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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Practice Report (3/18)

A few tidbits from the early part of Thursday's practice...

-- Watched the QBs for a while and, as Mike Bobo promised, Zach Mettenberger was working with the No. 1 unit. Most of what I watched was handoff drills, and Bobo spent some time working with Mett on watching the ball into the hands of the tailback and keeping an eye on the follow-through. Richt also took Mett aside for some pointers.

-- The O line groups were as follows:

First team (R-L) Josh Davis, Chris Davis, Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling
Second team (R-L) Jonathan Owens, Ben Harden, Chris Burnette, Kolton Houston and A.J. Harmon.

-- In the early defensive drills, each D unit spent time working with each D coach. Scott Lakatos worked with all players on stripping the ball, Warren Belin worked with players on getting off blocks, Rodney Garner worked with players on pass rush, and Todd Grantham worked on sled drills.

-- Speaking of Todd Grantham, his brother, Tony -- a linebackers coach at Navy -- was in attendance today.

-- The starting lineup in the secondary remained the same for the second straight practice: Brandon Boykin and Vance Cuff at corner and Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo at safety.

-- The last two periods we watched, the linebackers and secondary worked together on coverage drills. Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent worked at the Mike and Moe positions (i.e. the inside 'backers). Cornelius Washington was in at OLB. At one point, Grantham got in the face of Cuff for a slip-up in coverage -- but Cuff was hardly the only person to hear some vocal critiques. Grantham is definitely the loudest guy on the field. We'll have some good video of that coming in the next couple of days.

-- Prince Miller and Bryan Evans were in attendance at practice today, too.

-- Again, no significant green jerseys to report.


JRL said...

Is it my delusional thought process or is my renewed hope brought on by the staff changes?

I am as excited by the prospect of seeing a disciplined well coached team as I have been in decades of watching UGA football.

The won / loss record may not improve much but I see good things in the future.

Carter said...


How much of practice is open to the press, and do you get to watch practice all the way up to G-Day?

It sure seems like we have alot of bodies at ILB. I always thought Samuel was better suited at ILB, but still. We need to kick somebody outside by fall to keep the OLBs fresh.

Anonymous said...

What a great and detailed post. I am really glad that I came across this blog. Thanks for the great info.

One question though, Do you know if Justin Anderson is practicing with the 3rd string?

Anonymous said...

I like early on what I see Lakatos doing with Jakar. From Jakar's comments, he is full of confidence and obviously well proven in the JUCO league, but our coaches are giving him no sense of entitlement and making him earn a position. My guess is he has the talent to start, but by handling his ego this way I think they will get an even higher performance out of him down the line.
Richt and Bobo did this same type of deal with Stafford his first spring when they put him 3rd string behind Blake Barnes. Now do you really think Blake Barnes was ever ahead of Matthew Stafford on a real depth chart?
These D coaches are going to be the difference maker. We are all going to realize how poorly coached our D has been the past few years I believe.

Anonymous said...

Man, that second team OL inspires very little confidence with me right now. Of course, they are young, but I hope Sturdivant can come back and provide some depth.

UGA69Dawg said...

I'm sorry but unless Cuff makes a radical change from last year I can't see him at 1st string CB. He can't tackle. Now I've heard that our CB will not be used as much in run support this year since the OLB's protect the edge but load what Thomas did to him at Tech was awful to watch.

I hope on of the drills is to teach the secondary the right pursuit angles. You have to let them know that they are not faster than a speeding bullet and need to take the angle.

HamDawg11 said...

Man, I couldn't agree with Uga69Dawg more about Cuff. I really like the kid, but he looks like B.Evans all over again. I can't get the images of the Tech game outta my head. Yeah, he's aggressive, but his tackling skills just aren't there. I would love to see Sanders Commings be able to lock down the other corner. He's got the size and strength, just don't know about his coverage skills. I hear Branden Smith has bulked up, and we know he's got the wheels. I trust Lakatos makes the right decision.

Anonymous said...

Michael F. Adam$ can go jump in a lake.

TV and amplified music are not allowed at a Tailgate for college football ?

Unheard of.

4 hours before game time. So, you drive from all The Deep South, get there and cannot eat breakfast. If you don’t like us eating breakfast, just say so Michael F. Adam$.

Tables larger than 4 feet not allowed.

Little Hitler.

No Golf carts.


He’s just still mad because of the raucous boos for him and his wife at the Sugar Bowl Game when he had himself introduced at the Georgia Dome, that did not end until after the kickoff.

4 hours before game time, what a load of hogwash.

Every other school understands the Quarter of a Billion dollars the stadium generates.

Try spending some of that money Michael F. Adam$ on proper toilet facilities and proper dumpsters.

And, while you are at it, hire some off duty police for security.


Unreasonable rules.

If we had known you were going to do this to us, we would have purchased the land near the stadium off-campus so that Game Day could be properly organized and properly designed to give you this


And, this gibberish humbug hooey that the fans are behind your regulations and in fact like it, excuse me : Do not patronize me that we all wanted you to implement this nonsense.

The brand of football put on the field the last 4 years, and excuses for all the bad press we have to put up with on top of all the 14 losses the last 4 years mostly 10 in the SEC East alone, and instead of doing something about it like spending our monies on offensive coaching staff commensurate with our defensive coaching staff in NFL experience, and providing us a proper gym and proper indoor practice facility, all we get is unreasonable bad-tempered difficult to deal with regulations by a little man with a huge ego who has always been off-sides to football on his campus.

When you dry up the Quarter of a Billion dollar Game Day Experience with your over the top regulations, perhaps then you will be able to actually provide for the Services which you should have figured into the $2 billion dollar annual budget you preside over with no experience and no knowledge thereof. You built the 6th largest stadium on campus in the United States of America.

You must then therefore work on providing what you are legally obligated to provide to us, for it.

Here are your Obligations Michael F. Adam$ with regard to your 6th largest stadium on U.S. University Campus bringing in more than a Quarter of a Billion Dollars annually which you cannot get control of no matter how hard you try :

Provide for Security to insure we are safe.

Provide for Toilets with sinks, soap and towels / hand dryers.

Provide for properly located dumpsters sufficient and convenient.

Provide for Sufficient Parking sufficiently convenient.

Provide for Electricity at a Fee for those persons who might need it.

Provide for a Forum of those who do Tailgate to input into our own regulations.

Provide trash bags.

You should be sued for what you are legally obligated to provide to us and are not Michael F. Adam$.

You are a horrible administrator and not one penny.

Not one.

Just leave Michael F. Adam$. You cannot implement regulations to mitigate your responsibilities and legal requirements. Moreover, you should be on our side and wanting us to be comfortable, not treating us as if we are outsiders. When you provide what you should have Michael F. Adam$, you will not need these listed rules I call you out about, will you ?

Agent Scully said...


At 4:02 am, you need to be asleep instead of ranting about Adam$ and his poor execution of sinks, soaps and towels!

Dude, this is a practice update from Hale, not a political conspiracy debate.

I fully anticipate you to comment on Hale's next post regarding how Adam$ is a mole from Tech and has been placed in Athens to destroy the greatest university so Tech will become the state's supreme collegiate experience...

Seriously, I want to read your rants so I can read the word "sufficient" a couple hundred more times.