Posted: 4:38 pm Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Bulldogs don pads for third practice of spring 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS — Greetings from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Just came in from my 10 minutes of allotted viewing time for Georgia’s third practice session of the spring.

Not a lot to glean from it today. First, if you were anywhere in Georgia on Saturday, you know already it was an absolutely gorgeous day. Two, there were tons of recruits in attendance. Sorry, I couldn’t tell you who any of them are, only that there were a bunch and they had a nice spread inside the Nalley Multi-Purpose laid out for them for sometime during the practice.

Out on Woodruff Practice Fields, the Bulldogs had put on pads for the first time. They were in what they call “shells” today, which is shoulder pads and helmets with shorts. So there was a little bit of popping and “thud” going on.

Still no sign of Malcolm Mitchell. The dynamic receiver was out there on the first day on Tuesday and sprinting at full speed. But Mark Richt said later that day that Mitchell experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and was unable to complete that practice. He hasn’t been back out there since.

Mitchell’s fellow “229” mates, tight end Jay Rome (foot) and receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (knee) were not in pads but were running around on the side in green jerseys. Running back Keith Marshall (knee) and cornerback Reggie Wilkerson (knee) were also in green but were padded out and participating in the early-practice drills.

For those wondering, yes, all the players that recently ran into trouble were present and accounted for as well.

So that’s just a brief rundown of what I saw. We’ll visit with Coach Richt and selected offense after practice and I’ll file a practice report online sometime after that with some news and notes.

29 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I remember another Bear Bryant Quote, "That dumb Son o a B*#ch sure can run!!"

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

"Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la fa la la la la la"


Is that the same "don"?

Borodawg
Borodawg

@Slobber.  Fans want news; updates.  Could be that Chip is just letting us know that media can't pick up much in just 10 mins.


I believe a Bama lineman was arrested a couple days ago for credit card fraud.  Proving that stuff goes on everywhere.  Quit harping on UGA.

Christ-mas
Christ-mas

Had to get this in there...eh Chip?

"For those wondering, yes, all the players that recently ran into trouble were present and accounted for as well."

That is why they keep you out of practice.  Its you who want to talk about the bad.  Always do.  You want to talk about those guys and forget the 96 others who do what they are supposed to.  Whining is still evident in this article.  Give it a rest.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Nick allows the media about the same amount of time for viewing as Mark and has for 5-6 years. Just do the best job you can with it and folks will understand. At least Mark will not get the IRS on you Chip.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

hoping Scott-Wesley gets back...he's a difference maker..go dogs

UGASloberknocker
UGASloberknocker

Chip, we get it that you are unhappy about the limited press access. But quit your whining and your daily snide comments about it. Reminds me of last year when you could not write a column without complaining about not knowing if suspended players were going to play vs Clemson. It makes you seem petty. Get over it.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

How about:


"in pads" 


or


"wear pads"


Why the puffery? Consider your readers. 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

22 latest 29 games vs teams ranked that season after 2007, lost.


7 of 85 scholarship recruits arrested/suspended already in 2014.


Half the team injured again.


Not won away in over 7 years and 3 months over any team ranked that season, except Georgie tek 2009 who would've vacated any win anyway and face # 4 South Carolina away week 2, # 5 Missouri away early on as well, and face # 2 Auburn and face # 8 Clemson in game 1, not to mention hope to play # 7 Alabama for The SEC Championship Game prior to the play-offs / bowl games.


DawgNole says this is an easier schedule for we UGA fans and program with 5 Top 10 teams including The SEC Championship Game we want to play in  -  while FSU who again only plays 1 Top 10 team # 8 Clemson in all games this season including their possible ACC Championship Game has a harder schedule.


What happens when you play 5 Top 10 teams prior to the Play-Offs / bowl games ?

(1) You suffer losses

(2) You suffer injuries

(3) You have one of the toughest schedules

(4) You do not have the # 62 Strength of Schedule in the nation, INCLUDING beating Auburn



DawgNole September 5th, 2012  5:22 pm


“I’m on a Tech blog because I follow Tech and pull for the Jackets in all games except those with UGA and FSU.”


DawgNole January 4th, 2013 6:13 pm


"Half of me pulled for the Dawgs, half for the Noles–depending on the game situation. Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again."


DawgNole at 8:00 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013


“True that, TB--then and now.”


DawgNole January 5th, 2013 10:38 pm


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“You’re the only one who appears to have an issue with that.”


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Swamp Thing September 3rd, 2012 4:54 pm



“DawgNole (which end is the Dawg and which end is the Nole?)”



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Red-Dog
Red-Dog

I'm surprised anyone from the AJC would be granted a full ten minutes of viewing seeing how this is an GT paper.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Time to see who wants to play this season! Anybody can look good in shorts but when the pads come on, time to see who wants to play! Liking this talk surrounding the players and the defense. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

What you said was "You wanted it to be a Bama lineman arrested for fraud!"...in fact it was an FSU lineman Ira Denson. Just so we get the facts correct.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Christ-mas


Personally I believe that most on here want to know about 4  F _  _ K   U P S.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Has Nick Saban had 7 arrested/suspended so far in just 2014 ?

Has Nick Saban lost 22 of the latest 29 games vs ranked teams these years ?

Has Nick Saban lost to every away ranked team latest 7 years except one ?

Has Nick Saban lost 18 games latest 4-year period ?

Has Nick Saban lost 26 games latest 6-year period ?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@UGASloberknocker


Same issue this season.  The only one we know about is Josh Harvey-Clemons :


ARRESTS/SUSPENSIONS just for 2014, so-far :


(1) Josh Harvey-Clemons - nothing transparent about suspension Jan 1 & kicked-off is there UGASloberknocker, sir ?


(2) Sheldon Dawson - nothing transparent about suspension Jan 1 either is there ?


(3) Shaq Wiggins - arrested 12 January suspended license failure appear & speeding


(4) Uriah LeMay - 4 counts criminal arrest including cashing check of roommate as if he

(5) Tray Matthews - also took 3 known already cashed checks to bank, criminal arrest


(6) James DeLoach - also took 2 known already cashed checks to bank, criminal arrest


(7) Jon Taylor - also took 2 known already cashed checks to bank, criminal arrest


Of the 7, 6 are on Defense.Welcome to UGA Jeremy Pruitt.



Hey, UGASloberknocker, should we add in the injuries for 2014 already ?


Or, just wait until we play # 4 South Carolina on the road, # 5 Missouri on the road, # 2 Auburn, # 8 Clemson to begin the season, and of course we all hope # 7 Alabama in The SEC Championship Game - then use the excuse that we had too many arrested/suspended/injured ?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Delusionaldog


We certainly dd miss you D  dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I had kidney stones several years ago and I miss them too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just playing Del

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”

Guess who made the above statement

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I am sorry and I will change my ways. I make up most of my material but the story on the FSU lineman was classic. JImbo has his hands full on his charge of a repeat.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Thank you for this WetWillie.  I love Bear Bryant quotes and have studied them for years. I recall one where he talked about wanting to be a preacher. 


“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”  Is another.


Around here, we don't have your vision in your choice to share today, WetWillie.  We, instead whine, we really do want to be a preacher too, while having this podium Mark Richt does have.


And, telling them not that we must calm others down, but that we love all 7 of the 85 scholarship recruits, in 2014 already arrested/suspended.


We have no training to obey the rules, discipline, just punishment for not and thus no teamwork.