Posted: 10:01 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Ten@10: Bulldogs claim Josh Murray’s Bachelorette ‘victory’ 

By Chip Towers

UGA graduate assistant coach Christian Robinson tweeted up a storm during The Bachelorette finale Monday night. (Twitter photo)

UGA graduate assistant coach Christian Robinson tweeted up a storm during The Bachelorette finale Monday night. (Twitter photo)

THE TEN AT 10

1. I have to admit that I didn’t watch the season finale of “The Bachelorette” last night. In fact, the primary television set in my house blew out Monday and I spent the better part of the evening trying hook up my new “smart” TV and get it to communicate with my new cable box, which was a way more of an enormous undertaking than I expected.

That wasn’t why I didn’t tune in. Even with a Murray in the middle of it – former Bulldog Josh Murray won the hand of Atlanta’s Andi Dorfman, in case you hadn’t heard — I watched only about 10 minutes of one episode this entire season. It’s just not my thing.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t follow the show. Toward the end, I kept up with it via Twitter. And I found that to be far more entertaining than the show itself.

My primary source of information was Christian Robinson, or @crob45 in the Twitter-verse. And I wasn’t the only one. The former Georgia linebacker and longtime Aaron Murray roommate is a close personal friend of Josh Murray and obviously an invested viewer. And he also happens to be hilarious on Twitter. Here’s some of his offerings Monday as he watched the show from his graduate assistant’s desk inside UGA’s Butts-Mehre Building:

As the show began …

When Dorfman’s father appeared …

When Josh made his big move …

Robinson’s reaction to the outcome …

When the runner-up Nick got nasty about losing …

His phone paid the price …

Who’s next? …

Moving on …

Apparently Robinson got back to the business of breaking down game tape after his last tweet.

2. Robinson was not the only member of Georgia’s football family to get swept up in the bachelor drama. Others weighed in as well, including:

From UGA Athletics’ official Twitter account …

From tight ends coach John Lilly

And the from head man himself, Mark Richt:

Of course, Josh Murray sent out a tweet …

But the tweet of the night about the show came from a non-Dawg, Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report …

Oddly quiet throughout the whole affair was Aaron Murray. Thinking it must’ve had something to do with that whole NFL training camp thing he’s doing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. Enough about reality shows. Football officially begins in Bulldog country on Friday. The players report for preseason camp on Thursday night, UGA will host its annual media day on Friday and the first on-field practice will commence Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs will go in shorts Friday and Saturday, don shoulder pads on Sunday and Monday and then get after in their first full-pads workout of the season on Tuesday afternoon.

The AJC will be providing coverage all day every day so be sure check the UGA page regularly for updates.

Georgia coach Mark Richt pronounced himself 'a Gurley man' at the UGA Day event in Augusta on Monday. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Leading the SEC in rushing is one of Todd Gurley’s personal goals this season. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

4. Of course, as Georgia eases into 2014 season, all eyes will be on tailback Todd Gurley. The junior from Tarboro, N.C., is getting early mention as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

You may have heard during his appearance at SEC Media Days that Gurley is not at all focused on the much-hyped competition to win college football’s top individual award. But what you may not have caught was Gurley talking about his personal statistical goals. He said he would like to lead the SEC in rushing this season.

That in itself would be a huge accomplishment as the league is loaded with great runners this season. In fact, nine of the top 10 rushers in the SEC last year were underclassmen, and all but three of them return to play for their respective teams this season. Take out quarterbacks Nick Marshall (1,068 yards rushing) of Auburn and Dak Prescott (829) of Mississippi State, that leaves Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon (1,235), South Carolina’s Mike Davis (1,183) and Arkansas’ Alex Collins (1,026) as Gurley’s primary competition for the conference crown in rushing.

But Gurley doesn’t see it as a competition, necessarily. “I just go out there and do my game,” he said. “I don’t worry about what other people do. I definitely respect their game and I definitely watch their tapes and I show respect. But it’s not really a competition.”

That said, Gurley can’t help but eye what has become the golden number for modern-day backs — 2,000.“If I could get 2,000 yards, that would be awesome,” Gurley told reporters. “If the Lord would bless me with that, ‘oh my gosh.’ But that’s going to be pretty hard to do in the SEC.”

5. At least one person believes Gurley is capable of accomplishing great things, and it just happens to be the greatest Bulldog of all time.

Herschel Walker, attending the BB&T Atlanta Open this weekend, told Dawgs247.com senior writer Gentry Estes he believes Gurley is just has good as he was. Gurley just happens to be at Georgia during different strategic times.

“When I was there we ran the ball a lot,” said Walker, who ran it 994 times three years at Georgia, which remains an NCAA record. “Whereas the game now has switched so much to a passing game. So I think it’s very unfair to compare athletes because the system players are in makes a big, big difference.”

That said, Walker had a suggestion for Coach Richt this season.

“You’ve got not just two great running backs; you’ve really got four,” he said, referring to Gurley, Keith Marshall, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. “… So if I was him, I’d rely real heavily on my running game.”

Hard to argue with that logic.

6. The ever-observant Estes also pointed to a clue on Monday suggesting that incoming freshman Rico Johnson might get a look at defensive back in camp. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound athlete from Swainsboro signed with the Bulldogs as a wide receiver. But on his Twitter account, @Ricjohnson7, he includes “DB” in his bio.

“God 1st Family 2nd.. Just Living My Dreams.. DB/WR/KR for The University of Georgia,” it reads. For what it’s worth.

7. Georgia has gone to considerable lengths to shore up depth issues at another position. Transfer Joseph Ledbetter will receive an athletic grant-in-aid to play tight end for the Bulldogs when he enrolls in school for fall semester and will report with the rest of the team on Thursday. What makes Ledbetter’s addition particularly interesting is the 6-5, 220-pound athlete has played Div. II basketball at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina the past two years and very little football even going back to his days at Tucker High School.

Ledbetter made the switch to football this past spring and attended UGA’s Dawg Night camp two weeks ago. What makes Ledbetter’s addition even better for the Bulldogs is his little brother is a 4-star defensive end prospect and rising senior at Tucker High. Jonathan Ledbetter is currently committed to Alabama but has and will continue to be pursued by UGA, which has a little more ammunition now. You can read recruiting reporter Michael Carvell’s account HERE.

8. Almost lost in the dog days of summer was the fact that the baseball team lost another Dog. Hunter Cole, who had been participating in the Cape Cod league this summer, turned pro two weeks ago. In fact, he already made his debut in the Arizona League for the San Francisco Giants rookie team. The third baseman batted in the No. 2 hole on Sunday and went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Cole, was was selected by San Francisco in the 26th round in June, led the Bulldogs in hits, doubles and batting average his junior year this past season. He’s the third junior off last year’s team to make the jump to the pros, joining shortstop Nelson Ward and pitcher Jarrett Brown. Georgia also lost two signees who were second-round selections.

9. Former UGA tennis star John Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open for the second straight year this past weekend. Despite the victory and the $103,000 first prize, Isner remained No. 12 in the ATP World Singles Rankings. He was ranked as high as No. 9 a few years ago when he went on a run and knocked off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Of course, Isner was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs, holds the school record for wins in both singles and doubles and to a perfect 32-0 record as a senior. His only blemish that year was losing to Somdev Devvarman of Virginia in the singles final that year.

That got me wondering how Devvarman is doing as a pro these days. He’s ranked 132nd.

10. Georgia soccer incoming freshman Mariel Gutierrez was named to the 21-player roster for the upcoming 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, it was announced this week by the Mexican Football Federation. The World Cup will be played in Canada Aug. 5-24, with Gutierrez’s squad making its fifth straight trip and sixth overall.

145 comments
Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@GTCaryd (several hours ago),

Why did Lou Holtz, Les Miles and Steve Spurrier ALL agree that CMR did the correct thing in throwing to the end zone instead of spiking the ball? A spike would have wasted a down and a potential TD pass. No one has ever scored on a spiked ball. Also, Bama was definitely on their heels and a spike gives them time to get reorganized. But of course your sons coach knows best.....not!!!

P.S. It was Reggie Ball who famously threw the ball away on 4th down to stop the clock. I guess you guys are also saying "IF" he only attend classes at GT and could count to 4 he never would have made that mistake. I have also heard every GT fan say, "IF, IF, IF........." Regarding the game against UGa last November. So meathead, please quit casting stones in your glass house.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Have any of you eternal pessimists ever thought about how it looks when the trolls agree with you?  You are aiding them and abetting the undermining of the Georgia football program.  Congratulations!  You are doing their work for them.  Step back and think for a moment.  Have you ever thought about just keeping your gripes to yourselves and presenting a united front?  No, of course not.  You are selfish, whiny, cry babies.

You complain about the offense when it's the defense that has killed us for the past several seasons.  Why?  Because you addicted to complaining.  Since you can't complain about the defense yet, you whine about an offense that everyone else but you seems to know is as good as any in college football.  But you just puke up some more negativity because the idea of being optimistic is poisonous to you.


You have a sickness people.  Get help.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Due to the crazy player attrition of 2014 (so far), I believe UGA is just a major injury or two to being in the same predicament as in 2012 regarding depth.  I think I remember our number of scholarship players dropped below 70.

Although that squad had a good year (12-2), the lack of depth, particularly on D, was THE reason Bama was able to come back from 2 scores down in the 4th quarter.

The reason this season's version of the Dawgs won't approach 12 wins however, is, unlike the '12 team's favorable schedule, this season's is eons more difficult.

Difficult schedule, lack of quality depth, and our HC's tendency to sit on leads will keep nearly every opponent in the game - every game, all season.

Dockins2
Dockins2

Not sure if anyone will read this, and it is Definitely off topic from the article. But thought it may be interesting to get feedback on the topic of College's getting SO much Revenue off of Student Athletes, and the Athletes themselves not getting a penny beyond their Scholarships. WHAT IF, Colleges were to take some piece of the Revenue they earn and put it into a trust in the Players names until their graduation. SO the players wouldn't be getting paid to play, could still keep their "Amateur" status officially, but upon their graduation the trust would mature. I don't know, may be a silly idea but one I would love to see an AJC article on.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Football blog? First off Bobo will run/pass roughly 60/40 with Mason. Now, you might have to start counting the dump offs to the backs as "running", but the backs will get the ball, much. I wish I could get a REAL handle on the "Theus has gained weight" articles that are out this morning. One is claiming that it is good weight gain, let's hope so. It is time to crap or get out of the stall for Theus IMO, and Richt will need an OL to keep him out of hot water. It mostly sounds like the defensive players have done well on the "Pruitt Diet". I truly believe that this team is about to undergo the toughest fall camp in Mark Richt's tenure at UGA. I hope they are up to it.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Herschel Walker is right; he always is.


Mike Bobo, however, announced just a few weeks' ago now, that we're not to look for him to be running the football.


Hmmm.


Wonder which one knows the most about offense ?


Pass-Happy Offense.


I can tell you this, you're not # 53 in 3rd Down Conversions with The SEC All-Time Leader at QB, if you do as Herschel Walker says, 2014.


It makes our Defense all the better, and keeps our Special Teams off the field, which can only be good The # 100 Special Teams, who did not practice a lick G-Day Game.


The rest of us, Todd Gurley II, Chris Conley, included, would like to see us get back to what we once were, when Mark Richt 1st got here.


Herschel Walker did not say that.  I did.


http://ugathomasbrown.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/no-bananas/

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Jack5150  yes; come on; its been almost a decade since we had a trophy;  Tech doesnt act like they want to play football no more

FlatTire
FlatTire

@DawginCO you forgot to add O-line and special teams being problems as well

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@dockins

Not a bad idea, but the issue with the players is not their future.....it is the spending money they need while in school.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Dockins2 they are already being paid with room, food, books, school, tutors,  school apparel, athletic trainers, free weight training and dietician advice

DawginLex
DawginLex

@ThomasBrown Pass happy??

Well, as usual, you are wrong again.

2013 our run pass ratio was 51/49 because we had a LOUSY defense that forced us into shootouts

This was the worst of the last 5 years

2012 57/43

2011 57/43

2010 56/44

2009 56/44

So, it's fine for you to bash Richt, have your own blog and pretend to be smart.

But it makes you look not so smart when the facts don't support your rant

In our 2 SEC title seasons, the ratios were 55/45

Carry on

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@ThomasBrown  I really don't believe Todd Gurley, Chis Conley and the "rest of us" want to see us get back to the way we were when Richt first got here...........That's the reason we hired Richt in the first place.........and I don't know what you're reading, but I don't recall Mike Bobo being quoted saying "not to look for him to be running the football"

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@FlatTire  And, you left-out, FlatTire that we've had 11 arrests/suspensions in 2014 alone already, and are in fact 54-26 for # 23 Won/Lost Record nationally after 2007.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@FlatTire @Dawggie  I agree with that point FlatTire, in the SC game. However, I actually thought the Staff had a great game plan for Bama, who basically man-handled everybody all year (except Johnny Football for one half). 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@DawginLex 


We are # 65 in the nation in rushing the football. 


Now, what was it, you said DawginLex ?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@RED DOG 77 


You are wrong on both accounts, RED DOG 77, as usual for you.  Are you drunk at 1 am as you brag you are in here, again, sir ?  Todd Gurley II, do you not even look at his Jersey ?  Oh, I forget you don't even go to the games - how would you know his name is Todd Gurley II ?  Todd Gurley II said he is tired of being mediocre and losing and Chris Conley also agreed - both wanting us to GATA instead of 54-26 for # 23 nationally in won/loss after 2007.


You don't even know when Mark Richt 1st got here, he had an 81 % win percentage going into the 2005 season, his last by the way SEC Championship.  He's only 67 % win percentage after 2007. 


Also, when he 1st got here, he had a 16-13 record vs teams making the Top 25 AP or Coaches' Polls 2001-2007, and only 7-22 since - both 29 games each.


As for Mike Bobo's Pass Happy Offense, not only Herschel Walker says we should run the ball more, but I do too.  Yet, we all read in disbelief that Mike Bobo said that we're not to look for him to run the ball 2014, a statement from his mouth in recent weeks.


You think in the past and add in what Mark Richt did when he 1st got here to what he hasn't been doing after 2007.


I see it as a tale of two halves of the Mark Richt era with more of the same 2014.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Dawggie  yea i would say the "offense" had a good plan but as in the 2011 SEC championship against LSU the other side made adjustments; something we hardly ever see in big games from the current administration

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

@GTcaryd

Isn't that what the GT QB did several years ago on 4th down? Spiking the ball was stupid then and was a stupid option (according to experts) in that Bama game. It would have been a "no issue" if Murray completes the pass in the endzone instead of it being deflected and completed in play. Why waste 33% of your remaining plays with 15 seconds remaining. Stupid idea my friend....kinda like Reggie's throw away!!! Go Dawgs

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ThomasBrown  Hey, obsessed lunatic.  News alert!  The Georgia Bulldogs ran the ball more than we threw the ball in 2013.  Pass happy?  No.  You are just a obsessed fool.   You live in the past and can't see the future.  How about doing everyone a favor and stuff a sock in it.  We don't need you and your 500 word essays that are filled with supposed facts that turn out to be wrong most of the time.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Just remember guys, when CMR arrived on campus the SEC was very different so you need to compare apples to apples. Saban, Spurrier, Miles weren't at their respective schools. Auburn wasn't cheating as much and Missouri and Texas A&M weren't on board. No wonder his winning percentage has decreased.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Buzz-Off I don't think it was 4th down when UGA had the opportunity to spike the ball, and other than you homer Richt supporters anyone i have ever discussed that decision with including dawg fans have all said he absolutely should have spiked the ball. My QBs in youth ball would have spiked the ball. Your very smart QB Murray was wanting to spike the ball. If he had completed the pass in the end zone, My god yall love that "IF" word don't you. IF he spiked the ball you would probably not be listening to all that 1980 crap you get to endure day after day. But hey if you're happy i am too. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Buzz-Off apples to apples?


The SEC East was on top with FL and Tennessee competing to play for a national title


GT was better coached



keep up with the excuses


and as for Auburn cheating; they were on probation when they went undefeated in 93

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Dawggie  Im hoping as well and he may just do it but with 10 players already getting in trouble Im not expecting any championship this year

Terry1961
Terry1961

gtcardy,

you run you mouth about Buzz-off using the if word, then you turn around, and us it, the fact is, no one really knows one way, or the other, what would have happen, If he had spiked the ball, Saban does his best defensive planning, when he has time on his side, why do you think he is against the hurry up offense. And if I'm not mistaken, even Saban thought it was a good plan, and remember, if our receiver doesn't catch that tipped ball we have another play, but it didn't go like Richt had plan, and Bama won, but to say Richt made the wrong decision is just guessing, if he spikes the ball, Murray could have threw an interception, or fumble it, or Murray gets sacked. Georgia loss, it doesn't matter how any more.



FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  does Tech play Louisville? I havent checked your schedule

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  yea; come on now; their self-esteem is fragile they need to be paid right?

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Gtcaryd,

I wish I had an uncle like CMR who puts discipline and ethics before wins. A trait you and several other bloggers find foreign. At least he is able to to things the right way and still kick your team's a$$ on an annual and consistent basis.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd   Im wondering who the next player the "Red Pants Society" will choose to blame as the reason this program continues to underperform.  Murray is now  in NFL; Cox and Stafford are no longer playing for UGA


the suspense is almost too exciting 

Dawggie
Dawggie

@FlatTire @Dawggie  If Hutson plays well in the first 2 games, we got a shot at 10-wins.  If he crashes and burns in those games, on national tv, it will be a long, bad season, cause nobody else is ready to be a starting, SEC-caliber QB.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Buzz-Off so if we are putting discipline and ethics before wins and evidently its not about winning; 


then please tell me why are we recruiting trouble making players that continue to bring embarrassment to the program

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Dawggie  I could care less about 10 wins; Ive seen enough 10 win seasons with no championships; 


10 wins is no better than a 6 win season; neither one has something to show for it. 



As for Hutson; Murray played well in plenty of games only to be let down by a poorly coached O-line; Special Teams and Defense; will those be fixed?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  yea probably; and like Murray Stafford and Cox not a word will be said if its due to lousy O-line play; 

Dawggie
Dawggie

@FlatTire @Dawggie  10-wins means  nothing to me either - it's just my estimate of this season, if things fall our way.  I, too castigated Richt of his total failure to fix, or even put a bandaid on STs last season.  Pathetic and inexcusable for a bigtime football program, particularly one with the $$ to hire the best ST coach in the country.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd And then they get a "Trust" when they graduate, i thought you were supposed to get a job.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Well, i watch the G-day game twice and your OL was not impressive, i know it was a scrimmage.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I saw the same thing;  the very first play would have been a sack