More from the scrimmage . . .

Athens — I tried to hit the highlights of  Wednesday’s full scrimmage, the first of Georgia’s preseason camp,  in  this story. But if you want more, here goes:

– The scrimmage marked another significant marker on the comeback trail for OT Trinton Sturdivant and DT Jeff Owens, both returning from devastating knee injuries.  Both got through the scrimmage in good shape, coach Mark Richt said,  continuing setback-free preseasons.  Quarterback Joe Cox was talking appreciatively about Sturdivant a couple of days ago: “You can tell he’s got all his strength back.  . . .  He’s definitely one of those special linemen  that have feet like a skill guy. Anytime you have a guy like that, especially on your blind side, it  makes you pretty confident when you’re back there.”

–  Richt’s overview of the scrimmage, which matched the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 2 defense (and the No. 1 defense vs. the No. 2 offense): “Our No. 1 offense did extremely well, and our No. 1 defense did extremely well. Too much disparity in my mind between our 1’s and our 2’s right now. There should be better competition when our 2’s go against our 1’s on both sides of the ball.”

– The highly touted freshman tight ends caught five balls –- three by Orson Charles and two by Arthur Lynch. The more veteran tight end, Aron White, didn’t play because of a tender hamstring.

– Veteran linebackers Rennie Curran, Akeem Dent, Darryl Gamble and Darius Dewberry did not play in the scrimmage, mostly to get a look at younger guys. “I think coach [John] Jancek wanted to see his young pups play,” Richt said.  One who got to play a lot: freshman Mike Gilliard, from Valdosta.  Hours later, Curran admiringly mentioned one big hit Gilliard administered.

– As Richt read the “official unofficial” stats of the scrimmage to the media, one that jumped out was defensive end Rod Battle’s 3.5 sacks, especially considering that the team’s D-ends combined for just 9.5 sacks  last season. Battle battled a series of injuries last year -– hamstring, neck, shoulder. “He never really got on track,” Richt said. “He’s excited to be healthy, and he’s practicing well. It’s good that we’ve got a bunch of healthy D-ends right now, period. We will be better [there], no doubt.”

– While Richard Samuel’s scrimmage stats caused a stir in Bulldog Nation, Richt wasn’t overlooking his one fumble: “Right now I would think the incentive of playing time would really help him hold on to the ball.”

– All in all, a looooong day. Georgia was determined to get in two practices and had to had to schedule around rainy weather to do it. The scrimmage, originally scheduled for late afternoon, was moved to mid-morning. The second practice started under the lights 11 hours later, at 9 p.m. Players left the field around 10:15 p.m. Ever been on a practice field later than that? “Not that I remember,” safety Bryan Evans said.

– Curran, speaking late in the night about what he saw from Samuel in the morning scrimmage: “He definitely ran with some power, ran through some tackles, made a couple of jukes here and there.  . . . You definitely could tell that he has been working hard.”  Curran said RB Carlton Thomas also “looked good.” Thomas had five carries for 60 yards.

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August 13th, 2009
6:28 am

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Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
6:30 am

UGA is # 171 in Forbes rankings of America’s best colleges and universities – GT is # 501 – hahahahaha, oops – I mean, wah, wah, wah!

Long Dawg

August 13th, 2009
6:30 am

Tim, how did Cox and the other QBs look? Sounds like Carlton had a good day but no comments from CMR? 12 yards per carry sounds good. How did Orson Charles look after he caught the ball?

Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
6:31 am

Please ignore anything I say; surely I’ll go away & sulk. I’m really not worthy of any replies.

L-Dawg

August 13th, 2009
6:43 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

SO FORTUNATE TO BE A FAN OF MY TEAM AND NO A HATER OF ANOTHER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

23 DAYS!!!!

Top Dogg

August 13th, 2009
7:11 am

GT makes the news again,an Habibe professor has been arrested for lewd acts upon children.No suprise here, got to make the news some how.

Big time?? Not

August 13th, 2009
7:32 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes, four beanies

1970Dawg

August 13th, 2009
7:59 am

Tim, thanks for keeping us updated. I think all the Coach WM haters will be surprised if our big guns on defense stay healthy. Last year
we were really hampered by injuries all season starting with Jeff Owens.

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the stomping of the Dogs
We will teach the poor dumb farmboys
They should stick to sloppin’ hogs
When the Jackets are triumphant
There will be a mighty cheer
We’ll do the same next year!

To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
The cesspool of the South!

GBI

August 13th, 2009
8:47 am

Professor Faiz Al-Khayyal has left the tickle pile. Time to find a new boyfriend nerds.

Tyrone Sorrells

August 13th, 2009
9:06 am

Where’s my friend Saint Simons???? Oh yeah, if forgot, he’s at the study hall with Joe Hamilton. Did you hear about the Tech professor who’s in a little trouble now? Not to worry, we’ll get the charges vacated and get on with our life. We’re real good at that. Mike Mooney got on with his life after he beat up the girl in the bar and I flunked out of Georgia and then played on the Flats for four years and got on with my life. And little Joey Hamilton started for four years at Historic Grant Field and then he played a little Canadian football only to come back to Tech and realize he had two more years of academic work in order to get his degree. I wonder what he did for those four years he started at quarterback??? I imagine he had to study a lot to pick up those two years and then he stubbed his toe with a little weed. I’m sure he’ll get those charges vacated, too. We’re real good at that. Saint Simons, I miss you, where are you???? I’m sure you’ll have an enlightening post like you always do.

Fletch

August 13th, 2009
9:29 am

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the stomping of the Dogs (once a decade)
We will teach the poor dumb farmboys
They should stick to sloppin’ hogs
When the Jackets are triumphant (once every 8 years or so)
There will be a mighty cheer
We’ll do the same (in 8 years)

chazzo

August 13th, 2009
9:43 am

The real good sign here: They held the scrimmage and the second practice. Maybe it was the injuries, but last summer, they would have called one or both.

Tim Tucker

August 13th, 2009
10:00 am

LD: The scrimmage was closed to the media, but CMR seemed pleased with the play of Cox and Logan Gray (in the scrimmage and in camp in general, for that matter). You’re right, there was no mention of Carlton Thomas in CMR’s post-scrimmage remarks other than to cite his stats. Late last night, after the second practice, Rennie Curran volunteered that Thomas was impressive in the scrimmage.

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August 13th, 2009
10:02 am

[...] his depth chart.Richt said of the scrimmage: “Our #1 offense did extremely well, and our #1 defense did extremely well.”Back from a knee injury, quarterback Joe Cox says offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant has [...]

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 13th, 2009
10:22 am

How are the drills on knocking running backs out of bounds coming?

atl-xmen

August 13th, 2009
10:36 am

hey ramble on..how are the drills on dropping the football on the ground only to pick it back up and get decked coming? tech better have at least 6 qbs..not one can stay healthy enough to play a whole game with that gimmick offense. they get drilled every play

D&D fan

August 13th, 2009
11:12 am

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and one of a bunch of queers,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of a cowboy luv’n dear,
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my urine clear,
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of bomb making queer!.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 13th, 2009
11:15 am

Saint Simons sang this to me last night in bed…

WTF

August 13th, 2009
11:31 am

Practice is going fine RAMBLE ON!!! How is your child ponography class going?

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
11:50 am

Ramble On, can you say CPJ = Chan Gailey. When this year is over and Tech has lost 4 including to Ga.you can go back to surfing porn sites instead of lurking on Dawg blogs.

K-Dawg

August 13th, 2009
12:32 pm

That Saint Simons is one hell of a singer.

murfdawg

August 13th, 2009
12:49 pm

Tim,
did they work on special teams in the scrimmage? How about the punting?

Cuz in Minnesotta

August 13th, 2009
12:54 pm

One more day in the North County and then head back to the Humid Homeland. Baylie is doing well after surgery and we go to pick up her brace for her leg in a little bit. Friendly people in Minessota, I just wish we spoke the same language.

Sounds like we will finnally get some help at DE. It did not say whether Battle was going against the first or second string. With on field substitution we will not see as much of a drop off.

If Samuel wants to be the man, he has got to hold on to the ball. He was a man-child last year. He could be the real deal this year. Caleb, you better turn it up a notch.

Geno and Jeff are going to allow those DE’s some room. The pressure they will exert will be awesome to see. OSU will not be able to rely on much film of those two playing together. I forsee a rude awakening when they storm the OSU OL.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2009
1:03 pm

Hey Nerds

Which Thursday night game do you get into Grant’s Tomb free if you wear your checkered head scarf, Turban or your Hijab? You may have to change the menu that night as free hot dogs could cause a riot and they may blow up that place.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2009
1:06 pm

(Insert Tech nerd’s name here) I’d like you to meet Mohammed, Sidney, Clayton and Jugdish – “You’ve already met?” “Super! Then you’ll have lots to talk about.” And take off those stupid beanies!

Will

August 13th, 2009
1:38 pm

I have been telling my fellow UGA bloggers all summer about our depth at LB. This scrimmage we left 4 of our best on the sideline and played Marcus Washington at DE for most of the day. However our #1 defense excelled with our youngpups that are really 2nd and third stringers. When I say we are loaded at that position I truely mean we are loaded! The end result will be fresh legs during the 4th quarter during those tough SEC games. Look for UGA to have one of the finest units in the SEC.

KNelson

August 13th, 2009
2:29 pm

After the 1st game and it being the first of several losses, seeing the excuses flow will bring so much joy to us in the South that actually know of uga.

Tim Tucker

August 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

Murfdawg: I don’t know whether they did in the scrimmage (it was closed), but there was a full special-teams practice in the stadium on Tuesday. I’m working on a Sunday story about Drew Butler, by the way.

BigGAdawg

August 13th, 2009
3:28 pm

Tim, I haven’t seen anything yet about incoming freshman Chris Burnette from Troup High (LaGrange area.) How is he adapting to OL at this level. I am expecting great things from him. Will he redshirt or do you think he will get a chance to play this year?

Volmanisabozo

August 13th, 2009
3:56 pm

Maybe you should read the most popular story on the AJC today before you go and accuse UGA of some off the wall crap.

Who Cares

August 13th, 2009
6:01 pm

alottoprove

August 13th, 2009
6:57 pm

SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS SOS This team is gonna be in for a looooooooooong year. What have these players been doing with there time this past summer? Jeff Owens face looks like its about to pop from eating too many damn cheeseburgers. That strength and conditioning coach at UGA is a joke. The players dont have any lower body strength whatsoever. No wonder Vandy , South Carolina and Kentucky have been playing toe to toe with the Dawgs these last few years. Dawgs offensive and defensive lines look like a bunch of Dancing Bears. Looks like a 7 – 5 season at best ,we are over due and it will catch up wih the dawgs! Bank on it!

GooseDawg

August 13th, 2009
7:04 pm

Strength
Of
Schedule

YES, UGA will be near the top in this category as well in 2009.

weak SEC sisters club

August 13th, 2009
7:07 pm

We sure cant wait to see the our new member (UGA) play!

alottoprove

August 13th, 2009
7:09 pm

Goosedawg…… You need to take your meds… Same ole shoot=SOS

TMC DAWG10

August 13th, 2009
7:10 pm

Richard Samuel can be the man but he must hold on to the ball. Nothing will break a teams back more than a long play from scrimmage and a fumble at the end. Caleb King, well he will never live up to expectations. Its like he runs scared or something I do not know. He is the odd man out. Charlton Thomas will exceed expectations, not only running but returning kickoffs. On the defense I think that Snaders Commings will over take Rashed Jones by mid season. A much, much better tackler than Jones. Can”t wait for the season!!! Having a small BBQ and watch the game all 125 of us! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

dUmB DAwg

August 13th, 2009
7:12 pm

i tHOugHt sOS meanT StEVe oREnthaL SpUrRiEr…..

Larry Munson

August 13th, 2009
7:16 pm

My God they’re running through us like we’re a Vandy or a Weak Forest!

Stinger

August 13th, 2009
8:30 pm

Whatya got Lorin? Wellllll Larrrrrrrrrrr, he could be hurt pretty baaad, and then again he may not be hurt at all. He may go back in the game in the second half and then again he may not play the rest of the year. I betting he won’t play the rest of the year Larrrr, because he is afraid to play against Tech.

Stinger

August 13th, 2009
8:36 pm

I wouldn’t get too exited about any of your offensive players in practice. Anyone could look good against Willie’s defense. Richt will be looking for another job next year after Paul’s offense hangs a half dollar on your sorry azz defense. 45-42 Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. It hurt’s to see that score doesn’t it? Oh yeah, who won your game against Alabama and Florida last year? I don’t get to read much about those games either.

SugarHillDawg

August 13th, 2009
9:31 pm

It looks like Caleb King is ALWAYSgonna be a back bencher.

murfdawg

August 13th, 2009
10:12 pm

Tim, Thanks for the reply. I’ll wait for the AJC Sunday edition.

dawgstephen

August 13th, 2009
10:33 pm

Dont nobody fret. UGA has plenty of running backs. With that O-Line, there will be some yards gained on the ground. Starting Sept. 5th.

Dont get down on the D-Coordinators that day, there will be some points scored.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Big time?? Not

August 14th, 2009
5:59 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes, four pretzels