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2012 UGA Football Preseason: Hutson Mason Still Eyeing Redshirt

Hutson Mason is concerned that he could have his redshirt burned should Aaron Murray go down to injury.

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UGA Football Preseason: Jarvis Jones Happy For Opportunity To Continue Career

For a brief period it looked like Jarvis Jones' football career was over. As a freshman at USC Jones was injured when he tried to make a tackle against Oregon in 2009. He was later diagnosed by USC with spinal stenosis and would not be cleared again for contact.

Jones asked and received his release and after a battery of tests landed with the Bulldogs. In this case USC's loss was most definitely Georgia's gain.

"Sometimes things have to happen to turn other situations to great situations," Jones said. "I wouldn't take anything back. I'm glad I'm here. I'm happy I'm here. I love being here. I love the people here. It's just been a blessing and a great opportunity for me."

Jones is the biggest name on what should be a very good defense in 2012. He led the SEC in sacks during his first season with the Bulldogs and projects as a high draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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UGA Football Fall Practice: Freshmen Set To Make Big Impact

Georgia's 2012 recruiting class brought just 17 players to Athens (after two signees ended up at prep school), but a solid chunk of those newcomers are set to see the field for the Bulldogs this fall, says the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer.

Coach Mark Richt didn't rule out the possibility of the 2012 signing class producing a better crop than 2011's so-called "Dream Team" class.

"It could, it could," he said. "It's not as big, but we do feel like every single guy has got what it takes to play in this league. Does that mean they're ready game one or season one? I don't know. A lot of them will play this year and help us. You can look at any one of them if they don't play a lot or redshirt, it doesn't mean they're not capable of doing it."

Offensive tackle John Theus, a five-star player (according to Rivals.com) whom Richt and staff pulled out of Jacksonville, Fla., looks to have the starting right tackle spot locked down. He was perhaps the most college-ready offensive line prospect in the entire country last season.

Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who both hail from North Carolina, will play early and often, thanks both to the Bulldogs' lack of depth at the position and the ability they've shown in practice. Gurley led all rushers in Georgia's three fall scrimmages and may see more playing time this fall than Marshall, who continues to add bulk.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, who's been working at safety and at the "star" position (a hybrid safety-linebacker in nickel packages), and OLB Jordan Jenkins will play supporting roles, while kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Colin Barber are set to start at those two spots.

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UGA Football Preseason: Offensive Line Questions Still Lingering

Lack of experience and continuity on the offensive line is the main hang-up for the Georgia football program going into the 2012 season. The Bulldogs' defense is impressive, they have a veteran quarterback, and some would even argue the Dawgs' schedule isn't particularly difficult.

But with the uncertainty on the offensive line, the potential for this team is in question. Don't tell that to right guard Chris Burnette, though:

"A lot of people probably don't think we're capable of being a just good enough offensive line," right guard Chris Burnette told The Telegraph. "But I think we can. I think we can be better than that. I think we can be great."

Only time will tell. The Dawgs are replacing three starters on the O-line, all of whom went in the NFL Draft this year.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: Special Teams Spots Still Up For Grabs

Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt has a pair of freshman as his starting kicker and punter in Marshall Morgan and Collin Barber, but he said once the season starts, coaches might want to see more than one guy in those positions. That goes for the return teams as well.

Branden Smith and Malcom Mitchell are the top two at punt return and kickoff return. Damian Swann is in the mix as a kickoff return specialist for the Dawgs as well.

Richt said players have to perform in the ballgames for them to separate themselves on the depth chart. Special teams will be definitely be worth paying attention to. Georgia coaches have a pretty good idea who their starters are on offense and defense.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: Justin Scott-Wesley, Blake Tibbs Looking For Playing Time

Georgia knows what it has at the wide receiver position, at least in the top five guys. Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Michael Bennett, Rantavious Wooten and Chris Conley are players who will see significant playing time, but they aren't the only receivers looking to take the field for the Dawgs this season.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Justin Scott-Wesley is trying to get into the mix, as well as freshman Blake Tibbs. It's going to be hard to fit all of those receivers in, but the evaluation process is ongoing. Here is Bobo on Scott-Wesley:

"I feel really good about the first five and I think Justin's going to have a good year as the year goes on."

On Tibbs:

"He's just still a freshman," Bobo said. "He's kind of in the same boat that Chris Conley was last year. We're trying to get him ready and don't know where we're at yet with him, but we're preparing to play him. When, I don't know yet."

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Aaron Murray Named Offensive Captain

According to Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune, the Georgia Bulldogs have named quarterback Aaron Murray as the team's offensive captain for the team's Sept. 1 opener against Buffalo:

Murray took over the starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and in two season's as the team's starter, the 6-foot-1 junior has amassed 6,198 yards through the air with 59 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with 14 of those coming in his first season under center.

With Murray at the helm, he has led the Bulldogs to two postseason bowl appearances.

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UGA Football Practice: Kwame Geathers Finally Comfortable In Georgia's 3-4 Defense

It's not always easy for defensive players who've played primarily in a 4-3 system to adjust to a 3-4 scheme, especially defensive lineman. But when the Georgia Bulldogs changed their defense two years ago, Kwame Geathers -- who was recruited as a 4-3 defensive tackle -- had to make the difficult adjustment to nose tackle.

Now, the junior from Georgetown, S.C. is more comfortable after playing two years in the system and is ready to make an impact on the field according to DogBytesOnline:

"I feel a lot better now," Geathers said. "I'm an older guy in the system now. I know what I'm doing out there a little more so I'm able to play faster. But I've got to continue to work hard and get better."

"When you're a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, you're taking on a lot more blocks," Geathers said. "You're taking on double-teams and triple-teams and all that. But that's the only real change. The rest of it is just football and making sure you play hard every down."

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Hutson Mason Unsure About Current Quarterback Situation

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Hutson Mason is in an odd spot. The junior signal caller from Marietta, Ga. seriously considered transferring after seeing no time on the field behind starter Aaron Murray, but after making a decision to remain in Athens, Mason wants to redshirt this season in order to assume the starter's role should Murray decide to make the leap to the NFL next year.

The main issue, however, is Mason is more experienced at the position than his backup, redshirt freshman Christian LeMay. Should Murray get hurt this season, Mason's number will be called. If he does play, he forfeits his redshirt year, even if the injury is minor.

According to a Macon.com report, Mason is weighing all options and is hoping Murray can remain healthy:

"When anybody gets hurt, you've gotta figure out how long they're gonna be hurt for. If my number gets called on in any way, like from day one here, I'm here to help the team to win. So continue to just hope and pray that Murray stays healthy, and we don't have to cross that bridge."

"That's the most difficult part of the situation, is trying to figure out if Murray did get hurt, how do you identify how long he's gonna be out for," Mason said. "To me, you have to have a plan going into it. You know, we'll figure out something before, so it doesn't jump up and surprise us all."

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UGA Football: Aaron Murray Striving For Consistency And Championships

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray wants to be a championship quarterback. After helping the Bulldogs reach the SEC Championship Game last season, he has his sights set on a larger prize.

I want to lead this team to championships. At the end of the day, I just want to win games. I want to lead this team to an SEC championship, I want to lead this team to a national championship. If I do that, that's the type of elite quarterback I want to be.

The junior quarterback threw for 3,149 yards and set a Georgia single-season record with 35 touchdown passes. While offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was impressed with him last year, he wants to see Murray improve his completion percentage to at least 65 percent.

After throwing for 71.4 percent in preseason scrimmages, that goal appears to be within reach. Head coach Mike Richt also wants to see improvement in ball security.

If you do get hit, don't fumble the stinking ball. There's times when you might be scrambling to your right and you know the defense is pursuing you and you might gain a yard, but if you just throw the ball away, you're not going to get hit, you're not going to get hurt, you're not going to fumble, you're going to save the yardage of a sack. Just throw it away.

The Bulldogs open up the 2012 season Sept. 1 against the Buffalo Bulls.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: Tight Battle For Starting Fullback Spot

Georgia Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon told the Athens Banner-Herald there isn't much separation for the starting fullback spot between walk-on Merritt Hall and senior Richard Samuel.

Hall is the planned starter for the Sept. 1 opener against Buffalo, but he and Samuel are splitting time in practice while Samuel is also seeing time at tailback, where Ken Malcome is the planned starter. On Samuel, McClendon said:

"We’re going to try and keep him at both for as long as we possibly can before we have to have him at one spot or another. The thing that he does so well, he allows you to sort of be in a couple different personnel (groupings) at the same time as far as him being that versatile player."

Malcome got the vote of confidence from coach Mark Richt at tailback, but the team is also looking at Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Samuel to get some time at the position. McClendon said that Gurley in particular has had "a very strong camp."

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UGA Football Preseason: LB Coach Kirk Olivatti Talks About Deep Position

Linebacker is one of the deeper positions for the Georgia Bulldogs heading into the 2012 season. In a Q&A with the Athens Banner-Herald, linebackers coach Kirk Olivatti talked about the group as the Bulldogs prepare for the season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1.

On Michael Gilliard, Olivatti said:

"You know, Mike leads by example ‘cause he gives good effort and that’s been nice to see, but he’s always been that way."

On Amarlo Herrera, who played well as a true freshman last season:

"The situations that Amarlo played in last year, you know, he’s kind of added to his repertoire through the offseason. He’s a lot of the same way (as Michael). He enjoys football, he enjoys coming to work every day and doing those things. We’ll play him in different roles and he’ll definitely have a role with us."

On what he's working on with the group:

"Each guy has a pretty good idea about what they need to work on. We talk about it every, we try to drill it every day, and we watch it on film every day. Each guy has specific things that I talk about with them in front of the group, I talk about it one-on-one, shoot, I text ‘em at night. They pretty much know what they have to work on, and there are different things. Sometimes it’s a group thing that we have to do to get better, and sometimes it’s just individuals – hey this is what you’ve got to get better at to be the player that each of them want to be because they all want to be good players."

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UGA Football Preseason: Faton Bauta's 'Franklin' Impersonation Proves Early Shot At Missouri

While the Georgia Bulldogs were prepping for their season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1 in the team's annual "practice game" on Thursday, some early trash talk may have been sent the way of the Missouri Tigers, who the Bulldogs wont face until Sept. 8, but may be getting a bit more attention than the distance suggests.

Freshman Faton Bauta was installed Thursday at quarterback on the "practice game" team for "Buffalo," but when asked what Bauta's role was, Georgia coach Mark Richt told The Telegraph that Bauta was quite proficient at impersonating Missouri's quarterback instead.

"Faton is really good at simulating [Missouri quarterback James] Franklin," Richt told The Telegraph.

Bauta is expected to redshirt this season, according to the Telegraph, but his role prepping the defense for Missouri's offensive attack was appreciated on Thursday.

Missouri's spread offensive attack led by the dual-threat quarterback Franklin is more well suited to the quarterback Bauta, who was standing behind center during the practice game.


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UGA Football Preseason: Damian Swann Steps Into Larger Role

Sophomore Georgia cornerback Damian Swann went from playing sparingly in his freshman season to being relied on by the Bulldogs this season. Swann was a highly decorated recruit in 2011, but he played behind Brandon Boykin, who was a three-year starter at UGA.

But with Boykin gone and senior Sanders Commings suspended for two games, the Dawgs need Swann to step up in a big way.

"When I came in, I was behind some top guys, and I just had to wait my turn," Swann said, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constiution. "We lost a key player when Boykin graduated, and I feel those shoes are going to be real big to fill. I feel like I'm going to be that guy to step up and do it."

Branden Smith and Malcolm Mitchell will be the other top cornerbacks for the Dawgs when the season opens, but none of these players have tons of experience. Smith is a senior who started seven games last season.

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Nine Bulldogs Make Inaugural Senior Bowl Watch List

The country's most prestigious college football all-star game, the Senior Bowl, unveiled its first-ever watch list on Thursday and nine Georgia Bulldogs made the list of 312 seniors to keep an eye on during the upcoming season:

Marlon Brown - Wide Receiver
Sanders Commings - Cornerback
Jonathan Jenkins - Defensive Tackle
Abry Jones - Defensive Tackle
Tavarres King - Wide Receiver
Bacarri Rambo - Safety
Branden Smith - Cornerback
Cornelius Washington - Linebacker
Shawn Williams - Safety

Rambo is the biggest name on the list, but the All-American will have to serve a four-game suspension once the season opens due to a failed drug test. Commings will also miss the first two games of the Bulldogs 2012 campaign due to a domestic dispute in January,

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UGA Football Preseason: Coach Mark Richt Yet To Name A Starting Safety

With the University of Georgia’s first game of the season against Buffalo just eight days away, head coach Mark Richt has remained silent on who will start at safety for the Bulldogs opposite of senior Shawn Williams.

With All-American safety Bacarri Rambo expected to be suspended for four games due to a violation of Georgia’s drug testing policy, Richt has yet to name a starter at the position, according to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald.

"I probably won’t ever say that," Richt told the Banner-Herald. "Just because, strategically, I don’t know if I want people to know what we’re going to do. It might give them a hint. I don’t want to give them a hint."

As a junior, Rambo recorded 55 tackles and eight interceptions.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: RB Ken Malcome Likely To Be Named Starter

The Georgia Bulldogs are very close to naming a starting running back for their season opener against the Buffalo Bulls, and after the team's third scrimmage, head coach Mark Richt said that he is "pretty sure" that it will be sophomore Ken Malcome:

"I'm pretty sure Ken Malcome is going to start," he said. "But something could change between now and then."

"I don't know for sure," he said. "I even haven't talked to the staff yet about how we're gonna do it. Even when we do that I doubt I'll announce the thing because I don't even want them to know. I want them to keep fighting and competing. We'll tell them the night before the game maybe."

This is something of a surprise, because freshman Todd Gurley been the Bulldogs' leading rusher through three scrimmages, totaling 199 yards on nine carries with four touchdowns. Malcome has 117 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

For his part, Malcome isn't going to get too far ahead of himself after Richt's statement that he currently sits atop the depth chart:

"I mean, it's not that I don't care," he said. "That's what I was already thinking anyway. But I'm gonna keep pushing. I'm not going to let that one little statement go to my head."

Even though Richt is leaning toward naming Malcome the stater, he said that an announcement will not be made until the night before their season opener on Sept. 1, 2012.

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Georgia Football Scrimmage: Bulldogs Treat Latest Practice As A Real Game

The Georgia Bulldogs went all out in their latest scrimmage of fall camp by hosting a "practice game," which they treated as a real game with officials, live kicking and substitutions. The game was set up to replicate Georgia's Week 1 opponents, the Buffalo Bulls, and ended with the Bulldogs winning 49-48.

The role of the Bulls was played by Georgia's scout team, who went up against the starters. If you're wondering why the score was so close, the scout team was spotted 35 points in the scrimmage.

The players treated this scrimmage as a real game, and they welcomed the change:

"To be honest, it was like a real game," said senior wide receiver Marlon Brown. "We left from the Butts-Mehre, went to the stadium, went to the locker room, did the team and individual warm-ups, listened to Coach Richt's speech and went out there and played. It's good because it's Georgia versus somebody else instead offense against the defense all the time."

The scrimmage was closed to the public and media, but stats were later released. Starting quarterback Aaron Murray had a big day, completing 20 of 25 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The hotly contested running back battle saw freshman Todd Gurley lead all backs for the third straight scrimmage, tallying 54 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Sophomore Ken Malcome added 50 yards on six carries.

The defense was led by linebackers Mike Gilliard, who had four tackles. Amarlo Herrera had three tackles and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Freshman Sheldon Dawson Getting A Lot Of Reps

Georgia's defense is considered one of the best in the SEC, making it a tough squad for a freshman to find playing time on. However, cornerback Sheldon Dawson has impressed thus far and could see time on the field in his first season.

"Sheldon’s made a bunch of plays out there," coach Mark Richt said. "He’s already proved to me that physically he has the tools to play that position. He’s still learning and he’ll get better at what he does. The bottom line is you’ve got to have the physical ability to play the position and stick to a receiver. He has that. He plays the ball very well."

Also helping Dawson's case for playing time are the suspensions to several members of Georgia's secondary. Safety Bacarri Rambo is suspended for four games for a failed drug test, while cornerback Sanders Commings is suspended two games following a domestic violence arrest.

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UGA Football Preseason: John Jenkins Believes Bulldogs Have Best Defense In SEC

The SEC is as talented as any football conference in America, but John Jenkins believes that Georgia's defense might be a littler better than the rest of their rivals.

I believe our defense is the top defense. But me saying that doesn't mean I'm talking bad about any other defense because there are a lot of good defenses out there. As a Georgia Bulldog, I'm not going to sit there and downplay our defense for anybody else's because they're not going to do the same for us. If they believe they're the best defense, then they're going to say that. I believe that we're the best defense so I'm going to say that.

A nose guard who considered jumping to the NFL, Jenkins is one of the main reasons why the Bulldogs' defense is so feared. Last season Jenkins recorded 28 tackles and three sacks.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: Branden Smith Likely Punt Returner

Senior Branden Smith looks to be the favorite to open the season as the Georgia Bulldogs' punt returner, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith, who recorded two interceptions as a cornerback for Georgia last year, has the inside track barring any injuries.

"Obviously Branden Smith is the most seasoned guy we have back there and he's probably the most comfortable being back there," Bryan McClendon said.

Smith has 19 punt returns in his career for an 11.3(-yard) average. That would have ranked him fifth in the SEC this past season.

Smith has been competing with sophomores Malcolm Mitchell and Damian Swann, along with freshman Sheldon Dawson. The four players are competing to replace Brandon Boykin, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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UGA Football: Merritt Hall Secure As Top Fullback

Redshirt freshman Merritt Hall has appeared to secure the top fullback spot for Georgia. The former walk-on has performed well enough at practice to surpass incumbent fullback Alexander Ogletree.

Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon echoes these sentiments, but is aware that Hall cannot shoulder the load on his own. That's why he has Quayvon Hicks and Richard Samuel available to rotate in.

Right now it's pretty much status quo. Merritt's still a solid No. 1 with Quayvon [Hicks] and Richard [Samuel] both rolling in there as well. You've got to play more than one of those guys as well with the amount of pounding that they do in games week in and week out.

Ogletree has been absent from most of the first and second team drills at practice, though McClendon says that he has still been working to get ready for the season.

He's been working in there. The thing is, some of those guys just came in and worked ahead of them a little bit.

The Bulldogs open their season on September 1 against the Buffalo Bulls.

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UGA Football Preseason: Bulldogs Nearly Injury-Free

The Georgia Bulldogs have had only five players get injured in full-contact drills since camp began. Two of the players, wide receiver Tavarres King and center David Andrews, are expected to make a quick return from a lower leg strain and an undisclosed illness respectively.

The only player on that list expected to miss substantial time is guard Hunter Long, who is recovering from a broken foot. The other players on the list were just walkon players.

Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt has acknowledged that the number of injuries have been down during camp. He told Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution some reasons why the number of injuries is down.

  • "We've been on grass the whole time, which I think helps," he said of Georgia's three Bermuda grass fields. The Bulldogs have had only very limited work on their two FieldTurf fields.
  • "We were practicing in the morning instead of the afternoon during camp."
  • "We really thought it was going to be hot in the afternoons the next three weeks and it's really been pretty mild. I think that helps."
  • "I think our guys had a great summer of conditioning, so I think they've been recovering faster."
  • "I think we've added a lot of post-practice stretching, which I think has helped them."
  • "And then sometimes you're just fortunate."

The Bulldogs are preparing for their opening game against the Buffalo Bulls on September 1.

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Georgia Football 2012: Keith Marshall Returns To Practice, Not Considered Injured

Keith Marshall wasn't techincally injured during Monday's practice, at least by Georgia head coach Mark Richt's standards. Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald and the rest of the media. Marshall was seen getting up slowly after being knocked down by a defender. He left practice, and freshman tailback Todd Gurley said Marshall later returned, per the Banner-Herald. Regardless, Richt wasn't biting:

"No big deal," Richt said. "Normally I think it was 15 minutes anyway and we had 20. Five too many, I guess."

"You guys know more than I do," Richt said when told Gurley had said Marshall returned. "We can talk about something besides injuries, that will be good."

"When Keith came out, we got kind of tired there," Gurley said. "Me and Ken we were like, ‘Oh, man, we’ve got to get Keith back. He came back and everything was good again."

Georgia's lack of injuries has been noticeable so far this preseason, but given the lack of depth at tailback following the dismissal of Isaiah Crowell, the Bulldogs are expected to rely very heavily on the true freshman Marshall in the backfield this fall.

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UGA Football Preseason: Freshman Tailback Todd Gurley Settling In

University of Georgia freshman Todd Gurley seems to be getting more and more comfortable as fall practice progresses, heading into the team's Sept. 1 opener at home against Buffalo. In two team scrimmages so far, the North Carolina native has earned the praise that he's received this far.

In the team's first scrimmage, Gurley ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and in the second scrimmage, he rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.

According to DogBytesonline.com, Gurley links his early success to becoming more comfortable with the offense:

"Just coming in from day one and really not knowing nothing and now getting a feel for the system," Gurley said. "Being able to come out in the scrimmage and show what I can do, I feel like I came a long way from the first day of camp."

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SEC Football Odds Preview: Georgia The Favorite To Win The SEC East

According to odds website OddsShark, the Georgia Bulldogs football program has the best chance to win the SEC East. The team opened with 5/4 odds to win its division this year and 5/1 third-favorites to win the SEC title as well.

With the addition of the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies this year, the toughest conference in college football just got a lot tougher.

The Bulldogs will return six starters on offense this year, including quarterback Aaron Murray, and on the defensive side of the ball, Georgia brings back nine starters from last year's squad, which includes All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones and All-American safety Bacarri Rambo.

The Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 1 against Buffalo at home in Athens, Ga.

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UGA Football Preseason: Abry Jones Wants To 'Leave His Mark' At Georgia

Abry Jones gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to recognizing the Georgia Bulldogs defense. He doesn't have stats that would blow anyone away, with just five career sacks going into his senior season. Still, the defensive end says he wants to set records and leave his mark at Georgia before he's gone.

"He's a guy that because of maybe other people getting the press, that he's gotten unnoticed a little bit," Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said by way of The Telegraph. "But from a coaching standpoint and my standpoint, I understand his value to our team."

Four of Jones' five sacks came last season, in which he started every game for the Dawgs. He also recorded seven tackles for loss in 2011. Grantham describes Jones as a leader by example and a guy who puts in serious work.

This is Jones' last season to leave the kind of impression on the Bulldogs program that he's hoping for, but from the looks of it, he has a decent chance to do that.

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Tavarres King Injury: Georgia Bulldogs WR Returns To Practice

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Tavarres King returned to practice on Monday, as did Rantavious Wooten. But there was some bad news for the team as well, as both Jay Rome and Keith Marshall appeared to suffer injuries.

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King sat out two practices because of a minor lower leg strain, while Wooten was bothered by a hip strain. Specifics regarding the apparent injuries to Rome and Marshall have not been released at this time.

King led Georgia in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2011, while Wooten appeared in three games and made two receptions, including one touchdown catch. Rome redshirted as a freshman in 2011, and Marshall was one of the top RB prospects in the class of 2012.

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UGA Football 2012: Jarvis Jones Determined To Improve On Stellar 2011 Campaign

Georgia's outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, a transfer from USC, led the SEC in sacks in 2011, but, according to a lengthy article in the Athens Banner-Herald, he's been seemingly obsessed with improving, especially after being held without a sack in the SEC Championship game and the Outback Bowl.

The entire story is worth your time — especially if you like reading well-written preseason hype pieces — but the most interesting nugget is arguably what comes near the end of the piece, when Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham discussed Jones' work ethic — "He's working harder this year than last year," Grantham said —and what came after, when Jones talked about passing up the draft.

"They know I stayed to get better," Jones said. "They know I stayed to mature and become a better person outside of football. You get some people that are like, ‘I would have taken the money or I would have done this.' It ain't all about the money."

As if Bulldog fans needed another reason to love Jarvis Jones.

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UGA Football Depth Chart: Mark Beard Practicing At Left Tackle With No. 2 Offensive Line

JUCO transfer Mark Beard is getting reps at left tackle with Georgia's No. 2 offensive line unit.

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UGA Football Fall Practice: Bulldogs Begin Preparing For Buffalo, Missouri

Georgia football began preparations for Buffalo, their opponent for Sept. 1's season opener at Sanford Stadium, during Saturday's 90-minute, full-pad practice, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

That's not the game that's on most Georgia fan's minds--that would be the Week 2 clash in Columbia in Missouri's SEC debut--but no matter, says coach Mark Richt.

Richt said the Bulldogs always game-plan for the season's first two opponents during the offseason, and that this year is no different.

In fact, early prep work may be even more crucial this time around with an unfamiliar opponent in Missouri looming. The Tigers run an efficient spread with James Franklin, one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country, at the helm. Mizzou also boasts a freshman wide receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham, who was the top-rated player in the entire country out of high school last year.

Thanks to the internet, the Georgia coaching staff already took a look at the 6-6 playmaker:

"We pulled some stuff up," secondary coach Scott Lakatos said earlier this summer. "You can get all that stuff online now. Recruiting stuff is easy to get. When you're looking at a guy that's going to play as a true freshman, you've got to take a look and see what you're going to get."

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UGA Football Preseason: Mark Richt Looking For More Out Of Jay Rome

Mark Richt rarely calls players out in the media unless he knows exactly what he's doing; In this case, talented redshirt freshman Jay Rome's effort and intensity in practice does not appear to match his elite athletic and pass-catching abilities, according to Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph.

With former tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White both now on NFL rosters, Georgia has a vacancy at the position that will need to be filled by several players with little game experience.

Rome rated as one of the country's best tight end prospects out of high school in Valdosta, Ga., and at 6-6 and 254 pounds, he has every tool necessary to turn into one of Aaron Murray's favorite targets.

To do that, Richt says he'll need to improve his work in run-blocking schemes and in making each rep in practice count, according to Emerson. Richt seems to believe that a bit of a public scolding will give the redshirt freshman a needed kick in the pants.

With Arthur Lynch as the only other program veteran on the roster at tight end, Rome will have to play a significant role this season.

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UGA Football Fall Practice: Malcolm Mitchell Getting Reps With First Team Defense

UGA sophomore wide receiver and cornerback Malcolm Mitchell is taking snaps with the Bulldogs' first team defensive unit. Through 18 practices, Mitchell hasn't taken any offensive snaps, though he is expected to see time on both sides of the ball.

Mitchell is familiar with the offense, having gained 665 yards and scored four touchdowns as a freshman receiver in 2011. But to make him the ultimate duel threat, UGA coaches are making sure he gets the appropriate number of reps on the defensive side of the ball.

Mitchell says he's just going with it:

"This is a chance to show another side of what I can do," said Mitchell, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "If you get a chance to do something like that you want to take advantage of it. I feel like I've done my best to show them what I can do. I'll know if I'm ready when they let me know."

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Kolton Houston Update: Offensive Lineman's Future Still In The Air

Kolton Houston still has no idea on whether or not the NCAA will clear him to play and allow him to compete with his Georgia Bulldogs teammates on the football field this fall.

After suffering a shoulder injury in high school, Houston was given something to help him heal. But what he received contained Norandrolone, a banned substance by the NCAA. in April of 2010, the 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive lineman tested positive for the banned substance and has tested positive for it over the last two seasons.

Georgia has appealed to the NCAA to try and have the ruling overturned.

In the meantime, Houston can still practice with the team and head coach Mark Richt is trying to keep him ready just in case, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constituion report:

"We're still trying to rep him enough to keep him as ready as we can without taking reps from guys we know are eligible to play," Richt said. "So it's kind of a touchy deal. But he's getting some good work. ... He can practice, so we're trying to keep him fresh and get him as game-ready as we can."

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UGA Football Fall Practice: Ray Drew Makes Transition To Defensive End

Georgia Bulldogs sophomore Ray Drew came in last season as a 240-pound linebacker. Fifty pounds later, he's practicing as a 290-pound defensive end. It's been a smooth transition, as he told the Athens Banner-Herald's Roger Clarkson.

"It hasn’t been too much of a transition because it’s very similar to what I ran in high school," Drew said. "The defensive end-outside linebacker position was interchangable as well so I never really lost the feel for having my hand in the dirt and knowing what I’m supposed to do there. So it was a fairly smooth transition."

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner said Drew could get even bigger.

"Ray weighs 290 pounds now," Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. "You can’t play linebacker when you weigh 290 pounds. That’s too big. We knew he was going to get bigger when we brought him in. You could just tell by looking that he hadn’t filled out yet. Just look at his feet. He wears a size 17 or 18 shoe and he hadn’t grown into his feet yet so he’s probably going to get bigger."

The Bulldogs open the season Sept. 1 at home against Buffalo.

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UGA Football Preseason: David Andrews Taking Over At Center

Georgia Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says sophomore David Andrews has nailed down the starting center job left vacant by four-year starter Ben Jones.

"To me he’s solidified that job," Richt said. "We went into camp hoping he would be the guy. … I think it’s the best combination for Georgia for him to be the center and I think he’ll do a good job."

Andrews played in 10 games as a freshman last season. The other option would appear to be junior Chris Burdette, who is also seeing time at guard in preseason camp.

Dawg Sports has said that there won't be much improvement in the offensive line this season after losing Jones, who was drafted by the Houston Texans.

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UGA Football Preseason: Sophomore Amarlo Herrera Experienced Enough To Step In

Georgia Bulldogs inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera saw a lot of playing time last year as a freshman because of injuries. Coming into this sophomore season, that early experience could pay dividends for a Bulldogs defense that needs the depth, explains Roger Clarkson of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Herrera looks to be first in line as starting linebacker Alec Ogletree faces potential suspension (just one of many discipline problems the defense is facing). Herrera says he is ready:

"Last year helped a lot. I know better what to expect now. I know how the game is played and how to play on the college level. I know what’s expected of me."

The Bulldogs open the season at home Saturday, Sept. 1, against Buffalo.

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Tavarres King Injury: Georgia Bulldogs WR Sidelined By Lower Leg Strain

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Tavarres King did not practice with the team on Friday because of a lower leg strain, according to head coach Mark Richt. Rantavious Wooten also missed practice because of an injury.

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King was named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award watch list after a junior season that saw him lead all Georgia receivers with 47 catches, 705 yards and eight touchdowns. Wooten caught two passes for 39 yards and one touchdown in 2011.

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UGA Football Preseason: Bulldogs Prepping Christian Lemay To Play

Third-string Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Christian Lemay got more reps in Thursday's practice as the coaches prepare him for the possibility of being Aaron Murray's backup. Right now that guy is Hutson Mason -- who the Bulldogs would love to redshirt -- but perhaps less encouraging for Lemay is that he's also holding off walk-on Parker Welch.

Still, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo continues to see improvement from Lemay, as he told Macon.com's Seth Emerson :

"Definitely improvement from last year and we’ve still got a lot to work on and a lot to improve on. I like his attitude and I like how he’s progressed. The dynamic we have there, Hutson’s No. 2 if injury happens. But if it’s finish the game, right now it’d be LeMay or Parker Welch."

The Bulldogs are still fresh off a Wednesday scrimmage from which head coach Mark Richt left disappointed in the quarterback play. Lemay was 2-of-5 passing with a pick in the scrimmage.

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UGA Football Preseason: Todd Gurley Impresses In Scrimmages, No Changes To Depth Chart

Freshman running back Todd Gurley has led the Georgia Bulldogs in rushing in both of the team scrimmages. In Wednesday's scrimmage, the freshman ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

A couple of things have impressed coaches at Georgia including offensive coordinator Ryan Bobo: Gurkey's combined speed with strength.

The power and the speed has surprised me. You never know until they get here. I knew he was physical, but the speed, along with his physicality, has been impressive.

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon has said that all four running backs currently on the Bulldog roster, including Ken Malcome, Richard Samuel and Keith Marshall, are in the mix to get a substantial part of playing time.

Those guys are pretty much going to hash it out themselves...I think all of them are pushing each other and it's exciting to see right now.

Malcome and Samuel, the two eldest running backs on the roster, may have the inside track to start for the Bulldogs Sept. 1 against the Buffalo Bulls. But, if players like Gurley continue to impress, there could be room for them to make key plays.

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UGA Football Fall Practice: Corey Moore Impresses After Scrimmage

Sophomore safety Corey Moore has been one of the big surprises of fall camp with his improved play when defending the pass, and his interception against Aaron Murray in Wednesday's scrimmage has Moore on the verge of taking the next step in his development.

In an interview with Marc Weiszer of DogBytesOnline.com, Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said that Moore is starting to become more of an all-around player instead of strictly a run stopper.

"I think Corey was one of the most improved guys from the scrimmage. He made some plays in coverage. He’s always been a physical player in the run game and that showed up (Wednesday). He’s a guy that has kind of gotten it and he’s working really hard."

With safety Bacari Rambo expected to face a suspension to begin the season, Grantham believes that the Bulldogs coaching staff will be able to lean on him without losing much in the secondary.

"Corey was one of the more productive guys, meaning guys you’re looking at to fill a role for you."

Moore is competing for playing time at safety with freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons and former walk-on Connor Norman for playing time

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UGA Football Preseason: Fullback Merritt Hall Earns Scholarship, First-String Spot

Merritt Hall, who spent high school career as a linebacker that no one valued enough to offer a scholarship to, is certainly making waves on the FBS level these days at Georgia.

Hall, who is the Bulldogs' first-string fullback entered the final weeks of camp and presumptive starter come Georgia's Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo, has made the transition from preferred walk-on to starter seem almost easy. He's also earned himself a full scholarship along the way, effective as of last weekend.

The sophomore has certainly made an impression on his Bulldogs, including quarterback Aaron Murray.

"Merritt's not afraid of anyone," Murray told The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday. "I don't care who it is. He's not afraid to meet them in the hole and take them on."

Hall is seemingly making an impression everywhere he goes around Bulldogs' practice, as Hall was named the spring's outstanding offensive walk-on.

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2012 UGA Football Preseason: Freshmen Poised To Take Kicker, Punter Duties

Georgia's chances at repeating as SEC Eastern Division Champions might hinge on one hopefully fabulous freshman - running back Keith Marshall - but a pair of newcomers are close to taking over the special teams unit. The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that freshman Marshall Morgan is the favorite to start at kicker, while freshman Collin Barber is set to become the Dawgs' next starting punter.

"Today gave me a better peace about them being where they are," coach Mark Richt said. "I’m not going to name them starters yet."

Richt said Barber’s punts were impressive. He averaged 49.5-yards on two punts.

The Bulldogs are looking to replace the departed Drew Butler and Blair Walsh at punter and place kicker, respectively. Walsh had become a staple at the position, racking up various records, including a NCAA mark of 45 games with at least one field goal. His 412 points rate second all-time in NCAA history, and he was named to the UGA All-Decade team.

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UGA Football Preseason: Mark Richt Upset With 'Pretty Good' Bulldogs After Scrimmage

Mark Richt says his team played "pretty good" in a Wednesday scrimmage — but that "pretty good" will not get his Bulldogs the sort of season that lives up to their lofty preseason expectations, according to Seth Emerson at The (Macon) Telegraph.

"Like I told the team, I thought we looked like a pretty good team. But you know, pretty good’s about 8-4," Richt said. "Maybe 9-3 if you’re lucky. But we’d like to do better than 8-4. And that’s about how we played (Wednesday)."

One of the factors that may have Richt a bit pessimistic on Georgia's chances? His offense's casual approach to ball security. Georgia quarterbacks threw three interceptions on Wednesday, and each of the four quarterbacks to take a snap fumbled the ball. Aaron Murray, Georgia's incumbent starter and one of the best signal-callers in the nation, had both a pick and a fumble.

Georgia's freshman running backs, however, were stellar, with Todd Gurley running for 87 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Keith Marshall picking up 62 yards on five carries. If either or both can provide the production of dismissed tailback Isaiah Crowell, Georgia could be better than pretty good on the ground.

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UGA Preseason 2012: Malcolm Mitchell Shining On Defense

UGA sophomore Malcolm Mitchell has yet to play a snap at offense in Georgia's two preseason scrimmages, notes Seth Emerson at the Telegraph. Mitchell has transitioned to cornerback for the 2012 season after putting up strong numbers as a freshman wide receiver.

Mitchell was a true freshman in 2011, and finished the season ranked fourth in the SEC in receiving, with 60.5 yards per game, and fifth in receptions, with 4.1 per game. But with the Bulldogs facing a depleted secondary in the 2012 season, Mitchell moved to the defensive side of the ball.

Sophomore receiver Chris Conley noted how Mitchell was especially well suited to the transition:

"His game is so different from other guys, because he’s so versatile," Conley said. "He has a lot of size, a lot of speed, a lot of quickness. He has a lot of different attributes, and he also has so many tools he can use, that he can make plays in all sorts of situations."

Considering what Mitchell was able to achieve as a freshman, his sophomore season could bring big returns for UGA.

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Mark Richt Not Impressed With Quarterback Play In Second Scrimmage

Nearly everyone was primed and ready when the Georgia Bulldogs held their second scrimmage of the fall on Wednesday -- even those who were reportedly dinged up with various injuries. Cornerbacks Malcolm Mitchell and Branden Smith (shoulder issues), defensive back Damian Swann (sprained neck) and defensive end Ray Drew (concussion) were suited up and ready to go.

While getting players on the field is important, the play during the scrimmage is what really matters, and head coach Mark Richt was not impressed with his quarterback play on Wednesday:

"I saw some good things. There were some good things about it. But I saw a lot of bad things. I saw three picks, just bad interceptions, bad throws. One where Corey [Moore] made a great play. I'll give him that. Every time the quarterback got touched, they fumbled the ball. They're not supposed to get tackled, but sometimes they'll get touched. Every time they got hit a little bit or touched a little bit, they fumbled the ball. I wasn't too happy about that."

Here are the quarterback stats from Wednesday's scrimmage: Starter Aaron Murray went 8-of-14 for 158 yards with a touchdown and an interception; Hutson Mason was 8-of-18 for 67 yards, a touchdown and an interception; and Christian Lemay was 2-for-5 for 35 yards with a pick.

The running back situation is also important for a Georgia team without last year's leading rusher, dismissed tailback Isaiah Crowell. Freshman Todd Gurley had a good day on the ground, carrying seven times for 87 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

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Georgia Bulldogs Football: UGA Ranked No. 9 In SI Preseason Top 25

Georgia joins five other SEC teams in SI.com's Top 25.

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SB Nation Preseason All-Americans: Bacarri Rambo Among Best Defensive Backs

Did our friends at the SB Nation mothership snub Bacarri Rambo? The University of Georgia defensive back has appeared on more than his share of preseason award watch lists and All-America teams (Blue Ribbon, Phil Steele, the SEC Media Days media vote), yet he's relegated to an honorable mention in the defensive backs category of SB Nation's Preseason All-America team.

Ahead of Rambo? Two SEC rivals -- Eric Reid of LSU and Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State -- as well as USC's T.J. McDonald and NC State's David Amerson. Joining Rambo on the honorable mentions list: John Boyett of Oregon, Robert Lester of Alabama, Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma and Johnny Adams of Michigan State.

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UGA Football Preseason: Plenty Of Competition For Running Back

Four running backs are trying to win the starting job for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2012. So far in preseason camp, head coach Mark Richt can't make up his mind as to who will get that first carry of the regular season, according to Dog Bytes Online.

"I think they’re all pretty good backs," Richt said. "I think they’re all going to get their opportunity to play throughout the year. Who’s going to be the starter? I don’t know. We’ll be anxious to see all of them really. I will be."

Redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome entered the preseason as the No. 1 tailback, and Richt said he likes "the way he runs the ball."

The other three running backs fighting for the starting job are senior Richard Samuel and freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

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SB Nation Preseason All-Americans: Jarvis Jones Leads Linebackers

The Georgia Bulldogs are looking to reclaim their prior glory in the SEC East. If they are going to do it in 2012, linebacker Jarvis Jones could be a big reason why. Voted the top linebacker in the nation by SB Nation, Jarvis is coming off last year where he recorded 70 total tackles, 19.5 for loss, 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 26 quarterback hurries.

Kyle King of the SB Nation blog Dawg Sports wrote a profile on the linebacker talking about how he is trying to elevate his game for the 2012 season.

The NCAA owed Georgia a solid after the A.J. Green suspension, and the Bulldogs were due a favor from Lane Kiffin after delivering him his only halfway-notable career victory; the Red and Black were paid back, with interest, in the form of Jarvis Jones, a USC transfer who was cleared to play at the 11th hour last autumn. The hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end made the most of his opportunity, thriving in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme, which puts a premium on variability and versatility of the sort Jones embodies. To top it all off, he returned in 2012 with the stated goal of elevating both his game and the Bulldogs'. Jones finishes the drill on the field, is a team leader in the locker room, and stays away from scooters and parking tickets on campus. What's not to like?

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UGA Football Preseason: True Freshman John Theus Could Be Named Starter

Georgia freshman John Theus has been impressive during preseason practices thus far and if he keeps it up, he could go down in history according to Dog Bytes Online:

Georgia has yet to name him a starter, but if the 2012 signee does indeed start Sept. 1 against Buffalo, he'll be just the third true freshman to start at offensive tackle in a season opener for the Bulldogs since freshmen became eligible in 1973.

Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray commented that Theus doesn't look like a freshman out on the field and an endorsement from the signal caller can go a long way:

Quarterback Aaron Murray said he hasn't noticed that Theus is a rookie. He said he's certainly not in there "shaking and crying. He's out there, doing his thing, manning up."

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Georgia Football Preseason: Quayvon Hicks Growing Into Fullback Role

Georgia Bulldogs freshman Quayvon Hicks is still adjusting to the fullback position at the college level, and the team is counting on him to help out in 2012. Reports out of camp have been positive, and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo believes that Hicks will become a very good fullback once Hicks gets a grasp on everything.

"It’s a matter of time," Bobo said when asked about Hicks’ development. "He’s a prototypical body, he’s a guy that some of those NFL fullbacks have. … He can bend. He’s got power, and when he learns how to do it and use his power angles (he’ll be better). It’s a learning process, and we’ve gotta get him ready."


Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/08/12/2135400/georgia-freshman-hicks-preparing.html#storylink=cpy

Related: What Does the Dismissal of the LSU Tigers' Tyrann Mathieu Mean for the Georgia Bulldogs?

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Georgia Football Preseason: 7 Walk-Ons Given Scholarships

The Georgia Bulldogs have awarded scholarships to seven walk-on players, reports The Telegraph's Seth Emerson:

Five players previously not on scholarship were upgraded on Saturday: redshirt freshman fullback Merritt Hall, junior defensive back Luis Capella, junior receiver Rhett McGowan, sophomore safety Connor Norman and sophomore linebacker Kosta Vavlas.

In addition, junior tailback Brandon Harton and junior cornerback Blake Sailors, who were awarded scholarships before last season, had theirs renewed.


Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/08/12/2135462/seven-walk-ons-are-awarded-scholarships.html#storylink=cpy

Related: What Does the Dismissal of the LSU Tigers' Tyrann Mathieu Mean for the Georgia Bulldogs?

Hall is currently listed as the Bulldogs' first-team fullback, and Norman could see a considerable amount of playing time with Bacarri Rambo facing a suspension.

With the new additions, Georgia has 76 players on scholarship, according to Emerson.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Hutson Mason Still Ahead Of Christian LeMay On Depth Chart

Aaron Murray is entrenched at the starting quarterback position for the Georgia Bulldogs, but after that the position gets a little fuzzy for the team in preseason as Mark Richt is deciding what to do with his depth chart. While Christian LeMay was presumed to be the No. 2 guy if something happened to Murray, Hutson Mason is making that call a difficult one with his play so far.

"If something happened today, Hutson is No. 2," head coach Mark Richt said. "It could change throughout camp, but Hutson just has a tremendous feel for what he's doing and has got another year under his belt compared to LeMay. LeMay's getting there. He's made some good progress. The best one's going to play. Right now, Hutson is ahead of LeMay."

"With Hutson, we feel like he's kind of up there with Murray," added senior safety Shawn Williams. "He can throw good balls. He was making us be on our job. You can't be lacking coming in out of breaks because he's going to have the ball on our target."

LeMay, a 6-2 redshirt freshman, went 7 for 10 for 152 yards a touchdown in this springs G-Day game.

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UGA Football Preseason: John Theus Getting Plenty Of Practice Blocking Jarvis Jones

Freshman John Theus hasn't been named as a starter for Georgia's offensive line yet but it is pretty apparent that he is going to be getting a lot of playing time.

"John's not gotten to the point where we're going to name him the starter yet, but I don't think there's any doubt he's going to play and he knows that," said head coach Mark Richt

Theus' preparation includes trying to block consensus All-American Jarvis Jones who led the conference in sacks last season and Jones has yet to cut him any slack.

"I'm trying to make it my business that they have him ready from day one," Jones said.

Theus is currently competing with Watts Dantzler for the starting position at right tackle. His presence however could eventually lead to Dantzler or Kenarious Gates being shifted inside to guard.

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Todd Gurley, Marlon Brown Stand Out In Preseason Scrimmage

Georgia held its first scrimmage of the fall at Sanford Stadium on Wednesday and it sounded like a good performance from the Bulldogs' 1st team offensive and defensive units.

Freshman running back Todd Gurley could have been the biggest surprise of the scrimmage finishing with 58 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Head coach Mark Richt indicated that Gurley may have benefited from running behind the first-team offensive line but his performance was still impressive.

"Todd, he ran the ball well, but he had some good space provided for him at times where some other guys didn't. I mean, Marshall had a great three-yard run one time but that doensn't impress anybody unless you see it in person. I thought all the backs ran well really. There were a cpouple of times I didn't think they hit it like they should have or could have. But it wasn't bad."

Marlon Brown may have had the best statistical day of anyone finishing with six catches, 103 yards and two touchdowns. Brown hauled in both touchdown passes thrown by Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason.

Defensive end Ray Drew sat out the scrimmage while he recovers from a concussion that was suffered earlier in the week.

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Georgia Football Preseason: University Tweaks Drug Test Policy

While the Georgia football program's strict marijuana testing policy has been the subject of many grumblings from fans about the Bulldogs putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage, the school is not backing down from their no tolerance policy.

Instead, the only tweaks they are making come to the disclosure process, in an attempt to prevent school officials from leaking the names of the violators to the media:

"Employees who improperly release such information are subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment," [the school's new drug policy] states. Anyone from the school notified of a substance abuse issue for an athlete "will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement."

But with the amount of interest and passion generated by Georgia football, it's almost naive to think that a suspension of the player the caliber of S Bacarri Rambo wouldn't get out sooner than rather than later.

If it's not an official from the school who leaks the report, a suspension would almost certainly become public knowledge when the athlete tells his teammates and friends around campus.

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Georgia Football Fall Practice: Mark Beard Hopes To Join Offensive Line Discussion

The picture of what Georgia's offensive line will look like this season is becoming clearer and junior college transfer Mark Beard is hoping to earn some playing time.

Currently Beard is listed as the second team left guard behind Dallas Lee but he may not actually be that close to playing. If Lee didn't start the Bulldogs could opt to shift Kenarious Gates or Watts Dantzler inside and play freshman John Theus at tackle.

Offensive line coach Will Friend previously indicated that the Bulldogs were looking for six or seven lineman to have game ready by the time the season starts. Currently their appears to be six and Beard is hoping to join that group but it appears he still has some ground to make up.

"He's done some things better," Friend said. "He's still got to improve and the speed of the game has got to catch him. We've got to improve on that."

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VIDEO: SB Nation Previews 2012 Georgia Football Season

The SEC has quite a few elite teams vying for position at the top, and the Georgia Bulldogs have the defense to keep them in the conversation for some time while the offense finds a new identity. As Mark Richt gets his team ready for the upcoming season, SB Nation is here to get you ready as a college football fan with a series of team previews. Here's the latest with a breakdown of Georgia's chances in 2012:


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Georgia Football Preseason: Richard Samuel Aiming For Starting Fullback

Richard Samuel has jumped from tailback to linebacker and back to tailback again. Now that he's had a taste of both sides, the Georgia senior would love to blend the two.

Samuel has come out publicly to state that he wants the starting fullback job, a role that would likely be his if not for the offseason dismissal of Isaiah Crowell. While he's not penciled in as the starting tailback, it's something Mark Richt is considering despite his wishes to play the lead blocker.

"It's the closest thing to linebacker for me," said Samuel. "I mean I don't worry about the glory position. I just want to have a little contact and have fun."

Richt, the team's head coach, still believes Samuel could hold that role this season.

"I told him that continuing to get reps at fullback would not stop him from being a starting fullback," Richt said. "The beauty of him playing that position is he's in that meeting room with fullbacks and tailbacks."

Samuel had 82 carries for 240 yards and 1 touchdown in 2011.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Mark Richt Discusses New Injury Disclosure Policy

Mark Richt is going to shoot straight about injuries this season as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, a change from years past after a new way of interacting with the media was decided upon this offseason. Thus today, reporters covering the team heard the latest straight from the source, including news that a concussion has sophomore Ray Drew out for an indefinite period of time.

"It wasn't my idea, it wasn't my brainstorm, but I'm part of the team," Richt said. "I think it's just to give you guys exactly what we want to give you [regarding injuries], and if you ask me a question about it, I'll say, ‘Just read the report.' And that'll kind of be the way we go.

"But if you want to ask me about how does that affect the depth chart or something like that, [fine]," he continued. "I think, in football, injury reports are important; people want to know about what's going on. But then you've got family members that we want to consider when we throw stuff out there."

Drew in particular is going to be hurting for his lack of reps after switching to defensive end from linebacker.

"He needs reps, no doubt," Richt said. "Even the veterans, they need a certain amount of reps to get to where they're sharp."

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UGA Football Preseason: Todd Grantham Impressed With Play Of Freshman

Georgia's assistant coaches met with the media on Sunday and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham talked candidly about his freshman who he has been impressed with early in camp.

There has been much talk about Josh Harvey-Clemons and his move from linebacker to safety and Grantham thinks that he and cornerback Sheldon Dawson could see some playing time this season. A trio of outside linebackers including James DeLoach, Josh Dawson and Jordan Jenkins are also making a push for playing time early.

The only freshman defensive player that is likely to redshirt is defensive tackle Johnathan Taylor and that is mostly because of the presence of John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers.

"Johnathan Taylor is a big guy that we're gonna work and develop. But it doesn't make much sense to play him with Kwame (Geathers) and Big John (Jenkins) right now," Grantham said. "So that's a case where we're gonna work and develop him. But we're gonna get him ready for down the road."

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Georgia Versus The Pollsters: What The Dawgs' Preseason Ranking Portends For 2012

Georgia's No. 6 ranking in the preseason coaches' poll earned a grimace from a big swath of Bulldog Nation, but high expectations haven't necessarily been the kiss of death for Mark Richt's Dawgs.

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UGA Football Fall Camp: Rodney Garner Discusses Roster Management

Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner met with the media on Sunday and talked about Georgia well publicized roster attrition. The Bulldogs enter the 2012 season well below the 85 scholarship limit thanks in part to a number of player dismissals and transfers out of the program.

"We've had a lot of attrition," he said. "It's the way we run our program, I don't know what other people do, but I know we run a pretty stringent program. We've had some unfortunate things pop up. I'm not saying it's a common occurrence but there's probably other programs that are going through similar things depending on what kind of structure they have. I really like the quality of the young men we've got in the program."

Garner went on to describe the situation as a double-edged sword and voiced his support for the way Mark Richt runs the program.

"It's what do we want this program to be. It's a double-edged sword, but what do you want. You can sweep this under the rug, you can have this, you can have that, but is that really want you want?"

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Georgia Football Preseason: Mark Richt Updates Plan For Malcolm Mitchell

Head coach Mark Richt recently talked about wide receiver turned defensive back Malcolm Mitchell and gave an update on the plan for Mitchell as the team prepares for its season opener against Buffalo.

Mitchell is primarily working at defense in the early part of camp but Richt indicated that about 10 days prior to the season opener against Buffalo that Mitchell would start to get integrated into the offense.

"We're not going to expect him to play every play, but I do want him to be available to play offense as early as the first game," Richt said. "As the season rolls on, I think that will increase."

Mitchell has already drawn praise for his work at corner in the spring and the fall. He is willing to do whatever the team needs to help it be successful.

"I expect Sanders (Commings) to come back and play his spot that he's been playing for a couple of years," Mitchell said. "I'm stepping into help. If the coaches want me to stay there, I'll stay there."

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UGA Fall Practice 2012: Running Back Job Still Wide Open

The race to replace Isaiah Crowell as the team's starting quarterback has started and thus far there hasn't been much separation. Richard Samuel and Ken Malcome are currently at the top of the depth chart in large part due to their experience but Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are also getting repetitions with the No. 1 offense.

Mark Richt said that the team will eventually shuffle the depth chart at running back but nothing is imminent as of now.

"I don't know when and where, if (the depth chart is) going to move around," Richt said. "Usually we'll at least wait until we have a day in pads or we'll wait until after the scrimmage to re-rack it a little bit."

Samuel is also working at fullback and where he ultimately ends up has a lot to do with how Marshall and Gurley perform at tailback. If the Bulldogs are comfortable with Malcome along with the two freshman then Samuel may begin to see more time at fullback.

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UGA Fall Practice: David Andrews Much Improved From Spring

David Andrews hold on the center position looked tenuous at best during the spring but he has gone a long way to secure the starting job early in fall camp. It certainly has to help that Andrews has the support of starting quarterback Aaron Murray.

"I'm positive it's him," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "He's done a great job all summer of working hard. We go out there, and him and I are working on calls. He knows everything we're doing, he knows the calls, and he's only going to get better these next few weeks and into the season. So I have complete confidence in what he can do."

Going against the likes of nose tackles Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins daily in practice has led Andrews to focus on his technique and has thus improved his approach. He certainly can't overpower players like Geathers and Jenkins so he is turning to solid fundamentals to move them where he needs them to go.

During the spring it looked like the Bulldogs might have to move starting guard Chris Burnette to center if Andrews couldn't handle the position. Now it looks like they have their man at center and can focus on other areas of concern.

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UGA Football Preseason: Chris Burnette Absent From Sunday's Practice

Georgia practiced Sunday without right guard Chris Burnette who was absent from practice because he was sick according to offensive line coach Will Friend.

While it was good news that Burnette wasn't injured it gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to get a look at Watts Dantzler at right guard and alongside John Theus at tackle. Those two along with Burnette, Kenarious Gates, David Andrews and Dallas Lee have separated themselves from the rest of the offensive line. Dantzler and Theus are battling at tackle to see who is start but its also possible that either Dantzler or Gates could move to guard in place of Lee to make room for Theus.

The Bulldogs want to decide on an alignment soon so that they group can start working together to become accustomed to each other and their responsibilities.

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UGA Football Preseason: Watts Dantzler, John Theus Splitting Snaps At Right Tackle

Watts Dantzler and John Theus are splitting snaps with the first team offensive line as the Bulldogs look to settle on a starting combination soon.

Through the first few days of camp the Bulldogs have been lining up with Kenarious Gates at left tackle, Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette at guards and David Andrews at center along with either Dantzler or Theus at right tackle. According to Mark Richt the team wants to settle on a starting combination quickly to allow the line to gel and get accustomed to working together.

"The two things are to get the starting lineup [set] as soon as we possibly can and let them work together," Richt said. "They need to be a cohesive unit that works together in tandem. . . . We're going to find a starting five, then we're hoping to find two or three or four more we think can play."

After setting the starting lineup it will be key for the Bulldogs to find adequate backups and that search could be made much easier if Kolton Houston ever receives the go-ahead from the NCAA.

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Branden Smith Will Not Be Suspended For Being Arrested On Marijuana Possession

Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Branden Smith was arrested for possessing marijuana back in March will not face any type of suspension. According to university policy a misdemeanor arrest triggers an automatic one-game suspension, but head coach Mark Richt spoke with the media after Saturday's practice and said he had gathered enough information to allow Smith to play.

Smith also talked about what happened immediately after he was arrested and returned to school:

"As soon as possible when I got back to the university I got tested. It was clean. I went to court, got tested, it was clean," Smith said. "So right now I've just moved on. Like I said, I apologize to the university and my family for being at the wrong place at the wrong time."

He also added that "I don't do drugs."

Smith said he just learned about him being able to play and is moving on and glad that this incident is behind him.

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UGA Football Preseason: Mark Richt Discusses Josh Harvey-Clemons' Move To Safety

When Georgia opened preseason practice on Thursday it did so with its most sought after 2012 recruit working at a new position. Josh Harvey-Clemons was recruited primarily as an outside linebacker but was working at safety on Thursday when practice began. Harvey-Clemons is listed at 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds and probably doesn't have the bulk necessary to play linebacker effectively. Mark Richt talked about the switch on Friday.

"I don't think he's really thick enough at this moment and strong enough to play the outside linebacker position," Richt said. "He could do it athletically, without question, he could play safety without question. I think he could play the nickel I think he could probably play the corner. He's just very athletic, has very good ball skills, has got a lot of quickness and burst.

The move also makes sense from a numbers standpoint where the Bulldogs signed three other outside linebackers in the class with Harvey-Clemons alone. Sheldon Dawson was the only safety in the 2012 class so Harvey-Clemons could end up sticking there at least in the early part of his career in Athens.

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Georgia Football Fall Camp: Mark Richt Pleased With Freshman's Early Performance

The Georgia Bulldogs brought in a 17-man class and while fall camp is still in its infancy head coach Mark Richt is very optimistic and excited about his freshman:

"Everybody's pretty pleased with the talent base that we brought in and the attitude, the willingness to learn and be coached, a lot of things that you know are going to be important if a guy's really going to become a good player one day," Richt said. "The skills sets are outstanding. The athleticism is outstanding. A lot of coaches are talking about the explosive ability of the defensive players that play on our near the line of scrimmage. I think we did a really good job of bringing in some outstanding freshmen."

Richt was also asked how many of these freshman will play, and he felt that every single one of them should have a very good chance of seeing the field this season. He just fell short of guaranteeing that every freshman would play, but just said "time will tell."

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Georgia Football Preseason: Malcolm Mitchell Impressing With Play At Corner

Count safety Shawn Williams among those impressed by Malcolm Mitchell's performance at cornerback. According to Williams, Mitchell has the total package of size and speed with the ability to be physical at the line but the speed to take plenty of chances in coverage.

"Because he's big, he's physical, he has those long arms, and he's really fast. You can't run by him," Williams said. "And he's gonna be sitting there at the line and pressuring you all day. So he's a real good corner."

Mitchell figures to spend much more time on the defensive side of the ball at least through the first two games of the season while Sanders Commings serves his two game suspension. After that the lobbying between the offensive and defensive coaches should increase.

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Aaron Murray Recounts Lessons From Manning Brothers

As the Bulldogs prepare for a season with high expectations, quarterback Aaron Murray will be using lessons from some of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

Over the summer, Murray spent time as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, where Peyton and Eli worked with young quarterbacks. From the Athens Banner-Herald:

"They worked with us on a little bit of form if they saw something glaring," Murray said of two workouts the Mannings had with the college quarterbacks. "So I got to learn from two of the best in the game, which was awesome."

He also worked at the Elite 11 camp in California. Murray and the Bulldogs hope the tips and preparation will help Georgia reach another SEC title game, and perhaps more.

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Georgia Football Preseason: John Theus Works With 2nd Team Offensive Line

Freshman John Theus is expected to challenge for a starting spot on the Bulldogs offensive line for the upcoming season and he spent his first day of fall practice working with the second team.

Georgia's first team offensive line looked identical to the post-spring depth chart minus Kolton Houston who continues to have issues with the NCAA. Kenarious Gates worked at left tackle while Watts Dantzler took over for Houston at right tackle. The guards were Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette while the center is David Andrews.

The second team included Theus and Austin Long at tackles, Mark Beard and Greg Pyke at guard and Hunter Long at the center position.

Theus is expected to push Dantzler hard for playing time which could cause the Bulldogs to shift around the offensive line. Gates could move to the right side with Theus taking over at left tackle if he impresses the coaching staff enough to convince them he can handle the job.

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UGA Football Preseason: Josh Harvey-Clemons Working At Safety

The first day of practice brought a little bit of a surprise as highly touted recruit Josh Harvey-Clemons began the first day of fall practice working at safety. Bulldogs coaches had previously indicated that Harvey-Clemons would be playing as a linebacker although defensive coordinator Todd Grantham later said that he could work as somewhat of a hybrid safety/linebacker combo.

Safety could be an area of need for the Bulldogs particularly in the early going when several defensive starters including starting free safety Bacarri Rambo are expected to be suspended.

For what it is worth, Todd Grantham is known to move players around so cross training isn't unusual at any position on the defensive side of the football. Harvey-Clemons is listed at 6-foot-5, 207 pounds by the school's official website which could be a little slender for the linebacker position.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Incoming Freshman Select Jersey Numbers

One of the most anticipated parts of fall practice beginning is finding out what jersey numbers incoming freshman will wear as they begin their career as Georgia Bulldogs. Several freshman wasted little time grabbing some significant numbers from the past few seasons.

Defensive back Sheldon Dawson took No. 2 which was worn by Brandon Boykin for the last four seasons. Wideout Balke Tibbs grabbed No. 8 which was worn by A.J. Green not that long ago.

Here is a look at many of the newcomers jersey numbers:

2) Sheldon Dawson, ATH
3) Todd Gurley, TB
4) Keith Marshall, TB
8) Blake Tibbs, WR
10) Faton Bauta, QB
13) Marshall Morgan, K
25) Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB
32) Collin Barber, P
48) Quayvon Hicks, FB
59) Jordan Jenkins, LB
71) John Theus, OT
73) Greg Pyke, OL
80) Ty Flournoy-Smith, TE
89) James DeLoach, LB
91) Josh Dawson, LB

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UGA Football Preseason: Chase Vasser Earns Two-Game Suspension For DUI Arrest

Add linebacker Chase Vasser to the growing list of Georgia defensive players that will be suspended to start the season for team violations. The school confirmed today that Vasser was arrested for driving under the influence in Atlanta back in May. The school's athletic code of conduct calls for a two game suspension which was confirmed by spokesman Claude Felton.

Vasser was expected to start at outside linebacker and joins Sanders Commings as those players with a confirmed suspension. Branden Smith, Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree are also rumored to be facing suspensions for team violations. Rambo's suspension is rumored to be as many as four games as a second-time offender.

The absences will force the Bulldogs to go deep into their depth chart and has standout wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell primarily working at the cornerback position for the early part of the season.

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UGA Football Preseason: Kolton Houston Still Ineligible To Play

Two years ago, Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston underwent shoulder surgery and was given a banned performance-enhancing substance. Two years later, Houston is still testing positive for that substance and as a result, has been ruled ineligible to play by the NCAA.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity appealed to NCAA president Mark Emmert for a special exemption that would allow Houston to take the field but was denied, according to a report by SI.com:

Emmert said he understood Georgia's "empathy for Kolton's situation" but added he was surprised the school would ask for the exemption.

"That surprise stems in part from the fact that Kolton tested positive in subsequent drug tests after his initial sanction, and the Drug Test Appeals Subcommittee did not impose additional sanctions for those positive tests due to the `declining value' argument that supported the conclusion that there was no new use of the banned substance," Emmert said.

Emmert said the drug test policy "is not something that can be waived or appealed because doing so would undermine the purpose of the drug testing program."

Houston will remain ineligible to compete until the substance levels drop to what the NCAA considers an "appropriate threshold"

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College Football Rankings: Georgia Starts Coaches Poll At No. 6

Everything is set up for Mark Richt's program to return to the national stage in 2012, as Georgia starts the year at No. 6 overall in the first edition of the coaches poll.

More importantly, with No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama not on the regular season schedule, there isn't a higher-ranked opponent standing in the Bulldogs way until a potential SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

While pre-season polls are only an arbitrary snap-spot of overall strength, they do create a pecking order at the top of the rankings, with voters loathe to jump a team until they have lost a game.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, starts 2012 in the others receiving votes category.

The SEC leads the way with seven schools in the top 25, with five in the top 10, while the ACC has only two ranked schools -- No. 7 Florida State and No. 14 Clemson.

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UGA Football Preseason: John Theus Expected To Compete For Starting Position

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Georgia's offensive line for the 2012 season and it sounds like freshman offensive tackle John Theus is going to get plenty of opportunities to win a starting job.

"I think even we as a coaching staff are going to be thrilled to see what he can do," Richt said of a player projected to play tackle. "Theus is just one of those guys that has a very good chance to play as a freshman and possibly even start."

The Bulldogs lost three starters off of last year's offensive line and needs several different players to step up in the competition. No one really distinguished themselves from the pack during the spring. At 6-foot-6, 305 pounds Theus certainly has the size for the job. How quick he catches on to Georgia's offensive schemes will likely dictate how quickly he moves into the lineup.

The preseason depth chart at offensive line has Kenarious Gates and Kolton Houston listed as starters at tackle. Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette have the top two spots at guard and David Andrews at center.

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UGA Football Preseason: Collin Barber, Marshall Morgan Have Big Shoes To Fill

Most of the offseason discussion involving Georgia football have centered on the offensive line worries or the player suspensions that could decimate the defensive secondary in the early going. Another area of concern comes in the kicking game here both Drew Butler and Blair Walsh must be replaced this season.

The Bulldogs are expected to go with a pair of freshman in those key positions this season. Collin Barber will take over for Butler at punter while Marshall Morgan will handle place kicking duties. Both were rated among the best in the nation but they will be stepping onto a much bigger and pressure packed stage this season.

"It'll be interesting," Richt said. "I'm sure they will be nervous. Kickers and punters, maybe more than any other position, the better fundamentals they have and the more reps they can accumulate will help them. . . . They have powerful legs. There's no question in my mind they have all the tools to get it done. But the first time you do anything I'm sure they'll be nervous. I'm sure they'll be nervous in practice. Certainly they'll be nervous in ballgames if in fact they win the jobs. They have a good chance."

Special teams are often overlooked particularly until something goes wrong. The Bulldogs for the most part had a luxury for the past four seasons in Butler and Walsh. They will be looking for similar production from the two newcomers.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Sporting News Ranks Bulldogs No. 14

Georgia Bulldogs fall camp gets underway this Thursday and as the season approaches a lot of various preseason polls are starting to pop up. The latest is The Sporting News which has Georgia at No. 14:

There's a lot to like about the Bulldogs. They just need to put it together for a whole season-the back-to-back losses that began and ended their 2011 campaign made the 10 wins they racked up insignificant. But that's easier said than done in the SEC.

Priority No. 1 is establishing some consistency at the tailback position. Isaiah Crowell has been dismissed from the team. That leaves another true freshman, five-star recruit Keith Marshall, in charge of ensuring a productive ground game. On defense, Georgia is loaded with linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, free safety Bacarri Rambo and cornerback Sanders Commings.

The running game is indeed their main concern for Georgia but with their elite defense that will help out the offense if they struggle to find a consistent ground game early in the season.

Georgia is widely predicted to be ranked in the top-15 or even higher due to their experience coming back as well as their SEC East schedule that is not as daunting as others in the league.

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2012 Georgia Football Preseason: Two Bulldog Defenders Named To National Football Post All-America List

Two University of Georgia defenders have been named to the National Football Post's 2012 preseason All-America list. Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones and senior defensive tackle John Jenkins were named to the team, along with three other SEC defenders - Mississippi State cornerback Johnathan Banks and LSU's Eric Reid (safety) and Sam Montgomery (defensive end), giving the conference five out of 11 spots available.

With an eye towards the 2013 NFL Draft, Jones could be considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the entire country by the end of the season. Earlier in the week Jones was named to the watch list for the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year, along with UGA teammate Aaron Murray.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Bulldogs Report For Fall Practice

While Thursday is the first day of practice for the 2012 Georgia football team, there are things that need to be taken care of beforehand.

Georgia and Auburn were the first SEC teams to have players report, which they did on Tuesday. Players will meet with coaches, get physicals and gets the little things done before practice begins. From Macon.com, here are some key dates for Georgia's fall camp:

Thursday, Aug. 2: First day of practice, media day.

Tuesday, Aug. 7: First scheduled two-a-day practice.

Saturday, Aug. 11: Next scheduled two-a-days.

Monday, Aug. 13: First day of classes.

Saturday, Aug. 18: Fan picture day at Sanford Stadium.

Monday, Aug. 27: First practice of game week in preparation for Buffalo.

There also will be some scrimmages that have yet to be scheduled.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Bulldogs No Longer Pursuing Penn State Transfers

Mark Richt and the Bulldogs have reversed course on pursuing any transfer players from Penn State according to a release by the school on Friday. Richt originally told Bulldog Club members in Atlanta that the Bulldogs would take a look at the Penn State roster. Now however that appears to no longer be the case.

"Currently, Georgia is not pursuing any of Penn State's football players," Richt said. "We wish Coach (Bill) O'Brien and the players the best."

Georgia had sent a list of 19 players to Penn State with whom they intended to contact. There is no word as to whether or not any of the players were contacted by Richt or his staff or why the sudden reversal occurred.

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Georgia Football Preseason: Offensive Line One Of Biggest Questions Entering Camp

When Georgia opens preseason camp one of the biggest question marks facing the team will be how to replace three offensive line starters that were all selected in the NFL Draft. The Bulldogs have openings at center and left tackle and no one distanced themselves in the spring.

Kenarious Gates will likely enter the preseason as the starter at left tackle but true freshman John Theus could push and force another line reshuffle. Replacing the departed Ben Jones could be a much more difficult task with David Andrews holding that spot in the spring but he didn't exactly impress with his performance.

Chris Burnette will figure in prominently on the line and is all but assured of a starting spot somewhere along with Gates. However, the rest of the line could have a lot of moving parts particularly early in camp.

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Mark Richt Denies That Georgia Is Looking At Any Penn State Players

With Penn State players able to transfer immediately and without penalties there are many schools looking to bulk up their roster by going after the Penn State roster. Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt indicated a few days ago that he was interested in seeing if Penn State players were interested in Georgia.

There is even more evidence of Rich wanting to inquire about Penn State players as Dawgs247 obtained the name of players that Georgia were looking at through an open records request.

Here is the list of 19 players:

CB Adrian Amos (Soph.)
DE Deion Barnes (R-Fr.)
WR Justin Brown (Sr.)
CB DaQuan Davis (Fr.)
DB Jake Fagnano (Sr.)
LB Khairi Fortt (Jr.)
DL Jordan Hill (Sr.)
LB Gerald Hodges (Sr.)
DL DeQuan Jones (Jr.)
WR Eugene Lewis (Fr.)
OL Angelo Mangiro (R-Fr.)
DE Pete Massaro (Sr.)
LB Michael Mauti (Sr.)
DL Jamil Pollard (Fr.)
RB Silas Redd (Jr.)
OL Donovan Smith (R-Fr.)
C Matt Stankiewitch (Sr.)
WR Trevor Williams (Fr.)
RB Michael Zordich (Sr.)

As soon as the list was published, Georgia head coach Mark Richt came out and said that they are not pursuing any Penn State players. The move by Georgia could have just been something they sent to Penn State to see if there was any mutual interest in players heading to Georgia.

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VIDEO: SB Nation Previews SEC Season

The good folks over at SB Nation Studios have taken time the time to do video previews of the SEC, Big 12 and ACC. In the SEC preview, the biggest stories are noted as Alabama replacing so much of its defense, though it should hardly present much of an issue for the Crimson Tide.

It'll be interesting to see who plays quarterback for LSU, since they've definitely been looking for an adequate one for a while now. Also, this is the first season the post-Bobby Petrino Era in Arkansas, which is sure to provide for some interesting commentary when football season begins.

As for the the Bulldogs, it's about seeing how much they can improve this season, but Georgia is obviously low on the list of intrigue in this video. You can see it right here:

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UGA Football Preseason 2012: Mark Richt Talks Potential 9-Game Conference Schedule

Things like conference expansion and the brand new college football playoff have future scheduling for the Bulldogs currently in a holding pattern. Another factor could be the eventual adoption of a nine-game conference schedule by the SEC which is something that Mark Richt isn't throwing his support behind just yet.

"Nine conference games makes sense if you're in-state rival is within league play," Richt said. "If you have a Georgia that has Georgia Tech, a South Carolina that has Clemson or a Florida that has Florida State and you have nine conference games and then have that on top of it, you're talking about 10 blistering games plus an SEC championship and one day a semifinal and one day a national championship game. I don't think we're going to have an issue with strength of schedule with eight conference games. Now time may change that in my opinion, but I think right now playing eight conference games plus playing a Georgia Tech is going to be plenty strong enough."

Eventually however, a nine-game conference schedule may be required to help keep the Bulldogs existing annual rivalry with Auburn intact.

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2012 UGA Football Preseason: More On Potential Penn State Transfers

While speaking at "UGA Day" at the Cobb Galleria Centre on Monday head coach Mark Richt talked briefly about the sanctions handed down on Penn State and indicated that the Bulldogs, like many teams around the country, would be interested in some of those players.

"A lot of colleges around the country certainly will be interested in some of those players," Richt said, "and we're one of those teams. It's pretty well-documented that we're under our 85 number right now. We'll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see what their interest is."

Among players currently on Penn State's roster Deion Barnes and Khari Fortt took official visits to Athens during recruiting. The interest could extend beyond the Nittany Lions current roster as current commitments Garrett Sickels and Adam Breneman have reportedly been offered scholarships by the Bulldogs.

With the Bulldogs well below the 85 scholarship player limit they certainly have the ability to add players. However, Richt cautioned that nothing was imminent but they would definitely explore the situation to see if there was a fit.

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Georgia Looking At Potential Penn State Transfers, Mark Richt Says

While Penn State is dealing with Monday's program-crippling news, other schools aren't going to give the Nittany Lions any time to work things out.

Penn State players are eligible to transfer without penalty, so teams will be going after the free-agent-type players, including Georgia. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Coach Mark Richt said at a fans' "UGA Day" Monday night, "Some colleges are going to be interested in some of their players, and we're one of those schools. It's pretty well-documented that we're under our 85[-scholarship] limit. We'll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see if they're interested."

Richt said he and the assistant coaches had already gone over Penn State's two-deep roster and will look at players that fit needs. The Bulldogs certainly aren't the only team, as the unique penalties have created open season for player-poaching.

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2012 Walter Camp Award Watch List: Jarvis Jones Among Players To Look Out For

By this point, Jarvis Jones is obviously no stranger to preseason accolades. He was named the Butkus Award Watch List just a week ago, and now Jones is on the Walter Camp Award Watch List.

The Walter Camp Watch List is headline by Tyrann Mathieu of the national championship runner up and SEC foe LSU Tigers. Other notable players include Arthur Brown of Kansas State, Tyler Bray of Tennessee and Knile Davis of Arkansas just to name a few.

It is not a requirement to be on the preseason watch list to win the award, but being on this list shows how much upside was shown in the prior season.

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2012 SEC Media Days: Bulldogs The Pick To Win East Division

The Georgia Bulldogs will enter the 2012 season with the favorite label after being picked by the media to take home the SEC's eastern division crown. The Bulldogs are the favorites for the first time since 2004 and are slated to meet LSU in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

"We hope the media is right," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said, "We hope we get back to Atlanta and hopefully play better this time around. Georgia's got a tremendous opportunity to win the Eastern Division."

The predicted order of finish for the east is Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. In the west it was LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

LSU is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference with Alabama coming in second. Georgia only received 14 votes as conference champions as the West is still favored by a huge margin.

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Preseason All-SEC Teams Features Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones

The 2012 pre-season All-SEC teams have been announced today, and the Georgia Bulldogs have a few players to represent them on both sides of the ball. The defense is especially is expected to feature some dynamic playmakers, and both Jarvis Jones and Baccari Rambo made the SEC first team defense at outside linebacker and defensive back respectively.

Defensive lineman John Jenkins made the second team and DE Abry Jones and linebacker Alec Ogletree made the third team as well. All of these playmakers combined make for a front seven that should be exciting to watch all season. This doesn't even include Sanders Commings who also made the third team as a defensive back.

Aaron Murray is the starting second team quarterback after Arkansas' Tyler Wilson made the first team slot. The only other Georgia offensive player on any of the three teams is wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who made the third team.

For the complete list of preseason All-SEC teams, check out the list over at SB Nation.

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Aaron Murray, Tajh Boyd On Davey O'Brien Award Watch List

The Davey O'Brien Award is given out each year to the nation's top quarterback during college football's postseason.

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Jarvis Jones, Cornelius Washington On Butkus Award Watch List

Two Georgia linebackers are on the watch list for the highest honor at their position.

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2012 Georgia Football Schedule: Game Times Set For Missouri, Buffalo

The game times for the first two weeks of the season are set for the Georgia Bulldogs. Their second week showdown with new SEC member Missouri will be a prime time start.

The game against Missouri replaces one against Alabama. For the Tigers, it will be their first league game ever as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia will wrap up the month of September with home games against Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

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Georgia Football Offseason: John Atkins Fails To Qualify, Will Enroll At Prep School

Defensive line recruit John Atkins is the second member of Georgia's 2012 recruiting class that won't qualify academically for the upcoming season. Atkins took the ACT last month but was recently notified by the NCAA Clearinghouse that he did not meet the requirements.

Atkins will head to prep school and enroll at Hargrave Military Academy where he hopes to get his academics in order so that he can enroll at Georgia in January. Atkins will be joined by fellow 2012 signee Leonard Floyd who also didn't qualify and will also attend Hargrave in the fall.

The other 17 players that the Bulldogs signed are on campus and preparing for the start of preseason practice in August. Due to roster attrition the Bulldogs are expected to add more than 30 players to the roster this fall.

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College Football Awards 2012: Georgia Players Named To Nagurski, Outland Award Watch List

Another set of watch lists for the 2012 college football season has been released with the Nagurski and Outland Trophies. The Nagurski is awarded to the best defensive player in the nation, while the Outland goes to the best interior lineman.

The Georgia Bulldogs had a pair of players who were named to the Nagurski list, the two were defensive lineman John Jenkins and linebacker Jarvis Jones. In 2011 Jenkins recorded 28 total tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception. Jones had an impressive 2011 season by recording 70 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, broke up two passes and forced a pair of fumbles.

Jenkins also was named as a nominee for the Outland Trophy.

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Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo Headline UGA All-SEC Selections

In another reflection of the conventional wisdom that the power in the SEC has shifted to the West Division, giving Georgia a relatively easy path to the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs had eight players named to one of the three pre-season All-SEC teams for the 2012 season.

That puts the school in fourth place in the conference, behind -- wait for it -- Alabama (11), LSU (11) and Arkansas (10).

OLB Jarvis Jones and S Bacarri Rambo, in spite of the four-game suspension he received for failing a drug test in the off-season, were the only two Bulldogs named to the first team.

The second team features QB Aaron Murray, who is behind first-team QB Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, as well as DT John Jenkins.

Four Georgia players -- WR/DB Malcolm Mitchell, DE Abry Jones, ILB Alec Ogletree and CB Sanders Commings -- round out the third team.

For more news and information on the Georgia Bulldogs, check out Dawg Sports. More SEC overage is available at Team Speed Kills and SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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