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Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Sutton, Quarles, and Hampton likely all received higher Draft grades than Ace.
Not sure if serious. Quarles would not even be drafted if he were to come out. Hampton would probably not be drafted either. Sutton-who knows.
Ace said he got a 2nd-3rd round grade.
I doubt that. Sutton even start. Quarles and Hampton were more than likely third day picks (5-7). Ace prolly had the highest grade other than ML. Quarles and Hampton are both good, but i doubt that they were 2nd round.
But to the OP, i get the concern. But it happens, to everyone, but it hurts more here because you look behind them and scratch your head. For instance, UGA has Jarvis Jones leaving. Yes, the next guy will be inexperienced, but it's prolly going to be that Clemmons kid that was highly rated out of high school. One difference between us and bigger programs is that if these guys stay one more year, it would seem more capable for the program to take the next step. They don't, and while we stay relevant, it's hard to build a championship squad with players you depend on exiting. Even LSU, yeah they have guys leaving early. But look at their recruits the past 3 years. They'll retool, drop off a smidge, then be right back at it. I've said it before, Sidney Rice leaving set us back 2 to 3 years. We had highly rated recruits we put out of position for trying to replace him. Imagine if we could have put culliver at CB to begin with. Or Mark Barnes at safety full time?
We will be fine though, we aren't hurting for talent at receiver, and we've won games without a dominant return guy. The biggest concern is still LB. Although DJ was a playmaker, i believe Brison takes the role of secondary calls while hampton provides more of the energy. Ronnie martin slides into the nickel role. At LB Kaiwan has to produce, no other way around it. The dline will be able to protect him somewhat but he's going to need to make plays. Bryant at WLB will be good, IMO he'll be freshman all-sec. diggs and golightly will take a couple lumps, but overall prove to be solid.
If we were depending on one guy for our success, we were doomed from the start. Imagine how OP felt each time Marcus went down.
Lemme guess, you weren't concerned after lattimore went down in 2011? We had unknown backs (besides miles who is meh imo) that were going to replace him. Of course most gamecocks were concerned. Even as delusional as you are I'm surprised you weren't. Last year I wasn't quite as concerned b/c mike davis. We have no known back up punt returners who are a threat. Hell even gilmore, as great of an athlete as he was/is, was just average punt returner. Our special teams have been horrible for years. I don't apologize for being concerned that our home run threat is now gone and we have no known returners who can come close to replacing him.
What does that mean for the 2013 season since we're depending on Clowney?
Those "big time" programs also lost several key players and kept only 1 or maybe 2. UGA lost Jones, Ogeltree, and Geathers (to name the ones that come to mind). Logan Thomas sucks. Bama lost Lacy and a few others. LSU and FL got pummeled with early entrants to the draft. We lost 1 guy but have done well to keep several over the last few years like Swearinger, Holloman, Hampton, and Taylor.
I love Ace and am thrilled that he was a Gamecock. However, everyone got worried when AJ and SG went pro early last year, and we were fine. Other WRs will step up since we have been doing that for a long time (Rice to McKinley to Jeffrey to Ace, for example). Cooper, Hampton, Christian, Carson, Byrd, Ellington, and others will step in as a PR especially now that we have a better ST coach. People worried when Munnerlyn went pro since he was a good PR (although not as good as Ace). I expect little drop off on PRs and none at WR.
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We don't depend on any one player. We lost Melvin, Gilmore, Antonio, Whitlock, and Alshon from last year. Clowney doesn't score points. He's a great pass rusher, and a once in a lifetime player, but he plays 1 of 11 positions. Clowney wasn't even a starter last year, and we won 11 games. Do you think jawja is doomed now that Jarvis is gone? Antonio Allen had one of the best seasons we will likely ever see last year, and we moved on. The only guy we are dependant on is Spurrier.
we lost marcus lattimore for a half against kentucky a few years back and ended up losing the game b/c of it. The bottom line is there will be close games against the better SEC teams and having a Ace not returning punts for us next year may cost us field position and/or a score that could win the game, win the east. The East will be won by 1 game b/w us, florida and georgia. I hope someone steps up and is close to Ace. If not, it may cost us a game, therefore the division.
Agree on all fronts
I know Ace's WR numbers are replaceable (if that's a word), but not sure about his big play ability as a WR and PR being replaced by one person. That being said, what worries me trmendously about next year is leadership. DJ, Shaq, Marcus, Cunningham, etc - you can replace talent (hopefully), but you better hope we have some leaders. Before SM tells me we do have leaders, I don't think anyone including SOS knows at this point and time if we have "enough" leaders. Hopefully people emerge over winter workouts and the summer. Ace was a good leader that will be sorely missed IMHO.
except this thread is about losing him as a punt returner, not really as WR so his listing of the WR depth chart does nothing to make me feel better.
Lewan is your only real example here. Murray is a 5'11 QB with a mid-round grade. Boyd got a 5th round grade.
You think all 10 of LSU's players had high grades? You think all of UGA's players had high grades? No, most of them graded in the mid rounds and were told they could move up with a big combine. You continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that kids leave regardless of school when they think they have a shot at a big payday. A couple of exceptions to the rule (Lewan, Spiller a few years ago, Tebow) actually prove the rule, not it's opposite.
Just admit you're mad that Ace is leaving and get over it. We're not any better or worse at this than the other schools.
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