Vision is definitely critical for running backs to have. They not only have to see the hole when it opens, but they need to see the holes before they open. They need to know how to set up blocks, see the little crease only they can see, and head that direction before the hole is even totally open. Malcome does have good vision, he sees things developing, and he has very good instincts as a running back. I feel guys like WaShaun Ealey and Caleb King have great vision as well while Richard Samuel is a more straight-line runner that hasn't showed great vision out of the backfield. As a running back you have to make split second decisions when you get the ball and the vision many times is behind a one yard gain or a 30 yard touchdown run. It is a big key for running backs.
Can players like Alec Ogletree, who are playing center field more than safety, get into bad habits playing that way?
I don't think it hurts players that much to be honest. He has to do what is best for his high school team and it may not be lining up the same way that will in college, but many can make the adjustment. He will still have many of the same assignments and he will be more involved when he gets to Georgia than he is now at Newnan. He is the last line of defense for the Cougars, so he has to stay back and play smart. At Georgia, he will be a strong safety that will fill lanes, get up in the box at times, and be a bigger part of their scheme. He still has some work to do at safety, but he is a special player. He covers a lot of ground, he has great range, he is a strong tackler, and I feel he will slide right in and compete early in Athens.
Jakar Hamilton is not a huge safety, but has great ball skills. Does his addition to the roster seem like an immediate upgrade, or is that wishful thinking?
I think his addition based off what I have seen is definitely an upgrade the minute he arrives. Not only does he have good ball skills, but he is also a vicious hitter, a leader, and a strong cover guy for a safety. He will bring a lot of fire to the secondary and he could help at free or strong. I look at him more as a free safety because of all that he can do. I do not think it is wishful thinking at all when talking about The Hitman being an immediate upgrade to the UGA secondary. He will likely make some big plays early in his career.
Teddy Bridgewater, Christian LeMay and C.J. Uzomah - all four-stars, but which of those is the best fit at Georgia? Could it be possible for the Dawgs to sign two signal callers - even if Uzomah moves to another spot later in his career?
Hard for me to say any of those are bad fits for Georgia, but I feel the best QB out of that group right now is Teddy Bridgewater. I think LeMay reads the defenses a little better, Bridgewater has the tools to be one of the top overall prospects in the country next year. He has a very strong arm, he has great length, and he can run the ball as well. In the system UGA runs now with the play-action heavily involved, I see LeMay as the best fit, but UGA also runs some zone read out of the gun which fits Uzomah and Bridgewater very well. UGA would love to land any of these three in 2011.
On them taking two quarterbacks, it is a possibility because Uzomah's versatility, but I think it will be hard for them to get two QBs in one class in 2011 like they did in 2009 with Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger. LeMay is a quarterback all the way while Bridgewater and Uzomah have both stared at wide receiver for their teams in the past, so anything is possible.