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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Old65DAWG

November 2nd, 2011
10:13 pm

The following appeared today on a blog following an article about CroWell’s suspension in the Columbus paper:

” Isaiah has always been treated as though he was above the law, even in high school. He’d cuss the coaches out, practice when he felt like it, get high, all of it. But when the scouts came around, everyone talked him up to be an angel. You can only hide for so long. Eventually the truth will come out. Seems like the day has come. He’s a great talent, no doubt, but his attitude is horrible”.

Enough said!

george

November 2nd, 2011
10:25 pm

“Auburn would not have any students if it were not for atlanta” that might be the dumbest and most ignorant statement I have ever heard. Once again I know this is very hard for uga people but please go look at the facts before you just start spewing garbage like this.

RamboDog

November 2nd, 2011
10:26 pm

Hey GEORGE>>>

” I will be back on here win or lose. let me know when yall win a game that actually matters.”

I will chat with you in 2 weeks, because thumping that Auburn ass will be a “meaningful win”, as it will put us in the SEC CGame. Then we will knock off the other Tigers from the West after they whip Bama this weekend.

Auburn is a NOTHING cow pasture school. Your two degrees are impressive, you are probably the smartest Auburn graduate I know as the rest are dumb as rocks. I have fired several over the years, so sad, but I couldn’t accept their performance in my business.

Be on here in 2 weeks, but I won’t expect you to keep your word.

Last thing, if Auburn players start anything (or you fat fans), we’ll FINISH IT , got it???

ToccoaDawg

November 2nd, 2011
10:29 pm

Can’t wait to see Zander run the football.

ToccoaDawg

November 2nd, 2011
10:34 pm

I wish Georgia would recruit more players with the attitude Jarvis Jones has.

Pit Bull

November 2nd, 2011
11:07 pm

Would y’all leave George aloneeee, Leave him aloneeeee, he can’t help it he is retarted. Pleaseeeee, leave Georgie aloneeeeee!

(STILL) 2-10 against ranked teams

November 2nd, 2011
11:38 pm

……wake me up when UGA ever beats a ranked team…..

rogeriter

November 2nd, 2011
11:56 pm

SSl

gator–well, if you want to take it back for previous seasons, why not take it back to the beginning? How about 48-40-2 in Georgias favor? Personally, I think only this season matters–and Georgia won!

Eric C.

November 3rd, 2011
12:31 am

“who gained 5,756 yards and scored 93 touchdowns last year for Wesleyan, a private Christian school”

Whoa!!!! Is that a misprint????

aladawg

November 3rd, 2011
1:59 am

george, there you go again running your dirty little mouth about something you know nothing about. How in the hell in your warped little pea brain mind did you figure out that those guys were not eligible to play in the Florida game. Your stupid moron inbreeding is showing again.

jack handy

November 3rd, 2011
6:03 am

@george–only kids and players should wear jerseys to games

utmost

November 3rd, 2011
7:14 am

For CMR to say he runs a program with the “utmost integrity” is a joke. Last year while recuiting IC, one of the players involved, he intentianly broke an NCAA rule. A small secondary rule but still a rule. Maybe the players are just trying to get by with a little, just like the coach…

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
8:11 am

The AJC loves Coach Mark Richt. These blogs would dry up and stop producing ad revenue if Georgia hired an established HC who cleaned up the program and started winning with class and integrity. There isn’t much motivation to discuss the football program ad nauseum when everything is cruising along just as it should. Under Coach Richt, UGA has become the soap opera of the SEC.

I know why the fans of other programs come here. It’s only human nature to want to see a train wreck in progress. Reading these UGA blogs is more fun than watching Squidbillies.

BobDawg

November 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

Glad to see SSi Gator come on and take his medicine like a Man..
.Where has TampaGator been???

BTW, SSiGator… I won’t mention the first 60+ years of the rivalry if you don’t mention the last 20+.. OK??? Let’s just talk about MusChamp being 0-1 against us… He is a Darn Good Dawg after all!!!!

Joe

November 3rd, 2011
8:20 am

It seems that uga should run the ball more this weekend than before to not chance these walkon unproven blockers from not pass protecting for Murray. I feel certain that KK will do just fine. He was a MVP in class A and kept the ball away from the great Marshall in the playoff games vs Wilcox. He is a tough runner.

BurytheBone

November 3rd, 2011
8:25 am

Like I said George…..Newton and Finley……Where the old Taco mac used to be.

BurytheBone

November 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

I agree Joe on Kyle, The kid had some places he could’ve played on a full ride. But his heart was that of a dawg. Hope he gets several ops. this weekend. On another note are there any updates on what recruits will attend the GAvsAU?

Destin Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
8:34 am

Muschamp is Nuts !! Crazy !! at least Zooker ciuld recruit ??

d-dog

November 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

I don’t understand all the fuss about the running backs position. We have the 6th best “D” in all of football Nation wide. With our “D” not much “O” will be needed. I will promise you this, there will be some fireworks on “O” Sat. 11-5-2011. Done worry the Dawgs will be fine…..go dawgs..happy trails

61-39-5 vs Tech- 47-40-2 vs Florida

November 3rd, 2011
8:36 am

update 48-40-2

61-39-5 vs Tech- 47-40-2 vs Florida

November 3rd, 2011
8:38 am

Will Muschamp 0-4 against the Gators as a player,
0-1 against the Dawgs as a coach.

WDE

November 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

Well I woke up and found myself doing what we members of Bull Dog Nation are often accused of doing..Living in the Past..Brother and Sisters of the Bull Dog Nation it is already 5 days since we beat the gators, my how time flies when your having fun!

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

If McGarity could schedule 12 games against High School teams next year then our defense would be #1 in the nation!

Wouldn’t that be cool?

If War Eagle is the battle cry why do we have a bird as a mascot?

November 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Alabama
Usually
Beats
Use
Round
November

and Georgia whips us too.

george

November 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

rambo- if y’all get to atlanta it will be such an accomplishment let. Me tell you. The acc I mean sec east is the biggest bunch of pansies I have ever seen this year. 4 teams will have losing records and if y’all make it it will only be because you slide in the back door. To even say y’all will beat bama or lsu is the most stupid thing on this entire blog. When was the last time the puppies beat any ranked team let alone the number one team. I know it has been a long time so I will let you research it and get back to me.

bdawg

November 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

george = lmao! This guy, with his 3 undefeated seasons in the last 18 years, by the way, wasn’t one of those while you guys were on PROBATION! Oh yeah, Auburn is the picture of perfection. Just so you know, USC was completely cleared on the Bush issues, but they still got wacked five years later. Just a matter of time. Someone will eventually slip up and get the book thrown at you guys. Just a matter of time.

george

November 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

Great one war eagle battle cry. Could you be any dumber. For the millionth time why don’t you go look at the facts and get back to me. I know uga morons have trouble understanding the truth because it hurts when talikng about the sorry excuse of a football program. please do some research and come back and tell me why you should win the award for dumbest post of the day.

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

Better Question: When was the last time UGA beat a team with a winning record?

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
8:58 am

And yes… everyone but the NCAA agrees that Auburn won a BCS Championship with an ineligible playa last year.

A playa from…. You guessed it!

Georgia!

george

November 3rd, 2011
9:00 am

I will give you a hint rambo. How many times have the puppies beaten the gators in the last decade? Same number of times we have lost to bama.

Not So Special

November 3rd, 2011
9:02 am

I’m not so confident in Hardon & Kremepuffelis at tailback are you ?

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

My Grandma could run the ball on this team – and she’s dead.

Not So Special

November 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

Why ain’t Jarvis Jones & Alec Ogletree on special teams ? You need all your good tacklers on there.

d-dog

November 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

@ Wavy Gravy,
Let’s face every one schedules cup-cakes. But you still have to play 8 conference games a year. To be #1 like Bama is and #4 Like LSU is and UGA #6. That is still a rough row to hoe………………………That’s 3 SEC teams nation wide in total “D”. go dawgs….happy trails

george

November 3rd, 2011
9:08 am

Wavy gravy you are a close runner up for dumbest post of the day. Thee is a reason cam newton did not stay in state. He knew uga could not win at the level he wanted to. Also, maybe if the brilliant uga sstaff had recruited him as a qb instead of a tight end maybe. Just mayb he would have at least considered

d-dog

November 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

I’m SEC , #1 (FIRST) UGA #2 believe it not GA TEch #3
Toi break that down for you…. I pull for all other SEC teams against outside teams. I pull for UGA over anyone…..I’m sorry Tech fan you got lose in the shuffel……But I pull for Tech to win the ACC.

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

george,

There’s a reason why Cam didn’t stay in Florida too. ;-)

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

Nothing to be ashamed of george. Turns out the Ducks came to Phoenix with a Pro team last year as well.

d-dog

November 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

@ geoorge,
Let’s not be too hasty about cash CAM. I’m not sure UGA really wanted him and his baggage. Look what happened down at the Swamp. He had to run to a JR. school to have his head removed from his A__.so he could see how to play football. Did good to after that.
……………………go dawgs…………………..happy trails

RedandBlackDawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

GaDawg,

Agree with you about not having to be a graduate to be a fan of UGA. As long as I pay taxes, that do benefit UGA, since they are a sate funded institution, I can support whatever team I want. Some of us were in the military and could not go to UGA. I figure since I spent my career in the military protecting this country, I can damn well be a fan of any team I want. I chose UGA and I am probably more loyal a fan, than 3/4ths of the alumni that get on here and P and M all the time. It is a state school, I live in this state so enough said.

GO DAWGS and GATA

SSIDAWG

November 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

SSIGator, your not worthy enough to live on St. Simons Island. This is DAWG nation. If you hate UGA so bad, go post on a UF site I am tired of reading your crap.

Always a Dawg

November 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

George – Obviously, neither school is beyond reproach. But just to knock you off your pedestal a bit…. I seem to remember an incident with a hose in the late 80’s. Then there is also the issue of a drunk Auburn fan pulling a gun on a Georgia Band member after purposely running over some of the band’s equipment.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 3rd, 2011
9:32 am

“Alabama
Usually
Beats
Use
Round
November”

Guess you’ve missed the last 30 years, Updyker. What’s the Iron Bowl record since Bear died?

Hint: It ain’t pretty for the Gumps.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

“On another note are there any updates on what recruits will attend the GAvsAU?”

Yes, on the Auburn side.

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

Auburn is Alabama’s UGA – no doubt. maybe the Chattahoochee will veer West one of these days and Auburn can become a part of Georgia. They’d be a better fit in the SEC East anyway.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

“USC was completely cleared on the Bush issues, but they still got wacked five years later. Just a matter of time. ”

Hate to break it to you but there was this thing called a “trial” which went on prior to the NCAA investigation. Not sure how illiterate you are but you should get your dad to read it to you sometime.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

“Auburn is Alabama’s UGA – no doubt.”

Except Auburn can actually beat Bama.

LoganvilleDAWG

November 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

Hey dipstick (sorry I mean George) it doesn’t matter how you get to the SEC championship, the fact is you get there. One thing I will say in your favor George is that I am not sure if UGA will beat Auburn. We have the players to win but when we beat Florida, the next game with Auburn turns out to be a lost, most of the time. So with that said I need to go make some money, for you please go crawl back under the tree.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 3rd, 2011
9:38 am

For the people who keep saying “Auburn will get hit by the NCAA.”

Sorry dawg fans, ain’t gonna happen.

Auburn Is Cleared in Investigation Into Newton

Saying it had found no violations, the N.C.A.A. announced the end of its 13-month investigation into Auburn’s football program Wednesday, including the recruitment of the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/sports/ncaafootball/auburn-is-cleared-in-investigation-into-cam-newtons-recruitment.html

Wavy Gravy

November 3rd, 2011
9:41 am

@2010 BCS CHAMPS

That’s very nice. I’m sure that the NCAA got the result that they wanted. Cam never knew what Cecil was doing – and he didn’t steal that laptop either. He’s a good Christian man… Just Like Coach Richt.