UGA notes: a trip to the pool, plus updates on kickers, tight ends, QBs

Cornelius Washington jumps during Dogs' visit to Ramsey. (UGA photo by Wes Blankenship)

Cornelius Washington jumps during Dogs' visit to Ramsey. (UGA photo by Wes Blankenship)

ATHENS – About the time Georgia’s football players were scheduled to trek onto the practice field Friday afternoon, a loud cheer erupted from the team meeting room, easily heard a floor away in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

It could have been mistaken for the celebration of a big victory over an arch-rival.

Actually, the uproar was in reaction to coach Mark Richt’s announcement that the planned two-hour physical practice would be canceled and replaced by a trip to the pool inside the Ramsey Student Center.

“We’ve been grinding,” tailback-fullback Richard Samuel said. “So being able to get your mind off practice and your mind off football, guys were excited about that.”

Jarvis Jones in action at the pool. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

Jarvis Jones in action at the pool. (UGA photo by Steve Colquitt)

It’s something of a preseason tradition for Richt to surprise his team by exchanging one practice for a pool trip, although last year he deferred the treat until the bye week in October.

“It’s team-building. It’s fun. It’s making memories,” Richt said.

On Friday’s excursion, a large group of players — including 350-pound junior nose guard Kwame Geathers and apparently all of the freshmen — plunged into the pool from the 10-meter (almost 33-feet) diving platform.

“The highlight was the freshmen having to jump off for the first time and just seeing it in their face,” offensive tackle Kenarious Gates said. “I remember my freshman year when I had to jump off. I was so scared.”

Freshman defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor donned a life jacket for his turn Friday.

Dallas Lee enjoying the pool. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Dallas Lee enjoying the pool. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

“He jumped off the 10 meter before he learned how to swim,” Richt said. “Four guys had to swim out there and drag him in.”

As he does each year, Richt did a back flip off the high dive.

“The older you get, the higher it gets,” said Richt, 52. “And I know if I land wrong something is going to get hurt. … Thankfully, I hit it pretty good again. So one more year.”

Freshmen ‘still in lead’

Freshmen Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber “are still in the lead” for the placekicking and punting jobs, respectively, Richt said. But they still have competition from walk-on players.

“I like what Adam Erickson has been doing as a punter, and I like what [Jamie] Lindley has been doing as a kicker,” Richt said. “They’re still competing. I don’t know if anybody can separate themselves until they start doing it in a ballgame.”

Richt left open the possibility of using more than one kicker and punter in the Sept. 1 opener against Buffalo.

Lynch ‘solid No. 1’ TE

Junior tight end Arthur Lynch is “a very solid No. 1 starter right now,” Richt said.

Redshirt freshman Jay Rome has been limited in the past few practices by a strained right hamstring, although Lynch was ahead of Rome before the injury.

“The bottom line is both of those guys are going to play,” Richt said. “They both have to play; we usually play two or three tight ends.”

Etc.

The Bulldogs will return to the practice field Saturday morning. … Georgia’s injury report lists wide receiver Michael Bennett as limited because of a left quadriceps contusion. … Junior Hutson Mason remains well ahead of redshirt freshman Christian LeMay as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Aaron Murray. “Christian is trying to get ready to play if called upon,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “LeMay has done a good job, but we feel really good about the top two guys.”  The tentative plan remains to redshirt Mason if Murray stays healthy through the season. … Backup offensive lineman Austin Long has performed well in practice the past couple of weeks, Bobo said, and improved his chances for playing time at guard and tackle.

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Dawg Days

August 24th, 2012
9:18 pm

WestOfAthens

August 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

WestOfAthens

August 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

Henry

August 24th, 2012
9:20 pm

Great team bonding activity today. Those guys have been busting their tails since January. It’s good to give them a break and have some team bonding. They’ll get back to grinding tomorrow. 7 days from the game! Go Dawgs!

BobDog

August 24th, 2012
9:20 pm

PTCDAWG

August 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Does this mean Mason is not going to ‘red shirt’ this year?

William

August 24th, 2012
9:26 pm

Water Dawgs. GATA

WestOfAthens

August 24th, 2012
9:28 pm

Mason will be a redshirt, no doubt

Murray is tough, period. dawgs will thrive, it is the competition that drives the “what if’s”

Game Changer

August 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Mark Richt earns well over 8k today while playing at the pool instead of preparing for the home opener and 2012 season, not kidding.

Grantham's The Man!

August 24th, 2012
9:36 pm

I really like what I’m hearing from this years team. One more week before Buffalo!

@ PTCDAWG, Mason will red shirt unless he needs to play inplace of Murray because of injury.

Stay healthy and get ready! Go Dawgs!!!

GA Sandlapper

August 24th, 2012
9:41 pm

That is awesome! Great team building!

Gamechanger is clueless

August 24th, 2012
9:41 pm

What a tool, what was your last coaching job .?Troll do we need to continue each day to go over you idiotic comments? go buzz somewhere else troll boy.
Just answer the one question according to you John Jenkins is academically ineligible , why is he still practicing?

Mountain Dawg

August 24th, 2012
9:45 pm

Game Changer, that’s the most asinine comment I’ve heard in a long while. You need to change your own game. Do us a favor and go back to the Nerd blog.

USA today editor

August 24th, 2012
9:55 pm

I am sure LSU, Alabama and USC are all taking a day off for the pool.

NOT!

Winners and a wannabe program

bitter

August 24th, 2012
9:56 pm

un-believable —I would rather read about —Crowell

General Mills

August 24th, 2012
9:57 pm

Sense a little envy, Game Changer. When you grow up, maybe you can play a little bit yourself.Of course at minimum wage.Well maybe not minimum wage.But I’m sure you can do the calculations if you can calculate Richt’s daily earnings.Good luck in your game changing.

Diamond Dawg

August 24th, 2012
9:59 pm

@ GameChanger – The team deserves a day like this. They’ve busted their tails and they’ve had good team chemistry in spite of some outside drama.
So loosen your jockstrap and lighten up meathead.

Support CMR or go away.

USA today editor

August 24th, 2012
9:59 pm

While the Dawgs were hanging onto floats in the pool LSU and Alabama were getting commits from 4 and 5 star players and that is a fact.

Diamond Dawg

August 24th, 2012
10:02 pm

@ USA today editor – That goes double for numb nuts!

Brian

August 24th, 2012
10:03 pm

sounds like your a wannabe USA Today editor. What a loser. An editor would know the T in Today would be capitalized.

derekross

August 24th, 2012
10:12 pm

Makes me wonder what type of life and household these trolls have if they sit at home and wait for the new AJC article to come out so they can bad mouth a football team. Get a life.

Michael Veli

August 24th, 2012
10:14 pm

Of course Richt had the freshmen in the pool, if he didn’t they would be in the locker room raiding through everyones stuff.

Music City Dawg

August 24th, 2012
10:16 pm

Hey @Gamechanger, you need to learn something about motivation. You can be a harda$$ but good leaders know when its time to take a break and reward their team.

I do hope Cornelius Washington learns to swim for his own sake as well as for his friends and family. It may save a life one day.

Go Dawgs!!!

OrlandoDawg

August 24th, 2012
10:25 pm

go Dawgs! Fun to see these guys swimming…

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

I went in the pool today and I must say I did a pretty good paddle. I was worried about Washington when he went in the water because he looked really scared. When I was a freshman I was scared, too, and I don’t mind telling you I peed in the pool. Coach Richt doesn’t know that and I hope no one will tell him. The season starts soon and I have been getting ready and working with the running backs to keep them eligible. I think this is a pretty good group and one or two of them may be able to get through the season without a felony.

Freehawk

August 24th, 2012
10:30 pm

Jadeveon Clowney ate a bag of nails for lunch.

dawggirl

August 24th, 2012
10:44 pm

“sounds like your a wannabe USA Today editor. What a loser. An editor would know the T in Today would be capitalized.”

And a five-year-old would know the difference between “your” and “you’re”, and when to use them correctly.

Willie the Janitor

August 24th, 2012
10:49 pm

RUSS…I love your posts man!

Just Asking?

August 24th, 2012
10:52 pm

How can mason be the # 2 guy if he is going to red shirt this season? Is that a just in case and Richt is planning on playing Aaron Murray every down? If they start blowing Buffalo out, who is going to come in and mop up? Surely Aaron Murray won’t play all four quarters of that game?

Dawg Whisperer

August 24th, 2012
11:07 pm

You can’t make this stuff up… GameChanger has nver changed his game. We all know you’re a dawg hater. Come out of the closet and admit you’re a Tech leggo major.

Dawg Whisperer

August 24th, 2012
11:16 pm

Has anyone else noticed that the ones that never divulge their true allegiances are generally GT fans? How do I know? They never have anything to say about their own school. That says a lot about GT… and their envy of UGA. I get it.

wikki

August 24th, 2012
11:39 pm

WOW thought I was going to blog about the Dawgs and what a cool tradition CMR has started. But I guess this is a blog devoted to hate and racism. I guess it is a microcosm of what Atlanta is all about.

USA today editor

August 25th, 2012
12:14 am

No one is “hating” on UGa, just making observations.

This next question is not to make Dawg fans mad, it is just a question.

Is the Preseason ranking that UGA is listed at a result of the talent and coaching OR is it the schedule in front of this years version of the UGA Bulldawgs?

LOYAL DAWG

August 25th, 2012
12:35 am

A preseason ranking is based on the team. If they say we 6th, they feel we are a little better than 7th, a little worse than 5th. The schedule is what it is.

LOYAL DAWG

August 25th, 2012
12:37 am

I’ll go a step further, if you lose to a team ranked higher than you, you shouldn’t drop because if you number 2 and play vs number 1 and lose then supposedly you lost to the only team better than you anyway

LOYAL DAWG

August 25th, 2012
12:38 am

I personally say rank no one until like week 4

7576DAWG

August 25th, 2012
1:05 am

Who cares what the Pre- season ranking is. If we win we will prove them right. If we lose we will drop in the rankings. So what is the problem, it certainly isn’t rankings. They will take care of themselves.
There are a lot of very lonely,sad people that stay on this blog all day and are bitter , miserable excuses for real football fans. My advice is to get a life.

SEC Fact Finder

August 25th, 2012
1:31 am

Just got in from a Florida High School game, tapped into the AJC to see how the Falcons did and saw Coach Richt took his annual trip to the pool. Then I read comments about rankings and schedules.

The schedule is a direct reflection in the polls, most legitimate pollsters look at a school’s opponents and rank where they think a team will fall after all the games are played. Some pollster rank teams on weekly power rankings as they play. Either way the so called hard or soft schedules play into the BCS bowls.

One National Pollster from the West stated that if UGA was up against a PAC 12 team or a Big 8 team for the right to play in the BCSCG and they had the same records he would put them both over UGA. I took that as “anti SEC” bias and SEC Envy. However the point he was attempting to make (right or wrong) was that strength of schedule even in the SEC has to be equal to others in the league.

Good Luck to you all and your teams.

Go SEC!

USA today editor

August 25th, 2012
1:59 am

After several coaches around the league and national media have brought up the UGA weak in conference schedule over and over again one can see the writing on the wall. I would bet anyone a Varsity Hotdog and a Frosty Orange that in 2013 UGa plays LSU & or Alabama & or Texas A&M plus Auburn if they go to 9 conference games.

With the defense losing A. Jones, C. Washington, Jenkins, J. Jones, Gilliard, Commings, Smith, S. Williams, Rambo and possibly Geathers and Ogletree that schedule would be hard for any team to be competitive.

Kingsx7

August 25th, 2012
5:28 am

JUST WIN BABY !!!!!!!!!!

RHall55

August 25th, 2012
6:18 am

The people on here critizing this tradition are off track….a Team building experience…as I saw Urban Meyer doing on “Ohio State All Access” w/ his Big Brother System and that was an “Ohio State Practice” with earned nap time!!
My concern: “Did CRG jump off the diving board in to the pool…..more water displaced by him than Jenkins or Geathers…no life jacket needed / replaced by Man Boobs!! C’mon Man…represent yourself better (lose about 100 lbs) and get out to the high schools a lot more often!!

Elwood

August 25th, 2012
6:35 am

Buffalo is a sleeper team that some think will be a top 15 team by years end. Their coach is sought by major programs, their running game as swagger, they have a young QB that tears defenses apart and their line is big. We can’t take this Buffalo team lightly–the best team that they have had in years. Dawgs better be ready.

Jason

August 25th, 2012
6:43 am

Elwood, is this the same Buffalo team which finished 3-9 and 2-10 over the past 2 seasons? Top 15 this year?? I agree no opponent should be taken lightly, but come on…Buffalo a top 15 team?

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

August 25th, 2012
6:44 am

Elwood, they’re not that good although Vince Dooley would approve of your build up of the Buffalo team. Zordich is the starting QB and threw for a whopping 41 yards last year. The starting RB is the only real threat but the line is mediocre. Their best defensive player was suspended for the game. This team was at full strength against Tennessee LY ans was pounded 41-10.

Paddy

August 25th, 2012
8:10 am

Game Changer…….I not sure of what to say to you, other than sports may not be the right hobby for you . The concept of ‘team’ eludes you for some reason.

Ed Pilcher

August 25th, 2012
8:16 am

Ah, crap! Every time we go to the pool, it’s good for at least 2 losses.

"The Georgia Way"

August 25th, 2012
9:02 am

If Richt were really the disciplinarian that he would have us believe, he would sit the suspended players from the pool frolick. That would get their attention.

Buckeye

August 25th, 2012
9:09 am

Nothing like the smell of wet dogs.

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

August 25th, 2012
9:18 am

Do you people have a life other than UGA football? I guess from January to August you all are a miserable bunch. It’s just a football game….no more, no less. Besides, UGA football is nothing short of a prison system. CMR should be called warden…not coach.

DawgNation

August 25th, 2012
9:24 am

If you think the rhetoric is bad here against UGA you should visit Jeff Schultz’s blog on the start of his “Sack Schultz” contest. I finally found a blog that is pro Yellow Jackets and opens it up for them to blog on. God! The idiots on that one.