- 11:44 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia’s J.J. Green is one of those delightful young men you simply enjoy running across every now and then in this business.
College football and the entitlement and idolatry that comes with it can sometimes rob these elite athletes of their joy, or at least that which they reveal to reporters. That’s definitely not the case with Green.
It’s evident that he is simply happy to be where he is and doing what he does. At the moment that’s play defensive back for the Bulldogs.
You’ll recall that Green was asked to play tailback last season, and he did it well. [More]
- 12:37 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – The Georgia Bulldogs open spring practice one week from today. When they do, all eyes are going to be on the defensive side of the ball.
Defense — along with a ridiculous number of injuries — is why Georgia lost five games last season. And for the first time in 50 years, the Bulldogs will be entering a spring with a totally new defensive coaching staff.
Georgia got more than a little fortunate when it landed Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State to coordinate the defense. Not only did the Seminoles win the national championship, but they also led the nation [More]
- 12:22 pm Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers
After Todd Grantham abruptly left Georgia to go to work for Bobby Petrino and the Bulldogs’ other defensive assistants soon followed with departures, several of the Bulldogs’ major recruiting prospects were left confused. These people were their primary contacts at UGA for the past year or so. Now they were gone. What were they to do?
To the Bulldogs’ credit, all of their previous commitments ended up signing with UGA on national signing day. But that’s as much a testament to the pragmatism of prospects such as Lorenzo Carter and Lamont Galliard as it was to Georgia’s dogged pursuit.
According to coachesbythenumbers.com, [More]
- 11:01 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – The Bulldogs ended up completely rebuilding their defensive staff after coordinator Todd Grantham flew the coop for more money and less challenge at Louisville. But it’s hard to look at what they’ve done since then and not say they’re better off.
They lost a defensive coordinator who had given up more points and yards than any Georgia coach in decades and replaced him with Jeremy Pruitt, the architect of the nation’s No. 1 defense on the national championship team. Since then the Bulldogs have added linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, who earned two national championship rings as an assistant at [More]
- 12:10 pm Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers
It’s been interesting to read the some accounts of what happened during Georgia’s brief search for a defensive coordinator. Some would have you believe the Bulldogs had this intense back-and-forth negotiation with Alabama’s Kirby Smart before then turning their attention to Jeremy Pruitt.
Logic and the timeline as outlined by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday indicate that scenario could not be further from the truth. For better or worse, Jeremy Pruitt was Georgia’s first and only choice.
Think about it. At the earliest, it would have been Sunday before Mark Richt could have turned his attention to hiring a replacement for Todd [More]
- 6:23 pm Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Q&A WITH GEORGIA AD GREG McGARITY, PART II
I had a sit-down interview with Greg McGarity earlier this week. We talked about a myriad of topics, but primarily about football. I filed a Q&A based on that interview that’s running on MyAJC.com and Thursday’s print editions of the newspaper. But I wasn’t able to include it all.
Some of our conversation might not have risen to the level of public interest, but I’ll include the bulk of it here that did not make the cut for the premium. As always, I’m interested in getting the feedback of readers and finding out how [More]