- 8:12 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt details what the Bulldogs accomplished during their dress-rehearsal practice at Sanford Stadium on Wednesday. For the first time this season, the Bulldogs operated as a single team from one sideline, practicing their transitions from kicking teams to scrimmage teams and so on.
- 11:19 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – OK, so yesterday was a little unusual in terms of practice coverage. Normally Georgia would conduct a workout, I’d attend the media observation period early on along with other reporters and file a quick report afterward based on what I’d seen, then write some stories based on post-practice interviews.
As coach Mark Richt said, the Bulldogs “tried something different” yesterday. They practiced at Sanford Stadium and invited the UGA student body to come to watch. Thankfully, they invited the media to come as well, but that came with several preconditions. We could not take pictures or video, we could [More]
- 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]
- 1:51 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 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.
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 [More]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 9:48 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
MONDAY MORNING REWIND
ATHENS – Back over at The Butts this morning for practices 12 and 13 of Georgia’s preseason camp. The Bulldogs are in full pads this morning and will go again tonight in a closed practice.
I’ll be filing reports and blogs all day, so check back frequently. In the meantime, he’s your regular review of UGA happenings over the weekend:
1. Georgia’s defense garnered the headlines after Saturday night’s scrimmage because it didn’t get burned for any big plays such as fans saw all too often last season. But lost in that accomplishment was the fact that the [More]
- 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:”
Nick Chubb 7-52
Keith Marshall 5-23
Sony Michel 5-21
Todd Gurley 5-13
Kyle Karempelis 2-12
- 3:52 pm Saturday, August 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – In honor of Bob Taylor, who passed away this past Thursday at the age of 70, we share with you Georgia’s version of the Famous Flea Flicker play.
Taylor’s late touchdown led the Bulldogs to an 18-17 upset of the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in 1965. It remains one of the greatest plays in UGA history.
Of course, Alabama folks see the play a little differently. Coach Bear Bryant was certain Pat Hodgson’s knee was down before he lateraled to the reversing Taylor and this replay indicates that might have happened. But those were the days [More]