What do you want to know as Georgia Bulldogs open camp today?

Athens — Georgia is holding its annual preseason “Media Day” later today. After lunch in the new multipurpose facility at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, we’ll get a 30-minute, question-and-answer session with head coach Mark Richt followed by a session with selected players.

Actually, us media types don’t get to select the players. We don’t know just yet which players will be made available to us. But we do know none of them will be true freshmen. They’re off limits for interviews until August 11th.

You can expect the usual team leaders to be in attendance. Just guessing here but I suspect guys like quarterback Aaron Murray, linebacker Christian Robinson, center Ben Jones, defensive back Brandon Boykin, wide receiver Tavarres King, tight end Orson Charles and tackle Cordy Glenn will be there. Doubtful big John Jenkins will be available but it’d be nice if he was.

Anyway, I need your help. I’m looking for some feedback. There are a lot of obvious storylines heading into the 2011 season and we’ll definitely get to all of those. But I’d like to hear what are some of the other subjects you’d like me to cover.  Is there a particular player you’d like learn more about or a specific question you’d like me to ask Richt or a certain player or one of the assistants? Is there something you’ve always been curious about but was never sure who to ask? What would you ask if you were in attendance?

Well, now’s your chance. Let me know and, if it’s a reasonable request, I’ll try my best to get an answer for you.

After today’s media session, Georgia will conduct it’s first of 29 preseason practices. It’s supposed to start around 4:30 p.m. Last time I checked the heat index is supposed to be around 107 degrees then. So I know one of my questions is going to be what kind of special precautions are they making for the extreme heat.

But that’s just me. What would you ask?

366 comments Add your comment

ajohns28

August 4th, 2011
5:12 am

ajohns28

August 4th, 2011
5:21 am

Have any incoming Freshmen surprised him in how prepared they are to play, either physically or mentally?
How big of a role are the super-skill players going to play in this years offense? i.e. Brandon Smith…
Where does he think Sanford Stadium would rank in the SEC in the most intimidating places to play in light of LSU’s Death Valley coming in at #5 in the world in that category?

drbasic1

August 4th, 2011
5:21 am

Chip I would like to know if coach Grantham is going to be more animated on the sidelines this season, being that after the first game last year for some reason (which we all know why) he pretty much “contained” himself. Second, if all of us are going to be able to know what play Bobo is going to call in every situation as we usually can. Might he have some surprises this year? Thanks

drbasic1

August 4th, 2011
5:25 am

Chip do YOU think our size, speed, agility and strength of the Defensive line be able to dominate the Boise OL? I just (at least on paper) see us as manhandling them all day.

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 4th, 2011
5:37 am

Any players changing positions (besides Richard Samuels) to provide needed depth at any position this year?

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 4th, 2011
5:44 am

What is the position on full contact practices this fall given the depth issues?
Has the reported “study of football” produced new plays so that UGA’s offense is not so predictable in certain situations?
What in your opinion is UGA;s strength this year (I know, I know, tight end)? What about weakness (yeah, RB and OL)? Any other concerns?
Looks like some freshmen will be getting the opportunity to play. Do you see any that you expect to make an impact this year?

ldsdawg

August 4th, 2011
6:02 am

What is the present status of Turene and Bowman?

cleveland ave. dawg

August 4th, 2011
6:05 am

Chip, I would like to know, we have alot of speed, I mean kids that are some burner’s!!! We all know that speed kills. You need your fastest kids on the field @ all times. So do you think that they will finally get creative enough to keep the speed on the field and take advantage of it??? The game is so much different now, you need to have explosives weapons!!! just look how the pro games are now. I know this is still college ball, but I’m just saying!!!! Hint, Hint, CMB!!!

nash

August 4th, 2011
6:08 am

Is Big Mike Throrton going to get moved to the d end spot or will he continue to play the nose in Todd Grantham’s defense. And what does Nick Marshall look like I hope some of the freshman get to red shirt this year but he could be a special player

P-Man

August 4th, 2011
6:14 am

Will Jarvis Jones be eligible, or are we still waiting on the NCAA? What are the possibilities of some of the walk-ons (Norman, Hartin) getting playing time? Is the team truly motivated- TRULY MOTIVATED- to be the best?

Victorious Sakrete

August 4th, 2011
6:20 am

What is your personal policy on urinating in bushes?

Have you ever done this?

Was it in the paper?

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
6:43 am

move Mike Thornton to O.L. ???? more creative play calling… trickeration… fake punt once in a while…etc…

CHDawg

August 4th, 2011
6:43 am

Coach, have you considered moving Richard Samuel to tackle?

Clearwater Dawg LLC

August 4th, 2011
6:46 am

How is our Mascot? Is Coach T. in charge of him?

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
6:47 am

looking forward to Grantham’s 2nd year 3/4 defense…. a renewed Junkyard Dawg defense next couple years will make his college coaching career…. we have the players… S & C program… favorable schedule… Go Dawgs !!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
6:52 am

I hope seniority system is dead… PLAY those big freshmen… play’em all…. if they’re ready… play’em early… rotation keeps ‘em fresh……

Cali Dawg

August 4th, 2011
6:52 am

Question for the players:

What are you willing to sacrifice to make this season a special one? Are you going to be frequenting downtown Athens during the season? Are you willing to give up junk food and eat well all season?

WalterEgo

August 4th, 2011
6:52 am

Since our coaching staff likes to take from one positional weakness to fill others while jerking players around, what “team-player” at WR is going to move over to OL? I hear Nick Marshall could be something special and has the speed to play tackle and Marlon Brown has the frame to fill out at guard.

Really, what frosh OL look ready/capable of helping out NOW!

HabershamDawg

August 4th, 2011
6:55 am

Tavares King do you think you will be able to up and after balls to fill the void of AJ Green?

jaxdawgfan

August 4th, 2011
6:59 am

There is one nagging question regarding the player cited for public urination. Was his target a chicken or a small reptile? Some have indicated it might have been a visor (possibly still being worn at the time).

7576DAWG

August 4th, 2011
7:02 am

With LeMay on the team will you let Murray run the ball more if he can get yards? Will you let LeMay get playing time in as often as possible?

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2011
7:06 am

Chip, sorry that you wasted your time.

7576DAWG

August 4th, 2011
7:06 am

Will all the practices be open to the public or will some be closed?

Sopwith Camel

August 4th, 2011
7:11 am

I’d like to know if Richt thinks that Richard Samuel may play some both ways or if he foresees moving him back on defense later in the season if Crowell and/or any other FB demonstrate that they can carry the load well.

Dawg4Life

August 4th, 2011
7:20 am

Is Marlon Brown finally ready to live up to the hype? We sure need him to.

lawdawg

August 4th, 2011
7:21 am

With a 270 lb.fullback blocking for a 240 lb. tailback wouldn’t it make sense to run straight at their undersized d-line a lot and I don’t mean that play where a player goes in motion and starts tippy-toeing and the back runs up his back where every person watching the game knows the direction he’s going.Do you think Bobo has ever heard of misdirestion?

jerry

August 4th, 2011
7:26 am

Belmont.com says that Newt Gringrich, 25-1, has a better chance to be president than UGA, 30-1, has to win the NC.

jbdawg

August 4th, 2011
7:31 am

Which position do you think has benefitted the most from the off season workouts?

joe

August 4th, 2011
7:31 am

I have a different question: what is up with 2 huge games with national implications ( UGA- Boise and LSU- Oregon) being played at the same time ???? Crazy ???

guy

August 4th, 2011
7:37 am

DESTIN DAWG HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!!

GA Mangus

August 4th, 2011
7:39 am

Will Troup come and pee with me on Milledge Ave. after practice?

Greg Perkins

August 4th, 2011
7:39 am

Since we are well below the 85 scholarship limit why can’t we look at JUCO offensive linemen for immedeate help this year.

Don't pee on me

August 4th, 2011
7:43 am

Ask Mark Richt if Israel Troupe will be potty-trained by the start of the season.

Trottman11

August 4th, 2011
7:43 am

Cramps seem to hurt teams in the first few hot games of the season what precautions if any are being taken to minimize this problem? I would like to see boise and s.c have more cramps than us hopefully keeping some of their play makers on the sideline and ours off of it.Go Dawgs!

George O'Leary

August 4th, 2011
7:45 am

2 things: #1 can we have a yearly home and home with the Humpers?
#2 will Richt promise to always kick a field goal on 4th and inches inside the 5?

PEACE OUT!

Woof! Woof!

August 4th, 2011
7:47 am

Has the mangy mutt who croaked last year been replaced yet?

TommyP

August 4th, 2011
7:49 am

What are the chances that Branden Smith and Isaiah Crowell see the field at the same time? (they have same #)

Deep Ball

August 4th, 2011
7:53 am

What will be different on third down for the defense this year? If they could’ve gotten off the field on third downs last year, ppg would’ve been cut in half and we’re talking at least 9 wins.

Are Richt/Bobo willing to keep their foot on the throat of the opposing defense if they get ahead by more than 10 points. Seems like any time a decent lead is established, play calling goes very vanilla (i.e. Ga Tech game in 2010). Great teams don’t let off the gas until the game is over!

topdawg70

August 4th, 2011
7:58 am

Chip I would like to know if there is any chance that CMR would bring the no huddle back. I remember when he came to the SEC they made him quit doing it. But, now s othat many teams run the fast paced offense, I believe it’s time to bring it back.

Beast from the East

August 4th, 2011
8:00 am

Ask Grantham what his favorite kind of doughnut is.
Tell him Charlie wants to challenge him to an all-u-can-eat contest at the Sizzler!!!!!

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
8:03 am

Jadeveon Clowney was more than impressive in opening camp last night.

Destin Dawg

August 4th, 2011
8:09 am

Deep Ball…. Yes.. keep foot on the GAS !!!!

Same old same old

August 4th, 2011
8:10 am

How about asking Richt if he’s limiting the offense again at the start of this year due to inexperience (in RB, o-line, etc). It’s never worked before – he’s always come out later saying he should have opened up the offense more. Yet I can feel we’re going down the same path this year.

bad brad

August 4th, 2011
8:13 am

Chip,
I want to know why the AJC has you guys (not just you, but the whole sports staff) post one or two blogs per week. Nothing against you, but with football season upcoming, we should see a fresh article every day. In the old days when we got the AJC daily, they didnt publish the same article day after day (look at Mark Bradley’s piece today; it’s about a week old).

AJC should have a couple of writers cover the Dawgs and the Jackets and every team and have daily news/reports. What we have after that first day passes is not news…it is old stale reports. I’m guessing you guys get paid a bonus on the number of hits on your blogs. Is that why Bradley’s piece is still up…waiting til he gets more than the 342 posts currently there?

The only writer who seems to post frequently is Carvell on the high school beat.

Just my two cents worth.

Al Global Warming Gore

August 4th, 2011
8:15 am

I would like to know if Richt thinks we’re going to win the Super Bowl.

Dawg in Duluth

August 4th, 2011
8:16 am

Who had the best 40 yard dash time? The highest vertical? Was there a competition amongst the players for best times? Most improved 40 yard time?

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 4th, 2011
8:18 am

Although Alshon Jeffery sat out last night’s opening practice, the other receivers were impressive as well. Some of those new guys are blazing fast, including Alshon’s little brother, Shamier.

Dawg4Ever

August 4th, 2011
8:21 am

Why do so many non-Georgia Bulldogs visit and comment on columns about Georgia Bulldogs? Granted, it’s a nice to be a Georgia Bulldog, but everybody’s not qualified. Go ‘Dawgs!

Born2Bark

August 4th, 2011
8:21 am

Chip, I have a few questions surrounding the buzz around the new S&C program: Did Joe T have them doing different lifts than DVH or was it the normal lifts with an emphasis on more reps with lower weight? From what I’ve read from your reports it seems the emphasis has been on distance running. What I would love to see is a chart that shows the increase in players weight and max weight on particular lift before Joe T and after. The boys needed more stamina for sure and it sounds like they achieved that, but they also needed to get stronger. I just want to make sure that happened. Thanks!

Remarkable

August 4th, 2011
8:21 am

Are we going to be a pass first and run second team with all the inexperience at running back? That’s just NOT UGA football, but it seems like the only viable option.