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Blog: The calm before the summer storm

There isn’t too much downtime for a college football player, but the majority of the members of the Georgia team got time away from Athens before a return to campus in June.

Offensive lineman Chris Burnette was married on Saturday to Arielle Haynes in Tampa–he was expecting around 50 teammates to attend–and was heading to Cancun for his honeymoon.

Most players go home during Maymester, but not all.

Offensive lineman John Theus tweeted out Friday he went fishing with tailback Keith Marshall on Lake Lanier.

Coach Mark Richt estimated about 30 stick around to rehab injuries, stay in shape for the season and take classes. He said 99 percent of the team is usually back in June for the first summer session.

“They want to run, they want to lift, they want to throw, they want to catch,” he said. “They want to get prepared individually to win these jobs we’re talking about. They also want to win as a team. They want to have a special season.”

In case you were wondering, 68 percent of returning football players in Division I attend summer classes, according to the NCAA. That takes into account more than just the BCS conferences.

Quarterback Aaron Murray will meet with other team leaders and divide the players up into subgroups.

They will lead the rest of the team throughout the summer and hold them accountable for summer workouts, which are voluntary.

Last summer, coaches and players met every Thursday. That was considered character education with speakers coming in to talk.

This summer, they will do that and break them up by class. Different coaches will handle mainly leadership issues. Richt is working with the seniors.

“It’s going to be up to them to get the work done,” he said.


Georgia basketball signee Cameron Forte won’t arrive in Athens in June, coach Mark Fox said.

The junior college transfer from Tempe, Ariz., had one class to take in May, “but there were not enough people enrolled so they stopped offering the class. Now he’s taking it in June so he won’t be on campus until the second term.”

So the forward who played a season at Howard College (Texas) will have his arrival delayed until July.

“It was really out of his control,” Fox said. “That sets him back a month, but he can lift where he is so it’s not a big deal.”

I can’t say I’m thrilled with reports the NFL could be moving the draft back to May (UPDATE: NFL announced draft is now set for May 8-10 in 2014 at Radio City Music Hall). That means even more build-up to something that already has a long process from the
Senior Bowl to combine to pro days.

One upside could be for injured players to recover in time to get in workouts.

Cornerback Brandon Boykin and receiver Marlon Brown from Georgia come to mind.


The MLB first-year player draft is June 6-8.

Georgia signee and OF Clint Frazier from Loganville is ranked the No. 4 draft prospect by Baseball America. He was expected to go the pro route. Perfect Game wrote that Georgia “doesn’t have a single player with the possible exception of senior shortstop Kyle Farmer that looks like a potential top 10 round pick.


On a personal note, I won’t be in Destin this week for the SEC spring meetings.

So I’m taking some time off instead. That means things on Twitter for me should be quiet during the next week. Follow me at twitter.com/marcweiszer when things get cranking up again.

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