UGA practice update: Defense wins day on first day of full contact

ATHENS — A quick post-practice update. . . .

  • S Shawn Williams on first day of full contact: “All I know is Branden Smith came up and hit somebody so hard he knocked their helmet off.”
  • DE DeAngelo Tyson said Isaiah Crowell so quick and shifty that nobody got a good shot on him today.
  • CB Branden Smith confirms he’ll be returning punts again, or at least intends to. “There’s competition there. Me, Boykin, TK and some freshmen. But I’m not going to make it easy for them.”
  • B. Smith on sharing No. 1 with Crowell: “Me and Isaiah are both all right with No. 1. He plays offense and I play defense so it’s not a problem. If they asked me to I’d wear another number if they needed us together on offense. . . . The number doesn’t make me. I make the number.”
  • Injuries: TB Brandon Harton out with “mild concussion.” Will return later this week “hopefully,” Richt says. . . . CB Chris Sanders held out of contact due to bruised shoulder suffered yesterday. . . . Boykin and Jakar Hamilton still out with hamstring pulls. “Usually 7-10 days,” Richt says. Going on six days tomorrow.
  • Lot of talk about “energy vampires.” See blog later.
  • Sophomore Chase Vasser solid No. 2 at SAM (strongside) outside linebacker. This means he’d start if Jarvis Jones unable to go in Game 1. T.J. Stripling and freshman Ramik Wilson also getting work there.
  • Vasser into theater, acting, movies and modeling. Looks the part of action hero.
  • LB Michael Gilliard having phenomenal camp, per Richt and others. Busted lip in 3-on-3 drill today. “Mike’s one of the guys who has flipped the switch, so to speak. He’s decided he’s going to do it the Georgia way and he’s doing it well.”
  • CMR gives more love to Damian Swann and Malcolm Mitchell. Go ahead and put them in the “definitely will play” category along with Crowell, Ray Drew.
  • CMR said Crowell “really good at running behind his pads.”
  • Defense “won the day” in very close competition. Coaches keep score every day using points system. Was 17-17 going into last four or five plays of days. Then No. 3 D whipped up on No. 3 O.
  • Freshmen thrilled about “first chance to get to wear Silver Britches,” Richt said.
  • Richard Samuel and Crowell both running with No. 1 offense.
  • Richt says Samuel “trucked” freshman safety yesterday. “He’s a locomotive when he gets up a head of steam. . . . Crowell faster getting around the end.”
  • Richt said only injury was a “mildly sprained ankle” but could not recall who.

255 comments Add your comment

JYD

August 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

RabidDawgFan

August 8th, 2011
1:29 pm

LOVE what I’m hearing! whooo hooo! Go Dawgs baby! Keep it up! And PLEASE NO INJURIES!

Football Insider

August 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

Everyone looks good in pads.

Dawgs win 8 at best this year IMO.

SNUDawg2008

August 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

Great news. I’m ok with D winning. Our D should be pretty stacked with Jenkins and Geathers in the middle.

Spanky

August 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

That’s what I’ve been waiting on!! Yes- Radid- I’ll echo that! PLEASE NO INJURIES!!! Go Dawgs!

rrich

August 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

Maconbulldog

August 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

Hearing how fast Crowell is coming from the D makes me think he may not have the curse of Shanks or CK. Long as he keeps the hard work up on the field and in the class room he should be fine.

Concrete Pete

August 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

All you trolls please be sure to hang around as the year progresses. Don’t make us come find you in your Tech, Auburn or S Car. sites.

rrich

August 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

Don’t listen to 11 dawg C
hip just keep the news coming we can figure it out

RxDawg

August 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

“The number doesn’t make me. I make the number.”

A-freakin-men. I wish more players would get that memo.

AthensDawg

August 8th, 2011
1:42 pm

It seems to me that Richt is praising Crowell more and more everyday…. I think he’s toting the rock with the 1st team offense on September 3rd.
Thoughts?

RabidDawgFan

August 8th, 2011
1:42 pm

Crowell may very well start game 1. If he keeps this up then he will. Samuel is just a big boy. That’s just all there is to it. Boise is going to have a hard time getting him down. I’m telling you.

bucket

August 8th, 2011
1:44 pm

Thanks for the 411 Chip! Here’s hoping all the Bulldog updates this year are about what’s happening on the field!

UGA Insider

August 8th, 2011
1:48 pm

CMR has not used the “He needs to learn pass protection better” excuse yet which leads me to believe CMR is very impressed. Samuel and IC are going to be tough this year. I think the defense is going to be good if not great. Somehow we need to keep JJ eligible.

slydog

August 8th, 2011
1:50 pm

The Defense needs to win the day everyday before the season starts. Let’s shut some people down before we worry about how pretty the offense will be. Real Talk!!!

Dude

August 8th, 2011
1:50 pm

Sounds like Branden Smith is having a heck of a camp.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 8th, 2011
1:52 pm

CMR has not used the “He needs to learn pass protection better” excuse yet which leads me to believe CMR is very impressed.
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Or very worried. He’s got to get the fans on his side, remember?

Charlie Hayes

August 8th, 2011
1:52 pm

Calling a 10-2 regular season with UGA and BAMA in the SEC showdown! GATA!

Maconbulldog

August 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

Sounds like out WRs are doing pretty darn good too

Maconbulldog

August 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

Defense should win at this juncture of camp. No surprise. Looks like Branden Smith might break out this year. Athletically gifted imagine if he breaks out, wow!

Joe

August 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

again, I hate to rain on the parade, but this is really no different than we have heard in years past. Yes- I do beleive there is a different attitude, but lets see what this group does on the field. I am a loyal and diehard UGA fan, but to often we talk a great game and when it counts on the field- we come up short……

nasty dog

August 8th, 2011
1:57 pm

not only is samuel strong , heis fast also.It will be fun watching him and crowell this year.go dogs

slydog

August 8th, 2011
1:59 pm

When I hear CMR say “The Georgia Way”, I sure hope to see it on the field and I sure hope he is enforcing this everyday personally, with the Asst. coaches deferring to him.

It's raining in JAX

August 8th, 2011
1:59 pm

Joe is correct- what is different this year in what we have heard in the past? Didnt CMR say last year how excited he was about that team? Didnt some of the players say how excited they were about the OLine….Ealey? …Caleb??? I’m just sayin

Maconbulldog

August 8th, 2011
2:04 pm

@It’s raining in JAX and Joe. yes guys gloom doom. we are going to suck again. Lets go to the games with dressed as EMO kids and listen to really depressing music as well. Why show up? Maybe other teams will do well this year but not us Oh well. Come guys really ?

Maconbulldog

August 8th, 2011
2:05 pm

come on guys* Really ( now I am starting to type like Chip)

bitter vince dooly

August 8th, 2011
2:06 pm

silver britches comment would never be delivered by the all-burn tiger supporter==AKA CARVELL

———great job chip——dawgs D rules ————pay for play and tree killers sux

SAWB

August 8th, 2011
2:09 pm

Yes, the Dawgs always win August it’s September, October & November that kill them.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
2:10 pm

Joe and raining in Jax

I hear both of you. However, you have to admit this us the 1st year in maybe 10 years where we have had ZERO arrests and absolutely ZERO embarrassments off the field.

I really believe Richt finally realized that all the embarrassments off the field eventually led to on field embarrassments and reached its low point last year.

To quote my favorite movie Shawshank Redemption-”Get busy living or get busy dying”

bitter vince dooly

August 8th, 2011
2:11 pm

1980/1981/1982–still after 30 years still the only time a sec school has

won 3 stright sec championship———-what gaytards–what?—bammer nation what?

———————-pay for play nation—what???—–no come back——–tollit paper tide—hahahah

ZinoDawg

August 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

I agree with Joe. Talk is cheap – let’s see some W’s.

Tech82

August 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

The Yellow Jackets triumphant again and will overthrow the Balldawgs. The UGA will fall and a mighty roar and and World Championchip Super Game for the victorious GA TECH

CHDawg

August 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

Folks, don’t forget Samuel was only16 back when he early enrolled in ‘08! He was very young in his 08 and 09 RB seasons. He didn’t look like a star to me, but a lot can happen in three years. He is big and strong and fast. Spending a year as a LB means he has zero fear of LBs, and probably relishes a collision with a DB. I have changed my mind and I’m thinking he could be very productive this year. Opposing DCs have to keep the RB avg below 3.3 yds, and that is going to be hard to do with Figgins/Samuel coming at you. Also, I think Crowell was a sprinter, if I remember correctly, so he has good speed at a minimum. I especially like what I heard from Richt and Tyson: he is shifty and we can’t get a clean hit on him, and he is great at running behind his pads. Btw, maybe he could have set a world record if he cut his locks? The aerodynamic drag is significant, I suspect.

bucket

August 8th, 2011
2:30 pm

Come on guys. We will either be better this year or we won’t and some coaches will be looking for jobs. But it’s time to forget the past and get on board with our team! “It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!!”

Joe

August 8th, 2011
2:31 pm

Macon Dawg…DawginLex…..dont get me wrong- I really want this year to be different and to Lex’s point- yes, there have been many signs that it will come to pass. What I’m saying is 1. great teams dont have all the preseason hype from players 2. Our history of winning championships in August is well documented and 3. if some of these guys really are that good- why give Boise and SC a team report about it……let them find out on gameday in the dome……

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
2:33 pm

Joe

Boise can look at all of the 2010 film they want to look at.

If we have removed CT 1 yard up the middle and replaced it with a 270 LB fullback leading a 240 LB RB on toss sweep after toss sweep, there is no tape on that

Tobias Funke

August 8th, 2011
2:34 pm

snot bubbles

CHDawg

August 8th, 2011
2:35 pm

Enter your comments here

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

If we can change Murray from a QB HAVING to make a play and throwing it 30+ times per game to a QB who is managing a run oriented offense, he becomes better. His stats might be worse but our W’s are up.

security dawg

August 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

Ok some1 back me up on this post because it is a repost of the same post that I put on her when we heard/read about the # players had choose… Why would we have B.Smith & I. Cromwell wearing the same #..? We will never put the fear of GOD in SEC or ACC or Mountain West DC if they only have to worry about 1 or the other 1(1 O and 1 D) STUUUUUUPIDDDD if you ask me…

FayetteDawg

August 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

Can’t wait ’till kick-off. I want to see Samuel truck a BSU LB up the middle to keep ‘em honest and then let IC bring it on home around the corner. Sounds like Branden Smith got Thomas Davis’ message loud and clear–make ‘em hurt to get up after the tackle. First snap Kellen Moore takes needs to be the first play he see the turf, period. If we play BSU at the physical level we need to play SCar at, we win by more than a touchdown… And then take that mindset back between the hedges to line-up against the chickens. I know “everyone is a NC in August,” but I can’t help but like what I hear from the players–team focus, hard working, and a hungry attitude (i.e. “we want a ring” comment from Christian Robinson, I believe, a few days ago). Excited and optimistic about this season for sure, but want to see proof. Can’t wait. GATA Go Dawgs!!

Dirty Dawg

August 8th, 2011
2:37 pm

I don’t think Crowell is the ’sprinter’ you’re thinking about. If anybody it’s the young man from Camilla, Justin Scott-Wesley…and I haven’t heard or seen anything about him. Guess there are just too many gooduns to mention ‘em all…hope so anyway.

Joey

August 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

I’m beginning to be a believer. If these reports are accurate, it appears that not only are the members of the Dream Team immensely talented, but have bought into the concept of TEAM.

Richt had believers in TEAM in his first two SEC Champ teams, but since then, became a team of stars. Me, me, me.

DawginLex

August 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

and 4. Joe you are stupid!

Why would this surprise anyone?

August 8th, 2011
2:39 pm

Murray and the offense looked worse during the 2011 Spring than they did in 2010.

VA DAWG

August 8th, 2011
2:41 pm

I don’t want to be practice champions, but its good to hear that the attitude seems different. Lets just go out and punch the opponent in the mouth. I want to see Ws and carry the momentum from Dome to Dome. GO DAWGS!

SLCDawg

August 8th, 2011
2:41 pm

sounds like it was brandon harton that branden smith lit up.

Joe

August 8th, 2011
2:43 pm

Lex- my point exactly- let them look at 2010 film…..as of now, our players are giving daily updateson who is doing what and how good they are……I guess i would just like one year that we didnt have a whole lot to say and do the talking on the field……honestly, I am tired of winning the SEC and National Championship in August. I am also tired of us being the laughing stock when we get to Sept/Oct and Nov. It says something when your known for “winning championships in Aug” That all said, I do expect great things this year- primarily due to the schedule and the fact we really were close last year- we were within a score in the 4th qtr of each game we lost. Not that far off….

Joey

August 8th, 2011
2:44 pm

Joe, it seems to me the difference this year is the freshmen. I was trying to remember a freshman about whom, last season that Richt said, “he will play.” There may be one, but I can’t remember.

First week of camp this year, and there are several freshmen who “will play.”