Juggling topics with A.J. Green, from NCAA to NFL to unicycles

ATHENS — Since word got out last month that the NCAA’s investigation of possible improper dealings between players and agents had reached Georgia, A.J. Green has declined comment on the matter except to say he has never been to Miami, scene of an agent-affiliated party that triggered the probe at several schools.

After practice Friday, Green said he looks forward to saying more.

“I hope it’s coming up soon,” he said. “It should be sometime next week, or whenever. I don’t know.”

He said the issue has “not at all” been a distraction.

On another topic, Georgia’s star wide receiver said he is focused on making the most of his junior season, not on the widespread expectation that he’ll enter next year’s NFL draft.

“You just can’t get caught up in the hype and that kind of stuff,”  Green said. “You’re still in college; you’ve still got another year. There’s nothing like college. When you get in that real world, it’s nothing but business. Around here . . . you can have fun hanging around with your friends. I’m just going to take it day-by-day and game-by-game and get better each day.”

Now, something you might not know about Green: He revealed that he was on his elementary school’s “juggling team.”

“I guess,” he said, “that helped with my hand-eye coordination a lot.”

Green said he picked up the skill in second grade.

“I can juggle, like, four balls,” he said. “I can juggle everything –- pens, bowling pins, whatever.”

Green also revealed that he started riding a unicycle in fourth grade.

So now you know.

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A few more things:

  • Georgia coach Mark Richt said Friday’s practice was “a whole lot better” than Thursday’s, which he said in retrospect “stunk.”
  • Richt expects offensive guard Cordy Glenn, sidelined with mononucleosis, to return to practice by the week of the opening game, “if not sooner.”
  • Georgia’s Blair Walsh was named Friday to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to college football’s top placekicker.
  • UGA’s annual Fans’ Picture Day is Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot “Russ” will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while players and coaches will be available for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m.
  • And finally, quarterback Aaron Murray laughed when asked if he’ll lobby Green to stick around for his senior season in 2011.  “You never know, there might be a [NFL] lockout or something,” Murray said. “I won’t complain too much if he stays for that. I’m like, ‘Lockout! Lockout!’”

Also: McGarity contract terms spelled out.

126 comments Add your comment

primero

August 20th, 2010
8:43 pm

primero mi amigos

turkey caller

August 20th, 2010
8:44 pm

Kid can catch most anything near him. One of the best. Mature young man.

clown school

August 20th, 2010
8:45 pm

poor AJ never made it to clown school. but he did make it to UGA, which is essentially the same thing

Summerville Elem juggling team

August 20th, 2010
8:48 pm

4 kids from the lowcountry tossing rocks in the air

george

August 20th, 2010
8:48 pm

Two more years under Coach Mark Reicht may not be too good.

Unicycle

August 20th, 2010
8:49 pm

poor AJ was so poor, his parents couldn’t afford a bike with two wheels. so he made the most of his unicycle

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 20th, 2010
8:49 pm

AHHHH THAT MADE ME LAUGH, GOOD FOR YOU AJ. DAMN GOTTA HAVE HATERS EVEN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. KEEP AT IT DAWGS.
ONELOVE GA

a j green

August 20th, 2010
8:56 pm

did you know the AJ stands for “Always Juggling”?

future

August 20th, 2010
8:58 pm

I guess AJ’s future is somewhat “up in the air”.

BG

August 20th, 2010
9:00 pm

AJ is the man!!

kb

August 20th, 2010
9:03 pm

All of you haters are just jealous. You can’t but admire AJ. Grow up and get a life!

here i am in person

August 20th, 2010
9:13 pm

YES I can do all the things that were mentioned above. That is why I will be the #1 wide receiver taken in the NFL draft. sorry julio you will be 3 or 4 taken. Go Dawgs. I hate to leave early. My time at UGA has been the best!!!!

WestOfAthens

August 20th, 2010
9:18 pm

Number 8 is awesome! The fact that all of these accusations exist, bears witness to his exceptional skills. AJ has kept his game clean, it is a sad example for these outsiders to attempt to taint his deserving accomplishments.

Dawgs Run This State!

August 20th, 2010
9:22 pm

Did you see Paul Johnson’s quote about college QB’s… He asked “How many NFL quarterbacks, before Stafford, have there been from UGA?” Implying his offense would produce a QB just as well as any other school. Um… I guess he isn’t quite as smart as he thinks!

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 20th, 2010
9:27 pm

I just hope Murray can get the ball to AJ and use him to the fullest.He makes ANY QB look good.

col fot

August 20th, 2010
9:41 pm

Great kid, this AJ Green, hope he has a great season and then signs for 100 mil.

Worm

August 20th, 2010
9:48 pm

North Carolina is about to lose 2-3 players for the season because of the actions of a former player..South Carolina has a “Hotelgate” scandal brewing and Wesley saunders is probably history..Most dawg fans have never doubted AJ-He’s a class act.

bowling

August 20th, 2010
9:51 pm

“I can even juggle bowling pins,” AJ said strikingly.

Urban & Nick & Les

August 20th, 2010
9:52 pm

Too bad AJ’s circus acts wont land Mark and UGA the big prize. So Sad !!!

Well I've never been to Miami

August 20th, 2010
9:54 pm

But I’ve been to Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, not Arizona
What does it matter
What does it matter

manboobs mug is so yogy Bear

August 20th, 2010
9:56 pm

Tech rules–we have so many receivers that are better than this Green Fellow. Just watch….we are better and the dogs cant beat us…

Oompa Loompa Dawg

August 20th, 2010
9:59 pm

How many midgets can this AJ kid juggle ?

SNAPDOG

August 20th, 2010
10:17 pm

AJ has much more class than All the haters on this blog. :)

Pinnochio

August 20th, 2010
10:17 pm

Liar, liar, (red) pants on fire.

Green is lying his azz off. The NCAA will nail him before the season starts.

Gail

August 20th, 2010
10:21 pm

AJ has much more class than All the haters on this blog.

No more kool-aid for you, bozo.

But have some nice red panties. :-)

give me some credit

August 20th, 2010
10:53 pm

i wrote all of the smart-alec jokes on here. just kidding around with how silly this article is. Aj is an outstanding athlete, and probably a pretty good kid. At least he’s from the greatest state in the south…

andrew

August 20th, 2010
11:29 pm

I guess Paul Johnson never heard of Fran Tarkenton!

espanol

August 20th, 2010
11:47 pm

should be “mis amigos” there primero

One dimensional Dogs

August 20th, 2010
11:57 pm

yeah alcohol is no problem in athens

Arrests of UGA students on partying charges up sharplyShareThisPrint E-mail .By Kristi E. Swartz

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s been two weeks since the University of Georgia was named the No. 1 party school in the nation by the Princeton Review. Apparently, authorities are paying attention.

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.Twenty University of Georgia students were arrested for alcohol-related charges Thursday night in Athens, including underage possession of alcohol and DUI, according to Athens-Clarke County jail records.

Those arrests – by university and Athens-Clarke County police – bring the total of drug-and alcohol-related arrests made in the last two weeks to 43, according to The Red and Black, the campus newspaper.

According to The Red and Black, arrests of UGA students on drug-and-alcohol charges were already running ahead of recent years. The paper said prior to Thursday night’s crackdown, there had been 23 drug-and-alcohol-related arrests since Aug. 9. There were 15 arrests during the same two-week period a year ago. In 2008, 13 arrests were made during that time period, The Red and Black said.

UGA and Athens-Clarke County police departments also are conducting checkpoints Friday night, the campus newspaper said. Classes began this week at the school of 33,000 students.

Attempts by the AJC to contact Athens-Clarke County police spokespersons were unsuccessful Friday night.

Cuz

August 21st, 2010
12:05 am

I would like to thank all the students for showing that Princeton picked the right party school.

Kramer

August 21st, 2010
12:17 am

AJ Green has a future all you haters would envy. Getting paid mega money to play a game. A game that takes heart, God given skill and guts. Something you Techies don’t understand. So study hard, continue you envious ways and just always remember, AJ Green will live the life you can only dream of. Sorry. Your dreams involve being more like us. The few, the proud, the Dawgs!

Gratefuldawghead

August 21st, 2010
12:28 am

Give’em Hell AJ..”F” the Haters!
GO DAWGS!

Meatlake

August 21st, 2010
1:20 am

I guess CPJ isn’t familiar with a UGA QB named Hines Ward, Super Bowl MVP. Or David Green, winningest NCAA QB ever until this last year when Colt McCoy surpassed him. Or Eric Zeier??? Or what about Nate Hybyl, the only player to win NCAA National Championships in 2 different sports and former NFL QB? The better question is, What QBs has GT ever produced Mr Manboobs McFlagboy? And AJ, I echo Gratefuldawghead’s sentiments above. Sic Em’

GT BABY

August 21st, 2010
1:31 am

I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THE FIRST EXCUSE OF THE SEASON AFTER THEY LOSE TO USC….

” UMMMM, WELL THE BALL JUDGE WENT TO SOUTH CAROLINA BACK IN THE 70′S AND HE MADE THAT OFFSIDES CALL IN THE SECOND QUARTER”

GEEZ….WHAT A JOKE UG@Y IS! AND YALL WONDER WHY EVERYONE MAKES FUN OF YALL. DONT BELIEVE ME? JUST TURN ON ESPN!

RED DOG 77

August 21st, 2010
2:04 am

I don’t care what anyone says about Aarron Murray’s hight, ability, or whatever………he will hit AJ Green with the ‘ol tater at will this season………..AJ Green is a can’t miss target !!! …..GO DOGS !!!!!!

RED DOG 77

August 21st, 2010
2:15 am

GT BABY………I don’t really care who makes fun of us ‘ol fella, point is, we can make fun of you…………And we can back it up……..don’t think you can say the same………on second thought, I know you can’t say the same……..8 of 9 ring a bell ?……..Boy it’s a great feeling going down to your field every other year, and seeing more RED and BLACK than yellow………Look forward to making it 9 of 10 come November………until then………Best Regards, RED

Gatorbait 17-3

August 21st, 2010
6:06 am

Thank goodness, finally a new story after 3-4 days. How do these folks earn their pay?

Mikey in the SAV

August 21st, 2010
6:59 am

Crack jokes if you must. AJ will be counting his millions next year.

Miami, Florida

August 21st, 2010
7:06 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Destin dawg

August 21st, 2010
7:19 am

UGA is #3 on PARADE mag COLLEGE A- LIST… under large public schools… it says “No disrespect to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, but you don’t need to attend a fabled Ivy to get a big-league education”… top 7 schools named in 10 categories.. GSU mentioned.. but NO GT or any Fla.. schools….go to Parade.com/colleges !!! great party school, great football and great education at UGA…. Go AJ… Go Dawgs !!!!!

Destin dawg

August 21st, 2010
7:22 am

RED…. Baby GT doesn’t read Parade magazine ????

GT is Cool

August 21st, 2010
7:24 am

UGA owns the state, including Atlanta. Never even a doubt, GT is like the nerd in middle school whose mom felt sorry for him and bought him a sweet backpack and now he thinks he’s a cool guy. But really, once a nerd……always a tech fan.

Beast from the East

August 21st, 2010
7:33 am

Sounds like AJ is really considering coming back for his senior year. That would be great for the Dawgs. He truly does seem to be a level-headed kid and we all know he’s one heckuva a receiver. Congrats, Dawgs!
Go Gators!

Destin Dawg

August 21st, 2010
7:36 am

Ga is the best school in the country…better than Harvard, Yale, MIT, GT, Stanford….UGA has the best football progrm….better than Bama, UF, Ohio State, USC, GT, VT…..etc…..

Varsity Dawg all theway

August 21st, 2010
7:55 am

Right Destin… UGA is a cool school, cool town, pretty girls, great FB, good education…. what’s not to like ????

Herndon

August 21st, 2010
8:09 am

AJC headline: Arrests of UGA students on partying charges up sharply

As the thug players go, so go the student bozos.

There’s a reason it’s called The Cesspool of the South.

Groheim

August 21st, 2010
8:13 am

Since dawgtards seem to love living in the past, how about remembering the Jan Kemp trial, which exposed UGA and Vince Dooley for the jokes that they were. My favorite quote from the trial was this one:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

The best thing about the trial was that it completely killed Vince Dooley’s shot at Congress, since he was exposed as a fraud and a cheat during the trial. Make no mistake – Dooley knew everything that was going on.

Nothing has changed in the almost three decades since the trial. If anything, the abuses are even worse. Exhibit #1: Jim Harrick and son.

Today the players are even more illiterate and felonious and, well, just plain stupid, as evidenced by their arrest records and record number of penalties. Even Vince Dooley couldn’t have controlled this mob, much less Mark Richt. And now even the AD is a drunk debaucherer.

Ozzy

August 21st, 2010
8:17 am

Georgia Tech Sucks.
No, Georgia Sucks.
Well, Georgia Tech Sucks More.
No, Georgia Sucks More.
Blah….Blah…..Blah………and so it goes.

Good luck to Green. Seems like a good kid. I’ll be pulling for him until the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

benny

August 21st, 2010
8:19 am

Murphy will never get the ball to Green. Everyone knows that UGA players can only count to 5. So, how is he supposed to find 8?

Reality Check = Young, Dumb, and Jealous

August 21st, 2010
8:24 am

GT Baby is = St Simons….. same dumb posts…. stays up all night on blogs cause he can’t get a woman… maybe he doesn’t like women