UGA football chatter: O-line shakeup, tailback update and G-Day countdown

ATHENS — Cleaning out the notebook after Tuesday’s football practice:

Sturdivant

Sturdivant

  • Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant’s third major knee injury occurred in a Saturday scrimmage that was closed to the media and the public, but even those who were there -– the players and coaches -– apparently didn’t realize the severity of it. “We thought it was just a sprain,” center Ben Jones said Tuesday. “Then he calls me [with the news of a torn ACL], and I was, like, ‘Oh, you’re kidding, right?’ … We thought everything was going to be fine.”
  • The four players chosen by Mark Richt to draft the teams for the G-Day game –- Aaron Murray and Brandon Boykin on one side, Jones and Christian Robinson on the other -– obviously enjoyed the experience Monday night. They were still bantering back and forth, in good fun, after practice Tuesday.  Said Murray: “Boykin and I absolutely dominated the draft.” Countered Jones: “We got a winning team. We got the O-line –- we got Cordy [Glenn]; we got [Kenarious] Gates. . . . I was saying, ‘I’m going to pick my buddies.’ I told my boy Cordy I was going to get him first, and I got him first.” Said Boykin: “I think me and Aaron did a tremendous job picking, and [Jones and Robinson] helped us by picking some not-too-good choices, as well, to start off.”
  • Boykin said the “steal of the draft” was his side’s selection of Taylor Bradberry, a walk-on wide receiver. “He’s sure-handed — similar to A.J. Green, just not as fast,” Boykin claimed.  “He always makes plays on G-Day.”
  • Spring practice has produced no big breakthrough at the tailback position, which awaits the summer arrival of Isaiah Crowell. A hamstring injury has sidelined Washaun Ealey for most of the spring, and a groin injury has slowed Ken Malcome. Caleb King has stayed healthy and “shown flashes,” said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, adding: “I wouldn’t say anybody has stepped out and said, ‘Hey, I’m the man.’”
  • Before Sturdivant’s injury, he and converted guard Cordy Glenn were alternating between left and right tackles. Now, Glenn is the obvious starter at left tackle. Offensive line coach Will Friend said Glenn has had a good spring but needs to shed a little weight.
  • As for the now-open job at right tackle, Justin Anderson and A.J. Harmon are the top contenders. “I feel good about those two guys as far as seeing potential and seeing the things they can do,” Friend said.
  • Anderson started 12 games on Georgia’s offensive line –- seven in 2008 and five in 2009 -– before a short-lived and ill-fated move to the defensive line last year saw him appear in only one game in a season cut short by toe surgery.
  • Harmon, entering his fourth season in the program, has appeared in just seven games and started none. Asked if he’s ready to be a starter, Harmon said: “Of course. I mean, it’s been three years. I would hope I’m ready.”
  • Bobo on Harmon: “A.J. is a guy who’s got a lot of talent. Hasn’t been consistent enough to play like he should. I think he sees it as an opportunity. A lot of times, when an opportunity presents itself like this, guys tend to step up. That’s what we think A.J. will do; he’s  got the ability.”
  • The Bulldogs will be back on the practice field Thursday, their only remaining practice before G-Day.
  • And speaking of G-Day, former UGA quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, D.J. Shockley, David Greene and Eric Zeier will participate in a skills competition at halftime. Another former UGA quarterback was asked why he’s not participating. “Because I would win,” Bobo said.

- Tim Tucker, AJC

174 comments Add your comment

I am first

April 13th, 2011
5:10 am

First. Free drinks tonight

RomeDawg

April 13th, 2011
5:24 am

Sturdivant’s injury is a crying shame! That guys deserves the chance to have a 6th year of eligibility. I hope Anderson or Harmon are ready. If Bradberry is that sure handed I sure wouldn’t mind seeing him play in the Florida game. lol

Sloan

April 13th, 2011
5:49 am

Here’s hoping our new strength and conditioning program and our new OL coach can work miracles before September.

Destin Dawg

April 13th, 2011
6:29 am

S & C is SO important !!! along with latest nutrition… be ready early .. win the first 2.. it could be an awesome year !!

Dawg Consultant

April 13th, 2011
6:40 am

A. J. Harmon is probably one of the bestest puzzles to me in some time at UGA. This guy was a top 10 signee who has not even sniffed any sort of signifigant playing time. He is hugh and by all accounts strong. I would love to hear some inside scoop on why he hasn’t played (and I mean even in mop duty).

UGA sure needs he and Anderson to step up. I know what the problem has been with Anderson (grasping playbook). I really hope they are both able to put it together. Do you realize both of these young men were high school All Americans? Unfortunately a big part of the reason for UGA’s demise over the past 3 seasons is that the all everything players we have signed have not produced even average results on the field.

JB

April 13th, 2011
7:20 am

Big question…..Can we get pressure on the Boise QB to make our Average DB’s look good. No pass rush=400+ yards passing for Boise, which means they move the chains a lot and score a lot. That QB needs to be running for his life all night for a Dawg win. ( my key to win)

We Own This State

April 13th, 2011
7:27 am

Let’s see now… that makes five in a row for Tech over the Dawgtards in baseball.

Tech owns this state!

Buckeye

April 13th, 2011
7:30 am

Isaiah the Savior cometh. Will we also see him on Oprah?

Stockdog

April 13th, 2011
7:31 am

Georgia has missed a lot on offensive lineman. Hopefully, Harmon or Anderson can get the job done. I hoping Coach Friend has a better feel for recruiting lineman than Searles. Also, what’s with the 5am postings. Get some sleep Mr. Tucker.

ole glory

April 13th, 2011
7:40 am

Mr. Tucker, I say this with due respect, what the !/?&$ happen to 10at10 yesterday? At least give the faithful a heads up!

Druid City

April 13th, 2011
7:55 am

During the halftime QB competition, David Pollack and Randall Godfrey will be available for photo ops with potential recruits.

At the end of the competition, all will line up in formation for moment of silence for the UGA football program (with highlights of the 2008 Alabama game), followed a motivational speech by Fran Tarkenton.

It is shaping up to be another great day for UGA football.

YardDawg

April 13th, 2011
7:58 am

Hopefully Jarvis Jones will fill those big shoes left by Houston. Nobody else seemed to get in the backfield last season.

Maybe Ray Drew will catch on to the D, and help with that also. got size and speed similar to Houston.

Druid City

April 13th, 2011
7:58 am

Dawg fans, don’t forget the open house at the Butt Smear Hall of Shame!

hahahahahahaha

April 13th, 2011
7:59 am

@We own this state..What? Tech hasnt beaten Ga in anything except baseball the whole year..and this year the baseball postseason will be the usual..Ga beating Tech in the Regional. Face it, you guys are losers. And that might be tolerable for you guys if you could just get a date..but we all know that isnt happening.

chiefdawg

April 13th, 2011
8:07 am

Maybe the reason a running back has not stepped up is because the o-line is awful. Mark Richt will never commit to running the ball and that will be his downfall. Wonder who the new coach will be next year?

NOBODYYOUKNOW

April 13th, 2011
8:10 am

Right on, HAHAHA, Tech the only thing you own is a dirty, crime filled, nerdy, booby doody campus and stadium. You may as well throw in the towel now for the fall season.

Darren

April 13th, 2011
8:14 am

Bobo saying no running back has stepped out and said ‘I’m the man, really?

Pretty sure Ealey did over 2 years, his 55 ypc and 1 td per 20 touches exceeds Herschel Walker’.s.

Sounds like Bobo’s trying to make room for his fav, unproven, untested rb Crowell.

Darren

April 13th, 2011
8:15 am

Walker had a 5.3 ypc and a td per 20 touches.

Ealey has a 5.5 ypc and a td per 20 touches.

DollarDawg43

April 13th, 2011
8:16 am

Man, you really hate that for Sturdivant but that is another reason why depth is so important-you never know when you will have to depend on your reserves. This will give someone else the opportunity to get more reps prior to the season. Whoever it is, I hope they take advantage of it.

In my opinion, the keys for the upcoming season are along both lines. If we perform well in those areas a lot of other things will take care of themselves. Because of Sturdivant’s injury someone has the chance to step up; they need to do it starting yesterday.

Darren

April 13th, 2011
8:16 am

Wierd that Murray can have a year, and be compared to best of all time at QB, and lock up his job, but Ealey can have 2 season where he exceeds Walker, and not be compared to the best, and not lock up his job.

Bizarre.

BirdDog

April 13th, 2011
8:17 am

Looks like they need some help on the O-line. Really feel bad for Sturdivant, he’s had some tough luck.

John Doe

April 13th, 2011
8:18 am

Buckeye – Oprah’s holding out for Tressell and Gee.

John Doe

April 13th, 2011
8:22 am

Darren, not only is it “wierd”, it could be referred to as weird. Try not to spend too much time thinking about it, you’d need an IQ over 75 to understand, and well…

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
8:31 am

Darren, Ealey cannot be counted on because he has fumbled too much and acts like a moron off the field. He also has been completely MIA in several big games. In his defense though, so has most of the offense.

Caleb King has a golden opportunity right now and it looks like he’s not taking advantage of it. Why am I not surprised?

Sadly, I am indeed very excited about the arrival of Crowell. He may be our only hope.

Thanks.

Tom Cruise

April 13th, 2011
8:42 am

Oprah had me give Tressel a call and coach him on the finer points of couch jumping for his visit to me to profess his love for his boy Pryor. Tressel was receptive, but asked me to email it so he could contain the situation as he was afraid the NCAA was listening it to his calls. He then told me that since it is a matter of confidentiality he would not go publice with my email to him.

Wtf

April 13th, 2011
8:43 am

Darren, Darren, Darren …….how many carries?

Tosh.No

April 13th, 2011
8:47 am

What a joke, “because I would win” says Bobo. Yeah right, does this skills competition include handing off on draw plays all day or something? Cause yeah he might win that. Joe Cox was a better QB than Bobo.

RabidDawgFan

April 13th, 2011
8:52 am

I think we’ll be fine. I think Brent Benedict should get a look at RT. I don’t like the look of our O-line anyway. I had it set in my mind that Sturdivant was our LT, Gates at LG, Jones at C, Anderson at RG, and Glenn at RT. Sturdivant WAS OUR BEST PASS PROTECTOR and now he’s lost for the season and probably will never step foot on the field for Georgia again. If you watch Sturdivant and his style of blocking he’s the best one we’ve got and now he’s gone. There was a reason he was Freshman All-American and started all 13 games of his freshman season. If he was healthy, he wouldn’t have had to come back for his senior season because he would have been probably a top 5 draft pick in 2010. So sad for him.

dawgfan

April 13th, 2011
8:54 am

Stafford will win running away. They should make him throw left handed or something to make it interesting.

RabidDawgFan

April 13th, 2011
8:56 am

One player on defense I’m really excited about is Jarvis Jones. I heard he’s better than Houston. Houston was primarily a pass rushing threat but Jones could be that all-around LB that you want. I want to see some interceptions being made, lots of forced fumbles. Our LBs should be beasts this season but you know how that goes, we have lots of talented players but they never live up to their potential it seems. I just want to see this team put it all together.

Buckeye

April 13th, 2011
8:57 am

Druid,

Is Herschel secretly scheduled to jump out of a cake?

Choke

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Clearly the statistician, Darren makes a full-proof, compelling case for why Ealey is better than Herschel. I’m convinced. He’s like the 2nd coming of Herschel, but w/ .2 yrds more per carry!

DAWG NATION

April 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Druid City:
Weak attempt at humor….Must be a Tech grad to put the words together like you did that mean absolutely nothing…..What exactly is Druid City, anyway??? GOT TO BE A PLACE FOR LOSERS!!! Smoking break is over, get back in that kitchen at The Varsity and cook some more onion rings!!! What a loser!!!

51WTGW50

April 13th, 2011
9:21 am

Stafford will win DAWGFAN?
How will Stafford do playing from a Hospital bed?
Stafford will win if it involves playing in less than half the competition, fumbling, and throwing more INTs than TDs.
Now if it is signing checks your body has not earned then Matt doesn’t have any competition at all.

GaTruth

April 13th, 2011
9:21 am

BIG QUESTION – What about the secondary? Our pass coverage last year was softer than a month-old cucumber. How in the world do you justify playing 7-10 yards off the receiver? No rush, no sacks, soft coverage, and some three-and-outs and we could be in for a long season.

Walker vs ealey

April 13th, 2011
9:22 am

One UGA back was around 6′2″ and 225 and ran a world class 100. He also had class and he went to class.

Ealey? He cannot drive, is slow and small and that is about it.

They were both from south Georgia and they both played HS ball there and both went to UGA.

JMar

April 13th, 2011
9:22 am

Tim – Can you find out what order the RBs were drafted in? I think it’d be really interesting to know who the players think are the best backs.

51WTGW50

April 13th, 2011
9:26 am

Dawg Nation
you do know was a DRUID is right? Well, there must be a City somewhere of Druids. I would figure it has a lot of trees and rock formations.
I bet Druid city is like Dawg Nation. It is a Mythical thing that only exists in the mind of the deranged.

Matthews Dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:27 am

Tosh.no….I believe Bobo was joking around! If I miss your humor then i guess I don’t get it! Let’s hope no more injuries this weekend. Then get ready for BS and USC! Go Dawgs

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 13th, 2011
9:28 am

Tosh.No:
Joe Cox better than Bobo??…You can’t be serious??? What is sad is about 50%-75% of the people sitting in the stands on any given Saturday have about the same football IQ as you have, Tosh…Got to be great to be a college coach and be critiqued by guys like you……In case you need help figuring it out, Bobo was only trying to add a little humor into the QB Competition situation on Saturday, but I guess that went right over your head…..

Dawglasville

April 13th, 2011
9:29 am

Tosh.No – I have to disagree with you on that. Mike Bobo was a very good quarterback. You may not like him, or his play calling, but he was very consistent throwing the football and he made very few mistakes.

Dawglasville

April 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Darren – Walker did it with the entire world keying on him. He also did it 30 to 40 times a game.

51WTGW50

April 13th, 2011
9:36 am

Playing career

Bobo played for the Thomasville High School Bulldogs (Thomasville, GA) before playing college football at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA). Bobo was a four year letterman with the Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1994 – 1997. He was the MVP of the 1998 Outback Bowl and holds several Georgia passing records.
As a Senior in 1997 he threw for 2751 yards on 199 completions in 306 attempts and had 19 TD to just 8 INT.

As a coach at Georgia, Bobo has tutored three future NFL quarterbacks in David Greene, D. J. Shockley, and Matthew Stafford.

Nothing very impressive in Bobo resume that is for sure.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 13th, 2011
9:36 am

51WTGW50:
Unfortunately, getting hurt is sometimes a big part of the pro game, especially playing on teams that are not very good and rebuilding..Remember Steve Bartkowski???..Ole Matthew Stafford has done pretty well for himself, he has accumulated enough funds to ship you around the world about 10 times…..He has played well for a bad team when he was not hurt…..Dawg Nation is for real, as you know all too well if you are the Tech troll I think you are….How mythical is 9 out of 10, dude….

Dirty Dawg

April 13th, 2011
9:40 am

Unfortunately young Mr. Studivant was not blessed with the ‘pins’ necessary to support 300+ pounds and the subsequent collisions and pounding that comes with the territory. I can’t imagine how it would feel to realize that your, long-held, dreams just aren’t to be, but by God he’s tried and maybe he’ll try again. Hope it works out for him.

As for a tailback ’stepping up’…anybody thought that all Mike Bobo is trying to do is to avoid ‘awarding’ the job to somebody now and to make sure we go into the pre-season practice with a ‘wide-open’ competition? Remember, Herschel didn’t start his first game.

Whisky Breath

April 13th, 2011
9:41 am

From one that has had a torn ACL, I wonder if he was wearing a brace? Because he had 2 other knee surgeries, I am assuming he wore a brace on both knees. If he did, I would hate to think you can still have a knee injury with a brace. The best of luck to the kid. I hope he comes back quickly and look forward to his return.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

April 13th, 2011
9:42 am

Darren:
The old saying, you can’t make the club in the tub, applies here….Don’t think Ealey will ever be healthy enough to know how good he is….

51WTGW50

April 13th, 2011
9:50 am

Lake Oconee
it is as mythical as UGA’s record against the Gators like 3-17 dude…
Matt (21 INTs 19 TDs and 5 fumbles in 13 games) Staford has really EARNED every penny.

mr. bulldog

April 13th, 2011
9:58 am

How dare anyone even in the same breath mention Ealy with Herschel ealy is not even in the top ten of UGA running backs need i remind you of pulpwood smith, terrel davis, rodney hamilton, robert edwards, keith henderson, and moreno all big fast running backs Ealy could not carry herchels jock strap

Pago Pago Dawg

April 13th, 2011
10:02 am

So is UGA looking for a new Diamond Dawgs coach?