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Richt expects Gurley to finish out season with Bulldogs

  • 2:13 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt made his regularly-scheduled appearance on the weekly SEC coaches’ teleconference call on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, he was inundated with questions about the NCAA’s ruling that called for star tailback Todd Gurley to remain suspended for two more games.

During that call, Richt addressed the most important question regarding the entire scenario. That is, if Gurley’s appeal is unsuccessful as most expect it will be, is it certain that he will return to the Bulldogs for their Nov. 15 home game against Auburn? As a projected top five NFL prospect, the option of foregoing the rest [More]

Ten@10: NCAA lauds UGA’s compliance as ‘Gurley Watch’ reaches 19th day

  • 10:03 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Welcome to Day 19 of “the Todd Gurley Watch.” That’s how long it has been since Georgia suspended Gurley and declared him ineligible to the NCAA for allegedly taking money from memorabilia dealers to sign merchandise to be sold to collectors.

Six days ago, the Bulldogs turned over the results of their investigation to the NCAA and asked for Gurley to be reinstated. As of Monday night, UGA still had not heard back and wasn’t sure when it would.

“We don’t know yet,” coach Mark Richt said on his radio call-in show Monday night. “We’re just waiting on [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]

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]

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]

UGA’s Todd Gurley making the most of his opportunities

  • 3:45 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – We barely got a good look at Todd Gurley this past Saturday against Troy. He played only the first two offensive possessions for the Bulldogs, piled up 73 yards on just six carries, and then he was gone. He sat on the bench and watched Sony Michel soak up the glory — and the touchdowns – the rest of the afternoon.

But lost in his little saunter in Sanford Stadium was the fact that Gurley continued his ascent up the considerable mountain of that is Georgia’s great tailback tradition. Even in the course of what amounted to nine minutes [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]

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]

Ten@10: Todd Gurley on track to run down Herschel Walker’s TD record

  • 9:56 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To use an old Southern saying, Todd Gurley is starting to get into some tall cotton.

For you transplants out there, that means his production has been bountiful. For example, the junior tailback scored another touchdown (should’ve had at least one more, but that’s another story) against South Carolina this past Saturday. That gave him five this season and 38 for his career.

Do you know how many players have scored more touchdowns than that during their UGA careers?

That’d be one. Some kid from Wrightsville named Herschel Walker who played back in the 1980s.

Gurley had 131 yards on [More]

Ten@10: Should Georgia run or pass against South Carolina?

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

THE TEN AT 10:

1. To run or pass against South Carolina? That is the question.

The Gamecocks enter Saturday’s game in Columbia ranked last in the SEC in total defense at 566.5 yards and 13th in points allowed (37.5 pg). But the majority of the Gamecocks’ problems have come against the pass. Texas A&M and East Carolina both employ pass-oriented, spread offenses and threw for a combined 832 yards against South Carolina.

Conversely, the Gamecocks have given up 150 yards a game rushing. But five of the nine touchdowns they’ve allowed have come on the ground.

But it’s no quandary as far as [More]