Good news, old news on Dogs’ kickoff coverage, UGA partying

The great Aaron Murray glove controversy has been laid to rest. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

The great Aaron Murray glove controversy has been laid to rest. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

I don’t think many of us expected any surprises from the media day that accompanied Georgia’s first preseason practice, and that’s certainly how it turned out. I mean, when the hottest chatter is about the fact that Aaron Murray has discontinued his spring experiment of wearing a glove …

(By the way, last week’s extensively reported black eye suffered by Murray in a conditioning drill was not much in evidence. Whew.)

Naturally, much of the focus was on the youth of the Dogs’ quarterbacking corps, with a redshirt freshman starter backed by a true freshman and two freshman walk-ons. I don’t know if the QB meeting room is really the youngest in the history of college football as Mark Richt put it on Monday, but they’re definitely Bullpups at this point.

As for those who wondered just how serious Richt was about giving Logan Gray a chance at receiver, I think the fact the titular No. 2 QB is taking no snaps from center, at least for now, provides the answer. Still, once we’re into the season, if anything happens to Murray I’d be shocked if it wasn’t Gray they send in first.

There also was some discussion of Georgia cutting back to just one day featuring two practices, but I thought Richt did a pretty good job of explaining the rationale there. Particularly with the Dogs installing a new defense, teaching is paramount at this point for the Georgia coaches, and that can be more effectively accomplished if they don’t have to squeeze in a second practice every other day.

Out of all the coverage that came out of Athens Monday, though, I agree with Senator Blutarsky that the most heartening was Richt’s brief comment about special teams during a Q&A session with reporters (see this Dawg Post video).

“We’ve got a couple of new schemes in our special teams,” Richt said. “Our kickoff coverage unit will be different schematically. And our punt return and block will be different.”

Considering how awful the Dogs’ kickoff coverage was over the past couple of years, playing a big role in costing Georgia a couple of wins last season, the fact that they’ve gone back to the drawing board after the departure of tunnel-visioned Jon Fabris is great news. Maybe now the coverage team will be able to get off the blocks and won’t leave those wide alleys for returners.

PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS

The other so-called news announced on the Dogs’ first day back was that UGA had topped the Princeton Review’s list of the top party schools for the first time.

Naturally that drew much clucking and finger-wagging, but that’s kind of ancient history. Back when I was a freshman at Georgia I remember them telling us in orientation about whatever party school list was published at the time (I think it was Playboy) and claiming that UGA had been “retired” from competition because it was so far ahead of everyone else on the list.

That may well have been apocryphal, but the point is that was 40 years ago and at the time most of the campus drinking was at frat houses, not the hundred or more bars that now do business in Athens.

College students like to drink, and that’s not a new development.

But thanks to the HOPE scholarship, the average SAT score and GPA needed to get into the school are a lot higher than in those days, too. And those students who spend most of their time partying generally don’t last more than a semester or two.

There’s not much more Michael Adams and UGA administrators can do about the drinking culture in Athens (and other college towns) that has existed for many decades. So spare me the sermons.

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Mike (original formula)

August 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

The last time I checked it was more than appealing to go to a school with a proud tradition, beautiful women, and lively “after studies” activities. I know there’s plenty of people casting stones, but let’s get real. There’s no better place in the world than Athens on Saturdays.

elviskl

August 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

elviskl

August 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

ladies and gentleman, the red panty marching band….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 45-42

Cuz

August 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Well at least we won one title so far. Congrats students.

Reverend Earnest Angsley

August 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

Heal this college town.

Reality

August 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

GOTTA be #1 in trash left by wondeful GA fans. Remember the pics? What, 4 tons? You must be proud!

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

elviskl you Bugs can’t play football, you can’t produce any beautiful women, you can’t even party..it must just SUX to be a Bug…now go curl up with a nice session of WOW…oh and 8-1.

How2fish

August 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

Bill loved the comment on spare me the sermons….the fools will act like no one at their schools ever had a beer…..truth is very few of them ever had a beer surrounded by the caliber of the beauties in Athens and that is for certain and for sure.

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Dawg Stephen

August 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Logan at WR is gonna me a good move, I really believe that.

BMDPD

August 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

True story. I went to a Tech Party one time. All I can say is that I felt uncomfortable. There were maybe two women there. But the most disturbing game/activity was being played. The nerds were having a ‘butt race’. The game consisted of dropping your drawers and picking up a ping-pong ball between your cheeks and carrying it from one chair to another. And these people are making fun of Georgia fans!?!?!

UGA Ski Dawg

August 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

I remember my extra circular college days in Athens back in the 90’s…ummmmm…wait a second I can’t remember those days. Oh well, I guess that means I must have enjoyed it TOO much.

BMDPD

August 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

I partied my way right out of UGA.

Mikey in the SAV

August 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

I’ll drink to that.

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IPoopedOnABug

August 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

don’t mind the bug fans, there just mad cuz they know the beatdown is comming!
King Scores again!, man King he must be tired stomping all those bugs, lol!

BMDPD

August 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

My story is true. It took me 20 years to get over the trauma and admit that I went to a Tech party.

10SEConds

August 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

To those who insist on handwringing over an unscientific “report,” all I can say is I find it hard to believe the aughts will outparty the 70’s, that I managed to work my way through school, study very hard and still enjoy the devil out of a truly great college town, collected 2 degrees and am making a great living. What more do you want out of the college experience? Athens is what it is, and Thank Goodness for that!

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mexdawg

August 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

10SEConds….I was there in the 70’s too.AMEN BROTHER.I can still taste that ice cold beer from Cooper’s and the Dawg House.

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SSIgator

August 3rd, 2010
1:09 pm

“the fact that Aaron Murray has discontinued his spring experiment of wearing a glove”

Is that kind of like moving from Pampers to training pants?

1eyedJack

August 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

The Gnats are just mad because they are the second and soon to be the third popular college team in their own city.

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

You would know ssigator (aka poopy pants).

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UGA Professor

August 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

Scary…..Aaron will have not taken a snap in an actual game for over 20 months by the time Louisiana Lafayette comes into town.

destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Hutson Mason (Parade mag all American) will be ready when needed.. Ken “Boo” Malcomb will be too .. Go Dawgs !!!!

SSIgator

August 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

When they publish photos of Murray they shuld be from an upward angle, not down. No need to make him look even shorter.

tbone

August 3rd, 2010
2:09 pm

Where were you in 62? I was in Athens living the life depicted in” Animal House”. Regrets=none. Let the good times roll.

Ash

August 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

Let the good times roll I agree. Had the best time partying all the time at UGA and still graduated with honors & Deans list. CONGRATS UGA. Go Dawgs.

Jay

August 3rd, 2010
2:43 pm

What happened to the recruiting blog?

Dostoyevskiy

August 3rd, 2010
3:35 pm

UNC has an elite 11 QB (Renner) who won the accuracy award competing w/ Murray; UNC is rated 17 by Rivals, and UGa is rated 25. I’m sure the UGa fans aren’t buying that a BB and academic school in the ACC, possibly has as good a QB in the wings as UGa and is rated ahead of the Dawgs for upcoming season.

Mike (original formula)

August 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Dostoyevskiy,
I don’t think that surprises anyone. Recruiting in NC is wide open. However, it would surprise all if UNC left the ACC and came into and actually beat SEC schools on a regular occasion with that wealth of talent in NC. I don’t think anyone is questioning UNC will have a fair record against the other ACC schools this year. So, good luck.

Tech Wrek

August 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Pups are gettin’ stung this year!

Coastal Dawg

August 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

No better place every day, not just Saturdays!

Hal

August 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

this is so funny. The techie bugs want us to believe that we’re stupid, we party too much, our degrees are worthless…. so on and so forth. Then answer me this…..

why are you guys here. The headline is “Junkyard Blawg”. It is for UGA fans, about UGA sports. Absolutely nothing else. I don’t like GT. I don’t get along with nerdy cheesy poof eating pop corn farts like that, so I stay away. You idiots are so consumed with being such an after thought that you can’t stay away. Further proof the UGA IS, HAS and ALWAYS will be the UNIVERSITY OF and FOR GEORGIA!

Dostoyevskiy

August 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

Thanks, Mike. I believe that now that UNC has righted its ship, it can compete w/anyone, SEC or elsewhere. UNC is just an attractive draw. They proved it under Mack Brown. UGa underperformed under Georff et al, just as UNC did under Torbush and Bunting.

Sorry guy!

August 3rd, 2010
4:41 pm

Dostoyevskiy – too bad all your good players will be suspended for the season due to Agentgate!

Sorry guy!

August 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

Dostoyevskiy – Until you guys actually sniff a conference championship in football you will always be looked at as a basketball school. Sorry guy!

dawgfan

August 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

LMAO. A UNC fan talking smack? Priceless. Notice its the same “we’re going to do this” and “we’re going to do that” tough talk that we hear out of the Techies. ACC is all talk and no walk. What a loser conference.

I can’t believe I have even responded to a UNC football fan. He isn’t worthy of our attention.

Good luck in the Dome big mouth.

SickandTired

August 3rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Bill you have about as many credentials to critique John Fabris as Sarah Palin would at a Mensa convention.

Bamafan

August 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

If Murray gets hurt dawg fans you better keep a extra bottle of your favorite spirits close at hand!! RTR

Mikey in the SAV

August 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

Murray will not get hurt. He has the best line in College Football blocking for him.

AltamahaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
6:03 pm

Bamafan, who you got at the #2 QB spot?

ugag is irrelevant

August 3rd, 2010
6:19 pm

how is being the top party school and nothing else acceptable? to read these blogs we can clearly understand why they just don’t get it ……. ignorant and proud of it

fan

August 3rd, 2010
6:41 pm

hey ugag is irrevlevant, didn’t UGA’s worst in 13 years beat Tech’s best in 20 years this past year? yeah that’s right. keep dreaming that people outside of atlanta actually cares about GT. tech fans are OBSESSED WITH UGA. 30-24!!!!!!!!!

fan

August 3rd, 2010
6:52 pm

bamafan, if g mac gets hurt don’t assume mccarron is gonna come in do the same things.