WR Tavarres King: Bulldogs in great shape, eager start preseason camp

Georgia flanker Tavarres King gets behind the Michigan State defense for 80 of his 205 yards in his final game of last season. He's eager for more of the same. (AP photo)

Georgia flanker Tavarres King gets behind the Michigan State defense for 80 of his 205 yards in his final game of last season. He's eager for more of the same. (AP photo)

ATHENS — For Tavarres King, the football season can’t get here fast enough. The last time we saw him in game action, he was running up and down the field at Raymond James Stadium to the tune of 205 receiving yards with an 80-yard touchdown. However, his personal highlights got lost in what ended up being a gut-wrenching loss to Michigan State in triple overtime.

“I’ve been extremely eager all off-season to get back out there to continue where I left off,” said King, a senior flanker for the Bulldogs. “It was an extremely high note personally, but not as a team. So we’ve been getting after it this summer. Guys have been participating in drills and workouts. We’ve had pretty much perfect attendance all summer. Everybody’s eager to get back on the field and tackle this thing.”

King and his teammates don’t have much longer to wait. Players report for preseason camp on Tuesday.

Of course, none of them really ever left. According to King, the Bulldogs had 100 percent participation during summer workouts from returning lettermen and incoming freshman. Seventeen of Georgia’s 19 signees enrolled in classes in June and have worked out with the team all summer. Two others — defensive lineman John Atkins of Thomson and defensive end Leonard Floyd of Eastman — were unable to attain freshman eligibility and will attend prep school.

But about 100 players — 75 on scholarship and another 25 walkons — have remained in Athens to attend classes and participate in the Bulldogs’ revamped offseason strength and conditioning program. Program director Joe Tereshinski added  added longtime Penn State strength and conditioning director John Thomas and speed and agility specialist Sherman Armstrong to his staff after last season.

“It’s very different, and different is good. It’s definitely good,” King said. “We’ve adapted to the changes that have been made and everybody’s on board with what those guys bring to the table.”

King said he and the other skill players have been drawn particularly to Armstrong. The former track All-American at Illinois has been in Tampa training players for the NFL combine since 2008.

“Sherman’s a guy who knows how to run and runs well himself,” King said. “He’s a guy that us skill guys, we want to imitate his moves and learn everything we can from him because it makes us better.”

The Bulldogs’ summer routine included running and lifting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and doing boxing and agility drills on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with team runs on those afternoons. They also run pass skeleton and position drills at least two days a week.

“Tuesdays and Thursday are long days because you wake up and do that boxing, then you go to class, eat lunch, come back over here, do speed and agility, then pass skel or position drills,” King said. “So those are long days, but they’re definitely beneficial.”

After first official team meeting of the season on Tuesday, the Bulldogs will undergo medical and physical testing on Wednesday and have the first practice Thursday on the Woodruff Practice Fields.

King said he is in the best shape of his life. He said he can speak for the entire team when he says there is no dread and nothing but anticipation for the opening of Georgia’s preseason football program.

“We’re ready to go,” King said. “This is what we train for. We train to play football. So we’re ready to get out there and compete with each other and make each other better.”

210 comments Add your comment

Dawg258

July 27th, 2012
1:03 pm

hmmmmm............

July 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

Can’t wait till kickoff!! Any word on UGA going after some of the penn state players?

outkasted

July 27th, 2012
1:09 pm

36 days til…..

TampaGator

July 27th, 2012
1:11 pm

@hmmmmmm….

Those Penn State players better get “ready to go” since practice starts on Tuesday. I think Monday is the deadline that many teams are giving the Penn State players to decide on transferring or not. I think they will lose a few….but not many. I think the RB and a LB are the only ones that have come out and said they were thinking about it.

Dawg258

July 27th, 2012
1:13 pm

Nice job Chip!

ole dawg

July 27th, 2012
1:13 pm

Please UGA haters, the boxing jokes are way too easy and immature. If you don’t want to appear ignorant, please resist the urge!

Looking forward to seeing the Dawgs take the field. Best time of the year.

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

I love reading stuff like this. They’re working hard and having fun. I’m amped. They’re amped. C’mon September 1st!!!!

CPJ's maaaan boobs

July 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

Can we back out of our annual game?

JoeyHanie

July 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!! GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait

Dawglasville

July 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

ole dawg – The boxing jokes may our best chance to hear a fresh new spin on the same old jokes. I think the that the boxing may come in handy in case Coach Franklin decides to jump on one of our guys again.

uga student

July 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

Thanks Chip, it’s nice to read good articles! Too often I find myself checking this blog to see who got suspended. Go Dawgs!!

Gater Hater

July 27th, 2012
1:27 pm

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Gater Hater

July 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

sounds good. I hope the rest of the team really shares his attitude. GATA

bubba4dawgs

July 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Exciting news, Tavares! It’s evident the DAWGS are not taking this season lightly! Their hard work ethic will be most valuable for the season and the talent will indeed shine! GO DAWGS!!

Dawglasville

July 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

I believe that TK will have a huge year this year and not just because of our schedule Side Show GTBob. I believe he is a talented player who will have another talented player delivering the ball to him.

dwagdawg

July 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

boxing drills for the ole nutcracker punch in a pileup…..

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Once Mitchell comes back, look for the deep threats to take off, and the rushing game to benefit, as teams roll 8 out of the box because of the deep threat. Tavarres King makes big plays, in big games.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

I read where they were not only boxing but they were undergoing MMA training. Some of them where saying that was what was getting them into great shape. Also, did anyone read in the Athens Herald that both Scott Lakatos and Todd Grantham were saying that Mitchell was probably their best CB already?

Captain Obvious

July 27th, 2012
1:32 pm

Captain Obvious here, I just noticed that we play Georgia Southern the weekend before Tech. Usually, both teams have that weekend off (or at least recent past). Can someone tell me if Southern still uses the triple-option?…cause if so, that would be coincidently convenient! LOL!!

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:32 pm

Since we face 8 teams that finished top 30 in pass defense, I don’t expect big passing numbers, this season must be about the rushing game, as we only face 1 team that finished top 30 in run defense.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

Jim. I really think that Mitchell will be so good at CB that he will not go back to offense for more than a few plays a game. I thing the guy to watch this year is going to be Justin Scott-Wesley. I think he is going to do what Mitchell did last year at receiver.

Tide is Rolling and nothing can stop it...

July 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

I just want to apologize to everyone here about how ignorant and stupid I am… I recognize that the dawgs are one of the FEW legit programs in the SEC that do things the right way and will win a national title very soon with no strings attached. Bama sucks.

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:34 pm

With Mitchell playing corver against Mizzou, Tavarres will get double coverage, so we will lose that game, unless the run game shows up big.

Grantham's The Man!

July 27th, 2012
1:35 pm

Anyone who doubts the benefits of those boxing drills, has never done it. It will greatly benefit hand and foot corridination and build endurance.

Keep up the good work. Can’t wait. Go dawgs!!!

Wacky

July 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

Jim… you think Tavarres is our only receiving threat??? If they double him fine, that just means Jay Rome, Artie Lynch, Conley, Bennett, or JSW will be wide open.

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

If we try to throw on 8 of the top 30 pass defenses in the country, you’re looking at 20 interceptions, maybe 40 sacks, and an 8-4 record. I don’t see how you do that with an inexperienced o-line, that combines for 30 starts.

On the other hand, we only play 1 top 30 run defense, Mizzou. So, I say line them up, and run the ball and hope your defense hold teams to under 30 points.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

Jim, I disagree with you. Missouri ranked 61st in defense last year and lost some D-linemen. They are not even 2 deep on the D-line with good players. I think the other receivers Bennett, Conley, Scott-Wesley, Brown, and if Wooten comes back healthy are good enough to keep the double team off King.

bill arp

July 27th, 2012
1:38 pm

Now, if only AM can get the ball to him, and not the other team, we should be just fine…

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

I guarantee Mizzou will roll coverage to Tavarres early, as he’ll be the only proven deep threat on the field, since Mitchell is playing corner. The rest of the receivers arn’t proven deep ball threats.

AltamahaDawg

July 27th, 2012
1:41 pm

75, not 69? Is that now more than USC? That really seems to be a big deal to some folks.

Vampire Bill

July 27th, 2012
1:41 pm

Any word on Marlon Brown? Hope he has a monster year !

Wacky

July 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

All you AM critics out there. Im assuming you played QB at the college level and know exactly what it takes… Murray is a great QB and the leader of this team. I can’t wait until he shuts up all the naysayers with a stellar year… 32 TDs 7 INTs this year. write that down

He will

July 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

Mitchell will play both sides and do great on both sides. Just like a former player he’s not going to just play solely one position.

UGA Insider

July 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

Good job Chip… now we are talking about football and not all this other crap. I personally think our offense will be ok and our defense will be outstanding. I love the fact we play USCe in October and think we have a decent shot of being undefeated at the UF game. However I worry about that game and I think UF will be greatly improved. USCe is overated and the loss of Ellis really hurts. No LB’s or DBacks. Spurrier is carrying on about the schedule because he knows he is gonna lose about 4 or 5 and maybe he can still get them into a Jan 1 bowl if he bitches enough. He knows it’s all about the money.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

Jim, don’t believe all of this hype about Missouri. They don’t match up with us on offense or defense. My prediction is that we will win that game by 2 or 3 TD’s. Their QB is going to have a hard time staying upright to throw the ball with our front 7 coming after him. I also don’t worry as much as some about our OL. We’ll have a good mix of some veterans with experience and some good young athletic players instead of the big slugs we had last year.

AltamahaDawg

July 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

kerryb, a lot of focus on Mizzou WR against our DBs. I asked a few weeks back (a Mizzou fan), how they were feeling about the other side of that, thier defense as a whole against our offense. I got the feeling that had not been considered.

UGA Insider

July 27th, 2012
1:47 pm

This defense can be really really good. I’m talking about like Bama was a few years ago. They get after it as well and are nasty.

UGA Insider

July 27th, 2012
1:49 pm

UGA 42

Mizzou 7

Mizzou has no idea what they just got themselves into.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

Wacky, you are right. Look at Murray’s stats compared to Andrew Luck’s last year. He compared well to him and only threw 4 more INT’s than he did. I read an article on the NFL Network site a couple of weeks ago when he was at the Manning Camp. An NFL scout loved him. The only knock he had on him was his height but he said he was just as good as Matt Barkley. Said Murray had smooth footwork (so he apparently has been working on that) had a surprisingly strong and accurate arm for his size. Said he had no problem making all the throws from all the levels. This will be a big breakout year for Murray. QB’s make huge jumps from their So to Junior year if they had started all three years.

7576DAWG

July 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

Apparently not very many fans know that Mitchell was one of the best Defensive Backs I think Corners, in High School. We just needed a fast receiver last year so he ended up on the Offense . If we use him correctly he will be a difference maker and will be All American before he leaves. Future First round draft choice.

AltamahaDawg

July 27th, 2012
1:51 pm

So Mizzou is not one of the 5 losses?

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:52 pm

Tight ends won’t be a factor this year in the big games, they have 0 starts, no experience, don’t even know what to do on the field. If we don’t find another deep ball threat early on in the season, since teams will take Tavarres out of the equation, then like the LSU plan, teams will sneak a safety up, blitz, forcing early throws and quick decisions. Until we show we can beat it, look for teams to use that LSU plan on us, 8 in the box, stop the run, blitz Murray, make us throw deep, low percentage passes. I think Murray went 39% completions in that game, with 3 turnovers.

ESPN did a deep analysis of Murray when blitzed, and it showed he basically has no poise. Expect to see a lot of that.

LeftCoastDawg

July 27th, 2012
1:52 pm

Jim – to kerryb’s point, Mizzou can roll coverage to Tavarres all day but that doesn’t mean they will stop him for one, and secondly it will mean that Murray (who is very good at checking off his receivers) will have a field day using his TE’s, Brown, JSW, etc…

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:53 pm

Missouri is counting a lot on a true Freshman WR that has not played a game much less one against an SEC team. He doesn’t know how hard Shawn Williams can smack him in the mouth.

JoeyHanie

July 27th, 2012
1:53 pm

Seen a pic on Twitter of Rambo, Jarvis Jones and Murray in MMA class

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
1:55 pm

I just don’t see Missouri being able to stop all of our weapons on offense. I don’t think their defense is going to be good enough. I was listening to a radio show that had one of their media guys on it. He was thinking they may go 8-5 or 9-4 this year because they have no depth.

LeftCoastDawg

July 27th, 2012
1:57 pm

@Jim – so you don’t think Richt and company realize these same points? Murray has improved each year and no doubt will improve on the poise factor as well this season. Having game films like the ones from LSU and Michigan St will only serve as education. The mark of a good team is how they overcome their mistakes. AND, one last thought, your comment about the TE’s having 0 game experience doesn’t hold a cup of water. Orson Charles came in as a freshman and performed admirably. Jay Rome has been in the program long enough to step on the field and make an impact in this system. Watch and see, then come back and admit how wrong you were about it all.

Jim

July 27th, 2012
1:58 pm

Mizzou finished in the top 30 in Special teams in 2011, expect them to get a couple of big plays there too. Every good team will take us to the woodshed on our special teams play.

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

Jim, get your negative behind out of here. Tire of you negativity.

SavDawg

July 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

OL. OL. OL will we be able to open some holes and give AM time. God I hope so!!!