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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]

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]

Rewind: Return of the toss sweep kick-starts Georgia’s season

  • 12:42 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY REWIND

1. No. 12 Georgia’s 45-21 win over No. 16 Clemson was impressive. It’s being compared to the 2007 “Blackout Game” against Auburn and I think that’s a pretty good parallel. Remember, the Bulldogs actually trailed Auburn 20-17 in the third quarter of that game. Saturday’s contest was similarly close, tied 21-all well into the third quarter. But then Georgia got hot and put together a 24-0 finish to turn it into a rout.

I don’t think you have to go back as far in terms of an electric atmosphere in Sanford Stadium. Lest we forget, the house was [More]

Richt: Don’t read too much into UGA’s depth chart

  • 3:15 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Peppered with questions about some unexpected names and unusual alignments on Georgia’s depth chart for Saturday’s game against Clemson, coach Mark Richt offered a qualifier during his news conference Tuesday.

“This depth chart, I wouldn’t go too crazy about it right now to be honest with you,” Richt said. “I don’t even know if it’s worth writing anything right now.”

The primary focus of queries centered on the status of sophomore Tim Kimbrough (career 5 tackles), who was listed ahead of preseason All-SEC senior Ramik Wilson at “Mike” inside linebacker. Little-used junior Devin Bowman is also slated as the starter [More]

Ten@10: All 5 Georgia tailbacks will play against Clemson

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s ballyhooed freshman tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will both play against Clemson this Saturday. How many actual rushing attempts they get – if any – remains to be seen.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, echoing what running backs coach Bryan McClendon said on 680 the Fan’s “Bulldog Roundtable” radio show this past Friday, confirmed that all five scholarship tailbacks in Georgia’s offensive arsenal will get playing time in the opener.

“The game will dictate touches and plays,” Bobo said. “That’s really at any skill position. All five are doing well but we’ll know more (closer to the [More]

Revelations aplenty at Georgia’s open scrimmage

  • 11:19 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – OK, so yesterday was a little unusual in terms of practice coverage. Normally Georgia would conduct a workout, I’d attend the media observation period early on along with other reporters and file a quick report afterward based on what I’d seen, then write some stories based on post-practice interviews.

As coach Mark Richt said, the Bulldogs “tried something different” yesterday. They practiced at Sanford Stadium and invited the UGA student body to come to watch. Thankfully, they invited the media to come as well, but that came with several preconditions. We could not  take pictures or video, we could [More]

Rewind: Georgia’s offense methodically effective in scrimmage

  • 9:48 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Back over at The Butts this morning for practices 12 and 13 of Georgia’s preseason camp. The Bulldogs are in full pads this morning and will go again tonight in a closed practice.

I’ll be filing reports and blogs all day, so check back frequently. In the meantime, he’s your regular review of UGA happenings over the weekend:

1. Georgia’s defense garnered the headlines after Saturday night’s scrimmage because it didn’t get burned for any big plays such as fans saw all too often last season. But lost in that accomplishment was the fact that the [More]

Video: Bulldogs address off-the-field issues

  • 1:59 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – I’ll be filing a detailed report later today that you’ll be able to read on MyAJC.com about Georgia’s off-season disciplinary issues and the Bulldogs’ reactions to them. But in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and share what Georgia coach Mark Richt and some of his players had to say about it at UGA’s Preseason Football Media Day on Friday.

Richt was unflinching and unapologetic in answering the media’s questions about whether the Bulldogs’ have a discipline problem.

“Well, the guys that misbehave have a discipline problem,” Richt said. “That’s why we discipline them. The rest of the guys [More]