Good morning, John E. There really hasn't been much of an update provided on Marshall, but I can tell you what I've seen. He's walking around on the practice field with a pretty big limp and doesn't look like he's going to be back anytime soon. There was no structural damage, but he got bent backward against Troy and hyperextended both his knee and ankle. I suspect it'll be a couple of more weeks at least.
Hello, Trae. I'm fine, thank you, and I hope you're week is going well, too. ... Yes, I think there's a growing sentiment to get Brice Ramsey and/or Faton Bauta more looks going forward. As long as Hutson Mason is struggling in the passing game, that's an option. But you have to be careful here. While Mason struggled some last week and certainly isn't Brett Favre when it comes to throwing the football, he's completing 69 percent of his passes, has only two turnovers all season and the Bulldogs are averaging 462 yards and 45 points a game. So it's not like you've got an offensive abomination going on here.
Greetings everyone. Happy Thursday to you. It's homecoming week for the Bulldogs. Vanderbilt coming to Sanford Stadium on Saturday (4 p.m., SEC Network). The Commodores (1-4, 0-3 SEC) are struggling this season in their transition to new coach Derek Mason. Hasn't gone so well last time they were in Athens. They've lost the last two by the combined score of 91-3.
So anyway, I'm in the saddle and ready to take your questions for the next hour or so. So hit me with your best shots. ...
OK, my time is up and I have much more to do today before my work day is complete. Check the website regularly for new stories being posted all day. I'm about to post my "Opposing View" blog with Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
So thanks again for participating in the AJC Live360: UGA Mailbag brought to you by Kroger. See you at the same time next week!
Well, as I've reported all week, Rumph will miss this game with a continuing hamstring issue. Next week, we're told, is a possibility. And he will play this year, Mike Bobo tells me.
Yes, Mark Beard is playing a good bit, as are all of Georgia's two-deep O-linemen. ... As for Xzavier Ward, he played a good bit against Troy. But I'm always telling you guys, injuries and physical structure have a lot to do with being able to succeed on this level. It's hard on your body and Ward came in as damaged goods. But he has a great attitude and, again, I believe is getting close to graduating. That, at the end of the day, is what it's all about!
Ha, Trae, I AM aware of Seth's chat. And I can only say I'm honored that you chose to be a part of this one. And if you're doing both, say hey to Seth for me!
I have not been asked that, dawgfan1969, but I believe that the Bulldogs are the better team this week. I've watched enough Georgia-Tennessee games to know that anything can happen and I wouldn't touch that 17-point line, or whatever it is today. But the Vols continue to be a work in progress under Butch Jones. Home-field advantage, if there really is one with a noon kick, should serve UGA well.
Hutson Mason has probably underwhelmed me like he has everybody else. But, truly, it comes down to managing the game and limiting turnovers and he's done a terrific job on those accounts. I predict that he'll continue to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in his roles. The best news, I think, is that Mason is well grounded and not real concerned about what people think about him. He's earned this position, it's his to do what he can with it and he'll be OK whatever that ends up being.
No. Blazevich started the last game, but we all really read too much into that, particularly at the skill positions. For Bobo and the Bulldogs, it's all about what personnel groups they want to open in. That changes depending on the specific play and the first series call sheet. Georgia is back on solid ground at the TE position thanks to Blazevich, Rome and Quayvon Hicks.
Al, you make very good points. As Bobo said this week, "this is who we are." I would guess they'll hit on a long one sooner or later. And, again, I think this speaks to the underrated ability of Aaron Murray to complete those balls the previous three or four years.
I suspect Gurley returning kickoffs will continue. It's having a big effect on opposing kickoff teams, regardless if he actually catches it and returns it.
Ray Drew has been getting plenty of action. He has played in all three games, started the last one and has four tackles and four quarterback pressures. The fact his, he's playing more inside this season, which is effectively his third position in four years and under three different line coaches. Good kid, playing hard and doing the best he can with the circumstances as they've been dictated to him. Gonna graduate this year, too.
Yes, I think Mason has a good grip on the offense. His ability to execute under pressure-packed conditions is a question that he's still trying to answer for us, the coaches and himself. Overall he has comported himself well. Let's keep watching and see what happens.
I don't know, Chip Shirley, let's let our fair readers/chatters click on the YouTube link you provided and get them to weigh in on it. People? ...
Great question, Dawg 350, and one I cannot answer. I'll try to ask somebody and see what I can find out. We all know this: They're both real fast, and that's fast enough!
No, the number change for Tramel Terry from 1 to 28 was about nothing more than allowing him on the field on special teams at the same time as Sony Michel, who wears 1. They liked what they saw from Terry on defense and coaches emphatically state that the plan is for him to remain on offense
Yeah, Neo, I thought it was interesting that the Bulldogs chose to unveil their Wildcat package against Troy. But you've got to think it was just to give Tennessee defensive coordinator Jojn Jancek something to think about. And here's a couple of more things to think about. That formation is meant first and foremost for Todd Gurley, who was out of the game at that point. Todd likes to tell me how good of a passer he is. I'd say you'll see that from either him or Sony before the season is out. And depending on how good of passers either one of them are, I bet it works!
No, Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are emphatic that there's not a 2-3 hierarchy established at QB at the moment. They're actually listed with an "OR" next to them on UGA's official depth chart. Ramsey was first in after Hutson Mason this past Saturday but Bobo said that could be different in the next game based on what they're looking for. Faton Bauta and Ramsey are two pretty different style quarterbacks and each has his specific qualities.
You will not see Malcolm Mitchell against Tennessee but you might see him against Vanderbilt. Interestingly, the Vols haven't had to face Mitchell since he ripped off like a 60-yard catch and run as a freshman in Knoxville and pulled his hamstring on the play.
Georgia has had six different starters at the three D-line positions in six games so far. And I wouldn't be surprised to see Chris Mayes, now mostly recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for much of preseason camp, ear a starting nod before long. Mayes looks absolutely fantastic physically. He's lost about 20 pounds and is playing at 310 now and played well getting into his first game this past Saturday. Toby has started the last two and was captain after one of those so I don't see any reason why he doesn't start again Saturday.
Yes, Pruitt was not happy with Green from a technique standpoint. Gotta go lower and bring your arms up from your waists to get benefit of doubt on that call. Not holding it against J.J. though. J.J. told me last night he's been getting reps with the ones. That's probably due in part to Quincy Mauger being under non-contact status in practice all week due to his "stinger."