Posted: 12:25 am Friday, January 10th, 2014

Jacob Park: UGA QB signee shakes off all-star struggles 

By Michael Carvell

The high school coach of one of UGA’s marquee recruits defended his star player’s struggles in a pair of all-star games.

Jacob Park is a 4-star quarterback from Goose Creek, S.C., who signed early with UGA and enrolled in college this week with the Bulldogs.

UGA QB signee Jacob Park (247sports.com)

UGA QB signee Jacob Park (247sports.com)

“I think Jacob will improve in time,” Stratford coach Ray Stackley told the AJC on Thursday night. “He’s got a big upside. He’s got a big arm. All the people all the Army Bowl felt like he had the best arm out of all the quarterbacks there.

“There’s a lot of other intangibles he’s got to work on, but he’ll work hard. He’ll get better.”

By all accounts, Park lived up to the advanced hype as South Carolina’s No. 1-rated overall prospect with a monster senior season. He passed for 3,665 yards and 33 touchdowns while leading Stratford to an appearance in the state championship game. He was named  South Carolina’s Mr. Football by the State Newspaper.

However, Park could drop in the rankings after a pair of all-star appearances. At the Shrine Bowl, Park completed 3 of 11 passes for 63 yards and took three sacks. In last week’s Army Bowl, Park completed 1 of 8 passes for six yards and one interception.

Naturally, with Park being such a high-profile recruit, both performances were scrutinized by recruiting websites and analysts, along with football fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Rivals.com called Parks one of “five players on the way down” in the rankings.

“As he did at the Shrine Bowl, Park again looked sharp all week in practices only to struggle when the bright lights came on,” according to the website. “He completed just 1-of-8 passes on the day and threw a really bad interception straight to a defensive back. The physical tools are there, but Park is going to have to get over the mental roadblock that arises in game-play.”

It’s common for skill players, especially quarterbacks, to struggle in all-star games when they have to try to develop chemistry and timing with new teammates in a short amount of time. UGA freshmen QB Brice Ramsey threw three interceptions in last year’s Under Armour All-America game.

“Jacob didn’t have the best Army All-America game, but they take three quarterbacks in there,” Stackley said. “It’s difficult to play three quarterbacks in the game, and to get them into a rhythm. You don’t have time to develop chemistry with your receivers because you’re throwing to different guys every day at every practice. They bring all these elite athletes to these all-star games, and they all want to play, so you’ve got to play them.

“He made some good throws in both games, and he made a bad throw in the Army game on the interception. That could’ve happened to anybody because when his rotation came around, they were in a situation where they had to throw it. A lot of times, people don’t see what’s going everywhere on the play. They focus on the quarterback, and not the receiver … but Jacob understands. The quarterback is going to always get a lot of criticism. It will just make him work harder.”

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23 comments
Lambert Dawg
Lambert Dawg

Does anyone remember Herschel  Walkers stats in the Allstar games?  I am just glad Parks, Chubb, Michel and Gaillard didn't get hurt. Get to Athens guys and go to work.

Wwatl34
Wwatl34

Better poll might be....who'll end up the starter by the end of the season. Not sold on Mason. But again. He was missing someone who could stretch the field.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Anybody that puts any serious faith in the analysis of All Star game performances... needs to have their head examined.  These things mean next to nothing.  Especially for QBs.  I wish he hadn't played in them... he had nothing to gain from it really.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Moist Dawg....


When are you going to stop pretending to be a Georgia fan?  No one is as dumb as you post on here.     

BCB
BCB

He is already at UGA so who cares what these recruiting websites think? Richt and Bobo have a proven tract record for developing QBs.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

I'm not a Mike Bobo fan when it comes to the OC position but I do think he can develop QBs. Park has a big arm by all accounts and with proper coaching on throwing techniques, he can develop into a very good QB. He looks like a tough kid so welcome to UGA.

Whiznot
Whiznot

None of the above. Dawg fans need to pray that Mason stays healthy.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

hes comin to the new qb u so hell be fine although I wish hed find himself a tshrt hes a bulldawg now time to act like it. i dont need to see no dude running around with his shirt off

TampGator1
TampGator1

pistolpete.....


Park was at the Elite 11 and performed very well.  Hardly overrated, I would say.  Outstanding, strong arm.  His football mind is the question right now.    

pistolpete22
pistolpete22

Seen him play several times in person. Way overrated.  He will be competing for the Charleston Southern University QB in about 3 years.

dawgs01
dawgs01

u cant tell anything off these games.  these kids are doing interviews all thru practice and leading up to the game for the first time in their career and they got one wk. of practice.  it aint like high school practice where u talk to local reporter who u have known since you were a freshmen.  there are media members everywhere.  this can be overwhelming for the first time.  plus, no way you can build any chemistry in these games.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Other than the one long pass completion Will Grier threw, he also struggled.  But neither struggled because of a lack of talent.  The every play rotation of the QBs in the game was stupid and neither QB ever felt comfortable running the offense.  But Grier looked a lot more polished and athletic between the two.  Park was throwing off balance a lot and threw several balls directly into the ground.  But neither QB was helped by their receivers, who often ran incorrect patterns, causing bad throws or incompletions.  So, I would say to put no stock in either players results from high school all star practices, other than they were selected to play in the game, and that means something for sure.   

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Park definitely panicked in the Army All American game. Was trying to do too much. He should have run half of the plays because the East's Defensive and Offensive Lines were horrible. That is why Florida's commit was a lot more successful than Park. 

My guess right now is Park has a 95% chance of being Red Shirted for 2014.  

RealProblem
RealProblem

Bottom line: the very most important prospect in this years class. Kid has some skills that are not present at Georgia. Will he need to be red shirted? Probably, but most QB's in the SEC are their first year. THE REAL PROBLEM: for him and Dawg fans is who in the world is going to play in the trenches? Folks need to come to grip that we are nothing but an average team......good offense for one more year and horrible defense for who knows how long. MARK RICHT IS NOT THE ANSWER.........

POAD2013
POAD2013

He will be better in time with his teammates. I'm not a big fan of all star games. When working with people you don't know their tendencies and having to pass is not the best situation for sure. Wanting to do a lot to show people doesn't help when they have so few snaps to play in the game.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Those games are hard o get a handle on. They really don't have much time to work with the WR's or centers. Not sure if he played bad because he is not as good as people thought or just working with people he didn't know. 

Do people really think Bauta is really going to be the Back-up?


I think he passed for 33 TDs.

I think 6 yards and 1 INT


MoistDawg
MoistDawg

just because you dont agree with me doesnt mean you can insult me you and obama should hang out. wait what was that? oh I think ga southern scored again.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@BostonBullDawg  


Lemay is not even on the special teams chalk board...he never could get his head around the playbook is the rumor (Even David Greene once said Richt's playbook is an abyss of offensive plays). Having said that - as talented an athlete as he was touted to be coming out of high school, you'd think he would have played somewhere, somehow. He has been a bust at Georgia.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@TampGator1  


I've heard it said he's a little careless with the ball at times. That will have to be corrected or he will be warming the pines under CMR and Bobo.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@pistolpete22- this is not so code for "I'm a South Carolina native... I am a Lamecocks fan... and I see this an anopportunity to rag on Georgia because they took the South Carolina Mr.Football from us again.


Sour grapes.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@C-Kirk  


I see him redshirting...Ramsey and Batua are next in line unless Parks shows some serious playing chops.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@POAD2013  


See Poad - you can make good observations and post good comments when you want to <G>