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Aug. 14, 2014

Two weeks after Malcolm Mitchell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, his status for the Aug. 30 opener against Clemson remains up in the air. - Full Story

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Junior Collin Barber has pulled ahead of walk-on Adam Erickson for the punting job. - Full Story

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Georgia has up to nine offensive linemen that coach Mark Richt said “can get in the game and compete at SEC level football and play winning football for us.” He hopes to have a starting five some time after the scrimmage. “We’re competing with guys we think that can play, we’re not just trying to see if there’s five that can do it. It’s a good problem right now. ...Freshman defensive lineman Lamont Gaillard remains out with an undisclosed injury. …Tailback Todd Gurley has made another first-team preseason All-American list. This time, it’s the USA Today Sports team. Wilson also is on the first team. Kicker Marshall Morgan is a second-team pick. - Full Story

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With All-Southeastern Conference inside linebacker Ramik Wilson sidelined for a week and a half due to a concussion, his understudy tried to make the most of the situation. - Full Story

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The Georgia football team returned to the practice field Thursday afternoon to some good news with a couple of players coming off injury. Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson has shed his non-contact jersey and practiced in a regular jersey for the full pads workout. You can see Wilson and the other inside linebackers working the sleds […] - Full Story

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Georgia football coach Mark Richt met with reporters a couple of hours before today’s afternoon practice, providing updates for the first time since last Saturday’s first preseason scrimmage. Here are some quick hitters from that: –Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s availability for Clemson remains a big question after his arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. Richt […] - Full Story

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Aug. 13, 2014

There was good news for Georgia Wednesday when All-SEC inside linebacker Ramik Wilson returned to practice for the first time in a week and a half. - Full Story

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Georgia star Todd Gurley likes what he’s seen from the tailback group this preseason. “I feel we’ve improved a lot as a unit as far as finishing runs,” Gurley said. Freshmen Sony Michel and Nick Chubb “look just like me and Keith (Marshall) just doing the same thing we’ve been doing, pressing tracks, hitting it full-speed, just bring it every day. …Georgia wrapped up its fourth and final two-a-days on Wednesday with morning and night practices. The team practices again Thursday afternoon. - Full Story

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When Kolton Houston talks about Georgia’s No. 1 unit now on the offensive line, he considers more than just five players. - Full Story

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Safety Corey Moore is entering his senior season at Georgia, but Jeremy Pruitt has taught him that even a veteran Bulldog can be taught new tricks. - Full Story

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Georgia top fullback Merritt Hall is being medically disqualified, ending his collegiate career, Bulldogs starting quarterback Hutson Mason said Wednesday. - Full Story

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A little more than two weeks. - Full Story

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A little more than two weeks. - Full Story

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Georgia top fullback Merritt Hall is being medically disqualified, ending his collegiate career, Bulldogs starting quarterback Hutson Mason said Wednesday. Hall’s latest concussion contributed to him having to give up the sport. “I talked to him yesterday on the bus coming back from Ramsey (on the Bulldogs’ pool day) and he was obviously pretty upset […] - Full Story

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The preseason front-runner for the Heisman Trophy last season was easy. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won it as a freshman the year before, so there was little reason to pick against him.

No different this year. Florida State's Jameis Winston won it as a freshman last season while leading the Seminoles to the national title, so, again, no sense in looking elsewhere.

But Winston is far from a lock.

Manziel couldn't come through with another Heisman last season and there has only been one repeat winner — Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975 — in the 78-year history of college football's most prestigious award.

With that in mind, we are going to run down six other players who should have a chance at taking home the Heisman:

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Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. The Ducks' leader was a strong Heisman contender last season before being derailed by a knee injury. He still set a school record with 4,380 yards of total offense and accounted for 40 TDs, though he was disappointed when Oregon fell out of national-title contention. After bypassing a shot at the NFL, the junior returns to lead an offense that piles up points and yards like a video game. If he stays healthy, Mariota is one of the nation's best dual-threat quarterbacks and could find himself holding that bronze trophy.

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. The Buckeyes are taking it slow with Miller after offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for the opener against Navy on Aug. 30. Despite missing nearly three full games with a sprained knee last season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns, and ran for 1,068 yards and 12 scores. The Big Ten's two-time MVP, he bypassed a shot at the NFL to return to Columbus for his senior season and is motivated to make it a big one.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor. The Bears set an NCAA record with 52.4 points per game last season, and Petty was the conductor, setting 17 school records while leading Baylor to its first Big 12 title and only BCS bowl. The senior was the Big 12 offensive player of the year after passing for 4,200 yards and 32 TDs — with just three interceptions — and running for 14 more scores. Expect more big numbers from the Bears and Petty.

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. UCLA teammate Brett Hundley might have a better shot at winning the Heisman, but we wanted to get a defensive player in the mix. Jack made a big splash as a freshman last season by becoming a where-did-he-come-from two-way player, rushing for 120 yards in his first game, scoring four TDs the next. But Jack's NFL future is as a linebacker, and the Bruins have limited him to that side of the ball in fall camp. He might see some time at running back again this season, but he is going to have an impact on D regardless.

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. Gurley missed three games last season with an ankle injury and wasn't right when he came back as the Bulldogs limped to an 8-5 finish. Fully healthy again, this bulldog of a Bulldog — 6-foot-1, 226 pounds — has his eyes set on a 2,000-yard season and possibly a spot in New York. Even with his injury a year ago, the junior has rushed for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons, so 2K isn't completely out of the question.

Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn. Marshall's chances might be hurt by starting the season opener on the bench. The senior was cited for marijuana possession last month and coach Gus Malzahn said he won't start against Arkansas on Aug. 30. He still might play in that game and is expected to have another big season after passing for 1,976 yards, running for 1,068 and accounting for 26 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to the final BCS national championship game last year.

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Georgia’s All-SEC linebacker Ramik Wilson is back practicing Wednesday morning for the first time in a week and a half. The senior is going through drills in a non-contact jersey this morning. Wilson had been out after sustaining a concussion. Georgia is scheduled to practice again Wednesday night. Also returning to practice Wednesday in a […] - Full Story

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Aug. 12, 2014

There was plenty of movement in the depth chart in the secondary during spring practice and that has continued this preseason under defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. - Full Story

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The Georgia football team was gathered on the Woodruff Practice Fields Tuesday afternoon for another preseason practice after 10 minutes of walk-through on the field. - Full Story

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Georgia freshman Detric Bing-Dukes is sticking at fullback. - Full Story

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ALBANY | The long wait is finally over for Trenton Thompson and Georgia.  - Full Story

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With the recruiting chase growing exponentially more national than it is local, keeping Georgia boys in line to wear red and black still counts.  - Full Story

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Georgia’s defensive players got their turn to meet the media for the first time this preseason on Tuesday. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter is the marquee newcomer on defense. The five-star recruit from Norcross was a signing day get for the Bulldogs. Malkom Parrish from Brooks County is one of several rookies in the secondary who […] - Full Story

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Georgia freshman Detric Bing-Dukes is sticking at fullback. At least for this season, he said Tuesday evening. He said coaches in recent days asked if the inside linebacker would move to fullback and he talked it over with his parents before deciding to make the move. “If I can help the team, I’ll do it,” […] - Full Story

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The Georgia football team was gathered on the Woodruff Practice Fields Tuesday afternoon for the start of another preseason practice. Then the players must have found out practice was off. Ramsey was on. That’s the annual trip to the Ramsey Student Center for some diving and swimming. Some hooting and hollering could be heard down […] - Full Story

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Aug. 11, 2014

Transfer tight end Joseph Ledbetter on the impact his being on the Bulldogs could have on his brother Jonathan, a four-star defensive lineman at Tucker who is committed to Alabama: “I’m not sure. I would like to hope so. It would be nice to play with him, but I don’t know. That would be something you would need to talk to him about.” Joseph joined Jonathan on a visit to Georgia and coaches asked him if he played football. “I said ‘No, but I would if I had the chance,’” said Ledbetter, who last played football in 10th grade. “It kind of just went off from there.” Ledbetter, who played basketball at Division II Pfeiffer, said he’s still “kind of lost but I’m getting the hang of it slowly.” ….True freshman Jacob Park is more comfortable in the system, but said he’s not worried about pushing Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey in the quarterback pecking order. He said it’s not easy to play as a rookie. “They’re competing right now, but I’m not worried about the depth chart. I’m just trying to go out and get better every day.” …Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (concussion) remains out. Defensive lineman Chris Mayes and safety Dominick Sanders also did not practice. Cornerback Shattle Fenteng practiced in non-contact. Tight end Jordan Davis returned in a regular jersey. - Full Story

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