- 6:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers
AN OPPOSING VIEW
Last week, I talked about how I’ve known the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Mike Strange seemingly forever. Well, familiarity is not the case with this week’s guest for “An Opposing View.” When I shake his hand in the Dan Magill Press Box on Saturday, it will be the first time I’ve met Adam Sparks in person.
That’s because he’s a (relatively) young guy and he just started covering the Vanderbilt Commodores for the Nashville Tennessean. Which is not to say Adams is inexperienced. He was the Middle Tennessee beat writer for The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for [More]
- 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – We’ve been having some technical issues with our story-filing platform today, so I’ve been unable to update you on all the news coming out of Georgia’s Media Day today. They’re working on that situation and I should be able to get all that to you shortly.
In a nutshell: Yes, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are going to play; no, Jonathon Rumph probably is not; neither will Keith Marshall; Todd Gurley faces no disciplinary action for being at a bar in the wee hours Saturday night; Mark Richt thinks Hutson Mason is going to be fine but, again, did [More]
- 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]
- 1:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers
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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 7:58 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Say what you want about Georgia’s coaching staff, but they were exhibiting some strong solidarity on Tuesday in response to criticism in the wake of the loss to South Carolina this past Saturday.
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo took responsibility for the decision to call a pass play on first-and-goal at the Gamecocks’ 4-yard line trailing by three late in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Mark Richt, done with his media responsibilities for the day, nevertheless summoned reporters after Tuesday’s practice to make sure they knew he did not have a problem with Bobo’s call and believes him to be [More]
- 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]
- 12:11 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers
ATHENS – Georgia lost to South Carolina 38-35 in its SEC opener on the road this past Saturday. The No. 13-ranked Bulldogs are now 1-1 overall, 0-1 SEC heading into Saturday’s noon game against Troy (0-3) at Sanford Stadium. Or right about where everybody expected them to be at this point.
Now for The Rewind …
1. Georgia’s decision to call a bootleg pass on first-and-goal in the fourth quarter Saturday night at South Carolina has been roundly criticized. Even coach Mark Richt said that, in retrospect, the Bulldogs probably should have “hammered it” with a Todd [More]