UGA had its first scrimmage of the fall, Jacob Eason’s shoulder got tons of attention, a former starter left (or was asked to leave) the program and a player from another SEC institution (Alabama no less) was cleared to enroll and play right away.
Any one of those slew of items would be enough alone to talk about in this edition of What We Are Hearing, but we actually have a lot more - including updates on how those events unfolded as well as updates on Lorenzo Carter, the Dawg Walk, Nick Chubb and the QB race as it enters its final week of full-blown pre-season competition.
Where to start?
UGA must have felt good about its chances to get Mo Smith into school before the announcement was made by Alabama and the SEC. The athletic department was busy trying to get Smith enrolled as early as the middle of last week. The SEC’s seeming rubber stamp on the matter came down on Friday, so UGA was ahead of the game - at least it was planning in an optimistic way.
It was an amazing move by Smith, but particularly by his mother, who would not take no for an answer. But the entire matter reinforced some negativity by a group of insiders at UGA.
“It really shows how flawed our system is,” said one insider. “I mean this kid graduated from Alabama, and he’s being held there… I’m not sure why. I don’t say this lightly when I say the system seems somewhat like slavery. These kids get out there and do manual labor, and when they fulfill their obligations by graduating they have to beg and plead to get out of a place they just helped make millions of dollars a year. That’s (expletive) up.”