Posted: 10:58 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Ten@10: Bulldogs ramp up training tempo in response to hurry-up trend 

By Chip Towers

Georgia senior cornerback Damian Swann shows his group the ropes during mat drills earlier this year. (UGA phot bny Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior cornerback Damian Swann shows his group the ropes during mat drills earlier this year. (UGA phot bny Steven Colquitt)

Apologies for the late arrival of “The Ten at 10,” but it was delayed by the development of some breaking news Tuesday morning. Here, then, is the de facto Ten at 11. …

THE TEN AT 10

1. Georgia hasn’t gone into great detail about it just yet, but the Bulldogs pretty much retooled their strength and conditioning workout routine this summer. Coach Mark Richt said part of it was to address the avalanche of injuries the team encountered last season and part of it was to adjust to the increasingly fast pace at which college football is being played.

Richt said the Bulldogs reviewed video of the fastest-paced offenses they played last season and logged how long it took for the the actual plays to be executed and how much time elapsed before the next play. They wanted to determine how long players exert maximum physical output versus how long they had to recover between plays.

As one might guess, there wasn’t much recovery time against the highest-tempo teams (ie: Auburn, Clemson, Missouri).

“Not many plays go to past eight seconds of exertion; most are about five or six seconds,” Richt said. “The teams that are going to fastest and snapping that ball within 20 to 25 seconds. So we wanted to make sure a lot of our training was that way.”

Richt said the recovery times used to be in the 30- to 40-second range. So the Bulldogs are having the players sprint hard and lift hard in 8- to 10-second spurts repetitively and are giving them 20 seconds or less to recover.

“We’re giving them probably a shorter recovery time in training so we’re able to handle the fastest of the teams that go,” Richt said.

2. Picking up the tempo hasn’t been the only adjustment. Georgia has also adopted a specialized, body-type-specific kind of exercising known as “fusionetics.” It’s designed to identify the areas of players’ bodies most vulnerable to injury and assigns specific exercises to improve flexibility in those areas. And, as was well-established in during spring practice, the Bulldogs looked to drop weight overall as a team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

Georgia’s players insist they can tell a difference.

“Everybody’s in the best shape of their lives right now,” said senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson. “Everybody’s dropping weight, everybody’s looking good. It’s mostly mental.”
Richt said the Bulldogs can expect more of the same when preseason camp begins Aug. 1.

3. According to UGA wide receiver Chris Conley, conditioning wasn’t the only area in which adjustments were made. Attitudes were altered as well.

Conley said the departures of three defensive backs from the program during spring semester had a crystallizing effect on the players that remained.

“A lot of people who were at Georgia are not there anymore,” said Conley, a senior. “For the rest of us, I think it was kind of a statement to say, ‘we’re going to do things the Georgia way and if it’s not the way you want to do things then you won’t be here.’ We love those guys, but in order to move forward some changes had to be made. The team really bought into that and realized what we need to do to get where we want to go.”

Safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews were dismissed from the team. Cornerback Shaq Wiggins chose to transfer over philosophical differences with defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeremy Pruitt.

“The thing we can control is ourselves,” Conley said. “Moving forward the young guys need to understand that and the older guys have realized it and need to lead with that in mind.”

4. Apparently Conley’s message hasn’t gotten through to all of his teammates. As everybody learned Tuesday morning, sophomore defensive lineman Jon Taylor was arrested on aggravated assault/domestic violence charges overnight. The charges stem from an incident that occurred sometime after 2 a.m. in Taylor’s residence at McWhorter Hall in the East Campus Village area of the UGA campus. He is accused of strangling his girlfriend in the midst of a domestic dispute.

That will likely end the Georgia career of Taylor, a 4-star prospect out of Jenkins County. Last month, he had been entered into a pretrial diversion program for his involvement in the theft-by-deception scheme that resulted in the arrest of four football players this past month. And regardless of that situation, felony charges result in an automatic indefinite suspension for UGA student-athletes.

5. Taylor’s arrest followed by a day the news that a football recruit in town to attend Georgia’s “Dawg Night” elite prospect camp was being sought for a burglary that occurred in Busbee Hall dormitory early Saturday morning. UGA Police know the identity of the suspect but have not released it pending verification of his age and the possible execution of a warrant.

The incidents were very poorly timed for the Georgia football program. Richt spent a good amount of time at SEC Football Media Days in Birmingham last week defending the Bulldogs’ tougher-than-most disciplinary policies.

Taylor’s arrest represented the fifth among football players in 2014 and follows two player dismissals for team rules violations.

6. The disciplinary breakdowns have overshadowed a weekend of good news regarding the Bulldogs’ recruiting efforts. Georgia locked down the commitments of four prospects over the last week, including a pair of 5-star prospects for the Class of 2016.

Ben Cleveland is an offensive tackle from Stephens County High School in Toccoa.  Jacob Eason is a quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash.. Both pledged to UGA after competing together in the Dawg Night prospect camp on Friday.

Before that, the Bulldogs landed a pair of 2015 commitments from defensive backs: Shaquery Wilson from Miami and Deontai Williams of Jacksonville, Fla. Williams flipped his commitment from Florida to the Bulldogs.

7. Gerry Glasco has left the Georgia softball program. And he may or may not be taking more of the team with him.

Glasco recently left his position at Georgia as associate head coach to Lu Harris-Champer to accept the same position under Jo Ryan at Texas A&M (even though the Aggies already had one associate head coach). Meanwhile, a UGA spokesperson confirmed that Glasco’s daughter, rising junior Geri Ann Glasco, has also left the program. Geri Ann, one of the Bulldogs’ best power hitters (10 homers, 42 RBI last year) was granted an unconditional release but has not settled yet on a transfer destination. Softball insiders are saying she could follow her father to Texas A&M or may end up at Oregon or another school out west.

That’s not the end of the Glasco exodus. Oldest daughter Tara Archibald, who has been an assistant coach for the past three years, has also left the program. No word on where she might end up.

8. The Bulldogs appear to have moved on quickly. Last week they announced they’d hired Tony Baldwin as an assistant coach. Baldwin comes from the University of North Carolina, where he’d been since serving UGA as a volunteer coach in 2011-12. And it’s not like Georgia is in the throes of rebuilding. The Bulldogs went 49-15 last season and were one step from making the College World Series before getting knocked out of the Athens Super Regional by Baylor. The entire team is slated to return for the 2015 season, sans Glasco, of course.

9. A scheduling error by Georgia tennis player Austin Smith has cost him a spot in this week’s BBT Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station. However, Smith’s UGA teammate Nathan Pasha has been granted the wildcard entry and will compete in the singles draw Tuesday night.

“Austin made a little mistake and forgot to withdraw from his tournament in Illinois once he received a wildcard from BB&T, and it’s something the ATP has to be strict about,”

Georgia coach Manuel Diaz explained. “Luckily for us, Nathan is being awarded the wildcard and will play in Austin’s place on Tuesday night as part of College Night. We are looking forward to seeing him play.”

Smith instead will play in the USTA Futures tournament in Godfrey, Ill., as the Bulldogs continue to compete this summer in preparation for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

The event in Atlanta began July 19 with qualifying action, and is set to run through July 27 at Atlantic Station. It is the first men’s event on the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Pasha is playing in the main draw for the first time after competing in the qualifying each of the last two summers.

Smith instead will play in the USTA Futures tournament in Godfrey, Ill. The rising junior from Cumming ended a breakout sophomore season with a singles record of 35-12, best on the team. Pasha finished with a No. 30 ranking after logging 28-14 record in singles as a junior last season.

10. This & that: Congratulations to Janet Harris on the news that she will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Harris was the first big star for the Lady Bulldogs and set UGA career individual records in 10 statistical categories when she played at Georgia from 1982-85. She will be the fourth Lady Bulldog to enter the Hall, joining Teresa Edwards, Katrina McLain and coach Andy Landers. … Tammy Mettenberger, the mother of former LSU and Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, retired as an administrative assistant in the football office at the end of June. She worked at UGA for more than 20 years. … Zach Mettenberger, who is now a rookie with the Tennessee Titans, was “sucker punched” in a bar over the weekend. It was an Alabama fan, according to reports, and Mettenberger did nothing wrong. … Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville will definitely play against Georgia in the season opener on Aug. 30, according to tiger.net. Watson was heavily recruited by the Bulldogs. He suffered a minor collarbone injury in spring practice but reportedly has fully recovered.

165 comments
WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Isn't it kind of funny Chip doesn't allow a blog after bad news?

Taylor commits a horrible act against against another human being and Chip

conveniently forgets to offer  the comments blog. Real brave Chip.

Yea, I noticed and so did you guys.  

Keep up the Georgia Way. "We're number one and morally straight". 

Don't you think women's organizations need to be informed about the way Ga 

treats women? Ga chokes in more ways than the football field. 

Perhaps some sensitivity training is in order with the football team.  

luckysnap
luckysnap

When you recruit trouble, what do you expect?

DallasJack
DallasJack

Hello Dawgs, sorry to hear about the recent problems. Tech has been having some difficulties too. 


I commend CMR for the way he has handled the situation. Go Jackets!

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Been out of pocket - travels to sunny South Florida.  I see there's been another dog arrest for DUI! DUI!


Here's my "schooled" face. 

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

*********** University of Georgia************

                                                   Better than Tech.

Smarter than Tennessee.

                                                   Stronger than Auburn.

And Florida's worst nightmare!

                                                   Your future 2014 SEC Champion Georgia Bulldawgs!


ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Anybody else get arrested/suspended today other than the 9 so far 2014 ?  Anyone else suggest we'll be 15-0 as only allowable comment, despite 7-22 vs teams making top 25 latest 6 years, while we'd have to beat # 1, # 2, # 3, # 4, # 5, # 7 and # 9 plus Florida to do so ?

Whiznot
Whiznot

By definition if you get sucker punched you did something wrong. Be careful and look out when you are hanging out in a bar.

Heismanhog
Heismanhog

I love how UGa fans trash Auburn about the character of their players ....... ha  You have won the Fulmer Cup about 6 years in a row. You keep making Spurrier look dead-on with his comments . Everyone wants to play you guys in the 1st 2 weeks of the season ! You keep recruiting bad guys & after you kick them off the team for the numerous dumb*** things they do , then they transfer to Auburn . Who's better ??????  

HotDawg
HotDawg

Last year's Georgia -lsu game is on espnu right now.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

I'm glad to read that the S&C program is getting up to speed  with the new coaches/coordinators what ever and you can't fix stupid with taylor....



 http://i.imgur.com/NN0AIdb.jpg

SitHereandCry
SitHereandCry

Auburn waited to offer Saloman after he got the credentials he needed.  He got them at Dawg Nite.  Auburn Family Deal offer is now on the way and also want to confirm that Malzahn drove to Athens to  pay Taylor's bail and visited the recent Tech releases on the return trip down 85.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Is Tech gonna come to Athens and beat UGA this year? Nope. Gonna be another long 365 days until the next loss.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

And Richt offers another Character Guy. 

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Soloman, a Class of 2016 prospect, is considered a Top 3 wide receiver recruit in Florida carries a 5-star composite ranking from 247Sports.com. He attends Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah. In addition to Georgia, he holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and LSU.


-Chip


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Surprised Auburn hasn't offered, right dogs?



DawginLex
DawginLex

Where is GTBob? We need to discuss the 3 players booted from GT and the 2 suspended

Pot, meet kettle

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@WhiskeyBreath WB we have 5 arrest at Titletown since the 1st of the year.


Altie dope

Brown  loud music

Lee cold beers

Drake crossing the yellow tape

Reed cold beers

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy travels to sunny Florida?  Why not travel to Ohio; since its so great up there

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Hangonsloopy Same thing happened to me. I was down in Orlando and my Ga buddies called me and shared the news. However, they are pretty well used to it.

Some reason they don't pat Brother on the back for his swift form of  punishment .

However,  let's make sure Brother comes out smelling like a rose Chip. 


DawgNole
DawgNole

@Hangonsloopy

Presumably you also saw that a marching band director got the boot for far worse sins than DUI.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Heismanhog you guys take the players kicked off those teams; and you recruit the same players.  Evidently Auburn knows how to sweep stuff under the rug.  Maybe Auburn should teach a how to class on it.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Dawgs win!

As someone says "book it"!

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@Red-Dog  Red-Dog you're not helping your..........er......a   our image there mister. You make statements that make no sense whatsoever, play photo-shop games with images that are frankly tasteless.........isn't it time to grow-up there fella?........Come on Red-Dog, as long as you insist upon hijacking my name, how about trying a little harder, OK?...........I'll be watching Red-Dog..........Regards, RED DOG

RandyHall
RandyHall

@Terry1961  This was a player that Eason and Cleveland were trying to get to come to UGA....mentioned in an interview w/ J Eason....another one bites the dust in AHN!!!  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawginLex  He'll wait until he can think up some way to gloss it over.  Same with 5150 and the other trolls.  The sloopster just slings it no matter what.  All these idiots can't seem to figure out that it's a crapshoot.  When you are dealing with young people these things will happen no matter what.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@Hangonsloopy Did you and slawdog go to The Wizard and get a brain overnight?

Nah?

Didn't think so

SSDD

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie @WhiskeyBreath Wet, have you swung to the other side?

If so , why? Has Brother got to you too?

By the way, all the above  is public information, not sure you need to come to Ga's defense this fast. They are aware of it just like you are. 


Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@DawgNole


Fraternity boy college level foolishness. Some parent was offended. 


No arrests, dog in a hole. The Show will go on. 

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Wouldn't Oscar77 be more suitable to your disposition?

I can make you a swell avatar to go along with it....

Thanks!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Hangonsloopy  ummm those are the shortest days.  The Summer solstice is the longest days.  Doh!Oh and your reply made no sense at all in relation to what was being said. Dementia surely has you in it's grip.  LMAO!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawginCO @DawginLex I will speak for GT Bob.

CPJ doesn't go around bragging about their superior moral standards.

Brother does it every day. Meanwhile, somebody gets strangled on the Ga team. 

The rest of us know we sin,  an ask for forgiveness. 


Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@DawginLex


SSDD? Nope, Different Day new dog arrest. 

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@Red-Dog  I don't understand this "Oscar" thing, and don't even want to know what an Avatar does, but I'm sure I'm a good deal older than you and don't understand a lot of your generation.........Is it "in" to flatter other men by trying to be like them, look like them, sound like them, name yourself after them?........Well Red-Dog it doesn't flatter me, it gives me the creeps. Question: If you knew what I looked like, would you dress like me too?........each to his ,her, it's own...........I'm just not that way Red-Dog, Regards, RED DOG

keendaddy
keendaddy

I'm sure Willie meant, Good For You!

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@keendaddy  So from now on, every time I see WetWillie.......or KOSWW........It will be an inside thing with us!........I'll just write GFY, and he will know I mean "Good For You".............Ilove this new age communication.........Thanks Dude.........and GFY [wink, wink]............RED

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@keendaddy  Yer right!..........I'll tell ya Keendaddy you never know about these young'uns today............Good for you............I like it!