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UGA star Jordan Jenkins a reminder of the ‘student’ that comes before ‘athlete’

  • 10:17 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Jordan Jenkins is one of Georgia’s star football players and the way he plays against Clemson this Saturday will go a long way toward determining the outcome of that game. But he also stands as a tall reminder to us all that these young men first and foremost are students.

Jenkins, like the rest of the Bulldogs, participated in a very important practice Wednesday in preparation for this weekend’s nationally-televised Top 25 matchup at Sanford Stadium. But you know what else he did?

He took the entrance exam for admission into UGA’s prestigious Terry College of Business.

“I actually walked to [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’ Gurley provides jolt of star power for SEC Media Days

  • 6:00 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers
This guy's up for some awards (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

HOOVER, Ala. – Over the past three days, 24 players, eight coaches and six administrators have taken their turns on the podiums in the grand ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel. On Thursday morning we’ll finally get to hear from coach Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia is the 11th of the SEC’s 14 teams to stand before the microphones and cameras at SEC Football Media Days. Richt will be accompanied by wide receiver Chris Conley, linebacker Ramik Wilson and tailback Todd Gurley.

Ole Miss, Alabama and Kentucky, in that order, will round out what has been a record week [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]

Q&A: UGA’s Pruitt more interested in finding players than teaching schemes

  • 12:37 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The Georgia Bulldogs open spring practice one week from today. When they do, all eyes are going to be on the defensive side of the ball.

Defense — along with a ridiculous number of injuries — is why Georgia lost five games last season. And for the first time in 50 years, the Bulldogs will be entering a spring with a totally new defensive coaching staff.

Georgia got more than a little fortunate when it landed Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State to coordinate the defense. Not only did the Seminoles win the national championship, but they also led the nation [More]

Allen-Williams decides to stick with South Carolina

  • 2:11 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
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UPDATE: Cedar Grove’s Bryson Allen-Williams, who waffled on his commitment to South Carolina after taking an official visit to UGA this past weekend, tweeted Monday night that he has decided to stick with the Gamecocks.

Following is the original story file earlier in the day Monday …

The battle is on between Georgia and South Carolina for linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams.

The 4-star linebacker from Atlanta’s Cedar Grove High School has been committed to the Gamecocks since April. But the Bulldogs have made a strong push over the last few days and apparently showed him a great time during an official visit to Athens [More]

Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?

  • 11:01 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS —  The Bulldogs ended up completely rebuilding their defensive staff after coordinator Todd Grantham flew the coop for more money and less challenge at Louisville. But it’s hard to look  at what they’ve done since then and not say they’re better off.

They lost a defensive coordinator who had given up more points and yards than any Georgia coach in decades and replaced him with Jeremy Pruitt, the architect of the nation’s No. 1 defense on the national championship team. Since then the Bulldogs have added linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, who earned two national championship rings as an assistant at [More]

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections

  • 6:59 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – There was a lot of complaining about the Georgia Bulldogs’ 8-5 record this past football season. But nobody can complain about how UGA players are doing in the classroom.

The Bulldogs on Thursday had 38 football players named the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll for fall semester of 2013. That was tops among the conference’s 14 schools. After Georgia the top five included Tennessee (34), Vanderbilt (32), Florida (29) and Alabama & Arkansas (28 each).

UGA had 58 student-athletes overall recognized by the SEC for fall academic achievement, which ranks third best in the league. And the Bulldogs would be first [More]

Bulldogs make official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as ‘defensive assistant’

  • 6:08 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

UPDATE: UGA finally made official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as a “defensive assistant” coach.

The AJC reported on Wednesday that Sherrer had been tabbed to join the staff of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Sherrer is expected to coach either inside or outside linebackers or both for the Bulldogs, according to persons familiar with the hiring. But Friday’s news release from Georgia did not specify beyond “defensive assistant.”

The Bulldogs two more vacancies left on the staff. They’re expected to fill them with either a defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and/or outside linebackers coach.

Following is the news released [More]

Update: After wavering, Chris Wilson takes USC job after all

  • 12:58 am Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Chris Wilson, who coached Georgia's defensive line this past season, is wavering on decision to move to Southern Cal. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

See tweet above …

ATHENS – Todd Grantham was rather infamously introduced at Louisville as the new defensive coordinator on Thursday and the Washington Redskins announced that Kirk Olivadotti had been hired as inside linebackers. But if you’ve been paying attention like me, you may have noticed that Chris Wilson has yet to be named the new defensive line coach at Southern Cal.

There’s a reason for that. According to sources familiar with Wilson’s dealings with the Trojans and their new head coach Steve Sarkisian, Wilson is wavering. And who could blame him? That’s a long, long way [More]