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Ten@10: ESPN’s Herbstreit believes Gurley could still win Heisman

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a chance to talk to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit this morning, which I always enjoy.

I first met “Herbie” in December of 1992 when I interviewed him as the Ohio State quarterback in the days leading up to the Buckeyes’ matchup against Georgia in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. We laughed about that Tuesday morning and his memory of that Bulldogs’ team — and that 21-14 Georgia victory — remains incredibly vivid. He rattled off the names of Garrison Hearst, Mitch Davis, Eric Zeier and Andre Hastings and talked about what they did in that game like [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]

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]

Rewind: Georgia enjoys well-timed weekend off before facing South Carolina

  • 11:34 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

1. Athletic directors and football coaches have much less control over their team’s schedules than they once did, but Georgia has to feel really good about the way things worked out this season. Not only were the Bulldogs off this weekend, but they’ll also have a bye the Saturday before they play Florida in Jacksonville on Nov. 1.

“I think it’s good to have an open date,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday. “I’d take an open date over not having one before South Carolina or Florida. I like where our open dates are set this year.”

As No. 6 Georgia [More]

Ten@10: Adjustments by UGA’s offense lead to ‘gashing’ of Clemson

  • 9:47 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Georgia rushed for 328 yards against Clemson and 283 of that came after halftime. Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs’ other young tailbacks certainly deserve a lot credit for that as they pounded the ball against the Tigers’ tired defense well into the fourth quarter. But quarterback Hutson Mason believes UGA’s offensive coaches deserve some credit, too.

Mason didn’t want to get too specific about the adjustments that the coaches made as the game got deep into the third quarter, but he said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and line coach Will Friend noticed something Clemson was doing to [More]

Rewind: Mark Richt on fatherhood and those issues in secondary

  • 11:04 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. I went to Norcross on Saturday to catch coach Mark Richt and his friends in the first All Pro Dad Live event at the Long Forum on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus.

It was a very impactful event with some very impressive speakers, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, NFL executives Mark Dominick and Troy Vincent and former star athletes Charlie Ward and Danny Wuerffel, among others. Of course, comedian Jeff Foxworthy also was there and he brought down the house as usual. Foxworthy was equal parts hilarious and profound in talking [More]

Rewind: Pot busts, swim meets and another Bulldog in PGA Tour winner’s circle

  • 6:30 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

I’m driving over to Birmingham this morning for SEC Football Media Days, which commence just after lunch with Commissioner Mike Slive’s annual address. It’s expanding to a four-day event this year because, you know, it just hasn’t been big enough in the past.

More than 1,100 media credentials have been issued this year. There will be at least four of us AJC guys among the throng. That’s counting the illustrious Tony Barnhart, who is resurrecting his “Mr. College Football” blog on AJC.com this year. He will provide at least three updates this week.

My initial assignment was to interview former [More]

Ten@10: Sports psychologist helps Bulldogs through long rehabs

  • 9:58 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

I’m actually on vacation this week, as well as half of the civilized world as it appears to me. But I didn’t want to deprive anyone of their fundamental right to read “The Ten at 10.” So I slapped this together. Hope you enjoy, and happy Independence Day everyone! …

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Hope you got a chance to read the feature story I wrote recently on tight end Jay Rome. The junior from Valdosta finally appears to be close to healthy and he predicted he would be ready to play on Aug. 31 against Clemson. With the [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]

Rewind: It’s the ‘Year of the Dawg’ on the PGA Tour

  • 11:46 am Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
Russell Henley, Honda Classic, golf, pga

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – The Year of the Dog continues in professional golf.

Russell Henley became the latest Georgia Bulldog to have his named etched into a trophy on the PGA Tour. Henley, who played for the Bulldogs from 2008-11, became the fourth UGA letterman to record a victory on the tour this season on Sunday when he bested Rory McIlroy and two others in a playoff at the Honda Classic. Henley tapped in a two-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole, a par 5, to claim the win over McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Scotland’s Russell Knox.

That continues [More]