‘Real football’ underway as Bulldogs go through first full-contact practice

ATHENS – Greetings from Woodruff Practice Fields. It’s time for real football!

The Bulldogs’ fifth practice is underway and this is the first of 11 in which they’ll be in full pads and hitting. I just got my first look at the 2011 team in full gear and, without question, it’s an athletic-looking group. Unfortunately they didn’t give media but 15 minutes access this morning and all that was their standard drill work they do every day.

The first full-contact practice is one the returning lettermen always look forward to. They look at it as their opportunity to “indoctrinate” the freshmen and first-year players on the ways of SEC football. It’s a chance for them to give the “Dream Teamers” a little dose of reality, if you will.

We’ll have an opportunity to talk to Coach Richt and selected defensive players around lunchtime so I’ll get you an update then on how they think things went.

Couple of quick observations from my short time out there this morning:

  • Looks like the same guys are still out, including CB Brandon Boykin and S Jakar Hamilton.
  • Didn’t see heralded walkon TB Brandon Harton with other RBs. Thought he may have been pumping iron at far end with other injured players. But they restrict where we can be on practice fields and, by default, what we can see. So I’ll have to get some verification later.
  • TB Ken Malcome still out there fighting through groin. Looked good this morning, in my opinion.
  • CB Chris Sanders, who has been getting a lot of love lately, was in green jersey, signifying non-contact status. But he was working out hard with everybody else early on.
  • – DB Nick Marshall just an impressive athletic specimen. That dude is going to have to get on the field somehow, some way.
  • – Big John Jenkins looking more natural in a No. 66 jersey. He’s still going to wear No. 6 this season but they didn’t have one big enough to go over his shoulder pads, per Athens Banner-Herald. Some new No. 6s on the way.
  • Stacy and DeNae LeMay, the parents of QB Christian LeMay, were intently watching their son from the sidelines.

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2012 FEAR THE END

August 8th, 2011
10:18 am

pj

August 8th, 2011
10:21 am

2nd? Go Dawgs

Chip Towers

August 8th, 2011
10:21 am

2012 FEAR THE END: That you are, my friend. Way to be alert!

JB

August 8th, 2011
10:23 am

The Lemay’s were probably watching Murray. That’s who will get their son red shirted. Glad to see we look bigger, stronger and more athletic.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:23 am

Chip so we can expect several of the true freshmen to play this year?

Marshall
Swann
Drew
Crowell
Dantzler
Andrews
Mitchell

Any others?

Shawn

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

It’s gonna be a great season! Let’s get it STARTED!

pj

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

Would love to know 2 things if you get a chance to ask the Defensive players later – Who, besides Christian, has emerged as a vocal leader of the Defense. Who are the guys looking to? 2nd Question – Is there any thought to who will be the best Pass Rushing End/OLB? We haven’t had a Pollack/Moses dominator – and we all know that one dominant player coming off the end on every play changes the flow of an opposing Offense (Kellen and Garcia need to be eating Grass if we’re goiing to stop them)

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

6th, if you count Chip.

honest_abe

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

those freshmen defensive backs look to be the real deal. coupled with the emergence of b. smith and we know what we’ll get from boykin… the secondary should be real nice!

goooooooo dawgs!

VixDawg

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2011
10:24 am

eh, I took a shot

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2011
10:25 am

This might be the most capable secondary we have had in years.

JB

August 8th, 2011
10:25 am

Chip, is it unusual to have parents watching their kids practice in August camp?

JB

August 8th, 2011
10:27 am

3 weeks from Saturday.

Ha Ha Ha

August 8th, 2011
10:31 am

14th and damn proud of it

RabidDawgFan

August 8th, 2011
10:34 am

I’m really looking forward to seeing what our secondary can do. This should be our best secondary group in years. No more 5′8 corners. We recruit corners that are at least 6′0 and I love that. Gives them a better opportunity to hang with the bigger receivers (6′2, 6′3 receivers).

I love that we look really athletic which means we look bigger and stronger. The S & C program will help out. It just takes time for these guys to get used to practicing again. They’ll be just fine.

Sounds like things are good. Just please NO injuries, or anything of that matter. Go Dawgs!

schmeckdawg

August 8th, 2011
10:35 am

Ahhhhhhhhh full pads….where the rubber meets the road!

2012 FEAR THE END

August 8th, 2011
10:36 am

Thanks Chip! Do the Linemen have to wear their knee braces during practice?

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:37 am

Will be interesting to see if Crowell is still in his element in full pads going up against our D-line and linebackers.

schmeckdawg

August 8th, 2011
10:38 am

You know, no one that I can recall, talked about how we looked (physically) during our SEC Championship or Sugar Bowl appearances. And I don’t care if everybody on the team looks like the Michelin Man. Just get a bunch of W’s!!!!!!!!!!!

Concrete Pete

August 8th, 2011
10:39 am

Chip, we’ve heard a lot about the S&C program being tougher since Joe T took over. Are there any significant, noticeable changes in anyones build? Any weight gain (or loss for big guys)?

honest_abe

August 8th, 2011
10:41 am

i wonder which big boy wins the starting NT position?

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2011
10:45 am

The smell of grass stuck in your facemask.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 8th, 2011
10:45 am

They better not “indoctrinate” the freshmen too hard.

Depth is an issue at Ga and they will be relying on those guys right out of the gate.

Bright Idea

August 8th, 2011
10:46 am

Chip, Can you see what’s between their ears and under their sternums?

Concrete Pete

August 8th, 2011
10:46 am

honest_abe either way, I think UGA wins! UGA’s D-Line that averages well over 300lbs and is extremely athletic does not bode well for Boise’s much smaller, less athletic OLine. This is gonna be UGLY. Mark my words: Dawgs by 30…

Freddi Mac

August 8th, 2011
10:46 am

@honest_abe, The NTposition is still up for grabs. I read in an article, either on ajc or scout. that Kwame is leading John Jenkins right now. However that could change through practices.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:47 am

I think Geathers starts. He apparently got real motivated with all the hyped talk about John Jenkins and got his rear end in gear.

RabidDawgFan

August 8th, 2011
10:47 am

Sounds like Kwame (Geathers) is in line to start. But really when talking D-line, “starting” doesn’t really mean anything other than you start the game. Even if Jenkins doesn’t start, which I’m not saying he won’t, he will get lots of playing time. No doubt about it.

LHarding Dawg

August 8th, 2011
10:48 am

Like you said, time to “indoctrinate” the dream team. No more high school football, no more mama’s (except Lamays). Time to be a man and play SEC football.

JustinTime

August 8th, 2011
10:49 am

@rabiddawgfan– You have no idea how excited fans should be about this secondary…Coach Lakatos brought up a valid point. These kids are athletes. I’m not talking they play multiple positions, i mean they play multiple sports too.. In our new CB depth chart we have guys that not only played corner,but SS,FS,WR, RB, QB, kick/punt return not to mention track stars, hoop stars, baseball studs, just pure athletes… SO all its gonna take is finding each guy his role and coach him up a bit.. UGA fans are in for a huge treat for the years to come…

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:50 am

Chip

Is there any discussion about the Jarvis Jones situation? I would think at some point you have to take him off the depth chart and plan on the other guys playing.

Comments??

Nate the Great

August 8th, 2011
10:50 am

Chip,

I’m hearing all the talk about the secondary but I haven’t heard who the “enforcer” is going to be. Who’s the big hitter that is going to make the offense fear the middle of the field? Rambo might be a greAt safety but he doesn’t instill fear in wrs, he seems to shy away from big hits. Who’s going to lay the lumber this year

chilidawg

August 8th, 2011
10:50 am

No injuries, please.

PCB Dawg

August 8th, 2011
10:50 am

I can’t wait to see the Dawgs run isolation plays with Figgins and Samuel. A fullback that is 275 leading a tailback that is 240. Look out linebackers and safetys!

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 8th, 2011
10:51 am

Jarvis Jones should still practice as usual.

Of course don’t play him in a game if you haven’t received the green light from the NCAA yet.

honest_abe

August 8th, 2011
10:52 am

i’d like to see geathers and jj on the line together. stuff that usc running game!

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:53 am

Agreed PCB

Can’t wait to see bobo remove the CT up the middle for 1 yard and a huge head shot to CT and replace it with NUMEROUS toss sweeps with Samuel or Crowell being led by Figgins.

Bobo already used the term “toss sweep” in earlier practice interviews. That alons should give us reason for hope that maybe, just maybe, we are going to change our style from finesse to power.

chilidawg

August 8th, 2011
10:54 am

Stacy LeMay will be a thorn in CMR’s side.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
10:55 am

NCBF

I don’t want us all to be looking over our shoulder for Jones like we were looking for A J last year(although the impact will be less than losing A J).

Go ahead and make the call. JJ can practice but there are other guys that need to fight for the first team spot and get the first and 2nd team reps

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 8th, 2011
10:58 am

i’d like to see geathers and jj on the line together. stuff that usc running game!
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Not gonna happen. Latti is surprisingly shifty. He’ll run circles around those two big fellas.

Palmetto State Dawg

August 8th, 2011
10:59 am

Chip, is Cornelius Washington still out? You mentioned that the injured guys pump iron on the sidelines. That’s better than sitting around and doing nothing, I guess.

JustinTime

August 8th, 2011
11:00 am

It really doesnt matter who starts on our defense minus the linebackers… the line and secondary are gonna be shuffled in and out by committee which i agree with cause it keeps fresh legs on the field at all times

RabidDawgFan

August 8th, 2011
11:03 am

If Jones can’t go then either Stripling or Drew will get the nod to start vs. Boise. I really don’t want Jones to have to sit out because he’s our main starter and if he was able to play then we’d have all 11 guys that went through camp and spring together fighting for the same goal. To pound Boise into submission.

I think our offensive guys are all find and raring to go. Our O-line, if stays healthy will be one of the best in the SEC. There, I said it. Our receivers will step up. Really excited about Malcolm Mitchell. He may even start or at least play vs. Boise. Quarterback is already set and I like what I’m hearing about our running backs.

Should be a great season.

honest_abe

August 8th, 2011
11:05 am

NCBF: who said they had to make the tackle? all they need to do is win the line of scrimmage and plug up the holes.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
11:05 am

It also appears that Kolton Houston and Dallas Lee are healthy and in the mix at OL. That is the depth we need desperately.

reebok

August 8th, 2011
11:06 am

tough call for the georgia coaches…really push these guys and risk injury and thinning the depth even more…or save the guys and risk not being in good enough shape for those first 2 big games…the dogs are thin on O line…good luck and stay healthy

Nate the Great

August 8th, 2011
11:09 am

The last devastating hit I can remember from any safety since blue left was Reshaad Jones two years ago against USC or okie St. And he got a 15 yard penalty to boot. This has been what’s missing on d (and second half adjustments). I’ll give up 15 yards first drive of every game if it gets us respect (and not considered “soft” again). I don’t care if the rules try to make you play soft, we shouldn’t.

The one thing I’m going to be watching as close as our win loss record is in game adjustments. That’s what bvg did so well and slick Willie was incapable of and I have yet to see from Grantham. It seems like we go in with a game plan and don’t adjust it if it’s not working. Examples: USCe and GT. Here’s a hint: THEY’RE RUNNING THE BALL!! if they are hammering you on the ground, take it away from them and make them beat you with the pass.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
11:10 am

I know 2011 is almost upon us but I was looking at our 2012 recruit listing and you see 2 names on there that cause you to go WOW!

DE Jalen Fields 6′6′ 280 LBS
WR Lonnie Outlaw 6′7 230 LBS

Both coming in from GMC.

A 6′7″ WR?? That would make any DB crap his pants in the red zone.

Nate the Great

August 8th, 2011
11:15 am

Nothing could be finer: “latty” has gained 15-20 lbs making him bigger target to hit and a step slower without the oline to block. He’s a north south runner not a scat back. Jefferies and garcia might win the game for you but latty won’t get 60 yards Because spurrier won’t feed him the rock when it’s not working