Georgia Bulldogs blog 

UGA Sports blog from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rico Johnson news further stretches UGA’s thin secondary

  • 5:44 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – At this point, Jeremy Pruitt has got to be thinking “what next?”

Georgia’s first-year defensive coordinator and secondary coach found himself dealing with some more unexpected attrition on Thursday when he learned from team doctors that freshman Rico Johnson has been medically disqualified due to a neurological condition. Johnson had played in all four of the Bulldogs’ games as a backup cornerback and was showing great promise before a congenital spinal issue was discovered this week via medical imaging examinations.

Johnson will be able to remain on scholarship at Georgia and complete his education via the NCAA’s medical [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]

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]

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]

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]

Ten@10: Adjustments by UGA’s offense lead to ‘gashing’ of Clemson

  • 9:47 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. Georgia rushed for 328 yards against Clemson and 283 of that came after halftime. Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs’ other young tailbacks certainly deserve a lot credit for that as they pounded the ball against the Tigers’ tired defense well into the fourth quarter. But quarterback Hutson Mason believes UGA’s offensive coaches deserve some credit, too.

Mason didn’t want to get too specific about the adjustments that the coaches made as the game got deep into the third quarter, but he said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and line coach Will Friend noticed something Clemson was doing to [More]

UGA star Jordan Jenkins a reminder of the ‘student’ that comes before ‘athlete’

  • 10:17 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Jordan Jenkins is one of Georgia’s star football players and the way he plays against Clemson this Saturday will go a long way toward determining the outcome of that game. But he also stands as a tall reminder to us all that these young men first and foremost are students.

Jenkins, like the rest of the Bulldogs, participated in a very important practice Wednesday in preparation for this weekend’s nationally-televised Top 25 matchup at Sanford Stadium. But you know what else he did?

He took the entrance exam for admission into UGA’s prestigious Terry College of Business.

“I actually walked to [More]

Rewind: Mark Richt on fatherhood and those issues in secondary

  • 11:04 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. I went to Norcross on Saturday to catch coach Mark Richt and his friends in the first All Pro Dad Live event at the Long Forum on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus.

It was a very impactful event with some very impressive speakers, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, NFL executives Mark Dominick and Troy Vincent and former star athletes Charlie Ward and Danny Wuerffel, among others. Of course, comedian Jeff Foxworthy also was there and he brought down the house as usual. Foxworthy was equal parts hilarious and profound in talking [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]