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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]

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]

Coordinators can only improve UGA’s special teams play

  • 6:21 pm Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – All right, Georgia fans, you’ve gotten what you wanted. The Bulldogs not only have added a special teams coordinator to the staff but they now have two. Assistants John Lilly and Mike Ekeler were named co-special teams coordinators by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday.

Now we’ll just have to wait to see if that makes any difference.

The Bulldogs last season were among the worst teams in the country team in special teams play. Some of it was quantifiable statistically and some of it wasn’t.

For instance, there is not an official NCAA statistic for “special teams disasters,” as [More]

Georgia holds recruiting class together despite coaching turnover

  • 12:22 pm Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Chip Towers

After Todd Grantham abruptly left Georgia to go to work for Bobby Petrino and the Bulldogs’ other defensive assistants soon followed with departures, several of the Bulldogs’ major recruiting prospects were left confused. These people were their primary contacts at UGA for the past year or so. Now they were gone. What were they to do?

To the Bulldogs’ credit, all of their previous commitments ended up signing with UGA on national signing day. But that’s as much a testament to the pragmatism of prospects such as Lorenzo Carter and Lamont Galliard as it was to Georgia’s dogged pursuit.

According to coachesbythenumbers.com, [More]

Ekeler, other candidates patiently wait to hear back from Richt

  • 11:23 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

Mike Ekeler doesn’t expect to hear back from Georgia until after national signing day. He can only hope it’s good news when he does.

Ekeler’s name has been bandied about a lot publicly with regard to the Bulldogs’ fourth and final defensive assistant’s position. But he has no idea whether he’s a favorie or a longshot to fill the spot. After interviewing with Georgia coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt this past Friday, the former Southern Cal linebackers coach remains at his home in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes on the California coast awaiting word on whether he could be [More]