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Ten@10: Gurley’s presence at practice doesn’t signal imminent return

  • 10:19 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Just to be clear, Todd Gurley’s presence on the practice field Monday and the rest of the week does not signal his imminent return to competition. NCAA rules allow for a player who has been suspended and/or temporarily ruled ineligible for competition to participate in practices.

That said, it should not be long before Georgia forwards its findings to the NCAA and gets a ruling on the case. According to people familiar with the process, the notoriously slow NCAA works fast when there is an ongoing eligibility issue in the middle of the season. However, [More]

Rewind: Missouri represented finest hour for QB Hutson Mason

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

Sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual today. Monday is technically an off day for me (never really is this time of year) and I had some domestic duties. But anyway, here ya go. …

1. Nick Chubb got a lot of credit for lifting Georgia to victory against Missouri and deservedly so. After all, he was the one stepping up in the absence of Todd Gurley and had 174 yards and a touchdown on 42 touches (including 38 rushing attempts) in the 34-0 victory.

But this past Saturday also represented Hutson Mason’s finest hour as the Bulldogs’ [More]

Ten@10: UGA’s Todd Gurley rushes to top of Heisman polls

  • 9:59 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. A week after rushing for 163 yards, scoring two more touchdowns, recording one more hurdle of a defender and throwing a 50-yard pass, Todd Gurley has moved past Marcus Mariota and into consensus No. 1 spot among most of the weekly Heisman Trophy polls.

Mariota, the Oregon quarterback, occupied that spot a week ago. But that was before the Ducks fell to Arizona at home this past Thursday.

Gurley is now No. 1 in weekly surveys provided by CBSsports.com, USA Today, ESPN, HeismanPundit.com and several others. The other player that [More]

UGA QB Hutson Mason aims to ‘just rip it’ and improve pass game

  • 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia senior quarterback Hutson Mason threw his first two interceptions of the season on Saturday against Tennessee. But he continues to lead one of the SEC's top offenses. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – We’ve been having some technical issues with our story-filing platform today, so I’ve been unable to update you on all the news coming out of Georgia’s Media Day today. They’re working on that situation and I should be able to get all that to you shortly.

In a nutshell: Yes, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are going to play; no, Jonathon Rumph probably is not; neither will Keith Marshall; Todd Gurley faces no disciplinary action for being at a bar in the wee hours Saturday night; Mark Richt thinks Hutson Mason is going to be fine but, again, did [More]

Ten@10: Richt says ‘anything is possible’ regarding UGA’s quarterbacks

  • 10:03 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To be clear, there is not a quarterback controversy at Georgia and Hutson Mason is not about to lose his starting job. But coach Mark Richt did not summarily discount the notion that he might consider sending a sub into a game to run the Bulldogs’ offense.

“I think anything is possible,” said Richt, answering a question posed by a listener on his radio call-in show on Monday night. “I’m not going to sit here and start trying to tell the whole world what we’re going to do before we even talk to our players about how [More]

Rewind: Bulldogs running the football at a record pace

  • 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]

Rewind: Bobo’s call debatable but offense not why Bulldogs lost

  • 12:11 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

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]

Ten@10: Should Georgia run or pass against South Carolina?

  • 9:58 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To run or pass against South Carolina? That is the question.

The Gamecocks enter Saturday’s game in Columbia ranked last in the SEC in total defense at 566.5 yards and 13th in points allowed (37.5 pg). But the majority of the Gamecocks’ problems have come against the pass. Texas A&M and East Carolina both employ pass-oriented, spread offenses and threw for a combined 832 yards against South Carolina.

Conversely, the Gamecocks have given up 150 yards a game rushing. But five of the nine touchdowns they’ve allowed have come on the ground.

But it’s no quandary as far as [More]

Rewind: Georgia enjoys well-timed weekend off before facing South Carolina

  • 11:34 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

1. Athletic directors and football coaches have much less control over their team’s schedules than they once did, but Georgia has to feel really good about the way things worked out this season. Not only were the Bulldogs off this weekend, but they’ll also have a bye the Saturday before they play Florida in Jacksonville on Nov. 1.

“I think it’s good to have an open date,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday. “I’d take an open date over not having one before South Carolina or Florida. I like where our open dates are set this year.”

As No. 6 Georgia [More]

Ten@10: Adjustments by UGA’s offense lead to ‘gashing’ of Clemson

  • 9:47 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Georgia rushed for 328 yards against Clemson and 283 of that came after halftime. Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs’ other young tailbacks certainly deserve a lot credit for that as they pounded the ball against the Tigers’ tired defense well into the fourth quarter. But quarterback Hutson Mason believes UGA’s offensive coaches deserve some credit, too.

Mason didn’t want to get too specific about the adjustments that the coaches made as the game got deep into the third quarter, but he said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and line coach Will Friend noticed something Clemson was doing to [More]