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Ten@10: Talking tailbacks, Grantham, TV debuts and ice buckets

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a brief audience last week with Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, who acknowledged reports that he is currently in the best shape of his career.

“Yeah, I’ve been feeling good,” the 6-foot-1, 226-pound junior said. “I haven’t been really getting tired at all. I’ve been feeling great.”

After an injury-riddled sophomore season, Gurley has been able to participate in every practice and workout since offseason workouts began in February. Coaches Mike Bobo and Bryan McClendon challenged Gurley to exhibit leadership by example heading into what’s expected to be his final year in college. Gurley has been able [More]

Bulldogs begin transition from installation to game-planning

  • 10:48 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Back over at The Butts this morning (that’s what the players call the football complex). The Bulldogs were back on the field for their second day of two-a-days, their fourth straight day of full pads, their eighth day of practice in a row and their ninth practice overall. Georgia will hold its 10th practice, a closed walk-through session in preparation for tomorrow’s scrimmage, tonight at 7:30 p.m.

At this point, the Bulldogs are pretty much done with playbook installation. They’ll put the finishing touches knowing the playbook this morning, prepare for tomorrow’s scrimmage this evening, then finalize the few [More]

Q&A: J.J. Green plans to stand tall in Bulldogs’ secondary

  • 2:48 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Q&A WITH J.J. GREEN

ATHENS – J.J. Green is listed at 5-foot-9 on Georgia’s football roster. But so forthright and honest is the sophomore defensive back from Kingsland that he’ll actually correct people on his height.

“More like 5-8,” he says with a big smile.

Green doesn’t see his height – or lack of it – as a liability when it comes to his ability to defend opposing receivers from the “Star” position he currently holds in the Bulldogs’ secondary. In that role, Green or whoever happens to be in that spot often draws the most dynamic and versatile offensive play-makers, such as [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]

Q&A: Kevin Sherrer on J.J. Green and leaving sweet home Alabama

  • 12:17 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Kevin Sherrer is an Alabama man through and through. He was born in Oneonta, Ala., starred as a tight end at Cleveland (Ala.) High, played that position at the University of Alabama (1993-95) and was a grad assistant for the Crimson Tide. Since then he coached at two Alabama high schools, then was the director of player development at Bama before serving last year as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama.

So while he’s moved a bunch the last 18 years, he hasn’t ventured across the state line very much until now. Sherrer came east to join his old [More]

Mason, Green among standouts in Dogs’ first scrimmage of spring

  • 7:13 pm Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Scrimmages are a tricky thing to gauge. If the offense does well, then it was a bad day for the defense and vice versa.

So it’s probably a good thing when the general consensus among the Bulldogs and their coach was that Saturday’s controlled scrimmage at Sanford Stadium would have to be considered a draw.

“There were highs and lows on both sides, which I guess is good,” said senior receiver Chris Conley, who caught back-to-back touchdown passes from Hutson Mason. “That’s something you want to see. There was competitiveness on both sides by everyone. I can’t really pick a [More]

8 things to know about Georgia’s fifth spring practice

  • 10:12 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Got a rare treat this afternoon as Georgia coach Mark Richt allowed reporters to watch the entire football practice. As far as I can remember, and I haven’t covered the team every year Richt has been here since 2001, but it’s the first time I recall him permitting that.

That used to be standard operating procedure in past days. I recall covering some Vince Dooley and Ray Goff practices in the late ’80s where you’re literally standing a few feet behind the ongoing drills. I’d be out there so long I’d bring sunflower seeds to help pass the time. [More]

Five early observations of Georgia’s defense

  • 3:14 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia has completed just four of its 15 spring football practices so far and had its first full pads workout only yesterday. But slowly and surely things are starting to come into focus in regard to how the Bulldogs might look in the fall.

Georgia’s defense is undergoing the most radical transformation as first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and three new assistant coaches put their fingerprints on that side of the ball. Here’s a few observations I’ve been able to make so far:

1. In general, your No. 1 unit looks like this: Noseguard — Chris Mayes; defensive end (or [More]

Q&A: J.J. Green plans on coming through for Dogs on defense

  • 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]

Q&A: UGA’s Pruitt more interested in finding players than teaching schemes

  • 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]