Updating Anderson’s progress and Glenn’s recovery

Cleaning out the notebook to start the week:

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Justin Anderson is playing defense this month for the first time since his junior year of high school. But if Georgia’s season had opened last week, the 6-5, 330-pounder would have been a starter on the defensive line at the nose position.

He’s taking nothing for granted, noting that two weeks of practice remain before the first game and “anything can happen.”

But Anderson admits he’s farther along -– closer to a starting spot -– than he expected to be three weeks into preseason practice.

“To be honest, I didn’t” expect to be working with the No. 1 unit so soon, he said. “No, I didn’t. But hey, I’m just trying to get better.

“Coming on defense, I was kind of nervous at first. I knew I was physically going to do well. But in the past on the offensive line, I’ve had trouble with playbooks. So that was probably my biggest –- I wouldn’t say fright, but I was kind of skeptical about it. But I’ve picked up on it pretty good.

“Playing nose tackle,” he noted, “you just have to learn the base package.”

Anderson, a junior, likes the position. “Taking on those double teams every now and then, that’s probably the biggest challenge of it,” he said.

If Anderson starts at nose, DeAngelo Tyson shifts to an end.

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Here’s Mark Richt’s latest update on the recovery of offensive guard Cordy Glenn, sidelined the past couple of weeks with mononucleosis:

“We think Cordy will practice the week of the [first] game, if not sooner. In the beginning of the mono issue, the most important or most crucial part of it is the spleen can get enlarged, and that’s dangerous if you get hit with your spleen in that state. And once the spleen reduces the swelling, you’re still kind of fatigued, you’re still kind of tired. The spleen aspect of it, we feel real good about [now]. But he’s still got to get his strength back. . . . We’re trying to condition him now indoors, and when he handles that well enough, we’ll go outdoors and little by little we’ll phase him in.”

Glenn is one of two starters on the offensive line -– the most experienced facet of the team –- to miss much much of preseason practice. Center Ben Jones missed all of last week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 15 to clean up cartilage. Jones is expected to return to practice the week of the opening game. Also, a third offensive-line starter, right tackle Josh Davis, missed a couple of days with a minor ankle injury.

“You’d love to have them working together all this time, partially because you want the line to get used to each other but [also] for the offense in general to gain the confidence you need as a unit,” Richt said. “If your offensive line is run-blocking [and] pass-blocking, things are going to go well for you in practice, and as that happens, that gives everybody on the the entire offensive unit, including that young quarterback, confidence.

“I think there will be a little bit more of a mystery going into Game 1 as to how we’re really going to perform [offensively], whereas if [the starting offensive linemen] were practicing every one of those 29 opportunities, everybody would have a better sense of what’s going to happen.”

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Hope you read Steve Hummer’s excellent piece on Aaron Murray (and family) in Sunday’s AJC.

Chatting after practice Friday, Murray noted an advantage Georgia’s offense should be able to exploit in the red zone: three tall receivers in 6-4 A.J. Green, 6-5 Kris Durham and 6-5 Marlon Brown.

“We have three big, big targets,” Murray said. “Pretty much get to the line of scrimmage and whoever’s got the shortest cornerback, we’re going to pick on him for that play.

“All three of them definitely are going to be huge weapons in the red zone, where all you got to do is throw it in the back of the end zone and just let them jump up for it. It’s either going to be a catch or it’s going to be knocked down. The chances of it getting picked are going to be pretty bad unless I make just a horrible throw. If I just throw it high enough where they can out-jump someone, it’s a great shot for us.”

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107 comments Add your comment

Victorious Sakrete

August 23rd, 2010
5:14 am

Bean will be All SEC.

merbertmoover

August 23rd, 2010
5:31 am

I’m number two babe…..

Tim

August 23rd, 2010
6:04 am

Tim, I asked this an earlier blog but didn’t see any comment form you so I ask again; How is Richard Samuel coming along? Is he close to returning and what’s the chances of this injury forcing them to red-shirt him?

Army Dawg in Iraq

August 23rd, 2010
6:19 am

It’s great that we’ve a big ole body to put in ther at nose, I hope Kwame get some reps there also, he is gonna be a good one I think.

Uh, Tim...

August 23rd, 2010
6:52 am

…give it a rest on the Samuel update question – Tim Tucker is being nice and not saying the obvious, which is that the kid did not take advantage of his chance at RB last season, and obviously cannot play linebacker at the D1 level. He will not see the field this year, unless on special teams.

He really should have transferred to a 1AA school if he wanted to play, but he wanted to remain a Bulldog (who wouldn’t) and for that I give him kudos…

footlong Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
7:06 am

3 tall WR’s plus 3 BIG TE’s… great targets for Murray…..Samuel should have been at LB all along… played LB in H.S. right ??? Go Dawgs !!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

August 23rd, 2010
7:08 am

Richard should get a RS and be ready for next year,,,he is only 19

AMSTERDAM SAM

August 23rd, 2010
7:14 am

Uh, Uh Tim – why act as if you are so knowledgable, or are you just jealous of someone like Samuel? He just transfered to defense, so give him time, dude. And what about you – I bet nobody ever asked you to play on any pickup games and envy fuels your deriding remarks. I bet you wouldn’t have the guts to speak to Samuel’s face what you just posted.

Schlem Schleebow

August 23rd, 2010
7:41 am

That’s great Aaron, now if only you could see over your 6-5 to 6-6 offensive linemen. It’s going to be a long year for the polite midget.

Sorry, Amsterdam Sam...

August 23rd, 2010
7:52 am

…you are way off in your rant against me, but that is OK – I gave kudos to Samuel for remaining a Bulldog, but that is about it – he cannot play consistently at the D1 level, he proved that last year – not a slam on him, just a fact. And, he is now 20 years old, not 19 – though Ealy is now 21, which is a weird situation how a sophomore can be almost 2 years older than a junior – but, again, a fact is a fact…

BirminghamDawg

August 23rd, 2010
7:57 am

Schlem Schleebow……How tall is Drew Brees? Oh, 6′0″ and 209lb…I guess he is doing ok for himself….seeing he cant see over the 6′5-6′6″ linemen either????? Dont hate on him cause Aaron is taller the you!!!!

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

Great news for the defence,bean will be a force in the middle.And kudos to CRG for landing the myles kid at dt.

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
8:14 am

I ment to say defense not defence.figured i changd it before the spelling bee start.

beatdowns galore

August 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

This Bean kid will be a re fried Bean when he gets to Jacksonville for the annual beatdown by the Mighty Gators.

kydawg

August 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

Here’s hoping the OL gets healthy…BTW…How is Sturdivant doing? Is he getting more reps with Cordy out?

So many questions going in to this year…let’s get this thing going!!!

Joey

August 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

So, our OL will have two starters out of shape for the SC game? Man . . .

I got mono when I was 19. I was a competition water skier, in a 2-on-two basketball league, and in great shape, and when I was finally over the virus, I was a weakling. It took a couple of months to start feeling normal again. That was a long time ago, though, so maybe treatments for recovery are better now.

If not, Cordy Glenn will not have his normal strength til mid-season.

Bulldog huff

August 23rd, 2010
8:25 am

I ment to say defense not defence.figured i’d change it before the spelling bee starts.

Man with the Plan

August 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

Anderson has tremendous size, gets really low, has a burst, pretty amazing for his size, he’s 6′ 5”, 330 lbs, not many teams on Georgia’s schedule that can match up with Anderson’s size.

Getting the O-Line healthy for game 1, not a big deal. Just have em’ ready for SC. If the O-Line struggles in 1st 3 games, you’ll just need to defense and special teams to carry the guys for 2 games, which they will if needed. Georgia has a lot of dpeth at O-Line, will be fine.

DR

August 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

Bean is going to be a beast at nose.

How2fish

August 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Joey mono recover time is really a person by person thing, that being said Cordy will be eased back in to the line up unless we have a rash of injuries. Your right about one thing he won’t be full strength for SC.

Tim Tucker

August 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

Tim: Mark Richt said last week that Richard Samuel would be out another week or so. As for redshirting, I asked Todd Grantham about that. He said that while the missed time hurts Samuel, it’s still too early to say about redshirting: “I think we’ve still got a ways to go with that,” Grantham said. “How soon he would get ready could indicate what we would do. But right now I would still plan on using him and just see how he can come along.”

Link to the Steve Hummer...

August 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

Mr. Tucker, you stated there was an article by Steve Hummer… “Hope you read Steve Hummer’s excellent piece on Aaron Murray (and family) in Sunday’s AJC”. I tried Googling it with quotes and can’t find it….any chance you could provide the link?

Paddy

August 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

Lets hold the judgement on Samuel till after they red shirt him this year.

Giant G

August 23rd, 2010
9:11 am

Please don’t let this mean we’re going to the fade more often than not. Bad idea.

Gratefuldawghead

August 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

Giant G …good point. I am thinking we will run the ball more like we did against Tech. Richt said BoBo would coach from the sidelines again and this is a good sign.
GO DAWGS!

NCAA Death Penalty: UGLY MUTTS, 2010

August 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

Enjoy the pre-season stupid ugly mutts, the NCAA Death Penalty will end this year very early….only a fool would sign with uga, knowing the DEATH PENALTY is hanging over their heads.

Schlem Schleebow

August 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

BirminghamDawg, I love it when humpers compare Murray to Brees. Now if he had signed somewhere else you would be like the rest of the humping nation and put the Thom Thumb hurt on him. I guess next thing he will be up for Heisman. I seem to remember Brees losing to the humpers in the outback bowl.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

The spelling on this vent is not up to 4th grade level. You will have to take remedial spelling. You have murdered the English language and shall be punished. Bean will be good because he won’t have to think so much at nose tackle. That is not making fun of him – just a fact. He had a lot of problems with blocking – often out of position or late getting where he was supposed to be. Maybe that is a lack of coaching in the past. I don’t know. At nose tackle you don’t have as much to think about.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

Schleem – grow up.

Schlem Schleebow

August 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

I did Duh!, in 1990.

dawgster

August 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Floor-Ri-Duh!…agree with your comments on Anderson…just waiting for “Tide Roll” to spew out his nonsense regarding his conitinued bashing of the dawg coaches for moving him…Mr. Anderson, himself said he was having difficulty with the playbook…I think he will be great on defense and wish him well…as for “Tide Roll”..we know you will be here spewing your never changing nonsense…go dawgs..

dawgster

August 23rd, 2010
9:46 am

Sorry, Flo-ri-duh…(finger typing error)..

How2fish

August 23rd, 2010
9:46 am

Schlem Schleebow I love when morons (that would be you in this case) think that 6 ft is too short to play QB at a D-1 school, the only comparison with Brees is not his level of play but his height..if the OL can afford decent protection Murray will be fine if they can’t an extra inch of height won’t help much..now your dismissed.

HBTD

August 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

Glad to see the nerd obsession continues with the Dawgs……. your annual beatdown comes again soon.

fan

August 23rd, 2010
9:58 am

Dawgster, I also remember tide roll saying what a bad move moving bean to defense. what an idiot tide roll is. some people are born idiots and think they know football. and schlem, murray is 6′1 prob taller than you. i dont know how any tech fan can come on here and call murray a midget when they are prob shorter than him, that makes them a hypocrite and a DUMBAZZ.

fan

August 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

i wouldn’t say samuel isn’t capable of playing in this division, he has made some nice plays in the past. whoever asked how ealy is older than samuel, is because samuel is smart as hell and was moved up when he was young

Worm

August 23rd, 2010
10:02 am

Hope Bean gets accustomed to being doubled..If the NT is not drawing a double team, he’s not effective.

Too All You DAWG HATERS on here

August 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

Get off Crack before JESUS comes back!

Sonia

August 23rd, 2010
10:08 am

You can forget Green. South Beach is his Achilles Heel, as he WILL be discovered and caught lying. The NCAA wouldn’t be snooping around without any evidence, so Green IS going down.

And Murray is so overrated that it’s not funny. SC will hand him his head on a platter.

Get reasy for a very long season, dawgturds. Have your red panties ready to gnaw on. :-)

TedS

August 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

Get reasy for a very long season, dawgturds.

Sonia is so right!

Hunker Down

August 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

Roll Tide should be along any moment now. Kinda like the movie jaws when they were chumming.

Too All You DAWG HATERS on here

August 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

Sonia Mr AJ Green has never been to Miami. He was visting his family at home. …Murray will be the Man. Urban BEGGED him to sign with UF.
“Get reasy” Sonia?…Really maybe you should get a GED and get off the streets!
GO DAWGS!

How2fish

August 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

Sonia the NCAA we are hearing should make a ruling on the A.J. Green matter this week. When they clear him will you come back on the blog and admit you were wrong? And for the record if they are on a actual woman and not a Bug’s blow up doll gnawing on red panties ain’t half bad..beats the Hell out of a Bug Tickle Pile.

Schlem Schleebow

August 23rd, 2010
10:26 am

How2, IF you saw the midget play in the spring game, you would be worried too; but since you are a typical humper fan you have a memory gap between 1980 and whatever the previous season disaster is.

It's raining Red Panties from the sky!

August 23rd, 2010
10:29 am

Oh how summer brings optimisim to hump land. Too bad the season starts soon.

Habersham Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

Where’s my comment? Huh? It was topical and relevant!

Tim

August 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

Enter your comments here

Tim

August 23rd, 2010
10:36 am

Thanks Tim,
I appreciate the update. That’s all I wanted to know.

Hope it wasn’t too much of a bother….

Habersham Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

Okay Tim Tucker, why is it SONIA can have a comment with Red Panties in it, but my TWO rebuttals aren’t even posted? Dagnabit, post them.

How2fish

August 23rd, 2010
10:42 am

Schlem Schleebow tell you what I have a deal for you and it won’t cost you a dime. Lets watch Murray work say till after the Ark game and then re-visit the issue..by then we should know if his height will be a problem or not…so just go away and come back in what 5 weeks? Then we will know if I’m a homer or if your a dumbazz.But admit it Nancy you can’t stay off the UGA blogs that long can you…I’ll put in terms your Buggish self can understand its like Gollum’s relationship with the ring he hates but he needs it so! You really ought to start calling UGA ..the Precious!