Dawgs find a way to make the New Mexico State game interesting

Brandon Harton probably would have gotten quite a few carries against New Mexico State anyway. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Brandon Harton probably would have gotten quite a few carries against New Mexico State anyway. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Well, you can say this about Georgia’s suddenly thinned out tailback corps: At least it’s managed to generate some interest in Saturday’s nonconference game against the 3-5 New Mexico State Aggies (for which tickets are still available).

Mighty mite sophomore former walk-on Brandon Harton (5-6, 174), who had 11 carries against Coastal Carolina, is the likely starter, backed up by freshman walk-on Kyle Karempelis (5-9, 180), who gained 5,756 yards and scored 93 touchdowns last year for Wesleyan, a private Christian school in Norcross that plays Class A ball. The other scholarship back, former walk-on Wes Van Dyk, reportedly is injured.

So Mike Bobo admitted Tuesday that he’s likely to get creative in backing up Harton and Karempelis. Of course, defensive backs Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith have been used occasionally on offense, but in a game against a team whose passing attack ranks 16th in the nation at 297.2 yards per game, their two-way availability might be limited.

Bobo, who loves to tantalize us with hints of things we never actually see happen, also mentioned that two freshmen DBs, Nick Marshall and Damian Swann, could carry the ball some. Back in the summer the possibility of using former quarterback Marshall in the “wild Dawg” formation had been tossed out but hasn’t happened so far. Maybe we’ll actually see that now.

Bobo also mentioned fullback Zander Ogletree might get some carries at tailback, which would be ironic considering Georgia hasn’t used its fullbacks to run the ball at all so far this season.

Frankly, this blip in the starting lineup isn’t nearly the big deal that all the media attention it’s gotten would indicate. Harton was likely to get a bunch of carries in this game anyway.

Much more distressing was the news that backup Richard Samuel will miss the rest of the regular season. Against Florida, Samuel finally showed some determined running rather than going down with the first hit as has been his tendency in the past. With Carlton Thomas generally ineffective up the middle, Samuel’s size will be missed. Perhaps now when Isaiah Crowell goes to take himself out of a game someone with a headset on the sideline will tell him no, to get back in there.

As for the timing of the suspension announcement, I see no reason not to take Greg McGarity at his word that whatever prompted the action didn’t become known to UGA’s coaches until after the Florida game. Of course, rival fan bases were rife with conspiracy chatter after the announcement. A South Carolina fan told me that Gamecocks talk radio was abuzz with it Tuesday, which made me laugh. This, from a fan base that actually managed to keep a straight face through numerous conveniently timed “suspensions” for Stephen Garcia.

Meanwhile, I was heartened to see that fresh faces, including some defensive starters, were working with the No. 1 kickoff coverage team in practice Tuesday. Having the likes of Sanders Commings, Amarlo Herrera, Chase Vasser, Shawn Williams, Branden Smith and Ray Drew getting special teams playing time sounds like a good move.

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WDE

November 2nd, 2011
10:45 am

Bill can we get a better class of haters on this site please!

Frank Lane

November 2nd, 2011
10:52 am

Neither Nick Marshall or Damian Swann were scheduled for red shirt seasons, correct?

McDawg

November 2nd, 2011
10:55 am

well boo who ken malcome

this was your shot but…….

go with the walk-ons

how about he D going to have to carry us again

McDawg

November 2nd, 2011
10:55 am

Nick Marshall has been getting killed on special teams all season

SS Dog

November 2nd, 2011
10:57 am

Isn’t the University closed for a fall break the Friday before the Florida game? If the tests were given on Thursday, would there be anybody there to process the results?

RiffRaff

November 2nd, 2011
10:57 am

Sorry to see Richard Samuel go down. He’s a true Dawg.

Reality

November 2nd, 2011
11:00 am

There’s now way that the Karempelis kid gained 5,756 yards and scored 93 touchdowns last year as you indicated. That would be over 500 yards a game and 8 or 9 TD’s depending on many games they played. That has to be his career numbers, because if those were single season numbers he would of had offers from every team in the country despite the fact it was in A ball.

Columbus Dawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:00 am

What I can not understand is a media outlet reporting that these players failed a drug test, based on “Sources close to the proccess”. I have yet to see a press release from the University of Georgia that says these players in fact failed drug tests. Also, if NCAA rules say that a player who fails a drug test must sit out a year, then how is LSU and UGA getting around this rule?

Dan

November 2nd, 2011
11:02 am

What about Figgins? Why aren’t we using him or hearing his name to a carry the ball some?

GAN

November 2nd, 2011
11:02 am

It’ll be nice to see these other running backs having a dream come true opportunity at home. I believe we’ll see all they’ve got since this is probably the only opportunity for some of them. I think we’ll see a fun running game because NMS defense will do more to defend the pass than the run. NMS will under estimate the ability of these guys to run the ball.
Here’s hoping for big holes and big gains on the ground.
Cheers!

McDawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:05 am

i might actually buy the pay per view now

ConeDawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:05 am

Defensive starters defending kickoffs? Two words: Boss Bailey

McDawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:07 am

good point ConeDawg and one of the reasons Richt doesn’t like to use starters

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 2nd, 2011
11:10 am

Just suit up the Phi Mu & Tri Delta’s because they could beat NMSU.
If players are SO broke they need to be paid to play, then how did they afford the Drugs in the failed urine test?

VinnyD

November 2nd, 2011
11:11 am

Maybe big John Jenkins can get a few carries…He carried the rock in JUCO, ya never know…

george

November 2nd, 2011
11:13 am

UGA broke SEC and NCAA rules yet again by letting these THUGS play in the Florida game. Shocker I know. Crowell is a thug even for UGA standards.

george

November 2nd, 2011
11:16 am

by the way bill I can not wait to read all your garbage about auburn next week. It always cracks me up when the most classless program in the country trys to call other programs classless. I will have my nick fairley jeresy ready for next sat. Cant wait to hear all the pathetic puppies cry their little hearts out.

Alabamadawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:18 am

Hopefully, this will help the dawgs land a major runningback commitment.

JT

November 2nd, 2011
11:22 am

Yes, Reality, those are Karempelis’ career numbers in high school. A typo on Bill’s part.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:27 am

I saw Karempelis play. The kid looked good

schmeckdawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

Kyle Karempelis (5-9, 180), who gained 5,756 yards and scored 93 touchdowns last year for Wesleyan, a private Christian school in Norcross that plays Class A ball.
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5,756 yards and 93 touchdowns last year…WOW. And this kid is just a walk on!!!!!! C’mon Bill!

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:30 am

Is that an Auburn fan calling any other program classless? There really is one born every minute

NWGA Dawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

Some of the team leaders need to take these boys out back to the wood shed and remind them what it means to be a GEORGIA BULLDAWG!!!!! One good trip out back and this would not happen again!!!!!

Bean Counter

November 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

What a bunch of idiots! Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the time. Thank you gentlemen for putting yourself above the team and the school that is giving you the opportunity to get a degree. Please yourself first and to hell with those that depend on you. That is a great attitude to carry through life.

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
11:40 am

@george we did not break any rules you can’t prove it and no ones daddy is going to admit to it…

Bremen Dawg

November 2nd, 2011
11:43 am

I don’t know if any team in the country would drug test the week before a big rival game, thats just good business.

george

November 2nd, 2011
11:44 am

ardawg do you really want to go there? Name ONE classless thing Auburn has done in the last few years.

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
11:51 am

@george besides Fairley parading around the sidelines “putting on the belt” after nearly crippling our QB last year with an assistance coach egging him on..little things like that?

SSIgator

November 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

“Dawgs find a way to make the New Mexico State game interesting”

No Bill. The Dawgs find a way to make every game they play interesting. Do the players carry their own bongs or is someone in charge of that on the UGA staff to do it for them?

Newman

November 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

Hey George…How ’bout Fairley gouging Murray with his facemask last year?

dap01

November 2nd, 2011
12:00 pm

No program or University who admitted Cam Newton with his legal and academic past can call anyone classless.

Seriously, how could a school even get him admitted. Saying nothing about the $180K that no one denies was paid for him.

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

@SSIgator hey did you notice we beat the mighty gators last week? And really your going to talk about players smoking dope…really??

SSIgator

November 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

WDE -

Yes I noticed. Also noticed that makes UGA 4-22 of recent history and Richt 3-11 vs UF, yawn. Do it again next year and maybe it might be worth talking about.

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm

ha ha ha ha aha ha aha ha aha ha ha aha has haa ha ha aha ha ha aha ha ha wde I didnt think you would be dumb enough to go there but apparently you are. Good lord there are some dumb folks in this world. Questions. 1.How many personal fouls did UGA have that game? 2. How many UGA players have been suspended in the last two years for including for dirty cheap shots? 3.How many UGA players stormed the field in the Auburn game last year to fight? how many auburn players?4. How many fights /skirmishes has uga gotten into the last 10 games? 5. how many uga fans tried to set toomers on fire last year?6. How many players, and administrative folks have been arrested over the last few years? For you to mention an assitant coach is the most laughable thing I have ever heard in my entire life. First, “with an assistant coach egging him on”. You might want to go check out the tapes and get back with me about the facts of what happend. Secondly, the puppies have the most classless, worst excuse of an assistant coach in Todd Grantham. But hey he fits right in up at that pathetic program that has not been releveant in 30 years.

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa dapo1 this has to be a joke. let me see if this rings a bell. How many points do you get for a 3 pointer? IDIOT.

schmeckdawg

November 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

SSIgator

November 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm
WDE -

Yes I noticed. Also noticed that makes UGA 4-22 of recent history and Richt 3-11 vs UF, yawn. Do it again next year and maybe it might be worth talking about.

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Richt is 3-8 vs. fla. so the next time you spout off with your swamp lizard mouth, know what you are talking about…if at all possible!!!!!!!

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

@SSIgator no let talk about it now…We beat the Gators…God I love saying that !!

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:14 pm

Dap01 can you read? Because if you could you would have read the letter the NCAA sent Auburn saying they investigated for 14 months and found NOTHING. Its funny a uga person brings up academics. I guess you have forgotten about how many points do you get for a 3 point shot.

schmeckdawg

November 2nd, 2011
12:14 pm

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm
ha ha ha ha aha ha aha ha aha ha ha aha has haa ha ha aha ha ha aha ha ha wde I didnt think you would be dumb enough to go there but apparently you are. Good lord there are some dumb folks in this world. Questions. 1.How many personal fouls did UGA have that game? 2. How many UGA players have been suspended in the last two years for including for dirty cheap shots? 3.How many UGA players stormed the field in the Auburn game last year to fight? how many auburn players?4. How many fights /skirmishes has uga gotten into the last 10 games? 5. how many uga fans tried to set toomers on fire last year?6. How many players, and administrative folks have been arrested over the last few years? For you to mention an assitant coach is the most laughable thing I have ever heard in my entire life. First, “with an assistant coach egging him on”. You might want to go check out the tapes and get back with me about the facts of what happend. Secondly, the puppies have the most classless, worst excuse of an assistant coach in Todd Grantham. But hey he fits right in up at that pathetic program that has not been releveant in 30 years.

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You go back and look at the tape. You will see Mr. Classy Trooper Taylor high fiving Fairley after the scuffle when he tried to take Murray out at the knees.

SSIgator

November 2nd, 2011
12:17 pm

schmeckdawg -

You sir are correct. I meant to say 3 out of 11. Either way that is really a sterling record isn’t it? I bet Richt treated himself to an extra hour in the tanning salon for that one. “Hey, look at me guys, I am 3-8 against one of our biggest rivals . Am I something else or what?”

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:18 pm

good grief yall make this too easy. You know what he was high fiving him about? Sacking your qb because your pathetic defense could not block even with the UGA chop blocking by Ben jones m(among others)who had already been suspended that year for a cheap shot.

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
12:18 pm

@george we should have stormed the field we should have sent Fairley home in a ambulance. How many UGA players have been arrested for knocking off a trailer park lately? And yes while Fairley was prancing about he was side by side with one of your assistance coaches. The only problem I have is that Fairley wrote a check other Auburn players will have to pay…have the team show up on time and sober next week and lets see what happens shall we?

SSIgator

November 2nd, 2011
12:20 pm

WDE -

You can join in with Richt also. “We are 3-8 against UF. Whoo Hoo!!!”

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:23 pm

it is pretty simple actually. if you dont want your qb to get hit learn how to block. I will be sure to be there early to watch our team stomp all over your logo and be sure to stay until the end of the game when we send our whole team on the field after we have beaten your ass.

Auburn armed robbers

November 2nd, 2011
12:26 pm

Auburn. Do u remember your players armed robbery? Focus on your agregious problems!

Dirty Dawg

November 2nd, 2011
12:29 pm

I’ve been asking about the status of the Scott-Wesley kid. Is he still on the team? Redshirted? I really would like to hear some comments about whether or not he would ever be considered at RB. Remember the young man has both the size and speed that could be put to good use at tailback.

george

November 2nd, 2011
12:29 pm

agregious problems? those thugs are no longer on our team. Unlike UGA where violence, arrests, and stupidity is widespread throughout the program that was an isolated incident.

PrimeTime

November 2nd, 2011
12:32 pm

SSIgator….what is the overall UGA-FLA head to head record?

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
12:35 pm

@PrimeTime UGA is ahead on the all time record and we always will be…

WDE

November 2nd, 2011
12:36 pm

@SSIgator what always comes to my mind is that we own the overall series record and we always will..oh and we beat the Gators last week that comes to mind also!