Georgia players work hard to avoid ‘Energy Vampire’ distinction

ATHENS – There are lot of things Georgia players don’t want to be called but one of the main ones this season is “energy vampire.”

“Energy vampire” is a new distinction the Bulldogs have come up with for somebody on the team who doesn’t meet certain standards or who complains. If a teammate nominated by another player for the “energy vampire” board and coach Mark Richt approves, he ends up with his pictured plastered all over video boards in the weight room, usually photo-shopped to include fangs and other unflattering enhancements.

“If you say something negative, if you’re not doing something positive when we’re doing activities as a team, you can be called an ‘energy vampire,” explains sophomore linebacker Chase Vasser. “Anybody who hears you say something like ‘I don’t want to be here,’ you can be turned into the coach and you’ll get your face on the board. They’ll take a picture of you and put a wig on you with some vampire teeth and crazy-looking eyes.”

Actually it’s a motivational technique that Richt borrowed from Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

“There’s a book called ‘The Energy Bus.’ John Gordon wrote it,” Richt said. “It’s something that Coach Smith of the Falcons had read and incorporated it with his team. When he came to speak at our summer clinic he was talking about a positive attitude. He said when guys aren’t positive they call them ‘energy vampires.’ So I was asking him about that and that’s where he came from.”

Richt said anybody can end up on the energy vampire board. “Even me.” But all nominations have to come through him.

“I don’t want [the players] just taking it over and making up stuff,” Richt said “It’s got to be legit.”

The bottom line, Richt said, “We’re looking for guys who want to be positive.”

As for the photo-shopping. “We’ve got people in charge of that,.” he said.

Branden Smith continues to impress

The Bulldogs had their first full-contact practice Monday morning and, as expected, it made for a lively workout.

Once again, Branden Smith came away making the play of the day. The junior cornerback hit an unnamed freshman receiver so hard it knocked his helmet off.

“I was just trying to show them that this is not high school football anymore. This is SEC football,” Smith said.

Over the weekend, Smith had five interceptions in one practice.

“Branden Smith has really continued to impress me,” Richt said. “He’s just practicing with a greater focus than I’ve ever seen him practice with. He’s a lot more physical. He’s not a big man so it’s hard to be totally dominant. But he’s playing physical and with an edge that he hasn’t shown before. I’m really impressed with what he’s showing out there.”

Officially, Richt said the defense won using the scoring system they use each day. He said it was tied 17-17 going into the last four or five plays and the No. 3 defense dominated the No. 3 offense.

Boykin on Hornung watch list

Georgia’s Brandon Boykin has been named to yet another watch list, and this latest one seems very well-suited for him.

The senior cornerback and return specialist was included on the preliminary list of candidates for the Paul Hornung Award, sponsored by the Louisville Sports Commission. The Hornung, named for the former Green Bay Packers great, is given annually to the player considered most versatile player in college football.

Boykin finished 2010 with 44 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Boykins is UGA’s leader in career kickoff return yards with 1,813 and is the only player in SEC history to have three 100-yard plays of any kind. He’s also Georgia’s active leader with six career picks and has started and played in every game the last two seasons.

Boykin is also on watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award and CFPA Defensive Back Award & Kickoff Returner Award.

Gilliard looks good as a Mike

Another player drawing a lot of praise is inside linebacker Mike Gilliard. The junior from Valdosta is currently the second-team “Mike” linebacker behind Christian Robinson.

“Mike is one of the guys that has flipped the switch, so to speak,” Richt said. “He just got very serious about doing it the Georgia way. You can see it in his body language, just his stature. He’s stronger. He’s focused. He wants to be a consistent player and hopefully he’s a guy who’s going to play a lot for us. I’ve seen a lot of good from him

They said it

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on the incoming freshmen: “We’ve got some athletic guys at the skill positions. They’ve got a chance to be some of the most athletic guys we’ve had at Georgia since I’ve been here. All of them are green, all of them are learning, their head’s are spinning. But you see them make plays and I feel good about those guys.

Asked to elaborate, Bobo said, “[Malcolm] Mitchell, Christian Conley, Christian LeMay, and those guys on defense: Damian Swann, Nick Marshall, Chris Sanders. I mean those are some athletic jokers that are making some plays.”

This and that

Georgia will hold two practices on Tuesday, one at 8:45 a.m. and the other at 5 p.m. It will have just one other two-a-day. . . . Tailbacks Richard Samuel and Isaiah Crowell split time with the No. 1 offense on Monday. “Those two guys were impressive today,” Richt said. . . . Tailback Brandon Harton was out with “mild concussion.” He should return later this week . . . Freshman cornerback Chris Sanders was held out of contact due to bruised shoulder suffered Sunday. . . . . Boykin and Jakar Hamilton are still out with hamstring pulls. . . . Smith said he’ll be returning punts again, or at least intends to. “There’s competition there. Me, Boykin, TK [Tavarres King] and some freshmen. But I’m not going to make it easy for them.”

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2012 FEAR THE END

August 8th, 2011
6:40 pm

maddawg

August 8th, 2011
6:42 pm

maddawg

August 8th, 2011
6:43 pm

maddawg

August 8th, 2011
6:46 pm

If B smith is going to play like this we should switch sides with him or Boykin to get them both starting and move Cummings back to safety.

Football Insider

August 8th, 2011
6:47 pm

Yeah…that a way coach…that’ll teach ‘em….(sarcasm off)

SimpleDawg

August 8th, 2011
6:55 pm

Sounds like speed and sudden impact are the defensive code words this year……things that have been missing in recent years.

Hopefully the offense can match the speed and aggression.

chilidawg

August 8th, 2011
6:58 pm

No injuries!

Richt's Energy Vampire

August 8th, 2011
7:05 pm

Schultz’ Count should have fun with this one.

Coach Grohbo

August 8th, 2011
7:08 pm

“Doing it the Georgia way” = “Working hard to get butter”

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:10 pm

Am I missing something here………Georgia players are out looking for “energy vampires” to turn in to the HC and put on a board to build positive energy? Better watch what you say….they may report you.

Florida builds two beautiful players lounges with a pool table and a big scren TV…..and gets the players to all hang out together (including the walk ons) and have fun together before and after practice and meetings…..to build up and support each other.

Now……I wonder which one will work best? Duh.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:14 pm

“Player lounges” and “big screen TV”……typed too fast. But that was not the point. But….I must still be missing something…..this approach does not seem to be a positve one to me….Says something when you have to create a “Vampire Energy” board for your players. Instead, I think I would do a reward system for creating positive energy…..not vampire energy……the term is full of negative energy itself….in my opinion. Just strange to me….from a psychological point of view.

bamadawg

August 8th, 2011
7:15 pm

Chip, how is boo doing (injury)

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:16 pm

But….all that said…..these reports do seem to be pointing to a new and improved attitude in Athens. Maybe Richt is finally getting it……..(but the vampire board makes me wonder).

f4ifrank

August 8th, 2011
7:16 pm

Thanks Chip, maybe we can nominate some of the idiot’s that post on here for that “energy vampire” award!!

U

August 8th, 2011
7:18 pm

Tampa, are you an actual ‘tard or do you just play one on this board?

JDawg1785

August 8th, 2011
7:19 pm

We can start an “energy troll” board, f4ifrank. I know I’d get a kick out of that.

Midland Dawg

August 8th, 2011
7:21 pm

We have a team of hungry beast that are ready to be unleased. They’re starting to show them self one here and one there daily, it’s contigous,and they are feeding off each other. Look out the BIG DAWGS are ready to fight for their place in the SEC and nation. .A DAWG that is hungry is a beast to be reckond with and these beast are going to demand the other teams to take a hard look at them. It’s a new year and a new team full of freaks that are going to be opening a lot of eyes.

Bruiser

August 8th, 2011
7:23 pm

Regardless of what gets posted, there are Haters just waiting to post. What I can’t understand is this: If you hate the Dawgs so much why are you constantly on their blog? Go Dawgs!!

Rdawg

August 8th, 2011
7:24 pm

@ Tampa gator go to YouTube and type in GA football training facility watch the whole video and then come back and comment tell me what looks more team friendly. Moron Georgia built a multi million dollar football complex this past year.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:24 pm

U…..

Yep…..I am a ‘tard……I get ‘tard of reading your type of posts….(oh…..you are trying to insult my intelligence….how funny!)

Yep….I am a ‘troll, too. I love to ‘troll this blog…..(oh, you are trying to insult my intelligence….how funny!)

I need to post you on the “Vampire Energy” board for bloggers.

dawgfan

August 8th, 2011
7:24 pm

Tampa Gator, what about doing 188 reps in the weight room for every yard Knowshon dropped on you in 2007? That little big of negative reinforcement worked out well for you guys.

At any rate, I’m off to go kick around some Techies. Peace.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:26 pm

Oh….I am a moron, too……I love moroning around various websites……(oh, you are trying to insult my intelligence……how funny).

JDawg1785

August 8th, 2011
7:27 pm

I neither said anything about your intelligence nor called you out, Tampa. Chill out, brother. It’s all good.

.

August 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

@Tampa Gator — Seriously dude, do you not have anything going in Gainesville to keep your interest? You seem to obsess about the happenings in Athens when you should be worried about your squad. I just assume, because the calendar tells me so, that the Gators have started practice. However, I could give to sh**s whether or not Charlie Weis is eating donuts on the practice field or if he has revolutionized football as we know. Worry about the Gators, there is more than enough there to keep you busy.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

and….RDawg….I know about your facility and it is a good one……but I was not comparing the two facilities (both are outstanding)….I was comparing using a “Vampire Board” to build team unity vs. redoing a second, small locker into a player’s lounge (inside the main locker room) to help build team chemistry….and which one might work better. But I am a moron….for thinking about such things.

LakeDawg

August 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

I don’t feel comfortable with this ” energy vampire” award. Hopefully they’re not making too big a deal of it. Apparently its worked for coach Smith. I can see how it would be a reminder of what’s expected attitude wise if they don’t over do it. This is the first thing I’ve heard this off season that troubles me a bit. I’m sure I’m making too big a deal of it. The rest of the news is great. Sounds like the Dawgs are stepping up! Go Dawgs GATA

Rdawg

August 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

@tampax don’t get all upset because people are actually talking about the dawgs and the future and gator nation is still stuck in the past with the urban/tebag era there gone buddy

f4ifrank

August 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

Tampa Gator “.I am a moron, too”

Glad we cleared that up :)

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

August 8th at at 7:29……

I was a Dawg rabid Dawg fan growing up in South Georgia….long before I decided to attend the University of Florida on scholly and became a Gator fan. I follow the Dawgs because….when the Gators are not playing them….I root for them every single game….and follow everything about the Dawgs. I just don’t blurr my view of reality.

Make 'em the frilly kind

August 8th, 2011
7:36 pm

The “Energy Vampire” winners get an extra pair of red panties, the frilly kind from Victoria’s Secret.

And Coach Richt blows them a kiss, they’re so special.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:36 pm

RDawg….

It appears the the “upset” people are the ones calling people morons, idiots, trolls, etc. I don’t do that.

Return to Glory

August 8th, 2011
7:37 pm

Tampa Gator: your a Gator fan calling you a moron etc. would be a waste of time since it is already established by your choice to pull for any team that would wear orange and blue YOU ENERGY VAMPIRE..lol..all in fun.. don’t pop a vein: GO DAWGS.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:39 pm

……or refer to bloggers with “tampax” references either in their posts. Somewhat juvenile, don’t you think…..and lacks for originality and creativity.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:42 pm

Return….

I would rather be a moron with 3 national titles in the last 10 years……than be red and black an constantly live in the 1980s….just saying. If you want to be a total moron…..then you need to become a Crimson TIde fan…….as they are 22 times more moronic that me or you.

Rex the Wonder Dog

August 8th, 2011
7:45 pm

If you hate the Dawgs so much why are you constantly on their blog?

Because it’s so much fun watching you homers guzzling the Kool-Aid every year before your beloved dawgs do their annual collapse into total irrelevancy.

And because it’s such an entertaining novelty to see so many college athletes who read and write at a 5th grade level.

f4ifrank

August 8th, 2011
7:46 pm

Just kidding Tampa, You’re right, until we start beating you guys, you get the “spoils”. right now, that’s pretty much sucking for Dawg fans. It’s a new year though and you guys are installing a new offense. If we can’t do it this year, then we’ll have a new coach. There’s alot on the line this year, Go Dawgs!!

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:48 pm

Dawfan….

Just finsihed the push ups……now, do a push up for every differential point Florida put on Georgia in Athens and in Gainesville in 1994 and 1995…..and for each differential point for each of the Gator 18 wins in the last 21 years. And we are no longer close in number of reps…..you lose, as usual.

WDE

August 8th, 2011
7:49 pm

@Make ‘em the frilly kind I guess your donating the panties we hear you have quite the collection troll boy…

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

f4ifrank…..

You are a classy Dawg fan…..and you are right in what you said. Georgia will be a very talented team this year…..and has a real shot at the East title…..along with SC and Florida. But I still don’t get the “Vampire Energy” board thing as a positive motivator for Richt’s players.

how2fish

August 8th, 2011
7:53 pm

Tampa Gator I understand your point about the EV deal..on first thought I’d agree until you factor in some of the folks on the team until recently . I’m afraid we had a team that did hang out together but the wrong sort were the “leaders” or at least professed to wanting to be leaders..this is a way I think to start fresh with a new approach anyway it does seem to have worked for the Falcons…

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Rex the Wonder…..

Did you, by chance, read the hand written reports filed by the Ohio State players concerning the missing cleats that were sold for cash………all three reports were written at barely a 5th grade level…..and they are college students….or were.

Rdawg

August 8th, 2011
7:54 pm

Its all good Tampa I never claimed to be distinguished. But you can talk whatever you want the dawgs will do all the talking come October forgive me but I am no fan of the gators at all even when they played in the title game I could not bring myself to even say the words see I can’t even type them go(insert team name here). I can assure you that I welcome all haters to the bulldog nation as a mater of fact I thrive off of it. You Florida fans have nothing better to do there is no news coming out of your camp so you hang around our camp and that’s fine everybody wants to hang around a winner and that’s what we are we still hold the lead in this series and I think that’s why you hang around because like I said we are winners GO DAWGS

.

August 8th, 2011
7:55 pm

@Tampa Gator — Ok man, whatever fiction you need to rationalize your obsession, which will help you sleep, is useful I guess…the rest of the world sees you for what you are….

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:56 pm

How to Fish…..

I am not sure Smith posts Falcon players on a “Vampire Energy” board……but whatever works, right….but it just seems strange to me.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
7:58 pm

7:55……that would be the “rest of us” in your clouded world view.

how2fish

August 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

Tampa Gator fair enough but so far it SEEMS like the players are buying in and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing.

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
8:03 pm

Rdawg…..

I have been hanging around the AJC…..long before websites existed…..and now that they do….for over 30 years…..and reading about the Dawgs and the Jackets. It is a hard habit to break even though I no longer live in Atlanta. And I have 7 Gator websites I hang out in as well. I am just retired and living now in the Tampa Bay area…..and I get highly interested in college football about this time each year…..especially SEC football.

f4ifrank

August 8th, 2011
8:04 pm

First, it’s friggin “ENERGY VAMPIRE”

Second, this team had some cancers on it last year. Sounds like to me, that CMR and the players that were there last year want to win, THIS SEASON. They know that the freshman bring alot of talent to the field and are trying to set the right expectations from the start. To bad it took a couple of years to do that.

Taquarius Jackson

August 8th, 2011
8:05 pm

If you’ve ever been to Tampa you’d realize there just isn’t a whole lot to do….

Tampa Gator

August 8th, 2011
8:06 pm

Howtofish….

They certainly seem to be…..but they seemed to be this time last year. Proof will be on the pudding in the Georgia Dome and then in Athens for the first two games. I hope you go 2-0 and are undefeated when you play the Gators…..I really do.