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Rewind: Bellamy’s suspension will shuffle deck at outside linebacker

  • 9:54 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. It’s not going to lessen any of the negative publicity being directed at the Georgia football program at the moment, but redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy has handled his recent arrest for DUI about as well as anyone could ask.

Not long after bonding out of Athens-Clarke County Jail following his early Saturday morning arrest, Bellamy sent out a message on his Twitter account apologizing to his teammates, coaches and fans for his poor judgment and asking for a chance to earn back their trust. Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes all the time, but it seems rare [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]

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]

Behold the Georgia Bulldogs’ defensive depth chart

  • 12:55 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia has a defensive depth chart.

If that doesn’t seem like news to you, you haven’t been paying attention to the Bulldogs since Jeremy Pruitt took over as defensive coordinator. He left spring practice saying he wouldn’t have a depth chart until Georgia opens the season against Clemson on Aug. 30 and maybe not then. His point: The competition for playing time is ongoing.

So why now? Well, the bottom line is the Bulldogs simply had to have a depth chart to include in their 2014 media guide, which came out this week. I picked up my copy on Thursday.

Interesting [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]

Rewind: Conley’s film, UGA’s response, Kendell’s run and Cromie’s walk

  • 12:12 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. Chris Conley, Georgia’s multitalented senior wide receiver, premiered his Star Wars tribute short film – Retribution — this past weekend at Cine in downtown Athens. If you missed Tanya Sichynsky’s report, you can read it HERE. And if you’d like to view the film on Conley’s YouTube channel, you can click RIGHT HERE and watch it.

Now I’m not what you’d call a Star Wars aficionado. I think I’ve probably seen them all, or at least most of them, scattered over many years and most not more than once. But I thought he did [More]

Ten@10: ‘229 Boys’ back in the fold for Georgia offense

  • 9:54 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Word coming out of Georgia’s football complex is that the Bulldogs’ “229 Boys” – Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley – have progressed nicely in their rehabilitations from leg injuries and are now working out full speed with the rest of the team in summer conditioning and practices. This is good news and, if it holds true through preseason camp, is a big deal for the Bulldogs’ offensive fortunes in 2014.

High offensive production has been almost taken for granted the past couple of seasons under the direction of quarterback Aaron Murray. Now it’s Hutson Mason’s [More]

Member of Tray Matthews’ family responds to criticisms

  • 10:03 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

People who regularly read the comments section of the AJC’s blogs may have already seen the remarks of LaToya Cox-Thomas underneath a recent UGA sports blog. But for the vast majority of folks who don’t read those — especially three days after the initial blog has been posted — I am reprinting her thoughts here with permission.

To explain, Ms. Cox-Thomas is Tray Matthews’ aunt, the sister of Matthews’ mother, Sonya Matthews. She was writing in response to the comments made to me this past weekend by Kevin Bailey, the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. Mr. Bailey had [More]

Rewind: Erik Compton captures nation’s heart, track teams fly high, Matthews bolts

  • 11:32 am Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Most Georgia fans already knew Erik Compton’s story. Now everybody in the golf world knows it.

The 2001 UGA graduate finished second in the U.S. Open on Sunday. That he did it on his third heart turned him into a national hero.

“I’ve never gotten this far along in my story,” Compton told reports after his final-round 72 on Pinehurst No. 2 enable him to finish at 1-under-par for the tournament. “It’s a career-opening thing for me. For me to put myself on the map and prove to the world that I’m not just the guy [More]

UGA football parent: ‘It’s not the system, it’s the kids’

  • 5:04 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The phone call I received Saturday afternoon wasn’t one I was expecting. I’d been trying to reach Tray Matthews to validate and comment on his tweet that he had decided to transfer to Auburn. But it wasn’t Matthews on the other end of the line.

It was Kevin Bailey.

Mr. Bailey, as I call him, is the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. I’ve probably talked to Mr. Bailey a little more than most of the Bulldogs’ parents just because I was covering recruiting when his son committed to UGA out of East Hall High School [More]