Rewind: Da’Rick Rogers finally gets loose against S. Carolina

MONDAY MORNING REWIND:

Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.

Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers finally had a game of note for Tennessee. Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2010 was actually the Vols’ leading rusher with 49 yards on three carries as UT lost 38-24 to South Carolina. However, the 6-foot-3, 215-poundwideout is still struggling to get the ball through the air. He did not have a catch.

“We’re trying to get him the ball a little bit more,” coach Derek Dooley told reporters after the game. “We’re struggling to do it throwing the ball for whatever reason. He’s a big, strong kid, and he’s practicing good. He’s a big, strong runner. . . . He was our leading rusher. We might play him at tailback next week.”

He was kidding.

Rogers was also one of three Tennessee players who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game.

“I was real disappointed,” Dooley said. “Da’Rick? Not very smart. And he admitted it. . . . That’s just not smart, sound football.”

Mike Hilton steals spotlight for Sandy Creek

I went down to Tyrone Friday night eager to get a look at wide receiver Alex Chisum, who stars for Class AAA No. 2-ranked Sandy Creek and is receiving a lot of recruiting attention of late. But it was a quiet night for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Cincinnati commit as the Fighting Patriots won 10-0 in the “Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week.”

As it turned out, quarterback Ronnie Bell was ineligible to play in the game against cross-town rival Fayette County. So the Patriots went with freshman Cole Garvin at quarterback and didn’t throw the ball much. Chisum had one catch for three yards.

What I was pleasantly surprised to see was the standout performance of defensive back/running back Mike Hilton. I didn’t know much about Hilton going in, other than coach Chip Walker said he is “the best football player we have.” Hilton made good on his coach’s assessment as the 5-foot-10, 185-pound safety stepped in at tailback and led the Pats with 107 yards on 20 carries and scored the game’s only touchdown. He also ensured the victory with a late interception.

Hilton is getting a lot of looks from small to mid-level colleges. Based on what I saw he may deserve a harder look from the big boys.

Meanwhile, I’m told that Bell, who is 21-3 as Sandy Creek’s starting quarterback, will return to action this week. So, it seems, will Chisum.

Alabama’s Kirby Smart takes in Lassiter-Woodstock game

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, the Crimson Tide’s chief recruiter of Metro Atlanta, was at Lassiter Friday night to get a first-hand look at the Trojans’ sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz Jr.

It wasn’t the best of nights for Printz, who finished with 235 yards passing and one touchdown, as the Trojans lost 30-14. But Smart seemed to like what he saw and invited Printz to the Tide’s next home game against Mississippi Stat on Nov. 13. He also invited Printz to Bama’s elite camp next summer.

Printz, a sophomore, leads Cobb County with 1,805 yards passing and 16 TDs.

Auburn commit C.J. Uzomah does it all for North Gwinnett

QB/WR C.J. Uzomah rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and was 13-for-19 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown for North Gwinnett (9-0), which beat Duluth 26-7 and clinched the Region 7 championship.

For the season, Uzomah, who splits time with Scotty Hosch at quarterback, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior has completed 82 percent of his passes for 648 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 384 yards on 59 carries and five touchdowns, and has 13 catches for 210 yards and two more scores.

Mike Davis paces Stephenson to crucial win over Newnan

Stephenson junior running back Mike Davis rushed for 166 yards on 15 carries and made a 60-yard run on the Jaguars’ game-winning drive, which ended with a Jordan Tarver touchdown in a 17-14 win over Newnan. Backfield mate Willie Davis had only 68 yards rushing, however, which broke the streak of four straight games in which both backs rushed for more than 100 yards. Both backs are over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. The Jaguars (9-0) are ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAA.

RDA IV stars in Westminster’s 37-14 win over Lovett

Ralph David Abernathy IV rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead Westminster to a 37-14 win over Lovett. Abnernathy’s 80-yard run early in the third quarter gave Westminster a 27-7 lead in a game that decided a subregion championship in Region 6.

Central Gwinnett QB Eman Westmoreland sets passing record

Central Gwinnett quarterback Eman Westmoreland completed 21-of-24 passes for 331 yards and five TDs, which set a school record. George Morris caught eight of those passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and added 74 yards and another TD as the Black Knights defeated Shiloh 51-27.

Around the SEC

Heisman Trophy frontrunner Cam Newton of Atlanta ran the ball much less but threw it extremely well in Auburn’s 51-31 win over Ole Miss. The Westlake High graduate completed 18-of-24 passes for 209 yards and two TDs while rushing 11 times for 45 yards. Still, he leads the SEC with 1,122 yards rushing and 14 TDs. . . . Freshman running back Michael Dyer of Little Rock, Ark.,  had 180 yards on 21 carries and a TD for the Tigers. . . .

True freshman tailback Raymond Sanders, a Stephenson graduate, had a career-high 24 rush attempts for 71 yards for Kentucky. However, he did have a fumble recovered by Mississippi State in the third quarter of the Wildcats’ 24-17 loss. . . . Freshman QB/RB/HB/WR Trey Burton had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Florida’s 34-31 overtime win over Georgia. . . . Newnan’s Alec Ogletree had one tackle and a devastating block on a punt return for the Bulldogs. . . . Tailback Marcus Lattimore had 184 yards on 29 carries and a TD for South Carolina. . . .

53 comments Add your comment

GoldenDawg

November 1st, 2010
11:23 am

Hey Chip is there any word is UGA will have any good recruiting news coming soon? I thought we had a good chance at landing Shell but I saw he committed to the Cocks this morning.

Crimedog

November 1st, 2010
11:41 am

Too bad Rogers didn’t sign with UGA. He was truly a “Richt-quality recruit.”

RxDawg

November 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

Thanks for the monday morning updates Chip. Maybe it will take a while for the “fire Richt” folks to find it.

True DAWG fan

November 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

Don’t bet on it!!! they are bottom feeders who do nothing but spew hate about our team!!!! GO DAWGS! W

SmyrnaMan

November 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

Da’Freak should start to get some catches now that Tyler Bray has been announced starter for the Vols (and we play Memphis State)

True DAWG fan

November 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

Wish we could land a recruit,just to lift our spirits! been a while come on Swann pull the trigger,we need you ans bring Drew with you we welcome you with open arms!!

German Shepherd Dawg

November 1st, 2010
12:28 pm

Crime dog got an unnecessary shot in… would you rather have Urban Meyer and have Chris Rainey reinstated for “the big game”?

I said before Saturday, no turnovers we win the game. The players on the field turned the ball over 4 times. I don’t blame Richt or Aaron Murray, who also passed for over 300 yards as a freshman. I also don’t blame Sanders Cummings for trying to pick up the fumble instead of falling on it.

People are human, which means we can make mistakes. It’s easy to second guess someone from the stands. The perspective on the field is entirely different. Dennis Van der Meer once said a tennis player’s IQ gets cut in half as soon as they step on the tennis court, meaning in the heat of the moment we all do stupid things.

Go Dawgs! Get some top recruits and SIC em! Woof Woof!

Richt is a good man AND a good coach. He hasn’t forgotten how. This will turn around.

twest

November 1st, 2010
12:32 pm

A J Green signs with UGA plays with Stafford one year, then a shaky year with Joe Cox. Now he plays with freshman QB then he leaves for NFL. A Murray plays with A J one year then next year with shaky recievers, the next season (hopefully) he plays with a stud reciever who is a freshman THEN he leaves. Chip I think we are not getting the right guys at the right time…An elite class… qb, rb and wr all the same year so they can grow together.Right now if you got one other is leaving. Hard to win that way!!!

D.Elliott

November 1st, 2010
12:39 pm

Look how one good recruit (Lattimore for SC. and Newton for Auburn) turned around their teams this year.All it takes is that 1 type of recruit for UGA.Richt hasn’t forgotten how to coach.

clint

November 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Does anyone around here actually give two $*!*$ about what Da’Rick Rogers does? How about talking about players from the state that actually make an impact. 3 reverses in a game is not making any kind of impact. Why not report on how many drinks he had from the water bottle too? Because that’s about as meaningful as those 3 runs he had.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR

November 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

German Shepherd Dawg , I hope you’re right about turning things around…and maybe Richt will get back to winning 10+ games a season but I’m not convinced that we will beat FLORIDA when we are supposed to. Including SAT, it makes about the 3rd time we should have beat FL this decade when we didn’t –Richt should be 5-5 or at least 4-6 against FL; 2-8 is unacceptable –sorry. I’m not calling for Richt to be canned, however I do think we need to look long & hard about how to get this series at the very least evened back up. I think we need to stop trying to figure out how to get to Atlanta every year without beating FLORIDA.

jsmith

November 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

UGA needs a wideout to take green’s place when he leaves for the nfl. the current group of wideouts we have comitted are no where near the level of a aj green or a top receiver. uga needs a running back. and uga needs a big fat nose guard for this 3-4 defense, and big fast defensive linemen

Mtn Dawg

November 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

Isiah Crowell would be great catch for someone. Hope it’s the dawgs.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR

November 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

jsmith, Yeah, and when we get that WR we need to thow the call to him more than 3 times a game.

Mtn Dawg

November 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

Need speed, speed, speed, at all positions. Closing speed in the DB and speed on the ends for pass rush. JH is fantastic but we need to keep growing those kids every year. I hope Richt stays but Bobo can take a hike.

Eiffel Towers

November 1st, 2010
1:17 pm

My goodness, Clint! We’re a little hostile, aren’t we.

naganole

November 1st, 2010
1:32 pm

Woah, AJC just reversed their comment flow. My mind is blown. lol

Chip Towers

November 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

GoldenDawg: All’s quiet on recruiting front for UGA. Nothing imminent. . . . Brandon Shell to S.C. not unexpected. Need at least one more OL.

naganole

November 1st, 2010
1:38 pm

And now it’s back. What’s going on??

Lowndes25

November 1st, 2010
1:54 pm

AJC meet Twilight Zone :)

Gen Neyland

November 1st, 2010
2:03 pm

Clint : How’d your weekend go, bud..?

Thx for the report, Chip

BAMA STAN

November 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

SAMMY DAVIS, JR – who said anything about when GEORGIA is supposed to beat FLORIDA???? Was GEORGIA supposed to beat FLORIDA this year?

Need I remind you that GEORGIA had 4 losses going into this game – including a LOSS to PATHETIC COLORADO.

I realize that FLORIDA had 3 losses – two were extremely close – BUT – the GATORS also had a week off and therefore an extra week to prepare.

With FLORIDA’s dominance over GEORGIA – I submit to you that GEORGIA was not supposed to win this game – but was in a position to pull an upset.

By the way – I was rooting for UGA in this game.

Now onto something else – Bear Bryant in 1968 goes 8-3, 1969 goes 6-5, and in 1970 goes 6-5-1. ALABAMA fans were ready to fire him:
– the game had passed him by
– other schools had better coaches
– Bryant and his staff were stale
– our recruiting is suffering due to mediocre teams and stale staff.
– need to get rid of him.

Bryant went on and dominated the 70’s decade.

NOT SAYING Coach Richt is Coach Bryant; HOWEVER:
– Richt has won the SEC EAST 3 times
– in 2007 – UGA finished #2 in the country
– in 2008 – pre-season #1 – finished the season 10-3.
Stafford and Moreno leave
– 2009 – finish 8-5
Richt fires defensive staff – hires Grantham to install 3/4 defense and goes with Red shirt Freshman QB for 2010. A BIG TRANSITION YEAR!
- 2010 – big transistion – will probably end up 7-6.

Big mistake I see in 2010 is Richt saying they needed to be very conservitive with game planning for A. MURRAY.

TO me – that means they are game planning NOT to LOSE……. instead of GAME PLANNING to win. UGA started 1-4.

What I am saying is UGA needs to not give up on Richt yet – and as emotional and painful as the FLORIDA loss was – do not give up on him yet.

At any rate – I hope you guys beat AUBURN and TECH.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

ryan

November 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

Lowndes25 so i guess were going to wait until NSD to get our commits expect for Crowell who will announce at the state championship game if Carver gets there .

Lowndes25

November 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

@ryan, not necessarily…a number of the guys on our board said that they are going to declare at their respective All-Star games (which will happen before NSD). You have to keep in mind that some of the kids have been unable, or unwilling, to take any official visits during their Senior Year, so they are going to try and fit those in after their season’s are over.

Mtn Dawg

November 1st, 2010
2:33 pm

Bama Stain – GEORGIA is suppose to beat FLORIDA every year, ok? Thanks for the history lesson and good luck beating Auburn. You’ll not stop Newton, either his legs or his arm. War Eagles soar in 2010 you’ll have to admit. No repeat for the tide.

naganole

November 1st, 2010
2:35 pm

@Mtn Dawg Vegas has Bama favored over AU TTFWIW…

Mtn Dawg

November 1st, 2010
2:40 pm

@naganole – Yes, at the moment….. and TTFWIW back at you.

HBTD

November 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

Chip. Isaah Crowell still leaning towards Bama?? Do you know if he’s taken an official visit to UGA this season?

Lowndes25

November 1st, 2010
3:51 pm

@HBTD, no, Crowell is not still leaning towards Bama…he just came out and said that Bama and UGA are even. He has not taken an official visit to UGA, but he is planning on being in Athens for the GT game.

nGADOG

November 1st, 2010
4:24 pm

Dawgs need to try and get Leon Carter and Wes Turpin. Carter is a receiver who really sells his moves and Turpin is a big guy capable of playing nose. He is dominate.

The General Feeling

November 1st, 2010
4:37 pm

Chip,

In addition to Da’Rick Rogers, the ATL area’s Rajon Neal and JuWan James are both playing quite a bit for Tennessee.

MaconKnight

November 1st, 2010
5:12 pm

Chip,
Whats UGA chances of getting WARD out of Colquitt Co.?

Dawg88

November 1st, 2010
5:46 pm

Hey Chip, as I recall there is a rule about marking the footballs, look at the Gator field, seems that blue tape is in the exact same place every kick. Look at the replay of the field goals, blue tape lines up perfect. It was actually the wife that said something about it, something about remembering that coming up in the past. Todd’s antics on the sideline are not the only picture that should be looked at.

True DAWG 93

November 1st, 2010
6:10 pm

BAMA Stan-you make alot of sense!

JB

November 1st, 2010
6:41 pm

Auburn, Tenn and Bama all on fire recruiting. Mark needs a announcement of some kind after the season to juice up recruiting, like hopefully Hines Ward Retires and becomes WR coach .Top 2-3 class instantly.

tide roll

November 1st, 2010
7:52 pm

Chip, Any chance Georgia gets in on C. J. Uzomah. You’d have to be blind to not see the tremendous upside the kid has as a QB. It’s like Georgia can’t learn from their mistakes. i.e. Cam Newton. The kid’s 6′5 240 with a rifle and is committed to AUBURN of all places. You’re killing me Bobo, you’re killing me.

JoeDawg1115

November 1st, 2010
8:11 pm

I’m afraid this season is gonna kill our recruiting for 2011.

Chip Towers

November 1st, 2010
10:25 pm

tide roll: No chance Uzomah comes to Georgia. Dogs never offered a clear vision of what they wanted to do with him.

Chip Towers

November 1st, 2010
10:26 pm

MaconKnight: Chances are medium to low on UGA landing X. Ward.

Chip Towers

November 1st, 2010
10:27 pm

The General Feeling: No kidding. JaWuan has been starting all season. Rajion Neal getting more and more carries.

Chip Towers

November 1st, 2010
10:34 pm

HBTD: I haven’t talked to Isaiah directly in a couple of weeks so I can’t say if he is still leaning toward Bama or not but I haven’t heard that he has changed his tune. Last word from him was he was going to “try to” come to Tech game. Dogs trying to funnel a lot of top targets to senior gala in december but Crowell says he will announce following state championship in Dome if Carver makes it. That may be on same weekend.

ryan

November 1st, 2010
10:38 pm

Bobo is on the hot seat now if UGA finishes strong we are in good shape with are recruits rest of the games are home games .

A different cheating school

November 1st, 2010
10:41 pm

215-poundwideout? He is a 215 – pound blow hard.
Bama fans, go cheat some more. Auburn is coming for you.

Gen Neyland

November 1st, 2010
11:18 pm

The problem with Neal right now is his lack of protecting his QB. He’ll learn. He missed a rusher that whacked Bray in the 2nd half. James is, IMHO, a future All-SEC OL. He too, is learning and most importantly, staying healthy.

Gen Neyland

November 1st, 2010
11:22 pm

JB : When we at Tennessee again start to get 4* and 5*’s sending tape and letters requesting a look, I’ll know the corner has been turned in the recruiting game Atop Rocky…

Chuck UGA

November 2nd, 2010
12:00 am

Da’Rick the thug…VERY GLAD he opted out of that UGA scholarship. We don’t need any more thuggery. Da’Rick will not last three seasons in Knoxville.

True DAWG fan

November 2nd, 2010
12:46 am

lowndes25….x duckerson is coming to UGA!!! whatcha thing?

True DAWG fan

November 2nd, 2010
12:46 am

ATL

November 2nd, 2010
3:07 am

UGA fans so bitter over Da’Rick chosing Tennessee. I’m sure there weren’t so many hard feelings while he was a verbal lol y’all crack me up.

Hope UGA is ready for their consistant 3rd place East finish. Tennessee is about to explode and be a force in 2 yrs if not next year. 4 Fr o-linemen, 3 of which will be all-SEC, Fr QB better than murray, watch. 2 Fr WRs better than anything UGA will have in the future. Fr RB. The D reutrns the entire secondary and will have a dominant d-line next season. not to mention the nations top P and #2 K from the ‘10 class. add a solid class this yr on top of the excellent class Kiffin brought in, watch out for the Vols…

ryan

November 2nd, 2010
9:47 am

Hey Lowndes25 what is your opinion of the AJC making a big deal with Grantham giving the choke jester lot of people saying a coach should not do that to a collegiate player .