Barkley reportedly unlikely to play

Georgia Tech may not have to face USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the Sun Bowl. A Los Angeles Times article observed that “will almost certainly refrain from playing and risking further injury to his right shoulder.”

Barkley, a possible first-round pick in the April NFL draft, injured his throwing shoulder against UCLA Nov. 17 and did not play the following week against Notre Dame. He has yet to take part in bowl practices. He has been expected to join practices with the team when it arrives in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 26.

The Times story was the strongest indication that Barkley will not play. He and backup Max Wittek, who started against Notre Dame, are listed as co-starters. Wittek was 14-for-23 for 186 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Wittek told the L.A. Times, “I’m prepared to lead this team.”

Tech interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly said he would not approach Wittek any differently than Barkley.

“If he’s the backup quarterback or listed as the backup, he’s not very far behind (Barkley),” Kelly said. “He made some unbelievable throws in the Notre Dame game. He’s got a really, really strong arm, can throw the ball downfield, probably as far as anybody we’ve seen distance-wise. And then when you have good people around you – you’ve got good running backs, you’ve got good receivers, you’ve got a good offensive line, that usually makes your quarterback even better.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

61 comments Add your comment

Ho hum

December 22nd, 2012
4:31 pm

The guy that was expected to absolutely shred your nonexistent defense will be a spectator – run the table jackets – run – run – run.

I see Sun Bowl tickets can be purchased for $3.00 – toooooo funny.

Phillip Fulmer

December 22nd, 2012
4:56 pm

Have any UGA Bulldwags been arrested today?

White&Gold

December 22nd, 2012
5:20 pm

I think it’s even funnier that you got left out of a BCS bowl, and get to play a Nebraska team that gave up 70 something points to Wisconsin. LOL

5150 UOAD

December 22nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Why would he play. He already got hurt this year and he is just waiting on NFL money.

Sav FAN

December 22nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Does it matter-does anyone out there care?

1980

December 22nd, 2012
6:45 pm

Ho hum, only one national title in our beloved history, ho hum.

GJ

December 22nd, 2012
6:45 pm

Another season…..another Jackets team that is inconsequential.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
7:04 pm

Sav FAN……apparently you care, or you wouldn’t be on this blog. GO JACKETS !!!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
7:05 pm

GJ……same goes to you as what I said to Sav FAN. Apparently you consider the Jackets consequential

Tech Players Arrested

December 22nd, 2012
7:45 pm

Javaris Crittendon was arrested again this week. You Jackets must be proud. Crittendon is a murderer, thief and wife beater. Par for the course for Jackets athletes.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
7:48 pm

One former Tech player arrested. How many mutt players were arrested while they were in school?

George Stein

December 22nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Par for the course for Jackets athletes.

This is an irresponsible comment and reflects trolling at its worst. Grow up, loser.

Phillip Fulmer

December 22nd, 2012
8:18 pm

Why would Rodney Garner leave UGA for the same job a Auburn? It’s like leaving a cesspool for a dumpster fire.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

Last time I looked in the US, an accused person is innocent until proven guilty. As far as I know, Crittenton’s case has still not gone to trial, and, although he may indeed be guilty, as of now, he is innocent. One thing is for sure though, “Tech Players Arrested” has proven beyond any shadow of doubt that he is an ignorant troll azzhole; he is guilty as charged, your honor.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
9:15 pm

@ Phillip Fulmer…..he is an Auburn alum, so I guess that’s why he went. What the trolls on here have not yet faced up to, is that they just lost the best coach on their staff. Look for Auburn to start out-recruiting UGA now.

Awesomeb

December 22nd, 2012
9:43 pm

I’m not trying to be funny here, but, does Barkley serious think he will take a hit in the Sun bowl if he plays? Have they not watched the tape of our defense? I mean, GSU had more sacks against UFA than we did. I would be surprised if we even breathe on their qb. He may be the safest person in the stadium that night. I’m not trying to be facetious or funny. It truly is sad.

Rick James

December 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

@Supersize that order, mutt

he is an Auburn alum, so I guess that’s why he went. What the trolls on here have not yet faced up to, is that they just lost the best coach on their staff. Look for Auburn to start out-recruiting UGA now
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I was with you until you said that he was the best coach on the staff.He was the defensive line coach.Did you see the SEC championship game? He also got a $150,000 pay increase.Every time another school approached Garner Georgia gave him a pay increase.This may have an impact on this year’s recruiting class but it wont over the long tearm because Georgia will hire a better coach and recruiter than Garner.It not a loss,its an opportunity to improve.Hopefully they can hire Travis Jones from the Saints who was a lead recruiter D line coach for Les Miles.I know you want to throw dirt on Georgia but I think the next hire will only feed your envy.Happy Holidays.

GT Fan

December 22nd, 2012
11:02 pm

Rick James (the guy who doesn’t care about GT, but here he is, again) ……..

Yeah, I saw the SEC Champ game. It was only the 3rd GOOD team UGA played in their 13 games, to this point, against which the dawgs have recorded a 1-2 record. What’s your point? That GT is good against bad teams but can’t beat good teams. Wow, if you aren’t the “pot calling the kettle black” ……..

Supersize that order, mutt

December 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

@ Rick James……you may indeed hire an equally competent, or better man to replace him, but you also may not. You won’t know till he comes on board. For now, you lost a very important coach. And I don’t see how that’s throwing dirt on Georgia. It’s just a fact. Admit it and move on.

SoCalBravesFan

December 23rd, 2012
1:54 am

Go SC!! Fight On!! With or without Barkley, the Trojans will beat GT!

Phillip Fulmer

December 23rd, 2012
7:00 am

Did Travis Jones recruit Honey Badger? Will Athens-Clarke Correctional run out of available cells if Travis Jones is hired?

Paul in NH

December 23rd, 2012
9:07 am

Anyone who watched the USC-ND game knows Wittek has a cannon for an arm. He is also inexperienced. GT needs to put pressure on him.

dry dirt road

December 23rd, 2012
10:05 am

To wit: sounds like Wit Tek should be qb on Ga Tech team; sounds like Tech might be in for a long sunny afternoon

dry dirt road

December 23rd, 2012
10:07 am

sounds like USC will provide Wit Tek with Ga Tech defense scouting info

dry dirt road

December 23rd, 2012
10:10 am

Tech did the Best near end of regular season when DEs sacked, thus indicating need for blitzes instead of leaky roof 3 man rushes with LBs imagining they are thin receivers able to cover such receivers

dry dirt road

December 23rd, 2012
10:12 am

leaky Roof, that is; Ted did the Best for Auburn in Nat Champ game

dry dirt road

December 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

BTW, saw Calvin Johnson on cover of ESPN mag with his BD years yj wings veins on forearms and upper arms, and knew he was player under “Buzz” years veinless female wings, which indicates disorganization of symbolic art message, thus disorganization of Tech Athletic Department; if no veins on “Buzz” pictured at top of this page, “Buzz” mascot on field probably must be female student inside; I’d rather not identify with veinless by wearing “Buzz” “Vintage” clothing, I from BD=AD years of ‘69-’73. IF BD years yj brought back to GT, Tech would probably start to win bowl games again. Bring back some more old gold for unis also, such as 2009 unis, that was old gold enough. Notice PJ dropped the old gold striped unis for the Chick Bowl and for the following years in favor of black pants stripes for two years.

Phillip Fulmer

December 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

It’s a little early in the day to be that drunk, isn’t it dry dirt road?

Supersize that order, mutt

December 23rd, 2012
11:37 am

What the hell does it matter what the mascot looks like or even what the uniforms look like. That crap is really getting old.

wrecked

December 23rd, 2012
12:08 pm

If Barkley doesn’t play GT chances go from none to slim.

stanh

December 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

Do you know what jail your dawg is in?

Pro fan

December 23rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Ga.Tech beats USC 48-41 ….and the Defense sacks the USC QB on 4th down with 46 seconds remaining in the game to preserve the win…LOL how’s that for predicting a game..HEY it could happen…

Verne Lundquist

December 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

See ya at The Sun Bowl.

gt40pinhd

December 23rd, 2012
6:48 pm

don’t know about barkley playing, hope he doesn’t. no comments around socal from him, playing or not playing.
do know that lane kiffin is NOT popular with the alum…. comments around here are as long as he has #1, 2, or 3 in recruiting, he stays. well, at least this year.

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December 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

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GT79

December 24th, 2012
6:52 am

Nebraska is going to run the ball down Georgia’s throat just like Alabama did and it will be a long afternoon for the leg humpers who, for some unexplainable reason, think they deserve a better bowl game. Michigan State last year and the Huskers this year roll.

Tech Actuary

December 24th, 2012
7:04 am

Is it me or have the UGA trolls gotten worse as we approach Christmas? Holiday blues or still cranky about coming so close to the BCS Championship game…you decide.

BigTimeTECHFan

December 24th, 2012
7:06 am

Go Jackets! Beat USC. Should be a good game.
Finally went to McTavish Arena and saw the game Sat. Very nice place.

Phillip Fulmer

December 24th, 2012
7:19 am

Christmas list for your favorite Georgia fan:

12 pack of Bud
11 rasslin tickets
10 of Copenhagen
9 years probation
8 table dancers
7 packs of Red Man
6 cans of Spam
5 flannel shirts
4 mary jane brownies
3 unregistered handguns
2 hos for slappin’
And a hashbrown to stuff in your pants

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

December 24th, 2012
8:08 am

@Fatboy Fulmer…that is pretty good. Hope GT is able to take USC. It’s very possible that Lane and his bunch don’t really want to be at the bowl so that plays into the hands of Tech.

Merry Christmas to all of you Great Folks!! Roll Tide….throw the dayum ball to Julio

Furman Paladin Death Dealer

December 24th, 2012
9:52 am

You would think that after the last few years the Tech folks would leave UGA alone on these boards.. What, one win in 10 years, checking in at 10%. You guys got to be kidding. When you think another Calvin Johnson is coming along and save the program?.Once every 10-15 years…Paul is a good coach, but he can’t win with half the talent these other schools have. You don’t have a defensive player in the front 7 who could start for UGA, Florida State, even Va. Tech or Miami. The ole dude who was coaching the defense didn’t all of a sudden forget how to coach defense, and Van Gorder at Auburn didn’t all of a sudden forget how to coach defense….You got to have somebody to coach who can get the job done. You can do some smoke and mirrors on offense, but when it comes to defense, there is no way to hide lack of talent. Coach Kelly is a good defensive coach, but not much has changed since the firing of the older dude…Why not? They still playing with the same guys on defense, thats why…Not the X’s and O’s, but the Jimmy’s and Joe’s….

Good retort, Supersize...

December 24th, 2012
10:05 am

…”How many mutt players were arrested while they were in school?”

A bunch, but none of them, in school or out, have been accused of murder (but there is probably someone that I have not heard of); but, hey, that basketball coach who got the DUI a couple of weeks ago is still suspended, and, don’t forget about good ol Reuben Houston…

And, yes, we know, some of the Tech guys are rocket scientists and astronauts, and no Bulldog is again, that I know of, though I am sure there are some rocket scientist in all of those Rhodes Scholars that UGA has developed)…

Uh, GT Fan......

December 24th, 2012
10:07 am

…how many “good” teams did Tech play on their way to that 6-7 record?

And, GT 79......

December 24th, 2012
10:10 am

…why shouldn’t the UGA fans expect to be in a better bowl? They were 11-2 so they can EXPECT to be in a better bowl…

Still, the Capital One Bowl IS way better than the Sun Bowl, especially when one of the teams in the Sun Bowl has a losing record…

GTJohn

December 24th, 2012
10:50 am

UGA develops Rhodes Scholars? Funny!

GTJohn

December 24th, 2012
10:54 am

anonymous blogger at 10:05, 10:07 and 10:10 am, you guys still have the murdering professor and cross dressing professor so don’t get defensive.

Merry Christmas!

Tom Resident Georgia Fan

December 24th, 2012
11:01 am

The truth is the overhyped media creation has never played a game. He is nothing, a bust.

wrecked

December 24th, 2012
11:21 am

Gt79,Living proof the GT obsession with UGA is way out of hand.

yeller bug

December 24th, 2012
11:38 am

LOL Awesomeb—yep probably the safest player on the football field is the opposing QB—heck the most dangerous place is in the stands—what 4 people falling over railings at various games this year—-based on the way GT plays at times, they could have been intentional.

Merry Christmas everyone and perhaps we can start off next season with a win against an unmotivated, yet traditional powerhouse team. If the D plays like the 2nd half against FSU and the offense runs well and throws enough to keep their D honest, then we should pull out the win—perhaps with a respectable margin.

MC

December 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

The IKEA monkey can light up GT’s secondary.