Marc Deas: ‘It was blessing I was able to come back’

ATHENS – In his head, Marc Deas had moved on. All that was left was for him was  to decide betweenUCF or Georgia Southern.

But then the sophomore defensive back from Kissimmee, Fla., went to a cookout this past weekend and everything changed.

“I was away from the team for about a week and I went to a cookout and I was really enjoying the time with my teammates and stuff,” said Deas, who had informed coach Mark Richt on March 31 he wanted to transfer. “They were talking about the scrimmage and how everything was going. I really enjoyed my time with them and there was a bunch of laughs and smiles and that’s when I realized this is where I need to be.”

On Monday, Deas met with Richt and asked if he could return to the team. Richt reinstated Deas and the the 6-foot-1, 197-pound strong safety returned to practice for the first time in 11 days on Tuesday.

“He told me a couple of stories about how he can relate from him at Miami and his brother and the Air Force,” Deas said of Richt. “He definitely didn’t want to take away the opportunity of a lifetime that I had. So when I told him I wanted to come back he was all for it and took me in. I can’t thank him enough.”

Deas return didn’t come without conditions. He arose at 5 a.m. Tuesday for the first of what will be daily predawn runs before he going to his 8 a.m. class. He’s also squarely on the bottom of the depth chart. But Deas wasn’t complaining.

“I’ve got some early mornings to wake up to, but it’s all worth it,” he said. “It’s been a long day, but I can’t stop smiling I’m so happy to be back.”

Georgia’s glad to have him, too. The Bulldogs’ secondary has been decimated due to transfers and suspensions since the end of this past season.

Senior cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended for the first two games of the season as discipline for an offseason arrests. Senior Branden Smith, the other starting corner, is expected to be suspended after his arrest last month for marijuana possession. And the high school coach of senior Bacarri Rambo said the All-American safety will be suspended for the first four games after running afoul of Georgia’s drug policy for the second time in a year. Meanwhile, defensive backs Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders were dismissed in January for violating team rules and Jakar Hamilton and Jordan Love quit the team since the middle of last season.

“There’s a big opportunity here,” said Deas, who played in all 14 games last season but mostly on special teams. “It just took me a while to sit back and realize what I had in front of me. I kind of took it for granted at the time. I just wanted to pack my bags and leave. It was rough on me, going off like that. But now I can lift that weight off my shoulders. It’s a blessing that I was able to come back.”

Bradberry to leave strength staff

Rex Bradberry, who has served as a strength and conditioning assistant at Georgia since 2002, is leaving UGA to train U.S. Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

“I can’t go into much detail other than I will be handling all their physical training,” said Bradberry, who will remain at UGA while awaiting security clearance. “I’ll be preparing those teams for battle and hopefully will prevent them from injury and help them save their lives.”

Bradberry becomes the fourth member of this past year’s strength staff to leave UGA. Program director Joe Tereshinski already has hired John Thomas from Penn State as senior associate director and Sherman Armstrong of Tampa as an assistant and speed specialist. Tereshinski said Tuesday he has not decided how he’ll proceed.

Mitchell likely out for G-Day

It appears Georgia will be without another frontline player for Saturday’s G-Day Game. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is likely out due to a pulled hamstring. The sophomore from Valdosta, who starred at wide receiver this past season, has been playing almost exclusively on defense in order to help the Bulldogs shore up depth issues in the secondary. He’s hoping to play both ways in the fall.

“Malcolm Mitchell’s not playing I don’t think because of he hurt his hamstring,” Bobo said. “But he looked very good over there on defense. He’s just an athlete that’s very talented.”

If that’s the case, Mitchell will join true freshman tailback Keith Marshall (hamstring) on the sidelines on Saturday. Tailback Richard Samuel (concussion) and safety Shawn Williams (knee) are also expected to miss.

Kolton Houston to start at right tackle

Offensive line coach Will Friend had a surprise when asked what his No. 1 line would be for the G-Day Game. He said sophomore Kolton Houston would be the starter at right tackle.

“We started working him there a week or two ago and he’s really progressed at that spot the last few days,” Friend said. “He had a really good scrimmage [this past Saturday] and he brings a lot of energy and athleticism to the group.”

Houston had been working almost exclusive at guard while sophomores Watts Dantzler and Austin Long were battling it out at right tackle. Friend said the other starters Saturday include left tackle Kenarious Gates, left guard Dallas Lee, center David Andrews and right guard Chris Burnette.

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April 11th, 2012
9:06 am


April 11th, 2012
9:15 am

Glad he’s back. He won’t play special teams this year, due to the new policy of playing the starters, but if we lose 4 or 5 more in the secondary during the offseason, he’ll get his shot. Deas is an able back up plan, if we lose 4 or 5 more.

Big Wally Butts

April 11th, 2012
9:19 am

The Deas story is a repeat and old news now. The starting O line-up is interesting. Is this summer motivation for Dantzler and Long?


April 11th, 2012
9:25 am

Starting o-line in the fall will be gates left tackle. Houston left guard.lee center. Burnett right guard and john theus right tackle. I’d bet my bottom dollar


April 11th, 2012
9:25 am

I would think he will have an opportunity to play, given the number of secondary players suspended or dismissed fron the team. You think he would haved added that up in his head before deciding to transfer. I can’t figure these kids out. It’s a privelidge to play football at UGA. If you’re not getting enough playing time, maybe you need to talk to your position coach and find out what you need to work on in the off season. I can tell you this, it’s not eating pot brownies and slapping your girlfriend around. Last year it was the RB’s, this year it’s the DB’s. Welcome back Mr. Deas, work hard and earn some playing time. Go Dawgs! We’re going to overcome all these problems and have another 10 win season.


April 11th, 2012
9:26 am

Dantzler looks like 300lbs. of chewed bubblegum. Get that kid in the weight room!


April 11th, 2012
9:26 am

The spelling of Marc with a ‘c’ at the end is the most interesting thing about this story….


April 11th, 2012
9:39 am

Welcome back, and bring Derrick Lott back with you.

Granthams The Man

April 11th, 2012
9:42 am

Glad Deas decided to come back. Can’t wait until Saturday!

magnolia dawg

April 11th, 2012
9:52 am

Sometimes Deas uve gotta step back and look………….Glad ur back


April 11th, 2012
9:58 am

Great decision Mr. Deas. Life is hard and it is not easy. Sometime we have to leave for awhile only to come back and realize what we have do matter. Make the best of the situation and enjoy life. Put God first in everything you do. Thanks CMR for letting Mr. Deas back on the team. If only the others who left understand that you get ahead in life you have to work you butt off to get to the top.


April 11th, 2012
10:11 am

It was a blessng to get the offer in the first place. Glad he came to his senses.


April 11th, 2012
10:12 am

I’m glad Deas came back. GO DAWGS!!

LA Dawg

April 11th, 2012
10:26 am

Jeez, how about filling that last S&C position with a pilates instructor…get this group into the 21st century. There’s no way all of these pulled hamstrings should be happening to these kids. It’s been a plague the last couple of years.


April 11th, 2012
10:37 am

With all the injuries, is not at all surprising that both Richt and Deas got religion.


April 11th, 2012
11:12 am

LA Dawg……..there might be some truth to what you said in your post. Kareem Abdul Jabbar said in his book that the reason he played almost injury free and to the age of 40, was stretching. Believe it or not , he stretched 1 1/2 hrs after each practice session and game. No, I don’t propose such a drastic measure for our football team but there is a message there!!!! Many hockey and baseball coaches require an off season of swimming laps to lenghten out those muscles that are so often pulled. Some highly rated S&C coaches now are saying lift heavy weight and cut way back on reps. Many ways to skin a cat or get into max shape.


April 11th, 2012
11:16 am

I worked out with weight for years when I was their age and I can tell you if you work out with weights the right way your muscles will enlarge and your body will show more definition. Some of these kids like Dantzler still looks like he did out of high school. If these big linemen aren’t reflecting serious muscle enlargement they are not pushing themselves enough and will not be strong enough to play 4 Quarters.They need to step it up a little , now they only have 5 months left. Get rid of the fat and replace it all with muscle.


April 11th, 2012
11:17 am

Theres no policy on playing only “starters” on ST. We are not going to have a Starter-only kick return team. They are saying there will be more “regulars” out there, which had been the case before, but Jarvis Jones (for example) isn’t going to be sprinting the field 10 times a game, every game, and play his position 100%.

Starting out last year with a very thin LB corp, so more walk-on did make up the coverage team but it sounds like they are beefing it up this year. But there is no reason to believe that since Deas did play ST all last year, did record several tackle on ST, and should be in the 3 deep rotation at DB he would not get some assignment on the ST during some point of the year.


April 11th, 2012
11:33 am

7576Dawg……your message is a good one! Getting our team to max condition offers methods that may not be conventional to “ole time” S&C thinking. I really don’t care unless we can’t “finish the drill” in the 4th QT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I care, alot!!!!

maharajiean shorts

April 11th, 2012
11:43 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, Lets get the season started.

Frank Lane

April 11th, 2012
11:48 am

It does seem like a lot of ham string injuries.


April 11th, 2012
12:02 pm

There are 2 areas of getting a team in shape.
1. In shape so you look good in the hotel lobby before the game.
2. In shape to play the whole game at max effort and to avoid injury.


April 11th, 2012
12:02 pm

NC_dawg what area of NC, hanging on East Coast Carteret and Jacksonville side. Looks like we could hire strength and conditioning coach with Special teams abilities.

Charlie Hayes

April 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

@ 813dawg. I fully agree. Theus will be the starter at RT before it is said and done. Andrews seems to be getting manhandled at C. Thus, your projection with Dallas Lee at C might be spot-on.

Charlie Hayes

April 11th, 2012
12:13 pm

I wonder why most of our OTs are 330+ pounds. Look back when Neil Callaway has such great OLs. Those guys were more muscle while the guys the past few years seem to be too big. Justin Anderson and Cordy Glenn were way too big. Look at the Boise State OL and how they handled our D. Cut blocks, zone movement for blitz pickup, pulling guards and tackles. The Boise State OLs were athletic. You would think that a 305 pound OT could move faster with quicker feet than a 340 pound OT and that would be our target for blocking the quick DEs. Just wondering……

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April 11th, 2012
12:40 pm

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April 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

Most athletes have gone away from static stretching.
Dynamic stretching:
movement, form running, agilities; are the way to go.
Which is in reality – old school.
Long ago – nobody stretched.
Players – warmed up.
We have come full circle.

My best guess;
they are playing it safe with the hammies.
Probably not as severe as made out.
Were it reg season, they would be fit to play.


April 11th, 2012
1:05 pm

A lot of character was shown by your return, Deas! Not just your character but CMR’s as well! Both make me proud of being a fan of the DAWGS!! Work hard, give all you have and you will be rewarded! Looking back later, you’ll recognize that this is a very short time in your life but a time that can make a huge difference in your whole life!! GO DEAS!! GO DAWGS!!


April 11th, 2012
1:07 pm

S&C Coach Joe T, UGA had this problem last year w/ hammies; C’mon Man learn your lessons!! Same ole issues!! “Win, Baby, Win”!!


April 11th, 2012
1:27 pm

You have to think that there are 2 kinds of pulled hamstring.

An injury pull, and then the not risking an injury pull.


April 11th, 2012
1:30 pm

Enter your comments here


April 11th, 2012
1:33 pm

ThreeDawgKnight…….you may be right, we have come full circle but with the same old problem. Too many serious pulled muscles.


April 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

new S&C coach who has experience w/ special teams-how about our own Hines Ward, who has mentioned several times that he would like to come back to GA and coach-he always has postive additude and I think would be good fit!

Junior Samples

April 11th, 2012
1:58 pm

the only hammie i know is ham sammiches


April 11th, 2012
2:04 pm

Bradberry had better go to Eglan AFB in Ft Walton Beach FL as that is where they now are located no longer at Ft Bragg


April 11th, 2012
2:18 pm

@Charlie Hayes thanks friend. The coaches know theus will be a stud that’s why Houston has been at left guard all spring. And Dallas is a proven player. Sounds like a pretty solid o line if you ask me.


April 11th, 2012
2:21 pm

Man, anyone else surprised that Bradberry is good enough to train US Special Forces, but our guys were sucking wind on the opening drive against Boise State?!


April 11th, 2012
2:25 pm

@ charles hayes, that guy cordy glenn the one you said was too big… fastest 40 at the combine just saying.


April 11th, 2012
2:25 pm

Glad the light came on in time for Deas,he better be glad he plays for CMR and not Saban.


April 11th, 2012
2:28 pm

1 Isaiah Crowell RB So. 5-11 215 Columbus, Ga.
3 Blake Sailors DB Jr. 5-11 186 Athens, Ga.
4 Luis Capella DB Jr. 5-10 176 Augusta, Ga.
5 Ben Shelton QB Fr. 6-1 180 Wayland, Mass.
7 Jesse Jones DB RFr. 6-0 190 Habersham, Ga.
11 Aaron Murray QB Jr. 6-1 211 Tampa, Fla.
11 Connor Norman DB RSo. 5-10 208 Duluth, Ga.
12 Austin Herod DB Jr. 5-10 191 Woodstock, Ga.
12 Tavarres King WR Sr. 6-1 192 Mount Airy, Ga.
14 Hutson Mason QB Jr. 6-3 196 Marietta, Ga.
15 Marlon Brown WR Sr. 6-5 222 Memphis, Tenn.
20 Lucas Redd DB Fr. 6-1 210 Jefferson, Ga.
22 Richard Samuel IV RB Sr. 6-2 243 Cartersville, Ga.
24 Ken Malcome RB RSo. 6-0 226 Decatur, Ga.
25 Marc Deas DB RSo. 6-1 197 Kissimmee, Fla.
27 Greg Mulkey TE RFr. 6-3 230 Fairmount, Ga.
31 Chris Conley WR So. 6-3 202 Dallas, Ga.
32 James Davis RB Fr. 5-11 215 Baronton, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
39 Corey Moore DB So. 6-2 207 Griffi n, Ga.
41 Brandon Burrows ILB RSo. 6-3 240 Marietta, Ga.
43 Merritt Hall RB RFr. 5-11 216 Alpharetta, Ga.
43 Quintavious Harrow DB So. 5-11 183 Columbus, Ga.
44 T.J. Stripling OLB Jr. 6-6 222 Decatur, Ga.
44 Drew Wilson TE Jr. 6-2 206 Tignall, Ga.
45 Christian Robinson ILB Sr. 6-2 226 Norcros, Ga.
46 AJ McDonald ILB So. 6-0 240 Suwanee, Ga.
46 Alexander Ogletree RB Jr. 5-10 224 Newnan, Ga.
47 Ray Drew DL So. 6-5 263 Thomasville, Ga.
47 Taylor Maxey RB RFr. 5-10 220 Statham, Ga.
48 Kosta Vavlas ILB RSo. 6-0 219 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
51 Ramik Wilson OLB So. 6-2 224 Tampa, Fla.
52 Amarlo Herrara ILB So. 6-2 231 College Park, Ga.
56 Garrison Smith DL Jr. 6-3 294 Atlanta, Ga.
58 Sterling Bailey DL RFr. 6-3 259 Gainesville, Ga.
60 Wright Gazaway SP RFr. 6-0 240 Buford, Ga.
61 David Andrews OL So. 6-2 280 Norcross, Ga.
64 Dallas Lee OL Jr. 6-4 300 Buford, Ga.
68 Chris Burnette OL Jr. 6-2 313 LaGrange, Ga.
69 Ty Frix SP Sr. 6-0 213 Calhoun, Ga.
72 Kenarious Gates OL Jr. 6-5 328 Grantville, Ga.
75 Kolton Houston OL RSo. 6-5 291 Buford, Ga.
82 Michael Bennett WR RSo. 6-3 208 Alpharetta, Ga.
83 Jack Loonam TE RFr. 6-0 215 Lexington, S.C.
86 Justin Scott-Wesley WR RFr. 5-11 218 Camilla, Ga.
88 Ricky Lowe DL Sr. 6-7 258 Duluth, Ga.
88 Arthur Lynch TE Jr. 6-5 272 Dartmouth, Mass.
90 Ethan Jackson SP RFr. 5-11 182 Sandersville, Ga.
91 Scott Eichler SP Sr. 5-11 184 Oakwood, Ga.
92 Dexter Morant OLB RSo. 6-7 245 Manning, S.C.
95 Reuben Faloughi OLB Jr. 6-5 255 Martinez, Ga.
99 Kwame Geathers DL Jr. 6-6 350 Georgetown, S.C.
99 Jamie Lindley SP Sr. 5-11 177 Savannah, Ga

1 Branden Smith DB Sr. 5-11 176 Atlanta, Ga.
2 Parker Welch QB RSo. 6-3 204 Jesup, Ga.
4 Keith Marshall RB Fr. 5-11 202 Raleigh, N.C.
5 Damian Swann DB So. 5-11 177 Atlanta, Ga.
6 Michael Erdman WR RSo. 5-10 191 Merritt Island, Fla.
6 John Jenkins DL Sr. 6-3 351 Meriden, Conn.
7 Greg Bingham QB RSo. 6-4 223 Columbus, Ga.
9 Alec Ogletree ILB Jr. 6-3 236 Newnan, Ga.
9 Curtis Wyatt WR RSo. 6-1 195 Locust Grove, Ga.
10 Faton Bauta QB Fr. 6-3 222 West Palm Beach, Fla.
16 Christian Lemay QB RFr. 6-2 198 Matthews, N.C.
17 Rantavious Wooten WR Jr. 5-10 185 Belle Glade, Fla.
18 Bacarri Rambo DB Sr. 6-0 218 Donalsonville, Ga.
19 Sanders Commings DB Sr. 6-2 217 Augusta, Ga.
20 Brandon Harton RB Jr. 5-6 174 Reidsville, Ga.
23 Alex Parsons RB Jr. 5-10 194 Fayetteville, Ga.
25 Rhett McGowan WR Jr. 6-0 190 Calhoun, Ga.
26 Malcolm Mitchell DB So. 6-1 184 Valdosta, Ga.
29 Jarvis Jones OLB Jr. 6-3 241 Columbus, Ga.
29 Jamal Payette WR RFr. 6-3 183 Cleveland, Ga.
33 Kyle Karempelis RB So. 5-9 180 Roswell, Ga.
33 Chase Vasser OLB Jr. 6-3 227 Gainesville, Ga.
35 Michael Gilliard ILB Sr. 6-2 220 Valdosta, Ga.
35 Chris Young RB Jr. 6-1 230 Hinesville, Ga.
36 Shawn Williams DB Sr. 6-1 220 Damascus, Ga.
37 Devin Bowman DB RFr. 6-0 175 Rossville, Ga.
42 Dustin Royston RB Jr. 5-11 242 Royston, Ga.
45 Ben Mozingo RB Fr. 6-0 225 Alpharetta, Ga.
49 Corey Campbell RB RSo. 5-10 210 Hephzibah, Ga.
55 Ben Reynolds OL Jr. 6-2 255 Bainbridge, Ga.
59 Nathan Theus SP RFr. 6-3 254 Jacksonville, Fla.
63 Xzavier Ward OL RFr. 6-7 264 Moultrie, Ga.
66 Hunter Long OL So. 6-4 300 Memphis, Tenn.
70 Eddie McQuillen OL RFr. 6-8 264 Newnan, Ga.
74 Austin Long OL Jr. 6-5 304 Memphis, Tenn.
76 Zach DeBell OL RFr. 6-6 273 Tarpon Springs, Fla.
77 Caleb Drake OL RFr. 6-1 275 Hogansville Ga.
78 Watts Dantzler OL So. 6-7 310 Dalton, Ga.
79 Mark Beard OL So. 6-5 300 Adamsville, Ala.
81 Taylor Bradberry WR Sr. 6-3 192 Winder, Ga.
83 Cornelius Washington DL Sr. 6-4 269 Hephzibah, Ga.
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85 Geoff Rapp TE RFr. 6-3 230 Kennesaw, Ga.
87 Jay Rome TE RFr. 6-6 254 Valdosta, Ga.
89 Daniel Williams TE Fr. 6-2 220 Lawrenceville, Ga.
93 Patrick Beless SP Fr. 5-9 155 Atlanta, Ga.
93 Abry Jones DL Sr. 6-3 309 Warner Robins,Ga.
96 Mike Thornton DL RSo. 6-1 287 Stone Mountain, Ga.
97 Adam Erickson SP RSo. 5-10 168 Athens, Ga.
98 Cody Johnson SP RSo. 6-1 200 Marietta, Ga.


April 11th, 2012
2:30 pm

j.huff……..glenn had the fastest o-line 40 time at the combine! That is impressive. Do you remember the time? Three of our o-line from last season should be drafted. Why couldn’t we run the ball or keep our qb from being flattened by sacks?

I still believe our line this season with be a source of pride for the team.


April 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

I love how everybody thinks they’re experts on S&C. There are countless ways to accomplish basically the same thing. You can lift heavy weight and still stretch and be limber. It’s just putting in the time. Until a person sees the need for something, they’re not going to give it their best effort. If a S&C coach can figure out a way to motivate 18-22 year olds to CARE and GIVE MAX EFFORT, that’s the majority of the battle. And I don’t mean by acting like a drill sergeant, screaming and spitting in a guy’s face while he’s lifting. Anybody who needs THAT for motivation doesn’t deserve to play any D1 sport.


April 11th, 2012
3:03 pm

Furthermore, I agree with CHARLIE HAYES at 12:13 – you don’t need out of shape, 330lb guys on the offensive line. A 280 guy can be stronger than a 330 guy, and much more agile, athletic. Georgia had the biggest OL in all of football last year, except for maybe 1 or 2 NFL teams – and what did it accomplish? Just that – the claim to having the biggest OL in football.

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April 11th, 2012
4:13 pm

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Tide Pride

April 11th, 2012
5:34 pm

UCF and GA Southern talent on Dogs D.

No wonder UGA got beat by Boise, USCe, LSU and MI State.


April 11th, 2012
7:56 pm

@Tide Pride oh how we forget it was only 2009 when Bama lost to UTAH!


April 11th, 2012
8:18 pm

kevin, you are correct. There are many ways to get a team ready to play. lets just hope our staff has it going on this year! Avoiding injury is the key for me with a well conditioned team.


April 11th, 2012
8:44 pm

This kid failed a drug test. He was trying to skip punishment. He went home, mama, grandma, daddy, uncle, auntie and all them cussed that arse out, mama called CMR, and he’s back on the team. End of story.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

April 11th, 2012
8:53 pm

@ Tide Pride:

I believe one of those teams you listed also KICKED BAMA”S BUTT. Just sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

April 11th, 2012
8:58 pm

@ GT Dawg: & Tide Pride

Don’t forget that mighty Louisiana Monroe sandlot pickup team also got some of the Mighty Tidey Butt and in Tuscalooserville.