Be sure to check out Tim Tucker’s report on Georgia’s scrimmage today, the first of the preseason. Richard Samuel had a big day, possibly muddying the tailback waters more, though Mark Richt noted that he had more space to run than the other backs. He was Mr. Big Play, with a 63-yard TD run and a 70-yard touchdown catch. Will he pass Caleb King for first in line on the tailback committee? It’ll be interesting to watch over the next couple of weeks.
More road game cut-off scores
The UGA athletic association has released another couple of Hartman Fund cut-off scores for road games this season. Those are the minimum cumulative lifetime amounts Bulldog Club members have to have contributed in order to have gotten tickets. For the Vanderbilt game, all contributors with a cumulative score of 11,300 or higher who ordered tickets will get them. And for the game at Georgia Tech the cumulative score needed for tickets is 30,000 and higher. Cut-off score requirements for the Florida game in Jacksonville will be announced once the institutional allotment is received and allocated, Georgiadogs.com says. Refund checks for unfilled orders will be issued after the Florida cut-off score is determined.
Dogs, Vols set for early game
CBS and ESPN officials say the Oct. 10 football game between Tennessee and Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville is expected to have a lunchtime kickoff, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports. CBS has scheduled its lone day-night doubleheader for Oct. 10, and is likely to take the game between Florida and LSU for the prime-time slot. Alabama-Ole Miss is likely to occupy the 3:30 p.m. slot on CBS. Because CBS has exclusive broadcast windows on that day, ESPN official Burke Magnus says, “all the rest of the games in the league will be early,” including Georgia-Tennessee. It could be the noon game on one of the ESPN channels or might be the SEC Network regionally televised game at 12:21. That hasn’t yet been determined.
More early bowl projections
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach and Bruce Feldman have posted their preseason bowl projections, and both predict another trip to Orlando’s Capital One Bowl for the Dogs. Schlabach has Georgia meeting Iowa in the bowl while Feldman sees the Dogs against Ohio State. They both also see Florida and Texas meeting for the BCI championship and have Ole Miss in the Sugar, Alabama in the Cotton and LSU in the Outback. Schlabach sees South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A while Feldman opts for Tennessee. Schlabach has Tennessee in the Music City, where Feldman predicts the Gamecocks will wind up. Schlabach has Auburn in the Liberty and Arkansas in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. Feldman has Auburn in the Independence, where Schlabach puts Kentucky.
UGA prepping of Stafford praised
Sports Illustrated has a piece on the Detroit Lions in which veteran linebacker Julian Peterson praises the coaching rookie QB Matthew Stafford received at UGA. After a practice play in which Stafford looked off his true receiver before firing a no-look completion, Peterson says, “I was like, ‘OK, I see that’s the reason you’re a No. 1 quarterback.’ He’s well above the learning curve. Whoever has coached him up before he got to this level, somebody’s done a good job of keeping him prepared, because he’s very prepared.”