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April 5, 2008

G-Day & Spring Camp Central

Now that G-Day is upon us, this is your one-stop shop for the best coverage of Georgia spring football game. UGASports will post all our game content on this page Saturday and Sunday, and will late merge it with the Spring Camp Central page that has kept you up to speed for the past six weeks.

G-Day Rosters

Game Coverage
-- Red over White, 17-3: Stats
-- Richt encouraged by G-Day - Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't about to make any predictions about the Bulldogs' upcoming season, but based on what he saw during Saturday's annual G-Day game there's a lot to be hopeful for.
-- Notebook: Plenty of Kudos - Saturday's G-Day game didn't bring head coach Mark Richt any closer to deciding who his starting five offensive linemen would be heading into the fall. On the contrary: "We don't know who our top five is yet," Richt said. "That's going to take some time. We still hope to have as many as eight or nine that we feel comfortable with in the game. Ten would be glorious, but I don't know if we can get to that point."
-- Moore steps up on G-Day It was, after all, a scrimmage. That seemed to be the attitude of veteran Georgia Bulldog players who excelled in Saturday's G-Day game, and Mike Moore was no exception. Moore, looking to transition from backup to key contributor, came through with a most notable performance. However, the rising junior from Fort Lauderdale remained low-key afterward, even though he had just scored the only two touchdowns of the day.
-- D-Ends spending time in the backfield - Jarius Wynn was stumped. He didn't know what to say. When asked to offer his opinion on which defensive ends made the biggest impression on him during Saturday's G-Day game, the senior from Lincolnton was at a complete loss.
-- King Delivers - All eyes were on running back Caleb King when he took the field for the Black team's first possession of Saturday's annual G-Day game at Sanford Stadium. It had been almost two years - the sixth game of his senior season at Greater Atlanta Christian to be exact since the redshirt freshman last played in front a crowd of eager fans. King put on a show.

Photos
-- Best Of - 85 photos from G-Day
-- Defense - 61 photos of the defense.
-- Offense - 87 photos of the UGA offense.
-- Local Color - Various shots (37) from throughout the day.

Audio Clips

-- Mark Richt | Matthew Stafford | Caleb King | Jarius Wynn | Richard Samuel | Brian Behr | Drew Butler | Rennie Curran | Dontavius Jackson
Video Clips
-- Asher Allen | Caleb King | Mike Moore | Knowshon Moreno | Defense I | Offense I | Offense II | Offense III

Previews
-- Georgia gearing up for big spring game - The latest news out of Athens on this Saturday's G-Day game in Sanford Stadium, a game that UGA officials are expecting to be one of the most attended and well covered in the school's history.
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G-Day 1984: Varsity vs. History - Since 1943, the G-Day game has been one of spring's annual rites in Athens. While it rarely influences the pecking order for the team that will hit the field come fall, for some it represents a rare opportunity to play "between the hedges." And, on an occasion or two, former Bulldogs have been able to return to the scene of their college glory and suit up one more time.
-- The End of the Alumni G-Day Game - Forgive Preston Jones if he doesn't exude warm and fuzzy thoughts when the topic of alumni games comes up. It was 1989 when Georgia officials revived a concept from five years earlier and fielded an alumni squad to challenge the varsity on G-Day. Jones was a redshirt freshman looking to make his mark on a program that was transitioning from legendary Coach Vince Dooley's watch to that of new coach Ray Goff.
-- Big Questions for G-Day - With expectations at an arguably unprecedented high, interest in Georgia's annual G-Day game has never been greater. Despite a weather forecast which calls for possibly severe thundershowers, today's showcase at Sanford Stadium is expected to draw upwards of 30,000 fans, all anxious to catch a glimpse of the team some are calling for to contend for the national championship next fall.

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Tallying UGASports' Spring Coverage Prior to G-Day
Practices: 13 | Features/Notes: 48 | Photos: 1,088 | Audio Clips: 43


Chronological Coverage of Spring Camp

UGA Roster - Numerical | Alphabetical | by Position | by Class

There are two main areas of this page which you can quickly access below
-- Chronological coverage of spring camp - A day-by-day list of stories, photos, and audio.
-- SEC Football News from Rivals.com - Links to the other 11 Southeastern Conference team sites on Rivals.com coverage of spring football as well as links to network stories from Rivals.com and YAHOO!

Practice Session 1
3/3/08

Stories
-- Dawgs hit the ground running - Practice notes from day one and a few observations.
-- No hybrid for White - Feature on redshirt freshman tight end Aron White in which he talks about his role on the team.

Photos
-- Day 1, I - 35 photos including: 20 of the offensive line, 10 of the tailbacks, and others including Matthew Stafford and Logan Gray.
-- Day 1, II- 35 photos including: 10 of the receivers, 15 of the linebackers & defensive backs, and a few more of the offensive line.

Audio Clips

--
Mark Richt | Chris Davis | Akeem Hebron | Aron White | UGASports LIVE - Episode 111

Practice Session 2
3/5/08

Stories
-- Preview - Some notes about day one of camp as well as a look ahead to storylines we expect to cover in day two.
-- No changes on offensive line - Practice notes from day two.
-- Hebron thankful for second chance - Story on sophomore linebacker Akeem Hebron who transferred back to UGA after playing spending last season at Georgia Military College.
-- Dobbs King of the Mats -- Story on sophomore defensive end Demarcus Dobbs who was named King of the Mats for the offseason workouts.
Photos
-- Day 2 - 54 photos from Wednesday's action.
Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt | John Knox | Demarcus Dobbs

Practice Session 3
3/6/08

Stories
-- Richt gets a raise - Head coach Mark Richt is expected to receive a raise later today following a 5 p.m. meeting of the Athletic Board.
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Defenses adjust to new schemes - With the advent of the spread offense, defensive coordinators have been scheming up ways to effectively combat the three- and four-receiver sets that now appear to be all the rage.
-- Richt humbled by raise - Head coach Mark Richt received a boost in pay to $2.8 million a year.

Photos
-- Day 3 - 62 photos of Thursday's practice under the lights.
Audio Clips
-- Announcement of Richt's Raise

Practice Session 4
3/7/08

Stories
-- Injuries take toll - Spring Camp's first red cross report.
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Foot injury sidelines Gray - Redshirt freshman Logan Gray's suffers a foot injury.
Photos
-- Day 4, Pt. 1 - 38 photos
-- Day 4, Pt. 2 - 110 photos

Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt

Spring Break
3/8 - 3/16

Stories
-- Spring break for Owens - A road trip is on tap for senior defensive tackle Jeff Owens.
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All grown up - Sophomore safety Reshad Jones is ready to make his mark on the SEC.
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Week 1 Rewind: Offense - A look back at the first week of spring camp on the offensive side of the ball.
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An eye on the future - After one week of spring camp, it is clear that the Bulldogs no longer need to rebuild, but instead reload.
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Knox catching on - Redshirt freshman John Knox is making noise this spring.
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Choices excite Stafford - Junior quarterback Matthew Stafford is enjoying having a healthy and deep offensive line, as well as plenty of receivers as running backs.
-- Garner's recruiting big in UGA's success - Recruiting coordinator and defensive tackles coach Rodney Garner has had as much to do as anyone for UGA's resurgence as a college powerhouse in the past decade.
Photos
-- 2007 Game Photo Collages - A look back at some of official team photographer Radi Nabulsi's best shots of the 2007 season.
Audio Clips
-- DawgDial - This week's show features Georgia OL great Russ Tanner (2002-05); and talk about the spring practices of Mark Richt's squad.

Practice Session 5
3/17/08

Stories
-- Dawgs lose senior linebacker for the year - Marcus Washington will have to undergo surgery.
-- Richt happy with UGA's Defense - Dawgs defense impressive on the first day back for spring break.
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Notebook: Dawgs back to work
- Observations from Monday's practice.
Photos
-- Day 5 - 117 photos from the first day back in action following spring break.
Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt | Willie Martinez | Marcus Washington| Aron White | Bruce Figgins | Tripp Chandler

Practice Session 6
3/20/08
(originally planned for 3/19, but postponed due to weather)

Stories
-- White thrust into the two-deep at TE - Feature on redshirt freshman tight end who due to circumstance found himself a play away from the first team.
-- Dawgs back in action - Practice notes and all the latest news.
Photos
-- Day 6, Pt. 1 - 36 photos
-- Day 6, Pt. 2 - 34 more photos

Audio Clips
-- UGASports LIVE - Episode 112 - Host/UGASports.com publisher Steve Patterson talks about the latest Georgia news with site staffers: analyst Radi Nabulsi, staff writers Mitch Kimbrell and John DuPont, and recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. The Athens Sports Talk Radio 960 The Ref radio personality Jeff Dantzler talks about the SEC Tournament, and what it was like being in the Georgia Dome when the tornado struck. Player Spotlight on Akeem Hebron.
-- FREE: Mark Richt
-- Premium: John Lilly | John Eason | Kenneth Harris | Demiko Goodman

Practice Session 7
3/21/08

Stories
-- Richt pleased with Dawgs' practice - Richt continues to give the team plenty of kudos for their serious and competitive approach to spring practice.
Photos
-- Day 7, Pt. 1 - The latest 37 photos from Athens.
-- Day 7, Pt. 2 - 46 more photos from Friday's practice

Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt | Rodney Garner | Jarius Wynn

Practice Session 8
3/22/08

Stories
-- It's all about evaluation - While head coach Mark Richt was tending to UGA's junior day, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez wrapped the day's practice with the media explaining that spring was about fundamentals, competition, and evaluation.
Photos
-- Day 8, Pt. 1 - 38 photos from Saturday's practice.
-- Day 8, Pt. 2 - 35 more photos of Saturday's action.

Audio Clips
-- Willie Martinez | Knowshon Moreno | Matthew Stafford

Practice Session 9
3/24/08

Stories
-- Coach Lilly and Tight End U - From Randy McMichael to Ben Watson and from Leonard Pope to Tripp Chandler, when John Lilly came from Florida State to coach Georgia's tight ends, he knew he was coming to a place that could well nigh be called 'Tight End U.'
-- Defense continues to dominate - With nine practices now in the books for Georgia football this spring, it is clear the unit that continues to score points with Coach Mark Richt is the one that on the football field, tries to keep teams from doing that very thing.
Photos
-- Day 9, Pt. 1 - 34 photos from Athens.
-- Day 9, Pt. 2 - 37 more photos of Monday's action.

Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt | Mike Bobo | Logan Gray

Practice Session 10
3/26/08

Stories
--
Richt headed to the Middle East - "We love the Soldiers and their willingness to sacrifice for our country. We want to support them not only in prayer but also in person. I look forward to meeting as many of our men and women in the armed forces as possible during the visit," said University of Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt.
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Q&A with Reshad Jones - Catching up with UGA safety Reshad Jones.
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News & Notes
- Practice report
Photos
--
Day 10, Pt. 1 - 40 photos complete with captions.
-- Day 10, Pt. 2
- 41 more photos with witty captions.
Audio Clips
--
Mark Richt | Willie Martinez | Jeff Owens | Geno Atkins | Rennie Curran
-- UGASports LIVE - Host Steve Patterson chats with Rivals.com State of Georgia Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons and staff writer Mitch Kimbrell

Practice Session 11
3/28/08

Stories
--
Dawgs loaded at defensive tackle - While Georgia football coaches and heck, Georgia football media wait to find who will comprise the team's two-deep roster at the end of spring practice, one position has quietly fortified itself with talented veterans in both starting and backup roles even while seemingly every other position around them battles the three-headed monster of illness, injury and inexperience.
-- Scrimmage Report from Sanford Stadium
- Headlines like 'Defense impressive again' have been easy to come by this spring. During this afternoon's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium, though, it was the offense finally making some long-awaited noise.
Photos
--
Day 11, Pt. 1 - 50 photos complete with captions.
-- Day 11, Pt. 2
- 54 more photos with witty captions.
Audio Clips
--
Mark Richt | Kalvin Daniels

Practice Session 12
3/31/08

Stories
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Prior to Practice:
Q&A with Owens & Atkins | Q&A with Tavarres King | Allen/UGA want consistency | Spring Storyline: Defensive Ends
-- Dawgs back to work in Athens - Practice notes and coach Richt's comments.
Photos
--
Day 12, Pt. 1 - 36 photos of UGA's practice.
-- Day 12, Pt. 2
- 48 photos from Athens.
Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt

Practice Session 13
4/2/08

Stories
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Prior to Practice:
Spring Storyline: Running Backs | Q&A with Kris Durham | Q&A with Shaun Chapas | Spring Storyline, Offensive Line
-- Richt not happy with Wednesday's practice - Georgia coach Mark Richt was not a happy camper as he sat down to address the media following Wednesday's final workout in full pads before Saturday's G-Day game.
Photos
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Day 13 - 71 photos from our crack photographer/do everything guy, Radi. Crack might be the best way to explain half of his captions.....
Audio Clips
-- Mark Richt

-- UGASports LIVE - Episode 114 - Host Steve Patterson talks with UGASports recruiting editor Chad Simmons, and guests Rivals.com National College Football Writer Olin Buchanan. Player interviews with Rennie Curran and Drazen Zlovaric.
-- DawgDial - Ray Goff dials up DawgDial to talk about his bunch of Dawgs from the late '80s and early '90s. Also, Coach Goff's now a successful businessman, as the owner of a string of Zaxby's across Dixie. Also, host Radi Nabulsi and co-host Mitch Kimbrell, of UGASports.com, have a lot of info on spring practice. The G-Day Game is right around the corner.
-- UGASports LIVE - Episode 115 - Host Steve Patterson talks with UGASports.com staffers Anthony Dasher and Mitch Kimbrell about Georgia football and baseball. Also on the show are AuburnSports.com's Brian Matthews and Tigerbait.net's Mike Scarborough talking about their teams' spring camp.

Practice Session 14
4/4/08

Stories
--
Prior to Practice:
Spring Storyline: Receivers | Spring Storyline: Receivers | Spring Storyline: Growing Up
-- Final practice is in the books - Georgia players were given a break Friday at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility as head coach Mark Richt allowed his Bulldogs to get in a little fun and games leading up to Saturday's annual G-Day game at Sanford Stadium.
Photos
--
Day 14 - 33 photos of two hand touch.

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