UGA resumes spring football practice — for real this time

Spring break is over at UGA. Classes resumed Monday. Football practice resumes Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, you might recall, opened spring football practice on March 10, holding one of their NCAA-allotted 15 practices before dispersing for the university’s spring break.  Twelve days later, practice No. 2 is scheduled for late Tuesday afternoon, and spring ball begins in earnest now. The team will practice three or four times per week through the G-Day game on April 16.

Things will be hopping around the Butts-Mehre building Tuesday.  The activity starts at mid-morning with Georgia’s “Pro Day” — 14 players from last season’s team working out for NFL scouts in the weight room and on the practice field. And about the time the current Bulldogs are wrapping up football practice this evening, the Georgia and Georgia Tech baseball teams will be playing across the street at Foley Field.

Speaking of the baseball game: It starts at 7:06 p.m. and will be televised on CSS; it will be Georgia’s first home game since March 6. The Bulldogs (9-11 overall) have played their past nine games in seven different stadiums from California to South Carolina, going 6-3 in that stretch. The game against Tech will be Georgia’s 11th so far this season against a ranked opponent.

Pro Day and football practice are closed to the public, per usual. But the Pro Day workouts will be shown online.  ESPN3.com will have live streaming coverage beginning at 10 a.m. at http://espn.go.com/espn3/index?id=162227

More later in the day …

– Tim Tucker, AJC

227 comments Add your comment

Dawg in Statesboro

March 22nd, 2011
5:37 am

Seriously ready for some football already…and id like to add First! thank you 9 am stat test….

Columbus Dawg

March 22nd, 2011
5:49 am

I read an article in another paper saying that BoBo wants “competition at every position, on both sides of the ball”. This is refreshing news if they will commit to it. Chris Conley may prove to be a force at receiver, a position where there may be more competition than any other on the field. The article said BoBo also told Boo Malcolme that he would not be forgotten, what with the splash Crowell made. I have seen real fire in Ealey at times, none more than the 2009 Tech game, and if he gets serious and produces at that level then the Dawgs running game will be great again. The OL will finally become the force that it was expected to be the last couple of years. The turn around in the running game will relieve pressure from Murray and the receivers, and the play action will again be successful.

I know there will be a heap of folks on here talking about BoBo’s play calling, but Coach Richt will oversee this again this year. Don’t think for a minute that Richt did not here what was said about UGA’s offense being the easiest to prepare for.

The defense WILL be better. Grantham has a lot of talent to work with in his second year, and the exit of a couple of bad seed players will only help this situation. The Dawgs will be back up in the top third in all defensive stats this year, and with an improved running game the Dawgs will again be of the Junkyard mentality.

Bawbie

March 22nd, 2011
6:00 am

Fire Dave Perno!

frannie mae

March 22nd, 2011
6:02 am

stay off the kool aid folks because UGA is in Big Big trouble while Richts runs Boys home.

Dawg Consultant

March 22nd, 2011
6:42 am

Can’t wait to see the dept chart at the end of spring practice. Football is in the air again!!! This spring should be a lot of fun!

OrlG8r

March 22nd, 2011
6:56 am

Yeah !!!! The puppies have had their fill of disappointment and rejection in basketball and now it’s time to turn your attention to football where yet another year of underachieving and beat downs await…. Let’s all get our hopes and expectations way up high, now, we all know what’s coming…..

Gdawg

March 22nd, 2011
7:08 am

OrlG8r, since South Carolina now has your number in the east, maybe you guys will take the Fulmer cup this year. Is Galen Hall still out there somewhere? Can we maybe just one time have an undefeated season like maybe UGA or AU or AL? Tough life as a gayter isnt it? Loosen up those jorts and relax a little!

JB

March 22nd, 2011
7:29 am

Would love to see Richt develop the attitude of the Best players will play, not the most tenure player.

JB

March 22nd, 2011
7:30 am

Lot’s of questions for the Gators. New coach and staff…..Maybe they will be great….Maybe not.
Last year they lost 5 games with all 4 and 5 star players.

JB

March 22nd, 2011
7:34 am

Me thinks Meyer left because another year like the one he just had, leaving would NOT be HIS choice. He leaves with pretty much his rep in tack, therefore setting himself up for another big time contract somewhere. I think back out west somewhere where 10 games or so of your schedule is cream puffs.

dawgtime

March 22nd, 2011
7:43 am

we need to beat uf before we talk smack. they had problems last year, but an off-week and a little tweaking….and uga couldn’t stop what had been a bad uf offense. let’s just win more often than 3 of 21. pitiful.

as for perno, yes, i believe uga’s got a big problem in the baseball program. it’s called feast or famine. there’s no reason why uga can’t have a decent baseball team year in and year out. clemson does it, tech does it. i hear that perno can recruit like gangbusters, then i see the most pitiful team in the sec last year. tough scheduling? what the hell good does that do when you can’t win any of the series? baylor, fsu….hell we got swept by stetson! i hope mcgarity brings a higher level of expectation to uga in some of these grossly underachieving programs.

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
7:47 am

Some discuss the second practice of Spring practice.

Others discuss advancing in the NCAA.

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
7:52 am

Yet others discuss Soulja Boys brother’s death. Yo Yo AJC.

Columbus Dawg

March 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

I know that the Gators were the team to beat with Meyer and Tebow, but for the folks over at Scout to proclaim that the Gators are back is a stretch at best. These dumb@#% so-called college football experts are the biggest joke in print. The thinking is that because fatboy Weiss is going to install a new offense that this is going to make that joke of a QB Brantley into Joe Montana. LMFAO. The EX Bulldog “Mediocre Muschamp is about to become the Dawgs bitch. Can not wait.

Dawggum

March 22nd, 2011
8:25 am

Hey blackeye I mean buckeye, would u rather talk about tatoos and coverups instead?

DawginLex

March 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

UK 92
OSU 91

triple OT

JB

March 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

We win 10…. or 6 this year. Who knows…..Lot’s of changes to make me feel better. New S&C program and new OL coach for starters. Richt also under the gun…May see some things out of him that we haven’t seen in a while…..or ever seen.

WinderDogg

March 22nd, 2011
8:44 am

Buckeye – Have you seen your coach lately…probably will not see him next year either…..by the way..nice sweater vest..

JB

March 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

What’s the latest on Tressel sitting out 6 games?

Uga fans are .....

March 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

Columbus neck: Same thing was said when Spurrier & Zook left. No change. UF STILL OWNED uga.

WinderDogg

March 22nd, 2011
8:50 am

Bruce Pearl has stolen the spotlight from Tressel because it is bball sesaon….wait a little closer to spring games and ESPN will blow Tressel up. The NCAA will have to make a strong ruling…basically he knew, played stupid, was told it was coming out, played stupid again and then played his kids in the bowl game….and now we know he knew…..and he still plays stupid and suspends himself…nice try sweater vest!

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
8:51 am

DawginLex,

Your prediction suggest one heckuva game. If we shoot our average percentage threes and keep Sullinger out of foul trouble ( one foul out all year), we’ll be tough to beat.

DawginLex

March 22nd, 2011
8:52 am

Florida players are saying UK matches up well.
Patrick young said he believes Harrelson can guard Sullinger by himself, allowing UK’s length to disrupt the 3’s.

We will see

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
8:54 am

Winder and dawgum,

It’s March. We’re a basketball school advancing in the NCAA and you are not.

Whatever you have to say about Tressel has already been said.

dawgfan

March 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

Mark Richt, September 19, 2010: “We’re moving in the right direction.”

We lost 5 more games after that statement to finish 6-7.

Thanks.

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
8:58 am

dawggum,

I can’t believe my eyes, other college athletes and a few NBA/NFL players have tattoos too. Who knew?

Good luck to Hines on Dancing with the Stars. Don’t forget to DVR it!

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
9:01 am

dawginlex,

I’ve been watching Harrelson and thinking the same thing. He’s a competitor. That should prove to be a great match-up. Senior vs. Freshman. High stakes. Yea Baby!

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:01 am

Due to Richt’s entitlement policy, takes all the uncertainty out of Spring for fans, and worse, for players. No need to fight it out over Spring, here’s your starters: Murray, Crowell, Tavarres and Brown. After watching Richt for years over Spring, this is how it will end up. What about great Spring’s by Lemay, Ealey, Bennett, Conley, Wooten? Won’t matter. Remember last year? Mettenberger kicked Murray’s tail up one side of the field and down another only for Richt to name Murray the starter, before Mettenberger left the team.

Could this be why the offense averaged 10th in SEC scoring against winning teams? Yes. Georgia had better talent on the field, but they didn’t get a chance.

just sayin'

March 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

someone hijacked my name on another blog the other…happens here a lot…looking forward to hearing about the spring practices…and the competition at RB…hope Malcolme lives up to the advance billing…

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:03 am

Thom,

So true, and that’s why guys like Mettenberger & Gray transfer. I expect Ealey to transfer before Fall, no way he plays second string to a Freshman with 6 practices over the summer.

just sayin'

March 22nd, 2011
9:04 am

as i remember, mettenberger didn’t ‘leave’ the team….he was dismissed…

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

Transfers are indicators of entitlement policies and coaches that play favorties and discourage real ocmpetiiton. Look for transfers before the Fall at QB and TE, as these are both positions with depth, where entitlement usually reigns.

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:09 am

Transfers are the main story now, since Richt dislikes competition. You wonder who will transfer this year? It’s been 2 Elite 11 QB’s over past 2 seasons. An RB and LB also transferred. Looking at Lemay, Mason, Ealey, White, Malcome.

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

Yes, Ealey will transfer, 99.9% chance, he’s waiting to see if he’ll be given a chance, but once he sees Richt’s true colors, he’ll be gone.

Remember, you’re talking about an INEPT offense that only scored 18 points a game in 2010 against winning teams, 10th in the SEC. They could use some competition, but it’s not going to change.

DawginLex

March 22nd, 2011
9:14 am

sam and thom are the TROLLS who talk only to each other to stir up trouble.

Don’t take the bait

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:14 am

Thom,

Georgia ranked #84 in offensive scoring against teams with winning records in 2010. Remember the games against South Carolina & UCF? Offense didn’t score.

I’ll give you an example. Ealey scored 11 td’s versus King’s 2, yet Bobo decided not to let Ealey be the go-to RB. And that’s how you rank #84 in scoring.

Dawggum

March 22nd, 2011
9:15 am

buckeye,
Osu a bball school? One good year makes u a bball school? U have one bowl win against an sec team in the last 10 tries against one if our weaker teams with 5 illegal players playing and now

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

South Carolina averaged 32 points a game against winning teams. And Spurrier makes his players compete, even at QB. He’ll bench you if you don’t perform. And so you know you need to bring it.

Not Richt. Murray got a pass for 4 to’s against Florida, 3 against UCF. Starting out 1-4 record.

Richt didn’t bench Joe Cox either after 17 interceptions.

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:22 am

Thom,

When you have 2 QB’s of Elite 11 calibre transferring, 2 years in a row, Gray & Mettenberger, that’s not a good sign that Richt treats players fairly.

Gray said he left because he wanted to play in Miss. We all knew that wasn’t why Gray left. Now we find out Gray will likely play for Colorado next season. Gray left because he felt Richt gifted the starting position to Aaron Murray, which Murray didn’t earn over the Spring. And Richt stayed with Murray, even when 99% of coaches would have benched the QB.

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
9:23 am

Blog Police

March 22nd, 2011
9:24 am

Let’s talk percentages:

1.) 100% chance that Thom and Sam are the same person
2.) 100% chance that they will ruin this blog
3.) 100% chance that the person named Thom and Sam is one 19 year old gay 400 pound loser typing on a computer in his mom’s basement
4.) 100% chance that this same loser has never been laid
5.) 100% chance this same loser does not drive yet and is working on his GED

YardDawg

March 22nd, 2011
9:25 am

Mr Bobo, the problem with your running game hasn’t been the particular athlete running the ball, but an offensive line that routinely gets stuffed by 8 or 9 in the box, because of the predictability of your play-calling.

Other than a couple of costly fumbles each, King and Ealey are good enough college RBs. Get your scheming up to speed, first, or Boo nor Crowell will make a difference.

dawgfan

March 22nd, 2011
9:25 am

Mettenberger did not tranfer you dense goober. He was kicked off of the team. Good grief.

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:25 am

Look at this. Tavarres King averaged #12 in yards per catch in NCAA last year and Richt decided to bench him for most of the season. I think King averaged 2 or 3 catches a game, wasn’t rewarded for being a top 12 WR.

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

Mettenberger transferred to Butler and will start for LSU this season.

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:28 am

Thom,

Wow, South Carolina averaged 32 points a game against winning teams.

Georgia averaged 18 points a game against winning teams.

South Carolina has a compete policy, Georgia has an entitlement culture.

Sam

March 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

No need to attend G-Day anymore, because incredible performance like Mettenberger’s last year, don’t get rewarded by Richt.

Buckeye

March 22nd, 2011
9:29 am

dawggum,

A National Championship, 10 Final Fours, 25 NCAA appearances. What say you?

P.S Clark Kellogg, CBS # 1 College Basketball analyst, also a Buckeye.

Thom

March 22nd, 2011
9:32 am

It’s sad really.

Christian Lemay could perform like Tom Brady over the Spring, and it won’t matter.

DawginLex

March 22nd, 2011
9:32 am

OSU/UK should be great. Lots of athletes.

Everybody really needs to ignore sam and thom.