Dennis Felton lost his second player in about two weeks to attrition. First it was Billy Humphrey who was dismissed following his third arrest. Now promising young player Jeremy Jacob has left the program apparently in search of playing time.
This is a story that UGASports.com started following last week. Jacob is a 6'7" forward who spent the bulk of last year injured. Pre-season, Jacob was described to me as having an attitude and enthusiasm for basketball that would remind Georgia fans of Knowshon Moreno. Note: I didn't say that he was an All-SEC Caliber player as a FR. It was a discussion of his style of play.
That sort of passion for the game would have been a nice addition to this year's team.
An optimist sees this as the thinning of the herd. I see it as a part of a broader trend in Felton's inability to keep kids on campus. We're averaging two or more departures (voluntary or involuntary) per year.
If you've got three guys digging a ditch and two guys standing on top of the hole pouring dirt back in on top of them, it's tough to make much progress.
I seriously doubt that losing Jacob changes the destiny of the upcoming 2008-2009 season. It mainly bothers me because of the broader issue of departures. Losing Humphrey on the other hand is a big deal. There's no proven shooter on this roster next year, and I'm not convinced Swansey has the handle at point either.
On the bright side, it's rumored to be one heck of an entertaining schedule. On the downside, it's rumored to be one heck of an entertaining schedule.
Football season can't come soon enough.