Updated practice report: Big John Jenkins makes play of day

ATHENS — Junior nose guard Jonathan Jenkins had the highlight of Georgia’s morning practice Tuesday as he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

“[Jenkins] tipped it to himself and then the big boy just rumbled down the field,” senior tight end Aron White said. “It was only about 12 yards, but a TD for a guy that size is still impressive. He kind of reminded me of that guy for the Packers [B.J. Raji] running for that touchdown.”

Tuesday’s practice was conducted in shorts and helmets and is number six of 29 the Bulldogs will go through in preseason camp. Number 7 will be at 5 p.m. this afternoon as Georgia experiences if two-practice day of the preseason. The other time is Saturday.

“I thought we did a pretty good job today,” coach Mark Richt said. “We had a good tempo and the guys handled the first of two practices today well. Everyone will be doing something constructive in our second session today as we work on our fundamentals and kicking team.”

Tuesday’s workout was heavy on preparation and installation day as the Bulldogs prepare for its first scrimmage tomorrow morning at Sanford Stadium. We’ll get to observe only the warmups for that but hopefully we’ll learn of some developments after that.

The Bulldogs got out of the first contact practice in pretty good shape. The only new injury I identified was walkon running back Wes Van Dyk, who suffered a mild sprain of an ankle.

The rest of the players in the green were usual suspects from this season: CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring), FS Jakar Hamilton (hamstring), OLB Cornelius Washington (hamstring) and OT Xzavier Ward (knee). TB Brandon Harton was also out for a second day with a concussion.

The good news is Boykin and Washington, both projected starters, seemed to be moving very well and were actually running three-quarter sprints on the lower field. Hamilton, however, was limping noticeably.

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B.G

August 9th, 2011
10:05 am

ATLANTA CITY

August 9th, 2011
10:06 am

first-and thanks for the updates

jaglaw

August 9th, 2011
10:10 am

How nice it would be….80 with a heat index of 76. Here in north florida…..HOT!

jaglaw

August 9th, 2011
10:11 am

Chip. Has M. Mitchel been practicing with the 1st string Offense?

BG

August 9th, 2011
10:12 am

GATA! GO DAWGS!!!

Burrdawg

August 9th, 2011
10:17 am

Thanks for the updates Chip.

D A DoubleU G

August 9th, 2011
10:19 am

God morning Chip! Thanks as always for the updates!

Do you know when Season Tickets are being mailed out, or is that a Bill King thing?

Thanks!
Go Dawgs!!

UGA Insider

August 9th, 2011
10:23 am

Mitchell has been working with #2 offense so far. The only freshman on #1 O is IC. And he and Samuel are looking damn impressive. Very nice combo so far.

Anyways, the coaches are getting Mitchell ready to play a ton however the veterans have stepped up their game at the moment and are keeping him out of first string.

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:23 am

I know they really limit chip with 15 minutes…………..but a weather report? I guess no news IS good news for the Dawgs. I’ve been Googling ” Boise Newspapers every morning and they have a nice sports page out there with a lot of Boise football stuff. Not a lot of mention of the Dawgs yet. One story listed about Richt thinking their QB was gone, but nothing else much.
They did do a story about a week ago about how the tables have turned on these two programs, that the last time they played, Boise was trying to get some cred, now Georgia is by playing Boise. Interesting take.

HoustonDAWG

August 9th, 2011
10:24 am

Heat index of 76! It’s already 90 here in Houston! Man, I miss Athens!

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:25 am

Better get those Freshman OL ready to play some.

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:26 am

Texas is getting murdered by heat.

Joey

August 9th, 2011
10:46 am

And get the freshman DBs ready too, judging by the hamstring problems.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

August 9th, 2011
11:00 am

Time for Sanders Commings to be moved to Safety permanently.

Destin Dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:10 am

I love all these athletes… Marshall, Swann, Justin Scott Wesley, Mitchell, Moore, Conley… these guys with speed… hand/eye coordination… also played baseball, basketball, track,… great for DB’s, RB’s, WR’s.. special teams.. play’em all.. if they’re ready.. play’em early… Go Dawgs !!!

Chip Towers

August 9th, 2011
11:16 am

jaglaw: Mitchell has gotten some reps with No. 1 until but not a regular. Tavarres King and Marlon Brown the main two and Michael Bennett or Rantavious Wooten first on in three-receiver sets. But Mitchell gonna play . . . a lot!

AltamahaDawg

August 9th, 2011
11:21 am

What I wouldn;t give to be walking across the UGA campus on a mild temp Tuesday morning again….sigh.

security dawg

August 9th, 2011
11:48 am

Chip… Has the 5 star receiver MB, a bust up to now, been showing any signs of being able to get on the field and stay on the field as a THREAT or atleast a good #2….

Dean Tate

August 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Stay focused, boys. We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

JDawg1785

August 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Thanks, Chip! Keep the good news coming.

Palmetto State Dawg

August 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

Chip: how is the offensive line looking? I think that is the whole key to GA’s season. They got kind of pushed around last year in a few games. I’m hoping Joe T has lit a fire underneath them!

Chip Towers

August 9th, 2011
12:16 pm

Palmetto State Dawg: Just talked to Dallas Lee, who’s currently playing second-team right guard, and he said the first unit is looking fantastic. But I haven’t seen enough of the No. 1 unit playing together to form my own opinion. at the current rate not sure I will before the first game.

how2fish

August 9th, 2011
12:32 pm

Chip what has if any been Ray Drew’s impact this first week? Is he just trying to get a feel for camp or is he trying to push the upper class men ?

Big Mikey Dawg

August 9th, 2011
12:36 pm

I have yet to be impressed at all with Hamilton. All that hype coming out of high school and the nickname “Hit Man” – He has not shown me much of anything yet in his play on the field.

Time for a change!

August 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

Hamilton again? Really? Very disappointing……

Billy

August 9th, 2011
1:23 pm

Notice any differences from the new strength program?

UGA Alumnus

August 9th, 2011
1:47 pm

@jaglaw
August 9th, 2011
10:10 am

Don’t forget that was at 8 am (or there abouts)! It heats up real fast, as you know.

Heat index is 105˚ in parts of Georgia today.

adam

August 9th, 2011
2:37 pm

Chip will you ask how IC is doing in regards to pass blocking? This seems to be the only thing that could hinder his playing itme. Thanks

TECHMAN

August 9th, 2011
2:52 pm

TECH GONNA WIN IT ALL-PJ IN 3RD YEAR WITH HIS PLAYERS AND WILL RUN THE BALL DOWN YOUR THROAT AT UGA-DEFENSE IS THE BEST THE ACC HAS 2 OFFER-ONLY ONE LOSS TO FSU-12-1 BCS BOWL TOP 5 RANKING BABY

drbasic

August 9th, 2011
3:07 pm

@TECHMAN

Talk about drinking the koolaide…..geeez

Valdosta Cat

August 9th, 2011
3:12 pm

You saw it here first…..Malcolm Mitchell will be the starter come game one. He will be a superstar in a manner of time.

culdesac84

August 9th, 2011
3:23 pm

Good to hear both JJ are good to go! JJ @ SAM is eligible and JJ @ Nose is making plays! How do I feel about this season? —I CAN’T WAIT

Techman aint no tech man

August 9th, 2011
3:34 pm

CPJ is in his 4th year ……………not his third as TECHMAN alleges and that tells me that he ain’t no Tech man …………. cause he has no knowldge of math. How do I know?

CMR 2 vs 1 for CPJ and his middle school offense. That is 3 years gone, not 3 currently.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

No titles, no bowl wins and GT losing vs UGA in their worst era in maybe 25 years.
AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAA

just a fan

August 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Not sure if this is the proper forum to do this or not but I have UGA season tickets that I would like to sell. Feel free to contact me at fantasynfl3100@yahoo.com. I will answer all your questions that you have.

True Dawg Fan

August 9th, 2011
3:55 pm

Regular season game tickets were received yesterday via US Post Office certified mail. Away tickets and single game tickets were mailed yesterday and should come today. Thanks Chip for a great job reporting the latest on our DAWGS !

wreckmaniac

August 9th, 2011
3:59 pm

Jenks will be sucking wind by the end of the first qtr when he tries to chase the Tech backs around the end.

Mad Dog One

August 9th, 2011
4:14 pm

I don’t think he will have to move very far to stop that little fullback dive off tackle. as far as chasing the other backs what do you think GOD made LB’s for.

CHDawg

August 9th, 2011
4:29 pm

Wreck, Big JJ’s job will be stopping the dive.

CHDawg

August 9th, 2011
4:31 pm

I am 100% behind CMR and the whole staff, but hamstrings are almost 100% preventable. You have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stretching. Why the staff continues to live with this problem is beyond me…

shane#1

August 9th, 2011
4:32 pm

Wreckmaniac, why would a nose tackle be chasing a back around the end? UGA runs a 3-4 which means that there are two DEs, 4 LBs, and 2 Ss to chase RBs. All Big John has to do is stop up the middle and shut down the FB dive play. If Tech can’t run up the middle there is nothing to keep UGA’s defense honest and the other guys can flow to the ball. CPJ is a good enough Coach to win without the dive play, but it makes his job a lot harder.

GeorgiaDylan

August 9th, 2011
5:32 pm

how is ray drew doing?

Paddy

August 9th, 2011
6:05 pm

Billy………..yes I have noticed that the new strenght and conditioning program is producing at the same level or even better on pulled hamstrings. We will again lead the nation in hammey’s. New technology has escaped our strength training staff. If we have depth we will still should have a good season. And remember we are 2nd in the nation in shoulder injuries. I know we can be #1 if we just stay the course. WOW

JDawg1785

August 9th, 2011
6:15 pm

GATA, Big John!!

no dog

August 9th, 2011
7:03 pm

did a shorty throw that pass? LOL

Odell Collins

August 9th, 2011
8:03 pm

Big Daddy Jenks……

ugab

August 9th, 2011
8:05 pm

I hope Boykin gets in the game, soon. We don’t need a rusty starter at the Boise game. It could cost us a big play. We have experienced this before!!!

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AltamahaDawg

August 10th, 2011
10:26 am

WHY would you guys waste time to explain the type of offense tech runs to a tech fan. He is the last guy on earth that cares about that stuff.

KOOL

August 10th, 2011
1:22 pm

fitty-ith, suckas

Chip Towers

August 10th, 2011
3:51 pm

adam: CMR addressed Crowell’s pass blocking today and you can find quotes in Wed. practice update. In general though likes what he’s seeing but work in progress.