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Gurley news creates a bye-week buzz for Bulldogs

  • 8:45 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Developments regarding Todd Gurley’s possible return for Georgia created quite at scene at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Wednesday, especially considering it was a mid-week practice during a bye week.

Georgia coach Mark Richt had a little fun with that when he was greeted for his post-practice interview by an unusually large throng of media, which included the television cameras most of the Atlanta local news stations.

“Well, I know you wanted to know how beautiful the weather was out there,” Richt quipped. “It was a beautiful day in Athens, Ga. If I was a recruit I’d want to come to [More]

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]

Opposing View: SEC legend Bob Holt thinks the Hogs have a shot

  • 6:01 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

AN OPPOSING VIEW

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Bob Holt has always been legend in SEC writer circles. But his legend grew outside his peer group this past July at SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

Now a televised event, Bob became somewhat of a cult hero as he dominated as always the annual question-and-answer session with league coaches and players. People wanted to know who was the guy with the nasally voice asking all the questions. So prominent was Bob’s presence that AL.com’s Michael Casagrande did a story on him.

Well, I’m proud to say I knew Bob before he was a legend. [More]

Ten@10: Gurley’s presence at practice doesn’t signal imminent return

  • 10:19 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Just to be clear, Todd Gurley’s presence on the practice field Monday and the rest of the week does not signal his imminent return to competition. NCAA rules allow for a player who has been suspended and/or temporarily ruled ineligible for competition to participate in practices.

That said, it should not be long before Georgia forwards its findings to the NCAA and gets a ruling on the case. According to people familiar with the process, the notoriously slow NCAA works fast when there is an ongoing eligibility issue in the middle of the season. However, [More]

Rewind: Missouri represented finest hour for QB Hutson Mason

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE MONDAY REWIND

Sorry that I’m getting this out later than usual today. Monday is technically an off day for me (never really is this time of year) and I had some domestic duties. But anyway, here ya go. …

1. Nick Chubb got a lot of credit for lifting Georgia to victory against Missouri and deservedly so. After all, he was the one stepping up in the absence of Todd Gurley and had 174 yards and a touchdown on 42 touches (including 38 rushing attempts) in the 34-0 victory.

But this past Saturday also represented Hutson Mason’s finest hour as the Bulldogs’ [More]

Todd Gurley is out for Missouri, but is he out at Georgia for good?

  • 10:08 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Here’s what we know for certain at this juncture — Todd Gurley is not going to play for Georgia against Missouri on Saturday.

Among the many things we don’t know is if Gurley will ever play again for the Bulldogs.

Gurley did not practice on Thursday and wasn’t even with the team. The Bulldogs will depart for Columbia, Mo., on Friday and Gurley is not expected to be with them. Beyond that, everything’s uncertain.

NCAA sanctions regarding improper benefits are based upon the financial amount the student-athlete is determined to have benefited from. I’ve seen unconfirmed reports citing sources that allege [More]

Ten@10: UGA’s Todd Gurley rushes to top of Heisman polls

  • 9:59 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. A week after rushing for 163 yards, scoring two more touchdowns, recording one more hurdle of a defender and throwing a 50-yard pass, Todd Gurley has moved past Marcus Mariota and into consensus No. 1 spot among most of the weekly Heisman Trophy polls.

Mariota, the Oregon quarterback, occupied that spot a week ago. But that was before the Ducks fell to Arizona at home this past Thursday.

Gurley is now No. 1 in weekly surveys provided by CBSsports.com, USA Today, ESPN, HeismanPundit.com and several others. The other player that [More]

Rewind: Todd Gurley unable to jump to top of Heisman race

  • 1:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Todd Gurley's hurdling 26-yard run over Tennessee's Brian Randolph and overall 285-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Vols didn't impress Heisman pundits enough to move him to the top of most lists. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

THE MONDAY REWIND

1. Todd Gurley’s 285-yard, two-touchdown, one-hurdle performance against Tennessee this past Saturday was incredible to witness. But it didn’t necessarily jump-start his Heisman Trophy chances as much some people predicted.

Scanning the web Monday morning, it appears Gurley is still a secondary choice in most Heisman polls to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. In fact, I could find Gurley moving up to No. 1 in just one publication that does a weekly Heisman watch and that was Newsday.  ESPN still had him No. 2, as did USA Today and CBS Sports. Bleacher Report, for what it’s worth, still has [More]

Rewind: Bulldogs running the football at a record pace

  • 9:55 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

1. Georgia went into the Troy game this past Saturday with a plan of throwing the ball around a little more. But that didn’t happen. The Bulldogs ended up rushing for 367 yards on 39 attempts, or 64 percent of the time. That was up from 62 percent in the previous two games.

Coach Mark Richt said that trend had more to do with opportunity than philosophy.

“There were some times we had passes called that (quarterback Hutson Mason) checked out of because they were vulnerable to the run,” Richt said Sunday. “So a lot of it had to do [More]

Richt, Bulldogs hope to right wrongs against Troy

  • 3:26 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt and selected players met with reporters Tuesday to discuss this past Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and this coming Saturday’s game against Troy.

Richt was working hard to come up with accolades for the visiting Trojans (0-3), who are coming into Sanford Stadium off losses to UAB, Duke and, most recently, Abilene Christian. He lauded Troy and 24-yard coach Larry Blakeney for putting more players in the NFL than teams in their league and for its fast-paced, pass-oriented offense.

The Bulldogs last had the Trojans in Athens in 2007 and needed to fight harder than they [More]