On hamstrings, quarterbacks and more

Athens — So what’s with all these hamstring injuries, anyway?

Georgia had a half dozen significant players sidelined with them on Tuesday — safeties Bryan Evans and Reshad Jones, linebackers Akeem Dent and Darius Dewberry, tailback Caleb King and tight end Aron White.  And while the Bulldogs still expect all of the hamstrings to be healed well before the season opener, Jones has missed almost two weeks of practice and King’s absence has at least temporarily derailed his bid to be the starting tailback.

So, what gives?

Mark Richt said after practice Tuesday that he thinks strained hamstrings are just an inevitable part of preseason “in every single camp.” Always have been and perhaps always will be, he figures.

Rex Bradberry, [a member of Georgia's strength and conditioning staff] who’s  working on getting his Ph.D. [in kinesiology] — I think his final work is about the hamstring injuries,” Richt said.  “He’s gone back 20 years, and he’s, like, you would think with more science and more this-and-that, you’d have less [hamstring injuries], but it’s almost identical now as it was 20 years ago. You just have X amount of guys that pull.”

A few other things from, frankly, a pretty slow day:

On quarterbacks: Both Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Logan Gray remains a solid No. 2, behind starter Joe Cox and ahead of freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger. Both Richt and Bobo said the competition will continue.  Said Richt: “I’m pleased with all the quarterbacks, quite frankly. I think we’ve got some outstanding quarterbacks at Georgia right now.”  Said Bobo:  “I think Logan . . . has gotten better every practice this fall camp. I’m really pleased with what he’s doing. The young guys, they’re still just trying to figure things out. . . . RIght now I’d say Joe is a solid No. 1 and Logan a solid No. 2.”

On Marcus Washington, defensive end: Richt confirmed what had become apparent — Washington, a linebacker throughout his UGA career, is now a D-end as a fifth-year senior. “He’s strong enough to play the run, and he’s got the experience of just playing football for Georgia, period, so he’s not like a freshman out there,” Richt said. “And he’s smart, and he’s picking  things up well. And he’s very, very motivated to make this work.  He really wants to be a special player at end, so he’s cramming. I’ve seen him after practices working on his own because he wants to get better.”

— On other defensive ends: “I see [Demarcus] Dobbs playing harder than I’ve ever seen him play,” Richt said. “I see Rod [Battle] playing extremely hard. I see Cornelius [Washington] getting better. . . . Montez [Robinson] has come a long way; we haven’t counted him out yet as far as playing this season [as a freshman].”

On a few receivers not named A.J.: Bobo said Michael Moore “is the solid second receiver.”  He said Tavarres King “has done a nice job also . . . of being more consistent.” Meanwhile, freshman Marlon Brown continues to deal effectively with an injured finger.  Richt said receivers coach Tony Ball “mentioned specifically that he liked that [Brown] fought in the downfield blocking [in Saturday's scrimmage] and didn’t use his hand as an excuse or complain about it in any way.”

Next: I started work last night on a story I’ll be writing Wednesday about Carlton Thomas. Intriguing player.

62 comments Add your comment

UGAnSFLA

August 19th, 2009
7:45 am

Can’t wait for the season to start. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people with how well we do this year!

armenchuck

August 19th, 2009
7:49 am

I bet a lot of the impact players are the ones not even getting mentioned right now! Who is that FB again?, GO DAWGS! :)

Cuz

August 19th, 2009
7:52 am

Pencil in Samuel as starting RB for Okie State. Caleb has had to much downtime.

Spike

August 19th, 2009
8:08 am

Give Ealy the rock!!

Saint Simons

August 19th, 2009
8:08 am

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

4DAWGS

August 19th, 2009
8:14 am

All these hamstring injuries may be a blessing in disquise, the young pups are getting some significant reps and that my friends builds deph!!

now that's funny

August 19th, 2009
8:17 am

It’s a shame that the two people who need the most work are “nursing” hammies. Our saftey play is a huge concern, and neither one of them are practicing. They both need practice. We seemingly have some players who can’t or are not willing to work hard enough to be great. Reshad if you have a hamstring injury next year in camp, YOU WON’T MAKE THE TEAM

Stinger

August 19th, 2009
8:18 am

It is very amusing to see all the high hopes and excitement about the upcoming season from you UGAY fans. You always do this and always get let down. Just sit back and relax, there is nothing you can do to help prevent your team from losing 6 games this year. It’s a given, you WILL lose 6 games this year. If you’ll just relax, it won’t hurt as bad. Quit having those high expectations. You can’t make a college team out of JR.High material, so relax.

YellowandBlackAttack

August 19th, 2009
8:30 am

First of all “Saint Simons”, you need to lay off man…your embarassing the rest of us Tech fans….just childish dude. Anyway, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Tech has the same amount of hamy injuries as UGA does every year. Maybe it’s a problem with your strength and conditioning program. I thought VanHalanger was the best in the business?…hmmmm.

Saint Simons

August 19th, 2009
8:37 am

I’m a homo! Can someone find me a good man?

BG

August 19th, 2009
8:37 am

GO DAWGS!!!!

4DAWGS

August 19th, 2009
8:46 am

Dawgs will post “ANOTHER” 10 WIN or better season this year…that you really can bank on. Stinger and co. are delusional.

now tha't funny

August 19th, 2009
8:52 am

Yellow and Black you are correct. We have an unusual amount of injuries, and seemingly take a long time to recover. I always note the amount of cramping and fatigue we experience during the first two games of the year. What’s up with that?

Our starting db’s are not helping the team improve right now. I see no urgancy from our coaching staff to try and get them back out there. Knowshon didn’t practice last year either. Do our coaches not realize that perhaps out team would be better if they practiced against top flight athletes everyday? Would Joe Cox be a better QB if Reshad were on the field for the past 15 practices? Would Reshad be better at tackling?

GETEMDAWG

August 19th, 2009
8:55 am

You Techy’s really do eat up 1 win dont ya? String together 2 in a row nerds.

Georgia News – 8/19/09 | MrSEC.com

August 19th, 2009
9:07 am

[...] reveals that six Bulldogs were held out of practice yesterday with strained or pulled hamstrings.So what’s the reason for the all the hammy injuries?  Are there more now than in previous years?  (Nope.)First-team, 18-year-old tailback Richard [...]

tenn.DAWG

August 19th, 2009
9:10 am

Sounds as though,we are starting to get some toughness back in the program with the young guys holding up better than the upper classmen.Stepping up and not making excuses,I like that,GATA!!!

Whopper Dawg

August 19th, 2009
9:10 am

The conditioning of the team needs to be relooked and redone. Same story every year, injuries and hammies, the big guys are big but also fat. Look at the pictures from “pool” day a couple of years ago, you saw some football players but also a lot of guys that would be very comfortable around the keg at the frat house.

Voice of Reason

August 19th, 2009
9:37 am

It’s “a given” we will lose 6 games huh? I think that since we have not had a 6 loss season in YEARS it is far from a given but a Techie dream. Don’t confuse UGA with GT

Voice of Reason

August 19th, 2009
9:38 am

Whopper Dawg- they are called interior linemen and they look like that EVERYWHERE. Do you really want a skinny OG or Center?

Will

August 19th, 2009
9:40 am

now that’s funny,

Relax about the secondary, I too am a little worried about those starters missing time but please note that the two best we have are getting the most practice time. Those guys are Bacarri Rambo and Sanders Comings. Those guys are studs and are only listed as second sting because of their age. But everyone in the program thinks they are going to be awesome.

As far as Marcus Washington, UGA fans will be shocked at the pressure he will bring off the end. Plus he will have fresh legs at the end of the game because Montez Robinson and Cornelious Washington will get ample playing time at second string. This defense is loaded with talent and at some positions can go three deep. I am truly amazed at practice at how fast they are. This will be a top 10 defense!

Voice of Reason

August 19th, 2009
9:40 am

YellowandBlack- you can’t pull a hammy in a tickle pile bud.

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 19th, 2009
9:47 am

Injuries are a part of the game…

All fans, coaches, and athletes know that injuries are a part of the game of football. After all, it’s a violent full contact sport played at full speed. The only thing a coaching staff can do is to properly prepare their team both mentally and physically for all the rigorous aspects that the sport entails. To limit injuries, coaches teach their players sound blocking and tackling techniques on the practice fields. They have their guys hit the weight room to build the proper strength levels they’ll need for their particular position and to build the type of muscle they’ll need to support their ligaments and joints. Before any type of competition, coaches ensure their players complete a short warm-up followed by a stretching routine to increase flexibility and range of motion in the hopes of preventing unnecessary injuries such as quad or hamstring pulls. And even with all that, injuries are going to occur. It’s just the nature of the sport.

In my opinion, there really is no right answer for dealing with a team’s injury situation. Vince Dooley, former coach and former Athletic Director of the University of Georgia, said it best; “Injuries are part of the game and you can’t back off too much or your team won’t be ready to play. At the same time, you’ve got to get your best players on the field on Saturday. If you don’t, you’re not giving your team the best chance to win.”

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 19th, 2009
9:50 am

The Dogs don’t miss a beat with Stafford gone. Goodbye Stafford…hello Joe!

With Joe Cox and Logan Gray at the helm of the offense, Georgia is sitting pretty. That’s a hell of a one two punch at the quarterback position. It’ll be a nice change of pace and a total different look that defensive coordinators will have to game plan for when Joe’s in the game verses Logan. After all and I quote myself, “Joe can throw and Logan can go!” This combination is a defensive nightmare for coordinators.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see a David Greene-D.J. Shockley type of rotation with Joe and Logan. Cox will of course get the majority of playing time, but Logan will contribute. Then next year, Logan will be the starter and Aaron Murray will be the back up.

Question: Was A.J. Green’s first career touchdown pass was thrown by Stafford or Cox?

Answer: You guessed it, Joe Cox!

This will be a lethal combination in ‘09!

Joe to A.J:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u18XK8LAkNw&feature=PlayList&p=37A887659B72DF07&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=101

Joe in the clutch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NYgXxrXUb0&feature=related

I know it isn’t college football or the SEC for that matter, but here are Joe’s stats from his junior and senior years at Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Year G PA PC Pct Yds TD Int
2003 (Jr.) 16 373 237 63 3,983 43 11
2004 (Sr.) 11 363 240 66 4,509 66 5

By the way Chris Leak, the former Florida Gator quarterback who led his team to a Southeastern Conference championship and a national title, came out of Independence High School (Charlotte) as well. And, if I remember correctly, he knew a little something about the passing game.

Captian Kirk

August 19th, 2009
9:51 am

Stinger, you dream of a six loss season for the Dawgs. You wish for a six loss season for the Dawgs.Since you are more interested in the DAWGS than your own team can you share with us the last time UGA lost 6 games? It ain’t gonna happen. We won 10 last year after gift wrapping a game to the north atlanta trade school nerds. Who by the way, still finished lower in the polls. LOL lot of respect nationally for that teck program.

You should be more concerned about how teck is gonna get past Clemson, Miami and North Carolina without 2 losses in the first 4 games.

Here is why… you OL is undersized and not real talented. Your DL is the same. You will lose to Miami and North Carolina and the season will sux before it gets started and CPJ will look about like he did after the LSU game.

HamDawg11

August 19th, 2009
9:53 am

At least we’re not talking about ACL’s and such. Hammies, while nagging and painful if not treated correctly, are manageable. I think the coaches are taking the right approach in this heat to not push the guys with muscle issues too hard. Give ‘em fluids and a lighter workload and have ‘em ready for Stillwater.

Go Dawgs!!

RxDawg

August 19th, 2009
9:59 am

Agreed Cuz about Samuel. I’d say the bulk of RB work against the cowboys will be Samuel > C. Thomas > King > Jackson/Ealy. That’s this outsider’s perspective.

ABQ_DAWG

August 19th, 2009
10:04 am

Ealy is going to emerge as the greatest running back to ever play at UGA!

reality check

August 19th, 2009
10:37 am

Hamstring injuries are a paradox in that the better condition an athlete is in the more likely they are to occur. That is a fact that is well known to those of us who have actually been athletes. As an example, elite sprinters tend to get them more than anyone else and almost always when they are at peak form.

Stretching helps, but they are doing that. This actually is a sign the team conditioning is sound.

Booba T Yegg

August 19th, 2009
10:46 am

Get Krane over there to rub their Hammies

DirtyDawg

August 19th, 2009
10:58 am

Since the Braves seem absolutely determined not to give us anything to cheer for in September, let’s get on with it. I suppose their little run, the Braves’, in July was designed to make us think that there really was something going on, but last night’s debacle was as good an indication that these guys just aren’t up to it. Chipper is no longer a ’solid’ number three…I know, I know, go to the Braves blog…

Go Dogs.

Einstein

August 19th, 2009
11:11 am

Interesting that CMR says we are having the same numbers of hamstring injuries that we had 20 years ago. I always have said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity. Maybe our strength and conditioning coach might want to try something different. (I don’t keep up with other teams; however, I don’t recall hearing that many hamstring pulls either.) Just a suggestion…peace.

fan

August 19th, 2009
11:30 am

the last time the dawgs had 6 losses, 1996, we still beat tech!!!

how2fish

August 19th, 2009
11:47 am

Stinger…put down the pipe my man..nothing good will come of it.

Cuz

August 19th, 2009
11:53 am

It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out why the Dawgs have so many hamstring injuries, oh wait a minute, maybe it does.

big dawg

August 19th, 2009
12:11 pm

it simple folks,it’s just the heat and humidity.. lack of hydrating.. always had em, always will…. we’re not the only team with this problem..

just nice to know we have the quality depth to take up some slack…

uga-31 ok st 27

chazzo

August 19th, 2009
12:12 pm

Survival of the fittest. Play on!

Harry Dawg

August 19th, 2009
12:15 pm

Read the news about the Gators. They lost two o linemen with one injury and one simply quitting and have about 4 or 5 key injuries. That is the way that it is in this sport. That is why depth is so critical. If UT loses their shiny new tailback due to irregularities, then they better have three more behind him. They still have to play their schedule. Right? UGA does too.

Most all of the SEC teams have the same general talent pool. Yes, some schools seem to have more talent. The year sthat UGA thumped Florida ( 2007 and 2005) it appeared that UGA had the best talent. Big deal. It is only a game. AFTER college is when it matters.

End of the day, it is coaching and motivation and execution and d-e-s-i-r-e.

goooooooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs. Woof, woof, woof.

Harry Dog 73

AltamahaDawg

August 19th, 2009
12:21 pm

I think you missed the entire point of the quote, Einstein.

And I wouldn’t think that less than 5% of your team with the same, very common, injury during a grueling camp would be that unusual anywhere. Varying degrees and circumstances too.

WTF???

August 19th, 2009
12:27 pm

Techies tear finger ligaments playing World of Warcraft….

B DAWG

August 19th, 2009
12:32 pm

I bet all of those hamstring injuries will be on the field by Sept 5. THis is just precautionary measures.

JaxDawg

August 19th, 2009
2:54 pm

Spoke with B.Evans’ dad earlier today, and he said Bryan’s hamstring is just tweaked a bit, nothing serious, and most of the hamstrings aren’t that bad, the coaches are simply resting guys before they do become a problem, and are exercising extra caution. The guys will be fine before the season starts.

Jake7

August 19th, 2009
3:20 pm

No LEGS on THIS BLOG……Tim NEED to be a little MORE creative!

m

August 19th, 2009
3:26 pm

I am the biggest loser ever. It sucks it still hurts so bad.

shane#1

August 19th, 2009
3:50 pm

Reality Check, good post, the guys with the hammies are all skill posistion players, not a lineman in the bunch. Even the TE, White, is a hybred TE-WR. Someone pointed out that some of the players appeared rather rotund in the pool photos. I think one photo was of Owens, DT. It is hard not to be somewhat round faced when you weigh over 300 lbs. But one doesn’t strain a hammie running the seven yards to the QB. I would never call Owens fat to his face, the guy benched 545 in the summer weight program! Tech fans, don’t be too encouraged by this, I seem to remember Choice having a dam good season while nursing a strained hammie.

reservoirDAWG

August 19th, 2009
4:25 pm

Steam Rolled

August 19th, 2009
5:33 pm

What does it feel like to be steam rolled? Ask your defensive team from last year and they will tell you that they all got steam rolled by Jon Dwyer (Heisman Candidate 2009). Tim Tebow couldn’t carry Dwyer’s jock strap. I hear the train a comin, I hear the dawgs a cryin. The Yellow Jacket express will run all over you. George O’leary owned you, Thank God and Greyhound Gailey is gone, and now Paul Johnson owns you.

harleydawg

August 19th, 2009
5:55 pm

steam, georgia backs would roll to 3000 yds a yr in the acc, dweyer couldnt make the dawgs lineup

macrotech

August 19th, 2009
6:30 pm

GETEMDAWG, two in a row…. we’ve won eight in a row. You guys retired a jersey number for the ending of THAT streak.

Captian Kirk, why do you think that posting on an opponents blog makes the poster ‘more’ interested in the blogs’ intended target?

Reality, I agree with your post about pulling hamstrings….. Last time I pulled a hammy was when I was in peak condition. Now, I don’t move fast enough to pull one. This agreeing with you has got to stop! ;o)

JaxDawg, that’s good news! Hope everyone can be healthy for the season!

L-Dawg

August 19th, 2009
7:10 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

PASSION FOR MY TEAM SURE BEATS ENVY OF ANOTHER!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

17 SHORT DAYS!!!!

Steam rolled

August 19th, 2009
9:16 pm

Harley Dawg, you’re a little unrealistic aren’t you. You know very well that Dwyer is 10 times better than any running back on your team and you have no one that could gain 100 yds in any given game.