Archive for January, 2012

Ten@10: UGA gets first DB in Dawson, now needs more O-linemen

With national signing day bearing down on us and a plethora of UGA news swirling, it seemed like a good time to dust off  . . .

THE TEN AT 10

1. With the commitment of Memphis defensive back Sheldon Dawson on Monday, the Bulldogs now sit at 17 public commitments heading into national signing day. It does not appear that they’ll receive any more announcements before the official letters-of-intent start rolling in at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall early tomorrow. Meanwhile, don’t let Dawson’s original commitment to Memphis fool you. He committed to the Tigers before last season when he lit it up both offensively and defensively for Ridgeway High and showcased what has been reported as 4.4-second, 40-yard speed. By the end of his recruitment, Dawson claimed more than 20 offers and the majority were from major BCS programs such as Ohio State, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

2. Now Georgia looks to close strong, and it has the opportunity to do that. Probably the most important …

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After flurry of late interest, former UGA commit Chester Brown decides on UCF

The Chester Brown saga finally has a conclusion.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound lineman from Bradwell Institute, who had to back out of his longtime UGA commitment due to an immigration issue, has decided to sign with Central Florida after all. Brown committed to the Knights over the weekend during an official visit, but had second thoughts upon returning to Hinesville.

Coach Jim Walsh said charted calls and visits  from 29 different schools over the weekend that were either inquiring about Brown’s availability or stepping up with actual offers. Among the schools showing late interest were Auburn, Missouri, Miami, North Carolina and Southern Cal, Walsh said.

“We had schools coming in from everywhere,” Walsh said. “It almost became more of a burden. Just overwhleming is a better way to put it. Up until [Monday] night our intention was to take it past signing day. It got sideways there for a minute. But once Chester could clear his head and talk it over with his family he was able to …

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Georgia lands commitment No. 17 in Memphis athlete Sheldon Dawson

Sheldon Dawson is built in the mode of Brandon Boykin and "did it all" for Ridgeway High in Memphis, according to coach Duron Sutton. (Photo by 247Sports.com)

Sheldon Dawson is built in the mode of Brandon Boykin and "did it all" for Ridgeway High in Memphis, according to coach Duron Sutton. (Photo courtesy of Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Georgia conducted its first successful flip of the recruiting period on Monday as Sheldon Dawson announced his intention to sign with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

“I have committed to Georgia,” Dawson, a 5-foot-11, 178-pound athlete from Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn, said Monday night. “I did it about an hour ago.”

Dawson had been committed to play for his hometown team, the University of Memphis, since July of last summer. But he re-opened his recruitment after the school fired head coach Larry Porter. He chose UGA over Ole Miss and he also considered Arkansas and Cincinnati.

“It just felt like a better fit for me,” Dawson said. “It was like a do over for me, a place to start over. I started from scratch and that’s the place I wanted to go.”

Dawson becomes commitment No. 17 for the Bulldogs. …

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Recruitment of former UGA commitment Chester Brown ’still open’

Technically, the NCAA recruiting calendar entered the dead period overnight. But the recruitment of Chester Brown is anything but quiet.

Brown, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Bradwell Institute and former UGA commitment, took an official visit to Central Florida over the weekend and apparently committed to coach George O’Leary while he was in Orlando. But Bradwell Institute football coach and athletic director Jim Walsh indicated Brown’s recruitment remains a fluid situation.

“I’m not sure of the accuracy of that,” he said of Brown’s UCF commitment. “We’ve had some recent things going on.”

Walsh said some “major schools” entered the picture for Brown over the weekend

“Some of the top SEC and ACC schools called me on Saturday and Sunday,” Walsh said. “I’m actually going to meet with Chester today. We’re going to talk a little and go from there. I would say things are still kind of open.”

Walsh would not say which schools are involved. Most of Georgia’s surrounding …

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Recruiting: Dogs have work to do but have addressed needs for 2012

ATHENS – We’re inside a week until national signing day and the Georgia Bulldogs’ “recruitniks” are about ready to panic.

At this point, the Bulldogs have only 16 commitments with room to sign as many as 12 more in the 2012 class. And while Georgia traditionally ranks among the national top 10 in recruiting every year, the Bulldogs currently hold a relatively pedestrian average ranking of 14.75 between the four main services. ESPN has UGA at No. 5 but Rivals and Scout have the Dogs at 21 and 22, respectively.

Rusty Mansell, who covers recruiting for 247Sports.com, says Georgia fans need to relax. While the Bulldogs still have some work to do, he said they’ve already done quite well and have a chance to close strong.

“Georgia has helped itself for 2012,” said Mansell, whose service currently has the Bulldogs at 11. “But what everybody is trying to do is prepare for down the road and it’s hard to tell how they’re doing with that right now because they have so many spots open. …

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Ex-UGA recruit Chester Brown and immigration policy

Here’s an update on Chester Brown, the Bradwell Institute offensive lineman who de-committed from UGA on Monday for “personal family reasons.” (Go here to read the full story by the AJC’s Chip Towers)

ATHENS — A relatively new Georgia Board of Regents policy regulating the admission of undocumented students and illegal immigrants has prevented a football recruit from gaining admission to the University of Georgia.
Chester Brown, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Hinesville, committed to the Bulldogs in July, but he confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several other media outlets late Monday night that he was withdrawing his UGA commitment “for personal reasons,” declining to elaborate.
However, a variety of people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday that Brown’s change of heart was because his admissions application to UGA was rejected because of a controversial Board of Regents policy that was adopted in …

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Police: Family violence complaint may not be first against Commings

ATHENS – Details of the arrest of Georgia football player Sanders Commings on charges of simple battery/family violence this past Saturday were made available Monday in the official police report, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through open records laws.

According to the “family violence incident report” form that was included in the documents released by police, this may not be the first such incident between Commings and the female victim. Next to a line asking for “number of previous complaints as advised by victim,” a box labeled “1-5″ was checked. The other options were zero, 6-10, more than 10 and unknown.

Following are some other details, according to the report filed by UGA police officer James Simons:

  • Simons and another officer were flagged down by individuals in a white Nissan Xterra at 1:19 a.m. at the entrance of University Family Housing Building D on East Campus Road. The driver told the officers she was trying to get their attention “because one …

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UGA football coaches remember Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno is carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after his 1983 Penn State team defted No. 1 Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1983. (AP photo)

Joe Paterno is carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after his 1983 Penn State team defted No. 1 Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1983. (AP photo)

ATHENS – The University of Georgia has a connection to Joe Paterno and Penn State. Vince Dooley’s undefeated 1982 SEC championship team played Paterno’s Nittany Lions in the the 1983 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

As any Dogs’ fan from those days can tell you, the Bulldogs lost 27-23. It was a great game in which the Todd Blackledge-led Nittany Lions came in as the consensus No. 2 team and Georgia No. 1. The Bulldogs were led, of course, by Heisman Trophy recipient Herschel Walker, who finished with 103 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. However, he was out-shined that day by another pretty good running back. Curt Warner had 177 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.

Penn State led throughout the first half, but the Bulldogs came roaring back in the second and closed it to 20-17 in third quarter. But Blackledge …

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Giants’ Danny Ware only UGA representive in Super Bowl

Well, the Super Bowl has been set. It’s the New York Giants versus the New England Patriots. You’ll have to look hard to find your Bulldog representation this year.

Ware

Ware

Traditionally, Georgia has been well represented in Super Bowls. But the only individual Bulldogs fans have to focus on this year is Danny “D.J.” Ware of the New York Giants. And it’s not likely the fifth-year running back will be a big part of the game plan.

Ware, who now wants to be called “D.J.” now, has had just three carries for four yards in the postseason and none in Sunday night’s 20-17 overtime win over the 49ers. He has had 46 carries for 163 yards this season and 324 yards in his career.

But Ware has done quite well for himself in the NFL. Despite being undrafted in 2007, he has managed to stay employed by the Giants for five seasons and already owns a Super Bowl ring from 2008.  Pretty good as a reserve back who wasn’t even starting when he left UGA.

Ware had an interesting Georgia career. His …

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Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings arrested for domestic violence

ATHENS – Georgia starting cornerback Sanders Commings was arrested overnight by University of Georgia police and booked on charges of domestic violence/simple battery, UGA police confirmed Saturday.

Commings

Commings

Commings, 21, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 9:06 a.m. Saturday. He remains in police custody and no bond has been posted.

“I’m aware of the situation and in the process of gathering necessary information,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement released through UGA. “However, any time a student-athlete is arrested it is a matter of serious concern.”

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said his officers were flagged down a little after 1 a.m. Saturday by persons in a vehicle in downtown Athens. At that time the female victim and four witnesses were interviewed by police. Commings had left the scene.

“Talking with [witnesses] there was some kind of interaction between [Commings] and a woman and they intervened,” Williamson said. “At some point in time he …

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Jay Rome: Hoops will help in quest to become UGA’s next great tight end

The Bulldogs are expecting big things from 6-foot-6, 253-pound tight end Jay Rome after he gets through with basketball. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

The Bulldogs are expecting big things from 6-foot-6, 253-pound tight end Jay Rome after he gets through with basketball. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

ATHENS — With Marcus Thornton’s sudden and unexpectedly early return to the Georgia basketball team, we’re probably going to be seeing less of Jay Rome on the basketball court going forward

As it was, we were getting only tiny glimpses of the Bulldogs’ highly-touted tight end when it came to playing round ball. After joining the hoops squad following Georgia’s January 2 bowl game. The 6-foot-6, 253-pound forward played an average of 1.7 minutes in just three contests and hasn’t recorded a point.

But to use that as a measure of Rome’s athleticism and basketball-playing abilities would be missing the point. Regardless of minutes played or points scored, both Georgia football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox are glad Rome is doing what he’s doing.

Rome’s presence on the basketball team added front-court depth at a …

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Thornton returns as Bulldogs beat Tennessee 57-53 in overtime

Georgia's John Florveus sends Tennessee's Cameron Tatum packing with this blocked shot in a defensive slugfest Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com)

Georgia's John Florveus sends Tennessee's Cameron Tatum packing with this blocked shot in a defensive slugfest Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com)

ATHENS – To look at the stat sheet handed out at the end of Georgia’s 57-53 overtime win over Tennessee Wednesday night, one would think Marcus Thornton had little to no impact on the proceedings. The sophomore from Atlanta’s line read: 23 minutes played, zero points, 1 rebound, 4 personal fouls.

But to the man who fills out the lineup card for the Bulldogs, there was not a more important contributor.

“I was really pleased with our defense and, I gotta tell you, the main reason was Marcus Thornton was back,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “He gave us an element we’ve been missing since he’s been out.”

Thornton, a 6-foot-9 power forward, has been out since going down with a knee injury in the Furman game on Dec. 23. Shortly after Christmas he underwent arthroscopic surgery and has remained …

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Important hoops game for Georgia and Tennessee at Stegeman

ATHENS — Greetings from Stegeman Coliseum where I will be covering tonight’s game between the Georgia Bulldogs (9-8, 0-3 SEC) and the Tennessee Vols (8-9, 1-2).

I’ll be in a tight deadline situation with tonight’s 8 p.m. tip — the game is being televised on the SEC Network — so I won’t be doing any live blogging. However, I’ll send out an occasional tweet with details from the game if you care to follow me @ajcuga.

  • Following are a few notes and quotes about tonight’s matchup that will hopefully provide a little insight:
  • Game is first of three-game homestand. Others versus Ole Miss and Kentucky.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is Georgia’s leading scorer 14.5 ppg
  • Dustin Ware expected to get second straight start at point guard.
  • Georgia and Tennessee have split their last four games.
  • Georgia hasn’t started 0-4 in SEC play since 2009 when it lost its first nine in coach Dennis Felton’s last season. The Bulldogs finished 12-20 that season and 3-13 in SEC play and Felton was fired with …

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John Kasay steps back into retirement as UGA reduces strength staff

ATHENS — John Kasay has slipped back into retirement.

Kasay, 68, came out of retirement a year ago to assist new strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski Jr., with a restructuring of that program. A former player and assistant coach under Vince Dooley, Kasay had served UGA as director of strength and conditioning for nearly three decades.

“We asked John to come out of retirement on a part-time basis last January and help us through a transition period in our strength and conditioning program,” Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said. “He graciously accepted and has provided everything we hoped for in supporting Joe Tereshinski as we moved in this new direction. That transition period has put us well down the road in our strength program and John has stepped back into retirement with our sincerest thanks. He has many talents with his background and it’s not out of the question he could be asked to assist us with other projects in the future.”

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UGA freshman Keith Marshall challenges veteran Malcolm Mitchell to a foot race and . . .

So those of you who are pretty wired in via Twitter and Facebook have probably already seen the video of new Georgia tailback Keith Marshall racing rising sophomore wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell on Woodruff Practice Fields recently. If you missed it, I’m happy to provide it HERE.

Marshall

Marshall

First, a little background. Apparently this was the third time these two young football stars raced in a 40-yard dash. The first time, Mitchell reportedly won and quarterback Aaron Murray didn’t get to see it and he complained about it. So they did it again the other day, with Murray shooting video and wide receiver Chris Conley providing color commentary.

Spoiler alert: Marshall, who supposedly came to Georgia with a 4.3-second 40-yard time (and similar GPA), wins the last two races by an eyelash. But I would suspect Bulldogs’ fans are more intrigued just by the fact Marshall was willing to compete against one of the teams’ established stars. Says a little something about his competitive …

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Once again, Georgia expected to be well represented in NFL draft

Seven Georgia football players have received invitations participate in the 2012 NFL Combine. That number is expected to rise to eight if tight end Orson Charles sticks with his plan to enter the draft early. Underclassmen have until Wednesday to pull out (and Charles is not expected to).

From everything I can tell, that’s a pretty high number. Alabama had five last year and I would suspect it will have a lot more than that this year, though I couldn’t find an official list. I’m sure LSU will send a bunch to the NFL’s testing grounds as well.

Georgia, meanwhile, did release an official list on Monday and it included pretty much all the names one might expect. Listed alphabetically, they were: offensive lineman Justin Anderson, defensive back/kick returner Brandon Boykin, punter Drew Butler, offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, center Ben Jones, defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson and place-kicker Blair Walsh. Really the only seniors of note left off the invite list would be …

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Dogs’ defenders pass on draft; QB Mason will stay, redshirt

ATHENS — At one point, Georgia football coach Mark Richt conceded Friday, he feared losing as many as a half-dozen underclassmen to this year’s NFL draft.

“It’s kind of scary to think you might lose two, three, four, five, six great players,” Richt said. “If you looked at the worst-case scenario for who might leave, there was certainly going to be a youth movement around here.”

As it turned out, though, all of Georgia’s draft-eligible juniors except tight end Orson Charles decided to return for their senior seasons.

Among those who seriously considered entering the draft but decided to stay in school: outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, defensive end Abry Jones and defensive backs Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings, Shawn Williams and Branden Smith.

“We had options, and we chose to stay,” Washington said. “That just shows everybody we really want to do something big next season.”

Charles announced his departure several days ago, and Georgia so …

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2012 Georgia Bulldogs have reasons to be optimistic, pessimistic

FIVE REASONS . . .

Georgia lost its last two games of the 2011 season, the final one an excruciating affair that actually came down  in triple overtime to Michigan State. But the Bulldogs also won 10 games in a row, captured the SEC Eastern Division championship and reached the SEC title game for the first time since 2005.

Even after the recent decision of All-America tight end Orson Charles to enter the NFL draft a year early, the Bulldogs will welcome back 16 starters in 2012, including nine on the No. 5-ranked defense. So there will be high expectations again for Georgia. Here are some reasons to believe they’ll meet those expectations, and some reasons to believe they might not.

Reasons for optimism

  1. Defense wins championships. At least that was the message delivered by Alabama and LSU. The only two teams ranked above Georgia in total defense played for the national championship, which the Crimson Tide won in a shut out. The Bulldogs’ return two All-Americans on that …

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Grantham shoots down rumors, wants to ‘be at UGA a very long time’

Todd Grantham, who led the Bulldogs' defense to a No. 3 overall national ranking this past season, shot down rumors Wednesday he might be heading to the Falcons. (UGA photo)

Todd Grantham, who led the Bulldogs' defense to a No. 3 overall national ranking this past season, shot down rumors Wednesday he might be heading to the Falcons. (UGA photo)

It’s that time of year where rumors swirl constantly regarding coaching jobs and transfers and the like. On cue, no sooner had Brian VanGorder left the Atlanta Falcons to take the defensive coordinator’s job at Auburn this week than rumors began to circulate that the Falcons may come after Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Kind of funny when you think about it, especially with all the arguments that developed this season between Bulldogs’ fans about which DC was better at UGA, VanGorder or Grantham.

Anyway, those rumors must have made their way to Grantham on Wednesday because the Bulldogs’ second-year coordinator issued a statement through the UGA athletic department reiterating that he isn’t looking to leave Georgia and/or return to the NFL. Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed to …

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Rambo staying, Charles going as UGA players wrestle with NFL decisions

Orson Charles, Georgia’s All-SEC tight end, will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Charles revealed the unsurprising decision Wednesday, saying “it’s time to open a new chapter in my life.”

A few hours later, another UGA underclassman who had been seriously considering the draft — safety Bacarri Rambo — made the opposite decision, announcing through the school that he will return for his senior season.

Charles said he consulted with several NFL players and a former NFL coach, Tony Dungy, about his stay-or-go choice. The NFL’s underclassmen advisory committee told Charles that he could be drafted as high as the second round.

The decision wasn’t stressful, Charles said, because “either way I wouldn’t be wrong.” He added: “As I continued to pray about it, I just felt ready.”

The deadline to declare for the draft is Sunday. Charles and Rambo appeared to have the highest draft stock among Georgia players considering early entry, although …

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Bulldogs watched BCS title game with envious eyes

Yesterday afternoon, about six hours before Alabama and LSU kicked off in the BCS Championship Game, I asked Georgia coach Mark Richt if he thought this time a year from now his 2012 team could be on that stage.

It wasn’t a ludicrous question, considering this year’s team led one of the participants for two quarters of the SEC championship. Nine starters return from the defense that did not allow LSU a first down and only 12 total yards in the first half of that contest.

Richt was, of course, predictably measured in his answer.

What do think the possibilities are for Georgia Bulldogs next season?

  • They will win the BCS Championship
  • They will lose in the national title game
  • They will win the SEC
  • They will win the East but lose the SEC championship
  • They will take a step back in 2012

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“As always, we want to compete in such a way and prepare in such a way that we’ve got a chance to win every time we go out there,” Richt said. …

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First sight of RB signee Keith Marshall brings grin to Mark Richt’s face

A lot of news and notes coming out of the Georgia football camp on Monday, starting with Brandon Boykin being named the recipient of the 2011 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. I’m in the process of putting together a notebook for tomorrow’s newspaper. But, in the meantime, following is a quick summary of the information and quotes that came out of today’s season-wrapup teleconference call with Georgia coach Mark Richt. Enjoy . . .

MARK RICHT

On 5-star running back signee Keith Marshall, an early enrollee who began classes at UGA on Monday:

“He’s a very talented young man. He’s very focused. As a matter of fact, I walked into the meeting last night and he had a playbook in his hand and he was looking over assignments. It just gave me a moment to grin seeing how excited he was about being at Georgia.

“I’m sure he’s a little nervous, too, like a lot of guys. I remember my first night I spent away from home. There’s a little bit of anxiety, but it’s mixed …

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Georgia’s Brandon Boykin wins Paul Hornung Award

Brandon Boykin records one of his three scores against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, this one a 13-yard TD reception. (AP photo)

Brandon Boykin records one of his three scores against Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, this one a 13-yard TD reception. (AP photo)

ATHENS – The two-year-old Paul Hornung Award was designed to go to the most versatile college football player in the nation. Hard to argue against Georgia’s Brandon Boykin when you start talking about versatility.

Boykin

Boykin

The Bulldogs’ senior cornerback was named the recipient of that award Monday morning. He topped Arkansas’ Joe Adams, Oregon’s LaMichael James and Toledo’s Eric Page to earn the honor.

“Winning the Paul Hornung Award is an amazing accomplishment and one that I will forever cherish as one of my greatest accomplishments,” Boykin said in a statement released through UGA. “I am humbled by the fact that I was selected as the winner by Mr. Hornung andeveryone else involved with the selection process. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and the entire Georgia program for helping me to achieve this incredible …

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Sophomore CB Jordan Love leaving Georgia, seeks transfer

ATHENS – UGA officials confirmed Saturday night what Jordan Love hinted about via Twitter. The redshirt sophomore cornerback is leaving Georgia and will seek to continue his football career elsewhere.

Love

Love

Love sent this message out via Twitter Saturday evening: “It’s been real Athens. . . . All good things come to an end.”

Georgia spokesman Claude Felton later confirmed Love’s departure to reporters covering the Bulldogs’ basketball game against Alabama Saturday night.

Love could not be reached for comment. But he did talk to Gentry Estes of Dawgs247.com, saying: “I don’t want to say anything about it right now. When I get everything together I’ll let y’all know.”

Love played sparingly as a backup cornerback for the Bulldogs his two seasons in Athens. This past season he recorded 12 tackles while appearing in 8 games, with most of his work coming on special teams. As a freshman, he played in all 13 games and finished with 9 tackles.

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3-year deal in works for Georgia D-coordinator Todd Grantham

Georgia's defense has flourished under the guidance of second-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia's defense has flourished under the guidance of second-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed Friday he is in the midst of working on a contract extension for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Grantham’s California-based attorney, Michael Harrison, told the AJC in November he was was seeking an extension for his client. Grantham signed a three-year contract that pays him $750,000 annually when he was hired by coach Mark Richt from the Dallas Cowboys in January of 2010. Grantham has 13 months remaining on that contract.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity never had an assistant coach under a multi-year agreement in 18 years while he was at Florida. But he is making an exception for Grantham.

“That’s what we’re working to right now,” McGarity said Friday. “We’re discussing it. Mark and I have discussed it and we’re trying to work through that right now. It’s just tough to …

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McGarity: Outback Bowl loss won’t impact negotiations with Richt

Georgia’s loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl will have no impact on contract negotiations between UGA and football coach Mark Richt, which remain at least “three to four weeks” away from completion, according to Athletic Director Greg McGarity.

Georgia AD Greg McGarity said the Bulldogs' overtime loss to Michigan State did nothing to change his opinion on the direction of the football program under coach Mark Richt. (UGA photo)

Georgia AD Greg McGarity said the Bulldogs' overtime loss to Michigan State did nothing to change his opinion on the direction of the football program under coach Mark Richt. (UGA photo)

“We plan to meet as soon as we can get together,” McGarity said Wednesday. “But I don’t see anything, certainly not a signed document, anytime soon. We’ll start the process of digging into the details of our extension and it will be determined in the near future.”

McGarity also urged fans upset over the Bulldogs’ 33-30, triple-overtime loss to the Spartans to keep the defeat in perspective.

“Blair Walsh kicks a 42-yard field goal and we’re sitting here feeling great about ourselves,” McGarity said. “But would we have solved our running game …

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Georgia Bulldogs at less than full strength for Outback Bowl

TAMPA – Greetings from Raymond James Stadium. It is an absolutely gorgeous day for football. It’s relatively cool for here, 64 degrees, with blustery conditions that possibly could impact the kicking game. But it’s clear and sunny and pretty much beautiful.

I was pretty surprised and impressed by the crowds that have shown up for the game. Traffic was backed up from the stadium all the way down Dale Mabry Boulevard and onto I-275 two hours before the game. Just based on flags and banners it looked fairly evenly distributed between the green of Michigan State and the red and black of Georgia. It will be interesting to see what it looks like once all the spectators are in their seats.

As for the Bulldogs, here’s what you need to know as we prepare for kickoff:

  • Redshirt freshman Ken “Boo” Malcome of Decatur is slated to get the second start of his career at tailback. Malcome beat out Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas during bowl practices to earn the nod. Malcome …

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Justin Anderson’s career resurrected under UGA line coach Will Friend

Georgia senior Justin "Bean" Anderson, running during practice this week in Tampa, will start his 14th consecutive game at right tackle during Monday's Outback Bowl. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Georgia senior Justin "Bean" Anderson, running during practice this week in Tampa, will start his 14th consecutive game at right tackle during Monday's Outback Bowl. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

TAMPA – Justin Anderson doesn’t make any bones about it. Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend, he said, “saved my career.”

“He did,” said the Bulldogs’ senior right tackle. “When he came in, he just knew how to coach me. He knew how to work with me. I can’t thank him enough.”

Friend, who joined the Bulldogs as offensive line coach last February, accepted Anderson’s request to move back to offense from defensive line, where he had spent the previous season. Fast-forward to Monday’s Outback Bowl game against Michigan State, Anderson will start his 14th game at right tackle. Beyond that, he’s expected to continue his career in the NFL.

“He plays hard every week. He practices hard. He’s been a joy to coach,” Friend said of the player friends and family call “Bean.”He’s a dang …

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