50 days to Opening Day! And only one A.J.

   ATHENS – An offshoot of A.J. Green’s remarkable freshman season is the buzz about whether another UGA rookie receiver could have a similar impact this year. But for all the talk about the  talents of incoming freshmen Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten and Orson Charles, the veteran receiver Michael Moore introduced a bit of wise perspective to the discussion yesterday.

   “It’s really not fair to compare anybody to A.J. Green right now,” said Moore, a senior. “That’d be putting too much pressure on somebody.”

  That said, Moore praised what he has seen this summer from Brown, Wooten and Charles:  “I really feel all three of them can make plays. Marlon — you throw it up, and he’s going to get it. Wooten –- he’s a fast, quick guy; put the ball in space and he can make something happen.  And Orson –- he’s a hard worker, a nitty-gritty guy . . . a big body who can also run.”

   But as to whether any of them could possibly have an A.J.-like impact, “just come in and work hard and prove it during the season,” Moore said.

  Whether A.J.-esque or not,  Charles “is probably going to make a big impact,” cornerback Brandon Boykin said. “I feel he’s a man-child.  I don’t know where they’ll put him –- he can play both tight end and receiver – but I feel like he came in off the bat doing really good. I look for him to be making plays.”

   By the way, the season opener –- Sept. 5 at Oklahoma State –- is 50 days from today. Can you wait?

   A couple more things:

   Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who was having a superb spring before breaking a bone in his left foot one week before the G-Day Game, said he’s at about 85 percent now.   He said he’s still not “cutting and stopping, cutting on a dime, changing directions” as well as before the injury. But he seems confident he’ll be at 100 percent by the opener. He happily reported that he has dropped  13 pounds to 277.

  A chat with Jim Donnan on the eve of his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.


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July 17th, 2009
6:43 am


July 17th, 2009
7:28 am

Good report Bill. Good Job. Good to hear from the upperclassmen that the freshmen are looking good in workouts…and no, i cannot wait



July 17th, 2009
7:39 am

Sorry, you arent bill…my bad…VERY GOOD REPORT STILL


July 17th, 2009
8:01 am

Read your blog earlier dawgstephen, nice job…

Disgruntled Dawg

July 17th, 2009
10:25 am

My biggest concerns are that the defense will step up to all the hype that they WILL be much improved. I hope on both sides of the ball that uga will have a smash mouth take care of businees slobber knocking attitude. Its time for UGA to thump some folks and not playing to the level of lesser teams.


July 17th, 2009
10:54 am

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

LTG (love the game)

July 17th, 2009
11:25 am

We have a lot of promise with the freshman on board this year. It seems this way every year, but we are without the “star” power this year, which I hope can be a plus. Have to agree with Disgruntled Dawg about smashing some mouths. I think because we have a first class, easy going coach in CMR, we have adopted his demeanor. A little toughness never hurts.
I am ready!


July 17th, 2009
12:19 pm

LOL dawgstephen. Yeh, this is Tim & Chip’s blog. Well, I guess Chip is still writing for the beat blog. I figured he is just breaking for the offseason.

Dave In Tampa

July 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

It’s all about defense for the Opener. Hate to put so much emphasis on the 1st game, but there it is. If the defense does well against Okie Dokie States Offense it could be a surprising year. It’s a tall order because they do have a very respectable offense. My other concern is how well the Offense can gel. They need to do it in a hurry and the RB’s need a flame under their butts to get a couple of them taking the lead. If we can run we will good. Of course mix it up, but we need to be effective running the ball inside of the 20’s.


July 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

I’m going to give all UGA fans and haters an inside tip……The UGA D will not only be better than last, but will be one of the nation’s best! We have talent everywhere….Jeff Owens, Marcus Washington, Sanders Commings, Branden Smith, Cornelious Washington- guys who will be getting lots of pt that were not there last year. Let’s not forget about a LB named Charles White who was doing great until he was injured in 08′. I have NO worries about the UGA defense this year. We are going to shock the dorks on ESPN and only give up about 10 to Okie State. Book it!


July 17th, 2009
2:01 pm

I like the way you think Will. Injuries hurt us the most last year and if the dawgs can stay healthy then look out. I just cant wait to crush the bugs.

I predict a two loss year. A respectable loss to the dad-gum gators (if there is such a thing) and a heart breaker to Arkansas.


July 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

I really wouldn’t worry too much about it. Last year at this time A.J. was just another freshman that we had high hopes for and as the year progressed he proved to be something special. In fact he and Mo-Mass teamed up to produce almost 2000 yards during the season, yet both were practically non-productive in the bowl game. Micheal Moore proved in the bowl game that he is a reciever who should not be taken lightly and he and A.J. should make a great tandom this year. I’m looking forward to seeing our recievers do some great thongs this year with what should be a greatly improved O line which should give us some pretty good rushing stats as well. I guess I if could change one thing in UGA football it would be to get more gametime for the backup quarterbacks.


July 17th, 2009
3:06 pm

Ken, we are not going to lose to that coward at Arkansas, period.


July 17th, 2009
3:34 pm

Arkansas will be a tough game but if we can throw they are cooked.


July 17th, 2009
4:21 pm

After AJ and Moore, we just don’t have anyone that is a proven receiver. I think we will be fine with T. King and Troupe, but we simply don’t know. Regardless of what happens the first few games by the end of the year we should be a really good team. The Defense should gain some respect back. You can coach tackling and I bet this was a primary focus for the dawgs this off season.


July 17th, 2009
8:56 pm

This is really the great time of year when we all can revel in the upcoming season. The only dampening effect is when we think back to last year and consider whether our positive attitudes and anticipations now are similar to then. Then we remember the Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech games and it all comes crashing down.


July 17th, 2009
8:57 pm

Well gentlemen hang on it’s getting closer to “GET THE PICTURE”Time.

Slow Freddie

July 17th, 2009
9:15 pm

LTG, stay ready, man. If Okie State scores in the first quarter, CMR may have to put you in the game to shut ‘em down! Woof. Woof.


July 17th, 2009
10:14 pm

Its not the offense that scares me. Defense and Special teams are where we are in need of a 180 degree turnaround. They were just purely dismal last year.


July 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

hey puppies, I’m a dyed in the wool Gator, and I’ve hated you puppies since Buck and Lindsey broke my heart damn near 30 years ago…that being said I’m watching a replay of the 2008 Holiday Bowl between Ok St and Oregon boy it hurts me to say this, but you puppies will kill Ok St on Sept 5th. Those guys are slow, and I mean slow…Dez is sorta like Noshow…hit .him good ala Spikes and he’s done for the day. You ladies should win that one by 15….I’ll even be rootin for ya because I want you undefeated on Oct 31

Up R Class

July 18th, 2009
7:52 pm

THIS is precisely why we will be a more complete team than last year. We have SENIOR LEADERS !!! Every college coach always points to his seniors as keys to success. In Moore, Cox, Owens, Atkins, etc…we have good leaders on both sides of the ball. Don’t think it’s just coincidence that our guys aren’t getting in trouble as much this offseason. Keep it up, guys! We’re in the homestretch of the offseason.


July 18th, 2009
8:10 pm

UGA will be fine talent wise.It’s the heart we need to find out about.GO DAWGS SHOW WHAT YOU ARE MADE OUT OF!

Saint Simons

July 19th, 2009
2:10 pm

45-42!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha


July 20th, 2009
10:35 am

hey st simons,

2001-Richt runs oliary out of town
2002-51 to 7!!!!!!!!!!!
2003-more of the same-Reggie quits at halftime
2004-Greene saves the day for more of the same
2005-DJ breaks the nerds hearts
2007-Run up and down the field on the nerd herd
2008-fluke win

1 out of 8 and 5 out of the last 19
You still can’t get a date with anything other than a blowup doll.


Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
12:29 pm

Didn’t see any uga golfers at the British Open!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha

Saint Dummy

July 20th, 2009
12:47 pm

How many National Championships has Tech won with all those “great” golfers?…..ZERO!!!!! UGA has won a National Championship in golf with Ruji Imada leading the way. BTW, he played in the British Open, you moron!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

July 22nd, 2009
3:25 am

Well, the retarded golf comments notwithstanding, I must admit I hate losing to Georgia. I hated it from 2001-2007. But honestly who gives a s*** about that anymore? Beating you was as easy as changing coaches. You lost in 2008. Was it a fluke? Maybe. And you’ll get another chance at another win the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So why dont you STFU and wait your turn to prove all your BS trash talk. I have no reason to believe you can beat PJ until you actually do it on the field. Which you havnt.


July 22nd, 2009
8:53 am

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July 22nd, 2009
11:23 am

Tech fan here. Can’t wait for kickoff. Good luck in your high-profile opener at OK State. See you on the Flats in November.