Posted: 11:06 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Practice update: WR Reggie Davis’ left hand in cast as other Bulldogs return 

By Chip Towers

Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Davis had his left hand completely clubbed in a cast Wednesday morning. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Davis had his left hand completely clubbed in a cast Wednesday morning. (AJC photo by Chip Towers)

ATHENS — Back over at the Butts-Mehre football complex this morning as the Bulldogs conduct practice number 15 of 29 this preseason.  That’s, of course, counting yesterday’s practice, which happened to be conducted in a pool. They are in full pads this morning and will come back tonight in shells to complete the last two-a-days session of camp.

Lots to get to from this morning’s 14-minute media viewing period, most of it on the injury front:

  • The most notable new injury appears to be Reggie Davis. The sophomore wide receiver had his left hand completely clubbed up in a cast. No details on the severity and/or extend of the injury — hopefully coach Mark Richt will provide some when he speaks to reporters after the morning practice — but obviously it’s never good to see that at a position required to use those hands on every play.
  • Lots of green, non-contact jerseys among the receiving corps, including Isaiah McKenzie, Chris Conley, Kenneth Towns, Justin Scott-Wesley and walkon Clay Johnson. There was good news at that position, however, as Jonathan Rumph was back in a regular jersey and looks to be fully cleared.
  • Some more good news on the injury front: Cornerback Shattle Fenteng is out of green and back to practicing full speed and all of Georgia’s tight ends were a full go without limitations, including frequent absentee Jordan Davis.
  • Another new member of the green jersey club, at least from my observation, is outside linebacker Davin Bellamy. But he was fully dressed out and appeared to be participating. He’s out for the first two games via suspension for his DUI arrest this summer. Safety Dominick Sanders remained in green.
  • Fullback Merritt Hall was not on the field at all this morning, and there is increasing evidence that he may be out for a while. That starts with the fact that Detric Bing-Dukes said yesterday that his move to fullback from inside linebacker is for the entire season.
  • Speaking of the fullbacks, the order in which running backs coach Bryan McClendon was working them Wednesday was senior walkon Taylor Maxey with the first team, followed by fellow walkons Cameron Faulkner and Christian Payne and then finally Bing-Dukes.
  • The Bulldogs were missing noseguard Chris Mayes and Lamont Gaillard again this morning. Mayes’ absence should start becoming a bit of a concern at this point. Georgia hasn’t said what his malady is but he, too, has had past problems with concussions.
  • The Bulldogs are trying to figure when to scrimmage on Saturday. They are having to work around Fans Picture Day at Sanford Stadium (2-6 p.m.).  It is on the schedule for 8:30 a.m. Saturday but the coaches aren’t sure if they want to get the players out of bed as early as they’d need to meet first, then conduct a morning practice. They’re considering moving it to late at night as the players will be off on Sunday and Monday (first day of classes). No decision was made as of Wednesday night.

That’s all for now. Check the UGA Page on AJC.com all day for updates.

 

 

 

52 comments
Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

I hope the live sports programming is better than that cheesy opening on the SEC network. All the Hype and that was the best they could do,

HotDawg
HotDawg

I have an SEC screen on 3 different channels for Comcast....281, 795, and 1738....

Not 740.

AWA1
AWA1

Sad to hear that Merritt Hall is medical DQ'd.  He is not only a DGD, but also one Iron Wolf from Wesleyan School.  

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

I don't understand why they don't use some of the motorcycle helmet technology to create football helmets. You can put on one of the new Bell racing helmets and run full speed into a brick wall and never know it. It would seem that tthe football helmet tech just has not evolved all that much.

On the receiver front, it might be that Blake Tibbs may have had the light come on for him. This would be great. Going to have to RUN that ball against the Tigers.

wallydog
wallydog

Hey I love UGA, but SC deserves some credit... They've won 11 games 3 years in a row with less talent than we have. And they haven't lost @ home in 3 years either. Beating SC last year by running out the clock with our running game last year was my favorite win of 2013. But the last couple of times we've gone to Columbia we've gotten whipped. Spurrier is just a really great coach, esp. @ home. I think we SHOULD win, but I'll believe it when it happens. But as always GO DOGS!!!

DawginCO
DawginCO

Merrit Hall is a DGD.  Having to quit the game because of concussions really sucks.  But football is a contact sport and unfortunately, different people have different tolerances for the way the head sometimes jerks during full speed collisions.  Some people never get them and others are very susceptible.  A few years ago he would still be playing but because of the lawsuits, he is hanging it up.  It sucks.

Well my guess is that unless someone really steps up and flattens folks in the next week or so, we will see far less 2 back sets this year.  You will see a bunch of 1 TE and the H-back and the plays will look different from what we've seen before.  Change is upon us.  Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin.  The ground and pound crew will scream bloody murder because they will think that the running game will be set aside.  It might take them a while to notice that our per carry average will be better than they thought possible.  I guess that is what happens when you refuse to consider adapting.  lol

johnnyquest
johnnyquest

Chip - 


Do you know if the Saturday night practice is open to the public or closed?   will be up there on other business and would like to see it...

McDawg
McDawg

what about Douglas as FB?


DawginLex
DawginLex

Merritt Hall may never play again

gadem
gadem

no one underachieves like GA...


#VOLS

#VFL

#Team118

notevensurprised
notevensurprised

too many fights in  jail, in the course of robbing/stealing, or "fightin at da club"

TampGator1
TampGator1

By the way, a talking head SEC "football expert" was quoted on the Finebaum show yesterday as saying the SEC East would not be determined in early September with Georgia vs. SC, or on November 1 in JAX; but on November 15 in THE SWAMP.....with South Carolina vs. Florida.  The Georgia secondary, questions on the DL and OL, and a new and unproven QB for Georgia were given as his reasons.  Everyone has an opinion.  Only a couple more weeks before such opinions fade to Neverland.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

Don't know how you play WR with a club on one hand. Maybe they can move Davis to the defensive backfield as well. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ColumbusDawg You forgot one thing, that wall isn't running at you. Physics. I agree about that Tibbs Kid, i remember him in the state playoffs for MLK and he caught about a half dozen TD passes.

ChipTowers
ChipTowers moderator

@McDawg Douglas to FB is something that doesn't seem to be getting much traction in the coaches' offices. Think they like him as a TB. Plus, you don't have to play with a FB. they have other options in terms of personnel sets.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

@gadem 

Do you feel better now you got that off your chest. LOL

Haters hate because that's all they are capable of doing. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@TampGator1 It's wide open. More so than I ever can remember. Florida won't beat Bama but can beat LSU. I think the UGA/UF game will decide it because SC will lose to Auburn. We get Auburn late in Athens. I think SC loses to UF in the Swamp late in the year.  I think 6-2 wins the East. If you are 7-1, it will definitely get you to ATL

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@TampGator1 South Carolina is fool's gold.  I cannot believe how many are on their bandwagon.  Don't get me wrong, Spurrier has done a great job elevating that program but let's not ignore other facts.  SC beats UGA in 2011 and 2012 yet UGA wins the East.  UGA beats SC in 2013 and Missouri wins the East.  Who has been missing from the SEC Championship Game?


People love to bang on UGA choking in big games but SC's problem is that they choke against teams they are favored against.


Now they are replacing Shaw, Clowney, and several other quality starters and they are supposed to be a favorite to win the East?


Vegas is about to make their share of revenue on South Carolina bets...

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ChipTowers @johnnyquest Chip, do you have a hole in the fence that you peek through? Good Grief! you are Chip Towers. Those rascals don't trust nobody do they?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@jarvis1975  Did you really say that?  Did you see the picture of Merrit Hall?  Yeah, he is white.  Doh!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Saldiven   what was so special about Fulmers last 10 years that gave him the right to have a lifetime contract?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawginLex  The only reason the SC-UGA game is crucial is simply psychological.  The Dawgs will be greatly encouraged by a well played victory in Columbia.  Getting past Georgia is always a lift for SC but we will see if they can avoid that crucial loss that kicks them out of the race down the line (if they win in Columbia).  We will have a pretty good idea what to expect after the UGA-Clemson and SC-Texas A&M game.  

UF has to beat Bama to win the East.  They will not beat both Georgia and SC and Auburn will be a booger for them.  And do not go to sleep on Mizzou.

I agree that 7-1 or better will be a shoe in for Atlanta out of the East.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawginLex 


Florida has the talent to beat Bama if they play very well during the game (very few if any mistakes), but the Gators have not played well in recent years in Bammerland.  Hope that changes this year. That game will definitely be a benchmark as to how much progress the Gators have made, for sure.  And the Gators get LSU in THE SWAMP as well.   

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawgnIT  I used to think it was all about Spurrier's obsession with beating Georgia and how much emphasis he placed on that but last year blew that theory out the window.  But yes, SC has as big an issue with coming up short as people like to hang on Georgia.  I would not be surprised if it doesn't rear it's haed this year again.  Watch out for that A&M game.  A&M has a pretty big chip on it's shoulder.  It could be much closer than people think.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawgnIT 


SC has played a very tough SEC schedule as well.  But they did blow it last year by losing when they should not have for sure.  But they still have tons of talent on both sides of the ball......and a great head coach who maximizes his talent most of the time. 

Saldiven
Saldiven

@DawgnIT @TampGator1  The only reason SC is "favored" in the East is because they are at home at the UGA game, so they're favored to win that game.


I also don't think Florida will be any sort of force this year. The defense should be stout, as usual, but Driskel just isn't the QB people thought he was when he signed at UF. Add to that the fact that there just isn't that much great talent on offense, in general.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I dont know why they are closing practice; everyone knows what we are going to do 

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@TampGator1 @DawgnIT Don't forget they also blew it against a weak Auburn team that UGA shelled in 2012.  SC choking in games they should win when they control their own destiny has happened 3 years in a row now.  When you go back to 2010 when they actually won the East they were smacked down hard by Auburn.


They are a lot like the Washington Nationals.  A solid team who has yet to prove they are a championship team.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Saldiven 


Believe me, you can put that "not much talent on offense, in general," in the past tense.  Florida is going to introduce you to a bunch of very talented skill players that are sophs, RSfr., and true fr. this year....with one being Demarcus Robinson (WR from Georgia).  And those media people that have seen Driskel operating in Roper's offense are predicting a big break out year for him if he stays healthy.  He is going to be running the offense that fits his skill set.  He was never very good under center.  And Roper's passing scheme requires the QB to get rid of the ball quickly in snap and throw form, instead of Driskel working in Pease's 3 and 5 step drop offense, set up, and throw to two WRs offense.  Florida with an offense will be a scary experience for opposing teams....because the defense is going to be very fast and very good....and very deep this year.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@TampGator1 @Saldiven I believe the East comes down to UGA-UF.


Florida has not been the flashy team on offense people have come to expect but they still have talent.  Chalk their 2013 up to injuries (just like UGA).


I expect both teams to bounce back but just how far remains to be seen.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd no you have a lot of football knowledge and you actually seem to think tech can succeed without all the excuses most Tech fans use  i.e academics.  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Also the Tibbs kid played on that team with a kid that played on our travel team with my son when he was 10-13, he went to TCU and is a FB player and a Track star, Great kid.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd Well i was upset as anyone to lose Custis, but my son always worked hard in school to make A's. And he made a lot of them, he gave up Varsity Baseball in high school to take AP classes so he could get into Tech, worked his butt off and sacrificed. If a guy can't tote the rock and the books he shouldn't get the opportunity to go to GT. And i have always thought high of CPJ, he does pretty good with the recruits he gets. Next year is looking prosperous.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  Johnson wont be successful until he gets a QB that can throw

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @gtcaryd I know, he doesn't even have to do it a lot, just a the right times. I wish he would throw more when it's 3rd and 1 instead of 1st and 10.