Bulldogs getting after it in first major scrimmage of preseason

The Bulldogs stretch in the East end zone before Wednesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. Coach Mark Richt said it would be a big day as far as determining lineups for opening game.

The Bulldogs stretch in the East end zone before Wednesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. Coach Mark Richt said it would be a big day as far as determining lineups for opening game.

ATHENS – Just returned from Sanford Stadium and viewing the open portion of the Georgia’s first scrimmage of the preseason. Not a lot to observe as Bulldogs give media only the warm-up sessions.

  • Notably, defensive end Ray Drew remained sidelined and not dressed out due to a concussion. Cornerback Damian Swann remained green non-contact jersey (neck sprain). OLB James DeLoach (hamstring) was back in action. Otherwise injury situation has remained pretty tame for Bulldogs one week into preseason camp.
  • Former Georgia offensive line coach and UAB head coach Neil Callaway was watching the workout. He’s been back a few times since the Blazers’ dismissed him. Said he’s still living in Birmingham and hoping to return to football as soon as possible.
  • Georgia coach Mark Richt was standing right behind place-kickers during warmups.  He saw freshman Marshall Morgan hit one line-drive hook but otherwise looked OK. Walk-on kicking specialist Adam Erickson was holding. That was Drew Butler’s job the previous two seasons.
  • The stadium, field and hedges all look great. The hedge seemed taller than usual, or I’m getting shorter, which is equally viable. Construction going on in tunnel area under West stands where the team comes in from Dawg Walk.
  • Saw this morning that Missouri lost two offensive linemen yesterday.  Senior Travis Ruth, the projected starter at left guard, has a torn left triceps tendon and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday, according to the Columbia Missourian. No. 2 right tackle Taylor Chappell has a torn ACL and will need surgery. The No. 1 Justin Britt, is currently sidelined with a broken foot but is expected to return during camp.
  • Check back later for updates and stats from the Bulldogs’ scrimmage.

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Ramo

August 8th, 2012
11:10 am

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
11:18 am

The hedges look taller because it’s been such a long time since the tech players have been able to vandalize them.

Jim Beam

August 8th, 2012
11:22 am

DogGone

August 8th, 2012
11:29 am

Hedges taller the result of: (1) their eating Aron White or (2) Missy State’s urinating?

Good one AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
11:29 am

Love that Jarvis Jones

August 8th, 2012
11:31 am

Jarvis Jones is the epitome of a student-athlete. He’s awesome. Wish we had 100 guys like him.

Nick

August 8th, 2012
11:34 am

Why is CMR so concerned with kickers and punters? Hope he’s not planning on using them alot this year. other than kicking PAT’s and a ton of them. But then again, we all know how Bobo loves to peter those drives out just barely into field goal range or just barely out of it.

Dawg-Gawn

August 8th, 2012
11:35 am

Shouldn’t the holder be someone with the ability to run or pass the ball in case we should wish to pull a fake?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Just asking?

trueUGAfan

August 8th, 2012
11:38 am

Nick, u stupid!!!

Joey

August 8th, 2012
11:48 am

Jarvis Jones is indeed one of the best Dawgs in decades. He had absolutely nothing to gain from coming back – he would have been a NFL 1st Rounder in the last draft.

Congrats to Jarvis for his leadership, and for his devotion to the UGA team.

I hope he has a great season and leads the Dawgs to big things.

And, I look forward to seeing him play on Sundays.

Go Dawgs!

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
11:53 am

We were among the tops in league in first downs, 3rd down conversions, and trips inside the 20. So, No we don’t all know that particular tendency.

Dawg Haus

August 8th, 2012
11:53 am

Thanks for the update, Chip! Keep the news coming.

Don'tsufferfools

August 8th, 2012
11:56 am

“Why is Richt so concerned with kickers and punters?” Dumbest question ever on a UGA blog. We’ve been raising hell about kicking game for years on these very same blogs, that’s why.

Joey

August 8th, 2012
11:57 am

Nick ain’t stupid, just misinformed. Bobo isn’t the one who, on 3rd and 8 from the 20, calls a run to get the ball a little to the left or right in order to get a better line for the PK.

That would be the head coach. I read last year that UGA has attempted and made more FGs than any other program during Richt’s tenure.

So if you aren’t a fan of the FG, don’t blame it on Bobo . . .

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
11:59 am

Well, for one year anyway. But yes, to ask why a head coach would be concerned about kickers is not the brightest thing to put besides you name.

Top Dawg

August 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

Nick——Please tell me your not a UGA fan??? Holy cow, thats the dumbest remark I have ever heard! Please never comment on here again! Thanks bub!

Nick

August 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

Yes stupid is as stupid does, meaning if you can’t even form sentences or spell, etc., then that more than likely is you. Get an interpreter for these big words.

trueUGAfan

August 8th, 2012
12:03 pm

Nick, u stupid again…

dawgman

August 8th, 2012
12:13 pm

Nick- Richt is so concerned with those kickers because he’s got to find one. No matter what it will be a true freshman or an inexperienced upperclassmen. Oh yeah replacing probably the greatest punter in UGA history might have something to do with it as well. After the South Carolina infamous fake punt Melvin Ingram tip toeing the sideline for a touchdown fiasco, Richt is very concerned about special teams play in general. Oh and the LSU honey badger in the SEC champ game did a number on us as well. Make sense now?

Dave

August 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

Enter your comments here

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

Not sure that is such a telling stat. We attempted 37, which is only one more than Alabama, so not sure what that really says.

Actually Bama and LSU have had recent years where they have attempted in the mid 30s, way more than we did. Maybe it means Richt is just doing what the other guys do when given the same FG scoring opportunities?

We also scored more TDs (54) last year than we have in the 4 previous yrs. FWIW. One less than Saban, One more than Spurrier. I’d consider those guys fans of the TDs.

Dave

August 8th, 2012
12:20 pm

I would like to find out something I read about and see if it’s true. Marshall was originally listed ast 5′11″ and 195 lbs. I hear he’s put on 20 pounds and that sounds like a lot…probably too much. I was concerned because a 195 back needs space and has a much harder time running between the tackles. After the last few games, my favorite back has been Boo Malcolm. He doesn’t have the breakaway speed, but he just fights and claws for every additional yard. IC, while he had the breakaway speed, didn’t seem to have that fight and took himself out of the game after two plays. Sanuel, while a beast of a man, seems to go down every time the wind blows (except for the Florida game). I’ve also heard that Gurley may be the best physically (speed and tough running) between he and Marshall, even though Marshall has the better speed. Anyone else heard any scoop regarding this?

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:26 pm

I would say our increased FG and TD last year is a direct result of the major improvement in (total plays, 1st down, 3rd down conversions, red zone attempts), which is what Coach Bobo announced was the goal of changing the tempo of the offense in the 2011 offseason.

dawgster7

August 8th, 2012
12:31 pm

“Why is Richt so concerned with kickers and punters?” Dumbest question ever on a UGA blog. We’ve been raising hell about kicking game for years on these very same blogs, that’s why.

Amen brother!!!

PreyDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:33 pm

AltamahaDawg, you are still da MAN!! Loved your posts for three seasons now! I sure am worried about this kid with the Steroid issue. I think we really need him..BAD. I think the line situation is critical. How can the kid test dirty this far after the fact? Is there no recourse. I am a Chemist. Is there a different test method we can appeal to? What’s the deal?

dawggirl

August 8th, 2012
12:36 pm

Sorry to hear about Missouri’s injuries, especially for a senior – that’s rough. I’m glad we don’t have any major injuries so far, and I certainly hope it stays that way. It is a part of the game however. I don’t understand why people are already negative about them, though. Don’t get upset until there’s a reason. I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far.

24 days!

CHDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:37 pm

Dave@1220, imho TB is impossible to predict on size or 40 time alone. Look at Dex McCluster. He was so small (165) that Ole Miss wouldn’t use him at TB, that is, until he showed them he could outrun the big boys all day long. Moreno is another case. He wasn’t big or fast. He was quick, though. Some of these guys have gifted vision and some have elusiveness by instinct–they can just make people miss. The press has been good for Marshall and Gurley, so I suspect they are both going to be good at some point. My opinion only, again, but I think Malcome and Samuel will be better than people expect this year, and Marshall and Gurley will see enough time to get them some seasoning. If the light comes on for either or both, we could see a lot more of them as the season progresses.

Joey

August 8th, 2012
12:40 pm

Just the number of attempts is a bit seceiving – probably need percentage of attempt per inside a certain yardline would be better. Most UGA fans believe Richt too often opts for the FG, even when close.

It did seem to get better last season – I nearly fell out of my chair with the 4th down TD call at the end of the 1st half of the UF game. I had already factored in a 3 point score and began my name-calling of Richt, then had to cease that and speak glowingly of him . . .

1eyedJack

August 8th, 2012
12:41 pm

PreyDawg, my understanding is that the steroid in question is fat-soluble, and they are in the process of getting his weight down in hopes of getting it out of his system as much as possible.

Joey

August 8th, 2012
12:41 pm

Jimmy Crack

August 8th, 2012
12:41 pm

Seems like Missouri is having the same kind of O line injuries that have plagued UGA in the last 4 or 5 years. Rotsa Ruck with the Dogs’ front seven in Week 2. Speaking of O line, it is good to read that their old line coach Neil Calloway is visiting with the Bulldog family in Athens.

JB

August 8th, 2012
12:44 pm

First BIG test comes against those pesky Chickens. They are gonna be good because Spurrier has been running his mouth the entire off season. He does a lot of that from a position of strength.

JB

August 8th, 2012
12:46 pm

I wish Neil was back. He coached under Dye and gets it…SEC gets it.

CHDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:50 pm

What a great name..T. Ruth! Hopefully, a tricep tendon won’t knock him out too long; I have never heard of that happening before. Man, you hate to see any of these young men take these injuries!

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:54 pm

Thats not fair, Preydawg. How can I possible debate you on that?

Ha. Thanks, but All I do is avoid the hyperbole, and state pretty simple things that I believe the vast majority of dawg fans would agree with. And always fun to dredge up the occational stat too, right?

On the other: there is a copy of the 19 page report that they produced in the appeal of the testing. I’ll try to find the link. Its pretty fascinating. Levels and test dates. All of it.

he was something like 200 ng/ml when first tested, then within week it drops to 40 or so, then 19, 12, 7…The last test in that report was 4ng/ml back in December. Needs to be 2.5. I asusme thats when they felt pretty good about him being able to play 9 months later. But by Richt comments, and the widespread chatter a 2 month ago that he had “failed” another test, it seems he is stuck right there.

What I read was that our medical; staff is not questioning the rule, as much as they are doubting the intergrity (and intentions) of the NCAA testing meathods.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
12:57 pm

Damn it Joey, NOW you done tied me up for another 15 minutes. Be back…………..

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
1:02 pm

Will a direct comparison with Alabama inside the red zone, be sufficient to answer that? And do I really need to post it, now that I have brought it up or can you guess what it says?

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
1:46 pm

So the #1 beat up the #2 pretty handily this morning. Gurley,M. Brown, Murray/Hudson did well.

Joey

August 8th, 2012
2:17 pm

Been down – Lordy what lightning down here!

AD, I’m not gonna guess on team vs team – just UGA vs everybody else. I already know we attempt and make more than anybody. I have no idea about Saban – I would bet that Spurrier, Petrino, Myer, even Les would have gone for TDs more ofter than Richt.

AD, you remind me of my 4th and 5th grade math teacher – in a good way. She always used a math solution to end a debate, no matter the topic. Are you related to Miss Mickey?

Joey

August 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

JB, I hope you are right. I think Mizzou is gonna be an even bigger test. First SEC game. First SEC home game. First SEC game vs a big name team. (And Techies, if we aren’t a “big name,” why is your and Colorado’s biggest wins since your shared NC, against UGA?)

They will throw the playbook and more at us, JB. We win that game, even by 1 measly point, we come home with confidence, and get on a roll, and will a favorite when we get to the other Columbia.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
2:45 pm

Hair bun, glasses? No, but I had her.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
2:46 pm

That’s what she said.

AltamahaDawg

August 8th, 2012
2:49 pm

And I see that black cloud of a 1000 Hells creeping up from your direction, now. Just another 3:00pm, this summer.

Joey

August 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

She was smart, okay?

Dang, that’s it – you should take a compliment better.

I have no idea what you meant. “black cloud fo 1000 . . . . ?

All Saints

August 8th, 2012
4:44 pm

In tribute to our beloved martyred Saint Jan Kemp, let’s all bow our heads for a few moments of silent prayer. Thirty years ago, this courageous young lady risked everything to expose the corruption and academic fraud instigated by Vince Dooley, sleazy practices that continue to this day under Mark Richt.

And now, let us all pray for Saint Jan…
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Thank you, you may now resume your normal activities.

don't go by poster's handles on here

August 8th, 2012
5:42 pm

Just because someone has Dawg in their name, or say “us” or “our” does not make them UGA fans. The true UGA fans can criticize without bashing. There is a fine line. That said, I seriously doubt if NumberOneTechFan is a real Tech fan either.

All Saints needs to quit living in the past. It is 2012, for goodness sakes, not the 1980s. Telling that you have to go back about 30 years to find something on UGA academically.

fan

August 8th, 2012
6:40 pm

When is Georgia Tech going to Division 2…where they belong?

harold

August 8th, 2012
10:33 pm

ANY ARRESTS?

The Rabid Dawg

August 8th, 2012
11:16 pm

Jarvis Jones may very well be the best collegiate defensive player since Charles Woodson…who btw won the Heisman. I’ll say on record if there are no absolute offensive juggenauts…you will have to put Jarvis in the discussion. The dude is that good!
This defense is going to be fun to watch. With Big Bad John anchoring the nose and Jarvis and co getting after it. People may think I’m nuts but I’m almost sad we lost the @ Alabama game in Oct. I would have loved to watch this Ga team “walk that aisle” and really show what they can do in Tuscaloosa. Whip those boys right on there front porch with the Bear watching from the heavens above and Saban crying on the sideline! Out!

7576DAWG

August 9th, 2012
1:24 am

The Rabid Dawg
Don’t worry we will be playing Alabama or LSU but not until December.