– Today was the most dreaded day of the year for Georgia’s football players: the start of mat drills, the legendary off-season workouts designed to severely test physical and mental endurance.
“We had mat drills this morning at 5:45,” A.J. Green reported via Twitter. “Legs are gonna . . . then I have test today at 9:05 . . . yep the life of a student athlete.”
He later tweeted that the test went well. But as for the exhausting mat drills? “Can’t wait to get n bed.”
– I’m sure Georgia’s men’s basketball team (1-5 in the SEC) would rather have victories than praise, but after losing by a point at South Carolina on Saturday, the Bulldogs got high praise from Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn on the SEC teleconference today. “They’ve got to be the best one-win team in any conference in the country right now,” Horn said of the Dogs. “They are really hard to play against. . . . They have been in a legitimate position to win almost every one of their games.”
– Horn said Trey Thompkins “is a very difficult matchup one-on-one for anybody in our league.” He called Travis Leslie “an athletic freak . . . a guy that is capable athletically of just about anything and uses it very well.”
– Not sure anybody saw this coming when UGA’s women’s basketball team upset Tennessee 12 days ago. The Lady Dogs (18-1 after beating Tennessee) have lost three games in a row since.
– UGA’s Claude Felton passes along this note: Only two people have won the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is awarded annually to college football’s top scholar-athlete, and gone on to play on a team that reached the Super Bowl. They are Peyton Manning and Matt Stinchcomb. Stinchcomb won the Campbell Trophy at Georgia in 1998 and reached the Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. Matt’s brother, Jon, is playing in this year’s game for New Orleans against Manning’s Indianapolis Colts.
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