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Aug. 9, 2015

It’s now less than four weeks before Georgia’s football season begins. Still not game planning time quite yet. Scouting reports aren’t front and center. No, preseason camp is when there’s time to set the tone and create good habits. Jeremy Pruitt has a list of goals. Numero uno, the Bulldogs second-year defensive coordinator said this […] - Full Story

An itch began in Billy Bennett’s beard soon after he laid down for the night. Then something scurried up his back. He jumped out of bed and pulled the sheets open. “I was living in New York and you hear all these horror stories about bed bugs, but I was able to go back to […] - Full Story

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Aug. 7, 2015

Jay Rome is running routes with the tight ends in Georgia’s second practice of the fall, and he makes it all look effortless. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, he is the type of player a coach would create in a lab and call a modern tight end. He begins to stride up field and cuts to the […] - Full Story

Losing a pair of NFL draft picks in Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera hasn’t left Georgia inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler down in the dumps. Anything but. “I think at this point, we’re better right now than we were last year,” the Bulldogs’ second-year assistant said after the team’s fourth preseason practice Friday. “And we […] - Full Story

Keith Marshall may not have shown it in an actual game for some time, but the tailback still is a threat as a ballcarrier, his position coach said. “He can definitely still go,” Thomas Brown said. The former Georgia running back worked with Marshall on the practice field for the first time this spring after […] - Full Story

Isaiah McKenzie made an instant impact last year for Georgia as a freshman on punt returns. “With his ability and the guys we have in front blocking and going after punts, I think we have a chance to be dominant,” said Mike Ekeler, co-special teams coordinator. McKenzie returned a pair of punts for touchdown last […] - Full Story

Preferred walk-on kicker Rodrigo Blankenship will get a look on kickoffs. “We’ll have to see when we get deeper into camp here,” Mike Ekeler said. “Right now his kickoffs look pretty darn good.” Senior Marshall Morgan who has handled the kickoffs “is doing a great job,” Ekeler said. …Georgia will put on full pads for […] - Full Story

Most of the players on Georgia’s football team were able to get away in May. It’s a rare respite from what’s almost a year-round dedication to their sport. Brandon Kublanow stuck around Athens, where the offensive lineman met daily with quarterback Faton Bauta and backup center Hunter Long. Consider it a crash course in Kublanow […] - Full Story

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Aug. 6, 2015

Tracy Rocker’s Georgia defensive linemen lined up behind a cone and one after another put both hands on the ground for a pass rushing drill. They were asked to come out of their stance and come off the edge to slap away padded arms held by coaching assistants in this preseason practice. One returning player, […] - Full Story

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Aug. 4, 2015

Playing one position well isn’t good enough for the Georgia defense. Defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs need to be able to play, and play well, at multiple positions. Part of this is due to the different offenses and formations Georgia will face during the year. But part of it also comes from needing a player […] - Full Story

Georgia’s quarterbacks were seen but not heard from for most of the spring when it came to answering questions about the closely watched competition for the starting gig. Coach Mark Richt has changed course, unleashing the hounds…err, make that Bulldogs who are vying for the coveted spot. Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and even newcomer Greyson […] - Full Story

Georgia football coach Mark Richt met the media on the first day of preseason practices Tuesday with a a new podium in front of him to address issues heading into camp. There was plenty of quarterback talk was, of course. “We’re going to rotate the top three guys, the top three scholarship quarterbacks,” he reiterated. […] - Full Story

It all starts here for the Georgia football team. Well, sort of. The Bulldogs hold the first of 29 scheduled preseason practices Tuesday afternoon, but the offseason work hardly slowed down. From winter conditioning to spring practices to summer workouts and now the next phase. Georgia players reported for camp on Sunday and had walk-throughs […] - Full Story

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Aug. 2, 2015

The last weekend before football camp was a busy one for Mark Richt and his staff. Two high-level receivers — three-star Tyler Simmons (McEac) and four-star Tre Nixon from Viera, Fla. — visited the Bulldogs. The appearances were somewhat surprising because of the timing. Traditionally Richt’s staffs have not hosted prospects the final weekend before fall […] - Full Story

Who’s it going to be? The starting quarterback question for Georgia remains as intriguing now as it did prior to spring practice, probably more so since an experienced player has been added to the mix. Bulldog fans and players are waiting for resolution. So is Travis Niekamp. He’ll be trying to rattle the Bulldogs quarterback, […] - Full Story

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Jul. 29, 2015

Before the sun rises, Greg McGarity is usually already at his office. The Georgia athletic director gets in weekday runs of about 30 minutes, showers and prepares for the day ahead at the Butts-Mehre building without having much of a morning meal. “A breakfast of Diet Coke,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll sneak a packet of […] - Full Story

It was a chilly last December between Georgia’s football office and the athletic administration. At least that was widely perceived in the fallout of a loss to Georgia Tech when the Bulldogs couldn’t hold onto a lead late in regulation and fell in overtime. Georgia stood at 9-3 and watched Missouri play for the SEC […] - Full Story

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Jul. 27, 2015

Before the grind of preseason football practices start in a week for Georgia, the Bulldog coaches and their families got a chance to savor some downtime during a long weekend at Lake Oconee Thursday night to Sunday that included a spaghetti dinner. “It’s sort of the last little time with the wives and the children […] - Full Story

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Jul. 26, 2015

The news of Rabun County athlete Charlie Woerner’s commitment last week provides Georgia momentum and a clear path to achieving something the program has never done: sign nine of the top ten players in the state. With four of the top ten already committed, Georgia will concentrate on these five targets from the Peach State […] - Full Story

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Jul. 23, 2015

Stop Greg Pyke if you have heard this before about Georgia’s offseason work. It’s the best under first-year football director of strength and conditioning Mark Hocke. Sounds similar to what players seem to say every year about this time. “No, but honestly I think it is, for sure,” said Pyke, the Bulldog starting right guard, […] - Full Story

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Jul. 20, 2015

A pair of newcomers showed playmaking ability at inside linebacker this spring. The position already had holdover backups now vying for starting jobs. All of which makes the name Leonard Floyd listed as a possible first-teamer at both inside and outside linebacker one of the storylines to watch when Georgia opens preseason practice in two […] - Full Story

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Jul. 19, 2015

Georgia’s Dawg Night turned out to be supersized. The recruiting event had four 5-star prospects and six of the top 35 overall prospects in the country, which means 2015 Dawg Night is probably the most star-studded in the event’s history. That was the good. The bad? But over 1,000 high school prospects showed during the […] - Full Story

So many people. That was the initial, obvious thought as at least 700 people crowded the practice fields Saturday evening for Georgia’s Dawg Night recruiting camp. This has become the Bulldogs premier sales pitch event (replacing December’s season-end GALA), a night in July that, since it’s inception in 2006, has grown larger and larger each […] - Full Story

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Jul. 17, 2015

Georgia may have questions about its quarterback position, but the Bulldogs offense was represented by four players on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference football team released Friday as voted on by the media. Sophomore running back Nick Chubb and senior offensive tackle John Theus were selected to the first team, junior offensive guard Greg Pyke landed […] - Full Story

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Jul. 6, 2015

EATONTON | The mentor-protege dynamic that guided Georgia’s offense for 14 seasons has gone away. The Mark Richt-Mike Bobo combo ended when Bobo left for Colorado State, bringing about change in offensive leadership for the first time since 2001. Enter Brian Schottenheimer, a long-time NFL coordinator who previously spent six years with the Jets and […] - Full Story