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Ten@10: ESPN’s Herbstreit believes Gurley could still win Heisman

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a chance to talk to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit this morning, which I always enjoy.

I first met “Herbie” in December of 1992 when I interviewed him as the Ohio State quarterback in the days leading up to the Buckeyes’ matchup against Georgia in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. We laughed about that Tuesday morning and his memory of that Bulldogs’ team — and that 21-14 Georgia victory — remains incredibly vivid. He rattled off the names of Garrison Hearst, Mitch Davis, Eric Zeier and Andre Hastings and talked about what they did in that game like [More]

Ten@10: Richt says ‘anything is possible’ regarding UGA’s quarterbacks

  • 10:03 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To be clear, there is not a quarterback controversy at Georgia and Hutson Mason is not about to lose his starting job. But coach Mark Richt did not summarily discount the notion that he might consider sending a sub into a game to run the Bulldogs’ offense.

“I think anything is possible,” said Richt, answering a question posed by a listener on his radio call-in show on Monday night. “I’m not going to sit here and start trying to tell the whole world what we’re going to do before we even talk to our players about how [More]

Ten@10: Merritt Hall’s injury creates shake-up at fullback

  • 9:57 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia’s fullback situation is starting to get real interesting.

Junior Merritt Hall is the undisputed starter at that position and his unique abilities there is what allowed the Bulldogs to develop an H-back/tight end role for Quayvon Hicks. A former walkon out of the Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Hall has played in 25 games at Georgia with seven starts.

But Hall is suddenly sidelined, and while it may have seemed like small, insignificant injury news when it first appeared on Monday, there are indications Hall could be out for an extended period.

Georgia has not said what the [More]

Rewind: Pot busts, swim meets and another Bulldog in PGA Tour winner’s circle

  • 6:30 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

I’m driving over to Birmingham this morning for SEC Football Media Days, which commence just after lunch with Commissioner Mike Slive’s annual address. It’s expanding to a four-day event this year because, you know, it just hasn’t been big enough in the past.

More than 1,100 media credentials have been issued this year. There will be at least four of us AJC guys among the throng. That’s counting the illustrious Tony Barnhart, who is resurrecting his “Mr. College Football” blog on AJC.com this year. He will provide at least three updates this week.

My initial assignment was to interview former [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]

Ten@10: UGA’s linebackers give Dogs’ defense a chance

  • 9:58 am Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. A lot of folks aren’t sure how good Georgia’s defense will be in 2014, but everybody seems to be fairly certain the Bulldogs’ linebackers are going to be good. And I tend to agree with that.

Three of Georgia’s four linebackers were named to the Bednarik Award watch list released on Monday. Now say what you will about watch lists (more on that later), but the Bednarik trophy is supposed to go to the nation’s best overall defensive player, so Georgia having three representations gives you an idea why the reputable Phil Steele has ranked [More]

Ten@10: Sports psychologist helps Bulldogs through long rehabs

  • 9:58 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

I’m actually on vacation this week, as well as half of the civilized world as it appears to me. But I didn’t want to deprive anyone of their fundamental right to read “The Ten at 10.” So I slapped this together. Hope you enjoy, and happy Independence Day everyone! …

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Hope you got a chance to read the feature story I wrote recently on tight end Jay Rome. The junior from Valdosta finally appears to be close to healthy and he predicted he would be ready to play on Aug. 31 against Clemson. With the [More]

Bulldogs denied permission to talk to Tech’s Robert Carter

  • 6:51 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia wanted to talk to Robert Carter about possibly playing basketball for the Bulldogs. But Georgia Tech wouldn’t give them that chance.

Greg McGarity, UGA’s athletic director, confirmed Wednesday that he personally asked Georgia Tech for permission to speak to the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward about a possible transfer. But that request was denied by the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director Mike Bobinski.

“Well, as per NCAA rules, we asked for permission to visit with (Carter), but unfortunately that permission was denied by Georgia Tech,” McGarity said Wednesday. “And that was very disappointing in light of the situation we had with Daniel [More]

Ten@10: Murray vs. Mett, U.S. vs. Donnan and slow wheels of justice

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1.  An interesting question was posed Mike Mayock, a draft analyst for the NFL Network, on a recent teleconference call with reporters. Mayock was asked who he thought would have the better pro career, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray or LSU’s Zach Mettenberger.

“They’re complete opposites,” Mayock said. “It’s really intriguing. The common denominator is they’re both coming off ACL injuries late last season. Both had great pro day workouts. Mettenberger has as strong an arm as anybody in the draft. I’d be surprised if he didn’t go second round. Looked like he recovered from the ACL, which is [More]

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]