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Ten@10: Talking tailbacks, Grantham, TV debuts and ice buckets

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I had a brief audience last week with Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, who acknowledged reports that he is currently in the best shape of his career.

“Yeah, I’ve been feeling good,” the 6-foot-1, 226-pound junior said. “I haven’t been really getting tired at all. I’ve been feeling great.”

After an injury-riddled sophomore season, Gurley has been able to participate in every practice and workout since offseason workouts began in February. Coaches Mike Bobo and Bryan McClendon challenged Gurley to exhibit leadership by example heading into what’s expected to be his final year in college. Gurley has been able [More]

UGA football parent: ‘It’s not the system, it’s the kids’

  • 5:04 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The phone call I received Saturday afternoon wasn’t one I was expecting. I’d been trying to reach Tray Matthews to validate and comment on his tweet that he had decided to transfer to Auburn. But it wasn’t Matthews on the other end of the line.

It was Kevin Bailey.

Mr. Bailey, as I call him, is the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. I’ve probably talked to Mr. Bailey a little more than most of the Bulldogs’ parents just because I was covering recruiting when his son committed to UGA out of East Hall High School [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]

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: 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]

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]

Update: Shaquille Jones confirms commitment to UGA

  • 1:13 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers

UPDATED: Defensive back Shaquille Jones of Merritt Island, Fla., confirmed through his high school coach that he did, indeed, de-commit from Louisville and commit to the Georgia Bulldogs after his official visit to Athens this past weekend.

Following is the original story on Jones, who had previously committed to Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, formerly of Georgia. It has been amended to reflect confirmation of his pledge to Georgia.

Officially Committed To The University of Georgia Will Be Signing With Them Wednesday #DawgNation #Blessed http://t.co/YZ051576Lr— March 1st (@ImShaqJones07) February 03, 2014

ATHENS — [More]

Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?

  • 11:01 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS —  The Bulldogs ended up completely rebuilding their defensive staff after coordinator Todd Grantham flew the coop for more money and less challenge at Louisville. But it’s hard to look  at what they’ve done since then and not say they’re better off.

They lost a defensive coordinator who had given up more points and yards than any Georgia coach in decades and replaced him with Jeremy Pruitt, the architect of the nation’s No. 1 defense on the national championship team. Since then the Bulldogs have added linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, who earned two national championship rings as an assistant at [More]