published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

5-at-10: Georgia questions, Braves stink, and NFL cuts

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From the "Talks too much" studios, let's make the magic happen.

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    Georgia senior safety Corey Moore is getting accustomed to a lot of new faces in the Bulldogs secondary.
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Georgia questions

We reviewed UT's questions Monday. We looked around the SEC on Tuesday.

Today's let's examine at the University of Georgia.

And since we have a cohost on Press Row who knows more about the Bulldogs than almost anyone, we'll pose the questions, and then we'll get his answers some time today.

Deal? Deal.

* Is the secondary ready for prime time?

* Is the receiving corps ever going to be healthy?

* Is Hutson Mason going to be more D.J. Shockley or Joe Cox?

(OK, we couldn't resist. Here are our quick answers before we call on the bullpen:

* Is the secondary ready for prime time? We say yes, because Jeremy Pruitt has never had a bad secondary, and that has to count for something.

* Is the receiving corps ever going to be healthy? No. But there is enough talent there to be at least solid, and coupled with the overflowing stars in the backfield, here's believing that Mike Bobo and the offensive staff will be able to get creative.

* Is Hutson Mason going to be more D.J. Shockley or Joe Cox? We believe Paschall is going to say more of the former, but we are leaning toward more of the latter.)

Thoughts? And remember, we'll do UTC tomorrow and if you have any questions about your college team, send them along and we'll answer them in Friday's mailbag.

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) and center fielder Juan Lagares celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. The Mets won 3-2.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Braves

Ouch-standing.

See if this strikes a chord: Braves get a solid outing from their pitching staff, fail to generate much offense and unable to make the most of the occasional base runner they do get and lose a winnable game.

Welcome to the 2014 Braves season in a sentence that also works as a game story after Tuesday's 3-2 loss at New York.

The good: Alex Wood has the look of a very capable mid- to top-of-the-rotation left-hander. In his last six starts, Wood has gone at least six innings and allowed fewer than three earned runs in each of those before Tuesday, when he allowed three. The tough-luck lefty is 9-10 on the season despite ranking in the top 15 in the NL with a 3.09 ERA.

The bad: An offense that continues to find new ways to struggle hit into four double plays Tuesday. That's hard to fathom. In fact, the plague that has been the record-setting strikeout patrol would have been better than the river of DPs the offense found.

The Uggla: It's been a while since we've checked in on Stinky Upton, and wow, has he been awful. Check these numbers: In August he is 7-for-59 (.119) with 21 strikeouts. Wowser. Dude did not play Tuesday meaning he got an actual night off in a month of off nights.

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NFL cuts

Training camps around the NFL have been full of activity and action for the better part of the last month.

Now they are about to get filled with emotion and difficult choices.

The first wave of cuts came Tuesday as teams were forced to trim rosters to 75 players. The next round comes before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline when teams must be at 53.

There were some notable names wiped from the ranks of the employed Tuesday. Here are some of the biggest:

* Kicker Jay Feely was released by Arizona.

* Adrian Wilson was released by the Bears. Wilson was arguably the best safety in football for a generation but the 35-year-old is moving too slowly to make the impact plays that were his calling card.

* Former second-rounders Alan Branch and Ras-I Dowling were released by the Bills and the Jets respectively.

* Former first-round pick Brady Quinn was cut by the Dolphins.

* The Patriots cut former Pro Bowl defensive linemen Tommy Kelly and Will Smith.

* Seattle cut former University of Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, who once was among the top high school prospects in the country.

Also on the cut list was Nu'Keese Richardson, the short-term former UT wide out who was cut by the Colts. (So yes, Richardson and Da'Rick Rogers were in the same camp for a while this month. Hide the Doritos.)

Here's CBSsports.com list of all the cuts from all the teams http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000381516/article/cuts-tracker-player-cuts-for-all-32-nfl-teams.

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This and that

— From the files of "Let's not tell everything we know," West Virginia QB Rick Trickett shared that his first kiss was Nick Saban's daughter http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11416418/west-virginia-mountaineers-qb-clint-trickett-says-nick-saban-daughter-was-first-kiss. Relax, they were 6. Funny story.

— Then there's this http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24681264/look-seahawks-fan-has-team-logo-on-prosthetic-eyeball. Dude has a fake eyeball and a Seattle Seahawks logo on the eye. Eye-gad.

— The owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves took some shots at recently departed superstar Kevin Love. Whatever.

— Man, when did UNC turn into Miami circa 1988? Here's a report that the football program — which is still on probation from previous NCAA offenses — is investigating a hazing incident https://sports.yahoo.com/news/north-carolina-investigating-alleged-hazing-incident-with-football-team-221218340.html earlier this month. Wow. At least the NCAA won't have too far to travel if they decide to look into this, since they have reopened the academic fraud investigations of the UNC hoops and football programs.

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Today's question(s)

Did you remember the mailbag?

Did you know today is Pee Wee Herman's birthday? So we're asking for a Rushmore of Pee Wees.

What's your wildest college football prediction as we near the edge of the season?

Go.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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MocTastic said...

Pee Wee Reese

Wildest prediction? UTK will go at least 6-6 and be in a bowl game? I know...I know..that is just too wild. Agree, it probably won't happen.

August 27, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.
fechancellor said...

MocTastic, do you believe deep in your heart of hearts, the Vols can beat Florida for that win?

August 27, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.
MocTastic said...

FeC. That game is one of those games where if there was a way to do it, both teams would lose.

August 27, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Jay-G...because I am too lazy to look it up myself, for the mailbag (?)

What were Butch Jones' 1st + 2nd year records at CMU + Cincinnati? Brian Kelly probably left him more at those 2 schools than Doo-little left him at UT. Thanks.

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 27, 2014 at 11 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Guys, i dont understand why everyone is making UTAH STATE out to be this great team. It's UTAH STATE for crying out loud ! Not Utah of the Pac-12 ! If Butch Jones doesnt beat them by 3 or more Touchdowns its going to be a LONG season. . . .Its a home game, SEC school, etc. UTK should beat them by 3 or more TDs . . .And I know UTK is starting all these freshman, blah, blah, but heck everyone is starting alot of freshman this year, but arent these players part of these "great" recruiting classes ?. So please, let's all try and NOT use the Dooley, Hamilton, Kiffin, Fulmer, Counzo excuse this year, please

August 27, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

The only one I can think of is a comic character: Walter "Pee Wee" Harris from Boys Life (Eagle Scout here). However, Pee Wee's real name is Paul Rubin. The character was actually created by both himself and the late Phil Hartman when they were both student/performers with "The Groundlings". It was originally suppose to be a parody of kid show hosts from both their childhoods back when such shows were both local and popular. The character was mainly local until HBO decided to do a special and of course, the Tim Berton movie which led to the TV series and the rest was history.

No major questions as much as I'm trying to keep the Ju-Ju positive. I get both nervous and excited on game day.

August 27, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.
Buschleague said...

5- UTC is going to have their hands full Thursday. We'll see how good their defensive front is. CMU returns a 1,500 yd runner and added a transfer runner from Michigan plus a off. line that returns all starters. Not sure who Jacob is throwing to but he doesn't throw much anyway (1,700 yds). Prediction: GA v AU in SEC championship. Bama has at least 2 losses. Kiffin ends up in Dallas TBC..

August 27, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Per the Glantz-Culver Line in today's T-FP, the UT-USU is now 6, after opening at 6.5...sum-botty knows sump-in sum-wares...

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 27, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Pee Wee Football.

Jomo, only you would rub it in to Vols fans on how bad their team is and then expect them to beat a decent foe by 3 TDs. Lol. And remember, Utah State will have the better QB on the field Sunday night.

August 27, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Ah, it's football season.

The gang starts to reconvene.

The topics get a little more heated.

Jomo somehow works in the most passive-aggressive Vols shot possible.

It's football time in Tennessee.

Pee Wee football is a great call. (We call them "lil Bobbleheads" by the way.)

We also could add Pee Wee from Porky's too.

August 27, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: As for my Dawgs I believe Mason may not quite pull off a Shockley but he will definitely not be a Joe Cox.

How about Pee Wee Reese!

August 27, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
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