Washaun’s back, and more from two-a-days

AthensWashaun Ealey may or may not earn immediate playing time at tailback for Georgia. But the highly regarded freshman apparently isn’t going to let a little elbow injury get in the way.

So there he was Monday afternoon, back as a full participant in practice two days after being sidelined with a hyper-extended right elbow.

“It’s a little sore, a little tender, but he wants to compete, and that’s good,” Mark Richt said. “And he got hit a couple of times, and it didn’t look like he came back crying or anything like that. So that was good.”

Ealey missed most of Saturday’s and Monday morning’s practices, but he shed the green non-contact jersey for Monday afternoon’s session. He practiced while wearing a small elbow brace designed to prevent another hyper-extension.

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As I’ve mentioned before, all but the first three or four periods of practice – out of 19 periods in each of Monday’s sessions, for example –  are closed to the media. So Richt typically provides a synopsis of what happened on the practice field to reporters at day’s end. With Monday being the first day in full pads and the first day of two-a-days, I thought you might like to hear (read) the coach’s account:

“This morning, we scrimmaged a little bit of our inside drill. We also did the 3-on-3 drill. And we went goal line live. It was a good competitive time. Offense won our 3-on-3 drill. Defense won  inside drill by a nose; it was actually an 8-8 tie and we went ahead and went 1 [No. 1 offense] vs. 1 [No. 1 defense] for one play to see who could win the tiebreaker and the defense won that. And goal line, defense dominated that, 7-2.

“This afternoon, defense had a couple of stops on our 1-minute drill, trying to run it down field and get in field-goal range. The 2’s had a chance to kick it and missed it. The 1’s were in field-goal range and threw a pick.

“A lot of balls are being broken up by D-ends, D-tackles, linebackers, DB’s. Everybody is getting in the act. I think we had 75 pass breakups in the first six practices, which is a pretty large number, and a good many picks. We have been catching the ball better [defensively]. . . . Darryl Gamble had another interception today. Pretty common.

“And this morning the defense actually had no penalties in the competitive drills, which was outstanding. I think the offense only had one, and that was good, too.”

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Richt has mentioned interceptions after several practices, as he did again Monday (see above). Which has led to the logical question from several of you here:  Does this mean the quarterbacks are making too many bad throws?

Richt last week said so many balls are thrown in a typical practice that a few interceptions don’t necessarily mean the quarterbacks had a bad day. And Monday he said that “a great majority” of the interceptions have come with the No. 2 offense playing against the No. 1 defense.

“When you’ve got a veteran D-line like we have and throw a couple true freshmen in there, it’s hard to protect like you’d like them to,” he said. “But it’s still too many.”

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There were a few other injury issues on Monday, but all apparently turned out inconsequential. Freshman receiver Marlon Brown has a possible chipped bone in a finger, so no passes were thrown to him. But “probably by Wednesday we’ll be throwing balls at him,” Richt said. . . . After participating fully in the morning session, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs was held out of some of the afternoon practice as a precaution. “Dobbs had the foot injury [in the spring], and just the volume of having a lot of reps, we tried to give him more of a one-a-day today,” Richt said.

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If you missed it, we’ve started a series of stories  — one per week through August — looking at how the Dogs are addressing some of the major deficiencies of last year’s team. We started with a look at the need for more pressure from the defensive ends. On deck: the need for the defense to create more turnovers.

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Last thing. Richt said Georgia will have its first 11-on-11 scrimmage Wednesday, after which there may well be some adjustments to the depth chart, including at tailback.

43 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
9:07 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha And we had a Tickle Pile on Herty Field

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
9:11 am

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

chipperdawg

August 11th, 2009
9:29 am

Good info… thanks Tim. Sounds to me like the defense is coming around. The biggest help (especially with the pass rush) is having everybody healthy, I believe. The offense can help too, by cutting down on turnovers. As their timing gets better, the ints should drop off. Good decissions is key… seems like our defense was always playing on their heels last year, after a bad offensive play. I can hardly wait for them to tee it up!!! Go Dawgs!!! GATA!!!

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
9:35 am

2009 opposing defense strategy will be simple. Stack the line and make Cox throw the ball!

uuugh.

August 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Dawghater…I hope that is the case all year. All the Cox detractors out there will be proven wrong in due time. This kid will be fine.

Wil Walton

August 11th, 2009
10:22 am

We’ve heard about several of the freshman, but there is one in particular that I’m interested in that nothing has been written about recently… CB Branden Smith. I hope quiet is good in this case. Tim, any news on Smith?

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:30 am

“uuugh” did you read the comments in the blog about interceptions in practice! And is this the same Joe Cox that was put on the bench when Stafford was a freshman. That Joe Cox. And tell us the score of the Spring Game. 3 UGA nightmares – Stillwater, Jacksonville and Bobby Dodd!

1eyedJack

August 11th, 2009
10:40 am

The same Joe Cox who never lost a game in high school and led his team to state championships. The same Joe Cox who as a RS Freshman came in in relief of Stafford and led the Dawgs to two touchdowns and victory against Colorado. The same Joe Cox who has delivered whenever given a chance. The same Joe Cox whose loyalty to the program and leadership has earned the respect of everyone on the team (voted captain).

Harpoon

August 11th, 2009
10:50 am

I think we sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in the land of the greatest college football played in the nation. We even have great college football in the lower divisions. I’m a long time Gator Hater, however, I can’t imagine life without them.

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:51 am

High School. If I had a dime for every high school QB who won a state chammpionship that never made it in college I’d be a rich man! Yea, those Colorado Buffs are just like those Gators! Yep, once your voted a team captain your the best QB in the conference! Don’t use the spring game as any indication of what he can do on the field. But being a team captain is much more important.

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 11th, 2009
10:56 am

Warning, Danger Ahead! Every team that has to play Georgia this year is scared to death. They’re scared because they don’t know the true potential of this team. But come 5 September, many eyes will be opened after witnessing the beat down that Georgia will inflict on the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. Talk all you want Gator and Yellow Jacket fans. We Georgia fans welcome the comments. The mere fact that Florida and Georgia Tech fans feel the need to post comments or statements on Bulldog related blogs is a true compliment to the respect you all have towards Coach Mark Richt, his staff, and his players. This Bulldog TEAM is going to be damn good. They are well coached, balanced on both sides of the ball, will play exceptionally well on special teams, and most of all each player will carry a huge chip on their shoulder throughout the year.

1eyedJack

August 11th, 2009
10:56 am

Well what can you say about your no-arm QB?

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 11th, 2009
11:04 am

I am beyond sick and tired of hearing about Lord Tebow, Urban Meyer, and his Mighty Florida Gators. It makes me want to puke! I hope with all my heart that the Gators are undefeated when they meet up with Georgia in Jacksonville on 31 October. And I pray to God that the Bulldogs (to steal some words from Larry Munson) stomp their face with a hobnailed boot and break their nose! I hope that we crush their face!

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:08 am

Forbes ranks UGA #171; GT is ranked #501 – hahahaha, oops – I mean WHA WHA WHA WHA…

Dwayne

August 11th, 2009
11:40 am

G2Rhett, I like Ga too, but you got to be careful. Ga will break your heart. I’d like for Fla to be undefeated to when they play Ga, remember what Fla did to everyone after their only loss last year? I’d hate for Fla to have a loss before the Ga game. Also, Ga. has a tough schedule, and i’m not sold on Joe Cox for a whole year or their defense, that have to stay away from the yellow flags and, for the Lords sake, tackle someone, hit someone and double their sack total from last year, 24 aint gonna cut it.

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:53 am

I play with myself (((((((ha ha ha )))))))

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:53 am

I play with myself all the time. I cant stop. ((((HA HA HA HA)))))

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:54 am

I play with myself all the time (((ha ha ha ha )))))

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:56 am

I cross dress in a sexy yellow jackect bumble bee suit and i Wrambling Wreck myself ((((hahahaha)))))

Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
11:58 am

I cross dress in a sexy bumble bee outfit and I wrmbling Wreck myself ((((hahahaha))))

uuugh.

August 11th, 2009
12:02 pm

Dawghater…Let’s assume that you know anything about football for a second. Now if you are right and Joe Cox is bad, you believe that loading up the box will stop Joe Cox. Without Double teaming AJ Green, a bad quarterback is still going to be successful. Then you will have to double team him…which by definition means you are no longer loading up the box.

Whew–I am glad that second is overwith. I can go back to feeling confident about Joe Cox’s upcoming season and your complete lack of football knowledge.

Go back to the kiddie table son let the adults talk.

fan

August 11th, 2009
12:35 pm

TECH FANS=Idiots of the CFB world

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
12:51 pm

“uuugh” You just showed your lack of football knowledge. You play to your opponents weakness. Joe Cox is not going to beat you even with AJ Green. You will quickly see that your passing game will not be winning you games! You better pray for the defense and some kind of running game. Or you may want to stay back in lowly Athens and far far away from Jacksonville!

59bulldawg

August 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

There’s a pack of big mean hungry dawgs prowling the campus in Athens. Only 25 more days before we let ‘em eat!

Fletch

August 11th, 2009
1:58 pm

Dawghater, yeah bobby dodd is really a nightmare for us…considering CMR has never lost there

heeldawg

August 11th, 2009
2:24 pm

Dawghater:

Your incorrect presumption in trying to refute uuugh’s contention is that you understand Georgia’s personnel. From your statements, it’s clear that you do not. Cox is an experienced QB, a fifth-year senior, who is intelligent and who knows the system Georgia runs quite well. He was Chris Leak’s successor at Independence High in Charlotte, and won every game he started there over a three year period. He is a career ~60%-plus passer. He was beaten out by Matt Stafford, it is true, when both of them were freshmen–but you’re talking about a guy who was the consensus number one pick in the NFL draft here. What other freshman QB at any school would Stafford not have beaten out that year? Mark Sanchez? Tim Tebow? That’s just about all I can come up with–and those aren’t even certainties.

So load the box and dare Cox to throw. We’d love that. With Georgia’s offensive line, he’d pick you apart. And if he won’t, then Logan Gray would. Or Aaron Murray. Choose your poison, mister. If your D elects that route, it’s your funeral. Hopefully for you, the DC of whatever team you’re a fan of is not as stupid as you are.

But personally, I hope they are.

merbertmoover

August 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

man i cant wait for the dawgs to tear up some little cowpokes! woof woof! meow! man we hungry!

gratefuldawghead

August 11th, 2009
2:41 pm

Give’em hell Ealey!

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 11th, 2009
3:03 pm

Dwayne, as a graduate from Georgia and an ultimate Bulldog fan, I’ve experienced heart break. However, I’ve also experienced the thrill of victory. And I fully understand that being a Bulldog fan is not for the weak hearted. Currently, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), in my opinion, is the greatest football conference in the nation. That being said, I know that making it through an entire season with an unblemished record is highly unlikely in the SEC, if not impossible! I’m also well aware that our ‘09 non-conference opponents are very good teams (with the exception of Tennessee Tech). Believe me, I’m a realistic individual and a student of the game. And if I were a betting man, I would put all my money on the Gators to beat Georgia this year. However, the reason that I’m not a betting man is that I might possibly lose all my money if I did something that stupid. Because the truth is (under Coach Richt), Georgia is as well coached and is as talented as the Gators. Prior to last year’s lopsided 49-10 loss to Florida, Coach Richt and his Dogs’ previous five losses were by a combined seven points. Georgia lost by 14 in ‘01, by 7 in ‘02, by 3 in ‘03, by 4 in ‘05, and by 7 in ‘06. Granted losses are losses, but my point is that if the Dogs had just one more turnover, one more call go their way, or had one more score in any of those games; we’d be singing the praises of Coach Richt and would have likely celebrated a national championship in 2002. By the way, if Georgia does win this year (which in my heart, I feel like they will) this series will be tied 3-3 since 2004. And to quote Coach Richt, “When you bang around at the top, you eventually get to the top.”

shane#1

August 11th, 2009
3:41 pm

I am not too worried about offensive mistakes. That’s why you practice, to give the guys a chance to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I would be more worried if the O was ahead of the D. UGA is installing some new wrinkles and has a new starter at qb and at rb, plus they are looking at the freshmen. At the end of fall practice after the two deeps have been set the O should be fine.

Former Dawg

August 11th, 2009
3:42 pm

Apparently DawgHater didn’t read the comments in the blog. “Richt last week said so many balls are thrown in a typical practice that a few interceptions don’t necessarily mean the quarterbacks had a bad day. And Monday he said that “a great majority” of the interceptions have come with the No. 2 offense playing against the No. 1 defense.” Cox would be on the No. 1 offense. Dummy.

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
4:41 pm

“Former Dawg” Yea, a coach never would understate the importance of an issue to put a positive spin on a concern. That NEVER happens so of course Richt was not concerned about it. Like he was never concerned about the lack of offense during the spring game. I love it. The same puppy dawgs that were screaming for Stafford to start and replace Cox are now the same boneheads trying to rationalize why Cox is going to be a great QB. Dummy!

Ken

August 11th, 2009
5:27 pm

why would anyone think that Cox cant throw the rock? Even idiot bug fans know the kid can play…

ya’all are stoopid

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
5:41 pm

Hey Ken, because I watched the Spring Game. The rock would be Cox’s head!

Big time?? Not

August 11th, 2009
6:15 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Gator Hater

August 11th, 2009
7:17 pm

For all you guys bashing Joe Cox….just remember Gator Hater told ya on this date, before the seasons over you’ll be wishing Joe was tossing passes last year instead of Matt Stafford. Joe’s a Matt Ryan type who’s plays a smart game, avoids mistakes and makes clutch plays. And with a solid O line….Atlanta in December!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

GooseDawg

August 11th, 2009
7:38 pm

Dawghater,
You are a genius. Thanks for sharing.
Now I too can go do some research and base my entire season projections on single Spring Game.
Does it work in the NFL too??? I better hurry up and set my DVR to record all of the preseason games this week so I can get rich in Vegas by picking the Super Bowl winner in August.
Thanks for the great idea–I owe you a cold one!

Who Cares

August 11th, 2009
9:48 pm

Who the F*** cares!

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:07 pm

Gator Hater is on drugs! – You are comparing Joe Cox to Matt Ryan? This puppy dawg is enjoying a frat beer party and needs to make himself feel better. Joe Cox compared to Matt Ryan? That is like comparing UGA’s Nat’l Champ acheivements to Ga. Tech’s. NO COMPARISION!

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:12 pm

GooseDawg – really that’s the best name you could come up with. Did you every consider the number of preseason games the NFL has vs. what college offers? I guess you can’t comprehend the importance of the difference in real game experience. However, that would show the fact you never played! Rookie, I understand. That one Spring Game is the preseason! And of course that does not concern you. Good, I’m fine with that. Your next Pre/Real season game is in Stillwater, OK. ENJOY! It real then!

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:14 pm

I am a homo. I live at my moms house with my stepdad.

GooseDawg (aka Dawghater's #1 fan)

August 11th, 2009
11:54 pm

Dawghater,
My bad little man, you’re right, you’re always right! There, now YOU owe ol’ GooseDawg a cold one cause that’s probably the only time you’ve ever heard that in your life and it will likely be the last. FYI–my friends call me Goose and I’m a lifelong Dawg fan. Makes my screen name kinda easy to understand ya know. Actually, if you’d quit acting like a 8 year old “know it all brat” maybe you’d also have some friends and they could help you come up w/a more original screen name.

Seriously though, that was a real NICE comeback you posted. I am so very thankful to have even received a response from such a class act as yourself. Also, thanks for the newsflash. After reading your words of wisdom I just now realized that the NFL has multiple preseason games while in college there is only a single Spring scrimmage–DANG, you’re like my own FREE football tutor on the AJC web-site. How lucky am I?

What else, oh, yeah, “Joe Cox has no real game experience”. Well, I’ll be darned, I didn’t realize that either. I should probably let Coach Richt in on your little secret before it’s too late. What else can I learn from you. Oh yeah, my favorite part, “I never played, rookie! YOU understand. (does this mean YOU never played college football either?). OF COURSE, that does not concern ME. Good, YOU’RE fine with that”. Not a very coherent couple of sentences there dude. Please return to 3rd grade grammar class and try paying attention this time. But wait folks, there’s more.

“Our next real/Pre season game is in Stillwater, OK”. Where’s that? I bought some game tickets to Boone Pickens Staidum and some plane tickets to a little town called Wichita, KS. I’m not sure if I will be able to find Stillwater before 3:30PM on Sept. 5. Is Stillwater North or South from Kansas? Can you draw me a map with your crayons? Please advise ASAP as the date draws near and I’m not very good with directions. “It real then”! So, now I’m totally confused by this fragment. Is it a REAL game or a PRE season game? YOU used “Pre/Real”; which is it? R U trying to mess w/my head dude? That’s not very nice you know.

Well, I just said thanks to God that you are a Dawg hater rather than a Dawg fan, cause Lord knows, we already have our share of UGA fans who don’t think before popping off at the mouth–err, even worse, popping off while hiding behind their keyboard, much like yourself.

And last but not least, “ENJOY”! Same to YOU my man! I’m already getting great pleasure in reading your vain attempts to inflate your obviously shattered ego on a UGA sports blog. What’s the matter kiddo, did the Gator fans ban you from the UF sports blogs? Sad, even the Lizard fans can’t put up w/such a tool as yourself.

Well Dawghater, since I’m busy w/my project work as a consultant out here in Salt Lake City, UT unfortunately, I won’t have time to respond to what I’m sure will be another well-thought, well-phrased, and downright prophetic comeback by YOU. Still, hammer away on them keys brother cause’ I promise to at least read (and chuckle aloud) at your comments after my work is done out here in the Wasatch mountains tomorrow night.

Til’ then, take care Dawghater and my sincere thanks for all of the free information and especially for all of the free laughs! I just can’t wait to hear back from you tomorrow! Don’t let me down now sir. You’ve obviously got all of the time and all of the wisdom anyone could ask for so puh-lease make it a good reponse this time. Later hater!

K-Mart

August 12th, 2009
1:11 pm

Its OK to be a homo