- 9:55 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
THE TEN AT 10:
1. It was nice to finally get to talk to Dominick Sanders after the Troy game. The freshman defensive back has been one of the better stories of the 2014 season. But even though he is set to start his fourth consecutive game at nickelback for the Bulldogs this Saturday, Sanders had not been made available for interviews by UGA.
They finally lifted the gag following Georgia’s 66-0 win. That made Sanders a major attraction for reporters in the Sanford Stadium locker room. Understandably, he seemed taken aback by the attention.
“I didn’t really expect this,” said the 6-foot, [More]
- 9:55 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers
MONDAY MORNING REWIND
1. Georgia went into the Troy game this past Saturday with a plan of throwing the ball around a little more. But that didn’t happen. The Bulldogs ended up rushing for 367 yards on 39 attempts, or 64 percent of the time. That was up from 62 percent in the previous two games.
Coach Mark Richt said that trend had more to do with opportunity than philosophy.
“There were some times we had passes called that (quarterback Hutson Mason) checked out of because they were vulnerable to the run,” Richt said Sunday. “So a lot of it had to do [More]
- 12:48 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Informed earlier this week that, along with Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, he was considered among his peers the head coach for whom others would want their children to play, Georgia coach Mark Richt feigned at first that he didn’t really care.
“I would’ve rather beaten South Carolina,” the Bulldogs’ coach quipped. “I mean somebody told me that I think to make me feel better, but it really didn’t make me feel better.”
The truth is, the distinction actually meant a lot to Richt. Such a reputation, he revealed, is the cornerstone of his leadership as Georgia’s coach.
“I mean, I [More]
- 4:03 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Q&A WITH GEORGIA’S JEREMY PRUITT
ATHENS – Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt asked for video cameras to be turned off before he addressed the media after the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday evening. It wasn’t that he was camera shy. He said he hadn’t had a chance to shave and was a little under the weather with cold and cough.
As it was, cameras weren’t needed for Pruitt’s points to come through crystal clear. The only disappointment in not having them there is his words are best appreciated delivered in his slow, deep, Alabama-honed Southern drawl.
Pruitt let it be known that he was not [More]
- 7:58 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Say what you want about Georgia’s coaching staff, but they were exhibiting some strong solidarity on Tuesday in response to criticism in the wake of the loss to South Carolina this past Saturday.
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo took responsibility for the decision to call a pass play on first-and-goal at the Gamecocks’ 4-yard line trailing by three late in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Mark Richt, done with his media responsibilities for the day, nevertheless summoned reporters after Tuesday’s practice to make sure they knew he did not have a problem with Bobo’s call and believes him to be [More]
- 3:26 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with reporters Tuesday to discuss this past Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and this coming Saturday’s game against Troy.
Richt was working hard to come up with accolades for the visiting Trojans (0-3), who are coming into Sanford Stadium off losses to UAB, Duke and, most recently, Abilene Christian. He lauded Troy and 24-yard coach Larry Blakeney for putting more players in the NFL than teams in their league and for its fast-paced, pass-oriented offense.
The Bulldogs last had the Trojans in Athens in 2007 and needed to fight harder than they [More]
- 9:56 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers
THE TEN AT 10:
1. To use an old Southern saying, Todd Gurley is starting to get into some tall cotton.
For you transplants out there, that means his production has been bountiful. For example, the junior tailback scored another touchdown (should’ve had at least one more, but that’s another story) against South Carolina this past Saturday. That gave him five this season and 38 for his career.
Do you know how many players have scored more touchdowns than that during their UGA careers?
That’d be one. Some kid from Wrightsville named Herschel Walker who played back in the 1980s.
Gurley had 131 yards on [More]
- 12:11 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia lost to South Carolina 38-35 in its SEC opener on the road this past Saturday. The No. 13-ranked Bulldogs are now 1-1 overall, 0-1 SEC heading into Saturday’s noon game against Troy (0-3) at Sanford Stadium. Or right about where everybody expected them to be at this point.
Now for The Rewind …
1. Georgia’s decision to call a bootleg pass on first-and-goal in the fourth quarter Saturday night at South Carolina has been roundly criticized. Even coach Mark Richt said that, in retrospect, the Bulldogs probably should have “hammered it” with a Todd [More]
- 10:23 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – If you’ve never been to Williams-Brice Stadium, it’s easy to think that Georgia is making too much of the environment it expects to encounter there. As I reported yesterday, the Bulldogs have been practicing this week between giant Bose speakers blasting South Carolina’s two favorite songs, “Sandstorm” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Quarterback Hutson Mason has been allowed only to whisper audibles, cadences and snap counts during practice as Georgia tries to mastermind non-verbal communication.
Having been to Columbia many times over the years — and especially having been there in 2012 — I don’t believe this [More]
- 11:45 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Chip Towers
AN OPPOSING VIEW
Each week during the season we hook up with a beat writer who covers the opposing team Georgia is playing to get an idea of the perspective from the other sideline. This week we’ll be getting that view from Josh Kendall, who covers the South Carolina Gamecock for The State newspaper in Columbia. You can read his stories on their South Carolina-dedicated website, http://www.gogamecocks.com/.
I’ve known Josh since he was a UGA undergrad covering sports for The Red & Black. Later, he would cover Georgia for the Athens Banner-Herald and Macon Telegraph before he and his lovely [More]