A.J. Green’s goal? ‘Just to be an All-American.’ Then what?

(Updated 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday. A roundup of the weekend in UGA sports events has been added below.)

ATHENS — Let’s start with three morsels from a chat with A.J. Green:

– On his personal goal for the 2010 season, Georgia’s star receiver said: “I was just talking to Coach Richt, and it’d be nice to be an All-American. I believe if I would have stayed healthy [last] year, I’d have gotten that. So that’s my goal -– just to be an All-American.”

– As for Georgia’s quarterback competition, Green said: “I’m just going to work with whoever the quarterback is and try to make them better, try to make them look good and try to do everything I can do to help the offense out.” He did sort of marvel about the fact that in his third season at Georgia, he’ll be playing with his third starting quarterback.  “I never thought I would have three different quarterbacks,” he said. “All through high school, I had the same quarterback.”

– So, a reporter asked facetiously, does that mean Green will stick around for a fourth season in 2011 just to have a chance to play with the same QB two years in a row?  “I don’t know, man, I don’t know,” answered Green, eligible to enter the 2011 NFL draft. “Just whatever happens.”

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Grantham

Talking about the hectic pace of his new job, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said the coaches  basically are working half of each day on recruiting and the other three-quarters of the day on football.

“So that’s really more than a day, right?” he said. “Basically, we’re working a day and a half in a day.”

The math is fuzzy, but you get the idea.

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Wide receiver Kris Durham, an education major, is doing his student teaching this semester at Oconee County Middle School.

Yes, the kids there quickly recognized him as a Georgia Bulldog.

“They figured that out after about the first 20 minutes,” Durham said.

He’s teaching Georgia history, will graduate from UGA in May, will be working on his Masters during his final season with the Dogs in the fall and plans a career as a coach and teacher.

“I’ve been blessed by having so many good teachers and coaches,” he said.

Durham sat out last season after shoulder surgery and looks forward to being back on the field for spring practice.  “I’m just hoping I’m not as rusty as I think I’m going to be,” he said.

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The competition for the starting quarterback job officially opens Thursday with the first session of spring practice. How long the competition will last is very much up in the air.

“We [coaches] talked about that today,” Mark Richt said late Friday, “and I said, ‘If we think we have an outright No. 1 [by the end of spring], we’re going to say it. If we don’t think so, we won’t.’ I don’t feel a need to do it; I don’t think it’s a must. But if someone separates himself and deserves to be considered the starter by the end of that time, we’ll do it.

“But I think it’s going to be hard to make that decision after spring, I really do. We might be able to say who’s No. 1, who’s No. 2, who’s No. 3, but even if a guy is No. 1 at the end of spring, I don’t know if I could just sit there and say he’s going to be the starter.”

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FRIDAY UGA SPORTS ROUNDUP: The No. 5-ranked gymnastics team defeated No. 10 LSU 196.575-196.050 at Stegeman Coliseum. The GymDogs remained unbeaten at home (4-0). Check out an AJC photo gallery here.  . . . The baseball team routed Stetson 12-2 in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Foley Field. Winning pitcher Justin Grimm allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings, leaving with an 11-0 lead. . . . . . The softball team won twice, beating Iowa State 8-0 and Charleston Southern 6-2 in the first day of the Georgia Softball Classic. Sophomore pitcher Erin Arevalo got the win in both games.

SATURDAY UGA SPORTS ROUNDUP: The men’s basketball team held on for a big win over Florida at Stegeman Coliseum. See full story here.  . . . The baseball team scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat Stetson 9-8 at Foley Field. The Dogs won despite a huge day by Stetson second baseman Robert Crews, who hit three home runs. Georgia scored its first seven runs with two outs. . . . The softball team won two more games in the Georgia Softball Classic at the UGA Softball Stadium, beating Iowa State 11-3 and St. John’s 6-2. Georgia will play South Alabama for the tournament championship Sunday afternoon. . . . . The men’s tennis team opened its outdoor season with a 7-0 win over East Tennessee State at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. . . . In track and field,  Tommy Barrineau won UGA’s first heptathlon title at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Georgia is in second place in the men’s team competition and in ninth place on the women’s side heading into the meet’s final day Sunday. . . .  The No. 1-ranked equestrian team defeated South Carolina 13-6.

SUNDAY UGA SPORTS ROUNDUP: In track and field, sophomore Torrin Lawrence won the 400-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., with a meet-record time of 45.10. Lawrence, who already owned the third-fastest collegiate indoor time in history, now has the fourth fastest too. Georgia finished fifth in the team competition on both the men’s and women’s sides. . . .  The softball team defeated South Alabama 4-1 to win the championship of the seventh annual Georgia Softball Classic at the UGA Softball Stadium, with sophomore pitcher Erin Arevalo once again getting the win. For the tournament, Arevalo made three starts and two relief appearances, went 5-0 with a 0.00 earned run average, and struck out 31 batters. She has a 43 1/3-inning streak without allowing an earned run, dating back to Feb. 19. . . .  The women’s basketball team defeated Arkansas 69-48 on Senior Day in Stegeman Coliseum. Senior guard Ashley Houts had 15 points. . . . The baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Stetson at Foley Field, winning the series finale 7-5. Right fielder Peter Verdin had three RBI, including a two-run homer. . . . The equestrian team defeated Baylor 13-6 at the UGA Equestrian Center.

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139 comments Add your comment

Gator Nation

February 27th, 2010
10:25 am

We’re always first.

Iraq Dawg.... Go Army.... Hooah

February 27th, 2010
10:28 am

kydawg

February 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Green will be gone after this year and I don’t blame him…$$$ talks.
Good to see Durham back…much needed depth!

Oakdale Dawg

February 27th, 2010
10:28 am

Greg

February 27th, 2010
10:29 am

Sounds like AJ is going to play for ME this year. I could see him being a problem if he’s not getting enough balls thrown his way.

Iraq Dawg.... Go Army.... Hooah

February 27th, 2010
10:29 am

Gator Nation let me direct you to gatorzone.com

kydawg

February 27th, 2010
10:30 am

Oh…and I wish AJ had mentioned “the team” just a little as one of his goals…and not just his own personal goal…just sayin’

Tim Tucker

February 27th, 2010
10:37 am

It’s only fair to point out that he was being asked about personal goals in that context.

Gator Nation

February 27th, 2010
10:37 am

HAHA…sorry about beating you…again.

big south mike

February 27th, 2010
10:38 am

AJ Green–can he stay healthy. Man the dude is injury prone. But yeah, 3 QB’s in 3 years is poor strategy by the coaching staff.

Gratham workin about 6 hours a day on recruiting, and 12 on coaching defense, and sleeping 6 hours. Sounds about right.

We really need Durham to step up this year–big time.

I have to respectfully disagree wiht the Coach about not naming the starter after Spring. Everybody knows it’s Aaron Murray right now. Let’s get him the reps and not be rotating him with 2 other guys. Murray got like 58 scholarship offers. Top 3 QB in the Nation, maybe the #1. Let’s get DECISIVIE THIS YEAR FOLKS.

big south mike

February 27th, 2010
10:41 am

AJ Green very well could stay his Senior year. He needs to get stronger. The 2nd year with Murray in 2011 is where Green will set all the passing records.

big south mike

February 27th, 2010
10:43 am

Tim-

You’re on a roll. My favorite UGA blog writer right now. Keep up the good work. Like what you’ve been doing lately. Great stuff.

Thanks for the extra effort.

Lt. Archie Hicox

February 27th, 2010
10:44 am

I guess there is an “I” in All-American.

Tim Tucker

February 27th, 2010
10:46 am

big south mike: Thank you. And thanks for being here..

11Dawg

February 27th, 2010
10:47 am

AJ is gone after this year. It’d have to be a miracle for him to stay.

Lt. Archie Hicox

February 27th, 2010
10:47 am

Realizing he was asked about his personal goals, but don’t you think saying his goal was to do his best to help the team win would have been a much better answer? The honors would then naturally flow from there.

KJ

February 27th, 2010
10:48 am

“We’re always first.”

Well, except for last year. And any year prior to 1991. But other than that, always!

Champaign Dawg

February 27th, 2010
10:55 am

It’s true, the Gators are first again – in arrests.

Gator Nation

February 27th, 2010
10:56 am

Except for last year?? Well, we were certainly ahead of YOU! Bow down to the Mighty Gators you mangy mutts!

Gator Nation

February 27th, 2010
10:57 am

Wouldn’t be talking about arrests if I was a dawg. That glass house has awfully fragile windows!

Barbara Dooley

February 27th, 2010
11:06 am

Good things are ahead for UGA, My boy in UT won’t be a problem.

Yellow Fuzz

February 27th, 2010
11:09 am

AJ Green is a class act and one of the top 5 receivers in the NCAA. He doesn’t deserve to be disected by the AH dogs on here who can’t understand reality unless the AJC writer spells it out.

All-American

February 27th, 2010
11:19 am

If he’s an All-American, then that means the QB is doing a great job, the team’s probably winning, the DAWGS are top 10, maybe top 5, leading the SEC, in line for a BCS bowl, maybe playing for the NC…personal goals and team goals go hand in hand sometimes!

patty cakes

February 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Iraq Dawg,,, Hooah:

Where’s Bin Laden?

Decory Bryant

February 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Why wouldn’t AJ look out for himself… His head coach won’t look out for him. He’ll keep his mouth shut and then have his attorney state that he was wanted to do the right thing all along.

e.lo

February 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Hey Gator Nation coming from a Bama fan, I think we were first this year.

e.lo

February 27th, 2010
11:37 am

But congrats on being first on this stupid blog.

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February 27th, 2010
11:45 am

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February 27th, 2010
11:46 am

World Geography Teach

February 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

patty cakes

February 27th, 2010
11:30 am
Iraq Dawg,,, Hooah:

Where’s Bin Laden?

Afghanistan or Pakistan likely. But not Irag you moron

BamaKnowItAll

February 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

How about a team goal AJ? Maybe aim to win a National Championship…Or try to make my team better than last year! I see why it has been well over 20 years since UGA has won anything! That’s the difference between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs (we think National Championship and they are content w/ winning the SEC East)…..Roll Tide!

Marcus

February 27th, 2010
12:50 pm

What are you idiots talking about? Coach Richt asked AJ for his PERSONAL goals. You backwoods morons always have something to say.

Jealousy

February 27th, 2010
1:04 pm

Hey you Bama KIA,

Can you read? I see you have that great Bama education. “Personal” goals do not mean “team” goals.

NRBQ

February 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

“I’m just going to work with whoever the quarterback is and try to make them better, try to make them look good and try to do everything I can do to help the offense out.”

First rule: read before commenting.

big south mike

February 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

For AJ Green to win All-American, he’ll need to get Golden Tate like stats:
1) 15 td’s
2) 90+ receptions
3) 1500 yards
4) 15+ yards per catch

Interestingly, Wooten is about Golden Tate’s size and averages higher than AJ Green per catch. Wooten will get a lot of 1 on 1 coverages, AJ will get the double teams, so it just might be WOOTEN winning All-American.

The biggest awards, like the Heisman, goes to a player on the WINNINGEST TEAMS, so AJ and EALEY need to help their team WIN.

Check it out.

February 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

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OldDawg

February 27th, 2010
1:48 pm

GatorNation is either a young man or has a short memory????

e.lo…I am beginning to remember exactly why the rest of the SEC always got sick and tired of the pompasity of the Bama fans…btw…they do not have newspapers and blogs in alabama? Your “bag man obviously has no trouble re-filling his bag of choice after the Albert Means fiasco! Ya’ll are back stronger than ever after your 15 year journey to irrelevance! congrats!

Debose

February 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

Take a moment from your day and thank Mark “2-7″ Richt for being a nice guy!

OldDawg

February 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

BamaKnowItAll…he was NOT asked about “team” goals….always had a problem with reading comprehension…probably so IF you attended school in Alabama!

B-81

February 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

Gator Nation….keep chirpin’ bcz. your team has earned it. However, I think the main reason you post so much on this site is bcz. you don’t have a good feeling about what’s looming for your team this year. New QB, new coaches everywhere, head coach w/ health issues (maybe bcz. he knows what’s looming this year as well)…just a thought. So by all means keep chirpin’…for now.

Herschel Walker could whip your ass right now at 47

February 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

If we start this season with Logan Gray at QB I am going to absolutely go ballistic.
Murray is the starter and the damn future!
Logan, thank you for your service and loyalty, a la JTIII and Cox, but reality is reality.

UGA98

February 27th, 2010
3:10 pm

A.J., if you wanna be respected amoung the UGA Nation then stick around 4 years. See David Pollock. See Matthew Stafford. A degree should still mean something too.

I follow the GATORS

February 27th, 2010
3:17 pm

I can hear already, next seasons bulldawg nation. “Our playcalling is terrible” “fire CMR”, “we need a defensive coach”, bitch, bitch, grumble and gripe. We got the best recruiting class in the nation, We must WIN every game. We are tha DAAAAWGGS.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

February 27th, 2010
3:19 pm

GaeTor Nation is just a bunch of lizards.

B-81

February 27th, 2010
3:20 pm

Actually, I think you guys have had the best recruiting class in the nation for several years.

BG

February 27th, 2010
3:32 pm

Bama owns the Gator Nation. Bama exposed Tebow!!!

Gator Nation

February 27th, 2010
3:44 pm

BG, ONE game does not mean “owned”. 17 out of 20 is owned. Bama won it all last year and deserved it. They certainly should be favored again this year. But the lizards are gonna give you a run for your money. Expect another great Ala vs Fla finale in the dome!!

Yellow Fuzz

February 27th, 2010
4:54 pm

A.J., in the words of UGA98, if you wanna be respected amoung the UGA Nation then lead us to the Shreveport Bowl two more years.

Yellow Fuzz

February 27th, 2010
4:56 pm

Expect Georgia to win it all in the Dome this year. The Holidome in Shreveport that is.

poopdawg

February 27th, 2010
5:02 pm

Gator Nation your on this blog because of strong fear of being 17 out of 21 this year? If you just want to talk football then talk without Gator A-hole attitude!