Posted: 10:48 am Friday, August 8th, 2014

Bulldogs begin transition from installation to game-planning 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Back over at The Butts this morning (that’s what the players call the football complex). The Bulldogs were back on the field for their second day of two-a-days, their fourth straight day of full pads, their eighth day of practice in a row and their ninth practice overall. Georgia will hold its 10th practice, a closed walk-through session in preparation for tomorrow’s scrimmage, tonight at 7:30 p.m.

By all accounts, senior tackle/guard Watts Dantzler has had a strong camp and is going to figure into the Bulldogs' line roation this season. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

By all accounts, senior tackle/guard Watts Dantzler has had a strong camp and is going to figure into the Bulldogs’ line roation this season. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

At this point, the Bulldogs are pretty much done with playbook installation. They’ll put the finishing touches knowing the playbook this morning, prepare for tomorrow’s scrimmage this evening, then finalize the few remaining gray areas as far as playing time through the competition of the Saturday scrimmage. By Monday they’ll get hot and heavy into Clemson game plan preparation.

Heading into the second weekend of camp, here’s what remains unresolved:

  • Secondary: Jeremy Pruitt has said in no uncertain terms that senior cornerback Damian Swann is the only defensive back who has solidified his spot. Aaron Davis, Corey Moore, Quincy Mauger and J.J. Green all appear to be in line for playing time, but starting roles remain undetermined.
  • Tight ends: Injuries and general lack of experience (see below) create uncertainty about the rotation or even the role the position will play in the offense this season.
  • Defensive line: No clear hierarchy as far as who will be the prominent roles up front. But with only nine scholarship players for three positions, and all them serviceable or better in terms of talent, it looks like they’re all going to play anyway.
  • Offensive line: The Bulldogs feel really good about the options they have among eight or nine players. However, coach Will Friend continues to juggle players around and doesn’t appear to have settled on the first five.

So that’s kind of where the Bulldogs are at this moment in time. The media was granted only a brief, seven-minute viewing period this morning. Nevertheless, here are a few observations:

1. Tight end Jay Rome (foot) was back on the field today. He remained in a non-contact jersey, but at least he was running plays and executing pass routes instead of busting through sand piles with a pick ax as he was yesterday. Still no sign of fellow tight end Jordan Davis, so there’s still that.

2. Cornerback Shattle Fenteng also remained in a green jersey but looked to be flying around again like he was before suffering a shoulder injury a few days ago. Receivers Chris Conley and Justin Scott-Wesley were also working out but wearing non-contact  jerseys.

3. Inside linebackers Ramik Wilson (concussion) and Ryne Rankin (unknown) remained sidelined but were with their position group watching and listening in on everything.

4. Wideout Charlie Hegedus and noseguard Chris Mayes were unaccounted for again during the viewing period. Mayes was not out there yesterday at that time, but position mate Mike Thornton said he made it out to the field later.

Coach Mark Richt will be available after practice, so hopefully we’ll get a few answers on some of these guys. But he hasn’t exactly been a willing to impart much enlightenment in that regard this particular preseason.

Interesting the tact UGA is taking in this camp with all the secrecy. Not that it is good, bad or indifferent in comparison, but South Carolina is conducting open practices and even had the media in for a film session this week. Clemson is freely sharing its injury information with the press, which of course represents the public’s right to know in this relationship.

Guess we’ll find out when these teams meet in a few weeks if there is any advantage to Georgia’s strategy.

74 comments
greenedefense
greenedefense

I/m predicting this UGA team will be the best DAWGS team since the 2005 SEC Championship team led by DJ Skockley! 

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

 It is all good until somebody gets injured.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Nick Chubb is blowing everything up! Gurley II is gushing and hollering on the practice field about Mr. Chubb. Provided the D improves, Richt can win it if he has the good sense to run the ball with Gurley and Chubb. These two are ultra talented backs and are probably not very far apart talent wise. I think Gurley sees some of himself in that Chubb ain't going down easy, and if you get in his way, then you are apt to go down.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Rain on Friday and Saturday, shoulda had a V-8 and an IPF !

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Just the usual silly runaround from Richt. As if he had a clue what he's doing. 

dawgeatdawg
dawgeatdawg

My wife put me on the bench for having a hamme while in full throttle haha

96JB
96JB

The media is allowed in at Carolina because Sprurrier likes the attention. He's bigger than the program over there and loves to be quoted. I agree he's a good coach, but he's pretty self centered.

Bulldawg95
Bulldawg95

Chip,


The only "updates" you provide are about injuries, which has been discussed ad nausea the last couple days.  


Why don't you actually share with us what you witnessed in the 7 minutes of practice instead of your only updates being who was wearing what?  


What drills were being run?

Who stood out?

Etc.


Instead it looks like, to me at least, all you care about is driving your injury issue.  


BTW, we don't give a damn flip what other programs are doing.


Good grief.

DawginCO
DawginCO

I don't blame Coach Richt for clamping down on the injury reports.  Sorry but since it all gets blown out of proportion and fuels negative speculation, what good does it do?  Last year we had an inordinate number of injuries and it hurt.  What possible good does it do to the morale in the program for the injuries to be the number one topic?  None.

MTaggart
MTaggart

I'm voting the Dawgs to win the NC in the magazine that comes out next Tuesday.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

The ole Ball Coach is just a big ole softy, letting all the media in. What you dawgs trying to hide over there.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Everyone was clamoring about Nick Chubb laying out Merritt Hall in practice which was great for Nick. The real problem though was Hall not being focused and having his feet set. Our Players cant be lazy and take plays off which this goes back to coaching. Hall should have been made to run laps or stadium steps till he puked. Im still concerned about our strength and conditioning program at UGA.  Something is definitely wrong here.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ColumbusDawg I am beginning to think you are related to Nick Chubb, if he is half as good as you think he will be then he should do well. Hope no one gets hurt on the wet turf today.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Princess_Leia  He is 12 and 1 against you, Princess_Leia !  So, if he doesn't have a clue what he's doing, what in the world does that say about your program ?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@96JB 


Steve Spurrier has a Winning Record against Mark Richt head coach vs head coach.

greenedefense
greenedefense

@Bulldawg95 I believe Chip is doing the best job that he can considering his limited access to information regarding the team.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Bulldawg95 


Yeah !  We're 54-26 and don't care that Alabama is 72-9 with 3 NC.  In fact, if you point it out to us, we just whine that you're being negative, so censor all posts where where we actually are is even brought-up.  Just censor it altogether !  Don't compare our program to other programs, so we can say how great we are.  And, how we do it the Right Way here with 11 Arrests/Suspensions 2014, although none in August.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@DawginCO 


I agree.  Injuries are a part of the game.  Let's just censor discussion of injuries.  I mean it's not like it has anything but a negative effect on morale.  Let's censor everything so we can all come in here and slap each other on our backs and say how great we're doing at 54-26        and only 78 of the 119 signed scholarship recruits still here.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@gtcaryd  Just trying to perfect the cut block, that is legal, by the way.  We use it but we are not very good at it!

UtahDawg
UtahDawg

@SinceVince Love all the trolls that blame current coaching and look at the past through rose colored Dooley glasses. These are many of the the same Richt and Bobo haters that loved Mr. old school hell and brimstone Grantham...my least favorite UGA coach in recent history.  Guarantee you the Since Vince's of the world have never competed in the SEC...super athletes everywhere and sometimes the other guy gets the better of you....and yes, I am speaking from experience. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@SinceVince

That was like the 3RD or 4TH practice when that happened. If that happens on the 15TH or 20TH practice then that's something to question but not this early. Everybody questions the S&C program because of what happened last year but we won't know if the problem was tackled until we see how we match up with Clemson and South Carolina


dawginbama
dawginbama

@SinceVince seriously? that was not being lazy.  that was being a blocking dummy with no use of your hands.  chubb got leverage under him and lifted him off his feet.  has nothing to do with being lazy or taking plays off.  is that really the best you have?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@SinceVince You can't watch the game when you're playing it or it's Tomahawk time.

greenedefense
greenedefense

@ThomasBrownUGA @DawginCO Positively speaking, the dawgs will have a positive season and win the majority of their games. The positive thing is that the player morale is high. Summer conditioning will have a positive impact on this positive season. The dawns will positively prevail.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  The fanbase is.  The constant harping on the injuries does no one any good.  It's a distraction.  An un-needed one at that.  Injuries happen.  Building the preseason booboos into giant season threatening issues does no one any good.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RED DOG 77 @gtcaryd Man, you dawgs have a burr in your butt today don't you. And 77 i am not sure what your definition of a snot-beating is but i don't think a 2OT game qualifies. Try again, i have seen you do better than that.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@UtahDawg  SinceVince is a rehash of a banned poster named Bubbatavious.  He is a troll in Dawgs clothing.  He never has anything positive to say.  And all of us real Bulldog fans appreciate a bit of concise perspective.  Thanks.

ALB-Dawg
ALB-Dawg

@C-Kirk @SinceVince I agree with C-Kirk.  Jury's out on whether the S&C is responsible for injuries.  It seems greatly improved including the nutrition program.  We would also need a lot of data from other programs on injuries to arrive at such a conclusion.  I am a little curious about the effects of static exercises like pilates and exercises that isolate muscles or may be too specific.  My suspicion, though, is that the Dawgs were just plain snakebit last season.


Bulldawg95
Bulldawg95

@dawginbama @SinceVince - Yes lazy.  Plant your feet wide and staggered.  Get a little lower.  Look like a man getting ready to take a hit, not some chick with your legs crossed.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@dawginbama yes it was lazy.. go back and watch. Clearly his feet wasnt set. Clearly is wasnt the proper technique and we wonder why all the nagging injuries occur ....

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

@DawginCO @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  What are you going to focus on? injuries? or Xs and Os ?...........If you focus on football and not the negative[injuries] everyone comes out better..........But I don't suppose you  are capable of connecting those dots, huh Willie?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ALB-Dawg  There is absolutely no way to do anything preventively for knee injuries.  A couple occurred in non contact situations even.  The pessimists all want to place blame and guess what, there is no blame to place.  That is where the doom and gloomers all lose it.  They want to play the blame game in every circumstance and most of the time there is no one to actually blame.  They get bent out of shape and fall back to the old "well the head coach is responsible for everything" line of BS thinking. I have news for them:  Spiff happens.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@ALB-Dawg  What about the year before and the year before that and so on? Should we just use the excuse snake bit?

WDE
WDE

@SinceVince @dawginbama and it just continues to amaze me that with that big ol' football  brain of yours Bubba you not a HC in SEC . Man talk about all those SEC AD's that are just missing the opportunity of employing all your years and years of experience on the sidelines leading teams to undefeated season after undefeated season..shame actually.     

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SinceVince  Still fooling no one Blubbertavious.  Still a troll.  Give it up.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Coach Richt isn't listening to fans, he is protecting them from themselves by limiting the unnecessary flow of information.  There is a bit of a difference.

ALB-Dawg
ALB-Dawg

@DawginCO @ALB-Dawg I agree with you overall.  There could be an argument, though, that certain exercises may stress ligaments and tendons and their attachment points.  I just don't know for certain.  I trust, however, that the powers that be are making notes and researching the situation.  As I said in the original post, my suspicion is that is was just misfortune.

ALB-Dawg
ALB-Dawg

@SinceVince @ALB-Dawg Yes.  Last year was unique.  Never has there been a year when that that many skill players went down all at once.  There have always been injuries, and there always will be.  Hershel broke his thumb. Robert Edwards broke his foot.  Musa had a severe groin pull.  DJ was out for the UF game.  Tereshinski had a a high ankle sprain.  All I am saying is to make such an assessment of the S&C program, we would have to look at historic data from a number of institutions.  Assessments and stats would also have to be considered regarding specific exercises and equipment and recovery times.  It would be a worthy study, and I would be surprised if it were not being done. 

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawginCO... still a kool aide drinker and still reaching for excuses I see...

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@DawginCO 


I've heard a lot of hogwash in my days on Earth, but this one takes the cake that Mark Richt is protecting fans from themselves by treating us and Chip Towers as mushrooms like we don't know what is going on anyway.


Sure we do.


What do you take me for an idiot ?


What do you take the players as idiots ?


Do you really suspect the players do not know that we're 54-26 with 11 Arrests/Suspensions with only 78 remaining of the 119 Mark Richt was given great credit for signing here ?


Don't answer that, talk about my mama - please to make MY POINT.

ALB-Dawg
ALB-Dawg

@DawginCO @ALB-Dawg Translation:  I am not an expert in exercise physiology, nor do I have in depth access to the facilities, routines, and demands of the program.

WDE
WDE

@gtcaryd @WDE @SinceVince @dawginbama Hey GTcary how is the team on the flats shaping up this season ? I have not been able to keep up with them I heard they were picked like 5th in the ACC or the Coastal not sure..what's your view of the team? 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SinceVince  Nah, no kool aid or excuses here.  How about resetting the automatic response button Blubber.  The kool aid and excuses angle is way old.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@WDE @gtcaryd @SinceVince @dawginbama That's pretty much where they put us every year, Like the Dangerfield of the ACC. Hey, pretty much a new QB and a young OL, and several players not cutting the academics (Custis and Autry) I hoped to be surprised but actually look more forward to next season. We are having a good recruiting run. When do your dawgs scrimmage today?

WDE
WDE

@gtcaryd @WDE @SinceVince @dawginbama not certain think they are going now but don't quote me. Thanks for the recap except for that one week in Nov I hope the Bugs have a good season..