Who’ll play, and who won’t

AthensJoe Cox will play, and Caleb King probably won’t.  Darius Dewberry won’t play, and Kiante Tripp might.

Details on the Cox situation are here and here.

As for the others:

– King: After saying at the start of the week that King -– limited since Aug. 12 because of a pulled hamstring —  would play against South Carolina on Saturday, Mark Richt said yesterday that King is, at best, doubtful. “The last couple of days [Tuesday-Wednesday], he wasn’t able to go through the whole practice,” Richt said.  “So I would say, if you had to gauge it, it’d be doubtful that he would play.” Sounds like a heavy load for Richard Samuel again this week.

– Dewberry: Last week’s starter at strongside linebacker “pulled a [groin] muscle again and will not participate in the game,” Richt said.  Akeem Dent is expected to replace him as the starter.

– Tripp: The backup defensive end, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury, has been back at practice this week.  “Will he be able to play? Yes,” Richt said. “How much he’ll play, if he plays, I don’t know that answer.”

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A few other notes:

– Speaking of defensive ends, Richt shed some light on last week’s use of defensive tackle Geno Atkins at D-end.

“Part of that had to do with a particular play that Okie State liked to run that the bigger, more physical and meaner the defensive ends, the better it would be,” Richt said.  “It wasn’t so much that we are short of D-ends as it was  a schematic thing that we thought would help us against a certain thing they like to do, which they never really got untracked and didn’t hurt us with.”

To  have the best players on the field as much as possible, defensive coaches still like the idea of  having  Atkins and fellow DT’s Jeff Owens and Kade Weston in games at the same time.

– Team’s still buzzing  about the big hit delivered by Reshad Jones on an Okie State receiver in the fourth quarter last week. Notwithstanding  the questionable unnecessary-roughness penalty  the hit drew, Rennie Curran said:  ”I love seeing that from my safeties. . . . We need safeties back there with that hungry mentality that will take your head off.”  (If you missed it, check out more from Curran here.)

–  Saturday’s game is important in myriad ways,  including this one cited by A.J. Green: “Losing that game last week, I just want a victory to get this feeling out of my stomach.”

91 comments Add your comment

Jason

September 11th, 2009
12:41 am

Class of '98

September 11th, 2009
1:11 am

NebraskaDawg

September 11th, 2009
5:47 am

Logan Grey will play more than Richt is letting on.

hop

September 11th, 2009
5:56 am

LETS HOPE THAT LOGAN GRAY PLAYS FAR MORE SINCE HE IS A VERY ATHLETIC PLAYER AND SO IS THE CAROLINA DEFENSE!

LETS ALSO HOPE THE OFFENSIVE LINE GETS IT’S HEAD INTO THIS GAME OR IT WILL BE AN ANOTHER LONG DAY FOR THE DAWGS!

69 Dawg

September 11th, 2009
6:33 am

Let’s hope that Willie Martinez is in the game. Where are the stunts and blitzes and all for broke take no prisioners defense that relentlessly comes at you every play. It would seem that the Georgia defense is trying so hard not to lose that they’re not leaving it all on the table to win. Where is the passion? Where is the fire? Where is the killer instinct? It must come from the top … the head … I call out CMR to leave his nice guy image and bring it on … all of it.
It’s time for Georgia to be meaner than a junkyard dog again”…..

Dunwoody Dawg

September 11th, 2009
7:26 am

I dont think it matters who plays…we are dead in the water with Cox. His arm looks like a lasagna noodle. Plus his attitude and leadership leave something to be desired. I think we lose this game by 3-6 points and Petrino will give us all we can handle next week. Sadly I think the best we do is 6 – 6 this year with a low tier bowl game. Football has passed Mark Richt by…he should become a full time preacher and hang up his clipboard.

Greg Blue

September 11th, 2009
7:40 am

Reshad Jones you make me proud.Clean their clocks when they come across the middle.That’s how you play “D”!!!!!

paul in J-ville

September 11th, 2009
8:05 am

D-line Coach (I think Gardner) has no imagination when it comes to stunts, moves, or speed rush from the outside. We got 4 mammoth girthy guys who should be taking up the blocks (who are doing so), but where is the outside rush other than an occasional corner blitz as we saw last week? Don’t need a “Mickey Andrews” blitz every play but come on Martinez, throw us a freakin bone every once in a while.
Fortunately SC does not have a prolific offense, so maybe we will contain the ever dangerous Stephen Garcia and keep them to just field goals at best.
On the “O”, please Bobo, get a CLUE what kind of personel you have to use and quit abandoning everything that appears to be working 1 series after it works….dumba$$.
Talent, Athletic Money, unbelieveable resources, yet we continue to have COACHING ISSUES. Love CMR, he just has to do better and be more accountable to make this a 1st tier program, not a “potential” program.
I’m really psyched to watch smokin Joe Cox this weekend…………..NOT!!!!!

JB

September 11th, 2009
8:25 am

If this Carolina QB is ALLOWED to sit back in a 3 man rush and be successful after looking as bad…or worse than Cox last week, you can turn the lights out in Athens.

Joe Cox

September 11th, 2009
8:55 am

Why don’t you fans shut the Hell Up!!!! Most of you have never picked up a football. Ninety percent of you are a bunch of Hillbilly rednecks that never even attended a class at UGA. How do you expect me to do anything with this pathetic offensive line trying to block for me. If Coach Richt decides to bench me, you will see that I am the best available, sot stop your crying you bunch of babies.

Lance

September 11th, 2009
8:57 am

ST. Simons/Ramble On?? Where are you after that referee gift wrapped win last night. GT D sucks. They allowed a first time QB shred them. If it wasn’t for a trick play your wonderful season would be OVER before it started. You will lose 4 — write it down as that is for sure!

Joe M

September 11th, 2009
8:59 am

Why do we spend our time discussing the things that happen in Athens. Things ARE NOT going to change in any way at anytime.

It goes back to Florida 07. CMR jumpeed out of his shell and tried to do some things different and it blew up in face when his imagge took a hit. Then he spends the rest of the season ajnd entire off-season apologizing when he had nothing to apologize for. In is not in his character to change from vanilla to any other flavor. He tried it once and it bit him in the butt. He WILL NOT try it again.

It is what it is…vanilla. Georgia will win most of its games in any given year. They may win the East if UF and UT are down in the same year, not likley to happen now with those two head coaches. They may even win the SEC if the East and West are down, again, not likely. I don’t see another SEC Championship for Richt. NC – NEVER! My God, beating Tech will be as ahrd as anything from here on out.

VANILLA! So much for blowing the lid of the program. 02 potential, where did you go?

hammerhead

September 11th, 2009
8:59 am

If you people were looking for all out blitz against Oklahoma State then you have absolutely no clue. Blitzing the OK State offense would’ve been playing directly into their hands. Martinez and the defense were the only thing we had going for us in Stillwater. The offense and special teams need to step up this week.

gomdawg

September 11th, 2009
9:08 am

Hammerhead you are so right , the defense played good except pulling of some int. The offense will be back on tract Dawgs Win by 2 touchdowns. Go you JUCK YARD DAWGS

gomdawg

September 11th, 2009
9:08 am

JUNK YARD DAWGS S

Sister Christian MR

September 11th, 2009
9:29 am

Who’ll play? Are you really asking who will play? Won’t be Joey boy, won’t be Mr. 440 on the SAT, won’t be Samuel. They didn’t play last week, why on earth would you expect them to play now?

BTW, why is Vampira shilling for Carpets of Dalton? Oh yeah, because we need something soft to rest upon when we lay down again.

Fletch

September 11th, 2009
9:40 am

Nebraska, I agree we’ll see Logan more than they’re letting on.

I hope the coaches were watching Clemson’s kickoff coverage last night and took some notes. They were getting after it and weren’t even kicking it into the endzone. Why can’t we do that. I know we have athletes that are equal or better than Clemson.

If we can keep SC deep in their own territory with our D, it will be a long night for their O…we won’t have to score many points.

Dawg

September 11th, 2009
9:40 am

69Dawg…I agree with you 100%. We need something. I feel like we are SO complacent and just don’t care that much. We have no spark, and it seems the same old same old is happening all over with all the penalties. I love Coach Richt and think he’s a class act, but as a head coach, he needs to put friendship to the side and do what is best for the team. Also, what was the comment he made about Coach Fab not wanting to kick off into the endzone and Richt not agreeing with it but “letting Fab make the call since he’s the coach”??? Richt is the HEAD coach.. maybe he needs to go over these other guys’ heads and make some changes. Too bad if it upsets them!

BR

September 11th, 2009
9:42 am

It wasn’t a trick play that saved Tech. It was a horrible holding call against Clemson that sealed their fate. I thought Tech was supposed to be such a powerhouse?!?! Who gives up 24 points like that at home, to an UNRANKED team??? NERDS…….

Saint Simons

September 11th, 2009
9:50 am

24 – 10 !!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Hungry Dawg

September 11th, 2009
10:17 am

Doom and gloom, doom and gloom.

A football program doesn’t have an 80% win rate and 6 10+ win seasons out of 8 without having good coaching and good players. A program doesn’t have top 10 recruiting classes every year and place more player in the NFL than all but a few programs in the country unless they are a solid football program. One opening game day loss in 8 years and against a top 10 team and you quickly separate the true Dawg fans from the fair weather fans and the real students of football from the Chicken Little’s of the world.

Georgia is a solid football program with solid coaching and will do fine this year and CMR will be at UGA for a long time to come. We will continue to play in SEC Championship games and we will continue to work towards and eventually win a NC. Anyone who doesn’t believe that is either a fool or the fan of another school just trying to stir up emotions on this site.

After 2006 you fair weather fans were ready to give up on the Dawgs especially after we got spanked by UT, but we came back and won 7 straight games went 11-2 and ended up #2 in the country in the final polls.

In 2005 before the season started all the fair weather fans were predicting a disastrous season because D.J. Shockley hadn’t looked very composed as a back-up to Greene, but he came out and proved the fair weather fans to be wrong.
All this talk about how weak Joe’s arm appears to be is bunk. We’re so used to seeing hypervelocity footballs thrown by Stafford that we’ve forgotten how most QB’s throw the ball. Tim Tebow throws one of the worst looking passes in football, but has one of the best completion % due to good timing and checking off to the best receiver and not always trying to throw into double and triple coverage. Joe just needs to settle down and check to the best receiver, which I am certain he will be able to do.

Go Dawg’s, Sic Em, Woof Woof Woof!!!

prouddawg

September 11th, 2009
10:19 am

You guys crack me up – we lose one game to a top ten team AT THERE BRAND NEW STADIUM and the year after we LOSE OUR STARTING QUARTERBACK AND RUNNING BACK and you guys are calling for CMR to be fired…..pitiful. The man has made us a perennial 10 win team, has the best away record for the longest period of any coach in I-A, and runs a clean, proud program. You know how hard that is?!
You guys are the definition of the crazy fair-weather fan who knows only that we should win EVERY game EVERY year. And concerning hiring a new coach – do you see what’s out there? Did you SEE who Auburn hired?!
Chill and enjoy the season.

Will

September 11th, 2009
10:26 am

If there were ever a game to kick the damn ball into the end-zone, this is it. Make USC drive 80 yards on us everytime. But I guarantee, coach Fab will insist on the pooch kick and give it to em’ on the 40 or 50. I have about had enough of this crap with the kick-off team. Kick the damn ball in the end-zone already!!!!!!!!!

tt

September 11th, 2009
10:31 am

We have been a “good” program for a long time…and why not. Great facilities, great recruiting, “good” coaching…but what we have been lacking for YEARS is heart. The killer instinct that makes good teams great!! We dont have that and that showed last year at the Bama game….the Dawgs came out flat and got whipped!

I dont think that Okie state is that good….5???? Both teams looked confused and weak last Saturday. They are over ranked and we are were we should be…and that is sad. I only saw the end of the game but Bama/VT looked like they were playing at a completely different speed, and in another league!!!

I hope we dont muddle through a 7-5 season or something. If its as bad as it looks I almost want a horrible start to allow for some real changes to be made!!!

Stinger

September 11th, 2009
10:37 am

45-42; 24-10; & 30-27. That’s all that matters !! The scores tell it all.

tt

September 11th, 2009
10:37 am

Proud dog……you need to take off the rose colored glasses! This isn’t about loosing one game to Okie state…Its about what has been going on for a VERY long time!!! Forida is only gonna keep getting better the longer they are in the spot light! Bama came back from the dead w Saban…in no time! 10 win seasons are nice…but we need to be winning SEC Championships and competing for National Championships!!! I would rather a few off years and a few with a real shot than to just been above average year in and year out!

Steve Spurrier

September 11th, 2009
10:41 am

Take this to the bank. I guarantee that we will beat the dawgs by 2 touchdowns Saturday night. You don’t have a QB. You don’t have a RB. You don’t have many linemen left and you have no coaching staff. It will be a long year for you rednecks.

tt

September 11th, 2009
10:45 am

Look at the Florida game last year…the players were saying after the game that it was closer than the score showed!!???? What kind of whimpy attitude is that? Yeah that game was close for a few quarters….but the Dawgs never did anything….finally the gators took what was handed them. THey lost and instaed of being upset said ” Awww, we were close!!!!??????” Okie state was winable all the way to the fourth quarter…….and we just sat there and took it! The D did play tough in spurts….but we need some fire!!! And I dont see that too many times

G. Tampa Bedwetter

September 11th, 2009
10:46 am

Quit blaming the players. Georgia continually lands Top 5 recruiting teams. The young men have been “coached down” to where you see them today. It is almost gotten laughable on Special Teams, and defense. Now the offense is trying to reach the same level of ineptness. Please call me when We get coaches to match the talent that we have in our players.

tt

September 11th, 2009
10:49 am

To clarify….I think the problem starts and ends at the top!!!!!

Otto

September 11th, 2009
11:00 am

Great Samuel taking most of the carries. What changed between this year and the previous 2 is the RB will not bail Bobo out. Moreno or Thomas Brown would have busted a few big runs against Okie St. winning the game. Samuel did not try to miss a hit until the 4th qtr. UGA’s top 2 every down backs King and Jackson are injured. Thomas was only used in space once against Okie St. (thanks for the creative play calling Bobo) UGA will improve but they win ugly. Bobo craps down his leg atleast twice a season but does well enough that the alums do not demand their own to be fired.

What are the chances was Washaun or Marlon playing? Is Orson Charles getting majority of the plays at TE? He clearly had the best hands of TEs that played last week. I do not claim to be an OC but it is obvious that UGA is not using all of its weapons effectively.

Cameron

September 11th, 2009
11:02 am

G. Tampa Bedwetter,

You are clueless and an embarassment.

Otto

September 11th, 2009
11:06 am

tt Okie St. falls to Texas, OU if Bradford is back and another Big 12 game. They finish in the bottom of the Top 20 where they get beat in the Cotton Bowl by a SEC west team.

big dawg 89

September 11th, 2009
11:06 am

tt, let me guess, you yourself could do a better job, couldn’t you? i’ll bet you know more about football in your little finger than Mark Richt knows all together… i’ll also bet that your pop warner team that you coach could give UGA a run for their money..

dang, we lost, let it go, move on…the D played good, held one of the best offensive teams in the nation to nothing…the O obviously didn’t play well enough to win, but you can’t argue with who was on the field for us… as far as last year, well, it was LAST YEAR…as far as a very long time?? huh?? i don’t know what team you’ve been watching!?!

now i will say this, if we don’t show some improvement on the offensive side of the ball this week, i’ll be calling for some changes myself… but it wont be for a new head coach…

GO DAWGS

shards1967

September 11th, 2009
11:08 am

All of these comments from UGA folks that actually care about the program are valid. They are far more passionate than our all world players are ……….because you care about UGA> key word. care.

Here are the facts, however. When UGA played a QB in Richt’ sera that was not athletic and mobile, they lost big games. We have had two similar QBs in Richt’s era: both named Joe The Plumber. This league requires either a stout, stout and deep O line and or a QB that can run. Both are desirable and go see U of F and LSU and U of T usually and one or two other SEC programs. SC’s Garcia can run and that scares the heck outta me. Do we have one DE???

David Green could move around very nicely and only till he hurt his knee and wore his brace, did he become less mobile. He could still roll out in the face of a rush and that was key. Matt S. was mobile and that fact made them respect our ( his )ability to run. DJ? Um, he also could sprint and or throw it. He really presented probs for the D.

Jumpin Joe? Heck no. I see Norwood simply destroying him on 3rd and 12 and it will be ugly. Our fullbacks will have to stay back and try to help him. We must do quick outs to the backs and button hook routes that are quickly developing or it is gonna be a long, long night. Our speed, spelled Wooten, Brown, Green and Carlton Thomas and maybe Samuels …………can elevate the O. Otherwise???

We will struggle with Jumpin Joe this year UNLESS HIS LINE ( see the OSU game ) can keep them out. SC is far, far more athletic on D and they will be in his face all night long, unless he can run it outta there and then, find his receivers and hum it. That is not his style. Logan Gray plays that game.

Maybe something good will happen. Biggest game in Richt’s era …………tells us what will happen in December, as far as changes. This year is at a turning point. Can we turn it around??? Spurrier is coming to see us and we had better be ready………..HE is a competitor and I have watched him since 1966. He always wants to destroy his opponent and with UGA???Bill Stanfield always is in his mind. He wants a piece of UGA in possibly his last year. He hates us for what was done to him by UGA one year. He took a physical beating and he remembers it.

UGA, class of 73

Hungry Dawg

September 11th, 2009
11:18 am

“tt” are you a Tech fan or a UF fan, cause you certainly aren’t a UGA fan.

In the Bama game last year the problem was not lack of heart, but trying to hard. A team with no heart gives up and I didn’t see any quit in that team that nearly tied up the score in the second half.

The UF game was a lot closer than the score. UGA actually generated more yards of offense than UF. Some bad calls by the referees and some no calls where there should have been calls against UF made a big difference in that game.

Anyone who proposes that UGA should get rid of CMR has to be the fan of another team that is tired of getting beaten by UGA and Richt, because not true Dawg fan who had to suffer through the Goff and Donnan years would ever want to risk going back to those type programs when we have a proven winner in Richt. UGA has the 6th best winning record in football over the last 8 years of any team in the BCS Division.

So far on this blog most of what I’ve seen are fools and posers.

Go Dawg’s, Sic Em, Woof Woof Woof!!!

Loula dawg

September 11th, 2009
11:19 am

Woof! Woof! Woof!
USC 17-14 over the Puppies! Oh 4 2 ouch

Otto

September 11th, 2009
11:21 am

Shards I agree.

Bigdawg I don’t want to see CMR go either. Bobo is a very nice guy and a loyal dog. The play calling and passion have both slipped over the past few years both have had time to learn their jobs.

Hungry Dawg

September 11th, 2009
11:27 am

“shards 1967″ Your entire analysis is from one game against OSU when Joe was recovering from the flu and maybe the G-Day game. That is an extremely small sample pool to be drawing the kind of conclusions that you are espousing.

Joe will prove to be more mobile than Stafford and Green, but we may never have another QB who was as mobile as D.J.

UGA Class of 72

Saint Simons

September 11th, 2009
11:31 am

SC 17 uga 10

monty

September 11th, 2009
11:35 am

BR

THat was a terrible call by that ref who felt so bad about it in hindsight, I suppose, that when Tech got the ball back he called an equally bad holding call on Clemson. Yes it did cost Clemson the game. That ref should be fired!

monty

September 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Correction, I should have said, “equally bad holding call on Tech.”

collegeballfan

September 11th, 2009
11:39 am

If UGA can score 3 points they should win. USC will not get the ball over the 50. That is the worse offense ever.

fan

September 11th, 2009
11:46 am

All I hear is a bunch of fair-weather fans who are giving up after one game and UGA haters. true fans know we can win and on saturday we will. If we can hold an offense such as OK st to 200 yrds below their average, then I m not affraid of Stephen Garcia. Dawgs win by 7. Go Dawgs!!!!

GT > UGA

September 11th, 2009
11:48 am

True Dawg

September 11th, 2009
11:59 am

You folks crack me up. Throwing Cox under the bus so quickly. He is no Staford but come on, who is? Were you people watching the same game I was. Reciever’s and tight end’s droping critical passes. Richard Samuel getting tackled by grass. It’s not all on Cox, Football is a team sport.

Lane Train

September 11th, 2009
12:02 pm

All you ex-UGA fans can climb aboard the Lane Train. The conductor is Lane Kiffin and the train is orange!! Leaving for Rocky Top right after we wax UCLA tomorrow. Get your tickets now…the lines will be long on the Lane Train!! Woooooo Wooooooo GO VOLS!!!

hugedawgfan

September 11th, 2009
2:02 pm

what the heck is up with our strength and conditioning program? way too many hurt shoulders, hammys, and groins. Bigger, meaner DE’s? really? where? way to go Dawgs-more apt to talk about a big hit that was a personal foul than the actual result of the play and consequently led to a TD for them–so obvious with this program that are priorities are so freakin’ screwed up(like our offense, offensive schemes, and OC). what has happened to this program? I honestly believe we are witnessing the downside to Richt’s tenure at UGA and hope it does not end up like a Fulmer or Jeff Bowden fiasco. John Gruden, are you watching all of this and paying close attention? we have money and are willing to spend it. pick up the phone and put a bug in Adams’s and Evans’s ear. Alot of 5 star talent(you know, like UF’s recruiting classes) would love to play for an ex-NFL coach—just look at the stockpiled talent ‘ole Kiffin is getting. Wake up Bulldawg nation and demand to be heard and not rolling over for comments from the head coach that he doesn’t care about the comments or grumblings from the DAwg nation (no pun intended about the rolling over!)CMR, you better care, we’re paying for you to go to Dalton and do commercials and go to South America to do missionary work. I know that is not entirely free-take note

hugedawgfan

September 11th, 2009
2:10 pm

yes true dawg it is not all Cox’s fault but your offense goes as does the field general goes (which is the QB)–if he is tanking, it pulls the entire offense and defense down due to them losing confidence in him and ultimately causing a rift between the Cox supporters and the L. Gray supporters–no wahere to go but down if Cox doesn’t get it figured out and quickly. No more excuses, now is his chance and he is blowing it and really proving to us why he was a back-up to Shockley and Stafford. Logan has outplayed him since he arrived in Athens-didn’t anyone on here see the G-day game? he made one play to AJ that stood out. Can you recall any others? absolutely not. Gray was the better QB that day and still is. If Gray gets in and tanks also, then CMR needs to take his lumps and put in Murray because what I have Seen Of Mettenberger, he’s not the answer either. We are definitely at a crossroads–You people wake up!!!

takedowndawg

September 11th, 2009
2:12 pm

hammerhead & gomdawg, I am sure that you noticed the amount of time the Oka. ST. qb had to throw. 4-7 sec’s is much toooo long against a caliber qb. The qb wil pick u apart just like was done last year in our blowout losses. We dawgs can choose not to bliz or stunt to our own peril and to the peril of our team. A Willie Martinez defense does not pressure the backfield as all of us have witnessed over the last three years. Run the 4-3 straight up and we will make Garcia Look good!