Monday, August 2, 2010
Opening camp: Georgia
By ESPN.com staff
Schedule: Practice starts Monday at 3:25 p.m. ET. The first day in full pads is Saturday (Aug. 7).
What’s new: First-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and two other first-year assistants on defense – inside linebackers coach Warren Belin and secondary coach Scott Lakatos – will oversee the Bulldogs’ move to a 3-4.
Sidelined: Starting inside linebacker Akeem Dent is out four to six weeks after injuring his toe in an off-the-field accident. His status for the Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette is questionable. Starting receiver Tavarres King will also miss the opener as punishment for his underage alcohol charge.
Key battle: Brandon Boykin, Vance Cuff and Branden Smith will battle it out for the two starting cornerback spots. Grantham said all three will play extensively this season.
New on the scene: Junior college newcomer Jakar Hamilton went through spring practice and will battle Nick Williamsfor a starting safety spot. True freshmen who could play early include safety Alec Ogletree, receiver Michael Bennett and outside linebackers T.J. Stripling, Brandon Burrows and Dexter Morant. Also, Hutson Mason will be taking second-team snaps at quarterback.
Breaking out: Sophomore receiver Marlon Brown has impressed coaches and teammates after playing sparingly as a freshman and should be a much bigger part of the Bulldogs’ receiver rotation this fall.
Don’t forget about: Junior offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant will give it another go after missing all but a few snaps of the past two seasons with knee injuries. Sturdivant started all 13 games at left tackle in 2007 as a true freshman.
All eyes on: Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. If the Bulldogs get steady play from Murray, they have the firepower around him on offense (10 returning starters) to make a run in the Eastern Division.
Quoting: "There’s an energy that we have this offseason that we probably haven’t had in a while, quite frankly.” – Georgia coach Mark Richt.