Gator chomps and Bulldog barks followed Richt on spring break

ATHENS – Georgia’s football team switched gears from spring break to spring practice Tuesday — a rather jolting change.

Just back from the university’s spring break, which many players and coaches spent on the beach, the Bulldogs returned to the practice field on an unseasonably warm afternoon. They held their second session of spring practice, 12 days after the first.

“Spring break — for spring football, it really does stink,” coach Mark Richt said. “You get ‘em working; you get ‘em up to a certain point of readiness, mentally, physically. And then boom, they’re gone. . . . And we [coaches] are, too. Our minds — we’re out of here, too.

“It’s hard to just come back off spring break and just expect everybody to look great. But hopefully we’ll be locked in and ready to go from here on.”

Richt spent part of his spring break on the beach in Jamaica, and listen to what greeted him there:

“I’m not lying to you: The first time we laid down our stake at the beach — laid it down just barely, hadn’t even sat down yet, just trying to get the chair aligned with the sun — two Gators [fans] are right [next] to where my chair was, right where I was looking.”

He had other encounters with SEC fans on the trip, too.

“I’ll tell you what, man: The SEC is everywhere,” he said.

“I got a couple of these,” he added, showing the Gator chomp. “But I had a lot of great Bulldogs barking, too, so it was good.”

Anyway, a rested Richt and his team were back at work Tuesday.

“I thought we were a little sluggish,” Richt said. “I hate to make it sound like it was a bad [practice] because it really wasn’t, but I don’t think everybody did a real good job over spring break staying in shape.”

The Bulldogs will practice again on Thursday.

Bare-handed Murray

If you’re wondering, quarterback Aaron Murray practiced without gloves Tuesday.

He wore them in Georgia’s 10-6 Liberty Bowl loss to Central Florida, a choice that drew much debate after the game.

“Yeah, I definitely heard a lot of second-guessing,” Murray said Tuesday. “But when you go back and watch the film, most of the bad plays were not due to throwing. It was more mental errors. So it had nothing to do with the glove.”

In any case, Murray said he doesn’t plan to wear a glove on his throwing hand during games or practices in the future unless cold weather possibly dictates.

“I felt good with it heading into the [bowl] game, with the weather and everything,” he said. “But as of right now we’re just using the hand.”

Murray participated fully in Tuesday’s practice, and he said his ankle, which he sprained in a pickup soccer game last month, “feels 100 percent.”

“I’m still doing rehab just to make sure it stays strong,” he said. “But I felt great out there today and really haven’t had any problems in about a week or so.”

Benedict’s long road back

Offensive lineman Brent Benedict, who was redshirted as a freshman last season after suffering a severe knee injury in high school, said he is a “full-go” participant this spring.

“It was a long road coming back,” he said.

He is working at right guard.

Donations rise

Donations to the Georgia athletics program have topped last year’s level despite the Bulldogs’ first losing football season in 14 years.

Contributions to the “Hartman Fund,” the fund-raising vehicle that is tied to football season tickets, stood at $22.94 million as of Monday night with “still a few dribbling in,” according to Dave Muia, the athletics department official who oversees fund-raising and alumni relations.

That total exceeds last year’s contributions of $22.74 million.

This year’s stated deadline for contributions was Feb. 15, but the cutoff, as usual, was flexible.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

320 comments Add your comment

skyler

March 22nd, 2011
8:53 pm

could it be?

wag

March 22nd, 2011
8:53 pm

skyler

March 22nd, 2011
8:54 pm

sweeet…anyway, if you havent seen the video of aaron murray nailing a bama fan in the face with a football in key west, you should check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDP2XQluSBM

wag

March 22nd, 2011
8:54 pm

skyler is tha man

Worm

March 22nd, 2011
8:58 pm

jake skole,3 rbi’s-.08 DUI

BigDawg

March 22nd, 2011
9:01 pm

BigDawg

March 22nd, 2011
9:02 pm

Not first, don’t care. great youtube video!

D A DoubleU G

March 22nd, 2011
9:41 pm

I absolutely love springtime in Athens.

Ryan Kaczmarski

March 22nd, 2011
9:44 pm

You know the only thing that followed Paul Johnson on his spring break??

About 65 pounds from the buffets he murdered in Macon, Ga.

Paul in RDU

March 22nd, 2011
9:51 pm

I am shocked, shocked, to hear that Mark Richt spent a good portion of spring break working on his tan in Jamaica.

Dawg Man

March 22nd, 2011
9:52 pm

Get the National Championship trophies ready!!!!! Next 5 years !!!!!!!, Does anyone know where the Championship games will be played? Goin to go ahead and get tickets—I know Dawgs will be there!!!!

Beast from the East

March 22nd, 2011
9:54 pm

Bet Richt loved getting the Gator Chomp while on vacation with his family. Just what he was trying to forget about for a week or so.

kral

March 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

I know no one cares but me…sorry sport- fans…but when you get blocked from a blog you kinda take it personal…funny article tonight ..but I noticed on your blog you allowed…a yellow-skeeter-eat a-peter…far more offensive than I have ever been…it is okay …shows your heart or you monitors ….or there willingness..to you you continue to be a joke in some ways to me and you have proved it more than once…this is for Jeff Shultz..and his blogs… no he probably will not get the message …but when you are shunned you can quit or hope yes dude ole kral got you..you did not get him..you just had the power to shut him out and you did…bless you pizz-ant

BAMA FAN #2

March 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

Gator fans giving Richt the gator chomp is funny. My wife used to do the gator chomp to
me and I would give her a middle finger!!!!!!!!! RTR

Beast from the East

March 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

Dawg Man,
I’ve got some I’ll sell ya……..LOL!

A DAWG in aubarn

March 22nd, 2011
10:00 pm

looking forward to the running back comp. Malcome should be a surprise. A redshirt ready to play. Ealy, come on man. Going to G-Day to see a small view of what we have to look forward to. What is the taco place across from the arches? Can’t remember, it was a rush day last year.

Man up

March 22nd, 2011
10:01 pm

Take off the damn gloves. Cold? good grief… no two a days? Too hot ? Like Fran said UGA is in BIG BIG trouble.

Man up

March 22nd, 2011
10:02 pm

UGA has got the money but not the coaches!

kral

March 22nd, 2011
10:08 pm

you the man up…you the dude..you the…I do not no what…coached alot maybe…know how the program should be run…obiviously we UGA should pay you ..what is ti in the millions

observor

March 22nd, 2011
10:11 pm

Tim,

Based on the comments from the players and Richt himself, can you elaborate on to why they even bother having the one single practice before spring break? What is the point of it? If everyone checks out mentally and physically after the one practice, I don’t see what the benefit is of it. Maybe there is some obscure technical reason they are doing it in regards to meeting times or something, but I’m just curious because it sounds as if it was almost a wasted day based on the comments.

kral

March 22nd, 2011
10:12 pm

no head coach…won more games maybe in 10 yr. period ..de coached by a Dallas coach…added a pro line-backer coach..you the man now..you go ..you are really a genius

D A DoubleU G

March 22nd, 2011
10:13 pm

Man Up,

isn’t Teech building some indoor barn to play in to “beat the heat”??

D A DoubleU G

March 22nd, 2011
10:14 pm

kral,

Go away and come back after taking a remedial grammar lesson.

kral

March 22nd, 2011
10:21 pm

oh da duoblel ..got a master’s degree..wrote a a 66 page prospectus for your dissertation..typed- you go smart english teaher..correct my grammar…10:13 blog should start with a capital letter..taught in grammar school ..fool

Pago Pago DAWG

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Not sure if many schools open Spring practice for one day then stop for a week. No matter where we travel in the world wearing a UGA cap/shirt people will always comment.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Richt probably just needed some daily reminder that he still has that problem to solve.

Sven Ottke

March 22nd, 2011
10:37 pm

And once again the Joltin’ Jackets jackhammer the Diamond Mutts…..at Foley field, 15-6.

LADawg

March 22nd, 2011
10:47 pm

Springbreak is over and no arrests. We are already ahead of last year!

Stinger

March 22nd, 2011
10:51 pm

We home run this state. Your baseball team is pathetic. Horrible, in other words they flat out stink. Maybe you can play some high school teams later this season and possibly get a few wins.

Reality

March 22nd, 2011
10:56 pm

Fire Richt now!

D A DoubleU G

March 22nd, 2011
10:56 pm

I thought UGA canceled baseball??

Did they play Tech tonight?? Oh, well, um…. congrats Tech?

**crickets, crickets**

kral

March 22nd, 2011
10:57 pm

you go realty…sale bruce pearl some land

kral

March 22nd, 2011
11:01 pm

Know da…dudouble,,,,UG DOES that stand for for dumdaaaa….you never got back to me…shot me down with no response …you the something

athdog

March 22nd, 2011
11:08 pm

kral
Seriously, sir. Don’t you know? Crack is whack!

North Ave. Nerds

March 22nd, 2011
11:10 pm

Why do Nerdy geeks that dont know anything about sports feel the need to post on here? GT doesnt even play everone in the ACC, Scared to play FSU, Hell they have already lost to Both GSU’s Georgia has beat SC, Bama,and gave FSU their first loss. Of course a nerdy geek would wanna talk about an attempted rape so he can pleasure himself to such sickness. Get a life stinger your a loser stick to the Worl of Warcraft and let sports guys talk about sports.

kral

March 22nd, 2011
11:17 pm

I LOVE YOU ATHDOG…BUT THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE-LONG LESSON-CRACK IS WHACK ”’JUST THINKING…NOT SURE…BUT IF YOUR ON CRACK YOU PROBABLY HAVE NO COMEBACK..MAYBE CANNOT TYPE…BUT WHO KNOWS…BUT GOOD TRY…A GRAMMAR DISCOURSE,,, AND A REFERENCE TO DRUG USE…IS A GREAT WAY TO ..OH i DO NOT KNOW..SOOTHE YOUR MIND …REGAIN SOME RESPECT…HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON…DANG I am totally impressed

WarEagleRut

March 22nd, 2011
11:32 pm

As an Auburn Man and as an Auburn University graduate, let me offer, to those who care to learn, the proper Latin designations regarding University Graduates……a male student graduating from a College or University is considered an “Alumnus”…..it is considered “singular” or as a single Graduate. In other words the proper statement would be,” I am an alumnus of Auburn University or I am an alumnus of UGA.” Too often I read on these blogs, for example, “I am an Alumni of UGA or GA. TECH”. The word “Alumni” refers to 2 or more graduates from a single College or University. The proper use of “Alumni” would be that “my friend Bill and I are Alumni of Auburn or UGA” In short, the word “Alumni” represents 2 or more and is plural. Again, the singular is “I am an alumnus of AU, UGA, BAMA.”…..My friends and I are ALUMNI…..which is plural….2 or more.
Well, we did win the National Championship this year and hopefully will win the proper grammar lessons when speaking of our “ALUMNI”……..War Eagle!!!

Revenge of the ...

March 22nd, 2011
11:37 pm

Hey “North Ave. Nerds” … those “Nerds” just clobbered you in baseball. But oh, I forgot, according to “D A DoubleU G”, Georgia doesn’t care about baseball.

Click on the link below and enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY3QIo2HQjg

To Hell with Georgia and EVERYTHING the school, the students, the fans and the alumni stand for.

kral

March 22nd, 2011
11:40 pm

ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa i think that was the greatest post i have ever seen..a full paragraph on how you should spell alumni..now that’s education right there…and thanks i will leave a better man for it

Tuna

March 22nd, 2011
11:42 pm

Murray reminds me of George Costanza and his hand-modeling days. Funny on Seinfeld, but not funny in football. Please, Murray! Lose the gloves, cold weather or not.

Dawg Man Eats Idiots Sandwiches

March 23rd, 2011
12:07 am

National Champs for the Mutt? Yawn …ohh yeah

Top Row Dawg

March 23rd, 2011
12:13 am

19 sweet 16’s in 28 years. 0 for Tech.

Larry

March 23rd, 2011
1:05 am

Murray: “But as of right now we’re just using the hand.”

“we’re?”

Whew!

RED DOG 77

March 23rd, 2011
1:23 am

Can’t wait for Spring practice to crank-up in earnest. Looking forward to some big-time competition this year……gotta turn it around, gonna turn it around…….Don’t mess with an injured DOG in a corner……cause one thing is for damn sure, if you do, that DOG’s gona bite you!!!!!…..Looking forward to seeing what “BOO” Malcolm can do…..and the Benedict kid, dude was a 5star tackle, if his knee is indeed good, watch out! this kid is a bonified earthmover!….and the Austin kid, top prospect out of tenn……another 5star tackle…….both these kids will be taking off the red shirt this year! Gonna be fun to watch……..Things are lookin up in Athens, Georgia………..GOD BLESS BULDOG NATION………RED

Future Alumnus of UGA

March 23rd, 2011
1:46 am

Hey nerds you finally beat us at something, props. I saw some of you nerds at the game, and I hope you all enjoyed seeing what actual attractive women look like for a few hours.

billy b

March 23rd, 2011
2:52 am

i like to rhyme and all the time in here….and the kral has creativity to a poetic level guys…just try or if you can’t, then just believe it’s pretty good stuff….mainly misunderstood…..oher t’heads, yeah

UGA? R U Kidding?

March 23rd, 2011
7:13 am

Moto of UGA Football in 2011 “31 years and counting”

JB

March 23rd, 2011
7:18 am

10 mil in the Bank and Jamaica is the place you go????? Lot’s of posh places down that way and I would think Jamaica would be way down on the list….

Old Dog

March 23rd, 2011
7:41 am

Gator glory will come to an end now! They will be the Gators of the 80’s again! Auburn will be lucky to win 6 games this year!

Bama fan

March 23rd, 2011
7:42 am

U poor tech fans, I don’t even think Georgia considers u an opponent, they have now had focus on ga state more, since you can’t beat uga in anything. Oh wait baseball last night, ok hold on to that for a year.
Best player on both teams just got out of icu, congrats on beating them though. By the way, did any high school coaches accept bb job yet?