Posted: 9:58 am Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ten@10: Signees report to UGA as summer football workouts begin 

By Chip Towers

Here's a great picture from 2012. It's of Shattle Fenteng, then of Grayson High, breaking up a pass for Josh Harvey-Clemons, then of Lowndes. Grayson won that game to advance in the state playoffs. (AJC photo by Jonathan Phillips)

Here’s a great picture from 2012. It’s of Shattle Fenteng, then of Grayson High, breaking up a pass for Josh Harvey-Clemons, then of Lowndes. Grayson won that game to advance in the state playoffs. (AJC photo by Jonathan Phillips)

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Believe it or not, there are only 81 days until Georgia kicks off the 2014 football season against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium. For the Bulldogs, preparations are already well under way.

Sixteen of Georgia’s 20 signees moved into the Oglethorpe House dormitory and enrolled in summer-school classes last week. That group will join the returning players for summer workouts and conditioning later this week.

So where are the four other signees, you might ask? Well, they’re either already in Athens, are on their way, or are not coming.

Quarterback Jacob Park enrolled in January and wide receiver Rico Johnson arrived last month for the “May-mester.” Meanwhile, as AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell reported last week, wide receiver Gilbert Johnson of Miami did not qualify for freshman admission and junior college defensive back Shattle Fenteng has some classwork to complete before he’ll be allowed to enroll.

Otherwise, the 16 other newbies are getting their first taste of major college football. And dorm life.

2. It might stress out some Georgia football fans to learn that Fenteng, one of the Bulldogs’ prized defensive back signees, has had his arrival in Athens delayed by academics. But Fenteng says to relax. He’ll be there before they know it.

One of the top-rated junior college cornerbacks in America, Fenteng remains in Kansas at Hutchinson Community College. But he says he simply has to complete an English composition course to satisfy his junior college degree requirements and he’ll be in Athens by the end of the month.

“I’m finishing am English Comp 2 course and I’ll be done by June 26th,” Fenteng said Monday. “So I’ll probably be in Athens around like June 29th, that weekend.”

Georgia had hoped to have Fenteng come in with the rest of the troops so he could cram for the Jeremy Pruitt defensive course he’ll have to pass in August. The Bulldogs, some may have noticed, have been decimated by attrition in the secondary. Three-quarters of the starters for the majority of games this past season – Josh Harvey-Clemons, Tray Matthews and Shaq Wiggins – have either been kicked off the team or quit. So the Bulldogs need all the help they can get to rebuild.

Fenteng is expected to be the most battle ready of the four DBs Georgia signed in February. The Bulldogs also inked 4-star prospect Malkom Parrish of Brooks County and 3-star DBs Dominick Sanders of Tucker and Shaquille Jones of Palm Bay, Fla.

“I’ve talked to Coach Pruitt and he told me to come ready and make sure I’m working hard and watching film,” said Fenteng, who works with a personal trainer five times a week to make sure he’s in good condition. “It kind of sucks that we lost talent because they definitely would have helped us. But things happen for a reason and now that gives a lot of the new guys a chance to come in and play. So we’ll see what happens.”

3. Speaking of losing talent, Georgia is about to lose one of its top athletic administrators to another job. Josh Brooks is leaving his post as UGA’s associate AD for internal operations to become athletic director at Millsaps College, a Division III school in Jackson, Miss.

Brooks has enjoyed a rapid rise at Georgia since joining the program as assistant director of football operations in 2008. He was an assistant AD just three years into his tenure and continuously took on more responsibility. While he handled a number of duties during his time with the Bulldogs, he’ll probably be best remembered for luring country music star Jason Aldean to Athens to play Sanford Stadium last summer and leading the organization of that event.

Best of luck running the whole show at Millsaps, Josh.

4. As for Georgia’s other administrative vacancy, the Bulldogs are not going to hire another on-campus recruiting director to replace Daryl Jones. Instead they’re redefining and expanding the role and calling it a “director of player personnel.”

According to the job listing on iPAWS, UGA’s employment website, the director of player personnel “will be responsible for the organization of the recruiting department and its day to day functions” and will “work to support the football recruiting coordinator.”

Georgia’s current recruiting coordinator is running backs coach Bryan McClendon, who was promoted to that position in February. Change has definitely been in the wind around the Butts-Mehre complex.

No surprise that Phil Steele tabbed this guy a preseason first-team All-American.

No surprise that Phil Steele tabbed this guy a preseason first-team All-American.

5. Junior tailback Todd Gurley, senior linebacker Ramik Wilson and sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd were named to Phil Steele’s 2014 Preseason All-America Team. Gurley and Wilson were named to the first team, while Floyd landed on the third team.

Gurley led the Bulldogs in 2013 with 989 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in only 10 games, and he was third on the team in receiving with 37 catches for 441 yards and a team-best six touchdown catches. The Tarboro, N.C., native tied for the lead in the FBS for running backs with his six receiving touchdowns.

A native of Tampa, Fla., Wilson led the SEC with 133 tackles last season. His best career performance came against Auburn when he registered 18 stops, including a sack and two tackles for loss. Wilson became the third player in Georgia history to lead the league in tackles.

Floyd, a native of Eastman, led the Bulldogs with 6.5 sacks in 2013. He finished the season with 55 tackles and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Gurley, Wilson and Floyd were also among 12 Bulldogs named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC Team. They are joined on the first team by junior placekicker Marshall Morgan. Second-team selections include junior flanker Malcolm Mitchell, junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and senior cornerback Damian Swann.

Senior flanker Chris Conley, senior center David Andrews, senior defensive end Ray Drew, senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera and junior punter Collin Barber were named to the preseason All-SEC third team.

6. The impact of losing Gilbert Johnson to academics (he’s expected to return after he gets his grades in order) was lessened by the recent news that Charlie Hegedus is transferring to UGA from N.C. State. I happened to catch a few of Hegedus’ games when he was playing for Lassiter and they had a senior quarterback named Hutson Mason running the show. He was extremely impressive then, then he had some great showings in recruiting combines before his senior season in high school.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hegedus hasn’t exactly torn it up with the Wolfpack — he caught just 10 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in two seasons — but based on what I’ve seen and know about him, I can’t see how he couldn’t help the Bulldogs in the near future. Hegedus is coming in as a walkon and will be immediate eligible as he was granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA. He said he hopes to earn a scholarship.

7. The Major League Baseball first-year player draft already has impacted Georgia’s 2014 class. Spencer Adams, a right-handed pitcher the Bulldogs signed out of White County, will ink a $1.28 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. The White Sox selected Adams in the second round with the 44th pick overall. Adams was one of three UGA signees who were drafted and six Bulldogs overall this past weekend. Michael Gettys, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder from Gainesville, also was selected in the second round by the Padres. Left-handed pitcher Bo Tucker was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 38th round.

Gettys likely will go pro and Tucker will likely report to Georgia. But some current Bulldogs will have more difficult decisions to make. Junior shortstop Nelson Ward, one of Georgia’s best players and a team captain, was picked in the 12th-round by the Seattle Mariners. Ward started all 56 games this past season and hit .306 with a team-high 34 RBI. Also, third baseman Hunter Cole went in the 26th round to the San Francisco Giants. During an injury-marred junior campaign, Cole hit a team-best .319 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 53 games. Both players would be cornerstones for coach Scott Stricklin’s second Georgia team if they return.

Jarrett Brown, a junior left-hander, was a 22nd-round selection of the Mariners. He made 19 appearances and went 1-1 with a 6.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched.
The signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected is July 18. It’s the 42nd consecutive season the Bulldogs have had at least one player signing a professional contract.

8. Georgia has been busy with football camps lately, holding a prospect camp last week and the Mark Richt Camp for kids earlier this week. And now the Bulldogs are taking it even a step further.

Thomas Settles, the team chaplain, has combined forces with the Downtown Academy of Athens, to help organize a Georgia football camp for underprivileged kids to attend. It will be held Wednesday night at the Butts-Mehre football complex and Settles expects most of the Bulldogs to be in attendance.

The Bulldogs believe forward Charles Mitchell would look very good in a Georgia uniform. (AP photo by Gerry Broome)

The Bulldogs believe forward Charles Mitchell would look very good in a Georgia uniform. (AP photo by Gerry Broome)

9.  Georgia appears to be in the running for Charles Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 forward who is leaving Maryland and will be immediately eligible the next season. Mitchell, who is from Marietta, was the Terrapins’ leading rebounder this past season. Maryland recently accepted the transfer of Robert Carter from Georgia Tech, another target of the Bulldogs.

 

10. This & that: The UGA track and field teams sent 22 members to Eugene, Ore., on Sunday for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. They represent Georgia’s last team competing during the 2013-14 school year. The men’s team is ranked 7th nationally. . . . Georgia will serve as one of the 15 host sites of an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kickoff Weekend next January. It will be held Jan. 24-25 at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility. The Bulldogs, who ended the 2014 season ranked fourth nationally, were selected to host by virtue of their Top 15 finish this year. Filling out the field are No. 27 Auburn, No. 61 Wake Forest and No. 65 Samford. … Jasmine Arnold, a native Murfreesboro, Tenn., has enrolled at the University of Georgia and will compete for the Gym Dogs, according to an announcement by head coach Danna Durante.

273 comments
mikeshawnhjr
mikeshawnhjr

well maybe since we're expected to a different options for uniforms next year that Nike will make duplicate #'s.

mikeshawnhjr
mikeshawnhjr

does anyone know why we rarely use duplicate uniform #'s? I noticed last year we had Marshall and Langley with #4 and even Murray/Norman with #11. I feel like high school kids take pride in what # they pick as a freshman and with #6, #25, and #28 being open from suspensions we should have #'s between 1-30 on both offense and defense. That will allow each freshman a variety of #'s to select from. Rumors are Sony Michel wearing #1 and Chubb with #27 but when will we officially know?

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

So is moistdawg still predicting that the dawgs are going to go undefeated and win the national title like he has the last several years? Or is he still throwing up over Georgia's top 3 defensive backs being booted. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Chip..................CHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................chip?

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Story NOT broken by Chip"


No pool party at annual Florida-Georgia game

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

According to RedStickNow.com, the 20-year-old was arrested early Wednesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and charged with second-degree battery stemming from an incident at his apartment complex in May.


SECoward

DawginCO
DawginCO

Has anybody heard if the Gaillard kid trimmed down any?  He is supposed to be explosive off the line, as quick as anybody can remember.  He got flabby this past season from what I understand.  If they get him shape he might be a sleeper.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Delusionaldog Are you an AJC.com reporter? I think you get paid to stay on here. I at least hope so, because if not, you dont make a living for yourself

OOH-IO
OOH-IO

@Delusionaldog  I will play with you like you like since nobody is playing online with you today!  Or do you want me to just come over early?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Delusionaldog How about just plain coward, because that is what someone who hits a woman is anyway.  It is by no means confined to the SEC.

OOH-IO
OOH-IO

@Delusionaldog Holy cow that was so awesome again!  SECoward!  Man that is good stuff!  The SEC SUCKS!  Our Buckeyes OWN them!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawginCO Haven't heard. Chubby dogs are the owners fault. Less food, more exercise is the key. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


Don't think you will see anything like that on TV today. Way too "corny." And, by the way, I was in love with Donna Reed as a kid.  Her and Hawley Mills.  Time flies by, doesn't it?  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Delusionaldog 


Hey....after reading the article, you will be motivated to get that gun and free ammo from the ad that goes with the article and go mow down a few illegals trying to cross the border.  That will put a stop to it. Just starting giving everyone guns and free ammo and send them to the southern border.  The truth is, if the southern border counties were not so corrupt and run by drug cartels that exist because people buy those drugs in the trillions in the U.S., then they would have no reason to risk their lives to come to America.  Dude, the influx of illegals to this country has been going on under both democratic and republication leadership in the White House for a long, long time.  For people like Linder and you to associate the influx to two socialists and then loosely associate them to one president is just bias to the extreme and laughable to me.   But the current president, who does not have the skill to get things effectively done in Washington, will be gone soon and, hopefully, we will have better to choose from for president than Obama and Romney.  But I doubt it.  We will get two more career politicians and we will forced to choose between the best of those two evils.  If we had term limits, there would not be two career politicians available to run for the presidency and we might get people running worth voting for then.  


P.S.  I wonder what John Linder's net worth was when he took office and what it was when he left office 18 years later?  Want to check into that for me and write an unbiased article for a right wing internet site?  Probably not, because someone might buy one of those guns with free ammo and come after you.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Cantor goes down due to his immigration stand. Sheet is about to get real in the USA.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeyes1 @Delusionaldog 


Sorry B-1 but I thought you knew. Delu-dog(aka The KY JELLY BOY) and BuzzardBreath (aka  KY JELLY  BREATH) have taken advantage of the late spring atmosphere to express their mutual affection for each other and their "C O M I N G

O U T O F    T H E    CL O S E T" party is imminent.


I know this will be painful for you but I also know you can put old BuzzardBreath/KY JELLY BREATH  out of the picture.... if that is what you want. You need to move quickly because they have found that same-sex marriages are now legal in lots of places and

J U N E   nuptials could be announced any day now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Columbus68
Columbus68

@THEBuckeyes1 @Delusionaldog  Delusional Buckeyes1 and most all other Buckeye fans.....come down here to the SEC and play some REAL competition during the season instead of teams that 2/3rd of the SEC teams would smoke and 5/7ths of them would beat....LOL OSU just squeaks by their weak competition and that makes it really funny when they beat their chests and boasts ridiculously.  Very entertaining...

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Delusionaldog @DawginCO 


You need to cut back on Gravy Train  and Alpo!!!!!!!!!!!


Just sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TampGator1 @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


Haley(Hawley  Mills wasn't bad either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I see an old old man looking back at me each morning when I shave. I am glad I was born and raised in that timeframe. Eisenhower warned about the military compex and boy was he correct. After all he was apart of it.  Honor,discipline,ethics,and just plain old goodness is about lost in this country. JMO but this country is about like Bama football was before Saban came. We need a firm HC to right this ship.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@TampGator1 I don't own a gun. Never have. I've shot them - rifles, 45 Mag. Don't plan to buy one anytime soon. 


Speaking of ads, do all the Cialis, Viagra and other erectile disfunction compel you to call for a free sample, make a Dr's appointment and fill the prescription? 


Doubt it.


P.S. I wonder what Harry Effing Reid's net worth was when he started and what it is today?  


P.S.S We are in agreement on term limits. 


P.S.S. Romey, I believe, would tell America the truth and not tell lie after lie after lie after lie after lie. 


P.S.S.S. You can keep you Doctor. 


P.S.S.S.S. Period

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


My sources say that Cantor  would not respond to the NRA regarding his stance on gun control(aka Being able to consistently hit your target) in addition to his immigration  shortcomings!!!!!!!!!!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  we need a turnover in the range of 80% to make any difference.  And scrap the fricking parties.  It's a game of good cop/bad cop in DC (and elsewhere).  Funny but aren't these idiots our employees?  Talking about the inmates running the prison.  Geez.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Keep your eyes open then because in the near future somebody is going to try selling a benevolent dictatorship to you on those points.  Don't fall for it. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Delusionaldog 


I am sure Reed made millions while "serving the American people" as well.  As did Sam Nunn from Georgia. As does most. It is a corrupt thing....Washington.  But, notice, I did not call your man....."effing".....anything.  And that, I think, it the difference between you and me.  Control of my emotions, most of the time, and a more logical view of things.  But that is just my view based on what you post night and day one here.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Delusionaldog 


Romney said one thing in public and an entirely different thing in private.  I was going to vote for him until I read about his business past (closing so many American companies and sending so many American jobs overseas) and heard the behind the scenes things he said....including telling retired people that they were leaches on society.  I voted libertarian as a result, which was a wasted vote.  I voted for Obama the first time, but have been very disappointed in his inability to effectively govern.  But I have no concerns about him wanting to effectively govern or him being a patriotic American after what he did to get Bin Laden.  And no, he is not a radical Muslim in disguise that wants to destroy America.  That really is a LOLs.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawginCO 


The constitutional system, as designed by the writers of it, works other than those in Washington managing to make being a senator or a congressperson a lifetime career achievement and personal gain goal.  That has to change if we want people in Washington serving the interests of the people.....no matter what party they are affiliated with while they are there.  TERM LIMITS.  It is not rocket science to know what the problem is in Washington.  Two terms to get things done and then move on back to your previous life's profession. When we will have people going to Washington that want to get things done and want to serve the people's interests, not the interests of powerful special interest groups who pay to own career politicians, then we will have a government that runs well and that is effective for and by the people.  We need a term limits law enacted, but it is only going to happen if it becomes a grass roots demands by the people they are supposedly governing.    

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawginCO @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


A good start to getting a complete turnover of senators and congresspersons in Washington last night.  Hope he believes in term limits so he will not be there longer than two terms.  . 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawginCO @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


I'm thinking Kingston in the run-off. Why? He carried most of non- metro ATL. Metro ATL R's will vote R, regardless. If it's Purdue, the R's run the risk of losing the rest of the State to the Non-Hyphen D and it will be too close for comfort. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Yes, Bryant was a football dictator that ruled the game at his benevolent will back in the day.  Personally, I don't want that in Washington....sorry. .  

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TampGator1 @Delusionaldog 


I would drink cyanide before I would ever admit that I voted for Obama He never had A N Y T H I NG  to support his candidacy

except D E M O C R A T S. He never had a job. He never had to make a payroll, never earned a paycheck and has lived off of the government(aka The Taxpayers) his entire life.


Has anyone else noticed how the atmosphere on here has changed and we play together nicely(I know it will   BLOW  UP soon) due to the fact that we   A L  L    know that there is life other than football???

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

so you thought Mitt lied and Obama was the gospel...Damn man I wouldn't tell anyone I was that stupid. Would you hire a FB coach they hid his W/L record because it was so dayum good?  There is no hope for a country so f stupid to have elected obama. None,Nada,Zip

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@TampGator1 


If you voted for Obama at all, you helped F this country. 


Way to go, tampa,


Hope you're happy. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TampGator1 the Framers did not intend for the national legislature to be a full time job.  They intended for the Senate to be the State's advocates and the House to be the people's advocate's.  That all changed when senators started being popularly elected instead of being selected by the State legislatures.  The concept that anyone other than the President would reside in the District of Columbia was alien to them.

The two year term for congressmen was instituted because they considered that to be about as long as they could expect a citizen to be able to split his time.  They really didn't expect any citizen to keep wanting to be re-elected because of the strain the duty would put on them.

The Congress should reside in dormitories and be paid just enough to stop the job from being a burden.  They should be forbidden from making any law that changes their salaries or any law that excludes them from the laws everyone else has to obey (insider trading).  Then we would see who really wants to serve the people.