Aug. 28, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia football team, fresh off its final scrimmage of the preseason, worked out for 90 minutes on the Woodruff Practice Fields on Friday.
Georgia’s players sported just jerseys and shorts on Friday and most of the session was spent walking through various phases of the game. The Bulldogs will hold another practice on Saturday, then will begin their regular-season game-week sessions on Monday.
“The guys have really had a good camp,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “This was one of those weeks where we were scheduled to practice six straight days, so we felt like it would be good to take this day and make it more mental than physical to let them get their legs back and get ready for next week. They showed good focus and good concentration today.”
The Bulldogs scrimmaged at Sanford Stadium on Thursday. Richt also announced on Thursday that the captains for the season opener will be senior linemen John Theus and Kolton Houston for the offense and senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins and junior linebacker Leonard Floyd for the defense.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs open the season against ULM on Saturday, Sept. 5, at noon. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
UGA has made sure of one thing in particular for the 2016 recruiting class. We will bring in multiple highly rated defensive linemen. 5* DL Julian Rochester is already committed along with 4* DL Tyler Clark. Along with 5* DL Derrick Brown who is a UGA lean and Michail Carter, they make up a ridiculous in-state class.
Of course the Dawgs are also in the thick of it for the #1 player in the nation from New Jersey, Rashan Gary. If that wasn’t enough, we’re looking towards a state that has been VERY GOOD to us lately for the #3 player in the nation, and he will be on campus in two weeks!
A couple of days ago we mentioned that the Dawgs were on the outside looking in for 4* OL Landon Dickerson. The Dawgs were a little later offering the 6’5 295 OL from North Carolina, but we’ve had him on campus twice already. His is now looking at being on campus twice more. He also just named a top 6:
I’m not sure if Florida State’s recent history of off the field problems is hurting them, but it’s been hard for the Seminoles to hang on to recruits lately. The highest profile decommit has been Isaac Nauta, who UGA has a great shot of landing. Do the Dawgs also have a shot at the latest decommit, 4* 6’3 210 pound Keith Gavin?
The ESPN High School Football Kickoff is coming to Lawrenceville, Georgia Saturday as the Archer Tigers host the Peachtree Ridge Lions in a battle that will showcase a ton of D1 talent. Archer is coming off of a big 49-21 win over North Paulding in the Corky Kell Classic. Peachtree Ridge is coming off of a tough 35-21 loss to defending Tennessee State Champion, Christ Presbyterian Academy.
One prospect whose recruitment is at least becoming a little clearer is 2016 ATH Marquez Callaway. For so long every one was wondering what he was thinking. Did he want to play offense or defense? Was he a cornerback or safety on defense? Did he want to play defense at all? Did he want to play football at all? Is his heart really in basketball?
Hugh Freeze, the master of manipulation. Yes I am STILL butthurt over the Laremy Tunsil fiasco and will be until I never see that smug look on Freeze’s face again. Okay, now since that’s over we can move on to the important things. The Rebels are becoming well known for their swarming defense, effectively known as the landsharks. That hasn’t been quite enough though in the powerful SEC West, leaving Ole Miss a game or two behind the past couple of years.
As impossible as it seems, the nation’s quarterback obsession still is blossoming.
There seems to be no saturation point for the enjoyment of college football’s tremendous offenses.
Still, the best conference in the country pays an exorbitant amount of money to the defensive assistants. Four of the nation’s eight assistant coaches set to make at least $1 million in 2015 are SEC defensive coordinators.
As such, succeeding with the inherently difficult challenge of developing a dominant college defense may be as valuable as ever. SEC coaching staffs are drenched with high-end names on that side of the football.
We’ve identified the 10 best entering the 2015 season.
October 17: Missouri at Georgia
In the words of DJ Khaled, all Missouri does is “win, win, win.” Yet, in nearly all the discussions about the best teams in the SEC they are missing. Blame it on being the new kid in the conference and Missouri’s geographical difference with its southern brethren. Missouri has been in the SEC for three seasons and reached the SEC Championship game the past two seasons.
On Monday, we shared an impressive garage-turned-Florida Gators themed man cave put together by Ralph Estevez. It looks like a great place to watch a game, especially for fans of the Gators. One fan of the rival Georgia Bulldogs may have him beat, however. Bruce Hendley, a real estate broker in Athens, has a man cave that puts most sports bars to shame.
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Aug. 27, 2015
ATHENS——The Georgia Bulldogs conducted their final scrimmage of the preseason Thursday at Sanford Stadium, working out for 90 minutes in full pads.
When Georgia coach Mark Richt met with the media earlier in the week, he said the final scrimmage would feature plenty of competition and not be a “dress rehearsal” as has been the case in past years. After Thursday’s scrimmage, he provided a few highlights but also said that Georgia was unable to overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit.
One place that UGA has had an abundance of talent is the running back position. Think about this, we just had Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel in the backfield at the same time. That’s FOUR potential NFL draft picks (one already at #10) in the same backfield. How could any running back not want to be a part of that?
One running back that is contemplating being a part of this strong tradition is 2017 RB Khalan Laborn.
UGA is quickly becoming known for their talent at the outside linebacker position. There is a ridiculous amount of talent at the position in Athens this year highlighted by Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins, and Lorenzo Carter. Of course Carter is the youngest, after just finishing his freshman year coming out of Norcross High. He very well may end up being the best.
Norcross has another stud DE/OLB coming up in the program with similar size and athletic ability as Carter in Robert Beal.
For those of you that follow high school football closely or if you can’t make it out to an away game, it’s hard to sit at the house and wonder what’s going on with your favorite team. Stress no more, as we have a found a solution for you. NFHS Network will be streaming tons of Georgia high school football games online this year.
Everyone pretty much knows by now that SEC games are won in the trenches. It can not be said enouhg how important it is to not only have strong offensive linemen, but athletic offensive linemen. This is one of the main differences that has separated the SEC from the rest of the pack.
This is one place where I believe the Dawgs have been stronger lately, especially in recruiting. They’re trying to continue this in the 2016 class, but also in the 2017 class. One offensive lineman to keep an eye on for next years class is 6’3 310 pound Quan Stokes from Colquitt County in Moultrie, Georgia.
Stokes is not yet rated, but don’t be surprised when he is quickly ranked as a top 10-15 player in the state for next year. As mentioned above, he has the size and athletic ability to become a legit SEC o-lineman. Add that to his toughness and the way he finishes his blocks and he will become a heavily recruited prospect with his choice of power5 offers.
Poor Kentucky football. It seems that no matter what they do they’ll never get out from under the juggernaut basketball program. Coach Stoops has brought some excitement to the program and has been able to bring in more athletes. It doesn’t look like they’re on the verge of being a SEC power, but they’re still not the old Kentucky. They did put 31 points on UGA last year and took Florida into an overtime gamr they should have won. Of course putting up 31 points doesn’t really matter when you give up 63.