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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]

Opposing View: Knoxville’s Strange expects a competitive game from Vols

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

I’ve known Mike Strange forever, it seems. He’s one of the truly nice guys and cool cats in the business and I think I’ve shared a cold one with him in every Southeastern state. A native Kentuckian, he has been covering the SEC and Tennessee Vols for the better part of a quarter century for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. You can read his blog, appropriately called “When You’re Strange,” right HERE.

Mike agreed to be my guest (victim?) for this week’s Opposing View. It’s a weekly feature in which we try to gain some objective insight on the [More]

UGA’s Todd Gurley making the most of his opportunities

  • 3:45 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – We barely got a good look at Todd Gurley this past Saturday against Troy. He played only the first two offensive possessions for the Bulldogs, piled up 73 yards on just six carries, and then he was gone. He sat on the bench and watched Sony Michel soak up the glory — and the touchdowns – the rest of the afternoon.

But lost in his little saunter in Sanford Stadium was the fact that Gurley continued his ascent up the considerable mountain of that is Georgia’s great tailback tradition. Even in the course of what amounted to nine minutes [More]

Ten@10: Dominick Sanders picks up dream where his brother left off

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It was nice to finally get to talk to Dominick Sanders after the Troy game. The freshman defensive back has been one of the better stories of the 2014 season. But even though he is set to start his fourth consecutive game at nickelback for the Bulldogs this Saturday, Sanders had not been made available for interviews by UGA.

They finally lifted the gag following Georgia’s 66-0 win. That made Sanders a major attraction for reporters in the Sanford Stadium locker room. Understandably, he seemed taken aback by the attention.

“I didn’t really expect this,” said the 6-foot, [More]

UGA’s Mark Richt: ‘Something besides winning that’s important here’

  • 12:48 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Informed earlier this week that, along with Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, he was considered among his peers the head coach for whom others would want their children to play, Georgia coach Mark Richt feigned at first that he didn’t really care.

“I would’ve rather beaten South Carolina,” the Bulldogs’ coach quipped. “I mean somebody told me that I think to make me feel better, but it really didn’t make me feel better.”

The truth is, the distinction actually meant a lot to Richt. Such a reputation, he revealed, is the cornerstone of his leadership as Georgia’s coach.

“I mean, I [More]

Richt, Bulldogs hope to right wrongs against Troy

  • 3:26 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with reporters Tuesday to discuss this past Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and this coming Saturday’s game against Troy.

Richt was working hard to come up with accolades for the visiting Trojans (0-3), who are coming into Sanford Stadium off losses to UAB, Duke and, most recently, Abilene Christian. He lauded Troy and 24-yard coach Larry Blakeney for putting more players in the NFL than teams in their league and for its fast-paced, pass-oriented offense.

The Bulldogs last had the Trojans in Athens in 2007 and needed to fight harder than they [More]

Ten@10: Todd Gurley on track to run down Herschel Walker’s TD record

  • 9:56 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To use an old Southern saying, Todd Gurley is starting to get into some tall cotton.

For you transplants out there, that means his production has been bountiful. For example, the junior tailback scored another touchdown (should’ve had at least one more, but that’s another story) against South Carolina this past Saturday. That gave him five this season and 38 for his career.

Do you know how many players have scored more touchdowns than that during their UGA careers?

That’d be one. Some kid from Wrightsville named Herschel Walker who played back in the 1980s.

Gurley had 131 yards on [More]

Rewind: Bobo’s call debatable but offense not why Bulldogs lost

  • 12:11 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

ATHENS – Georgia lost to South Carolina 38-35 in its SEC opener on the road this past Saturday. The No. 13-ranked Bulldogs are now 1-1 overall, 0-1 SEC heading into Saturday’s noon game against Troy (0-3)  at Sanford Stadium. Or right about where everybody expected them to be at this point.

Now for The Rewind …

1. Georgia’s decision to call a bootleg pass on first-and-goal in the fourth quarter Saturday night at South Carolina has been roundly criticized. Even coach Mark Richt said that, in retrospect, the Bulldogs probably should have “hammered it” with a Todd [More]

Dogs seek to avoid repeat of 2012 South Carolina experience

  • 10:23 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – If you’ve never been to Williams-Brice Stadium, it’s easy to think that Georgia is making too much of the environment it expects to encounter there. As I reported yesterday, the Bulldogs have been practicing this week between giant Bose speakers blasting South Carolina’s two favorite songs, “Sandstorm” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Quarterback Hutson Mason has been allowed only to whisper audibles, cadences and snap counts during practice as Georgia tries to mastermind non-verbal communication.

Having been to Columbia many times over the years — and especially having been there in 2012 — I don’t believe this [More]

Ten@10: Should Georgia run or pass against South Carolina?

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

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To run or pass against South Carolina? That is the question.

The Gamecocks enter Saturday’s game in Columbia ranked last in the SEC in total defense at 566.5 yards and 13th in points allowed (37.5 pg). But the majority of the Gamecocks’ problems have come against the pass. Texas A&M and East Carolina both employ pass-oriented, spread offenses and threw for a combined 832 yards against South Carolina.

Conversely, the Gamecocks have given up 150 yards a game rushing. But five of the nine touchdowns they’ve allowed have come on the ground.

But it’s no quandary as far as [More]