Talking football . . .

  (Hey. Just a note that this is my last post for a while. I’m on vacation until July 14. By then, we’ll be only about a week away from SEC football media days, to be soon followed by the start of preseason practice . . . and, before you know it, the trip to Stillwater. For now, here are a couple of stories I did on the impact of Georgia’s ultra-lucrative new marketing and media deals — this one about how some of the new money will be spent and this one about the effect on the fans.)

  Athens — About once a week in the quiet months between spring ball and preseason practice, a number of Georgia football players meet with beat reporters covering the team at the Butts-Mehre building.  Honestly, these sessions don’t generate much news. But here are a few things I picked up in this week’s availability:

 – Another voice expressed the view that the defense is motivated to redeem itself after last  year’s debacles.  “I feel we don’t get as much respect as we need to, but that comes in due time,” linebacker Marcus Dowtin said. “Based on some of the things that happened over last year, I think we kind of got looked down upon. I mean, we have a lot to improve on, and that’s what we’re working hard to do this year.” Asked if he’s approaching the season with a chip on his shoulder, Dowtin said: “The whole defense is  . . . preparing like that, working hard. I feel personally that I’m definitely working harder preparing with a chip on my shoulder because I have a lot to prove.”

– As you know, there’s lots of need –- and opportunity –- at the receiver position, where the Dogs will be looking for guys to step up beyond sophomore star A.J. Green and productive senior Michael Moore.   In his second season in the program, Tavarres King thinks he’s ready to play a big role. “I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m feeling more comfortable,” King said. “The speed of the game has kind of slowed down to me.”  He’s put on eight pounds since the end of spring practice, to 184.

– King said the reality is that Green “is going to get double-teamed. He got double-teamed a lot last year. But it’s very important to find that guy [to take some pressure off]. It could  be Marlon Brown, could be Rantavious Wooten, could be Mike Moore, Israel Troupe, myself.” King said the receivers, as a group, are  “viewing it as an opportunity. Eveybody’s eyes are wide open for this thing.”

  Like others, King thinks freshman tight end Orson Charles and freshman cornerback Branden Smith will contribute at WR.  On Charles: “Orson is awesome. . .  He’s always ready to go. You can tell he’s got his head on his shouders. He’s always focused, excited. He’s a smooth cat.”  On Smith: “Branden can run like a gazelle.”

Richard Samuel, the sophomore tailback who missed spring practice after wrist surgery, said he’s not  quite 100 percent yet.  “I can’t do as much weight” as before the injury, he said. But he reiterated he’ll be a full participant in the battle for the tailback job come August.

 – Samuel agreed the tailback battle will be decided by much more than ball carrying. “Basically what the coach looks for [is] someone who can still get the job done without the ball –- running your routes, making the right blocks, making the right reads,” Samuel said. “So having those components is essential . .  to be the starting running back or the running back who gets the most touches.”

 –  I missed the visit with tackle Trinton Sturdivant while working on another story elsewhere, but he told my esteemed colleagues on the beat that the versatile offensive line is working out this summer with a stable No. 1 unit: LT Sturdivant, LG Vince Vance, C Ben Jones, RG Cordy Glenn and RT Clint Boling.   Of course, no one will be surprised if that changes a bit by Sept. 5. Sturdivant, who missed all of last season after knee surgery, is 100 percent.

– And finally, Samuel weighed in on the team’s attitude and approach: “Everybody is working harder, pushing themselves harder. Everybody is just striving, striving for the best.  . . . Basically, the team is leading the team. We are not allowing anybody to slack off.”

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Summertime… « Get The Picture

June 26th, 2009
6:47 am

[...] Summertime… Jump to Comments It’s the offseason, folks, so much of what’s going on in Athens is outside of the public eye – or even the coaches’ eyes.  But Tim Tucker’s got some quotes from a few of the players about what’s going on in summer workouts. [...]

dawgbone

June 26th, 2009
6:50 am

Spike

June 26th, 2009
6:56 am

Who is Marcus Dowtin? The Dawg “D” is sure talking a lot in the off season. I hope they play as well as they say they are. Let’s have more action and less talk from the defense this year. GATA!

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
7:11 am

Yep a lot of fodder as usual….. all talk but havent backed it up. Same ole same ole and so reminding of the blackout fallout game with Bammer last year when the mutts got taken to the woodshed. Martin Dowtin still doesnt get it…. respect just doesnt come in due time it has to be EARNED time and time again. Big difference my friend so shut up and prove yourself on the football field and stay out of trouble. Respect ,yeah good grief ,give me a break dude……..

The Joke by Coke

June 26th, 2009
7:28 am

Marcus Dowtin is a LB with a ton of speed. If you dont know the players, you need to bone up a bit.

82dawg

June 26th, 2009
7:59 am

Fools Gold, its MARCUS Dowtin. Your comments about respect would be, uh, more respected, if you actually knew who the players are. Marcus Dowtin:

2008: Appeared in 13 games making 17 tackles and forcing a fumble
*Tallied a career-high three tackles four times: vs. No. 8 Florida, at No. 11 LSU, vs. Central Michigan and vs. Georgia Southern *Made one tackle and forced a fumble at No. 24 Arizona State

High School: Fort Union, MD, 2008 SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic team…PrepStar All-Atlantic Region…Scout.com four-star prospect, Top 150, #111 player in America, #7 WLB in nation…2008 Rivals.com Rivals250, outside linebackers (16), No. 10 on Virginia Top 30 list…Scout.com No. 7 weakside linebacker in the nation…Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…as a senior in 2007, registered 76 tackles, nine for loss, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and one interception to go along with 1,202 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on 121 carries (9.9 yards per carry)…as a junior at Georgetown Prep, finished with 92 tackles and rushed for 1,132 yards and as a sophomore at Bishop O’Connell, tallied 126 tackles and two interceptions

Too Easy

June 26th, 2009
8:09 am

Well, FG, you proved part of your name to be correct. The kid is, what, 19, and you say he ‘hasn’t figured it out yet.’ What 19-year-old has? And he has already begun to prove himself, so give us all a break – dude.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
8:16 am

I sign on this blog from time to time to give you georgia fans a rise.
You are dumb enough to let me yank your chains, so I do it.
Until you wisen up and quit listening to idiots like me, I’ll continue to do this because it amuses me to no end. I am a sad a pathetic individual who doesnt have anything else to do.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
8:17 am

82 dawg…. I could care less what he did in little league or in high school or last years pathetic D. He still doesnt understand respect and I know one thing, the dawgs D sure dont have respect whether you respect my views or not. If you dont believe me just ask some folks in dawg nation and the rest of the college football world gurus. All Im saying he needs to get out on the football field and EARN that respect . I dont care if his name is David Pollock, Thomas Davis or superman the same applies goofball.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
8:23 am

Too easy…. yep your name applies looking for an easy excuse I see.
so you gonna use the two year old excuse and start blaming youth for UGAs defensive woes huh? I wonder who is that impostor at the 8:16 am post hmmmm.

Too Easy

June 26th, 2009
8:24 am

FG: You ‘could’ care less? Then please do and step back from the keyboard.

Too Easy

June 26th, 2009
8:26 am

No, FG. It’s ‘too easy’ to see your lack of aptitude. No excuses. Games are won or lost when they are played.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
8:29 am

Too easy….. me stepping away would be the easy thing to do just like that easy defense has on the football field…..

Cuz

June 26th, 2009
8:31 am

Orson sounds like he does not want that red-shirt, just a red jersey.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
8:34 am

Too easy…… keep responding dude, I am amused by the delusional kool aid drinkers like you in dawg nation!

Too Easy

June 26th, 2009
8:35 am

FG: That made a lot of sense.

JB

June 26th, 2009
8:41 am

Fools gold……I bait this blog all the time and your fool nerds from that crime ridden concrete campus come unglued in response. You are right, it’s easy even for us UGA grads to jerk a nerd chain…..

WTF???

June 26th, 2009
9:36 am

Any more nerds get blasted on today?

Blindog

June 26th, 2009
9:37 am

YOU GUYS ARE WEIRD!!!!!!

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
9:44 am

I like yankin chains. Oh my, here comes George Godsey. Think I’ll let him yank my chain too.

dawgfan1911

June 26th, 2009
9:48 am

Guys relax, they guy is just talking about what t he expectations of the D is for the year and how they are preparing for the season. If they want to use not getting respect to give them that chip on their shoulder, then so what. Some of you bloogers need to get a life and stop being negative all the time.

Jonathan

June 26th, 2009
9:48 am

No chance Orson redshirts…they will need him at TE and WR

MattDawg

June 26th, 2009
9:50 am

I hope the attitude Marcus Dowtin has is with the entire Defense. My biggest problem with Georgia’s Defense (and any football team I like for that matter) is with a little thing called TACKLING. I mean really how hard is it to wrap a guy up or grab his leg as you are going down. I mean you are already there, dont shoulder bump and hope he goes down or out of bounds. Wrap him up and make him go DOWN!! And if you miss the tackle for God sakes GRAB HIS LEG AND SHOESTRING HIM!!

MattDawg

June 26th, 2009
9:52 am

Isn’t it funny how Tech fans are only brave behind a blog. They would never say any of the stuff they say to a Dawg fan face to face.

WTF???

June 26th, 2009
9:55 am

They robbers down at midtown are Dawg fans.

Whopper Dawg

June 26th, 2009
10:00 am

When you finish tied for 11th in the SEC with Miss St in points allowed per game, you don’t get respect. It does sound like the D has it figured out, they have a lot to prove, Good luck and congratulations on the hard work Mr. Dowtin.

GO DAWGS!!!

NORRIS

June 26th, 2009
10:06 am

that D is going to be tested the first game out. Oklahoma state is suppossed to have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Soooo… we better be ready or its going to be nasty.

RxDawg

June 26th, 2009
10:06 am

Agreed Cuz. I really like what I’m hearing about Orson. Actually, I really like what I’m hearing about all the new guys.

I think a very quite (so far) off season shows just how focused these men are. Won’t be much longer..

Coastal Dog

June 26th, 2009
10:08 am

You don’t get respect, you earn respect. And, in the SEC and for national championship consideration, you’d better have a disruptive minded defense with an Erk-inspired GATA attitude. Period!

J Smurf

June 26th, 2009
10:08 am

T. King, very gazelle-like himself, says, “Branden (Smith) runs like a gazelle.” I like it. Check that…I love it.

Bill W.

June 26th, 2009
10:10 am

Leave it to a Tech fan to get 1 win in 8 years then start talking smack. Gave up 42 points in that win too. The next game gave up 38 and got kicked by LSU. So 5 months later they are experts on football and go from blog to blog talking about how sorry UGA is and others and that PJ is the savior. You know UGA fans have been crticized so often for being fair weather or delusional. Since Tech won 1 (That is ONE game in the past 8 years) you would think it was 1990 all over again. So funny. Now watch if PJ loses a few again this season, the same fans on here downing the Dawgs will not be found and the rest will be saying that it’s PJ’s fault or the QB’s fault.

The Dawg’s D will obviously be improved. Not sure how the season will go though. I do know this, come game time in Atlanta in November no way Richt & co lose two in a row to Tech.

GATA!

Otto

June 26th, 2009
10:16 am

FG likes yanking stuff…that would explain why he went to a school with no pretty women.

Will

June 26th, 2009
10:17 am

Marcus Downtin is going to be a beast at LB. Along with my boy Marcus Washington. Did anyone see the red/black game? Our offense could barely get a play off when those guys were on the field. Understand this…UGA has as much talent as anyone in the country! We just need to put it all together and I think we will. A blowout of overrated Okie State will be our proving ground.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 26th, 2009
10:32 am

Marcus, you don’t “get” respect when Bama paste you for 31 first half points, Florida smokes you for 49, and last but not least Tech post 45 points and 400+ yards rushing on you. If you were 1/2 as pi$$ed as I was about those debacles last year there would be some serious attitude adjustments going on in that locker room. You have to earn that repsect. Tell you what you take care of OSU starting the season and you “get” 1/2 that respect back. You guys are fully capable of doing better.

Fools Gold

June 26th, 2009
10:33 am

Who are the tech people here today? BTW costal dawg we agree. You Sir are not a kool aid drinker congrats!!!!

BILLY JACK

June 26th, 2009
10:34 am

MATDAWG-Great post I remember the year Tech robbed us at thier place on the Jasper Sanks fumble that was not a fumble-as we left the stadium I saw one UGA fan pummeling 3 Techies very badly.They are only brave behind a keyboard otherwise just miserable cowards.Those are the facts and they are undisputed.

gomdawg

June 26th, 2009
10:35 am

Nick Williams remember that name he is going to have a outstanding year.
Go DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!

Pi$$0naDAWG

June 26th, 2009
10:42 am

82 DAWG that kid has been around more than a CRAIGSLIST HOOKER. Could he not pass a class and kept moving high schools just to get to play college ball? That is what is sound like to me. When you have those STATS in 5 years of high school you can’t be to smart.

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Pi$$0naDAWG

June 26th, 2009
10:54 am

Otto, I have seen your boyfriend in a dress and SHIM makes Susan Boyle look HOTT, but you think Michelle Obama is hot with those corn cobb cleaning teeth of hers. UGA has the beauty covered–vapid drunk fake blondes all look great–with their ankles behind their ears or Tramp Stamp up biting a pillow.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 26th, 2009
10:59 am

Are all the UGA coeds crying that Farah DIED? Well, they still have Susan Sommers to look-up to. What are the Sig Epps going to do? I bet they will have another Black Face party to remember Michael Jackson.

OKCBULLDOG

June 26th, 2009
11:05 am

I hope my dawgs come here and represent because these okie state fans and even sooner fans think that the pokies are going to put a whoopin on that bulldog defense with their high octane offense. I’ll be at the game, and I’ve been holding down for the dawgs and talking smack but I hope they don’t let me down, because I don’t like crow.

I told them we’ve heard this story before about they having the world greatest offense coming in to Athens back in 07 and got beat down, but they say it going to be different this time.

The thing is being out here and have seen the players and their coaching staff, they are a lot better offensively, probably top five offenses in the nation, if our defense is even half as bad as it was last year I will be looking for the exits by halftime. So hopefully Dowtin’s confidence and attitude is speaking for the whole defense.

Herschel Talker

June 26th, 2009
11:11 am

Pi$$onaDAWG likes men

HH

June 26th, 2009
11:27 am

One does have to realize that the defense is working with a very serious handicap by the name of Willie.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 26th, 2009
11:28 am

Herschel Talker I do love men. Without MEN we would have to watch fat a$$ female golfers, bad female basketball, no football, fast pitch softball, cooking and gardening TV shows. Your Point? I love my DAD, my cousins, my JACK DRINKING GAME WATCHING buddies, and my nephews. Yes, i do love men because without then there would be no women born for me to LOVE TOO.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

June 26th, 2009
11:30 am

What Mattdawg said at 9:50! Well put! They are cowards. I do things and say things at that stadium that i wouldn’t ever think about doing in a million years at Carolina, UT, or Auburn. YOu would just get your a$$ kicked so fast it wouldn’t be funny at other stadiums. Not Tech! At Tech, there are no worries. My friends and I even took an entire row from a “jock” GT fraternity in the student section in 03′. It was so pathetic how they just let us walk all over them.

You just can’t respect people like that. Act like Men you losers!

corine browns (D)

June 26th, 2009
11:33 am

Maybe yo defensive need someones like Brandon Spikes. He help dem dare gator defensive alot! Corch Meyers just get better player i do believe. Go gator and vote democrats!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 26th, 2009
11:33 am

Fools Gold – that is a perfect name for you!

Vandy

June 26th, 2009
11:34 am

All the folks who get on these blogs and spew the same old tired crap every day….the “45 -42’s HAHAHAHA”….”Your students are terrorists”….”your professors shoot people”….”Ugay”…..”Pizza and Coke”, etc etc….I hope you realize that to reasonable people you all look the same. There is no real difference between those fans regardless of whether they support GT or UGA. Peas in a pod. Have fun.

Vandy

June 26th, 2009
11:37 am

“They are cowards. I do things and say things at that stadium that i wouldn’t ever think about doing in a million years at Carolina, UT, or Auburn. ”

Really? So bsacially, you act like a d!ck every time someone will let you. Congrats on that. Thanks for rep’ing UGA so well.