- 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]
- 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]
- 5:40 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Hutson Mason has now played in 14 games in his Georgia career and will start his fourth game at quarterback for the Bulldogs on Saturday at South Carolina. But he’ll also be breaking new ground when the Bulldogs take the field at Williams-Brice Stadium as he’ll be making his first start on the road in the SEC.
And that’s different.
“Until I talk to y’all I don’t really pay that much attention to it,” Mason said to reporterss during UGA’s weekly media day on Tuesday. “But at the same time you can’t not address having to operate in crowd noise [More]
- 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]
- 11:34 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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]
- 10:09 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – I made my regular Thursday morning appearance on “The Rude Awakening” show on 680 the Fan this morning and was listening in afterward to catch former UGA and NFL quarterback legend Fran Tarkenton. I was a little taken aback when I heard what the outspoken Tarkenton had to say about Georgia’s junior tailback, Todd Gurley.
Tarkenton compared Gurley to a certain other NFL running back who’s now in the Hall of Fame and whose name is NOT Herschel Walker. Have a listen. …
680’s Chris Dimino was equally surprised at Tarkenton’s comparison and asked for clarification, which Tarkenton readily [More]