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Former UGA great Tim Worley returns to counsel Bulldogs

  • 5:34 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Former Georgia great Tim Worley attended the Bulldogs’ practice on Thursday, and he was beaming after getting a look the running back group.

Worley said it reminded him of his time in Athens back in the mid- to late-1980s, when he shared carries with the likes of Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate and Keith Henderson. Each one of them ended up in the NFL, and he expects the same will true of the ones who are currently wearing UGA’s red and black.

“It’s great to see Georgia still has that stable of running backs,” Worley said of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, [More]

Ten@10: Talking tailbacks, Grantham, TV debuts and ice buckets

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a brief audience last week with Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, who acknowledged reports that he is currently in the best shape of his career.

“Yeah, I’ve been feeling good,” the 6-foot-1, 226-pound junior said. “I haven’t been really getting tired at all. I’ve been feeling great.”

After an injury-riddled sophomore season, Gurley has been able to participate in every practice and workout since offseason workouts began in February. Coaches Mike Bobo and Bryan McClendon challenged Gurley to exhibit leadership by example heading into what’s expected to be his final year in college. Gurley has been able [More]

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

  • 11:06 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 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 [More]

Ten@10: Merritt Hall’s injury creates shake-up at fullback

  • 9:57 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s fullback situation is starting to get real interesting.

Junior Merritt Hall is the undisputed starter at that position and his unique abilities there is what allowed the Bulldogs to develop an H-back/tight end role for Quayvon Hicks. A former walkon out of the Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Hall has played in 25 games at Georgia with seven starts.

But Hall is suddenly sidelined, and while it may have seemed like small, insignificant injury news when it first appeared on Monday, there are indications Hall could be out for an extended period.

Georgia has not said what the [More]

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

  • 1:02 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 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 [More]

Video, quick stats from Georgia’s first scrimmage

  • 8:52 pm Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – According to Georgia players and coaches, the Bulldogs played to a draw tonight in the first game-simulation scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. The 2 1/2-hour workout was closed to the media so any information coming out of it is based on what UGA was sharing afterward.

I’ll post a story very soon on the website with comments from coach Mark Richt and a couple of players. UPDATE: Story from scrimmage is now posted. In the meantime, here are the stats that Richt shared afterward and deemed “very unofficial:”

RUSHING

Nick Chubb 7-52

Keith Marshall 5-23

Sony Michel 5-21

Todd Gurley 5-13

Kyle Karempelis 2-12

Brendan [More]

UGA lineman Kolton Houston will worry later about a 6th year

  • 11:26 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Kolton Houston is listed as a senior on the Georgia football roster and he is approaching the 2014 season as if it will be his last.

But there remains the possibility that Houston could be back with the Bulldogs for another year. He could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. He just won’t know if that will be an option for several months.

“From what I understand, that comes at the end of the season around bowl week,” said Houston, an offensive lineman from Buford. “That’s when all that kind of stuff happens. So I know for [More]

Practice update: Bulldogs embark on first of ‘two-a-day’ practices

  • 9:46 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Good morning. I’m back over here at the Butts-Mehre football complex for the first two-a-day session of preseason camp. The Bulldogs’ first practice of the day will be in full pads this morning at 9:30 and the second will be this evening at 7:30 p.m. in “shells.” It’s the first of four two-a-day practices will have this month.

Yesterday’s workout was the first in full pads this year and it was an intense. An Oklahoma drill in the early portion of practice proved somewhat climactic as Georgia went back to its installation work and preparing for Saturday’s all-important first [More]

Ten@10: Once again, injuries becoming part of Bulldogs’ storyline

  • 9:49 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia is just four days into preseason camp and injuries are starting to become part of the 2014 storyline. The latest name added to the list is Shattle Fenteng.

Fenteng, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson Community College, was having his shoulder and arm attended to by head trainer Ron Courson early in Monday’s practice before leaving Woodruff Practice Fields for the day. UGA was unable to supply an injury update after the 90-minute workout and the hope is that there will be one at some point Tuesday.

UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt says Fenteng’s injury [More]

Ten@10: Bulldogs claim Josh Murray’s Bachelorette ‘victory’

  • 10:01 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I have to admit that I didn’t watch the season finale of “The Bachelorette” last night. In fact, the primary television set in my house blew out Monday and I spent the better part of the evening trying hook up my new “smart” TV and get it to communicate with my new cable box, which was a way more of an enormous undertaking than I expected.

That wasn’t why I didn’t tune in. Even with a Murray in the middle of it – former Bulldog Josh Murray won the hand of Atlanta’s Andi Dorfman, in [More]