Counting down to G-Day …

    Athens – Georgia’s spring football practice is down to its final days – a Wednesday practice, a Friday practice, then the G-Day game on Saturday.  That’s it. 

    There was ominous word Monday that rising senior split end Kris Durham has a shoulder injury that might – repeat: might – require surgery. Durham is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at split end,  and with the Dogs already facing the considerable task of replacing NFL-bound Mohamed Massaquoi, they can hardly afford a major injury at the position.

    Durham didn’t seem to know – or want to say – what to make of his injury at this point.  He said he’s waiting to find out the diagnosis and will talk to coaches and others to evaluate the information and decide what to do. Mark Richt said the shoulder might be handled with rehab or might require surgery – “I don’t know for certain what’s going to happen.”

   One thing for certain: You won’t see Durham on the field in the G-Day game.

   You will see A.J. Green, and in more places than last year.

   “I’m learning different sides. I’m sometimes on the short side. I’m in the slot sometimes,” the SEC’s leading receiver of 2008 said Monday. “I’m trying to extend my game to help me out and help my team.”

    You’ll also probably get a glimpse  of Fred Munzenmaier, the backup fullback the past two seasons, carrying the ball at tailback.  He’s intrigued the coaches in recent practices at the position, and Richt expects him to get some tailback carries on G-Day.

   Don’t look for any Knowshon-type vaults from Munzenmaier, of course. He shied away from the mention Monday that he’s playing – at least briefly – Moreno’s old position.  “I’ve attempted to dive before,” Munzenmaier said, laughing, “but it’s only when people are rolling on the ground. I don’t have ups, as they would say.”

   With just two spring practices and the G-Day game to go, it’s obvious many questions will linger into summer. Injuries at tailback and defensive end have made it impossible to sort out those two very fluid positions. And  the receiving corps (aside from A.J.) remains in flux,  pending word on Durham’s shoulder and the summer arrival of highly hyped signee Marlon Brown.  Meanwhile, it’ll be interesting on G-Day to watch receivers Michael Moore (29 catches last year, six of them in the bowl) and Tavarres King (impressive this spring, according to teammates).

   So . . . what will you be most interested to glean from G-Day?

118 comments Add your comment

TommyP

April 7th, 2009
6:23 am

Aaron Murray is one I’m dying to see. His stats have been awesome in scrimmages.

I also wanna see Carlton Thomas juking around back there.

we had a great gameplan but failed to execute

April 7th, 2009
6:38 am

another injury to a starter before the season begins.

seems like we lose one every year….we have yet to have an injury free year under mark richt. but, never fear bulldog fans, we will stick to our gameplan.

As a very smart man once said, to repeat the same actions and expect different results is the definition of insanity.

ceph

April 7th, 2009
6:59 am

As usual Richt is screwing up again. Why does he have to put Munzenmaier at tailback to run the football, whats wrong with running from the fullback position??? If Richt would quit bulking up the fullbacks so they wouldn’t look like a pulling guard he could get some production running the ball from this position. Sutherland was a great example. He was a great runner in high-school, but he lost a great deal of his mobility at UGA because he got so heavy. Richt wants his tailbacks to be great blockers at 185-200 lbs. but he thinks the fullbacks have to weigh 250-260, go figure!!! If he would keep these guys around 230-235 they could still be able to block and run.

Mitch Cumstein

April 7th, 2009
7:26 am

Ceph,
Obviously you’re new to football! Well, lets get a few things straight. First, Sutherland was a great highschool runner, against highschool competition. This is the SEC, there are no 2nd rate players out there. Sutherland, Munzenmaier, J.T. Wall, etc. etc would never have been great running fullbacks, they’re just not fast and shifty enough. Second, the primary function of the fullback is to act as a “pulling guard” in the backfeild to pancack rushing defenders.
Third, who is this Mark Richt guy anyway? He doesn’t have a clue….. He’s only regarded as one of the best coaches in the nation. He’s led his team to top ten finishes 6 of the last 7 years or so. Nah you’re right, this guy is screwing up again!

Tim

April 7th, 2009
7:37 am

I want to see Joe Cox, I believe he’ll do great. It will also be interesting to see Murry and how will Logan Gray do. I think he’s the odd man out in the QB camp. Then, I really want to see the tailbacks, King in particular. I think he’s overated. On eof them needs to step up and be consistent. I happen to be a huge RS fan. I wish he could be out there. We’ll see him make and impact this fall.

MiltonDawg

April 7th, 2009
7:55 am

The Defense. After losing Allen, i want to see how the DBs look this year with speed and hitting. Definetly want to see the various RBs as well.

mborodawg

April 7th, 2009
8:22 am

Gray and Cox. I want to see if these two are as good as I think they are. Normally I would be worried about our ol but it seems to be fine.

GeoffDawg

April 7th, 2009
8:27 am

I just want to see some technically sound, mistake free football…especially on the defensive side.

corrine brown (D) FL

April 7th, 2009
8:28 am

I gonna see Corch Meyers and Percy Harvey!

Go Gator!

gdawginkalamazoo

April 7th, 2009
8:30 am

I want to see September right about now.

Diamond Dave

April 7th, 2009
8:30 am

Just block and tackle.

uga_b

April 7th, 2009
8:49 am

Running from the fullback position means receiving the ball in the up position and not getting a lot of momentum; additionally, the fullback usually cleans up a linebacker for the RB letting them get to the second level. I want to see our RBs get to the second level, finish off runs, and make someone miss. I want to see our DEs in the backfield. I want us to get through it without injury.

Chip, any word on how the format will be this year? Is it still 12 minutes? No punt coverage and they place the ball on the 20s (or somewhere else) for the offense? I am not as worried about the no contact jerseys–maybe we can get one for the DEs.

Blindog

April 7th, 2009
8:53 am

Football..Thats what I want to see saturday. Fundamently sound, high energy football. Oh yeah, please God no injuries.

Ted Striker

April 7th, 2009
8:57 am

I want to see hot chicks.

RxDawg

April 7th, 2009
9:04 am

Anyone know the TV station and time of the game? I know ESPN was supposed to televise it. I’m wondering if it’s ESPN, ESPN 2, ect..

GeoffDawg

April 7th, 2009
9:06 am

I agree with Ted Striker.

MA Merrill

April 7th, 2009
9:11 am

The game will be aired Saturday, on ESPN, at 1 PM ET. Can’t wait!

knoxdawg

April 7th, 2009
9:19 am

I wanna see a defense that flies around the football and makes tackles that are highlight reels. I wanna see Junkyard Dawg defense played the way its suppose to be played. If we do that and then develop the kind of running game we should have then we can contend for the SEC East title. Ball control offense coupled with a stout defense gives any team a chance to win any game it plays.

SEC1

April 7th, 2009
9:19 am

Hot chicks for me, too.

Oh, and how about a kick-off that makes it to the goal line?

Ben

April 7th, 2009
9:22 am

I’m interested in seeing Zach Mettenberger throw a long dart. Tee Martin said at one of the prep camps that Zach was the only QB he’d ever seen that actually made the ball whistle when he threw it.

Ben

April 7th, 2009
9:22 am

SEC1….

Unfortunately there will be no kickoffs.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 7th, 2009
9:29 am

I want to see the O-Line block well, The defense tackle, the wide outs burn some people, Joe Cox sling some touchdowns, find a TB worth a darn even if it’s a FB.

Pago Flyer

April 7th, 2009
9:32 am

Well let’s hope all the fans show up! Ohio State is expecting 85,000 and they charge $5.00…….

wreckmaniac

April 7th, 2009
9:33 am

G Day, NFL Preview Day, Know your Dawgs, picture day, Richt goes on
Facebook, blah..blah..blah. Why don’t you “journalists” go out and find some news. The tragedy of the internet is that it has caused
endless drivel on meaningless topics.

K-Town Dawg

April 7th, 2009
9:47 am

wreckmaniac…

Pot meet kettle

jim

April 7th, 2009
9:48 am

ESPN at G-Day when our team is decimated…. The nation and conference is gonna have a field day on this one….

Dawg73

April 7th, 2009
9:50 am

I have to admit that Mark Richt isn’t the greatest judge of talent. Before Knowshon became Knowshon, I distinctly remember Richt saying and I quote “we’ve got some real good backs in Thomas Brown and Lumpkin…when asked about Knowshon “he’s not quite there with his blocking”. That was the Knowshon’s breakout season by the way. If he is really trying to sell Munzeinburgercheese with fries as a viable tailback, then he is an idiot. Please pray for the other hopefuls to get healthy soon.

m

April 7th, 2009
9:55 am

I hope you dawgies are practicing against the option. You really need to be.

DawgGirl32

April 7th, 2009
10:15 am

I honestly don’t think a lot of people are going to show up to this game, which is really sad. They picked probably the worst weekend to have it. Easter weekend and Masters weekend?? What were they thinking?

sswinfordawg

April 7th, 2009
10:18 am

Wreck, why don’t you go back to your pathetic bug board. This article does not concern the bumble bees at all.

More of the Same

April 7th, 2009
10:20 am

The biggest problem at UGA right now is the strength and conditioning program. Too many injuries again will spoil another season. Richt wont fire another buddy from Fla State in Dave Van Halanger. This guy has been on criuse control for the last 4 years. Our football team is just not physical enough and it showed against Fla and Alabama last year. both Vandy and South Carolina pushed UGA around last year as well. If Uga is ever gonna win the big one under Richt he will need to make the tough decisions in firing friends.

Boss Dawg1

April 7th, 2009
10:26 am

Enter your comments here Mark Richt is the master of suspence. On g-day, the the dawg nation will get more of a treat then most think.

More of the Same

April 7th, 2009
10:31 am

DawgGirl32…… sadly you may be correct, its called poor planing in the UGa Sports program. We waste a lot of money in hiring a firm to hire a notch above a jr college program basketball coach. Our football team still has defensive woes and now injuries are cropping up. The only thing now is for the arrests to start making headlines and for CMR stating that the coaches are doing everything they possibly can. Well its time for bowling and a swim at the Ramsey Center. Hopefully no embarrassing pictures will crop up at the raceway of our QBs in Cox and Gray this year.

Judge Smales

April 7th, 2009
10:46 am

and with all this cold weather, the reverend will have to resort to the spray-on tan!

AceDawg

April 7th, 2009
10:52 am

I guess we shouldn’t place our hopes and dreams on the injured D-Line, so simply seeing the offense run well with Joe Cox would be nice. If we get strong O-Line and QB play, I don’t think we have to worry about who is running the ball and who is out receiving with Green. We do need somebody to make important field goals though.

It really hurt to miss early FGs against Florida and Bama last year when we were in need of momentum.

Bill W.

April 7th, 2009
10:55 am

A lot of “Debbie Downers” on here today. People still hungover from the past season clearly. Let’s move on folks. I don’t think it’s a big deal that the G-Day game is on Easter and Masters weekend. They’re not trying to make any $ off of this thing. I hope Durham doesnt rquire surgery becuase we need him this year. I’m interested in seeing what the O-line will look like and the TB’s. Let’s get behind these kids this weekend and enjoy the G-Day game. Go Red!! Go Black!! GATA

More of the Same

April 7th, 2009
11:09 am

Bill W. where have you been the last 4 years now? Past season hangover? Please dont give us the the overrated 2007 Hawaii sugar bowl joke either along with embarrassing loss to South Carolina and the blow out to Tenn. Our d has been moving backwards since the departure of you know who. Yes we passionate fans have been wanting to move on, however its been more of the same.Yep you are right Bill W. its no big deal!

MoDawg

April 7th, 2009
11:13 am

I’m with Striker, as well. But more importantly I am looking forward to seeing Logan Gray get more snaps. I want to think this guy brings a lot of “Shockley-factor”, but will wait before comparing the two, just yet. I am also looking at the TE position as well as the defensive backs. Reshad Jones looked unstoppable in last years’ G-Day game, but when it became “Real Day” game, he couldn’t stop many. Shoulder bumping and ball hawking will not get it done this year!

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 7th, 2009
11:13 am

DawgGirl32…thinking?

Who does that at UGA?

If ya’ll want to see hot girls you need to go to GT.

They are smart too…of course ya’ll can’t appreciate that.

I think the spring game should be a BLACK OUT…I guarantee you won’t getting beaten like a used drum this time.

DawgGirl32

April 7th, 2009
11:27 am

….GT has girls?

DawgGirl32

April 7th, 2009
11:41 am

Bill W.- All the students go home for Easter and now that the game is on tv, they won’t really have reason to come watch it. All of the rich alumni will be at the Masters. I’m not trying to be a downer, my parents and I will be there with bells on, but I do think it will be a shame if ESPN broadcasts this game and shows a quarter-full stadium on national tv. I’m pretty sure Bama’s spring game sells out every year.

More of the same- I don’t really know if Van Halanger is necessarily the problem with the injuries. He’s been with UGA since 2001 and I don’t think we’ve ever had injuries like this under him before this year.

ryan

April 7th, 2009
11:44 am

what about israel troupe?

Ole Dawg

April 7th, 2009
11:44 am

Hey Ceph and More of the Same, You guys need to get a life….what the hell do either of you know about coaching football. I’ll bet that neither of you played high school football. If you did I would’nt have wanted you on my team. Both of you are so negative your a joke and need to go support another team…how about Tech? Their players get groin pulls all the time from the tickle piles they have.

break the record

April 7th, 2009
11:47 am

What’s the expected crowd for G-day. Bama holds the record at 92,000. Are we expected to match or exceed that turnout this year or come close? I hate to think the Bammers will be one upping us again and I’ve heard they’re expecting 92,000 again for their spring game.

Dorsey Hill

April 7th, 2009
11:51 am

The heaviest FB on the roster last year was Chapas at 242. Why are ‘fans’ who are the most critical also the dumbest, most ignorant people on the planet? Does stupidity lead to confusion which leads to frustration and then hostility? Just a theory.

The DB’s are probably the biggest question mark we have as Miller is the only one with experience that has been consistent and there is a lot of youth back there. If they hold their own against this set of qb’s I’ll feel a lot better. We should be pretty good against the run this year, so pass defense will be a big key this year.

I would also like to see some production from TE position.

More of the Same

April 7th, 2009
11:55 am

Hey oledawg…… you need to wipe the cobwebs from your eyes. Why dont you try to learn a new trick you ole fart. Oh yeah you are one of those who are just complacent and doesnt realize that you mire in mediocrity. Why dont a ole dawg like yourself just lie on the porch and dream on about running with the Big Dawgs…….

Boss Dawg1

April 7th, 2009
11:55 am

israel troupe, secret impact player, will crate a very problematic area for opposing SEC defenses this year if he accepts his true ablity and make statement in his on right this year to help this bulldog offense serge this year.

Bill W.

April 7th, 2009
11:56 am

More of the Same, would you rather go back to the Jim Donnan or Ray Goff years? Let’s see I think I will DECIDE to be irritated, judgemental, and depressed because some college kids wont live up to MY expectations even though I’ve never coached a game in my life. Move on dude or go see a therapist to get over your depression. I of course want the Dawgs to do well just as they do. However I doubt CMR, the other coaches, and the players are gonna whine and complain like some of the folks on here. Like WE actually have any control over the outcomes!!! Support these kids and the coaches. Go Dawgs!

Dawgilama Deux

April 7th, 2009
11:58 am

RAMBLE ON, you’ve been a Techie for too long. Those hot girls are actually dudes.

On another note, is the student body a little disappointed in Paul Johnson’s effectiveness in tickle piles? I’ve noticed he’s got very short arms, similar to a T-Rex, and surely he can’t get good reach on an attempted tickle. Your thoughts?

More of the Same

April 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

Hey Bill W. seems to me that you and ole dawg are from the same mold. Maybe you two should see a therapist to overcome your continual kool aid drinking and rose colored glasses addiction. Its so far has been a notch above the Goof and Donnan years with two SEC championsips with the backing into the latter with help fom the lamechickens. Yes UGA lags behind the LSU and Floridas 2 National Championships each while UGA LAGS! Facts hurt huh