LiberianDawg: RFr. walkon Aaron Davis enters the fall No. 1 at boundary and Jeremy Pruitt makes no apologies for that. Says the kid is big, strong, fast, smart and has good ball skills. But he''ll have to hold off a host of contenders wanting his spot.
DawgLink, I've heard enough from coaches to know they're excited to see what Isaiah McKenzie can do as a returner this season.
bdawg15, JSW won't be 100 percent early but the others will.
BG, we strive to be unbiased, balanced and objective in our reporting and we report. That means we write about the bad and the good. People tend to gloss over all the positive reports I file, which probably constitutes most of it.
TonyDawgFan1, I actually think Georgia was a pretty good team last year. It was just incredibly unfortunate. The injuries contributed significantly to losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt (not to mention those horrendous targeting calls) and the Auburn and Nebraska losses were somewhat flukish. That was a double-figure wins team and I think this one can be, too.
I think DE Sterling Bailey is better than a lot of folks realize. And I believe Marshall Morgan can be the kind of weapon at PK UGA is used to having in the mold of Butler and Walsh and Kasay, etc. The dude is in incredible physical condition as well.
C from Duluth: Georgia is loaded at wide out, 14 or 15 players, so I don't expect Tramel Terry to get moved back anytime soon. Haven't heard how he's looking in summer workouts but he's a talented athlete, just a work in progress. ... Same answer on Langley, though Bobo was saying yesterday that he's one of the fastest players on the team and they want to utilize his speed to stretch defenses.
BG, we report all arrests of UGA players as they're publicly listed in the Athens-Clarke County Jail Report. The key on that is for players to not get arrested.
NJ Dawg, Marshall put the kabash (sp?) on any redshirt talk this summer.
Will J, hope you caught all the updates I filed from UGA yesterday and one of them was on the status of injured players. Sounds like Malcolm Mitchell and Keith Marshall are going to be a full go while Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley will be more cautiously worked in. Rome told me this summer he'll play against Clemson. JSW obviously won't due to his transgression last season.
Robert Moore, special teams is an area UGA needs to improve in significantly this season in my opinion. The Dogs are better than OK as far as kicking the ball, but their returns game has been the worst I've witnessed in all my years covering this program and that has to get turned around this season.
Old Fan, all UGA sports are my beat. There's no update on Bauerle at the moment and won't be likely until sometime in September. It's sad that a man who has been so good for so long for Georgia is having to go through this. But it is what it is as they say and, in the end, he'll be OK. He's actually doing some overseas consulting work in Asia for Olympic swim programs.
Of course I haven't been able to see anything to form my own opinion, but word is Lorenzo Carter has looked impressive this summer. He's just physically superior to most freshmen. New roster has him listed at 6-6, 237 pounds. And with Davin Bellamy's impending suspension, I suspect you'll see him on the field on defense pretty quick.
A couple of you are asking about Quayvon Hicks. Found out for sure yesterday that he'll remain in the classroom of tight ends coach John Lilly for this season. So that's the group he'll be with rather than with the running backs. I expect Georgia's offense to look a good bit different this season, starting with the fact that Bobo has developed this H-back role with Hicks in mind. Jeb Blazevich is working in that role as well.
Pruitt's impact on Georgia's team as a whole has been pretty profound and amazing for me to witness. The Bulldogs have essentially changed almost everything they do from a training standpoint due to his presence. They conduct practices differently, train and condition differently and recruit differently. Richt has put a lot of stock in this man's suggestions. We'll see how much of a difference it makes.
Quincy Mauger is a guy who really held up well and developed under pressure last year as a true freshman playing on the back end. People forget he wasn't a big-time recruit, even like his HS teammate Brendan Langley, who's now on offense. I suspect he'll be even better this season.
Dawgdap, see my previous answer about UGA's pass defense stats last year. But I'm really eager to get a look at the four new DBs the Dogs have coming in. Shattle Fenteng and Dominick Sanders in particular.
John, Brendan Douglas most definitely is going to play. He has kind of gotten lost in the discussion with the additions of the freshmen Michel and Chubb. But he's going to be lightyears ahead of those guys at the beginning of the season, and he's a really effective runner.
Yeah, I was surprised to see Georgia open as such a big favorite over Clemson. But I do think they should probably be favored. A big key will be how UGA's offensive front handles the Tigers' defensive front. But I like the Dogs at Sanford Stadium in this one.
You know, I've actually been sitting here looking at that this morning, and the simple answer is yes. Here's the deal, UGA finished 84th in pass efficiency defense and 60th in passing yards allowed and 66th in 3rd down conversions last year. I think Pruitt -- whose FSU D was 2nd, 1st and 10th in those categories -- can improve on that.
OK, I'm settled in and ready to answer you questions, as best I can, in the new weekly UGA Mailbag. So fire away!