Update from UGA football practice

(Updated 9 p.m.)

ATHENS — Classes are back in session at UGA. And so is football.

Classes resumed Monday after spring break, and the Bulldogs returned to the field on a beautiful, sunny Tuesday afternoon for the second session of spring practice -– 12 days after the first.

“I thought the boys were kind of rusty.  I guess you would expect that coming off spring break,” coach Mark Richt said.  “But they are very eager to learn, very eager to prove to the coaching staff they deserve to play.  They’re really working hard at learning what to do. I’ve got no issue with their effort at all right now or the attitude of the group.  It’s pretty encouraging, actually.”

Notes from practice:

  • There were fewer players in green non-contact jerseys, signifying injuries, for this practice than in the first session of spring ball March 4. In fact, the only green jersey Tuesday was on fullback Fred Munzenmaier (shoulder). (The quarterbacks were wearing black jerseys,  signifying non-contact but not injury.)
  • In the secondary, Shawn Williams was working with the No. 1 unit, along with Brandon Boykin, Vance Cuff and Bacarri Rambo. Branden Smith was working with the second unit.
  • Richt said Carlton Thomas practiced “extremely well.” Thomas is the No. 3 tailback behind Caleb King and Washaun Ealey. Richt said Thomas is determined to compete for playing time. Thomas also is working on kickoff and punt returns.
  • The quarterbacks — Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger — again shared reps equally. Richt said he’ll decide by the end of the week how to discipline Mettenberger, including how many games the recently arrested QB will be suspended to start the season. Click here for more on the Mettenberger situation.
  • If Gray doesn’t win the starting QB job, he likely will continue his special-teams role of fielding deep punts, Richt indicated. “In the fall, I think he will either be the guy [at quarterback] or he will be a very strong candidate to do what he did last year on the punt team,” Richt said.  “We’ll just see what the future holds. I’m not counting him out for any other special teams, either. Just depends on how this QB race goes.”

Georgia practices again on Thursday and Saturday.

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Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me

March 16th, 2010
5:34 pm

Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me

March 16th, 2010
5:34 pm

Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me

March 16th, 2010
5:34 pm

A DAWG in aubarn

March 16th, 2010
5:35 pm

Glad to see that they are back at work. Can’t wait for G Day. GO DAWGS!!

PowerDawg

March 16th, 2010
5:39 pm

Cuff has got to learn to tackle better. And he needs to be taught that you don’t try and tackle a 6′3″ /235 lbs. receiver above the waist. Can’t tackle up high…got to stay down around the waist. Especially when you’re 5′11″/180.

Where is the “Hit Man”? Williams can play but Hamilton is too good to be watching.

And why is Mettenberger getting equal snaps? Because of the Obstruction/D.C. charges, he is looking at a 2-game suspension at a minimum.

More later.

NC Dawg

March 16th, 2010
5:43 pm

jb's house

March 16th, 2010
5:46 pm

Tim-

How are the QB’s doing so far–any stats to share?

Completion %, td’s, int’s, etc?

Tim Tucker

March 16th, 2010
5:52 pm

PowerDawg: Hit Man (Jakar Hamilton) is working with No. 2 secondary at moment, along with Smith, Commings and Nick Williams

5 Buck Box

March 16th, 2010
5:58 pm

Please give me more PowerDawg. Your insight is like nothing we’ve ever heard before.

Pi$$onaJacket

March 16th, 2010
6:04 pm

The DAWGS are going to shock the world this season.

theDingo

March 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

LOL @ 5 Buck Box

St.Petedawg

March 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

Lakatos will get this secondary in order. I can feel it.

tdog

March 16th, 2010
7:07 pm

It looks like we will need to rebuild this year, A lot of young guys who need playing time. Let’s hope we can get five wins, and go from there.

Lizard King

March 16th, 2010
7:11 pm

Were they wearing black helmets??

cantondawg

March 16th, 2010
7:16 pm

5 buck box,

that’s funny i don’t care who you are..git-r-done

Lizard King

March 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

I’m sure the QB’s will be wearing red non-contact jerseys. Except Mettenberger, he’ll be in orange…

tchance

March 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

you first guys are idiots as well as the second and third morons….for God sakes, try and find a woman who will tolerate your nerdy butts long enough to be having sex with you for the first time in your life with somebody else other than yourself and then you may be capable to actually write something that has to do with the column instead of you hitting the keyboard with one hand while going at it with the other hoping you are first! Nerds!!!!

AltamahaDawg

March 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

One guy in a green jersey? How many did we have last spring, like 20?

And I have to say the orange clad Mettenberber was pretty funny. Good one. Black helmet not bad either.

CatsFly

March 16th, 2010
8:15 pm

Noticed there were a lot of players wearing black and white stripped shirts, thought they were refs in football uniforms. Then noted that the shirts ran horizontally.

Chipped Tires

March 16th, 2010
8:28 pm

Mettenberger should have been running the damn bleachers. This guy is stupid if he thinks he should be the starting QB for UGA.. CMR may just throw this thug off the team!

Lizard King

March 16th, 2010
8:29 pm

I’m stupid.

bobbydawg

March 16th, 2010
9:46 pm

Get ready for Chase Vasser.

My Name is Joe and I am ...

March 16th, 2010
10:10 pm

who are we kidding.. I am a thug.. I must be .. I had a drinnk in college and am underage..or maybe I am young , dumb anf full… of ummm xxxxx or xxx and vinegar. Give the kid a break.

AltamahaDawg

March 16th, 2010
11:09 pm

I am stunned at the folks who do not possess the vocabulary beyond repeating the term “thug” over and over again. The kid screwed up, I can think of a dozen ways to make fun of that and not make myself sound actually much dumber than he was.

ugafan

March 16th, 2010
11:29 pm

“There were many fewer players…” many fewer?

flabbergasted

March 16th, 2010
11:32 pm

Dang, Chipped Tires, you need to lighten up a little. Mettenberger (sorry if I didn’t spell that correctly) did a dumb thing, but he’s a kid and kids do dumb things. Underage drinking and a fake ID? How utterly horrendous. A thug? Oh please. If we suspended or locked up every underage college kid who got caught drinking on Spring Break (with or without a fake ID), we would depopulate our institutions of higher learning. Cut the kid a break because Coach Richt will surely exact his own brand of justice.

RED DOG 77

March 16th, 2010
11:49 pm

AltamahaDawg……Thanks for the last post! Someone had to say it. St.Pete dawg……..Agree 100%, Lakatos, I believe may be one of the brightest young secondary coaches in the SEC if not the country ! If he could stop South Carolina in their tracks, with those kids at UConn, just imagine what he can do with the talent we have in our secondary. I can “feel it” too ! tdog………..You my friend, are so dadgum smart, I don’t think I can keep up with you………Regards to all, RED

RED DOG 77

March 16th, 2010
11:59 pm

flabbergasted……….Thank you too, sir………what in hell are some of these people thinking? I’m an old man, and looking back to when I was in college, Spring break was for one thing [not counting girls] and that was to drink, underage…….Good Grief !

mark

March 17th, 2010
12:21 am

red dog 77
we have no talent at secondary…. the cornerbacks are an average 4 inches shorter than the average wide receiver… all the other teams have to do is throw it up and let their receivers outjump our short secondary

mark

March 17th, 2010
12:24 am

chipped tires, just because a college kid drinks is no reason to kick him off the team… thats typical behavior for college guys.. and kicking him off the team would not help… even if aaron murray won the job. we still need mettenberger as a backup. remember we have none.

mark

March 17th, 2010
12:27 am

btw, the black helmets looked good….. we need to wear black pants on our away games like we did in the outback bowl against wiscon. we need to start having an attitude….. its time to let the tradition of the silver britches go…. remember it was hershal wearing red pants when UGA beat tennessee

ben

March 17th, 2010
12:43 am

Abry “Roastbeef” Jones is a beast…look out

Johnny DangerDawg

March 17th, 2010
2:44 am

mark,
Look at any team at any level, and their receivers are almost always taller than their cornerbacks. If AJ Green played cornerback, he would get split in half trying to make a tackle because he’s tall and skinny. Cornerbacks have to be a little shorter so they can make tackles. Receivers need to be taller so they can reach over the cornerbacks, That’s not a UGA thing; that’s just how it works everywhere. Do you know why it’s hard for colleges to find 6-4 cornerbacks? Because their high school coaches have those guys playing WR! And they’re going to stay at that position.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

March 17th, 2010
3:46 am

Johnny Danger is dropping serious knowledge on you idiots, so pay attention

UGA owns you tasty bees..

March 17th, 2010
3:52 am

Surely this is a rotation thing on the def. secondary also, b/c on a talent level, it should be Brandon Boykin, Jakar Hamilton, Bacarri Rambo, Branden Smith starting opening day. Caleb King should watch out, b/c not only Carlton Thomas is trying to jump up, pay attention to the RB out of Heard County GA Dontavious Jackson, who was severly injured at last years spring, and who ran three times at the end of the Vandy game, despite not being medically cleared to play, b/c this kid is an animal. Chip, you also failed to talk about the linebackers , and i.e. Richard Samuel, cause you know we wanna hear about that too..

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Rocky Topper

March 17th, 2010
6:12 am

Should be yet another interesting year for the DAWGS! I can’t wait to watch the self-implosion.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 17th, 2010
6:35 am

Rocky Topper,

Go crawl back under your rock.

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OcillaDawg

March 17th, 2010
8:07 am

What is the rotation at nose tackle, and the other D-line spots?

UGA Forester

March 17th, 2010
9:09 am

TIM In the pictures it looks like Aaron Murray is wearing a glove on his throwing hand. Does he do this all the time or just because it was cold?

Hey Rocky Tipper

March 17th, 2010
9:15 am

At least when we self implode we don’t lose to schools like Wyoming… Shut your yap

timmy

March 17th, 2010
9:32 am

What’s really sad is that they will IMPLODE……very sad…..but true

The HURT LOCKER

March 17th, 2010
9:34 am

Chipped Tires…you must be a panty waste. I guess you never went on Spring break and had a few beers when you were under age because you were glued to your momas hip. What a tool you are!

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Gentlemen…it appears that our adversaries have obviously become….unsound.

4WhatIt'sWorth

March 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Chipped Tires alias is Saint Simons.

Like to know

March 17th, 2010
9:56 am

I would like to know what the new D coaches are thinknng now that they can see the kids in action. The new D coaches all have a certain depth of knowledge, either from the NFL or U Conn or yes, even Vandy.

Like to know what they think now about the UGA D line, line backers and corners. This effort is where the games ( MORE THAN 7 ?) will be won. Also, how we cover kicks, punts. See LSU.

Go Dogs.

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
10:02 am

Chip, how about letting us know who wins the Snot-Bubble trophy each day for the biggest hit in practice.

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ARdawg

March 17th, 2010
10:15 am

If i ever run into to Mett…..I’m buying the beer