Moultrie Observer

Local Sports

May 29, 2010

Former Packer Cuff out to make impact for Dogs

MOULTRIE — Vance Cuff always had plenty of speed and had been clocked at 4.35 as a SuperPrep All-American cornerback and wide receiver at Colquitt County High in 2006.

That time had dropped to 4.28 after he got to Georgia, where he has played cornerback the last three seasons.

But Cuff wanted to drop that time even more his spring when he prepared for his two runs at Georgia’s “mini-combine.”

His first attempt produced an outstanding 4.27, but his reaction was, “That’s all I’ve dropped it in a year?”

His second run was better.

Much better.

With Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt looking on and confirming the time, Cuff ran an attention-getting 4.24, the fastest time ever recorded by a Georgia football player.

When his name was posted atop the list of former Bulldogs whose times he had surpassed, it was hard not to be impressed.

“There was Champ Bailey, Terrence Edwards, Fred Gibson,” Cuff said. “Those are guys I looked up to as a kid.

“It hasn’t soaked in yet.”

Cuff has been back in his hometown for the month of May, spending plenty of time with his mother and visiting with friends.

He also gets up every morning and goes to Snap Fitness, where he works out, getting ready for his senior season. He reports Thursday and summer workouts begin Friday.

The 5-11, 177-pounder wants to continue the work that led to Richt to calling him “the best of the corners in the spring.”

One of his biggest concerns this off-season has been to improve his hip flexibility and is planning to take some yoga classes in Athens.

Cuff is still looking for his first career interception and is expected to get plenty of opportunities at boundary corner. He will play on the short side of the field.

“I’ll play man-up on the Z receiver,” he said. “That’s where you want to be. You have their best receiver. I love that position. It’s so fun.

“But I’ve got to keep working. I just want to make some plays.”

Cuff appeared in nine games and made one start last season for the Bulldogs. He was credited with 21 tackles, including eight against Kentucky. He got his first career start in the victory over Georgia Tech.

But he missed four games with a sprained knee and hopes to be able to stay healthy for his final season of eligibility.

And he will play for a new defensive coordinator and secondary coach this season.

Cuff said he likes the style of play used by both coordinator Todd Grantham, who went to Athens from the Dallas Cowboys, and position coach Scott Lakatos.

“I love Coach Grantham,” Cuff said. “He is deep into it.

“He reminds me of Coach (Dextra) Polite (his seconary coach at Colquitt County High). He wants the ball. He wants you to go get the ball.”

Cuff said the new defense under Grantham and Lakatos suits his style of play.

“This is the style I was recruited to play,” he said. “I just need to go out there and react and make plays.”

Last week, Cuff conducted a camp at the Moultrie YMCA for young players, showing them ways to improve their speed and agility and appeared to enjoy the interaction with the youngsters.

“I know when I was a kid, I would have loved having something like that,” he said.

After his outstanding career at Colquitt County and signing with Georgia, Cuff was unsure about when he would get go to Athens.

There was some uncertainty about whether some of his high school courses would be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Those problems were resolved, and he remembers the support he received during that time not only from the Georgia football staff, but also from the university’s administration.

And he made the most of his time at Georgia, both in the classroom and on the field.

Majoring in housing and consumer economics with a minor in property management, Cuff made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List for the summer semester.

He was on track to graduate in December, but when he decided to add the minor, it moved his graduation up to next May.

Cuff says he hopes to play well enough to be invited to the NFL Combine next year, but if not, he will leave Georgia armed with a degree.

Asked about his decision to accept the football scholarship at Georgia, Cuff said, “It was a great decision. It’s worked out perfectly.”

He said he runs into a number of former Colquitt County High classmates in Athens, including Tyler Mobley, Matt DeMott, Michael Murray, Marshall Faircloth and Bulldog divers Hannah Moore and Owen Blank.

And he is aware that current Packer offensive tackle Xzavier Ward has a scholarship offer from Georgia. The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder has a number of others as well.

“I told him that’s a big decision and it’s decision you have to make,” Cuff said. “But I know we’d love to have him.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • RAMSEY PICCOCK WINNERS.jpg Redding, Blanton win Ramsey Pidcock Invitational

    Andy Blanton tapped in a 6-inch birdie putt on No. 17 to take the lead and he and John Lee Redding parred No. 18 to hold it and win the 60th Ramsey Pidcock Invitational on Sunday at Sunset Country Club.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Packers, other south Georgia teams out to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
     

    July 26, 2014

  • Blanton, Redding lead Ramsey Pidcock

    Andy Blanton and John Lee Redding shot a 65 on Saturday to take the first-day lead in the 60th Ramsey Pidcock Invitational at Sunset Country Club.
     

    July 26, 2014

  • 7-27.COLQUITT COUNTY RED.jpg 10-and-under Red all-stars

    The Colquitt County 10-and-under Red all-stars, shown with their second-place trophy from a tournament in Waycross, also competed in the GRPA Mite Machine Pitch state tournament in Statesboro. The team included, front, from left, Caleb Hannah, Mitchell Wingate, Jake Tucker, Tucker Sparkman and Cam Cook; middle, Mason Bass, Jar'Dae Williams, Thomas Webb, Zy McClendon, Kale Hopper and Chaz Odom; back, coaches Chad Bass, Don Price, Joey Tucker and Kevin Hopper. Not shown, coach Freddie Williams.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pack plays well in summer, but mourns Terry

     It has been a bittersweet summer for the Colquitt County boys basketball team.
     

    July 26, 2014

  • Packers continue to work toward Aug. 23 opener

     After giving his team several days off following the OTAs with Coffee that ended on Friday, July 18, Colquitt County coach Rush Propst was not pleased with the shape his team was in when it reported back to work on Thursday.
     

    July 26, 2014

  • Hampton commits to play at Central Florida

    Citing a desire to play closer to home, Colquitt County defensive end/linebacker Quintin Hampton has committed to play his collegiate football at the University of Central Florida.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24.10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg World Series Champions

    The Diamond Kings recently competed and won the USSSA 10U Global World Series held July 8-12 in Destin, Fla.  This team includes players from all over south Georgia, including Moultrie. The team competed with 19 other teams from across the country and finished 7-1. The Diamond Kings entered bracket play as the No. 3 seed after a 3-1 record in pool play. They won bracket play games over the North Channel Noles (Houston, Texas) 9-1; the Houston Bengals South (Houston, Texas) 7-0; and the Young Guns (Cookeville, Tenn,) 8-7. Those wins set up a championship game showdown versus a strong, 10U Major, Crieve Hall M.A.D. Mavericks team from Nashville, Tenn. In a back-and-forth battle, the Diamond Kings prevailed with an 11-10 come-from-behind victory. DKSA Elite 10U plays out of DK Sports Academy in Thomasville. The team includes, front, bat boy Davis Lightsey; second row, from left, Hayes Lightsey, Davis Green, J.D. Smith, Jake O'Steen and Jaxson Haire, third row, Mark LeSuer, Witt Wetherington, Parker Mirick, Cam Wilbourn, Josh McCaskill and Will Prince; back, coaches Roger Wilbourn, Marc LeSuer, J.J. Jones, Matt McCaskill and Britt Wetherington.
     

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-18.CHASE PARRISH.jpg Pack to begin week of 'acclimatization' on Friday

    After taking a break following last week’s three-day organized team activities session with Coffee High, the Colquitt County football team will be back in harness beginning today.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erving named preseason All-ACC

    Former Colquitt County Packer Cameron Erving, now starting for the national champion Florida State football, has been named to the preseason All-ACC team.
     

    July 23, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More
weatherradar
Seasonal Content
Poll

Should the U.S. negotiate with groups it considers terrorists?

No. Never.
Generally no, but prisoner exchanges are an exception.
Negotiation will be required to end the conflicts we have with those groups.
     View Results