Dogs are scrimmaging between the hedges (UPDATED)

(Updated below)

ATHENS – Georgia’s football team will hold its first full scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning in Sanford Stadium. The scrimmage is closed to the public and media.

Asked what he hopes to get out of the scrimmage, quarterback Aaron Murray said: “Six touchdowns for the offense. That’s the goal. Put some points on the board.

“I think last year our first scrimmage didn’t go as well as we wanted it to,” Murray said, “so this year we’re going to try to get a little faster start, which will be nice.”

Safety Jakar Hamilton sounded a similarly enthusiastic note for the defense.

“We always get jacked up about practice or scrimmages,” he said. “We’re just looking forward to playing Boise State this year, so every time we hit the field, that’s what we think about — getting better to go out there and beat Boise State on Sept. 3. Every day is a competition day.”

Friday’s practice was the Bulldogs’ seventh of 14 leading to the G-Day intra-squad game in Sanford Stadium on April 16. About 175 high school coaches, on campus for Georgia’s annual spring coaching clinic, watched Friday’s practice.

10 A.M.  SATURDAY UPDATE:

The scrimmage began at mid-morning with a number of players not participating because of injuries. Washaun Ealey, who missed the past two practices because of a strained left hamstring, is in a green jersey,  signaling he will not participate in the scrimmage. Among the other players in green jerseys: tight ends Aron White and Bruce Figgins, wide receiver Chris Conley and offensive lineman Austin Long. Most of the injured players were walking the steps of Sanford Stadium as the scrimmage began. Carlton Thomas was wearing a red jersey, but appeared limited in warmups so it’s not clear whether he’ll participate at all in the scrimmage.  Richard Samuel was on the training table during warmups. As I mentioned above, the scrimmage is closed to the media — warmups were open — but Mark Richt and several players will be available afterward to discuss the day’s events. Please check back for updates.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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63 comments Add your comment

Top Row Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
5:23 am

goldwreck

April 2nd, 2011
5:25 am

Sanford Stadium won’t make them perform better based on the last couple of years.

1962 Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
5:50 am

Well said goldwreck. The last couple of years you refer to Stadium’s haven’t made that much difference in performance.
Unless ofcourse your basing that performance against Ga. Tech.

King Gators

April 2nd, 2011
7:49 am

Finally a game the Dawgs are sure to win. Go Gators! 5 months to college football….Yikes.

Dawg Consultant

April 2nd, 2011
8:02 am

Coach Richt has been a little more closed lipped this spring than in the past. I do, however, get the feeling that the dogs are having a pretty average spring; with several questions left unanswered. For example, no one is emerging as play makers at the safety position, D-line is still a concern and WR and O-line are works in progress.

I truly think Richt can turn this around and fully support the dawgs. Let’s hope we hear some encouraging news after this spring scrimage.

Buckeye

April 2nd, 2011
8:14 am

Someone will tweak a knee, tear an ACL, turn an ankle….book it.

Tim

April 2nd, 2011
8:17 am

DC, I prefer that CMR keep his mouth shut…I agree the safties must get better for this defense to be good…however I do like the attitude of this team so far…we’ll see.

RedPanties

April 2nd, 2011
8:19 am

All I can tell you is Richt will be gone if he drops the 1st two to Boise State and Miss. State. The dawgs may have higer ranked recruiting classes, but Richt will be out coached in both games. Richt will have hands full.

German Shepherd Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
8:37 am

Red Panties,

It would be tough to lose to MS in the second game of the season since we play South Carolina.

Seriously, have a cup of coffee and splash some cold water on your face. You’re dreaming.

And you aren’t supposed to wear your panties over your head.

BYRDDAWG

April 2nd, 2011
8:57 am

Buckeye, I’d be more worried about Coach T & possible forfitures on your team instead of injuries on ours!!!! BTW how’s Art Sclitchter these das??? Jusy sayin….

Better Dawgs!

April 2nd, 2011
8:57 am

Hunker Down! For all of you closet dawg fans that troll our blogs just admit you really like the Dawgs. I smell JunkYard! Bring it. JJ, IC, RD, and MM will change the face of this team. You do not want to play us for many years to come, we are going to be nasty.

Better Dawgs!

April 2nd, 2011
9:02 am

King Gayturd, good luck with your program moving forward. You guys are down to one running back and a head coach with no head coaching experience. Good luck! Not to mention you have no allies.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 2nd, 2011
9:14 am

I find it interesting that 9 out of the first 10 comments so far are all negative. You folks need to get a life. It would appear that all you wait for is a new article about UGA so you have something to do.

Tech 54

April 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

Richt is wise to keep it quiet. Georgia fans are real fans and will be there regardless. I wish we were better fans. Georgia could sell more tickets with their system down than we could running on at warp speed. If something is not done about the crime around the campus I may stop attending.

Gravy Train

April 2nd, 2011
9:17 am

I think this team is going to do some great things, based on what I hear from them. They’ve put on more muscle and the team morale is really high. The defense will be better with the addition of Jones and Ogletree at linebacker and Big Jenkins at DT. The lines of scrimmage will be better on both sides of the ball. Boise State is in trouble.

Buckeye, things are so bad at O-lie-oh State and Trade School Tech right now. It’s amazing that you or the Technodorks have the audacity to show your faces on a UGA blog. Hows that Basketball National Championship going for you? Final Four? That’s right, your team was used by an SEC team again. Pin that to your sweater vest, chief.

ugab

April 2nd, 2011
9:25 am

Hamilton looking forward to playing boise? OK. Boise is going to pass all over the dawgs. we have no shut down corners. safeties are a bust. dl is counting on one guy to save the day. auburn done it right! ahah. Offense is not going to score 6 tds. wtf. we dont have any play makers to score 3 tds. we better take some chances this year with trick plays and so on.

ugab

April 2nd, 2011
9:27 am

Why n the hell have we not had a nutritionist slash steriod program the last 8 years. MR has to get w the program.

Paul N Destin

April 2nd, 2011
9:27 am

Lot of teams will hold scrimmages today so lets hope for no major in injuries to these kids. I wish the NCAA would allow our teams to play a actual spring game (not inter squad games). I know the teams would try to prepare to win the game instead of trying to just improve the squad but it would create some excitement across the country. The teams should be able to divide the money from the game between just those two teams and that alone might pay the bill for all the other sports team for the entire year. Hold the ticket cost to around 30 bucks and pair up a good team…UGA vs Texas…Bama vs USC…etc.

Roll Tide and wish you all a great weekend….

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
9:27 am

I say the less said the better as well, although I don’t really think he ever really openly says very much in the spring normally.. Obviously he can’t avoid the press and has to give a handful of soundbites. Then of course the in depth analysis of what he “meant” , and what he didn’t say, or should have said. I would almost say, don’t even reveal any stats as all the amateur coaches tend to pretend to know what should happen based on irrelevant number and then the rest of us have to hear about it for the next 2 years.

Bronco Billy

April 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

Boise State 67, UGA 17

Another season on the down low.

Wonderful-Ohio-On-The-Gulf Dog

April 2nd, 2011
9:49 am

Bronco:

Boise State 67, UGA 17

Yes, that’s the only kind of score BS will have to run up to have a remote chance of being taken seriously by the real football powers in the SEC.

Anything less than a twenty point blow-out of the Dogs just won’t mean squat to BS.

MCG DAWG

April 2nd, 2011
9:50 am

Bronco Billy….too many throw-offs without a helmet….stick to rodeo!

BYRDDAWG

April 2nd, 2011
9:52 am

Bronco its a little early to start driking dude!!! In ‘05 we gave Boise St a UGA smack down 48-13!!!! Please don’t drive Billy Bob….

fair weather fans

April 2nd, 2011
9:58 am

I agree Rocket Science! These people either aren’t Dawg fans or shouldn’t be Dawg fans! I’m so tired of hearing all this negative crap! Do they think this motivates a team when they hear their fan base talk so poorly of them and their coach 90% of the time. Its pathetic! I for one see great things for this team this year. I see a new focus. Let me ask all of you negative jack legs out there a question? Where were all the positive comments when CMR was winning 10 games a year on average? If he gets us there again will y’all praise him for it? Doubt it! You’re all a bunch of spoiled fans! Most of which have never contributed ANYTHING to the university. But still you demand greatness or nothing. Pathetic.

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:05 am

Compared to last spring, there were question at every position on the defense. Not a single player had any experience at what he was doing , nor had half the staff ever coached the 3-4. I would say questions at safety (all of whom have had experience now) is not terribly troubling. I can’t imagine there is a team in the league who doesn’t have some questions, particularly in the “which player” category. SC for example, is returning ONE player on defense that they are sure is a play maker.

Last spring we had no idea we should have had concerns about the WR’s, and ended up with, so no worse off there. I’d say Coach Ball is better off this spring , knowing what he needs to do, rather than having a bomb blow up in his face a week before half the season.

The O-line was also not thought to be a question, although some, myself included were not convinced. But no reason to suspect they are going backwards (unless Will Friend bombs). I believe there is have better talent in the rotation, and sounds like everybody has put on some muscle mass. Can’t believe they are any worse, and only needed to be slightly better to have won a few more games.

Can’t see the running game going backwards either. Despite the past , returning E and K is going to give the backfield some stability. But consider, last year these guys were the entire deal. That’s it. They had a good game or we had nowhere to go, and rarely was it a matter of which one could have a good game, because they couldn’t stay healthy an out of dunce’s corner at the same time. Now we at least are 3.5 deep, plus a stud. We’ll see at studly, but even without, that situation is still better than last spring.

BUT consider we were sitting here last year with uncertainty at QB. QB. That’s sort of a big deal. We aren’t now. That alone is night and day.

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:14 am

“On the down low”???? I don’t think you actually understand what that saying means.

Dawg4ever

April 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

Why is it we get quotes from players that have proven they can’t make plays? Who really gives a rat’s ass what Jakar Hamilton has to say. This guy is no playmaker, and his nickname is a joke.Hitman hasn’t hit anyone on the football field. Yet here he is running his mouth. That seems to be the problem with this team the past couple of years. There are no leaders on this team, and the only people that constantly speakout are guys that haven’t performed on the field. Hamilton, and Christian Robinson should never speak out. Robinson talks way too much, and if this guy is the leader on the defense, UGA is in for another long season.When the 5th best linebacker on last’s years team is the leader,God help us UGA fans. As far as Richt not talking, doesn’t really matter what he says anymore. Fans are tired of his excuses and his B.S. He needs to do his job and prepare the team to win football games. HIs credibility is gone after last 3 years, the A.D. might be impressed, but the fans aren’t impressed anymore. To Richt, his coaches, and his players, especially Hamilton&Robinson, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY??

Dosta Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:35 am

AltamahaDawg

Totally agree. We are light years ahead of last year: having had a year to learn the 3-4, proven quarterback, better depth at RB, etc. Now it all falls on the coaching staff. Can they “coach’em up”? I hope and think they can. I still think the keys to success will be the line play on both sides of the ball. If we can consistently control the line of scrimmage on defense and not only pass block but get the tough 3-4 yards on 3rd down, look out. We will kick some arse. If we cant control the line of scrimmage, it could be a long year.

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:38 am

3-4? try 1 or 2.

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:38 am

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:41 am

why has it become the accepted truth that the 10 win, top ten finish, playing 3rd string, in 2008 was a terrible year? Did Alabama just have a terrible year? It was arguably worse than 2008 for UGA.

Dosta Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:44 am

Altamaha
If youre gonna dream, dream big. I remember the glory days when we told the other teams D-Line”We commin right here on 2″ and still blew them 4 yards off the ball. Of course we had some certified studs on the line and Herschel,Henderson,Worley etc in the backfield too.

AltamahaDawg

April 2nd, 2011
10:51 am

I’m with you on that. I have maintain that I would love to be MORE predictable. We going to punch the ball right there, right at that spot. See told ya.

I was just saying that third down and 1,2 has kept probably 5 Ws off the record in the past couple of years.

Dosta Dawg

April 2nd, 2011
11:03 am

AltamahaDawg

I grew up on the Altamaha. Good HS football around the big muddy river. Who’s your HS team;Pirates, Yellow Jackets, etc.

Shawn

April 2nd, 2011
11:05 am

Althamaha, You said it. Why was Bama’s #1 ranking to start the season and a 10-3 record not considered a failure. At least UGA had a reason why they went 10-3. I have never seen a college team with the rash of serious injuries that UGA suffered in 2008. To go 10-3 that season was due in large part to great coaching. Now Saban goes 10-3 with a heisman winner, 11 starters back on O, and no injuries to speak of and they did not underachieve? Dawg fans who think 10-3 seasons are bad years should reflect back to the years with Goff and Donnan when even Tech owned us! This will be a bounce back year for the Dawgs and Richt in a big way and these bandwagoners will eat their words! Go Dawgs!

ugadogsfan_365

April 2nd, 2011
11:07 am

with fans like this who needs enemies. its spring practice and all people seem to talk about is what happened last year the 2010 season is over and done with move on and focus on the 2011 season.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 2nd, 2011
11:13 am

I am not a fan of Pro. ball but I remember when I was a teenager and our home team was the Baltimore Colts. Even when they had a down year, fans stood by their team and now with all the different ways to express ones self, you get more negative crap thrown around by more fair weather-misinformed and just plain malcontents than I have ever seen in my life.
Seems to me that old adage goes, “If you ain’t got nothing good to say about something, you best just keep your mouth closed. It is better to be thought an idiot than open your mouth and confirm the fact”. You get a lot of folks on these blogs that tend to confirm the above daily.

ugadogsfan_365

April 2nd, 2011
11:27 am

@it aint rocket science i totally agree. i dont understand how people can say they are fans yet they throw the team under the bus any and every chance they get. i have read blogs about other teams in the sec and uga fans are the only ones who act like this. win lose or draw fla,aub, bama, tenn, lsu fans stick by their team. they love to compare the football team to everybody else maybe these so called fans should take a look around the sec and learn how to support the team.

Dawg4ever

April 2nd, 2011
11:27 am

There is a big difference with Bama’s 10-3 record and UGA’s 10-3 record in 2008. UGA wasn’t even competitive in their 2 biggest games on national t.v. Were behind 31-0 at the half to Bama, and Fl. beat them by 4 touchdowns. Then they gave up 48 points to a high school offense in Ga.Tech. But hey we are UGA fans, and we all drink the kool-aid from Richt, and we hide behind his excuses. Bottomline is UGA had the best group of skill players on offense in the country, and they scored zero points against Bama in 1st half, and they were stuffed by Fl. the whole game. That is terrible play calling and preparation by coaching staff. Any O.C. and head coach could have won with Stafford, Moreno, MoMass&A.J.Green. You are talking about (3) 1st round draft choices and a second rounder for God’s sake. Stop making excused for Richt and BoBo, and take off the red&black glasses.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 2nd, 2011
11:50 am

DAWG4EVER,

I think I will keep my red and black glasses on. Helps me keep the glare out from all of you outstanding coaches on these blogs. Sure wish you all could get paid by UGA since you all know what goes wrong at UGA and could apply your instant fix anytime, the going gets a little tough.

Dawg4ever

April 2nd, 2011
12:07 pm

Rocketscience, your name says it all. It doesn’t take a brilliant observer to know Richt and his coaching staff have done a terrible job preparing and coaching these players up the past 3 years. ANd no, i’m not a coach and i don’t claim to be, but i’m a fan that is tired of watching a team under perform, and watching a coaching staff get out coached in every big game the past 3 years. Keep your glasses on, and stick your head in the sand and continue to defend what has become the laughing stock of the SEC, and that is Richt and his staff. How did you feel after watching the bowl game last year? You probably made up excuses like Richt did.

MoGA

April 2nd, 2011
12:07 pm

These aren’t dawg fans guys. This happens every day. Tech nerds in their mom’s basement love to get on AJC blogs and act like fans and trash the dawgs. It gives them a break from World of Warcraft.

tide roll

April 2nd, 2011
12:16 pm

It seems Uga is going to have trouble putting together two quality offensive lines. Kevin Perez, Jonathan Owens, and Tanner Strickland, who were all listed as 2nd team offensive lineman on last years post spring depth chart have quit

tide roll

April 2nd, 2011
12:57 pm

It seems I’m obsessed with UGA. I just wish I could come up with better material.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

April 2nd, 2011
12:59 pm

@Fair Weather fans: You said it well Bro but you have got to realize that most of the negatives are either UGA haters or half-a$$ Dawg fans that don’t understand a damn thing about football except the final score which they usually don’t find out until the following day or whenever they sober up. Still, the half-a$$ Dawg fans are really hurting the morale of current players and recruiting because potential recruits read these vents. Our best hope is that since they are going to drink themselves into oblivian perhaps they will pass on to that big distillary in the sky and not reproduce.

Hector

April 2nd, 2011
1:00 pm

Is there ant connection with the “birther” question??

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

April 2nd, 2011
1:06 pm

@Dawg4ever: If it is that painful why not just find another team to support? You know, like when getting a divorce or changing channels on the T V. Seriously, it could save you a stroke or heart attack. Good luck my friend.

Ron Roberts

April 2nd, 2011
1:09 pm

Before we (again) go through this revisionist history about the 2008 squad, yeah, ‘Bama put up 31 before we tied our shoes, but that same team also rallied to put a scare into the Tide in that very same game. We didn’t lose because of coaching or inferior talent; we lost because our players were more caught up in what color jersey they were going to wear than what they needed to be preparing for. They’re still kids, and if they’re not mentally tough and driven, they’re going to get distracted by minutia. For that, you can blame the coaching, but X’s and O’s or game-planning wasn’t the issue.

Same can be said for the Florida game, too, really. We were hanging with them til turnovers and mental breakdowns sealed our fate. By Tech, our team was there in body only.

7576DAWG

April 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

I hope that we go no worst than 8-4 this year .
The first two games will tell us a lot. If we win both games UGA will show they are a lot better than their record from last year and that most of the losses could have very easily been wins. With a complete year behind Grantham we will see a great improvement this year with the defense. If we win the first two games we will be no worst than 10-2. Also, I predict the Florida jinx will be broken this year and UGA will beat Auburn at least two touchdowns if not worst.
Unless we only win 2 or 3 games this year I hope everybody win realize how fortunate we are to have a man like Mark Richt with the Georgia program and get behind him. I have had it with the division among our fans . I have criticized our direction in the past when Martinez was at Georgia but CMR has proven that he realized change was needed and got behind it. With a new AD and defensive coordinator , hopefully that will be enough. I think we should have also changed Offensive coordinators because of Bobo being so erratic in his play calling and being out coached so much in the second half of a lot of games over the last few years but maybe the changes that have already been made will be enough.

stop the UGA(y) obsession

April 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

6 wins….now shut up. Georgia has continually lost for the last 20 years. PATHETIC.