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Latest APR numbers show Dogs are getting it done in classroom

  • 3:29 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia athletes are getting it done in the classroom.

That was the findings of the NCAA in its annual Academic Progress Rate report, which was released Wednesday. All 20 of the Bulldogs’ sports met the NCAA’s minimum standards for eligibility, retention and graduation, with three of the teams posting perfect scores and 12 being ranked among the top six in the SEC.

“It takes the commitment of coaches, academic counseling and student services staff, and the student-athletes themselves to be successful,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. “This is a good example of how that teamwork can bring positive results.”

Georgia’s [More]

Rewind: More Dogs heading to NFL via free agency

  • 10:40 am Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Chip Towers

(Updated: Left Blake Sailors off list of free agents) …

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. The NFL Draft was completed on Saturday without the Georgia Bulldogs making a significant impact on it. Only two Bulldogs were drafted and both went in the middle of the fifth round.

Quarterback Aaron Murray went to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 163rd pick overall and tight end Arthur Lynch was chosen by Miami eight slots earlier.
It was the first time since 2000 Georgia had that few. UGA had eight in 2013 and seven in 2012.

The situation Murray inherited in Kansas City is an interesting one. [More]

Herschel Walker says he could still play running back in NFL

  • 11:56 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Georgia legend and longtime NFL player Herschel Walker told USA Today he could still play running back in the NFL.

But don’t get too excited. He’s not about attempt a comeback.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker told the nationally-distributed newspaper. “I couldn’t take every snap. But running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section. … Physically, I can still do it.”

Walker, 52, has famously stayed fit and competitive since retiring from the NFL. Most recently, he has competed in mixed martial arts, winning both of his professional bouts, the last in [More]

Ten@10: Murray’s Pro Day, Georgia’s G-Day, Bubba’s big day

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I talked to quarterback Aaron Murray on Monday about his big debut as a professional in UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning. Here’s a link to the story that will run in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Murray has already turned some heads with his recovery from last November’s knee surgery. Just 4 1/2 months since having ACL reconstruction surgery, Murray says he is fully recovered and will prove it to NFL executives and scouts Wednesday morning.

I talked to several people about Murray’s pro prospects and right now I’m having a hard time finding a dissenting opinion. Where [More]

Mason, Gurley, Morgan star for offense in Dogs’ 2nd scrimmage

  • 1:02 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

 

ATHENS – OK, I’ll be filing a more comprehensive report on Georgia’s second scrimmage of the spring practice. All or parts of it will be posted on AJC.com and MyAJC.com a little later and, of course, you can read the whole thing in the Sports section of the Sunday newspaper.

But here’s a quick rundown and a couple of videos to watch to get an idea of what happened:

The offense played much, much better than it did last week, particularly running the football.

Quarterback Hutson Mason, tailback Todd Gurley, receiver Jonathan Rumph and kicker Marshall Morgan starred for the offense.

Linebacker Ramik Wilson, [More]

Q&A: Kevin Sherrer on J.J. Green and leaving sweet home Alabama

  • 12:17 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Kevin Sherrer is an Alabama man through and through. He was born in Oneonta, Ala., starred as a tight end at Cleveland (Ala.) High, played that position at the University of Alabama (1993-95) and was a grad assistant for the Crimson Tide. Since then he coached at two Alabama high schools, then was the director of player development at Bama before serving last year as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama.

So while he’s moved a bunch the last 18 years, he hasn’t ventured across the state line very much until now. Sherrer came east to join his old [More]

Ten@10: Brendan Douglas trying not to be Dogs’ forgotten man at tailback

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

ATHENS – After a long hiatus, “The Ten at 10″ is back. No fooling.

The Ten is an aggregation blog that was developed to keep Georgia Bulldogs’ fans informed about everything that’s going on in UGA athletics during the warm months. We all live for football in the fall and basketball during the winter, but when this time of year comes around, you need 10 items just to get around to everything that’s going on. As ever, there are a ton of things happening on Georgia’s athletic grounds.

Of course, spring football tops that list. So with that, let’s [More]

What you need to know about UGA-Ole Miss game tonight in SEC tourney

  • 12:00 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia's Charles Mann proved to be the difference when the Bulldogs defeated the Rebels in their lone meeting this season. (Sean Taylor / UGA Sports)

Here are a few things to consider in advance of Friday night’s SEC tournament quarterfinal between Georgia and Ole Miss (9:30 p.m., SEC Network) at the Georgia Dome.

1. The Bulldogs (18-12) are the No. 3 seed after finishing in a tie for second in the regular season and getting a double-bye into this round. Ole Miss is the 6 seed and improved to 19-13 after beating Mississippi State 78-66 late Thursday night.

2. Georgia won the regular-season meeting 61-60 after Charles Mann made the second of two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining. Kenny Gaines led [More]

UGA’s feisty Fox ‘sick of ‘Catlanta’ and RPI projections

  • 11:08 am Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

As coaches go, Georgia’s Mark Fox is a pretty mild-mannered guy. When it comes to commentary about his team and basketball issues, he usually takes a reserved and measured approach and leaves you thinking it probably feels a little stronger than he lets on.

But it was a considerably more feisty Fox that reporters encountered Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs had their first and only interview availability before their Friday night appearance in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

Fox was relatively outspoken on a myriad of topics, not the least of which was his team’s NCAA tournament at-large chances. The general [More]

Tom Osborne among many notables to call Richt on Ekeler’s behalf

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

I ran across an interesting link on Twitter from the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper in Nebraska. It had reprinted on the Nebraska Conrhusker-dedicated blog, “Life in the Red,” a letter Mike Ekeler had sent folks up there who had a hand in him recently landing his job as a linebackers coach at Georgia.

Turns out Ekeler had a lot of folks working on his behalf from up that way, including the preeminent ‘Husker Tom Osborne, and current Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. They were among the many coaches that called Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Richt and new [More]