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Ten@10: Murray’s Pro Day, Georgia’s G-Day, Bubba’s big day

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I talked to quarterback Aaron Murray on Monday about his big debut as a professional in UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning. Here’s a link to the story that will run in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Murray has already turned some heads with his recovery from last November’s knee surgery. Just 4 1/2 months since having ACL reconstruction surgery, Murray says he is fully recovered and will prove it to NFL executives and scouts Wednesday morning.

I talked to several people about Murray’s pro prospects and right now I’m having a hard time finding a dissenting opinion. Where [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]

Keith Marshall practicing as if he doesn’t want to redshirt this fall

  • 9:39 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS – Georgia’s Keith Marshall could possibly take a medical redshirt and sit out this coming season. In fact, at one point it seemed like the best option. But the junior tailback appears to be doing everything in his power to see that doesn’t happen.

The Bulldogs’ had a full-contact practice on Tuesday — their third in a row this spring — and there was Marshall dressed out in full pads. No, he didn’t get tackled or participate in competitive drills. But just the fact that he was running plays in full gear barely four months after being in wheelchair following [More]

Hutson Mason: Bulldogs getting after it this spring like never before

  • 8:02 pm Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Georgia  quarterback Hutson Mason on Friday updated reporters on the Bulldogs’ progress during spring practice. Georgia completed its sixth of 15 practices on Friday and will hold a controlled, game-simulation scrimmage on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to reporters and to the public.

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]

Bobo gets one-year contract extension, Rocker gets more money

  • 1:29 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS – Clearly, Georgia intends to keep Mike Bobo around as long as it possibly can.

The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator recently received yet another contract extension. Just a year after signing a three-year contract with UGA, Bobo had another year added. The agreement was actually made back on Jan. 27, but the amendment to Bobo’s contract was not turned over to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution until Tuesday in response to an open records request.

No salary increase was included in Bobo’s contract amendment. He signed a three-year deal that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, that calls for him to receive $575,000 [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]

Tom Osborne among many notables to call Richt on Ekeler’s behalf

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Chip Towers

I ran across an interesting link on Twitter from the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper in Nebraska. It had reprinted on the Nebraska Conrhusker-dedicated blog, “Life in the Red,” a letter Mike Ekeler had sent folks up there who had a hand in him recently landing his job as a linebackers coach at Georgia.

Turns out Ekeler had a lot of folks working on his behalf from up that way, including the preeminent ‘Husker Tom Osborne, and current Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. They were among the many coaches that called Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Richt and new [More]

REWIND: Tough start for Diamond Dogs, tough finish for men’s hoops

  • 10:17 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Tough start to the Scott Stricklin’s career as Georgia baseball coach. The Bulldogs were trounced for a second time Sunday by Georgia Southern, 18-4. That gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory in the season-opening, three-game series and disappointed a goodly crowd of people who came out to welcome in the new era, Stricklin among them.

“It was great to see the crowds we had Saturday and (Sunday),” Stricklin said. “Georgia fans love their baseball, and we’re going to keep working. … This is a big bump in the road, but it’s not how you start, it’s how [More]