final question could be answered in somewhat of a “in the eye of the beholder” light.
“Of the players committed to Georgia as of today (01/31/14) which one (only one) player is the sleeper of the class?”
Respondents named a slew of different players – including some highly-rated players in their answer. But it was former Swainsboro wide receiver Rico Johnson who received the highest vote total at 23%.
Linebacker Keyon Brown, who had a very impressive all-star break over the holidays, came in second at 18%. Rutland receiver Shakenneth Williams took home 10% of the vote.
Nearly every three-star prospect the Bulldogs had committed at the time had a vote from the respondents.