Practice update: Dogs get another break with overcast morning practice

ATHENS -- After opening preseason camp with a 103-degree practice on Thursday, the Georgia Bulldogs have enjoyed relatively mild conditions with overcast skies and temperatures barely in the 80s.

That was the case again Saturday as the Dogs got Practice No. 3 underway. UGA didn’t give reporters much time to observe today’s morning workout. Three five-minute periods is all we got. So, sorry, but there’s not a lot I could discern in that span.

What I did see was cornerback Derek Owens in a green jersey, signifying injured or no contact allowed. Fellow DBs Brandon Boykin and Jakar Hamilton were working off to the side. Not sure what their deals are but it’s usually in the first week of camp you start seeing hamstrings pop up everywhere for a lot of the skills guys. We’ll find out exactly what after practice.

Also noticed that wide receivers coach Tony Ball just three days in is hoarse to the point of almost being inaudible already.

All the assistant coaches were extremely intense this morning as they ran the team through some special conditioning drills early this morning. Lots of yelling and screaming at players to get after it and push through. If anybody slipped and fell through these series of running and agility drills that got pulled out and sent over to do up-downs in front of a strength coach. Fast-paced and very intense.

Checking out the running backs and it’s interesting to note the varieties of players Georgia has back there. Sometimes you have FB Bruce Figgins (6-4, 275) and TB Richard Samuel (6-2, 238) back there and others you have Zander Ogletree (5-9, 220) and Carlton Thomas (5-7, 170) or Brandon Harton (5-6, 174). I must admit, though, when the Dogs run a toss sweep with Isaiah Crowell or Samuel following Figgins around one end, it looks pretty impressive. And Crowell has that class tailback look, kind of bowed-legged, always looking balanced with tremendous cutting ability.

That’ll have to do for now. Check back for post-practice notes and quotes in a couple hours.

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RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
10:25 am

Can’t wait for the season! Everything sounds good and we have a good attitude which can mean the difference between winning and losing. Attitude can sometimes trump talent. Seems like we have both and ready to explode! Go Dawgs!

Cdawg

August 6th, 2011
10:26 am

Odell Collins

August 6th, 2011
10:26 am

never done it before….first?

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
10:27 am

Sorry guys. :) . I was

Odell Collins

August 6th, 2011
10:28 am

I guess not….If we can get by Boise St. and SC then the schedule is favorable for a great season…..no fumbles from Samuel and we should be fine. Again, it all comes down to the running game and defense…….

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
10:31 am

If we beat both Boise and SC we’ll be a top 10 team by week 3. The rest of our schedule sets up nicely for us to make a run. If we start 2-0 we’ll finish with no more than 2 losses. We could very well have a 10 win season, maybe 11 win season if things go our way. Last season, nothing went our way, we didn’t get any breaks and it showed. Hopefully this season we’ll get those breaks and go out and play Georgia football.

Dave

August 6th, 2011
10:42 am

Still concerned about Crowell’s durability and if he really has the stuff to be an every down back. With Figgins leading the sweep or hitting the hole to block first, we should have plenty of open lanes. Sanuel is blazing fast, but not much cutting ability of wiggle. Horton and Thomas may be great sceen play guys that we need to get in space. But lead the big boy runs to the big boys. Can’t wait for Sept. 3rd!

bitter can't wait yaaaaw

August 6th, 2011
10:46 am

games are won on saturday’s—just take a look at bammer’s first 5 games and this year is wide open

absolutly no way to call this years winner in the sec————-evan miss st. has as good

————–a shot as anyone

—————-my sources tell me that boise st QB is throwing 85% completion rate in all work outs of —————————————-late, the only thing to fear is fear itself

————————unless its —KELLEN MOORE—————the toughest QB on game day 1

————————just ask oragon and va tech————–fact

——————-having said that go dawgs and someone tell aaron murry that

———————–the big stage that he has always been looking forward to

——————————–ITS HERE MURRY——————no excuss’s if—well

——————————–time to shut up and put up——————–simple

———————-kellen moore–vs–aaron murry———–all about the QB–aka–pay for play

hammerhead

August 6th, 2011
10:54 am

Your desccription of the power sweep with Crowell following Figgins has me jacked up and ready for September 3rd! I’m not sure Boise State is ready for what we’ll call the Columbus Sweep (Figgins and Crowell).

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2011
10:56 am

It’s getting close to the time where “ifs” won’t count anymore.

Jonkdawg

August 6th, 2011
11:09 am

Just can’t wait to see Isiah Crowell…the kid might i said might be better than Hershel Walker who knows.

PR

August 6th, 2011
11:22 am

…easy Johkdawg.

Troup Co. Dawg

August 6th, 2011
11:29 am

There’s a reason no one gets to wear #34 but I think the combination of Samuel’s strength and Crowell’s finesse will be just as good…I can’t wait to see Samuel run over somebody, wear down the defense, then bring in IC and let it Rippppp! Baby!

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
11:34 am

Imagine late in the 4th quarter when a defense has to try and tackle Samuel and worry about Crowell who is also strong. I just don’t think Boise is looking forward to trying to tackle Samuel and avoid blocks from guys almost twice their size. I don’t care how good you are, eventually that’ll wear you down in a game.

Dawg Catcher

August 6th, 2011
11:36 am

Could lose first 2 and still win SEC.

Dawg connection to most prominent criminal network in GA’s history. Scopolamine poisoning scandal on the coast (Glynn County). Search ‘island’ and ’scopolamine’.

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
11:37 am

I’m not saying we’re going undefeated or that we’ll even win the SEC, but I guarantee you we’ll be a much better overall team this season. We’ll be more competitive and if we are lucky enough to get to the SEC title game, anything can happen on that Saturday and we could win and play for something big. You just never know. You can measure the vertical, the 40 yard dash, etc. but one thing you can’t measure is heart and how hard someone is willing to work to be successful. Our team seems determined to put last season behind them and play football this season.

Brooksdawg

August 6th, 2011
11:39 am

Change your THINKING and it will change your REALITY… After 10 years the fire is back in Richt… Come out and smash Boise in the mouth— Run, Run, Run, wear them out in the first half and just lay the wood in the second half! GATA

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

I hope we hurt Boise physically and emotionally. Make them quit in the first half and have them gasping for air in the 2nd. I want hands on hips and heaving breathing out of those boys from Idaho. They think they’re all that, well let’s line it up and shove it down their throats all game long. Samuel running behind Figgins is a sight to see. You can’t defend that. Hit them in the mouth, make em bleed, make them wish they had never signed up to play UGA. That’s how I want it to feel. I want them to hurt. I hope Samuel bust through the hole and crushes a linebacker on the first play of the game to make a statement and send a message.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 6th, 2011
12:12 pm

A toss sweep to Crowel

Wow, Bobo might be tired of hearing us complain about his stupid up the middle running play

Well thats a positive

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 6th, 2011
12:13 pm

RabidDawgFan

You would see that almost for certain if the Boise game was outside the good ol Ga heat in Athens

DougsMugs

August 6th, 2011
12:15 pm

As much as I want a college playoff system and know that the little teams (pretenders) have demonstrated how pathetic the BCS championship is, I still don’t like seeing the pretenders who don’t play anyone, show up in the top 10. UGA needs to crush Boise so badly they are knocked out of the top 25.

C-Town

August 6th, 2011
12:18 pm

Carver -Lagrange game of 2010 on ESPNU right now

DougsMugs

August 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

@Flat tire, I am concerned that the air-conditioning and the artificial turf will lessen UGA’s advantage.

DougsMugs

August 6th, 2011
12:21 pm

@C-Town, I watched the UGA-SC game from 2 years ago, last night. I forgot how high scoring that game was and how close it was at the end. I wish we could dominate them.

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August 6th, 2011
12:24 pm

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Troll Power Ratings

August 6th, 2011
12:28 pm

I believe Boise is a 2.5 point favorite at the moment. Does anyone know that the lines were back in 2005 for the Boise game, or for the Hawaii bowl game? I can’t even recall who was favored in those games, though I think Georgia was favored against Hawaii. I understand the lines are set according to the betting flow, but I also think they are heavily influenced by the media’s hype one way or another. I hope Boise is favored by about 10 points at kickoff :) .

Troll Power Ratings

August 6th, 2011
12:29 pm

know “what” the lines were……

CHDawg

August 6th, 2011
12:38 pm

500+ pounds up the middle isn’t going to be easy to stop, either. The toss sweep looks cool, I suspect the MLB’s view on a lead looks scary! You know, I hate hearing about the hamstring injuries. We have been plagued by that over the last few years. I sure hope they have a stretching expert on staff…it warrants one along with strength and conditioning. And they need a specialist, not a converted coach. Go Dawgs!

The Georgia Insta-toot of Hypocrisy

August 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

Brrriiiipppp!!!!! Man those Varsity chilidogs just go right through you!

I wish that Tech had the guts to open the season with a high ranked team like Boise State. I send in my money for hot dogs and cokes and they send me tickets to games like Tech vs Western Carolina.

Who wants to pay good money to see a trashy game like that? It’s just not worth the effort to fight my way through the muggers to get to Histeric Boobie Dudd Stadium.

Jasper Sanks

August 6th, 2011
12:41 pm

Careful…I was supposed to be better than Herschel, and in reality I was horrible.

Cmon man

August 6th, 2011
12:47 pm

what happened to everybody who had “sources” and inside info sayin all those negative things about crowell? Im not saying he is ready to carry the load right now but I have read nothing but positive remarks about him so far.

Inlet Dawg

August 6th, 2011
12:55 pm

the problem with the size in the backfield is that our “offensive genius” Coach Bobo will call Carlton Thomas up the middle or on that toss sweep.

Mr Charlie

August 6th, 2011
1:13 pm

Why if the AJC not reporting stuff like this about the Falcons?

CHDawg

August 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

Cmon man, I suspect half that stuff was from St. Simons’ new “handle.” Tone is the key to spotting the real Dawg fans. A minority here sometimes!

Mike

August 6th, 2011
1:17 pm

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Mike

August 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

Wow early on sounds like Murray may have a chance to break Belue’s all time hand off record this year

shane#1

August 6th, 2011
1:41 pm

Inlet Dog, Bobo won’t be calling Carlton’s number against Boise, that’s for sure. Boise runs a three man line in a nickle a lot. Right up the middle with those big backs may be the best way to go against a fast but small defense. They may be able to string out the sweep amd get to UGA’s big backs running laterally. The old saw about a speedy defense is that you beat it by running right at it. I would expect a lot of blitzing from them too, run right at them and Crowell doesn’t have to pick up the blitz.

Clean sweepers

August 6th, 2011
1:54 pm

“… what we’ll call the Columbus Sweep (Figgins and Crowell).”

The most likely sweeps will be the clean sweeps these thieves make in their teammates lockers. Oh look, another iPod on eBay!

Destin Dawg

August 6th, 2011
1:54 pm

Run right at “em !!!!!……. Grantham’s BIG defense we”ll… be renewed Junkyard Dawgs !!!!! Kicking game will mean they have a long way to go every time !!!!

DougsMugs

August 6th, 2011
1:58 pm

Prayers to our military. We lost a helicopter with 31 on board. 25 Navy Seals, most from the mission that allegedly killed Osama. WTH, did our president go and identify them, thus making them targets?

Why wasn’t the unit dispersed after the high profile raid and the outing by our president? Why were they jammed into the same helicopter?

I love them and their families. May they find peace.

Destin Dawg

August 6th, 2011
2:00 pm

UGA 35 Boise State 20 Uga 27 S.C. 14

DougsMugs

August 6th, 2011
2:13 pm

@Destin Dawg, that sounds plausible. I am thinking 45 UGA to 14 Boise and 31 UGA to 14 USC

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 6th, 2011
2:14 pm

We agree with you, IF we can get by Boise State, SC, Auburn, Miss. State, Coastal Carolina, Tenn., and FL we’ll have a good year.

Football Insider

August 6th, 2011
2:14 pm

LOL, everyone looks good in practice…

Destin Dawg

August 6th, 2011
2:31 pm

Don’t forget Boo Malcome… Go Dawgs !!!!

Clean sweepers is an IDIOT

August 6th, 2011
2:53 pm

JDawg1785

August 6th, 2011
4:16 pm

Keep the good news coming, Chip! Go Dawgs!

ugab

August 6th, 2011
9:43 pm

SC and Boise are going to be ready. SC and Boise are practicing just as hard as UGA. We can not use the heat as an excuse. Let’s Go Dawgs!!!