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Missouri player: UGA plays ‘old-man football’

Missouri does not enter the SEC shyly. Quite the opposite, based on comments by one player.

According to an article in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune on Sunday, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was asked after the Tigers’ 62-10 victory over Southeastern Lousiana Saturday night if he watched the Georgia-Buffalo game on television earlier in the day.

“I watched the game. I turned it off, too,” Richardson was quoted as saying. “… It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old-man football.”

Then this: “If we execute, nobody in this league [the SEC] can touch us. Period.”

Missouri, which officially became an SEC member on July 1, opens play in its new league by hosting Georgia at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in sold-out Memorial Stadium.

Georgia coach Mark Richt laughed when informed, on his weekly teleconference with reporters Sunday evening, of Richardson’s comment.

“’Old-man football?’ Well, I don’t know what he meant by that,” Richt said. “But bottom line is, we got to get …

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Rewinding the Georgia-Buffalo game

Georgia 45, Buffalo 23

For Georgia, the highlight was freshman Todd Gurley’s performance (100 yards rushing on eight carries, a 100-yard kickoff return, three touchdowns). The lowlight was the defense in the first half, when Buffalo gained 243 yards.

What we learned

1. Suspensions and injuries are a problem. Georgia previously announced that two of the four defensive players suspended from the Buffalo game, cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser, also will miss this week’s game at Missouri but has refused to say whether the other two, safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree, will remain benched. The suspensions are compounded by injuries. Cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell missed the opening game with a sprained ankle and seems doubtful this week. Also up in the air: the status of offensive tackle John Theus and tailback Ken Malcome, who suffered a sprained ankle and injured hand, respectively, against Buffalo. Wide receiver Marlon Brown sat …

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Notebook: Mark Richt finally ‘fesses up about suspensions

ATHENS — For the first time since news of their indiscretions broke back in March, Georgia coach Mark Richt on Saturday finally admitted that Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo are indeed suspended.

He’s still not saying for how long, however.

Ogletree, a star linebacker from Newnan, and the All-American safety Rambo, were among four defensive starters suspended for Saturday’s opener against Buffalo. The Bulldogs had already announced suspensions for cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser for off-season arrests.

But Richt and UGA had remained mum on Ogletree and Rambo, who reportedly failed school-administered drug tests after returning from spring break in March. Rambo’s high school coach has told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution both players are out for four games because theirs is a second offense of Georgia’s marijuana use policy.

Again, Richt wasn’t saying.

“Yes, they were suspended for this game,” Richt said. “We’ll find out what happens next …

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Quotes from both sides after Georgia-Buffalo game

“I was a little too amped up. When I threw it, I was, like, ‘Oh, this is way too far, but it’d be nice if he catches up.’”

— Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on his long first-quarter pass that overshot a wide-open Tavarres King in the end zone

“I think it was pretty good. But as far as assignments and stuff, I have to get better. There are a lot of little things I have to improve on. Work on the little things, and you’ll have an even bigger game.”

— UGA freshman tailback Todd Gurley after scoring three touchdowns in his college debut

“Unbelievable day. The [100-yard] kickoff return, the runs — it was definitely exciting to see him out there.”

— Murray on Gurley’s performance

“To be able to come up with a 94-yard drive against one of the best defenses Georgia has had in awhile gives us some great confidence that we can move the ball when we put our minds, heart and soul into it. I was also proud that we were able to score late in the game when we let things get …

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Dynamic debut by Todd Gurley overshadows lackluster day for Dogs

ATHENS — The Todd Gurley era at Georgia got off to a bad start Saturday. His first carry as a Bulldog, a toss sweep to the left side, went for all of one yard.

Of course, it went a little better thereafter.

After his 55-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, the freshman tailback from Tarboro, N.C., had 227 yards and three touchdowns on 10 touches as Georgia slept-walked to a 45-23 victory over Buffalo in its season opener at Sanford Stadium.

“I felt like I did pretty good,” said Gurley, not realizing the understatement. “Not having ever come in here and played, I think did all right. But I’ve still got to take it one game at a time. I still have to come back next week and improve.”

Fans didn’t have to wait long to see what all the preseason fuss was regarding Gurley. On his second carry from scrimmage, Gurley broke two tackles at the line of scrimmage and scored on a 10-yard run off left tackle. Five minutes later, he returned a kickoff 100 yards …

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Shaky start for Georgia’s vaunted defense

ATHENS – Georgia’s defense was without five front-line players Saturday — four suspended and one injured — and the rest of the unit didn’t seem completely into the game either.

Georgia, which ranked No. 5 in the nation in total defense last season, allowed Buffalo, No. 80 in total offense last season, first-half scoring drives of 75, 94 and 47 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown drive of 75 yards. The Bulls finished the day with 347 yards total offense, considerably more than Georgia’s defense allowed per game last season (277.2).

The absences of safety Bacarri Rambo, cornerbacks Sanders Commings and Malcolm Mitchell and linebackers Alec Ogletree and Chase Vasser undoubtedly contributed to the defensive doldrums in what nevertheless turned out to be a 45-23 Georgia victory. (Mitchell was out because of a sprained ankle, the others because of suspensions.) Even so, the defense fell well short of expectations against a Mid-American Conference team that went 3-9 last …

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‘New guys’ bring unknown to UGA kicking game

ATHENS – On the eve of Georgia’s football season, a key question about the team centers around two untested freshmen. And no, this does not concern the much-hyped rookie tailbacks.

Today’s question: How will placekicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber, each of them 18 years old and three months removed from high school, fare in roles vacated by two seniors who graduated to the NFL?

The most honest answer probably is the one Georgia coach Mark Richt offered when asked this week if Morgan is ready to kick in front of 92,000 fans Saturday against Buffalo: “I don’t know. I don’t know how ready Marshall is. … I think in time he’s going to do extremely well. What will he do the first game, what will he do his first kick, I don’t know. It’ll be interesting to see.”

Then Richt added: “And of course Collin is kind of in the same boat.”

Freshman placekicker Marshall Morgan (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Freshman placekicker Marshall Morgan (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Morgan, from Fort Lauderdale, is positioned to take over the field-goal and …

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Marietta High grad returning to Georgia with Buffalo: ‘Dream come true’

Najja Johnson, a Marietta High graduate, had to go far from his home state to play college football. He’ll be back on Saturday as a starting cornerback for Buffalo, which opens the season against Georgia in Sanford Stadium.

Johnson

Johnson

“It’s a dream come true,” Johnson said by phone from Buffalo. “Honestly, I’ve lived my whole life waiting to play between the hedges.

“I grew up a Georgia fan, hoping to be a Bulldog. So it’ll be quite the experience coming down and playing in Athens, although in a different uniform.”

Johnson, a junior, started all 12 Buffalo games last season and led the Mid-American Conference in pass breakups.

At Marietta, he played linebacker and drew little attention from college recruiters. The staff of former Buffalo coach Turner Gill noticed him on film while recruiting other Marietta players.

“They offered me an opportunity to walk on, and I accepted,” said Johnson, who enrolled at Buffalo in 2009 and was put on scholarship last year.

Johnson was born in …

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Video: Talking about Buffalo game, anticipation of big season and those suspensions

Had my weekly back-porch chat with Cinesport’s Noah Coslov. He wanted to know what the vibe was on UGA’s campus this week, what the Bulldogs hope to gain from Saturday’s game against Buffalo and what affect the suspensions of Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo were going to have on the team. Well, see for yourself.

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Georgia promotes ‘Russ’ to Uga IX

Despite the brown patch on his back, "Russ" had the interim title removed from his name and will officially become Uga IX on Saturday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Despite the brown patch on his back, "Russ" had the interim title removed from his name and will officially become Uga IX. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

After two stints as the University of Georgia’s interim mascot, “Russ” will be promoted to Uga IX, the school announced Thursday.

Georgia, in a news release, termed the removal of Russ’ interim tag a “battlefield promotion.”

A ceremony will be held before the Sept. 15 football game against Florida Atlantic to crown Russ, the 8-year-old half-brother of Uga VII, as next in Georgia’s continuous 56-year line of official English Bulldog mascots.

“Like many great and memorable Bulldogs, Russ has earned the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” UGA president Michael Adams said in a statement. “I am confident that he will represent the Bulldog Nation very well and continue the grand tradition of Ugas.”

Russ first served as interim mascot following the November 2009 death of Uga VII, filling in for the final two games of that season …

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Bulldogs believe David Andrews will play big at center

Georgia center David "Boss" Andrews (R) gets dwarfed next to fello linemen such as Watts Dantzler. But line coach and the Bulldogs say he's "plenty big." (UGA photo)

Georgia center David "Boss" Andrews (R) gets dwarfed next to fello linemen such as Watts Dantzler. But line coach and the Bulldogs say he's "plenty big." (UGA photo)

ATHENS — Go ahead. Make fun of David Andrews. Make fun of his height. Call him “Shorty.”

Andrews is used to it. He hears it all the time, including more than occasionally at Georgia’s own football complex. Every once in a while the Bulldogs’ coaches and players might needle him. Andrews says he loves it.

This just in: Andrews knows he’s not very tall. He’s been in front of a mirror. He’s been to the doctor’s office. He knows exactly how tall he is, and it’s not 6-foot-2 like he’s listed on the Bulldogs’ roster.

But that doesn’t bother Andrews, and apparently it doesn’t bother the Bulldogs either. He’s their starting center heading into Saturday’s season opener against Buffalo. And according to those who have watched him up close and seen him compete against nose guards John Jenkins …

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Notebook: Merritt Hall No. 1 at fullback but not assured of start

If Georgia opens in an I-formation on Saturday, redshirt freshman fullback Merritt Hall will start his first college football game leading the way for tailback Ken Malcome. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

If Georgia opens in an I-formation on Saturday, redshirt freshman fullback Merritt Hall will start his first college football game leading the way for tailback Ken Malcome. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

GEORGIA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

Athens – Merritt Hall was listed as the No. 1 fullback on the depth chart released Tuesday for Georgia’s opener Saturday against Buffalo. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be the starter.

The Bulldogs utilize multiple position groups on offense, meaning they could just as easily start the game with four wideouts or three receivers and a single back as a fullback and a tailback. Ultimately, what formation they open up in will be determined by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Hall is  rooting for a straight I-formation. That would, of course, give him his first collegiate start.

“Coach Bobo knows a lot more than me about running an offense, so I’ll trust him to do that,” said Hall, a redshirt freshman from Alpharetta. “[But starting would] be a big deal …

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Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn: ‘Really, we have nothing to lose’ against Georgia

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said his Bulls team is going to have to focus on "out-executing" Georgia in all three phases of the game to be able to compete Saturday. (Photo from University at Buffalo)

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn said his Bulls team is going to have to focus on "out-executing" Georgia in all three phases of the game to be able to compete Saturday. (Photo from University at Buffalo)

The Buffalo Bulls will come south to visit the state of Georgia for the first time in the school’s history as they meet the Bulldogs in Sanford Stadium. But it won’t be the Bulls’ first foray into SEC football.

Buffalo played Tennessee in Neyland Stadium last year, losing 41-10. It also played at Auburn in 2006, falling 38-6. Coach Jeff Quinn, speaking on the Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference call said it is the Bulls’ philosophy to take on at least one major college program every year. They actually played at both Penn State (45-24 loss) and Baylor (34-21 loss) in 2007. Of course, they do it for the money for their athletic department budgets and “to gauge where we’re at” against the best teams in the country, Quinn said.

The Bulls will bring 66 players …

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Howard, Williamson fired up about 20th season on UGA broadcasts

This will be the 20th season on Georgia’s radio broadcast team for both Scott Howard and Neil Williamson. In 1993, they joined the team as color analyst and pregame show co-host, respectively. Howard succeeded the legendary Larry Munson as play-by-play voice in 2008, and Williamson has maintained his spot alongside Loran Smith on the “Tailgate Show.”  On the cusp of their 20th season, which opens Saturday against Buffalo in Sanford Stadium, Howard and Williamson chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about past and present. (Answers were edited for length.)

AJC: What, to you, is the most memorable moment in the past two decades of UGA football?

Howard: “I get asked that a lot. The one that always jumps out to me is the Tennessee game in 2001, the ‘Hobnail Boot’ game as it became known [because of Munson’s famous call of Georgia’s game-winning play: ‘We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face.’] It was just one …

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Notebook: Kenarious Gates welcomes responsibility of new position

ATHENS — Kenarious Gates vividly remembers the night in February 2010 when Stacy Searels, then Georgia’s offensive line coach, called with a belated scholarship offer.

“Like, I’d say, two days before signing day … 10 o’clock at night, a Monday night,” said Gates, who at the time was committed to Kentucky. “No matter how late the opportunity came … sometimes things don’t come on time.

Gates

Gates

“I felt like it was a great opportunity to go for it, and I took it. … I was so happy that night. Actually, I couldn’t sleep that night because I was so happy. I went to school the next day and told everybody I’m going to Georgia.”

Fast-forward 2 ½ years. Gates, the last-minute recruit, will open the season as Georgia’s starting left tackle, a crucial position that carries responsibility for protecting quarterback Aaron Murray’s blind side.

“I feel like to protect my quarterback I’ve got to do my job every play,” Gates said.

The 6-foot-5, 328-pound junior takes over at the position from …

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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, …

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UGA notebook: Two positions for Washington; Samuel ‘1B’ at fullback?

ATHENS — Cornelius Washington, who played outside linebacker last season and moved to defensive end in the spring, has practiced at both positions this month.

So what is Georgia’s plan for him this fall?

Both of the above, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said after practice Thursday.

“He’s going to play both in a rotation,” Grantham said, “and I think he’s going to have a really good year.”

Grantham elaborated: “When he puts his hand in the dirt as a true defensive lineman, you have some athletic ability, a little bit of a mismatch on guards sometime in space, so that’s a benefit. And then because of his body type and athletic ability, he can still play outside ’backer … and give you some pass rush out there.”

When Washington is at linebacker, Grantham mentioned several options at end: Garrison Smith; starting nose guard John Jenkins, who “knows how to play some end too”; and Ray Drew, who “can do some things.”

“We’re going to mix and match those guys to try to get …

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After ‘waiting my turn,’ Dogs’ Damian Swann ready to produce

ATHENS – After a quiet freshman season last year, Georgia cornerback Damian Swann is looking forward to making some noise.

A celebrated member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team in high school, Swann played sparingly last season at a well-stocked position. But with the graduation of three-year starter Brandon Boykin and the two-game suspension of senior Sanders Commings, Georgia now needs and expects much from Swann.

“It’s time to get to business,” he said this week.

For the first two games –- the Sept. 1 home opener against Buffalo and the Sept. 8 SEC opener at Missouri – Georgia’s top cornerbacks figure to be, in no particular order: Branden Smith, a senior who started seven games last year; Malcolm Mitchell, a sophomore who moved from wide receiver to defense amid much fanfare in the spring; and Swann.

“When I came in, I was behind some top guys, and I just had to wait my turn,” Swann said. “We lost a key player when Boykin graduated, and I feel those shoes …

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It was love at first sight for Georgia and tailback Todd Gurley

Following is a story on Georgia freshman tailback Todd Gurley that ran in Thursday’s print section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Below you will find some bonus commentary from Tarboro High School coach Jeff Craddock that was unable to fit into the story. . . .

Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon knew right away he wanted to bring Todd Gurley to Athens. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon knew right away he wanted to bring Todd Gurley to Athens. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

ATHENS — Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon remembers distinctly when he first got the heads up about the big back from Tarboro, N.C.

McClendon had just come off the road during an open recruiting period and planned to spend a couple of days around the house when he got a call from a coach in North Carolina. That coach told McClendon, “I’ve seen this guy, and I really think you need to check him out.”

Skeptical at first, McClendon asked the coach to send him some video so he could get a look. A video file arrived via email a short time later and McClendon …

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Video: What’s all the fuss about Gurley, why fewer in injuries and who’s returning kicks?

Cinesport’s Brian Clark dialed me up and wanted to ask me about Georgia’s freshman tailback Todd Gurley, the lack of injuries in preseason camp and some other things. Click the video below and you can hear all about it.

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Georgia’s Branden Smith longs to ‘take it to the house’

Georgia senior Branden Smith hopes to see a lot of green in front of his on kick returns this fall. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia senior Branden Smith hopes to see a lot of green in front of him in the return game this fall. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS — Branden Smith knows he’s going to be on the field a lot for Georgia this fall. He’s going to be the starting field cornerback and he’s likely to get an occasional snap on offense, as he has the past couple of seasons.

But there’s one time in particular Smith really wants to be in the game — on punt returns.

“I want it bad,” Smith said of winning the job as No. 1 return man. “A punt return or a kick return can make or break a game. You need a key player back there. I want to be back there.”

Smith started last season as the Bulldogs’ No. 1 punt returner but eventually lost the job to Brandon Boykin, who went on to win the Paul Hornung Award. With Boykin now in the NFL, Smith would seem the logical choice to handle it his senior season. But he’s not leaving it to chance.

“We’re still competing for the job right now,” Smith said …

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Notebook: Shorthanded Bulldogs enjoying fewer injuries than usual

GEORGIA PRACTICE NOTEBOOK

ATHENS – Georgia on Monday complete its third of five straight full-pads, full-contact practices. Yet the injury report that the Bulldogs circulate at the end of every workout was shorter than it has been since the first week of camp.

The list included only five names. One of them was wide receiver Tavarres King, who was labeled as “limited” with a lower leg strain but appeared to run every drill and pass route at full speed without a noticeable problems. Another was starting center David Andrews with an illness from which he’s expected to make a quick return. Backup guard Hunter Long (broken foot) was the only player who will be sidelined multiple weeks. The other three were walkons.

Georgia coach Mark Richt, perhaps knocking on wood underneath the table at which he sat, acknowledged that the this year’s injured numbers have been “very low.” Asked for theories why, he proceeded to laundry-list them:

  • “We’ve been on grass the whole time, which I think …

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Notebook: Still no offensive snaps for Malcolm Mitchell, but coming soon

ATHENS – The Bulldogs have completed 18 preseason practices as of Saturday morning and Malcolm Mitchell has yet to take an offensive snap in any of them. And that, the sophomore cornerback/wide receiver said, is fine with him.

“I’m just going with it,” said Mitchell, who gained 665 yards and scored four touchdowns as a freshman receiver last season. “Coach [Mark] Richt and the coaching staff are good at preparing and planning things, so I’m just letting them figure it out and I’ll do what they say.”

For now, Mitchell said he runs routes and catches balls with the quarterbacks only after practices have concluded. Richt said they will start bringing Mitchell over to work with the offense on a limited number of plays during practice about eight to 10 days before the opening game against Buffalo.

In the meantime, Mitchell has concentrated full time on mastering cornerback and nickelback in the Bulldogs’ defense.

“This is a chance to show another side of what I can do,” said …

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No distinction between Todd Gurley and Georgia’s other tailbacks

ATHENS — Freshman Todd Gurley has out-gained the other tailbacks two-fold with 167 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 touches in Georgia’s two scrimmages. But that hasn’t been enough for coaches to anoint him as No. 1 player at the position.

“As far as a clear-cut pecking order, I think we’ll probably come up with one a little bit later on, but not today,” running backs coach Bryan McClendon said after Thursday’s practice.  “We have one more scrimmage next week and a few more padded practices to keep progressing. So we still have some time to do some evaluating and guys to get better as well. You don’t want to come up with something and then switching things up next week and create a mess.”

McClendon said after reviewing the video from Wednesday’s scrimmage and watching closely observing Gurley go through 15 preseason practices, he is as excited as everybody else about the 6-foot-1, 218-pound runner. But he is also getting positive feedback from the other three players …

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Notebook: Richt at peace with kicking game after latest display

ATHENS – Lost in what was another eye-catching performance by tailback Todd Gurley in Wednesday’s scrimmage was a much-improved outing by place-kicker Marshall Morgan.

The freshman from Ft. Lauderdale, the heir apparent to fellow South Florida native Blair Walsh, apparently looked a lot better than he did in the first scrimmage, when his work solicited a lukewarm reaction from coach Mark Richt.

Richt was much more complimentary after Morgan made his only live attempt in the scrimmage from 42 yards and made 6-of-8 field goals during drill work, including a 52-yarder.

“[Wednesday] gave me a better peace about where they are,” Richt said, referring both to Morgan and freshman punter Collin Barber. “I’m not going to name them starters yet, but it was impressive. The punts were impressive, and once we got into the drill work with Marshall, he was 100 percent and looked really good doing it.”

Richt said Marshall made all eight of his extra-point attempts during drill work and all …

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Video: Georgia’s biggest surprises, greatest concerns at halfway point of preseason practice

Following is a video chat I had with Noah Coslov of CineSport about Georgia football Tuesday afternoon. We’ll be having these chats weekly for the rest of the preseason and throughout the regular season. In this “episode,” Coslov asks me me to talk about the biggest surprises so far, work still to be done and try to assess the Bulldogs’ ability to handle high expectations this season.

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Video: Wrapping up Georgia’s appearance at SEC Football Media Days

Following is a video chat I had with Brian Clark of CineSport late Thursday wrapping up SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., and Georgia’s involvement in it. The Bulldogs were picked to win the SEC East and placed six players on the media’s preseason All-SEC team.

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Video: Will college football playoff grow larger than four teams?

Now that college football has adopted a four-team football, will it grow larger in the future? Eight teams? Sixteen teams? CineSport’s Noah Coslov and Sporting News’ Will Leitch discuss this and potential selection committee members:

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Video: College football approves four-team playoff

The university presidents and chancellors who oversee the BCS agreed Tuesday, at a meeting in Washington, to introduce a four-team college-football playoff beginning in the 2014 season. Check out this CineSport video for details on the playoff and comments from the chairman of the BCS presidential oversight committee:

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Video: Can Bulldogs overcome attrition and is there excitement about Missouri?

Here’s a little video chat I did earlier today with Noah Coslov of Cinesport about Georgia’s spring football practices. He asks me about how the Bulldogs are handling suspensions and attrition, how much excitement there is about the Missouri game and whether Mark Richt is feeling any pressure this year. . . .

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