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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]

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]

Q&A: Georgia QB Hutson Mason to get his first taste of SEC road

  • 5:40 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Hutson Mason has now played in 14 games in his Georgia career and will start his fourth game at quarterback for the Bulldogs on Saturday at South Carolina. But he’ll also be breaking new ground when the Bulldogs take the field at Williams-Brice Stadium as he’ll be making his first start on the road in the SEC.

And that’s different.

“Until I talk to y’all I don’t really pay that much attention to it,” Mason said to reporterss during UGA’s weekly media day on Tuesday. “But at the same time you can’t not address having to operate in crowd noise [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]

Fran Tarkenton compares Georgia’s Todd Gurley to one of NFL’s greatest players ever

  • 10:09 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – I made my regular Thursday morning appearance on “The Rude Awakening” show on 680 the Fan this morning and was listening in afterward to catch former UGA and NFL quarterback legend Fran Tarkenton. I was a little taken aback when I heard what the outspoken Tarkenton had to say about Georgia’s junior tailback, Todd Gurley.

Tarkenton compared Gurley to a certain other NFL running back who’s now in the Hall of Fame and whose name is NOT Herschel Walker. Have a listen. …

https://cmgajcugasports.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/fran-on-gurley.mp3

680’s Chris Dimino was equally surprised at Tarkenton’s comparison and asked for clarification, which Tarkenton readily [More]

UGA’s Pruitt: ‘Expectations are to dominate our opponents every week’

  • 11:22 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

Q&A WITH GEORGIA’S JEREMY PRUITT

Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt finally talked to reporters after Tuesday’s practice. This is significant because the Bulldogs’ first-year defensive chief hadn’t “met the press” since Aug. 15 and didn’t stick around after the Bulldogs’ 45-21 win over Clemson to talk about the game this past Saturday. He wanted to meet instead with recruits.

So not knowing if and when we might get the Georgia’s mercurial assistant coach again, I thought I’d just share the entire exchange I had with him (before peeling off to talk to some other coaches) during that interview opportunity.

So here it is. [More]