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Monday, August 11, 2008

Morning Practice Update (8/11)

With the gorgeous weather this morning and a day of rest under their belts, the Dawgs seemed pretty chipper after the a.m. session of two-a-days Monday.

"I think everybody's getting real excited about the season, and we're starting to see some progress," wide receiver Kenneth Harris said. "Everybody's real excited."

Georgia held a special teams scrimmage for this morning's session, which may go far in determining who will return kicks for the Bulldogs this season.

Tony Ball, who coaches the kick return team, said Asher Allen was still the go-to guy for now, until (or if) he identifies someone else to fill the role. Right now, Ball said, there are four candidates, each of whom got work in Monday morning.

"Deep, we're going to work Remarcus (Brown), Richard Samuel, Caleb King and Carlton Thomas," Ball said. "We're going to work them back deep. Asher knows what he's doing, and I need to take a look at those guys."

Samuel's name came up in every interview I did today for his strong play, with fullback Shaun Chapas saying he had to remind himself Samuel was only 17.

Ball said Samuel is challenging King for the No. 2 spot on the running back depth chart, and that this afternoon's scrimmage will go a long way to deciding how that depth chart gets reshuffled.

"You're trying to establish a two-deep depth chart, and this will be very important to them," Ball said. "After this scrimmage, we'll sit down and evaluate, and there will be some shuffling of the depth chart, so it's important to all of them."


Anonymous said...

I definitely would take loosing a couple yards per kickoff over risking an Asher Allen injury. I really hope they get King or Thomas in there, and take out Allen.

Thanks for your work.

naychaboy said...

Any news on MoMass? UGASports reporting he is banged up.

Anonymous said...

Can you ask the Coaches why we do not kick kickoffs in the end zone or out of it. Why do we insist on kicking to the 5 or 10 yard line which more often than not allows the other team to have decent field position.

David Hale said...

I'm hoping to do a kicking story later this week, so I'll look into the kickoff strategy.

Mo has been slowed by a quad injury (I think it's his quad, definitely thigh area) but has been on the field for practice and says he'll be ready to go. I'll keep my eye on the situation though.

Anonymous said...

"Can you ask the Coaches why we do not kick kickoffs in the end zone or out of it. Why do we insist on kicking to the 5 or 10 yard line which more often than not allows the other team to have decent field position.


They answer that question every year...jeez

strick9 said...

Is Richard Samuel that good, or has Caleb King been doggin it? With all the hype on King, it just seems odd that a 17 yr old true freshman is pushing King for the #2TB position.

Anonymous said...

What is the answer? What ever it is it is not working.

You risk a good run back and players getting hurt. When you play on the receiving team, it is discouraging to see the ball go out of the end zone giving you no chance to run the ball back. No momentum.

The main weakness of our Team is the coaching and their refusal to re-evaluate their strategies until it blows up in their faces. They will evaluate players all day but they will not evaluate themselves. Richt is the best coach we have had but his staff still has room to improve.

David Hale said...

I'll actually have something on Caleb King tomorrow, but I think the truth of the matter is, Samuel is that good. I didn't ask a single direct question about Samuel today, but in five interviews his name came up in each one. So whether he really lands the No. 2 job or not, he's definitely turning some heads.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they'll be an update later, but how bad is the rumored injury to Trinton Sturdivant? Who currently is his backup?

David Hale said...

We'll be meeting with Richt soon... I'll let you guys know as soon as I know something. Josh Davis is listed as No. 2 at this point, but Richt has said several times that they've been trying players out at several positions, so there could certainly be some reshuffling there.