Preseason practice: How hard is too hard?

 

It is one of the oldest questions in college football: Coaches know that at this time of year it is important to push their teams, mentally and physically, in order to get them ready for the season. At the same time, the coach also wants to get to the first game with a reasonably healthy team.

Push them too hard and the injuries start to mount up. Here are just a few injuries that have already impacted the upcoming season:

**–Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech: Evans, who set the school record for rushing by a freshman in 2008, tore an ACL and is out for the season. Virginia Tech opens against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff on Sept. 5 at the Georgia Dome.

**–Isaac Madison, CB, Arkansas: Was projected to be a starter on a defense that desperately needs improvement. Torn ACL. Out for the season.

**–Jaybo Shaw, QB, Georgia Tech: The backup to starter Josh Nesbitt broke a collarbone and will be out for six weeks. He may decide to redshirt.

**–Aaron Corp, QB, Southern Cal: Corp won the job of replacing Mark Sanchez in the spring but cracked a bone in his leg last week. If he doesn’t return to practice soon, it is likely that the Trojans will start a true freshman, Matt Barkley, in their opener against San Jose State on Sept. 5 and their big trip to Ohio State on Sept. 12.

**–Oklahoma State opens with Georgia on Sept. 5 but quarterback Zac Robinson has missed a bunch of practice with a bad hamstring. Robinson is expected to be ready for Georgia but how sharp will he be?

But if coaches don’t push their players hard enough, they don’t have the physical edge necessary to play at the highest level of college football. Georgia’s Mark Richt admitted that he started to back off a little last season when the injuries started to pile up. There is no question that it impacted the team, especially on defense.

“The head coach has to make that call and it is not always an easy one,” said former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer. “Your staff wants to get after it pretty good because they want to see their guys get better. The head coach has to look at how injuries are affecting the entire team and tell his coaches what to do.”

For most of Vince Dooley’s 25 years at Georgia (1964-88) he believed in tough, physical practices in the preseason to set the tone for what was to come. Once the season started, however, Georgia would hit on Tuesdays and then have no contact the rest of the week. Later in his career Dooley would limit contact in practice, especially in the second half of the season.

“The natural reaction when you start getting injuries is to back off,” said Dooley, who won 201 games and six SEC championships at Georgia. “But injuries are part of the game and you can’t back off too much or your team won’t be ready to play. At the same time, you’ve got to get your best players on the field on Saturday. If you don’t, you’re not giving your team the best chance to win.”

So what’s the answer? If you’re a fan, do you have to live with a certain number of injuries, knowing that it is necessary to get your team ready to play? Or should coaches be less demanding in order to limit injuries, especially to key players?

The floor is yours.

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Old Dawg

August 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

This is one of the toughest questions every coach faces, especially once the injuries start to mount during the season. Overall you create the competitive edge during spring, summer workouts and in fall camp. But if the guys start screwing up in games, then it’s time for a good day of Oklahoma or bull in the ring to remind them that football game is a game of physical violence usually won by the team that creates the most fear in the trenches!

to girl in lex

August 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

Were the dogs stung by an “irreverent” and irrelevant team last year?

GT4LIFE = Nostradamus

August 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

“automatic wins”
“I know for a fact gt will have more wins then Uga.”
“I guarantee Mark Richt won’t be the UGA head coach in two years.”

GT4LIFE – while you’re at it, can you tell us the winning numbers for the lotto this weekend, when the world will end, or any other future events that you feel would be of interest?

LOL!!!

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
3:54 pm

How hard is hard enough? When a LB lays a hit on a ball carrier so hard that the sound of the hit is noticed by everyone on the practice field. Players and coaches alike all say “Damn” at the same time.

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
3:56 pm

I saw it on the History Channel. The world will end on December 21, 2012. I wonder if they could play the BCS bowls the second week of December that year. I sure would hate to miss them.

YE Yank

August 18th, 2009
4:33 pm

DawginLex – always talking about something to do with a weiner.

Instant Classic1

August 18th, 2009
4:34 pm

32 days till bozo takes his beating….Fear 9.19.9 UT

PresidentKing

August 18th, 2009
4:36 pm

Modawg – took two out of three against the SEC last year. That includes you mangy fleabags on your own former landfill.

SanfordSucks

August 18th, 2009
4:39 pm

Boudine – granny says you left her hanging and to git back upstairs afore Jed gets home and finish up.

DawginLex

August 18th, 2009
4:41 pm

YE Yank=always typing something stupid.

Teacher

August 18th, 2009
4:44 pm

Who is gt – what is IRRLEVANT?

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
5:21 pm

M M M, give it a freakin rest. Please tell me what you have to say to this you loser.

Boston College 14 Vanderbilt 16 winner SEC
Clemson 10 Alabama 34 winner SEC
Clemson 31 South Carolina 14 whiner ACC
Duke 10 Vanderbilt 7 whiner ACC
Florida St. 15 Florida 45 winner SEC
GA Tech 38 Miss. St. 7 whiner ACC
GA Tech 45 Georgia 42 whiner ACC
GA Tech 3 LSU 38 winner SEC
Miami 3 Florida 26 winner SEC
NC State 0 So. Carolina 34 winner SEC
Wake Forest 30 Ole Miss 28 whiner ACC
Wake Forest 23 Vanderbilt 10 whiner ACC

Looks to me that it’s 6-6 ACC vs. SEC

Total scores SEC 304 vs ACC 219

ACC loses by 85 pts.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
5:30 pm

M here is another fun exercise.

Subtract the Florida and Alabama games and the SEC is still ahead 199 to 191.

You are a loser and your comments never have any fact to them and you are jealous of every SEC teams success. Ga Tech will never dominate GA and NO I am NOT a UGA fan.

You are the most idiotic fan I have ever seen in my entire life!

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
5:43 pm

Wasn’t m the flag boy in the nerd band a few years back????

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
6:09 pm

M M M, Here are facts.

Boston College 14 Vanderbilt 16 winner SEC
Clemson 10 Alabama 34 winner SEC
Clemson 31 So.Carolina 14 winner ACC
Duke 10 Vanderbilt 7 winner ACC
Florida St 15 Florida 45 winner SEC
GA Tech 38 Miss State 7 winner ACC
GA Tech 45 Georgia 42 winner ACC
GA Tech 3 LSU 38 winner SEC
Miami 3 Florida 26 winner SEC
NC State 0 So Carolina 34 winner SEC
W Forest 30 Ole Miss 28 winner ACC
W Forest 23 Vanderbilt 10 winner ACC

ACC vs. SEC 6-6

Total scores SEC 304 vs. ACC 219

Take away Alabama and Florida Games and the SEC still outscores the ACC 199-191.

For some reason my other post was deleted. So i posted this one a little nicer.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
6:10 pm

OK now my earlier posts are back. LOL It took 45 minutes but they are back.

m loves dudes

August 18th, 2009
6:16 pm

wouldn’t it be funny if GT scheduled FLA, bama, or Lsu instead of vandy and miss st. They wouldn’t cause they know there is a good chance that would lose the game. Lemmer, no M has the dude that was rubbing roddy jones’ legs before and after tech games.

atlantadave

August 18th, 2009
6:24 pm

m….your momma called and wants you to go to bed.She told me to tell you that you can wear your GT PJ’S……when the Dawgs beat tech this year will you be man enough to keep showing up on this blog with your childish posts? How about when Tech also loses to Va Tech, Clemson,N.Carolina, Florida State and Miami? What will be your excuse then? Will you blame the new sheriff in town? How come even though you got a new coach you still get out-recruited in your own state by Georgia, Tennessee, S. Carolina, Clemson and Alabama?If he’s so good a coach how come he can’t land the four and five star athletes? Come talk to us when you start putting your money where your mouths are by fillig up your stadium for home games and consistantly going to bowls that mean something…..not some bowl in Idaho played on a blue field.You tech fans are all alike…..big hat ….no cattle…..nerds!

m

August 18th, 2009
6:26 pm

Guys I really have no life. I first posted at 830 this morning and I’ve continued to post until 620. I dont have a job because I got fired at my software company, i guess I shouldn’t of been looking nude pics of little boys. I forgot that companies look at what websites their employees look at. anyways i got a new job at flaming richards, its been great so far. everyone is so friendly, in fact the boss gave me a nice rub down before work in the parking lot. I love GT football but not as much as I love A BIG MOUTHFUL OF DUDE SAUCE. I LOVE DUDES!!!

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
6:27 pm

I would have put my money on him being the flaggot….

45ACP

August 18th, 2009
6:40 pm

Again, you can not swap kicks with a jackass and expect to win.
m is an idiot.

superDawg

August 18th, 2009
6:44 pm

m mouth is full right now he can’t talk.mmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!mmmmmmmm!!!!.

superDawg

August 18th, 2009
6:45 pm

dawgin lex don’t fool around with m nov.28,2009 will shut his pie hole.

The Lemmer

August 18th, 2009
6:46 pm

Please tell me someone remembers the flag boy….

PJ

August 18th, 2009
6:49 pm

m is all pork and no pig.obama is proud of you boy.

Chris F

August 18th, 2009
7:04 pm

M come on don’t cry! Throw what you got! Facts Please!

m

August 18th, 2009
7:08 pm

I was the first little boy MJ molested. I liked it! Now I molest little black children in my spare time.

m

August 18th, 2009
7:11 pm

The ACC and GA Tech will dominate SEC every year now that Chan Gailey is gone.

Thank God and Greyhound!

45-42….I will never stop laughing at you whiney crybaby dawgies.

47straight

August 18th, 2009
7:54 pm

When did it become logical to take credit for the accomplishments of your rival… 5-loss LSU fan bragging about Florida winning national championship…. AMAZING

47straight

August 18th, 2009
7:57 pm

ATTN: SEC mouth-breathers … How is it logical to take credit for the accomplishments of your rival? Under that logic, each year one could simply choose whichever team wins the championship and brag as if he was an alum.

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
8:18 pm

M, the ACC and tech have never dominated anything. Cpj is a very ordinary coach and you will see that very clearly this year starting in Miami. You are obsessed with the Dawgs. Did you get humped by a dog when your were young or did you hump a dog?
59/39/5, 7 out of 8, 19 out of 24…. now that is domination. Tech will have at least 3 losses before the beatdown bu UGA in Nov. Stay close to your hole.

Atlanta Truth

August 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

I can’t believe that this close to the start of the season tech still has to advertize to sell tickets to thier games on the AJC. What a pathetic football program…not to meantion fan base.Who are they kidding…tech will lose five games this year and Georgia will beat them in their own stadium more than half full of Dawg fans…..ever notice how m always uses the term thank god and greyhound? thats because m lives at the downtown bus station near the tech campus….he can relate to all the bus lingo.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:30 pm

Tide Rising—-Actually, my Crimson friend, the 1960s were relatively kind to the Gators under ray Graves. The Gators had three 9-win seasons (1960, 1966 & 1969) when only 10 games were played, split a home-and-away with Alabama in 1962 and 1963 (upsetting the Tide in Tuscaloosa), had a 6-3-1 record against UGA, and were an SEC contender about every other year. As a Tide fan, I know it’s hard to remember since your boys were national contenders most years during the 1960s, but those were the best years for the Gators since 1927-1928, and remained the best decade for the Gators until the Evil Genius returned to Gainesville in 1990.

And, yes, in the 1970s, the Gators peaked at 9-3 in 1975 and pretty much sucked wind the rest of the decade. They were never a legitimate SEC contender in the ’70s.

The SEC history lesson through orange & blue glasses now concludes.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:35 pm

47straight—-Respect your rival. You don’t have to glory in their victories, but give credit where credit is due. For no other reason that it’s good sportsmanship and the right thing to do. Otherwise, you look like a sore loser and a bad sport, and it really does nothing but provide bulletin board material.

Besides, I suspect your mother raised you with better manners than that. Why don’t you try to apply what she tried to teach you?

As for the vicarious victories of one rival over another . . . well, I’ll leave those arguments to you LSU, Tech and UGA fans. Sorry, boys, but I don’t have a dog in that hunt.

Atlanta Gator

August 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

BTW, it’s true that I sometimes breath through my mouth . . . usually when I’m running. I try not to drag my knuckles, though.

rubber check

August 18th, 2009
8:41 pm

Tech dominated the third quarter last year!

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
8:54 pm

rubber check, yes they did. one quarter out of the last 32. Tech scrounges for signs of victory anywhere they can find it. That is what you do when you are so accustomed to losing.

Big time?? Not

August 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Camden Mark

August 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

BCS all time winning per by conference;
1)Mountain West 1.000
2)SEC .706

8)ACC (last) .182

HAWGS

August 18th, 2009
9:23 pm

The Razorbacks will win the SEC West.

BS Patrol

August 18th, 2009
9:25 pm

1) I think I had the same coach as some of you guys. For a broken neck he would say ” tape an aspirin on it”. He also claimed he would be doing running & calesthetics with us but he ” had a bad back”. Biggest SOB lard butt to walk the planet. To him drinking water during practice was for sissies. It’s a wonder he didn’t kill somebody.

2) Soft practices make soft teams.

Nachos

August 18th, 2009
10:09 pm

This aint table tennis!

Crue Fest 2: Party or die

Toot of the Whistle

August 18th, 2009
10:37 pm

Actually, Tech should schedule UF in the near future. They have a better chance of beating the Gators than any SEC team.

Warren Peace

August 18th, 2009
10:43 pm

What kind of hot dogs do you get with a ticket, I might be interested if they are Nathan’s. Do I have to stay for the whole game? Or can I just get my hot dog and Coke and leave?

Miles

August 18th, 2009
11:13 pm

Hit like hell until the season starts…then back off!

shankit

August 19th, 2009
9:07 am

I heard Curry wanted some of the Jacket’s arse.
I understand their season ticket sales are going
very well. Playing Alabama the last game of the
season, $400,000 bonus.

J Dub

August 19th, 2009
9:21 am

Did Jaybo Shaw trip carrying his beaker from one lab station to the other?