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Indeed. From the article and the depth chart it appears the load will fall mostly based on seniority. But Georgia's not the only program that has been recruiting the running back position well. With younger, talented backs like Gallman and Choice waiting in the wings, Georgia's defense is again going to have its hands full in the opener against the Tigers. Regardless of which one is in the backfield.As a freshman, Howard averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 41 carries. As a sophomore, injuries held him back. Last season, he was banged up at times, but showed some growth in the passing game recording 123 receiving yards. Howard's brightest moment last season came against Wake Forest when he took a pass out of the backfield past three defenders for a 75 yard TDHe now enters the senior season of what has been a relatively quiet career but has a chance to end it with a bang, just like Roderick McDowell did last season. Howard is speedy and able to catch out of the backfield. He was a big-time recruit in 2010 and still has that home run ability, but in the past two years he's waited his turn behind Ellington and McDowell.Finally healthy and the senior leader of the running back corps, Howard will have an opportunity to make some major contributions. I look for him to make sharper cuts, find holes, and be a major part of the run game, but only if he can make blocks and stay healthy. He has been listed as the starter on the most recent depth chart released by the staff.
The Irish reserve from Austintown, Ohio, was arrested Sunday night in his home county, per Mahoning County Sheriff Department documents. He faces five charges, three of which are considered felonies in the state of Ohio.The felony charges are assault of a police officer, intimidation of a public servant/party official and vandalism of a government entity. He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. (h/t AHD)Let me know if you need Richt's phone number again Herbie.
All in all, a fair assessment I think. Especially the part about the most beautiful. A couple things that stuck out to me overall: 1) I don't think I realized Kyle Field had so many seats. Over 102K. Wow. 2) Georgia gets two one votes which is a little surprising, but not as much as a nine vote by Sallee who even had South Carolina's William-Brice ahead of Sanford. Interesting.
3. Sanford Stadium, GeorgiaOpened: 1929 Capacity: 92,746It may not be the SEC’s biggest or loudest stadium, but it is the most beautiful. The Bulldogs' home stadium is located in the heart of the plush greenery of the gorgeous Athens campus. The famed privet hedges line the field and separate the Georgia fans from the action on the field with style that matches the dolled-up student section. Mark Richt is 68-14 “Between the Hedges” and has his team poised for another perfect home slate in 2014.
volition, n. - the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; the choice or decision made by the will; the power of willing.
Preach. I mean, how many times have you heard yourself saying the same things in your head? How many times have you wished you could've heard Coach Richt be given the chance to set the record straight? Kudos to Mr. Bailey for standing up for his son's coach, his son's program. His own program.“When I read some of the things said, it just made me sick to my stomach,” Bailey said. “That young man (Matthews) needs to realize who opened doors for him first. I’m speaking as a member of the Georgia Bulldog family, of the Bulldog Nation, because my son goes to school down there, too. I love Tray. I love his mom and dad, too. We’re good friends. But the comments I read made me feel like they were putting down the University of Georgia, the system and the coaches. Not one time did I see it mentioned what Coach Richt or the other coaches have done for him. That’s what made me mad.“Coach Richt and the coaching staff opened their arms to this kid. They welcomed him into the Bulldog Nation and they stood behind him. For him to come out like that and make it seem like the University of Georgia had done him wrong, that’s what makes me so mad. Same with Shaq Wiggins and the other kids who had the opportunity to play at the University of Georgia. They leave and transfer and get dismissed from the team and they blame it on the school system. It’s not the system; it’s the kids. If you come and do what you’re supposed to do and do it right, you wouldn’t get in trouble and things like this wouldn’t come about.”
“Sterling, when he first got down there, he did something wrong,” he told me.
Mr. Bailey explained that, when his son was a freshman, he got a call from Ron Courson, UGA’s director of sports medicine. He learned that Sterling had failed one of the football program’s drug and alcohol screenings.
In this particular case, Sterling had violated the Bulldogs’ alcohol policy. Then underage, his blood-alcohol content at the time of the surprise morning test was enough to still be legally drunk, Mr. Bailey said.
Sterling was not suspended as a result of the failed test, but he was subjected to much discipline, Mr. Bailey said. Not only was his son subjected to a long period of early-morning extra conditioning runs but, more importantly in his eyes, Sterling was ordered to attend drug and alcohol counseling.So there's the story we don't usually hear. The one where the kid's name isn't thrown into the headlines, but the coaches and the counselors (and the parents!) help the young man work through his transgressions. Most importantly the player decides that playing in Athens is where his heart truly is. What a great ending!