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Rewind: Missouri represented finest hour for QB Hutson Mason

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

Sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual today. Monday is technically an off day for me (never really is this time of year) and I had some domestic duties. But anyway, here ya go. …

1. Nick Chubb got a lot of credit for lifting Georgia to victory against Missouri and deservedly so. After all, he was the one stepping up in the absence of Todd Gurley and had 174 yards and a touchdown on 42 touches (including 38 rushing attempts) in the 34-0 victory.

But this past Saturday also represented Hutson Mason’s finest hour as the Bulldogs’ [More]

Todd Gurley is out for Missouri, but is he out at Georgia for good?

  • 10:08 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Here’s what we know for certain at this juncture — Todd Gurley is not going to play for Georgia against Missouri on Saturday.

Among the many things we don’t know is if Gurley will ever play again for the Bulldogs.

Gurley did not practice on Thursday and wasn’t even with the team. The Bulldogs will depart for Columbia, Mo., on Friday and Gurley is not expected to be with them. Beyond that, everything’s uncertain.

NCAA sanctions regarding improper benefits are based upon the financial amount the student-athlete is determined to have benefited from. I’ve seen unconfirmed reports citing sources that allege [More]

Rewind: Todd Gurley unable to jump to top of Heisman race

  • 1:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Todd Gurley's hurdling 26-yard run over Tennessee's Brian Randolph and overall 285-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Vols didn't impress Heisman pundits enough to move him to the top of most lists. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Todd Gurley’s 285-yard, two-touchdown, one-hurdle performance against Tennessee this past Saturday was incredible to witness. But it didn’t necessarily jump-start his Heisman Trophy chances as much some people predicted.

Scanning the web Monday morning, it appears Gurley is still a secondary choice in most Heisman polls to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. In fact, I could find Gurley moving up to No. 1 in just one publication that does a weekly Heisman watch and that was Newsday.  ESPN still had him No. 2, as did USA Today and CBS Sports. Bleacher Report, for what it’s worth, still has [More]

Ten@10: All 5 Georgia tailbacks will play against Clemson

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s ballyhooed freshman tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will both play against Clemson this Saturday. How many actual rushing attempts they get – if any – remains to be seen.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, echoing what running backs coach Bryan McClendon said on 680 the Fan’s “Bulldog Roundtable” radio show this past Friday, confirmed that all five scholarship tailbacks in Georgia’s offensive arsenal will get playing time in the opener.

“The game will dictate touches and plays,” Bobo said. “That’s really at any skill position. All five are doing well but we’ll know more (closer to the [More]

Former UGA great Tim Worley returns to counsel Bulldogs

  • 5:34 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Former Georgia great Tim Worley attended the Bulldogs’ practice on Thursday, and he was beaming after getting a look the running back group.

Worley said it reminded him of his time in Athens back in the mid- to late-1980s, when he shared carries with the likes of Rodney Hampton, Lars Tate and Keith Henderson. Each one of them ended up in the NFL, and he expects the same will true of the ones who are currently wearing UGA’s red and black.

“It’s great to see Georgia still has that stable of running backs,” Worley said of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, [More]

Revelations aplenty at Georgia’s open scrimmage

  • 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]

Ten@10: Talking tailbacks, Grantham, TV debuts and ice buckets

  • 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]

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]

Greg Blue on targeting: ‘I probably would’ve been banned from football’

  • 1:41 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

1. I enjoyed hanging out for a while Saturday with my 7-year-old son at the annual UGA Countdown to Kickoff extravaganza. The charitable event, featuring current and former Georgia football players, moved to Sanford Stadium this year and that appeared to be a hit for the hundreds of Bulldogs fans that turned out despite morning rains.

I know it was for my son. Hardcore fans like getting the autographs of and pictures with current and former Georgia football stars. As for my son, he was totally jacked about being able to run barefooted from goal line to goal line on [More]

Ten@10: UGA’s linebackers give Dogs’ defense a chance

  • 9:58 am Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. A lot of folks aren’t sure how good Georgia’s defense will be in 2014, but everybody seems to be fairly certain the Bulldogs’ linebackers are going to be good. And I tend to agree with that.

Three of Georgia’s four linebackers were named to the Bednarik Award watch list released on Monday. Now say what you will about watch lists (more on that later), but the Bednarik trophy is supposed to go to the nation’s best overall defensive player, so Georgia having three representations gives you an idea why the reputable Phil Steele has ranked [More]