Freshmen receivers catching on

Athens — Mark Richt really likes his freshmen receivers. The Bulldogs are really serious about reducing penalties. And the radio broadcast team is really large.

Those were my take-aways from Day 2 in Georgia’s preseason camp.

Only a small portion -– about 20 minutes -– of a two-hour practice was open to the media Wednesday, but Richt was pretty animated afterward in discussing his very, very early impressions of the incoming freshmen.

On WR Marlon Brown: “I saw him going up strong on a catch and guys were trying to rake the ball out of there and couldn’t do it because he’s got such strong hands.”

On WR Rantavious Wooten: “I saw [him] running routes, looking like he had been doing it for quite a while. Got outstanding hands.”

On TE Orson Charles: “He made some nice catches. He needs much more precision in his route-running, of course, but . . . he’s getting a pretty good feel for what to do.”

On TB Washaun Ealey: “I like how Washaun looks. He runs with a great center of gravity. Looks like he’s not going to get knocked off his feet very easily. . . . Got such a long way to go, learning what to do.”

On DB Branden Smith: “Very, very lighting quick. Got good ball skills.”

In general, Richt said the freshmen “don’t look lost” — a fact he attributed to the mentoring they got over the summer (and continue to get) from the returning players.

On penalties, Richt made it clear that no one, least of all him, has forgotten last year’s fifth-worst-in-the-nation ranking in that category. Several players agreed it’s an important issue and is being treated as such on the practice field.  Here’s more on that.

By my count, Georgia will have eight on-air folks involved with its football radio broadcasts, from pregame show through postgame show. More on that here if you missed it yesterday.

And a few other quick notes:

– Linebacker Darryl Gamble had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in practice No. 1, while Sanders Commings, Bacarri Rambo and Prince Miller had interceptions in the mostly closed practice No. 2, according to Richt. But while Richt was pleased the DBs are holding on to the ball –- too many potential picks were dropped last fall –- he acknowledged the flip side: Someone on his team also is throwing those balls. “Most of the picks happened because of a quarterback throwing the ball where he shouldn’t have thrown it, making a bad decision. They’ve got to take better care of the ball.”

– Linebacker Christian Robinson practiced with his hand wrapped because of a left thumb injury, but it’s apparently nothing serious.

– No setbacks in Jeff Owens‘ and Trinton Sturdivant’s comebacks. “You see no ill effects,” Richt said. “You don’t see them favoring anything.”  You’ve heard from Owens on how he’s doing, and if you wonder why you haven’t heard from Sturdivant, it’s because, once again, at least for now, Georgia’s offensive linemen aren’t doing media interviews except for the group’s designated spokesman Clint Boling.

– After practicing in shorts, jerseys and helmets the past two days, the Dogs add shoulder pads this afternoon. More then. . . .

50 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
2:18 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahaha

Dawgaholic

August 6th, 2009
5:46 am

ORSON CHARLES IS THE MAN

Top Dawg

August 6th, 2009
6:52 am

I like what I am hearing and reading out of Athens this year.

CobbDawg51

August 6th, 2009
7:25 am

Hey Saint Simons, 45 or 42 is that your zit count. 2:18am what a miserable, and lonely little boy!

JB

August 6th, 2009
7:50 am

Saint Simons is a AJC employee….do not respond.

rednblackinjaxbeach

August 6th, 2009
8:44 am

I am really excited about what I am reading. We’re going to be under the radar this year and this is just fine with me. Right now we aren’t gettting any respect at all from the media here in Florida and across the southeast. Once again, this suits me just fine. These dawgs are going to be laying in the swamps this year for a certain reptillian know to constantly run it’s mouth. If we have a good showing in Stillwater this year then watch out!

[...] Tim Tucker of the AJC reports that Georgia coach Mark Richt likes his freshman wide outs. [...]

Top Dogg

August 6th, 2009
8:55 am

Beatdown is coming bugboys,count on it UGA WILL BE THE EXTERMINATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

AppalachianDawg

August 6th, 2009
9:10 am

Did you steal this straight from Rivals or the other way around?

Kendawg

August 6th, 2009
9:14 am

I can’t wait until Sept 5 to see if the offensive line has really improved.

[...] sure to check out Tim Tucker’s UGA blog this morning for an assessment of the freshmen by Mark Richt. The Bulldogs’ coach is very [...]

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
9:25 am

just a reminder !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Tim Tucker

August 6th, 2009
9:27 am

AppalachianDawg: CMR holds a post-practice news conference covered by all reporters on the beat. Yesterday, there were 10 or so of us there. No one’s stealing anything.

birdman

August 6th, 2009
9:34 am

8-1 last 9 hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahah…..tool.

PMC

August 6th, 2009
9:36 am

Hopefully the radio broadcast team will scream 99% less this year.

Maybe more will lead to a better broadcast.

Me and You and a Dawg Named Belue

August 6th, 2009
9:44 am

Wow. I think I would have been more upset about the loss to Tech last year if I had realized that we would be hearing it non-stop for the next 364 days. I guess I just assumed that any North Ave tradeschooler with half a brain would realize that a three point win once every ten years doesn’t exactly merit bragging. Since 1964, UGA has owned Tech. Period. I’m embarrassed that I even respond to such idiocy.

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August 6th, 2009
9:46 am

[...] of penalties the Bulldogs were called for in 2008.Georgia’s coach also gave his take on the early performance of a number of freshman Dawgs.According to this notes column, you can count on sophomore Nick Williams to stay at [...]

clawdawg

August 6th, 2009
9:49 am

Saint Simons congrats on the win, but go win your weak ass conference and then maybe just maybe you may get a little respect around here. Florida lost to ole Miss, Southern Cal lost to Oregon St, we lost to GT, who gives a flying F..K! I like your Coach, but fans like you make it impossible to like GT. Why are you up at 2:18am posting on a GA blog? You are a waist of flesh! Go contribute something to society!

kevin

August 6th, 2009
10:02 am

Saint Simons we already know your an employee of AJC so the cats out of the bag. Give the 45-42 a break. Its one thing if you are a true fan of GT but your not so give it a break dude!!

Will

August 6th, 2009
10:09 am

The UGA D will dominate this fall. All UGA haters beware…. We are loaded at every position including secondary, where Sanders Commings and Vance Cuff, etc are major upgrades. Please note I haven’t even mentioned all world Branden Smith who by mid-season will be awesome. I predict we shock Okie State with our size, strength and athleticism. Get ready Dawg fans, this is going to be a fun ride if you like defense!

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
10:17 am

i like men!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

SAINT SIMONS FLEABAG

August 6th, 2009
10:23 am

SAINT SIMONS IF YOU ARE A YELLOW JACKET HOMER, I BET THE OTHER TWO YELLOW JACKET SUPPORTERS WANT YOU TO SHUT UP!!! REMEMBER WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND, JUST ASK CMR!!! NOVEMBER 29TH WILL BE AN BIG A EMBARRASSMENT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL FOOTBALL PLAYED IN THE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM ON NORTH AVE.

DirtyDawg

August 6th, 2009
10:23 am

Hey Will. I’ve discovered that even you and I need to be concerned about managing expectations. God knows I’ve tried to keep my enthusiasm for the potential for our offensive and defensive lines down a bit, but then it just seems to come out no matter how hard I try. I certainly hope you’re right about the over-all, potential, dominance of our defense, but I prefer that we see how the game with TBPU (T. Boone PIckens University) comes out before we start to really bark. I mean if we should man-handle ‘em, we won’t need to say a word as all bets will be off with the pre-season predictions about UGA.

CW

August 6th, 2009
10:36 am

I sincerely feel bad for the Saint Simons tool. Posting at 2:18am?? Dude, your comments don’t make anybody mad they just make you look like a loser. You seriously need to get a life. 40 year old virgins are funny to me.

Doggoneit

August 6th, 2009
10:44 am

Georgia will be a sleeper team this year. Cox is the real deal. St. Simons I would be scared

spudrick

August 6th, 2009
10:47 am

ORSON CHARLES is going to be a great TE.

Aj

August 6th, 2009
10:48 am

I like the fact that the receivers are picking things up quickly, we are going to need some one to take the pressure off Aj Green this year. Get a solid number two receiver and use the tight ends more this year and i think the offence will do fine.

Cuz in Minnessotta

August 6th, 2009
11:14 am

Sanders and Bacarri are the real deal. Two Thomas Davis clones here.

I like what I am hearing about Marlon. Just watch out for this guy named Eric Berry at the UT game.

Stay in Ga or don't come back

August 6th, 2009
11:43 am

Erica Berry is a sissy traitor and does not deserve any praise south of Tenn. Same with Maya Moore. Disgraceful people.

dawgstephen

August 6th, 2009
11:44 am

Just keep it coming Tim, good info, and good post. Love it Love it.
Watch My Blog for the Dawgstephen “Top 10″ Poll Later this week.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

dawgstephen

August 6th, 2009
11:46 am

I too am a little puzzled about some of the things Eric Berry said, like UGA didnt want him and stuff…when his recruting videos he said the opposite. No matter. He is a great player, but needs to guard his words…dont want to “KIFF” the competition

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

SAINT SIMONE

August 6th, 2009
11:51 am

I’ve done it! I am changed forever into a woman!

Touch-a-touch-a-touch-a-touch me!!

Dave In Tampa

August 6th, 2009
12:07 pm

STOP COMMENTING TO ST SIMON. IT’S WHAT HE IS TRYING TO DO! JUST IGNORE HIM. GOOD GRIEF!

Sanford Drive

August 6th, 2009
12:54 pm

St. Simons apparently doesn’t sleep, as he conveniently comments right after the blog has been posted. Seriously guy, get back to emptying the AJC recycle bins.

tom bowden

August 6th, 2009
1:05 pm

Saint Simons – you pathetic piece of crap. Check the all time series record: UGA 59, Tech 39, 5 ties. When you Tech LOSERS even the series, we’ll talk.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 6th, 2009
1:10 pm

Saint Simons this is a serious question that needs answering so please reply as I am concerned about you. Yesterday you didn’t have as many haha’s as the day before and you have had less haha’s in progression the last four days. Is your battery getting low?

Nick

August 6th, 2009
2:14 pm

Is it a good thing with our DB’s picking off passes? Yes, they dropped a ton last year and missed alot of opportunities, but it makes me worry if it’s not so much the DB’s stepping up their game as it could be our QB’s throwing to them. I guess only time will tell.
Go Dawgs!

Nick

August 6th, 2009
2:22 pm

Just some thoughts here:
I’m kinda glad Stafford is gone. I think he’s got the tools to make it in the NFL, if Detroit doesn’t flat out kill him, and I hope he’s very successful and represents UGA well but quite frankly I consider him a bust in college. All that hype, and not so much as even a trip to the Dome in December to play for a conference title, let alone a national title when they came into 2008 poised. I’m anxious to see someone new under center this year and while I hope Cox turns out to be the UGA 2009 version of Tee Martin, I don’t think he’ll be the starter when they travel to Atlanta to beat those Techerheads in their little po-dump junior high stadium. Speaking of which, if GT produces the world’s best engineers, shouldn’t they have the most outstanding, state-of-the-art stadium in the world? I mean, really. Hell, my high school stadium was better and bigger than theirs on all accounts. I don’t know, what do ya’ll think?

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
2:48 pm

I like sheep.

Top Dogg

August 6th, 2009
3:24 pm

I worked on the new GT girls softball stadium and believe me it was a nightmare to build.Everyone at GT thinks they know it all when it comes to construction,what a joke that is.We have bid on a stadium renovation at Grant Field but GT does not have enough donations to pay for the needed changes.Ticket sales and alumni money is way down and continues to decline.Maybe in the future they will become big league but it is doubtful.

Mike T.

August 6th, 2009
3:55 pm

42-45 a fluke!

BR

August 6th, 2009
4:04 pm

What else does Saint Simons have to talk about other than UGA football? If Tech had a decent team in a decent conference, it would be different, but the only thing worth discussing to him is UGA football and he makes that more and more apparent every day!

yellow fuzz

August 6th, 2009
4:38 pm

“WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND”.

Only from a UGA fan can you get something like this.

zulucanibal

August 6th, 2009
4:44 pm

Got to love the name Bacarri Rambo…just sounds like a headhunter!!!!

zulucanibal

August 6th, 2009
4:45 pm

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The Watch

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

The Watch

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
2:22pm
2:31pm
2:38pm
3:18pm
3:22pm
4:31pm
5:14pm

Scratch & Sniff

August 7th, 2009
12:02 am

Saint Simons is B.K.

DamnGoodDawg

August 7th, 2009
10:02 am

What about 2:18 AM???? What a dip!

Nick

August 7th, 2009
2:47 pm

Hey Scratch & Sniff, I think actually, he is BTK. That would explain his availability at all hours. Nothing else to do!