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I say let him run back the opening kick off just to get his head in the game and ready to make some big plays.
I am of the belief that C. Black is and was better than most of the WR on the roster before he was hurt(he was ranked among the top 3 WR in the nation). So it doesnt say anything bad about the other WRs because frankly they have done and excellent job this year. It speaks more about the ablity and determination of Chris. Most of you sound as though putting him in the game is a big risk....Why? How? Chris has been on campus since last winter, went through spring training/practice, had a great A-Day game, went through summer workouts and fall practice and according to the reports from coaches and players he was poised to make a big spash this fall. Why would you doubt that player simply because he is coming off of an injury, even after he was cleared by the doctors to take contact? Who knows if Bama will be back in the hunt for these game again in the next 4 years?(I hope they will) If any of you were Chris you would not say...." I dont wanna play in the championship games coach....I wanna wait till next year and play the whole season." That is not the mind set of a "Football Player". If you have ever played football...you know that as a player you want to be in the game...plain and simple.
Just for kicks, I'd send him on a post pattern the first play he's in just to test the respect they are going to give him. But instead of throwing to him, hit Cooper on a drag route across the middle.
If he blows by the defensive backs, even if we don't throw it to him, it will be in their minds the rest of the game. Then the play action running game can really take charge!
This is like the best thread all year!
What a story if it plays out!
Appears to me Chris was just hammering the coaches to get in there.
Hey, Coach I'm good let me help, I can help, you'll see!
This kid plays like the heart he has, we may see a record day in receptions!
I tend to agree that he won't be here 5 years anyway, might as well use him. Besides it is so hard to get to a championship game, you have to do everything possible to win it when you are there.
And it is something for the UGA coaches to think about. With Cooper on the field, you certainly want help (safety, nickel, whatever). You have to put a good player on Norwood and you probably want help there. Now, what do you do with Black? And what do you do if he runs off and leaves your guy on the first play? Go dime and worry about Williams or Lacy catching one out of the backfield? Just play zone all the time? UGA has a very very good defensive backfield. This will give them some things to think about if Black is ready for the speed of the game and if his injury has healed enough to hold onto the ball and block effectively. And if CNS puts him out there, I'm pretty confident he's ok on both of those counts.
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Black has speed that can't really be replicated by anyone on the roster other than maybe Belue. I always caution against reading too much in 40-yard times because the receiver position is really not played in straight line speed but quick hip movement and clean change of direction. Bell has become a consistent threat this season compared to the last few years where he'd make one big play then disappear for games at time because he cleaned up his route running and technique. I felt he got pushed off his routes too much last year...either veering him off where McCarron wanted to go over the middle or simply getting played into the 12th defender (the sideline). Black may face the same issues, he's a young guy...his pure speed is lethal though if teams let him get some free releases.