Just three days ago Notre Dame safety Derrik Allen announced he would be leaving Notre Dame immediately while seeking a transfer. The redshirt freshman today announced he would be going back to his home state with the Georgia Tech winning his transfer services.
Allen decided to part ways with Notre Dame one week into fall camp because he wasn't in the 2-deep at a stacked safety position. At the time Allen was seen as the 5th option behind starters Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott. Last week saw freshman sensation Kyle Hamilton make an immediate impact at the safety position in practice to vault Allen on the depth chart. To see a fellow Georgia peach product in Hamilton immediately jump you on the depth chart had to be jarring for Allen.
My honest assessment of Allen coming out of high school was that he would probably outgrow the safety position. Allen's frame (6'1 and 205 lbs) looked like it would fill out to a linebacker in the near future. During Allen's redshirt season he gained the "freshman 15" to put him around 220 which in today's game is too big for safety. I'd be surprised if he sticks at safety in college.
While Notre Dame loses a player who could have easily made the 2-deep next season with the impending graduations of Gilman and Elliott Georgia Tech picks up another big time recruit. First year GT head coach Geoff Collins has been looking into locking down the "404" area code in Atlanta which is where Allen is from (Marietta's Lassiter High School). Allen will get his chance to play vs the Blue and Gold in 2020 when Notre Dame travels to Atlanta to play Tech in the Mercedez Benz Stadium. Allen will also get a chance to play in Notre Dame Stadium when Tech travels to South Bend the following season.
C H I L L S pic.twitter.com/GQWuylIiLR— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 7, 2019
If this college football montage released by ESPN today doesn't have you giddy with excitement for the upcoming season then you are already dead inside.
The odds on favorite to meet Clemson again in the playoffs has to be Alabama with Tua back to win a Natty and a possible Heisman Trophy.
But you can't count out Jake Fromm and the UGA Bulldogs from knocking off Bama in the SEC Championship or playoffs if they can finally finish the drill.
Notre Dame will be looking to get back to the playoffs and seek their revenge vs Clemson if they can beat UGA in the regular season. With Ian Book back at QB you might wanna just go ahead and Book It.
And don't you dare forget about Oklahoma who will be looking to make their 3rd playoff appearance in a row with a transfer QB leading the charge in former Bama QB Jalen Hurts behind center.
Couple of injury notes from today:
-Sophomore RB Jahmir Smith has a broken hand but will continue to play with a cast.
-Freshman OL Quinn Carroll has a knee injury and will be out for the season. Tough break for the early enrollee who impressed in the spring but was looking to redshirt this year anyways.
Thoughts on head coach Brian Kelly's recap of Day 4:
-It sounds like Shaun Crawford is competing both for a cornerback spot and safety spot on the team. Both positions have a lot of depth according to Kelly so it will be interesting to see what playing time Crawford earns this fall in camp.
-LB Asmar Bilal was at BUCK today but I'm not so sure he will even start this season despite being the only linebacker with extensive starting experience.
-Backup sophomore QB Phil Jurkovec made improvements today in his footwork and mechanics according to Kelly. His development is huge this fall since he will likely have to play given the chances of injury to starter Ian Book. Speaking of Book it looks like he's sporting a mustache...
-Love the way the receivers are competing out there for the ball. From the highlight of sophomore WR Braden Lenzy going deep and getting separation "over the top" he could be a huge down the field target for Book this season.
-Junior Michael Young makes a sensational catch over Troy Pride who was absolutely blanketing him in coverage brought flashbacks of Michael Floyd out there. Young looks really well put together and it's obvious he's been working hard with Balis in the strength department.
-Kelly praised senior Javon McKinley and sophomore WR Lawrence Keys who both could be due for breakout seasons as backups. And of course the highlight of Chase Claypool going over Troy Pride (poor Pride had perfect coverage again) to make another sensational catch has me excited about the endless possibilities at a very deep wide receiver position this season for Book to use at his disposal.
-Looks like freshmen Isaiah Foskey and Kyle Hamilton are making their presences felt running special teams drills.
Hello Isaiah Foskey and Kyle Hamilton. https://t.co/0CVEKLApgd— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) August 8, 2019
-Tomorrow will be open to the media and the focus will be on the defense and tackling according to Kelly.
Just a total head scratcher move here by Baltimore Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart. I mean he has a glove but instead of using it Stewart tries to catch the ball with his fucking head.
1st pitch Acuña Matata means 💣 tonight! https://t.co/SdUnVccAkD— SportsCrack Apparel (@sportscrack) August 7, 2019
There is no way if it's 411 feet to Minnesota's centerfield fence that the ball Ronald Acuna Jr just hit only went another 15 feet over the fence. Give me a fucking break. That was at least 450 feet.
Who's doing the measuring? I demand to meet this Statcast person.
As you can see and hear Notre Dame put on the pads today and the competition got a little more heated on Day 3 at Culver Academies.
Some highlights include:
-Tight end Cole Kmet with a juke move on his route to get safety Alohi Gilman skating for a long gain.
-WR Braden Lenzy catching a quick WR screen, making a good spin move to avoid #28 (?) and is greeted by Shaun "Mongoose" Crawford in the hole. Great to see Crawford back on the field. Welcome back indeed.
-Kmet catching a quick slant from Ian Book.
-WR Chase Claypool making a ridiculous circus over-the-back catch vs CB Troy Pride. I don't know how Claypool managed to catch it but damn I hope to see a lot more of that in the fall from Chase.
-RB Jafar Armstrong picking up strong blocks from left tackle Liam Eichenberg and left guard Tommy Kraemer and busting it back inside for a gain.
Brian Kelly recapped today's practice with Jack Nolan...
Take notes Michigan State. This is how you do a special uniform. These new "blackout" uniforms for Boise State are fire.
Take a look at the Boise State blackout helmet and the detail that went into it.
Pretty much standard stuff here from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Coming out of Day 2 in fall camp at Culver Academies as long as there are no significant injury reports and everyone seems to be moving along as needed I'm happy.
One of the more pressing questions going into year 2 of Ian Book at QB is whether or not he could hit the more intermediate to deep routes to his wide receivers in stride. As good as Book was last year the Notre Dame offense left a lot of points on the field because of misses with the deep throws. This slow motion clip of Book hitting sophomore WR Lawrence Keys in stride shows progress as Keys blows past freshman safety Kyle Hamilton.
King doing King stuff.
Must be nice to have 30/30 stuff at age 21 with a hose of an arm that looks absolutely perfect throwing seeds out in right field. I don't know about you guys but I'm thinking this kid might be pretty good.
Sources: Brenton Cox has been dismissed from the Georgia football team. https://t.co/dzmlSIM24C— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) August 5, 2019
Fall camp just started but UGA got some unexpected bad news today. Starting linebacker Brenton Cox was dismissed from the team and has entered the transfer portal.
ATHENS — Georgia football sophomore outside linebacker Brenton Cox has entered the transfer portal after parting ways with the Bulldogs.
The portal reflected the transaction early on Monday afternoon.
Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning provided a clue earlier Monday morning that something could be amiss with Cox.
When asked how Cox might contribute to the team this season, Lanning replied, “That’s a good question. I would leave that up to coach Smart at this time.”
Cox is a 6'4 outside linebacker who as a 5-star freshman last season played in 13 of 14 games with one start vs Texas in the Sugar Bowl. While Cox's stats were modest with 20 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and 3 pass breakups he was expected to get significant playing time as a potential starter this year.
Cox if you recall got into a little bit of trouble his freshman season with sophomore linebacker Robert Beal when they were busted with cannabis inside their dorm room by an RA. The two players were taken into police custody less than an hour before a UGA spring practice on April 2.
No word yet on where Cox could be looking to transfer to. The Lithonia, GA product was committed to Ohio State before flipping to UGA. If I had to guess where he ends up Auburn has a history of picking up talented discarded Dawgs.