Concussion sidelines Ray Drew from UGA practice (updated w/ practice notes)

(Updated 3:50 p.m.)

ATHENS – Georgia’s football team held its first full-pads practice of preseason camp today, minus a half-dozen injured or ill players.

Among the injured: defensive ends Abry Jones, out with a left knee contusion, and Ray Drew, sidelined by a concussion.

Georgia disclosed the injuries as part of a new policy of providing reporters covering practice a daily, written “injury-illness report” from director of sports medicine Ron Courson.  Today’s report provided no indication how long Jones and Drew will be sidelined from practice, nor any further detail on their injuries.

Coach Mark Richt, who in the past has tended to answer reporters’ questions about injuries after practices, sometimes with incomplete information, said the new policy was decided upon in the off-season.

“It wasn’t my idea, it wasn’t my brainstorm, but I’m part of the team,” Richt said. “I think it’s just to give you guys exactly what we want to give you [regarding injuries], and if you ask me a question about it, I’ll say, ‘Just read the report.’ And that’ll kind of be the way we go. But if you want to ask me about how does that affect the depth chart or something like that, [fine].

“I think, in football, injury reports are important; people want to know about what’s going on. But then you’ve got family members that we want to consider when we throw stuff out there.”

Also missing today’s practice: offensive lineman Chris Burnette (illness), safety Marc Deas (right hamstring strain), walk-on tight end Hugh Williams (third metacarpal fracture on left hand) and walk-on receiver Curtis Wyatt (illness).

According to the injury-illness report: Burnette is probable to return to practice Tuesday; Deas’ status is day-to-day; Williams will miss 10 to 14 days of practice after having out-patient surgery today at St. Mary’s Hospital; and Wyatt is probable to return to practice  Wednesday.

Richt acknowledged that Drew, a sophomore who moved from linebacker to defensive end in the spring, is missing needed practice time.

“He needs reps, no doubt,” Richt said. “Even the veterans, they need a certain amount of reps to get to where they’re sharp.”

On the Bulldogs’ latest depth chart, Jones and Cornelius Washington are the starting defensive ends and Drew a second-teamer.  To have two players, Jones and Drew, miss practice time at the same position compounds the effect, Richt said.

“Once a guy or two starts to miss practice, it usually takes a little bit more of a toll on that position group,” Richt said. “We’ve got some good quality depth, but it’s not like it’s unlimited in that area. As a matter of fact, in the 105[-player preseason roster],  there’s a lot more offensive players than defensive players. Our scholarships guys are about equal, but the majority of the walk-ons are offense.”

Etc.

Georgia will practice twice Tuesday. Two-a-day practices have become increasingly rare in college football; the Bulldogs have just one other two-practice day scheduled this preseason. . . . Tuesday’s first practice will focus on the kicking game. So far, Richt said, he has seen what he expected from freshman placekicker Marshall Morgan and freshman punter Collin Barber. . . . Freshman tailback Todd Gurley “is picking things up really fast,” according to senior wide receiver Tavarres King. . . . Richt told Richard Samuel “we need you to be ready” to play either tailback or fullback. “I told him continuing to get reps at tailback wouldn’t keep him from being a starting fullback,” Richt said. . . . The player making “the most direct hits” in Monday’s practice, Richt said, was linebacker Alec Ogletree. . . . Quarterback Aaron Murray said the offensive line “has looked great the first five days” and “definitely has picked up where [it] left off this spring.”

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bad brad

August 6th, 2012
12:51 pm

How’d Drew get a concussion if they arent even wearing pads yet?

7576DAWG

August 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

If these guys survive this month of practice they will be able to stay with anyone . They are pushing each other around pretty good for the 3RD practice. I think the Strength and Conditioning is going to pay off. I hope we don’t get a lot of injuries like in 2008.

Herschel Talker

August 6th, 2012
12:56 pm

bad brad:

Great question.

HT

North Georgia Dawg

August 6th, 2012
12:56 pm

It’s early in fall practice, so players are always going to get hurt. As long as Drew or Jones aren’t out for a significant amount of practice time, it’s no big deal. Go Dawgs!

North Georgia Dawg

August 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

“How’d Drew get a concussion if they arent even wearing pads yet?”

It was full pads today.

bad brad

August 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Hope a scooter wasnt involved. BTW, never been first before, not sure how that happened.

North Georgia Dawg

August 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

Nevermind, I see what you’re saying.

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

Why did we need a new policy on reporting practice injuries?

bad brad

August 6th, 2012
1:02 pm

NG Dawg, it says he couldnt practice today because of the concussion, so he had to get the injury before practice and today is first day in pads.

Serious??

August 6th, 2012
1:12 pm

Tell Garner this is why you need a full 85.

Jimmy Crack

August 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

We need to have a new policy to have no policy.

Media blackouts between February until August and if a student gets into real trouble, refer to Spurrier’s Rule #1: There are no rules.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey)

August 6th, 2012
1:18 pm

Excellent question, Bad Brad. just how the hell do you get a concussion BEFORE the hitting starts?
Lord, we seem snakebitten. I’m going to hold my breath for the rest of the summer. (Probably be dead in twot to three minutes.) That’s okay because I can’t take all the crappy news (Except for Crow-ELL) I thought that was great news.

DIT

August 6th, 2012
1:19 pm

@bad grad – Good point. I wonder what Drew was doing to get that concussion being that he did not get it on the filed. I’m sure by the end of the day we will know.I don’t care what team a kid is on, I hate hearing about concussions.

DIT

August 6th, 2012
1:20 pm

field not filed.

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Time to tuffen-up. Push em coach, get them ready…

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

You know Big Ray wants to hit somebody. Hope he’s ok…

DawginLex

August 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

They have been hitting for 3 days without pads. Perfectly logical that someone could get hit hard enough to get a concussion.

Don’t y’all have something else to complain about?

UGA Insider

August 6th, 2012
1:27 pm

This defense can be scary good. The depth at LB is impressive I must say. Jones and Jenkins combo could be unreal! And I am a big fan of Ramik Wilson.

Special teams and depth I am worried about however. Bunch of walkons on kickoff and punt teams.

McDawg

August 6th, 2012
1:27 pm

i would prefer not to have daily injury updates

GTDog

August 6th, 2012
1:31 pm

The boys were in FULL pads today. They started hitting in “shell” a few days ago. This is a good sign, they’re getting after it big time already.

I hate the new policy, I think we tell the opponents too much already. Let the other team figure out who’s injured Saturday afternoon!

Mark (another one)

August 6th, 2012
1:43 pm

With this much time to go (almost four weeks), I don’t get too worried about these types of things. As we get closer to the season, they take on more significance.

DawginLex

August 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

Insider

Richt raved about his punter and kicker today after practice.

Great hang time, even when he didn’t get his best punt off. Still plenty of time to get the gunners down there.

Very accurate, very strong leg. Not much effort required to get the medium range FG’s.

Your doom and gloom special team reports seem a bit off compared to actual comments from Richt. Plus they haven’t scrimmaged yet.

Mark "Ricky Bobby" Richt

August 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

Let the injury bug excuses begin! Out lean roster is gonna come back to haunt the dawgs! Fire Garner immediately!

Mark "Ricky Bobby" Richt

August 6th, 2012
1:56 pm

Pan-cho

August 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

like Richt knows anything..

Fair n Balanced

August 6th, 2012
2:01 pm

I don’t think we will be favored to win East by the time the season begins.

G-Dawg

August 6th, 2012
2:02 pm

I’d like to know who laid the wood on the Reverend??

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
2:08 pm

Now that I have read why we have a new policy, I have to say its seem like pretty good to me. Basically the coaches are not going to take questions on injuries, (who or the impact of). just refer you to a “list”.

North Georgia Dawg

August 6th, 2012
2:17 pm

Though I would be in favor of playing a decent team to start the season instead of Buffalo, players getting banged up in fall camp is an example of why coaches schedule creampuffs. SO if the guys are beat up, but not seriously injured, coaches can rest them before they need them against teams like Missouri.

North Georgia Dawg

August 6th, 2012
2:18 pm

45-7 over Auburn still makes me laugh. So much for Gene Chizik and Auburn fans saying Auburn will be an SEC power every year even without Cam.

Fire CMR!

August 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

I’m sure somehow Richt is responsible for this too. Maybe he’s the one who hit Drew. Stop hitting players so hard in practice, CMR.

ARdawg

August 6th, 2012
2:32 pm

Maybe Drew was talking when he should’a been listening?

Tampa Gator

August 6th, 2012
2:48 pm

bad brad…..

Jenkins and Geathers sat on his head….concussion followed.

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
2:58 pm

Mark Richt has lost control of minor head trama.

Skitty Fritty

August 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

Why can’t UGA recruit players with thicker skulls!

UGA Insider

August 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

DawginLex,

Did you see the USCe game? How about the LSU game? You must not have seen the Vandy game either? C’mon dude and wake up! We stink on special teams and every coach we play against will focus on it as they did in 2011.

Here we come again, new year ,same story!

August 6th, 2012
3:01 pm

Pre season National Champs only to end up with ,at best, a 9 – 3 record. Losses to Vandy or even a Kentucky seems likely. Lets go ahead and get the injury excuses out now.

Skitty Fritty

August 6th, 2012
3:02 pm

UGA Insider:
UGA has no shot all this year to win 1 game.

Bad Dawg

August 6th, 2012
3:02 pm

DawgInLex, Richt says the same thing every year and nothing changes. His special teams were horrible with 3 NFL calibur players in Blair Walsh, Drew Butler, and Brandon Boykin handling the work for him. You think with inexperienced players at each position replacing them things will be any better? As long as walk ons are covering punts and kicks and no special teams coach is hired the results will be similar. Hopefully he won’t punt to the Honey Badger if UGA makes it back to the SECCG.

Beast from the East

August 6th, 2012
3:05 pm

Well, that’s more info that we get out of the Gator camp. Muschamp runs that thing like the mob. Open your mouth and you’ll sleep with the fishes…LOL.

Coach Johnson

August 6th, 2012
3:09 pm

Did someone say fish….I have my fryer ready!! Dammit..i forgot the old bays’ though!!

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
3:10 pm

There is a really good reason he says that (PK and Punting shoud be in good shape) every year.

fan

August 6th, 2012
3:11 pm

Herschel Talker loves dudes. Yeah that’s HT, you’re a little b!!ch

VINCE

August 6th, 2012
3:15 pm

If I see more than 2 walk-ons on special teams I think I will puke

AugustaDawg

August 6th, 2012
3:20 pm

Enter your comments hereCan’t wait for 25 days and some change 

AugustaDawg

August 6th, 2012
3:21 pm

Coach Johnson and fish fry 

WDE

August 6th, 2012
3:24 pm

@Beast from the East how is the Gator camp going so far,? I hear the D should be stout this year..

Old Dawg

August 6th, 2012
3:36 pm

bad brad: Read the first sentence: Georgia’s football team held its first full-pads practice of preseason camp today

It’s amazing what you learn when you read!!!!!

Here we come again, new year ,same story!

August 6th, 2012
3:41 pm

Your Daily Injury/ Illness excuse report is brought to you by the joke by coke!

Beast from the East

August 6th, 2012
3:42 pm

WDE,
Like I said, Muschamp doesn’t allow much to get out. Only what he wants you to hear. Depth should be MUCH better this year. Still need to see which QB takes the starting spot. The guys do look bigger and stronger after their first offseason with the new S&C coach. Can’t wait till we kick off.
Go Gators!