In August, Georgia and Georgia Tech were considered two programs headed in opposite directions. Some three months later, the teams indeed are riding different tides, just not in the fashion most expected. The No. 19 Bulldogs, who were loaded with talent and deemed a possible national title contender, have fallen far short of preseason expectations. And the No. 18 Yellow Jackets, who lost all-everything quarterback Joe Hamilton and didn't appear capable of finding an adequate replacement, have surpassed theirs. You can bet recruits are taking notice.
ATLANTA - At a physical last week at the 14th annual Georgia-Florida High School All-Star Game, Georgia area player of the year Jessie Miller found out his shoulder is worst then he realized. Miller has torn ligaments in his right shoulder and will have surgery in July in Athens to repair it. The Washington County star said he will red-shirt at Georgia this season since his shoulder probably will take three months to heal.
Two states that annually produce some of the country's top football players will knock heads tonight at the Georgia Dome. The 14th annual Georgia-Florida High School Football All-Star game will be at 6 p.m. and be televised by Fox/SportsSouth. Georgia broke a six-game nonwinning streak last season with a 25-14 win in which rising Tennessee sophomore running back Jamal Lewis of Atlanta was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Former Josey stars Armark Tolbert, of Middle Georgia Junior College, and Deon Grant, also a rising sophomore at Tennessee, had interceptions.
ATLANTA -- The phone rings constantly, but Butch Brooks seems prepared for every call. Rosters chocked with tidbits of information on each player lie next to books filled with coaches' numbers. The reference information appears endless. He tells you it's work. But from the look on his face to the way his conversations invariably drift to any topic and inevitably produce swelling laughter, the theory's a hard sell. And then he just plain admits it. "I'm like a dang six-year-old kid in a candy shop," Brooks says as he ignores one of the incoming calls.