Bulldogs piling on thanks to turnover-hungry defense

by Marc Weiszer

An online headline from an Athens Banner-Herald story in October of 2013 no longer would apply: “Georgia defense near bottom of pile in forcing turnovers.” A year... Full Story

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Oct. 16, 2014

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Freshman Lorenzo Carter got his first career quarterback sack in the Missouri game. - Full Story

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Georgia is heading to Little Rock to play Arkansas. And it looks now like Todd Gurley won’t be on the trip for the second straight week. Marc Weiszer and Fletcher Page of the Athens Banner-Herald discuss on the latest “Bulldog Bytes” podcast the latest on Gurley’s suspension, including the Thursday (early) morning update from Mark […] - Full Story

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A tweet prior to sunrise on Thursday from Georgia coach Mark Richt shed some new light on Todd Gurley’s status for Saturday’s game at Arkansas. The Bulldogs look like they won’t have their star running back for a second straight game. “I will try to clear up Todd’s status,” Richt tweeted at 6:30 a.m “’We […] - Full Story

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Oct. 15, 2014

Even before Georgia’s defense pitched a shutout last week at Missouri, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson was a confident guy. - Full Story

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Tailback Keith Marshall is doubtful for Saturday’s game, coach Mark Richt said, but has progressed in practice this week after missing three games with a sprained ankle and sprained knee. … J.J. Green is “learning quickly” again after returning from safety to tailback this week. “I think he can help us in a pinch,” Richt said. “The more he proves what to do the better chance he has of getting in there.” Richt said Green realizes the move to offense “is a short-term deal,” and is fine with it if it can help the team win. … Arkansas still had 2,400 tickets remaining for Saturday’s game on Wednesday. “Hopefully we can get that taken care of,” coach Bret Bielema said. - Full Story

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Georgia’s secondary had a couple of players practice in non-contact jerseys Wednesday, but coach Mark Richt expects them both to be ready Saturday. - Full Story

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Whether at a gas station or while eating at Cracker Barrel, Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett has been recognized and asked if he would sign an autograph. - Full Story

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Georgia expects to know by Friday before it leaves for Arkansas whether suspended star tailback Todd Gurley will be able to return to the field to play for Saturday’s game. Coach Mark Richt said after practice Wednesday that “if he’s eligible to play, he’ll travel. If he’s not, he won’t travel.” Gurley has been suspended […] - Full Story

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Oct. 14, 2014

A new indoor football practice facility is in the works at Georgia, but it sure would have come in handy on a day like Tuesday. - Full Story

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Todd Gurley is handling his suspension about as well as could be expected, according to teammates. - Full Story

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J.J. Green is back at tailback for Georgia. - Full Story

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The much-anticipated visit to Athens from Alabama in 2015 will come on the first weekend in October, according to Georgia’s football schedule for next season released on Tuesday night. - Full Story

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With Malcolm Mitchell back playing from his knee injury, receiver Michael Bennett has been able to play more in the slot. He had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown against Missouri. “I think that’s probably my niche,” Bennett said. “As much as I don’t want to say that, I think it really is, honestly. I feel like I do a good job finding holes in zones. Matching up against safeties and linebackers is kind of more my niche.” …Georgia played its most complete game of the season Saturday in the 34-0 rout of Missouri and it has carried over to this week. “Even our scout teams are getting better,” coach Mark Richt said. “(Monday) was probably the best day ever, this season, with our special teams scout team flying around making life miserable for the starters.” - Full Story

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It’s been 282 days since an SEC West team lost a game outside its own division. - Full Story

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The Georgia Lady Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive year last season and posted the 29th 20-win campaign in Andy Landers’ long tenure in Athens, but the team endured an ugly 7-9 run in Southeastern Conference play, one of the few times a Georgia team has fallen below .500 in the league. - Full Story

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The much-anticipated visit to Athens from Alabama in 2015 will come on the first weekend in October, according to Georgia’s schedule for next season released on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs will open the season with a nonconference game against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 5 and its SEC opener will be at Vanderbilt a week later on […] - Full Story

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J.J. Green is back at tailback for Georgia. The move from defense, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after Tuesday’s practice, is just for this week for now. Green has played five games in the secondary, including starting one game at safety. “It’s good that we got a guy with a little bit of experience that […] - Full Story

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A new indoor practice facility is in the works at Georgia, but it sure would have come in handy on a day like today. Athens has had heavy rains today that followed a tornado warning earlier this morning. The forecast calls for more heavy thunderstorms later this afternoon when Georgia’s football team is scheduled to […] - Full Story

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Georgia players met with the media on Tuesday afternoon. The Todd Gurley suspension remains the dominant topic but there is a game to be played Saturday against Arkansas. Here’s quarterback Hutson Mason: Some words now with offensive lineman Greg Pyke: Defensive lineman Sterling Bailey on the improved defense: And finally here is offensive tackle Kolton […] - Full Story

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A Cedartown man has retained a lawyer after Georgia’s compliance office spoke to him as part of its investigation into whether star running back Todd Gurley signed memorabilia for cash. - Full Story

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Oct. 13, 2014

Three months from now, Todd Gurley could have already declared for the NFL draft and cashed in on being as big a sports star in Georgia as Chipper Jones, Matt Ryan or Herschel Walker without drawing scrutiny. Now the star running back is in limbo, suspended indefinitely while Georgia finishes up an investigation into whether […] - Full Story

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Requests for autographs, photos and real stout handshakes followed Garrison Hearst everywhere he went at Monday’s Touchdown Club of Athens meeting. The former NFL All-Pro and consensus college All-American running back is still a fan favorite two decades after finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting. That was the closest a Bulldogs player has come […] - Full Story

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Todd Gurley practiced on Monday but the star running back remains suspended while Georgia continues to investigate whether he took money for signing memorabilia. “It looked good to see him out there, he was running hard practicing hard, still supporting his teammates,” inside linebacker Ramik Wilson said. “We’re just ready for him to get cleared […] - Full Story

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Brendan Langley never saw the field in his four-game stint as a wide receiver, but he needed only two games back on defense to crack the starting lineup at cornerback. “It’s been fun,” Langley said. “Nothing’s really changed since the switch. I’ve just got to be an athlete. I’m happy to be able to contribute […] - Full Story

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