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Ten@10: Murray’s Pro Day, Georgia’s G-Day, Bubba’s big day

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I talked to quarterback Aaron Murray on Monday about his big debut as a professional in UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning. Here’s a link to the story that will run in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Murray has already turned some heads with his recovery from last November’s knee surgery. Just 4 1/2 months since having ACL reconstruction surgery, Murray says he is fully recovered and will prove it to NFL executives and scouts Wednesday morning.

I talked to several people about Murray’s pro prospects and right now I’m having a hard time finding a dissenting opinion. Where [More]

Mark Fox likes UK tonight, says NCAA Tournament ‘validates SEC is pretty good’

  • 2:44 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting reporter Michael Carvell talked to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox on Monday for some recruiting stories he’s working on. But while he had him on the phone he asked him about tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Kentucky and UConn.

Shockingly, Fox likes the SEC’s Wildcat’s in that game.

“I’ve got my SEC pom poms on,” Fox said. “I’m sticking with the SEC.”

“I actually told our team when Kentucky beat us in the (SEC tournament) semifinals,‘If they shoot the 3 well and they play like that, they can win the national championship.’ It really comes down to if [More]

Mason, Gurley, Morgan star for offense in Dogs’ 2nd scrimmage

  • 1:02 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Chip Towers

 

ATHENS – OK, I’ll be filing a more comprehensive report on Georgia’s second scrimmage of the spring practice. All or parts of it will be posted on AJC.com and MyAJC.com a little later and, of course, you can read the whole thing in the Sports section of the Sunday newspaper.

But here’s a quick rundown and a couple of videos to watch to get an idea of what happened:

The offense played much, much better than it did last week, particularly running the football.

Quarterback Hutson Mason, tailback Todd Gurley, receiver Jonathan Rumph and kicker Marshall Morgan starred for the offense.

Linebacker Ramik Wilson, [More]

McGarity speaks frankly about expectations for Georgia basketball program

  • 3:09 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The University of Georgia on Wednesday announced a two-year contract extension for men’s basketball coach Mark Fox. That means it will expire at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Fox’s fifth Georgia team went 20-14 this past season and finished in a tie for second place in the SEC with a 12-6. Fox has an overall record of 85-77 and an SEC record of 40-44 heading into his sixth season.

Fox was traveling to Texas for the Final Four and is not answering questions about the extension beyond the statement he gave in the UGA’s news release. Meanwhile, Georgia Athletic Director [More]

Keith Marshall practicing as if he doesn’t want to redshirt this fall

  • 9:39 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers
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ATHENS – Georgia’s Keith Marshall could possibly take a medical redshirt and sit out this coming season. In fact, at one point it seemed like the best option. But the junior tailback appears to be doing everything in his power to see that doesn’t happen.

The Bulldogs’ had a full-contact practice on Tuesday — their third in a row this spring — and there was Marshall dressed out in full pads. No, he didn’t get tackled or participate in competitive drills. But just the fact that he was running plays in full gear barely four months after being in wheelchair following [More]

Ten@10: Brendan Douglas trying not to be Dogs’ forgotten man at tailback

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

ATHENS – After a long hiatus, “The Ten at 10″ is back. No fooling.

The Ten is an aggregation blog that was developed to keep Georgia Bulldogs’ fans informed about everything that’s going on in UGA athletics during the warm months. We all live for football in the fall and basketball during the winter, but when this time of year comes around, you need 10 items just to get around to everything that’s going on. As ever, there are a ton of things happening on Georgia’s athletic grounds.

Of course, spring football tops that list. So with that, let’s [More]

Mason, Green among standouts in Dogs’ first scrimmage of spring

  • 7:13 pm Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Scrimmages are a tricky thing to gauge. If the offense does well, then it was a bad day for the defense and vice versa.

So it’s probably a good thing when the general consensus among the Bulldogs and their coach was that Saturday’s controlled scrimmage at Sanford Stadium would have to be considered a draw.

“There were highs and lows on both sides, which I guess is good,” said senior receiver Chris Conley, who caught back-to-back touchdown passes from Hutson Mason. “That’s something you want to see. There was competitiveness on both sides by everyone. I can’t really pick a [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.

8 things to know about Georgia’s fifth spring practice

  • 10:12 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Got a rare treat this afternoon as Georgia coach Mark Richt allowed reporters to watch the entire football practice. As far as I can remember, and I haven’t covered the team every year Richt has been here since 2001, but it’s the first time I recall him permitting that.

That used to be standard operating procedure in past days. I recall covering some Vince Dooley and Ray Goff practices in the late ’80s where you’re literally standing a few feet behind the ongoing drills. I’d be out there so long I’d bring sunflower seeds to help pass the time. [More]

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]