Countdown to G-Day, Part II

   Athens — At Georgia football practices, Matthew Stafford is gone but not forgotten.

  As the Bulldogs practiced in blustery conditions on Monday, “we were, like, ‘this is how Stafford’s going to have it every day,’” coach Mark Richt said.

  You know, Detroit weather.

  ”I guess Detroit plays inside,” Richt clarified. “Oh, he might not go to Detroit. But if he went to Detroit. . . .”

  The Lions, of course, have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

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  Will be real interesting to watch Carlton Thomas, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound tailback, on G-Day.

  He, by all accounts, has impressed teammates and coaches this spring.

  “He’s a little bit like [former Bulldog] Tyson Browning,” Richt said, “because he’s not a real big guy and he can make people miss.  He runs with more power than Tyson did.  He’s not as fast as Tyson was, but the agility and change of direction [are] very similar.  That’s probably the closest comparison to anybody we’ve had here or even at Florida State.  He’s coming right along. He’s doing a nice job. Going to be a pretty good player.”

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  The Bulldogs didn’t practice on Tuesday. They’ll be back at it today.

  Meanwhile, thought you might like to have the details on G-Day, which is Saturday in Sanford Stadium:

  – Festivities kick off at 11:15 a.m., with about 90 football lettermen from six decades playing flag football between the hedges.  Foots Clemens, a linebacker on the 1952-54 teams, is the oldest former player scheduled to participate. About a dozen former all-SEC players will take part. “Might be fun,” Richt said of the lettermen’s game. “Might be comical, I don’t know.”

  – The main event, Georgia’s spring intra-squad game, follows at 1:05 p.m.  Richt said the two squads will play four quarters of eight or 10 minutes each.  “We’ll run it just like a normal game,” he said, although there won’t be kickoffs.  The ball will simply be placed somewhere between the 20 and 30 yard lines.

  – The game will be nationally televised for the first time (on ESPN).  Brad Nessler will call play-by-play, with Kirk Herbstreit as analyst and Wendi Nix as sideline reporter.

  – Admission is free, down from $5 last spring. The free admission is aimed at drawing a crowd for the ESPN cameras. Stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m.  Gates to be used for the public will be the main gate under the Sanford Drive bridge, plus gates 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9.

  – In lieu of an admission charge, Georgia encourages fans to bring food items to donate to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Richt asked reporters to get the word out about preferred items — “even,” he said, “if it’s just on a blog or something.”  So here goes: He suggested donations of canned vegetables and fruits, canned tuna and chicken, canned soups and chili, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, cereal, rice and dried beans. He cautioned to check expiration dates to make sure all donations will be useable.

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  Lots of interesting comments were posted here yesterday about what you’ll be looking for from the Bulldogs  on G-Day.  Thanks.  Feel free to pick up where you left off. . . .

 

 

 

106 comments Add your comment

Hootie Bookems

April 8th, 2009
7:53 am

Tavarres King. I think he will be Massaquoi Jr.

Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
8:24 am

Nice that the mutts are giving to a food drive. Good job on that one.

Isn’t Tyson Browning like a seventh year senior by now? That guy’s been playing forever. I can’t believe he’s not graduated yet. But I guess graduation isn’t always a goal for mutts.

Brock

April 8th, 2009
8:25 am

Tim- did CMR just let the cat out of the bag with his ‘this is how Stafford’s going to have it every day,’ comment?

Brock

April 8th, 2009
8:28 am

And then try to cover it up with Oh, he might not go to Detroit. But if he went to Detroit. . . .”

Hirsutedawg

April 8th, 2009
8:30 am

Atlanta Jackets……. that’s why the article stated (former Bulldog)Tyson Browning. You obviously starting picking your nose on that paragraph and missed it.

Snoop

April 8th, 2009
8:49 am

Will Quincy and Odell be released to play in the alumni game?

kendall

April 8th, 2009
8:59 am

Going to be looking at two things..TK and the defensive ends. Those are keys to our season. I am more than confident with White, Green, and Moore as the starting receiving corp, but with Durham hurt now, what does the second team look like? Will Wooten, Brown and Charles be able to crack the two deep? At DE, Houston sounds like he is coming on, but will he have help. If he does…look out, if not…long days in the secondary this year. Again.

Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
9:02 am

Hersuite, LOL! I guess I was picking your nose.

Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
9:03 am

How do I delete a comment?

Jimmy

April 8th, 2009
9:10 am

I hope CMR or CWM chewed the defense out for not being able to contain Thomas. I don’t like hearing about freshmen running all over the D. I want to hear about the D stopping everyone.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 8th, 2009
9:11 am

ATL Jacket, press the RAID button I think that takes care of bees.

Jimmy

April 8th, 2009
9:14 am

Atlanta JacksIt – Looks like they taught you well at Tech.

atlanta jackets is a retard

April 8th, 2009
9:22 am

tyson browning has been long gone, think before you type or read before you type. What else should I expect from a low grade engineering degree that was given away for the best bj

Dawg fan

April 8th, 2009
9:22 am

Seems like you can count on at least one “booger flipper” from Tech on every blog.

Tim Tucker

April 8th, 2009
9:23 am

Brock: Good question. My sense was that it was more a case of CMR rooting for the Lions to pick Stafford. I’m sure he knows that many of the mock drafts have that happening, but I don’t know if he has other inside info.

1970dawg

April 8th, 2009
9:25 am

Enough already with the Stafford love fest. Who cares where the guy plays or where he gets drafted. He was the most overrated Q.B. to ever play at UGA. He couldn’t carry Shockley’s jock strap. If you want to keep up with a great UGA q.b., try Shock. Stafford only cared about Stafford, and he will be a major bust in the NFL.Unlike Shock, who loved UGA enough to ride the pines for three years while he waited his turn, when he could have transfered and been a starter for 3 years somewhere else. Would have loved to see how long your overhyped baby from Texas would have stayed and rode the beach. Hope he gets his money, and good bye to the loser that only threw one interception per game that was taken to the house for a t.d. He threw more interceptions that were taken for t.d.’s by opposing teams defenses than any UGA q.b. ever. Can u guys please focus on who loves UGA and who wants to play for UGA, and not some overrated former Q.B. If not go in your bedroom and wackoff while you drool over Stafford’s picture hanging over your bed.

GeoffDawg

April 8th, 2009
9:31 am

Good grief 1970dawg – why all the hate? I feel sorry for your kids if you have any – “What? You didn’t win the spelling bee?!? You’re no son of mine”.

[...] Rennie Curran and Jeff Owens are on the Lott Trophy watch list.UGA:  Sorry, Dawg fans, but it’ll be Wendi Nix working the sidelines for your spring game… not Erin Andrews.  Attendance just dropped.UT:  Safety Eric Berry [...]

Mac

April 8th, 2009
10:00 am

The Lions haven’t told Richt, or likely Stafford, who they are going to pick. Richt is just supporting a Dawg and hoping the best for him.

Fools Gold

April 8th, 2009
10:02 am

I bet we will definitely see flashes of brightness on the field Saturday. That is when ole Willie will take off his cap while rubbing that chrome dome bald head of his and looking clueless. 170 lbs freshman running back ripping and shredding the defense is just a prelude of things to come as it gets worse for the dawgs this year. This is not hate my friends, its just the facts along with reality. Take off them rose colored glasses and smell the crap of a defense….. The worse is yet to come mutt fans!

Mac

April 8th, 2009
10:02 am

1970dawg is a bad person. Mean.

Nerd Herd

April 8th, 2009
10:09 am

Ignore the GIOT fans, they are indeed excrement apertures! There just scared that UGA will pin 51 on them again, at home, and rightly so. After all the smack talked and rings made for one lousy 3 pt. win I think the GIOT fans deserve to get pounded like a nerd at a rush party!

DirtyDawg

April 8th, 2009
10:17 am

We don’t need no Erin Andrews, ever again. Here’s a gal whose Daddy played at Georgia but chose to be a Gator – that’s bad enough – but for her to wear that damn Florida blue outfit while doing her thing in the Georgia dugout during the College World Series (all the while with a smug look on her face as our Bulldogs lost to some other Bulldogs) spoke volumes.

Blindog

April 8th, 2009
10:26 am

1970dawg it’s obvious you missed your meds this morning,call for the head hurse and calm down! Nobody wants to read your dumbass comments anyway!!

LMAO @ GT

April 8th, 2009
10:31 am

I’m still LMAO@GT

Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
10:33 am

Don’t knock the Robot until you beat the Robot.

Still waiting mutts. Still waiting.

No need for me to delete this post. It’s the truth.

So Brad and Kirk will be calling the game? “Carlton Thomas for a 2 yard gain. Now an incomplete pass from Cox. This Georgia team is outstanding!” I can’t wait. What a lovefest. And a joke.

Blindog

April 8th, 2009
10:42 am

Atlanta Jackets.. you are an idiot and with every comment you send you prove my point. Go pick someones nose and shut the hell up!

DawgGirl32

April 8th, 2009
10:42 am

Does tech even have a spring game?

Fletch

April 8th, 2009
10:49 am

they probably do but it sure as h*ll won’t be televised…they’re obviously jealous.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2009
10:53 am

Yes. looking at the DE’s All both of them.

Cameron

April 8th, 2009
10:55 am

Atlanta Jackets:

We beat the him the year before. Oh wait, he couldn’t beat out Taylor Bennett for the job that year. Wow, that’s embarassing. Go back to thinking Tyson Browning is a 7-year senior.

1970Dawg:

You are not a DAWG at all my friend. Maybe in your head, but not in the eyes of the DAWG nation.

DirtyDawg:

I understand what you are saying about Erin Andrews. But, if you see her at the gym in her workout clothes as I do from time to time, all hate feelings go out the window.

K-Town Dawg

April 8th, 2009
10:57 am

If a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

K-Town Dawg

April 8th, 2009
10:58 am

Same as the TECH spring game

K-Town Dawg

April 8th, 2009
10:59 am

Or their games in the fall

to Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
10:59 am

you would think winning 1 out of 8 years would not warrant as much shi* as Tech fans like to talk on these blogs but I guess your football team leads by example by making a ring out of this “historic” win. $100 says that half of those rings will be in an envelope on the way to CASHforGOLD.com after you lose the next 3 to the Dawgs.

WinderDogg

April 8th, 2009
11:06 am

Erin Andrews also mispronounced David Pollack’s name on a sideline report…called him Poll lock and then tried to cover it up….damn Gator!

Color Purple

April 8th, 2009
11:13 am

I would drink Erin Andrews’ bath water

GeoffDawg

April 8th, 2009
11:23 am

To be fair – I think Erin Andrews mispronounced Pollack’s name on the sideline after the South Carolina game where he had that incredible endzone interception (his sophomore season I think). Not many people outside the region were too familiar with him at that point.

WinderDogg

April 8th, 2009
11:29 am

So should I forgive her…

Cameron

April 8th, 2009
11:32 am

If you saw her at the gym, you would.

WinderDogg

April 8th, 2009
11:34 am

You are correct sir…

Huh?

April 8th, 2009
11:50 am

Spring games are often erroneously dismissed as a meaningless indicator of success in the fall. I disagree. If you look closely enough and you’re being objective you will see signs of how things will go in the fall. Case in point: Last year’s spring game. The #1 O marched right down the field on the # 1 D on the opening drive without even breaking a sweat. Everyone was like, “the offense is going to be awesome”, with no mention of the other side of the ball. The defense looked absolutely clueless on that drive. The writing was on the wall for all the world to see. Do not dismiss what happens in these spring games as an abberation or mere happenstance. You do so at your own peril.

Pharmadawg

April 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

Jill Arrington, who’s not too bad looking herself, mispronounced Pollack’s name, not Erin Andrews.

PTC DAWG

April 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

Nice to know the GT fans care so much.

godawg

April 8th, 2009
12:32 pm

“Electron” Jackson…just saying…

Champaign

April 8th, 2009
12:34 pm

Went back to look for Atlanta Jacket’s comments on yesterdays blog. They were all gone? What happened there, big guy?

MoDawg

April 8th, 2009
12:42 pm

I forgive Erin Andrews for any past or future transgressions…has anyone ever eaten Gator? It’s actually very tasty…but I digress. Jill Arrington is also forgiven, regardless of her school affiliation!

Gnats can’t help trolling the UGA blogs. Their team was exposed in the Dome by a middle-of-the conference SEC team, and now they are running around, holding onto the only bright spot for their program over the past 8 seasons, beating the relevant team in Georgia by 3 points. They should be ignored until we spank them and put them back in their place.

Atlanta Jackets

April 8th, 2009
12:44 pm

Wow, Champaign, you’re right. They are gone. That’s odd. Why would my posts be gone? Is it that UGA fans can’t handle the truth I’m telling? I tried to post two links to show the doubters where scout and rivals had Hill rated above Green in route running skills and hands. Maybe the links were rejected and all of my posts were removed. Odd.

What’s up with that ajc?

crs

April 8th, 2009
12:50 pm

Hill has never played a down of college football and niether have any of the “experts” at Rivals or Scout. Why don’t you let him actually play a down of college football before you compare him to AJ Green who not only played as a freshmen but dominated as a freshmen.

Pago Flyer

April 8th, 2009
12:51 pm

I think we all pretty much agree with 1970dawg. We’re all very disappointed that Stanford couldn’t win the big ones. And what’s with having women on the sideline doing comments on mens ports!? You just know they have a man writing her scripts.