Ten@10: Lindsay Scott weighs in on ‘Valdosta boys,’ A.J. Green, NFL lockout

THE TEN AT 10:

1. OK, you asked for it, so now you’ve got it. The “Ten@10″ has been resurrected here on The UGA Blog. I haven’t decided yet whether it will be a regular feature or, if so, when or how often it might run. But there’s a lot of stuff going on at Georgia right now, so it seemed a good time to blow off the dust and break it back out here. Let’s see how it goes. . . .

Lindsay Scott (24) knows a little something about catching and running. (Special photo from UGA)

Lindsay Scott

2. I got to spend a little time with Georgia football legend Lindsay Scott over at the UGA Golf Course on Monday.  The star receiver from the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship team was looking fit and in great spirits before teeing off in the “Celebrity Am” for the Stadion Classic tournament.

Scott has lived and worked in Valdosta pretty much ever since retiring from pro football. So, like anybody else living in “Winnersville,” he has kept up with high school football. So I asked him what he thought about the two players Georgia signed from down there, Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome.

“I’m excited about those two kids,” Scott said. “I think they’re special kids. I think they’re talented kids. I think they’re kids that do the right things. They’re academically sound and have good discipline. But the thing that really excites me about it is they really wanted to come to the University of Georgia. People around the state need to know these kids wanted to come to Georgia and they’re excited about becoming Bulldogs.”

Scott said he has more than casual knowledge about both players. He has been friends with Jay’s father, Stan Rome, ever since high school. Stan Rome is considered the best wide receiver to come out of South Georgia, all due respect to Scott and others.

“If you’re a receiver in Georgia, and you don’t know Stan Rome, something’s wrong,” Scott said. “Stan’s the guy that set the standard for high school receivers. When I came along, we were all chasing his records and his marks. So I’ve known him a long time. So I’ve known Jay all his life.”

So does he think Rome and/or Mitchell can make an impact at Georgia as freshmen?

“The athletic ability is there, the know-how is there, the desire is there,” Scott said. “It’s just a matter of getting there and putting it all together. I’ve seen them play a lot. Malcolm, as a receiver he’s a guy that can make plays. He can make plays on both sides of the ball really. But I’d love to see him as a receiver because he’s a guy who can go get it. And Jay’s just a big receiver. Big, physical, athletic. That kid can do things we could only dream about doing at his size. I’m excited about seeing what they can do.”

3. I also asked Scott for his impressions of A.J. Green, who was also playing in the celebrity tournament on Monday. A lot of people have probably forgotten that Scott was also a first-round draft pick. He went to the New Orleans Saints with the 13th selection in 1982. And like this year, the NFL had a labor-management disagreement that season.

“If you can remember, we went on strike for seven games,” Scott said. “So I’ve been through that. If I had to tell A.J. anything, and I probably will, it’s to keep his focus through all the garbage.  And that’s what I call it, garbage. The guys that can keep their focus through all that are the ones that are going to be OK. Stay focused on what you’re supposed to do and everything is going to work out.”

Scott added, “I think they’re going to play football this year.”

As for Green’s abilities, Scott believes he’ll be an NFL star.

“A.J.’s got all the tools and he’s got all the ability in the world,” he said. “He’s got good size and great hands and he works hard. I know he’s going to be OK. I think he’ll do great.”

4. You can’t bring up Lindsay Scott without also mentioning Buck Belue, can you? The former quarterback, who connected with Scott on the the single-most famous pass play in UGA history, is also very opinionated when it comes to his Dogs. He’s a sports radio talk show at Atlanta’s 680 The Fan and writes a blog on his own webpage. From Belue’s latest blog entry we find out that he believes Georgia may actually be better off with Cordy Glenn starting at left tackle and thinks the rising senior from Riverdale has a chance to be a high NFL draft pick.

5. Uh-oh, the Broncos are in trouble! Well, at least they seem to think they will be. So certain of it is Boise State that it self-imposed some pretty hefty sanctions on the football program (as well as other sports). According to our old friend Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman (who used to work for the Macon Telegraph many moons ago), the Broncos docked themselves three football scholarships over the next two seasons. But probably of more interest to Georgia fans is they will allow cut by three their preseason practices before their Sept. 3 season opener against the Bulldogs in the Georgia Dome. FBS teams are allowed 29 preseason, on-field practices by NCAA rule.

The self-imposed football sanctions are the result of 39-page NCAA notice of allegations Boise State received that also accused the men’s and women’s tennis teams and men’s and women’s track and field of committing violations. The school goes before the NCAA Infractions Committee on June 10, according to the Statesman. Stay tuned.

6. John Cannon, who committed to Georgia last week, officially became the men’s basketball team’s fifth signee when he faxed over his signed letter-of-intent this past Monday. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Burnsville, N.C., averaged 21.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.5 blocks as a at Mountain Heritage High School this past season. He is the 47th ranked center in the the country according to ESPN.com, a three-star prospect per Rivals.com and two-star per Scout.com. Northwestern was his other finalist and he also considered a preferred walk-on opportunity at North Carolina. He carries a 4.3 GPA.

“We’re very excited to have John Cannon joining the Bulldog family,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said.  “John has good size and good skills for a young big man.  He understands the game extremely well and is an outstanding student.  We believe that he has a very bright future ahead of him.  I look forward to John’s arrival on campus in the very near future.”

7. Speaking of basketball recruiting, there’s a chance the Bulldogs could sign one more player in the 2011 class. At least two Atlanta players are in consideration for Georgia’s final scholarship. Ryan Harrow, a guard from Marietta who started at N.C. State as a freshman last season, is considering a transfer offer from the Bulldogs. Harrow revealed on Twitter this week he intends to visit Georgia along with Kentucky, Louisville, St. John’s and Texas. Wherever he goes, he will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules.

UGA is also being looked at by Rockdale County guard Kevin Ware. Ware, a 6-4 guard and 2011 prospect, originally signed with Tennessee but was released from his LOI after Bruce Pearl was dismissed. Ware committed to UCF briefly but backed off last week about the time the Knights’ relationship with an alleged Chicago street agent came into question. Ware told the AJC’s Michael Carvell that Georgia and Louisville are his frontrunners. But you can bet the Bulldogs will tread lightly here.

One other transfer Georgia may have briefly considered has landed elsewhere. Ari Stewart, a 6-7 wing out of Wheeler, has decided to go west and transfer to USC from Wake Forest. . . .

Palazzone

Michael Palazzone

8. Not surprisingly, Georgia’s Michael Palazzone was named Pitcher of the Week by the Southeastern Conference this week. The 6-2, 197-pound junior out of Mariettatossed eight shutout innings en route to a 3-0 win over No. 14 Arkansas last Saturday. It marked his fifth victory over a ranked opponent this season as he the right-hander improved to 8-1 record and 2.14 ERA in 11 starts. He is a perfect 6-0 with a 1.74 ERA in the SEC this season. According to UGA’s Christopher Lakos, he’s also an Academic All-American candidate. The Bulldogs (24-21, 13-8 SEC) are at Auburn this weekend.

9. Georgia has added a pair of pitchers to its baseball recruiting class. Benjamin Ancheff, a 6-2, 185-pound right-hander from Williamstown, Penn., and Jesse Scott, a 6-1, 180-pound right-hander from Bonaire, signed a national letters-of-intent this week.

Ancheff is a three-sport star at Williams Valley High, earning All-America honors in wrestling and All-State honors in football. In baseball he was an All-League pitcher/catcher as a junior, going 9-0 with a 0.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched. He also batted .417.

Scott, a graduate of Warner Robins, is a sophomore at Middle Georgia College where he is currently 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 starts and  three complete games. He has 52 strikeouts and only 18 walks in 53.2 innings pitched. As a freshman, he went 5-2 with a 3.21 ERA.

10. THIS & THAT: The men’s and women’s tennis teams both earned NCAA tournament bids and will host regionals in Athens next week. . . . UGA will be hosting the SEC Track & Field Championships beginning Wednesday of next week. . . .  Khaalidah Miller, a rising sophomore from Atlanta, was one of 35 basketball players invited to try out for USA Basketball’s U19 National Team. Miller, a 5-9 guard, averaged 9.1 points last season and was named All-SEC Freshman.

By Chip Towers, UGA Blog

82 comments Add your comment

txfood

May 5th, 2011
10:05 am

txfood

May 5th, 2011
10:06 am

Glad you brought back Ten@10.

JB

May 5th, 2011
10:16 am

This is a newsy,good format. Good work. The boise game will draw a lot of attention and will get the Dawgs a lot of pre season air time on the cable sports shows starting in August. Dawg must win this game or at least make a great showing. Laying an egg will not be good for Richt or this team. I think the game will be a blessing in disguise . I think Dawgs will work harder and be more focused this off season. Lot’s of talent arriving to make the guys there now work harder….and don’t forget about 10-12 month’s under Coach T in the weight room by kickoff.

Chip Towers

May 5th, 2011
10:17 am

txfood: Yes you are. And thanks.

cantondawg

May 5th, 2011
10:20 am

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 5th, 2011
10:24 am

If Mr. Scott says we got a good pair in those two young men, then I beleive it. Looking forward to seeing them in the red and black in the future. I really like that they take academics seriously also.
GO DAWGS

cantondawg

May 5th, 2011
10:24 am

Really excited about this upcoming season..Lots of changes from this time last year..Discipline has improved alot. No arrests so far this year and there’s been a buzz around the program since NSD.

We haven’t proven anything yet so i’m not upset by our low preseason ranking but i really do feel that this could be a special season for the dawgs.

SouthSide Dawg

May 5th, 2011
10:34 am

Nice to see UGA basketball being talked about among these caliber of players again.

SouthSide Dawg

May 5th, 2011
10:36 am

I’m expecting UGA’s defense to be pretty stout this season.

B.G

May 5th, 2011
10:36 am

Thanks Chip you brought back Ten@10!!!!!!!

SouthSide Dawg

May 5th, 2011
10:40 am

UGA will need a full slate of players for the first two games if they want to win. If we have players getting into trouble this summer thus forcing coaches to sit them for the first two games, we could be in trouble. The 2011 season (and Mark Richt’s tenure here) could come down to actions in this offseason.

SouthSide Dawg

May 5th, 2011
10:42 am

captain obvious statement of the week: Our overall offensive performance will reflect the play of our offensive line.

DawginLex

May 5th, 2011
10:43 am

The defense is going to set the tone for this season and for this team. That will allow us to run the ball more and not have to play video game offense in order to win.

Last 5 BCS champions except auburn had defenses that saved their butts time and time again. Even Auburn had some great plays along the way by their defense that helped win games.

If Georgia drops its ppg average from 22 to 14 or 15, there will be a lot of happy folks in Athens.

B.G

May 5th, 2011
10:43 am

Will the Dream Team report to UGA in May or June Chip?

getthepicturenow

May 5th, 2011
10:45 am

Love the 10 @ 10 Chip, great job as always. Thanks for (hopefully) bringing it back!

sogadog

May 5th, 2011
10:50 am

JB

May 5th, 2011
10:54 am

DawginLex…………Good point. If the D can step up big time this year, it will certainly take some pressure off the offense. It’s hard to run the ball and eat up clock when you’re 3 TD’s behind.

Joey

May 5th, 2011
11:11 am

Thanks, Chip.

Really enjoyed the the Q and A with Lindsay Scott. Sounds like our boys from Valdosta are gonna be DGDs.

Jwall

May 5th, 2011
11:18 am

The D is the difference in every sport. And UGA’s D has not been great in a few years, which makes everyone attention to turn to bobo and the O. But what people fail to notice is that our O and been putting up more than enough points to win. I know the central fla game, no TDs, but we showed we didn’t care. Bobo calls a good game stats shows he does mix up the run and the pass based on our personal strengths. In the flow of every football games offenses go flat, even in the NFL. I’m sorry when it’s 3 and 20 and bobo calls a run up the middle it’s a smart call. If we had a great D, it would be a great call. My point is Richt and bobo are putting up the same amount of points, hell more points, during the last 3-4 years than when they were winning the SEC championships. If the D turns the corner like I think they will we will win 10-11 games and another SEC under the greatest coach we’ve ever had at UGA.

SouthGaBrave

May 5th, 2011
11:18 am

B.G

Newcomers will (mostly) all report in June. They can’t enroll in Maymester becuase most high schools won’t graduate until the middle, or end, of this month.

lawdawg

May 5th, 2011
11:21 am

Ten@10 = good, as long as it’s meaty like this one. Thanks for this.

K Conley

May 5th, 2011
11:22 am

TallaDawg

May 5th, 2011
11:29 am

OK, let’s all admit that we (yes, I am taking some blame) have each at least thought, “Well, look at Boise St. (and TCU, etc.) they are winning the RIGHT way. Why can’t UGA?” It seems that they are dirtier than any SEC team (except Auburn).

Dem Dawg

May 5th, 2011
11:49 am

The non-BCS schools are always presumed clean because they are perceived as “small” and fighting goliath. If they can get the folks to win big against the big guys, you can bet they are fudging somewhere. But,no one wants to know it because it bursts the “squeaky clean” perception bubble, and their success is no longer feel good, cinderella news.

JaxDawg2

May 5th, 2011
11:50 am

Thank you Chip for bringing this segment back!

truedawg

May 5th, 2011
11:54 am

Have to agree with you Lex. The D will have to shut the other teams down to allow us to run the ball more. Last year it was hard to run when score and time dictates you throw. I think the D will be something special this year. We won’t be able to tell about the conditioning until game day, but the players look like players now. I’m drinking the Kool=aide about the D but that O line will have to show me its able to do the job. I love the Scott talk…sounds like we have 2 great young men added to this team. I’m also glad that they wanted UGA and not just a scholarship to any school.
I think Lemay is being held back because He’s the future after Murray. Kinda like when we had Green and DJ waiting, just as good. in a different way.
Glad to see 10 @10 again GO DAWGS!!!

truedawg

May 5th, 2011
11:57 am

right on Jwall. I’m not saying Bobo is the greatest play caller out there, but he’s not as bad as some think. We just haven’t had a respectable D in 3 years.

D A DoubleU G

May 5th, 2011
11:58 am

well done chip!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 5th, 2011
12:10 pm

Talladawg,

Can you explain just what you base your statement about UGA being so dirty? Yes, some of the kids did get in trobule for some stupid things, mostly to do with driving violations, but I did not see any rapes, stalking, robberies or any felonies involved, did you?

Butt Smear Building Resident

May 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

Thanks for the info, Chip!

Us over at Butt Smear really appreciate all the info you’ve always brought. Glad you now don’t have to pretend to care about other teams

Butt Smear Building Resident

May 5th, 2011
12:35 pm

And thanks for pointing out Boise’s dirty cheating ways. Hopefully Richt can show them by example the right way to do things!

Tville Dawg

May 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

We’re 45 miles down the road from Valdosta, here in Thomasville. Remember Rome called out Ray Drew to come to UGA, and Drew called out Crowell. These guys are gonna do south GA proud at UGA, as well as lot of players from this area over the years.

My hope is that the current class is filled with guys with solid work ethics and good moral character. I like what I am hearing so far.

Glory, Glory

Butt Smear Building Resident

May 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

Glory, Glory to the Butt Smear!

Joey

May 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

Oh yeah, Jwall, Bobo is a real treasure at OC all right. Since you brought up the last 2 years, just take a quick look at the last two seasons and you’ll see that the majority of the points UGA scored come against bad teams.

Check out some of his high-scoring offensive achievements:

10
10
13
19
17 (only 3 points by offense)
6
12
25 (vs a pathetic Colorado that allowed 30+ 6 times)
6

But, he can put up some numbers on Idaho State and Louisiana Lafayette!

Ted Striker

May 5th, 2011
12:58 pm

Good column, Chip. Always appreciate your hard work.

Butt Smear Building Resident

May 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

Speaking of butt smears, Chip; did Larry Munson ever return that official UGA “back massager” he borrowed from you?

phil

May 5th, 2011
1:05 pm

Wow! 47th rated center in the country. We can expect great things from him once he first plays his senior year and averages 1.8 points, 1.3 boards and .5 assists per game to go along with 4 fouls….exciting!! Keep em coming, coach!

phil

May 5th, 2011
1:11 pm

“If the D turns the corner like I think they will we will win 10-11 games and another SEC under the greatest coach we’ve ever had at UGA.”

LOL @ the deranged Jwall….that’s good stuff….keep the comedy coming…

It IS good work, Chip. Not sure that Lindsay Scott is much of a talent evaluator, as opposed to the expected homer for the team, but we’ll see….

Tobias Funke

May 5th, 2011
1:14 pm

Don’t talk bad about Munson. Have some class.

BOSS GATOR

May 5th, 2011
1:15 pm

October 29….Jacksonville….The World’s Largest Annual Outdoor Ass Kicking….Are you going to wear red panties again….Come on down…We’re waiting……….BOSS

phil

May 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

Amen on Munson….leave the man alone.

Reality Check

May 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

Chip, as a Bulldogs fan it is great to see you consistently covering the teams and great job as usual. As far as FB is concerned, I agree that the Defense or lack of it has been the biggest concern. I see all the stats about Murray and offense only scored x points against ranked teams, etc. but was under the impression that UGA scored at least 30 points in the last 7 regular season games, which included Auburn and Florida. The defense has got to hold top teams under 21 points to win consistently. Actually the stats last year showed improvement with Nose Tackle playing out of position, with the two new nose tackles in there this year it should give LB’s more room to make plays. I am realistic enough to say give MR this year to show improvement and then let the chips fall where they may. Also do not think major recruits will committ until they see on the field results this year that suggest the staff will be back next year.

phil

May 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

BOSS GATOR

May 5th, 2011
1:15 pm
“October 29….Jacksonville….The World’s Largest Annual Outdoor Ass Kicking….Are you going to wear red panties again….Come on down…We’re waiting……….BOSS”

LOL….hey, until we actually DO beat you guys a couple of times, you’re entitled to belittle us….it’s not like we don’t deserve it with 3 wins since 1989….keep it coming.

Butt Smear Building Resident

May 5th, 2011
1:25 pm

Butt Smear is the classiest joint around…Munson’s the one who borrows toys and doesn’t return them on time!

the PAINFUL Truth

May 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

It’s kind of sad to se me back on these blogs with classy Dawg fans. How long is it going to take me to realize that I am a loser? i am a car salesman at Carmax waiting on some guy named Sam to come back and buy a 16 year old Volvo from me so I can make a $50 commission. #1 Salesman? I’m #50.

I guess I should sit back and be grateful for my job that pays $12,000 per year and my cubicle right next to the men’s room. All the other salesmen laugh at me because they are better than me, i can’t compete with them and we all know it. I guess i’m lucky to be #50 even though there are only 50 of us.

It’s a different world now and I guess I just need to adjust my expectations and face reality.

Unfortunately, nothing will change for me. All I have going for me is posting my same old 5 paragraphs on the blogs. Calling UGA folks Dawgtards makes me forget my only encounter where I was naked with a girl other than my mom. She laughed out loud and ran away laughing.

I guess I need to get my head out of the sand and face reality. I’m an irrelevant car salesman who never could get into UGA. All those gorgeous blond coeds laugh at me when I walk by. When they come in to buy a car, they always tell the guy they are with to pick another salesman. That’s reality for me.

Top Row Dog

May 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

“Mark Richt’s record when returning a starting QB….is 55-11.

02: 13-1 (3)
03: 11-3 (7)
04: 10-2 (7)
07: 11-2 (2)
08: 10-3 (10)

When he doesn’t return a starting QB? 41-23.

01: 8-4 (22)
05: 10-3 (10)
06: 9-4 (23)
09: 8-5 (NR)
10: 6-7 (NR)

Georgia under Richt has never failed to post a double-digit win total in any season with a returning starting quarterback at the helm.”

RHALL55

May 5th, 2011
1:35 pm

Thanks for the “Ten @ Ten”!!!!

RHALL55

May 5th, 2011
1:35 pm

Mail Bag tomorrow? Update on JC Players UGA is looking at????

Golf Ray

May 5th, 2011
1:45 pm

How about telling us what you and Linsay shot Monday Chip.

Dawg Tired

May 5th, 2011
1:46 pm

Did I miss Tony Barnhart’s return on March 14, or was his return supposed to be March 14, 2012?