Rewind: Tennessee needs Da’Rick Rogers to step up

Da'Rick Rogers is congratulated by Tennessee coaches after making a nine-yard catch for a first down in the opener against Tennessee-Martin. (Photo by Adam Brimer/Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Da'Rick Rogers is congratulated by Tennessee coaches after making a nine-yard catch for a first down in the opener against Tennessee-Martin. (Photo by Adam Brimer/Knoxville News-Sentinel)

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

Welcome to the “Monday Morning Rewind.” Every week for the rest of the football season we’ll revisit players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. These are just things I saw and heard, so please feel free to offer your insights and observations.

Let’s get to it.

Da’Rick Rogers needs to step up for Vols

We didn’t get to see much from five-star wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers in the Tennessee opener but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks. The Vols saw their top two receivers go down with injuries in the 50-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. Gerald Jones, who is also the Vols punt returner, suffered a broken hand and will be out at least two weeks. Denarius Moore, who led the Vols with four catches for 66 yards and a 58-yard TD run on Saturday, sprained an ankle and is questionable this week.

That should thrust Rogers and Justin Hunter, another highly-touted freshman receiver, into the spotlight as UT takes on Oregon and Florida in the next two games. Rogers was the only one to have a catch Saturday (one for nine yards) but both players were impressive at times in camp. There is one possible wrinkle for Rogers. He is due in court on Sept. 14 to face a pair of misdemeanor charges from Bar Knoxville brawl this summer.

One Tennessee freshman from Georgia who is already making an impact for the Vols is Rajion Neal. The 5-11, 205-pound running back out of Sandy Creek had nine carries for 83 yards, including a 40-yard run.

George Morris: A name to know at Central Gwinnett

If you don’t attend Lawrenceville’s Central Gwinnett High School you probably haven’t heard of George Morris. That’s because he was playing JV football last season. But he’s on the varsity this year and new coach Todd Wofford is glad about that.

Morris, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back/slotback, accounted for 417 yards offense and four touchdowns in a 34-31 win over Chapel Hill this past Friday. Morris did it on 29 touches: 9 catches for 216 yards and 3 TDs, 18 carries for 160 yards and another score, and two kick returns for 41 yards. Methinks future opponents might start keying on No. 27 for the Black Knights.

Of course, somebody was having to get the ball to Morris. Sophomore quarterback Eman Westmoreland was 22-of-28 passing for 375 yards and four TDs. Westmoreland has 705 yards passing and six TDs in the first two games.

Brian Randolph a busy man for Kell

I bet Brian Randolph was a tired camper Friday night. The AJC Super 11 selection and Tennessee commitment was credited with 25 tackles and scored two touchdowns — including a 91-yard kick return — in a 20-10 win over Etowah.

Xzavier Dickson going long for Griffin

Maybe Griffin should think of moving Xzavier Dickson to quarterback. The AJC Super 11 defensive end threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nile Daniel on a tight end reverse in the Bears’  40-3 win over Upson-Lee Friday night. Dickson’s arm strength is the stuff of legend in Griffin. He’s said to be able to hurl the ball 80 yards in the air and coach Steve DeVoursney uses Dickson to simulate kickoffs in practice.

New names emerge at P’tree Ridge, Roswell

I covered the Roswell-Peachtree Ridge in the WSB Channel 2 Sportszone Game of the Week this past Friday in Suwanee. I went into it eager to get a look at the Lions’ twin linebackers, Tanner and Tyler Botts, and Roswell tailback Martez Sumler, and those guys did not disappoint. But I came away impressed by several players I knew little of beforehand.

I knew Justin Watts was an excellent kicker and punter for Peachtree Ridge but I had no idea how good an overall athlete he was. He stood out at defensive back, slotback and kick returner as well.  Junior defensive back Christian Goodlet (6-0, 170) was making plays — and big hits — all over the field and sophomore receiver Joe Horn Jr. (you might’ve heard of his NFL dad of the same name) had a leaping catch and scored a TD on a reverse.

For Roswell, sophomore Andrew Kwateng was extremely impressive filling in for Sumler in the second half. And middle linebacker Taylor Beckman was a defensive force for Hornets, who are way better on that side of the ball than the final score might indicate. Peachtree Ridge (2-0) won 24-17.

Georgia QBs show their stuff

Georgia true freshman quarterback Hutson Mason came into Saturday’s game with 2:42 left in the third quarter immediately hit Logan Gray with a 26-yard TD pass on his first play from scrimmage. According to UGA, that makes him only the seventh FBS quarterback of all-time to throw a TD on his first attempt. For the game Mason was 2-for-5 for 33 yards. That’s a long way from where he began last season as a senior at Lassiter, with no FBS scholarship offers.

Equally impressive was South Carolina freshman Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Shaw got significant playing time behind starter Stephen Garcia in the Gamecocks’ opener against Southern Miss last Thursday. He finished 4-of-5 passing for 32 yards and a touchdown and had seven rushes for another 31 yards.

Depending on circumstances, the two could end up going head-to-head this Saturday.

Etc: Isaiah Crowell struts stuff for coaches

Carver-Columbus tailback Isaiah Crowell, the No. 1 back in the state, lived up to his billing this past weekend. In a marquee matchup with Buford, Crowell had 22 carries for 188 yards and a touchdown. The highlight was his 90-yard TD run in the 14-0 Carver victory. Georgia head coach Mark Richt and running backs coach Bryan McClendon were there to see, along with coaches from Auburn, Tennessee and others. . . .

Tai-ler “T.J.” Jones had an impressive debut for Notre Dame. The 2009 Super 11 athlete from Gainesville had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. . . . True freshmen to get in the scorebook for Tech on Saturday included running back B.J. Bostic (5-30), safety Isaiah Johnson (4 tackles, 1 for loss) and linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (1.5 tackles). . . . For Georgia, OLB T.J. Stripling had one tackle and fullback Zander Ogletree had one reception for seven yards. . . . Andre Sims, who is committed to Michigan State as a defensive back had seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver in Brookwood’s 45-28 victory over Collins Hill.

106 comments Add your comment

PrimeTime

September 6th, 2010
10:42 am

Why would you put something about Da’Rick’s court date? It’s not like it’s going to keep him from playing.

Johnny Canada

September 6th, 2010
10:51 am

How was Shaw “even more impressive”? Had Wooten not dropped the ball that Mason placed perfectly in his hands, Mason would have had 2 touchdowns. I know he did, drop it and he only had one, but it wasn’t his fault. The pass he threw to Gray was a pass that a lot of pros would have trouble making. I was very impressed with Mason. He’s going to be a solid backup.

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

September 6th, 2010
10:52 am

See they found a tight pair of pants and belt for D’Ricky…

Dooley’s dad won’t put up with ‘pants on the ground’…

Wait till he puts ‘ball on the ground’..

Joey

September 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Maybe Da’Rick can add some “punch,” and help UT’s offense “kick” into another gear! Pun intended.

TXDawg

September 6th, 2010
10:53 am

Tennessee will get demolished by Oregon and I’m looking for my cousin LB Spencer Paysinger #35 to have a big game.

so

September 6th, 2010
10:55 am

wow an SEC team got beat by Jacksonville State! Guess Jville State has better than “SEC speed”. Georgia will get beat by USCe this weekend as they have good chance to finally win the SEC east. Georgia beat a middle school team last weekend….and their fans are acting like they won the national title. If Murray tries to run like that against Carolina he wont make it out of the game alive. Wait till Oregon beats the brakes off of UT this weekend…that will make things in the SEC look even worse because it was not a very impressive first weekend. A team missing half its starting lineup(UNC) almost beat the second best team in the SEC(LSU). A QB who was the worst in the ACC last year threw for 400 yards…wow.

The Ole Ball Coach

September 6th, 2010
10:55 am

Da’rick Rogers felony assault, under-age drinking, resisting arrest ends up being a couple of misdemeanors and no punishment from UTk or the law, :) that will show um.

The Ole Ball Coach

September 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Where is the NCAA? – did not the vols get special treatment at bar knoxville according to the owners. Well they sure did.

TXDawg

September 6th, 2010
10:58 am

Johnny Canada…it was a simple post route, not that hard of a throw. Matt Ryan did it on his first pro pass to MJ for a TD. Hutson seemed confident but don’t start proclaiming him All-Pro yet.

SmyrnaMan

September 6th, 2010
11:02 am

Rajion Neal is the real deal. Dooley spoke highly of him at the Big Orange Caravan in ATL Vols will be decent this year

BD

September 6th, 2010
11:04 am

I believe that Taylor Bennett at GT also threw a TD on his first ever pass in college. Maybe Mason can be just as good as Bennett.

Some Sense

September 6th, 2010
11:07 am

Da’Rick…is that really his name or is he actually Da (The) Rick???

Anyway, he doesn’t need to step up nearly as much as Israel Troup, Rantavious Wooten, Tavares King, and the guy from Memphis do at UGA. These guys have been around way long enough to have made a contribution by now. They’ve done nothing.

Joey

September 6th, 2010
11:10 am

so, do you know anything about college football? You should watch ESPN instead of Opra, and read some sports occasionally. I’ll try to help you out:
1) LSU is not the second best team in the SEC
2) Upsets and near-upsets happen. Remember Gardner-Webb?
3) Carolina may well beat UGA Saturday, after all, they did, along with the Dawgs beat the two best ACC teams last November.
4) Don’t go excusing a team “missing half of its starting lineup …”. Nobody excused UGA in ‘08 playing most of the season with 24 season-ending injuries to starters and rotation players.

jack bull

September 6th, 2010
11:13 am

…Big Orange Caravan in ATL…that reminds me of just how funny it is schools like UT, UA, AU, S Carolina etc.. have these “caravans” thru the state of Georgia so often..i can’t think of UGA having any such “caravans” going there. a simple phone call usually works..

BD

September 6th, 2010
11:15 am

Please name the 24 players that were out for UGA during any one game in 2008.

SmyrnaMan

September 6th, 2010
11:16 am

Its an Alumni Fundraiser. They had Dooley speak along with Bruce Pearl and Pat Summit. But since UGA doesnt have any sucessful programs, no need to organize a dinner, just have some 20 y\o students call and beg for money

jack bull

September 6th, 2010
11:18 am

R Wooten(sophmore who played in just a few games last year), T King(who didn’t play Sat, and if i remember correctly, looked like he made a bunch of plays last year), M Brown(sophomore who really didn’t play at all last year), I Troupe(yes, a little bit of a disappointment thus far, and a little more focused on baseball than football)…been here long enough, huh??? wtf are you talking about??

northgadawg

September 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Nesbitt heisman bound! 1 for 6 8yds and an int! That’s what I call a heisman qb

Chuck Dowdle

September 6th, 2010
11:19 am

Jack Bull…..just now realizing that Atlanta is a melting pot for many different Alumni groups???

jack bull

September 6th, 2010
11:22 am

…since UGA doesn’t have any successful programs…sounds like someone is very jealous, because i know they can’t make that statement and be serious…

so

September 6th, 2010
11:24 am

Thanks for your OPINION Joey…its worth about as much as mine. But last year when UVA lost to William and Mary…it was only “because the ACC sucked”. But if an SEC team gets upset by an FCS school…its because “thats college football”. Just pointing out your double standards…in all seriousness though…LSU is most certainly the second best team in the SEC…UGA is in no way the third or even fourth best team in the SEC. It goes Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, USCe, AUB, than UGA. Beating a JV high school team like the Rajun Cajuns does not mean your elite. LSU at least beat a good team that was ranked higher.

jack bull

September 6th, 2010
11:25 am

no, realized it along time ago, and if you could read, you would have seen where it reminded me of just that fact..i’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, i take it you read it, just didn’t comprehend it..

you gotta love it down here in Georgia, everybody wants to come here and be part of it…

tiger7_88

September 6th, 2010
11:25 am

I guess former Georgia high school QB Cam Newton didn’t “show his stuff”, did he Chip? But you’re right… that 1 for 3 passing performance by Hutson Mason was STRONG.

Good lord, what a homer.

Knowledge

September 6th, 2010
11:43 am

So…”LSU is most certainly the second best team in the SEC”. You are entitled to your opinion. But I must ask – are you high? You really haven’t watched LSU lately (not the first time they have played like down the stretch in a game) making a statement like that. And while Florida has issues, I wouldn’t be so fast to relegate them to the bottom half of the SEC just yet.

Knowledge

September 6th, 2010
11:44 am

But I do agree with your point on the UVA comparison.

chilidawg

September 6th, 2010
11:44 am

Things are about to get ugly on Rocky Top.

Greg

September 6th, 2010
11:47 am

so, virginia did suck and ole miss may prove to suck mightily this year. don’t know that that says much about either conference this year. the coastal side of the acc looks pretty solid, but the sec west should be a better division than the coastal partly because LSU is most likely not the 2nd best team in the sec, like you said. Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas all may well be better. Not to mention, Florida, and perhaps Georgia and South Carolina from the east. I would guess it’s between LSU and the Cocks for sixth best in the conference at this point.
And even though Ole Miss looks horrible right now they still could pull off an upset down the road. the only way they will factor into the conference races this year is as a spoiler and they’ll have to be a much better team than they were saturday to do that.
And who said Oregon wasn’t going to beat UT? They probably will. If most people do not have high expectations for UT this year (and they don’t, I live in TN) how would that hurt the national perception of the conference?
The ACC is an ok conference with good balance in a lot of seasons, but no legitimate person can dispute the SEC is the premier football conference in the south year in and year out because of all of the national titles won by Alabama, Florida and LSU in recent years. The ACC has flopped in the Orange Bowl many times in a row now and people remember that.

ryan

September 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Its sounds like Ray Drew may be a Nole but i like are chances with Xzavier Dickson because of his teammate Corey Moore .

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

September 6th, 2010
11:57 am

@so

Yeah and the ‘Lamecocks played Alabama Thurs. night,huh…

Spurrier keeps playing Thurs. night openers (against NOBODY) every year.

Won’t schedule a team that will have a chance to beat him.

What a chump.

Knowledge

September 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

Greg – I would say that UVA and Ole Miss losing to FCS schools (UVA’s coming last year) doesn’t hurt either conference perception. Both are/were bad teams (Ole Miss and UVA). Now if Ole Miss goes on to make some serious noise in the SEC (which is highly unlikely), then, yes, that loss will hurt the SEC’s perception.

tiger – I get your point on no mention of Cam Newton, but I think the point of the article was to focus on rising seniors and true freshman from the state.

weatherdawg

September 6th, 2010
12:11 pm

Hey So—-in case you have not heard, it is better to keep your mouth shut and let everyone just think you are an idiot than it is to open your mouth(computer) and remove all doubt.

ryan

September 6th, 2010
12:12 pm

The Vols sill have escortgate .

DawgByte

September 6th, 2010
12:17 pm

Must be a very bad week for High school sports when the recruiting blog is filled with last years recruiting news rather than this years?

3DawgKnight

September 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

Johnny Canada

Sorry to bring this up – but – there was a penalty
on that [would be] 2nd td pass to RW. Even if he had
caught the ball, they would have brought it back.

Chip Towers

September 6th, 2010
12:19 pm

tiger7_88: Cameron Newton did indeed have good game for Auburn. But after Florida and JUCO, he’s not exactly a newbie, now is he? . . . I fully expect Newton to be one of the most impactful first-year players in the SEC this year. Him or Jeremiah Masoli, wouldn’t you think?

UGA Rules!

September 6th, 2010
12:19 pm

Dawg…you must be right. I read and watched the UGA game and would much rather hear about future recruits in the recruiting blog and read about the current UGA team under the UGA blog. But then again I am always for having a second UGA blog! LOL

Stiff competition

September 6th, 2010
12:21 pm

So!….I know its a holiday but it seems like you hit the bottle a little early this morn…..LSU has rarelly been picked any higher than 4th in their own division this coming year and after their weak perfomance the other nite that may be a little high…..you also left out Fla…..The ACC has a pedigree of not only losing the big games but also to the likes of W@M…this has been going on for years….The SEC has won enough big games and for the most part wins against the lesser opponents as well…..So yes, they get the benefit of the doubt….Noone is saying that UGA WILL beat SC but they probably should……The Dawgs, albeit against a lesser opponent, did what they were supposed to do which is to blow their doors off and I believe they looked more impressive than GT……Do’nt forget, La La has been to bowl games 4 of the last 5 yrs and it wasnt but 3 yrs ago they beat Ala…..

No successful programs at UGA ?

September 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

Well, if you want to ignore 132 SEC titles and NCs in 8 different sports, guess you could say that. However, those facts speak for themselves and are why UGA is nationally respected for an overall sports program, Dog fans enjoy competing for titles year round.

northgadawg

September 6th, 2010
12:53 pm

Where’s all the tech nerds with the nesbitt for heisman stuff? Guess they realized that was the biggest joke of the summer huh!

Laughing is healthy!

September 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

so, comments like yours are one of many reasons I read these blogs in the first place.
It makes me feel good to laugh!
Keep up the good work!

erictin

September 6th, 2010
1:49 pm

Mark this down!USF will upset Florida this week!Bank on it!

Delbert D.

September 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

7th FBS QB of all time to throw a TD pass on the 1st attempt? What about non-QBs doing it? I bet there are more than 7 of those.

tiger7_88

September 6th, 2010
2:35 pm

Chip, it was his first START for an SEC team. The only other time he took the field for an SEC team (Florida) he only got a few plays of mop-up duty against four of five teams.

10 total passes in that mop-up duty. 16 total rushes.

So, yeah, I would say a brand new starting quarterback with those kind of previous SEC stats is a bit of a newbie. But don’t get me wrong, I *absolutely* see where you and the AJC are constantly coming from. In a dwindling environment for selling newspapers, you have to play to the choir after all.

tiger7_88

September 6th, 2010
2:38 pm

Anyone who claims that UGa does not have a successful athletic program is an utter moron.

Prison Mike

September 6th, 2010
2:56 pm

Cam is 21, the other quarterbacks are 18, 19 max.

F-105 Thunderchief

September 6th, 2010
4:21 pm

What’s the deal with Dooley? A bunch of his players get into a major brawl in a bar and basically one guy gets any sort of punishment? As Urban Meyer might say, “That’s a bad deal.”

Old Gold

September 6th, 2010
4:27 pm

So much for a clean program! Da’Rick turned a trick!

Urban coach or not Meyers

September 6th, 2010
4:28 pm

I think I made a big mistake coming back to coach! Do you hear me Pope?

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

September 6th, 2010
4:42 pm

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((((((((((((((((41-17)))))))))))))))))))))

VolFan

September 6th, 2010
4:59 pm

I agree Chip. I was there and Rajion Neal looked great. Although its only one game against an inferior opponent, he looked better in a lot of ways than Bryce Brown did last year as a freshman. Neal just looks smooth running the ball and has great vision.
And don’t forget about another local talent in JaWuan James. He got the start on the oline and they played really well. I don’t care who you are or what SEC school you play for, when you start as a true freshman in the SEC on the oline, you are gonna be really good.