Practice update: Dallas Lee well, starters injured, Nick Marshall on hoops

ATHENS – Dallas Lee is feeling like himself again, and that’s a really good thing for both him and the Bulldogs.

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Lee had spent the better part of the last 18 months not knowing what was wrong with him and that’s especially bad when the problem involves breathing. Now he’s well and just in time to work himself into Georgia’s rotation on the offensive line.

“Dallas has had a great turnaround,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s the sixth guy [on the offensive line] right now. He’s the putty man for any guard or center situation. And he’s not done competing for a starting job either.”

That’s pretty amazing considering Lee hadn’t even played in front of first-year line coach Will Friend until the first practice on August 5.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been around him in six months,” Friend said. “Two weeks ago was the first time I’ve gotten to work with him because I couldn’t do anything with him in the summer. So that was good to get him. Dallas has played good at times. He’s actually worked some with the ones. I have no problem whatsoever with Dallas being in the game.”

Currently, Friend said, Lee would be the first guy in at left or right guard or at center.

That’s a long way from where the 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt sophomore was last fall. Stricken by some sort of asthma-like condition, Lee was worried about where he get his next breath rather than his next snap.

“It was real frustrating,” said Lee, a Buford High graduate. “They had me going to all kinds of doctors and nobody could figure it out. It ended up being like almost a year and a half of not being able to figure out what was wrong. They still haven’t really figured out what was wrong, but they finally got a medicine combination that works. So that’s all I’m worried about. I’m back playing.”

Friend said otherwise the O-line depth chart has remained unchanged. The starters have been the same since the opening of camp, with Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Kenarious Gates at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Chris Burnette at right guard and Justin Anderson at right tackle.

“Those guys have done nothing to lose their positions,” Friend said. “They’ve all performed pretty well, so we’re pretty set there.”

Friend said tackle Watts Dantzler and center David Andrews are the only freshmen he’s considering playing at this point. Redshirt freshman Kolton Houston, he said, “has got to do better for us.”

Also, Friend said Austin Long, sidelined for two weeks with mono, is back to full speed and working his way.

Asked if the 305-pound Long had lost any weight during his illness, Friend laughed. “I need to but he didn’t.”

Caleb King signs free agent deal with Vikings

Former Bulldog Caleb King was passed over in the NFL supplemental draft Monday but landed a free-agent deal from the Minnesota Vikings, his agent confirmed.

“He’s shown that he has skills that are transferable to the next level,” agent Kevin Conner of Atlanta’s Universal Sports and Entertainment said Monday. “Running back is such a volatile position for them to project. You can find good ones, early, in the middle and late.”

King, who would have been a senior running back for the Bulldogs this season, flunked out at the end of summer semester. A graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School, he rushed for 1,271 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in three seasons at Georgia

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was the only player taken in Monday’s draft, which was delayed more than a month due to this summer’s lockout.

Marshall still planning to play basketball

Freshman defensive back Nick Marshall, who missed four practices due to a concussion suffered returning a punt, is back to full speed in practice. He said he’s now working as a backup at boundary corner and is a member of the kickoff and punt return teams.

Meanwhile, the four-star basketball prospect said he still intends to join the Bulldogs’ basketball team in January. That is, pending the approval of Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox. “We want to make sure he’s taking care of business academically first,” Richt said.

Nike Pro Combat uniforms mostly disliked

As of 8 p.m. Monday night, 9,350 individuals voted on the AJC.com poll about Georgia’s new Nike Pro Combat uniforms that will be worn in the season opener. Of those 6,058 – or 65 percent – don’t like the way the uniforms look.

But only 35 percent actually “hated” the all-red-with-silver-helmet look. Another 30 percent “didn’t like them” but think it’s up to the players. About 22 percent “loved” the new unis while 13 percent didn’t care one way or another.

Injury report

Junior wide receiver Marlon Brown missed practice Monday. Richt said the starting split end “tweaked an ankle” late in the last practice, but that trainer Ron Courson, “doesn’t think it’s anything real serious.” Freshman flanker Malcolm Mitchell also remains sidelined with a pulled leg muscle.

Junior nose guard John Jenkins (hamstring) worked on the side but did not otherwise participate in practice. Tailback Richard Samuel (strained quadriceps) got in some individual drill work but nothing else. Outside linebacker Ray Drew (separated shoulder) practiced in a non-contact capacity and Sterling Bailey (shoulder) is now full go.

They said it

“Down here every game we play is such a huge rivalry. We hate South Carolina, we hate Auburn , we hate Florida, we hate Tennessee, we hate Tech, we hate everybody. Everybody is a rival. I didn’t realize that when I first got down here but I really grew into it. I have a strong dislike for all those teams now.” – Senior tight end Aron White of Columbia, Mo.

Etc. . . .

Other than some individuals, Richt was generally unhappy with his team’s ability to “fight through” a three-hour, full-contact practice. The Bulldogs have now split into scout and varsity and are preparing for Boise State. . . . UGA linebacker signee Kent Turene of Tampa, who was unable to gain clearance for freshman eligibility from the NCAA, confirmed that he has decided to attend school and play football at Jireh Prep in Matthews, N.C. He said he will enroll there later this week. . . . Based on rankings alone, Georgia’s first two games against No. 5 Boise State and No. 12 South Carolina represent the school’s toughest back-to-back opponents in history to open a season. . . . The Athens Chick-fil-A store at Beechwood Shopping Center is hosting “Spirit Day” on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. to kickoff events surrounding Georgia’s appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. UGA cheerleaders, Pep Band members and Hairy Dawg will be among the guests.

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246 comments Add your comment

just a fan

August 22nd, 2011
9:03 pm

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:08 pm

I know these guys are ready to hit somebody else. Practicing gets boring after a while and your ready to show what you got to the nation and to your opponent. These boys will be ready to go next Saturday.

tenndawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:08 pm

good. a little more depth on the o-line. need to stay healthy. looks like things are starting to fall into place.

just a fan

August 22nd, 2011
9:09 pm

Good to hear about Dallas Lee we need as many healthy and able bodies on the OL as possible

D A DoubleU G

August 22nd, 2011
9:11 pm

LOVE the attitude Aron White!

I hate all those teams too.

And while Tech trolls will tell us how un-classy your comment about their wittle football pwogram is, they are the ones who obsess over their little “thwg” campaign.

GO DAWGS!

bardawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:12 pm

bardawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:14 pm

Dang, a second ago I was 2nd ,but there sure are some fast fingered houligans on this site!

Dawg48

August 22nd, 2011
9:15 pm

I hate orange!

kevindawg7

August 22nd, 2011
9:16 pm

EXECUTE, ZERO IN, GET FIRED UP, AND BEAT BOISE’S A DOUBLE S !!!!!!!!!! GO DAWGS

run the ball

August 22nd, 2011
9:19 pm

I just wish CMB would commit to running the ball. We actually would have a chance to beat Boise St if he would run the ball. But when you go 3 and out and run 9 seconds off of the clock, your defense can’t hold up. Do you think Boise has seen a back with as much size and speed as Samuels? When you put him behind a line that averages 330, and a fullback that goes 260, Boise will wear down, IF we would give him 25 touches. But…..we won’t.

TampaGator

August 22nd, 2011
9:21 pm

Aron, I would hate my dog if it bit me 18 out of every 21 times I tried to pet it.

Prozac Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:22 pm

Aron, just start out hating Boise.

Michael

August 22nd, 2011
9:23 pm

Aron White. Smart, senior, classy, leader,

and effing hates everyone!

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:25 pm

I think Bobo and Richt now realize that they must run the ball. I think we’ll see a lot of running against Boise. We can’t expect Murray to win the game for us when we have two reliable backs. Samuel will wear down any defense, let alone a defense from the WAC or MWC. He’s a monster and he’s coming full head of steam. Crowell will be a nice compliment when the defense is getting tired. He’ll use his speed and quickness to burn em. But he’s also strong and can run through tackles.

If we run the ball, we will win this game. No doubt about it. DO NOT try to be cute CMR and CMB, just do it old-fashioned, SEC style and punish Boise from the get go.

CJJScout

August 22nd, 2011
9:30 pm

Aron White gets SEC football.

aladawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:32 pm

Has anyone commented on the cluster at picture day?
People who won items won at the silent auction there were then accosted for having items inside the picture day! Isn’t that a picture for rules police going nutso at UGA. Then they(the powers that be and their sponsors) handed out stuffed bulldogs, then took them away when brought in. Then they allowed people to wear hats and shirts inside despite the fact that those items are more commonly signed than about anything else. What has gone wrong with our AD and the department. All this has done is make autographs more valuable and more marketable causing more problems. This is getting crazy!!!
Aladawg

JB

August 22nd, 2011
9:33 pm

These first two games are the biggest of Richt’s career at UGA also. Win both and it could lead to a 11-1 season. Lose both and I don’t want to think about it.

Mobile Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:33 pm

Athens, I hope you’re right, but, why do you think with ten years in the bucket that CMR would change his philosophy. That’s the scariest part of CMR being our head coach. His current (until I see differently) philosophy won’t win in today’s SEC.

D A DoubleU G

August 22nd, 2011
9:33 pm

It’s VERY refreshing to hear a player confess to having the same hatred for other teams as the fans do.

It’s very similar to the Techie players hating UGA players, since UGA never recruited them.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:34 pm

These boys have an attitude. They seriously have changed for the better. What Aron White said can have an affect on the entire team. They can take that “no-prisoners” mentality and beat people up. They really want to redeem themselves from last season.

JB

August 22nd, 2011
9:35 pm

Keep Richt away from Grantham and the defense.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

@ Mobile, Mark Richt LOVES to throw the football. I guess he’s stuck in his old Florida State days. But that won’t work in the SEC. To win the SEC you have to have a great defense, and be able to run the football. Look at Alabama, did Greg McElroy break any passing records? No sir. But he has a ring. I wonder why? Hard nosed style of play. Running the football and play solid defense.

Richt needs to let his team get nasty and physical. Don’t be scared to get physical. Boise is there to beat us, not play patty-cake with us. Get mean with them. Do everything you can (legally) to hurt their pride. Just get down right disgusting on that field.

AltamahaDawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:38 pm

A guy can never go wrong hating those teams.

Bluenorange51

August 22nd, 2011
9:39 pm

Keep your team healthy UGA. Isn’t it ironic that you are concerned about depth. Boise State fans have been hearing for years how we could not compete in the SEC because we don’t have the depth. No excuses. I also want to call out CMR and the Georgia AD – Thank You for scheduling this game. With most of theLSU and Oregon stars likely to be in jail or sidelined, this will be the headline game of a great opening weekend. History notes for you – first, BSU never loses to someone twice (you got yours in 2007), and BSU is 6-1 against ranked auto-qualifying BCS teams in the last five years, finally – it has been the pleasure of the following teams to win their conference the same year they lost to BSU Oregon, Vir Tech, TCU! Oklahoma. September 3 will be a Loss for the dogs, but the start of a great year. Bronco nation will be your biggest fans starting sept 4.

D Bag Trolls!

August 22nd, 2011
9:42 pm

2-0 baby! Junkyard style!!!!!!

Trolls thanks for always having the Dawgs on your brain. I understand!

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:42 pm

Bluenorange, have you ever faced a team as physical as UGA? We have beasts. I mean beasts. Not your average WAC defensive or offensive linemen. Not your average WAC linebackers. And not your average running backs in the WAC. We have the best special teams unit in the country…we are in the 2nd year in the 3-4 (that’s when it starts to click)…2nd year for Murray…new and improved S & C program…new attitude…lights out speed on defense…etc. Good luck.

You better ask Hawaii.

JB

August 22nd, 2011
9:43 pm

Boise is in for a surprise………..and so is college football. 9 months of pent up frustration will be unleashed against Boise…..and best of all, they won’t…..and don’t see it coming. this will be a coming out party of sorts. Boise will be battered before the night is over. Look at Sugar Bowl tape vs Hawaii for a preview.

edumacated

August 22nd, 2011
9:43 pm

So basically it’s going to be Crowell or bust on Sept 3. I hope he can stay healthy. I wonder if Richt is having second thoughts on how he handled Ealey?

Mobile Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:45 pm

One Hundred Percent agree Athens Dawg. Boise has never seen the likes of a huge Oline, a huge FB, and a huge TB, pounding, pounding, pounding. They can’t, won’t hold up. CMR has the weapons, I question his intelligence in using his weapons. Establish the run game and put the Bronco’s on their heels, then open it up, “SELECTIVELY”.

JB

August 22nd, 2011
9:47 pm

And why should Boise be rated number 5 when 9 of their games are against teams rated by Rivals 71st and higher. What a joke. They are 6-6 in playing in the SEC. Maybe.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:47 pm

Edumacated, we actually have 3 backs. Crowell, Samuel, and Malcome. Have you seen Samuel play?

Here: http://youtu.be/_rw_6K3xzSU

Watch that

Bluenorange51

August 22nd, 2011
9:48 pm

My game forecast. Defensive battle. Low scoring thru 3 quarters. Pressure mounts on UGA in 4th, they gamble. Big mistake against a very well coached team with a senior QB.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:50 pm

5 if you want to count Carlton Thomas and Brandon Harton

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:52 pm

BluenOrange…Hawaii said the same thing. Oh my God Boise is so blind. Wake up!

Boise State is in for a RUDDDEEEEEEEEE awakening next Saturday night. Kellen Moore is going to get hit like he’s never been hit before. If I were Moore, I’d beg my offensive line to keep me upright. I’d offer them a cookie after the game if they could do that for me. Doug Martin will get rocked by Alec Ogletree and let Moore try to pass it on our deep, and experienced secondary. PICK!

edumacated

August 22nd, 2011
9:52 pm

I’m starting to think that a lot of these Boise guys on here are really Tech trolls in disguise. I mean, can these guys really be so overconfident about their team? Never lose to a team twice huh? Whatever.

JB

August 22nd, 2011
9:53 pm

Four of the fastest LB’s your QB have ever seen will be coming 2 at a time on mix blitzes and Mr Moore will be running for his life or staring at the roof of the dome. Don’t think for a minute we will let him “sit back There” and survey the field. All 4 LB’s were track stars. Bring you chin straps. This ain’t your mama’s bulldogs.

BigDawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:54 pm

It’s a new day in Dawg Heaven. Got rid of Willie and other assorted coaches who didn’t deserve to be here. Year 2 for defensive coaches. Hopefully Richt will participate more on offensive end of things. Bye bye to other miscreants. Remember 1980!!!!!!!!!!!

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:54 pm

http://youtu.be/jcW-1jXXaN0

Oh and this is just our kick returner. His name is Brandon Boykin. You might wanna try and stop him too

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:54 pm

http://youtu.be/TAYsjMVOqvc

Another Boykin Kick off return for a TD

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

http://youtu.be/9zAijoSf8Iw

And another for good measure. lol..Boise you gonna get it

boots

August 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

I love that every poster signed by the Dawgs on Picture day, the players X’ed out Florida on the schedule. That hate is the deepest of them all. Same for me, too.

Bluenorange51

August 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

The TCU defensive unit that BSU beat In the Fiesta Bowl, put 5 players in the NFL. I don’t think BSU will be intimidated by the DOGs.

edumacated

August 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

Athens Dawg,

Aren’t Samual and Malcome both nursing injuries at this point? The game is less than two weeks away.

GO DAWGS

August 22nd, 2011
9:55 pm

i would love a hawaii repeat. i just cant handle a loss to a team like this

Mobile Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

I have several scenarios as to how this plays out. If Richt elects to play it conservative, establish the running game, use our kicking game if we don’t move the ball early, play defense and field position. Boise wears down midway through the third quarter as we make “mashed potatoes” out of them and pull away, 27-13.

Richt and Bobo elect to sling the ball around and try to light Boise up early and often. We make mistakes, Boise gets some cheap points, and worst of all their defense stays off the field. They hang around in a close game and it comes down to the fourth quarter, I don’t like our chances.

Mitch Cumstein

August 22nd, 2011
9:57 pm

Boise beware!! Also, whats up with the uniform question? They must have asked their left wing political hacks to ask the four questions-either you hate it-don’t mind it couldn’t care less -or love it! How about somewhat like it! Loaded question from the get-go.

icedawg

August 22nd, 2011
9:57 pm

Hope this team really turns it around. The opportunity is there. It’ll be a challenge right out of the gate.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
10:00 pm

Edumacated, yes Samuel and Malcome are nursing minor injuries but Samuel got back out there, not full speed yet but he’ll be ready to go vs. Boise and that’s all that matters. Honestly, I think these guys are fine. Richt is just keeping things under wraps. That’s just my opinion.

JB

August 22nd, 2011
10:00 pm

Mobile Dawg………………….You will see what looks like the 2002 team. The ghost are gone. The pooched out lips are gone. The rotten apples are gone. 8 or 9 new starters. ( 9 month’s of GATA under coach T in the weight room. Holding each other accountable. Nar a peep of trouble this off season.. Hold on Brother and sisters.

Athens Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
10:03 pm

Oh yeah that’s another thing, these guys have been pushed to their limits this offseason. They have been yelled at, and Coach T has put them through so much. That’ll make a team mean when they face their opponent. There’s so much frustration from last season, and they’ve worked so hard, they’re fighting for their coach. I just don’t see a Boise win. I’m sorry.