Much on minds of Georgia players, coaches at ‘Media Day’

Just finished up interviews with Georgia players to wrap up today’s “Media Day” session at UGA. Media met with head coach Mark Richt for about a half-hour before that.

Time is limited before the Bulldogs take the field for their first practice of preseason camp, so I’m going to just run out some of what I deem “highlights” or most pertinent news to come out of the sessions. I have not had time yet to transcribe the audio of the interviews so some of the quotes may not be exact.

For what it’s worth, here are the players that were made available to us: DB Brandon Boykin, TE Orson Charles, DB Sanders Commings, DE Abry Jones, WR Tavarres King, OT Cordy Glenn, C Ben Jones, QB Aaron Murray and DE DeAngelo Tyson.

OK, let’s get to it. . . .

*** Richt confirmed to the AJC that offensive lineman Austin Long will be out for the first part of camp with an illness. However, he held out hope that it might not be for as long as originally reported.

“What [director of sports medicine] Ron [Courson] is wanting us to call it now is a ‘mono-like’ illness,” Richt said. “We’re not entirely sure that’s what it is.”

Richt said Long will be monitored day-to-day with the hope he’ll be able to join practice in time to prepare for the season opener.

*** Richt addressed the disciplinary situation with senior wide receiver Israel Troupe. Well, kind of, anyway. For now, he said it’s “being handled internally” but he was not prepared to say whether or not Troupe might be suspended for the first game or miss any playing time as a result. “We’re going to do what we feel is most appropriate.”

Troupe, who will graduate on Saturday, was cited for urinating in public and then missed his court date this week. He’s expected to be part of the Bulldogs’ six-man rotation at wide receiver.

*** Richt on the eligibility issues surrounding linebacker Jarvis Jones: “The only thing I know is we have submitted whatever we found to the SEC office.”

*** Richt on Georgia being ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday. He had not heard the results.

“It’s nice to be mentioned,” he said. “It’s more important where you are at the end, no doubt about it. We’ll see what the media thinks. But that’s a good sign.”

*** Richt on the extreme heat they’ll face with 4:30 practices the next two days: “I’m thankful we have real grass to practice on this year. We’re adding an extra break or two. We’ll get them in the shade for five minutes or so and let them hydrate. We’ll have morning practices the starting Saturday and through next week because of the heat and the rain and weather cycles. Once school begins (Aug. 15), we’ll be outdoors the last two weeks.”

*** Depth problems? What depth problems? Richt shared anecdotes about how supposed depth problems often lead to the discoveries of great players. He talked about how injury issues at safety forced them to move a guy named Thomas Davis from linebacker. He said David Pollack was recruited as a fullback but they moved him to defensive tackle as a freshman because of depth problems. The next year, they moved him out to defensive end because of issues at the position.

*** UGA is still waiting to hear from the NCAA Eligibility Center on freshman linebacker signee Kent Turene of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

*** On the “Dream Team” recruits: “All I’m asking them to do is to learn what to do and put themselves in position to compete.”

*** Sanders Commings on whether he considers himself a cornerback or a safety: “I’m a defensive back. I honestly don’t know which one I’m going to play. Coach Lakatos told me I’d be cross-training.”

*** Senior CB Brandon Boykin on the freshmen defensive backs:

“I think they all have the potential. It’s tough to say not putting in plays and not being out there with pads on, but if they continue to progress like they did this summer I honestly believe they could all contribute.

“We did a ton of teaching with those guys. We did pass skel three times a week and we would meet beforehand for an hour and a half to discuss their coverage responsibilities and things like that. They did a good job on all that. There’s a lot of responsibility on us as players to make sure they’re learning because the coaches can be around.

“I would say Chris Sanders and Damian Swann both did a good job in the summer guarding receivers and learning the plays. Corey Moore as well. He did a good job at safety, but there’s a lot more to that position than just covering.”

*** LB Christian Robinson on practicing in the heat: “The staff we have here, if you have a problem they know who you are. If you have a problem they’re not going to try to push you. . . . The coaches push us but they know when you’re having some issues physcially he’s going to tell Ron Courson and get him out there so we can get him back. They’re not going to take any chances.

“If you need to come out, do it, because we’d rather have somebody in there that’s able to go full speed and think real fast. We’d rather have somebody fresh in there than somebody who’s tired and doesn’t really feel ike they can play at best of their ability.

“My freshman year I had some heat issues. I had to go off to the side and take one knee. I was worn out to the point I was dazed and confused. They help me out the rest of practice. They do a good job of preparing us and giving us advice on how to prepare our bodies so nothing happens.

“I turned on the TV and looked at the weather and I was like, ‘oh no, here it comes.’ But I think you have to go through the fire to get where you want. . . . You’ve got to be in shape and whoever is in the best shape and plays the best when they get their opportunity is going to win on Saturday.

“As a freshman, they don’t know how you respond adversity and going through physical pain. Some of the older guys are telling you to get up and you’re having trouble. But they know when you’ve gone as hard as you can.

“Freshmen probably don’t know how much we need to push fluids. We go 20 periods at practice plus some special teams. Some of them probably haven’t gone that long or as intensely. We run from drill-to-drill. They may have had 15-minute water breaks in high school. The most we’ll have is five minutes. You’re moving. You don’t have time to stop. It will be culture shock for some of them. At this level you have to practice at a certain intensity and it will challenge them. Those are the guys you have to watch for.”

*** Quarterback Aaron Murray on different feeling going into this season. “I’m just a lot more comfortable. My knowledge of the playbook, my footwork, understanding my progressions, understanding defenses, the game really does slow down for you a lot. You start picking up things a lot faster. You understand the concepts of defenses and pick up little cues here and there. So I think the game is definitely slowing down. I just have to leep working and keep getting better before the season starts.”

Murray on wideouts: “We look great. I don’t think we have any question marks. The way those guys have worked this offseason is unbelievable and it starts with Tavarres King. He’s really taken those guys under his wing. They watch film two or three times a week, work on their footwork, they call me every day of the week to throw routes. Those guys have worked extrmely hard. I’d say right now we have seven or eight guys that could start Game 1 or get in there and play right now and help contribute to this team.”

That’s all for now. Much, much more coming all day, all week, all weekend and all month.

147 comments Add your comment

JYD

August 4th, 2011
3:11 pm

JT DAWG

August 4th, 2011
3:16 pm

SUPPORT YOUR DAWGS!!!

RxDawg

August 4th, 2011
3:31 pm

Go get em boys. Do the things you need to do. Do things the right way. Do what it takes to become champions.

security dawg

August 4th, 2011
3:34 pm

I LOVE THIS. FOOTBALL IS ON IT’S WAY BEEN WAITING TEN YEARS FOR THIS DREAM SEASON TO COME/……..GATA
OH IT’S GREAT TO BE A GA BULLDAWG

LHarding Dawg

August 4th, 2011
3:34 pm

Before the haters get on here, Murray is going to be the real thing. He’s a leader, he’s tough, and he’s smart. With him on the field, I believe we’ll be fine.

Now for the haters!

RabidDawgFan

August 4th, 2011
3:36 pm

I LOVE the mindset of our team this season. These boys want to work hard. The guys we have now will produce for us. They seem so hungry, and so focused to get the job done. I know Boise State isn’t scared, but I know for a fact, they have a 2nd thought in the back of their mind saying, “Dang. We gotta play Georgia.” I know it’s there.

jaglaw

August 4th, 2011
3:37 pm

Dawglasville

August 4th, 2011
3:37 pm

Sounds good but it always sounds good from camps across the country this time of year. The only thing that matters now is injuries,eligibilities, and freshman progression until we play Boise State.

meh

August 4th, 2011
3:41 pm

jaglaw

August 4th, 2011
3:41 pm

I remeber several SEC coaches( Petrino,Myer,Spurrier) saying how UGA had the best/real good pass rush last season. Our total scoring D was around 3rd in league, but last on third down.
WE WILL BE MUCH IMPROVED OVERALL.

GATA, yep its back.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot turned Running Back

August 4th, 2011
3:42 pm

Let’s say you are a little dog sitting in a little dog house on the sidelines and there’s a crowd of people around and one of the players decides he’s going to urinate right there on the sidelines close to your house. Some things a little dog should not have to put up with. Coach won’t let me wet the field and players should not be able to, either.

Big Mikey Dawg

August 4th, 2011
3:42 pm

A. Murray looks terrrific in the photos just posted from today’s meetings. 29 DAYS TO GO!!!

JDawg1785

August 4th, 2011
3:44 pm

Sic ‘em, Dawgs!!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot turned Running Back

August 4th, 2011
3:45 pm

I heard he was studying for his upcoming urinalysis test and got carried away. Whatever made him do it, it was not polite and it was not something even a little dog would get away with anymore. Maybe one of the Ugas but not me. Weak bladder is another sign of inbreeding. That and bumping into the furniture. Those cat-like barks are also a dead giveaway.

jaglaw

August 4th, 2011
3:46 pm

Im sure Kellen Moore is as good as is advertised. I personally like the kid.

But no QB can preform laying on his back. We will come at him hard, fast, and often. Live or die by the blitz. Otherwise he will pick us apart. I like our chances.

Oh, and as a credit to all teams in SEC. Boise State has not played against a defense as fast as UGA’s. I would be saying the same thing if it were LSU playing BS.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot turned Running Back

August 4th, 2011
3:49 pm

For now, he said it’s “being handled internally” . . . that could mean he was on diuretics. Handling it internally could mean saw palmetto tablets. Whatever they do, let’s hope there’s no more public urination. That’s embarrassing even to a little dog.

SEC EAST COACHES ASSOCIATION

August 4th, 2011
3:50 pm

Kellen Moore will pass for 375+ against your loser defense; Boise 37 UGA 17.

coachx

August 4th, 2011
3:51 pm

Thanks for the info Chip !

Can’t wait for September 3 !

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 4th, 2011
3:52 pm

That is awesome Chip about Murray. Third year in th esystem, watch out. He will imporve his Comp % if the WR hold onto the ball in the mid to upper 60’s. He is that good.

SEC EAST COACHES ASSOCIATION

August 4th, 2011
3:55 pm

then Garcia goes for 300+ in a blowout win over uga 27-10; couple that with the annual loss in Jax, Mississippi St. stompin that behind, and Auburn improving each week of the season, 5 loss season is probable. See ya in Shreveport vs. Texas Tech, where Tubberville rolls in CMR’s swan song.

True Dawg

August 4th, 2011
3:56 pm

Just hope Richt gets em coached up this time! Big games off the bat. And we gotta have BIG defense!

UGA Insider

August 4th, 2011
3:58 pm

I’m really worried about the JJ situation. It seems like the longer this goes on the worse it could be. Who ever imagined AJ would get 4 games when all of crap got sat???

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
3:59 pm

“We don’t have any secrets.”
-Steve Spurrier, after opening practice to the public.

Opposing teams will know what’s gonna happen.

Problem is stopping it.

LOL

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 4th, 2011
4:00 pm

Shreveport? Damn when did the SEC East join the ACC? Mental midgets out again….

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

Welcome to the current blog Nothing Could be finer! Thanks for catching up with us. I thought this morning you were talking how fast Carolina fans where? It must be the fans who are slow then…

Bdawg

August 4th, 2011
4:05 pm

I hope BS is ETREMELY confident on 9-3-11. They’ll need to be. Just don’t overlook us BS. Yeah, keep thinking “wow, ucf beat them, we’ll kill ‘em”. We have something to prove to the country, and we have a lot of PRIDE. Look out Kellen!

Born2Bark

August 4th, 2011
4:06 pm

REady to see what Big Jenkins looks like full pads. The guy is a manchild and is fast! Knowledge of the scheme is way better this year and it will be a big difference maker! Tree and Jarvis (once he gets clear) will be killers at LB! Take that to the bank

jay

August 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

The fact that Troupe is getting his degree says a lot more about
him than taking a leak in public. If I were arrested for every
time I’ve “drained the lizard” outside, I’d be a career criminal.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

*** Sanders Commings on whether he considers himself a cornerback or a safety: “I’m a defensive back. I honestly don’t know which one I’m going to play. Coach Lakatos told me I’d be cross-training.”
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Advice to the coaches: quit yanking the boy around.

Sounds like thats been a problem with this coaching staff.

Tiny Tim

August 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

Why didn’t anyone ask Murray if he has considered lifts to help in seeing over the O and D lines?

Mitch Cumstein

August 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

I have as much optimism about this year as last, except to say, last year was absolutely awful. All of the games I recorded have been deleted because the season sucked so bad. However, I have the feeling that things will be a little different this year. If you watched the games from last year, you would notice that we lagged in the second half, thus the emphasis on S&C (strength & conditionong for all of the tek and state of alabama fans). Had the S&C not been so weak last year we would’ve won against Colorado, Miss. St, Fla, and several of the others that I don’t want to re-live. This year will be different. We WILL finish the drill.

Ignoring the Obvious

August 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

Murray has yet to beat a team with a winning record.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

*** Quarterback Aaron Murray on different feeling going into this season. “I’m just a lot more comfortable.”
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We’ll see how comfortable he is after that freshman running back attempts to pass-block.

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
4:14 pm

Big improvement will be on defense….. Grantham’s 2nd year in 3/4… he knows next couple years will make his coaching career…. and he’s good… he has the players and a favorable schedule… Junkyard dawgs are BBaaaccccckkkkk baby !!!

#1 preseason prognasticator

August 4th, 2011
4:14 pm

Mitch Cumstein, do you really have to be delusional to be a humper?

#1 preseason prognasticator

August 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Destin Dawg 2nd season with mostly new front 7= another learning season.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
4:16 pm

*** Richt on the extreme heat they’ll face with 4:30 practices the next two days: “I’m thankful we have real grass to practice on this year. We’re adding an extra break or two. We’ll get them in the shade for five minutes or so and let them hydrate.”
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Careful, Coach. Your litter of dogs is already getting thin. You don’t want to lose anyone else due to heat-related stress.

ga gator

August 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

Looking forward to the dome against Bstate to see if all this optimism is justified. My take; if Murray doesn’t have a sophomore slump the Dawgs will be much improved.

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

who will Q.B. @ S.C. ???? game clucks.. poultry… fowl… can;t wait !! Go Dawgs !!!

Born2Bark

August 4th, 2011
4:19 pm

@nothing could be finer: I seem to remember you guys having a freshman RB last year that did just fine.

ga gator

August 4th, 2011
4:20 pm

Destin Dawg, I actually believe that Connor Shaw will beat out Garcia before the game in Athens. He is very similar to Murray in his ability to make plays on the run.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

Yes, but Lattimore has been competing against elite competition since the 9th grade.

He was mentally and physically prepared.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

Connor Shaw actually looked pretty good in practice last night.

Many people think that he will play regardless of what Garcia does.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

Actually Lattimore began playing football in the 3rd grade.

Stephon Garcia

August 4th, 2011
4:25 pm

me and coach going out for a few beers… Spurrier won;t mind .. he doesn’t have anybody else !!

DawginLex

August 4th, 2011
4:28 pm

NCBF

the running back blocking for Murray is a 240 LB man who will do just fine.

Crowell won’t start

there is also a 270 LB fullback

you really need to go play in traffic with the other chickens

SOUTH CAROLINA 9-5 SHOULD HAVE BEEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
WHERE WAS THE PARADE?

56-18
Blown out by FSU in Chicken Bowl

A Hall of Fame Season

Humiliator

August 4th, 2011
4:30 pm

Better to be blown out by FSU than humiliated by UCF.

Hershel

August 4th, 2011
4:31 pm

In addition to coaching Crowell up, I have taught him how to parallel park in my 1980 Trans Am.

Cammy Cam

August 4th, 2011
4:32 pm

Hershel, I could buy a lot of Trans Ams with 250K.

Cmon man

August 4th, 2011
4:32 pm

@nothing could be finer: does lattimore still have nightmares about little ole greg reid?