2010 Georgia Bulldogs
A look at what's in store this fall in Athens
Looking back at the 2010 University of Georgia Bulldogs. This is a work in progress, but I'll be focusing on the difference between what the media was saying and what the team looked like from the outside BEFORE the season versus the final result.
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DAWGS DRAFTED IN 2010
Reshad Jones (MIA)
Jeff Owens (PHI)
Kade Weston (NE)
Rennie Curran (TEN)
Geno Atkins (CIN)
Undrafted Free Agents:
Bryan Evans (CIN)
Michael Moore (DET)
Prince Miller (BAL)
Dawgs on the Watch List
Storyline: Derek Owens
Freshman Cornerback from Jacksonville
Coach Richt says that Owens should get playing time as a freshman this year. All summer long, the diminutive corner has been getting rave reviews from practice.
“He reminds me a lot of Branden Smith,”(Brandon) Boykin said of the 5-11, 180-pound Owens. “He’s quick, great hips. He doesn’t have a lot of technique right now but his quickness makes up for all of that. Really, really quick and has fluid hips. Once he gets the technique he’s going to be really good.”
At 5'9" and 166 lbs, Owens is the smallest player on the team.
Player spotlight: A.J. Green (WR)
* 2009 All-SEC First Team (Coaches, ESPN)
* 2008 All-Freshman First Team (CFN, TSN)
* 2008 All-SEC First Team (AP)
* 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
* 2007 All-American (Parade)
* 2006 HS All-American (USA Today)
* 2005 ESPN RISE HS Sophomore of the Year
Drafted, graduated or transfered/kicked off team
Rennie Curran (WR): drafted by the Titans in the 3rd round.
Reshad Jones (S): drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round.
Geno Atkins (DT): drafted by the Bengals in the 4th round.
Jeff Owens (DT): drafted by the Eagles in the 7th round.
Kade Weston (DT): drafted by the Patriots in the 7th round.
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
Michael Moore (WR): Detroit Lions
Bryan Evans (S): Cincinnati Bengals
Prince Miller (CB): Baltimore Ravens
OFF THE TEAM
Dontavious Jackson (RB)
Montez Robinson (DE)
Zach Mettenberger (QB)
Trent Dittmer (P)
Getting to know: Todd Grantham
New UGA Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach
Grantham brings his new 3-4 defensive scheme from the NFL and will spend his first summer in Athens installing it. Coach Grantham is a former offensive lineman at Virginia Tech (honorable mention All-America team).
Previous Coaching Experience:1990-91, Virginia Tech (Defensive Ends/Linebackers)1992-93, Virginia Tech (Defensive Tackles)1994-95, Virginia Tech (Defensive Line)1996-97, Michigan State (Defensive Line);1998, Michigan State (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line)1999-2001, Indianapolis Colts (Defensive Line)2002-04, Houston Texans (Defensive Line)2005-07, Cleveland Browns (Defensive Coordinator)2008-09, Dallas Cowboys (Defensive Line)Read Tim Tucker's profile of Grantham in the AJC.
Dawgs in the 2010 Draft (including Undrafted Free Agent signings)
DRAFTED DAWGSRennie Curran (WR): drafted by the Titans in the 3rd round.Reshad Jones (S): drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round.Geno Atkins (DT): drafted by the Bengals in the 4th round.Jeff Owens (DT): drafted by the Eagles in the 7th round.Kade Weston (DT): drafted by the Patriots in the 7th round.UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTSMichael Moore (WR): Detroit LionsBryan Evans (S): Cincinnati BengalsPrince Miller (CB): Baltimore Ravens
2010 Spring Award Winners
The Coffee County Hustle Award (the players showing the most desire during spring drills)
Washaun Ealey (RB)
Demarcus Dobbs (DE)
DeAngelo Tyson (DE)
Cordy Glenn OL (right)
Justin Houston (OLB)
True Grit Award (offense)
Shaun Chapas (FB)
True Grit Award (defense):
Akeem Dent (LB)
Most Improved player (offense):
Carlton Thomas (RB)
Most improved player (defense):
Vance Cuff (CB)
Brandon Boykin (CB)
Outstanding walk-ons (offense)
Cameron Allen (FB)
Kevin Lanier (FB)
Outstanding walk-on (defense):
Reuben Faloughi (OLB)*
* - now on scholarship
Position Changes in 2010
Justin Anderson (at right)
Previous position: Offensive tackle
New position: Defensive tackle/Nose guard
Previous position: Running back
New position: Inside linebacker
Previous position: Linebacker
New position: Safety
While Samuels and Anderson are switching sides of the ball, all members of the defensive front will be seeing a change this fall, under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
In the new 3-4 defense, here are some changes:DE Justin Houston moved to outside linebackerDE Cornelius Washington moved to OLBDE Montez Robinson moved to OLB *** KICKED OFF THE TEAM ON 4.3.2010***LB Daryl Gamble moved to "MIKE" ILB
Player spotlight: Derrick Lott (DT)
Out with an injury in 2009, Lott performed well in spring practices leading up to the season. He returns this year with a lot of promise.
From a 2009 scrimmage report: "Just from the naked eye on the sideline, it looked like Derrick Lott had a nice day," Richt said. "He played real strong inside, made some nice unassisted tackles. He stood out."
Read more here.
Ready to blast off: Christian Robinson (LB)
Former Greater Atlanta Christian player, in 2010 he'll be a redshirt sophomore. He's learned from some good examples too - two of his uncles played in the NFL and his father Kenneth was a linebacker at South Carolina and in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
Last year's inside linebacker Rennie Curran, who departed for the NFL a year early, had this to say about Robinson: "Christian's a fast learner and a smart player. It's been a process for him, but he's performed well." (Athens Banner-Herald)
The G-Day Game
Analyzing the QBs
Logan Gray vs. first-team defense: 7-for-13, 102 yards, 1 TD.
Gray vs. second-team defense: 3-for-4, 30 yards.
Aaron Murray vs. first-team defense: 8-for-19, 96 yards, 1 interception
Murray vs. second-team defense: 2-for-3, 0 net yards
Zach Mettenberger vs. second-team defense: 6-10, 150 yards, 2 TDs.
Montez Robinson kicked off team
Robinson, no stranger to off the field problems, was kicked off the team today by Head Coach Mark Richt - ending a come-back attempt for the player once banished from the team an arrest for violent behavior. This time it's a similar situation - Robinson was arrested on Sunday in Athens on a charge of simple misdemeanor domestic battery.
(photo from Onlineathens.com)
stats and notes from the media
April 3rd, 2010
Carlton Thomas -- 16 carries, 93 yards
Kevin Lanier -- 12 carries, 45 yards
Aaron Murray -- 3 carries, 37 yards
*Washaun Ealey had five carries but was dealing with some minor knee soreness.
*Richt said first-team O line played well, but second-team had the QBs running a bit more, hence Murray's stats
Aaron Murray -- 13-19-159 1 TD, 1 INT
Logan Gray -- 7-11-111, 1 TD
Zach Mettenberger -- 10-16-126 2 TDs, 1 INT
*Gray took the first few series with the No. 1 offense, then QBs rotated after that
* Murray's INT was courtesy of Vance Cuff in the back of the end zone on a beautiful play. The drive up til that point had been one of the best of the scrimmage.
* Mett's INT was in a one-minute drill that Richt called "essentially a hail Mary."
* QBs fumbled two snaps, which Richt was not pleased with
AJ Green -- 6 catches, 80 yards
Kris Durham -- 4 catches, 74 yards, 3 TDs
Israel Troupe -- 4 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD
*Richt said Artie Lynch had at least one brilliant catch on a third-and-short that went for a long gain.
Bogotay -- 53 yard field goal
Walsh -- 21 yard field goal
*Richt said both kickers worked before the scrimmage and booted every kick right down the middle.
Demarcus Dobbs -- 6 tackles, 1 sack
Christian Robinson -- 6 tackles, 1 sack
Derrick Lott -- 5 tackles
Akeem Dent -- 5 tackles
Darryl Gamble -- 5 tackles
Brandon Boykin -- 5 tackles, 1 INT
Vance Cuff -- 1 INT
Date Opponent Location Time (EST)
Sat, Apr 10 G-Day Game Athens, Ga. 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 04 University of Louisiana-Lafayette Athens, Ga.
Sat, Sep 11 South Carolina * at Columbia, S.C.
Sat, Sep 18 Arkansas * Athens, Ga.
Sat, Sep 25 Mississippi State * at Starkville, Miss.
Sat, Oct 02 Colorado at Boulder, Colo.
Sat, Oct 09 Tennessee * Athens, Ga.
Sat, Oct 16 Vanderbilt * Athens, Ga.
Sat, Oct 23 Kentucky * at Lexington, Ky.
Sat, Oct 30 Florida * at Jacksonville, Fla.
Sat, Nov 06 Idaho State Athens, Ga.
Sat, Nov 13 Auburn * at Auburn, Ala.
Sat, Nov 27 Georgia Tech Athens, Ga.
* Conference Games