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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]

Rewind: Georgia’s offense methodically effective in scrimmage

  • 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]

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]

Taylor’s famous flea-flicker TD vs. Bama in ’65 still a classic

  • 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]

Bulldogs begin transition from installation to game-planning

  • 10:48 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Back over at The Butts this morning (that’s what the players call the football complex). The Bulldogs were back on the field for their second day of two-a-days, their fourth straight day of full pads, their eighth day of practice in a row and their ninth practice overall. Georgia will hold its 10th practice, a closed walk-through session in preparation for tomorrow’s scrimmage, tonight at 7:30 p.m.

At this point, the Bulldogs are pretty much done with playbook installation. They’ll put the finishing touches knowing the playbook this morning, prepare for tomorrow’s scrimmage this evening, then finalize the few [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]

Q&A: J.J. Green plans to stand tall in Bulldogs’ secondary

  • 2:48 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Q&A WITH J.J. GREEN

ATHENS – J.J. Green is listed at 5-foot-9 on Georgia’s football roster. But so forthright and honest is the sophomore defensive back from Kingsland that he’ll actually correct people on his height.

“More like 5-8,” he says with a big smile.

Green doesn’t see his height – or lack of it – as a liability when it comes to his ability to defend opposing receivers from the “Star” position he currently holds in the Bulldogs’ secondary. In that role, Green or whoever happens to be in that spot often draws the most dynamic and versatile offensive play-makers, such as [More]

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