Jarvis Jones, running backs … and return of the Power Rangers?

This blog was posted Sunday night about an hour before the news of Larry Munson’s death broke, at which point I put up a Munson memorial. For those of you who might have missed this earlier entry, here it is again …

Jarvis Jones: The Beast of the East! (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Jarvis Jones: The Beast of the East! (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Week in, week out I don’t think there’s any doubt who’s been the player of the year for the SEC East champions: Jarvis Jones.

Against the Cats, Jones, who transferred to Georgia from Southern Cal after the staff there decided an injury had made him no longer fit to play, had another 2.5 sacks, giving him a conference-leading 12.5 for the season. The former Trojan also forced the fumble that set up Georgia’s only touchdown.

LSU may have its Honey Badger, but Georgia has the Beast of the East. Thank you, USC! …

Some Georgia fans, including former quarterback Buck Belue, are wondering why Isaiah Crowell didn’t attempt to return to the game Saturday with a taped up ankle if, as Mark Richt said Sunday, he’s expected to be ready to play against Georgia Tech.

As Buck put it in his blog: “Must have been more than a tweak, right? How could a competitor sit there and watch his offense struggle like that, if it were just a tweak? Got to figure a competitor would have felt the urge to tape it up tight and go. Tough it out. So, his ankle must be hurting … or he’s just not that much of a competitor. And if it’s hurt that bad, how could he be ready to go on Saturday against Georgia Tech? Just saying.”

Of course, there’s another possible explanation: The Dogs didn’t absolutely need Crowell to return to the game in order to beat Kentucky, and so the coaching staff elected to keep him safely on the sideline.

I don’t know which it was, but, judging from the conservative playcalling (ranging from vanilla runs up the middle to not going for a field goal on fourth down late in the fourth quarter), it looked to me like Mike Bobo and Richt decided the defense was playing well enough to win and there was no need to take any further risks on offense.

As Bobo said after the game, “We did enough to win.” …

Two more thoughts on the subject of running backs: Richt was still mum Sunday on Carlton Thomas’ future but you’ve got to figure that, unless there are some extenuating circumstances, a third full-game suspension this season, especially coming just two weeks after his last one, is likely to mean we’ve seen the last of No. 30. … And let’s hope recruiting target Keith Marshall had the same thought Saturday that many UGA fans had: Crowell spends so much time on the sideline, for one reason or another, that if Marshall comes to Georgia he ought to have plenty of opportunity to play as a true freshman. …

Finally, here’s an unconfirmed rumor out of Athens: The seniors told Richt that if they won the SEC East they’d like the chance to wear those Nike Power Ranger uniforms again in the Georgia Dome, one source says, and he told them they could.

Now, from what I understand the SEC West representative will be the home team this year, and if it’s anyone other than LSU, that would preclude the Dogs being red. But if it’s LSU, which prefers white jerseys even at home, it could happen.

I’m hoping the rumor isn’t true, though. Sure, I think the team deserves some sort of reward for winning the East and I’m not automatically against red tops and bottoms for a special occasion. And the silver helmets weren’t awful.

But those tacky no-name jerseys worn against Boise State? Please, no!

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286 comments Add your comment

THWGT

November 21st, 2011
2:26 pm

THWGT

November 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

THWGT

November 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

i hate it when you huys post 1st

THWGT

November 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

oops “guys”

THWGT

November 21st, 2011
2:31 pm

please don’t wear those silly uniforms.

VA Dawg

November 21st, 2011
2:32 pm

1st. Would prefer the Black over the RED. Go DWAGS!!!!

VA Dawg

November 21st, 2011
2:32 pm

coachx

November 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

No to the power ranger jerseys.

PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ……..

coachx

November 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Back to more important matters.

RBs should have their eyes on the playing time situation opening up at UGA. If your a RB and want to both win and play, on a bigtime stage, then UGA is your place for 2012.

PrimeTime#8

November 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

I would rather see the black jerseys instead…

GeoffDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

Do we have any friends in Jersey who can arrange an “accident” for those unis?

Old Dawg

November 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

The Power Ranger uniforms are the worst ever. Ohio State had a combat uniform a few weeks ago with a helmet that looked a lot like UGA’s and the uniform wasn’t vomitus like Georgia’s.

I’d vote for the black jerseys a million times before I’d vote for the Power Ranger getup!

Dap01

November 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

Forget how you dress. Represent UGA, not Nike. Just win.

With our defense, we have a shot to beat anyone. Thank goodness for CTG and a real defense.
LSU should be prepared for more playmakers than Alabama could muster. Go Dawgs!

Dawg14

November 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

If the seniors want it, they should have it.

Joel

November 21st, 2011
2:43 pm

UGA shouldd wear thee throw backs from 1980, red bottoms white tops, red helmet!! go dawgs

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

Well if LSU crushes us, then maybe we won’t have to see the cross between a Spiderman and Devil costume ever again. I hope they can find some helmets and shoes that fit.

TnDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

Stick to the traditional uniforms (red and white). Let the play and the wins do all the talking.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

I’d much rather see a blackout.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Maybe a white out with silver helmets/.

Pirtdawg

November 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

I don’t care what they wear as long as Jarvis’ helmet stays on this time and he blows up the QB all game.

piermontdawgny

November 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

say NO NO NO please…

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:47 pm

At the rate our program has been eating TBs, we could sign the top three RBs and they would all play.

AIRDAWG

November 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

They won let them wear them.. I dont like them but I dont play I watch…..

DIT

November 21st, 2011
2:50 pm

White jerseys, black helmets…….. PLEEEEASSSE not those ugly uni’s again.

UGA Alumnus

November 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

The ghost of Eddie Robinson

November 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

Bring back the Grambling Unies.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

November 21st, 2011
2:52 pm

Jarvis Jones has been terrific, and he’s a big reason for our defensive turnaround this year. We couldn’t have asked for a better player.

As for Thomas, yeah, he probably should go. I don’t know what the infraction was, but three times in a year is enough to convince me. It’s a shame, too, because he played his heart out when he was out there. Too bad he didn’t try hard enough to stay on the field.

As for Crowell, I think the staff wanted to hold him at least until halftime and probably play him in the second half. but when Harton broke out after halftime, I think they kept him on the bench to rest him (and maybe put a little humility into him, too, if he was able to play).

Either way, yeah, he’s been injury prone, but how many great running backs have had trouble with injuries? Demarco Murray at Oklahoma and Percy Harvin at Florida are two I can name.

Even if Crowell isn’t ready for Tech, Harton and Malcome should be able to carry the load. Yeah, they put the ball on the ground WAY too often for my liking, but they were running their hearts out. And against a Tech defense that isn’t known for being physical (to my knowledge, anyway), I think they’ll do quite well.

As for the uniform theory, I don’t mind giving the players a reward for winning the East, but I’d make it contingent upon them beating Tech. We don’t to end up looking forward to next week and dropping one in Atlanta. That’s not really dependent on uniforms, but I don’t want there to be any possibility of such a scenario.

As for the Boise Power Ranger uniform, Hell no! Those were HIDEOUS! If we’re going to let them wear an alternate uniform, bring back the BLACK!!!

They looked fantastic, and I think they were shelved far too quickly after the ‘08 Bama game. Does Penn State win every Whiteout they play? Nope.

Besides, the uniforms didn’t lose that game: the players did. Yeah, Bama was up 31-0 at halftime, but you realize we scored 30 points in the second half, right? Only two other teams that year scored 30 points in an ENTIRE GAME against Bama (Florida and Utah).

It’s not like we lost as bad as we did when we used the Grambling helmets against Florida in ‘09: now THOSE should never been seen again.

Go Dawgs!

ga gator

November 21st, 2011
2:52 pm

Buck was correct; Crowell has All-World Talent and 3rd World Heart.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:53 pm

UGA needs a couple of 63-7 wins to convince the nation….we need to start eating Wheaties now.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

I disagree with Buck on that one. If most body parts get injured, it is better to ice it and immobilize it. We stand a much better chance of having him full speed for LSU. If we struggle offensively with Tech, and he can go, then we could use him there. Smart is often better than tough. If it is the SECCG, that would be a different story.

1st game of the year...

November 21st, 2011
3:00 pm

…in the “Power Ranger” unis at the Dome = loss

13th game of the year in “Power Ranger” unis at the Dome = loss

Save them for whatever bowl game we get…

Hey, CHDawg...

November 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

…did you see any ice on that ankle???? Hs is a wusss of the 1st degree…

DAWGS forever

November 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

Just say “NO” to those unis. Bookend the season with those at the dome would be too much to handle.

Go DAWGS wreck tech this week and throw another cog in the BCS by beating LSU

DIT

November 21st, 2011
3:06 pm

for the tek game rotate Smith & Boykin. That should take care of business.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
3:08 pm

One other point on just enough to win. Margin of victory does make a big difference. We lost a lot of momentum with pollsters by struggling against the Cats. If we had won impressively, we would have been ranked much higher. The computers don’t use it, but people can’t resist. We need to crush Tech and LSU to have a chance at the big house, and it is pretty remote even then…oh, to have 15 more minutes to practice screens before SC!

Paladawg

November 21st, 2011
3:08 pm

I’m with Mr. Robards about the uniforms. They looked like Dave Bowman in 2001, A Space Odyssey, and look what happened to him. Besides, every time – I mean EVERY time – since UGA adopted the red helmets with the oval G that we’ve worn different helmets, we got pounded. UGA has one of the most iconic home uniforms in all of sports. If it was good enough for Herschel, it’s good enough for these youngsters.

CHDawg

November 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

Hey Ch, again, think with real estate on top of the shoulder pads. Pulling him was the smart move, although I thought they should have played Malcome a little more to try and bring him up to speed. We really do need some TB depth right now.

RiffRaff

November 21st, 2011
3:15 pm

Forget the Power Ranger uni’s….. why would you want to wear something you lost in last time?? Wear black jerseys in honor of Larry.

1969 Graduate

November 21st, 2011
3:17 pm

There’s probably an official in heaven – The Football Angel – whose job it is to disallow victories by teams wearing excessively ugly uniforms.

Even considering letting Nike pick our uniforms once, and even considering wearing the Ghetto Ranger uniforms again, and even thinking of wearing something far out of the University of Georgia tradition – these are things that tell us a lot about what is wrong with our coaching, and administrative staffs.

Go away, Power Rangers, go away! We cheer for UGA, not PRU.

Go, Bulldogs!

truedawg

November 21st, 2011
3:21 pm

Black jersey’s for Tech to honnor Larry..great idea!

Top Row Dawg

November 21st, 2011
3:22 pm

Boo Malcome looked pretty good except for the fumble. Give him more carries if IC can’t go.
Plus we get to ask who shot Boo?

Frank Lane

November 21st, 2011
3:22 pm

If I were a team member, I would not go anywhere even close to those power ranger uniforms.

bitter thuggnificent dawg fan

November 21st, 2011
3:24 pm

spiderman uniforms—————why not——maybe the QB that beat down all-burn will show

—————-PS—-crowface—man up

Still@theKool-aidBAR

November 21st, 2011
3:24 pm

Bill no way UGA brings out the weird Uniforms is there?

UGA Insider

November 21st, 2011
3:24 pm

It is true about the uni’s. I didn’t want to say anything during Tech week but I guess it’s out there now.

Preston

November 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

I would think that Larry would prefer the traditional red helmets and shirts and them silver britches! Hunker down one more time dawgs!

Preston

November 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

Wait just a minute everyone…..we are the visitor. Don’t know if we can choose black jerseys on the road. Hmmmm……

bitter thuggnificent dawg fan

November 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

nike uni’s look like something on the soft side of buck-head——some are to tight

—————————–only light footed boy’s like men’s in tight crouch pants

just saying——————fellows———————hahahahahah

UGA Insider

November 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

I hate to tell you guys this but the uni’s are not that bad and the kids love them…they just didn’t play well in them. I would ask for silver britches and they would look 100% better however.

Shirley...

November 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

…you jest…