Interesting start to preseason camp

Athens — One down, 28 practices to go before the Dogs play at Oklahoma State.

It was a long, hot, interesting first day of preseason camp. Among the things I found most interesting:

– In interviews a few hours before the first practice, numerous players passionately expressed their feelings that this team will be sounder fundamentally and more disciplined than last year’s. I know you’ve heard it before during the off-season, but I’ve got to say, it seems clear there is conviction and sincerity behind the words. Geno Atkins, for example, said: “This season we’ve got a focus, because we know the mistakes we made last year were fundamentals, not doing the little things, not being disciplined, not wrapping up. So we are focused on those things this year.” And Rennie Curran said: “Everybody is hungry. Everybody wants to get into practice and show people what we are about. Everybody is ready to go. I know I am. . . . We’re a real focused team right now. We feel like we are on a mission.” The same mindset was evident in players’ reactions to questions about the challenge of replacing all the playmaking firepower lost from last season’s team. Here’s the story I wrote  on that topic.

– Some interesting talk, too, about Georgia making it to preseason camp with zero players arrested in the off-season, down from eight last year. “Amen,” Mark Richt said to that. Said Joe Cox: “We knew we didn’t want to come into camp and be embarrassed like we were last year, [when] we had to hear it from everybody how undisciplined we were and how we had a bad group of guys. I mean, these are the same guys. They have grown up.”  Richt: “Have we been a more disciplined team from January to August than we were a year ago? To this point, we have. We hope that will translate to being a more disciplined team on the field.” You think there’s a correlation?

– And not to make too much of one day of practice in shorts and helmets, but apparently Orson Charles, the freshman tight end, made quite the first impression. Mike Bobo said Charles wanted to take every rep, “and when the ball was thrown to him he made some catches.  He didn’t know everything that was going on, but neither did A.J. Green last year.” Charles is among a number of fascinating freshmen to watch this month on offense in positions of immediate opportunity, along with Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten, Washaun Ealey, Arthur Lynch. . . . Charles, by the way, is wearing No. 7, Matthew Stafford’s old number. And Ealey is wearing No. 24, Knowshon Moreno’s old number.

Practice No. 2 is Wednesday, 3:25 p.m. More then. . .  .

37 comments Add your comment

nwizzle dawg

August 5th, 2009
2:49 am

Picture this.

3rd and 5+

Marlon on the split
AJ on the flank
MMoore in the slot
Charles at TE
Cox with protection(no pun)

Fall cant get here soon enough man

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
3:19 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahahaha

god and greyhound

August 5th, 2009
6:17 am

Roddy Jones just scored again!!

BarkingBulldawg

August 5th, 2009
6:27 am

Marlon won’t be playing much this season. You can count on that.

OriginalDawgs

August 5th, 2009
6:41 am

UGASlobberknocker

August 5th, 2009
6:51 am

Why do you say that BarkingBulldog? Is our receiving corp good enough for him not to play?

Dawg Roberson

August 5th, 2009
6:55 am

Roddy White just scored again!!

NC_DAWG82

August 5th, 2009
8:10 am

I love the comments from the GT peanut gallery. Some people on here seem to take offense to it, but it’s really just shows that beating an in state rival once in a decade by a field goal is “good enough”. Hey Nerds…The honeymoon ends on 11/28.

Exley DAWG

August 5th, 2009
8:35 am

LIFE HAS MEANING AGAIN!!!!!!!

Once a Dawg, always a Dawg

August 5th, 2009
8:39 am

Might be another 51-7 gave if you keep poking….word to the wise, let sleeping Dawgs …….or suffer the consequences my little nerdy, four eyed terriost school supporter.

69 Dawg

August 5th, 2009
8:42 am

I wish the AJC would do an article and put Willie on the hot seat. What’s he going to do differnt this year. What is his committment to the fans? What is he going to change? Willie is the weakest link in the whole Georgia program. Let’s give him the opportunity to help set things right in the minds of the Bulldog Nation. I still say Willie needs to go.

tenn.DAWG

August 5th, 2009
8:43 am

Houston just scored again !!!Come on down,there’s great crack deals outside the trade school.Better hurry though,sounds like from the posts above,it won’t last long.

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
8:47 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha and we had a great Tickle Pile!!!!!

virginia dog

August 5th, 2009
8:53 am

st simons ( and you must be the one and only tech guy on the island) i see you and your buddies still have season tickets to sell. so please get off our blog pull out the old Jordanian phone book and get those alumni to buy some season tickets. you have less than a month. so you better get crackin!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 5th, 2009
8:57 am

Of course Roddy just scored again, he’s going against that crappy GT defense(less)

I bleed red and black

August 5th, 2009
9:07 am

I also have lost faith in willie. i miss the days of thomas davis and greg blue under van gorder. we need guys who can punish recievers when they catch the ball so they are scared. i dont think willie coaches that kind of defense. i hope im wrong. by the way, ignore saint simons. 5th graders go back to school tomorrow.

Nachos

August 5th, 2009
9:54 am

Does UGA “blackout” their practices?

That would be soooooooooo intimidating.

Another day in paradise

August 5th, 2009
9:56 am

Hey St. Simons. Just saw where season ticket sales are up 7% over at the flats. 25,661 season tickets have been sold this year!!! At that rate, GT may surpass Parkview high school this year in season ticket sales. Way to support your team! hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

Saint Augustine

August 5th, 2009
10:03 am

((( 49 10 ))) hahahaha

WednesdayRon

August 5th, 2009
10:12 am

What was the deal with Justin Houston and Bruce Figgins? I thought they were arrested?

Georgia News - 8/5/09 | MrSEC.com

August 5th, 2009
10:29 am

[...] year’s Dawgs.Georgia’s players are passionate about the fact that they’ll be a more fundametally sound, more disciplined football team this fall.Much-maligned defensive coordinator Willie Martinez believes his unit can [...]

Georgia News - 8/5/09 | MrSEC.com

August 5th, 2009
10:29 am

[...] year’s Dawgs.Georgia’s players are passionate about the fact that they’ll be a more fundametally sound, more disciplined football team this fall.Much-maligned defensive coordinator Willie Martinez believes his unit can [...]

harleydawg

August 5th, 2009
10:36 am

roddy white couldnt make the dawgs team, even special teams

fly swat

August 5th, 2009
10:55 am

uga will win more games and be ranked higher than tech once again by the end of the year. and nov.28th the beatdown cometh. wait and see

fly swat

August 5th, 2009
10:57 am

fla will lose at least 1 game just like they always do.

Voice of Reason

August 5th, 2009
11:05 am

Houston and Figgins were not arrested. It was never officially reported but the belief is that they failed a drug test. Houston for the first time and Figgins for the second.

I would still like to know why barking Bulldog says we “can count on” Marlon not playing much this season? All the reports I’m seeing says that he was very impressive in practice so far. Please Barking Bulldog, enlighten us.

DawginLex

August 5th, 2009
11:23 am

Orson charles and Marlon Brown will play a lot. They might not start, but they will play a lot. Aron white has got some stiff competition but I understand he has gained 25 pounds and is blocking better. Having 2 tight ends that can catch the ball doesn’t hurt. Tripp chandler, God love him, dropped a lot of passes in key situations.

I’m not too worried about the receivers with Green, Moore and Brown. T king and Troup could be in the mix too. we need a running back to take charge of the 1st team playing time. Caleb – it is your time.

BigDawg

August 5th, 2009
11:25 am

“Saint Simons” hits again. Online at all times of day and night? Hmmm, got game?? NOT! I guess you can also gloat about your beautiful campus (and low crime rate in its lovely surroundings), beautiful huge stadium (designed by engineers with concrete columns blocking views), continuous high demand for tickets and sold out games (for which gets tickets with a Varsity meal). OK, perhaps I am gloating a bit for all that UGA has over those who wear tape on their glasses and carry around slide rules. GO DAWGS!!

Cameron

August 5th, 2009
11:26 am

Voice of Reason:

Mark Richt has said that he doesn’t plan on redshirting any of our freshman skill players. We have little to no depth at the WR position especially. I would say that Marlon is very, very raw at the WR position. He may gradually work into the rotation and see significant time by the end of the year. But, before then would be very optimistic. He will see a lot of time on special teams though.

Sanford Drive

August 5th, 2009
11:28 am

Tripp Chandler – did he graduate? He was terrible.

1eyedJack

August 5th, 2009
12:29 pm

I’m ready to see some snot bubbles and bloody elbows.

how2fish

August 5th, 2009
12:54 pm

Hey there was an actual article in the AJC on 2009 Tech football team today…..and we still have a “bug” problem…WTF??

Blind Side

August 5th, 2009
12:57 pm

Season ticket sales are up from last year at Tech because of the location of the UGA/Tech game. UGA fans account for at least 5000 of the packages they sold. I bought a couple.

nwizzle dawg

August 5th, 2009
1:33 pm

All that “raw” talk about Brown is on sale for cheap right now, but i’m not buying it. Deandre Brown’s(S.Miss) biggest knock coming in last year was how he was just a great athelete with great height and how”raw” he was…and they were right because the way he was man handling DBs was raw as #@$!!

Me thinks any body who’s catching passes in tripple coverage and garnering praise form the head coach during his first official practice is the kind of raw we need

Voice of Reason

August 5th, 2009
3:02 pm

Cameron- exactly why I believe he will see a good bit of playing time and that barkingdawg is a moron. Just saying.

justMyOpinion

August 5th, 2009
4:50 pm

Two thoughts…

I have never two college football players on the same team that I felt like were only there to be seen and get drafted. I for one am looking forward to the post Stafford and Moreno era!

Ok, is ESPN (CBS) boosting the ratings for this first game or what! Dang, look at the top players even in Fantasy football! OkSt guys in the top three positions! And to hear them speak, the Dawgs don’t stand a chance! Seems like the same story from 2007…how did that turn out?

The Watch

August 6th, 2009
10:16 pm

August 6th, 2009
9:57 pm
Here is Saint Simon’s posting times for August 6
on the Georgia Blogs
2:18AM
9:25 AM
10:17AM
11:51AM
2:48 PM
On the Tech Blog
5:36 AM

August 6th, 2009
10:12 pm
St. Simon’s posting time update:

Georgia Blogs
10:36 am
10:37am
11:48am
12:20am
12:36am
2:08 pm
2:19pm
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