Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:58:25 +0000
What was a one-possession game in the third quarter quickly turned to a 31-point loss to Buford for Clarke Central in David Perno’s first home loss.
The Wolves won 44-13 to hand the Gladiators their first region setback of the season.
“This is the third time where I looked up in the last three weeks and the score didn’t tell the story,” Perno said.
Clarke Central drew first blood on its initial drive, as quarterback Jack Mangel worked up in the pocket and found Rico Arnold breaking free for a 72-yard touchdown and a Gladiator 6-0 lead.
“Obviously, we struggled early and shot ourselves in the foot in every phase of the game,” Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. “We finally separated late, but certainly if you were here tonight you know that was a hard-fought win.”
But Buford answered with 20 straight points to finish the half, as Bernardo Burgos chipped in a 32-yard kick for the Wolves’ first score. Buford drove down the field on its next drive, which included a Mic Roof 20-yard completion to Jake Simpson on 3rd and 18, capping it off with an Anthony Grant five-yard score.
“Mic’s really played well the last few weeks,” Simpson said. “He’s the leader of our offense and super kid.”
Burgos added another 32-yard kick with 4:33 remaining to extend the lead to 13-6.
With three minutes left in the half, Clarke Central senior defensive back Jaylon Bonner was rendered motionless after a hit near the sideline. He was carted off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
“I’m gonna check out of here and head right over to the hospital,” Perno said. “For me, personally, it was a tough time at halftime.”
When play resumed, the Wolves soon faced 4th and inches. Buford head coach Jess Simpson elected to go for it and running back T.D. Roof sprinted to the end zone for a 69-yard touchdown and a 20-6 halftime lead.
The Gladiators regained life when a blocked punt recovered by Kapres Forbes and a personal foul penalty gave them the ball at the Buford 29. From 17 yards out, Mangel evaded defenders, scrambled to the left sideline and lofted the ball to Jacorie Jordan to cut the Buford lead to seven.
But Buford answered with an 80-yard drive of their own, capped off by a Christian Turner 32-yard run for a 27-13 lead, and later tacked on another score in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard Burgos kick. The Wolves added a pair of late scores by Grant and Derrian Brown that led to the 44-13 final.
“You can’t spot that team anything and we spotted them way too much,” Perno said.
The Gladiators make their first region road trek out of the Classic City next Friday when they take on Loganville. The Wolves host Johnson next week at Tom Riden Stadium.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:24:55 +0000
BOGART | It took Prince Avenue Christian’s Thomas Huff three tries to find the end zone in the final minute of the Wolverines 21-14 win over Commerce Friday night.
But, with 10 seconds left, he did.
The score broke the tie for No. 3 Prince Avenue Christian (6-0, 5-0), which grabbed a key Region 8-A win over the 10th-ranked Tigers (3-2, 2-2).
"It was tight trying to get in there those first three, four plays," Huff said. "And then everybody blocked the right guy and Carter (Sexton) led me up the middle to the endzone."
Huff’s touchdown was set up by a 39-yard run from Wolverine running back Grant Roland.
"It was a passing down, they knew we trying to push the ball up the field, so they dropped everybody in coverage and our linemen did a great job of giving me grass to run," Roland said. "I just tried to go upfield and get as many yards as I can."
Commerce scored on its opening drive off a 7-yard run from Cole Chancey, but missed the PAT.
Prince Avenue Christian’s Grant Roland found Christian Parrish on a 75-yard scoring pass with 10:29 left in the first half.
Chancey tied the game at 14 in the third quarter with a 13-yard scoring run and the two-point conversion.
Prince Avenue Christian tripped up Chancey on 4th-and-1 to end a potential scoring drive.
The Wolverines also withstood a turnover after Kyre Ware picked off a pass from Roland.
"He forces one right there as we think we're going to move the ball and comes right back, short term memory and runs it down to the 2-yard line," Prince Avenue Christian coach Greg Vandagriff said of Roland's play. "He continues to make great plays for us."
Commerce will host Providence Christian at 8 p.m. Friday.
Prince Avenue Christian will host Lakeview Academy at 7:30 p.m.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:29:08 +0000
There were no visible signs in practice the first three days of this week that Georgia’s Nick Chubb would be able to return from an ankle injury for Saturday’s game against Tennessee, but coach Kirby Smart on Friday afternoon wasn’t ruling out the running back from playing against the No. 11 Volunteers.
“Nick Chubb remains to be a game-time decision,” Smart said on the “Paul Finebaum Show” on the SEC Network. “Nick has improved in the last probably 48 hours immensely. We’re going to go out tomorrow and warm up and see how he does. If the medical staff clears him, then he’s going to play. That’s where we are with it.”
Chubb left last week’s loss at Ole Miss in the second quarter due to the left ankle injury.
Henry Chubb, Nick’s father, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier Friday that “I don’t think he’s going to play.”
He termed the injury a high ankle sprain and said “he’ll probably play next week” at South Carolina.
Smart said “we’ll find out in warm ups where he’s at. Surprisingly, I thought early in the week it was very doubtful, I didn’t know if he’d abe able to, but yesterday he was able to do a lot GPS-wise (used to determine speed), he ran better and had some good speed. We felt a lot better about it after yesterday, then we’ll find out today. Obviously, it will be a medical decision. Sometimes reports come from all places. This is just an issue of we’re going to find out at gametime.”
Chubb leads Georgia with 422 rushing yards on 83 carries, with 222 of those yards coming in the season opener against North Carolina. He was in a protective boot during the week and did some light running in practice but was not cutting, Smart had said. Chubb was not practicing during the media viewing period Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Georgia would turn to junior Sony Michel, freshmen Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield and senior Brendan Douglas at running back if Chubb is sidelined.
Michel rushed for 145 yards on 22 carries last year at Tennessee after Chubb went down with a season-ending knee injury on the first offensive play.
Herrien led Georgia in rushing last week at Ole Miss with 78 yards and two touchdowns on two carries. Holyfield had 27 yards on four carries.
“I don’t think that stops our mentality as an offense at all,” starting right tackle Greg Pyke said of Georgia’s offense without Chubb. “We have great backs back there who are just as good as 27. But that kind of makes you want to block that much harder for those guys, those freshmen guys, because they probably have some jitters, and a freshman quarterback. But we have a veteran offensive line, and I know if we do our jobs up front we’ll have a good game.”
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:21:26 +0000
SHOW A SUSTAINED EFFORT
Tennessee has overcome double-digit deficits against Appalachian State (13-3), Virginia Tech (14-0) and Florida (21-0) to pull out wins. Georgia blew a 24-3 lead in Neyland Stadium last season and lost 38-31. The Bulldogs showed grit to come back from second-half deficits in its first three games, but couldn’t answer a body blow by Ole Miss last week.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs gashed Georgia for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries last season. Given how the Bulldogs had 15 missed tackles last week, Tennessee may dare Georgia to stop Dobbs again this time around. Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly rushed for 53 yards on four carries last week on Georgia, including a 41-yard touchdown run.
BE SOUND ON BACK END
Georgia has surrendered 706 passing yards the past two games with Ole Miss and Missouri making six touchdown catches combined. That’s living dangerously. Georgia escaped with a narrow win at Missouri but was demolished at Ole Miss. The Bulldogs need to make more big plays themselves in the secondary to change that downward trend.
The Bulldogs put themselves in a bad spot with some unfavorable down and distances on offense at Ole Miss. It didn’t help with a couple of false start penalties. Quarterback Jacob Eason was able to convert on some big third downs at Missouri, but asking the freshman to bail out the offense too often may be too much to count on.
GIVE THE CROWD SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT
Georgia fans aren’t fond of teams that wear orange. That enough should have them ready to roar for the Bulldogs, but that can only last so long. Sanford Stadium will remain electric if there’s a big pass play, a defensive takeaway or a big return. There weren’t enough of those in the only home game against Nicholls State.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:20:56 +0000Tennessee looked the part of the Southeastern Conference East favorite when it stormed back to beat Florida in Neyland Stadium last Saturday. Georgia had already left Oxford chastened after getting walloped by Ole Miss and not looking anything like a division contender. “We’re a football team on the brink,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said this week heading into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game with the Volunteers. The reason, he said, is Georgia’s 3-0 start came without the team playing “real good.” The mistakes that didn’t cost the Bulldogs in the won-loss column “were exposed” against Ole Miss in a 45-14 beatdown. Things could feel different for both teams somewhere around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. One week’s elation could become deflation and vice versa. Or the Volunteers may put even more separation from the Bulldogs. “There’s a lot riding on it, but we kind of don’t want to think about it like that,” Georgia outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said. There is plenty of season still to be played, but No. 11 Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) certainly would love to add a victory over No. 25 Georgia (3-1, 1-1) to the 38-28 one it snagged last week against Florida to snap an 11-game losing streak. The Gators and Bulldogs were expected to be the top challengers in the division. “We harp on we lost one game, but we’re still in the hunt,” Georgia junior defensive lineman John Atkins said. “One loss doesn’t really mean anything. You’ve got to keep playing. The East is still in play right now. Everyone kind of bought in. Right after the game, Coach Smart talked to us. He wasn’t being negative at all. He was encouraging us. Don’t give up. Let’s keep working every day.” Tennessee was hearing boos when it left the field trailing 21-3 at halftime, but the Volunteers scored 35 unanswered points. “This team has stayed together and it’s stayed the course,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “You don’t do that if you don’t have great character in the football program. Our players believe now they’re going to make a play to change the game.” Tennessee is playing its first game this year in an opponent’s stadium but is in a stretch that still includes games at Texas A&M and home against Alabama. Georgia’s schedule looks more manageable but the Bulldogs still have Florida to play in Jacksonville and they get Auburn at home. With so many areas of deficiency against Ole Miss, Smart said he hasn’t been talking about the big picture goal of winning the division. Beating the Volunteers is enough of a chore. “We’re talking about the next game, the next opponent,” he said. “I think the kids know it’s a big game. I don’t think I have to preach it’s the SEC East and it’s a big opponent. They know that. That’s not what they need to be focused on. These guys need to be focused on playing better, tackling better. Striking people, taking on blocks, blocking people. We’ve got to block on the perimeter better. We’ve got so many things we’ve got to do better which is why we had the bad loss.” There certainly is a big-game atmosphere with CBS showing the game as the marquee SEC game of the week and the SEC Network’s SEC Nation setting up at Myers Quad. Georgia is expecting a physical battle. “It's going to be a fistfight,” offensive tackle Greg Pyke said. “There's no other way around it. You're going to have to win your battle up front. I trust all those guys up front, all five of us.” The Bulldogs are playing just their second home game of the season and return to Sanford Stadium for the first time since a lackluster win over Nicholls State on Sept. 10. “We’ve got to go out and do our part by playing good and keeping the crowd into it, but that can play a big part in this game, which I think will help us tremendously,” Smart said. Tennessee went 0-9 against Smart when he was at Alabama, but none of those teams ever experienced what Georgia did last week in[...]
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:20:32 +0000OFFENSE EDGE: TENNESSEE Nick Chubb’s status — which was looking closer to doubtful by midweek — gives a slight edge here to the Volunteers. The Bulldogs have put up more total yards — 413.0 to 387.88 — but Tennessee is scoring more than a touchdown a game more — 32.8 to 25.3. Running backs Sony Michel, Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield will be asked to pick up the slack even more if Chubb doesn’t go because of his left ankle injury sustained in the first half against Ole Miss. Herrien led Georgia with 78 yards on 11 carries last week and scored both of Georgia’s touchdowns after the Bulldogs trailed 45-0. Michel had 66 yards on 11 carries and two catches for 34 yards. Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd rushed for 80 yards against Georgia last season and 119 in 2014 in Athens. He is eighth in the SEC with 365 rushing yards on 91 carries. Josh Malone leads Tennessee with 13 catches for 287 yards and five touchdowns and has a TD catch in every game. 6-3 sophomore Jauan Jennings accounted for 3 catches for 111 receiving yards last week against Florida including a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Volunteers had a handful of drops in the first half last week. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs is 61 of 107 for 805 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions and ranks sixth in the SEC in passing efficiency. He threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns against Florida. Georgia’s Jacob Eason ranks 11th in the SEC in pass efficiency. He has completed 52 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions. The Vols’ offensive line has undergone some shuffling, the lastest being the return of tackle Chance Hall last week following knee surgery. DEFENSE EDGE: EVEN This is a close one to call. Georgia’s showing last week — giving up a slew of big plays — could cloud the thinking here but some of Tennessee’s top defensive players are banged up. Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (ankle) is out and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, 105 tackles last season, has been dealing with a strained shoulder. Top cornerback Cam Sutton is out until perhaps the last couple of games of the season with a fractured ankle. Georgia sophomore cornerback Deandre Baker practiced this week with the starting unit while Juwuan Briscoe looks like he will play in a backup role after being on the wrong end of some big pass plays the last couple of weeks. Tennessee junior defensive end Derek Barnett is coming off a huge game against Florida. He had two sacks, three tackles for loss and a pass breakup. He has 22 career sacks and is fourth in the SEC this season with six tackles for loss. The Volunteers, though, are third to last in the SEC in sacks. Georgia is second to last. The Volunteers rank fourth in the SEC in total defense at 351.5 yards allowed while Georgia is seventh at 383.0. Georgia is tied for second in the SEC with six interceptions. Georgia sophomore Natrez Patrick leads the Bulldogs with 24 tackles. SPECIAL TEAMS EDGE: EVEN Tennessee junior kicker Aaron Medley is 45 of 63 in his career on field goals, with a long of 47. He is 4 of 6 this season, but hasn’t missed inside 40. Georgia is 3 of 8 on field goals, with walk-on sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship 0 of 1 after missing from 36 last week. Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie leads the SEC in punt returns with a 9.9 average. Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara is third at 6.6 Tennessee punter Trevor Daniel is averaging 43.6 yards per punt, seventh in the SEC Georgia freshman Marshall Long is 12th at 39.6 COACHING EDGE: TENNESSEE Tennessee’s Butch Jones is 75-44 in 10 seasons as a head coach, including 43-26 in his fourth season with the Volunteers. He has seen an increase in wins each of his seasons in Knoxville and is coming off his most significant win in his four seasons by beating Florida. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop went up against Georgia as Penn State defensive coordinator in the TaxSlayer Bowl at the end of last sea[...]
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:20:12 +0000
A week after Jacob Eason helped carry the Georgia to a road win by passing for 308 yards and three touchdowns at Missouri, he had a come-back-to-Earth game at Ole Miss with a pick six and going 16 of 36 for 137 yards.
Tennessee could offer a chance to again make big plays in the passing game.
Florida certainly made its share in the first half last week when Austin Appleby threw three touchdown passes in a game that he put up 296 passing yards.
Of course, Georgia will have to hold onto the ball after having at least five drops last week.
“We’ve been really focusing on catching the ball because we can’t be dropping balls like how we are if we want to go the long road,” sophomore Michael Chigbu said, “especially in the SEC.”
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who had a costly drop in the second quarter last week and then couldn’t catch another pass in the end zone, said Georgia had a good week in practice with few drops.
“We’ve just got to keep focused and keep it into the game,” said McKenzie, who leads Georgia with 21 catches for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
Eason and Georgia should test true freshman cornerback Baylen Buchanan from Peachthree Ridge and son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Ray Buchanan. He is slated to start along with cornerback Emmanuel Mosely.
Buchanan “knows they’re going to look for him and they’re going to challenge him,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said, according to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
Tennessee took a blow when preseason All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton sustained a fractured ankle two weeks ago against Ohio.
Sutton is rated as the No. 29 prospect for the 2017 NFL draft by CBSSports.com
“I think with Cam out that obviously hurt them,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Cam’s one of the better players in our league. They’ve got two, good physical safeties (Todd Kelly Jr. and Micah Abernathy). They’ve got the two corners who have gotten better with Cam being out. They’ve had to play better. Florida did a nice job. It’s one of those things where you’ve got to have time to throw it to expose the secondary. They’ve got some pretty good guys up there rushing too so you’ve got to have a good package to control their rush if you’re going to be able to throw the ball.”
And, of course, Georgia’s receivers need to do a better job of catching the rockets that sometimes come off Eason’s right arm.
“Jacob can throw some different balls with the way he throws the ball,” McKenzie said. “We’ve just got to catch the ball no matter what however it comes.”
“It’s something we got to do a better job of,” Smart said. “We challenge those guys every day and try to put them in tough situations. We’re trying to make those receivers make the tough catches, which we struggle with.”
Smart called the drops at Ole Miss “frustrating. Two of those could have been game changers, momentum changers. That’s the most frustrating thing about that game in the past was the opportunities missed that had could have changed the game. Most games you can say that in, so it’s no different than this one.”
Tennessee’s secondary is coached by Willie Martinez, the former Georgia defensive coordinator who coached the defensive backs with the Bulldogs from 2001-09. He is in his fourth season with the Volunteers.
The Volunteers rank fourth in the SEC in passing defense at 210.5 yards per game.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:39:29 +0000
Georgia coach Kirby Smart on Thursday night once again addressed star running back Nick Chubb's status as he tries to return from a sprained left ankle.
“Nick’s doing all he can to make sure he can play in this game,” Smart said on his weekly radio show about Saturday’s game against Tennessee when talking about depth at the position. “We’re hopeful that he can, so I feel better now because we have a lot of guys with experience. I sure wish and hope that 27’s out there.”
Chubb had not been seen during the media viewing period the first three practice days of the week. Thursday’s practice was closed to the media. Smart had said prior to Wednesday’s practice that Chubb was doing light running but not cutting.
Georgia would rely on Sony Michel, freshmen Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield and Brendan Douglas if Chubb can’t go.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:00:51 +0000
A big football weekend at Georgia will have Mark Fox waiting until Sunday afternoon to get going with his squad.
The Bulldogs will hold their first preseason practice two days after the NCAA permits men’s basketball teams to begin. There can be 30 practices in the 42 days before the season opener at Clemson on Nov. 11.
The offseason already has shown Fox plenty about his eighth Georgia team.
“They’ve worked unbelievably hard,” Fox said. “I’ve been extremely pleased. This might be the most player-driven team we’ve ever had. And player driven teams go a little farther than coach-driven teams.”
Eight of the top 10 scorers from last year’s NIT team that finished 20-14 are back led by guard J.J Frazier and forward Yante Maten, the first and third leading returning scorers in the SEC.
Added to the mix are freshmen guards Jordan Harris from Seminole County and Tyree Crump from Bainbridge and junior college transfer forward Pape Diatta from the College of Southern Idaho.
There are no injury issues to keep anybody from practicing, Fox said. Wing Juwan Parker, who missed last season due to his Achilles’ injury, already played in Georgia’s August exhibition trip to Spain.
“We just have a maturity about us,” Fox said. “We have very good chemistry.”
That chemistry will have more chance to develop on Sunday. First there is Georgia-Tennessee football.
Auburn (Ala.) High four-star power forward Garrison Brooks is visiting this weekend, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.
Georgia has four spots for the 2017 class and no commitments yet.
“We need some home football games for visits,” Fox said. “We’re just waiting for visits, which is obviously important in the process.”
Georgia was away from home for three of its first four football games.
Fox’s own team’s road trip overseas gave it a jump start on 2016-17.
Georgia went 3-0 in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, but Fox said it didn’t really define roles because everybody got a share of the minutes. Maten and Frazier didn’t play more than a half of any game.
It gave the younger players “a chance to play a bigger role and hopefully get comfortable in it,” Fox said. “We did learn a lot about maybe where we would play guys and not play guys.”
Fox said there is “unbelievable competition for playing time,” after the departures of wings Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann, who averaged 30.1 and 28.5 minutes per game, respectively.
Parker, Diata, Kenny Paul Geno, E’Torrion Wildridge, Harris and Crump will vie to pick up those minutes.
Sophomore forwards Mike Edwards and Derek Ogbeide have had “really good offseasons,” Fox said.
Redshirt senior Houston Kessler is shooting “the ball as good as he ever has.” Point guard Turtle Jackson is back for his sophomore season.
“We’ve got competition,” Fox said. “So it’s going to be a battle but that will ultimately make us better.”
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:04 +0000At Texas A/M, they gave Verne Lundquist a pair of cowboy boots and a 12th man jersey.Florida presented him a framed photo of a Gator, a helmet and a Steve Spurrier personalized signed football.Ole Miss showed a video of school legend Archie Manning presenting Lundquist a depiction of a famed campus building with words written by an alum about what it meant to be a student at the school.Tennessee went the comedic route, spoofing the impending departure of the CBS football play-by-play man with a video of coach Butch Jones acting like he didn’t know who Lundquist was. Former Vols coach Johnny Majors chimed in: “Verne Lumsford. I like Verne Lumsford.”It had Lundquist and partner Gary Danielson laughing hard. Lundquist also got a personalized helmet.“We’re going to have to build a wing on the house,” Lundquist joked about the home he lives in with his wife Nancy in Steamboat Springs, Col. “It really has been overwhelming.”The Verne Lundquist farewell tour of SEC football comes to Athens Saturday for Georgia-Tennessee.Georgia will recognize Lundquist at the game, exactly how is under wraps. “I get emotional every week realizing it could be the last time that I’m in whatever stadium we happen to be in,” Lundquist said. “I don’t know the odds that we get back in any of them. I think we will to some of those places, but there’s a certain feeling of nostalgia because I’ve got memories to every one of those stadiums.”Lundquist will call Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 29 and perhaps he will be back when Auburn visits Georgia on Nov. 12 but this may be his curtain call in Athens in what is his final SEC season.He’s called around 50 Georgia games during his run at CBS that started in 2000 and stretched from Jim Donnan’s last season, Mark Richt’s 15 and now Kirby Smart’s first year.Lundquist said he admired and respected Richt “enormously,” but added “I understand regime change. We all do. It happens in athletics and it happens in broadcasting.”His favorite memories from Georgia games?--The 2002 SEC East clinching touchdown pass at Auburn--“the 4th-and-19 pass. The feeling among the Georgia people even though the game was at Auburn, they had just waited so long.”--The blackout game in Sanford Stadium against Auburn in 2007.“They caught Gary and me dancing like middle age idiots,” Lundquist said.They joined in with Knowshon Moreno and Georgia players who were moving on the sideline to “Soulja Boy.”“They were playing a song that I would not have known if you had quizzed me for 40 years,” Lundquist said. “We got into the mood of the swinging so we started moving back and forth like a couple of old hoofers and they got that on camera and of course you have it on YouTube.”Of course, Lundquist helped bring the story of boyhood friends and later Georgia stars David Pollack and David Greene to a national audience with their youth league photo.“From Snellville,” Lundquist said. “I never heard of Snellville until I met the two Davids. …I’m not sure why we became friends but the three of us did despite the generation and a half difference, almost two generation bridge. I respected their friendship, I respected their leadership, I respected what they did for the University of Georgia and what they meant to the university and still do.”Said Greene: “Here’s the thing about Verne. I loved going and sitting down on Fridays. Just good people. It was him and Todd Blackledge at the time doing the color. Just good folks.”Lundquist even wrote the foreward to Loran Smith’s book “The Two Davids” for the players he said “very quickly became two of my favorite players in the entire conference.”He has affection also for the Classic City.“I love coming to Athens,” Lundquist said. “It’s a great coll[...]
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:18:03 +0000If you were hanging out in the hedges the second weekend in October 2002, you remember the story. Tennessee and Georgia are scrimmaging all out, no holds barred, in a prodigious battle that would result in a memorable Bulldog victory, 18-13, which led to the Southeastern Conference Championship and broke a 20-year SEC title drought. There were heroes aplenty that afternoon, but none greater than Boss Bailey, the 6-4, 218 pound linebacker who made one of the most athletic plays in history of Sanford Stadium. If you were making a list of the most athletic performances ever between the hedges, Boss’ block of the Volunteer field goal would certainly be ranked in the top 10. There have been sensational plays by the dozens historically. Some worthy of recall include: • Catfish Smith versus Yale in the dedicatory game, 1929, scoring all 15 points — recovered blocked kick in the end zone, catch of a touchdown pass (kicked the extra point) and caused a safety. One New York newspaper flashed this headline: “Catfish 15, Yale O.” • Charley Trippi versus Alabama in 1946; this was supposed to be a big matchup between Trippi and the Tide’s great Harry Gilmer. Trippi scored on a rush of 46 yards and passed to Dan Edwards for another in a 14-0 victory. Ole timers who saw the game contend that the biggest play, which showcased Trippi’s considerable athleticism, came when his third down quick kick was blocked. With Alabama players having the advantage of proximity to the ball, nonetheless when the pileup was untangled, who but Trippi came up with the ball? He then kicked Georgia out of trouble on 4th down. • With the SEC championship on the line, Fran Tarkenton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to defeat Auburn 14-13 in one of the greatest games ever between the hedges. • Kirby Moore passes to Pat Hodgson who laterals to Bob Taylor for a 73-yard score in the opening game of the 1965 season to upset defending national champion Alabama, a team which went on to win the championship again. • Herschel Walker rushed for 65 yards for a touchdown versus Georgia Tech in 1980 to set the NCAA freshman rushing record of 1,616 yards. • The longest touchdown pass and catch came in 2013 versus North Texas — Aaron Murray to Reggie Davis, not necessarily spectacular but, nonetheless, the longest. Kevin Butler’s 60-yard field goal versus Clemson outranks all other kicks and Boss’s field goal block ranks among the most athletic defensive plays to take place in Sanford Stadium. This was the way it was on that memorable afternoon October afternoon: Georgia’s Reggie Brown blocked a Tennessee punt, and Ben Watson chased it out of the end zone which gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Two possessions later, the Vols were driving and reached the Georgia 26 yard line, fourth and one when Coach Phil Fullmer sent in his field goal team. Phillip Newman attempted a 44-yard field goal when Boss, in a hold-your-breath-leap, soared upward and blocked the kick. It was no surprise to his teammates who were familiar with Boss’s 46-inch vertical leap. Larry Munson, in the radio booth, did not come with a memorable call, but this was in the second quarter. If the blocked kick had come with the game on the line, you can only imagine how dramatically passionate his call might have been. This was one of those equally matched arm wrestling type of games with neither side gaining the advantage unit the blocked field goal attempt gave Georgia defensive momentum. The ensuing possession, Billy Bennett kicked a field goal to make it 5-0. In their next offensive series, the Volunteers moved down to the Georgia 35. It was fourth down and three yards to go when the Volunteers gambled on fourth down but did not make it. Sanford Stadium went wild. Bulldog quarterback David Greene we[...]
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:55:09 +0000
Georgia running back Nick Chubb's status for Saturday's game against Tennessee continues to be up in the air.
Chubb's left ankle injury kept the star junior out of sight Tuesday during the media viewing period for the second straight day and coach Kirby Smart said that's because he was undergoing rehab for the injury.
"Then he comes out and right now he's in a boot trying to keep the pressure off of it," Smart said. "He's able to do some light running stuff."
Smart said Chubb has shown improvement but didn't know if he would be able to get in the mix at practice on Wednesday.
"Based on today, I would say I don't know," Smart said. "He's getting better though."
Sony Michel, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and Brendan Douglas went in that order during a run polish drill early in the practice.
Chubb sustained what Smart said was an ankle sprain near the end of the second quarter of Saturday’s 45-14 loss at Ole Miss.
Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Deandre Baker was practicing with the the starting secondary.
Baker replaced Malkom Parrish during the Ole Miss game, but Parrish was with the No. 1 unit on Tuesday along with safeties Dominick Sanders and Aaron Davis and nickel back Maurice Smith.
"He did a good job," Smart said of Baker's play Saturday. "He didn't get a lot of balls throws his way. It's not that he played so great. He just didn't get tried. We're trying those guys out every day out there now testing them., trying to make sure they can make plays. He's competed hard, he's gotten to be a better tackler. We're pleased with where he is. He's got to go out and do it in a game.
Juwuan Briscoe, the sophomore who was beaten on big plays each of the last two games, didn’t go with the first or second units. The No. 2 cornerbacks were freshmen Mecole Hardman and Tyrique McGhee.
Quarterback/punter Brice Ramsey, who did not make the trip to Ole Miss, is dealing with a sprained thumb, Smart said.
"He injured it a little bit last week and we weren't sure he would be able to function and throw the ball," he said. "He's back now and doing a little better. We think he's going to be OK."