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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tidbits from the assistants

After practice today, we had a chance to speak to every Georgia coach not named Richt or Searels. I'll have a couple stories in tomorrow's paper, but here are some quick notes and impressions:

- Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo wasn't quite as enamored with QB Aaron Murray's performance in Tuesday's scrimmage.

"A little disappointed," Bobo said, focusing on the interception Murray threw in the red zone, which Bobo called "bonheaded."

But Murray followed it up with a good practice today, the coach added.

- As for the defense, the scrimmage didn't seem to move the story much, judging by coordinator Todd Grantham's comments. Grantham said he was pleased with how the team was continuing along, and didn't appear too high or too low on any aspect of the defense's performance.

"We're gonna be a work in progress. But the players are buying into it," Grantham said.

- Defensive players who are standing out, according to Grantham, include linebackers Justin Houston, Darryl Gamble and Cornelius Washington.

- Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said he knew as much as the media about cornerback Branden Smith's academic status. In the meantime, they're proceeding to give looks to guys like Jordan Love and Sanders Cummings, who both earned praise from Lakatos and Grantham.

- Safety Bacarri Rambo was held out of the scrimmage after suffering a stinger. He was in a green non-contact jersey for Wednesday's practice.

- Incidentally, there were 122 plays in the scrimmage, according to Grantham.

- Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Washaun Ealey and Caleb King basically remain neck-and-neck, with Carlton Thomas right behind them. Senior Fred Munzenmaier has been getting more reps lately, perhaps drawing even with Ken Malcome, a freshman.

And as I said, more in the papers tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. i look forward to reading your story tomorrow.

Dog44 said...

Seth - just wanted to say you're doing a great job. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I tried to buy tickets to a Garth Brooks concert here in Atlanta. When we got nearly to the front of the line, they announced that it was sold out. Garth Brooks then quickly added to the crowd that he “wanted to leave us wanting, and therefore there will be no 2nd concert.”

Trisha Yearwood, we did get tickets for. She had a wonderful Mandolin player, who Trisha walked out in front of to purposely block her view from the concert-goers who obviously enjoyed her.

I do not care for EITHER of the 2 country musicians you mention Seth, therefore.

Branden Smith with his 4.29 speed in the 40-yard dash is the Top-Rated Football Player in the state of Georgia 2008. Georgia Gatorade Player of The Year. His older brother, Darrell Hackney, is the Denver Broncos NFL back-up Quarterback. # 1 Jersey, Branden also boasts a 35 inch vertical leap and at nearly 6 feet tall, is taller than Aaron Murray.

Branden Smith visited Florida and Alabama before joining The Georgia Bulldogs.

Last week, Branden Smith had his driver’s license suspended for having the 21-year old valid to purchase alcohol D.L. on his person in a SUV full of 7 kids, all underage. The ID belonged to Vance Cuff. No one even suggested that Branden Smith stole the D.L. from Vance Cuff.

All the other 6 were arrested for underage drinking, and there were several very serious arrests – besides Branden Smith having his driver’s license suspended.

As a Senior in High School prior to last season with UGA, Branden Smith hauled in 1,085 receiving yards. Mike Bobo called plays to throw to Branden Smith a grand total of 2 passes all season long.

Branden Smith also held down the corner position for UGA, playing all 13 games for Georgia posting 14 tackles and 2 pass break-ups and a half a tackle for a loss. Branden Smith got 1 Start on Offense for Georgia last season in the game against then # 1 ranked Florida. He also is the 3rd returning rusher for Georgia this season with 208 yards rushing, including his game where he ran one rush for 61 yards for a score vs South Carolina in that win and added a kick-off return of 48 yards in the same win. In fact, Branden had 16 kick-off returns for 279 yards on the season Branden also lined up at Quarterback in a Wild Hog Formation.

Branden was named to the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor roll for a GPA more than 3 and less than 3.33. He has not been named to the Dean’s List.

Major : Education from Washington High School in Atlanta a sophomore determined to be the # 2 best cornerback in the United States, and Consensus 1st Team All-America High School Football Player.

Branden has missed Georgia’s Fall Practices after the grades were turned in for this Summer Semester. It took a few days after the grades were posted, and then he has not practiced amid reports there is an Entrance Score that needs fixing. This 1 year after he was admitted to The University of Georgia, with very good grades a solid B student.

The University of Georgia released information that Branden Smith has “Academic Issues” and there are the further reports it has to do with this entrance score. Coach Richt first said it would be resolved by tomorrow the registration day for Fall classes at UGA, and then recanted saying : (1) we are playing EVERYONE who can play cornerback now, as if attempting to shore up the position and (2) that it would NOT be resolved by tomorrow for Fall Class Registration, but at some later date perhaps early next week.

Charlestowne Dawg said...

...Branden Smith also enjoys rocking his khakis with a cuff and a crease, a good book, and long walks on the beach.