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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]

Lutzenkirchen’s father counsels Bulldogs on making wise decisions

  • 6:00 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Phillip Lutzenkirchen and Hutson Mason remained close despite choosing different paths after leaving Lassiter. (Photo courtesy of Rob Saye)

ATHENS – In the midst of a football season, coaches normally want their players thinking about nothing but today’s homework and Saturday’s game. But Georgia coach Mark Richt welcomed a visitor to practice on Wednesday to talk to the team about something far weightier than winning an athletic contest.

Mike Lutzenkirchen spoke to the Bulldogs about the importance of making wise decisions. If you recognize his last name, he is the father of former Auburn star and NFL player Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

Phillip Lutzenkirchen and former Georgia baseball player Ian Davis were killed in an alcohol-related car accident that injured two [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]

UGA’s Chris Conley gets unexpected surprise from his ‘Good Works’

  • 1:42 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia receiver Chris Conley talks with kids from Barrow Elementary School after accepting his Allstate AFCA Good Works team on Tuesday.

ATHENS – Vince Dooley had Herschel Walker while he was at Georgia. Robert Miles has Chris Conley.

Miles is director of Georgia’s life skills program, which is designed “to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field.” And in that regard, Conley is a Heisman Trophy-like performer.

In fact, Conley is up for the Heisman Trophy of community service awards for college football players. UGA went to considerable effort to surprise Conley on Tuesday with news that he has been selected from a pool of more than 200 nominees for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. As such, [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]

Rewind: Bulldogs running the football at a record pace

  • 9:55 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. Georgia went into the Troy game this past Saturday with a plan of throwing the ball around a little more. But that didn’t happen. The Bulldogs ended up rushing for 367 yards on 39 attempts, or 64 percent of the time. That was up from 62 percent in the previous two games.

Coach Mark Richt said that trend had more to do with opportunity than philosophy.

“There were some times we had passes called that (quarterback Hutson Mason) checked out of because they were vulnerable to the run,” Richt said Sunday. “So a lot of it had to do [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]

Q&A with Jeremy Pruitt: ‘That won’t happen again’

  • 4:03 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Q&A WITH GEORGIA’S JEREMY PRUITT

ATHENS – Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt asked for video cameras to be turned off before he addressed the media after the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday evening. It wasn’t that he was camera shy. He said he hadn’t had a chance to shave and was a little under the weather with cold and cough.

As it was, cameras weren’t needed for Pruitt’s points to come through crystal clear. The only disappointment in not having them there is his words are best appreciated delivered in his slow, deep, Alabama-honed Southern drawl.

Pruitt let it be known that he was not [More]

Georgia coaches come to defense of Mike Bobo and ‘The Call’

  • 7:58 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Say what you want about Georgia’s coaching staff, but they were exhibiting some strong solidarity on Tuesday in response to criticism in the wake of the loss to South Carolina this past Saturday.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo took responsibility for the decision to call a pass play on first-and-goal at the Gamecocks’ 4-yard line trailing by three late in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Mark Richt, done with his media responsibilities for the day, nevertheless summoned reporters after Tuesday’s practice to make sure they knew he did not have a problem with Bobo’s call and believes him to be [More]