PHOTO FLASHBACK: Opening Day of Spring Drills 2014

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PHOTO FLASHBACK: Opening Day of Spring Drills 2014

UGA Spring Practice - Todd Gurley
[su_spacer size=”20″] March of 2014 saw Georgia open spring practice on a bitter day with a new defensive coordinator. Much has changed in the last 12 months as this Logan Booker report from opening day 2014 illustrates. Another new coordinator begins his residency in Athens, fresh faces will get their first dose of college football and the first real quarterback battle in years will get underway.

First, a look back to the old days – you know, with classic heroes like Todd Gurley and David Andrews.

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[su_spacer size=”40″] While the weather was not indicative of the title of “spring” practice in Athens today, the sights and sounds of football once again filled the Athens air on Tuesday afternoon on the Woodruff Practice Fields of UGA! And Bulldawg Illustrated was there to bring you as many tidbits and photographs as your football-deprived heart can handle!!


For starters, all eyes today were set on the four players who made headlines late Monday night for their arrests for “theft by deception.” It was unknown until media was allowed on the field to view sessions one and two today if they were even going to be with the team today. But Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, James Deloach, and Jon Taylor were with their respective units.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Tidbits:

  • The boys were in shorts and helmets today during the first of 15 allotted practices
  • Keith Marshall, who tore his ACL against Tennessee on October 5th, although wearing a green non-contact jersey, was running at a VERY impressive speed, while cutting!
  • Malcolm Mitchell, also rehabbing an ACL tear, who many expect to be near 100% by the time fall camp rolls around, was also running what seemed to be at a good speed with the wide receivers.
  • To continue the green jerseys (non-contact), Justin Scott-Wesley was running on the sidelines by himself.
  • At one point, Jeremy Pruitt absolutely exploded on one small group of cornerbacks. He said some words I cannot repeat here, and pushed one of the players back. It was not a negative altercation at all, but more translated as a very intense coach. Good to see, to be honest.
  • Hutson Mason, as expected was taking reps with the first team running backs. It was never clear who was running as a clear backup, but Faton Bauta and newcomer and early enrollee Jacob Park were getting reps as well.
  • J.J. Green seemed to be at home with the cornerbacks. We did not see any drills with the ball, but his footwork seemed on par with anybody else out there.
[su_spacer size=”40″] [su_youtube_advanced url=”” autohide=”no”] [su_spacer size=”40″] PHOTOS!!
[su_spacer size=”40″] (All photos: Logan Booker/BI)

UGA Spring Practice 1 Keith Marshal

Keith Marshall takes the ball from Faton Bauta


UGA Spring Practice 2 Todd Gurley

Everybody’s favorite BEAST, Todd Gurley


UGA Spring Practice 3 Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall having a good time.


UGA Spring Practice 4 Malcolm Mitchell

That’s Malcolm Mitchell doing some hop drills. Certainly a good sign.


UGA Spring Practice 5 Malcolm Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell leading a running drill.


UGA Spring Practice 6 Keith Marshall

Mike Bobo watches over Keith Marshall doing a run drill.


UGA Spring Practice 7 Justin Scott Wesley


Justin Scott Wesley, who was the last to have ACL surgery last fall, running by himself on the sidelines.


UGA Spring Practice 8 Jeremy Pruitt

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt looking over what he has inherited.


UGA Spring Practice 9 Tray Matthews

Tray Matthews was present at practice this afternoon.


UGA Spring Practice 10 Jeremy Pruitt



UGA Spring Practice 11 Damian Swann

Damian Swann during a defensive drill.


UGA Spring Practice 12 Tray Matthews

Tray Matthews up close.


UGA Spring Practice 14 Tramel Terry

Tramel Terry, who is making a transition to safety, as the big man (Mark Richt) looks on in the background.


UGA Spring Practice 15 Jeremy Pruitt



UGA Spring Practice 16 Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins

Brendan Langley (4) and Shaq Wiggins (6) during a defensive drill.


UGA Spring Practice 18 Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett working with the wide receivers.


UGA Spring Practice 19 Justin Scott-Wesley

Justin Scott Wesley looks over his wide receiver unit doing drills.
[su_spacer size=”40″] UGA Spring Practice 19 Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley as Bryan McClendon looking over his stud running back, Todd Gurley.


UGA Spring Practice 20 AJ Turman


A.J. Turman at the water station.


UGA Spring Practice 22 Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley running under a barrier.


UGA Spring Practice 23 Brendan Douglas


Brendan Douglas.


UGA Spring Practice 24 Keith Marshall

A stark reminder that Keith marshall, though looking impressive, is far from ready.
[su_spacer size=”40″] UGA Spring Practice 25 Todd Gurley

And signing us off today, is Todd Gurley, Folks.


The team will conduct practice No. 2 on Thursday afternoon, also on the Woodruff practice fields. Hopefully as practices go on, we will be shown a little more schemes, and not as much fundamental drills like today. But practice is here and football is once again the talk of this town!

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.