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UGA’s Bobo, Richt offer conflicting reports on receivers

  • 3:05 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

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ATHENS – I’m pretty sure Mark Richt and Mike Bobo talk. As head coach and offensive coordinator, I think they actually see each other face-to-face in meetings and at practice every day. But it would appear there’s a significant disconnect when it comes to the information they’re getting — and giving — on the availability of wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

You may have heard what Richt said on Tuesday during his weekly news conference. First, in answering a question about how Georgia’s passing game might improve, he said, “I do think [More]

Opposing View: QB situation could dictate how competitive is Vandy

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

Last week, I talked about how I’ve known the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Mike Strange seemingly forever. Well, familiarity is not the case with this week’s guest for “An Opposing View.” When I shake his hand in the Dan Magill Press Box on Saturday, it will be the first time I’ve met Adam Sparks in person.

That’s because he’s a (relatively) young guy and he just started covering the Vanderbilt Commodores for the Nashville Tennessean. Which is not to say Adams is inexperienced. He was the Middle Tennessee beat writer for The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for [More]

UGA QB Hutson Mason aims to ‘just rip it’ and improve pass game

  • 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia senior quarterback Hutson Mason threw his first two interceptions of the season on Saturday against Tennessee. But he continues to lead one of the SEC's top offenses. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – We’ve been having some technical issues with our story-filing platform today, so I’ve been unable to update you on all the news coming out of Georgia’s Media Day today. They’re working on that situation and I should be able to get all that to you shortly.

In a nutshell: Yes, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are going to play; no, Jonathon Rumph probably is not; neither will Keith Marshall; Todd Gurley faces no disciplinary action for being at a bar in the wee hours Saturday night; Mark Richt thinks Hutson Mason is going to be fine but, again, did [More]

Ten@10: Richt says ‘anything is possible’ regarding UGA’s quarterbacks

  • 10:03 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To be clear, there is not a quarterback controversy at Georgia and Hutson Mason is not about to lose his starting job. But coach Mark Richt did not summarily discount the notion that he might consider sending a sub into a game to run the Bulldogs’ offense.

“I think anything is possible,” said Richt, answering a question posed by a listener on his radio call-in show on Monday night. “I’m not going to sit here and start trying to tell the whole world what we’re going to do before we even talk to our players about how [More]

Rewind: Todd Gurley unable to jump to top of Heisman race

  • 1:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Todd Gurley's hurdling 26-yard run over Tennessee's Brian Randolph and overall 285-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Vols didn't impress Heisman pundits enough to move him to the top of most lists. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Todd Gurley’s 285-yard, two-touchdown, one-hurdle performance against Tennessee this past Saturday was incredible to witness. But it didn’t necessarily jump-start his Heisman Trophy chances as much some people predicted.

Scanning the web Monday morning, it appears Gurley is still a secondary choice in most Heisman polls to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. In fact, I could find Gurley moving up to No. 1 in just one publication that does a weekly Heisman watch and that was Newsday.  ESPN still had him No. 2, as did USA Today and CBS Sports. Bleacher Report, for what it’s worth, still has [More]

Opposing View: Knoxville’s Strange expects a competitive game from Vols

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

I’ve known Mike Strange forever, it seems. He’s one of the truly nice guys and cool cats in the business and I think I’ve shared a cold one with him in every Southeastern state. A native Kentuckian, he has been covering the SEC and Tennessee Vols for the better part of a quarter century for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. You can read his blog, appropriately called “When You’re Strange,” right HERE.

Mike agreed to be my guest (victim?) for this week’s Opposing View. It’s a weekly feature in which we try to gain some objective insight on the [More]

Lutzenkirchen’s father counsels Bulldogs on making wise decisions

  • 6:00 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Phillip Lutzenkirchen and Hutson Mason remained close despite choosing different paths after leaving Lassiter. (Photo courtesy of Rob Saye)

ATHENS – In the midst of a football season, coaches normally want their players thinking about nothing but today’s homework and Saturday’s game. But Georgia coach Mark Richt welcomed a visitor to practice on Wednesday to talk to the team about something far weightier than winning an athletic contest.

Mike Lutzenkirchen spoke to the Bulldogs about the importance of making wise decisions. If you recognize his last name, he is the father of former Auburn star and NFL player Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

Phillip Lutzenkirchen and former Georgia baseball player Ian Davis were killed in an alcohol-related car accident that injured two [More]

UGA’s Todd Gurley making the most of his opportunities

  • 3:45 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – We barely got a good look at Todd Gurley this past Saturday against Troy. He played only the first two offensive possessions for the Bulldogs, piled up 73 yards on just six carries, and then he was gone. He sat on the bench and watched Sony Michel soak up the glory — and the touchdowns – the rest of the afternoon.

But lost in his little saunter in Sanford Stadium was the fact that Gurley continued his ascent up the considerable mountain of that is Georgia’s great tailback tradition. Even in the course of what amounted to nine minutes [More]

UGA’s Chris Conley gets unexpected surprise from his ‘Good Works’

  • 1:42 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia receiver Chris Conley talks with kids from Barrow Elementary School after accepting his Allstate AFCA Good Works team on Tuesday.

ATHENS – Vince Dooley had Herschel Walker while he was at Georgia. Robert Miles has Chris Conley.

Miles is director of Georgia’s life skills program, which is designed “to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field.” And in that regard, Conley is a Heisman Trophy-like performer.

In fact, Conley is up for the Heisman Trophy of community service awards for college football players. UGA went to considerable effort to surprise Conley on Tuesday with news that he has been selected from a pool of more than 200 nominees for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. As such, [More]

Ten@10: Dominick Sanders picks up dream where his brother left off

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It was nice to finally get to talk to Dominick Sanders after the Troy game. The freshman defensive back has been one of the better stories of the 2014 season. But even though he is set to start his fourth consecutive game at nickelback for the Bulldogs this Saturday, Sanders had not been made available for interviews by UGA.

They finally lifted the gag following Georgia’s 66-0 win. That made Sanders a major attraction for reporters in the Sanford Stadium locker room. Understandably, he seemed taken aback by the attention.

“I didn’t really expect this,” said the 6-foot, [More]

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