On Jon Richt’s debut, Richard Samuel’s speed and Logan Gray’s role

AthensJon Richt’s proud parents were on hand when he threw two touchdown passes to help lead Mars Hill to a 28-0 victory at North Greenville on Saturday.

“When Jon threw his first touchdown pass, it was pretty emotional for me and Katharyn,” Mark Richt said Monday.   “And his grandparents were there, his aunts and uncles, his high school coach. There were a lot of people there who got to enjoy the moment. It was nice.”

Mark Richt also enjoyed the atmosphere of small-college football.

“What was kind of neat,” he said, “was that after the game both teams shook hands, said a prayer, then just hung out. And all the fans and families and parents came down on the field. Everybody is down there hugging and taking pictures.

“And I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t imagine this happening.’  [At Georgia] we’re, like, ‘Get off the field as soon as you can,’ you know. It was fun; it was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.”

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Bulldog Nation might not fully realize the speed of  its new No. 1 tailback, Richard Samuel, who got only 26 carries last season.

“Richard can run. Richard is very fast,” UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.  “When he gets out in the open field . . . compared to some guys that we’ve had in the past, I’d say he’s the fastest.”

The fastest?

Bobo said that assessment covers tailbacks Georgia has had in the nine years he’s been on the coaching staff, as well as when he played at Georgia from 1993-97.

“He’s similar [in speed] to Robert Edwards,” said Bobo, referring to Georgia’s tailback of his own playing days. “Richard might be a little bit faster.”

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If you missed it, here’s Monday’s post-practice update on the injuries to Caleb King, Ben Jones and Chris Davis.

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It wasn’t a revelation, because  Richt had said during the spring and summer that he envisioned a package of plays being designed to utilize the speed and athleticism of dual-threat backup quarterback Logan Gray. But it was noteworthy nonetheless that Richt said Monday he expects Gray to play a bit in Saturday’s opener at Oklahoma State.

“Yeah, I think Logan will play,” Richt said. “There might be some situations we’ll put him in, but we may also give him a series. I don’t know if we’ll do that or not. It wouldn’t surprise me. . . . But there are some situations I think we’ll let him in the game.”

For his part, Gray wasn’t giving away any secrets, but he indicated the Bulldogs have some different dimensions in mind for this game as they seek to put the ball in as many playmakers’ hands as possible to creatively attack the defense.

“I’m just going to be ready to play, you know what I mean?” Gray said. “I really don’t have any idea how many snaps I’ll get or what’s going to happen. It just sort of depends on the situation and how we’re rolling and what Coach Bobo is feeling. Whatever happens, happens. I’m just trying to prepare myself the best I can to be ready when the time comes.

“I’ve got a little bit of speed, so hopefully I can keep a defense on its toes and give them some different looks.”

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drbasic1

September 1st, 2009
3:01 am

It will be a DAWG day afternoon!
PLay smart, stay healthy, keep the pokes running and guessing all day long. Yes our defense has something to prove, and unfortunately for OK st, they will be the first to experience this beat down!

honest_abe

September 1st, 2009
4:53 am

uga 31 ok st 20

richard samuel 190 total yards. 2 td’s. look out america a star is born!

merbertmoover

September 1st, 2009
5:53 am

man richard samz gonna eat them pokies up like a rabbit on a candy cane, you know what im sayin? gonna chow down like my granma at burger king, you know what im sayin?

Heck...

September 1st, 2009
7:13 am

…Jon could have enjoyed that “family atmosphere” after the game if he had stayed at Clemson – the ACC actually encourages its players and fans to mingle together AFTER the game ON the field and on the basketball court – unlike the SEC who rings both the field and court with Nazi gestapo thugs like they think every game is going to turn into the Auburn water cannon episode!

dap01

September 1st, 2009
7:55 am

If Jon had went to Tech, he could have enjoyed that same small atmophere.

Spike

September 1st, 2009
8:08 am

Heck.. Wow, get some decaf.

reality check

September 1st, 2009
8:09 am

The only people who didn’t know about Samuel’s speed are the ones who haven’t been paying attention. Honest_abe and I have been trying to tell y’all for months now what has been common knowledge for those close to the program. Richard Samuel has the potential to be one of the best running backs Georgia has ever produced.

And that does NOT make Caleb King a bust. He is going to play well for Georgia and probably play on Sunday one day.

Beach Dawg

September 1st, 2009
8:34 am

CMR: “And I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t imagine this happening.’ [At Georgia] we’re, like, ‘Get off the field as soon as you can,’ you know. It was fun; it was really fun. I enjoyed it a lot.”

That’s the way it used to be at UGA when I was a student in the late 60s I had several friends on the team who I would always meet on the field after the game. The players always lingered for a short time to mingle with the fans

UGASlobberknocker

September 1st, 2009
8:38 am

Im in such a great mood given the upcoming start of football season I even have a warm spot for tech fans today. I hope their students are making the tech campus a fun place this week..there is nothing better than a good team to fire up the students..and to soften up the ladies. And while I kid my Tech friends about the dearth of fine women there (especially since several have UGA wives)..the fact is that Tech does have some beautiful ladies, even if the number is small. Also I was on the Tech campus last week and I have to admit it was looking better than it ever has..they have done a lot of work down there. Good Luck Techies..until Game 12.

Isnt week 1 great?????

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 1st, 2009
8:49 am

Oh we got a QB controversy already.

It’s going to be a very long year for the fleabags.

6-6, lucky bounce 7-5

UGASlobberknocker

September 1st, 2009
8:52 am

Well, it took some digging, but thanks to that ultra intelligent poster above “Heck…”, we now know one way that ACC football beats SEC football..they let their fans come on the field after the game. Wow!. That should be worth several wins this year vs. SEC opponents, dont you think?

After watching Tech fans and players rip up the hedges last year, I believe we need more of those “Naxi thugs” when the Dweebs come to Athens, Also ,The ACC can afford to let their fans on the field since there just arent that many of them. so what if a few hundred fans loiter after the game?

As a Ga fan who attended the Between the Hoses game ( I did not leave my seat but got hosed down in the stands), Most Ga fans have an oppositer view of “heck”..no grudges held against our Auburn rivals..in fact it was fun then and it is fun to talk about now. In the parking lot after that game, our group had a great time with some Auburn people parked next to us., They were dry and sad, we were wet and happy. All ogf us were civil and respectful. On the way out of town (at 1 mph) one Auburn fan had a small squirt gun he was shooting cars with. We all got a good laugh out of that..gave him a beer out the window. Thats just the flavor of college football..

Dangerous

September 1st, 2009
9:06 am

RICHARD SAMUEL, CALEB KING, CARLTON THOMAS, KALVIN DANIELS AND DONTAVIUS JACKSON……….it’s like a pez dispenser. Richard Samuel faster and stronger than Robert Edwards and KM, damn that’s scary. Logan Gray looks pretty solid too as a back up to injury or a flat out replacement if need be! I personally think GA is a DARKHORSE! D will dominate this year!

Dawg Fud

September 1st, 2009
9:12 am

RAMBLE ON!!!,

what did i tell you about getting on your husband’s computer without his permission?

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Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
9:33 am

Mutts and the ajc are both going down…to defeat. 0-11 for the mutts, and circulation at the urinal will drop to only 10,000 paid subscriptions, imho. After the Urinal folds, where will all the UGAY journalism majors work? After all, there are only so many janitor jobs open. Ah hear the pig farms are hiring, mutts.

Will

September 1st, 2009
9:45 am

I’m glad everyone is posting good things about Samuel and Gray etc. But the star Saturday will be the JYD Defense!!!!!!!!!!!! Zac will be on his back all damn day!

Hey, Slobberknocker...

September 1st, 2009
9:56 am

…you are correct that the SEC has more fans from whom to expect to potentially act as thugs – but you made the argument even more in favor of celebration ON THE FIELD – “so what if a few hundred fans loiter after the game”.

I asked Damon Evans about the difference between what the ACC does and what the SEC does – he said it is a conference mandate (by none other than Mike Slive) that the Nazi thugs be present to keep the players and coaches safe! If there is anyone who has a “Roger Goodell complex” it is good ‘ol Mike!

Buck Strickland

September 1st, 2009
10:17 am

HECK…Don’t worry, I’m sure those “nazi thugs” will come to your rescue one day even if you are a jerk. remember, 9/11 is right around the corner, maybe you should show some appreciation for the men and women that do their jobs to keep players safe. This IS big time football by the way.

If you want to get on the field so bad maybe you should apply for water boy, water girl is already taken you little b*tch.

Vince

September 1st, 2009
10:28 am

I’m super excited about Richard Samuel. The guy was 17 years old last year playing in the SEC….should have the full package as far as size and speed. The only thing is last year when he ran it looked like to me he just ran as fast as he could straight into a wall of defenders, and then fell down. Am I wrong here?

reality check

September 1st, 2009
10:30 am

Vince, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry last year, so yes you are wrong.

Hey, Buck Strickland...

September 1st, 2009
10:38 am

…what do 80 silver jacketed Nazi thugs surrounding a football field after a game have to do with “big time football” – and how much safety do the players need when they have helmets and pads on to protect them from the drunken jerks such as yourself! What a pansy a$$ you must be!

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 1st, 2009
10:42 am

I’m just a truth machine, don’t hate me for it.

OSU 48 UGAg 17

uuugh...

September 1st, 2009
10:53 am

Arguing…this week!? Come on clowns–4 more days to kick off. Give it a rest already!

Buck says “Ramble On eats $hit sandwiches.”

reality check says “naaw–she don’t eat bread.”

I couldn’t be more excited about the game. Dawgs by 13 at least!

Dangerous

September 1st, 2009
11:06 am

Think about it Vince, he has had 3 squares a day and pumped iron for a whole year…….that goes a long way for a growing young man!

DamnGoodDawg

September 1st, 2009
11:08 am

Ramble On!!! We may not win but 1 game this season, but bet your house rent on it. We’re gonna whip Tech’s sorry butt. And that’s a fact! Now get out there and sell some tickets, techie!

uuugh...

September 1st, 2009
11:16 am

DGD…and we won’t make rings to mark the victory. We expect to win and when we do, it is a shock to no one.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
11:26 am

By my estimate, 22% of UGAY fans who attend the games also fail to pay their mortgage debt, and have massive credit card debt. No wonder Georgia has the highest number of bank failures in the nation, and that number grows every week. When the last two large bank holding companies in Georgia fail, and in my opinion they will fail, where will the UGAY fans borrow money to fund their tailgating parties and attend these football games that are pretending to be higher education in this, the third lowest scoring state in the union on the SAT test? Yesterday on the radio I heard that idiot, imho, Clark Howard telling a woman with an income in excess of 100K to demand BAC reduce the interest payment on her mortgage interest rate, not because she could not pay it, but because BAC had accepted federal loans. Hey Clark, you idiot, Federal loans have to be repaid, and so do mortgage loans. The hag caller was obviously a ugay fan.

Atlanta Gator

September 1st, 2009
11:35 am

Greetings, sports fans. I have a dumb question for you: How come the UGA Blog does not rate the same AJC sports page headline status as the “Junkyard Blawg?”

AltamahaDawg

September 1st, 2009
11:36 am

Who are these two holding company and why do you think they will fail? And is it your assesment that defaults in “consumer” lending is what caused the majority of those Georgia bank to fail?

SimpleDawg

September 1st, 2009
11:38 am

Would you little yeller fellers go play with yourselves on your own blog……

We still don’t understand the fascination – obsession – with everything and anything regarding The University of Georgia and the Bulldogs.

Pitiful, just pitiful.

AltamahaDawg

September 1st, 2009
11:43 am

Atlanta Gator, The answer has to be Tim Tebow.

AltamahaDawg

September 1st, 2009
11:58 am

And FWIW, Howard was not suggesting that she get BAC to USE federal moneys. Or even not repay her debts. How does it take money (that you claim has to get paid back ) to modify her note? He was suggesting that since they accepted federal aid they were compelled to adhire to the federal DTI standards in the Mortgage Relief Act. IN fact if her’s was a loan that BOC had bought in the Countrywide deal, THEY had already used federal backing to purchase her note at a discount. If it was an option arm or something like that, which is very likely as high wage earners were the targets for those, it was wise advice indeed.

Now what were you saying, hag?

SimpleDawg

September 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

Has UGA asked for any federal funds to pay off the mortgage on his Dawghouse?

If not, can we get back to football?

takedowndawg

September 1st, 2009
12:09 pm

Samuels will punish and stun some players and viewers this year. I know if he succeeds it is just because he got lucky on “this” or got lucky on “that”. Such is the mindset of naysayer fans from a local technical school. You guys remind me of annoying little brothers who everyone hopes will grow up someday. But, probably won’t. But, believe me you guys with compound eyes, Samuels is the real deal. Go locate videos of his last year in HS. He was also an excellent linebacker as you will witness.

doggoneit

September 1st, 2009
12:26 pm

Ramble On. truth machine eh. Call a bookie place a bet for Ok St to win. Your not even that stupid enough to do something that idiotic.

N.GA.DAWG

September 1st, 2009
12:48 pm

Tech is still the red headed step child when it comes to football in this state. DAWGS-38-24. FECK TUCH AND FECK THE GATORS TOO.

Dawg Fud

September 1st, 2009
1:03 pm

i dont hate you RAMBLE ON!!!, i just like to give you hell.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

Well, A**holedog, one holding company sounds a lot like “Sin” and the other sounds a bit like “SOB.” As for howard and the hag, a no cost reduction in the hag’s interest rate just brings the day of bank failure that much closer. The mortgage she took out was a contract, and just because the value of her house has fallen does not justify her getting a gift from the bank. As for the strings attached to the Federal LOANS to the banks like BAC, like most everything that comes out of WashingAss, the strings are meaningless. If you listen to the replay of the program, she called to request helpful advise on her credit card debt, and howard righfully recommended she spend the next four years repaying that debt. Where the idiot, imho, went wrong was in recommending she demand a reduction in her ~6.4% fixed rate loan, a reduction at no cost to her, but at a significant cost to the bank and its shareholders. Now git back to sweeping that floor, boy.

Barack Obama

September 1st, 2009
1:23 pm

I love GT. They are training some serious terrorists at that school.

AltamahaDawg

September 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

You clearly have no idea about the nature of mortgage paper. But you can juggle apples and oranges pretty well.

You also did not answer my questions.

McDonger

September 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

Colin Cowherd this morning picked Okie St. to win. He claimed that this was just ‘another game’ for the Dawgs, but that it was one of the biggest games Okie St. has ever played. He also said that UGA always has better recruits than Okie St., but that the magnitude of the game was so great for Okie St. that they would overcome the talent offset and win, possibly big. To that I say what about Boise St. in 2005? Boise came in ranked and was expected by many to give UGA a hell of a battle, if not outright beat the Dawgs on their home turf. Dawgs won 48-13. What about Hawaii in 2007? Everyone talked about how electric that Warrior offense was, and how UGA would be seriously tested by all of the Hawaii firepower. Final score: Dawgs 41-10. Now we have similar talk with regard to the matchup between UGA and OSU. OSU’s QB has a tweaked leg muscle. Their starting tight-end left the team this morning for personal reasons. I think people are overlooking the desire of UGA to prove that last year’s underachieving squad was a fluke. I think Georgia goes out to Stillwater this weekend and puts a whipping on Okie St. that will be reminiscent of our performance against Hawaii two seasons ago. Look out, cowpokes, the Big Dawg is gettin’ ready to eat!
PS. You Tech fans are silly schmucks. UGA’s going to destroy your team this year.

McDonger

September 1st, 2009
2:12 pm

I see that one of Okie St.’s starting corners got arrested this past Friday as well. This game is setting up to be a bigtime shocker for Okie St. fans…

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
2:19 pm

Obviously you know nothing about banking, spreads, and risk management, A**holemutt. I am not here to educate you on the basics of banking, I suspect you are a slow learner, and I do not have the time to baby sit you, but I will say that a reduction of say 1% in interest rate on a 350K loan will cost the bank $3,500 per year in the first few years alone. Thus your no cost to the bank claim is shown to be a lie, like the rest of your posts. As for consumer losses vs commercial and other, the losses are cumulative, they all count, regardless of the source.

Rick

September 1st, 2009
3:00 pm

I think it speaks volumes that the news we are getting about arrests and player departures is NOT coming from our team, for a change! Perhaps that means this is a much more focused and disciplined team than last year. We will see on Saturday. I’m tired of the prognostications. Let’s settle this on the field already!! Go Dawgs!

Stinger

September 1st, 2009
3:04 pm

I wouldn’t get too excited about Richard Samuels speed. He doesn’t have to be very fast to be the fastest that you have had. Try 4.6. Even if he was the fastest, he will fumble when he gets hit. I predict 3 fumbles against the COW POKES.

Grow up

September 1st, 2009
3:06 pm

Since Mutts-R-Stupid does not know the differnce between advise and advice, he may want to reconsider who “R-Stupid”.

This is a football blog.

September 1st, 2009
3:18 pm

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors,

This is a football blog, nerd.

AltamahaDawg

September 1st, 2009
3:27 pm

It’s probably not fair for a veteran of the finacial industry to bait somebody that really has no idea how it works, but it’s still fun. Just your tone, even without the inflated opinion of yourself was good for a chuckle or two.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
3:53 pm

A**holemutt, by veteran of the financial industry, I presume you mean you are currently unemployed…ha ha ha, and you are likely to stay that way. As for our little English major, I could care less about the alleged words “advise” and “advice.” The distinction, along with five bucks, will git you one cup of starbucks coffee, but no refill. But the Urinal might offer U a job policing these blogs for proper spelling and word usage, not that anyone cares about such things these days.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

September 1st, 2009
3:55 pm

Yo, This is a football blog – What is the good word? To HELL with Georgia….now and forever.