Practice updates: Mett gets first QB snaps; defense works on forcing, recovering fumbles

ATHENS — Georgia’s football team is currently on the field for the third session of spring practice, which started a bit later than usual today.

  • Early in practice, new secondary coach Scott Lakatos was working with players on stripping the ball and recovering fumbles. The Dogs, remember, recovered only two of 18 opponent fumbles last season.


“Both hands. Tuck it away. Finish the drill.”

“Scoop. Scoop. Scoop. Finish.”

“Hands on the ball. Let’s score a touchdown.”

  • Today, Practice No. 3 of spring ball, was Zach Mettenberger’s turn to take the opening snaps with the No. 1 offense. The three quarterbacks are splitting reps evenly this spring and even alternating days taking the first snaps. Logan Gray took the opening  snaps in spring’s first practice and Aaron Murray in the second practice.
  • New inside linebackers coach Warren Belin was working with players on shedding blocks. “Go. Linebackers got to go make tackles.”
  • Just two players are wearing green non-contact jerseys, signifying injury: Fred Munzenmaier and Jeremy Longo.
  • Several of you have asked how the offensive line is lining up. Here’s how it is today on the No. 1 line: RT Josh Davis, RG Chris Davis, C Ben Jones, LG Cordy Glenn, LT Clint Boling.
  • As at Tuesday’s practice, Shawn Williams was working in the No. 1 secondary.
  • For a while early in practice, defensive players were rotating from station to station, working with each of the four defensive coaches on specific areas of emphasis.
  • Former Dogs Prince Miller and Bryan Evans are watching practice, as is defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s brother, Tony, an assistant at Navy.

Please click here for more news from Thursday’s practice, including post-practice comments.

28 comments Add your comment

Sanford Drive

March 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

“Scoop. Scoop.”

Wow, this team’s really going places with advice like that.


March 18th, 2010
6:13 pm


March 18th, 2010
6:15 pm


We have the best coaching staff in the county! We’re going to win the title htis year, MARK IT DOWN!!!!


March 18th, 2010
6:24 pm

So, I guess Sturdivant will be out until the summer. Does anyone know what kind of depth we have on the O-line? Hopefully it’s deeper than last year!

crazy dawg

March 18th, 2010
6:28 pm

Looks like this new defensive staff is doing alot more teaching and working with the players to make them better players. I am looking forward to how this will carry over to the game day play of the defense. We have always had talent I think this season will prove the the past nightmares were due to a lack of coaching and not based on the talent on hand. Not sure i would still be giving Zach the same number of reps as the other qb’s wtih a suspension looming to start the season why should they be taking snaps away from Murray and Gray.

Tim Tucker

March 18th, 2010
6:30 pm

Yes, Sturdivant is out until August. All reports on his rehab have been positive.


March 18th, 2010
6:49 pm

Anyone surprised Mettenberger is taking snaps with no. 1 offense after his bad decision just a couple of weeks ago. I am assuming he will be suspended for a few games?


March 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

Will Jeremy Longo ever be well enough to play? It seems he has been on the Injured -no contact list since he joined the team.


March 18th, 2010
7:01 pm

Mar 18
6:51 pm
Sports Illustrated

“dammit, we do one thing right in this country: the NCAA tournament. It is, from start to finish, the best sporting event in America.’ So my question is, why can’t UGa play in this tourney?

Monticello Dawg

March 18th, 2010
7:17 pm

Catsfly, have you observed UGA basketball the previous 6 years? If so, you would not be asking that question. Fox is having to rebuild, but if Thompkins is back, UGA will be in the dance next season. Should be a pretty regular thing thereafter. Everything is now in place: improved facilities, support from AD, great university, great college town, great talent nearby, and a coach that knows what he is doing.

Coach Johnsons Paul

March 18th, 2010
7:17 pm

Only TWO? One of those was against us…That makes me want to punch a UGA fan in the face!!!

Scout Dawg

March 18th, 2010
7:17 pm

These Dawgs are going to surprise some people this year. I just hope it is the sorry a$$ gators.


March 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

Nobody is messing with us this year! Who will challenge us indeed?


March 18th, 2010
7:48 pm

Sounds good, We will be able to tell pretty quickly how the defence is going to do. We play at south carolina in week two, that should give us some idea of how we will fare for the season. My hope is that they can have the defence down pat by week 3 or 4 of the season.

Buckhead Bulldog

March 18th, 2010
7:59 pm

Hopefully, the O-line is working on run blocking, and not pass blocking. Run it down their throats DOGS!

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Big L

March 18th, 2010
8:57 pm

I don’t care how posative Sturdivant’s reports are. How do you come back from blowing the same acl twice? Correct me if I’m wrong.


March 18th, 2010
11:49 pm

got that right! pass blocking they got. And really one of the better pass protection lines. But need 2 yards and may as well throw it. Let’s experiment with knocking somebody backwards this year.

Like Jerry said to Elaine….we need to take the “this” and add it to it the “that”.

Why woudn’t Mett be taking snaps? 2 games is a pretty small part of a career. Still need to know who the better QB is. flip-flops didnt change that.

I am blow away at only having 2 non-contact jerseys out there. Have we ever only had two guys? Although I guess thats not counting somebody completely out right now. But its way better than past 2 years. Just the improvement in competition, and the flow of having full squads out there!


March 19th, 2010
12:51 am

How is Trinton Sturdivant doing? Will he start or be a back-up this fall?


March 19th, 2010
1:02 am

Big L With all due respect, there are lots of Olinemen in the NFL with multiple acl blowouts, and are doing fine. Yup gotta run that tater this year ! O line looks good, just gotta pound on those suckers.Looks to me like Granthams got a fire started in Athens………..GO DOGS !!! GATA !!!

What about attitude?

March 19th, 2010
3:52 am

I am greatly concerned about the return of passion, fire and swagger in the Dawgs. We lost the “junkyard dawg” mentality and haven’t been able to find it. I want to see a “take no prisoners” attitude. If things don’t drastically improve this year I’m sure the “new coaches” card will be played. It’s time for the return of UGA to glory days. CMR will begin to feel the heat if things don’t go well this year. CMR is a great coach but I really wonder about his fire and passion.
Attitude is important and a winning, passionate, fire filled team is who wins and wins big.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 19th, 2010
6:46 am

Do some people feel the need to comment even when they have nothing to say?

This is spring practice, and you’re worried about attitude?

I’m glad to read that fundamental football is being coached into our players. The “attitude” is best saved for Saturdays in the fall.

I like that we’re coaching up a ball hawk defense.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 19th, 2010
6:47 am

I did like the Seinfeld reference….good job there.


March 19th, 2010
8:58 am

Grantham seems like he could light a fire under someone – hopefully hot enough to relight the intensity our defense used to have. Fundamentals are key – the first guy makes the tackle or holds him up – everyone else pound the guy or pile on. Pass rushers should thrive under Grantham’s scheme, which again with sacks and tackles for loss, comes renewed intensity. The scheme combined with the renewed enthusium alone could have won us some games last year – and I predict with a younger, inexperienced QB, that we’ll grind out some running drives and rely on the fiesty D to keep the other team from scoring too quickly. Can’t wait to see the defense on display at the spring game.

Turnovers = Key to UGA's season

March 19th, 2010
10:06 am

The defense ranked close to LAST in takeaways in 2009. Only averaged around 1 takeaway per game. Need to be over 2 to win the SEC.

Saints went from worst to 1st in 1 season in defensive takeaways—UGA needs to do the same thing.

The offense committed 28 giveaways. They need to cut down int’s to 6 instead of 17 to win the SEC.

Are there any um, ah UT fans out there?

March 19th, 2010
10:22 am

Another departure from UT. ALL WORLD running back ????Bryce Brown skipped town for um, ah “family issues”. GONE HE IS. BYE BYE. The family being referred to is UT football ……………soon to be on double, secret triple NCAA probation. Blame is gone, Daddy Blame is gone and that thug Orgeron is gone. The cheaters skipped first. Now, the players they recruited.

Dooley was hired ONLY as window dressing so as to clean up the slimey UT image. Too little and too late. UT will be years from winning any games of consequence.

Another one bites the dust.


March 20th, 2010
12:54 am

Yes I would agree with that last post ! Bryce Brown was but the first domino to fall for UT in 2010. Bryce Brown was but simbolic, He will surely start a chain reaction of loses for ol “Rocky Top” this year……………Poor Ol Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee !

Twilb Dawg

March 20th, 2010
8:55 pm

The Dawgs will be much improved this season…we will have a solid running game, improved passing game and a more aggressive defense.

2010 SEC Champs!