Football notebook: McGowan’s ‘dream come true’; scrimmage Wed.; tailback talk

ATHENS – The best part, Rhett McGowan said, was the phone call to his mother.

Approaching his fourth season in Georgia’s football program, the wide receiver from Calhoun was among seven walk-on players called to the front of a team meeting by coach Mark Richt over the weekend and awarded scholarships.

McGowan

McGowan

“I was overwhelmed,” McGowan said. “It was just a dream come true.

“I was not expecting it, but I think, in the back of their mind, every walk-on hopes for that opportunity. I wasn’t working here at camp for a scholarship – I was working to get on the field and help this team. Getting that scholarship is amazing and just another thing on top of that.

“It affects my mom more than it does me, honestly. I would still be putting the work in out there [either way], going as hard as I have been.”

It affects Louise McGowan financially, her son noted, because football scholarships cover tuition, fees, room, board and books.

“That’s the first person I called,” McGowan said. “She was so excited and couldn’t sleep that night. … It was the best feeling to be able to call her and tell her that.”

McGowan said he was recruited out of high school by some small colleges, but “I knew this is the place I should be.” He played in seven games last season, catching seven passes for 84 yards (four for 51 vs. New Mexico State). He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Second scrimmage set

Georgia, which did not practice Tuesday, will hold its second scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday afternoon in Sanford Stadium. The closed scrimmage will match the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 2 defense and the No. 1 defense vs. the No. 2 offense.

“I do want the No. 1 units to dominate, I hope,” Richt said. “And then I want to see guys on the No. 2 unit making plays that make us believe they’re ready to play SEC football. I hope we have a healthy day, too.”

Talking tailbacks …

“There’s not a lot of separation,” Richt said, among the top four tailbacks: veterans Ken Malcome and Richard Samuel and freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.

“I think they’re all going to get their opportunity to play throughout the year,” Richt said. “Who’s going to be the starter, I don’t know. We’ll be anxious to see all of them, really.”

O-line update

It continues to look and sound as if freshman John Theus will start the season opener.

The No. 1 offensive line “for the great majority of all our practices,” Richt said, has had Theus at right tackle, Chris Burnette at right guard, David Andrews at center, Dallas Lee at left guard and Kenarious Gates at left tackle.

“I think it’s been good,” Richt said.

If Gates were to be injured, Georgia likely would move Theus or Watts Dantzler from the right side, Richt said.

68 comments Add your comment

really

August 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

How about letting the 1s matchup sometime? Get a true idea of how they are really matching up

Dedoh

August 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

Congratulations to Rhett and the other walk ons awarded scholarships. Well done!

really

August 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

Hey Tim- can I get a 1st?

Jim

August 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

Jim

August 14th, 2012
4:07 pm

Tim Tucker

August 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

really: Indeed you are. Kudos.

sic em doody

August 14th, 2012
4:55 pm

Yeah, put the 1’s against each other. Why practice against the weaker team… the tougher the competion the better you get.

Spanky

August 14th, 2012
5:24 pm

I agree putting the 1’s together, but under the same mentality as playing a cream-puff team, confidence needs to be elevated….a warm-up if you will! Go Dawgs!!

Max Sizemore

August 14th, 2012
5:57 pm

You folks who want to match the first units haven’t played much — or any — football.

Preacher Dawg

August 14th, 2012
5:58 pm

Winners…every single one!!! Not one ounce of Quit to be found. Believers united in the cause of triumph over every oppressor and nay sayer. Singleness of purpose. Hearts full. Git..R..Done…You Hairy Dawgs!!!! Can Hardly Wait!!!

SavDawg

August 14th, 2012
6:08 pm

I’M kind of courios also why the 1 ’s don’t get after each other. We would have a lot better idea of what kind of team we’d have. I’m sure there is a good reason, the coaches dam sure know more than me.

valdosta native

August 14th, 2012
6:10 pm

again, I don’t understand how some people fail to see that they scrimmage 1’s vs 2’s for a variety of reasons that benefit the team. First of all, putting the 1’s against each other…especially the first half of fall practice, could and would most likely cause injuries. Someone’s likely to tear an acl or pull a hamstring, concussion. Putting 1’s vs 2’s limits that to a certain degree. We don’t want more of a skeleton crew lining up against Missouri the second week of the season because of injuries from practice. Secondly, matching the 1’s and 2’s allows the team to build depth. The coaches pretty much know who the majority of their starters are across the board, but matching up 2’s and 1’s gets the second string a chance to shine, players to win spots, and generally build depth for all positions. Think if we practiced 2’s vs 2’s, would they get much better? How would they look coming in for an injured first stringer. They need the experience against the best. Last of all you don’t want to drain your starters facing off against the best of the best in practice when they need that time to build strength and get their football minds in the right mode. I say yeah, play 1st stringers against each other, but maybe wait until the last week of fall practice.

gofortwo

August 14th, 2012
6:11 pm

Will the Georgia students start a ” Let Kolton Houston Play ” campaign so the NCAA will come to it senses. They have no problem that some schools must have multiple positive drug test before a player is suspened and that depends on the player. LET KOLTON PLAY! If his system will not rid itself of the drug, the NCAA just needs to accept that medical probability.

SavDawg

August 14th, 2012
6:17 pm

Hey valdosta native i’m a hahira native.

anon1

August 14th, 2012
7:01 pm

Good for the walk on and his scholarship. Helping out his Mom is a really good thing. Congrats.

MaconDawg

August 14th, 2012
7:01 pm

SavDawg, you made a point that everyone on here should keep in mind. The coaches know more than WE do. It matters NOT whose team you are a fan of. You are the first that I have seen that has acknowledged that truth. There are 10,000 wanna bees that have nothing more to do than hide behind a keyboard and spew their garbage. If they REALLY knew anything they wouldn’t be spending time EVERYDAY on an AJC blog. They would be coaching an NFL team. Congrats on your post(s).

Russell Hall

August 14th, 2012
7:05 pm

gofortwo got it right: Free Kolton Houston!

Big Dawg

August 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

This is great for some players who can’t afford it financially. This is a great feeling for these players, as it is for the parents. Anyway, for those who are asking why the 1’s don’t play the 1’s, that’s because the 1’s are the strongest on the team, and the best. We don’t want injured players lining up in the games, and getting injured even more than they are. Also, it gives the number two defense, or number two offense to step up their game, and prove themselves. Possibly, getting a big job. Theus and Dantzler are still fighting for that spot and I’m sure that Theus is working his butt off–no pun intended. Dantzler wants that job as well, and they’ll be both playing. I have this great feeling Malcome is gonna have a breakout year. Go Dawgs!

valdosta native

August 14th, 2012
7:19 pm

SavDawg, I’m actually a Valdosta/Hahira Native. I was born in Valdosta, but went through the county system after the 3rd grade. Maybe we’ve crossed paths. 34 years old here.

7576DAWG

August 14th, 2012
7:45 pm

SavDawg
There are two reasons not to let the #1 Defense and #1 Offense go at each other.
1- It is practice , the outcome doesn’t matter.Also there would be more injuries because each one would want to prove the other side is not as good. Save it for the games when it matters.
2- The main reason is because the most important thing for Mark Richt to have is two complete strings who can play SEC football. If the # 2 team is as good as the # 1 team then you have the depth to play 60 minute against a team that has are two depth without any falloff. How does the # two unit get better and as good as they can get? Play against the # 1 unit. You play against players better than you are not against players that are the same or worse.

azdawg

August 14th, 2012
7:59 pm

Real happy for McGowan and the rest of the walk-on’s that rec’d schollies. McGowan looked good last season when he was in and his number called. Getting a free ride in college is a financial blessing to parents. Feel good story all the way around.

KeepDreaming

August 14th, 2012
8:35 pm

Cant wait to see Theus rack up the Pancake blocks. This kid is going to be a monster for us!!!

JB

August 14th, 2012
9:44 pm

Inside word is Gurley turning heads with power and speed and moves. We need a break at RB.

kingdaddy

August 14th, 2012
9:49 pm

Still a little worried about Andrews at center. Would like to hear about his progress and backup…

Dawg Whisperer

August 14th, 2012
10:26 pm

Congrats to McGowan and mom. Mom, go ahead and hang out at cloud nine. You deserve it, right?

strickdawg

August 14th, 2012
11:10 pm

Yeah, let’s line up the 1’s and let them tear each other up before we even play the first game. Good idea. And congrats to the walk-ons on earning scholarships. This is why I love college football 10x more than the NFL, guys are there for the team and for the love of the game.

Smitty

August 15th, 2012
12:08 am

what is all this first stuff about….do people really sit around their computers looking for a new article….how sick is that

L.A. BULLDAWG

August 15th, 2012
12:19 am

S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP, BABY!

Champion Dawg

August 15th, 2012
5:25 am

NCAA stuff it! Mark Emmert is gay! We The Bulldawg Nation! Demand you to let Kolton Play!

Jimmy

August 15th, 2012
6:15 am

I can see giving schollies out to walk-on’s who are seniors, but to underclassmen??

That will only hurt in future years when you’re trying to recruit the best of the best, but don’t have spots available because you’ve already given them away to walk-on’s. And we all know that once a scholarship is given out by St. Richt, he’s not taking them back (even though they are year to year, supposedly).

THAT, among many other reasons, is why UGA will never compete nationally, and by nationally I mean for a BCS championship. You know, the kid of trophies they already have at Bama, LSU, Fla, AU and UT.

Jimmy

August 15th, 2012
6:16 am

alcoadawg

August 15th, 2012
7:01 am

They run 1’s against 2’s because the 2’s are usually running an opposing teams scheme so the 1’s can see what it looks like. You don’t want your 1’s wasting practice time learning someone elses playbook.

vince

August 15th, 2012
7:13 am

Sometimes I think Richt wants UGA to be on level of Georgia Southern. Most of these walk-ons couldnt play there. What a joke

Jimmy

August 15th, 2012
7:28 am

Actually, you’re incorrect, alcoadawg.

It’s the scout team that imitates an opponents offense or defense versus the 1’s AND 2’s, during the season.

During the first three weeks of fall camp, the 1’s go against the 2’s for reasons already mentioned on this blog, it’s to get the 2’s some looks against the teams best. You never know when a starter will go down w/ an injury, so the 2’s need to be ready at all times.

It’s not until probably at least a week before the season opener that the scout teams go up against the 1st and 2nd team offense and defense.

QuitmanDawg

August 15th, 2012
7:52 am

Free Kolton Houston!!!!

ole yeller

August 15th, 2012
8:17 am

I have told all you unbelivers that Theus would start at tackle as a freshman. He’s that good and will make everyone else better. UGA has a stude team and will do well this season, count on it. Don’t worry about the Oline, worry about Bobo and Murray. They must start fast to have the season everyone wants.

Jesse

August 15th, 2012
8:22 am

Dumb Idea! Put the two first teams out there so one of our starters gets hurt. Just a Dumb Idea!

secdawgs

August 15th, 2012
8:30 am

@ Jimmy, The scholarships given to these players are one year deals, so it will have no bearing on next years allotment.

DIT

August 15th, 2012
8:32 am

“They run 1’s against 2’s because the 2’s are usually running an opposing teams scheme so the 1’s can see what it looks like. You don’t want your 1’s wasting practice time learning someone elses playbook.”
________________

Thank You!

Paddy

August 15th, 2012
8:32 am

Malcome will get the majority of carries this season. That is a real good thing! It is tme for stability in the backfield. That and having an O-Line that will be better than the last 2 season means a chance at a championship.

Paddy

August 15th, 2012
8:35 am

Jimmy……schollies are 1 year deals reguardless of what year you are in school.

Worry about your own program

August 15th, 2012
8:35 am

Trust me when I say this Mr. Turd Roll. You will have enogh to worry about in the next couple of months with the investigation getting ready to hit Bama. Now go run along and blog on a Bama blog so you stop wasting our time with your mindless dribble.

DIT

August 15th, 2012
8:36 am

What time is the Mizzou game and who is carring it?

poopdawg

August 15th, 2012
8:41 am

Paddy , Boo is a hard runner and has better vision than Samuel but like Samuel has no hands. Boo and Samuel have a hard time playing catch. Hopefully we can hand to them and be ok.

Dave

August 15th, 2012
8:57 am

I had also heard that Gurley was making progress by leaps and bounds. It’s said that while he doesn’t have the top end speed that marshall has, he has more power and is more elusive. If he isn’t careful, he may be the starter by the time we head to Jacksonville. Until then, I prefer Boo carrying the ball the majority of the time with Samuel and Marshall getting their 5 touches a game. Absolutely can’t wait until September 1st. Let the season begin!

Crap

August 15th, 2012
9:01 am

Missouri game at 7:45 EDT for those watching (6:45 CDT for those going). Carried by ESPN2. See http://www.georgiadogs.com for schedule.

1eyedJack

August 15th, 2012
9:22 am

Hey Turd Roll, that 68 man roster is going to whip your 85 nerds again this year. 10 of 11.

Russ the spotted bulldog

August 15th, 2012
9:51 am

I’ve got my Speedo ready for the pool frolick.

Atticus

August 15th, 2012
10:07 am

I agree Tide Roll. Grantham and his coaches have managed the recruiting #s and the talent as strong as possible and that is why he’ll have a ton of players in the NFL and one of the top defenses. That is why he is paid what he is paid. Bobo and Richt have completely mismanaged the OL and depth is a huge liability right now. No excuse.

LogicalUS

August 15th, 2012
10:16 am

“Let Kolton Houston Play ” campaign so the NCAA will come to it senses”

He can not play because he is the product of PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS, end of story.

It does not matter whether they were taken intentionally or by mistake, it would be unfair to other kids who did not have the benefit of using the drugs.