Posted: 1:02 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014

Video: Interviews with UGA rookies, including Nick Chubb, Sony Michel 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – For the first time this season, Georgia’s freshmen and first-year players were available for interviews on Monday. The Bulldogs allowed rookies on the offensive side of the ball to be interviewed this morning and the defensive newbies will be available by request on Tuesday.

Of course, most of the buzz so far has been about 5-star tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. So I video’d the first portion of my interviews with those guys and have posted them below. I’ll come back and try to share at least a quote or to from anybody else I got that was brought up to the interview room on Monday.

Unfortunately, Michel’s dynamic kick-returning teammate from Fort Luaderdale, Isaiah McKenzie, was not available because he was out with an undisclosed injury on Monday.

For now, here’s some video:

Here’s a few other select quotes from freshmen:

Tight end Joseph Ledbetter on his late decision to give up basketball and play football …

“To me I just saw it as a dead end road for me personally. I still have a lot of passion for basketball. It’s my favorite sport, I still love it.I just didn’t see the opportunity I see now when I was younger.”

Ledbetter on whether being at Georgia might persuade his younger brother Jonathan to join him in Athens …

“I would hope so. It’d be nice to play with him. But that’d be something you have to talk to him about.”

Offensive tackle Kendall Baker on the making the physical adjustments to college football …

“The adjustment is hard, I’m not going to lie to you. We got to figure that out the first day. We’re all getting in shape and trying to go out and make an impact for this team. But every day I try to get just a little bit better and a little bit better. That’s all I’m striving to do.”

Isaiah Wynn on learning to play center behind senior David “Boss” Andrews

I’m just going to keep watching Boss and see what he’s doing and I’ll only get better. He’s been great because without him I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now. He’s been doing a lot this summer in offensive line rooms, going over plays and things. He’s taught me all the ropes. That’s my big brother.”

Wide receiver Shakenneth Williams on the biggest challenges thus far. …

“Really it’s just the playbook. The playbook is humongous. There’s a lot more you have to learn from high school, reading the coverage, getting your depth, pad levels, all that. Just learning what everybody else does around you. And it’s a grind out there every day.”

 

 

45 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Oh, wow, Sony Michel is really a well-spoken man.  I love that interview Chip Towers.  Thank you, sir !


Nick Chubb is 2 home-runs, and says he's # 2 on Special Teams already !


@Dawgilama @Ghost13 @Snagglepuss @DawginLex @Natureboy809 @Dawgilama @bulldawg14 @bulldawg14 @TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd


If our Offense was not an issue clearly last season  of 8-5, and our OL was great now missing 5 Starters from it this season (3 OL, TE, FB all Starters on OL last season), then why were we # 65 in Rushing and # 53 on Converting 3rd Downs, sending our # 100 Special Teams and poor secondary play Defense back out there to bail the failed offense out ?



http://ugathomasbrown.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/19-tackles-behind-line-of-scrimmage-1st-scrimmage-documented-by-chip-towers-aj-c/


Match369
Match369

I love those guys they speak well and is showing maturity.  Great assets for Dawg Nation.  Dawgs for Life!

WDE
WDE

I'm thinking there are some SEC Defensive Coordinators losing a lot of sleep the week before they play UGA this year..Go Dogs ! 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

These two are impressive. What a step up from someone like Crowell. Great attitude , Glad both are Dawg's.

TouchdownGurley
TouchdownGurley

We are absolutely loaded at running back. The future is bright at that position. Now if we can just straighten out that secondary and the o-line.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Im impressed with these two young men. CMR needs to take advantage of their talents immediately!

MTaggart
MTaggart

I agree. UGA is about to embark on an unprecented run of NC's. Set at RB for many years. Mason will surprise this year at how well he  plays and leads. Next year Ramsey will be the QB and have 3 years with all this talent on offense. Then the defense is gonna rock this year and only get better as Pruitt gets his own guys.The future is bright.

MTaggart
MTaggart

I'm so excited I could wet my pants.

MTaggart
MTaggart

UGA is going to win the NC this year. We have the best backs in the country.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TouchdownGurley 


QB will determine whether UGA lives or dies. With Murray we  ALWAYS had a chance to win. If Mason isn't close to being a Murray it could be a long season!


Book it!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@MTaggart 


That likely is a continuing standard for you!!!!!!


Try "DEPENDS"!  It won't be as noticeable when you wet your pants over and over and over!!!!!!!!!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Seems like we beat a top 5-7 last year in USCjr and LSU before we lost Gurley. Guess that doesn't count for Trolls masquerading as Dawg fans though....NEXT!

TouchdownGurley
TouchdownGurley

@FlatTire @TouchdownGurley True, who knows how the special teams will look this year besides Marshall Morgan being one of the nation's best kickers. Let's hope our return guys actually know how to field kicks, unlike much of last season. Hopefully Isaiah McKenzie or someone like him with good speed and agility will win the return jobs. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

As won't all teams...learning the playbook is helpful. For those of you who never played the game, a RB in today's game (not in your era of leather helmets) has huge responsibilities in the passing game for blocking, chipping, picking up blitzes, flaring etc. So yes, let's trust our coaches that have been among the best and delivering scoring offense in the conference/nation...let's let them do their jobs.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Yes, if for no other reason than to piss off Trolls like you! LMAO at how you have nothing better to do in life than troll UGA articles.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TrueDawg1986 Give it up, the negative ninnies never say anything positive.  All they do is go and look for negative statistics and post and repost them.  They think stats are actual facts.  Everyone knows you can take any stat and make it say whatever it is that you want it to say but hey, they live in negative land and enjoy being downers all the time.


These same folks will complain if the Dawgs win a NC.  They will say XX and YY aren't statistics that real national champions have.  They will put a negative spin on it guaranteed.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@TrueDawg1986  6-17 vs the top 25 the last 5 years is impressive;  hopefully UGA can one day accomplish what a big time winning program like South Carolina has done with their 15 wins vs the top 25 in that same time span 


NEXT!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@TrueDawg1986 yes.... LOL....... at the pre-season were winning it all talk for the 34th straight year; then when the season is halfway in; the wait til next year talk

FlatTire
FlatTire

@DawginCO  making a lot of assumptions when we haven't even played for a national title in 30 years

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@FlatTire @TrueDawg1986 


But some way, somehow they manage to get to watch UGA win the SECe most years recently. The Ole Visor Flinger has won 2 SECe titles and zero SEC titles at USCe while CMR has won 6 SECe titles and 2 SEC titles but I'm sure facts(Which you know absolutely NOTHING about) never enters your pathetic train of thought!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@FlatTire 


FAT TIRE lies more than anybody I know except Obama and he is closing in on our POS president as No. 1 Liar. Then for days on end he wants to know "When/where did I lie?" So I show him and he no longer responds to me like he thinks that is the end of my calling him on his lying BS!


Never anything new or original just the same old crapola! At best he is a child(at least mentally)!!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Snagglepuss



Its USC; 


USC won its first bowl game in 1995  LOL

USC has only 1 conference title and that was almost 50 years ago

USC never won 11 games in over a 100 years of football.  Spuirier just had 3 straight 11 game seasons


USC doesnt even recruit the same amount of talent UGA does


And now USC is beating more top 25 teams with less talent than UGA is 




FlatTire
FlatTire

@Snagglepuss



where did I lie?


we have another fan talking about winning the National Title this year a few posts above

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  of course you didn't; we never see UGA fans come on these blogs talking about winning the national title "this year" before the season starts

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  funny how they want talk about same posts


yet like clock work a new article talking about something happening during pre-season practice and; the we are winning it all posts start


then during the season its back to blaming the refs; whoever is the starting QB; calling UGA fans that want to see more than 7-10 wins with no championship non fans and calling programs that win cheaters

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Like the 10 at 10? It's that time of day. What do you think it will be like on here if the dawgs were to lose to Clemson. And i don't think they will, but will the fire be started under the tar?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  the refs or the QB will be blamed


there is a possibility that the Clemson band was playing too loud excuse


also some of the UGA fans werent standing the entire game

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd The older folks like myself might blame it on the new loud sound system, they are in for a shock.