Ten things noted and noticed in Week 3

Athens — As we’ve done the past two Mondays, let’s rewind another week of preseason practice. Here are 10 things worth noticing and noting from Week 3 of the Bulldogs’ preseason:

1. So there’s finally an official leader in the tailback derby, Mark Richt declaring Friday night that Richard Samuel is now “a solid No. 1.”

2. Pretty good endorsement of Samuel by linebacker Rennie Curran, too: “I remember tackling him one time, and I got a headache. . . . He’s definitely the type of back that we need in terms of running that ball in the SEC and playing that hard-nosed football.”

3. Even if Samuel is -– and remains –- No. 1, there still can be prominent roles in the tailback equation for 5-foot-7 Carlton Thomas and, once healthy, former Gwinnett County prep star Caleb King. No one tailback is going to replace all of Knowshon Moreno’s 2008 production: the 1,400 rushing yards (on 250 carries) and the 392 receiving yards (on 33 catches). As Joe Cox reminded reporters Saturday, Thomas and King can make plays and catch balls and will be needed. (Here’s Ken Sugiura’s item on Cox’s comments.)

4. Richt’s post-practice mood varied during the week. On Tuesday: “As a team, we didn’t practice hard enough, weren’t disciplined enough [and] just didn’t have the day we need to [have] to get where we want to go.” On Friday: “Coaches are coaching their tails off, and the guys are responding. I had a really good feeling after today.”

5. So the consensus of the preseason polls is that Georgia ranks ahead of Georgia Tech –- but behind season-opening opponent Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are tied (with Penn State) for No. 9 in the AP poll, which was released Saturday, making them Georgia’s first top-10 opening opponent since . . . 1968, when the Dogs started the season with a 17-17 tie against No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville. (Georgia went on to win the SEC championship that season, by the way.)

6. It’s starting to look as if most of the UGA players with hamstring injuries are getting close to 100 percent: Safety Reshad Jones expects to fully participate in practice today, as do tight end Aron White and possibly linebacker Darius Dewberry. Safety Bryan Evans might be just a few days away.  It’s not as clear when King or linebacker Akeem Dent will be back, although possibly sometime this week.

7. Bulldog Nation was in full fret mode for a couple of hours Wednesday night when word got out of a practice-field injury to starting center Ben Jones. Turned out to be a sprained left ankle, and by Friday night Richt was reassuring all that Jones would play in the Sept. 5 opener: “I’d be shocked if he’s not ready for that game. You know, when [the injury occurred], it looked a little more severe than it ended up being, thankfully. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him work [this] week, really.”

8. Yes, the football coaches, like other UGA employees, will be furloughed without pay for six days this school year. But no, the coaches, unlike most UGA employees, won’t have to take two of their furlough days on Oct. 30 (the day before the Florida game) or Nov. 25 (three days before the Georgia Tech game).

9. Richt on furloughs: “If the university needs to do it, then we need to cooperate.” And Richt on how difficult it would be to get his coaches to take a day off during the season: “I don’t know if we’ve ever had a day off in the middle of the season. So I doubt that we’ll just be able to stay home and relax. I don’t think that’ll happen.”

10. Georgia started to turn the practice-field focus to the Oklahoma State gameplan, spending 20 minutes Friday with its scout team emulating the Cowboys. That continues this week.

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We the people

August 24th, 2009
7:51 am

Tech will be 7-5 again

August 24th, 2009
7:51 am

Look at who Ok-St beat and what the score was last year. Most of their schedule was awful… I mean terrible. I’m not saying their offense isn’t good, but somehow I’m just not getting as worked up as some of the press.

Ramblin Rick

August 24th, 2009
7:56 am

Where is the junkyard blogger???? I want to discuss what color shoelaces the mutts will wear this year.

Spike

August 24th, 2009
8:13 am

Good stuff, Tim. GATA!!

gratefuldawghead

August 24th, 2009
8:20 am

Big game to start the season at T. Boone Pickens stadium!

HUNKER DOWN DAWGS!

WayxDog

August 24th, 2009
8:24 am

Other than Missouri, who did Ok State beat last year? There second best win was against Colorado or maybe Texas A&M. They lost everytime they faced a substantial opponent (Tex, Tex Tech, Oklahoma).

I think they may be over hyped.

Georgia 28 Ok State 21

DawginLex

August 24th, 2009
8:44 am

Last year is last year for OK State and UGA. Anybody that believes this game will be anything less than a 4 quarter war is delusional or a UGA hater.

36-35 UGA

Jason

August 24th, 2009
8:47 am

UGA second team spent time emulating the OSU Cowboys…what did they do, practice cross-eyed, with tobacco in their mouths and in flip-flop sandals?

superDawg

August 24th, 2009
8:48 am

One game at a time and every thing will work out fine.I say don’t over look anyone.By the time we reach stride momentum will be the factor that takes us to the tek game.GOD have mercy on gt,because the DAWGS will not.

dawgstephen

August 24th, 2009
8:51 am

I just want season to get here……

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Hunting Dawg

August 24th, 2009
8:54 am

OSU is over-hyped just like the Dawgs were last year. Oklahoma State has a phenominal offense and is going to give the Dawgs one heckuva a game in two weeks. I hope and pray that CMR has his coaches and players focused on being disciplined and execution because that is the only way the Dawgs are leaving Stillwater a winner.

I certainly think the Dawgs can win the opener and will be cheering like a drunk, obnoxious Georgia fan!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!!

UGA93

August 24th, 2009
9:14 am

Anybody else remember the 1982 opening game vs. defending national champion Clemson? I can’t imagine that Clemson was ranked much lower then 10th. Oklahoma State is the biggest opening game we’ve had in a while, but I think that one may have been bigger: Herschel-era night game in Sanford Stadium featuring the previous two national champs.

UGA93

August 24th, 2009
9:15 am

oops, “than 10th.”

RxDawg

August 24th, 2009
9:19 am

I agree with the Tech predictor up top about Ok St. They are really good at the media popular positions QB, RB, and WR. Last time I checked there were more people that played the game then those 3. Plus, all you have to do is take a look at their schedule last year. Look at what happend when they played the (very few) decent teams that they did last year. Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to be that close and I rarely feel this way about the dawgs. I’m not really trying to just disrespect Ok St, but I don’t think they have the horses. I think the lofty ranking is more of a media ploy to hype the game up. Dawgs win big.

It’s that Arkansas game looming that has me worried..

H.T.

August 24th, 2009
9:21 am

I say we have Samuel and Thomas split time and leave King on the bench cuz he aint all that

Joseph

August 24th, 2009
9:21 am

Oklahoma State will certainly remember the thrashing they received in Athens which ought to serve as motivation. But, motivation can only get you so far. They lack the horses to run with UGA all game and in the end the victory will be ours. I just hope the press remembers Okie States greatness after the game and a win doesn’t drop us out of the top 15!!! Go Dawgs, Sic ‘em!!!

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9:31 am

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jm

August 24th, 2009
9:38 am

Tony B. what’s the deal with Kwame Geathers (6-6, 320)? Is he practicing or what and will he play offence or defence. Also, with Ok State getting a lot of hype, they may just get a little big headed and full of themselves like UGA did last year. UGA will likely play well against Ok State for a couple reasons. 1) People seem to forget that coach Mark R. has an outstanding road game winning record so he will have UGA ready to play 2) UGA will feel like they have something to prove since they are not being given much of a chance of winning the game anyway. I just like the Dogs chances of winning this game even though Ok. State seems like they have a good team and home field advantage.

Hungry Dawg

August 24th, 2009
9:41 am

Is it Sept. 5th yet?

DahlohegaDawg

August 24th, 2009
9:51 am

The hype OkSt. is getting reminds me alot of the hype Hawaii was getting before the Sugar Bowl a few years ago. Which did not end to well for the rainbow warriors.

sissr

August 24th, 2009
9:54 am

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DawginLex

August 24th, 2009
10:01 am

No one should compare OK State to Hawaii. It is not even close. Hawaii was way overmatched physically, especially Hawaii OL vs UGA DL. OK state has a good OL and will score points. The DL is where UGA needs to wreak havoc and score points with running the ball and play action passing. Look for the tight ends to have several catches.

bird dawg

August 24th, 2009
10:47 am

hey tim, any word on which jersey numbers, other than 8, are being released this year. haven’t really noticed any in the store, except left overs from last year. i understand each team can release 3 different numbers to be sold. i guess 35 would be one also. anyway….

just wondering

Cuz

August 24th, 2009
10:52 am

Why do they schedule opening day of dove season on opening day of Dawgs 2009 football season. Who is in charge of the Department of Natural Resources, RambleOn?

HH

August 24th, 2009
11:05 am

If UGA beats OK State, it will be because Searels is a damn good offensive line coach. The offensive line will be the key to the season.

Tim Tucker

August 24th, 2009
11:06 am

UGA93: Clemson came into Athens for the Dogs’ 1982 opener ranked No. 16. Georgia was ranked No. 6 (and won 13-7).
jm: Kwame Geathers is practicing with the defense and played quite a bit in the second scrimmage. Main thing is, he’s trying to get in condition.
bird dawg: I’ll check on the jersey numbers to be sold.

Voice of Reason

August 24th, 2009
11:29 am

HH – We all know that Searles is a great coach and like most of us, I am sure he wants a HC job. However, I dread the day we lose him! I hope some of the other coaches have learned from him.

G

August 24th, 2009
11:30 am

Yeah they remind me of ASU last year and they will be fired up in their new stadium. But I hope and believe the dawgs are hungry and going to put one on them. They will think 22 is Adrian Peterson by the end of the day. Also I think OSU is overhyping this game and its going to backfire.

Nick

August 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Wow! Is it possible Satin Simons or Satan Simons or St. Simons or whatever that he-she calls himself/herself, has finally learned to read, prompting him/her to read GT blogs and articles, etc., and finally came to the realization that his/her favorite team ain’t that good to begin with? Either that or some LSU fans got ahold of him/her. I can’t believe I even wasted my time with that, but I find it funny nonetheless!
Go Dawgs!

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
11:41 am

I’m a loser!

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
11:51 am

I listened to all the talking heads yesterday and on Sat..according to them UGA should just stay home we have no QB, no RB…the defense stinks and we have no one named Tebow on the team..but even after all that I STILL think if we get off to a decent start..we can win this game..and if we stay healthy I think we will!! Come on Sept 5th and Go Dawgs!!!

San Francisco Dawg

August 24th, 2009
11:54 am

The thing about Okie State is that they have three great skill players at QB, RB and WR…but the backups are not good and have no game experience…the Dawgs depth should be the difference in this game…Okie State will score but they will wear out by the third qtr…

Dawgs 26 Okie State 23

whatcha got lauren?

August 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

UGA 31 – OSU 17

bird dawg

August 24th, 2009
12:42 pm

thanx tim. thought it may be a decent topic for the blog today… which three numbers should be available for fans to purchase?

8,35 and 22? surely not 14(still have my old one) and hopefully not 9(don’t deserve it)…

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

Tim, don’t speak for Tony.

chazzo

August 24th, 2009
12:57 pm

I have often thought that the soft early openers of some past seasons were detrimental to the team. Heck one year, there was a gimme, an off week, then a division 2 school. It was three weeks before the dogs actually had a game, and that was against SC. I think in the past it has caused a lag and and a lull. The players need some challenges and momentum early on. It’s a great plan; I’m excited to be a part of it (well I’m excited to watch it happen anyway).

chazzo

August 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

PS. Lay off The Tide. Everyone fishes with hundred dollar bills in Alabama.

Another Dawg

August 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

To say OK State has a good O Line is a joke. They have a decent O Line is a conference with decent D Lines. The strength of their performance isn’t the line, it’s the scheme (namely, every play is run out of that stupid counter block scheme.) It works in the Big 12 because there’s not much in the way of run defense anyways (since, uh, no one uses true running backs except OK State.) By comparison, we match up against NFL-caliber running backs week in and week out, with real run blocking schemes.

Texas, for the love of Christ, held them to 24 points, Missou held them to 28 points, and Texas Tech held them to 20. Anyone want to make a case that those teams were higher-pressure defenses than we’ll be?

reservoirDAWG

August 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

UGA 38 OK ST 24.

GO DAWGS

August 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

UGA 28 OKIE ST 17.UGA way to physical for OK ST.

BruffDawg

August 24th, 2009
1:59 pm

OSU has all the right people at the media darling positions just like we did last year. How does it translate when you play teams with BIG ugglies? Not so well if my memory serves me well. UGA 35 OSU 17.

Sanford Drive

August 24th, 2009
1:59 pm

I love how everyone is writing off OK State. They have a high powered offense and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Also, a comparison to Hawaii has no place here. Good luck, dawgs. We’ll need it.

Old Dawg

August 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

Can’t say it enough: Let the games begin!

BG

August 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

Tech will lose 6 games this year. Mark it down!!!

Valdosta Dawg

August 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

AJC article says Dawgs # 1 in country to start last year, now # 2 in the State. # 2 behind who, Tech. We are ranked ahead of the nerds in both polls, so how are the Dawgs # 2 in the state? We are now, always have been and always will be better than the joke by coke!
DAWGS 35 Okie St. 17

Jackets:

August 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

Hey UGAG: This should sum it up for your overated underachieving crappy team!

One Tech overrated, another Tech underrated
Reacting to the preseason Associated Press poll, Matt Hayes of Sporting News Today does a deep dive — infectious, isn’t it? — of his own and decides Virginia Tech is overrated at No. 7 and Georgia Tech is underseeded at No. 15. Of the latter Tech, Hayes writes: “No one in the ACC can stop that offense.”

And what of Georgia, which is ranked No. 13? Writes Hayes: “For those who think it’s 2006 all over again, understand this: Joe Cox is your starter because the freshman backups on the UGA depth chart aren’t close to what Matthew Stafford was in 2006.”

For the record, SNT has Georgia Tech No. 11, Georgia No. 15. As I noted when Sports Illustrated put the former No. 12 and the latter also No. 15.

THWG!

Jackets:

August 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

Hey BG: Tech will not lose 6 games, but UGAG will!

Hey, Roddy Jones just scored again. Willie Martinez is pathetic just like your team.

THWG!

Jackets:

August 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

Hey UGAG: Here is some more fine reading for your rednecks fans and alum:

The top running back in the draft is Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech, who’s listed as No. 13 overall. (And who is, we must note, technically a junior.) There’s also no Georgia player, not that you’d expect one. (A.J. Green is a sophomore and therefore not draft-eligible after this season).

And for those who are heavy into the conference-pride thing — certainly nobody around here falls under that heading — it should also be noted that the Big 12 claims 10 spots on Mel Jr.’s top 25, while the SEC takes six. And none of those six is the most famous player in the land.

That’s correct. Tim Tebow doesn’t crack the top 25. This debate has been raging for more than a year now, and it will get only hotter as the season plays out: Is it possible the guy ranked by some as the greatest colleagian ever won’t be a first-round pick? We will, I feel certain, offer our own two cents here at Buzz, but for now you can discuss among yourselves.

Where’s CALEB KING! Oh, he is on the pine!

THWG!

Jackets:

August 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

Hey Sanford Drive: OSU will dominate your team, just like LSU, UF and yes, the JACKETS. Throw abother couple losses in their and you guys will have a great year! LMFAO!

THWG!

superDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:17 pm

I also think UGA will be to physical for okie state and take control early forcing the okies into panic mode.The D will own them from that point on.