Wear and tear of August hits Dogs

As we near the end of the second week of preseason practice, this is the time when the grind starts to wear on the players and lots of nagging injuries show up. It wasn’t particularly surprising that Thursday’s practice was what Mark Richt deemed the worst so far. 

I’m sure it didn’t help the mood at the Woodruff Practice Fields that tailback Caleb King has to sit out a week to 10 days with one of the more serious of the team’s many hamstring problems. It’ll definitely be a setback for King and for the tailback competition overall. About the best spin you can put on it is that at least it wasn’t the back who had the best day in Wednesday’s scrimmage who got hurt. 

Now it’ll be up to King to stay patient and committed to getting back on track, and Richard Samuel needs to prepare mentally for possibly being the starting tailback. No fumbles, in other words. And more reps for shifty little Carlton Thomas will pay off in the long run.


Quintin Banks (Georgia Sports Communications)

Quintin Banks (Georgia Sports Communications)

Another disheartening development was backup safety Quintin Banks injuring his right knee after missing most of last season with two injuries to his left knee. Fortunately, this one wasn’t as serious, and he’s expected to be out only three weeks. Starter Reshad Jones has been out a week with his own hamstring problem, so that’s not helping. But at least this will mean that hard-hitting redshirt freshman Bacarri Rambo will get more work.  

This is the point at which the current team’s much vaunted on-field leadership that we’ve heard about all summer has to step up. As Richt said on Georgiadogs.com, “We’ll see how the leaders handle the adversity of the day and we’ll see how they come back tomorrow.” 

Quarterback Joe Cox, reputedly one of the team’s most vocal leaders, said, “it’s already been addressed. We talked about it right after we ran.” 

It’s three weeks until Stillwater. One bad day of practice and a few relatively minor injuries shouldn’t prevent the 2009 Dogs from finishing the drill, as the saying goes.

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August 14th, 2009
7:28 pm

Can we all say….45 – 42! Now Breathe… Did y’all hear the thunder from all of those Tech fans wondering why the hell they did what they didlast year… Now the Dawgs are really pissed…. Well…it’ll be showdown time in November. All Georgia needs to remember is that Tech ruined the hedges.. time to kick a$$ in Atlanta… We own you bees. All dawg fans should bring on the raid! Can’t wait.. yellow fellows!


August 14th, 2009
7:32 pm

Trash talking makes you feel like a real man Yellow Fuzz? What position do you play? Even the players don’t talk that much trash? Get a dam life loser!


August 14th, 2009
8:00 pm

Yea Knelson, teh production from using 4 different QB’s, 2 who should have still been in a high school, behind our third string O-line, during a controlled scrimmage, was so very concerning to all of us.

yellow fuzz

August 15th, 2009
8:04 am

poopdawg, (nice screen name smuck!),

No, I’m a real man without talking at all. Just bark and act like an obnoxious georgia fan in front of me at a game and I’ll show you first hand.


August 15th, 2009
3:50 pm

Only two postings by my doppleganger on this blog, he must have been busy elsewhere.

His Name is Richard Samuel

August 15th, 2009
5:57 pm

Hey Bill,

How ’bout a know your Dawgs segment on Richard Saumuel. A lot of these fans post comments that they perceive to be well informed. But how can they merit any substance, when the player’s name is incorrectly spelled?

Georgia fans, repeat after me:
His name is Richard Samuel. His name is Richard Samuel.
Lose the extra s.

Go Dawgs!


August 16th, 2009
3:20 am

kevin, are you in middle school? I only ask, because your words are put together with a sixth grade intellect. That, and the fact that you forget that it is Tech that has the longest winning streak between the pups and the Jackets. Not to mention the fact that Tech has multiple national championships compared to the one that your beloved mutts have! As for the misplaced hokie…..how many national championships do ya’ll have? Last time I checked….the ACC did pretty well against the sec. Keep sleeping with dogs and you’ll be sure to get fleas!

ben hood

August 18th, 2009
9:27 am

tech fans only seem concerned with uga.they need to look at own schedule. jax st will scare tech for a half as perriloux runs and throws for 350 total tech pulls away with ground game and runs clock for 41-30 win clemson might be a 3pt dog they go to miami then play a unc team that thumped them last time and has 9 starters back on d 2nd best o in acc last year shows you all about acc offenses they go to miss st which i think will be much improved on o with mullens tutelage back to back fsu and va tech then a va team tech lost to last year

ben hood

August 18th, 2009
11:21 am

i am a dawg fan and want to shed some light once and for all on last years tech game being an old def co i can help tech runs a balanced base off set they stayed that way most of 1st half trying to get dive option going ga stopped the dive and the keep real well tech got some on one or two pitches stafford woke up the bees before half with pick six to burnett 2nd half tech came out some with se over unbalanced where inside se is ineligible but can still block what really got us was the speed option where fb led wb to corner on pitch 240 lb playside wb blocks lb se goes to alley g on mlb dawgs pursuit angles where not good must be able to get head across bow upon arriving at collision pt tech runs more inside out plays than any opponent must take proper angles olb must get off wb block


August 18th, 2009
1:49 pm

yallerfuzz I would love to meet you face to face.son you would make my day tough guy.lip busting finger breaking eye removal done at no charge.you are tough on the blog wear your sign in nov.I will find you.