Bulldogs try to drain away the 'energy vampires'

August 8, 2011 

 

ATHENS - And here we have another item in Mark Richt's motivational bag of tricks, complete with photo-shopping humiliation.

If a member of the Georgia football team loafs in a drill, is late to a meeting, misses a meal, or anything like that, they are subject to being called "Energy Vampires." The player's picture if then photo-shopped with horns, fangs, or whatever it takes to make them look like Nosferatu.

"Anybody could end up on the energy vampire board," Richt said. "It could be me, it could be anybody."

The genesis of the campaign occurred when Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith alerted Richt to it when he spoke at Georgia's coaching clinic this summer. Smith had read about it in a book called "The Energy Bus," by Jon Gordon, which also helped inspire Georgia's new "get on the bus" campaign. The Red and Black, the Georgia student newspaper, first wrote about the energy vampire concept last weekend.

"We're looking for guys that want to be positive," Richt said. "We don't need any energy vampires out there."

Sophomore linebacker Alec Ogletree admitted on Monday that he has been one of those to appear on the vampire board. Ogletree said he missed a meal, leading him to have to run around the field after practice - and have his picture photo-shopped.

"They get some crazy picture of you and put fangs in your mouth. Some people have hair coming out," Ogletree said.

"Nobody wants to be on that board. It's funny, but at certain times it's not, because it's an energy vampire, and with this whole thing about being on the bus that's what we're trying to work to."

Senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson said he hadn't earned the ignominious honor yet.

"I don't want to and I don't plan on it," Tyson said, smiling. "It's just been a couple people so far. If you miss something, or you make a bad play in practice, then that's an energy vampire. It's nothing too serious. But it's something you don't want to have to do or get on the board."

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