I know. You’ve heard it before.
Summer workouts for Georgia football are better than ever before.
Everybody is buying into the “voluntary” sessions.
Participation couldn’t be better.
Yada, Yada, Yada.
Actually, players on the current team say that’s the case.
And they mean it.
“Everybody’s there,” said junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera. “Everybody’s at workouts, everybody’s at pass skel and everybody’s doing extra drills on Saturdays for the most part.”
Nobody is having to get on the phone and yell at a teammate to get their butt over to the football facility, nose guard Mike Thornton said.
“Nah, nah, not this year,” said Thornton, a senior. “A couple of years back we had to, but not this year. Pretty much, everybody just shows up whenever their workout usually is.”
Junior receiver Chris Conley said attendance wasn’t great when he was a freshman in 2011.
“I think the culture has kind of changed around here the past two years,” Conley said. “I think it’s just the chemistry and the people who are here. Our class had its rough patches with people and getting in trouble. It’s also playing in some big games and getting to the point where we can say we’ve had semi-successful seasons and getting so close to say, `Hey, we want to have a truly successful season.’”
Conley said Georgia’s has “way more attendance” at 7-on-7s and that workouts are formatted better.
Under NCAA rules, Mark Richt and his assistants aren’t permitted to work the players in the summer before practices get under way in August.
“The summer is really when the bonding of the team takes place,” tight end Jay Rome said. “There’s no coaches out there, but if you were to come out and watch one of our workouts and watch one of our pass skel sessions, you would imagine that coach (Mike) Bobo or coach (Todd) Grantham was right out there running the defense or running the offense or whatever. We try to have it really structured.”
Quarterback Aaron Murray is the big organizer, players say.
Herrera is among those leading on the defense.
Thornton said many players planned to take a couple of days off for the Fourth of July holiday.
“Go home and just lay around for a little while and come back and get ready to work,” Thornton said.
Several players stuck around even on the 4th.
Murray, Watts Dantzler, Zach DeBell and Aulden Bynum were among those who took part in a Milledge Avenue team run, per player tweets. Players posed for a photo with head strength coach Joe Tereshinski holding an American flag.
Herrera and Josh Dawson did field workouts.
Herrera says he goes six days a week with workouts, pass skeleton and speed work.
All to get an edge for the season.
“It’s definitely a grind for all of us, but it’s fun,” Thornton said. “Every summer it seems like it’s getting better and better as far as having fun and competing.”
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