Posted: 1:51 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014

Rewind: With camp completed, Dogs shift focus to Clemson 

By Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

The Georgia football team took off Sunday and Monday after practicing 19 times the first 16 days of August. They’ll return to the field on Tuesday for the final 10 days of preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Clemson. Here’s what happened over the weekend.

Todd Gurley liked all the food during Georgia's preseason camp but he prefers sleeping in his own bed. (Photo by Chris Collins)

Todd Gurley liked all the food during Georgia’s preseason camp but he prefers sleeping in his own bed. (Photo by Chris Collins)

1. Many people don’t realize that when the Bulldogs say they’re in preseason camp, they’re truly in a camp. For the past two weeks, 105 players and select members of the support staff have been living in hotel rooms at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. That ended and they checked out this past weekend. The players moved back into dorms and/or personal residences for the start of classes, which began Monday.

Conveniently, the Georgia Center is located about a Marshall Morgan field goal away from Woodruff Practice Fields. So most players walked to practice while some occasionally rode scooters two blocks around to the Butts-Mehre locker room entrance. The student-athletes ate, drank, slept and held meetings in the expansive hotel and conference facility.

“People do not understand that,” junior tailback Todd Gurley said with a laugh. “People will be texting me and they’re like, ‘what are doing?’ And I’m, like, ‘I’m in camp.’ They’ll say, ‘text me if you’re out this weekend.’ I’m like, ‘ain’t gonna be out. I’m in camp. I’ve been in this hotel since like the 30th.’ They just don’t understand.”

All the expenses are absorbed by the Georgia Athletic Association, which budgeted $114,000 for this year’s stay, according to Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity.

“The dorms are closed, so the student-athletes have to have somewhere to stay,” McGarity said. “It works out really well having them there. That’s where we’re going to have training table for them this year. Bill Crowe and his staff at the Georgia Center do a fantastic job.

You’ll hear no complaints from the players.

“You get free food over there so you can’t beat that,” Gurley said. “But I just like my bed. My bed is more comfortable.”

2. Because of NCAA roster limitations, several players who will be on the team this fall were unable to be with the team during camp. Among those left off were injured players such as offensive lineman Jake Edwards and tailback A.J. Turman (toe). But the other 20 members of the team will be able to join the rest of the squad now that classes have started. So the Bulldogs will be working with 125 players going forward.

3. There has been more than a little cynicism regarding the recent Facebook phenomena called the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which is designed to raise awareness — and funds — for seeking a cure for ALS. But don’t count Georgia senior offensive tackle Watts Dantzler among the cynics. Dantzler’s father, Bulldog football letterman Danny Dantzler, died of the disease five years ago.

So Dantzler, along with his mother Jean Dantzler and some family and friends, enlisted the help of coach Mark Richt for their own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this past weekend. They did four in a row right there on the UGA practice fields. Off camera, I’m told it ended in an emotional embrace between Dantzler and his mom.

I also got called out to do the challenge this past weekend and was happy to oblige. In turn, I called out the AJC’s Jeff Schultz, Buck Belue of 680 The Fan and roller derby star Dani Doom. It’s my understanding that this seemingly silly enterprise has raised more than $10 million for ALS research, so it’s definitely worth making a fool of one’s self, I’d say.

4. The Bulldogs held two scrimmages this past weekend. They had a controlled, game-simulation scrimmage on Friday night, then a special-teams scrimmage late Saturday. In between they held Fans Picture Day at Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

I was off, so Tanya Sichynski covered the Friday scrimmage. She reported that the offense started strong but the defense might’ve won the day when it came to critical controlled situations, such as third and long. You can review the stats provided by UGA HERE.

With those workouts in the books, the Bulldogs will now shift the focus from themselves to the game plan for Clemson.

5. Aaron Murray made rather splashy debut in his first NFL appearance. On his first snap from center as a backup quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Murray threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. Unfortunately, he also threw an interception on the next series (that might should have been caught). He finished 5-of-9 passing for 81 yards.

 

44 comments
Borodawg
Borodawg

DawinLex...I have a gut feeling that Mason will be fine.


As for the Clempsom game, I kinda worry about them not being sharp on their first possession; not coming out ready to play.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's been my perception.


Going to "have the training table at Georgia Center this year"?  So, when an injured player is on the sideline, being worked on on the training table...?

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Old Browneye does not want to play this morning? Waiting on the MRI much?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Protect those knee's guys big name players are going down everywhere.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Chip....


The rookie star for the Chiefs last night was Chris Hammond.....former Gator WR....both receiving and returning kicks.  But I thought Murray looked poised....and accurate even with the INT.  He has a future for sure in the NFL.  And at home with his girlfriend....although she was a little silly on her stations broadcast telling of her exist from Philly to KC.  Cried...and went on forever.  I sure hope Murray does not get released by KC.  What does she do then?  Move to Tampa? 

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

all of these doom and boomers about mason.  prior to last year, how many big games out of 41 ('10 - '12) did murray put the team on his back and push the team to victory.  now ask yourself, how many was he more than his share responsible for in a defeat?

as long as mason simply manages the game, expect big things from UGA. same to be said about either simms or coker at bama.

ARdawg
ARdawg

I challenge Flat Tire to the ice bucket challenge

FlatTire
FlatTire

Im wondering how the o-line is doing

WDE
WDE

Chip now that camp is over do you think CMR will be a little more forthcoming with injury updates and dept chart moves ?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Good for AM, from the looks of that girlfriend he is doing well on and off the field. Class act.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 T-Gator, this is a UGA blog...see the header, UGA Sports...go to the Gainesville Sun to promote your practice squad player...go dogs

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Tampa,

FYI.....you sure have turned into a much kinder blogger. I enjoy your comments because you no longer trash UGa. Thanks for your change in attitude. Buzz

TampGator1
TampGator1

Actually, I think Chris Hammond was on the practice squad last year....and therefore technically not a rookie.  Sorry.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@FlatTire Flat

I honesty expect the O line to be better than last year. I think the issue in the scrimmage was the 2nd group of O linemen. I also think our defense is better. Greg Pyke is a huge upgrade at RG. Theus should be fine. The question marks are RT and LG but I still think we are ok.

Mason worries me more than anything and I will not be a bit surprised to see Ramsey playing a lot this year. I don't know how or why it will happen, just a gut feeling

WDE
WDE

@FlatTire Flat they are doing great , they will remind you of the great 1970's lines of the Steelers and the 1980's Cowboys ...there you have the koolaid interlude for today I haven't seen 350 around and I know how much you love your daily dose of koolaid..actually they are by most reports doing pretty well but we have been down that road before so lets get to the 3 rd game of the season and we should have a better idea.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawginLex  What is required to keep safeties honest is a QB that can throw the ball 20-25 yards down field. Mason can do that and more.  He isn't as weak armed as everyone makes him out to be.  You don't need to throw bombs to make them pay for cheating up into the box.  You have to make smart throws in the right spot.  I will be willing to bet we see more long runs after the catch than we have in a long while.  Murray was good with the deep ball but he struggled hitting guys in stride.  Mason can do that.  


If we can maintain a good balance, defenses will be on their heels all game long.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@DawginLex  I hope if we have 3 losses Mason is benched for the other QB's to gain experience the rest of the season


as for the O-line; the first play in the G-day game would have been a sack; its a wait and see for me but if you are right about the O-line then we should have a great season


if the special teams doesnt cost us again

FlatTire
FlatTire

@WDE  the comment about the defense winning the day on controlled situations has me concerned especially after watching the o-line perform in the G-day game

dawginbama
dawginbama

@FlatTire why do y'all keep referencing the g-day game?  we are light years ahead of where we were in the spring.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@gtcaryd @DawginLex No. If we need a 2nd QB, it will be because we need to stretch the field. That's Ramsey, not Bauta

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@FlatTire @WDE Flat, with the goons that Clemson has on their D line you should know by halftime. I think yall win a tough game.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@ARdawg   no Im not the corporate loud mouth at company meetings


you know those types

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Dawginbama,

You are correct, in fact I don't think AM was ever the best QB in the G-Day game, but he was always the starter when the season kicked-off.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Buzz-Off  Anyone basing expectations on what they see in a spring game, no matter what team it is, is not very football wise.  Spring games don't mean squat.  A few years back, based on his G-Day performance, you'd have thought Brandon Harton was a world beater.  How did that turn out?


The difference between G-Day and a real game is huge.

WDE
WDE

@gtcaryd @FlatTire @WDE none taken they are a salty bunch up front for Clemson. It will be a test but with the stable of backs we have the Clemson line has to content with our O-line and then look up to see Gurely, Marshall, Chubb etc  coming at them...we will miss Merritt Hall in this one I'm sure.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  I agree but.....theres a lot more intensity in the first game and they might look decent then look inconsistent in 4 or 5 games

FlatTire
FlatTire

@WDE  Im curious to know if we will even see Chubb and Michele in the first games or for the season

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@WDE @gtcaryd @FlatTire  You will miss him in several, god does some messed up stuff sometimes. I found it funny what you said to Flat about the Koolaid. Just discovered the Bill King blog and it is sad, 5  guys for 2 days 15 comments. Sunshine and lollipops can be very boring. They love Flat so much over there. Heck he banned me once.

WDE
WDE

@FlatTire @WDE that rests in injuries I think if Gurley or Marshal gets hurt I think neither one redshirts and they get OTJ training as SEC running backs.If Gurley and Marshal both stay healthy there is a chance at lease one of them redshirts.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@gtcaryd  yea Bill called me out a few weeks ago for in my opinion something trivial; to which I responded that he needs to call others out as well if he is going to call people out.   Bills blog is about to be a blog with no posts.  I dont know if he has banned people but some of the old posters no longer post

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WDE  Please tell me I didn't just see someone post that they were concerned about the O-line based on G-Day.  Please?  Anyone that uses a spring game at any school as a cause for concern is a bit shy of a full load.  Good lord.

NoAxeToGrind
NoAxeToGrind

@FlatTire  I am just waiting for the season to start. BS doesn't do much for me. Leave it to the Fan Clubbers.