The Athens Banner-Herald raises the question of whether missed practices due to hamstring injuries is likely to affect the tackling of Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans in the Georgia secondary. A lack of tackling in practice last year was cited in the failure of the Dogs’ fundamentals during the season.
“Yeah, it can affect you if you’re not going out there right now, trying to get it done,” Evans told the ABH. “We’ve still got a week and a half, close to two weeks. I think all that will be polished by the time the game comes around. I really don’t have any doubts about us having problems with tackling.”
And wide receiver Michael Moore told Bulldogs Blog that tackling has been emphasized more this year. “There’s a lot more hitting, a lot more tackling. As receivers, we have these drills where we go one-on-one with the DBs that are tackle drills, tackle to the ground. We never really did that before. Even today, we had a couple periods where we were going full speed, tackle to the ground. Last year, we really tried to stay up most of the time, just try to do full-speed thud. That didn’t help us, so [coach Mark Richt] definitely changed that up.”
Father and son affair
Marc Weiszer of the Banner-Herald talked to punter Drew Butler about how it will be having his father Kevin as part of the UGA radio broadcasts if he kicks poorly.
“He’ll be honest with the fans,” Drew Butler said. “He’s always been honest with me. Hopefully that doesn’t have to happen, but if it does, I’m sure he’ll set it straight.”
“He’s heard me complain and demand things from him before so it won’t phase him,” Kevin Butler said. “He’ll have heard it before he hears it on the radio.”
Meanwhile, Dan Magill points out that the Butlers are following a long tradition of Bulldog fathers and sons.
Preparing for the spotlight
The Chattanooga Times-Free Press talked to Joe Cox about what’s on his mind as he prepares to debut as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback.
“The biggest thing I want to see is what it’s going to be like when it gets really loud, right in those first couple of drives of a game,” Cox said. “I played in that situation at Ole Miss as a freshman, and Ole Miss was loud, but when we go down to Florida or when we go to Tennessee, that’s a different animal. I want to see what it’s going to be like just trying to communicate. That’s going to be the one thing that I’m — well, I’m not worried about, but I’m kind of excited to see what it’s going to be like.”