Posted: 10:12 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014

8 things to know about Georgia’s fifth spring practice 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – Got a rare treat this afternoon as Georgia coach Mark Richt allowed reporters to watch the entire football practice. As far as I can remember, and I haven’t covered the team every year Richt has been here since 2001, but it’s the first time I recall him permitting that.

That used to be standard operating procedure in past days. I recall covering some Vince Dooley and Ray Goff practices in the late ’80s where you’re literally standing a few feet behind the ongoing drills. I’d be out there so long I’d bring sunflower seeds to help pass the time. Goff and some of his assistants would bum them occasionally.

That’s what it was like today.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, it was a full-pads practice and the Bulldogs did not disappoint. They were absolutely getting after it on the field. The annual UGA coaches clinic was going on, so all the high school coaches, the players and us scribes all huddled around as a fast-paced, three-on-three competition was conducted in the middle of one of the practice fields. To summarize the practice succinctly, there was a whole lot of yelling and a whole lot hitting going on.

Following are some of the observations I made over the course of about 14 periods:

1. The transition to defense has worked out well for J.J. Green, and perhaps for Georgia as well.

The rising sophomore — who was switched from running back to defensive back in the middle of mat drills just last month — was playing nickelback with the No. 1 defense all day. And he wasn’t just out there taking up space. The little guy was making plays. Green looked good during drill work and during pass skeleton drills, but he really stood out when the team went to 11-on-11 work late in the practice. Three time I saw Green make plays near the line of scrimmage, two on pass plays and once on a run. He looked quick and physical and appeared to have no hesitation when it came to knowing where he was supposed to be. A real stand out.

2. Players have remarked how there is a totally different pace and attitude to their practices and that was readily apparent.

It was a fast-paced practice in which there was virtually no standing around and a lot of contact involved. Thursday was the just the second practice in full pads (fifth overall) but players say all the practices have been this way and that it’s different than in years past.

“We’ve been getting after it like that every day and it’s only going to make us better,” said Ramik Wilson, a rising senior linebacker and the SEC’s leading tackler last season.  “It’s been like this since Coach Pruitt got here. As long as I’ve been here practices haven’t been that intense before. It feels like a game out there. But that’s what we need and you can tell we’re getting good work in and we’re getting better because of it.”

3. Receiver Jonathan Rumph looks like a special athlete.

And he had a really good day. It didn’t really start out that way. He dropped some easy balls during drill work and I saw receivers coach Tony Ball have to get onto him more than once about running the proper route or using the proper technique. But Rumph really stood out during the scrimmage portion of practice with several nice catches in traffic. And physically, there is no one else like him on the field. He is an imposing athlete who is every bit the 6-foot, 5 inches he is listed and likely weighs more than the 208 that’s on the roster. It the Bulldogs can make sure he’s in the right places at the right times and keep him healthy, he’s going to be a problem for opposing teams.

On a related note, Chris Conley is really good and rarely drops anything that’s anywhere close to him. Ever.

4.  Noticed a few changes in the starting lineups.

On the offensive line — for today at least — sophomore Greg Pyke (6-6, 326) was working with the No. 1 offense at right guard. Sophomore Brandon Kublanow (6-3, 295) had been in that position every other time I checked this spring.

There appeared to be a bit of a shakeup on the No. 1 defensive line. Sophomore Jon Taylor (6-4, 336) was at noseguard rather than junior Chris Mayes (6-4, 321) and junior Sterling Bailey (6-3, 282) was ahead of senior Ray Drew (6-5, 276) at defensive end. In fact, it appeared that Drew, who started seven games last season, got a good bit of work with the third-team defense.

Of course, you can’t read too much into any of it. Coaches change lineups like they change socks this time of year. Could be messages being sent, could be lots of factors.

5. Defensive backfield taking shape.

I wrote yesterday that one beneficiary from the defensive coaching change appeared to be Brendan Langley. The sophomore from Marietta is currently the starter at right cornerback. He started the first four games there last season but then never started again and didn’t even play the last few games. But there are others who have been granted new life.

Just to go a little deeper, junior Devin Bowman is occupying the No. 2 spot at right cornerback behind Langley. He’d gone from playing in 13 games and starting one in 2012 to barely playing at all and not recording a defensive stat this past season. The rest of the No. 2 secondary looks like this: LCB — Shaq Wiggins; SS — Tray Matthews; FS — Tramel Terry; Nickel — Sheldon Dawson.

6. Todd Gurley’s a beast

OK, that comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. But it’s so apparent when you observe him in a practice setting. Sophomore Brendan Douglas actually gets the majority of snaps with the No. 1 offense as the Bulldogs seek to protect Gurley from unnecessary injury risks. But Gurley appears to be plenty healthy when he does come in for the occasional rep and he’s instantly recognizable as a difference-maker even when going against the No. 1 defense. He moves piles, makes cuts, squirts through gaps and bursts into the open field in a way that catches your attention.

7. Red Cross report

Senior Watts Dantzler, who’s backing up Kolton Houston at right tackle, had to be taken into the training room at the end of one of the 11-on-11 periods. It appeared that trainers were treating Dantzler for signs of a concussion but he was not listed on the post-practice injury report. …. Linebacker Paris Bostick remained sidelined with a hyper-extended right knee. WR Michael Erdman (broken foot), WR Malcolm Mitchell (left leg), TE Jay Rome (foot) and WR Justin Scott-Wesley (knee) remained out.

8. Unionization

You may have heard that student-athletes at Northwestern University in Illinois have successfully fought for the right to be considered employees of the university in an attempt to get compensation. Well, Georgia players heard about it, too, and were asked about it after Thursday’s practice. Here are some of the responses:

  • Senior linebacker Ramik Wilson of Tampa:

“I’m all for it. We saw a study today that the average American works 40 hours a week. With us, with practice and school, it said we’re doing like 39.2 hours a week. And we’re out here risking our bodies. We’re going hard and practicing in the hot sun every day. I think we should get some type of reward for it and get paid for it. We need something, because any play we can tear our ACL out there or break our necks, so we’re putting our lives on the line, and it’s for entertainment for Saturday. …

“I’m here in this building from 2-2:15 til about 8 every day. I wake up every morning and go to tutoring at 7 a.m. I have class at 9:05 and 10;10. We’re on a schedule every day and we’re always on their time. We don’t have that much free time, so I think we should get some reward for it. It’d be nice to have an extra little money to buy something nice for myself, some nice shoes, some nice clothes, some extra food and groceries for the room. That would help.”

  • Senior linebacker Amarlo Herrera of College Park:

“Yeah, I heard about it. But I don’t think you can start a union in Georgia so it don’t matter. And then I’ll be out of college whenever it comes, so it doesn’t matter to me either way it goes. … I feel that it should be part of your scholarship. I feel like you should get a few extra bucks t5o be able to do somethings. We talked to the president of the NCAA one day and they feel the same way. You should be able to get something to go out, be able to go to the movies or go home.”

  • Junior defensive end Jordan Jenkins:

“That’s definitely pretty big. I don’t know how many people heard about it on the team — I think a good bit of us did — but that’s big. It might change the whole theme of football. It’s definitely a big topic and I’m with them right now and I’m glad they got that across. That’s just paving the way for more things to come. … The money thing (4 players accused of theft by deception), stuff like that wouldn’t happen. That wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but I haven’t had a chance to buy anything. I’ve got the same pair of jeans I’ve had since my senior year of high school. I’ve got like two pairs. I’m in support of that. I’m not saying outrageously give us money. But the weekend checks and things like that go fast. Gas going back and forth to practice every day of the week, it’s just not enough. We’ve got guys struggling to pay their means.”

  • Senior wide receiver Chris Conley (who is the SEC representative on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee):

“We’ll be watching as the landscape of college sports changes and as these decisions are made. My opinions are my own and I say there are issues. Do I think this is the way we’re going to fix those issues? I don’t know. But I think we’re taking a step forward just by the fact this is getting out there and we’re noticing these issues and there’s other outlets for student-athletes to reach out and voice these opinions. Quite frankly, not all student-athletes know how to go about that.”

 

231 comments
kynewb
kynewb

everyone please read!!!   WHY DOES A STUDENT ATHLETE DESERVE MONEY?? ASK YOURSELF THAT  AND THINK ABOUT T FOR A SECOND……they are there on that field for 1 reason. right? to play football. to play football for a free $100,000+ scholarship to get a degree and possibility of NFL dreams. so weather or not they become great players it doesn't matter. the fact is they came to play football in exchange for a scholarship. either good or bad player, no money should be awarded. how the hell do u think the school pays for everything?? it dam sure isn't tennis or the equestrian team. the football program makes more money than every other team sport makes combined, football pays for EVERYTHING! ..CLOTHES FOR THEM & THIER FAMILY FOR LIFE, GYM FOOD PROTEIN GATORADE ALL FREE, AND IS PROVIDED WITH A STAFF OF PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE THEM BETTER, EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED , HOUSING IS PROVIDED , THERE HEALTH CARE IS PROVIDED, THEY GET HANDOUTS FOR BOWL GAMES AND VACATIONS. THEY GET TO TRAVEL OVER 6 TIMES A SEASON TO DIFFERENT STATES, THEY GET PUBLICITY ESPN WEBSITES SOCIAL MEDIA,…>>>MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY GET A FREE $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP AND THE TEACHERS LET THEM DO WHATEVER, LISTEN TO IPOD DURING CLASS(IVE SEEN IT WITH MY OWN EYES)<<<< …..''WITHOUT THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL, THERE WOULD BE NO 100,000+ SEAT STADIUM.  ''' FOOTBALL PAYS FOR THE SCHOOL, coaches , staff , teachers,  landscapers , doctors, insurance EVERYTHING even pays for other sports programs to be able to do what they can…………………..college schools cant sell jerseys of a certain player, so there not making money off the player. they cant make that excuse..UGA doesnt make a brandon boykin jersey my fav player of all time-

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Dawg350
8 hours ago

Let's take a vote on who all thinks poad is a racist? If you don't reply then you're a coward


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Lets take a poll to see who believes 350 is off his meds?



CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

“I’m all for it. We saw a study today that the average American works 40 hours a week. With us, with practice and school, it said we’re doing like 39.2 hours a week. And we’re out here risking our bodies. We’re going hard and practicing in the hot sun every day. I think we should get some type of reward for it and get paid for it. We need something, because any play we can tear our ACL out there or break our necks, so we’re putting our lives on the line, and it’s for entertainment for Saturday. …


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This young man is clueless.


40 Hours a week?  Successful Individuals work 60 to 80 hours a week.


The average worker does not get:

First Class Meals 3 times a day, with snacks and fruit bars in between

Gets to fly first class

Stays in the best hotels

Get X Box 3's or Playstations for a game( Bowl Game)

Are treated like royalty for 4 years while at work



Dawg350
Dawg350

Let's take a vote on who all thinks poad is a racist? If you don't reply then you're a coward!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win the natty! F*** the world!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs will win it all baby! Pruitt....pruitt.....pruitt....pruitt.....Pruitt...Pruitt....pruitt..

Dawg350
Dawg350

Thomas brown and nc dawg are the best posters on here! The worst posters are...well their are servaral of them...but the worst are wooly and poad!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad is an alcoholic racist pig!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I wonder how hungover POAD is this morning.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

ACC huge flop in men’s basketball 2013-2014.All teams eliminated March 28.

OVER-RATED ACC

Despite advantageous match-ups against weak teams, the ACC did not even have a winning record in the NCAA Tournament.

6-6

There is no question that the ACC is not the best basketball conference.

9-3 NCAA Tourney, 3 Elite 8, Big 10

9-1 NCAA Tourney, 2 Elite 8, SEC

6-3 NCAA Tourney, 1 Elite 8, American

8-5 NCAA Tourney, 1 Elite 8, Pac-12

4-5 NCAA Tourney, 1 Elite 8, Atlantic 10

6-6 NCAA Tourney, all teams lost, flop ACC

6-7 NCAA Tourney, all team lost, Big XII

2-4 NCAA Tourney, all teams lost, Big East

Conference RPI recalculated March 28 :

# 1 Big 10

# 2 PAC-12

# 3 SEC

# 4 Big XII

# 5 Atlantic 10

# 6 American

# 7 ACC

# 8 Big East

SEC NCAA Tourney Wins over :

RPI # 8

RPI # 15

RPI # 17

RPI # 25

RPI # 38

RPI # 54

RPI # 65

RPI # 82

RPI # 176

SEC NCAA Tourney Losses against :

# 5 RPI Michigan by 2 points with 3 open men on charge

ACC NCAA Tourney Losses against :

# 82 RPI Mercer over Duke # 10 RPI

# 33 RPI

# 23 RPI St. Louis

# 11 RPI Michigan State over Virginia # 6 RPI

# 8 RPI

# 1 RPI Florida Gators

ACC NCAA Tourney Wins over :

RPI # 30

RPI # 41

RPI # 46

RPI # 58

RPI # 70

RPI # 206

Best Win ACC (now finished) over # 30 RPI

Best Win SEC (2 Elite 8) over # 8 # 15 # 17 # 25 so far

You want to explain to me, again please, how ACC is the best basketball conference ?

Can’t wait to hear this B.S.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Who cares about stinking union? It won't effect my life any!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win it all in 2014....15 and 16! We are fixing too become a dynasty baby!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Plantations don't exist anymore...this isn't the 1800's! You racist varment!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will win it all in 2015! I'm confident!

NCDawg
NCDawg

I think the sociopath is three sheets to the wind and his  add alcohol A-hole persona has come forward.  The sad thing is that I don't think he has the decency to be ashamed of that BS he is posting.  I don't know what constitutes a ban-able offense on these blogs but I think he has stepped into that territory a few too many times.  Does anybody else think that is true?

mgadawg
mgadawg

Here's my issue with the union thing, they can say it's about medical reasons if they want but they get great medical care and if they have a traumatic injury they will be taken care of.  The truth is it's about money.

Here's my feeling about the money aspect for college football players.  First of all, all their needs are met for free.  A meal plan, and don't think this is the same meal plan as the other students, they are eating good.  They get free housing, they get almost all the apparel they want theirs your clothes.  That doesn't even mention everything else they get.  They get a 70 dollar stipend, most of them are receiving a pell grant and because they have full rides that money goes straight in their pocket.  Also, their parents aren't having to feed one more person so they should be saving money.  Meaning their parents should be able to give them some money too.  Ramik Wilson doesn't sound real smart saying that they should receive something for all they do, I guess a diploma is nothing to him.  Here's a webpage I just found https://admissions.uga.edu/article/tuition-and-costs-of-attending.html  He's out of state and for the average student for tuition, room and board, books, and meal plan is 40,000.  He gets way more stuff then that, I would estimate atleast 60,000 not including pell grant and weekly stipend.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Why? You need some meds? You need some pills brotha?

POAD2013
POAD2013

can I get the Ladies from the GILGAL house to FLOOD this site with the TRUTH?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 Direct and to the point, the way you mold and weave your words is quite breathtaking.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  Coming from a UGa fan I find tht funny. The school you cheer for is such a bastion of diversity it is amazing.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@ThomasBrown  

You want to explain to me--again, please--which conference won the NC in football this year?

Can't wait to hear this B.S.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown ACC 2-0 in BCS and SEC 0-2 in BCS, guess ACC was stronger Conference by TB analogy.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  UGa is already a Dynasty. The GYM DWAGS have won a ton of national Championships but now that Suzanne is gone so is the dynasty.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  you haven't been to South Georgia if you don't think Plantations still exist.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg  What  was a lie or not statically factually correct. UGa loves DIVERSITY right? Too funny coming from a fan of the WHITE Girls college and Plantation. At least the groups I deal with have people of all colors and ethnicities included and valued. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@mgadawg  them BLACK players need the money cause mom and dad can't send them spending money or that would cut into their Malt Liquor and Pot money.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bwahhhaaaabwahhhhaaaaaa!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

You're so full of crap! The only person that is openly racist is you! I hope your workers join a union....when they do....say good bye to your farm! Lmao!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Haaaaahaaaaaa....woooohoooooowooohooooo!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgnole

Hahahahaha hahahaha...sarcasm at it's finest!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2013 @NCDawg You are sick person.  You make a blatantly ridiculous statement and then try to fob the racist overtones off on those that called you on it.  Take responsibility son.  Own that you have a serious mental problem and do something it.  We don't need fools like you running around.  You are the psychological equivalent of rabid  Get off these blogs and get help.


The University of Georgia is a public institution.  It abides by the admissions policies set down by the government.  Comparing the diversity of the Tech campus to your own life is a joke.  You don't work there do you?  I didn't think so.  Likewise comparing my everyday diversity with the Georgia campus is ludicrous as well.  There is yet another example of your hate twisted, convoluted thinking.

What an f-d up individual you are.



Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Why are you such a racist pig?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

I bet malt liquor is your best friend.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2013 @mgadawggood god, what an ignorant thing to say.  There are plenty of A-holes that hide behind "I am just being honest".  You have serious issues.  Your comments are often extremely bigoted but this comes dangerously close to true racism.  And racism, the belief itself, is a bald faced lie.  No human being is inherently better than another for any reason.  We aren't equal, we are equivalent.  And my strength is your weakness and vice versa.


You flirt with this bogus superiority complex way too often for it to be an accident.  I have asked you several times what gives you the right to suppose yourself to be  better than these young men in any way.  You have never answered.


The truth is you aren't.  You won't ever be and that eats you alive doesn't it?  You live in a fantasy where shooting off your big mouth on a blog makes you  feel as if you are.


You are a sociopath.  You have proven it before but I think I can safely say that any doubters just had their eyes blasted open.  Get help fool.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 @mgadawgWhat an incredibly stupid post, POAD is your holier than thou azz drunk or just stupid?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Oh wow! I'm shaking in my britches! Who cares about the ladies at the rehab home? I don't even know WTH you're even talking about! Try not to say something racist the rest of the day mr malt liquor!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350  I think the guys and girl at the Pool Hall would beg to differ. The Ladies at the Rehab Home would kick you butt if you tried to talk that smack. Again coming from a fan of the White Girls college of Georgia I really find it funny.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Snaggle puss

Well good for him...it still doesn't take away from the fact that he is racist!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Dawg350


POAD is correct on those on G O V E R N M E N T   A S S I S T A N C E


buying carts full of mostly STEAK  &  SEAFOOD  and selling/trading it

for alcohol and whatever. I have personal knowledge of such  but you can't

confine this activity to a single E T H N I C   group.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg  1714.72 African American students and of those you have to go with 61% are FEMALE. 

1046 Black males on a campus with 24,496 students....Now that is Diversity and of those 1046 Male Black Students how many do you think DON'T play a sport?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg


African American 7%

Asian 8%

Hispanic 4%

INTERNATIONAL 1% WORLD wants a UGa degree...LMAO

WHITE 75%

The WHITE GIRLS COLLEGE and PLANTATION of GEORGIA is a perfect description of UGa.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg Take out the ATHLETE students of color and UGa really believes in Diversity.....LOL...UGa education WHITE Georgia residents for over 100 years and counting.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg SURE they DO. I guess the FACT UGa has little to NO Diversity on campus is just an illusion. 26k students and ONLY about 5k are not WHITE. Blame it on HOPE.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad= pig...pig...pig!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg the basic TRUTH sux I guess.

Raacists? Check the College you like to cheer for and then ta;k about Racism and Bigots.......Give me a break. The majority of SEC schools are Plantations as far as ATHLETE students are concerned. Wake UP.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@gtcaryd no there are white parents as well but most of the white players do have a mom and dad in the home. UGa has +78% Special Admits on the football team so pick ANY name and you will probably correct.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @POAD2013you are in luck, sir.  From what all has been said on these blogs, he did not attend the Institute.


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 You know ole Thomas Brown is full of hate for The Institute, but at least he is a very smart man. I have to respect that. But your full of hate and your an idiot. If you did graduate from GT all i can say is i wish you had not.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 Is it just the Black parents? Or does your logic work for a white and black parent?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@gtcaryd Wouldn't it be fun to see COLLEGE sports played by actual STUDENTS than can QUALIFY to get in COLLEGE instead of DUMB AZZiz that can't even read or do  simple math to balance their checkbooks?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@gtcaryd Far from it just HONEST and God know their heart as much as he knows mine. Check the statics and I'm not wrong. Well other than saying there is a DAD in the home a well.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@POAD2013 @gtcarydAnd by the way be sure and tell them that tid-bit about the black parents, that shoud bring in some praise gods.