The real strength of the 2008-2009 Bulldog roster figures to be junior center Jarvis Varnado. Jarvis has shown the natural progression of a valuable college player regardless of position. Even by modest expectations, he figures to improve on his productive sophomore season where he assaulted the record books. In Varnado, Rick Stansbury has a legitimate All SEC performer and a definitive game changer. Any doubters should be pointed to archived broadcasts and told to pay special attention to the team's performances with and without "The Swat."
If Varnado is to continue his improvement, he should hope to pack on as much lean muscle as possible. He's used to playing within his light frame, but added strength and stamina can only make him better at holding his position on the blocks. Also at issue will be the expectation of offensive contribution. If the group at power forward isn't immediately productive then Varnado will have to become a 17-10-5 type player respective to scoring, rebounding, and blocking shots. He might be capable of that, but the big guy is obviously placing "Help Wanted" signs in the lockers of Brian Johnson, Romero Osby, and Elgin Bailey.
Speaking of Bailey, he's had a productive Summer in terms of basketball and is said to be a few pounds lighter for his second go round. Elgin is the perfect change of pace for resting Jarvis. He's a wide body, but he's quick for his size and very agressive. From a production standpoint, he might be overlooked. From a competitive standpoint he's going to be outstanding depth.-005