Monday, March 23, 2009

Bulldog Defense Setting The Tone At Spring Football Practice

Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications

ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia football team worked out for 90 minutes Friday, and the defense provided plenty of highlights.
“Today was outstanding especially the defense,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “Without question, the defense is setting the tone for the spring. They are getting after it. I really liked their hustle, enthusiasm and running to the football. If the offense can match that, it will be good for the team, but the defense is the lead dog right now.” Click here for full story...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Richt to step up contact in spring practice

Yesterday Jeff Schultz had a great article in the AJC on Mark Richt's coaching strategy for the spring practices and the upcoming season. Richt is not going to shy away from full-contact practice like he did last year. Defenses develop their edge by having practices that mimick the games. The large number of injuries last year led Richt to have practices that posed less risk to his players. As a result the team lost tenacity. This was especially apparent on defense. The Georgia Tech game was a prime example. The prevalent use of arm tackling turned would-be no gainers into 40 and 60 yard touchdowns. Richt assumes full responsibility for this.

The article from Jeff Schultz follows. Click on the link to take you to the full story.

Richt: “It’s time to go back to old school.”
by Jeff Schultz
A lineman went down in the first tackling drill.
A lineman went down in the second tackling drill.
“You start thinking, ‘My gosh. We’ve lost two guys in the first 45 seconds of practice,’” Mark Richt said Monday. “That’s sort of how the whole year went for us. You think about things like that and, yes, I’ve got to say it was a reflection on how we prepared for games. I put that on me.”
It has been over two months since Georgia’s last football game. It will be six months before their next one. Sometime between now and then, the Bulldogs need to relocate their edge, toughness and resolve, which Richt now concedes was so obviously missing last season.Click here for the story...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tony Dungy, Richt Team Up to Promote "All Pro Dad"

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy is set to visit athens to promote the expansion of the "All Pro Dad" program into college football. All Pro Dad is a program that aims to help young men become great fathers. Coach Mark Richt and Dungy will hold a press conference to announce the expansion of the program. The press conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. All Pro Dad was created by Family First, a non-profit organization. ( Dungy will meet with the Georgia players before the press conference to talk about the importance of being a great father. Coach Richt, known for his desire to influence his players to be men of moral integrity, has taken another step in building great players off the field. This program will serve to teach players and men of all backgrounds the importance of fatherhood.

SOURCE: UGA Sports Communications: Former NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy To Visit UGA, Introduce 'All Pro Dad'

Monday, March 9, 2009

ESPN set to televise G-Day Game

Georgia's continued success on the football field has landed the program more national spotlight. ESPN is set to televise the G-Day game at 1 o'clock on Saturday, April 11th. This will be the first ever national broadcast of Georgia's popular scrimmage. Kirk Herbstreit, Brad Nessler, and Wendy Nix are set to announce the game that has become a tradition for many bulldog fans. Admission is free.

Let's come out and show support for the dogs and prove that Alabama isn't the only SEC school that can fill a stadium for a spring game.


SOURCE: G-Day Spring Football Game To Be Televised By ESPN, Saturday, April 11

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wrist surgery sidelines UGA's Samuel for spring

Wrist surgery sidelines UGA's Samuel for spring

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Bulldogs get Tampa tight end Charles

ESPN reported yesterday that Orson Charles, a 6-3 tight end out of Tampa, Florida, made his decision to sign with Georgia. The late signee adds yet another great receiver to the bulldogs stellar class of 2009. Charles will be reunited with his Plant High School teammate Aaron Murray. The 215 pound tight-end was rated as the number fifteen tight end in the country by Scouts, Inc. Charles was recruited heavily by Tennessee, USC, and Georgia. His signing completes an outstanding receiving class that includes Marlon Brown, the #3 receiving recruit in the nation out of Memphis, TN.

Source: ESPN: Charles chooses Georgia