ATHENS — Good late-morning to you. I’m over here at the Butts-Mehre football complex waiting for the Bulldogs to get back from Sanford Stadium.
Georgia is holding its first scrimmage of preseason camp over there this morning. Warmups began a little before 10 a.m. and it’ll probably be noon or after before the team buses back.
Of course, as seems to be the case often these days, the scrimmage was closed to the media. We’ll be provided with statistics from the scrimmage afterward but otherwise we’re left to the feedback we get from interviews with coach Mark Richt and selected players and coaches to draw any conclusions about how they looked as a team or as individuals. I’ll share those with you just as quickly as I can this afternoon.
One person we’re hoping to talk to afterward is linebacker Jarvis Jones. Jones, of course, just found out from the NCAA yesterday that he’ll be fully eligible to play this season. He’s been off-limits to us media-types to this point but UGA sports communication chief Claude Felton is checking to see if Coach Richt will let him share his feelings on this obvious good news for him and the Bulldogs.
Jones did address the news indirectly Tuesday on his Facebook stage. It said (edited to remove social network jargon and abbreviations): “The right support, great mentors, friends and fans. I’m so grateful for everyone that’s in my corner. I put my trust in a higher power and not in man. No stressing, just hard work and dedication. Stand up Bulldog Nation, we have business to tend to. — #29″
Stay tuned today for more news, notes and quotes. Feel free to share suggestions for subjects you’d like to see addressed between now and Sept. 3.