10 Things to Know from Preseason Week 2

With Georgia’s football team taking a brief break from the practice field  -– off Sunday and Monday -– let’s rewind Week 2 of preseason camp. Here are 10 things worth noticing and noting:

1. Richard Samuel moved to the forefront, at least for now, of the race for the starting tailback job Sept. 5 at Oklahoma State.

2. But Carlton Thomas –- 5-foot-7, 178 pounds — continued to serve notice that he will not be overlooked in the tailback mix.

3. Mark Richt on Thomas: “He is tough. He has really got good hands. I think he has a good feel for our blocking schemes. He’s got great balance. He understands our pass protections and will throw that 100-and-however-many-pound-pound body at these guys the best he can. We know he’ll compete. We like him a lot.”

4. After a 2008 season wrecked by injuries, Rod Battle is happy and healthy. His six sacks in the week’s two scrimmages, albeit against the No. 2 offensive line, suggest he could make a difference.

5. Marcus Washington has effectively moved from linebacker to defensive end, at least for now.

6. After expressing apprehension about Drew Butler’s inconsistency earlier this summer, Richt now feels a lot better about the punter.  “I worked real hard this offseason, and I think so far this camp I’ve showed Coach Richt I’ve become more consistent,” Butler said. “I hope I can put his worries a little bit at ease, and, you know, he can worry about the bigger things.” See full story here.

7. You get the feeling that, like the past three years, No. 7 is going to be a significant player for the Dogs this season. Freshman tight end Orson Charles is wearing Matthew Stafford’s old number. If you missed it, more on Charles here.

8. Tough timing for Caleb King, temporarily benched from the tailback competition with a strained hamstring, and safety Quintin Banks, out almost all of last season with two injuries to his left knee and now out for at least three weeks with an injury to his right knee.

9. As expected, highly touted freshman cornerback Branden Smith is commanding attention. “He is getting a ton of reps — special teams, defense,” Richt said. “He is competing; he is learning; he has made some good plays, made some rookie plays. He’s getting a ton of work. And we expect him to play.” Richt said Smith is getting work at wide corner, as well as at punt returner and kickoff returner.

10. Another good week for Jeff Owens and Trinton Sturdivant, whose returns from knee injuries are huuuuuge.

90 comments Add your comment

Spike

August 17th, 2009
6:40 am

Anything on Marlon Brown?

Cuz

August 17th, 2009
7:00 am

Well let’s keep the sales of old number seven rolling.

Cuz

August 17th, 2009
7:02 am

Keep it coming Tim, we are Jonesing out here.

SomewhereinGA

August 17th, 2009
8:02 am

Where is our favorite rump ranger Saint Simons?

dawgstephen

August 17th, 2009
8:08 am

Good to hear the update on Branden Smith. Thats the things Coach Richt said he would be doing when he was recruited. The kid is the real deal and I look forward to seeing him on the field and showing what he can do.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

toccoadawg

August 17th, 2009
8:29 am

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August 17th, 2009
8:59 am

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Saint Simons

August 17th, 2009
9:11 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha and we had a Tickle Pile on your campus!!!!!!

HamDawg11

August 17th, 2009
9:20 am

Glad to hear injuries are fewer this fall camp. Hopefully the staff can nurse those sore hammies so they don’t linger all season long. Yeah, we’ve got talent, but we need them all healthy to compete at the highest level.

Keep it up, Tim.

GO DAWGS!!!

BruffDawg

August 17th, 2009
9:32 am

Tim, you forgot about the kicking saga between Bogotay and Walsh! It has easily been the storyline of the summer. Who will be the kicker asked to kick it into a corner?

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August 17th, 2009
9:45 am

[...] Richt has given his team a two-day break from the practice field.Tim Tucker of The AJC lists 10 things to take note of from Georgia’s second week of fall camp.  (Richard Samuel is in the lead for the starting [...]

Fletch

August 17th, 2009
9:48 am

Marlon caught 2 passes for 23 yards

AltamahaDawg

August 17th, 2009
9:52 am

Will there be a Bowwwwwww-Gotah! sic ‘em, woof woof woof at each KO?

JB

August 17th, 2009
10:06 am

We will have to run the ball well to beat okie st. we must have a 7-9 minute drive every Qtr. to keep the high octane offense on the bench. If we can hold them to 6-7 possessions, we win by 10-14 points. If we have a ton of three and outs, we lose by that much.

Cuz

August 17th, 2009
10:06 am

Now Alt, that would just be silly.

Herschel Talker

August 17th, 2009
10:12 am

Everyone is talking about Marlon Brown. What about Rantavious Wooten? Is he going to play some this year, and how does he fit in the mix and compare with Marlon?

hop

August 17th, 2009
10:18 am

i believe the dawgs have the athletes to do well with a very questionalble okla state defense.

the key on defense is to play SEC brand with much pressure on the cowboy qb and create turnovers!

ugggh!

August 17th, 2009
10:27 am

bill goes on vacation … and so does st. richard simons. i feel violated but not surprised the ajc is a joke.

L-Dawg

August 17th, 2009
10:44 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

GREAT TO HAVE PRIDE FOR MY TEAM AS OPPOSED TO ENVY FOR ANOTHER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!1

19 DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!

Dawgaholic idiot

August 17th, 2009
10:47 am

Florida just called another timeout.

Sowega Dawg

August 17th, 2009
11:26 am

Saint Simons is playing “pop goes the weasel” with his shrimper buddies.

Spike

August 17th, 2009
11:54 am

Good one, Alt.. !

ChuckWDawg

August 17th, 2009
12:37 pm

Like Bruffdawg I would also like to hear more about how the kicking game is coming. Considering the proud legacy that Georgia has had in that area I’m suprised it fell off so badly last year. The Dawg Defense was constantly left with their backs against a short field and that has struck me as a sorely overlooked aspect of last year’s struggles on that side of the ball. I fear the opportnuity to get a big time kicker on campus was missed this past off season. I hope that position is being addressed.

Harry Dawg

August 17th, 2009
12:38 pm

I still believe that the Dawgs will fully utilize the two Fullbacks Chapas and Muntzenmier in certain schemes, that allow them to peel off of a block, then catch the Cox toss and then go. They are too good to just block and we will see it in some games this year.
The two fullbacks in at the same time could be fun to watch, blocking for Carlton Thomas on certain plays. They would be out front like dump trucks and allowing a seam to open up for Carlton Thomas and his SPEED. TD !!!

I really think that we will have a somewhat different look on offense. I cannot wait.

goooooooooooooo Dawgs.

mike

August 17th, 2009
12:59 pm

Nun Simons, do you gt fans(all five of you) have a gt blog? Apparently not. You are like a sandspur you baby bees. You know how small a sandspur is? You don’t even qualify as a “sand in an oyster” but merely a sandspur! Or, an annoying, younger immature brother. That all anyone can could give you. Scholastically, noone is taking you very seriously as a school of superior academia like you once were. Continue looking back. That is where your future is.

Long Dawg

August 17th, 2009
2:39 pm

I’d like to know more about Montez Robinson (DE), Wooten (WR), Kiante Trip, is he helping any at DE? Any additional detail on Orson Charles?

NeNe's Greg's boss

August 17th, 2009
2:47 pm

Gators 49
Dawgs 10

Tim Tucker

August 17th, 2009
3:45 pm

On some of the players asked about here:
– Marlon Brown missed some practice time last week with an injured finger, but returned for the scrimmage on Saturday. As you probably know, he’s been getting great reviews from players, coaches. Wooten figures to play immediately, too. His route-running and hands drew praise from CMR last week.
– CMR said a couple of times late last week that the kickoff “race” between Walsh and Bogotay is very close. He gave Walsh a slight lead at that point. (See last Friday’s blog for more.)
– Kiante Tripp apparently is doing well. CMR said on Friday that he believes Tripp has found a “permanent” spot at DE and cited a couple of examples of how he’s practicing hard and smart.

Loran, Whatayagot?

August 17th, 2009
3:55 pm

This team is outmanned at every position! (Larry translation: Our guys are playmakers). They’re just so young! (Larry translation: Yeah they are, but they’ve got lots of talent and they’re being “coached up”). We have to go to their place and play in their heat and with all those Cowboy people yelling in our ears…. (Larry translation: We have a tremendous road record, regardless of the opposition.) My apologies to Mr. Munson. Just having a little fun!

Dawghater

August 17th, 2009
6:38 pm

L- Dawy – 19 days to the ambush in Stillwater, then the beat down in J’ville and the dissappointment at Bobby Dodd. Then throw in the let down in Fayetteville and then one surprise at Vandy and you’ll be having a great year. Kinda like that #1 ranking in 2008! Woof Poof!

dawgstephen

August 17th, 2009
7:18 pm

Thanks for that great update Tim…had been wondering about Kiante…and i think Bryan Evans has a home at safety too.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Who Cares

August 17th, 2009
7:25 pm

Stinger

August 17th, 2009
8:28 pm

Wow, Looks like Thomas has gained some weight. He is all the way up to 178 lbs. now. Man he is going to have a tough time toting the pig skin 30 times per game. Somebody has to do it, with Joe Cox Sucker throwing one interception after another. You won’t see a running back that small start in the ACC. Can you say 1AA player????

dawg man

August 17th, 2009
9:13 pm

two words for you gt scum………..!

SugarHillDawg

August 17th, 2009
9:31 pm

Dawghater, just say no to CRACK!!We got something for EVERYONE this year BEEYOTCH!!! Just wait and see!!

fan

August 17th, 2009
10:00 pm

can you say Warrick Dunn? moron

RMS

August 17th, 2009
10:00 pm

Hey Saint Simons, you are still gay. Flaming.

RMS

August 17th, 2009
10:05 pm

Hey all you gay people. Sorry for insulting you by calling Saint Simons a gay.

fan

August 17th, 2009
10:05 pm

Tech fans=idiots of the college football world

i m a tech fan

August 17th, 2009
10:13 pm

so i must love dudes

41 38 49 38 45

August 17th, 2009
10:34 pm

Boy this kool aide tastes good! Pass them glasses over here, them rose colored ones……..

41 38 49 38 45

August 17th, 2009
10:37 pm

Boy them dawgs just might win the MNC in spitting water melon seeds……That girl from Clempsun can spit too.

41 38 49 38 45

August 17th, 2009
10:39 pm

Jeff Owens looked like a big fat blob in the pool the other day….. Can he really float?

i m a tech fan, so i must like dudes

August 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

hey numbers you have no life

Toot of the Whistle

August 18th, 2009
12:34 am

Dogs are going to take the big tumble down the toilet back to the bottom of the SEC where they rightfully belong and have always dwelled. No QB, no RB, no defense. Ga is where alledged recruits go to dissappear & never be heard from again. It’s a good thing they play a cupcake SEC schedule. Ga doesn’t even have respectable academic credentials. Gymnastics maybe.

Loran, Whatayagot?

August 18th, 2009
12:41 am

Tech is actually Number Two. Especially when a certain bodily fluid is referred to as Number One.

Toot of the Whistle

August 18th, 2009
1:13 am

Not one single cupcake on the schedule that can’t beat Ga this year. 7-5 or 6-6. Mark it down.

Toot of the Whistle

August 18th, 2009
1:23 am

Florida & the Eleven Cupcakes.

Hairofthedawg

August 18th, 2009
1:57 am

I think the O should be no problem. Cox proved himslef when needed against Co St passing for touchdowns and a come from behind win. tailback by committe is fine unless some seperation. O line should be strong. And Cox has lots of weapons; Aj, Charles, Moore, Brown, Wooten, etc. etc. The D should be improved. I think we learned abut needing more pass rush and will be ready. The D line interior should be really stong as well as Linebacker. The D secondary needs to step up and cover and tackle better. Hopefully special teams will improve from their dismall performance form last year.

BuLLdawg

August 18th, 2009
3:25 am

That pretty much covers, except we will do far better this year throwing to the Tight Ends, who last year found not 1 single UGA Tight End with more than 5 catches on the entire season. Maybe we could go more in-depth on the kick-off coverage and kick-offs. We do not do that well, and to say that Blair Walsh is right there with the latest addition, well why did we bring him here then ? Our recruiting class did very well getting here ready to play, and there are significant players for us in this latest group, just not a QB to replace to Joe Cox and Logan Gray for this season. Next season, Aaron Murray will be a big help to Logan Gray.

We will be a young and very talented team this year.

Oklahoma State Senior QB Zac Robinson is a dual-threat QB, but with his hamstring, he might be wanting to just throw.

And, hopefully our secondary will stand the test. All I care about is Oklahoma State. Who our toughest opponent is, is a worthless discussion when your next game is 17 days away against a Top 9 football team in America, ranked HIGHER than we are, with the game at their 59,000 seat house Pickens Stadium.